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EcoMark in France: Cooperation with MBC

“Sustainable, innovative and chemical-free labeling solution”

The future is here - and France is setting a good example: Au révoir, plastic packaging! France has become the first country to enact a new law banning plastic packaging and stickers. Starting in January 2022, this law will apply to products such as cucumbers, zucchini, sweet potatoes, eggplants, pears…

Can you eat the stickers on fruits and vegetables?

Although the stickers that get placed on fruits and vegetables won’t cause you any harm, it’s probably best to remove them before eating. PLU stickers, which stands for “Price…

Consumer confusion over food packaging disposal being cleared up thanks to new research

Consumers can be more confident in packaging disposal thanks to a new campaign to help demystify food packaging. A new project InFormPack funded by the European Institute of…

SmartDispenser, the compact and flexible dispenser for flap trays

With the new SmartDispenser, Frutmac solves many problems related to the feeding of fruit and vegetable packaging machines with cardboard trays. It can be loaded with different types and formats of trays and automatically positions them on the conveyor belt. The SmartDispenser is a new solution…

Silphie packaging for Lidl and Kaufland

Lidl and Kaufland are promoting the use of innovative packaging made with locally grown silphie plant fibre. PreZero, the environmental division of Schwarz Group, has…

"A manufacturing breakthrough in packaging sustainability"

The latest food packaging technology has provided a major leap forward for the sustainability of heat-sealed fresh produce punnets and trays. A series of new punnet and tray designs, launched by Westpak Group Ltd, offers grocery retailers and their suppliers a set of commercially viable paper-based…

Adam Sikorski (Sofrupak) on paper and cardboard packaging solutions

"Healthy interest in sustainable packaging, even among discounters"

The topic of sustainable packaging in the fruit and vegetable trade seems to be experiencing a renaissance after the months-long impasse during the lockdown. Due to the approaching plastic ban within French food retail from 2022 onwards and similar negotiations going on in several other European…

Peninsula Fresh Organics: Looking into alternatives to fresh produce plastic packaging

Natasha Shields, owner of Peninsula Fresh Organics, has been looking into alternatives to plastic packaging on fruit and vegetable products, such as bioplastics and misting…

Schumacher Packaging invests 700 million euros in the future

The Schumacher Packaging Group, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of corrugated and solid board packaging solutions, is planning its largest investment program since it…

Customer focus keeping Australian manufacturer ahead of the pack

For almost 75 years, edp Australia has been meeting the exacting standards of its customers. Its fresh fruit and vegetable preparation and packaging machinery is proudly…

Global paper company supports children in vulnerable communities in Texas

Smurfit Kappa has partnered with San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries to donate $155,500 to help vulnerable families to break the cycle of poverty. The investment will allow the expansion of the Children’s Enrichment Center's (CEC) existing facilities to increase the number of families supported. The San…

Efficient loading of vacuum bags in crates and pallet boxes

Lan Handling automates potato packing lines

Lan Handling Technologies, located in the Netherlands, has started automating two packaging lines for an internationally operating potato producer. It concerns the efficient loading and palletizing of vacuum-packed potato bags of 5 kg and 10 kg. Crates and pallet boxesIn the fully automated system, both…

A metalized bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film for packaging applications

Cosmo Films Ltd. launches Enhanced Barrier Metalized BOPP Film

Cosmo Films Ltd., known for their specialty films for flexible packaging, labeling and lamination applications as well as synthetic paper, has launched Enhanced Barrier…

Palbox presented Ivy, a revolution in the world of crates

Crates that are both functional and visually pleasing

In the Italian region of Trentino Alto Adige, the attention towards the environment is paramount, which is why a company from the province of Bolzano has designed new crates that are both functional and beautiful. They weigh 20% less than conventional crates. Palbox has conceived these crates, called…

Durable and recyclable net bags for fruit and vegetables

Reducing the use of plastic for fruits and vegetables is possible, and Sicily's M.T. Reti, which has been producing net bags for packaging citrus and vegetables for more than 20 years, is taking important steps in this field. Antonino Testa and Giuseppe Martorana of M.T. Reti "We have long been looking for…

Walter Ahn (Wasto-Pac) about plastic crates and pallets

"Growing demand from all sides for cheaper plastics”

For the packaging industry, it has been exciting times since the global pandemic began. There have been significant material shortages and unprecedented cost hikes. The ongoing COVID-19 issue is increasing demand for cheaper plastic crates and pallets. At the same time, pallets are being cleaned and…

South Africa: Packaging innovation is the solution to creating a circular economy

Manufacturers and retailers are looking to innovation to find sustainable solutions to replace single-use plastic. One such solution is the locally manufactured Freshpact range of paper punnets, developed by Mpact, the leading South African packaging manufacturer and recycler. This relatively new concept…

2JV Emballage

“We are working on the packaging of the future”

2JV Emballage is based in the north of France, not far from Douai. This young company created in 2016 offers a complete range of packaging for the agri-food sector: from fruit and vegetables to meat, poultry and fish. At first, the company developed around endive packaging (boxes, trays, bags), but it…

Researchers create bioplastics from tomato skins that decompose in a month at sea

Researchers at the La Mayora Subtropical and Mediterranean Hortofruticulture Institute have developed bioplastics from tomato remains that have similar properties to…

Compostable apple sticker deadline could result in more fruit in plastic bags

In under two years, the New Zealand government wants to phase out plastic fruit stickers, replacing them with home compostable labels. Earlier this year, the government…

Biodegradable polymers for use across multiple industries

There are already polymers that are 100 % biodegradable. A "100% biodegradable polymer" is one that well be completely turned into carbon dioxide, humus, and water by soil…

OutNature/Schwarz Gruppe

Sustainable silphia packaging from OutNature at Lidl and Kaufland

The environmental division of the Schwarz Group, PreZero, is developing new, sustainable fiber and paper products for packaging solutions via its OutNature brand. Following a successful pilot phase, the two retail divisions Lidl and Kaufland are now introducing the innovative paper packaging based on the…

Opening Direct Pack Baja in Mexicali, Mexico

Direct Pack Inc mitigates supply chain disruptions with expanded North America manufacturing operations

Direct Pack, Inc. (DPI), a prominent player in sustainable, full circular, thermoformed plastic packaging, has announced that it has expanded its North American manufacturing operations with the opening of Direct Pack Baja in Mexicali, Mexico. The company was able to build, equip and staff the new…

VentaMax Breathable Stretch film

'A milestone in Chinese fresh fruit packaging market'

Sincerity Applied Materials Holdings Corp (SINC) announces that SINC has entered into a definitive supplying agreement with a domestic fruit grower that was fully owned by…

"Sustainability is going to be a key factor in packaging"

The production of food packaging is conditioned by the consumers' purchasing decisions and this trend will increase in the future, according to the technician of the packing…

Séverine Didier, Alcé:

“We will have to manage the flow of raw materials and the soaring costs”

With a commercial career path in various sectors and industries including horticulture, Séverine Didier, with her extensive experience and strong customer orientation, is now the sales agent at the head of Alcé, created in July 2020 and located in the Grand-Est region of France. “I went into the fruit…

A tray with a revolutionary ventilation system for maximum protection of fruit and vegetables.

VERIPACK presents MAXIPACK Breeze

Here is the MAXIPACK Breeze, a tray with a revolutionary ventilation system (Breeze concept) for maximum protection of fruit and vegetables. The Breeze concept is a system that has 4 lateral ventilation holes, positioned in the form of a chimney in the middle-upper part of the basket, creating an optimal…

Anne de Rouw - Ranpak:

Paper is an effective and cost-effective cold chain packing solution

During the pandemic, use of ecommerce spiked, including online purchasing of food products that require thermal protection during the shipping process. In most cases, products are delivered within 24 hours, and traditionally, many of these products have been shipped using expanded polystyrene (EPS) boxes…

Recycled packaging ensures sustainable strawberry production

Hoogstraten is putting sustainability first by using recycled carton punnets for their strawberries, which are available all year round and supplied directly to the UK. Coöperatie Hoogstraten has switched to carton punnets for their standard strawberry packaging, making a big step in reducing plastic…

Packaging supplier Martin Dradrach puts "fresh & good" line in the foreground

"Packagings with a natural look and without plastic find increasing resonance"

Herxheim-based packaging supplier Martin Dradrach is very pleased to be able to exhibit at the Karlsruhe trade fair again this year. "We have noticed how important expoSE/expoDirekt is for customer care," Petra Anders told Freshplaza.de. The company has been one of the regular exhibitors at the two-day…

Americans love stand-up pouches

There is a growing demand for pouches. In the United States, especially, stand-up pouches are more popular than ever. At the beginning of this year, the Dutch company Manter installed a weighing and packaging line at McDougall and Sons in America. In a relatively small area, they can now simultaneously pack different amounts of…

Frank Krier, BayPack Ltd:

"Short-term ad hoc measures will continue to be difficult to manage next year"

As a manufacturer of cardboard packaging, BayPack Ltd has been focusing on packaging for the asparagus and strawberry sectors for several years now, in addition to its traditional markets of dairy products or meat and sausage. BayPack produces customized products as well as standard packaging for…

Fruit wholesaler T. Meissner relies on environmentally friendly packaging:

"The time is ripe for sustainable packaging, within the wholesale trade as well"

Effective immediately, Kassel-based fruit wholesaler T. Meissner is offering a plastic-free packaging line for fruit and vegetables. The baskets, trays and banding rolls -…

Norman Killius, Kiwi Media Ltd:

Increased demand for reusable bags made of recyclable polypropylene and paper

Kiwi Media Ltd offers reusable bags made of recyclable polypropylene cotton, jute and paper for the food retail trade, especially for retail markets such as Rewe and Edeka. But individual farm businesses are also showing keen interest in their products. The company receives the jute, cotton and…

Why does the Spanish food sector defend plastic against the packaging decree?

The food sector as a whole –farmers, manufacturers, supermarkets, and hoteliers– has presented objections to the Government's Draft Royal Decree on Containers, defending…

Eatlocal.nz - Christchurch

Demand for fresh produce boxes soars during lockdown

Covid-19 has meant a huge increase in business for Joanne Webb, who manages Christchurch-based business Eatlocal.nz. The company saw orders skyrocket when the recent New…

UK’s first carbon neutral potato Waitrose

Waitrose presents ‘Root Zero’ in 200 stores

The UK’s first carbon neutral potato. ‘Root Zero’, will arrive on the shelves at 200 Waitrose stores this week. This will increase the availability of the planet-friendly…

Bonduelle and its partnership with Op Oasi

The story behind packaged vegetables

With the aim of communicating the great care that goes into the entire production process, to guarantee a quality product that meets both the consumer's needs and health requirements, Op Oasi, as a partner of Bonduelle, organized a visit to its plant in Battipaglia (Salerno) on 27 October 2021. Arugula from…

Lorentzen & Sievers

Packaging under a magnifying glass - news and events

On October 21, Lorentzen & Sievers (L&S) hosted a trade exchange in Hamburg. Fruit importers, marketers, producers, food retailers and packaging (machine) manufacturers learned about paper-based packaging. For more than an hour each, technologists and scientists from Mayr Melnhof, DS Smith, Fraunhofer…

Girò Italia Srl

Girò focuses on ultra-light eco-friendly packaging

"When it comes to packaging, the market and, mostly, the big retail chain are looking for an alternative to plastic. Although the fresh produce sector seems to be less invasive, as it uses it more rationally, we are still working to find suitable solutions to help the green revolution and safeguard the…

Adrian Dale - Tosca

"NeRa nestable, rackable and stackable heavy-duty plastic pallet can deliver game-changing efficiencies throughout the distribution supply chain"

In August 2020 Tosca, a specialist in reusable packaging and supply chain solutions, acquired Contraload NV, a leader in plastic pallet pooling in the United Kingdom and European Union. The acquisition of Contraload enabled Tosca to service supply chains end to end, from the first mile to the last mile.…

Matthias Kinzel, signatory at Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen Ltd:

"Strauss asparagus processing machines simplify work processes"

Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen Ltd has been designing and manufacturing machines for weighing, sorting, packaging and harvesting asparagus and other fruits and vegetables since 1996. Among others, signatory Matthias Kinzel will be present at the expoSE on 17 and 18 November 21. He spoke with us about the…

LC Packaging Belgium turns 30

LC Packaging Belgium celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Company director, Kurt Du Bois, offers a glimpse into its history and success. In 30 years, LC Packaging has transformed from a modest business, with a small but passionate team, to a major player. It has over 50 FTE's and an annual turnover of more than €40 million. Kurt Du…

Efficient logistics flow of RTIs

Euro Pool System (EPS) fabricates reusable standard packagings in the European fresh chain. The company is operating in 27 countries and every year more than 1 billion crates for fresh and packaged food are in rotation. EPS is always on the look-out for innovative solutions to optimise the efficiency of its supply chain and to…

Potato shipper unveils potato packaging redesign

Northeast potato shipper Bushwick Commission has a new packaging redesign for its popular Guarantee label. The designs will be featured on Bushwick’s full range of potatoes, including red potatoes, russet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes, as well as its conventional and premium white potato packaging.…

Single-use plastic products banned in Slovakia

In Slovakia, an amendment of the Act No. 79/2015 Coll came into force on July 3, 2021, prohibiting companies from placing certain single-use plastic products as well as…

Tom Verdonck, Tomeco:

"This machine now makes cardboard packaging not only ecologically, but also economically interesting"

Tomeco, a partnership of Belgian tomato growers, is taking a new step in the transition from plastic to cardboard packaging. With the purchase of a new machine, the group is able to package products in cardboard on a large scale. "The possibilities with this new machine are endless and it also fits in…

Statement by EcoMark's Richard Neuhoff

"Natural Branding": Made in Germany

On 22 September, an article about Natural Branding in connection with the Laserfood company was published on Hortidaily (the English version can be found here). Now, there is a counterstatement from the EcoMark company itself: The term "Natural Branding" was applied by the Laserfood company as a word…

Sustainable packaging producer announces capital investments

CKF Inc., a design and sustainable packaging solutions producer, has announced investments to substantially increase its thermoformed-molded fiber production capacity. The investment is to support the expanding markets for Earthcycle™, CKF’s certified home compostable, recyclable and renewable packaging…

High temperatures are in the past: cold sealing is here

Most packages are sealed under high temperatures. However, there is now a new, not so hot way of enclosing the produce: cold sealing. At the Fruit Attractión 2021, Juan José Cruz, manager of Earis, presented Cold Sealing, a technology suitable for sealing fruit trays and other fresh products. Cold sealing…

Tesco

Tesco to launch PET ‘tray to tray’ recycling initiative with Faerch

Supermarket chain Tesco and sustainable packaging solutions company Faerch have collaborated on what they claim is an industry first, closed-loop recycling solution that ensures secondary plastic packaging used to transport and display products on shelves is retained by the food packaging industry. The…

Folding stacking crates offer new possibilities

With this folding stacking crate, Remmert Dekker Packaging has reinvented the iconic fruit and vegetable crate. According to this Dutch manufacturer, it is both foldable and stackable.…

Up to 170 tons less packaging per year

NORMA's proprietary brand ERNTE KRONE optimizes potato nets and saves 50% on packaging

In addition to the potatoes of the NORMA brand BIO SONNE, customers now also save on resources when buying the ERNTE KRONE brand. Thanks to the new and optimized CLAF® carry-fresh nets, up to 50 percent of the packaging material will be saved. In addition to this, just one type of material is used for…

Les Crudettes salads stay fresh in Mondi’s recyclable functional barrier paper

Mondi, a global player in packaging and paper, has introduced its first recyclable functional barrier paper bag for salads in the Group LSDH’s Les Crudettes range. The sustainable packaging is a fully integrated solution – Mondi operates across the value chain from sustainably managed forests, to…

Part of an extensive recycling programme in Benelux countries

First recycled folding trays go into circulation

Euro Pool System started using the first recycled folding trays last week. This is part of an extensive recycling programme in the Benelux countries, which will see millions of new folding trays going into circulation. The used blue trays are granulated to create the main raw material for the new trays.…

Project Service & Produktion Ltd

Even faster ecological banding with the Proband V2000

The new Proband V2000 from Project S&P in North Rhine-Westphalia has already impressed a number of visitors at trade shows this year. The machine, which enables simple banding, even with paper bands, will be launched on the market at the beginning of 2022 and follows the Proband V1000. The company had…

Tipa Corp

Compostable packaging solutions from Tipa Corp

Compostable produce packaging adds shelf life and sustainability

Compostable packaging solutions from Tipa are being implemented worldwide by leading brands in Europe, Australia, and the US. There is a particular focus on food and fashion industries, as these are two key markets that use a high volume of flexible packaging. In the US, Tipa worked with  Fresh Harvest to…

Brahim El Hasnaoui, Fleuron d’Anjou, “There is no alternative to the plastic ties”

“If no solution is found, we will no longer be able to sell bundled vegetables from January 1st”

A real blow to the fruit and vegetable sector came with the decree published on Tuesday October 12th regarding the ban on plastic packaging, which also excludes the plastic ties used to pack bundled vegetables. “In the discussions on the first drafts of the decree and in the exchanges with the CNA and…

René Eekels, Baskin:

"Wicker display baskets will boost any fruit and vegetable aisle's look"

During the lockdown, many retail chains put many ideas on hold, including implementing fruit and vegetable aisle innovations. That was also the case for wicker display baskets. Baskin makes these Smart Edge Baskets (SEB), and interest has now returned in full force. "We should roll out these baskets at…

India-based AVI Global Plast introduces 100% recycled PET punnets safe for food-contact

Food safety and hygiene are top priorities for considering use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content in food packaging. When AVI Global Plast introduced 80 to 90% recycled PET in films and packaging designs in 2013, they used state-of-the-art co-extrusion equipment to sandwich post-consumer material…

“This will inevitably impact selling prices for the consumer”

The ban on plastic packaging is not well received by the sector

As of January 1st 2022, fruit and vegetables can no longer be sold in plastic packaging, with a few exceptions. For Jean-François Not, president of the Ille-Fruits cooperative, the decree of Tuesday October 12th was “published without any consultation.” Jean-François Not denounces a decree elaborated…

Verdeflor, the Peruvian packaging company, expands its facilities for the blueberry, avocado, and citrus campaigns

"We have the capacity to process 1200 kilos/hour, which means we can have one container ready per shift"

Peru's blueberry export campaign has already started and the opening of new markets, such as India and Malaysia, starting this year offer producers better prospects, as they now have more than 31 destinations where they can ship their product. Starting October, the Indian market will be open for Peruvian…

Plastic-free packaging wins innovation award

AFC Packaging is pleased to announce the acceptance of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) 2021 Innovation Award in Food Waste Prevention for its NOW No Waste Technology for fresh produce. Left to right: Stefano Giusti, Chris Lewis, Paul Smith, Mike Baker. NOW No Waste Technology plastic-free…

Former Welsh Secretary claims UK supermarkets are ‘disguising’ EU food

John Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham in Berkshire, has stated that supermarkets have a ‘keen enthusiasm to display the Union flag’, coupled with a ‘marked reluctance to…

Diamondback Acres, Lake Chelan

Washington farm takes on plastic packaging problem

Diamondback Acres, based in Lake Chelan, Washington, has been farming organic produce since 1991. Farm owners Bill and Angell Clark have put sustainability at the core of the…

Waddington Europe offers new punnet that's easier to recycle, using less plastic

European thermoforming packager Waddington® Europe, a division of Novolex®, has launched a new 100% mono-material protective soft-fruit punnet thanks to the company's MONOAIR™ cushion technology. Traditionally, punnet bases require an additional layer of bubble padding attached with a glue adhesive to…

Agriplast

Machines create recycled plastic films

Agriplast is a company that produces plastic films for the Italian agricultural and horticultural industry. They are currently using 7 and 5 layer blown film systems and the entire chain is controlled by IT systems.  "Our machines are not only concerned with the quality aspect of the product, they also influence environmental…

Interfel

“Yes to the reduction of plastic packaging, but in a realistic and concerted way”

The publication of the implementation decree of the anti-waste law for a circular economy in France, voted on in January 2020, appeared on the 12th of October 2021. From…

A patent to fully recycle plastic

Siropack, a company based in Cesenatico that develops packaging technologies, has set up the "Respect" patent to fully recycle the plastic of food containers, fresh produce included. On October 6-7, 2021, Canadian multinational Cascades visited the Siropack facility to sign an agreement for the exclusive…

Ruan van Graan – Banhoek Fruit Packers

Stonefruit packhouse offers low chem citrus packing to Boland growers

Well-known plum and nectarine packhouse Banhoek Fruit Packers this year packed lemons for the first time in its 16-year existence, after last year diversifying into pomegranate packing. Putting pomegranates over the pack line has been good preparation for packing citrus as both are wet tipped and treated…

Sustainability and less plastic for packaging

Pandemic heightened consumer sense of environmental & social responsibility

Many consumers all over the world currently have a clear position on sustainable consumption and behavior. This is also the case in Latin America, according to the study Covid…

List of fruit and vegetables without plastic packaging from January 2022

From the 1st of January 2022, unprocessed fresh fruit and vegetables will no longer be allowed to be sold in plastic packaging, according to the anti-waste law for a circular economy (Agec law). Barbara Pompili, French Minister of the Ecological Transition, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, Finance…

France to ban plastic packaging for fruit & vegetables January 2022

France will ban plastic packaging for nearly all fruit and vegetables from January 2022 in a bid to reduce plastic waste. The French government published a list of about 30…

AU: Public wants Government to back compostable packaging over recycling

Responding to a landmark new poll, almost 8 out of 10 Australian adults (78%) believe using compostable packaging is a more effective solution to the plastic waste crisis than recycling plastic. Almost 9 out of 10 (89%) are concerned about the plastic waste generated from packaging, and a further 79%…

BerryDealer continues expansion with production and packaging plant

BerryDealer, a company dedicated to the marketing of berries, has reached a milestone by opening its own production and certified packhouse. "Having our own production will allow us to better and more confidently manage the product we deliver to our customers," stated Pablo Gonzalez, the manager of BerryDealer.…

Rovema Benelux presents Innotech Revo 3800 at Interpom Kortrijk in Belgium:

"These are the latest potato packaging novelties"

This spring, Rovema Benelux acquired Innotech and packaging company Prins Verpakkingstechniek. "That's tremendously increased our chances of offering our customers suitable solutions. For example, a worldwide team of approximately 750 people has been added. They have a wealth of experience and technical…

From Bologna - Italy, the GNA Wrap Box wrapper machine

A highly versatile packaging machine that works with both plastic and alternative materials

The Wrap Box machine is a valid solution for the protection of citrus fruits, apricots, cherries, kiwis, apples, tomatoes, pears, peaches and grapes, just to mention a few. It works on cardboard or wooden boxes of different shapes and sizes. Always up to date with new market trends, the Bologna-based company…

New UF/IFAS study:

‘Fully recyclable packaging makes consumers feel better about meal kits’

A new UF/IFAS study shows that consumers prefer meal kits (online or in the store) with organic, local, and pre-cut ingredients. The researchers also learned that consumers…

Chilean project seeks to revolutionize fruit packaging market

Juan Carlos Carrasco, owner of the Chilean Zeaplast company that operates in the Coronel industrial park, explained that it is about to offer a new product for sustainable…

‘Avolicious’

Private label for avocados launched

Terra Exports, a global fresh fruit company, is making an impact in the avocado sector by launching its own, in-house brand of avocados called Avolicious. The private label launched one month ago and has been well received by customers. Avolicious is already being shipped globally--currently to Asia,…

Berry growers launch Innovation Challenge to solve agricultural plastic waste

Driscoll’s has partnered with Think Beyond Plastic to launch an inaugural Agricultural Plastics Innovation Challenge, which aims to stimulate new recycling processes and the development of alternatives to conventionally used field plastics. Innovators, entrepreneurs, research institutes, start-ups and…

Slovakia tops EU ranking in plastic waste

Slovakia is currently among the EU countries with the biggest use of plastic bags, which is why Slovakia’s Environment Ministry is encouraging the nation’s supermarket chains…

Calpine Containers acquires JS Ag Packaging

Rainier Partners, a private equity firm based in Seattle, WA, announced the acquisition of JS Ag Packaging by Calpine Containers, a Rainier portfolio company. Headquartered in…

Roberto Graziani from Graziani Packaging

Cost of raw material, logistics and climate change a thorn in the side of entrepreneurs

"Raw materials like paper and plastic are getting more and more expensive and delivery times are lengthening. I believe this situation will not improve soon, I think it will last for another 6 months or more," reports Roberto Graziani from Graziani Packaging. He also thinks the economic recovery is…

Company adds industry expert to Produce Team

Gordon Fresh Produce joins C.A. Ferolie

C.A. Ferolie, a company that offers tailored brand-building solutions to consumer packaged goods manufacturers on a super-regional scale and is part of the C.A. national…

Gaetano Torrente

Workers are very hard to find and crafts are disappearing

Gaetano Torrente from La Torrente has been elected president of the Food Chain Section at Unione Industriali Napoli for the period 2021-2023. Unione Industriali Napoli is made up of 15 sections and aims at safeguarding the interests of its members and analyze specific problems. Companies part of the…

Alberto Sardo, Xeda International:

Coating wax: from myth to science and from science to myth

Last century, some companies around the world dedicated science to improving the quality of fruit with coatings of controlled permeability. Enhancing appearance, reducing water loss and maintaining shelf-life were the main preoccupations of the market back then. But now, aesthetics have become secondary.…

Seeka's invests $20 mln in packline, coolstore near Te Puke

Seeka strives to have a new automated packline and high-efficiency cool store operational near Te Puke, ready for next year's kiwifruit season. The company will build a new…

Martinique: Banana packaging utilized in waste-to-energy project

A new waste-to-energy project in the Caribbean is set to convert commercial waste into carbon-free renewable hydrogen syngas, generating electric power on the island.…

September 29, International Day of Awareness of Food Loss

Post-harvest packaging solution launched to help reduce food losses

Today is the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, a UN initiative to raise awareness of the impact of food and nutrition safety on people's lives. Worldwide, 1 billion people go hungry, and 1/3 of all the food produced is lost in the production and distribution processes or goes to the…

ALDI enters into strategic partnership with Interseroh+

ALDI Nord and ALDI SÜD are actively involved in the circular economy. According to one press release, the groups have agreed on a strategic partnership with Interseroh+ Ltd…

EcoMark

Natural branding in the conventional sector

Natural branding is being used more and more in the organic sector. Primarliy used for ecological reasons, it is now also being used for economic reasons in the conventional sector. The reduction of plastic packaging is steadily progressing. Packaging organic produce or putting stickers on it to…

Dole and Shanghai Disneyland launch new blueberry gift box

Dole and Shanghai Disneyland have worked together to launch their blueberry gift box. The festive box of high-quality blueberries officially entered the Chinese market in September, 2021, and will be available in Sam's Club. There are five unique designs, each with slightly different colors that sparkle…

Mario Miulli of Imprimatur Group - Italy

High-end fruit and vegetables with special packaging

For some top-of-the-range products, packaging plays a key role. However, who is behind the design of the baskets and packaging increasingly seen on the shelves of large-scale distribution and in specialist shops? Attending Macfrut was Mario Miulli from the Apulian Imprimatur Group, which collaborates,…

Organic shoppers demand sustainable packaging

Recent research indicates that businesses selling organic products can gain a competitive advantage by using more circular, sustainable packaging.  A Soil Association survey found that over half (55%) of consumers expect organic fresh produce packaging to have a low or no environmental impact. Two out of five…

New machine seals cardboard fruit and vegetables boxes with a sticker

The ATH-IX-BR is new to the Euro-Label 06 range. This is an automatic labeling system. It was developed to apply stickers to cartons with flaps. It was designed to meet increasing demand. Companies wanted a machine that could apply stickers to fruit boxes. These can be for four, six, or eight pieces of…

Tekni-Plex acquisition bolsters food & beverage capabilities

Tekni-Plex has acquired Keyes Packaging Group from Arbor Investments in a deal that will elevate its ability to provide innovative solutions enabling customers to keep their…

Laser Food has been using its Natural Branding technology for 15 years

"The best companies trust the indelible marking of their fresh products"

"There's no doubt that, back in 2006, when Laser Food had the idea of starting to develop the technology to indelibly mark fresh agri-food products, this seemed a little far-fetched," company sources stated. "There were many critical voices that continuously denied the convenience of using this…

Lean and fully recyclable top seal solution launched

Fresh produce packaging innovators StePac Ltd. has expanded its range of top seals with new solutions to boost the retail fresh produce packaging sector. Its newly upgraded portfolio includes lean and fully recyclable easy-peel film structures designed to be sealed onto trays or containers housing…

The Government is working on a royal decree that aims to reduce plastic pollution, which already has exceeded all limits

Spain will ban selling fruit and vegetables in plastic containers starting 2023

According to official sources, the Royal Decree on packaging and waste that the Government is working on, and that the Ministry for the Ecological Transition is about to make…

VKI

Association for Consumer Information

Plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables

The Association for Consumer Information has been surveying the proportion of packaged fruit and vegetables in supermarkets or discount stores since 2019. The average was higher than 60%. At the time, retailers wanted to reduce the plastic content. However, a new survey shows that the rate is still at…

“Our aim is solve fresh fruits and vegetables fresh keeping problems during transportation”

This is the season when apples, pears, and kiwi fruit from production areas in the northern hemisphere enter the Chinese market in large volumes. At the same time, grapes, mangoes, and other fruits from the southern hemisphere enter the market as well. Export fruit and vegetables will take up a…

Fruit importer launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month-related sweepstakes

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes and persimmons, is launching its “One Step at a Time” consumer sweepstakes to elevate the limited-time pink…

Consorzio Dal Cuore Veneto

A treasure chest of certified-quality potatoes

At Macfrut, Consorzio Dal Cuore Veneto presented the Una Patata dal Cuore Veneto project, which boasts the QV (Verified Quality) mark and aims at being a testimonial for the promotion of the mark itself. Michele Berti, Piergiorgio Agostini, Elena Baratella, Christian Baratella The project is part of the…

Carrefour Spain: 50% less plastic in fruit and vegetable packaging

Over the past three years, Carrefour has managed to reduce by 50% the presence of plastic in all its fruit and vegetable packaging. This figure reaffirms the company as a reference in the reduction of plastic in Spain. The products are now packed in other materials such as cardboard, mesh or…

Agricultural waste fibre tech company completes food packaging trial

Agricultural waste fibre tech company Papyrus Australia has completed its food packaging trial. The trial saw the company use its factory-produced refined banana fibre to…

Smurfit Kappa will showcase everything that its Agri Experience Center can do for the sector

Smurfit Kappa is aware of the importance of innovation to help the fruit and vegetable sector save costs and mitigate risks that may arise in its supply chain. The company will attend the next edition of Fruit Attraction, which will be held in person at IFEMA from October 5 to 7, and it will be located…

New compostable fruit and veg bags and plastic packaging trial

Lidl GB builds on plastic reduction and recycling programme

Lidl GB has today announced a series of new initiatives, as part of its REset Plastic strategy, to eliminate plastic waste and support the continued reduction and recyclability of plastics in its stores. The discounter has confirmed plans to replace all single use fruit and vegetable plastic bags with…

26-29 september 2021

Online meeting on food packaging sustainability innovation

Are you aware of the latest developments and innovations in food packaging? Is recycling of post-consumer plastic one of the challenges you face? Would your fresh produce…

Fruit shipper implements Material Recyclability Index

Copefrut, a Chilean company, has developed a Material Recyclability Index, a measure that seeks to understand the capacity of packaging to be integrated into recycling flows. “This quantifies the recyclability of packaging, considering not only what type of materials are being used, but also how they…

Belgian company develops sustainable packaging

New fruit and vegetable punnet

Smart Packaging Solutions has introduced a new fruit and vegetable punnet. The solid cardboard packaging is strong, circular, and easy to handle. It is a sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging option. "The market and consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable packaging," says Martijn Fluyt, Product Development…

Copefrut elaborates a recyclability index of materials for the packaging of its horticultural products

"We understand that sustainability is no longer an option"

Copefrut, a company that has produced and exported traditional and organic fresh fruit for more than 65 years, developed a Material Recyclability Index with the collaboration…

"Door Opener Day" of the "Sendung mit der Maus" on October 3, 2021

MULTIVAC opens its doors for children

How does cheese end up in its packaging? On October 3, MULTIVAC invites children aged 7 to 13 to discover together how the food of the future could be packaged. And it will be safe and environmentally friendly. This is the third time MULTIVAC has taken part in the "Door Opener Day" of WDR's "Sendung mit…

No Waste Technology (NoW), a technology patented by Policarta/AFC Packaging

A new 100% plastic-free paper packaging

"Guaranteeing fresh, high-quality products to customers is a big challenge, but it is not the only one. The environmental problems that we are all facing to protect future generations, also involves the creation of sustainable packaging. Over the years, Policarta/AFC Packaging has developed new…

"We hope to help agricultural companies save on packaging costs"

The Covid-19 pandemic, rising shipping costs, and the shortage of shipping containers all have an impact on the international fruit and vegetable trade. Shipping delays and backlogs in ports lead to product damage and loss. These developments make proper packaging all the more important. Qingdao…

Eco-designed, 100% cardboard and 100% recyclable

Prince de Bretagne: New recyclable tomato trays

Prince de Bretagne sells more than 80% of its production in bulk, but some products cannot go without packaging, whether it is for reasons of hygiene, quality or preservation. The cooperative of Breton producers is a precursor in cardboard packaging with the organic tomatoes, in line with its…

James Meers - Gs Fresh

“I believe this is biggest innovation in mushroom packing for 50 years"

Mushroom packaging has been pretty standard for many years: a plastic punnet wrapped in clingfilm with a label on the top. This not the most practical of packaging as the film does not stick and we end up with mushrooms all over the shopping bag. “Mushroom have a unique respiration and this creates…

Fresh Del Monte

Fresh Del Monte extends sustainable packaging gains

Global fruit and vegetable company, Fresh Del Monte, replaces bags with bands and clamshells with paper cups, employs reusable packaging, and reduces food waste. Hans Sauter, Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP of Research & Development: “We sell avocados, grapes, tomatoes, melons, and citrus, among…

Recyclable and compostable packaging for bite-size potato category

Tasteful Selections® is pleased to announce the limited launch of its new 100-percent plastic-free, recyclable and compostable packaging. “This new paper packaging with PaperLock™ technology is a major step forward in sustainable packaging. It offers light protection and natural absorption…

Better year for Egyptian packaging industry

“We noticed a need to develop innovative eco-friendly packaging”

Packaging in Egypt is going to have a lot less plastic if it’s up to one Egyptian packing manufacturer. The company has managed to remove about 85 per cent of the plastic in their grape packaging and have seen solid results during the strawberry season as well. Overall, 2021 has already been a better…

Belgian coop markets tomato specialties as a unit

The Belgian cooperative, BelOrta, has updated nine of its specialty tomato varieties packaging. In doing so, the cooperative wants to market a unified, recognizable premium concept. Click here to enlarge. Contemporary packaging lineBelOrta's assortment has more than 50 kinds of tomatoes. Many are specialties, available…

Expanded compostable packaging line for organic produce launched

Lipman Family Farms will showcase the expansion of its compostable packaging line at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit, furthering the company’s dedication to providing innovative, sustainable practices from farm to shelf. Designed for organic grape tomatoes, mini cucumbers, green beans and mini sweet…

Launching new sweet potato line and earth-friendly packaging options for potatoes

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Progressive Produce grows, packs and ships a wide variety of year-round produce, farming thousands of acres throughout North and South America. The company's products include asparagus, potatoes, onions, sweet onions, yams, citrus and chili peppers. Progressive also offers…

Ocado moves to 100% recyclable packaging material for apples

Double the packing speed and fully recyclable right on your doorstep...Ocado customers will start to receive three varieties of apples packaged in the new Pro-Produce linerless pack format. The move from bubble wrap and label to printed cardboard will prevent unnecessary waste to landfill. The launch is…

16 million crates to be replaced over 30 months

New CPR crates

New CPR System crates (called Redea) will replace the current 16 million existing crates over the next two and a half years - supermarkets will no longer have the traditional green crates, but rather these beige ones. A digital system can even make them talk.  Some of the attendants to the presentation event in Bologna  "Although the…

Carton Pack unveils new logo

Today, 6th September 2021, after 50 years of successful activity supported by a continuous and balanced growth, throughout to the development of ever new industrial skills, Carton Pack S.p.A. has…

Incatema Consulting & Engineering

Design of process to recycle plastics used in banana production in the Dominican Republic

Controlling the use of plastics in organic banana production is already possible in the Dominican Republic. This is to thank to the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) program, which Incatema Consulting & Engineering has been developing since 2014 in several Caribbean countries together with its partner…

Sustainable packaging - a small gesture with a huge effect on the environment

"There is no us and them when it comes to the environmental challenges caused by pollution! We are all responsible, so we need to work together to raise awareness and preserve nature and the environment. Producing plastic-free sustainable packaging for the fresh produce sector is our contribution, the…


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