Packaging and Labelling

The Agropack project develops fruit packaging with peach pits

The objective of the Agropack innovation project, which is financed with funds from the European Community and the Autonomous Community of Murcia, is to develop bio-packaging…

Jeff Watkin of Sev-Rend:

“You get out as much as you put in with these events”

“I like to think of this as the family reunion got moved to a ZOOM meeting.” That is what Jeff Watkin, Director of Marketing for Sev-Rend, says of the new virtual format for the PMA Fresh Summit this year. For Sev-Rend, this will be the first virtual show that they are exhibiting at. “We have…

New avo packline in George, built for ease of maintenance

A new avocado packline for Tzaneen-based Afrupro has just been commissioned in George, Southern Cape, with a capacity of around 150 bins per day. The avocado packline in George, running Pinkertons across the line (photos supplied by Flowpack Systems) The line employs AME VersaSort cup sizers. “Versasort…

Sandra Somford of JASA Packaging Solutions

“An opportunity to show ourselves in a relatively new market”

Family-owned company JASA Packaging Solutions was established in the Netherlands 35 years ago and the company opened a US branch in 2018. “With a focus on providing packaging equipment and sustainable packaging solutions, we are bringing our European knowledge and expertise to North America,” says Sandra…

Fresh thinking for fruit and produce packaging

With fresh food and meal kit delivery services on the rise, there is growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions that ensure freshness and convenience for consumers. Vegetables Australia investigates the options that are available to food producers and businesses. Consumers, retailers and growers…

Packaging company commits to reducing environmental impact

Moving forward, Giro Pack, Inc. is focused on optimizing the plastic used in each package to reduce the possible environmental impact. Greater sustainability reduces waste and CO2 emissions. Giro has already begun offering reduced plastic options of existing packaging formats (as well as new concepts)…

'Safe arrivals in Guangzhou thanks to Paclife'

"When we talk about exporting Chilean fruit, one of the main destinations is China. It is one of the most important and exclusive markets in the world, however, distance and its demands make transport difficult, making it necessary to use specialized technology to protect the fruits." "Paclife has worked…

An interview with Elisa Benetti of Fairtrasa Holland BV

It is better to wait instead of selling organic apples at a low price

It is not a good time for organic summer apples. Prices are low and the reason is not clear. "I don't understand those companies that sell the product in this period - said Elisa Benetti, who is spokesperson for the Italian import and export company Fairtrasa Holland BV - because nobody should be in a…

Expansion of Chinese agricultural export stimulates market demand for mesh bags

The mesh bag is one of the most popular packaging methods in the agricultural industry. They come in many different varieties and are multi-functional. Furthermore, as technology improves, so does the product quality and functionality. The expansion of agricultural exports in China has been an important…

Government inkjets funds to support Coffs co-op’s berry good traceability

The Oz Group Co-op is enhancing supply chain traceability back to farm on their berry products. The Australian Government is supporting this project and helping the local…

New time and waste reducing tray positioning system to be launched

2020 has been the year of virtual trade shows, and as more and more shows are moved from an in-person format to a virtual one, new features and adjustments to the set-ups and strategies will continue to improve the platforms, interactions, and overall experience. For Proseal, PMA Fresh Summit 2020 will…

Arnaud de Puineuf, Innatis Group:

A new graphic identity for the 20th marketing season of HoneyCrunch®

It was in 2000 that consumers officially tasted HoneyCrunch® apples for the first time. In 2020, on the occasion of the 20th marketing season of the club variety, the Innatis Group decided to update its graphic identity, which will be officially launched in the coming weeks. “We want to mark the occasion…

New product line by Carton Pack

rPET tray liners

Carton Pack, a company based in Apulia with extensive experience in the packaging sector, has introduced rPET tray liners. In-depth analyses on the international market and producer and retailer needs enabled the launch of this brand new line. Each insert tray, which can be made using up to 100% recycled material, is designed specifically…

Nature Fresh Farms

New 100% home compostable cucumber wrap released

Nature Fresh Farms continue their sustainable initiatives by releasing a new, 100% home compostable wrap for their Long English Cucumbers, a first in the North American market. An alternative to traditional polyethylene plastic, this film is an environmentally friendly compostable wrap that breaks down…

'Using natural resources wisely'

Focusing on treading lighter on the earth through innovation in the supply chain, is a priority for Capespan and its production partners. In addition to the recent implementation of a high-tech water filtration alternative, preserving our energy resources contributes to a drive to do business in a more sustainable manner. As…

Party Délice tomato shaker nominated for European Carton Excellence Award 2020

The Party Délice tomato shaker has been nominated for the European Carton Excellence Award 2020. The Belgian company, Den Berk Délice, produces this cardboard packaging. Remmert Dekker Packaging designed it. "We started the design process with an idea. We wanted to replace the existing tomato shaker with…

Greener grocer

Asda removes plastic fruit and veg bags from stores as it continues to tackle plastic pollution

Asda has announced it will be removing plastic fruit and veg bags from its stores, in a trial that aims to help the supermarket retailer continue its fight against plastic pollution. In a 9-store trial, the move could save around 141 tonnes of plastic a year, which equates to over 3.5 million bags.…

Packaging manufacturers to launch a new on-line ‘shopping’ website

Packaging manufacturers Macpac report that in the coming weeks they will be launching a new on-line ‘shopping’ website. It will provide a one-stop shop for box quantities of selected packaging on demand in key sectors A spokesperson for the manufacturer said ‘We’ve been successfully offering our…

Medjool date packing facility goes 100% post-consumer green plastic

Datepac, LLC has taken the step of packaging its Natural Delights® Medjool dates in 100% translucent green post-consumer plastic at a time when most processors opt for clear…

New: Tomabel shaker

The REO Veiling is offering its Tomabel snack and snack tomatoes in new Tomabel shakers from today (Wednesday 2 September). This stylish cardboard packaging with transparent lid replaces the black 'Nova' punnets and offers three customer-friendly advantages: the product is highly visible in the small packaging, the product is…

Chile

PacLife presents new packaging technology to protect the fruit from harvest to arrival

2020 has been a turning point for the export market. New challenges and demands are still taking shape; however, it is already possible to identify the direction towards which…

Red Sun Farms introduces new graphic refresh to align with sustainability goals

Red Sun Farms is a high-tech hydroponic greenhouse farm with locations across Canada, Mexico, and the US, focusing on cultivatingcucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes. Red Sun Farms is a proud participant in sustainable agriculture, closely working with packaging suppliers to develop new and sustainable…

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Cost of plastic bags set to double in UK supermarkets

The British government has announced that single-use plastic bags will double in cost from 5p to 10p in all shops from next April onwards. Shoppers will pay more for each bag…

Fonkels Re-fruiter tray nominated for European Carton Excellence Award 2020

The Re-fruiter tray from Fonkels has been nominated for the European Carton Excellence Award 2020. The Re-fruiter tray is a fully cardboard packaging, made from 100% recycled material, with unique properties. The jury found the tray to be very distinctive in terms of shape, function and durability: hence…

Gamma-Wopla and the harvest of the Mirabelle de Lorraine

"The creation of new orchards in Lorraine has saved an entire ecosystem threatened with extinction"

The Mirabelle de Lorraine was an endangered fruit. So in 1991, more than 200 producers from Lorraine joined forces to form the Cooperative Vegafruits with the aim of revitalizing it. The focus is on shared know-how, quality assurance and marketing under the protected designation of origin IGP Mirabelle…

Maarten Voois, PEQ:

"Thanks to our new location we're able to provide more customers of packaging activities in the winter season"

The PEQ team faced a major challenge this spring. The Dutch season had started, the relocation of the building at Westerlee to Honderdland took place on April 18 and the transition to the ERP package Navision was also planned in between. "It was a stressful time, but fortunately it all went well,"…

Produce labeling company renews Quality Certification for North America

Sinclair is pleased to have once again successfully completed the ISO 9001:2015 surveillance audits maintaining certification at all Sinclair North America manufacturing facilities, including Fresno, CA; Wenatchee, WA and Peachtree City, GA. ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized standard…

Colruyt Group makes fruit and vegetable deliveries greener

Since mid-August, green folding crates have replaced the blue crates in the freshmarts of Colruyt Group's food stores (Colruyt Lowest Prices, OKay, Bio-Planet and Spar Colruyt Group). Four folding crates take up as much room as one old crate saving the group transport and space. The transition from blue…

Sukhdeep Sethi -AVI Global Plast.

"Consumers today are much more likely to buy a packaged product than loose products"

In India the lockdown came suddenly back in March and affected a lot of businesses especially those involved in the grape export as it was just 2/3 way through.AVI Global Plast produce packaging for, amongst others, the grape sector but the company seems to have coped very well in a difficult…

A unique and innovative green approach to reducing plastic food product packaging

Harpak-ULMA Launches Its PaperSeal® Sustainable Food Packaging System

Harpak-ULMA today announced the official launch of its innovative PaperSeal® packaging technology as part of the company’s initiative to fundamentally rethink packaging systems to promote green packaging alternatives across the food industry. Image: Business Wire Public concerns, regulatory actions, and powerful…

Corona sets back sustainable packaging developments

"In my opinion, reusable packaging has the greatest potential"

Before the Corona situation, the social discussion on sustainable packaging solutions and the abandonment of plastic dominated events in the food industry. Due to the sudden…

Euro Pool System Spain increases its turnover by more than 12% in 2019

Euro Pool System Spain, an Alicante-based company that supplies reusable packaging for the food distribution sector, has once again increased its turnover in 2019, reaching…

REWE unpacks organic fruit and vegetables

Dispensing with packaging - wherever it makes sense

Bye bye plastic: At REWE and PENNY, more and more fruits and vegetables are offered unpackaged. But completely dispensing with packaging is not always sensible, as a long-term test has shown. Despite the ongoing corona crisis and its severe impact on supermarkets, supply chains and agriculture, REWE is…

Various packaging machines from ULMA Packaging in new Trofi Pack DC

In the former Trofi Pack building in De Lier, ULMA Packaging was already the main supplier of the packaging machines and in the new distribution center in Den Hoorn, various packaging machines from the machine supplier from Leerdam were again chosen for packaging the exotics supply. This included flow packers,…

Need for automation surges despite and because of COVID-19

"Is your investment strategy set for 2021?"

2020 has been a tough year for businesses around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on all sectors and brought to light many shortcomings in daily procedures. While fruit and vegetable processors were considered essential and were mostly able to continue their work, higher costs and…

Gerold Wilms, bekuplast LLC:

"Rigid transport boxes are still an integral part of the supply chain"

When it comes to secondary packaging and transport packaging, people nowadays often think of hinged crates as used in the common pool systems. Nevertheless even rigid fruit and vegetable crates still have a right to exist, says Gerold Wilms from bekuplast. "This type of crate has been around for 25…

Termotécnica launches Safe Pack

New packaging uses nanotechnology with antiviral and antibacterial action

Termotécnica has reinvented itself by launching the Safe Pack Antiviral and Antibacterial. Patented and unique in the market, Safe Pack uses nanotechnology to reduce the time and quantity of viral and bacterial agents in the EPS packaging produced by the company. “I believe that it’s in a crisis that the…

Supporting farmworkers in making their dreams come true

Thx! label will be expanded with grapes from Chile and Peru this winter

Two years ago, the Thx! label was introduced to retailers. Today, the label continues to expand and work to make dreams come true. Martin Casanova, one of the label’s founders, explains the concept: “We work with farmworkers who need help with anything from fixing a broken roof to sending their children…

Thomas Weber, ATS-Tanner Banding Systems:

"Our customers are very imaginative when it comes to new and innovative banding solutions"

The packaging industry is constantly on the lookout for creative, innovative innovations. For a long time, packaging for fresh food had pragmatic purposes such as protection, labelling and a marketing aspect, but today sustainability is even more central. How can the basic requirements for packaging be…

Craig Stauffer with Vanguard International on packaging developments

“Are consumers swapping sustainability for safety?”

Consumers are shopping more and shopping differently. The good news is that fresh produce aisles have been busier than ever, with “health” absolutely top-of-mind as a further indicator that the transmission of the coronavirus is of utmost concern for the majority.A sign of increased perception of the…

International Blueberry Month

Harvest logistics and packaging, increasingly important in the marketing of blueberries

Harvest logistics and packaging have become two key factors in the blueberry market to ensure the fruit reaches the marketing stage with the expected quality and condition.…

Sieto de Vreeze and Marnix van der Caaij, Quality Pack

“Packaging material has never been this high on the agenda”

Is there still space at wholesalers for fruit and vegetable packaging? Not that they don't need it at all, but stock sometimes takes up quite a lot of space. Couldn't another method of stock control be cheaper and more effective? And what about packaging that can be used several times, like plastic…

Veg-Fresh Farms employs Smart Plastic™ technology

Anti-microbial technology incorporated into produce packaging

Veg-Fresh Farms has recently incorporated anti-microbial technology by Smart Plastic™, into film packaging used for their organic and conventional Brussels sprouts, with the hopes of incorporating the technology into future items such as lidding film, clamshells, and more. This leading-edge technology is…

Western Australia's processed potato sales hit by COVID-19 lockdowns

The Western Australian French fry processing industry is bouncing back, according to the state's peak industry body, after suffering "a dramatic effect" from COVID-19, with sales crashing when lockdown restrictions were implemented. However, WA Potatoes CEO Simon Moltoni says since WA has reopened,…

Software proves responsive to Covid-19 challenges

Advanced and flexible software from Nulogy, a provider of supply chain solutions, has enabled Marsden Packaging to remain responsive to the changing needs of brand owners throughout the volatility of the COVID-19 pandemic. Marsden Packaging, based in Blackburn, specialises in primary and secondary…

Potatoes packed in 100% compostable paper bags

EarthFresh announced their new complete product line of organic and conventional potatoes packed in 100% compostable paper bags. Available in all pack sizes, including baby potatoes in 1 lb and 1.5 lb bags and A and B size potatoes in 3 lb, 5 lb and 10 lb compostable paper bags. EarthFresh’s compostable…

China authorizes new Chilean packing facilities for citrus exports

The Chinese health authorities have authorized the packers of the provinces of Elqui and Limari, in the Coquimbo region, to export citrus to China. "We have been working for…

cartoPaper paper packaging developed further

"100% recyclability contributes to strong sales promotion"

The environmentally friendly and plastic-reducing packaging concept cartoPaper® of flexographic printing company cartomat has been optimized once again. At this point in time, the particularly stable, breathable paper is available in different grammages, says the management of German developer cartomat LLC,…

New fibre punnets to help address sustainable packaging issues in Australia

Consumer demand for sustainable fresh produce packaging and healthy eating choices were the driving forces behind Visy's new fibre punnets. National Account Manager, Jamie O'Dell says the Enviropunnet™ is a sustainable, recyclable and market appealing option for packing fresh produce, and offers a…

From Adelaide manufacturer BioBag World Australia Irina Kryvasheina

Bio-wrap: suitable for everything from cucumbers to magazines

A compostable shrink-wrap developed in South Australia for cucumbers has been adapted to magazine film. Its Adelaide manufacturer, BioBag World Australia, created the film…

Redpack wants to reduce labor and contamination by packing lettuce on field rigs

"Increasing efficiencies in iceberg lettuce packaging"

To meet demands of growers across the market to reduce labor, enable faster packaging speeds and lower maintenance costs when wrapping iceberg lettuce, the engineers at Redpack Packaging Machinery have been working closely with growers across the globe to come up with a solution that wraps iceberg in a…

The solutions propsed by the Apulian company Carton Pack

CartonShell® and Social Plastic®, the double face of sustainability

Although in the midst of the Covid-19 emergency plastic wrappers have been a safety precaution, the environmental impact of plastic is one of the most relevant issues at a global level. That is why governments and institutions have taken and continue taking measures against such materials. With its…

KÖLLA presents new design for proprietary OTELLO brand

Italian table grapes in new paper bags

KÖLLA's light and dark Italian grapes of its OTELLO brand have been available in the newly designed Paper Bag since week 31. In the course of the sustainability debate, OTELLO by KÖLLA has banned plastic, coming up with these newly designed new paper bags. OTELLO, a traditional brand of the KÖLLA Group…

New line of automated form-fill seal and stand up pouch paper packaging

Central Wisconsin based packaging company “The Paper People LLC” announced the introduction of their new patent pending paper packaging. Developed throughout the past two years in conjunction with several large U.S. based retailers, their new line of automated form-fill seal and stand up pouch paper…

The commercial summer of the Fellini Patrizio company

Vegetables in 'Io Riciclo' packaging win over the large-scale retail trade

There are some types of vegetables that show consistency throughout the year. One of these is celery, one of the flagship products of the Fellini Patrizio company. "Celery is currently in production - explains the sales manager Lamberto Giovanardi - in our Azienda Agricola 67. This product can also be…

TemperPack Raises $31MM From New and Existing Investors

TemperPack® Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of sustainable thermal insulation for home deliveries of perishable foods and temperature-sensitive medicines, announces today that it has secured new investments totaling $31.3 million as part of a Series C financing led by Wheatsheaf Group, the…

Tropical Avocados now offered in new protective two-count bags

WP Produce, a family-owned, grower-packer-shipper of Desbry® tropical fruits and roots, has begun shipping Tropical Avocados in protective, two-count bags. The Desbry® Tropical Avocado pouches are part of a comprehensive, value-added merchandising program. WP is also offering retailers signage, recipe tear…

Consumer trends drive jump in bagged asparagus sales

Ayco Farms reports experiencing a substantial increase in bagged asparagus sales to some of their largest retail customers as consumer trends are changing in today's economy. “Bagged asparagus grabbed attention and seems to have kept traction due to consumer trends and the convenience of packaged…

EarthFresh launches biobased mesh packaging for potatoes

Sustainable and innovative packaging options influence buying decisions

Consumers buy with their eyes is a common statement in the produce industry. Not only do they look at the product, the color and design of packaging also have a striking effect on buying decisions. EarthFresh, grower and shipper of potatoes in Canada and the US, does both. They focus on growing a…

For Clarabella Bio "Trays are ideal for the sea or the office"

Biodegradable and compostable packaging for organic grapes will soon be launched

"At the end of the month I will start marketing my organic grapes, but the opening of the 2020 campaign will be marked by the launch of a completely biodegradable and compostable packaging. The aim is to offer added value to the product, which is already exceptional in terms of brix degrees, berry size…

PMA Foodservice Delivered Session

Developments in the sustainable packaging industry

On Monday July 20th, the PMA Foodservice Delivered virtual event kicked off with multiple webinars and sessions for visitors to attend. One of these was a sustainable packaging webinar in which nine presenters discussed their products and how their companies are pushing new developments in sustainable…

Fresh Del Monte to use stickers highlighting its sustainability efforts

Del Monte Europe has launched a new way of communicating its ongoing efforts in sustainable farming and bio-diversity protection by implementing such facts and information onto their pineapple tags and banana stickers. Since February 2020, Del Monte Gold® pineapple tags have been redesigned to feature 6…

Brazilian exporters use EPS packaging to assure product quality over long distances

“Demand for our packaging has spiked domestically and overseas during the pandemic”

For perishable products such as fruits and vegetables, the type of packaging used is vital as it can affect the product’s shelf-life and safety. FarmFresh packaging is designed by Brazilian company Termotécnica and distributed to Brazilian growers and exporters of fresh produce. Nivaldo Fernandes de…

Michael Bandel, CompoPac:

"Our compostable nets made of local beech wood are the packaging of the future"

In recent years, the packaging discussion has become a significant part of the fruit and vegetable trade. Retailers are constantly looking for sustainable alternatives and consumers are generally more aware when it comes to selling packaged fresh food. Compostable nets are a packaging solution for many…

ProEx Food, LLC

"Space and budget constraints result in a need to be inventive with machine solutions"

More and more companies are trying to diversify their product lines in order to be able to adapt to changes in the market. In an increasingly globalized and ever changing fruit and vegetable sector growers, packhouses and processors are looking for flexibility for their daily operations. ProEx Food LLC.…

North Bay Produce introduces new fresh produce packaging

North Bay Produce has introduced new packaging for their fresh produce lines. "With a history of over 35 years, and as we have grown and are a recognized leading provider of high quality products with outstanding levels of service, we launched new packaging to reflect these qualities," says North Bay…

NEW: One Machine – Multiple Band Widths

"Introducing yet another layer of flexibility – Bandall is making it easier to label and bundle even greater varieties of products by adding a choice of band widths to individual banding units. With the new Multi-Width option you can now band more if not all of your products on a single machine, reducing…

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Plastic waste soars in Scotland amidst fears for unpackaged food

The amount of plastic wasted has soared during the current lockdown, as Scots believe products are a lot safer to eat when packaged. A new Populus poll found that two in three…

Harald Jantzen, contact Auszeichnungssysteme:

"Our label uses only oxygen and light to sterilize the handles of shopping carts"

The current exceptional situation surrounding the coronavirus has brought about several innovations. Companies worldwide are preparing for a "new normal". This includes, at the forefront, hygiene measures in daily life, such as frequent hand washing and disinfecting of surfaces. K-D Hermann LLC…

eCorrugated partners up with De Jong Packaging

eCorrugated Ltd, established in 2011 has grown significantly to become a leading independent manufacturer of high-volume corrugated packaging. Operating state-of-the-art…

Waste reduction and process optimization by labeling fruit and vegetables individually

Nature's Pride, in collaboration with Bizerba Netherlands, has taken a huge step towards reducing waste. By installing an LDI20 PAC8 , a label dispenser from Bizerba - with customer-specific adaptations - Nature's Pride has the absolute first for this solution across Europe. Waste reductionAs a supplier of…

Mediane introduces Sealpap

Sealable, recyclable, repulpable specialty papers

Growers and packers of fresh produce know Mediane as a converter of flexible films for the packaging of herbs, lettuce and fresh produce. Mediane has been a market leader in the field of conical sleeves in Europe, USA and Australasia for many years already. Their product line also includes Peel & Reseal…

Innovative solution to the problem of 'sweaty kiwifruit'

A Te Puke packhouse has found an innovative solution to the industry-wide problem of 'sweaty' kiwifruit; a problem that arises when gold kiwifruit are taken out of temporary…

Dr Gavin Linsley-Noakes - Professional Horticultural Consulting/Garden of Eden Berries

New 100% biological 1kg strawberry box

When Professional Horticultural Consulting decided to start growing the strawberry varieties they’d been offering at their nursery for more than a decade, they had year-round production in mind and, moreover, a crop that wouldn’t be competing on the domestic market with their own plant material customers…

Dole planning to eliminate food waste by 2025

Making banana leaf packaging and pineapple powder

Dole Food Company, Inc. generates huge amounts of waste from the parts of the fruit it doesn’t use. In the next five years, it’s hoping to find new ways to repurpose it all.…

Frutmac

Zippmatic innovates packaging

After the success achieved in the past 18 months by the Blitzmatic+ packaging machines, Frutmac completes its range of tray packagers with Zippmatic in order to meet even the most varied requests.  Zippsolution combines techniques and packaging types in a single solution. The machine packages the produce quickly and easily in new sustainable…

Sinclair discusses the impact of COVID-19 on produce labelling

Closer customer relationships, but shipping remains a challenge

Sinclair manufactures produce labels and labelling equipment for produce companies around the globe. The company has label-manufacturing sites in ten different countries and labelling machines installed in more than 45. All these countries have been impacted by COVID-19 to some extent. “As the…

New tray positioning system launched

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has launched a revolutionary tray positioning system - the first of its kind - that calculates the required tray-spacing set-up parameters for individual tray sealing tool-sets, eliminating the trial and error usually associated with this process. The new patent-pending…

New plastic-free packaging for salads developed

A plastic-free salad packaging solution has been developed by Sirane as part of a project working with some major brands in France. (RE)SET Packaging are a consultancy company specialised in the circular economy, who looked worldwide for the most innovative providers of sustainable packaging working in…

Don Roper of Honeybear Brands:

"We're meeting current consumer demand with a packaging shift"

The onset of the pandemic forced everyone in the industry to make changes to how they operate. Some of these changes were to ensure the health and safety of the workers, and some changes were in response to changing consumer shopping habits. Don Roper of Honeybear Brands explains: “The biggest changes…


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