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Israeli start-up makes biodegradable plastic

The Israeli start-up, TIPA, manufactures plastic packaging from organic material. After use, it disintegrates and is used as compost. The scientists at TIPA are trying to find…

Süperbag might save 170 tons of plastic each year

Luxembourg plans to save 170 tons of plastic per year with a new product, rolled out in 10 Luxembourg stores and supermarkets on Tuesday. The Süperbag is the new shopper’s friend from waste reduction and management platform Valorlux and retailer federation the CLC. “This initiative aims to reduce…

Sustainable paper inlays introduced

Eosta firmly believes that sustainably farmed organic products deserve to be packed in environmentally friendly material if packed at all. Furthermore, numerous studies show that organic consumers are negative about plastic packaging. With this in mind Eosta introduces recycled paper inlay for vegetables…

Multi Imports to present various taping solutions at Cibus Tech

Gruppo Multi Import will attend the next edition of Cibus Tech (Parma, 22nd-25th October 2019) to present various packaging and taping solutions for the food sector as well as ATS taping and packaging lines. "We will also present banding and tying applications with ARC machines: elastic binders, bunch…

Swedish innovation

Carrinet Veggio Made From 100% Recycled Plastic Bottles

The movement to end the large scale use of plastic carrier bags is rapidly growing. Single use plastic bags are amongst the biggest contributors to our plastic filled oceans, impacting water and marine life but also the human food chain and our overall health. There isn’t yet a solution to the enormous…

Keeping your fruit and veg secure without the plastic waste

UK: Ten best resuable produce bags

The 10 leading supermarkets in the UK produce 1.2 billion single-use plastic product bags a year – so do your bit for the planet by investing in some handy reusable bags for…

Julien Dame, FlexiVers

Summer trend in a black box

Summer is once again coming. After sitting in the burning sun all day, there’s nothing better than a good meal in your favourite bistro, eatery or local restaurant. Wondering which fruit or vegetable salads chefs will be presenting? They won’t soon be presenting ‘green peas prepared in four different ways’ in any case,…

New PerfoTec technology giving Integrated Packaging an edge

Integrated Packaging has partnered with PerfoTec to introduce a system aimed at achieving prolonged shelf life and quality of fresh produce. The company says the PerfoTec technology is at the leading edge in Modified Atmophere Packaging (or MAP) for fresh produce, and it is proven and highly regarded in…

Compostable mesh and laser labeling for avocados

"We are getting rid of all plastic by 2020"

A project to stop using plastic in avocado packaging has been presented at the Smart Agrifood Summit in Malaga. The Malaga-based company Alcoaxarquia, a tropical fruit producer with plantations in Spain and Peru, has already started using 100% compostable natural fiber meshes made from corn waste, and…

New biodegradable packaging for El Hierro-grown pineapples

A group of students from the University of La Laguna, working in partnership with the company Mercahierro, has developed a new sustainable packaging format as an alternative to plastic. This will make it possible to sell sliced ​​pineapple from the Canary island of El Hierro. The product has been…

Research done by Consumers' Association 'Which?'

“Half of UK supermarket packaging cannot be recycled”

Nearly half the packaging used by major UK supermarkets cannot be easily recycled. New research, undertaken by Which? looked into the wrapping of 46 of the most popular items…

"The proof is in the pudding": Independent reports show effectiveness of Propak's pallet wrapping application

Australian packaging company Propak Industries has received glowing independent reports for its pallet wrapper and Macro Wrap, from two of Australia's largest companies. The MAS350 wrapper and Macro Wrap for palletising and transporting produce will be on show at Hort Connections, after receiving some…

Wooden baskets for fruit and vegetables

"Bergonzini Dario" has introduced wooden baskets as an alternative to plastic or paper trays, suitable for small-medium fruit. "We believe wooden baskets convey an idea of eco-friendliness as well as a message of respect for the environment. Various sizes are available to meet all kinds of needs." They…

Grosbusch: Towards a greener future

Concerned about the environment, the family company Grosbusch SARL, a specialist in the import and distribution of fruit and vegetables in Luxembourg and in the Greater Region, is committed to reducing the use of plastic in its packaging as much as possible. After more than 6 months of work and…

University research in Guadalajara, Mexico

New, biodegradable plastic made from cactus

Researchers in a university lab near Guadalajara, Mexico, have been mixing cactus leaves with other natural materials, creating a biodegradable plastic. It’s one experiment to…

European Packaging Forum - photo report online!

"Go for wood: You will have solved your problems"

Almost every day there are reports of attempts to reduce the flood of plastic. Often the fruit and vegetable trades are in the crossfire. Something has to be done, people in the industry agree - but what? Some possible options were discussed earlier this month at the first European Packaging Forum in…

Franz Sroka, Srotec GmbH, Bochum:

"Our labeling system binds and labels bundled goods in one go"

The core competence of Srotec GmbH, a company headquartered in Bochum, is the development, design and manufacture of machines for bundling, labeling, cutting and stickering. These machines have to be optimally tailored to the needs of the customers. Their developments have received numerous awards with…

Extends fresh produce shelflife, biodegradable in 6 weeks

Plastic packing made from crustaceans

There are few companies that still don’t recognise the importance of the issue of packaging waste. However, their choices are still largely dictated by cost and profitability. New and more sustainable alternatives to standard plastic packaging are coming onto the market daily, but they tend to carry…

Meadow Mushrooms - Canterbury

NZ mushroom company leads the charge in sustainable packaging

As many New Zealand business look at ways to reduce their emissions and move to a more eco-friendly way of production, Canterbury based company Meadow Mushrooms is leading the charge in sustainable packaging. The chairperson of the Meadow Mushrooms board Miranda Burdon says the company produces 200…

At 26 percent, recycling rate is already at a high level for years

New Packaging Act - Wood has been meeting requirements for a long time

More than a quarter of all wood packaging is recycled, the rest goes into sustainable bioenergy. The crates, boxes and woodchip baskets are often used several times for the healthy and environmentally friendly transport of fruit or vegetables, without resulting in quality losses. Thus, the manufacturers…

Aldi signals charge for fruit and vegetable bags in Australia

Keen to ban the over-use of plastic in their stores and just a week after it was announced that Aldi would be charging for their fruit and vegetable bags in their German stores, it seems there are now plans to introduce the same rule in Australia. There is a lot of talk about the bargain supermarket…

Karin van Aspert and Edwin van Eijndhoven, Gebroeders van Aarle

Cone filled with cherries stimulates sales

Every cherry season they return to the assortment of wholesaler Gebroeders van Aarle from Schijndel: the cone bags for cherries. This year the design of the bags has been revamped with a fresh, trendy look. Soft fruit Edwin sees the season for soft fruit disappearing somewhat. "We are moving more towards…

Deliver event in Lisbon

Smurfit Kappa recognised as 'most respected brand' and sustainability leader at Deliver 2019

Smurfit Kappa has won the ‘Cool Vendor’ and ‘Sustainability’ awards at the 2019 Deliver event in Lisbon. Deliver is the biggest eCommerce logistics event in Europe. During the event, companies providing a diverse range of eCommerce services and products met with C-suite representatives from 750 of the…

Brunel University student

New packaging - made from orange peels

Bio-Peel is a new material unveiled by design student Denny Handley, a product design student at Brunel University London. It blends waste orange peels with a mixture of other biodegradable products to create a new packaging material that’s strong, malleable and environmentally friendly. “Initially I had…

CompanyBox introduces Subscription Box using HP Digital Corrugated Print

Great Lakes Growers is an Ohio-based hydroponic produce provider that is using a packaging innovation by CompanyBox and HP to deliver fresh leafy greens and herbs directly to customers through e-commerce subscription services. Snap2Pack was developed especially for direct packaging of fresh produce by…

"The Chinese market share of our grape cling film grows by 120% per year"

JK Group has six subsidiary companies involved in cling film for grapes, cardboard boxes for fruit, water-resistant materials, printing ink, and fruit ripening injections. The subsidiary Grapvin produces cling film for grapes. The company was established in 1991 in a small town in the south of India…

Gary Lee - Proseal Australia

"Purely by weight the amount of plastic saved is typically 35-45% in comparison to a clam shell."

As pressure mounts on all sectors to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging Gary Lee​, Sales Manager at Proseal Australia explains how the company's top seal solution can reduce the plastic. "A considerable amount of the current packaging of fresh produce uses clam shells which include a base…

Canadian producer introduces patriotic sleeves for its greens

This summer, Inspired Greens announced it is celebrating its Canadian roots and Canada’s birthday with red and white Canada themed sleeves. "Canada is celebrating its 152nd birthday and Inspired Greens is celebrating a greenhouse expansion and two years of being grown clean without ever spraying…

Photo report European Packaging Forum

"Consumers do not want to pay for eco-friendly packaging"

Last week, the first European Packaging Forum took place in Düsseldorf. Many visitors from Germany and Europe traveled to inform themselves about the current situation on the market and possible developments for the future. Many lectures laid the foundation for dealing with packaging in retail: How is…

UK shoppers criticize Tesco for loose fruit being nearly twice the price of packaged alternative

Eco-minded shoppers have criticised Tesco for selling loose fruit at nearly twice the price of the plastic-wrapped alternative. A branch in Litherland, Merseyside, charged 17p each for lemons wrapped in non-recyclable plastic mesh compared to 30p for loose ones. Similarly, bagged clementines were 17p…

7,000 tons of fresh plasticized products more than four years ago

Increase in the use of fruit and veg plastic wrapping in Spain

Despite the greater awareness of the environmental problem created by plastic, as well as the measures taken by supermarkets to reduce the use of disposable plastic bags, the total volume of packed fruit and salads sold is currently 7,000 tons greater than four years ago. "The containers fulfill an…

For purchases in the fruit and veg section

Spain: Supermercados Lupa introduces reusable mesh bags

The Spanish supermarket chain Lupa has launched an initiative for sustainability and for the reduction of plastic use in its stores, introducing new mesh bags for customers to use in the fruit and vegetable section. These are reusable, washable, lightweight and tough mesh bags, with which you'll be able…

Sustainable packaging for snack tomatoes

The Dutch company, Bordex Packaging, has introduced the Snack’NBox. This is a sustainable 500g pack for snack tomatoes. It is made of 100% recycled, moisture-proof cardboard. The boxes' striking diamond pattern ensures maximum ventilation. This design gives the packaging a natural, sturdy look. And after…

Two new packaging offerings from North American supplier

Fox Packaging™ has announced the immediate availability of two new product offerings – the Fox Eco Stand-Up™ bag and the HD Stand-Up™ bag. The company said this allows companies currently using the Fox Stand-Up Combo bag the option of a nature-friendly alternative. To see the new sustainable bags…

Germany: Aldi plastic fruit and vegetable bags to cost a 'symbolic' cent

Germany's Aldi retail chain has announced it will soon charge a cent for plastic produce bags. The supermarket said it had drastically reduced bag use with fees for larger bags and wants to apply the strategy to the smaller bags. Thin plastic produce bags are often used only once to carry fruits and…

Australia: Next level ban on single-use plastic

The citizens of Canberra are often willing to give things a go that would be dismissed out of hand in more socially conservative states and territories. The latest initiative,…

Smart Packaging Solutions:

“Use of slip sheets results in logistic advantages”

The fresh produce sector is faced with major logistical challenges. After the harvest, the fruit and vegetable products are supposed to be packed right away. To steer the incoming and outgoing logistics of all these packages in the right direction, slip sheets are increasingly used. These are special,…

Fruit & vegetable aisles: why some plastic should be retained

Many people are exasperated by the large amount of packaging that supermarkets use, particularly for fruit and vegetables. Of course, most of these have their own natural…

Video:

Packing iceberg lettuce on the harvester

A video by Markus Nöthen, from Redpack Maschinen GmbH, shows the iceberg lettuce packaging machine, which can be operated stationary or mobile on a harvester. The output per hour for a well-rehearsed team with a regular product is at about 4,000 to 4,500 packagings per minute. "Compared with other…

Scientists from University College London

Biodegradable plastic is misleading - most will not break down in compost heaps

Plastic packaging labelled “biodegradable” or “compostable” is misleading because most do not break down naturally and end up polluting the environment, scientists have said. Experts from University College London (UCL) have criticised companies that sell products such as “eco-friendly” nappies, bags or…

Todis launches plastic-free packaging

With the "A tutto sapore" range, supermarket chain Todis announces the start of a plastic-free project for an eco-friendlier future. "A tutto sapore" includes 9 products - cherries, cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, marinda tomatoes, yellow peaches, nectarine peaches, Saturn peaches, Italia grapes and…

Store is offering paper and re-usable bags made from recycled materials

Sainsbury’s removes all plastic bags for loose fruit and veg items from all stores

Sainsbury’s has today committed to cutting a further 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year. This includes removing 489 tonnes’ worth of plastic bags, which are currently used for…

Rewe Saxony set the tone on June 5th, Day of the Environment

For a day, all fruit and vegetable bags were removed

Wednesday the 5th of June was the "Day of the Environment". A day that grocer REWE wanted to use to make his customers aware of a dilemma. That day, REWE Saxony removed the free disposable bags for fruit and vegetables from the store - a test for one day. The reason for the action: In contrast to the…

European Packaging Forum: Packaged correctly, but how?

"Packaging - as much as necessary, as little as possible"

On Wednesday the 5th of June, the European Packaging Forum took place for the first time at the Nikko Hotel in Dusseldorf. Organized by AMI and Fruchthandel Magazin, the event attracted over 200 German and European visitors from all sectors of the food sector. Many had the hope that there would be…

Pioneering step for less plastic in fruit & veg department

PENNY introduces the cotton reusable net nationwide

PENNY is the first discounter in Germany to permanently include a reusable cotton recycling net for fruits and vegetables. An overwhelming majority of customers had opted for…

Hawke’s Bay apple grower first in Southern hemisphere to use compostable apple stickers

A Hawke’s Bay apple grower is the first Southern Hemisphere apple exporter to start using compostable PLU stickers on its apples. The PLU “price-look-up” stickers are necessary for the fruit to be easily identified by checkout staff, but they add a lot of plastic waste, with about 1 billion PLU stickers…

High-speed, automated fresh produce labelling has taken a significant step forward at Sinclair

Compostable branding for fresh produce

As with all Sinclair labels, the new Sinclair EcoLabel construction is food-safe and suitable for direct contact with fresh fruit and vegetables. However, what makes the new…

Visitors to the European Packaging Forum on their expectations

"There is nobody that has a solution yet"

Marketing and sustainability, traceability, consumer and trade acceptance, innovative solutions, logistics, protection and functionality, hygiene and law. Among other things, these are the topics that experts from all value-added stages would like to tackle at today's European Packaging Forum in…

Luxembourg: Cactus and Biogros announce new plastic-free packaging for fruit and vegetables

BIOGROS, a supplier of organic products, and Cactus, a major player in mass retailing in Luxembourg, have developed new environmentally friendly packaging for a wide range of organic fruits and vegetables: 100% FSC paper and no mineral oil. Packaging plays an important role in the preservation of fresh…

Gerold Wilms, bekuplast GmbH:

"With the right container the shelf life of blueberries can be significantly extended"

Every July, the blueberry season starts. Local blueberries will finally be available again in the trade. In order to preserve the high quality of the fruits after the harvest and so that the berries arrive fresh at the consumer's, it is crucial to store the fruits gently and under optimal climatic…

Peru's wooden packaging is highly appreciated in China

The Peruvian company Campo Andino SAC is dedicated to the packaging of fruit in wood, a completely natural material. According to Gonzalo Noriega, the commercial manager of…

CPMA plastic packaging working group update

The CPMA notes that plastic packaging is currently the subject of significant debate, both in Canada and globally. From a G7 perspective, efforts to address plastics are…

Michigan, USA

GP Graders and A&B Packing deliver turnkey grading and packing solutions

GP Graders is entering a worldwide collaboration with A&B Packing out of Michigan, USA. This strong connection and integration of the two companies has resulted in rolling out quality end-to-end packing and grading solutions that will benefit our existing clients and fruit packers worldwide. The…

Shelf life of artichokes increased three-fold

Spain: The UMH develops new packaging system for artichokes

The Fruits and Vegetables Post-Harvest Group of the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) of Elche has developed a new packaging system that extends the life of the artichokes…

IFCO acquisition by Triton and ADIA has been finalized

IFCO Systems announced that the acquisition by Triton and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has been finalized on May 31, 2019. The two investment companies acquired IFCO…

Dutch Royal couple receive first fully plastic free fruit packaging

The Dutch Royal couple encountered a first during their visit to FruitMasters last Wednesday. During a tour of the company a new packaging machine was taken into use. The machine packages Kanzi apples in a handy carton tray with a lid and is fully recyclable. Queen Máxima received the first circular…

26 Catalan establishments fined for violation of labeling rules for fruit and veg in bulk

26 of the 133 establishments inspected in Catalonia have been fined by the Catalan Consumer Agency (ACC) for the lack of rigor in the labeling of fruit and vegetables sold in bulk. Through the campaign "What you need to know about the labeling of fresh fruits and vegetables", the Catalan Consumer Agency…

Lidl switches to organic bags for fruits and vegetables

The Lidl markets in Mallorca and the neighboring islands have are no more conventional plastic bags in the fruit and vegetable sector of. These were replaced by bags that are 100 percent bio-compostable and biodegradable, the company announced this Friday. One year after the removal of plastic shopping…

BelOrta introduces new sustainable packing for soft fruit

As of today BelOrta is offering the first carton punnets with topseal. This new packaging plays into the trend towards more sustainable packaging and is coupled with a 'Happy Snacking' design. They will start with the extensive soft fruit range. In a later phase more fruits and vegetables will be…

Africa leads the way in banning plastic

Here in the Western world, we are regularly reading about initiatives from supermarkets on how to remove plastic bags from their stores. In Africa, countries such as Kenya and Tanzania are much further along. There, higher penalties are imposed when plastic bags are given away. Watch the above clip or…

Sunrays mandarins become first plastic-free packaged food product in US

New York-based Jac. Vandenberg has launched what it says is the first plastic-free food product to be awarded the Plastic Free Trust Mark in the United States. The company's mandarin brand, Sunrays®, initially introduced the sustainable packaging at last year's PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, Florida, with…

Stora Enso to convert Finnish paper mill into packaging operation

Finnish pulp and paper company Stora Enso has announced its decision to invest approximately €350 mln to convert the Oulu paper mill into a packaging board mill. The plan…

Bagged salads are popular with the French

In 2018, 274 million bags of lettuce were sold in supermarkets, up 1.4% from 2017. At a press conference, the Union of Ready-to-Use Manufacturers of Fresh Plant Products…

Food waste solution - biodegradable, advanced barrier coating

US team develops sustainable shelf-life technology

A team of Indiana’s Purdue University, researchers have manufactured an innovative new process that uses cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) to create advanced barrier coatings for…

Packaging alternatives: Convenience and sustainability can no longer be ignored

In the field of packaging, there’s a growing demand for asparagus to be distinctive as a To Go product. As a result, people are trying to serve this relatively new market segment with fitting concepts. The company Solidus Solutions recently launched the so-called Spargel Portion Pack, a cardboard…

ElastiTag now used for celery

ElastiTag®'s potential is still being tested as, a few months ago, a company started successfully using this solution on celery. Until this elastic tag was made available, celery was taped before being supplied to retailers. ElastiTag® made it unnecessary to glue the traditional tape. Another great advantage is a better visual…

Fun and edgy banana packaging winner of PIDA Sweden 2019

F or the 15th year in a row, the Swedish edition of PIDA - Packaging Impact Design Award, was held in Stockholm, and this year, sustainability and recycling were in focus. The students presented creative and fun ideas on how to package clothes, beauty products and confectionery in a more environmentally…

Natural branding gaining a foothold in Austria as well

Alternative for stickers and foil in food retail

In the course of the discussion on plastic packaging and waste reduction, natural branding is increasingly coming to the fore. Since the first week of March, retail supplier VIO from St. Andrä am Zicksee has been working with a machine from EcoMark. Carsten Dillenberger and Julius Klopp from EcoMark GmbH…

AU: The new versatile collaborative robot set to reduce the potential for workplace injuries

A new collaborative robot system that can operate 24 hours a day and reduce workplace injuries, is being showcased at the Australian Banana Industry Congress on the Gold Coast. Visy Industries Group Service Automation Manager Richard Green says the machine runs at slower speeds when humans are around,…

Stephan Schneider gives advice and support for a more sustainable assortment of packaging

“A lot of ignorance about packaging, materials and recycling in fresh produce sector”

For three years, Stephan Schneider worked for HillFresh International, creating various innovations with the Juisy brand, for example, and an exciting Nickelodeon kid’s fruit assortment. He’ll now continue independently with his own company Cre8tives. A company that wants to help companies be distinctive…

Edeka: More than half of fruit & veg now packaging-free

Germany retailer Edeka has stated that more than half of the products in its fruit and vegetable department are now free of plastic packaging. The findings resulted from a market check by Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg (Consumer Centre Hamburg) and the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV), who looked at…

NZ: Southern Hemisphere's largest fruit sorting machine provides a major post-harvest boost

Since launching the Bravo grader in 2017, major New Zealand packing company EastPack says it has been able to provide its growers a huge advantage of harvesting fruit at optimum maturity, due to the machine's massive packing horsepower. Bravo is a 14-lane fruit sorting machine, the largest in the…

A European petition to make Nutriscore mandatory

Nutriscore is a "simplified nutrition labelling system that has proven its effectiveness" on food products and is beginning to be adopted by manufacturers. Today, several…

New sustainable bag closure introduced

Kwik Lok Corporation announced it has introduced Eco-Lok, a bag closure made with sustainable materials, the first step in the company’s drive to reduce its environmental…

UK: Morrisons stores roll out plastic-free fruit and veg areas

Cutting down on plastic waste is important but not that easy. If you buy your fruit and veg from supermarkets, you often end up with mounds of single use plastic packaging. Now Morrisons is offering a section of many of its stores with plastic-free fruit and veg. You can pick them up loose and put them…

Hans Grips, Cartomat Willich GmbH:

"Carrots will remain fresh and crunchy in paper packaging for up to three weeks"

"We had already started paper packaging for carrots in 2017 and 2018. The challenge here was that consumers really wanted to see the carrots before they bought them," says Hans Grips, Managing Director of cartomat Schiefbahn GmbH from Willich-Schiefbahn. "In order to make that possible you actually need…

Loop: the supermarket with zero packaging waste

At first, Loop looks like any other supermarket, but on closer inspection, one notices the omnipresence of glass or metal packaging. Together with the recycling firm…

Fyffes introduces new recyclable paper Banana band

Signifying it as a ‘significant step’ towards reducing its packaging imprint, banana importer Fyffes has introduced new, sustainable and fully recyclable paper banding for use in wrapping its Organic Fairtrade bananas in selected markets. The move, which represents the outcome of an 18-month long period…

Italy: the hidden important steps of production at IFCO

The logistical cycle of reusable plastic packaging seems trivial at first glance: the boxes are sent by IFCO to the food producer, who uses them to deliver his products to the distributor. Then, the seller returns the empty packaging to the Distribution Centre and, from there, back to IFCO, so that it…

Johan de Neef, Smart Packaging Solutions

"More fruit and vegetables being packed in solid cardboard boxes"

Fruit and vegetables are fragile products. It is, therefore, essential to store and transport them in packaging that will sufficiently protect them during transportation. Sturdy, protective, food-safe packaging prevents loss in the chain. “That is why the fruit and vegetable sector is increasingly…

Delhaize: Plans to cut plastic use by 80% in its fruit and veg department

This Thursday, Delhaize launched a “sustainability plan,” the first phase of which involves slashing plastic use by 80% in its fruits and vegetables section. The plan has three major goals: plastic neutrality; a neutral balance sheet on food waste and carbon neutrality. After scrapping single-use plastic…

Plastic packaging:

Unpackaged goods usually more expensive

In the food trade, fruits and vegetables are still sold for almost two-thirds in plastic packaging. Discounters sell significantly more fruits and vegetables in plastic…

Which kind of shrink wrap is right for cucumbers?

It is very useful to shrink wrap cucumbers. It is not only good for the cucumber's shelf life. It is also helpful with regards to hygiene since people still like to pick up…

LC Packaging and Veolia Netherlands team up to minimise waste in flexible packaging

Today, International flexible packaging producer and distributor LC Packaging and Veolia Netherlands (Veolia is a global leader in optimised resource management) will announce a strategic partnership aimed at minimising residual waste streams related to flexible packaging on a global scale. The aim being…

AH introduces five pre-cut fresh packs

The Dutch supermarket chain, Albert Heijn (AH), recently introduced five fresh packs to the market. They did so by combining successful meal packs concepts with vegetable convenience. “Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of healthy eating, and vegetables' role in that. At the same…

Labelling fruit and vegetables in permanent batches without packaging

For decades, Bizerba has developed solutions and products specifically for the potato, fruit and vegetable sector, varying from pricers to weighing and labelling solutions. One of these solutions, the LDI 20 labelling machine is innovative because of its labelling options and optical sensors. Bizerba LDI…

Plastic-free apple foodtainer officially launched

As part of the constant search for more environment-friendly methods and processes, at VOG Consortium it is now time to launch the first all-cardboard 4/6-apple foodtainer. The new packaging has gone into production, with the first deliveries scheduled for early May, and Biosüdtirol a VOG Consortium…

Packaging that measures the ripeness of tropical fruit presented

Packaging that provides real-time information on the ripeness of fruit, providing value to the supply and value chain and offering consumers the product that best suits their needs in terms of consumption methods and times. Named Smart Ripe, it was developed by ILIP in collaboration with Radio6ense, a…

Armin Dannenberger, W. Dimer GmbH:

"Great interest in our absorbent inserts from the fruit and vegetable sector"

Absorption pads serve to absorb and bind liquids from perishable food. This is not only to improve presentation but in particular it increases hygiene, thus making for a longer shelf life of the packaged product. At last year's ExpoSE, South German company W. Dimer presented a new solution, made of…

North American packaging company expands to southeast United States

North American packaging company, Crawford Packaging, is expanding their warehouse facilities in the United States with the goal of bringing produce packaging solutions to the…

Increasing requests from fruit and vegetable producers

Macsa ID UK sees demand for laser coding technology

The fruit and veg sector requires consistent quality and fast and accurate identification of production batches in the event of a product recall. Macsa ID UK offers a range of…

Van der Windt Verpakking:

Netherlands: “CartoPaper prevents the product dehydrating and encourages recycling”

Potatoes, onions, bulbs and other agrarian products make high demands on packaging in the field of shelf life, sustainability and processing. As developer of innovative, sustainable packaging, Van der Windt Verpakking presents CartoPaper. Thanks to the good qualities of the paper, the packed products…

Monocardboard plastic-free fruit trays introduced

As part of its constant search for more environment-friendly methods and processes, the VOG Consortium is now ready: the new packing line is working and the first all-cardboard 4-apple trays is being packed in these days. First deliveries are scheduled for the weekend: it is Biosüdtirol, member-coop of…

Giuseppe Merloni, Policarta, Cosmec, Tiberpack, Zetapack :

"100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable paper packaging"

This year at the MedFEL, Giuseppe Merloni and his team introduced Paper Bag and Paper Pack to professionals in the sector for the first time: "We wanted to create a paper that would respond to environmental issues and current market expectations, which encourage companies to find alternatives to plastic.…

Cardboard is being used more often to replace plastic packaging

The demand for sustainable packaging is only getting more significant and more urgent. Remmert Dekker Packaging has noticed this. This Dutch company produces cardboard packaging. The demand for cardboard packaging is on the rise. This is thanks to retailers goals to be more sustainable. Consumers are…

Iceland's Nettó: Fruit and vegetable section plastic-free by end of year

Icelandic discount supermarket Nettó has announced its aim to make the fruit and vegetable section of its stores plastic-free by the end of the year. The company stated in a press release that much of its organic produce is already wrapped in environmentally friendly packaging, and that the initiative…

"Clear understanding of Chinese consumer demand is key to packaging products"

Convenience is becoming more important to Chinese consumers these days. One way of improving the convenience of any given product is to use the appropriate packaging method. This trend is visible in the fruit and vegetable industries in the preference for small-scale, premium packaging. This type of…

Bringing wooden packaging into modern commerce

"We want to increase awareness of our natural, field-proven packaging"

Among the many different packaging options available for fruit and vegetables on the market, the wooden crate is probably one of the oldest. However, that does not mean that they are not suitable for the modern market. FreshPlaza visited Markus Benninger in his box factory in Bundenthal, who was there…

Fruiton GmbH: Aligning corporate identity with fruit and vegetables

Fruits with logos as customer-specific and universal advertising media

Fruit in the office - that is the core business of fruiton GmbH from Cologne. The fresh specialists deliver fruit or vegetables to all departments of German companies. Fruiton…

Obeikan remains committed to internationalization at Macfrut

The sustainable packaging company Obeikan MDF, property of the Obeikan Group, will be present as an exhibitor at the 36th edition of the Macfrut fair, which will be held from 8 to 10 May in Rimini, Italy. Obeikan MDF, which will be at Hall D3, stand 031, continues with its expansion strategy, attending…

New pouch-filling technology launched

JBT Corporation has announced the launch of a new product for filling flexible pouches commonly used in the infant nutrition and sports drinks categories, which it says could spark further market growth for the sector. The JBT AsepFlex™ Linear Pouch Filler has been developed with the aim to overcome…

Albert Heijn: less plastic for fruit and vegetables after successful test

After a successful test in the fruit and vegetable department of an Albert Heijn supermarket in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, AH will start offering even more fruit and vegetables without plastic in shops and online. They’ll start with bananas (five bananas that were previously in a bag), sweet red pointed…

Industry working group created to discuss use of plastics

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced the formation of an industry working group focused on the many issues surrounding the use of plastics across…

Philippines experimenting with paper made from pineapple

The Design Center of the Philippines, an attached agency to the Department of Trade and Industry committed to strengthening the Philippines’ design ecosystem, recently launched pinyapel, a locally processed and manufactured specialty paper from locally sourced discarded pineapple leaves. Maria Rita O.…

Melons shipped in digitally printed corrugated bins

Savco, a distributor of fresh produce in Canada and the US, will speed its farm-to-store delivery of its H2O Melon watermelon brand this season using giant, digitally printed corrugated bins. The octagonal bins, measuring 40 x 48 in. with a capacity of up to 700 lbs of produce, were designed for Savco by…

Comparing fruit packaging in China and Europe

In recent years the number of fruit shops in China has increased rapidly. Especially local fruit shops have opened their doors, but also some big fruit chain stores companies like Pagoda and Hema xiansheng have opened more shops in the last few years. Furthermore, while their shops were originally only…

Karin Svane Hansen, Schur®Star Systems

Zip-Pop Microwave Bags as a direct response to the lifestyle of today's consumer

"Our new packaging is a microwave bag with a separate compartment for a spiced butter cube, which opens due to the steam that develops during cooking, so the potatoes are seasoned automatically and are ready to eat in just a few minutes," says Karin Svane Hansen from Schur®Star Systems about the new…

Company also announces take-over by Cold & Fresh Holding

LGMS launches new Transfresh zip bag for blueberries

L.G.M.S- France - (Logistic Global Marine Services) has announced their new Transfresh Tectrol Zip Up MA bags designed for storing blueberries and sea shipments in reefer…

BS Verpackungen focuses on automated packaging of fruit and vegetable products

"We enable an economical entry into automated tray sealing"

Small and medium-sized vegetable and fruit producers are faced with the challenge of optimizing their packaging processes to cover peak production for their seasonal business. The aim is to reduce staff time and to create attractive sales packaging for presentation in retail or direct marketing. The…

Packing robot SmartPackr will provide a breakthrough in technology

The SmartPackr packing robot picks and places the apples with the help of a gentle robot arm, using a special technology that prevents possible damage to the fragile apple…

New 100% recyclable tray packages for apples being launched at Macfrut

There is an increased demand for sustainable and recyclable packages. That’s why Jasa developed a new and 100% recyclable technology to pack apples and other fruits such as, kiwi’s and pears. The sleeves are made out of 100% recyclable cardboard and, in most situations, you can use your existing trays.…

California Giant conducts testing on cardboard strawberry clamshells

As people across the country focused on Earth Day earlier this week and how each of us can make a difference, California Giant said it was working behind the scenes conducting field tests on prototype cardboard clamshells for fresh strawberries. The cardboard strawberry clamshell called Ready-Cycle…

Recyclable, biodegradable and home compostable

Sugarcane-based packaging allows breathability and creates a drier environment

Fresh produce packaging supplier Evesham Specialist Packaging Ltd has developed a sugarcane-based packaging which provides major environmental advantages, without reducing the quality of the product. As it is more expensive to produce, the company explains that the manufacturing process is nothing like…

ZON tests fresh packs on German market

Dutch cooperative growers association, ZON, has been busy with a pilot project since mid-March. This test is being conducted in the German market. About 150 Edeka supermarkets in the Hannover-Minden region have been selling ZON fresh packs. The association's magazine spoke to Linda Naus, ZON's Marketing…

REWE tests plastic awareness of 630 supermarkets

Organic fruits and vegetables now unpackaged

Eight out of ten customers would readily dispense with disposable packaging when purchasing food, certainly regarding fruits and vegetables. REWE checked this in the largest packaging related test in Germany: in about 630 REWE and nahkauf markets in Baden-Württemberg, the Palatinate and the Saarland.…

Krishta Heibrink, Kwekerij LOF.:

Netherlands: “Chicory should be better known as salad or BBQ vegetable”

In the past week, the sales of chicory fell considerably behind in the Netherlands. “At Belgian auctions, prices rose to about one euro, but in the Netherlands, prices were stuck around 50/60 cent for a long time. Prices recovered somewhat in the end, but we expected more,” says saleswoman Krishta…

Washington supplier seeing positive response from new display bin

Washington marketer Rainier Fruit Company introduced a new display box for the current apple and pear season late last year as well as the upcoming cherry season. The company has been assessing its reception and have reported a positive response from retailers so far. Rainier Fruit's Andy Tudor…

Offset printer Schwarzach offers steadily growing product range for O & G

"Carton offers high print quality and optimal recyclability"

Offset printer Schwarzach has more than 50 years of experience in the design, printing, finishing and processing of cardboard packaging. Today, the use of packaging made from renewable raw materials, especially in the fruit and vegetable industry, is steadily gaining importance. The traditional company…

"Inconsistency of unnecessary plastic packaging is no longer reasonable"

Demeter firmly rejects plastic packaging

The decisive entry of Demeter into the food trade is at the same time a decided exit from the plastic era. First, fresh Demeter fruit and vegetables will be cleared of plastic…

New study on food packaging

'Majority of consumers paying attention to environmentally friendly packaging'

In March 2019, the EU decided to ban the sale of disposable plastic products from 2021 onward. A large majority of Germans (79 percent) rate this ban positively. But is…

Draft law by Portugal’s Green Party approved

Portugal: Ban on plastic for bread, fruit, vegetables from June 2020

A draft law by Portugal’s Green Party to ban ultra-lightweight plastic bags and polystyrene trays used to package bread, fruit and vegetables from June 2020 onwards, has been approved. The text will be handed over to the 11th parliamentary committee to further discussion before final approval. The draft…

Following Thai & Vietnamese examples

Philippine supermarkets changing from plastic to banana leaves

Only recently Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand implemented a very crafty alternative to single-use plastic by u sing banana leaves instead. Supermarkets all over…

Eric Chartrain, Vice President & General Manager EMEA Packaging

"Cardboard packaging boosts fruit and vegetable sales"

The elimination of plastic containers seems to be one of the objectives of large European distribution chains in the medium and long term. The question is: what does the future of corrugated cardboard or wood packaging look like in view of the current "antiplastic" boom, as well as the raised awareness…

Thomas Däbel, Serwo Packaging:

"There are capacity problems for paper packaging at the European level"

"The topic of paper packaging and/or biodegradable packaging has been getting steadily more focus in recent times, much more even than we had originally expected," says Thomas Däbel, signatory and branch manager of SERWO Packaging. This concerns not only the food retail trade but also the area of…

Spanish plasticulture, one of the most important in the world

Spain produces 14% of plastics for agriculture in Europe

Plastic is an agricultural tool in permanent development. The companies devoted to the manufacture of plastic products have research as one of their priorities. Proof of this is that each year, their laboratories showcase new developments that respond to the needs of different agricultural producers.…

“As a former surgeon I can’t accept risks or mistakes in our packhouse”

When a packhouse of citrus lacks expertise in its field, a lot of produce can go to waste without there being a need for it. How could somebody who runs a packhouse not have the know-how? It was a challenging journey for former surgeon Said Eldeeb, who instead of saving lives is now saving a big amount…

Too much packaging for organic products

On the organic fruit and vegetable shelves in supermarkets, cellophane is king. Most organic fruits and vegetables are only sold wrapped in plastic, while the conventional…

Portugal to ban the use of plastic bags for fruit

The Portuguese Parliament has greenlighted a bill that bans light plastic bags and disposable styrofoam packaging for fruits, vegetables and bread. The initiative, promoted by…


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