Is the economy threatening packaging sustainability?

As tougher economic times start to bite, Chris Fiander, Marketing Manager at the Westpak Group in the United Kingdom, explores if having more environmentally sustainable products and packaging will still be a major priority for consumers and retailers.    "Consumers and businesses alike are in the middle of a storm…

European retailers called out for not going all-in on curtailing plastic pollution

Large retailers across Europe are being called out for what a coalition of NGOs considers promoting false solutions to the plastic pollution crisis and perpetuating double standards. The first-ever analysis of the role European supermarkets are playing in addressing plastic pollution is called Under…

Proseal pioneers workable alternatives to plastic tray sealing

Proseal tray sealing technology is at the forefront of the race to find feasible alternatives to plastic trays and sealing film for the European soft fruit market. The company says the introduction of legislation such as the UK’s Plastic Packaging Tax and the EU’s Plastic Waste Levy, combined with increasingly…

“New packaging method allows Chilean fruits to be more competitive in Chinese market”

UPAC Fruit is a fruit grower group based in Chile and Peru. Through them each grower sends his own products to the retailers, which leaves growers with more profit, and buyers with better prices, a direct fair trade business between growers and the end of the chain. Juan Vicuna is the sales director, he…

The new law in France for sustainable packaging

Reducing plastic is a hot topic worldwide. For example, in the EU, various types of disposable plastic are banned. France takes it a step further by adopting the Agec Act, which bans plastic packaging of fruits and vegetables, among other things. Since January 1, 2022, fruit and vegetables may no longer be…

Coop Schweiz

Coop Switzerland sets new standards on the Ready Cut shelf

Organic salad bowls now in separable cardboard tray

The three Naturaplan organic salad bowls are now packaged in a cardboard tray. With this change, the Swiss food retail group Coop will save 17 tons of plastic annually. This is reported in the latest sustainability article. After consumption, the film is removed from the carton by hand. What remains is a…

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‘Cardboard good, plastics bad’

Advances in soft plastics recycling are rewriting environmental impact assessments and challenging assumptions. With the federal government committing to net zero by 2050, the international community…

ACT weakens plastic ban by removing fruit and vegetable bags

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is pleased the Australian Capital Territory government is taking the next steps on banning marine wildlife-killing single-use plastic with its announcement of the latest items that will be banned from 1 July. But the nation’s top ocean conservationists…

A Catalan company creates edible packaging that avoids the use of plastic

The Department of Business and Labor reported that the Catalan startup Bio2Coat, from Terrassa, has developed edible coatings and packaging for the preservation and packaging…

Harm Valckx, Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A:

"Dutch, German blueberry seasons to begin three weeks earlier than usual"

The European blueberry season is progressing well, says Harm Valckx of Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A. in the Netherlands. "We're currently receiving the last large Moroccan volumes. That season went well. We got plenty of high-quality berries, with relatively few failures." "The Spanish season…

"We introduce fruit and vegetable transport and storage containers that can connect to the internet"

Beijing Sino-Agricultural Biosciences Co., Ltd. recently introduced a new kind of storage and transport container for fruits and vegetables that can be managed through the cloud. These containers provide an easy and convenient solution for transport and storage of fruits and vegetables while the products…

Mondipal introduces a new soft fruit crate

Mondipal, in close cooperation with Inka Pallets from England, is introducing a new type of fruit crate to the Dutch market. It was specially developed for the soft fruit sector and has several improvements compared with other crates currently available. This soft fruit crate measures 600x400x123 mm, with…

Water-resistant paper brings plastic alternative

Smurfit Kappa has developed water-resistant paper. AquaStop™ is part of Smurfit Kappa's new TechniPaper® portfolio, which consists of an array of papers designed to handle complex supply chains. The AquaStop paper is water-resistant, thanks to a special coating added to it during the manufacturing…

Sainsbury set to drop plastic packaging on bananas

Sainsbury’s is about to ditch plastic packaging on its five-pack Fairtrade bananas. The move sees the grocer replace the plastic bag with a paper band, rolling out to all…

Nadine Barsch on further developments of the flowpack packaging equipment

"Through the new flowpack system we are killing several birds with one stone"

Although a multitude of packaging innovations are introduced to the market every year, flowpacks still remain common for many fruit and vegetable products. For over 30 years, the name Barsch has stood for high-quality flowpack machines. At Fruit Logistica, the company presented the latest sustainable…

24 Italian companies to exhibit at Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad

While announcing the presence of a number of Italian companies at the Fair, which is starting in a few days (May 21-27) in Novi Sad, Italian Ambassador to Serbia Carlo Lo…

"Two key factors for success in the packaging industry are product diversity and environmentally-friendly materials"

"The food boxes we produce are often made of food-grade PP and food-grade PET, but we also customize our packaging to meet the specific requirements of our clients for materials and colors." That is according to Ms. Li Lu of Zhejiang Qunlu Innovative Materials Co., Ltd. She recently introduced their food…

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Thomas John from John Druck Ltd on individually printable berry trays

"By doubling our capacity, we can respond to market developments with agility and at short notice"

At the start of the German berry season, growers and packers are looking with some concern at the impending packaging material bottlenecks, especially in the market-standard berry trays. Hans John Ltd, based in Mindelheim, Germany, would like to help the domestic berry industry overcome these…

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South Korea introduces "One a Day Banana" approach

Smarter banana packaging means fruits are staggered by ripeness level

Bananas were none too common until recently in South Korea, as the nation doesn't have the climate to grow them. It wasn't until shipping links were set up with a Dole plantation in the Philippines that the fruit started to show up in Korean supermarkets. However, Korean companies have invented packaging…

HB RTS announces the acquisition of CC European Retail

HB RTS (HB) announces today that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of CC European Retail (CCER), a rental and pooling provider of returnable transport items (“RTIs”) in…

Agromediterránea replaces plastic with 100% compostable PLA and kraft packaging

Agromediterránea, which cultivates and markets vegetables straight from the fields, now provides part of its range in new, plastic-free packaging: a 100% bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable PLA and kraft paper bag. This is in response to consumers’ growing concern for the environment and their…

Seasonality is in the bag with avocado ‘Party Pak’

West Pak Avocado proudly announces the official launch of Party Pak. This bag of jumbo fruit transitions with every season, featuring a new look and reason to celebrate the goodness of avocados. Festive seasonal packaging highlights recipes on the grab-and-go bag, while the American Heart Association’s…

Abenhardt GmbH & Co. KG

Carsten Abenhardt expanded product range to include organic zucchini

"Paper banding enables cost-efficient entry into new product group"

The Abenhardt family business from Datteln (North Rhine-Westphalia) has been considered one of the largest producers of carrots for several decades. In addition to conventional carrots in different varieties, the company is increasingly dedicated to the production, preparation and packaging of organic…

Patrick Gerritsen, Bio4Pack:

"World first with EN-certified 3-layer film for home composting"

"With the introduction of a 3-layer film that meets the European standard for home composting, Bio4Pack has a world first with which the company confirms its leading role in the market for sustainable packaging solutions. The new 3-layer film, recognizable by the compostable logo with code 9P0044, has…

New three-pound mesh bags for Mountain King baby golds and reds

MountainKing has introduced new, three-pound mesh bags of its popular baby-sized Red and Gold potatoes designed to generate a higher ring for retail grocers while providing…

University of Alicante, Spain

Researchers present packaging material made from pineapple waste

A team of scientists from the University of Alicante in Spain claims to have developed a food packaging material from pineapple waste that can increase shelf life. The…

Franz Leisch, Pack'nlog Ltd, on innovative and modular store concepts

"For us, ecology and economy go hand in hand"

Conveying emotions and information at the POS and giving some orientation to the buyer at the same time: This has been the goal of the Linz-based company Pack'nlog for six years now. The innovative, target-oriented and predominantly modular presentation displays and store concepts are designed to help…

Earthpad, a recyclable paper-based absorbent pad

As more and more fresh produce companies strive to be more sustainable, manufacturers have to get creative with the products they supply to the industry. The Sirane Group manufactures many different products for different industries. They are best known for their absorbent pads within the fresh produce…

How to switch your packaging from plastics to paper

Huizhou Union Paper packaging Co,.Ltd is a Chinese manufacturer of paper packaging solutions for food products. Cherry Lau is the overseas business manager of the company. The company produces paper bags, paper boxes, paper cups, salad bowls, and alternative paper packaging products for food and fruit…

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Vaquita - flow packs packaging for fresh produce

Consumption habits have changed over the past two years due to the pandemic, even though the trend had already started before then. Due to factors linked to food safety and a quicker ways to shop, packaged products continue to gain popularity. GNA, a company located in Ozzano dell'Emilia (Bologna) specializing in the production and sale of…

Jashwanth Gupta - Silafrica

"The crates allow better refrigeration to keep the products fresh and give longer shelf-life"

Silafrica manufactures and supplies high-quality plastic packaging from ISO 9000 and FSSC 22000 Certified factories across three countries: Tanzania since 1963, Kenya since 1976, Ethiopia since 2014, and has pioneered innovative plastic packaging for nearly seven decades. The company provides regional…

Finnish paper supplier strike finally over

The prolonged strike at Finnish paper supplier UPM is finally over. A new collective bargaining deal was signed, and the mills, idle since January 1, have started up again.…

IQF Freezing berries: The challenges of dehydration

Dehydration of a product is a vital aspect to take into account during the freezing process. The reason being is that loss of water has a direct impact on the quality and weight of the product. As a result, dealing with dehydration is one of the most important issues food processors have to face, as it…

Canadian grower backs five-year plastics research project

The concept: taking plastic waste and creating value out of it. That’s the essence of a research project that’s being supported by a Canadian grower in hopes to, ultimately, improve recycling in North America. Star Produce based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is supporting a new five-year large scale applied…

Greenpeace Taiwan wants steps taken against 'overpackaging' of fruits and vegetables

On Tuesday, Greenpeace Taiwan urged the government to draw up rules aimed at cutting back on plastic packaging, focusing on fruits and vegetables. Activists of the…

Mario Guggenbichler, Europlast Ltd, on the new CTX MS® storage box

"Reduced energy consumption during fruit storage, is particularly relevant in times of rising electricity prices"

With the help of stackable plastic boxes, tons of apples and other fruit and vegetable products are stored throughout Europe every year. However, due to the sharp increase in electricity and energy costs, long-term storage has become considerably more expensive this year. Accordingly, growers are trying…

Ukraine situation could increase negative outlook for paper and forest products industry

According to Moody’s, the paper and forest products industry’s EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) will decrease by 10-12% over the next…

'100%' packaging solution for fresh produce supplier

100% Pure New Zealand is the country’s long-standing marketing slogan. And Best Berries are growers and suppliers of 100% pure fresh strawberries and raspberries in New Zealand. So, when they were seeking a packaging solution for their produce, it had to be 100% suited to their requirements for supply to…

Shortage of pallets increases warehousing costs

Pallet availability and the resulting costs related to demand exceeding supply are a thing now, since Russia went to war against Ukraine on February 24. Prior to the invasion,…

Circular economy in the Peruvian region of La Libertad

Researchers develop a biodegradable packaging made with agro-industrial waste

Specialists from CITEagroindustrial Chavimochic and the National University of Trujillo, in the region of La Libertad, developed a raw material from agroindustrial waste that…

"We help importers and exporters keep their cherries fresh for longer"

The shipping times during the previous cherry season were often longer than expected due to the global shipping crisis. Moreover, shipping containers were often delayed at customs. These delays made it difficult for importers and exporters to keep their fruit fresh and maintain product quality. Manager…

Weber bloom guard paper sleeve now without metal clips

The company Weber Verpakungen is known in the green industry for their packaging and they continue to optimise their bloom guard products. The sustainable packaging for herbs, lettuce, vegetables and plants are usually blocked 50 pieces each for easy filling and tearing off. At the request of many…

Lots of attention for sustainable packaging at Fruit Logistica

Only two Canadian companies exhibited at Fruit Logistica in Berlin last week. It was likely a combination of reduced travel due to the pandemic and the fact that Canada had its own trade show and convention for fresh produce at the same time. “Despite attendance from some regions being lower than usual,…

Sustainable packaging takes centre stage at Westfalia Fruit in France

Westfalia Fruit’s business in France, has launched a new range of environmentally and consumer friendly packaging for avocados that dramatically reduces and replaces the use of plastic, eliminating altogether the use of black plastic which is difficult to recycle, whilst successfully maintaining fruit…

Cardboard crisis looms due to Russia-Ukraine war

Starch from wheat, potatoes and other food is used to make paper for packaging. Wheat and starch prices have soared this year, risking the possibility of shortages, and…

Cellulose packaging for onions and root chicory

"We will attend Marca, the event in Bologna, with our cellulose packaging for potatoes, onions and root chicory," explains Matteo Freddi, sales manager at Freddi Prodotti Ortofrutticoli. "Packets hold 250 and 500 grams of shallot and Borettana, white and golden onions. The next step is to improve the packaging so as to…

Experts warn that 'ecological shame' already affects the purchasing process

Last Tuesday, the Trends and Challenges of International Retail report of the Association of Manufacturers Aecoc was presented at the Salon Alimentaria (Barcelona). In his…

Stijn Verreet, Interni Film’s Sales Manager: ‟Our thin mono film puts us on the right side of the plastic packaging industry″

‟We thought the increased flow pack foil demand was temporary, due to the pandemic, but it’s stayed consistent″

You can find packaging in all shapes, sizes, and materials in the fruit and vegetable aisle: paper, cardboard, plastic, rPET, trays, shakers, clamshells, top seal, and flow packs. The latter, says Stijn Verreet of Interni Film, has been in greater demand since the global pandemic. That prompted this…

"Twenty percent of the cellulose from Russia will be lacking in the packaging sector"

"Twenty percent of virgin paper came from Russia. I think this percentage will be lacking, but the situation should still be quite manageable," said Claudio Dall'Agata, director of Bestack, the consortium that unites cardboard packaging manufacturers.  "Scandinavia is the area of greatest origin of virgin…

Uwe Groll on the use of wooden packaging in the fruit sector:

"There have been turnarounds that no one had thought possible"

While the production of paper and plastic packaging has come to a standstill in many places due to extended delivery times and acute raw material shortages, the production of wooden crates is still at full speed. "We have the advantage that we can obtain the majority of the wood we need from the region,…

M.B. Nieuwenhuijse and LC Packaging introduce plastic neutral net bags

LC Packaging and M.B. Nieuwenhuijse B.V are two Dutch family-owned organisations that have partnered with Plastic Bank to help stem the tide on ocean plastic to secure a sustainable future for generations to come. Onions (and their packaging) against plastic soupBecause of its effectiveness and…

At Fruit Logistica and CPMA

New home compostable, recyclable packaging solutions launched

CKF Inc., designer and manufacturer of sustainable packaging solutions, will present just released printed packaging designs for its Earthcycle™ range of home compostable, recyclable and renewable punnets at Fruit Logistica in Berlin and at the CPMA Convention in Montreal. Also on display will be carton…

PerfoTec presents innovative recyclable film

PerfoTec’s team of experts are ready to conquer the world with their fight to reduce waste by offering a special recyclable film with a higher-water vapour permeability and…

Packaging company releases new adjustable dual wicket bagger

Volm Companies, a packaging and equipment solutions company, was asked by its customers to help them overcome a challenge it faced in packaging a variety of size profiles of produce into various sizes of wicketed-style bags. So now, Volm Companies is excited to introduce the Volmpack Adjustable Dual…

Preserving fresh produce with high respiratory intensity

New module to better meet the needs of producers

For many years, JANNY MT has been the leader in the post-harvest field of modular storage under controlled atmosphere. Its storage modules consist of a full HDPE pallet box and a technical lid. This lid, equipped with gas selective membranes, helps obtain the desired gas balance for a good preservation. JANNY…

Burg Machinery's tray filler

‟It can process as many winged as regular trays”

The current trend toward ever-less packaging material is creating more work, not only for packaging designers but also for machine manufacturers. The Dutch company, Burg Machinery, has developed a tray filler for the apple sector. It can process winged cardboard trays too. "This machine evolved from an earlier…

Argos to showcase its sustainable assortment at Fruit Logistica

During the upcoming Fruit Logistica, Argos Packaging & Protection will present a wide range of sustainable packaging, and the specialists will share their knowledge in the field of 'green' packaging. All possible packaging that contributes to a sustainable environment will be highlighted during these…

New fruit packing technology cuts packhouse labour needs

An intelligent robotic fruit packing machine that automates the most labour intensive job in the packhouse is proving to be a game-changer for post-harvest operators around the globe. Global Pac Technologies has officially unveiled the Aporo II robotic produce packaging machine which builds on the proven…

Zespri on switching to cardboard packaging:

“Our company wholeheartedly supports sustainability”

One of Zespri’s global sustainability goals is to have its packaging be fully recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025. Recently, this kiwi specialist took a step in that direction in Europe by switching to consumer packaging made of 100% cardboard. "We used to pack the fruit in a cardboard tray but still…

Dole launches social media contest as part of Marvel produce program

As part of its nine-month Dole Healthy Heroes, Assemble! initiative inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Dole Food Company, Inc. has kicked-off a social media contest and the first of four six-week recruitment campaigns appreciating everyday heroes. In honor of the May 6 theatrical release of…

Expanding international exposure at Fruit Logistica

Fruit export conserver boxes ship produce from Brazil around the globe

Since it began participating in international shows, the FarmFresh brand Termotécnica has expanded its business in fruit export conservers. In four years, more than 1 million FarmFresh conservers have been used to export more than 4,000 tons of premium Brazilian fruits to countries throughout Europe,…

"Our FYK in-box ethylene ripeners make investments in expensive ripening facilities unnecessary"

The pandemic has negatively affected global trade, and the fresh fruit and vegetable industry in particular faced significant challenges. One key issue is how to keep fruit and vegetable products fresh and ripe at the right time while shipping is often delayed and the pace of product movement is…

Mucci Farms launches Linerless Label packaging series

After a 2-year hiatus, CPMA’s annual trade show will be held in Montreal next week from April 5 - 7. Canadian greenhouse grower Mucci Farms is excited to return. “Our industry is largely relationship based, and we really get to know people at trade show events. With so many of us recently coming out of…

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"Our reusable containers are in use for an extremely long time, in some cases up to 30 years"

Plastic crates are ideal for storing and transporting fruit and vegetables and are sustainable as a reusable solution. Reusable containers are the trend in fresh produce logistics. They are suitable for storage and transport from harvest to retail. When choosing the right crate, however, one should pay…

Launching “triple threat” potato product at CPMA show

High prices but diminishing margins on potatoes

It’s been a strange season for Canadian potatoes. Following last week’s USDA announcement that potatoes from Prince Edward Island will soon be able to resume exporting into the U.S. after a multi-month ban on exports, in turn that should positively impact the Ontario potato market. Quinton Woods (above)…

Introducing: Le Bistro microwave bags of potatoes and herbs

The Dutch company, Landjuweel, has developed a microwave streaming bag line under its Le Bistro brand. This is in response to changing consumer needs and the trend toward convenience, quality, flavor, and healthy eating. Quick and tasty"We live in an increasingly hurried world. But we also want to make…

Russia is no longer paying rights on patents for Siropack packaging technology

"Over the years, we have introduced packaging technology know-how in Russia, but Moscow has now unilaterally announced that it no longer recognizes the validity of any rights on patents from countries it considers hostile and, consequently, will no longer pay royalties," said Rocco De Lucia, owner of…

Solatìa by Granfrutta Zani

One kg strawberry crate more and more popular

Solatìa strawberries by Granfrutta Zani available in 1 kg crates are uniform and boast a high Brix level. "This type of packaging is getting more and more popular and demand is constant," reports Antonio Zani. The 20x30 crates hold 1 kg net (+film). The varieties part of the Solatìa brand are the best…

REV will be exhibiting at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, hall 9, stand A-04

Fast and flexible closing machine for cardboard trays with flaps

Elephant, the new closing machine for cardboard trays with flaps from REV, is fast, flexible and keeps working uninterrupted. REV, an Italian company that has been specializing in fruit and vegetable packaging solutions for more than thirty years, will exhibit Elephant at Fruit Logistica in Hall 9, Booth…

Dutch investment firm backs packaging machine manufacturer

The Dutch investment firm, Quadrum Capital, is backing JASA, also based in the Netherlands. JASA manufactures packaging machines and complete weighing and packaging lines.…

NatuWrap; a thin coating that stops water loss and keeps oxygen and mold out

Preservation of produce requires genius innovation to slow down the natural ripening process to keep it fresher for longer. Now, this in turn stops the outpour and waste of money that’s all too common in the produce industry and also makes sure that customers are getting the highest quality fruit and…

'Perfecting trade amid overwhelming global developments'

Europe Retail Packing BV of Poeldijk, Holland foretells that the entire industry is destined to face difficulties of historic magnitudes caused by both Covid and War in Ukraine. “The Herbal Sector is profoundly based on the Globalization notion that is unfortunately being questioned by forces beyond…

For better fruit and vegetable preservation

INEOS makes controlled atmosphere packaging film using K-Resin DK11

INEOS Styrolution, a global player in styrenics, has announced its K-Resin® DK11 to be the material of choice for controlled atmosphere packaging (CAP) film applications.…

Sustainable packaging highlighted for New Zealand exporters

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise – Te Taurapa Tūhono has released new resources on sustainable packaging for New Zealand exporters, in response to global trends and requirements for businesses to reduce waste and non-renewable material use. NZTE analysis notes that legislation and targets for sustainable…

New packaging for all Zespri kiwis

In the Netherlands, Zespri kiwis are rolling off the belt at The Greenery's RDC in new packaging. These are then delivered to The Greenery customers in that country. Dutch shoppers can now buy kiwis in recyclable packaging. Not only is the packaging new, but so is the packaging machine. Zespri,…

The glass industry is in dire straits

"More than 8,000 Spanish food companies that use glass containers will face serious difficulties"

The cost of energy, the war in Ukraine, and the transporters strike have had an impact on the glass industry, putting at risk the supply of packaging to more than 8,000 food…

New packaging for apple brand’s retail outlet partners

Yes! Apples, a fresh, consumer-first apple brand, is launching innovative new packaging for its retail outlet partners. The company’s new plastic bags are now made with up to five percent less plastic, while its new cardboard boxes are fully recyclable. Left: This fall, Yes! Apples will launch updated…

Tax on the production and import of plastic packaging with less than 30% PCR

UK: Plastic Packaging Tax comes into force on April 1

The Plastic Packaging Tax is almost upon the UK, and affected businesses will soon have to pay the penalties or meet the material requirements. The tax on the production and import of plastic packaging with less than 30% PCR (post-consumer recycled content) comes into force on April 1, 2022. To meet the…

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Automatic and sustainable fresh produce packaging with Piranha

Piranha is an automatic closing machine for cardboard containers and represents an innovative solution for the sustainable packaging of fruit and vegetables. It was developed by GNA, a company located in Ozzano dell'Emilia (Bologna).   "Corrugated cardboard represents an alternative to plastic, an issue that has become…

Commercial pilot with Rafkor replicated impressive results over two seasons

Save Foods reduces pear loss by 60% and adds biggest Israeli Packer as commercial customer

Save Foods, an agri-food tech company specializing in eco crop protection that helps reduce food waste and ensure food safety, today announced pilot results that show Save…

Hortiblue invests in CPS technology to increase capacity and reduce costs

First blueberry case packer in the Netherlands

Hortiblue was founded in the Netherlands in 2018. It is a subsidiary of and packaging facility for Hortifrut Chili, the market leader in supplying South American blueberries. Hortiblue sorts, packs, and distributes soft fruits, focusing on blueberries. Timo Elbers en Asia Wasilewska from Hortiblue and…

Britta Schonlau, Maag Ltd, on the modern packaging solution Maag protect

"Avoiding excess packaging and wastage"

For several years now, Maag Ltd, based in Ense (NRW), has specialized in recyclable packaging solutions made of mono-polypropylene. In view of the dramatic climate situation, the company is responding to the need to reuse packaging after recycling, including freshcut, fruit and vegetables, says  company spokeswoman…

Innovation Award 2022 nomination for home compostable fruit label

Sinclair is delighted to attend Fruit Logistica 2022 following the nomination of its Sinclair EcoLabel HOME™ - T50 fruit label for the prestigious Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2022 (FLIA).  The Sinclair EcoLabel HOME - T50 fruit label is food-safe, plastic-free, partially bio-based and its entire construction…

Testing various packaging solutions for blueberries in Chile

Last January, at the end of the blueberry season, PerfoTec’s field service engineer Louis Van Waversveld went to several packers in Chile to test various packaging solutions. During this test at multiple companies in Chile PerfoTec packed blueberries with a shuttle tray, with top seal packaging and in…

Nigeria is the second largest investor in food & packaging technology in Africa

Industry experts claim that Nigeria is the second largest investor in food and packaging technology in Africa. Nigeria is only second to Egypt and it is well ahead of…

JASA Packaging opens second North America office

In response to fast growing demand and a desire to be located close customers’ facilities, JASA Packaging has expanded with a second office in North America. The family-owned company was established in the Netherlands 37 years ago and branched overseas in 2018. “We opened a US office on the East Coast to…

Mono-material corrugated board: Move forward with recyclable coatings

Almost every branch of industry with a need for transport and product packaging is increasingly concerned with the packaging materials used to date, with their environmental impact, ecological balance sheets and their sustainability aspects. This leads to alternative packaging concepts being explored,…

Andries Pretorus – Label Pro

Confusion in South African industry around plastic fruit labels

Conventional polypropylene labels affixed directly to fruit and vegetables have been banned in France and Flanders since the start of this year unless the labels are in part or in totality composed of ‘biosourced’ materials, with the end goal being labels that are home compostable by the consumer by…

Wageningen University & Research extends roadmap for more sustainable food packaging

Wageningen University & Research has really helped three companies on their way to more sustainable food packaging. The three companies are the winners of Unpack Your…

Fruit packaging needs to match the refined needs of the market

In recent years, the business model of China's fruit industry has become more and more diversified, and consumer requirements for commodities have been escalating. In addition to paying attention to the variety and quality of fruits, more and more attention has been paid to their outer packaging. A few…

Het Packhuys will debut with the Fusion at Fruit Logistica

From April 5 - 7, Het Packhuys hopes to participate in Fruit Logistica in Berlin. It will be a first for them. This Dutch company will present its latest innovation, the Fusion, to the public in Hall 9, stand C-01. You can use the Fusion to seal cardboard foodtainer trays with wings or flaps. It folds…

"Packaging LCA tool to take sustainability to the next level"

Hoogstraten has invested in an innovative life-cycle analysis (LCA) tool to measure the environmental impact of different packaging from factory to shelf. The Belgian fresh produce cooperative custom made the tool in order to better understand the impact of available packaging and help boost its…

Gipea reports label shortage in Italy

Nowadays, there is a lot of talk about "talking labels", which provide consumers with information on the fruit found in the packet. Unfortunately, however, this sector has been struggling over the past few weeks.  Gipea, Gruppo Italiano Produttori Etichette Autoadesive, as part of Assografici and Federazione…

Johan de Neef, Smart Packaging Solutions:

"Where are paper prices headed? That's the big question"

Rising energy prices are significantly affecting the packaging industry's paper and cardboard supplies. Some Finnish paper mills have even shut down, and, in France, some stopped production last week. "The current situation is dramatic," says Johan de Neef, managing director of Smart Packaging Systems in…

Production costs from €300 to €750 per ton in two years

Six paper mills shut down due to rising costs in Italy

It was announced on Tuesday that the large Venetian paper producer Pro-Gest, which has six mills, has stopped production due to increased energy costs. A crisis is looming for the producers that supply fruit and vegetable packaging. "For our sector, this is a terrible blow, the final straw after months…

Argos Packaging & Protection:

"NoW flowpack packaging responds to the market's demand for sustainability"

Late last year, Argos Packaging & Protection introduced the No Waste Technology (NoW) flow pack packaging to the Dutch and Belgian markets. The first tests with selected companies have now been completed. "We're getting only positive reactions," say Roy van den Heuvel and Martijn Dammers with Argos.…

Chiquita unveils new spring-inspired sticker series

Chiquita is celebrating an all-new collaboration with Italian artist Michela Picchi, with the creative supervision of Armando Testa advertising agency, to make over its iconic blue sticker with a vibrant twist. The joyful designs are a celebration of rebirth, growth, rejuvenation and sunshine, featuring…

These are key elements on which REV has always relied on

A packaging solution that is both environmentally friendly and innovative

"We were the first in the industry to start using eco-friendly packaging. We did this by designing machines that make packages without metal clip, which are entirely recyclable. As a result, less plastic is used. In 2010 we patented Lion, our netting machine that makes 100% organic or plastic packaging,…

Empack Namur: The new hotspot for the packaging sector in Wallonia

With 19 editions already, Empack has become the big event for professionals to network and discover what is happening in Belgium’s packaging sector. A lot is happening and…

Panic in label land

The supply of paper and cardboard is under severe pressure. In Finland, for example, paper factories have been on strike since January, and some French factories have also stopped production this week. The European label makers' association has issued a warning and expects a complete standstill of the industry within a few…

Peter Schiffmann, A+P Service, on packaging solutions of the future

"The topic of sustainable packaging continues to be a big issue"

Sustainable packaging solutions were particularly in demand and sought after in the pre-Corona era. In the wake of the exceptional situation, the topic of environmentally friendly packaging solutions took a back seat for a while. In the meantime, sophisticated packaging methods are again enjoying…

Nobac 5000L linerless applicator & VR Inspection System

Complete system for plastic-free fruit and veg packing

Ravenwood Packaging will be exhibiting at Fruit Logistica for the first time this year. They will have two machines on demo – the Nobac 5000L ‘fresh produce’ linerless applicator and the VR Inspection System. A good combination for the packaging of fruits and vegetables. The Nobac 5000L and VR system…

High-temperature composite film Allflex UHT manages temperatures up to +121°C allvac GmbH

"High temperature film is suitable for sterilization of vegetables"

The new high-temperature composite film Allflex UHT (Ultra High Temperature) from Allvac Folien GmbH, based in Waltenhofen, Bavaria, will  tolerate temperatures of up to 121°C for…

Consumer label makes responsible farming visible in stores

New GGN label launches at Spanish retailer Eroski

The GGN label, GLOBALG.A.P.’s consumer-facing initiative, is launching across the fruit and vegetable category with Spanish retailer Eroski. Under their own “Eroski Natur” brand, the retailer will become the first ever to offer the combination of fruit and vegetables and aquaculture products with the GGN…

Packaging as a pioneer - Transformation & Circular Economy

German Packaging Congress on May 17 and 18, 2022

Packaging as a pioneer in the transformation to a circular economyAt the German Packaging Congress on May 17 and 18, 2022, leaders and decision-makers from business, politics,…

France: How do consumers perceive the food labels?

At the 2022 edition of the Paris International Agricultural Show, Demain la Terre held a conference, in partnership with ScanUp, in order to present the results of a study on how consumers perceive and understand labels. The goal of this study was to better grasp how consumers perceive and understand…

Wolfram Müller, Ad Terram Ltd, on the launch of plastic-free coatings Ad Terram GmbH

"The topic of microplastics is increasingly relevant"

At the turn of the year, the ECHA law came into force, which states that new fertilizers containing microplastics may no longer be introduced to the market. From 2026, all…


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