Berry Gardens

Berry Gardens reports on plastic reduction initiatives

'On course to save 133 tonnes of plastic following the release of new packaging formats'

Supplier of berries and cherries Berry Gardens has issued a statement saying that packaging initiatives included its work with Sharpak Aylesham and Coveris. Sharpak worked with Berry on the launch of SP AirLite, a range of recyclable mono-material strawberry punnets mitigating the need for bubble pads. Siobhan…

Packaging company expands services and supply in California

Giro Pack, Inc., a part of Giro GH, recently opened a warehouse in Fresno, CA to expand services and supply for existing and future partners in the region. The site includes warehousing space for consumable products, machines and spare parts, as well as some office and meeting spaces. “We’re excited to…

Projekt S&P and Sgorbati Gruppe

Sustainable paper banding & machine system now in Italy as well

Italian companies that insist on the ecological aspect of packaging now also have direct access to environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable paper banding for their vegetables, fruit and other foodstuffs, for example. Project S&P and the Sgorbati Group from Brescia have entered into a sales…

Fredonia Group

As Aldi Model expands in grocery retail, corrugated produce box demand gets boost

Demand for corrugated boxes used to package fresh produce is projected to increase 3.3% per year to $2.4 billion in 2024, according to a new Freedonia Group analysis.…

Increased packaging demand can also be seen in sales figures of secondhand machines

By now, the fact that the demand for packaging has increased due to the corona crisis is no longer a secret. In fact, it has become common knowledge. As a result, the people at Duijndam Machines, international buyer and seller of second-hand machines, notice an increase in the demand for packaging…

Ban on sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers USDA

French legislation threatens US fruit and vegetable exports

A French ban on the sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers threatens exports of U.S. sweet potatoes (approx. $20 million in sales annually) and grapefruits…

Sustainable paper bands and machine systems now also in Italy

Italian companies that also insist on the ecological aspect of packaging now also have direct access to environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable paper bands, for example for their vegetables, fruit and other. Project S&P and the Sgorbati Group from Brescia have entered into a sales partnership for…

Compostable packs may allow longer shelf-life of vegetables than plastic

Two peer reviewed studies commissioned by TIPA seem to indicate that compostable packaging could be as effective as conventional plastic, or even outperform it for shelf-life…

Facebook

Woolworths customer gives store a ‘plastics challenge’

A Woolworths customer has challenged the supermarket giant to expand their loose fruit and vegetable offering across its stores. The shopper took to the Woolworths Facebook page to post a photo of loose cherry and grape tomatoes displayed in bowls, alongside loose cucumbers and capsicum, which was taken…

ProAgri

A dual package to promote the consumption of fresh and processed tomatoes

Choosing to invest in a new product is one of the most difficult decisions for any entrepreneur. Yet there is always someone who has the courage and talent to bet on new market challenges: FreshPlaza has spoken to with Giovanni Iuvara, administrator at ProAgri, a Sicilian company specializing in the…

COVID-19 pandemic has mixed impact on fresh produce corrugated box market

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fresh produce corrugated box usage varied in 2020, finds a new Freedonia Group analysis. Healthy increases in demand were seen in the…

JLS

JLS will demonstrate Robotic Carton Closing at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

High-quality design is elemental with the Peregrine® robotic cartoning system from JLS. The vision-guided system might change the cartoning game with the integration of JLS TRAKTM; it handles a variety of packaging with on-the-fly changeover. The high-speed, flexible Peregrine utilizes our proprietary…

Home compostable and recyclable sleeve packaging now on retail shelves

CKF, Inc.’s Earthcycle brand of home compostable and recyclable packaging has expanded its range of sustainable options for its customers to encase their fresh produce by commercializing paper sleeves. New programs with Earthcycle packaging will appear on retail shelves as early as this month.    CKF designed, tested and…

Dutch company develops complete collapsible crate processing machine series

"Increasing demand for smart solutions to automatically fold, unfold collapsible crates"

In Europe, the transition from rigid to collapsible crates is in full swing. "More and more companies are looking for smart solutions," says André ter Braake of Bateq, a Dutch engineering company. "They want to fold or unfold these collapsible crates automatically." "Workers were supposed to 'just' unstack, unfold, fill,…

Gusseted bags extend package options

Crunch Pak® is adding gusseted, stand-up bags to its list of packaging options and will launch the new SKUs with a limited item promoting Paw Patrol the Movie from Paramount Studios. Available at the end of July in select stores, the gusseted bags come in 14-ounce and 24-ounce sizes and with options of…

Claus Solberg, Category Manager for Fruit and Vegetables at Dagrofa Denmark

”Alternative to single-use plastic bags for fresh produce”

The awareness of the importance of recycling has increased significantly, starting around two years ago but it has become particularly important in the last year, according to Claus Solberg, Category Manager for fruit and vegetables at Dagrofa Denmark. ”Containers for packaging vegetables, for instance,…

UNS Farms

UNS Farms debuts new packaging at Carrefour UAE

UNS Farms, a Dubai-based vertical farm producer, recently announced that its produce is available in Carrefour UAE. Among other fresh produce available in Carrefour, UNS currently supplies its Gourmet Mix, Signature Mix, Healthy Mix, Spicy Mix and Crunchy Lettuce to the supermarket chain.  The company said thanks…

Packaging products company completes acquisition of operations in Mexico

Smurfit Kappa Group, an integrated manufacturer of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, has completed the acquisition of Cartonbox, a…

New study on sustainable packaging: Dreamstime

How consumers want to be informed

Production, materials and recycling: Interest in sustainable packaging remains high; consumers want clear communication and certificates and labels are also relevant.…

Corrugated box makers in trouble as Himachal government switches to plastic trays

As the Himachal state government is switching over to plastic trays for packaging of apples on a trial basis, corrugated box manufacturers are facing huge losses. There are 250-odd corrugated box manufacturing units in Himachal. According to Surinder Jain, president, HP Corrugated Box Manufacturers…

Village Farms launches compostable packaging

"Reduce, reuse and recycle"

“As a millennial, it’s no surprise, from a very early age I was taught about the ‘Three R’s’ of environmental responsibility and sustainability, ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’”, Madison Wilson, Marketing Coordinator for Village Farms Greenhouse Grown brand tells us. She goes on to say, “For many of my peers, the 3 R’s are now…

Infia sustainability roadmap for 2021 and beyond – Circular economy and tray 2 tray

Infia believes there is a big opportunity to recover much more post-consumer fruit packaging, so that it can be recycled and transformed into new and fully recyclable products. That's why we've developed a dedicated program that will "close the loop" for trays: Infia Tray2Tray™. We've put together a…

British retailers deal with excess plastic packaging due to Covid-19

One result of the Covid pandemic was mismanagement of food plastic packaging, as manufacturers relied excessively on single use plastics in order to mitigate the potential…

"People are even emailing us, expressing their deep appreciation for this kind of packaging"

German tomato grower, Bong, uses Dutch Johannes packaging line under private label

A few years ago, wholesaler AGF-Holland introduced the Johannes packaging line. This plastic-free line consists of baskets, trays, and banderoles. It's made from specially-developed natural cardboard that uses 100% organic, biodegradable material. All packaging is now also available with a sealing/click lid.…

Dutch fruit and vegetable knowledge club gets sustainable packaging masterclass

Nic Jooste recently organized the second AGF-Kennisclub (Fruit and vegetable Knowledge Club) meeting. It was held on Wednesday, July 7, in the Netherlands. Nic is a fruit and vegetable sector sustainability and marketing consultant. The RAAD Groep sponsored the meeting. This is a financial and administrative consulting…

Raylase

Fresh produce natural branding & laser labelling to combat plastic waste

Consumers often ask themselves why organic products like cucumbers of all things are shrink-wrapped in plastic. Back in 2018, Ocean Care in Switzerland managed to convince major food retailers to change this by starting a petition against plastic for organic goods. The organization said: “It was great to…

What's happening with timber prices?

Several media reports claim that prices have recently been dropping sharply on the global timber market. Is the end of the unprecedented rise in timber prices in sight? "No," say the Dutch Packaging and Pallet Industry Association (EPV) and VVNH (Royal Association of Dutch Timber Companies). Several wood…

Cardboard protects, allows visibility, and is sustainable

"There are three crucial factors when it comes to packaging soft fruit - protection, product visibility, and sustainability," says Wouter Wigman, Marketing and Design Manager…

Rosario is the first Argentine city to ban plastic packaging for fruits and vegetables

The Council of Rosario banned the use of plastic wrap for fruits and vegetables. Thus, Rosario became the first city in Argentina to establish this type of regulation to…

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya

Kenyan industry launches Quality Mark to ensure local market food safety

Kenyan supermarkets and other retail stores will soon sell fruits and vegetables bearing a quality mark. This week, there was the unveiling of quality mark for the KS1758 Code…

Packaging company preparing for central position in Belgian wholesalers organization

Group ADW is to begin a major construction project in Belgium at the end of the year. That's at its current site. Its packaging, transportation, and wholesale facilities will be expanded. Group ADW wants to centralize activities and wants to become future-proof. The company is located in the heart of…

Biodegradable mandarin bags selected as finalist in eco awards

Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. is honored to have its SUNRAYS® Mandarin BIO bags selected as one of the finalists in the Snack Category in NCW Magazine's 2021 Eco-Excellence Awards™. The awards recognize year after year the innovators and game-changers in the world of sustainable living. With more than 80…

Deciphering US produce labels and codes

It is the responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration for assuring that foods sold in the US are safe, wholesome and properly labeled for either domestic or food from…

One Harvest announces its commitment to all plastic packaging being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025

Australia’s pioneering salad manufacturer One Harvest has strengthened its commitment to shaping a sustainable future by announcing all plastic packaging is to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. As a member of ANZPAC Plastic Pact, One Harvest will work in collaboration with other key players…

Guillin Group acquires Gault & Frémont Group

After entering into exclusive negotiation with UI Investissement on March 2nd 2021, Guillin Group, the European leader in food packaging solutions and related materials, has announced that it has acquired the Gault & Frémont Group. The Gault & Frémont Group is the reference in France and Belgium for the…

Grower brings back patriotic-themed peach boxes

Titan Farms, a grower of South Carolina peaches, is now shipping its patriotic-themed volume fill box named “America’s Peach.” The America’s Peach Box will be packed from June 23 to July 10 and are available nationwide while supplies last.  “Titan Farms felt a patriotic tribute box was the way to celebrate…

Water-soluble polymer could make vaporized aluminum in food packaging unnecessary

A thin layer of vaporized aluminum inside the packaging keeps chips crisp and coffee aromatic. But it is precisely this oxygen-resistant layer that makes thin food packaging difficult to recycle. In addition, it costs a lot of energy to manufacture the packaging layer by layer. Researchers in Wageningen…

BluePrint Automation acquires Jongerius Hanco B.V. in Amersfoort, The Netherlands

On June 25th 2021, Jongerius Hanco B.V., located in Amersfoort The Netherlands, has been acquired by the BluePrint Automation (BPA) Group. Martin Prakken, CEO of the BPA…

Sweet potato grower hopeful demand gets a boost from foodservice returning

Supplies of sweet potatoes are ample as the industry moves into what historically is a slower period of movement in the year. “The 2020 crop yield was pretty significant compared to the 2019 yield. So there are good supplies. And supplies are greater than at this time last year,” said Larelle Miller of…

Dutch company introduces new banana box

The Dutch wholesaler, Agrofair, recently turned 25. It took the opportunity to give its banana box a sustainable makeover. In this video, CEO Hans-Willem van der Waal sums up Agrofair's Okay and Fairtrade bananas stories. For more information:AgroFair Benelux10 Koopliedenweg2991 LN, Barendrecht, NLTel: +31…

Will a home compostable label be developed in time to meet changing regulations?

“Sustainability is part of our everyday lives and this is a good thing,” says Duncan Jones with Sinclair. Like many companies, the label manufacturer is focused on continuous improvement to reduce the consumer’s impact on the environment. “Our goal is to make Sinclair products, services, and day-to-day…

Ahead of UK plastic tax

Sappi Rockwell Solutions presents new lidding film

Heat seal coating specialist Sappi Rockwell Solutions has come up with what it claims is its first sustainable, multi-substrate, heat sealing lidding film. Its ‘Starlid…

Coincides with announcement of ban on single-use, non-compostable plastic labels

NZ company awarded for industrial compostable label

  Jamie Lunam, General Manager of Jenkins Freshpac Systems, says home compostable is the gold standard and is what they’ve been working on for some time. Jenkins Freshpac Systems has…

Himachal farmers dispute apple carton price hikes

Pan-Indian grower umbrella organization Kisan Sangharsh Samiti has condemned the rising price of packaging material by the Horticulture Produce Marketing and Processing…

Keymac Packaging Systems

Company will be showcased at upcoming Foodpro Sydney

Keymac Packaging Systems strive for zero percent plastic

Bristol- based company Keymac Packaging Systems is working with fresh produce growers and packers in Australia to reduce the amount of plastic being used in packaging. The company has modified its already successful ready meal sleever, the K101, to run a 100 per cent plastic free pack for loose fruit…

"Marketing drives business growth and well-branded businesses do better than non-branded businesses"

Why branding is so important to reaching and understanding fresh produce consumers

There has been a massive shift in the markers that hold a company's value in the past 40 years, according to one of Australia's leading brand strategists. Adam Ferrier is the founder of Thinkerbell, which is an agency owned by four of the country's most well-regarded communications people, with…

Lid Mates

Sustainable lid product for growers and retailers alike

CKF, Inc. has added to its line-up of reduced plastic packaging with the newly redesigned Earthcycle Lid Mates™. The Lid Mates marry a clear recyclable PET lid with an Earthcycle punnet, which is a thermoformed-molded fiber container that is certified home compostable and widely recyclable. While…

Pandemic boosts folding box production in Belgium

The COVID-19 year was very good for the retail sector. And rising sales benefited the packaging industry. "Folded box production for the retail sector has increased tremendously. More and more companies are switching from plastic to cardboard packaging too. That's, of course, great for us," says Veerle…

Heat sealable paper packaging receives recyclable certification

Wisconsin based The Paper People LLC, announced today that the company has received their official “certified recyclable” certificate from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The company’s new FDA approved heat sealable paper packaging uses their patent pending PaperLock™ sealing technology.…

E. Leclerc: no more plastic bags for fruit and vegetables

Since May 1st 2021, E.Leclerc supermarkets no longer offer plastic bags in their fruit and vegetable aisles. The plastic has been replaced by organic cotton nets, washable and…

Dutch importer moves, introduces new packaging line

In the Netherlands, Exotic Roots relocated to a new, more sustainable building on 1 June. They will do business from there as well as store some of their goods, both there and some at a second location. "We've grown a lot in a short time. We've moved to our own building with storage space. We also have…

Colombian protests impact the produce supply chain

The ongoing protests against the Colombian government in the South American country have affected an unexpected part of the produce industry. “It’s a little surprising that packing materials have been the main issue affecting us but that’s the reality,” says Andres Ocampo with HLB Specialties in Fort…

Case Packer - CP3

Proseal's fully automated, high-speed crate, box packaging system

The British company, Proseal has expanded its product portfolio. It's launched a fully automated, high-speed packaging system for crates and boxes. Proseal's new CP3 complements its extensive range of tray sealers. Now they can offer customers a complete packaging solution. The CP3 Case Packer combines…

Kenyan packaging woes

Agriculture Food Authority rebukes traders opposing law capping potato packaging

The Kenyan Agriculture Food Authority (AFA) has told greedy traders that the nation will not budge in its enforcement of a law limiting potato packaging to 50kgs. AFA Director General Kello Harsama has warned individuals who are reported to have held strikes in Wakulima and Muthurwa Markets that the…

More Dutch-corrugated cardboard products: "Soon, no need to turn customers away anymore"

The demand for corrugated cardboard has exploded in recent years. Were it up to Henk de Jong, the first corrugated cardboard would have rolled off the machines in a new factory this month. He owns De Jong Verpakkingen in the Netherlands. But COVID-19, nitrogen, and PFAS threw a spanner in the works.…

Frédéric Marie, Alpilles Primeurs

New Kraft paper packaging for fresh herbs

“The organic herb campaign is going well,” according to Frédéric Marie. “The offer and the demand are present. In terms of quality, there are no particular concerns either.” The farm is specializes in the production of organic aromatic herbs in pots. “The most popular herbs in the summer are basil and…

Bas Groeneweg, PerfoTec: "Reduced costs, CO2 emissions, and food waste"

All types of fruit and vegetables can now be seafreighted thanks to a new packaging technology

Shipping Dutch bell peppers to the United States, Mexican asparagus to Europe, or broccoli from Australia to Taiwan was, until recently, considered impossible for those in the fresh produce sector. However, thanks to a new technological innovation, it's now the order of the day. The Dutch company,…

Modernized branding recognizes family roots

Family Tree Farms’ new modernized brand preserves the heart and soul of its family roots while introducing a contemporary, consumer-focused story of its fruit. This positioning brings increased energy to the brand and creates a presence that spotlights its blueberry and stone fruit varieties. This…

Waddington Europe

Waddington Europe and Produce Packaging

Switch to 100% rPET containers for soft fruit season

Waddington Europe has joined forces with its long-standing packaging distribution partner Produce Packaging, introducing containers made with 100% recycled material that are 100% recyclable after use. Image: Waddington Europe The new containers from Produce Packaging will be made with Waddington Europe's Eco Blend…

Strawberries better preserved thanks to a bioactive film

New biofilm for the preservation of strawberries

A major breakthrough in the field of packaging. Mrs. Monique Lacroix, professor at the French National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS), has developed, with her team,…

New packhouse for Inverafrut with high-tech packing machinery

“It’s become a multitask machine and honestly unique in its kind”

Inverafrut has opened a new packhouse in Texas, USA. According to CEO and owner Adriana Melchor, this packhouse is filled with high-tech goodies: “For the correct processing of the received goods, a high-tech sorting machine was installed for packing in mesh bags, boxes type RPC or 40-pound cardboard…

Crown Italia

Lack of raw material and high prices for food packaging

The socio-economic and health impact of the pandemic has not just created a climate of uncertainty and frailty when the virus threatened human lives in full lockdown. Although the situation has now improved, all the contradictions of a global economy are emerging. During the first months of the pandemic,…

Roy Keytel – Superthene

Healthy and recyclable cling film winning ground against PVC

French supermarket chains have agreed to remove all PVC and polystyrene as of January 2022, and in South Africa, Woolworths has committed itself to removing PVC from its stores. As the world turns away from non-recyclable PVC cling film, a South African company has developed Superthene, a cling film that…

New cherry packaging, BelOmelon acreage growth, soft fruit starts later In Belgium

These past weeks have been warm and sunny in Belgium. The strawberry season is, therefore, peaking. "The volumes that usually arrive around the Whitsun weekend are currently plentiful," begins cooperative, BelOrta's Miguel Demaeght. "Last year, covered strawberries were already done by around June 7-8.…

Dawie Maritz - Mpact Versapak

Message from market is loud and clear: it wants post-consumer rPET punnets

Traditionally recycled polyethylene terephthalate, commonly referred to as rPET, focused on applications such as beverage bottles, but South African packaging manufacturer Mpact Versapak has extended it to food punnets. Mpact Versapak’s thermoformed punnet is the first food-approved punnet in South…

Leafy greens

E-book offers support during decision-making process of new packaging line

With the intent to help guide customers through the packaging decision-making process, JASA Packaging Solutions is introducing an e-book about packaging leafy greens. “Traditional brochures address the machines we have and the advantages of these machines. But the e-book will help guide you through the…

Waddington Europe and Produce Packaging start switch to 100% rPET containers for soft fruit season

Waddington Europe, a division of Novolex®, has joined forces with its longstanding packaging distribution partner Produce Packaging to introduce containers made with 100% recycled material that are also 100% recyclable after use. Produce Packaging's new containers will be made with Waddington Europe's…

EarthFirst Films by Sidaplax produces PHA home compostable packaging film

EarthFirst Films by Sidaplax, a global bioplastic film technology and manufacturing company, announces the successful completion of the first commercial run of PHA…

India: Apple packaging material cost rises by 25 per cent

Indian apple growers have seen the cost of apple packaging materials shoot up by around 25 per cent this year. For a premium carton that was available for Rs 52-53 last year,…

New branding for artisan line of fresh produce

Reflecting decades of sustainable innovation and hand-crafted expertise, Tanimura & Antle is rolling out new consumer-focused branding to support its premium Tanimura & Antle Artisan® Family of fresh produce and more clearly convey these attributes on the shelf. The new logo joins upgraded packaging with…

Waitrose

Waitrose trials sustainable packaging for strawberries

Intent on reducing the amount of plastic packaging in circulation, Waitrose has started a new sustainable packaging trial for its strawberries. The new “Air-Light” punnet packaging is available in select stores now. Shoppers are able to take full advantage of reduced plastic packaging across Waitrose’s…

BelOrta launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta will begin packing its Belgian strawberries in new packaging this week. These Tray2Tray punnets are made of recycled raw materials. And they, in turn, are 100% recyclable. Consumers can recognize these punnets by a special logo. BelOrta's taking the next step in increasingly sustainable…

Belgian coop, BelOrta, launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta will begin packing its Belgian strawberries in new packaging this week. "These Tray2Tray punnets are made of recycled raw materials. And they, in turn, are 100% recyclable. Consumers can recognize these punnets by a special logo. BelOrta's taking the next step in increasingly sustainable…

Fruit and vegetables without packaging have been avoided by many

Pre-packaged food more common during corona pandemic

Sales of packaged food and takeaway food have both increased, reports HBL.fi. According to a study at Åbo Akademi, these habits may be here to stay. The corona pandemic has…


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