Packaging and Labelling

New study on food packaging

'Majority of consumers paying attention to environmentally friendly packaging'

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

Draft law by Portugal’s Green Party approved

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

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

Following Thai & Vietnamese examples

Philippine supermarkets changing from plastic to banana leaves

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

Eric Chartrain, Vice President & General Manager EMEA Packaging

"Cardboard packaging boosts fruit and vegetable sales"

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

Thomas Däbel, Serwo Packaging:

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

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

Spanish plasticulture, one of the most important in the world

Spain produces 14% of plastics for agriculture in Europe

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

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

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

Too much packaging for organic products

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

Portugal to ban the use of plastic bags for fruit

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

Japan: Grapes with messages on their skin to go on sale in the fall

Grapes can now have messages and images on their skin thanks to sunlight-shielding stickers. They are expected to go on sale in the fall. The technique was developed last fall by central Japan's Yamanashi Prefecture, the biggest grape producer in the country, to promote sales of the fruit. Transparent…

More efficiency and sustainability:

Kaufland relies on reusable fruit and vegetable trays throughout Europe

Kaufland continues to pursue its sustained commitment and relies on reusable trays in the fruit and vegetable sector instead of disposable ones. Since 2003, the customer has seen his or her fruit and vegetables in green reusable Euro EuroGrade systems in Germany. Initially, cooperation was limited to…

New Irish food collaboration to make plastic packaging more sustainable

Eleven of Ireland’s leading agricultural processing and food businesses have come together to make the plastic packaging in their respective supply chains more sustainable.…

Henk de Jong, De Jong Verpakking:

“Any company we work with has to fit the character of the group”

Ever since De Jong Verpakking was founded in 1995, the company has been focused on expanding their volume. This specialist in corrugated cardboard packaging for fresh produce and industry has worked on expanding on various markets step by step, including fresh produce, flowers and plants, and the egg…

ACBD evaluates the alternatives to plastics in Murcia's agricultural sector

ACBD has participated this week in the seminar "Agro-food, circular economy and plastics in the supply chain", organized by Cajamar with the collaboration of Proexport. In his speech, the technical manager of Proexport, Abelardo Hernández, outlined the work that is being carried out by the Operative…

LC Packaging opens second Dutch-Bangla Pack Ltd. FIBC production facility in Bangladesh

LC Packaging has opened its second Dutch-Bangla Pack Ltd. FIBC production facility in Bangladesh. The new facility creates 650 high quality jobs and includes a 4,000 sqm state-of-the-art cleanroom that will enable the facility to double annual production capacity of high quality Food Safe and Pharma…

New Corrugated Industry CO2 footprint

FEFCO is proud to announce the new cradle-to-grave carbon impact of corrugated packaging at 538kg CO2 equivalents per tonne of product. The carbon footprint covers the…

Inprinting of preprinted films is trending in soft fruit

The rising demand for transparency in the supply chain means more attention is being paid to coding and labelling. More and more customers are asking for inprinting of preprinted films, according to operational manager Ad Nouws of BerryWorld. With 70 different types of punnets, trays and buckets that are…

Livinda apples will use 14 tons less of plastic per year

Livinda, the Premium apples brand of the Nufri Group, has announced its first measure to eliminate one-use plastics in its brand, discarding the polypropylene alveoli and replacing them with cellulose alveoli made with recycled paper and cardboard, which are 100% recyclable, in the 50x30x9,5 boxes:…

Annual Press Conference VDW 2019:

Corrugated board industry is growing, cost pressures remain

The members of the Association of Corrugated Board Industry (VDW) sold almost 8 billion square meters of their product in 2018. This is 43 million square meters more than in…

Washable, durable and recyclable

Edeka relies on reusable nets as an environmentally friendly alternative

The EDEKA reusable nets are washable, durable and recyclable: Therefore, in contrast to plastic and paper bags, they can be reused. This saves thousands of disposable bags per…

Colruyt Group launches reusable bags for fruits and vegetables

The Belgian retail chain Colruyt has decided to ban all non-reusable packagings from its fruit and vegetable aisles. The goal is set for October 2019. From June 19th, all…

Natural Light Labeling on Florida citrus given green light

Florida-based Premier Citrus is set to begin shipping citrus with Natural Light Labeling (NLL). Fruit with the new technology label is expected to start being shipped soon. The Natural Light Labeling system works by concentrating a beam of light onto the fruit, in order to remove the outer pigment and…

Mexican students develop a protective film for avocados

Students of the Technological Institute of Morelia have developed a protective film that can help increase the avocado's shelf life, using wild grass and vegetable oils. The…

Fourth largest European producer

Cardboard production in Spain grew by 1.6% in 2018

The cardboard production in Spain reached 5,286 million square meters in 2018, which represents a growth of 1.6% compared to the previous year. Spain thus consolidates as the…

Starting now, 2 kg of organic carrots in a sustainable bag

Netto is the first discounter to sell organic carrots in sugar cane bags

It is not an April Fool's prank: As of April 1, Netto Marken-Discount will be the first grocer in the discount segment to sell organic carrots in a sugarcane bag instead of…

Canadian company researches move toward bio-plastic

The Star Group of Companies is researching a move towards bio-plastics in packaging innovation. Using peels and waste from its fresh-cut operation, Sliced FC, The Star Group…

Applications open for reusable packaging competition

Applications for the 8th annual Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) Excellence in Reusable Packaging award are now being accepted. The award recognizes primary (end) user…

Packaging industry moves to increasingly customized options

In the coming decades, the packaging industry will undergo a significant development. As pointed out in an article by SIG Combibloc, the packaging market is moving towards increasingly customized options. As lifestyles become busier, consumers will continue to crave convenience, so we can expect a new…

Mastronardi is first in fresh to join Sustainable Packaging Coalition®

Mastronardi Produce continues to lead in sustainability innovation— this time as the first fresh produce company to join the Sustainable Packaging Coalition® (SPC). The SPC is a collection of leading companies and thought leaders who believe in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable.…

UK shoppers pressuring supermarkets to ditch plastic-wrapped fruit and veg

Concerned UK shoppers are turning away from plastic-wrapped fruit and vegetables in droves. They are opting for loose produce instead, consumer data shows. The buying public has become closely attuned to the scourge of plastic waste in recent months, and appears to be seeking out unpackaged goods as a…

Canadian group of companies launch zero plastic waste strategy

The Star Group of Companies is taking its first step in the plastic conversation, leading with the theme, ‘let’s reduce plastic together’ at the CPMA tradeshow in Montreal,…

Biodegradable plates made from leaves

A German company, Leaf Republic, has developed plates made from leaves. This is to combat the use of plastic. The leaves are biodegrable as well as chemical, gluten, and plastic-free.

Sesame Street characters help promote fruit and vegetable sales

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced a new collaboration with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), through the eat brighter!™ program that allows participating NACS retailer and supplier members to use Sesame Street character images to promote fruit and vegetable sales.…

Greenhouse grower highlights organics and innovations at CPMA

At the Canadian Produce Marketing Association trade show and conference held on April 3rd and 4th, Village Farms is introducing new developments including adding the original and authentic Heavenly Villagio Marzano® and Maverick Mix® varieties to their certified organic offerings. These new items will be…

Visit sustainable ECO lounge at CPMA

Mucci Farms trialing new compostable and recyclable packaging options

An exciting week lies ahead with CPMA’s annual tradeshow and convention taking place in Montreal, QC. At this year’s show, Mucci Farms will be focusing on its Cutecumber Poppers, Fresh Mix and a new packaging series called Simple Snack. “We are trialing and will be soft launching our Simple Snack Series…

Focusing on sustainability initiatives

NatureFresh introduces new team member

NatureFresh™ Farms are expanding their facilities, providing year-round Ontario grown produce and introducing their new sustainable practices along with their most recent addition to the NatureFresh™ Farms team. On April 3rd to 4th, NatureFresh™ Farms will share their achievements in sustainable…

Liquidseal

From invisible to edible packaging

Nobody likes to talk about pesticides or packaging, especially consumers. Yet both terms apply to Liquidseal, an extremely thin, liquid packaging created by the Dutch company of the same name, who want to extend the shelf life of perishables to combat product loss. Co-founder Victor Monster: “Without…

Tray sealing shows its green credentials

Tray sealing specialist Proseal says that while maximising speed and efficiencies is still the driving force for the packing of fresh produce, the quest for these can also…

Frutmac solutions to speed up crate opening

Thanks to its 50 years of experience in the food packaging sector, Frutmac managed to reach yet another objective by speeding up the opening of folding crates. The machine to open plastic folding crates is a part of the Boxer range. It is suitable for all the most popular 400x 600 mm crates. Changing to…

Environmentally friendly alternative to the plastic bags

Netto will introduce reusable fruit nets in May

Netto Marken-Discount takes sustainability one step further by introducing recyclable, reusable nets in May 2019, which can be used for fruit and vegetables as well as loose…

Several retailers have signed the pact

National Pact on plastic packaging and its impact on the fruit and veg sector

On February 21st, State Secretary Brune Poirson signed, along with key actors from the retail sector, the industry and NGOs “National Pact on plastic packaging.” By this act, the signatories have subscribed to a common vision of the circular economy in which plastic, identified as a major source of…

Produce labeling in 2019 - greater visibility and increased accountability

Just as produce packaging has been evolving rapidly over the years, so too is produce labeling. Companies are seeing opportunities to market their brands better through more creative labels. Additionally, as the number of choices increases in the produce department, the need for labeling becomes even…

New fresh-cut watermelon pouch available

Maglio Companies' readyripe® watermelon pouch is now available to grocery retailers in two sizes with three levels of technology and a new pricing structure. Sam Maglio, president and CEO of Maglio Companies launched this gusseted pouch concept for fresh quartered watermelon in 2015. “The development of…

Tesco UK begins plastic-free trial for selected fruit and vegetables

Tesco is launching a trial to remove a selection of plastic-wrapped fruit and vegetable to cut down on packaging waste. Britain’s biggest retailer said it would run the month-long pilot from Monday at two of its Extra stores, in Watford and Swindon, removing plastic packaging from 45 foods where loose…

Thai supermarket uses banana leaf packaging to avoid excessive plastic

Rimping, a supermarket in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has come up with a rather interesting alternative to full plastic packaging. They are using banana leaves. This method has gone rather viral, with over 11,000 shares in less than two days. While most have praised this new initiative, some have pointed out…

Albert Heijn to test plastic-free fruit and veg department

In September 2018, Albert Heijn announced that, by 2025, they want to reduce the amount of plastic used in their stores by 25%. The use of plastic for fruit and vegetables, in particular, is a thorn in consumers' sides. To this end, come Monday, the Albert Heijn store on Genderenplein in Hoofddorp, the…

Exsa Europe introduces eco-friendly grape packaging

Exsa Europe is taking the next step toward making the chain sustainable. They have introduced carry bags that are biodegradable and compostable. "The amount of plastic used in the fresh fruit trade is a thorn in our side. By introducing this eco-friendly packaging, we are taking the next step in reducing…

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Indian nano film keeps fruit & veg fresh for two weeks

Scientists at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University are developing a nano film that can extend the shelf life of cut fruits, vegetables and salads by two weeks. The film,…

Biodegradable coffee cups - grown from fruit

In a bid to reduce plastic waste, architecture and design firm Creme has created biodegradable coffee cups that are ‘grown’ from fruit. The reusable cups are made from the fruit gourds, which are grown inside 3D printing moulds to make them into a coffee-cup shape. These cups are still in the design…

Six-week trial will save half a ton of plastic

Aldi supermarkets to sell unwrapped vegetables in UK

Aldi has started selling vegetables without plastic packaging in a bid to cut waste from all Glasgow stores. The trial, which is now underway, focuses on five veg lines: savoy…

Can Japan do without all its plastic?

Unfortunately, plastic still reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country's love affair with plastic. This environmental push comes ahead of the G20 summit, which Japan will host in Osaka in June. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's…

Solid board packaging tested in various markets

How to pack fresh products in a sustainable way without hiding them in brown cardboard boxes? Designing plastic alternative packaging requires taking into account all kinds of conditions. That is why Abelan Videcart has been testing their packaging made out of solid board in various markets. “The…

Narrow carton trays for freshly grown herbs

A fast growing European herb specialist asked Boix to create a packaging solution that offers optimal protection for their freshly grown herbs. In order to achieve this, they collaborated with the carting supplier and the customer in the development, the design, and the production of a narrow, stackable…

Migros switches to black boxes, resulting in red faces

For years, Swiss vegetables have been sold in green Ifco boxes. Starting in June, Migros will only accept black boxes. This makes for red faces among some suppliers. The change to black boxes is mainly based on marketing reasons. The decision primarily focuses on the nobler color effect of fruits and…

Swedish researcher creates bioplastic from fruit waste

Research at the University of Borås shows that even disposable items can be environmentally friendly. Researcher Veronika Bátori at the western Swedish university has made…

New supplier Orango sees great interest in reusable packaging

"Cotton nets will become established in the trade within a few years"

Since the introduction of the new packaging law, a lot of packaging alternatives have been flooding the market. Among the new, reusable solutions, (organic) cotton is rapidly expanding in the food trade. Münster-based company Orango has also recently devoted itself to the direct import and marketing of…

"Plastic with a positive impact on the environment"

The use of textile protective screens in agriculture entails advantages at least in terms of: increase in the yield of cultivated land by multiplying cycles per season and protecting from atmospheric agents reduction of pesticide use, with equal protection against the most aggressive insects for each…

Smurfit Kappa to launch tender offer for shares in Cartón de Colombia S.A.

Smurfit Kappa Group plc. intends, subject to the approval of the Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia, to launch a tender offer to acquire the minority shares in Cartón de…

The Greenery takes packing robot into use

The Greenery recently starting using a robotized packaging machine. This robot was put to use in their Retail Distribution Centre in Barendrecht, the Netherlands. The machine will process a large assortment of sealed products according to specific programming. The first production runs were made this…

Miguel Hernández University

Artichoke shelf life extended by 10 days with new packaging system

Artichokes, together with citrus fruits, are the flagship product of the Vega Baja, not just for the value they reach in the market, but also for their identification with the territory in which they are produced. However, not a lot of them are exported fresh, which is how local consumers know them. Only…

Suzanne Wolter joins Washington-based packaging company

Wenatchee based Keyes Packaging Group welcomes produce industry veteran Suzanne Wolter as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Keyes said its core business is serving…

Evoware - Professor Nory Mulyono

Edible packaging from seaweed

Edible packaging is coming to you soon, whether it will be made from seaweed, sugar cane or seafood. Some 10 years ago, Professor Nory Mulyono started making packaging from seaweed in a room in her…

MULTIVAC signs an investment agreement in China

In February MULTIVAC signed an investment agreement to establish a new production company in Taicang in China. The new production facility will enable MULTIVAC in future to…

Sustainable packaging solution presented for the first time at Biofach 2019

"Robust cotton nets, use again and again"

Instead of plastic bags there are also reusable cotton bags for fruits and vegetables. The renunciation of plastic goes hand in hand with a wave of new, innovative packaging alternatives. As part of these changes, Kerler GmbH presented its fruit and vegetable nets made of cotton for the first time at…

Hall 10 – Stand H58

Schoeller Allibert: Latest innovations on show at the CFIA 2019 in Rennes, France

Schoeller Allibert, the European market leader of reusable plastic packaging and containers, exhibits each year at CFIA Rennes (France), the major international agri-food fair. At the 2019 edition held from March 12th to 14th at the Parc Expo of Rennes Aéroport, some of the company’s latest solutions…

Automatic grape packing line 3.0 enters new season

By packing as late as possible, the importer has the option to offer many types of packaging to retail. That’s why InnoFresh Packing, a subsidiary of BudelPack, became…

194 M€ of losses due to the use of plastic

Spanish horticultural sector seeks sustainability with cardboard packaging

Packaging materials have become a key element to ensure the sustainability of the economy. Although current legislation promotes the use of renewable, recyclable and…

Tropical avocado importer extends shelf life

WP Produce, a major tropical avocados importer, have announced significant improvements they have made to lengthen the shelf life of their Desbry avocados. "Tropical avocados typically have a shelf life of 5-6 days," said Christopher Gonzalez, vice president of sales at WP Produce. "With our new…

New look and planet-friendly packaging for Rockit apples

Rockit Global Ltd., the Hawke’s Bay apple company taking the world snack market by storm, has turned its attention to being better global citizens, launching fully recyclable and biodegradable cardboard packaging into New Zealand supermarkets and food stores. The completely delicious, super juicy, fully…

New look packaging for leafy greens grower

WP Rawl, a grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens based in South Carolina, will unveil a fresh new look to their leafy greens packaging at this year’s Southern Exposure in Orlando, Florida. The complete line of conventional, triple-washed and ready to use leafy greens are “turning over a fresh new…

Healthy food brand to showcase new packaging at Expo West

Path of Life, which produce plant-based gourmet quinoa and veggie blend side dishes, is going to debut their new look at this year’s Natural Products Expo West Booth 120. Path…

Coop and reCIRCLE start pilot project in Basel

Boxes against littering

Coop is launching a pilot project in Basel with reCIRCLE, the first Swiss reusable system for take-away packaging. Guests at Coop Restaurants and Coop Take It at Pfauen Basel and Coop City Basel Marktplatz can now make an effective contribution to reducing waste. Through reCIRCLE, they can help reduce the need for less…

Robert Reck-Heinrich, Cargoplast GmbH:

'Reusable crate system Clever Fresh is an answer to the uniformity of the market'

Cargo Plast, headquartered in Salem, sells a new versatile box system that was presented at Fruit Logistica. The foldable and reusable crates with the name 'Clever Fresh' are intended primarily for fruit and vegetable transport and are designed individually according to the customer's ideas. The crates…

Environmentalists rip Israeli plan to use more plastic for produce

Israel’s Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry has sported a new initiative to pay supermarkets to wrap fruits and vegetables in plastic in order to cut down on spoiled produce. Not unexpectedly, this initiative has environmentalists fuming. The Ministry announced last week that a new initiative to…

New seal quality testing system provides ideal seal and peel strength for individual products

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has launched a seal quality testing system that enables food manufacturers and processors to determine the ideal seal and peel strength for individual products. The new ProTest solution allows users to create the best seal each time, combining effective protection of the…

An Austrian cooperation that bears fruit

Reusable nets made of Lenzing modal fibers now also available from BILLA

The Lenzing Group, together with BILLA - an Austrian local supplier with over 1,088 branches in Austria itself - now offers consumers alternative solutions to plastic packaging. Its newly launched multi-use nets for fruit and vegetables made from LENZING ™ modal fibers have been receiving great reviews:…

Solution consists of 50% fast growing grass

Green label - with labels made of grass paper

In addition to FSC- and PEFC-certified labels, K-D Hermann GmbH is now offering an even more sustainable material in the field of self-adhesive labels; these are labels made of grass paper. The production of the paper for the labels is particularly environmentally friendly, because they are made for up…

Fruit transport: a new technical paper with many qualities

It has been two years since the company Deltapack France started to specialize in the fruit and vegetable sector. Michel Guerid, manager of the company, explains that this new orientation was born of a real need expressed by the professionals of the sector. “We saw that the packaging of fruits and…

China: “New mesh composite packaging serves the needs of customers”

“With the rapid development of the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, the importance of the composite packaging of fruit and vegetables is becoming more and more important. This high-quality reticulated composite packaging has the characteristics of strong gas permeability, and the packaged fruits and…

"Sustainability and competitiveness must go hand in hand"

Spanish agro-food sector analyzes the challenges of sustainability

The fulfillment of the sustainable development goals set by the UN for 2030 is a "demanding" challenge for the agro-food sector, which has committed itself to face challenges such as reducing its emissions, reducing the use of plastics or becoming more transparent. This has been the message conveyed by…

Environmentally friendly packaging of fruits and vegetables: GROW sees there is a lot of catching up to do in Germany

Score points with consumers by switching to wood

Many supermarkets are already dispensing with plastic bags for fruit and vegetables. Instead they offer paper bags or the goods are put directly into the shopping cart. But tomatoes, pears or carrots are still mostly still sold in cheap plastic containers. "The environmental awareness of the Germans has…

Mediane’s Greensleeve launches new product:

Home compostable film combined with paper

The demand for alternative packaging solutions is ever growing. Recent developments in packaging and waste laws boost that demand even more. But it’s not just laws that force us to look for alternatives. Retailers, producers and consumers are becoming more and more aware of their carbon footprint and how…

Washable reusable nets and recyclable bags as sustainable alternatives

Real to replace plastic bags with reusable nets by 2020

As the first company in the German food retail sector, the plastic bags in the fruit and vegetable department will be abolished by the end of 2020. Instead, customers find…

Produce traceability on patented labeling system

Food recalls have been an issue over the past few years, affecting a number of different produce items. Media coverage on contaminated foods causing illness has diminished consumer confidence in food and the retailers where they purchased the recalled products. To increase consumer confidence and public…

NABU study shows: 63 percent are already pre-packed

93,000 tonnes of packaging waste for fresh fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are sold more and more packaged in Germany. This is the result of a study commissioned by NABU. It is high time that the food trade rethinks and again offers more fruit and vegetables unpackaged. In Germany, more and more packaging waste is accumulating. One reason for this is that…

New Iceland initiative

UK supermarket’s new plastic-free fruit & vegetable aisle

In the olden days, one could expect to find greengrocers in most town centres. Now, Iceland is harking back to old times with a new range of loose fruit and veg that’ll be even cheaper than the packaged equivalents. The retailer has launched a plastic-free greengrocer trial at its ‘Food Warehouse’ store…

Frutmac: each product requires special packaging

The development, planning and implementation of the entire packaging line of the machines and an almost unlimited range of packaging materials make Frutmac a general and global supplier in terms of products for food packaging. With 50 years of experience, continuous development of machines and materials…

Fellini Patrizio introduces QR codes on plastic strips

"Fellini Patrizio" has recently introduced QR codes applied on a plastic strip ideal for "long" vegetables such as celery, chicory and beets. Consumers can read them directly with their smartphones, so the service provides an added value for customers as well as for distribution chains. "While QR codes…

Natural branding and reusable boxes are among the alternatives

Hofer's packaging mission continues

Hofer primarily focuses on the reduction of the amount of packaging in the fruit and vegetable sector and - among others - uses natural branding and reusable boxes. This way,…

bekuplast GmbH

"The demand for folding containers has increased steadily in recent years"

"Demand for folding containers has been rising steadily in recent years," reports Gerold Wilms, who coordinates bekuplast GmbH's producer, dealer and pool companies. At Fruit Logistica 2019, the company presented many different containers, but there was a special focus on the "Clever-Fresh-Box advance"…

Medium-sized packaging suppliers benefit from the Packaging Act

"Sustainable packaging solutions open up new opportunities for me"

Due to the packaging law, attempts are currently being made, as far as possible, to dispense with the use of plastics. Not only the major manufacturers and suppliers have to react to this important development in the area of ​​food packaging, but the smaller suppliers are now starting on this topic as…

New Easy Open packaging from Giro' Italia

The new Easy Open system designed by Girò makes it possible to easily open and close packets and nets without needing scissors. "We created this new system, which has never been used in the fresh produce sector, to open and close bags easily," explains Girò Italia sales manager Franco Locati. In…

Spain: Food sector concerned about plastic for health reasons

The food sector acknowledges that plastic use is one of the most controversial issues that need to be addressed, not only for environmental issues, but also for health reasons. This was said in the framework of the annual conference on food safety organized by the Association of Large Consumption…

Guide to help companies reduce plastic use

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has endorsed a guide to help companies reduce their plastic waste and replace the product with more sustainable materials. The report 'No to plastic in Nature: A practical guide for a business commitment' focuses on the strategy called "Organization for impact",…

J. Hilhorst, Hilhorst Fruithandel, NL

"Wholesalers must stop using plastic"

Dutch trader, Hilhorst Fruithandel, is at the end of the chain. As such, this company's Jos Hilhorst is becoming increasingly annoyed by the unnecessary use of plastic packaging. "I do not need it, and neither do my customers," he says. Jos removes all the unneeded plastic when he sets up his stall. He…

Kiwi Media GmbH

Reusable bags positioned as a low-priced alternative to vegetable nets within food retail trade

Unofficially, Fruit Logistica was all about sustainability this year. Exhibitors and visitors were particularly interested in both new and well-known sustainable alternatives for packaging and transport. Many major supermarket chains have introduced reusable nets over the past few months as alternatives…

Clever Etiketten GmbH, Franz Lindner:

"We want to pass on our products with a clear conscience - for that they have to be sustainable."

"We're very focused on sustainability, of course trying to make our products as harmless as possible to the environment: on the one hand, using natural, degradable materials, and on the other hand, we are committed to using labels that are easy to recycle," explains Franz Lindner from the firm Clever…

Californian company says digital printing makes for high quality displays

As produce companies aim to make more of an impact when it comes to packaging and displays, a number of packaging companies have stepped up and innovated to try and match the need for high impact displays. Warren Packaging of Ontario California, specializes in custom labels, corrugated boxes, and folding…

Spain: Thermolabel moves forward in development of label that registers temperature of fruit and veg

The operating group Thermolabel is moving forward in the development of a label that registers the temperature of fruits and vegetables. It would be a highly reliable label with the capacity to constantly register and authenticate the temperatures to which perishable products (mainly fruits and…

Ultrasonics in favour as retailers move to recyclable films

Tesco has recently announced a switch to PE films for its organic bagged salads, as part of a group-wide pledge to make all of its packaging recyclable or compostable, and is…

Knüppel Verpackung presents solution for online grocers

Everything freshly packed

Even if the huge boom in the online food trade is still to come, more and more providers are developing offers for grocery shopping on the net. With WrapPak Protector, Knüppel Verpackung GmbH & Co. is presenting a packaging solution at this year's Internet World Expo in Munich from 12 to 13 March, which will even bring…

ProSeal thanks unsung partner for 20 years of service

Tray sealing specialist Proseal and its supplier LC Automation are celebrating 20 years of a successful partnership during which the two companies have risen to become leaders…

‘ProLiFeX’ Joint Industry Project begins

Chain partners start research into closing the film packaging chain

No less than 30 to 40 percent of household plastic packaging waste is made up of plastic film. From a technical and organizational point of view, recycling plastic film is very complicated. New film packaging is also almost always manufactured from virgin plastics. Attero, TUSTI, the Eindhoven University…

Spain: Frutas Mobiontosa presents biodegradable and biocompostable packaging

For years, Frutas Montosa has been Malaga's biggest and most important tropical fruits marketer. In the financial year 2018, it reached a turnover of 120 million Euro, and this while selling greater volumes of mangoes and avocados. The company, led by founder José Luis Montosa, has never stopped…

Smurfit Kappa continues to strengthen its presence in Mexico

Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s leading paper-based packaging firms, has opened a new plant in Tijuana, Mexico, demonstrating its long-term commitment to the country. The new folding carton plant will strengthen the company’s footprint in the Baja California region and neighbouring Northern Mexico…

Hugo Beck and Mopack exhibit in Berlin for the first time

Hugo Beck, a manufacturer of horizontal flowpack, film packaging and post-print processing systems, and film supplier mopack will be displaying for the first time their film…

An ecological packaging which is a must on the fruit and vegetable market

“A ready-to-use mat made from wood fibers,” that is what the company Fibreries de Touraine has to offer. “We are ecological packaging manufacturers, especially for the fruit and vegetable sector,” explains Shirley Donadoni. “We manufacture crate bottoms for these fresh products. We make a mat made from…

Singapore researchers turn durians into packaging material

Researchers at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have found a way to turn durian husks into biodegradable packaging materials. Most fruits contain large amounts of pectin. Pectin is a natural part of the human diet. While pectin can be used to make jam hold its structure, or in some…

Reusable Packaging Association announces new board leadership for 2019

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) started 2019 with changes to the executive team and new additions to the Board of Directors. After serving a two-year term as Chairman…

Canadian packaging company expands its team

Crawford Packaging said it is setting its sights on bringing its knowledge-based solutions to the Food Processing market. In order to accomplish this, Crawford announced the…


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