Packaging and Labelling

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…

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…

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…

"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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

GreenFruit Avocados introduces new packaging options

Grower and shipper GreenFruit Avocados introduced its new 2-count box and outer carton at the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, CA held this past week. The 24-count, one-layer outer box is shipped and received containing 12 smaller boxes inside, each containing two size-48 avocados.…

Eco Terra GmbH is interested in new sales concepts

"We want to actively contribute to sustainability, with our customers"

Eco Terra GmbH is a 15-year-old family business. The core business of the company is import and production in its factory in Germany. The sale of high quality raw materials for industrial customers, private label productions and the production of products under the own brand "Nutfields" are part of it.…

Switzerland:

Organic vegetables mostly wrapped in plastic

More than 80% of organic fruit and organic vegetables are offered in plastic packaging. Consumer Protection Foundation (SKS) has randomly tested 221 products - including cucumbers, hot peppers and apples - in 10 different stores in Bern and Basel. The SKS noted that the majority of products (54%) are…

Roland Schmitz-Hübsch on new alternative returnable packaging in his farm shop

"A reusable bag must be able to withstand the weight"

"The feedback on our reusable bags from our customers is very positive. It was important for us to be able to offer an alternative," says Roland Schmitz-Hübsch of Otto Schmitz-Hübsch in Bornheim-Merten, where the company recently added reusable cotton bags from Kiwi-Media. He also offers cartons for…

Compostable branding for fresh produce

High-speed, automated fresh produce labelling has taken a significant step forward at Sinclair. Announced at Fruit Logistica 2019, Sinclair EcoLabel® meets EN13432 and is…

Pöppelmann launches new To Go packaging solution

Lattice structure for snack tomato bucket

Pöppelmann Famac has presented a packaging for snack tomatoes that truly impresses everyone, with material savings of up to 30%. The snack tomato bucket, a form of packaging that has proven its worth in the food trade, is now available in a resource-saving and visually even more attractive design:…

Shandong Runping Plastics

China: "Due to the high tariffs, we did not export to America this year"

Packaging is an important part of the fruit and vegetable industry. In order to safely transport the products but also to keep them fresh longer, good packaging is needed. A company that is specialized in packaging, is the Shandong Runping Co Ltd. Cathy explained the current demand and trends: “We are a…

Jasper Trujillo joins North American packaging manufacturer

Fox Packaging™ has announced the hire of Jasper Trujillo as business development manager. Trujillo joins the Fox Packaging team with a background in economics and business…

Photo report: Visiting the producers of Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland

"For chicory, alternative packaging is not an option"

"Strawberries are a complicated product in the summer: if the weather is too hot, the berries grow too fast, and we try to counteract that with slower growth varieties such as the Opra," says Fritz Boss of the farm greenhouse facility. Click here for the photo report of the visit. "Growing strawberries…

Gerold Wilms, bekuplast GmbH:

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

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

New packaging for summer fruit with information for final consumers

The new 500g cardboard packaging introduced by Donnalia features a brief consumption guide at the bottom ( see photo below ) that explains the nature of the fruit, its ideal texture, how it is grown and the best condition to savor it. "This initiative is not a mere update from the point of view of…

Collaboration and promotion agreement between Fedemco and Poma de Girona

"We want to promote the consumption of Poma de Girona in the best possible packaging"

Last Wednesday, the presidents of Girona Fruits, Mr. Martí Ferre Pons, and of the PGI Poma de Girona, Mr. Llorenç Frigola Vidal, signed a collaboration and promotion agreement with the director of FEDEMCO (Spanish Federation of Wooden Packaging and its Components), D. Alberto Palmí, at the headquarters…

Spar Austria launches new brand for laser branding

Organic mangoes with laser engraving instead of stickers

From now on, organic mangos will be labeled with the Eurospar and Interspar logos through laser engraving instead of stickers. This saves tons of coated stickers every year. Two years ago, Spar was pleased by the test results of the first lasered organic avocados. But problems with the peels and a not…

M.H. Verpackungs- und Anlagentechnik GmbH continues to rely on 3 main crops

"Complete solutions for potatoes, onions and carrots are our core competence"

German early potatoes have been available for sale for several weeks now, and this year's harvest campaign is also getting ready for carrots and onions. For Michael Hörnschemeyer, Managing Director of M.H. Packaging and plant technology, this will traditionally be the peak season. After all, tailor-made…

Australian corn grower eliminates single-use plastic trays

One of Australia's la rgest producers of sweet corn and beans has reduced plastic packaging on its produce by 80%, saving hundreds of thousands of disposable plastic trays…

Peter Hein, Bayrische Pilzbörse GmbH:

"Sprouts are very popular as superfoods in summer"

Sprouts have gradually become established in the trade in recent years. Especially in the warm season, these greens are quite popular with restaurateurs and specialty retailers. In addition to the tried-and-tested standard varieties, new varieties are increasingly finding their way to regional consumers,…

Reemoon and KW Automation expand reach in Australian market

Hort Connections 2019 was a success for Reemoon, a Chinese based company that manufactures and distributes fruit sorting equipment. The recent partnership between Reemoon and KW Automation, has now made this equipment available to the Australian market. Dennis Clock representing Reemoon at Hort…

PET packaging prevents waste

Consumers prefer to buy blueberries if they have a nice color and are presented, undamaged, in the store. The correct temperature and packaging are needed. This is to guarantee that the berries remain tasty and nice looking. abbGrowers is a Dutch blueberry grower, sorter and packer. They are convinced that PET packaging…

Possibly crippling UK food and drink firms

No-deal Brexit could cause ‘crate shortages’

Many UK food and drink exporters are unaware they could be crippled by a shortage of suitable pallets and crates under a no-deal Brexit. Séamus Nevin, chief economist at…

Nedupack Thermoforming

Netherlands: Only recycled plastic in vegetable packaging buckets

From now on, all Tommies vegetable packaging buckets will be made from materials that are entirely recycled. This is a new concept with many sustainable benefits. It was developed by the Dutch packaging specialist, Nedupack Thermoforming . It is a simple calculation. The new packaging bucket for Tommies…

Grass paper, a new candidate to replace traditional paper in packaging

Faced with the need for the use of paper and cardboard boxes for packaging by the trade, sustainable alternatives to traditional paper are being considered, such as grass paper, made from grass waste, whose raw material is fast growing, protects natural resources and the environment. This idea was…

Conversion to bio-based, compostable recyclable bags

Away with the plastic fruit bag! at Spar in Vienna

Spar is now bringing compostable organic bags for fruit and vegetables purchases -instead of plastic bags- to all 182 Spar, Eurospar, Interspar and Spar Gourmet stores in Vienna. This means plastic bags will disappear so long before the legal ban from the fruit department. Further markets are ongoing.…

Starfruit introduces new passion fruit packaing

"As many exotics as possible in new carton packaging in the short term"

To reduce plastic, Starfruit has worked together with Starpack to develop a new carton packaging for passion fruit. The packaging is made completely from carton and has square holes. "The first product to be sold in the new packaging will be passion fruit, as this production takes places in long lines.…

New RPC/DRC floor display for Organic Produce Summit

While naturally a lot of the attention at this year’s Organic Produce Summit in Monterey California will be on the produce, there will also be an important place for new packaging as well as displays. Arizona-based SunFed, which supplies a broad range of fresh fruit and vegetables, will be having their…

Netherlands: Remmert Dekker Packaging invests in new packing machine

There is an ever-increasing demand for cardboard packaging. This is due to environmental developments. To develop cardboard packaging better and more effectively, more visibility is needed. Protecting the contents' shelf life is also more important than ever. Remmert Dekker Packaging wants to serve this…

Special fruit and vegetable produce wall

Pick n Pay launches dedicated plastic and packaging-free zone

Pick n Pay on Monday launched a ‘nude’ fruit and vegetable produce wall -a dedicated plastic and packaging-free zone- in 13 stores across the country as part of a trial to measure customers’ readiness to switch from pre-packaged food to loose products. Retail Executive, Commercial at Pick n Pay, Paula…

Trofi Pack ready for new location three years after launch

“It all started with two flowpack machines, a mango line and a weighing machine,” Harry van der Hout of Trofi Pack reminisces. He’s talking about October 2016. Almost three years later, Trofi Pack started renting their neighbour’s building on Westerlee, and a new building of 40,000 square metres is being…

Patrick Van Dijck, Stixfresh/KU Leuven

"Sticker keeps fruit fresh for up to two weeks longer"

Together with the American startup Sttixfresh, the biotech team of KU Leuven has developed a sticker that can slow the rotting process of fruit by up to two weeks. "The idea was born in a garage box in Malaysia, where an inventor mixed all sorts of natural products based on healing and applied it to…

Spain

Carrefour to stop using plastic with Canary bananas and many other products

In a new step towards sustainability, Carrefour will progressively implement several measures to reduce the use of plastic in its stores. The distribution chain has announced…

Important topic at G20 Summit

Japan has an extensive single-use plastic problem

Japan is the world’s second-highest user per capita of plastic packaging, according to the United Nations Environment Program. It is also the host of this year’s G20 Summit, which began Friday June 28th. Japan hopes at the meeting to showcase its efforts to deal with its plastic problem, symbolized by…

Single-use plastic bags banned in New Zealand

Starting today, single-use plastic bags are officially banned for all New Zealand retailers. As stipulated by the Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018, New Zealand retailers including stores, supermarkets and restaurants will no longer be able to sell or distribute any single-use…

Oji Fibre Solutions

Cardboard boxes fast driving industry standards

All kinds of producers may have embraced the opening of Oji Fibre Solution's state of the art packaging manufacturing plant for increasing competition to the market, but they have also worked collaboratively with the company to create many firsts in fruit and vegetable packaging. When Oji Fibre Solutions…

Reusable Packaging Association introduces new leadership team

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has announced that Michael Wasson (pictured, right), Chief Operating Officer of Tosca, is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors.…

Plus increasing sales of unpackaged produce

Almaverde Bio proposes 100% compostable packaging

By proposing a new fully compostable packaging, Canova, a company of the Apofruit Group and exclusive licensee of the Almaverde Bio brand for fruit and vegetables, demonstrates its strong commitment to reducing packaging plastics, protecting the environment and making its production sustainable. This…

Plastic is a valuable material if used correctly

One of the concepts that emerged last week during the annual assembly at CPR System is that the problem is not plastic per se, but the fact that it is disposable. "Plastic is a material that can be reused an infinite number of times and the environmental damage is caused by humans being uncivilized and…

Plastiter

New more rigid and stable plastic trays for fruit packaging

The packing of fruits for their preservation in optimal conditions is, without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges for producers. That is why the company Plastiter, which was founded in Cordoba, Argentina, as a producer of disposable plastic containers, decided to explore a new market in 2018 with the…

Trayless packaging appreciated by apple growers

Apple growers have been packing apples traylessly for some time now and are praising Redpack packaging Machinery for continuously innovating their flow wrapping machinery.…

"High brix level fruit preferred by Chinese consumers"

The production season of small red apricots has kicked off in China, and fruit from various production areas are entering the market in large volumes. “From June 25th, a large number of small red apricots have entered the market. This year, the supply period is longer compared with previous years,…

Israeli start-up makes biodegradable plastic

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

Süperbag might save 170 tons of plastic each year

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

Sustainable paper inlays introduced

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

Multi Imports to present various taping solutions at Cibus Tech

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

Swedish innovation

Carrinet Veggio Made From 100% Recycled Plastic Bottles

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

Julien Dame, FlexiVers

Summer trend in a black box

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

New PerfoTec technology giving Integrated Packaging an edge

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

Compostable mesh and laser labeling for avocados

"We are getting rid of all plastic by 2020"

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

New biodegradable packaging for El Hierro-grown pineapples

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

Research done by Consumers' Association 'Which?'

“Half of UK supermarket packaging cannot be recycled”

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

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

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

Wooden baskets for fruit and vegetables

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

Grosbusch: Towards a greener future

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

University research in Guadalajara, Mexico

New, biodegradable plastic made from cactus

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

European Packaging Forum - photo report online!

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

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

Franz Sroka, Srotec GmbH, Bochum:

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

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

Extends fresh produce shelflife, biodegradable in 6 weeks

Plastic packing made from crustaceans

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

Meadow Mushrooms - Canterbury

NZ mushroom company leads the charge in sustainable packaging

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

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

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

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

Aldi signals charge for fruit and vegetable bags in Australia

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

Karin van Aspert and Edwin van Eijndhoven, Gebroeders van Aarle

Cone filled with cherries stimulates sales

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

Deliver event in Lisbon

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

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

Brunel University student

New packaging - made from orange peels

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

CompanyBox introduces Subscription Box using HP Digital Corrugated Print

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

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

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

Gary Lee - Proseal Australia

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

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

Canadian producer introduces patriotic sleeves for its greens

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

Photo report European Packaging Forum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For purchases in the fruit and veg section

Spain: Supermercados Lupa introduces reusable mesh bags

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

Sustainable packaging for snack tomatoes

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

Two new packaging offerings from North American supplier

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

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

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

Australia: Next level ban on single-use plastic

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

Smart Packaging Solutions:

“Use of slip sheets results in logistic advantages”

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

Fruit & vegetable aisles: why some plastic should be retained

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

Video:

Packing iceberg lettuce on the harvester

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

Scientists from University College London

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

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

Todis launches plastic-free packaging

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

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

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

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

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

For a day, all fruit and vegetable bags were removed

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

European Packaging Forum: Packaged correctly, but how?

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

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

Pioneering step for less plastic in fruit & veg department

PENNY introduces the cotton reusable net nationwide

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

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

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

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

Compostable branding for fresh produce

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

Visitors to the European Packaging Forum on their expectations

"There is nobody that has a solution yet"

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

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

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

Peru's wooden packaging is highly appreciated in China

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

CPMA plastic packaging working group update

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

Michigan, USA

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

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

Shelf life of artichokes increased three-fold

Spain: The UMH develops new packaging system for artichokes

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

IFCO acquisition by Triton and ADIA has been finalized

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

Dutch Royal couple receive first fully plastic free fruit packaging

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

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

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


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