Packaging and Labelling

NatureSweet launches new pepper Dulce Italiano Sweet Peppers

New peppers: All the sweet and none of the heat

All the sweet and none of the heat! With 8,000 full-time, hardworking Associates, NatureSweet® has launched Dulce Italiano Sweet Peppers. "Like all peppers, NatureSweet’s offer that satisfying crunch and health perks, but instead of spice ‘n’ heat, the Dulce Italianos are just as sweet as can be. Perfect…

Packlinq wants to further expand its fruit and vegetable range:

"Why sell candy in cone bags, but not radishes?"

Hans Wijgers is no stranger to the Dutch horticultural and fruit and vegetable sectors. He used to own Mecari Plastics, and those sectors widely used his flexible, plastic packaging. Now, he's involved in another Dutch company, Packlinq. Its webshop contains no fewer than 18,000 articles. It produces its…

Zip Top

New way to keep vegetables fresh

Zip Top launches products in Australia

A game-changing range of storage containers that can be zipped up has launched its products in Australia. Zip Top was created after founder Rebecca Finnell discovered a lack of variety in the storage container market. The company’s 'Zip Top' containers have been designed with a flat base to stand up when…

No Waste Technology

Flexibility in paper packaging designs while preserving 100% recyclability

Demand for sustainability in packaging has been rising both among the consumer as well as throughout the produce industry. Among the various materials that can be used in sustainable packaging, paper is the most efficient in terms of recyclability, according to Stefano Giusti, GM of Policarta and the VP…

A new plastic wrapping and unwinding machine for asparagus

Investing in research despite difficult times

The best entrepreneurs are those who know how to allocate investments according to their availability and market conditions. The principle of not biting off more than you can chew is generally valid. A video below with the new gear "In this dramatic situation caused by the coronavirus, the economy has slowed…

Le Tresacois:

Plastic-free packaging for kiwifruit

This year, Le Tresacois has introduced a kraft tray for its kiwifruit campaign. The producer, located in the south of France, is trying to increasingly abandon plastic in order to meet the market's demands. Le Trecasois is starting the green kiwifruit campaign (Hayward variety) very slowly. "The French…

Adriana Chelli, of Les Herbes du Roussillon:

"During this period of uncertainty, we are focusing on the production and on food safety values"

"This is a challenging time for us, as it is for everyone," says Adriana Chelli, of Les Herbes du Roussillon. "Fortunately, we have the chance to continue working, despite the lack of visibility, like all players in the food sector." The demand from customers in the out-of-home catering sector is…

Circular supply chain main focus of Dutch Fruit Tech Campus

Cooperation between education and business at the intersection of innovation and education is in full development. Euro Pool System joined the Fruit Tech Campus in Geldermalsen, The Netherlands this week. As a supplier of reusable folding trays, Euro Pool System is working towards a sustainable future,…

Camille Marques, of Le Verger de la Blottière:

"We now offer 100% recyclable cardboard packaging for our flagship products"

Two years ago, Le Verger de la Blottière confirmed its commitment to reducing the use of plastic in its packaging. The Covid-19 crisis has not slowed this process down; quite the opposite. "Within the framework of our Demain La Terre certification, it is important for us to act as a responsible company.…

Large German berry packer moves toward sustainability with traysealer

Fresh berries are a growing market in Germany, as well as the rest of the world. To meet the growing demand, Baumann Vertriebs GmbH & Co., a berry-growing and -packaging operation in southern Germany, has expanded its production and packing capabilities in recent years. This season, the company began…

Indian packaging manufacturer sees more demand for PET packaging

"From 2020, our production capacity is one million pieces a day"

The demand for PET clamshells has been picking up over the past few months. Some of it has to do with the coronavirus, as consumers prefer to have hygienic containers avoiding multiple touches from people. One manufacturer has increased production and now produces one million pieces per day. Indian…

Indian researchers develop bio-degradable packing from cucumber peel

Throwing away cucumber peels after preparing your salad could be a thing of the past. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur have developed…

New Heirloom Apple Discovery pack showcases eco-friendly packaging

A network of Eco-certified orchards in the northeastern US is taking their commitment to environmentally progressive practices to a new level with the introduction of an innovative eco-friendly apple package for the holidays. The Heirloom Apple Discovery Pack was developed by nonprofit marketing…

Orango launches patented solution with magnets

"We see opportunities for reusable lids in the convenience fruit segment"

orango® has developed and patented a reusable lid that uses magnets. The innovative solution is made of silicone and the first samples are already successfully in circulation, the management confirms on request. The sustainable packaging solution was developed primarily for dairy products in cups - such…

ATS-Tanner Banding Systems AG offers visually attractive and ecologically sustainable solution

"It is not just asparagus producers who want to simplify and automate their packaging processes"

It is the asparagus season - in a way. Usually, the leading trade fair for asparagus and strawberry cultivation in Germany takes place in November. Due to the Corona situation, the trade fair duo expoSE/expoDirekt unfortunately had to be cancelled, but the sector is still looking for the latest solutions…

Mexico reinstates labeling exemption for US food service products

Two weeks ago, the US potato industry was informed that Mexico rescinded its new front of pack labeling regulation, reinstating the exemption for food service products. As a…

Gert Last, Mondipal, the Netherlands

“Shallower plastic fruit boxes provide more space and a little less pressure”

Most fruit growers probably have large cubic crates. They mainly use these to store apples and pears for long periods in ULO cold stores. These are often crates with a height of 76cm. When the container is full, the bottom layer of fruit is under considerable pressure. Mondipal has come up with a simple…

Richard Neuhoff (EcoMark LLC) on the erroneous monopolisation of 'natural branding'

"Use of laser technology is allowed for everyone; it is not a protected process"

"With almost 15 years of experience, we are pioneers in the gentle product marking of fruit and vegetables using lasers," a recently published press release from Spanish company Laser Food read. They used the term "Natural Light Labeling" for this until 2017. A thorn in the side of Richard Neuhoff, the…

Bay Of Plenty post-harvest facility prepares for stage 4 expansion

Confidence in the kiwifruit industry’s export growth is fuelling Mount Pack & Cool’s plans to charge ahead with new investment in innovation and increased packing and storage…

Saving costs and sustainability go hand in hand

"Whoever says strawberries, says Hoogstraten. Rightly so, because Hoogstraten Cooperative grew out of strawberry cultivation. In the meantime, Hoogstraten is also known as the taste specialist in berries, tomatoes and peppers. Together with our producers, we ensure that customers can enjoy tasty fruit…

Ludan Fresh Supplies presents Sempreverde

Aromatic herbs in cardboard boxes

"We created our Sempreverde range due to the increasing interest in potted aromatic herbs and with the objective of optimizing the resources used while introducing containers other than vases. We are talking about basil and parsley plants placed in clever cardboard boxes. "The herbs destined for this…

Dutch company has new light-weight PP buckets

Poorthuis Packaging, in the Netherlands, has developed a light-weight PP bucket. It can be used for products like snack tomatoes. The buckets have gaps in their sides. That reduces plastic use by 25%. It has a 100% R-PET lid and is suitable for 500g of tomatoes. The container can get a cardboard lid if used for…

Aaron Fox:

“We expect to see the Covid-19 packaging trends continue into 2021”

Packaging has seen a big boost in sales this year as a result of the pandemic. Just like everyone else in the industry, the ability to be flexible proved vital for packaging companies, but for Fox Packaging, flexibility is already built into their standard operations. Aaron Fox, President of Fox…

CargoPlast LLC and its business partners rely on large boxes for rent

"Our business model is a win-win situation for everyone involved"

Salem-based company CargoPlast LLC is firmly established in the sales of large boxes and plastic containers for agricultural purposes. Even in today's times of crisis, its management wants to continue to support its clientele - such as producers of all kinds of fruit and vegetables. Together with a…

Belgian company, Warnez, used 94 tons less plastic for its potato packaging

Since 2109, Belgian packaging company, Warnez, have used 94 tons less petroleum-based plastic. That's been achieved by thinning out films or revising designs. They've also encouraged the sale of loose potatoes. Warnez introduced films based on I'm Green PE too. That's derived from sugar cane. And the…

René Eekcels, Baskin:

"Folding basket for EPS crates with woven look shines new light on presentation on fresh produce shelf"

Baskin is one of the first in Europe to supply food-safe baskets for supermarkets since 2008. "We have supplied plenty of bread departments, but we have developed a robust basket especially for the fruit and vegetable department we that can withstand the harsh conditions that heavy and moist fruit and vegetable…

Nature's Pride increases sustainability of avocado packaging

In line with its plan to increase the sustainability of its packaging, Nature’s Pride is introducing a 100% cardboard packaging for avocados. This packaging represents a huge step in the reduction of plastic usage. In addition, it consists of just a single type of material, cardboard. This means it can…

Morning Glory Farms - DiMuto Blockchain

The Australian vegetable grower capitalising on blockchain technology to boost business practices

A Western Australian farmer is utilising blockchain technology to help promote his business and hopefully grow markets into the future. In partnership with DiMuto, Morning Glory Farms has started using a special label and QR Code, which is placed on its Spaghetti Squash, that included details such as…

Natural Branding© by LaserFood: the one and only supported by European Union

"When looking for innovative laser labeling for fresh produce, beware imitations! With almost 15 years’ experience LaserFood is the pioneer and undisputed leader of laser-labelled technology", claims John Bean Technologies - JBT Corporation. Natural Branding©: more than just technologyNatural Branding© is…

Aziena Agricola Marina

Paper packaging for potatoes in Trentino

Azienda Agricola Marina was established in 2008 and boasts a small production of potatoes for fresh consumption of a high quality. The produce is packaged in recyclable paper. The company started with 5,000 sq m, while now crops cover 2.5 hectares and produce around 100 tons a year. For the purposes of…

Bemisal (El Salvador) develops BIO MANGA®

New 100% biodegradable protective packaging for banana bunches

After two years of research and development, BEMISAL officially presented BIO MANGA®, a new and eco-friendly product that protects a bunch of banana and helps producers achieve premium prices, due to the excellent appearance of the fruit. BIO MANGA® BIO MANGA® is a protective packaging made of Kraft paper…

A visit to contact Auszeichnungssysteme in Hirschhorn:

"We attach so much importance to social, economic and ecological sustainability"

"Think about tomorrow today, preserve resources for future generations: That is what sustainability means." FreshPlaza's visit to K-D Hermann LLC contact Auszeichnungssysteme in the idyllic town of Hirschhorn am Neckar was dedicated to sustainability as well. From the lonely black garbage can, to…

Batlow Apples - Eco-Friendly Punnets

"We are hoping that other businesses in the pome fruit industry in Australia are able to follow suit"

One of Australia's major apple producers is hoping the rest of the industry follows its lead, after releasing one-kilogram eco-friendly punnets. Batlow Apples launched the cardboard packaging last week, and National Sales Manager Pat Rositano says it has already received positive reactions from…

Packaging landscape develops rapidly - unfortunately not always towards sustainability

Good packaging, bad packaging - or just go without?

People say: 'The only good packaging is recyclable packaging.' However, this statement should be questioned critically, at least when it comes to plastic packaging. Recyclable plastic packaging cannot remade into food packaging. And a food packaging made of recycled plastic is currently not returned to…

Mike Keegan of Sambrailo Packaging:

“The pandemic was only a speedbump, demand for sustainable packaging continues to grow”

The demand for sustainable packaging solutions has been rising over the years, being driven by many factors. While the initial outbreak of the pandemic put this demand on hold for a moment, Mike Keegan of Sambrailo Packaging says that this was only a brief pause and demand has returned to its normal…

Plasticband launches the Eco 245 strap

Development of first environmentally-friendly strap made with 100% recycled material

The company Plasticband, a leader in the sustainable production of machinery and consumables for packaging in Spain, has launched the first environmentally-friendly and…

StC and AGF-Holland

Two Dutch companies join forces to market sustainable fruit and vegetable Johannes packaging range

In February this year, Jan van der Kaden of StC International phoned Johannes Janssen of AGF Holland. Jan wanted to showcase Johannes' packaging line of the same name. That would be at StC International's stand during the Fruit Logistica. "Changing things just before the trade show. We like doing that. That's how…

SABIC and Schwarz Group to bring circular PE vegetable bags to German shops

Saudi petrochemicals player SABIC and the Schwarz Group, a European retail store operator, have signed a deal to roll out transparent film bags made from circular polyethylene…

VPK Group NV and Encase Ltd reach acquisition agreement

Yesterday, VPK Group came to an agreement with COPI Holding to buy Encase Ltd, manufacturer and designer of corrugated cardboard packaging. Encase Ltd operates two integrated corrugated packaging plants in England and one sheet plant in Scotland. It is VPK’s intention to merge Encase with its UK…

Environmental friendliness and practicality are two key considerations for Chinese packaging manufacturers

Competition in the agricultural produce market grows more intense every day. The segment of young consumers also grows and many suppliers now focus on fashionable packaging as…

Kaitlin Wyatt of Proseal America:

“Top-sealed trays reduce materials used in packaging by 45%”

There have been many different trends fueling the packaging industry over the years but sustainability has remained at the forefront of everyone’s minds, as well as efficiency and protection. Proseal America’s GT1e machine is one of the company’s most popular packaging machines for the produce industry,…

Richard Neuhoff (EcoMark) on optimized natural branding processes

"Maximum productivity through machine adaptations"

This summer, the third generation of Natural Branding machines from EcoMark was launched on the market. The existing process has been significantly optimized, Managing Director Richard Neuhoff explains. "The machine is even easier to operate, can be optimized more easily for customer-specific products…

Jean-Jacques Cadiou, Sarl Daniel Cadiou

France: A 100 % plastic-free packaging for Traditional shallots

The French company, SARL Daniel Cadiou, is specialized in the traditional shallot trade. Concerned about reducing the ecological impact of its business, Daniel Cadiou has been thinking about its packaging for several months now. Jean-Jacques Cadiou explains : “The first step has been to develop packaging…

The new route traced by Fabbri Group awarded “Best Packaging 2020” for “Technological Innovation”

Fabbri Group’s strategy, based on offering complete and effective packaging systems thanks to the most complete synergy of machines and films specific for different applications, is once again a winner. Today it is the “Nature Fresh” project that stands out, receiving the historic Italian Award…

Manter introduces AutoMesh + for more speed and efficiency

Manter launches a new packaging machine with a capacity up to 25 bags (at 2.5 kg) per minute. The AutoMesh+ packs fully automatically into mesh bags from a roll and can be adjusted to a different package weight at the touch of a button. Manter thus meets the increasing demand for versatile automation of…

Nick Polder, NIQ supplies

“Sustainable packaging is sometimes not an option if cardboard can't be used”

Shoppers will soon find snack tomatoes in sustainable packaging in a Dutch supermarket. NIQ Supplies' Nick Polder developed it. Nick's also experimenting with soft fruit and grape packaging. It started with a hamburger in a handy, sustainable cardboard packaging. That's now grown into a company. It's…

"IPL enjoys 25% increase in throughput"

One of the UK’s potato packers has seen a dramatic increase in productivity after investing in new machinery. Over the last six months, IPL, which is part of the ASDA family, has seen throughput increase by 25%. In February, the company doubled the number of GIC machines operating at its Scottish factory…

'The all-new Ribbon Printer speeds up to 1000mm/s'

The Ribbon Printer is a heavy duty industrial solution, developed in cooperation with Videojet and works seamlessly with the Baxmatic, Propak Rollstockbagger and various ERP systems. Easy to install, operate and maintain for maximum flexibility and traceability. This high-speed thermal transfer…

New Compact Pattern Labeler™ with vision recognition to benefit smaller packing houses

Sinclair has launched a unique labeling system, the Sinclair Compact Pattern Labeler™ (CPL) with a Vision Recognition System (VRS). “This system is a game changer for smaller locations,” says Duncan Jones with Sinclair. “It is high-speed, automated compact labeling technology that provides advanced tray…

Terphane

Sustainable line of PET films to be showcased at Fresh Summit

Fresh produce consumers are looking for natural, healthy, and convenient products. As packaging gains more relevance in the produce category, Terphane, a producer of specialty PET films and an important global player, will present three innovative solutions developed for this sector at the virtual PMA…

Official opening for Tahiti limes packhouse in Colombia this week

La Dona Fruit – a producer and exporter of fresh golden pineapples and tropical fruits in Latin America – is ecstatic to announce the official opening this week of its groundbreaking Valle Verde packhouse and coldstore for Tahiti limes in Apartadó, Antioquia, in the north of Colombia. The inauguration…

Remmert Dekker Packaging wins European Carton Excellence Award

On 7 October, the 2020 ECEA winners were announced. "The European Carton Excellence Award is the most prestigious prize for foldable cardboard packaging. Remmert Dekker Packaging's product won a Platinum Award. That was in the 'virgin fiber food packaging' category," says a Remmert Dekker spokesperson.   The winning…

Markon Cooperative

Fully recyclable cardboard clamshells for strawberries launched

To help move the produce industry away from plastic and increase recyclability, Markon Cooperative’s new cardboard, fully recyclable strawberry clamshell is now available to foodservice operators. The package, designed for its Markon First Crop (MFC) two-pound strawberries, is made with food grade…

Jan Strijbos, Prins Verpakkingstechniek, the Netherlands

Why can't fruit and vegetable compartmented bags get off the ground?

This week Bart Nemegheer of De Aardappelhoeve collected up a new Barsch horizontal flow pack packaging machine. That was from Prins Verpakkingstechniek. These are both Dutch companies. At De Aardappelhoeve, the new machine replaces of an older line. It's used for potatoes in small packaging. It has…

Sending Brazilian mangoes to Europe

Brazilian packaging company offers extended shelf-life and reduced transportation costs

Increased fruit consumption worldwide to strengthen immunity in the pandemic; devalued real; climatic conditions that allow multiple harvests per year. All of these factors are contributing to higher Brazilian fruit exports, with an ever-increasing emphasis on mango. According to Agrostat, in 2019,…

PerfoTec and Oerlemans Packaging Group team up

Extended shelf life of fresh produce through collaboration

PerfoTec and Oerlemans Packaging Group will work together to further optimize the properties of sustainable packaging for fruit, vegetables and flowers. The machine manufacturer and packaging producer create a unique packaging technique that extends the produce shelf life and therefore reduces (food)…

Box assembler in action

You get machines that assemble boxes of all sizes and shapes. But, in Costa Rica, they still do it traditionally, by hand. And, as you can see, it's not as quick, but the man's work is very neat.

How an ops guy helps ProEx Food create value-orientated solutions

"We started a podcast to keep in touch with our clients when face-to-face meetings aren’t possible"

The fruit and vegetable sector is continuously globalizing and companies from all walks of the industry notice the strain on the international connection due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses everywhere are struggling to keep their clients in the loop and engaged when they can’t visit them personally.…

Jan-Peter Krupczynski, HSM LLC + Co.:

"Secondary raw material from our balers is integrated into the recycling cycle"

Waste disposal is an important aspect of retail - even if it takes place almost exclusively behind the scenes. The entire chain benefits from optimized waste disposal: "In principle, all links in the supply chain for fruit and vegetables are our main customers. Starting with the producers and…

Fruit World

Citrus offered in new high-graphic sustainable citrus packaging this season

Fruit World, a family-owned, flavor-focused grower-shipper of organic and conventional fruit, enters their 2020 citrus season with bold, new recyclable packaging and increased availability of 100% California-grown organic and conventional mandarins, along with organic oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and…

New pomelo packaging 50% lighter, disposable in one go and not more expensive

Sustainable packaging is a recurring theme in the fruit and vegetable industry. It is impossible to imagine this day and age without it. In the fruit and vegetable sector in particular, many packaging materials are still used to protect products, extend shelf life, bundle or for marketing purposes. "In…

Bringing European trends to the US

Sustainable packaging without sacrificing operational excellence

Interest for packaging continues to increase. It is not just any type of packaging that produce companies and retailers have their eyes set on, it’s sustainable packaging. Although Europe is a frontrunner when it comes to sustainable packaging, recyclable and compostable packaging types are taking off in…

Increasing demand for recycled plastic

Fabio Zoboli, sales manager at Infia, discusses the lockdown, the bad weather and the increasing demand for eco-friendly products from operators all over the world. The company produces and sells 3.3 billion pieces a year in 5 continents. FreshPlaza (FP): How would you describe the first 8 months of 2020…

IPL Macro

MacroBin® 26 next generation bins available this fall

After nearly three decades, the industry standard MacroBin 26, commonly used for harvest of fruits and vegetables has been redesigned to incorporate the newest technology available. The 26 NG (Next Generation) utilizes updated design features to make it more effective and durable than ever before. The…

Cadiz, Spain

Invasive algae from the Strait of Gibraltar used to make packaging for fruit and vegetables

The Algae-Copack project aims to convert the Asian brown alga, an invasive species that appeared on the shores of the Strait of Gibraltar a few years ago and is proliferating…

Carrefour

Carrefour: Kraft paper bags and cotton bags for fruit and vegetables

The days of bioplastic (or bio-sourced) bags seem to be numbered at Carrefour stores' fruit and vegetable stalls. Even though they are largely made up of plant matter and can theoretically be composted in people's homes, the main defect of these bags is that they are not recyclable. Carrefour has…

Mondi and BIOhof replace plastic wrapping with fully corrugated solution for fresh produce

Mondi, a packaging and paper manufacturer, has collaborated with BIOhof Kirchweidach, an organic farm in Bavaria, to design a sustainable packaging solution for 500g packs of tomatoes on the vine to be distributed to PENNY supermarkets, owned by major German retailer REWE Group. Coral Tray fulfils…

New top seal packaging for organic tomatoes on the vine to be launched at Fresh Summit

Wholesum, Fair Trade Certified growers and shippers of organic produce, recently launched new top seal packaging for their organic tomatoes on the vine. The new top seal pack will make its debut at the PMA Virtual Tradeshow in October. “Our organic tomatoes on the vine have been a staple item with our customers…

Packaging company acquires additional press to increase production capacity

Fox Packaging™ has added an additional UTECO printing press to their dedicated facility. “Expanding our manufacturing capacity is essential to meet growing customer demand and it also presents Fox Packaging with an opportunity to make fast turnaround on large print runs,” shares Lucas Fox, Director of Operations,…

Giving produce clamshells a second life by making them recycle-ready

On the first day of the NABC/USHBC Virtual Conference and Expo, John Keeley of Highland Packaging, Rick Tomlinson of the California Strawberry Commission and Janis McIntosh of Naturipe Farms discussed the history and future of recycling in the produce industry. One of the main focuses of this session was…

Giro Pack Inc.

Fully compostable packaging solutions to be on display at Fresh Summit

While there have been several virtual shows so far this year, for Giro Pack Fresh Summit will be the first virtual show at which they have decided to exhibit. “PMA has a reputation as a leader in our industry and we’ve increased our contribution and involvement in recent years. They’re known to put on a…

New eco-design packaging liner reduces plastic by up to 30%

In the past years, the produce industry, alongside many other industries, has been focusing on the reduction and elimination of plastic in packaging. Simultaneously, there has been an awareness that plastic is also necessary to help ensure quality and shelf-life in perishable products, especially ones…

Ready to Eat introduces precooked and sealed corn on the cob

Ready to Eat from Nieuwegein is introducing pre-cooked and sealed corn on the cob. "Our cobs come from South America and are available all year round. They are beautiful, bright yellow corn kernels that are extremely suitable for, say, a salad or on the barbecue. The vacuum sealed packaging makes the…

For 1kg Irish Rooster potato range

Aldi introduces 100% home compostable bags

Aldi Ireland has announced that it is trialling 100% home compostable bags for its 1kg Irish Rooster Potato range. If the trial proves successful, the new packaging would help remove 5 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic packaging from stores each year across Aldi’s 1kg Irish Rooster Potato range. The trial…

3rd prize in Pentawords 2020

International design award for fruit and vegetable packaging line Johannes

Last year AGF-Holland introduced the Johannes packaging line, a plastic-free packaging line for the entire fruit and vegetable department, with a line of baskets, trays and bands made of specially developed natural cardboard. Johannes Janssen already knew that this packaging met a need due to worldwide interest,…

Fully recyclable potato packaging by Futuragri

Futuragri from Cesena has introduced a new solution for 1.5 kg potato packets. "We produce around 5,000 tons of potatoes a year in crops within a few km from our processing plants. We decided to opt for a deep yellow design that grabs the attention of consumers but, most of all, for a solution that is…

JASA

Complete packaging solutions for leafy greens

JASA has been in the automatic packaging market for sliced vegetables for 35 years; consequently, they gained all the knowledge and expertise to pack mixed lettuce varieties in various ways. Bags filled with leafy greens on a vertical packaging machine. Packed in trays with a lid or top seal. Salad bowls…

StePac sees growing interest in its MA packaging film from South African blueberry exporters

StePac Xtend® Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) is widely used in South Africa, across subtropical and deciduous fruit, including bananas, pomegranate, stone fruit and passion fruit. “We are now seeing an increased interest in using Xtend MAP solutions for blueberries exported by sea freight,” says Dov…

Brio ready to launch Alce Nero apples in a new 100% plastic free 4 fruits pack

Brio's commitment to environmental sustainability continues with an innovative paper-only pack soon to be launched on the shelves of the large-scale retail trade. The debut of this new pack was entrusted to Gala apples marketed under the brand Alce Nero. "Thanks to Frutmac's new plant, Blitzmatic+, - explained…

Prince de Bretagne and NZZ collaboration result sin 80% less plastic

Prince de Bretagne, the brand of Breton growers, and NNZ started an optimization project for the packaging of cherry tomatoes in 2020 (varieties Tutti and Pigeon). The collaboration resulted in a drastic reduction of plastic (-80%) compared to the original version, which was initially entirely PET. The new…

"It is becoming more and more important for fruit growers to be able to grade their fruit correctly"

New fruit and vegetable grading technology headed to the Australian market

A packaging and processing company that is bringing a new fruit and vegetable grader to the Australian market says it has received a phenomenal response from local growing and packing companies. Auspouch is in partnership with Italian company Zetapack, which is supplying the machines and hopes to have…

Carrefour has already removed more than 1,100 tons of plastic from its own brand

Carrefour, which has the goal of having 100% recyclable, reusable, or compostable packaging by 2025, has managed to remove more than 1,100 tons of plastic from 440 references…

Giro Pack Inc.

New Dual Handle lightweight welded bag introduced

Giro Pack, Inc. has introduced their lightest package in their line-up of welded bags in the US and Canadian markets. This is among many new innovations offered by Giro aiming to support sustainability efforts in the marketplace. The dual handle is on average only 3 grams of plastic which is less than…

Apeel and Houweling’s plastic-free cucumbers are at select Walmart locations

Houweling’s Group has officially launched its plastic-free CaliforniaGrown English Cucumbers in partnership with Apeel. While English Cucumbers traditionally have required single-use plastic for shelf-life extension and product quality through the supply chain, Apeel Cucumbers maintain freshness,…

New packaging developed for blueberries

When innovation and sustainability come together, interesting proposals emerge on the market. Just like the Nature Punnet: Thenew packaging developed by SanLucar, the brand for premiumquality fruit and vegetables. This is a significant step forward inthe company's search for new environmentally friendly…

Norwegian Bama introduces plastic free avocado packaging

Previously, the plastic tray of the avocado packaging had already been replaced by cardboard, but now that the plastic around it is also being replaced, the newest solution is completely plastic-free. Avocados are now in the shops in this new packaging. Åse Øygarden, packaging director at Bama: “We have…

SavrPak

SavrPak combats food waste with moisture-eliminating technology

SavrPak deploys the laws of physics and thermodynamics to eliminate moisture from a container before its food deteriorates. With at-home deliveries and takeout spiking during…

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…


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