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…

Tesco Ireland experiments with home-recyclable potato packaging

Tesco is getting ready to trial fully recyclable packaging for its 1kg new season potatoes. There will also be a reduction in the amount of paper used in its 2.5kg potato…

FYK ripening packets turn fruit box into a mobile ripening chamber

Competition in the fruit and vegetable industry grows stronger every day. That is why the preservation of freshness during transport and the timing of ripening in the destination market are key elements of success in the fruit and vegetable industry. Sam of Shandong AWT Bio-tech introduced their solution…

FoodBags containers - ecological, affordable and smart

New FoodBags© containers are already selling like hotcakes. They are clever, original, appealing and affordable solutions ideal for all kinds of products. The packaging combines the market need of keeping the produce visible while maintaining its integrity thanks to rPET lids, with the ecological need of…

Smurfit Kappa makes a new 35 million Euro investment in its German factory in Hoya

Smurfit Kappa, a leader in the paper and corrugated cardboard sector, remains committed to the European market with new investments in its most strategic areas. The latest investment has been made in its paper and cardboard mill in Hoya, located in northwest Germany, which will increase the production…

New York onion grower-shipper invests in new grading & packing line

After a devastating fire that destroyed Big O Farms’ onion factory in 2016, the family-run business opted for a completely new production line from Eqraft. Over four years later, the new machines are up and running. Maxwell Torrey from Big O Farms has been busy with the finishing touches of the…

Multivac

Multivac

Packaging and labelling fresh fruit and vegetables sustainably

There is a new trend in the packaging of fruit and vegetables: Single-origin recyclable packs made of paperboard or cardboard are gradually replacing the typical plastic trays, which usually have an additional pillow pack, or are wrapped in stretch film or netting. Multivac's full wrap labelling offers a…

Icelandic company invests in new Tramper tray sealing line

Tramper Technology recently installed their first tray sealing line at a plant in Reykjavik, Iceland. The order came from their new customer Mata hf., a leading company in the sales and distribution of fruit and vegetables to stores, restaurants and cafeterias in Iceland. Mata has decades of experience in…

Kuku International Packaging

A new plastic-free knitted tubular net for garlic and onion

Kuku International Packaging, a company specialized in flexible packaging and located in Palata Pepoli, in the province of Bologna, Italy, launched a new plastic-free packaging solution entirely made of virgin cotton fiber, with no plastic in it, that can be used with packaging machines. "It is part of…

New club pack for peaches to hit stores mid-June

Titan Farms is introducing two new club packs this summer to meet the increasing demand for pre-packaged fruit. These 3 lb. and 4 lb. club packs will assist retailers with e-commerce needs. The durable yet breathable packaging will provide protection required for peaches as well as added convenience for…

Labeling system also supports with inventory management

In 2007 when Sara Osborne bought Peters Cranberries, her father-in-law’s cranberry farm on the misty Oregon Coast, she didn’t expect cranberry prices to soon plunge by 80 percent, sending the whole industry into shock. Yet that is exactly what happened, so Sara was very relieved to eventually land a big…

Matthews launches fresh-produce, industry compliant cloud barcoding solution – free

Minutes or hours is the difference in unloading an entire truck of fresh produce – it all comes down to the goods having accurate, scannable barcodes. Braydon Cocks, Sales Product Specialist – iDSnet & LPA Solutions with Matthews, said, “It’s a vast difference, but that is the difference that correct…

Go!mealbox: The first circular meal box

Fonkels launches the Go!mealbox; a unique range of cardboard packaging for the delivery of fresh fruit, salads and meals. After more than a year of development, Fonkels has come up with an answer to the strongly increasing demand for plastic-free and leak-free boxes that can be optimally recycled. The…

“Recyclable bag helps consumers reduce and reuse”

The concept of the Veggio bag has been a long time in the making. Creator Mia Ekblad at Carrinet Ltd, who has been working on this project for over 12 years. “Working with environmental issues has been part of my business and personal life for a very long time. I live by the beach and have always been…

New paper clamshell for tomatoes introduced

Jacobs Farm del Cabo is excited to introduce a paper-based clamshell under the del Cabo brand as an alternative to single-use plastic clamshells. This year alone, the paperboard pack is projected to reduce the company’s plastic waste by half a million pounds. “Plastic reduction is an important part of…

Extending shelf-life

Conserver boxes allow produce to maintain premium quality during long transit times

For fruit from Brazil to reach overseas destinations like Europe in perfect condition, Termotécnica has developed the recently launched the FarmFresh conserver box. “It allows produce to maintain its premium quality during long transit times,” says S. Nivaldo de Oliveira, Managing Director with…

VIP completes new packaging hall

The modernization of VIP’s processing plants continues. The latest project is the realization of a new packaging hall at the Mivor cooperative in Laces, one of the largest cooperatives of the Val Venosta Cooperatives Association. The cooperative with 340 members and an annual apple production of about 80,000 tons now has a…

Frutas Montosa will provide the raw material necessary for the manufacture of the new material.

Biodegradable packaging with oxygen barrier properties developed from avocado residues

Frutas Montosa and ITC Packaging have made a commitment to back the development of new functional packaging being developed in the framework of the Guacapack project. The new…

Alwyn van Jaarsveld - Tessara

Tessara aims to migrate all of its postharvest generators to recyclable materials

South African grape growers are well acquainted with the Tessara Uvasys generators that extend the shelf life of their grapes through surface sterilisation. Last year, blueberry exporters came to rely on Tessara's new Berrisys range; in one instance where an exporter's containers were stuck in ports for…

"Our latest packaging innovations are specifically tailored to the e-commerce market"

"Niverplast is a provider of innovative automated packaging solutions that enable businesses to protect and transport a wide range of products, such as fruit and vegetables, or any other product that needs to be packed in a bag and box. With a history of developing standalone and turnkey packaging…

More demand for compact plastic packaging formats to save transport costs

“Plastic rigid and flexible packaging solutions brought significant change in way goods are packed”

The European plastic packaging market is expected to grow again, as demand for flexible plastic packaging is increasing from both food and non-food sectors. Innovation has…

BerryWorld® introduced new sustainable packaging in 2020

BerryWorld® continues to take steps to minimise their environmental impact. Conscious of their role in the supply chain and their wider role in society, the business is…

"Taking the lead in sustainable tray formats"

Tray sealing specialist Proseal says it is well positioned to help food producers explore options for alternative packaging materials. The company has worked closely with both tray and film suppliers to stay ahead of the demand from retailers and consumers for environmentally friendly solutions and has a…

After long R&D, Woolworths chooses kraft board for its avos

Shoppers at Woolworths will be seeing a lot more cardboard packaging in future, like the kraft board cartons for their 'ripe and ready' avocado, rolled out to all varieties this year, and speciality tomato ranges. “The transportation of ‘Ripe and Ready’ avocados from farm to distribution centre to store…

Grafica Sud

Compostable and recyclable punnets for grapes, cherries, apricots, etc.

"We are not just suppliers of packaging solutions for agricultural businesses, we are also ambassadors of sustainability. Over the years, with the help of national and international research centers, we managed to produce various solutions made exclusively of biodegradable compostable materials that can maintain…

Mexico

Hydro-thermal packhouse opens for Northern mango regions

Empaque Don Jorge I (EDJI) opened this past weekend, ready for the northern regions. EDJI is the hometown packhouse of El Grupo Crespo, Latin America’s largest hydro-thermal packhouse and the home to El Grupo Crespo’s two brands, Crespo Organic and RCF. Originally built by Roberto Crespo Fitch in the…

Speedpacker

The world’s first avocado packing robot

Nature’s Pride has the first operational avocado packing robot in the world. This innovation, called the Speedpacker, packs avocados ergonomically and efficiently without making concessions to quality. As demand for avocados increases, Nature’s Pride intends to use this to be an even better partner for…

Tramper Technology

South African division of Tramper Technology increases local and international presence

Multinational manufacturing company Tramper Technology from the Netherlands markets, manufactures and services a broad range of customized packaging machines, as well as complete production lines for the food and packaging industry. According to Metal Working News, the company established its South…

"Ricircola" project

Plastic is lacking and is increasingly expensive, so recycling it makes even more sense

Recycling plastic is nowadays considered an environmentally responsible action. It will soon become essential, and not only to respect the environment. The Ricircola project, which has seen Ilip and Apfruit involved directly, has led to various conclusions, one of which is that there is still a lot to be…

Coveris closes next strategic deal with acquisition of Four04 Packaging

Coveris Group continues its strategic expansion and acquires UK based flexible packaging manufacturing and trading business Four 04 Packaging, based in Norwich. Coveris…

Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging

Bioactive paper coatings to replace plastic for packaging foods

The amount of plastic waste increases every year. Some of this waste is due to plastic packaging used to protect food. As part of the “BioActiveMaterials” project, researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have developed an eco-friendly coating for paper packaging. With this, not only is plastic saved,…

NL: Hessing takes over The Greenery's fresh packs

In the Netherlands, Hessing Supervers has taken over The Greenery's fresh packs. In doing so, Hessing adds a new component to its range. It can respond even better to consumers' growing need for convenience, inspiration, and healthy foods. "Automated processes equal stable quality"Hessing has been…

Mondi packages potatoes in award-winning paper bag with Sustainex® bio-based coating

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has partnered with SILBO, a Polish leading producer of compostable packaging, to create a paper-based high-strength packaging for the Irish farm potato business Meade Farm Group. The innovative bags replace hard-to-recycle plastic with paper, a renewable…

Julia Kay

Australian couple markets world first compostable potato-based cling wrap, pallet wrap

After being disheartened by the sheer amount of waste products in their respective industries, Julia and Jordy Kay have decided to produce the world’s first compostable cling wrap and pallet wrap. This wrap is made out of potato waste. The Melbourne couple sold more than $30,000 of ‘Great Wrap‘ in their…

"We have always met the sustainability goals that we have set for ourselves"

Smurfit Kappa announces its goal of reaching zero net emissions by 2050

Smurfit Kappa, an industry leader in sustainable corrugated paper and cardboard packaging, is the first company in this sector to work towards achieving zero net emissions by…

Ready-to-eat vegetable & salad trends boost value demand for related packaging

Demand for ready-to-eat (RTE) produce was already on the rise prior to the COVID-19 pandemic due to its enhanced convenience over standard options, which users must wash or…

A tripartite partnership for eco-designed 100% cardboard packaging

DS Smith and Solarenn : a zero plastic partnership

“Eco-design is a business approach that requires investments and time in the long term,” explains the president of Solarenn, Christophe Rousse. A joint effort from three actors of the fruit and vegetable sector - the Solarenn cooperative, DS Smith as  global supplier of sustainable packaging and ETpack mechanizer…

AeroFarms

AeroFarms launches new brand identity

“We are excited to roll out the new look of our namesake brand"

AeroFarms recently launched its new brand identity for AeroFarms and the rebranding of its Dream Greens® retail brand to AeroFarms. Uniting its mission and activities under one fresh, powerful identify that celebrates its leadership for indoor vertical farming and a brighter future for all. “Now more…

WEBER Verpackungen presents natural packaging for lettuces

"Bloom guard is the ideal packaging to protect and market lettuce"

WEBER Verpackungen is a traditional German manufacturer of innovative packaging solutions for the horticultural industry. At its site in Wickede, in the middle of NRW, WEBER produces flexible packaging made of paper and material composites for flowers, plants, herbs and vegetables. Through its bloom…

Dutch company expands sustainable cherry box range

In 2020, Fonkels successfully introduced 500g and 1kg cherry trays. These are made from 100% recycled cardboard. This year, this Dutch company is expanding its container assortment significantly. New in 2021 is cherry boxes with flaps and a 250g container. There's also a multifunctional kg package. This…

Fair Go asks: Why does fruit in the shops still have stickers?

Fruit stickers. With their four-digit numbers on them, or the source or fruit variety. Who even reads them? And: if consumers don't need this information, why do we still have…

Etichettificio Dany

Labels are not just paper, they are a project

Labels are still at the base of fresh produce commerce. Without a label, in fact, it is as if a produce is denied its 'ID' and provides no guarantees. Etichettificio Dany is not a simple supplier, it is the ideal 'partner' for label solutions that require advice and technical and commercial support when…

New sustainable packaging solutions launched to meet increasing demand

Demand for sustainable packaging solutions is high. “We’re seeing increased requests across all regions we do business in,” says Shannon Boase with CKF, Inc. “However, all regions are demanding sustainable packaging for different reasons,” she added. In North America, COVID has accelerated interest for…

Project S&P presents new distribution partner Bosky

"Sustainable paper banding & machine system now available in Poland as well"

The Proband V1000 ecological banding system from Project S&P is now available on the Polish market as well. The manufacturer and licensed marketer from Germany will market the innovative system via the Polish Bosky company. This means that Polish customers will now also have direct access to…

Fellini Patrizio

Zero-residue strawberries in new 300 gram punnets

How to avoid waste while at the same time keeping prices down? The solution comes from Fellini Patrizio, which has introduced 300 gram punnets. "Many urged us to find solutions to avoid waste. Strawberries are a very delicate fruit and, although they are popular, families are not as numerous as they used…

Oji Fibre Solutions

New Zealand: New $100 million site for Christchurch packager

Christchurch packaging manufacturer Oji Fibre Solutions is building a new $100 million automated facility. The new site is just 1km from its existing, earthquake-damaged…

France: RibéPrim commits to plastic-free packaging

Promoting more virtuous food has been part of RibéPrim’s identity from the beginning. For many years, the company has been reflecting deeply on the impact of its activities, especially when it comes to the management of packaging. The teams have backed up their words with action and they have worked…

Packaging company offers tailored solutions for greenhouse grown leafy greens

In recent years, supplies of greenhouse grown leafy greens have gone up in rapid pace. Although this is a global trend, the growth rate is highest in the United States. “Popularity of greenhouse grown produce is driven by factors like year-round supplies, efficient use of water and labor, less dependence…

Kamarino

Fully compostable packaging for sustainable tomatoes

Kamarino is the eco-friendly ethical brand developed by Azienda Agricola Dorilli dedicated to sweet and crunchy tomatoes, grown in Sicily and placed in fully compostable packets. Three tomato varieties - cherry tomatoes, red salad tomatoes and Marzanino tomatoes - are cultivated on the Ragusa coast,…

Anne Baumuller, Naturalvi

New: plastic-free solution for flat peaches and small fruits

Naturalvi will soon celebrate its 30th anniversary. The company specializes in the manufacture of cardboard trays for fruit and vegetables. Now that the sector is looking for alternatives to plastic following the ecological transition imposed by the AGEC law (anti-waste law for a circular economy), the…

Sustainable packaging company adds cardboard tray to its portfolio

Cascades, a North America and European based packaging company, is launching the first thermoformed cardboard tray. The product is made from 100 percent recycled and recyclable cardboard and has a recyclable water-based barrier coating which prevents moisture. “The cardboard tray makes a true alternative…

"Singaporean fruit retail will pay even more attention to environmentally-friendly packaging"

Most of the fruit in the Singaporean market is imported from North America and Southeast Asia. Fruit is usually transported as loose goods and then packaged in Singapore to meet the requirements of specific retailers. Eastern Green Marketing Pte Ltd is a company specialized in custom-made packaging for…

Portuguese researchers develop edible and health-friendly packaging

Researchers Mara Braga, Marisa Gaspar, and Patricia Almeida Coimbra, from the Research Center for Chemical Process, Engineering, and Forest Products of the University of…

Four fresh produce applications where retail-ready packaging is gaining ground

A new Freedonia Group analysis projects retail-ready boxes to be one of the fastest growing packaging types used in the fresh produce industry through 2024, with the strongest…

Dutch wholesaler and Belgian cooperative introduce new TOV packaging

Dutch wholesaler De Groot Fruit & Vegetables will begin selling Cuisinesse TOVs today. Tomeco grows these flavor tomatoes in Belgium for Coöperatie Hoogstraten. De Groot and Coöperatie Hoogstraten have developed new, co-branded packaging. That's to market these vine tomatoes. De Groot will sell these…

Nieuws.ah.nl

AH and Aldi will stop using plastic bags for fruit and vegetables

Supermarket chains Albert Heijn and Aldi will stop providing free plastic bags for fruit and vegetables; these will be replaced with more sustainable alternatives. Albert Heijn started with 20 shops yesterday, but the company wants all of its almost 1,000 branches to be free of the bags by the end of the…

Transporting less air, more vegetables

New, sustainable, customized snack veggie packaging

In the Netherlands, several types of new packaging have been developed by Verstappen Advanced Packaging, Bakker Barendrecht, and their vegetable growers. The focus is on sustainability. This new packaging uses 50% less material. Supermarket chain Albert Heijn uses this packaging. So, it will use…

The project named Step and launched by the Crpv of Cesena, Italy

Reducing plastic in the fruit and vegetable sector

Less plastic, more alternative solutions. The goal of the Italian project, named Step, launched by the Crpv of Cesena (Italy), does not want to downgrade plastics, but rather encourage their recycling and increase the use of other raw materials. "Today, conventional plastics are widely used along the…

Graphic Packaging International adds innovative paperboard punnet To Sustainable ProducePack™ Portfolio

Fiber-based packaging leader Graphic Packaging International is pleased to announce the launch of its ProducePack™ Punnet, an innovative paperboard alternative to plastic punnet trays for fresh fruit and vegetables. This new product, available for all commonly used punnet sizes, is fully recyclable and…

Natural Branding aims to be response to upcoming plastic ban in France

The AGEC bill (anti-waste law for a circular economy), adopted on January 30, provides for a ban on plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables as of January 1, 2022 in France. In a few months it will no longer be possible to use plastic packaging on a large part of fruit and vegetables in France, a clear…

Mushroom-derived materials researched to replace Styrofoam

Biotech firm Ecovative -based in Green Island, NY - has developed a material from mushrooms that they hope might one day replace Styrofoam packaging. The company grows the biodegradable packaging material from mycelium. Source: rfdtv.com

Updates on the 'Plastic-Free Crops' project

Biodegrable pots from niche product to more extensive use

"Little by little we are achieving more and more results. We have moved from theory to practice on all fronts. Our Plastic-Free Crop project is gaining ground with the use of Fertil Pot cultivation pots. These are 100% biodegradable and made from plant fibers. QuickPot pots, made from 100% recycled and…

Berry Gardens to use ‘Prevented Ocean Plastic’ for punnets

Berry and stone fruit production marketing group Berry Gardens will launch new recycled packaging for its proprietary punnets this summer, using Prevented Ocean Plastic. Prevented Ocean Plastic is plastic that has been collected from coastal areas that would otherwise risk polluting the ocean. It is…

Selex chooses Sormapeel, embracing sustainability

Sormapeel, the ultra-light packaging line for fruit and vegetables, is entering the Selex Group’s supermarkets. Once the test stage has been successfully completed, the Sorma Group solution will be adopted for all the mesh packaging in the fruit and vegetable sector used for the Selex distributor’s brand…

Gottfried Maier (Maistapack Ltd) on the switch to carton food trays

"If we don't pay for the added value, Planet Earth will not be able to recover"

Gottfried Maier focuses on clever packaging, replacing conventional cups made of PET with trays made of cardboard. The Austrian packaging supplier and founder of MAISTAPACK explains how attitudes towards packaging have changed over the past 30 years and why industry as well as retailers should think…

Rethinking reclosure in light of sustainable packaging

As packaging continues to develop to keep up with consumers’ interest in sustainability--think home compostable cling wraps, biodegradable packaging and more--one area that could be overlooked but plays a key role in packaging development is reclosure. “A large portion of produce is packed in a…

The most innovative and sustainable packaging solution in Europe is 100% recyclable

BanaBag triumphs at the Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging Awards

BanaBag® has won the Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging Awards. It won the award for the most innovative and sustainable packaging solution in Europe. Banabag was designed and produced in Spain, specifically at the Smurfit Kappa Sangüesa plant. This patented solution that wraps and protects bananas…

Aldi concludes rhubarb deal with Hammonds Produce

Aldi has expanded its partnership with fresh fruit and vegetable grower Hammonds Produce from Nottinghamshire. A new agreement will see Hammonds become Aldi’s sole supplier of…

Three out of four consumers willing to pay more for eco-friendly packaging

Sustainability is not just a romantic idea, but a concrete segmentation tool that can give value to a product and produce a margin. "If we analyze recent surveys, we can see how 76% of the consumers interviewed confirms being willing to pay more for sustainable packaging that respects the environment,"…

Lamb Weston introduces packaging made from sustainable biomaterial

Driving toward a goal of using more sustainable materials in packaging, two Lamb Weston Alexia brand products will use corn and potato starch in their packaging beginning this month. Lamb Weston introduces sustainable biomaterial packaging that is partially made of potato starches, a byproduct of…

France: New vegetable tray for Les Crudettes

Les Crudettes is launching a new vegetable tray -“La Ferme à Jules” - with carrots, cauliflower, radish and a yoghurt-chive sauce. The packaging is made of wood from French forests and 50% less plastic. Les Crudettes is located in the Loire Valley and Provence. The company processes and distributes…

CPMA

Best in Organics awarded to compostable bagged potato line

EarthFresh is excited to announce its Best in Organic Product Award in the New Product Showcase at the CPMA’s Fresh Week Virtual Trade Show and Conference. EarthFresh organic product line up includes organic red, russet and golden potatoes in 10-lb. compostable paper bags.  “We have expanded our organic product…

Who is the winner of this year's CPMA Packaging Innovation Award?

Mucci Farms announces it has been awarded the Packaging Innovation Award for the new Naked Leaf Living Basil Sleeve at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 2021 Annual Convention and Trade Show. The 95th CPMA show is held in a virtual format featuring exhibitors from across the North American…

First fully biodegradable and plant-based potato packaging format launched in Spain

The Valencian company Patatas Lázaro is joining the "zero plastic" revolution as a pioneer in its sector with the launch in Spain of the first fully biodegradable plant-based packaging format, which has just become available in Spanish supermarkets. It's the first time that a potato distribution brand in…

FungusChain project

Plastics bags made from mushroom waste

A consortium of European research institutes has developed plastics bags, soap and food, all made from mushroom waste. The European FungusChain project is financed by the European Commission, bringing together 16 partners from 10 European countries. Irish firm Monaghan Mushrooms, one of the world’s…

Recognisable own vegetable brands ensure growth in more than just peppers

Njoy has been Diosa Fruit's own brand since 2013. After years of using the trusted black box, it was time for a new look. These days trading company Diosa Fruit is responsible for the sale of, among other things, peppers under its own brand. As of last week in two new boxes. Director Teun Hendriks talks…

Thanks to labels and additives extracted from the avocado itself

New sustainable packaging will extend guacamole’s shelf life by 15%

When avocados are processed for use in food items, the amount of waste produced can account for more than 45% of the total weight of the avocado. In order to make use of this…

Coveris and Berry Gardens launch recycled lidding film with over 30% PCR content

Berry Gardens, the UK's leading berry and stone fruit production and marketing group, has partnered with sustainable packaging manufacturer Coveris to launch a new printed lidding film containing over 30% post-consumer recyclate (PCR). The first-to-market, food safe PCR film is now available nationwide…

Visalia, California

Sorma USA to buy former Jostens plant

A produce industry printing company, Italian-owned Sorma USA LLC, plans to purchase the 100,000 ft2-foot building that is the premises of Jostens American Yearbook, the…

Weber Packaging presents 100% paper moisture resistant vegetable bag

"Protecting vegetables and marketing them successfully at the same time"

The proven Veggie Bag from Weber Verpackungen is now also available as a bag, completely made of 100% recycled paper. "The Veggie Bag is the ideal packaging to protect cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce or other vegetables, at the same time marketing them successfully," the company reports. Individual prints…

"Consumer demands for plastic reduction have grown over the years"

“Consumers’ demands for plastic reduction have grown over the years. People are more aware of sustainable packaging nowadays, and retailers want to tune into this consumer trend,” says Arjan van Steekelenburg, chain manager at Hazera. “On the other hand, retailers want to brand their product, and exhibit…

Packaging Matters and Origin Materials announce partnership

US-based carbon-negative materials company Origin Materials has partnered with packaging company Packaging Matters to develop advanced packaging materials. In the…

Packing urban cultivated leafy greens with Schur®StarLight

Vertical farming is based on the idea of growing more food in less space, regardless of weather, wind, and changing seasons. It is also the idea behind Urban Oasis – a young and forward-thinking company based in Stockholm. The vision is to deliver healthy and sustainable food to people, right where they…

BIOGROS able to significantly reduce emissions thanks to IFCO boxes

Luxembourg organic wholesaler actively works to protect the environment

To ensure a more sustainable supply chain of fresh produce, BIOGROS, OIKOPOLIS Group's wholesaler of certified organic food, uses sustainable packaging and transport solutions. Its collaboration with IFCO, the world's leading supplier of reusable containers, helps reduce the amount of resources needed,…

Iceland is first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free Pink Lady packaging

Iceland has become the first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free packaging for its Pink Lady apples. Today, the supermarket announced that paperboard packaging will replace the plastic format. The new format will be rolled out across all its stores in the UK. The switch in packaging will save Iceland seven…

New Idaho potato packaging unveiled

ProSource Produce L.L.C., is releasing the first images of the company’s branded potato packaging. ProSource Produce, LLC, an Idaho based grower-shipper of fresh potatoes and onions, has introduced new Idaho russet packaging as part of an overall company growth and development strategy. The black bags…

Retail promotions and new vertical packaging for golden kiwi season

Zespri begins shipping its kiwifruit from New Zealand mid-May. Leading the sales growth is SunGold, which is now Zespri's #1 largest and top-growing kiwifruit. Shoppers can locate SunGold in the produce section with its newly designed vertical packaging, which is stackable and easier to merchandise. “Our…

De Matteis Agroalimentare

Armando introduces new range of plum tomato products

"This new tomato product range is part of the project we are working on for Pasta Armando," explains Fabrizio Nucifora (in the photo) Brand Sales & Marketing Director at De Matteis Agroalimentare.  We are talking about the new I Rossi di Armando range, made using exclusively the most prestigious and sweet…

Indian company steps up to supply grape exporters

The grape markets in 2020/21 have been disrupted by many factors including the lockdowns in various markets and climatic issues in producing countries. This makes it very difficult for manufacturers of packaging to predict demand and they have to be ready to go into production should the situation…

Bio vegetable packaging made with plastic recovered from the sea

Agromediterránea has launched a new container for the marketing of BIO radishes under its brand Sun & Vegs. It is a sustainable container made with recycled plastic that has been recovered from areas near the coasts and in the seas of Southeast Asia. It is doing so as one of the main partners of…

Rigid crate or folding crate?

We are increasingly seeing rigid crates being exchanged for folding crates in the fruit and vegetable sector. Schiphorst Transport and Storage Technology, a producer of plastic crates, also signals a significant increase in the sale of folding crates. Will the rigid crate disappear completely from view? Folding crate versus rigid…

Lidding films on display at virtual CPMA 2021

Terphane will demonstrate the benefits of its Sealphane® lidding films at the 2021 CPMA Fresh Week virtual event. The online Fresh Week platform will be available from April 12-16, 2021. Terphane’s Sealphane® PET films address a growing demand for tamper-evident, multi-use lidding solutions with a tray…

100 % cardboard

Zero plastic for Solarenn and partners DS Smith & ETpack

The Solarenn cooperative has been working for two years on changing its packaging. For the 2021 season, three actors from the fruit and vegetable sector have developed innovative, optimized and eco-designed packaging. An efficient tripartite partnership and design. A tripartite partnership for…

Chinese company Logfresh develops innovative solution to keep agricultural produce fresh

A lot of fresh fruit spoils in transport because the preservation technologies that distributors apply is not up to the task. The use of suitable preservation technology does not just reduce waste and save on the cost price, but can also extend the shelf life of fruit and provide consumers with fresher…

Joining the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Driscoll’s prioritizes sustainable packaging solutions for fresh berries

Fresh berry produce company Driscoll’s has joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. They have done this in an effort to make sustainable packaging solutions for its…

3rd party verification

Home compostable packaging now includes Recyclability

CKF, Inc. has added to its roster of independently assigned environmental labels by joining the How2Recycle program and will have the “Widely Recyclable” designation granted for its Earthcycle™ line of thermoformed moulded pulp trays and punnets for fresh produce. How2Recycle is an on-pack labeling…

Best convenience packaging

Cultivar's grape packaging wins first prize at World Food Innovation Awards 2021

Cultivar, in partnership with Alzamora Group, has developed an innovative packaging format for grapes that has won the award for "Best Convenience packaging" at the World Food Innovation Awards 2021. In its evaluation, the jury highlighted the reduction of plastic use while maintaining functionality and aesthetic…

UBC researchers developing blueberry-infused food wrap

UBC researchers are developing a non-plastic food wrap for the grocery industry, using blueberries. The claim is that this not only protects the food, but is making  it more nutritious…

Grower unveils new design for Vidalia onion packaging

G&R Farms has redesigned its Vidalia onion bag, box and bin packaging in keeping with the company’s new brand image. The consumer-friendly design includes new photography showcasing the third-generation family farm along with its "Grown with Passion, Served with Pride" tagline. The organization provides…

New clamshell retail pack for premium lettuce

Church Brothers Farms developed a new clamshell for its Little Gem lettuce that protects and showcases the premium variety at retail. The new patent-pending four-count clamshell is designed to protect the unique properties of the compact-sized lettuce while providing more product visibility on shelf. The…

Packaging Group remains on course for internationalization

Klingele takes over corrugated board plant in Guadeloupe from IP

The Klingele Paper & Packaging Group has taken over the Société Guadeloupéenne de Carton Ondulé (SGCO) production site on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from…

Compostic launches certified home-compostable cling wrap and resealable bags in the US

Compostic, one of the first creators of certified home-compostable plastic alternatives, announced its launch in the United States, available on compostic.co and Amazon. With a mission to address the environmental catastrophe of plastic waste, Compostic's performance compostables offer a guilt-free, 100%…

Alexia Organic Potatoes

Bio-based potato starches replace bag’s LLDPE sealant layer

Two Alexia Organic Potatoes brand products from potato producer Lamb Weston will use corn and potato starch in their packaging, starting this month. The packaging is partially made of potato starches; this is a by product of producing French fries. Alexia’s Organic Sweet Potato Fries and Organic Yukon…

Package design award recognizes work on avocado variety

Moxxy Marketing has been honored with a 2021 Packaging Design Award from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) for its work with WP Produce on design of a two-count bag and merchandising display bin to promote its Desbry® Tropical Avocados in retail grocery stores. "It’s always an honor to be recognized for great…

Compostable packaging to debut at Southern Exposure

Lipman Family Farms will showcase new compostable clamshell packaging at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure conference this week, reinforcing the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable practices across the supply chain. Carefully curated for Lipman’s Grown True organic grape tomatoes,…

Berry grower signs global plastics commitment

Yesterday Driscoll’s joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to help advance its pledge to prioritize sustainable packaging solutions that protect fresh berries…

PacLife: “More and more Chinese domestic fruit packers are looking for our MA technology”

“We've started a new focus on collaborating with Chinese growers”

According to FAO estimates, 45% of the world’s food is lost or wasted every year, and a big part of this is fruit. How to prolong fruits’ freshness and allow a longer shelf life is therefore a major challenge for the fruit sector. Paclife is a professional Modified Atmosphere Packaging company based in Chile.…

European Lift Lock crates

Cradle to Cradle Silver certification for IFCO

Lift Lock is the first and only range of reusable food packaging in Europe to have obtained this demanding sustainable certification. Ifco, global leader in reusable packaging for fresh products, has obtained the Cradle to Cradle Silver certification (3.1 version) for its European range of reusable Lift…

FreshPlaza April Global Focus on Machinery and Packaging

FreshPlaza's April Global Focus is on Machinery and Packaging. Do you have an innovative system or new packaging? Are you investing in robotics? Changing from plastic to cardboard packaging? We would love to hear from you. You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com  with information or we can do an interview…


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