Packaging and Labelling

Gerald Langerak, Capp Plast

“Clients should also benefit from low oil prices when buying plastic boxes”

Dutch and Belgian fruit growers are preparing for the approaching apple and pear harvests. In June, they must get everything ready to receive the latest crops. For example, which crates must be replaced? They usually choose wooden crates, but plastic boxes are fast gaining ground. Capp Plast, an Italian…

Laser engraving on watermelons

Fashion, the black seedless watermelon brand, labels some of its watermelons using laser technology. The brand is engraved on the skin of the fruit without damaging it. This process contributes to more sustainable labeling and to the reduction of plastic waste that is so damaging to the environment. The following video shows…

How ProEx Food prepares for their digital presence at United Fresh:

"Virtual exhibitions will indirectly foster innovation"

Around the globe companies are trying to come up with ways to cope with the COVID-pandemic. The fruit and vegetable sector was not as affected by the measures and shutdowns as others but keeping distance and finding enough employees has been a challenge. Another big change has been the cancellation of…

Automatically sleeving kiwis with cardboard punnet and sleeve

Introducing a solution to pack kiwis without plastic

Whether kiwis are being packed in clamshells or in sustainable paper punnets, the JASA Sleever processes it all automatically. In today’s tight workforce environment, it seems that automating the sleeving step would be a no brainer. The user friendly JASA Sleever automatically sleeves the containers with…

Grid bucket for snack tomatoes from Pöppelmann FAMAC®

Adapted packaging - now even more sustainable and visually attractive

Resource-saving production, secure packaging, attractively presented: Pöppelmann FAMAC®, specialised in plastic packaging for the food and pharmaceutical industry, and MERULIN Gartenbauservice LLC & Co. have jointly developed an innovative packaging option for snack tomatoes. This packaging is a true hit,…

Marsha Verwiebe with Volm Companies on exhibiting at a virtual trade show

“This is an opportunity we should take advantage of”

In less than three weeks, the produce industry will experience its first virtual trade show ever, organized by the United Fresh Produce Association. “With our membership going back three decades, we’ve been a long-time supporter of the association,” says Marsha Verwiebe with Volm Companies. “We know that…

New: Cherry punnets from 100% recycled cardboard

Last week, the Dutch company, Fonkels Innovative Packaging, launched new, sustainable punnets. These are for 500g and 1kg cherries. These cherry containers are made from 100% recycled cardboard. They can be recycled again as old paper after use. The punnets were developed in collaboration with cherry growers.…

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Why oranges are sold in red mesh bags

When oranges aren't sold loose on the shelf, they very often come in red, mesh bags. The packaging may seem plain, but according to Reader's Digest, it's specially designed to…

Kiwifruit packhouses in lockdown change ways of working

Fully operational packhouses and social distancing aren't exactly easy bedfellows. But ripening kiwifruit couldn't wait for the Covid-19 pandemic to be over, and packhouses…

Hauptstadt Basil now only in recycled paper

Herbs, sold entirely in paper instead of plastic

REWE and ECF Farmsystems are testing new forms of product packaging. The capital city basil produced in Berlin is now packed 100% plastic-free. Both the funnel-shaped plastic bag (sleeve) and the plastic pot are dispensed with. Instead, their Hauptstadt Basil will be packed exclusively in recycled paper.…

Australia: Reusable bag start-up ‘The Swag’ doubles sales

Although many small businesses and retailers across Australia are feeling the pinch of COVID-19, for some - like reusable bag start-up The Swag - business is skyrocketing. The Swag’s product range includes reusable teabags, dry cleaning bags, food wraps, lunch bags, grocery bags and beauty wipes; it is…

Important Spanish firms confirm a new perception of packaging

"Plastic has become a security element for many people"

The health crisis has changed the public's perception of plastic in the packaging of fresh products. Before the crisis, the rejection of plastic in the packaging of fresh products had been the subject of debates in the agri-food sector. The health crisis helped many people to start seeing this material…

Edelpilzzucht Kirnig LLC focuses on sustainable packaging and product range expansion

"The plastics discussion will return after the crisis"

Before the Corona pandemic, the abandonment of plastics was by far the most important topic in today's food industry. In the field of edible mushrooms, too, the search was on for an innovative, environmentally friendly solution using renewable raw materials. South Tyrolean mushroom cultivator Kirnig LLC has…

Underpinning fresh produce traceability by adding an extra layer of scientific validation

A New Zealand based scientific traceability company says businesses need to be aware of the risks of counterfeiting and fraud in fresh produce, as agricultural exports de-commoditise in favour of brand premium products. "Australian (and New Zealand) agriculture continues to grow in export markets,"…

New Board composition at M-Stretch and appointment of Group CEO

M-Stretch Spa has announced the appointment of Mr. Alberto Calvo and Mr. Renato Calabrese as new Board members and of Mr. Pierfranco Di Gioia as Group CEO of the company, the…

Peter Van Steenkiste, Warnez Potatoes, Belgium

"Filière approach pays off with potato packaging sustainability"

"At Warnez, 'close-the-loop' partnerships form one of the sustainability pillars in our pursuit of a circular value chain," says Peter Van Steenkiste, product manager at the Belgian potato company. "It is nice to see that networks are constantly strengthening each other." "We have recently taken great…

New perspectives for a sustainable packaging industry

Packnatur® Production in Styria

VPZ Verpackungszentrum LLC is opening a new production site for its beechwood-based Packnatur® net packaging in Neudau in Styria, not only creating new jobs but new perspectives for the local textile industry as well. Eight years ago, VPZ had a market breakthrough with one of its research projects at REWE/ Ja! Natürlich: net packaging…

Designed for efficiency, built to last

Hygienic, fully stackable and designed to maximise freight storage, JumboNest® is the next generation in sustainable, returnable packaging. Food safe, robust and manufactured to withstand extremetemperatures from -7°c to +40°c, it is the ultimate choice for industries including: Food & Food Processing,…

NNZ informs clients on how to make a fact-based choice from the broad range of fruit and vegetable packaging

“Clarity about what sustainable packaging is”

Few topics in the fruit and vegetable sector are more confusing than the sustainability of packaging. Should packaging be used or not? What is the best material? Paper, cardboard, bioplastic, or ‘just’ plastic? There are many options and opinions with little concrete information. What to choose? Alies…

In the Covid-19 era Giro' guarantees supplies without increasing prices

Packaged versus unpacked fruit and vegetables

The international company dedicated to packaging solutions for the fruit and vegetable sector, Girò, continued to operate in complete safety and without interruption throughout the Covid-19 emergency period, in order to guarantee constant supplies to its customers all over the world. "The Covid-19 pandemic…

Eco-friendly packaging debuts for 2lb kiwifruit pack

As part of their continuing commitment to sustainability, Trucco is introducing a brand new eco-friendly 2lb KiwiStar kiwifruit pack, which will be available for both Organic and conventional varieties. Made of 100% plastic-free and recyclable paperboard, this new pack allows for proper ventilation while…

Mexico

Empaque Don Jorge restarts operations for the new mango season

Empaque Don Jorge I (EDJI) opened last week for the season. EDJI, the largest hydrothermal packer in Latin America, is located in the hometown of the Crespo Organic and RCF brands, which belong to the Crespo family group. The packer was originally built by Roberto Crespo Fitch in the early 1970s and it…

'ProSeal fast-response service keeps packhouses running'

'Pandemic has placed immense pressure on food supply chains'

'The fast-response service on which tray sealing specialist Proseal has built its reputation is proving invaluable in enabling food customers throughout the world to maintain production and output at a time of greatly increased demand. The coronavirus pandemic has placed immense pressure on food supply…

Weber Verpackungen sees great potential for waterproof salad bag guard

"We want to supply a natural packaging for lettuces from renewable resources"

New cultivation concepts like hydroponics are gaining in importance. This new cultivation technique also poses challenges to the trade. At the same time, the topic of hygiene at the POS is very topical, especially in these times. Packaging manufacturer Weber Verpackungen wants to offer the industry a sustainable…

Mango packing house in Mexico opens for the season

Empaque Don Jorge I (EDJI) opened last week for the season. EDJI is the hometown packhouse of El Grupo Crespo family’s two brands, Crespo Organic & RCF, and Latin America’s largest hydro-thermal packhouse. Originally built by Roberto Crespo Fitch in the early 1970’s, the packhouse was recently revamped…

ILFRES' budget and news

Iceberg lettuce: campaign for Spanish product is about to end as Dutch one starts

It is time to make an assessment on the iceberg lettuce winter campaign. Raffaele Lasciarrea of ILFRES, a company specialized in the import of fruit and vegetables, with partnerships in European productions, draws an overall picture and makes an assessment of a campaign affected, in its second half, by…

Motivational stickers against COVID-19 in apples

"The customers demand greater added value even more now"

Nufri has recently launched a new format: 4 and 6-piece trays of Livinda Apples. "The idea is to improve the food safety and make the product more trustworthy for both consumers and distributors, and at the same time, to convey motivational messages to the consumer through stickers,” says Ignasi Argilés,…

Zelfo Technology researches packaging material of the future

"Worldwide, tomato farmers throw away thousands of tons a year"

The Zelfo Technology company, which has its pilot plant in Schwedt, is researching the packaging material of the future. Plastic and waste paper are yesterday's news. Plant…

Automated pre-sizing process in water and automated robotic packing

Since the 1980s, Maf Roda Agrobotic has largely contributed to the evolution of the fresh fruit and vegetables grading sector by bringing grading machines from mechanical to electronic and automated systems. Maf Roda Agrobotic  has also developed the process of pre-sizing in water, allowing its customers to…

Christina Manossis on the Greek kiwi season

"We anticipate better sales results for the Greek kiwis"

The Greek kiwi season has been doing quite well, despite the circumstances and one particular exporter is already setting its sights on next season. After aiming for a new production record, the exporter now intends to enter the market in Thailand. Sales for Greek kiwis are expected to be better than…

US importer switches to sustainable packaging for mandarins and oranges

Jac. Vandenberg, a U.S. fresh produce importer, is transitioning from plastic nets used to pack their citrus fruits in favor of a compostable alternative made from beech tree pulp. The nets are made by biogenic packaging company VPZ, based in Austria, from wood that is a by-product of the forest…

... at Boon's supermarkets

World cup blueberries arrive ...

“Last week our world cup with 500g blueberries had its  Dutch premiere,” says Guus Coppus, the sales manager at abbGrowers, enthusiastically. “The introductory Promotion; '1 + 1 Free' was  launched at Boon's Market and the MCD supermarkets. The world cup is a great success, according to the purchaser at Boon's market, and was received enthusiastically by…

US: Rebranded guacamole products to be released with Cinco de Mayo

Good Foods have announced the rollout of a newly rebranded guacamole line to hit store shelves in alignment with the Cinco de Mayo holiday. The new packaging can be found on all Good Foods’ guacamoles, including Chunky, Spicy and Southwest. “As the guacamole category continues to grow, we knew our…

"We all need to educate consumers on an intelligent form of disposal of the plastic"

A leading global packaging company says while reducing plastics, including from fresh produce items is a key focus for the international community in becoming more sustainable, consumers must also become educated on how to correctly dispose of it. Giro's Group Business Strategy and Sales Director told…

Salento early potatoes: a new 3 kg box for Italian and foreign large-scale distribution

The marketing campaign for early potatoes from Salento, in Puglia, started on February 15-20 with tubers grown in greenhouse. Later, the open field product will follow, around 10-15 March. Prices are slightly lower than normal because of the stop of the HoReCa sector and the closure of local/weekly…

Fabio Zoboli from Infia Group

Packaging demands have stabilized

It's a complex period for the packaging sector, especially for an international company such as Infia. The current situation upset the balance achieved and the frost that hit various areas in Italy and Europe in March and April also contributed. FreshPlaza talked about it with Fabio Zoboli (in the photo…

Consumers buy more produce in one trip

Increased interest for shelf-life extending produce bags

Shopping patterns have changed tremendously in recent weeks. First, there was the panic buying in mid-March where consumers bought about everything they could get their hands on. The sale of shelf-stable produce went through the roof and staple items like potatoes were hard to come by. The panic buying…

Roos van Vugt, NNZ

"Even after COVID-19 the virus will influence the discussion surrounding plastic packaging"

A wide range of packaging materials is available for fresh produce and the focus is increasingly on sustainable packaging. Now that the corona virus has made its appearance, the question is whether this sustainable packaging is still so hopeful on the agenda. We put the question to Roos van Vugt, Sales…

100 years of Lorentzen & Sievers: stability on a firm foundation

"Tradition has its obligations" - the motto of a leading packaging supplier

100 years of Lorentzen & SievIn April 1920, Lorentzen & Sievers LLC was founded as an import and export agency by its namesakes. It is now one of Germany's leading packaging suppliers for fruit and vegetables. True to the motto "Tradition has its obligations," the still owner-managed company feels deeply…

'Made in Germany' is not just a crisis plan for contact labelling systems

"The current situation will greatly improve the appreciation of regional partners"

In times like these, companies can benefit greatly from a regional supply - be it with fresh products, raw materials or even labour. But even outside of times of crisis, the label "Made in Germany" has many advantages. K-D Hermann LLC has always been an advocate of short chains and distances and feels well…

Martin Dahlberg, Oboya:

Boost in demand for packed produce in Scandinavia

In Scandinavia, a boost in demand for berries and other agricultural produce packed in plastic boxes with lid can be noticed. "Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, more hygienically appropriate packaging is becoming increasingly important as the demand for unpacked fruit and vegetables decreased by at least…

Don't waste any time protecting your IP rights in the international market

Australian growers and producers are being encouraged to register any new Intellectual Property (IP) and trademarks as quickly as possible, before entering international markets. David Bennett, Councillor (Intellectual Property) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, provides advice for growers entering…

'Hygiene and safety in packaging are ever more important'

Bandall banding responds to present day needs, such as the sudden increased pressure in production experienced by many. Hygiene and safety in packaging are ever more important and the call for sustainable solutions remains relevant. A temporary increase in packaging capacityMany growers and dealers in…

Side Delights® Gourmet Petite Potatoes receives US packaging design award

Side Delights® announced its third packaging design award in five years. Graphic Design USA announced its 57th American Packaging Design Awards online today, including The Side Delights® Gourmet Petite fresh potato package. The design was created to include a clean, elegant design that evokes the feeling…

Mater-Bi mulch films - allies of a truly sustainable agriculture

Mulch films that are truly biodegradable in soil, are tools which support the objectives of sustainable development (OOS / SDGs - Sustainable Development Goals) outlined by…

Turkey: Coronavirus increases the use of plastic bags

Due to protection measures against coronavirus, consumers no longer bring their durable bags to supermarkets, said Turkish Plastic Industrialists Research, Development and Education Association (PAGEV). According to Yavuz Eroglu, the president of PAGEV, consumers increasingly prefer single-use plastic…

JASA on the introduction of the Bag-2-Paper

"This paper packaging is processed on a vertical packaging machine without the need for sealing"

"At JASA, we are unconditionally dedicated to protecting the environment, we, therefore, commit to reducing plastic waste. Hence, our focus on paper packaging. Within the…

New packaging for Tomabel strawberries

The consumer loves Belgian strawberries. That is why the quality label Tomabel will introduce new packaging for its red summer kings this Monday, April 20. Tomabel and strawberry producer Sien Vermeulen from Passendale The transition from spring to summer has been in the air for some time at the REO…

Single-use wooden crates reflect the value of made in Italy products

Cosimo Messina (in the photo), national adviser for AssoImballaggi's Gruppo Imballaggi Ortofrutticoli, explains that new wooden crates with the "Everything will be alright" logo will be introduced for producers. "Ruatta Imballaggi, one of our associates from Piedmont, came up with the idea and it was…

Wood crate manufacturers support the industry in a difficult season

"Even during the Corona Crisis: Wood over plastic"

In many places, packaging made of wood still has an image problem. They are however, ahead in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. According to initial studies by the World Health Organization (WHO), the viruses remain alive for up to 12 hours on wooden surfaces, while on other…

USDA announces labelling flexibility to allow foodservice products to be sold at retail

USDA AMS is committed to providing flexibilities to support the nation’s food supply and will continue to take steps to meet challenges due to the COVID-19 national emergency.…

KM Packaging appoints new business development manager

KM Packaging, the leading provider of specialist lidding films and flexible packaging, has strengthened its team as part of its wider growth strategy. Industry expert Pete…

Aldi: Fresh Wicklow herbs switch to recyclable & compostable packaging

Aldi Ireland has announced that its proprietary label Irish sourced potted herbs are now packaged in recyclable and home compostable materials. The change, which came into effect from April this year, will lead to the removal of more than 5.5 tonnes of non-recyclable material annually from Aldi’s potted…

'Survival of the fresh herbs sector in the midst of the corona crisis'

It has been slightly over a month since lives have changed from one end to another due to the Corona outbreak in Europe, the ME, the Americas and Russia. For the first time since WW2, the entire Horti-Cultural, Gastro and Catering industries have been, literally speaking, forced to shut their doors down.…

Shannon Boase with CKF, Inc. discusses increased demand for packaging

“There is no reason to sacrifice sustainability for security”

Demand for packaging has increased in the past few weeks as consumers increase at-home meals and feel insecure about buying bulk product that others may have touched. Although the coronavirus doesn’t transmit through food, retailers’ demand for packaged products is soaring. “We are seeing an increase in…

Harvest House buckets and shakers now made of rPET

Harvest House has replaced their PET snack vegetable buckets and shakers with rPET packaging. rPET is a plastic that is made from recycled PET. It is 100% recyclable. This step means the Dutch company saves a lot of water. They are also reducing their CO2 emission by 21% per year. That is comparable to…

"Top seal technology provides secure and food-safe packaging"

The food industry has been placed under great strain due to the increased demand for produce and prepared products. During these unprecedented times, Proseal, a manufacturer of tray sealing equipment, is continuing to supply growers, retailers and food processors with machinery in industry-best lead…

Greek cherry packer sees positives in challenging times

“We expect to pack 25 per cent more cherries than we did last year”

The cherries in Greece are heading towards a promising season for cherry packer Yaka IKE. Demand is rising all over the world and those supplying the supermarkets are less impacted by the closures of hotels and restaurants all over Europe. Naturally measures have been taken in the packhouse, like the use…

The demand for packaging for agricultural food distribution grows by 25%

In March 12.5 million reusable boxes were mobilized in SpainThe demand for reusable boxes for the distribution of fresh products from the producer to the large distribution increased by more than 25% since the state of alarm was declared, as a consequence of the increase in the demand for fresh products.…

Robert Helder, Hoekman Houtindustrie:

"Wooden crates have proved their sustainability for 40 years"

Plastic crate providers regularly describe their products as sustainable alternatives to wooden storage crates in the media. "That is completely unjustified," says Robert Helder of Hoekman Houtindustrie in the Netherlands. "Over the last 40 years, wooden crates have proved themselves to be sustainable.…

'Many customers take advantage of having internet gateway installed in their machinery'

Proseal’s network of service engineers is proving to be an invaluable lifeline to customers as they battle to minimize downtime and maintain their production output during this period of greatly increased demand. As well as designing its machines for long-term durability, reliability and efficiency,…

Tecnobox celebrates its 20th birthday by launching new tray erecting machines

This year Tecnobox is celebrating its 20th birthday and to mark the special occasion the company will be launching new tray erecting machines. Tecnobox started in 1990 by…

Jon Owen - BioPak

Sugar cane produce trays - a natural alternative to plastic

As the fresh produce industry moves to become more sustainable growers, packers and retailers are looking for alternatives to plastic packing. This is not simple, as fresh produce puts many demands on its packaging. It has to be sturdy to protect the product, it has to be moisture repellent and able to…

Manter's 25th anniversary

We are still owed a party

Manter celebrated its 25th anniversary on Wednesday 1st of April.  The party that the company founders, Herman Wehkamp and Peter Lenferink, had planned for their customers, contacts and relations will be put on hold for a while. “We had come up with an entire program, but that is currently not possible because of the corona virus,”…

US state and local governments reassess plastic bans

US state and local officials have expressed concerns that reusable shopping bags that are brought into establishments could carry and spread the coronavirus, which causes…

BioFreshPak - new compostable plastic film

British-Indian Group develops compostable film

In India, where some 40 per cent of food is wasted before it even reaches the markets, the absence of appropriate packaging in supply chains can cause food to rapidly…

Novapack Sud Srl

Recycling and reusing plastic are the solution to be sustainable

"Packaging contributes to promoting products in the fresh produce sector and especially in the food segment. This is why it is an important element in the economy of a chain," explained Lisa Pisani, CEO of Novapack Sud, during a convention organized by Enza Zaden in Vittoria (RG) on February 27th, 2020.  Lisa…

Sister 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…


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