Packaging and Labelling

Cambodian organic vegetable retailer unveils QR code scheme

Organic vegetable retailer Natural Agriculture Village has introduced QR codes on its product packaging, which will allow consumers to see where their produce comes from. Natural Agriculture Village president Bun Sieng, who is also a member of local distributor Green Gold, told The Post on Sunday that…

Loose fruit & veg: which supermarket is the best for shopping plastic-free online?

Retailers are making big claims when it comes to reducing plastic. We’ve seen reusable produce bags, unpacked stores and even reshaped Easter eggs in an effort to slash single-use plastic packaging. But when it comes to ordering online, customers who choose loose fruit & veg to do their bit for the…

Mexican company unveils sustainable packaging avocado solution

Mondi, a packaging and paper manufacturer, has partnered with Cartro, a provider of corrugated packaging in Mexico, on a new avocado box that they argue is “sustainable by design”. Fit-for-purpose packaging designs and paper grades are an important part of protecting fresh produce. According to the 2019…

Serwo Packaging with new packaging alternative at the Fruit Logistica:

"All the advantages of wood pulp trays with the processability of PET"

The search for sustainable packaging alternatives for the German market will not go away. Some major supermarket chains have already changed their programmes several times to find the ideal balance between protection and improved environmental performance. The sensitive soft fruit in particular is probably…

Brambles' sales revenue of US$2,397.6 million increased 7% at constant currency with growth in every region

Brambles' sales revenue of US$2,397.6 million increased 7% at constant currency with growth in every region. Volume growth contributed 4% to Group growth and was driven by…

Plastics are still there

Behind the scenes of Australia's fresh vegetable produce

Although Australian supermarkets are ostensibly trying to reduce the amount of plastic on their shelves, there is more than meets the eye to "naked" vegetables. Victorian…

Futuragri chooses compostable labels for its tomatoes

Concern for the environment has become crucial - more and more consumers care about the environmental, ethical and healthy value of the products they purchase. In addition, they are also increasingly sensitive as regards sustainable packaging and labeling. Companies must therefore meet these new needs by…

Arthur Primus, Europlast Kunststoffbehälterindustrie GmbH:

"We are working on sustainability because we don't want to just talk, but act"

Austrian plastics processor EUROPLAST LLC focuses on resource-saving and efficient development, planning and operations, said CEO and spokesman of the Upper Carinthia Regional Forum Arthur Primus in an interview with WKÖ: "To act in harmony with nature is more than just a philosophy in our leading company…

Ready-Ripe watermelon pouch helps cut watermelon stay fresh longer

Maglio Companies has responded to consumer demand for high-value produce by focusing on quality and convenience in Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa (EMEIA), along with Asia Pacific (APAC). In the high-volume category of fresh cut watermelon, their award-winning readyripe® watermelon pouch is now available…

Corrugated box packaging company to pay R7 million for cartel conduct

The Competition Commission of South Africa has referred to the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) for confirmation as an order, a consent agreement with a corrugated box…

New packaging solution that degrades in 4 weeks

"Our stand in Berlin was a success and our Progetto 2020 insulating range with zero impact aimed at environmental sustainability (called Biopop) dominated the scene," reports Alessandro Scurria, administrator of Scf Packaging. Alessandro Scurria "We are pleased to announce we are the first company to…

Robot solution was a big hit in Berlin:

"There is a lot of catching up to do in the automation for processing and packaging"

Last week's Fruit Logistica in Berlin was a successful display of processing and packaging capability for the US company ProEx Food, LLC, with offices in the United States and an additional office in Germany. The team had its new full washdown, hygienic pick-and-place robot on the stand, which was the…

Juhos Csaba (Fresh Fruit Tész) sees growth potential for Hungarian agricultural exports

"New packaging strategy and plum varieties make us a reliable partner for the retail trade"

All in all, 2019 was an exciting and sometimes challenging year for the Hungarian agricultural sector as well. Due to the difficult weather conditions, the quality and harvest of stone fruits, which have always been one of the most important export products of the Central European country, suffered losses.…

"Giving fruit in a different way encourages the consumption of fruit"

New special strawberry container for Valentine's Day

The Huelva-based cooperative Grufesa, which produces strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, has launched a new container specially designed for this year's Valentine's Day celebration. It is an original reusable 400 gram format, ideal for sharing, die cut with a heart and the word LOVE to give…

Edeka branch in Mönchengladbach starts with wicker baskets for EPS crates

The Dutch company Baskin has a rich history. The company has been supplying baskets to retailers and retailers for a hundred years.Eight years ago a plastic version of the classic wicker basket was developed. This made the fruit and vegetable sector an attractive market. "And let's be honest, a basket…

Michaël Cibois, Gamma-Wopla:

"We do not simply offer boxes, but individual, combined solutions"

On the German market, there is a clear trend towards more sustainable solutions in the packaging sector. While reduced amounts of plastic and alternatives made of paper and cardboard are the forerunners in primary packaging, when talking about secondary packaging and transport, the spotlight is on…

New bioplastic cling film released for fresh produce packaging

Novamont introduced its new Mater-Bi cling film, a breakthrough in the company’s range of biodegradable and compostable films for food packaging 5 years after the launch of…

Organic Swing® apple gets new packaging

“Consumers want to reduce their plastic consumption”

Last November, a Dutch packaging machine was installed in the warehouses of the apple exporter Mylord’. The reason? A new cardboard packaging for the organic Swing® apple, whose first harvest was completed at the end of 2019. The apples have been available in stores since January. According to Delphine…

Thomas Weber, ATS-Tanner Banding Systems AG: "Banding could become a standard"

"Three reasons why banding is the optimal packaging technology for food"

"In the past week I have attended several events and conferences on the subject of 'sustainable food packaging' and sustainable packaging in general and, after discussions, I have repeatedly come to the conclusion that banding can solve many problems," says Thomas Weber from ATS-Tanner Banding Systems…

Both organic and conventional

Oppy introduces plastic-free kiwi packs

Committed to sustainability in the industry, Oppy has introduced an innovative first: a plastic-free, tree-free, renewable packaging solution. As part of its long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and innovation-led approach to sustainable development, Oppy has partnered with CanePak to…

“The future of packaging holds room for both plastic and paper”

Mike Levis of Volm Companies and Wim van der Meulen of JASA Packaging discuss the latest trends in the packaging world. “There clearly is a shift away from plastics. Consumers want a reduction in or elimination of plastics and their pushback drives retailers and packers to start a conversation with us,”…

Strawberries in heartshaped packaging for Valentine's Day

On Valentine’s Day, you show your loved ones how much you care about them. Therefore, SanLucar offers its handpicked strawberries in a charming heartshaped packaging at the…

Morocco: Dakhla to get US$11 million fruit and veg packing station

Moroccan company Inter Tridim is set to build a fruit and vegetable packaging station in Dakhla, southern Morocco. The budget is about MAD 109 million (some US$11 million). Dakhla’s development projects fall under the umbrella of the development model king Mohammed VI launched on the 40th anniversary of…

Collaboration JASA, Euro-West and OTC Organics

"We are keeping the chain closed with dedicated organic packaging line"

Out of the last four Fruit Logistica editions, JASA and Euro West has toasted to new collaborations at three. This year it was in honour of an order from a dedicated-organic line that Euro West will use for its client OTC Organics for the packaging of organic fruit and vegetable products. The new line…

CFQ Standard to standardize packaging

New quality standard for cardboard fruit and vegetable boxes

Last week, GroentenFruit Huis and Corrugated Benelux Association (CBA) launched the CFQ Standard. This took place at the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin, Germany. Common Footprint Quality (CFQ), is a new quality standard for fruit and vegetable boxes. These are boxes made from corrugated and solid…

BerryWorld

"Setting our sights on reducing environmental impact through tailored packaging innovations worldwide"

The scope of sustainability has grown a lot over the years, and alongside that, so has BerryWorld’s focus. BerryWorld is convinced that sustainability is a natural part of…

Aimed at fresh-food packaging

BASF and Fabbri Group develop certified compostable cling film

Based on BASF’s certified compostable ecovio, Fabbri Group produces the highly transparent stretch film Nature Fresh. The new certified compostable ecovio enables the…

Croats are picking environmentally-friendly biodegradable bags

Apparently, the Croatian public is enthusiastically supporting ecological issues and the fight against plastics, despite the extra cost. Supermarket giant Spar have revealed they sold one million biodegradable bags in 2019, even though the bags carry a small charge. Non-biodegradable bags for fruit and vegetables in…

SORMAPEEL

Recyclable packaging compatible with Sorma packaging machinery

At Fruit Logistica 2020, Sorma, specialist in the design and construction of fruit and vegetable packaging, grading and weighing systems, launched an innovation destined to revolutionise packaging in this industry. This is SORMAPEEL, an original patent pending solution developed by the Italian group,…

Euro Pool System unfolds a world of circular value

Euro Pool System launched a new campaign ‘Unfold a world of circular value’ at Fruit Logistica 2020. As a leading logistics service provider, Euro Pool System demonstrates how its pool system adds circular value, ensures maximum efficiency and prevents waste. This has been the guiding principle behind…

80% plastic reduction through packaging in a cardboard tray

"Plastic reduction and more sustainable packaging with Paperseal. The solution to save up to 80% plastic with packaging in a cardboard tray on a Traysealer from G. Mondini," says Zwager Techniek. Paperseal is made from a cardboard blank, which is formed into a MAP tray and is provided with a foil (liner)…

Top Control continues expanding abroad

Guaranteed weight as an innovative system

The guaranteed weight is a very successful solution, appreciated in large-scale distribution as well as in the supply chain. The main challenge is that of designing packages that respect the expected percentage of weight loss, but without giving away too much product. To achieve maximum efficiency in…

2 major innovations for eco-responsible packaging of exotic fruits and vegetables

According to a study carried out by the Ellen McArthur foundation, “if nothing is done to eradicate plastic pollution, the oceans could contain a ton of plastic for three tons of fish as of 2025. In 2050, the weight of plastic would be heavier than the weight of marine fish.” Faced with this…

IKEA commits to biodegradable mushroom packaging

Conventional packaging waste makes up a massive portion of the plastic pollution damaging waterways, animals, and natural resources. On top of that, plastic is sourced from petroleum, which is itself an extremely limited resource. Even the manufacture of plastic pollutes the air. Post-consumer use,…

Cardboard fruit and vegetable packaging from Dutch grown Elephant grass

The Dutch company, Argos Packaging, is currently at the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin, Germany. This year, everything revolves around sustainable packaging. They are launching the first truly sustainable cardboard fruit and vegetable packaging, among other things. It is made from Dutch grown…

Sustainable packaging for fresh berries and cherries

Headquartered in the Netherlands, but operating globally, Growers Packers, is now offering its organic and conventionally grown berries in sustainable packaging. “We use a Pulp cardboard packaging with a Mono-PET foil, which allows us to reduce plastics by more than 97 percent,” says Jacques Luteijn with…

Upmann Verpackungsmaschinen presents extended machine catalogue in Berlin

"Increasing demand for highly automated complete solutions in the packaging sector"

A high level of automation and high-quality processes for the sustainable packaging of fruit and vegetables: these are currently the most important needs in the fruit and vegetable industry. The internationally operating Upmann Verpackungsmaschinen company will be demonstrating three new automation…

North American berry producers commit to 100% recycle-ready packaging by 2025

In another step to further reduce the produce industry’s environmental impact, major North American fresh berry producers announced their commitment to use 100% recycle-ready…

IUV's objective is to replace plastic packaging with coating to reduce food waste

IUV Srl is an innovative start-up that was set up in May 2019 focusing on the research, development, production and commercialization of modern, sustainable and natural packaging. The idea behind it, however, dates back to 2011. "I was in high school in 2011 and, during a Business English lesson, the teacher…

Srotec LLC presents new binding method SR-Cyklop HD for field vegetables

"New binding machine enables smooth bundling in dirty environment"

Similar to last year, Bochum-based machine supplier Franz Sroka has managed to add a new process to its versatile machine catalogue in time for Fruit Logistica. This year Srotec LLC will again focus on the bundling of field-fresh vegetables. The new SR-Cyklop HD tying machine, which was especially…

Harald Jantzen, K-D Hermann LLC contact labelling systems:

"We rely on German-made quality machines for our labelling systems"

Sustainability and environmental protection will remain major issues for the fruit and vegetable sector in 2020 - in Germany and internationally. At Fruit Logistica, which starts on Wednesday in Berlin, many companies will be presenting their new concepts, and packaging solutions will once again be at the…

Eckenfels Fruchthandel launches cardboard foodtainer bowl for top fruit

"As a modern service provider for the food retailing industry, we are highly efficient in terms of packaging technology"

Oberkich fruit trading company Eckenfels is on the verge of a new milestone in the company's history. Starting in March, the fruit trader and service provider will pack its pome fruit in a sealable foodtainer tray made entirely of paper. This step is part of a long-term sustainability strategy in the packaging…

Jan Lode van den Heuvel, VDH Concept

"SQ-Doy Paper is unique, customizable and recyclable "

Sustainability, less plastic and recycling are high on the agenda among fruit and vegetable companies these. “However, sustainability has never been as big an issue as it is now. We have been supplying packaging with recycled plastic for years, but this has never been communicated to the consumer, "says…

Snack'nBox now suitable for automatic processing

"Convenience, accurate product information and recyclable materials. The refined Snack’nBox meets the needs of today's customer," says Bordex Packaging. "The packaging for snack vegetables is characterised by a tough design, maximum visibility of the contents and is easy to close. The Snack'nBox is…

Two major innovations for ecofriendly exotic fruit and vegetable packaging

According to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation study, «the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight). In response to that environmental emergency, the Environment and Community Ministry launched France’s National…

New packaging for food service apple program catches eyes

Newly redesigned packaging for a food service apple program is making its mark with more than just consumers. “Our goal for the package redesign was to develop packaging that better related to our end customer, K-12 students, and to excite nutrition directors,” says Grant Boring of Peterson Farms based…

A&P Service offers banding machines to customers near and far

"Possibilities of our sustainable packaging solution are inexhaustible"

Sustainable packaging alternatives made of cardboard and paper are rapidly gaining in importance, and not just within the German trade. Peter Schiffmann - a long-time machine supplier to the O&G industry and owner of the A&P Service company - has been offering a sustainable banding solution for three years,…

Paper packaging without sealing

Sustainability is no longer a trend but the new norm. JASA also finds it essential to contribute to reducing plastic and focuses on using paper packaging. Paper-Vento®, Semoulin Packaging, cartoPaper All types of paper packaging – with or without sealing – are suitable for processing with JASA’s vertical packaging machines. JASA…

Swedish supermarket chain does away with bananas' plastic packaging

There is a Swedish supermarket chain called ICA. They have replaced their ICA I love eco and Fairtrade bananas plastic packaging. A label has replaced this. As a result, 25 ton less plastic is being used per year. That is one of the ICA's steps in its new strategy to reduce the amount of plastic. The…

CartoPaper packaging is suitable for horizontal flowpack machines and vertical bag sealing machines

"The environmental notions of the modern buyer are served by this concept"

With the latest packaging solution from Cartomat, the Willich-based specialist printing company is once again setting an example of sustainability. The new cartoPaper monopackaging made of 100% paper -straight from the roll- is suitable for a variety of fresh products such as potatoes, onions and carrots,…

Denmark packaging company Hartmann acquires Mohan Fibre

Denmark’s Brødrene Hartmann A/S, is a manufacturer of molded fibre packaging for eggs and fruits. On Thursday, they announced the acquisition of Mohan Fibre Products Pvt. Ltd,…

Mitrosilis SA on the upcoming kiwi season

Lower Italian kiwi production creates opportunities for Greece

The lack of Italian quantity and quality in their kiwis could prove a perfect opportunity for the kiwi growers in Greece. Despite only having a third of the acreage that Italy has, Greece is expecting a harvest of around 250,000 tons of kiwis, which is quite close to the expected Italian harvest. According…

Bandall and Max Aarts about fruit and vegetable banding solutions

‘Keep it simple and flexible’

‘Keep it simple and flexible’. That is Branding by Banding partners, Bandall and Max Aarts', most important message at next's week's Fruit Logistica. This simplicity translates into sustainable packaging and banding solutions using - on balance - as little packaging material as possible. Various unique banding examples will be on…

Beekenkamp Verpakkingen

Introduction of four new varieties of transport tray, low and half height

There is an increasing interest among companies that work with automated logistics systems for transport containers with a smooth surface at the bottom. These transport containers with a smooth bottom are able to move much more smoothly over an automated conveyor belt, roller conveyors or chain conveyor.…

Completely plastic-free

New fruit and vegetable delivery service launched in Cumbria

Fruit and vegetable wholesaler Inter Fresh from Cumbria has a fresh, healthy and environmental approach to the trade. The company has launched a partnership called Boxed Fresh, which deliver fresh fruit boxes to the workplace and boxes of vegetables to the home. The men behind it are William Box,…

Sealable paper reams for VFFS machines

The Dutch company, Sarco Packaging, has introduced sealable paper packaging. It comes on reams and features a cellulose window. This combination means the material is entirely recyclable. People can put the whole package in the paper and cardboard recycling bin. This sealable material can be used on most…

New Zealand supermarket giant to trial plastic removal from fresh produce items

New Zealand supermarket Countdown will be removing plastics from 65 of its fresh produce items, as part of a ten-week trial: 'Unwrapped', which will aim to remove more than a tonne of plastic from three of its stores from next month. Customers at Orewa, Ponsonby and Manukau will try an unwrapped fruit…

International Islamic University Malaysia

Durian skin biocomposite is suitable for take-out packaging and 3-D printing

Researchers at the International Islamic University Malaysia have developed biodegradable food packaging container, using durian fruit skin, that can also be used as 3-D printing filament. The new development is in line with the "New Plastics Economy" where this alternative sustainable material supports…

Carel van Buchem, Nedato:

"After new packaging line, new product line under own name"

In the past year, Nedato has worked hard on the new strategic direction where growth is paramount in all segments. For example, Nedato is launching a new product line under its own name during Fruit Logistica. The new packaging line, which came into use at the end of last year, is fully in line with…

New packaging machine for making paper bags

At Fruit Logistica 2020, GKS Packaging is introducing the LEAF, a new packaging machine for making paper bags. LEAF is the first vertical form, fill and seal machine that is purely designed to achieve the best results when producing paper bags from material that is 100% recyclable and 100% compostable. "We…

Competition Authority of Kenya

Del Monte Kenya reaches settlement with watchdog

Food processor Del Monte Kenya has reached an amicable settlement with the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK), after voluntarily amending some missing wording on the…

SoFruPak chooses NatureFlex for it's compostable and biodegradable soft fruit carton-based packs

Polish soft fruit packaging producer, SoFruPak, has chosen Futamura’s renewable and compostable NatureFlex™ films for the windows in its soft fruit tray lids. NatureFlex™ is…

Kompuestos presents potato-based bioplastic

The Spanish Kompuestos company, based in Barcelona, is a producer of sustainable plastic compounds, has developed a bioplastic made entirely from potato starch which reportedly biodegrades in four weeks. The formulation of this bioplastic, which is part of Kompuestos' Biokomp range, aims to replace…

Top-seal film can reduce packaging materials by as much as 42%

Proseal worldwide is a supplier of tray sealing machinery and allied equipment for the global soft fruit sector. Proseal enables customers to pack their products in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Because of the topseal principle, plastic consumption is already reduced to a great extent. The…

New table-grape packaging consists of paper instead of plastic

One of the most contentious issues confronting the fresh produce sectors at the moment is unquestionably the issue of plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables. There is a consensus across retailers, fruit and vegetable distributors, wholesalers, packers, and consumers that it is an issue that needs to…

Advanced packaging cuts fresh green bean waste

The US foodservice industry is discovering the benefits of receiving fresh green bean supplies in lean, modified atmosphere bulk packaging (MAP) newly developed by sustainable packaging experts StePac, Ltd. The company’s advanced solution under the brand name Xtend® targets food waste in the foodservice…

In 2019 AVI helped in recycling 111 million bottles to produce its PRIME range of punnets

The packaging industry as a whole, and the plastic packaging industry in particular, is having to evolve and adapt as consumers and retailers want more sustainable packaging for fruit and vegetables without compromising on the shelf life guarantees. Indian company AVI Global Plast has been offering its…

Northern India

State of Haryana to set up 200 pack-houses for vegetables and fruits

Haryana is one of the 28 states in India, located in northern part of the country. The state’s Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Jai Prakash Dalal, said that the state…

Akon Robotics increasingly focuses on customised complete solutions for the O&G sector

"System counteracts the lack of employees and reduces incorrect labelling"

In these times of shortage of skilled workers, machine suppliers are faced with ever evolving challenges. Tasks that years ago were still a distant prospect are now becoming important factors in the production process itself or in the logistics of fresh produce. At last year's Fachpack in Nuremberg, the…

Proseal meets Hawthorn Produce's needs for speed and space

A tray sealer and integrated conveyor from Proseal are providing a fruit producer with greater throughput and ample production line space for packing, allowing it to meet increased demand from its customers. Spalding-based HP² - short for Hawthorn Produce, Packaging and Handling –required a high-speed…

Spain

Active container to extend the shelf life of tomatoes and peppers by more than 40%

A group of researchers from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) has developed an active container capable of extending the shelf life of the vegetables contained in…

Eosta announces ambitious initiatives

European organic produce importer-marketer Eosta has revealed the imminent launch of two initiatives – a refocused, expanded Dr GoodFood campaign and a new range of plant-based packaging – as part of its participation in leading global trade exhibition Fruit Logistica 2020, which takes place in Berlin,…

Pura Natura can be recycled in a number of ways

When it comes to fresh items like fruit and vegetables, it's particularly important to consumers that they can see the contents of the packaging. One alternative to plastic is…

foodwatch wins lawsuit against Amazon:

Amazon Fresh must clearly denote the origin of fruit and vegetables

Online grocer Amazon Fresh must better label the origin of fruit and vegetables; the Munich Regional Court has upheld a corresponding claim by foodwatch. The consumer…

Lidl introduces Ireland's first 100% compostable bag for potatoes

Lidl Ireland has introduced the first fully compostable potato bag in the country, in conjunction with Meade Potato Company. The two-kilogramme packs of Meade White Potatoes feature packaging made from FSC-certified sustainable paper, strengthened with starch. The net in the bag is made of corn starch,…

Un Sacco Green - sustainable packaging solution by La Linea Verde

"While a simple bag will not save the planet on its own, we are doing what we can. At Marca, we have introduced the new DimmidiSì packaging which is called Un Sacco Green - basically a biodegradable compostable bag that shows its content. And this is just the tip of the iceberg," explains Andrea…

Award-winning Earthcycle™ to unveil new designs at Fruit Logistica

New plastic-free packaging designs for berries and avocados

After winning Bronze in the Innovation Award at Fruit Logistica 2019, CKF returns this year with more prizes, in the form of new industry-led designs for the berry and avocado categories.  The EC 865 is a sealable punnet particularly well-suited to containing fruit such as cherries, blueberries, strawberries, and…

China sets labelling rules

China recently registered requirements relating to food labels with the WTO's TBT committee. No proposed enforcement date for these regulations has been announced. The United States Department of…

Lidl preparing to simplify cardboard boxes for its greengrocer section

As part of its commitment to continue using cardboard in its greengrocer section, the German chain Lidl is preparing an important change in its packaging policy focused on…

Sinclair EcoLabel®

Nomination recognises the significance of a having fully compostable fresh produce label

Sinclair EcoLabel® has been nominated for a Fruit Logistica 2020 Innovation Award. "The nomination recognises the significance of a having fully compostable fresh produce label available for our customers and our industry," according to the company.A minimal fresh produce packaging solution, Sinclair…

Can mycelium packaging answer the global packaging crisis?

At this time, the world is under threat from a growing mountain of waste. So could a new mushroom-based material be the solution we have been waiting for? Mycelium is a new sustainable packaging that could replace less environmentally friendly options, such as plastic and polystyrene. It is a completely…

Sham discussion or packaging revolution?

Renaissance for wooden crates in France, Spain and Italy - When will Germany follow?

"The new packaging law aims in particular to avoid free riders, but hardly provides any impetus for more genuine sustainability. The global dependence on China and other countries then suddenly became clear when massive import restrictions for waste were introduced." Harsh criticism of decisions by politicians…

Demonstrating complete packing lines during interpack

At this year's interpack MultiVac will be presenting itself as a supplier of integrated solutions in packaging and processing. The company's focus on the main exhibition stand (Hall 5, E 23) will include four fully automated packaging lines, as well as concepts for producing sustainable packaging…

Banderoles becoming increasingly popular alternative in retail

"This packaging makes the freshness of goods very discernable at the POS"

The reduction and avoidance of (plastic) packaging has become a major issue in the trade. Sustainable alternatives are being sought everywhere and more and more often, banderoles are finding their way into the food retail trade. Whether used for zucchini, celery or bananas - banderoles have come to stay.…

Compostable cucumber wrap adapts to new Australian industries

In South Australia, a fully compostable shrink-wrap for cucumbers was developed; it is now being adopted by other food sectors and a global airline. The material’s Adelaide-based manufacturer BioBag World Australia has doubled production in the past six months and will significantly boost its output…

Surplus Systems-Retail GmbH presents efficient store concept at Fruit Logistica

Smart-Display offers mobile and flexible advertising space to fresh food trade

Today's fresh food market needs integrated and robust store concepts for smooth product presentation at the POS. The sustainability and robustness of the concept, as well as the low investment and easy handling, are particularly important. At this year's Fruit Logistica, Surplus Systems-Retail LLC will…

project Service & Produktion GmbH presents PROBAND V in Berlin

"Banding machine with quick change frame is unique in the industry"

Currently, solutions with banderoles are not only used in the food industry, but also in many other sectors. At this year's Fruit Logistica, project Service & Produktion LLC will be present for the first time and the company will present the new PROBAND V process to the trade public. This new banding…

ProEx Food Focusses on Robotic Automation in 2020

Helping processors solve labor shortages

ProEx Food has set its sights on 2020 as the year in which robotic automation solutions will be a key focus of its market awareness, solution engineering design and sales strategies.  “Our foundational products and service build upon food processing equipment, mainly in sweet corn and green beans; making proprietary…

US: Start of ‘bio engineered’ labeling

Consumers in the US will begin to see labels for genetically modified foods on their store shelves. The law implementing the labeling began Jan. 1. Any product containing…

New chanterelle cardboard packaging is a success in Scandinavia

This autumn NNZ released this brand new package. The cardboard and perforated box with its striking shape has been specially developed for chanterelles. During the development and testing period, it has been proven that the packaging is ideal for keeping chanterelles fresh and extending its shelf life.…

Country-Of-Origin Labelling

European Union’s COOL rules can be difficult to sort through

In an email dated Nov. 30, 2018, between Agriculture Canada staff, there was a background document on Poland’s move to introduce mandatory country-of-origin labelling for…

ILAPAK unveils new paper bagging solution

Packaging machinery specialist ILAPAK has collaborated with manufacturer Van der Windt Verpakking to develop a “breakthrough” bagging solution. As an adaptation of ILAPAK’s flagship Vegatronic 6000 bagmaker, the new system can run off paper pillow packs and pouches that can apparently be fully recycled…

Marie-Laure Heyberger, Ligne directe Production:

Launch of an eco-friendly packaging range

In a context where the preservation of the environment is at the heart of consumers’ concerns, waste management and the use of eco-friendly packaging has become an unavoidable topic for all food distribution networks. Ligne Directe Production, in partnership with METRO France, wished to innovate by…

Roughly one third of food -about 1.3 billion tonnes- is lost or wasted

Combating food waste with a sticker

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly one third of the food produced globally for human consumption every year — about 1.3 billion tonnes — is lost or…

New plastic-free packaging for Starr Ranch organic Fuji apples

Starr Ranch Growers is extending its sustainability program with new packaging for organic apples. The new, sustainable packaging is part of a controlled trial for Starr Ranch-sold organic Fuji apples. The next phase of the rollout will be creating packaging for all organic varieties. The previous packaging…

StePac will showcase its solutions at Fruit Logistica

Sustainable packaging extends the pomegranate season

StePac L.A., Ltd. have been working on advances in pomegranate packaging since 2003. The company introduces its latest range of sustainable packaging solutions, designed for preserving the freshness and extending the shelf life of pomegranates and their extracted arils. StePac has expanded its range to include…

Andries Pretorius, Label Pro Industries

First year of compostable label manufacturing in South Africa uncovers strong demand

Bio-Label, manufactured by Label Pro Industries in association with Fruit Label Pro, is leading the way in compostable fruit labelling in South Africa. It is a food-safe label manufactured using material certified “OK compost” by European certification body TÜV Austria. The labels are manufactured from…

The packages with the wishes of the Fellini company are very appreciated

A packaging dedicated to the holidays

To wish a merry Christmas and a happy new year with a vegetable packaging. That's the initiative of the "Fellini Patrizio" company which, for a couple of years now, has enjoyed increasing success. "When the Christmas period begins - says the manager Emile Fellini - we adopt a packaging linked to the…

REMA 1000 and Euro Pool System build washing installation for reusable plastic containers

The supermarket chain REMA 1000 and Euro Pool System continues their close cooperation and will soon take the first steps in a fully automated washing installation. The washing installation must clean and recycle the 16 million plastic containers that are used annually by the chain for fruit and…

Senior manager Madlen Miserius from Lorentzen & Sievers

Looking ahead to Fruit Logistica 2020

Ahead of Fruit Logistica, which takes place from February 5th to February 7th, 2020 in Berlin, packagingeurope.com caught up with senior product manager Madlen Miserius, to…

Euro Pool System focuses on automation and sustainability

"The system saves space and reduces administrative work for the customer"

When it comes to the amount of fruit and vegetables handled in Germany, Bornheim (in North Rhine-Westphalia) is way ahead of the game. Germany's largest fresh produce cluster is home to large headquarters and distribution centres, the logistics sector is flourishing and the proximity to the Dutch and Belgian…

An International Guide to Fair Trade labels

In an international collaborative effort between four joint partners -Commerce Équitable France, Fair World Project, FairNESS France and Forum Fairer Handel- and within the…

AVI introduces a new punnet for cut fruit packaging

For cut fruits stored in a refrigerator or carried on the go, falling prey to unhygienic conditions is a common challenge. Recognizing the need for cut fruit plastic packaging which provides a natural and hygienic solution for storage, AVI Global Plast has developed an innovative new product. The Multi-Functional…

A 30.000 square meter orange sorting factory with only 10 employees

"We automated a whole orange sorting plant"

When you think of an orange sorting plant, most people will think about many workers on the floor, constantly moving back and forth. However, that image of a labor-intensive sorting plant is changing now with the new developments in the sorting line industry. Reemoon developed a new fully automated…

Canada:

Requirement to include lot code on prepacked fruits into force on January 15

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has provided detailed timelines concerning the application of preventive control plans, preventive controls, and traceability…

Bengaluru's first zero-waste cafe

Indians use fruit shells as cups

While the Indian city of Bengaluru produces over 5,000 tonnes of garbage every day, and the city administration has attempted to impose no-plastic and segregation-at-source rules strictly, there is no 100 per cent adherence. However, a juice cafe owner in the city is now proving that it is possible to go the zero-waste route.…

Béatrice Chauffaille, Perlim:

“We are launching packaging that integrates the CSR dimension”

Since the beginning of October, it is possible to find the Golden Altitude from the Limousin in trays made of 100% cardboard mainly from the recycling industry. For Béatrice Chauffaille, head of marketing at Perlim, offering packaging that is part of a global performance approach is just the next logical…

Pro Agri

Pachino PGI tomato packaging company sums up 2019

"2019 will be remembered as an intense and rewarding year for the results achieved and for our numerous initiatives, but above all, for the value of the marketed production". These are particularly significant thoughts, given the not most favorable time for the horticulture sector, highlighted by…

Arnaud van de Graaf from Soest

Plastic-free fruit and vegetable packaging line

At the end of October, AGF-Holland announced a plastic-free packaging line for the entire fruit and vegetable department. Under the name Johannes, the wholesaler is bringing a line of baskets, bowls and banderoles made from specially developed natural cardboard on to the market. The material is 100%…

Israel: Sufresca gets $500,000 investment for edible food coating solution

Israeli start-up Sufresca, who makes an edible coating that extends the life of fruits and vegetables, has raised a $500,000 seed round from ag tech VC Rimonim. The round brings Sufresca’s total funding so far to $1.3 million. Sufresca’s edible fruit and vegetable coating is meant to extend the shelf…

‘Plastic Pledge’ spells end of the apple sticker

Major UK supermarkets to ditch apple labels

It seems as if the end has come for the fruit and vegetable sticker, as UK supermarkets vow to ditch them in a new plastics pledge. All of Britain's major supermarkets, including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Morrissons and Asda have signed up to waste charity Wrap's "Plastic Pledge", and are among 85…

Harm Valckx, Cooperation of European Blueberry Growers:

"Increased punnet size ensures that the market can absorb more blueberries"

The 2019 blueberry year went well according to Harm Valckx of Berry Packing Services from Venlo. "At the moment we see Peru and Argentina decreasing in volume and quality, but we have already received the first Chilean berries and that will be followed up with decent volumes in the coming weeks. I don't…

Conclusions of the round-table on Circular Economy at the COP25

Proper packaging can reduce global food waste

The director of the UNESCO Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF course and observer of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP25, Pere Fullana i Palmer, participated in the Round Table on Circular Economy organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. This…

Fagerberg Produce and IFCO extend parternship

Colorado onion producer extends use of RPCs through 2020

IFCO, operator of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs), announced Fagerberg Produce of Eaton, Colorado, has agreed to extend its use of IFCO RPCs for its dry onion products…

New plastic-free punnets developed

Natoora has developed its own packaging which is entirely plastic-free. Each of their recyclable cardboard punnets is flow-wrapped with home-compostable film which, unlike traditional plastic flow-wrap, disintegrates within 180 days. Each punnet bears the ‘Plastic Free’ mark of A Plastic Planet, a…

Two kg-bags now use 20% less plastic

Albert Bartlett’s comes out with brand new bag

Potato company Albert Bartlett has announced that it has created a new look advertising campaign. For this, they have partnered with creative agency Guy & Co. The execution focuses on the fun and shared emotion of cooking together and the versatility of Albert Bartlett potatoes. The company has also…

Israeli start-up tackles single-use plastic waste

Israeli start-up TIPA Corp. has developed durable, transparent and fully compostable flexible packaging for fruits, vegetables and dry and baked foods. The material performs like plastic, but it decomposes like an orange peel. Entrepreneur Daphna Nissenbaum co-founded TIPA Corp. in 2010 to address the…

Packaging certification helps ensure food safety for growers

At a time when food safety and product traceability are increasingly important for both consumers and produce growers, one company manufacturing tags and ties for the produce industry has achieved its BRC certification. Bedford Industries of Worthington, MN, a company that produces twist ties, bendable…

100% paper, no plastic coating makes is entirely recyclable

Dutch Bag-2-Paper wins Worldstar Packaging Award 2020

Jasa Packaging Solutions' Bag-2-Paper has won its second award. Earlier this year, this bag won the NL Packaging Award 2019. Now, Bag-2-Paper has landed the Worldstar Packaging Award 2020 too.Jasa's Bag-2-Paper packagingBag-2-Paper is an innovative concept for packaging products in sustainable paper…

Iris Gil Mena, Frutas Goostar:

Differentiation and distribution strategy through an exclusive brand

The offices of Frutas Goostar are located in Roquetas de Mar, a few miles from the cradle of Spanish production. “We are situated at the heart of the Spanish production, which allows us to meet with our producers daily in order to carry out quality controls, but also to maintain our relationship with…

Arnaud de Puineuf, Innatis Group:

“Honeycrunch® expands its range with 100% cardboard trays”

For two weeks now, the Honeycrunch® club variety has been available in recyclable trays made entirely of cardboard. “We have developed this new range of packagings in order to meet the strong demand from consumers and from our European clients who wish to find alternatives to plastic in terms of…

The Bag-2-Paper™ wins WorldStar Packaging Award 2020

JASA's Bag-2-Paper™ has won another award. After the Dutch Packaging Award 2019, this time, the sustainable paper packaging solution has won the WorldStar Packaging Award 2020. Bag-2-Paper™ is an innovative technology for packaging in sustainable paper bags. The packaging is 100% paper, without plastic…

Smart-Flow Europe SA and Gamma-Wopla SA:

"From harvest to trade: Sophisticated, Sustainable Logistics."

"After Fruit Logistica's successful appearance in 2019, we will once again be exhibiting our smart and sustainably efficient packaging solutions for harvesting, transport and trade at this year's trade fair," said the communication managers of Smart-Flow Europe SA and Gamma-Wopla SA, the Belgian manufacturers…

Robert Reck-Heinrich, CargoPlast LLC:

"We offer a reasonable reusable system to a growing number of direct marketers."

Parallel to the constantly growing selection of end product packaging, the last few years have also seen some progress in the area of bulk packaging. In this market segment, too, there is a growing demand for sensible reusable solutions that combine an attractive appearance with efficiency. Above all, the…

Clarification on NZ Government's position on plastic fruit stickers

Peak industry body, HortNZ says it has had clarification from the Ministry for the Environment that no decisions on the future of plastic fruit stickers have been made by the…

CPMA and VCMI release plastic packaging technical report and roadmap

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) announced the release of a technical report entitled “A landscape review of plastics in the Canadian fresh produce sector”…

Craig Stauffer of Vanguard International discusses future of plastic-free packaging

Are edible peels the new plastic?

Plastic has been used in produce aisles for decades – and for good reason. Not only is plastic protecting food from bacteria, temperatures and light, it allows for growers, distributors, and retailers alike to cut down on food waste; consumers to see the colorful, fresh produce they’re purchasing;…

COAG denounced the lack of controls on imports through the Spanish port of Motril

The Coordinator of Farmers and Livestock Organizations (COAG) denounced that there were control problems at the border inspection post of the port of Motril. In addition to…


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