Packaging and Labelling

NatureFresh Farms puts sustainability in the spotlight with compostable tray

NatureFresh Farms is significantly reducing their plastic waste. They have teamed up with a local family-owned manufacturing operation to develop a fully compostable pulp molded tray. It has been just over a year since NatureFresh Farms introduced their new compostable Mini Cucumber tray to their…

José Navarro and Michael Stephan, PackCo·Brand&Packaging

"The great challenge in packaging is to achieve a natural, sustainable and premium appearance”

José Navarro and Michael Stephan, designers and partners of PackCo·Brand&Packaging, develop projects tailored to the needs of each client and product. The company has a…

David Jahn - Brillopak

The Unipaker is single pick and packs up to 75 packs a minute

The processing and packaging market is fast moving and OEM providers need to design machines to be both reliable and efficient while at the same time having an eye on future pack and presentation trends. British end of line automation specialist BrilloPak has been in the business for nearly 20 years and…

New packaging options for organic artichoke line

Ocean Mist Farms has announced three new organic artichoke packaging options to the company's organic line. The new packaging options will be displayed at PMA Fresh Summit Oct. 17-19, 2019, and shoppers can expect to see them in stores in time for the November and December holidays. Ocean Mist’s organic…

Canadian company launches all-paper label and waste liner

LABELPAC, a Canadian-based company that designs and manufactures individual fruit labeling machines and PLU labels, has announced an all-paper label applicator and waste liner. According to the company, it is the only system that uses the biodegradable paper for both the label and the waste liner. Sam…

Owyhee Produce to grow its own onions bags

Owyhee Produce has announced their plan to create their own regenerative produce bags by converting hemp fibers sourced from their own crops. These compostable bags are set to be an available packing option releasing Spring 2020. For the first time in their farming history, Owyhee Produce will start…

Casting the limelight on eco-design and packaging

Sustainable and efficient fresh produce packaging takes centre stage at Fruit Attraction with ILIP, known for their plastic processing. The brand will be presenting its range of solutions designed to protect, value and preserve the freshness of fresh fruit and vegetables in Madrid from 22nd to 24th…

StePac reveals four-pillared strategy for new packaging

Launching sustainable greener packaging

StePac L.A., Ltd. presents the company’s four pillared sustainability strategy for fresh produce packaging. The advanced strategy effectively mitigates the necessity of…

Aimed at reducing Listeria formation

UMAS Project looks at surface changes & coatings to reduce biofilms

A University of Massachusetts research group has teamed up with the USDA to look at whether combining physical changes to food contact surfaces with Food and Drug…

PGI Cítricos Valencianos and Fedemco team up to boost sustainability in Valencian citrus farming

The Spanish Federation of the Wooden Container and its Components (FEDEMCO) and the PGI Cítricos Valencianos have signed a Collaboration Agreement with the objective of promoting the image of Valencian Citrus and boosting sustainability in Valencian citrus farming. As explained by the director of FEDEMCO,…

Mucci Farms gearing up for Fresh Summit

The largest trade show for fresh produce in North America is coming up and provides many companies an opportunity to present their latest products. The team at Mucci Farms has been busy with innovations and show attendees will be able to see them firsthand in the New Product Showcase or in the company’s…

For blueberries, tomatoes, strawberries, cherries and grapes

Earthcycle™ home compostable packaging unveils new designs

CKF is excited to announce the expansion of its top sealable line of Earthcycle ™ home compostable and recyclable packaging with the launch of the “8-down” and “6-down” sized punnets, the EC 810 and EC 4068 respectively. The products were created with input from key customers and designed to maximize…

Embrapa Food Technology’s innovative fruit case

Embrapa Food Technology, the National Institute of Technology, and the Macromolecular Institute (IMA) of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) have developed packaging…

Banana Leaf Preservation Technology: Leaves to replace single use plastics

An Indian innovation called Banana Leaf Preservation Technology has a sustainable solution to the global challenge of overabundant single use plastic waste. Banana leaf technology is an environmentally friendly cellular system that preserves leaves and natural biomaterials for a year without any…

US apple grower offers expanded packaging options

Honeybear Brands has announced two new packaging programs, which it says is based on consumer demand. Honeybear said it has experienced success with its two-pound Honey Cubbie pouch for Honeycrisp apples. As an extension of this, Cubbie pouches will be available in three-pound packages for Gala, Fuji,…

Indian traders also using banana leaf baskets

The ultimate sustainable packaging: woven coconut leaf baskets

While all around the world, retailers are trying to use less and less single-use plastics, these vendors from Tawi-Tawi have already come up with greener alternatives. Several fruit and vegetable vendors in the town of Bong-ao (Negros Oriental province) were seen carrying their produce inside baskets…

Lamb Weston's net sales increased 8% compared with last year

“We remain on track to deliver our fiscal 2020 targets, reflecting our continued focus on execution and a generally favorable current operating environment. In North America,…

Giacovelli chooses Grape Touch labels

Eco-sustainable packaging and labeling are nowadays a necessity in the fresh produce world, so companies need to change to comply with new demands. Giacovelli S.r.l. has been the first company in Puglia to implement Grape Touch, Carby Label's green labels made with recycled materials: the front is made…

Noémie Dorion, Martin Emballage:

France: “Demand for wood packaging increases as plastic becomes less popular”

Located in the Deux-Sèvres department, Martin Emballage was originally a family sawmill. Created in 1947, it started designing cheese crates in the 1950s. In the 70s, the company became specialized in light wood packaging. “We can make 13 million packagings per year, all products combined. We make mostly…

Greenhouse leader expands sustainable solutions

Sunset has announced plans to offer 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging for all fruits and vegetables by 2025. A decade ago, they had already introduced top seal to the industry, resulting in a 20% reduction of materials. “At Sunset, we always grow with the future in mind. That’s why…

Procedure of EcoMark LLC appeals to major Italian suppliers

Mazzoni Group opts for natural branding

The Italian Mazzoni Group has decided to offer their fruit in the future with "natural branding" instead of stickers. This is reported by the specialized German provider Eco Mark LLC. Image: EcoMarkLLC Increase in flexibilitySince the beginning of July 2019, the Mazzoni logo has graced watermelons of various…

Jasa Sleever

Dutch company gets new apple packaging

Dutch wholesaler, Van der Lem, has been in business since 1948. They package and distribute wholesale fruit and vegetables, as per their clients' wishes. "We do what our clients ask of us," says Mike Tesselaar. He does the purchasing and sales at this company. "Market demand has changed. Clients want innovative, sustainable…

Waitrose & Partners to reduce plastic packaging

Waitrose & Partners, DS Smith and Primafruit have worked together to produce a cardboard punnet to save the food retailer 12 tonnes of plastic packaging a year. The…

New 100% recycled containers to keep fried foods warm and crunchy

Novolex™ announced the introduction of EcoCraft® Fresh & Crispy™ clamshell containers, a new line of clamshell containers that keep fried foods warm and crunchy thanks to their design. The new containers offer a unique system for high-performance ventilation to keep fried foods crunchy and warm. They are…

PMA packaging committee in Chile to work on creation of sustainability plan

The Packaging Committee of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) in Chile agreed on the need to work with various organizations and companies to create a sustainability plan in the country. The idea is to allow the food packaging industry to become as environmentally-friendly as possible, mainly when…

Fruits & vegetables: where to buy the least plastic in Austria

Organic goods store Denn comes out on top

In June 2019, testers from the Consumers Association of Austria (VKI) visited a total of 58 branches of the 13 most important food suppliers in the nation. They had their sights on apples, cucumbers, carrots, peppers and tomatoes, looking to see how many of them were sold, packaged in plastic. Graphics: VKI…

Unitec celebrates its 95th birthday

On the occasion of its ninety-fifth birthday - it was 1924 when the first mechanical sorters were made - there is so much emotion at Unitec, retracing the goals achieved during almost a century of work with a single and clear mission: to improve and make more effective and efficient the processing and…

DOGK: Which solution has potential in the market?

Sustainable packaging management is the motto in the fresh trade

One of the most important topics of today's fresh food industry is the comprehensive search for a sensible and sustainable packaging concept. The solution of the future should be sustainable, recyclable and as affordable as possible for everyone involved. At this year's DOGK, they addressed the question "What…

Biodegradable cucumber wrap sparks overseas interest

South Australian produce and packaging businesses work on biodegradable processes

Two South Australian produce and packaging businesses have developed a 100 per cent biodegradable compostable cucumber wrap. The challenge was put to George Antonas, director…

Packaging fresh produce helps reduce food waste, according to new report

A new report has highlighted the importance of striking a balance between packaging that reduces the environmental impact of food waste, compared to the environmental impacts of that packaging in the fresh produce industry. The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) has released research by RMIT…

Heiner Matthei, Obeikan MDF:

"We deliver added value, both for long-distance transport and in food retailing"

Retailers are constantly looking for new, innovative packaging solutions. There are various requirements, depending on the product and the market, but one thing is clear at the moment: There is no way around sustainability. For this purpose, Obeikan MDF has developed a new mono-package made from pressed wood…

Broccoli moves from ice age to fresh packaging

StePac L.A. Ltd.’s modified atmosphere/modified humidity packaging technology (MA/MH) is integrating sustainability into the long-haul transport of fresh broccoli and other vegetables traditionally shipped in ice. The technology effectively eliminates the need for ice and non-recyclable wax cartons while…

"Double-digit sales increase in retail and hospitality products"

Photo report: Visiting Metro C + C Dusseldorf

On the occasion of this year's DOGK in Dusseldorf the metro market invited visitors to the brand new market hall. Store manager Michael Widmer led the interested parties through the 2018 newly opened and modular cash & carry market and showed the different worlds of experience. The highlight was, not surprisingly,…

Apple screening determines crop's risk for developing Bitter Pit and Soft Scald

Apple disorders can be extremely damaging to crops, and every year again growers lose parts of their harvest to disorders such as Soft Scald, Bitter Pit, and Internal Browning. These disorders materialize while the apples are in storage, but the crop’s risk for developing them can be determined around…

Wollongong - New South Wales

Australian retailer offers buckets not bags for fresh produce

The Leisure Coast Fruit and Deli in Fairy Meadow has announced it would trial buckets, instead of bags, to indicate which price category applies produce. But the buckets are available for only some of the giant store's fresh produce selection, including bananas and lemons. Others, including apples,…

Paper sleeves as an alternative to disposable plastics

Seven years ago, Mediane had already introduced paper sleeves for the packing of fresh produce. Maybe a bit ahead of their time, the growers and retailers were not ready for paper sleeves yet. Nowadays, that opinion has changed completely. The awareness of how to deal with single-use plastics, has grown…

57% of Spanish fruit and vegetable consumers prefer sustainable packaging

57% of consumers would be willing to pay more for fruits and vegetables packaged in an environmentally-friendly material. According to a recent study carried out by the Association of Manufacturers and Distributors (AECOC), with the collaboration of the Spanish Association of Corrugated Cardboard (AFCO),…

Islamabad fruit vendors use plastic bags despite ban

The vendors of the capital's Sabzi Mandi (fruits and vegetables market I-11) and fruit sellers at the Aabpara market have been found using plastic bags, despite the ban…

Plant waste as raw material

From a lettuce to a fruit container

The food and agricultural system generates a large amount of plant waste, whose handling is costly and requires a management effort. However, that waste can also bring opportunities. "The parts of lettuce or artichoke we don't eat, as well as other sorts of plant waste, go through an industrial process…

Global food packaging market forecast to 2030:

"There is an uptick in use of paper and aluminum-based packaging"

Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis, 'Global Food and Beverage (F&B) Packaging Market, Forecast to 2030', reveals that the need to reduce material usage and develop more…

Polystyrene packaging suitable for table grapes

"Sintered Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is perfect to store fruit and for grapes in particular, which is very delicate especially during handling and transport. EPS packaging protects grapes and preserves its organoleptic qualities," explains Alessandro Scurria from SCF - Packaging division. Alessandro…

Plastic packaging: How are UK supermarkets doing right now?

For many years now, over-packaged food has been bothering environmentally- minded shoppers. Of course, supermarkets have responded by looking for alternatives to all that plastic. But now British MPs are saying that the UK needs to move away from all single-use packaging - not just plastic. Using…

Ronald Borst, Van der Windt Packaging:

Recycling or composting?

Using less plastic is a hot topic at the moment. Where possible, and if the product allows for it, paper or cardboard can replace plastic. Flow packs are a form of packaging where the packaging material weighs relatively little. However, many people think plastic should be banned. A cardboard flow pack is a possible solution. A flow…

Dutch company CocoPallet uses coconuts for creation of pallets

Start-up company CocoPallet will be turning coconut husks into a reusable source to replace the traditionally used but rapidly becoming non-environmentally-friendly wood pallets. The Dutch company places itself in a niche where they are aiming to provide a cost-effective solution within the freight…

Lots of innovations in all areas of the industry

Photo report Interaspa 2019: asparagus and berry sector is in full development

During this year's Interaspa at the farm Oelkers in Wenzendorf, many exhibitors from the national and international asparagus and berry sector showed their innovations. The focus was primarily on variety development, product packaging as well as harvesting and processing technology. Despite the presence of…

Tesco will not phase out plastic bags for loose fruit and veg

Tesco says it will not join the other supermarket chains phasing out plastic bags for free fruit and veg, stating that in fact paper bags have a larger carbon footprint. The grocery store is refusing to go along with Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in phasing out the plastic carrier bags. Customers have…

New watermelon pouch launched

Maglio Companies has launched a new package to ship cut watermelons, with the aim to make them last longer. Maglio says the ReadyRipe™ watermelon pouches are a grab-and-go bag, with graphics, bright colors, and handle, while promising no wicking or leaking. The company added that ReadyRipe™ packaging has patented technology…

David Borda, head of the Sweet Fruit Sector at COAG:

"Our fruit is now a gift in plastic packaging or a container"

In the Spanish fruit sector, there has been an increase of both exports (by 20% between 2014 and 2018) and the value of the production (up by 38% between 2013 and 2018, reaching more than 10.3 billion Euro). "It is the most relevant sector of all Spanish agriculture, but the lack of profitability does…

New food preservation technology mimics natural sun cycle

Beko recently unveiled their HarvestFresh technology which will be available across a range of refrigerators. The technology, developed for Beko fridges, uses not one, but three effective colors (green, blue and red), which mimic the 24-hour sun cycle and natural sunlight. This combination will simulate…

UK consumers prepared to buy unpackaged foods

Bagless fruit and vegetable aisles, as well as refill stations for goods such as pasta, rice, grains and cereals, are seen increasingly in supermarkets like Morrison’s and Waitrose. According to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, these practices are in line with a greater willingness among…

Reusable Packaging Association announces 2019 award winner

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has announced the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Reusable Packaging award program: The Kroger Company with reusable packaging supplier Polymer Logistics. The Kroger Company won for their 2018 commercial pilot of Polymer Logistics’ Cleanpal® pallet for the…

Chiquita launches promotion for kids to get creative

Chiquita Brands International has launched its “Fuel the Fun” Back To School Promotion with the aim to encourage fans of any age to unleash their creativity. The company said…

Markus Nöthen, Redpack Maschinen LLC:

"Waste prevention is an important element for us as well"

European consumers are becoming increasingly critical about the use of packaging. Especially regarding fresh fruit and vegetables, plastic is condemned virtually by everyone. Retailers and packaging manufacturers, however, all emphasize the same thing: packaging in moderation has a positive effect on the…

North Bay Produce to purchase compostable packaging equipment

North Bay Produce, Inc. of Traverse City, Michigan announced it is making efforts to reduce plastic waste. Purchasing compostable packaging equipment will help reduce the…

Plastic processing firm ILIP signs environmental sustainability pledge

Plastic processor ILIP has committed to reducing the use of plastic materials, and limiting food waste and protecting food all along the supply chain. It is now aiming to…

"Effective packing solutions to deliver sustainability benefits"

Hugo Beck, the world’s leading manufacturer of horizontal flowpack, film packaging and post-print processing machines, will be embracing the key theme of this year’s FachPack – ‘environmentally-friendly packaging’ – with a display of machine concepts that demonstrate how effective packaging solutions can…

Norwegian blueberry packaging wins award

BAMA Packaging from Norway has come up with a new, smart solution for blueberry packaging. This packaging received this year's Scandinavian ScanStar award. This new paper packaging was developed to reduce the use of plastic packaging materials. “The development of environmentally-friendly packaging…

Reichenau Gemüse eG relies on sustainable corrugated cardboard trays

"Future-oriented and responsible"

Moving away from plastic! - Yes, there is a clear change in thinking: within food retailing, the ever more enlightened and critical customer more and more often prefers organic produce or vegetable products from integrated and controlled farming. And then the big, common goal here is: packaging the goods…

Thomas Herrmann on the new packaging at Herrmann Kräuter:

"Sealable cardboard trays would meet the requirements the best"

The Herrmann Kräuter company from Neuss recently decided to introduce a packaging carton made of recycled cardboard with a minimal amount of plastic, harmonizing the interests of both customers and the environment. "Consumers are looking for sustainable and practical packaging and herbs of outstanding quality.…

Cutting down on plastic waste

Lidl UK launches reusable bags for loose fruit and veg

Lidl has become the first supermarket in the UK to permanently introduce reusable bags for fruit and vegetables. The retailer has launched its reusable polyester bags in an effort to cut down on plastic use across the UK - and its Union Street store in Plymouth has now started stocking the new 'Green…

Kenneth Blicher on reducing plastic packaging

“The issue of packaging is two-sided: importation and distribution”

“The trend we are seeing lately is that the consumers place higher value on the packaging of a product – which means more natural packaging, with less plastic. We see that customers purchase more environmentally friendly products than ones that are not.” This statement came from Kenneth Blicher, managing…

Experts see great prospects for "plant plastic"

Food packaging from tomatoes, algae and more.

Plastic is a problem for the environment and the planet's health. As a result, universities and businesses are increasingly developing food packaging materials that break down…

Dutch family-owned packaging company JASA opens US office

JASA Packaging Solutions, a Netherlands-based family-owned packaging company, opened a new sales and service office in Richmond, Virginia in 2018. The company is bringing its line of what it describes as "innovative, flexible packaging machinery" directly to US producers, although its machines have…

Fruit packaging market matures

Diverse packaging is a growing trend in Chinese fruit industry

The flavor and quality of fruit are the main drivers of consumer purchases but another important aspect of their choice is the packaging. Fruit requires delicate packaging…

Ilapak develops plastic-free fresh fruit and veg packs

Worldwide manufacturer of packaging machines Ilapak has developed new plastic-free packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables. The packs are produced by an innovative flow wrapping solution, incorporating a special coating which allows the smooth running of compostable and paper films. The machine is able…

New shippers released for the holiday season

To help create additional display space and make merchandising easy for grocers and shoppers, Frieda’s said it will be offering new shippers for the holiday season. Starting in October, Frieda’s will offer two holiday shippers: a 3-tiered unit to display multiple holiday items and a display-bin for…

New label applicator module launched at Pack Expo

ID Technology, a ProMach product brand, has introduced their CrossMerge™ label applicator module for print & apply labeling at Pack Expo Las Vegas booth #C-3225. It is designed for secondary packaging lines and includes new technology which the company says increases label output.“CrossMerge is a unique…

Naturalvi: “Supermarkets want less plastic”

The packaging industry is faced with a major challenge today, the desire of retailers and consumers to go from “all plastic” to “zero plastic”. The eco-friendly and recyclable packaging companies have therefore had to adapt rapidly to this sudden change. Naturalvi, which used to be a family structure…

Researchers in Australia share report findings

Proper packaging helps reduce food waste

Australia’s first independent research into packaging of fresh produce has highlighted its role in helping to reduce food waste. The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA)…

Former citrus packing plant gets new life

An old citrus packing plant now serves as the home for a local family-owned business, Florida Paints.The facility in Winter Garden was built in the early 1920s and packed some of Florida's finest fruit. It was one of the second-largest fresh fruit-packing houses in the country, according to Don Strube,…

New cardboard packaging from UT Tray Black in Norway

These fruits no longer need plastic

Norwegian grower Austein Gård is now offering its strawberries in a new cardboard packaging, made of UT Tray Black. According to the company, it completely replaces the previously used plastic containers, at the same time being a POS eye-catcher. The packaging is manufactured by Norstamp Label & Emballasje,…

"Your Vitamin Net" should save plastic

At the end of August, Lidl will introduce reusable net as an alternative to plastic bag

From the 26th of August Lidl will offer "Your Vitamins Net" throughout Germany in around 3,200 branches. Customers who choose to use reusable, greener nets will significantly save on plastic. "Especially in the fruit and vegetable sector, more and more customers want unpackaged products. For easy transport…

Vegetable supplier Uhrbach starts with a renewed range and packaging concept

"Thanks to new packaging, we can save up to 70% of packaging waste"

In northern Germany, near Hamburg, the harvest of the classic autumn and winter vegetables is getting underway. Although the first Hokkaido pumpkins have already been harvested, they will only appear in processed form in German food retailing from next week onwards. Turnips and carrots will also be delivered…

UK: Tesco pledges to ban brands using excessive packaging

Tesco has pledged to step up its efforts in the battle against single-use plastic with measures that include banning brands using excessive packaging from Britain’s largest supermarket chain. Dave Lewis, Tesco’s chief executive, said the company would “reserve the right not to list” products with too…

Presentation of raspberry tomato varieties from plastic tunnels at Polish farm

On August 11, Polish tomato producers had a chance to learn about raspberry tomato varieties cultivated in tunnels during a meeting organized by the Hazera company on the farm of Elżbieta and Roman Olszowa in Borek. The event was co-organized by Eurobyt and Intermag. Raspberry No. 1Małgorzata Zadura,…

Edeka branch in Kulmbach offers 240 products without packaging

Germany's largest unpackaged department opens in Upper Franconia

As of next Wednesday, Michael Seidl will be offering Kulmbach Germany's largest unpackaged department in the local supermarket, with a total of 240 food items that are available…

Pointing to fresh produce waste of 20 to 52 percent

Israel will award $2.6 million to supermarket chain that commits to more packaging

The Israeli government wants to see local food retailers use more packaging. This weekend, Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced it would award one supermarket chain a NIS 9.5 million (approximately $2.6 million) grant, as part of a pilot program that would see food retailers…

Saving more than 450 tons of non-recyclable waste annually

Aldi Ireland bans plastic trays for fruit and vegetables range

Aldi Ireland has banned black plastic trays used as packaging for its fruit and vegetables range, saving more than 450 tons of non-recyclable waste annually in its 139 outlets. It announced on Monday it has further committed to cutting plastic packaging across its entire product range by 25 percent over…

Saropack GmbH presents sustainable packaging solutions at FachPack 2019

"Focusing on shrink film from sugar cane waste and compostable flowpack film"

During FachPack 2019 (24 and 25 September 2019, Messe Nürnberg), Saropack GmbH will focus on the topic of sustainable film packaging. Following the theme of "Environmentally friendly packaging", trade visitors will be shown some novel solutions. The Swiss supplier of film packaging for the food industry will…

Organic producer launches new packaging for California apples and pears

Viva Tierra Organic, Inc. has introduced a new line of retail packaging for California grown certified organic apples and pears. According to the company, the new packaging aims to convey to consumers the pride that VTO’s organic growers and packers take in the organic fruit grown and harvested in the…

New info folder for holiday guests will be released soon

South Tyrolean fruit industry goes for education

In the growing season, South Tyrol's orchards are particularly beautiful - as a shimmering sea of ​​flowers in spring, in lush greenery over the summer and with colorful…

Sustainable and attractive is the name of packaging developer HK-Pack Krautscheid GmbH

"Early investment in cardboard trays and paper bags is now paying off"

HK-Pack Krautscheid GmbH has again expanded its range of cardboard fruit boxes and baskets this season. The aim is to be able to offer more and more sustainable solutions. Nevertheless, the focus is also on the application as a customized and tailor-made advertising medium, says Sales Manager Benjamin Wegner,…

Penny is now increasingly relying on origin labeling

QR code for the traceability of pineapple and organic bananas

According to an EFSA study published in June of this year, 53 percent of EU citizens surveyed say the issue of where their food comes from is a relevant purchasing criterion. The origin is therefore more important than costs (51%), food safety (50%) or their taste preference (49%). PENNY recognized this trend…

"Zero plastic: it's fantastic! »

Carrefour tests Zero Plastic, 100% cardboard tray for its organic tomatoes

After "undressing" the organic cucumber and releasing the organic bananas from their plastic bags, saving 6.5 and 23 tonnes of plastic per year respectively, the Carrefour brand is now testing a packaging for zero plastic tomatoes. In a recent post published on LinkedIn, the retail giant said: "Fighting against…

Calls for supermarkets to bring price of loose fruit and veg in line with packaged produce

Supermarkets are facing calls to bring the cost of loose fruit and vegetables in line with packaged produce. A recent study found that Irish consumers are spending up to twice as much on fruit and vegetables when they buy them loose compared to in plastic packaging. The Sunday Times reported it remains…

New environmentally friendly grape packaging available

Dayka & Hackett have announced the availability of their newly designed Eco-Tote™ for table grapes. The paper used in the Eco-Tote™ is bio-degradable, compostable and recyclable, the company said, adding the move to environmentally friendly packaging is a priority. “Plastic waste is an apparent issue…

Paper clamshells a step towards more sustainable packaging

California-based packaging manufacturer Warren Packaging has introduced paper clamshells as part of its product portfolio. The paper clamshells were launched within the last couple of months. Warren Packaging's Mike Dittenber (pictured, below) said the company started developing paper clamshells and…

New, environment-friendly packaging enters the market to address waste problems

The VentaMega Elastic Air Film is a new type of wrapping material that is mainly used for agricultural products such as potatoes, onions, fresh ginger, and garlic. The film is strong and suitable for the transporting of agricultural products. The VentaMega Elastic Air Film is the result of years of…

Alberto Palmí, director of Fedemco:

"We predict a remarkable growth in the use of wooden containers for fruits and vegetables"

For many years, wood was the only material used in fruit and vegetable containers, until the appearance of cardboard in the early 90's, which was also important for the re-conversion of the wooden packaging sector. This is what Alberto Palmí, Director of the Spanish Federation of Wood Packaging and its Components (FEDEMCO),…

Smurfit Kappa sees surge of interest in sustainable packaging solutions for fresh produce

Smurfit Kappa has seen a marked increase in the number of companies seeking sustainable packaging alternatives for fresh fruit and vegetables. The packaging player, which…

New biodegradable packaging solution for Agriblea

Agriblea, a company specializing in the production of sundried organic Ciappa tomatoes has introduced a new biodegradable packaging solution.  The company has been working on the new biodegradable packet for the past two years. "We needed a new solution to extend the shelf-life of the product so as to supply…

New design for Dutch Ev’ryday cucumber box

"According to many, it is cucumber time now. However, at Kompany it is always cucumber time," says Elena Buchloh. She is responsible for sales and marketing at this Dutch cooperative. "That is why now is a good time to announce Kompany's Ev’ryday cucumber box."   "The Ev’ryday brand has grown into a concept that represents fresh, high-quality…

ROP Introduces MA packaging for edible flowers

While the demand for edible flowers is on the increase, the challenge for its expansion remains with the limited post-harvest shelf life of this delicate product. Once harvested the perishable flower tissue starts to dehydrate compromising its appearance. Research also pointed out that its nutritional…

Kwik Lok launches new recycling program in Australia

Kwik Lok, a manufacturer of bread bag closures, is partnering with TerraCycle to make all brands of bread bag closures in Australia recyclable, for free, through the Bread Bag…

Lidl Austria reduces plastic for fruits and vegetables

Less plastic for apples and beef tomatoes, laser test with avocados

From now on, all unpackaged Austrian apples in the Austrian Lidl branches are presented on preformed cardboard holders. Beef tomatoes are available on environmentally friendly wood wool. This saves up to 5 tons of plastic waste per year. In addition, Lidl Austria is testing the use of laser technology in…

Novel solution will be used soon in the EU

Edible coating instead of film

As reported by heise.de, American materials scientist James Rogers at the University of California at Santa Barbara invented an edible coating for fruit and vegetables. It will soon also be replacing the plastic packaging for these fresh foods in the EU. With the coating, the food remains fresh four to five times as long. You can…

Malaysian webizens are shocked

US supermarket sells pre-cut jackfruit

A photo of jackfruit being sold at Whole Foods, one of America’s largest grocery store chains, has shook Malaysians after it was posted on social media. What’s going on? The jackfruit was cut up in triangle slices as if it was a watermelon, and not the usual bulb-shaped pieces typically seen in Southeast…

Automation at Shufersal logistics center leverages RPCs

Israeli retailer Shufersal recently opened a state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled logistics center in Shoham, Israel. The 550,000 square foot facility receives, stores, and redistributes produce, deli, dairy, meat, seafood, and frozen food to its nearly 500 stores nationwide. The center features…

Global packaging company looking to grow in the Australian market

Oji Fibre Solutions, a global producer of market pulp, paper and fibre-based packaging is confident of success in the newly established Australian market, saying they are committed to growing within the region. "We are really showing a differentiator in the box market," Queensland Sales Manager, Jason…

New Zealand grower launches home compostable vegetable netting

A Hawke’s Bay vegetable producer has become the first New Zealand grower to use home compostable netting for organic onions. The move by Bostock New Zealand is the latest development by the company, to reduce its plastic packaging. It was the first New Zealand apple grower to trial compostable fruit…

"Taking broccoli packaging out of the ice age"

StePac L.A. Ltd.’s MA/MH (Modified Atmosphere/Modified Humidity Packaging) technology is changing the paradigm of cold-chain supply and integrating sustainability into the long-haul transport of fresh broccoli and other vegetables traditionally shipped in ice. The technology effectively eliminates the…

Prince Harry: “Buying vegetables wrapped in plastic is a 'dirty habit'”

The Duke of Sussex has warned that the purchase of fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic is a “dirty habit that has become normalised.” The Duke was speaking to a small group of young activists at a conservation event at Windsor Castle, spearheaded by leading primatologist Dr Jane Goodall. He urged…


© FreshPlaza.com 2019