- Procurement & Sales Manager, Potato Division - Lobinstown, Co. Meath, Ireland
- European regional agent and new sales manager
- Head Grower - Owatonna (Minnesota) USA
- Teeltspecialist (Proeftuin & Veredeling) - Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands
- Farm Manager - Riana, Tasmania, Australia
- Industry Development Manager - Rocklea, Australia
- Sales Manager
- Commercial Manager | Huelva, Spain | Soft Fruits
- Farm manager / Senior grower seeking for his next role
- Fruit Export Junior Sales Manager (Europe Division)
Top 5 -yesterday
Top 5 -last week
- OVERVIEW GLOBAL IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS
- 'Fresh Produce Industry Coronavirus update'
- Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands combine their Interbranch Organizations
- Will border closures and flight reductions impact produce imports?
- Corona-Update: “We’re continuing to monitor the situation closely and adopting a precautious approach"
Top 5 -last month
Packaging and LabellingSister companies Gamma-Wopla and Smart-Flow offer sustainable complete logistics solutions
"Well thought-out and sustainable hygiene during transport and storage"
Matters of hygiene and sustainability are becoming increasingly important, and not just in times of global epidemics. At this year's interpack (now postponed until February 2021), Gamma-Wopla and Smart-Flow were to focus on their smart and sustainable hygiene packaging solutions. With their robust, recyclable,…
Smart packaging enhances food safety and security
The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment called on the European Commission on 20 March to recognise packaging as an essential component in maintaining the…Alberto Palmí, director of Fedemco:
"We continue to supply wooden containers to the sector, despite the Covid-19"
Production has slowed down in Spain due to the conditions in which pickers must work in the field, as well as those of workers in the plants. The cost of transportation…
Scottish veg processor freshens up its sprout packaging
Forward-looking vegetable processor Drysdales has become the first UK produce company to automate its sprout crate loading operation, future-proofing against potential labour shortages that could arise from Brexit. The Scottish company’s investment in Brillopak’s award-winning UniPAKer robotic cell has…
How one Australian company is turning mushrooms into a meat alternative
An Australian company that began turning mushrooms into meat alternative products less than three months ago says demand is already incredibly strong. Fable Food Company CEO Michael Fox explains that mushrooms are used as the base for the plant-based protein products, which he says try to be as close to…
Kapiris Bros drive for a sustainable future. From pulp to packaging
Kapiris Bros has begun rolling out an innovative initiative in sustainable packaging practices this week by replacing plastic trays and punnets with home compostable sugarcane pulp solutions.Kapiris Bros belief in eliminating packaging harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources is the…Smart Packaging Solutions:
"Packaging plays an essential role in the delivery of vital goods"
"As a packaging supplier, we are one of the vital organisations that ensure food availability in Europe. At Smart Packaging Solutions, we make every effort to provide the market with sufficient food-safe and optimally protective packaging made of solid cardboard. We can supply you from one of our three…
"We stand ready to provide this assistance to growers"
Faced with the unprecedented situation into which the Covid19 has suddenly plunged society as a whole, many fresh fruit and vegetable growers find themselves stuck with their produce, with no possibility of selling it through their usual marketing channels. The production volumes that have already been…
Aptar presents anti-pathogenic food packaging solution
US-based Aptar Food and Beverage, a part of AptarGroup, has unveiled an anti-pathogenic packaging solution to protect fresh cut produce. The InvisiShield platform can be…Tel Aviv, Israel
Sufresca eyes commercialization of fresh produce edible coatings
Israeli company Sufresca has developed edible coatings that eliminate fresh produce plastic packaging entirely and reduce food loss and waste. The tailor-made edible formulations arrive with easily implemented application techniques and maintain appearance and taste “as if just harvested,” the company…Claire Malgorn, Savéol:
“We now offer a range of seven cardboard trays for export”
Savéol has decided to “commit to export” in 2020. Therefore, the cooperative launched a range of seven cardboard trays for its export clients. “This new range with a multilingual design (eight languages) promotes the taste quality of the products and their French origin,” explains Claire Malgorn, head of…An interview with Claudio Dall'Agata di Bestack
Requests for packaging increased by 10 percent in a few days
The cardboard packaging sector is agile and flexible and is meeting the increase in orders in the past few days in a timely manner. Claudio Dall'Agata, director at Bestack, commented on the current coronavirus situation. "The food sector, especially the fruit and vegetable segment, has faced a sudden…Rick Briston: "Hygiene is only one of the factors"
"There are good reasons to package produce"
Now more than ever we are reminded of the importance of food security. All around the globe consumers are preparing for the threat of the Corona virus and in many places panic purchases have ensued. A picture that can be seen in many places are empty shelves in fruit and vegetable sections of…Freshdeal on sustainable packaging in Egypt
“At the beginning they didn’t realize the importance of replacing plastic with paper”
As in most parts of the world, getting rid of plastic packaging is a hot topic in Egypt. In the fruit and vegetable trade, the use of plastic packaging was the norm, but this attitude has shifted: “Environmental packaging is greatly sought out from organic produce growing brands as it became more…
FEFCO is pleased with new Circular Economy Action Plan
FEFCO welcomes the new Circular Economy Action Plan published by the Commission today. The circular economy is vital for achieving the Green Deal ambition for climate…
UK organic supplier Riverford looks at packaging-free options
In response to customer feedback , organic produce supplier Riverford has launched a ‘zero packaging organic veg box’, known as Box Zero. The company has introduced the box, which includes nothing but a reusable and recyclable cardboard delivery box. According to the Riverford blog, the new box includes…
Revolution Farms launches new package design in stores across Michigan
Revolution Farms, the largest indoor hydroponics farms in Michigan, is launching a new packaging and identity platform in stores across the state this week. The new packs contains the farm’s four current packaged lettuce and salad blends under new product names. Updated package designs feature the…
Spanish strawberries for children
Photos of a 1-kg crate of strawberries in a dedicated packaging perfect for children were sent to FreshPlaza by a reader from Rome who purchased it in his local supermarket last week. The label states all the details: the strawberries were produced in Huelva (Spain). Category I, grade 22+, Rociera variety.…Capp-Plast
Italian plastic pallet boxes with Dutch roots
Are plastic pallet boxes a more sustainable solution than wooden crates? According to Gerald Langerak, representative of the Italian Capp Plast for the Northern European market, there is no doubt about it. But then of course these boxes do not have to be driven all the way from Italy, so Capp Plast…
Spring products in new compostable film
After introducing a wooden packaging for the Noirmoutier potato and several cellulose and cardboard trays without treatment, the producer, packer and shipper Marais Group presents a new compostable film for seasonal products, conventional and organic, such as the tomato, lamb’s lettuce and leek. “With…
Sydney woman campaigns to have Aldi ditch plastic bags for bananas
Sydney citizen Anita Horan has spent more than four long years waging a war against plastics. The environmental activist has been campaigning to have single-use plastic bags removed from the produce sections of our supermarkets and has long encouraged shoppers to ditch plastic and go “nude” when buying…Czech Republic
Lidl introduces reusable bags for fruit and veg
As a further step in its policy of reducing plastic use, Lidl has introduced new reusable Green Bags. Last year, more than a quarter of a billion microtene bags were consumed…South Africa; Paper and plastics packaging business Mpact
“Mpact performs well, despite 2019 financial year not having gone to plan”
The weak South African economy, and low business and consumer confidence, as well as the re-emergence of load-shedding and uncertainty in a number of areas, had a marked…
France will ban the sale of fruit and vegetables packaged in plastic or with stickers in 2022
From January 1, 2022, France will ban the sale of unprocessed fruits and vegetables packaged in plastic, as dictated by the French anti-waste law for a circular economy, which…Barsch GmbH & Co presented new label dispenser for flowpack lines at Fruit Logistica
"Thermal transfer printer enables smooth changeover to direct foil printing without additional machine"
As a result of the current packaging discussion, there is a need for sustainable and as efficient as possible labelling and printing processes. Due to the uncertainty in the market, it is necessary to be able to react quickly to changing requirements. Therefore, modern solutions are required so that no additional…National Agricultural Export Development Board
Rwandan packing house upgraded to ensure safety of horticulture exports
The Rwandan National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has unveiled its newly upgraded packing house that will help the quality and safety of the nation’s produce to meet international market requirements. The event was officiated by the CEO of NAEB, Amb. Willian Bill Kayonga and Ton Negenman,…The Plight of Plastics, an SEPC educational session
“Change is good, but it’s better together”
The Southern Exposure 2020 trade show was held in Tampa this past weekend. The day before the trade show several educational sessions were held. The first of these sessions was entitled “The Plight of Plastics,” and consisted of a panel of five people: Janis McIntosh of Naturipe Farms, Natalie Shuman of…Landgard Bio showed professional marketing and high-quality organic products at the Biofach 2020
Focus on sustainable labelling solution, regionality and expansion of organic production
At the Biofach trade fair -that took place in Nuremberg from 12 to 15 February 2020- Landgard Bio has shown how environmentally friendly produced organic products can profit optimally from professional cooperative marketing. "With our competent team, we had numerous good discussions with producers and important…
Collecting fruit stickers
Some people hardly notice them, but others love fruit stickers. BBC Somerset twittered about Carl Middleton from Milverton, who collects them and makes fruit sticker albums.
First shipment of Dakahlia citrus arrives in Angola
South African distributors Alto Vida have successfully delivered their first shipment of Dakahlia citrus to Frutas e Legumes in Angola. The arrival of early seedless mandarins from Egypt will bring relief to Angolan consumers who have, due to restricted imports, had no access to easy peelers since the…Adercarta
Pura Natura breathable produce shoppers
Adercarta Spa attended Fruit Logistica for the first time to present "Pura Natura", the innovative fresh produce shopper that is resistant to humidity, recyclable, compostable and see-through. It is produced in Italy with Italian raw material and it already won the 2018 Packaging Oscar in the Over All…Skillpack introduces carton stretch machine ICE
Fresh produce with different measurements in carton sleeves
Consumer demand for more sustainable packaging with a more responsible, ecological footprint continues to rise. Skillpack is cooperating with its suppliers to meet this demand and has introduced the new cardboard stretch machine: the ICE. With the ICE, Skillpack, thanks to an innovative system that adapts…Magic
New absorbing pad for fruit with cellulose layer
Magic introduces an evolution of the absorbing pad, which features a cellulose rather than a plastic layer in line with the sector demands when it comes to sustainability. "Our PaperPad raised quite the interest at Fruit Logistica. The outer layer is made of cellulose paste instead of plastic and is suitable…Pascal Desessard, ULMA Packaging France:
“Our packaging system reduces the volume of salad bags”
ULMA Packaging has developed the “Tight Bag” packaging system, initially intended for frozen products, fresh herbs and salads. Pascal Desessard, director of ULMA Packaging France, explains that the main advantage of this system is the extraction of air, which helps reduce the volume of the bag. “It makes…Spain
New ECOSOFT recyclable container for berries approved by Adesva
The technical team of the Adesva Agribusiness Technology Center, based in the Spanish municipality of Lepe, has carried out an experimental study with the goal of evaluating the effectiveness of the new ECOSOFT containers for strawberries, manufactured by Veripack Packaging. This study, result of the agreement…
New custom-designed kiwi packaging: 100% recyled two-piece clamshell
Zespri will debut its new packaging at the Southeast Produce Council February 27th – 29th at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. The unique 1-lb. package is designed vertically and showcases the SunGold® Kiwifruit. The packaging is a custom, proprietary clamshell designed only for Zespri. The…US produce company partners with the emoji® company
Emojis to be featured on packaging to boost consumer engagement
Starr Ranch Growers will be the first United States produce company to partner with the emoji® company on licensed apples, pears and cherries. Beginning this summer, a deal brokered by the emoji company and its North American licensing agent, Retail Monster, the company will include emoji® brand icons on…
Australia: First delivery of wooden boxes for Kangaroo Island seed potato harvest
The unprecedented fires that have ravaged more than one third of Kangaroo Island are of particular concern for its members, stakeholders and their families. In response to these horrific bushfires on the Island, Potatoes South Australia has come up with some very practical assistance. Kangaroo Island…
IPL: "Reducing our use of plastic packaging"
To support Asda’s commitment to reduce the use of plastic in the business, IPL aim to remove 225 tonnes of plastic from its packaging in 2020. IPL uses packaging to protect,…
Greater collaboration on fresh produce packaging between retailers and growers
The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) members and major Australian retailers recently concluded their third roundtable discussion in 12 months.An initiative of the…Benjamin Vincent, Blue Whale:
“Our cardboard trays for 4 organic fruits will be available in early March”
At Fruit Logistica 2020, Blue Whale presented its tray for 4 fruits “Elément Terre Bio” made of 99.6% cardboard. “We started developing the project a little before the beginning of the season in September. After working on the design of the tray for a few months, we decided to present it to our clients…
The plastic packaging problem
The most common form of food packaging is plastic. It's cheap, it's disposable, it won't break if you drop it, and it ticks the boxes for food safety. Bonus: there's even a recycle symbol on it.…New and exclusive range of strawberries at the Staay Food Group.
Spanish Calinda strawberries presented in exclusive wooden packaging
At the Staay Food Group, the Calinda strawberries are now also sorted and available in an exclusive wooden packaging. This offer makes the Staay Food Group unique in the Netherlands. "Our producer from Almonte, Spain, is the largest producer of the Calinda group in Spain and only grows this special variety.…
Mexican company unveils sustainable packaging avocado solution
Mondi, a packaging and paper manufacturer, has partnered with Cartro, a provider of corrugated packaging in Mexico, on a new avocado box that they argue is “sustainable by design”. Fit-for-purpose packaging designs and paper grades are an important part of protecting fresh produce. According to the 2019…Serwo Packaging with new packaging alternative at the Fruit Logistica:
"All the advantages of wood pulp trays with the processability of PET"
The search for sustainable packaging alternatives for the German market will not go away. Some major supermarket chains have already changed their programmes several times to find the ideal balance between protection and improved environmental performance. The sensitive soft fruit in particular is probably…
Brambles' sales revenue of US$2,397.6 million increased 7% at constant currency with growth in every region
Brambles' sales revenue of US$2,397.6 million increased 7% at constant currency with growth in every region. Volume growth contributed 4% to Group growth and was driven by…Plastics are still there
Behind the scenes of Australia's fresh vegetable produce
Although Australian supermarkets are ostensibly trying to reduce the amount of plastic on their shelves, there is more than meets the eye to "naked" vegetables. Victorian…
Futuragri chooses compostable labels for its tomatoes
Concern for the environment has become crucial - more and more consumers care about the environmental, ethical and healthy value of the products they purchase. In addition, they are also increasingly sensitive as regards sustainable packaging and labeling. Companies must therefore meet these new needs by…Arthur Primus, Europlast Kunststoffbehälterindustrie GmbH:
"We are working on sustainability because we don't want to just talk, but act"
Austrian plastics processor EUROPLAST LLC focuses on resource-saving and efficient development, planning and operations, said CEO and spokesman of the Upper Carinthia Regional Forum Arthur Primus in an interview with WKÖ: "To act in harmony with nature is more than just a philosophy in our leading company…
Ready-Ripe watermelon pouch helps cut watermelon stay fresh longer
Maglio Companies has responded to consumer demand for high-value produce by focusing on quality and convenience in Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa (EMEIA), along with Asia Pacific (APAC). In the high-volume category of fresh cut watermelon, their award-winning readyripe® watermelon pouch is now available…
Corrugated box packaging company to pay R7 million for cartel conduct
The Competition Commission of South Africa has referred to the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) for confirmation as an order, a consent agreement with a corrugated box…
New packaging solution that degrades in 4 weeks
"Our stand in Berlin was a success and our Progetto 2020 insulating range with zero impact aimed at environmental sustainability (called Biopop) dominated the scene," reports Alessandro Scurria, administrator of Scf Packaging. Alessandro Scurria "We are pleased to announce we are the first company to…Robot solution was a big hit in Berlin:
"There is a lot of catching up to do in the automation for processing and packaging"
Last week's Fruit Logistica in Berlin was a successful display of processing and packaging capability for the US company ProEx Food, LLC, with offices in the United States and an additional office in Germany. The team had its new full washdown, hygienic pick-and-place robot on the stand, which was the…Juhos Csaba (Fresh Fruit Tész) sees growth potential for Hungarian agricultural exports
"New packaging strategy and plum varieties make us a reliable partner for the retail trade"
All in all, 2019 was an exciting and sometimes challenging year for the Hungarian agricultural sector as well. Due to the difficult weather conditions, the quality and harvest of stone fruits, which have always been one of the most important export products of the Central European country, suffered losses.…"Giving fruit in a different way encourages the consumption of fruit"
New special strawberry container for Valentine's Day
The Huelva-based cooperative Grufesa, which produces strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, has launched a new container specially designed for this year's Valentine's Day celebration. It is an original reusable 400 gram format, ideal for sharing, die cut with a heart and the word LOVE to give…
Edeka branch in Mönchengladbach starts with wicker baskets for EPS crates
The Dutch company Baskin has a rich history. The company has been supplying baskets to retailers and retailers for a hundred years.Eight years ago a plastic version of the classic wicker basket was developed. This made the fruit and vegetable sector an attractive market. "And let's be honest, a basket…Michaël Cibois, Gamma-Wopla:
"We do not simply offer boxes, but individual, combined solutions"
On the German market, there is a clear trend towards more sustainable solutions in the packaging sector. While reduced amounts of plastic and alternatives made of paper and cardboard are the forerunners in primary packaging, when talking about secondary packaging and transport, the spotlight is on…
New bioplastic cling film released for fresh produce packaging
Novamont introduced its new Mater-Bi cling film, a breakthrough in the company’s range of biodegradable and compostable films for food packaging 5 years after the launch of…Organic Swing® apple gets new packaging
“Consumers want to reduce their plastic consumption”
Last November, a Dutch packaging machine was installed in the warehouses of the apple exporter Mylord’. The reason? A new cardboard packaging for the organic Swing® apple, whose first harvest was completed at the end of 2019. The apples have been available in stores since January. According to Delphine…Thomas Weber, ATS-Tanner Banding Systems AG: "Banding could become a standard"
"Three reasons why banding is the optimal packaging technology for food"
"In the past week I have attended several events and conferences on the subject of 'sustainable food packaging' and sustainable packaging in general and, after discussions, I have repeatedly come to the conclusion that banding can solve many problems," says Thomas Weber from ATS-Tanner Banding Systems…Both organic and conventional
Oppy introduces plastic-free kiwi packs
Committed to sustainability in the industry, Oppy has introduced an innovative first: a plastic-free, tree-free, renewable packaging solution. As part of its long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and innovation-led approach to sustainable development, Oppy has partnered with CanePak to…
“The future of packaging holds room for both plastic and paper”
Mike Levis of Volm Companies and Wim van der Meulen of JASA Packaging discuss the latest trends in the packaging world. “There clearly is a shift away from plastics. Consumers want a reduction in or elimination of plastics and their pushback drives retailers and packers to start a conversation with us,”…
Strawberries in heartshaped packaging for Valentine's Day
On Valentine’s Day, you show your loved ones how much you care about them. Therefore, SanLucar offers its handpicked strawberries in a charming heartshaped packaging at the…
Morocco: Dakhla to get US$11 million fruit and veg packing station
Moroccan company Inter Tridim is set to build a fruit and vegetable packaging station in Dakhla, southern Morocco. The budget is about MAD 109 million (some US$11 million). Dakhla’s development projects fall under the umbrella of the development model king Mohammed VI launched on the 40th anniversary of…Collaboration JASA, Euro-West and OTC Organics
"We are keeping the chain closed with dedicated organic packaging line"
Out of the last four Fruit Logistica editions, JASA and Euro West has toasted to new collaborations at three. This year it was in honour of an order from a dedicated-organic line that Euro West will use for its client OTC Organics for the packaging of organic fruit and vegetable products. The new line…CFQ Standard to standardize packaging
New quality standard for cardboard fruit and vegetable boxes
Last week, GroentenFruit Huis and Corrugated Benelux Association (CBA) launched the CFQ Standard. This took place at the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin, Germany. Common Footprint Quality (CFQ), is a new quality standard for fruit and vegetable boxes. These are boxes made from corrugated and solid…BerryWorld
"Setting our sights on reducing environmental impact through tailored packaging innovations worldwide"
The scope of sustainability has grown a lot over the years, and alongside that, so has BerryWorld’s focus. BerryWorld is convinced that sustainability is a natural part of…Aimed at fresh-food packaging
BASF and Fabbri Group develop certified compostable cling film
Based on BASF’s certified compostable ecovio, Fabbri Group produces the highly transparent stretch film Nature Fresh. The new certified compostable ecovio enables the…
Croats are picking environmentally-friendly biodegradable bags
Apparently, the Croatian public is enthusiastically supporting ecological issues and the fight against plastics, despite the extra cost. Supermarket giant Spar have revealed they sold one million biodegradable bags in 2019, even though the bags carry a small charge. Non-biodegradable bags for fruit and vegetables in…SORMAPEEL
Recyclable packaging compatible with Sorma packaging machinery
At Fruit Logistica 2020, Sorma, specialist in the design and construction of fruit and vegetable packaging, grading and weighing systems, launched an innovation destined to revolutionise packaging in this industry. This is SORMAPEEL, an original patent pending solution developed by the Italian group,…
Euro Pool System unfolds a world of circular value
Euro Pool System launched a new campaign ‘Unfold a world of circular value’ at Fruit Logistica 2020. As a leading logistics service provider, Euro Pool System demonstrates how its pool system adds circular value, ensures maximum efficiency and prevents waste. This has been the guiding principle behind…
80% plastic reduction through packaging in a cardboard tray
"Plastic reduction and more sustainable packaging with Paperseal. The solution to save up to 80% plastic with packaging in a cardboard tray on a Traysealer from G. Mondini," says Zwager Techniek. Paperseal is made from a cardboard blank, which is formed into a MAP tray and is provided with a foil (liner)…Top Control continues expanding abroad
Guaranteed weight as an innovative system
The guaranteed weight is a very successful solution, appreciated in large-scale distribution as well as in the supply chain. The main challenge is that of designing packages that respect the expected percentage of weight loss, but without giving away too much product. To achieve maximum efficiency in…
2 major innovations for eco-responsible packaging of exotic fruits and vegetables
According to a study carried out by the Ellen McArthur foundation, “if nothing is done to eradicate plastic pollution, the oceans could contain a ton of plastic for three tons of fish as of 2025. In 2050, the weight of plastic would be heavier than the weight of marine fish.” Faced with this…
IKEA commits to biodegradable mushroom packaging
Conventional packaging waste makes up a massive portion of the plastic pollution damaging waterways, animals, and natural resources. On top of that, plastic is sourced from petroleum, which is itself an extremely limited resource. Even the manufacture of plastic pollutes the air. Post-consumer use,…
Cardboard fruit and vegetable packaging from Dutch grown Elephant grass
The Dutch company, Argos Packaging, is currently at the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin, Germany. This year, everything revolves around sustainable packaging. They are launching the first truly sustainable cardboard fruit and vegetable packaging, among other things. It is made from Dutch grown…
Sustainable packaging for fresh berries and cherries
Headquartered in the Netherlands, but operating globally, Growers Packers, is now offering its organic and conventionally grown berries in sustainable packaging. “We use a Pulp cardboard packaging with a Mono-PET foil, which allows us to reduce plastics by more than 97 percent,” says Jacques Luteijn with…Upmann Verpackungsmaschinen presents extended machine catalogue in Berlin
"Increasing demand for highly automated complete solutions in the packaging sector"
A high level of automation and high-quality processes for the sustainable packaging of fruit and vegetables: these are currently the most important needs in the fruit and vegetable industry. The internationally operating Upmann Verpackungsmaschinen company will be demonstrating three new automation…
North American berry producers commit to 100% recycle-ready packaging by 2025
In another step to further reduce the produce industry’s environmental impact, major North American fresh berry producers announced their commitment to use 100% recycle-ready…
IUV's objective is to replace plastic packaging with coating to reduce food waste
IUV Srl is an innovative start-up that was set up in May 2019 focusing on the research, development, production and commercialization of modern, sustainable and natural packaging. The idea behind it, however, dates back to 2011. "I was in high school in 2011 and, during a Business English lesson, the teacher…Srotec LLC presents new binding method SR-Cyklop HD for field vegetables
"New binding machine enables smooth bundling in dirty environment"
Similar to last year, Bochum-based machine supplier Franz Sroka has managed to add a new process to its versatile machine catalogue in time for Fruit Logistica. This year Srotec LLC will again focus on the bundling of field-fresh vegetables. The new SR-Cyklop HD tying machine, which was especially…Harald Jantzen, K-D Hermann LLC contact labelling systems:
"We rely on German-made quality machines for our labelling systems"
Sustainability and environmental protection will remain major issues for the fruit and vegetable sector in 2020 - in Germany and internationally. At Fruit Logistica, which starts on Wednesday in Berlin, many companies will be presenting their new concepts, and packaging solutions will once again be at the…Eckenfels Fruchthandel launches cardboard foodtainer bowl for top fruit
"As a modern service provider for the food retailing industry, we are highly efficient in terms of packaging technology"
Oberkich fruit trading company Eckenfels is on the verge of a new milestone in the company's history. Starting in March, the fruit trader and service provider will pack its pome fruit in a sealable foodtainer tray made entirely of paper. This step is part of a long-term sustainability strategy in the packaging…Jan Lode van den Heuvel, VDH Concept
"SQ-Doy Paper is unique, customizable and recyclable "
Sustainability, less plastic and recycling are high on the agenda among fruit and vegetable companies these. “However, sustainability has never been as big an issue as it is now. We have been supplying packaging with recycled plastic for years, but this has never been communicated to the consumer, "says…
Snack'nBox now suitable for automatic processing
"Convenience, accurate product information and recyclable materials. The refined Snack’nBox meets the needs of today's customer," says Bordex Packaging. "The packaging for snack vegetables is characterised by a tough design, maximum visibility of the contents and is easy to close. The Snack'nBox is…
Two major innovations for ecofriendly exotic fruit and vegetable packaging
According to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation study, «the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight). In response to that environmental emergency, the Environment and Community Ministry launched France’s National…
New packaging for food service apple program catches eyes
Newly redesigned packaging for a food service apple program is making its mark with more than just consumers. “Our goal for the package redesign was to develop packaging that better related to our end customer, K-12 students, and to excite nutrition directors,” says Grant Boring of Peterson Farms based…A&P Service offers banding machines to customers near and far
"Possibilities of our sustainable packaging solution are inexhaustible"
Sustainable packaging alternatives made of cardboard and paper are rapidly gaining in importance, and not just within the German trade. Peter Schiffmann - a long-time machine supplier to the O&G industry and owner of the A&P Service company - has been offering a sustainable banding solution for three years,…
Paper packaging without sealing
Sustainability is no longer a trend but the new norm. JASA also finds it essential to contribute to reducing plastic and focuses on using paper packaging. Paper-Vento®, Semoulin Packaging, cartoPaper All types of paper packaging – with or without sealing – are suitable for processing with JASA’s vertical packaging machines. JASA…
Swedish supermarket chain does away with bananas' plastic packaging
There is a Swedish supermarket chain called ICA. They have replaced their ICA I love eco and Fairtrade bananas plastic packaging. A label has replaced this. As a result, 25 ton less plastic is being used per year. That is one of the ICA's steps in its new strategy to reduce the amount of plastic. The…CartoPaper packaging is suitable for horizontal flowpack machines and vertical bag sealing machines
"The environmental notions of the modern buyer are served by this concept"
With the latest packaging solution from Cartomat, the Willich-based specialist printing company is once again setting an example of sustainability. The new cartoPaper monopackaging made of 100% paper -straight from the roll- is suitable for a variety of fresh products such as potatoes, onions and carrots,…
Denmark packaging company Hartmann acquires Mohan Fibre
Denmark’s Brødrene Hartmann A/S, is a manufacturer of molded fibre packaging for eggs and fruits. On Thursday, they announced the acquisition of Mohan Fibre Products Pvt. Ltd,…Mitrosilis SA on the upcoming kiwi season
Lower Italian kiwi production creates opportunities for Greece
The lack of Italian quantity and quality in their kiwis could prove a perfect opportunity for the kiwi growers in Greece. Despite only having a third of the acreage that Italy has, Greece is expecting a harvest of around 250,000 tons of kiwis, which is quite close to the expected Italian harvest. According…Bandall and Max Aarts about fruit and vegetable banding solutions
‘Keep it simple and flexible’
‘Keep it simple and flexible’. That is Branding by Banding partners, Bandall and Max Aarts', most important message at next's week's Fruit Logistica. This simplicity translates into sustainable packaging and banding solutions using - on balance - as little packaging material as possible. Various unique banding examples will be on…Beekenkamp Verpakkingen
Introduction of four new varieties of transport tray, low and half height
There is an increasing interest among companies that work with automated logistics systems for transport containers with a smooth surface at the bottom. These transport containers with a smooth bottom are able to move much more smoothly over an automated conveyor belt, roller conveyors or chain conveyor.…Completely plastic-free
New fruit and vegetable delivery service launched in Cumbria
Fruit and vegetable wholesaler Inter Fresh from Cumbria has a fresh, healthy and environmental approach to the trade. The company has launched a partnership called Boxed Fresh, which deliver fresh fruit boxes to the workplace and boxes of vegetables to the home. The men behind it are William Box,…
Sealable paper reams for VFFS machines
The Dutch company, Sarco Packaging, has introduced sealable paper packaging. It comes on reams and features a cellulose window. This combination means the material is entirely recyclable. People can put the whole package in the paper and cardboard recycling bin. This sealable material can be used on most…
New Zealand supermarket giant to trial plastic removal from fresh produce items
New Zealand supermarket Countdown will be removing plastics from 65 of its fresh produce items, as part of a ten-week trial: 'Unwrapped', which will aim to remove more than a tonne of plastic from three of its stores from next month. Customers at Orewa, Ponsonby and Manukau will try an unwrapped fruit…International Islamic University Malaysia
Durian skin biocomposite is suitable for take-out packaging and 3-D printing
Researchers at the International Islamic University Malaysia have developed biodegradable food packaging container, using durian fruit skin, that can also be used as 3-D printing filament. The new development is in line with the "New Plastics Economy" where this alternative sustainable material supports…Carel van Buchem, Nedato:
"After new packaging line, new product line under own name"
In the past year, Nedato has worked hard on the new strategic direction where growth is paramount in all segments. For example, Nedato is launching a new product line under its own name during Fruit Logistica. The new packaging line, which came into use at the end of last year, is fully in line with…
New packaging machine for making paper bags
At Fruit Logistica 2020, GKS Packaging is introducing the LEAF, a new packaging machine for making paper bags. LEAF is the first vertical form, fill and seal machine that is purely designed to achieve the best results when producing paper bags from material that is 100% recyclable and 100% compostable. "We…Competition Authority of Kenya
Del Monte Kenya reaches settlement with watchdog
Food processor Del Monte Kenya has reached an amicable settlement with the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK), after voluntarily amending some missing wording on the…
SoFruPak chooses NatureFlex for it's compostable and biodegradable soft fruit carton-based packs
Polish soft fruit packaging producer, SoFruPak, has chosen Futamura’s renewable and compostable NatureFlex™ films for the windows in its soft fruit tray lids. NatureFlex™ is…
Kompuestos presents potato-based bioplastic
The Spanish Kompuestos company, based in Barcelona, is a producer of sustainable plastic compounds, has developed a bioplastic made entirely from potato starch which reportedly biodegrades in four weeks. The formulation of this bioplastic, which is part of Kompuestos' Biokomp range, aims to replace…
Top-seal film can reduce packaging materials by as much as 42%
Proseal worldwide is a supplier of tray sealing machinery and allied equipment for the global soft fruit sector. Proseal enables customers to pack their products in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Because of the topseal principle, plastic consumption is already reduced to a great extent. The…
New table-grape packaging consists of paper instead of plastic
One of the most contentious issues confronting the fresh produce sectors at the moment is unquestionably the issue of plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables. There is a consensus across retailers, fruit and vegetable distributors, wholesalers, packers, and consumers that it is an issue that needs to…
Advanced packaging cuts fresh green bean waste
The US foodservice industry is discovering the benefits of receiving fresh green bean supplies in lean, modified atmosphere bulk packaging (MAP) newly developed by sustainable packaging experts StePac, Ltd. The company’s advanced solution under the brand name Xtend® targets food waste in the foodservice…
In 2019 AVI helped in recycling 111 million bottles to produce its PRIME range of punnets
The packaging industry as a whole, and the plastic packaging industry in particular, is having to evolve and adapt as consumers and retailers want more sustainable packaging for fruit and vegetables without compromising on the shelf life guarantees. Indian company AVI Global Plast has been offering its…Northern India
State of Haryana to set up 200 pack-houses for vegetables and fruits
Haryana is one of the 28 states in India, located in northern part of the country. The state’s Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Jai Prakash Dalal, said that the state…Akon Robotics increasingly focuses on customised complete solutions for the O&G sector
"System counteracts the lack of employees and reduces incorrect labelling"
In these times of shortage of skilled workers, machine suppliers are faced with ever evolving challenges. Tasks that years ago were still a distant prospect are now becoming important factors in the production process itself or in the logistics of fresh produce. At last year's Fachpack in Nuremberg, the…
Proseal meets Hawthorn Produce's needs for speed and space
A tray sealer and integrated conveyor from Proseal are providing a fruit producer with greater throughput and ample production line space for packing, allowing it to meet increased demand from its customers. Spalding-based HP² - short for Hawthorn Produce, Packaging and Handling –required a high-speed…Spain
Active container to extend the shelf life of tomatoes and peppers by more than 40%
A group of researchers from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) has developed an active container capable of extending the shelf life of the vegetables contained in…
Eosta announces ambitious initiatives
European organic produce importer-marketer Eosta has revealed the imminent launch of two initiatives – a refocused, expanded Dr GoodFood campaign and a new range of plant-based packaging – as part of its participation in leading global trade exhibition Fruit Logistica 2020, which takes place in Berlin,…
Pura Natura can be recycled in a number of ways
When it comes to fresh items like fruit and vegetables, it's particularly important to consumers that they can see the contents of the packaging. One alternative to plastic is…foodwatch wins lawsuit against Amazon:
Amazon Fresh must clearly denote the origin of fruit and vegetables
Online grocer Amazon Fresh must better label the origin of fruit and vegetables; the Munich Regional Court has upheld a corresponding claim by foodwatch. The consumer…
Lidl introduces Ireland's first 100% compostable bag for potatoes
Lidl Ireland has introduced the first fully compostable potato bag in the country, in conjunction with Meade Potato Company. The two-kilogramme packs of Meade White Potatoes feature packaging made from FSC-certified sustainable paper, strengthened with starch. The net in the bag is made of corn starch,…
Un Sacco Green - sustainable packaging solution by La Linea Verde
"While a simple bag will not save the planet on its own, we are doing what we can. At Marca, we have introduced the new DimmidiSì packaging which is called Un Sacco Green - basically a biodegradable compostable bag that shows its content. And this is just the tip of the iceberg," explains Andrea…Award-winning Earthcycle™ to unveil new designs at Fruit Logistica
New plastic-free packaging designs for berries and avocados
After winning Bronze in the Innovation Award at Fruit Logistica 2019, CKF returns this year with more prizes, in the form of new industry-led designs for the berry and avocado categories. The EC 865 is a sealable punnet particularly well-suited to containing fruit such as cherries, blueberries, strawberries, and…
China sets labelling rules
China recently registered requirements relating to food labels with the WTO's TBT committee. No proposed enforcement date for these regulations has been announced. The United States Department of…
Lidl preparing to simplify cardboard boxes for its greengrocer section
As part of its commitment to continue using cardboard in its greengrocer section, the German chain Lidl is preparing an important change in its packaging policy focused on…Sinclair EcoLabel®
Nomination recognises the significance of a having fully compostable fresh produce label
Sinclair EcoLabel® has been nominated for a Fruit Logistica 2020 Innovation Award. "The nomination recognises the significance of a having fully compostable fresh produce label available for our customers and our industry," according to the company.A minimal fresh produce packaging solution, Sinclair…
Can mycelium packaging answer the global packaging crisis?
At this time, the world is under threat from a growing mountain of waste. So could a new mushroom-based material be the solution we have been waiting for? Mycelium is a new sustainable packaging that could replace less environmentally friendly options, such as plastic and polystyrene. It is a completely…Sham discussion or packaging revolution?
Renaissance for wooden crates in France, Spain and Italy - When will Germany follow?
"The new packaging law aims in particular to avoid free riders, but hardly provides any impetus for more genuine sustainability. The global dependence on China and other countries then suddenly became clear when massive import restrictions for waste were introduced." Harsh criticism of decisions by politicians…
Demonstrating complete packing lines during interpack
At this year's interpack MultiVac will be presenting itself as a supplier of integrated solutions in packaging and processing. The company's focus on the main exhibition stand (Hall 5, E 23) will include four fully automated packaging lines, as well as concepts for producing sustainable packaging…Banderoles becoming increasingly popular alternative in retail
"This packaging makes the freshness of goods very discernable at the POS"
The reduction and avoidance of (plastic) packaging has become a major issue in the trade. Sustainable alternatives are being sought everywhere and more and more often, banderoles are finding their way into the food retail trade. Whether used for zucchini, celery or bananas - banderoles have come to stay.…
Compostable cucumber wrap adapts to new Australian industries
In South Australia, a fully compostable shrink-wrap for cucumbers was developed; it is now being adopted by other food sectors and a global airline. The material’s Adelaide-based manufacturer BioBag World Australia has doubled production in the past six months and will significantly boost its output…Surplus Systems-Retail GmbH presents efficient store concept at Fruit Logistica
Smart-Display offers mobile and flexible advertising space to fresh food trade
Today's fresh food market needs integrated and robust store concepts for smooth product presentation at the POS. The sustainability and robustness of the concept, as well as the low investment and easy handling, are particularly important. At this year's Fruit Logistica, Surplus Systems-Retail LLC will…project Service & Produktion GmbH presents PROBAND V in Berlin
"Banding machine with quick change frame is unique in the industry"
Currently, solutions with banderoles are not only used in the food industry, but also in many other sectors. At this year's Fruit Logistica, project Service & Produktion LLC will be present for the first time and the company will present the new PROBAND V process to the trade public. This new banding…