Iceland is first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free Pink Lady packaging

Iceland has become the first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free packaging for its Pink Lady apples. Today, the supermarket announced that paperboard packaging will replace the plastic format. The new format will be rolled out across all its stores in the UK. The switch in packaging will save Iceland seven…

New Idaho potato packaging unveiled

ProSource Produce L.L.C., is releasing the first images of the company’s branded potato packaging. ProSource Produce, LLC, an Idaho based grower-shipper of fresh potatoes and onions, has introduced new Idaho russet packaging as part of an overall company growth and development strategy. The black bags…

Retail promotions and new vertical packaging for golden kiwi season

Zespri begins shipping its kiwifruit from New Zealand mid-May. Leading the sales growth is SunGold, which is now Zespri's #1 largest and top-growing kiwifruit. Shoppers can locate SunGold in the produce section with its newly designed vertical packaging, which is stackable and easier to merchandise. “Our…

De Matteis Agroalimentare

Armando introduces new range of plum tomato products

"This new tomato product range is part of the project we are working on for Pasta Armando," explains Fabrizio Nucifora (in the photo) Brand Sales & Marketing Director at De Matteis Agroalimentare.  We are talking about the new I Rossi di Armando range, made using exclusively the most prestigious and sweet…

Indian company steps up to supply grape exporters

The grape markets in 2020/21 have been disrupted by many factors including the lockdowns in various markets and climatic issues in producing countries. This makes it very difficult for manufacturers of packaging to predict demand and they have to be ready to go into production should the situation…

Bio vegetable packaging made with plastic recovered from the sea

Agromediterránea has launched a new container for the marketing of BIO radishes under its brand Sun & Vegs. It is a sustainable container made with recycled plastic that has been recovered from areas near the coasts and in the seas of Southeast Asia. It is doing so as one of the main partners of…

Rigid crate or folding crate?

We are increasingly seeing rigid crates being exchanged for folding crates in the fruit and vegetable sector. Schiphorst Transport and Storage Technology, a producer of plastic crates, also signals a significant increase in the sale of folding crates. Will the rigid crate disappear completely from view? Folding crate versus rigid…

Lidding films on display at virtual CPMA 2021

Terphane will demonstrate the benefits of its Sealphane® lidding films at the 2021 CPMA Fresh Week virtual event. The online Fresh Week platform will be available from April 12-16, 2021. Terphane’s Sealphane® PET films address a growing demand for tamper-evident, multi-use lidding solutions with a tray…

100 % cardboard

Zero plastic for Solarenn and partners DS Smith & ETpack

The Solarenn cooperative has been working for two years on changing its packaging. For the 2021 season, three actors from the fruit and vegetable sector have developed innovative, optimized and eco-designed packaging. An efficient tripartite partnership and design. A tripartite partnership for…

Chinese company Logfresh develops innovative solution to keep agricultural produce fresh

A lot of fresh fruit spoils in transport because the preservation technologies that distributors apply is not up to the task. The use of suitable preservation technology does not just reduce waste and save on the cost price, but can also extend the shelf life of fruit and provide consumers with fresher…

Joining the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Driscoll’s prioritizes sustainable packaging solutions for fresh berries

Fresh berry produce company Driscoll’s has joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. They have done this in an effort to make sustainable packaging solutions for its…

Best convenience packaging

Cultivar's grape packaging wins first prize at World Food Innovation Awards 2021

Cultivar, in partnership with Alzamora Group, has developed an innovative packaging format for grapes that has won the award for "Best Convenience packaging" at the World Food Innovation Awards 2021. In its evaluation, the jury highlighted the reduction of plastic use while maintaining functionality and aesthetic…

3rd party verification

Home compostable packaging now includes Recyclability

CKF, Inc. has added to its roster of independently assigned environmental labels by joining the How2Recycle program and will have the “Widely Recyclable” designation granted for its Earthcycle™ line of thermoformed moulded pulp trays and punnets for fresh produce. How2Recycle is an on-pack labeling…

UBC researchers developing blueberry-infused food wrap

UBC researchers are developing a non-plastic food wrap for the grocery industry, using blueberries. The claim is that this not only protects the food, but is making  it more nutritious…

Grower unveils new design for Vidalia onion packaging

G&R Farms has redesigned its Vidalia onion bag, box and bin packaging in keeping with the company’s new brand image. The consumer-friendly design includes new photography showcasing the third-generation family farm along with its "Grown with Passion, Served with Pride" tagline. The organization provides…

Packaging Group remains on course for internationalization

Klingele takes over corrugated board plant in Guadeloupe from IP

The Klingele Paper & Packaging Group has taken over the Société Guadeloupéenne de Carton Ondulé (SGCO) production site on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from…

New clamshell retail pack for premium lettuce

Church Brothers Farms developed a new clamshell for its Little Gem lettuce that protects and showcases the premium variety at retail. The new patent-pending four-count clamshell is designed to protect the unique properties of the compact-sized lettuce while providing more product visibility on shelf. The…

Compostic launches certified home-compostable cling wrap and resealable bags in the US

Compostic, one of the first creators of certified home-compostable plastic alternatives, announced its launch in the United States, available on compostic.co and Amazon. With a mission to address the environmental catastrophe of plastic waste, Compostic's performance compostables offer a guilt-free, 100%…

Alexia Organic Potatoes

Bio-based potato starches replace bag’s LLDPE sealant layer

Two Alexia Organic Potatoes brand products from potato producer Lamb Weston will use corn and potato starch in their packaging, starting this month. The packaging is partially made of potato starches; this is a by product of producing French fries. Alexia’s Organic Sweet Potato Fries and Organic Yukon…

Package design award recognizes work on avocado variety

Moxxy Marketing has been honored with a 2021 Packaging Design Award from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) for its work with WP Produce on design of a two-count bag and merchandising display bin to promote its Desbry® Tropical Avocados in retail grocery stores. "It’s always an honor to be recognized for great…

Compostable packaging to debut at Southern Exposure

Lipman Family Farms will showcase new compostable clamshell packaging at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure conference this week, reinforcing the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable practices across the supply chain. Carefully curated for Lipman’s Grown True organic grape tomatoes,…

European Lift Lock crates

Cradle to Cradle Silver certification for IFCO

Lift Lock is the first and only range of reusable food packaging in Europe to have obtained this demanding sustainable certification. Ifco, global leader in reusable packaging for fresh products, has obtained the Cradle to Cradle Silver certification (3.1 version) for its European range of reusable Lift…

Berry grower signs global plastics commitment

Yesterday Driscoll’s joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to help advance its pledge to prioritize sustainable packaging solutions that protect fresh berries…

PacLife: “More and more Chinese domestic fruit packers are looking for our MA technology”

“We've started a new focus on collaborating with Chinese growers”

According to FAO estimates, 45% of the world’s food is lost or wasted every year, and a big part of this is fruit. How to prolong fruits’ freshness and allow a longer shelf life is therefore a major challenge for the fruit sector. Paclife is a professional Modified Atmosphere Packaging company based in Chile.…

FreshPlaza April Global Focus on Machinery and Packaging

FreshPlaza's April Global Focus is on Machinery and Packaging. Do you have an innovative system or new packaging? Are you investing in robotics? Changing from plastic to cardboard packaging? We would love to hear from you. You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com  with information or we can do an interview…

Carton Pack's wide range of pouches and bags

Sustainable and functional solutions for all needs

Following the strategic approach of "sustainable thinking" and therefore considering global sustainability as a fundamental value of the product mix, the Apulian company Carton Pack has developed some innovative solutions, continuing along the path of a more correct management of materials and their…

“Why do you label your fruit? To sell more and better "

You have been selling fruits and vegetables with your logo labels for a long time. You think that it is cheap, that you build loyalty to the end consumer and that in the long term it will make you sell more by having a recognizable brand. Easy, right? It is. Although now things have changed. And they…

Online retailer Kräuterfeld relies on Klingele packaging solution

"The packaging has proven to be excellent"

The range of goods on offer via e-commerce has long included plants. According to a study by Bitkom, one in five Internet users bought bouquets, seedlings or plants for indoor and outdoor use online in 2016. If these are to reach their destination safe and sound and in top quality, however, they need…

CTIFL working on alternatives to plastic for fruit and vegetable packaging

As the new regulation to ban plastic packaging, especially films and trays, will come into effect in 2022, CTIFL is searching for alternatives. “In 2018, according to Kantar reports, 37% of the fruit and vegetable quantities were purchased like this as a part of development instead of in bulk,” explains…

Exporting fresh figs from Brazil to Canada and Europe in EPS conservers

Brazilian fruit production for the foreign market remained steady in 2020 and reached a milestone of more than 1 million exported tons, a 6% growth over the previous year. The sector grossed US $875 million, 3% more than in 2019. With an ever increasing share in this sector, Termotécnica has recorded…

Italian technology and knowledge for eastern European cherries

The Romanian cherry season is expected to start on June 15th and should last until late July. Orchards cover almost 90 hectares and are covered with anti-rain and anti-hail nets. Sorting is performed with Unitec systems, and everything concerning packaging and commercialization is Italian as well.  Antonio Schito,…

#Sabor 100% Sostenible

New campaign to promote Huelva strawberries in wooden containers

Freshuelva and Fedemco are collaborating on a new campaign called 'Sabor 100% Sostenible' (100% Sustainable Flavor) to promote Huelva strawberries in wooden containers and their subsequent recycling in the yell…

Poorthuis Packaging launches new items

NL: New snack tomato and blueberry shakers

The Dutch company, Poorthuis, has expanded its paper container range considerably. It's added items like snack tomato and blueberry cups. These are in 175 and 200g shaker format. Both can be automatically processed on existing filling machines. There are also 200, 300, 400, and 500g variants available.  Each…

Statista: Two-thirds of Germans use their own shopping basket or bag

Majority of consumers pay attention to packaging waste when buying groceries

Almost two-thirds of Germans take their own shopping basket or shopping bag with them when they go grocery shopping. This is shown in the chart based on an exclusive survey by…

inotec LLC focuses on innovative labeling technology for the food industry

"RFID labeling is rapidly gaining traction in the food industry"

Strict specifications and legal guidelines; total precision and exacty hygiene are important in the food industry. Inotec LLC, headquartered in Neumünster, Germany, can look back on more than 40 years of expertise on this. Label materials and adhesives from their own production are ISEGA-certified,…

Euro Pool System

Euro Pool System: Making fruits and vegetable transports more sustainable

Since early February, Euro Pool System, logistics provider of reusable packaging in the European fresh supply chain, has started to replace millions of rigid, blue containers with the newest generation of green folding trays. Image: Euro Pool System  By switching from rigid trays to folding trays, the freight journey required to…

Freshcare introduces new QR code security

Freshcare is introducing QR codes on certificates across all its Standards to add a greater level of security and allow users to access real time up to date information on a business’s certification at the click of a button. The QR code is embedded in the certificate, helping to protect against misuse…

Fenaco packer relies on innovative technology from Switzerland

"Robotics gives us flexibility and, above all, consistency"

Replacing backbreaking work with robots; this is what the Steffen-Ris company of the Fenaco cooperative has done at the potato packing plant in Bätterkinden. A prototype of…

Four winners for the Foodtech accelerator

Launched in October 2020 by Sodebo and Brioches Fonteneau based in the French Vendée, the Foodtech accelerator has finally selected, for its first season, four start-ups…

FYK grape preservation packs keep Chinese grapes fresh

The global grape industry rapidly expanded in 2020. The total production volume is estimated at 26 million tons. The overall surface area devoted to grape plantation in major grape producing countries expanded. The export volumes in the USA, Australia, and Chile also increased. Shandong AWT Bio-tech is a…

Packaging company expands sustainable packaging line and celebrates centennial anniversary

Packaging needs and trends are constantly evolving, especially in the produce industry, where packaging is integral to ensuring the protection and shelf-life of a product. With a centennial anniversary in the agriculture industry coming up, packaging company Sambrailo has witnessed many changes…

Ugandan team develops eco-friendly packaging

A new, eco-friendly packaging developed by a Ugandan team, in collaboration with a university from the UK, could boost the incomes of Ugandan farmers and create much-needed new jobs. The packaging is made from maize stover – the stalks left after harvesting – and could reduce high levels of waste from…

Asda removes more than 100m pieces of single use plastic from its stores

Supermarket Asda is removing 101m pieces of single use plastic from its stores each year by switching from plastic to reusable fruit and veg bags. The move follows a 9-store trial and following positive customer and colleague feedback, Asda has now decided to remove all single-use plastic fruit and veg…

Alcampo removes plastic from the packaging of its sweet onions quality brand

Alcampo has presented the new recyclable and plastic-free container for the sweet onions it sells under the Alcampo Controlled Production brand. This packaging is made…

Scorta Verde

Eco-friendly line recognized as "Product of the Year 2021"

Madi Ventura, an Italian company specializing in dried fruit, has been rewarded as Product of the Year 2021 for its new Ventura - Scorta Verde range.   "This year, consumers voted for Scorta Verde, the new Ventura line that puts the environment first thanks to 100% biodegradable compostable packaging that holds the…

Washing dirty crates in a loop

In Maasdijk, Growers United has finally taken up residence in their new location at Honderdland. This means a lot of product is going in and out at the big player in cultivating and packaging greenhouse vegetables. To keep all the crates used for this clean, Unifortes recently supplied  two washing installations. Together they are…

Smart RPCs unlock hidden efficiencies - help create more sustainable supply chain

IFCO provides Real Time Intelligence on RPCs

IFCO SYSTEMS, the world’s largest operator of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh food packaging, has started a long-term initiative to add track and trace technology to IFCO RPCs. The project is a first step in creating "IFCO Smart RPCs" designed to unlock additional grower and retailer…

ITMO University, National University of Singapore, & University of Rovira i Virgili

Fruit and vegetable film designed to detect pesticide residues

A technology, intended to detect pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables is currently being developed by researchers from ITMO University (Russia), the National University…

Girò Italia

The green revolution passes through ultra-light eco-friendly packaging solutions

"We ended 2020 with an 18% growth, so we can be pleased with the commercial trend. These results make us understand we are on the right path - clients trust us and new clients bet on Girò Italia increasing our presence on the domestic market," reports Franco Locati, sales manager at Girò Italia, a…

TIPA compostable packaging expands into Australian market with expert hire

Compostable packaging producer TIPA has announced its expansion into the Australian and New Zealand markets with an expert new hire. Richard Fernandez joins TIPA as Sales…

New storage method to extend leek sales season

The European leek growing season is nearing its end. This is when these vegetables begin to bolt. And that usually means they’re no longer marketable. As most people eat them between September and April, that often means a loss of income for the growers. Now, there’s a way to store harvested leeks for well…

Biotropic bananas now in folding crates

"Savings effects continue at our banana ripening facility"

A year ago, wholesaler BioTropic launched the project 'Reusable packaging for bananas' and it now relies on EPS reusable crates, especially developed for bananas. From now on, its bananas will be packed, ripened and delivered in reusable crates. This step is intended not only to reduce packaging waste,…

New sweet onion packaging debuts

ProSource Produce, LLC, an Idaho based grower-shipper of fresh onions and potatoes has introduced a new branded sweet onion carton. The box is the first in a series of new packaging introductions the company has planned for 2021. “Our growing and packing operations across the US and Mexico have grown over the past decade. We’ve…

United Fresh BrandStorm

Developing and marketing sustainable packaging

Yesterday marked the final day of the United Fresh Produce Association BrandStorm event. One of the final webinar discussions of the day looked at sustainable packaging. Led by Mary Coppola of United Fresh, Angela Sommers and Nick Mascari of Belle Harvest and Jessica Peri of Peri & Sons Farms talked…

Natural Branding© tech obtains the 'Solar Impulse' award

Laser Food, the Valencian company's laser marking, has been recognized for contributing to the protection of the environment and providing economic profitability to the agents involved. It was in 2006 when Laser Food, a company located in the Science Park of the University of Valencia, began to develop…

American Heart Association checkmark on watermelon pouch

Choosing a healthier lifestyle and eating habits is one of the best ways to assist in reducing heart disease. According to the 2020 FMI Grocery Shopper Trend report, due to the pandemic, there is an increased demand around functional foods and beverages that support health—particularly immune health. And…

United Arab Emirates:

Food packaging industry ready for steady growth

Experts are convinced that, due to the current situation regarding the pandemic, as well as changing consumer trends, the food packaging industry of the UAE is set for record…

Paul Rogan, IPL

Packaging change saves 27 tonnes of plastic for ASDA

Earlier this year IPL changed the packaging format of their Garden Gang Pears from a punnet to a fully recyclable, low density polyethylene (LDPE) bag, saving 27 tonnes plastic and removing over 1.5 m units of packaging. IPL is owned by and supply Asda exclusively, the focus of the company is to simplify…

Bio4Pack nominated for top German business award

A German packaging company, Bio4Pack, was recently nominated for what 'Die Welt', Germany's national newspaper, calls the most important prize for businesses. This is the Grand Prix of Midrange Businesses (Großer Preis des Mittelstandes). This annual German SME competition has been held since 1994. Its…

AgroFresh Solutions launches edible plant-based coatings for fresh products

AgroFresh has announced that edible plant-based coatings for products will soon be available under the brand VitaFresh Botanicals. The company specializes in developing…

Alec van den Heuvel, VDH Concept, Belgium

"SQ Paper and Bio Net are nice, sustainable alternatives to traditional onion packaging"

Onions have always been packaged in orange netting. But, due to the continued plastic discussion, this type of packaging is set to gradually disappear from stores. VDH Concept…

"Mesh bag season is over in the northern hemisphere, but we are preparing for the potato harvest in the southern hemisphere"

The level of automation in the agricultural industry continues to rise every year. A growing number of packaging factories and farms are investing in automated packaging and weighing installations. These changes also affect suppliers such as mesh bag suppliers whose products have to meet the requirements…

Wanted: unresolved packaging problems

A TOP's team is always looking for unresolved packaging problems. A TOP develops sustainable and circular packaging innovations, especially for the fresh produce industry. The four-man team consists of two Dutch people, a Brit and a German who together have more than 100 years of experience in the…

Wim Apeldoorn (Fonkels) about packaging with a long-term vision

Composting vs recycling

"The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much misery. But, it's also created an ever-increasing awareness. Awareness of not only the environment, consumption, and CO2 emissions. But also of one's own carbon footprint," says Wim Apeldoorn, General Manager at Fonkels, a Dutch packaging company. "Everyone has become very aware that we…

Pat Mangulabnan

Sustainable packaging will grow into a new plant

Lately, many improvements in sustainable packaging have been made globally,  promoting both healthy food and sustainable living. In Thailand, ‘Sprout’ has entered the market. This innovative packaging design is an environmentally-pleasant packaging that aims to make a literally greener planet. The design packs…

Reflex launch Pack Plus: A more sustainable packaging solution

UK based packaging company Reflex Group have launched a lined board division to complement its existing packaging offering, and to provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packaging. Grouped under the newly-formed Pack Plus division, the lined board products are suitable for a wide…

More effective packaging with extraction

Swiss onion packer specializes in small packs

The Swiss company, Gugger-Guillod SA, supplies its clients year-round. That's with yellow, red, and white onions and shallots. "Business is very good this season," says owner Roland Gugger. "The year is characterized by the fact that most of our products are supplied to supermarkets. This reinforces the…

Jan Schockaert, fruit and vegetable purchasing manager at Colruyt

"Using the Apeel technology on avocados is a great step in our sustainability plan"

At the start of February, supermarket chain Colruyt announced that it would be putting avocados on the shelves with Apeel technology. This is an invisible, vegetable protective layer that keeps oxygen out and moisture in. This layer keeps ready-to-eat avocados good for up to twice as long. “A very…

André Vois (Project Service & Production LLC) on environmentally friendly packaging

"The market was just waiting for our eco-banding system"

The people at Project Service & Production GmbH are focused on product packaging of the future, even in today's times of crisis. FreshPlaza spoke to André Vois, Product Key Account Manager, who is responsible for environmentally friendly banding and the Proband V1000 system solution at Project…

AR Packaging fibre-based barrier tray for fresh vegetables and fruit minimises use of plastics

Fresh vegetables and fruit are food categories with high waste levels throughout the supply chain. To meet the move to packaging with less plastics while not sacrificing product protection, AR Packaging has introduced a barrier cartonboard tray with more than 95% fibre content, tailored barrier and…

JBT Corporation acquires label inspection/verification systems provider

JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider to segments of the food and beverage industry, has acquired AutoCoding Systems Ltd, a provider of software solutions…

Anthony Langlais, Kultive:

“We now offer cherry tomatoes in 100% cardboard trays”

Kultive, the brand and commercial structure of over 50 French vegetable producers has just launched a new range of 100% cardboard trays for its cherry tomatoes. The trays are offered to its French retail clients since last week, beginning of the cherry tomato campaign. According to Anthony Langlais,…

Equilibrium Modified Atmosphere Packaging

‘Keeping leafy greens fresh is an exact science’

California and Arizona are producing more than 90% of US lettuce. If you live anywhere east of these two states, your leafy greens have traveled a long way to get there. How…

Marc Lodewijks and Wim Mariën, PACK11, the Netherlands:

"Our films meet the growing top seal packaging demand"

Marc Lodewijks started his own business in the Netherlands in 2012. By then, he had more than 15 years of experience in the packaging industry. As a new kid on the block, he moved into a new packaging hall in Nispen. There Marc focuses on film production for the fruit and vegetable sector, among others.…

Sustainability on the Lower Rhine: Lehmann Natur opts for Natural Branding

"Increase productivity, expand product portfolio"

The latest Natural Branding installation, NB 12003 from EcoMark, was put into operation for the first time in Germany in November 2020. Despite the corona crisis, lehmann natur and EcoMark succeeded in establishing Natural Branding on a large scale in the Lower Rhine region. In doing so, lehmann natur…

Thomas Däbel, Serwo LLC:

"Demand and the market are moving toward more sustainable packaging"

There are encouraging and hopefully sustainable trends that continue to grow steadily. The demand for ecological packaging, ideally biodegradable, continues to be of great interest for the German and European market. We spoke to Thomas Däbel, managing director of packaging specialist SERWO LLC,  about moving…

New package redesign for salad blends

Value-added salad brand Fresh Express® has contemporized its brand with new packaging design for its Garden, Premium Garden, Crunchy and Tender Leaf salad blends. The new design, which features revised artwork and graphics, aims to increase consumer appeal and purchase interest, and in independent…

Graziani Packaging

New "Magic" packaging line

Graziani Packaging has recently introduced new smooth and corrugated cardboard punnets under the Magic Punnet® brand. The analyses carried out by the Waste Watcher International Observatory revealed that food waste was still a relevant issue in 2020, although it did drop progressively. It is estimated that approximated 27 kg of…

"Safe and fresh from the field to the consumer"

While plastic and synthetic materials have increasingly become the focus of criticism in recent years, the group of Guillin companies is now breaking new ground in terms of product protection and sustainability. In addition to product packaging with a greatly reduced plastic content, the packaging…

These tomato products' talk' to you via a QR code

For people buying tomatoes, numbers like 986 hectares of tomato cultivation mean very little. Yes, it's many football fields, but what else? Nothing. Percentages are also tricky. Twenty percent lower CO2 emissions. Fine, but what does that mean? Quite a lot, according to the folks at the Azura Group. The…

Nick Jansen (Director Europe): "Huge stock protects against global raw materials scarcity on the market"

New LC Packaging head office is centre of knowledge and attractive workplace in one

In September LC Packaging opened its new, sustainable, state-of-the-art head office and warehouse at the Logistiekpark A12 in Waddinxveen. A grand opening was not possible due to the Corona situation, but AGF.nl has been able to take a look at the new building of the family business that has been active in…

Recyclable and biodegradable plastic produce pouches that don’t compromise clarity or strength

The industry demand and the global need for more sustainable packaging solutions has put packaging companies to work on finding ways to offer more environmentally friendly options to their customers. Packaging company First Genesis was founded in 1992 from a small one-car garage in Ontario, Canada. It…

Zero plastic in supermarkets might not be realistic

According to Countdown spokeswoman Kiri Hannifan, striking a balance between reducing plastic in the produce aisles and limiting methane emissions from food waste is a…

Portfolio features fully renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable punnet designs

Smurfit Kappa launches innovative punnet portfolio for fresh produce market

Smurfit Kappa is launching its innovative punnet portfolio in Europe. The “Safe&Green” portfolio is Smurfit Kappa’s paper-based, sustainable solution to plastic packaging for fresh produce, and consists of unique designs that are 100% renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable.  Recent research by Smurfit Kappa…

Fellini

Customized packaging for asparagus tips

Fellini Patrizio started selling asparagus a few days ago with the produce coming from protected crops in Campania and will continue with that from poly-tunnels in Apulia. Lamberto Giovanardi and Emile Fellini "Asparagus tips are processed, finished and packaged in our facility according to various…

Entries open for annual reusable packaging award

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has opened the call for entries for the 10th annual Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award. This award recognizes primary (end) user…

What’s new in 2021 for Les Paysans de Rougeline?

It will have taken a lot of agility and mobilization in 2020 to maintain and ensure the balance in a sanitary context that has generated unprecedented levels of uncertainty. The year 2020, which marks 30 years for the brand Les Paysans de Rougeline, is a year of disruption. Demand, offer, social life,…

Consus Fresh launch AI-based label verification solution

Consus Fresh Solutions, part of The Affinitus Group; providing business management software solutions for the food and horticulture industries, has announced the launch of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based label verification and quality control (QC) solution for the fresh produce pack-house. The new…

USA Pears on a mission to fill fruit bowls and drive produce consumption with industry partnership

"USA Pears is excited to launch its #WhatsInYourFruitBowl initiative at a time when consumers are more focused than ever on developing healthy eating habits at home. Taking…

UTAS team comes up with new way to stop Asian cherry counterfeiters

UTAS associate Professor Jiangang Fei knows that counterfeiters in Asia put a lot of money into making packaging that looked identical to Tasmanian packaging, as the revenues…

Plastic-free packaging meets Australian Home Compost standard

CKF, Inc. has expanded its international accreditations for responsible end of life disposal of packaging by meeting the Australian Home Compostability standard, AS 5810 (2010) for the Earthcycle™ line of produce packaging. The packaging was tested by the recognized and accredited third-party lab, OWS…

PreZero Recycling

PreZero right on schedule in Belgium

Punctual opening of the sorting facility for lightweight packaging in Evergem

Following a construction period of just over one year and right on schedule, PreZero Recycling Belgium has begun operations at its sorting plant for light packaging in Evergem, Belgium. Every year, the fully automated plant will separate around 80,000 tons of material collected in the capital, Brussels,…

First Silphie-packaging at Kaufland

With OutNature, PreZero brings sustainable packaging based on the silphium plant onto the market

With OutNature, PreZero is developing new and sustainable fiber and paper products for packaging solutions in trade and industry. Following a successful pilot phase, the new packaging based on the silphium plant will first of all be introduced in the Fruit & Vegetable department in Kaufland stores.…

SmartPac

Protective packaging for small fruits and more

Intensive productions require particular attention to safeguard them, especially if we are talking about small fruits such as blueberries. Packaging is essential as, if unsuitable, it can compromise product conservation during transport. Smartpac is one of the best solutions available on the market - the…

Bedford Industries

Bedford Industries introduces new plant-based bag closure

Bedford Industries is excited to introduce CloseIt® Bio-Clip, its new plant-based bag closure containing 100% USDA certified biobased content that is commercially compostable. The Minnesota-based manufacturer set the ambitious goal of creating a compostable clip upon introducing its line of CloseIt clips…

Pooling service provider Euro Pool System recommends HERMA self-adhesive material

The fresh food logistics service provider Euro Pool System places two HERMA self-adhesive label materials on its customers’ recommendation list. The labels adhere to the reusable…

Youtube.com

Riverford Organic Farmers

'Fruit and veg packaging is now home compostable - saving 21 tonnes of plastic yearly'

Riverford founder Guy and packaging expert Robyn put out a clip on Youtube about his company's journey to home compostables. Photo source: Youtube.com  

Jeff Watkin of Sev-Rend:

“We anticipate high demand for consumer-sized packaging to continue through 2021”

The packaging trends in 2020 took a turn from the trajectory they have been on in recent years. Jeff Watkin of packaging company Sev-Rend discusses the new trends they observed, and which trends they expect to continue on into this year.  Grab and Go bagsAs the foodservice industry was shut down or limited…

EDEKA launches Apeel campaign with new TV ad

"Enjoy for longer, throw away less"

Under the slogan "Enjoy for longer, throw away less", EDEKA is launching a new information campaign on the innovative Apeel process, which doubles the shelf life of fruit and…

Frits van der Meulen, KCB: Spanish greenhouse vegetables quality is currently so-so

"Packaging greatly improves chicory, green beans, cucumbers, and radishes' quality and shelf life"

"More fruit and vegetables are being sold via the retail channel. That's led to a sharp increase in packaged goods. Think of pre-packed bags of apples, trays of pears, and…

NORMA replaces plastic packaging of organic herbs with paper

Over 4 tonnes of plastic to be saved annually

Chives, parsley, basil and other fresh herbs of Norma's proprietary BIO SONNE label have gotten a makeover, saving resources. The food retailer is now wrapping the pots in unbleached, wet-strength paper, thus saving 5.5 grams of plastic per item. What doesn't sound like much at first, will eventually add…

Ecoplastica

Customizable crate made of 100% regenerated polypropylene

Driven by the desire to diversify its solutions, Ecoplastica has developed a new crate made of fully-recycled material which will be available as of this week. "The objective was to make the packaging of Italian productions appealing and visible. We believe the current plastic crate formula is obsolete and…

81% of Spanish consumers take the packaging material into account

81% of Spanish consumers claim to take the packaging material into account when purchasing something; 6% more than in 2019, according to a study commissioned to Nielsen by…

Bio-Able Solutions

New 100% recyclable sustainable packaging breaks down within 24 months

Sev-Rend High-Performance Packaging has continuously made their mark in the packaging world over the past 26 years, especially in the produce industry. Sev-Rend is now looking…

Pact Group

Pact Group acquires New Zealand’s only packaging manufacturer with integrated PET recycling capability

Pact Group has completed the acquisition of Flight Plastics, a leading provider of packaging for the fresh food segment and New Zealand’s only packaging manufacturer with integrated PET recycling capability.  The acquisition of Flight is another important step in Pact’s strategy to lead the circular economy…

Plenty Ag

says Plenty's Co-founder Nate Storey.

“COVID is helping us re-examine our values”

With all the health concerns and supply chain disruptions resulting from the pandemic, many consumers are looking for locally and responsibly produced fruits and vegetables. And Plenty is firing on all cylinders to meet this increased demand. According to Nate Storey, co-founder and chief scientific…

Hinojosa's eco-friendly heat-sealable cardboard tray wins award at the WorldStar Awards 2021

Many countries in the European Union are restricting the use of single-use plastics in food packaging. It's a regulatory change that goes hand in hand with the consumer's…

Riverford organic vegetable box company

Devon veg box firm does away with plastic in a switch to home-compostable packaging

After a two-year journey, organic veg box company Riverford has switched to all of its packaging on fruit and veg to home compostable. This action will save 21 tons of plastic…

Dole announces new Bobby Banana packaging, reducing plastic waste

Dole has announced that its Bobby Bananas are now packaged in a new, smaller tape - which will reduce the amount of plastic destined for landfill in New Zealand and can be…

Up to 12 million tons of plastics enter the oceans each year

Greenpeace pressures supermarkets to stop plasticizing food

The environmental organization Greenpeace has launched an ambitious advertising campaign inviting consumers to sign a petition against the use of plastics in supermarkets,…

Gearing up for import season from Chile and New Zealand

Apple club variety volumes hold strong

The 2020 apple season was a mixed bag of experiences as domestic production in Washington state was down approximately 15 percent from the previous year, which prompted pricing on mainline varietals to move up with the shorter crop, a release from United Apple Sales said. Regionally, club varieties had a…

Tomra Food Compac

Analysing fruit data in the supply chain has never been more important for business efficiency

Fruit and production data can be used in ways that it has never been done before to improve a company's efficiency and boost profits, according to global packhouse equipment and automation supplier Tomra Food.  The company is renowned for supplying turn-key packhouses across a range of horticulture commodities.…

High domestic demand for Vietnamese pomelo leads to export pressure

Last season, Vietnamese pomelo production reduced significantly due to unfavorable weather conditions. The fruit had been in high demand  since last September but, as the Vietnamese New Year is coming soon, pomelos, especially the Hồ Lô” pomelo, are selling very fast and there is a product shortage in the…

New plastic film "deactivates Coronavirus in just 15 minutes"

A scientific collaboration including the companies Nanox, AplFilm, Braskem and the UFSCar (Brazil) and Jaume I of Castellón (Spain) universities has presented a plastic film…

Walmart partners with IFCO to cut down waste

IFCO Systems, operator of Reusable Plastic Containers for fresh food packaging, and Walmart, announced the completion of a multi-year business agreement that will expand the retailer’s use of IFCO RPCs and make IFCO Walmart’s exclusive RPC packaging provider for select fresh fruits and vegetables…

New paperboard innovation launched for fresh produce

Paper-based packaging leader, Graphic Packaging International ('Graphic Packaging') is proud to announce the launch of ProducePack, a sustainable paperboard packaging range of solutions for fresh produce. Aligned with Graphic Packaging's Vision 2025 to be better stewards for the environment, the innovative…

Manuel Peris, Agribio commercial manager:

"Laser-labeling of citrus fruits for Valentine's Day is quite a novelty"

February 14 is just around the corner and lovers are already trying to decide what special things to do to celebrate their love. And who said that Valentine's can only be celebrated with strawberries? "We want to vindicate the role of citrus fruits as a possible gift to show our love," says Manuel Peris,…

Jacques Banuls, Edenys:

“Brexit did not affect our sales in England”

For Edenys, a shipper of French apples, Brexit did not have a great impact on sales. “It is true that we were a bit worried at first, but in terms of sales, everything is actually going very well on the English market,” explains Jacques Banuls, sales manager. “Above all, there is a serious personal…

New potato packaging compostable at home

February is Potato Lover's Month and Arrowfarms companies Morning Kiss Organic and Gold Bell are introducing new, compostable paper bag potato packaging. The new potato packaging bags are made of two-ply paper with compostable glue used around the window of the bag. Made from sugar cane, the mesh window…

Papyrus Australia Ltd.

Papyrus grants “first right” to exploit technology in China

Papyrus Australia Ltd, a leading “agricultural waste fibre technology company” is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Union Pacific Trading…

Patrick van der Vegt, VWS Nederland

"Our machine's advanced blow-on system allows it to label packaged fruit and vegetables"

VWS Nederland turns 20 this year. This Dutch company develops, manufactures, and supplies labeling machines for the food industry. Chances are that their machines have labeled products like packed tomatoes, broccoli, pointed cabbages, and mushrooms. The LP500 automatic barcode label printer series. “Our…

New fully recyclable lidded tomato packaging

Packaging for fresh produce and in particular reducing the amount of plastic used has long been a hot topic, but there are many factors to consider when developing a new concept. Shelf life, protecting the product from damage and appearance and the all important environmental impact are big factors. The…

New Limore' packaging does well abroad

"The interest for packaged produce is on the up and the health emergency has pushed this trend. For this reason, during the 2020/21 campaign, PGI lemons from Rocca Imperiale will be available in two new packaging formats as well as in the classic cardboard crates - a small cardboard box containing 4…

SP Soluciones Agrícolas and Indesla offer different formats, from 125 grams to 1 kilo

New sustainable cardboard and R-PET packaging for berries and other crops

SP Soluciones Agricolas, a company from Huelva, and its partner Indesla have come together to solve one of the main problems that the cardboard packaging for berries have. “The need for the berries to be seen by consumers at the points of sale came into conflict with the sustainability of the tubs and…

Packaging company sees steady growth in demand for new sustainable line

As consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious, the demand for sustainable packaging options continues to increase every year. In response to this demand, as well as to reflect their own sustainability values, Warren Packaging has been working on developing a sustainable packaging line. “We…

New compostable packaging can double shelf-life of fresh produce

Compostable packaging producer TIPA and shelf-life extension specialist PerfoTec have partnered to offer fully compostable packaging that extends the shelf-life of fresh produce. The resulting laser microperforated compostable film provides retailers and suppliers with the ideal packaging qualities to…

In Belgium, Lidl and Plastinet Flexibles' efforts to reduce plastic is paying off

At the beginning of 2020, Lidl and Plastinet Flexibles began a project in Belgium. They wanted to see how they could reduce plastic waste in the store's fruit and vegetable section. Potato products' packaging was the first to be put under the microscope. Along with their manufacturer, Plastinet Flexibles…

"The solution lies not in less but in better packaging"

"The packaging industry is under pressure to change the negative image of plastics and packaging into a positive one. After all, packaging was created to get food to the consumer safe and sound. Food waste is, of course, a much bigger problem, and skimping on packaging could have a detrimental effect on…


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