Lean and fully recyclable top seal solution launched

Fresh produce packaging innovators, StePac Ltd. has expanded its range of top seals with new solutions to boost the retail fresh produce packaging sector. Its newly upgraded portfolio includes lean and fully recyclable easy peel film structures designed to be sealed onto trays or containers housing…

The Government is working on a royal decree that aims to reduce plastic pollution, which already has exceeded all limits

Spain will ban selling fruit and vegetables in plastic containers starting 2023

According to official sources, the Royal Decree on packaging and waste that the Government is working on, and that the Ministry for the Ecological Transition is about to make…

VKI

Association for Consumer Information

Plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables

The Association for Consumer Information has been surveying the proportion of packaged fruit and vegetables in supermarkets or discount stores since 2019. The average was higher than 60%. At the time, retailers wanted to reduce the plastic content. However, a new survey shows that the rate is still at…

“Our aim is solve fresh fruits and vegetables fresh keeping problems during transportation”

This is the season when apples, pears, and kiwi fruit from production areas in the northern hemisphere enter the Chinese market in large volumes. At the same time, grapes, mangoes, and other fruits from the southern hemisphere enter the market as well. Export fruit and vegetables will take up a…

Fruit importer launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month-related sweepstakes

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes and persimmons, is launching its “One Step at a Time” consumer sweepstakes to elevate the limited-time pink…

Consorzio Dal Cuore Veneto

A treasure chest of certified-quality potatoes

At Macfrut, Consorzio Dal Cuore Veneto presented the Una Patata dal Cuore Veneto project, which boasts the QV (Verified Quality) mark and aims at being a testimonial for the promotion of the mark itself. Michele Berti, Piergiorgio Agostini, Elena Baratella, Christian Baratella The project is part of the…

Carrefour Spain: 50% less plastic in fruit and vegetable packaging

Over the past three years, Carrefour has managed to reduce by 50% the presence of plastic in all its fruit and vegetable packaging. This figure reaffirms the company as a reference in the reduction of plastic in Spain. The products are now packed in other materials such as cardboard, mesh or…

Agricultural waste fibre tech company completes food packaging trial

Agricultural waste fibre tech company Papyrus Australia has completed its food packaging trial. The trial saw the company use its factory-produced refined banana fibre to…

Smurfit Kappa will showcase everything that its Agri Experience Center can do for the sector

Smurfit Kappa is aware of the importance of innovation to help the fruit and vegetable sector save costs and mitigate risks that may arise in its supply chain. The company will attend the next edition of Fruit Attraction, which will be held in person at IFEMA from October 5 to 7, and it will be located…

New compostable fruit and veg bags and plastic packaging trial

Lidl GB builds on plastic reduction and recycling programme

Lidl GB has today announced a series of new initiatives, as part of its REset Plastic strategy, to eliminate plastic waste and support the continued reduction and recyclability of plastics in its stores. The discounter has confirmed plans to replace all single use fruit and vegetable plastic bags with…

26-29 september 2021

Online meeting on food packaging sustainability innovation

Are you aware of the latest developments and innovations in food packaging? Is recycling of post-consumer plastic one of the challenges you face? Would your fresh produce…

Fruit shipper implements Material Recyclability Index

Copefrut, a Chilean company, has developed a Material Recyclability Index, a measure that seeks to understand the capacity of packaging to be integrated into recycling flows. “This quantifies the recyclability of packaging, considering not only what type of materials are being used, but also how they…

Belgian company develops sustainable packaging

New fruit and vegetable punnet

Smart Packaging Solutions has introduced a new fruit and vegetable punnet. The solid cardboard packaging is strong, circular, and easy to handle. It is a sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging option. "The market and consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable packaging," says Martijn Fluyt, Product Development…

Copefrut elaborates a recyclability index of materials for the packaging of its horticultural products

"We understand that sustainability is no longer an option"

Copefrut, a company that has produced and exported traditional and organic fresh fruit for more than 65 years, developed a Material Recyclability Index with the collaboration…

"Door Opener Day" of the "Sendung mit der Maus" on October 3, 2021

MULTIVAC opens its doors for children

How does cheese end up in its packaging? On October 3, MULTIVAC invites children aged 7 to 13 to discover together how the food of the future could be packaged. And it will be safe and environmentally friendly. This is the third time MULTIVAC has taken part in the "Door Opener Day" of WDR's "Sendung mit…

No Waste Technology (NoW), a technology patented by Policarta/AFC Packaging

A new 100% plastic-free paper packaging

"Guaranteeing fresh, high-quality products to customers is a big challenge, but it is not the only one. The environmental problems that we are all facing to protect future generations, also involves the creation of sustainable packaging. Over the years, Policarta/AFC Packaging has developed new…

"We hope to help agricultural companies save on packaging costs"

The Covid-19 pandemic, rising shipping costs, and the shortage of shipping containers all have an impact on the international fruit and vegetable trade. Shipping delays and backlogs in ports lead to product damage and loss. These developments make proper packaging all the more important. Qingdao…

Eco-designed, 100% cardboard and 100% recyclable

Prince de Bretagne: New recyclable tomato trays

Prince de Bretagne sells more than 80% of its production in bulk, but some products cannot go without packaging, whether it is for reasons of hygiene, quality or preservation. The cooperative of Breton producers is a precursor in cardboard packaging with the organic tomatoes, in line with its…

James Meers - Gs Fresh

“I believe this is biggest innovation in mushroom packing for 50 years"

Mushroom packaging has been pretty standard for many years: a plastic punnet wrapped in clingfilm with a label on the top. This not the most practical of packaging as the film does not stick and we end up with mushrooms all over the shopping bag. “Mushroom have a unique respiration and this creates…

Fresh Del Monte

Fresh Del Monte extends sustainable packaging gains

Global fruit and vegetable company, Fresh Del Monte, replaces bags with bands and clamshells with paper cups, employs reusable packaging, and reduces food waste. Hans Sauter, Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP of Research & Development: “We sell avocados, grapes, tomatoes, melons, and citrus, among…

Recyclable and compostable packaging for bite-size potato category

Tasteful Selections® is pleased to announce the limited launch of its new 100-percent plastic-free, recyclable and compostable packaging. “This new paper packaging with PaperLock™ technology is a major step forward in sustainable packaging. It offers light protection and natural absorption…

Better year for Egyptian packaging industry

“We noticed a need to develop innovative eco-friendly packaging”

Packaging in Egypt is going to have a lot less plastic if it’s up to one Egyptian packing manufacturer. The company has managed to remove about 85 per cent of the plastic in their grape packaging and have seen solid results during the strawberry season as well. Overall, 2021 has already been a better…

Belgian coop markets tomato specialties as a unit

The Belgian cooperative, BelOrta, has updated nine of its specialty tomato varieties packaging. In doing so, the cooperative wants to market a unified, recognizable premium concept. Click here to enlarge. Contemporary packaging lineBelOrta's assortment has more than 50 kinds of tomatoes. Many are specialties, available…

Expanded compostable packaging line for organic produce launched

Lipman Family Farms will showcase the expansion of its compostable packaging line at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit, furthering the company’s dedication to providing innovative, sustainable practices from farm to shelf. Designed for organic grape tomatoes, mini cucumbers, green beans and mini sweet…

Launching new sweet potato line and earth-friendly packaging options for potatoes

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Progressive Produce grows, packs and ships a wide variety of year-round produce, farming thousands of acres throughout North and South America. The company's products include asparagus, potatoes, onions, sweet onions, yams, citrus and chili peppers. Progressive also offers…

Ocado moves to 100% recyclable packaging material for apples

Double the packing speed and fully recyclable right on your doorstep...Ocado customers will start to receive three varieties of apples packaged in the new Pro-Produce linerless pack format. The move from bubble wrap and label to printed cardboard will prevent unnecessary waste to landfill. The launch is…

16 million crates to be replaced over 30 months

New CPR crates

New CPR System crates (called Redea) will replace the current 16 million existing crates over the next two and a half years - supermarkets will no longer have the traditional green crates, but rather these beige ones. A digital system can even make them talk.  Some of the attendants to the presentation event in Bologna  "Although the…

Carton Pack unveils new logo

Today, 6th September 2021, after 50 years of successful activity supported by a continuous and balanced growth, throughout to the development of ever new industrial skills, Carton Pack S.p.A. has…

Incatema Consulting & Engineering

Design of process to recycle plastics used in banana production in the Dominican Republic

Controlling the use of plastics in organic banana production is already possible in the Dominican Republic. This is to thank to the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) program, which Incatema Consulting & Engineering has been developing since 2014 in several Caribbean countries together with its partner…

Sustainable packaging - a small gesture with a huge effect on the environment

"There is no us and them when it comes to the environmental challenges caused by pollution! We are all responsible, so we need to work together to raise awareness and preserve nature and the environment. Producing plastic-free sustainable packaging for the fresh produce sector is our contribution, the…

Eviosys launches as a new company for smart, sustainable packaging solutions

The new company was formed after KPS Capital Partners completed its acquisition of Crown Holdings Inc. EMEA food and consumer packaging businesses. Eviosys, a leader in the…

Organic farm introduces new compostable/recyclable packaging

A&A Organic Farms in Watsonville, CA will launch its second-generation compostable/recyclable packaging for cherry tomatoes at the OPS show on September 16, 2021 in Monterey, CA. The packaging is bilingual for sales in both the U.S. and Canada. These cherry tomatoes are available year-round. This…

From now on, Den Berk Délice will have CO² neutral packaging in their new packaging plant

Den Berk Délice wants to let consumers enjoy the most flavorful tomatoes that have been sustainably cultivated and packaged year-round. To fulfill this mission, Den Berk Délice has moved to a new packaging plant at business park ‘De Kluis’ in the Belgium town of Hoogstraten. The new building will serve…

Smurfit Kappa announces multimillion Mexican investment

Smurfit Kappa has announced it is investing $22 million to expand its corrugated plant in Culiacan, North-West Mexico. It demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to the Mexican market with expanded capacity, capabilities and products offerings for local customers in the fresh produce segment. The…

New packaging from recyclable paper for Florette

Florette, a leader in ready-to-eat salads, is launching a new packaging from recyclable paper that will be used for all references of the Agrilogique range without pesticide residue created in 2019. This new recyclable salad packaging is lined with a single-layer plastic film to make it watertight and guarantee…

Berries & apples remain best opportunities for fresh fruit packaging suppliers

The Freedonia Group finds that, apples and berries will remain the best opportunities for fresh fruit packaging suppliers through 2024, together accounting for 51% of demand: Growth…

Nino Venezia, Dutch Graphic Group:

"Turnover isn't growing this year, it's exploding"

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the labels, cards, and other graphics markets. "Turnover isn't growing; it's exploding this year. Last year was already a top year. But, this year's sales are much higher," says Nino Venezia, the Dutch Graphic Group's patriarch. This company is located in a new…

Eosta saves 500,000 plastic containers for organic blueberries

In the upcoming season, Eosta / Nature & More will replace at least 500,000 plastic containers of blueberries with cardboard boxes. The new packaging has been developed in cooperation with a large customer and still has a small window made of bioplastic. Eosta has also developed completely plastic-free…

Organic shipper ready to return to Monterey

JBJ Distributing, Inc. is excited to return to the Organic Produce Summit in 2021. It considers this show the premier event for organic sales teams who get the chance to renew relationships with customers and meet potential new customers. "Being a 100 percent organic show, attendees understand the…

Starr Ranch Growers to present new organic offerings and packaging

Starr Ranch Growers is setting its sights on September’s Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, CA with an array of new organic offerings, marketing activities and sustainable packaging innovations to share. The Wenatchee-based company specializes in growing premium apples, pears, stone fruit and cherries –…

Company studies the possibility of algae also contributing to the elimination of plastics

Project launched to manufacture paper and packaging from algae

DS Smith, the leading sustainable packaging company, has launched a project to study the possibility of using algae fibers as a raw material for paper and packaging products in order to meet the growing customer and consumer demand for sustainable products. This could make the company a pioneer in the…

Cartonboard proves its life cycle credentials

A new life cycle analysis report has highlighted the environmental credentials of cartonboard packaging when compared against fossil-based alternatives. Published in June…

"We specialize in custom-made mesh bags for agricultural products"

For China the peak period of the agricultural mesh bag export season falls between August and October. However, this year the export volume is much smaller than in previous years because of the high shipping cost, the appreciation of the Chinese yuan, and the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Strategic cooperation in traysealer business

MULTIVAC and Italianpack join forces

MULTIVAC has signed a cooperation agreement with packaging machine manufacturer Italianpack, expanding its product portfolio in the tray sealer category. MULTIVAC has a…

The world's longest packaging line at Borton Fruit

Automation is very important to the success of the American fruit grower and exporter Borton Fruit. One of the biggest challenges they face is implementing automation to reduce labor as labor costs rise and labor supply is scarce. Aweta has offered a highly automated solution with the world's longest packaging line.…

Sustainability is gaining more and more weight among consumer purchases

New label rates the environmental impact of food

Even though the controversy over the Nutriscore food labeling system is still resounding, there is already talk of a new way of measuring the environmental impact of the…

“Our bag reduces the respiration of the product, which in turn keeps it fresh longer”

A Turkish fresh produce packaging manufacturer has created a new plastic bag that controls humidity to keep its contents fresh for longer. The bag can be completely customized to meet the requirements of the produce it will carry. Changing the size allows it to carry any herb, fruit or vegetable, the…

The rise of the pouch bag: what is driving the fame?

Pouch bags have not been in the market for very long ― “More recently, pouch bags have begun to serve multiple product types across various industries to the satisfaction of both retailers and consumers,” says Aaron Fox, Vice President at Fox Packaging and President of Fox Solutions. “Pouch bags are…

'Realizing the immense effects of climatic changes and Covid19’s restrictions'

Recent events have made it clear that, amid further Covid19 restrictions and unprecedented weather extremes, the fresh produce industry will enter one of its most challenging and unstable period yet. "Neither we nor anyone else can afford sitting idle in anticipations for conditions to improve, this…

Melbourne retailer echoes clearer labelling demands

Improved labelling of organic products will streamline the consumer buying process according to one of Australia’s largest certified organic retailers, Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods, which has echoed Australian Organic Limited’s call for mandatory labelling on all certified products. Servicing more…

Big Marble Farms:

“Anything that we can convert into sustainable packaging, we do”

Around the world, consumers have been sounding the alarm on single-use plastics in food packaging and are looking for sustainable alternatives to conventional clamshells and topseals. In western Canada, grower-marketer Big Marble Farms has made itself part of the solution by packaging local…

BIOG

Organic farmer cooperative BIOG

Luxembourg cooperative turns to compostable packaging

As globally, the disposal of plastic packaging and the recycling process associated with it pose a large environmental issue, the organic farmer cooperative in Luxembourg, BIOG, has announced it will deploy more sustainable packaging methods. The compostable cellulose packaging will be produced in…

CO2 emission up to 5.44% lower compared to other materials

Conserver boxes reduce environmental footprint

Termotécnica, provider of EPS packaging in Latin America, commissioned a study carried out by the environmental consultancy Green Domus, where GHG emissions (Greenhouse Gases) were compared for the transport of loads of mangoes from Brazil to Europe, simulating a scenario in EPS conservers and pallets as…

New sustainable packaging for grapes unveiled

Sustainability is now a major focus throughout the food supply chain and in the packaging realm and recent research shows that consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable packaging and are actively looking for recyclable materials prior to purchasing products. Greenyard wants to make lives…

Indian researchers create non-toxic reusable wrapper to increase fruit shelf life

The Department of Science and Technology has stated that Indian researchers have developed a composite paper made of carbon (graphene oxide) loaded with preservatives, that…

Compostable bags solution for fresh produce growers

Strawberry Fields Organic Farm grows an extensive range of vegetables and herbs but had struggled to find a supplier of compostable bags at an affordable price until they discovered the C BAG from flexible packaging and lidding films supplier KM Packaging and their partner Treetop Biopak. The C BAG is…

Biodegradable and home compostable

Grape bags win Eco Excellence Award

SUNRAYS Mandarin BIO bags from Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. have received the 2021 Eco Excellence Award™ for Best Snack for its innovative, sustainable packaging. BeechwoodThe netting used in the SUNRAYS Mandarin BIO bags are made 100 percent from beechwood, which is recovered from the thinning of FSC®– or…

OZblu creates sustainable paper packaging for blueberries

OZblu® Paper Packaging Steps into the Spotlight for Sustainability.Mauritius, like so many island nations, has been heavilyaffected by land and sea pollution from single-use plastics. In response, the government has taken strong measures to reduce the amount of plastic waste ending up in landfills or its…

Waitrose trialling linerless solution for gold kiwis

This month, Waitrose are trialling the Pro-Produce pack linerless solution for gold kiwis. ProPrint Group collaborated with Primafruit and Waitrose to launch the 8-week trial. If successful, the Pro-Produce pack could roll out further within the Waitrose fruit range. For gold kiwis alone, the linerless…

New (organic) potato nets from NORMA are saving some 630 tons of plastic per year

NORMA is saving on plastic consumption and it is not stopping at potatoes either. The new nets, which provide a shopper-friendly packaging, are true environmental giants from…

Plastica Sud launches NestBox, the first two-color reusable 43L crate with Ratio 1 to 6

Plastica Sud has been a leading manufacturer of plastic crates for forty years. It is a highly engineered company that guarantees reliable and safe products and that has combined both know-how and innovation. The company is always looking for the most functional design and efficiency, both with regard to…

Dutch fruit company buys Burg Tray Infeed (BTI) for packaging Pink Lady apples in small trays

"Demand for Pink Lady apples in small packaging, new machine introduction coincide perfectly"

Kutschruiter is a fruit company in the Netherlands. Besides having some 60 hectares, they cool and package their own and third-party fruits every day. These go to supermarkets. Recently, the company gained access to the new high-speed Burg Tray Infeed (BTI). They use it to packing Pink Lady apples in…

Berry Gardens

Berry Gardens reports on plastic reduction initiatives

'On course to save 133 tonnes of plastic following the release of new packaging formats'

Supplier of berries and cherries Berry Gardens has issued a statement saying that packaging initiatives included its work with Sharpak Aylesham and Coveris. Sharpak worked with Berry on the launch of SP AirLite, a range of recyclable mono-material strawberry punnets mitigating the need for bubble pads. Siobhan…

Packaging company expands services and supply in California

Giro Pack, Inc., a part of Giro GH, recently opened a warehouse in Fresno, CA to expand services and supply for existing and future partners in the region. The site includes warehousing space for consumable products, machines and spare parts, as well as some office and meeting spaces. “We’re excited to…

Projekt S&P and Sgorbati Gruppe

Sustainable paper banding & machine system now in Italy as well

Italian companies that insist on the ecological aspect of packaging now also have direct access to environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable paper banding for their vegetables, fruit and other foodstuffs, for example. Project S&P and the Sgorbati Group from Brescia have entered into a sales…

Fredonia Group

As Aldi Model expands in grocery retail, corrugated produce box demand gets boost

Demand for corrugated boxes used to package fresh produce is projected to increase 3.3% per year to $2.4 billion in 2024, according to a new Freedonia Group analysis.…

Increased packaging demand can also be seen in sales figures of secondhand machines

By now, the fact that the demand for packaging has increased due to the corona crisis is no longer a secret. In fact, it has become common knowledge. As a result, the people at Duijndam Machines, international buyer and seller of second-hand machines, notice an increase in the demand for packaging…

Ban on sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers USDA

French legislation threatens US fruit and vegetable exports

A French ban on the sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers threatens exports of U.S. sweet potatoes (approx. $20 million in sales annually) and grapefruits…

Sustainable paper bands and machine systems now also in Italy

Italian companies that also insist on the ecological aspect of packaging now also have direct access to environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable paper bands, for example for their vegetables, fruit and other. Project S&P and the Sgorbati Group from Brescia have entered into a sales partnership for…

Compostable packs may allow longer shelf-life of vegetables than plastic

Two peer reviewed studies commissioned by TIPA seem to indicate that compostable packaging could be as effective as conventional plastic, or even outperform it for shelf-life…

Facebook

Woolworths customer gives store a ‘plastics challenge’

A Woolworths customer has challenged the supermarket giant to expand their loose fruit and vegetable offering across its stores. The shopper took to the Woolworths Facebook page to post a photo of loose cherry and grape tomatoes displayed in bowls, alongside loose cucumbers and capsicum, which was taken…

ProAgri

A dual package to promote the consumption of fresh and processed tomatoes

Choosing to invest in a new product is one of the most difficult decisions for any entrepreneur. Yet there is always someone who has the courage and talent to bet on new market challenges: FreshPlaza has spoken to with Giovanni Iuvara, administrator at ProAgri, a Sicilian company specializing in the…

COVID-19 pandemic has mixed impact on fresh produce corrugated box market

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fresh produce corrugated box usage varied in 2020, finds a new Freedonia Group analysis. Healthy increases in demand were seen in the…

JLS

JLS will demonstrate Robotic Carton Closing at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

High-quality design is elemental with the Peregrine® robotic cartoning system from JLS. The vision-guided system might change the cartoning game with the integration of JLS TRAKTM; it handles a variety of packaging with on-the-fly changeover. The high-speed, flexible Peregrine utilizes our proprietary…

Home compostable and recyclable sleeve packaging now on retail shelves

CKF, Inc.’s Earthcycle brand of home compostable and recyclable packaging has expanded its range of sustainable options for its customers to encase their fresh produce by commercializing paper sleeves. New programs with Earthcycle packaging will appear on retail shelves as early as this month.    CKF designed, tested and…

Dutch company develops complete collapsible crate processing machine series

"Increasing demand for smart solutions to automatically fold, unfold collapsible crates"

In Europe, the transition from rigid to collapsible crates is in full swing. "More and more companies are looking for smart solutions," says André ter Braake of Bateq, a Dutch engineering company. "They want to fold or unfold these collapsible crates automatically." "Workers were supposed to 'just' unstack, unfold, fill,…

Gusseted bags extend package options

Crunch Pak® is adding gusseted, stand-up bags to its list of packaging options and will launch the new SKUs with a limited item promoting Paw Patrol the Movie from Paramount Studios. Available at the end of July in select stores, the gusseted bags come in 14-ounce and 24-ounce sizes and with options of…

Claus Solberg, Category Manager for Fruit and Vegetables at Dagrofa Denmark

”Alternative to single-use plastic bags for fresh produce”

The awareness of the importance of recycling has increased significantly, starting around two years ago but it has become particularly important in the last year, according to Claus Solberg, Category Manager for fruit and vegetables at Dagrofa Denmark. ”Containers for packaging vegetables, for instance,…

UNS Farms

UNS Farms debuts new packaging at Carrefour UAE

UNS Farms, a Dubai-based vertical farm producer, recently announced that its produce is available in Carrefour UAE. Among other fresh produce available in Carrefour, UNS currently supplies its Gourmet Mix, Signature Mix, Healthy Mix, Spicy Mix and Crunchy Lettuce to the supermarket chain.  The company said thanks…

Packaging products company completes acquisition of operations in Mexico

Smurfit Kappa Group, an integrated manufacturer of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, has completed the acquisition of Cartonbox, a…

New study on sustainable packaging: Dreamstime

How consumers want to be informed

Production, materials and recycling: Interest in sustainable packaging remains high; consumers want clear communication and certificates and labels are also relevant.…

Corrugated box makers in trouble as Himachal government switches to plastic trays

As the Himachal state government is switching over to plastic trays for packaging of apples on a trial basis, corrugated box manufacturers are facing huge losses. There are 250-odd corrugated box manufacturing units in Himachal. According to Surinder Jain, president, HP Corrugated Box Manufacturers…

Village Farms launches compostable packaging

"Reduce, reuse and recycle"

“As a millennial, it’s no surprise, from a very early age I was taught about the ‘Three R’s’ of environmental responsibility and sustainability, ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’”, Madison Wilson, Marketing Coordinator for Village Farms Greenhouse Grown brand tells us. She goes on to say, “For many of my peers, the 3 R’s are now…

Infia sustainability roadmap for 2021 and beyond – Circular economy and tray 2 tray

Infia believes there is a big opportunity to recover much more post-consumer fruit packaging, so that it can be recycled and transformed into new and fully recyclable products. That's why we've developed a dedicated program that will "close the loop" for trays: Infia Tray2Tray™. We've put together a…

British retailers deal with excess plastic packaging due to Covid-19

One result of the Covid pandemic was mismanagement of food plastic packaging, as manufacturers relied excessively on single use plastics in order to mitigate the potential…

"People are even emailing us, expressing their deep appreciation for this kind of packaging"

German tomato grower, Bong, uses Dutch Johannes packaging line under private label

A few years ago, wholesaler AGF-Holland introduced the Johannes packaging line. This plastic-free line consists of baskets, trays, and banderoles. It's made from specially-developed natural cardboard that uses 100% organic, biodegradable material. All packaging is now also available with a sealing/click lid.…

Dutch fruit and vegetable knowledge club gets sustainable packaging masterclass

Nic Jooste recently organized the second AGF-Kennisclub (Fruit and vegetable Knowledge Club) meeting. It was held on Wednesday, July 7, in the Netherlands. Nic is a fruit and vegetable sector sustainability and marketing consultant. The RAAD Groep sponsored the meeting. This is a financial and administrative consulting…

Raylase

Fresh produce natural branding & laser labelling to combat plastic waste

Consumers often ask themselves why organic products like cucumbers of all things are shrink-wrapped in plastic. Back in 2018, Ocean Care in Switzerland managed to convince major food retailers to change this by starting a petition against plastic for organic goods. The organization said: “It was great to…

What's happening with timber prices?

Several media reports claim that prices have recently been dropping sharply on the global timber market. Is the end of the unprecedented rise in timber prices in sight? "No," say the Dutch Packaging and Pallet Industry Association (EPV) and VVNH (Royal Association of Dutch Timber Companies). Several wood…

Cardboard protects, allows visibility, and is sustainable

"There are three crucial factors when it comes to packaging soft fruit - protection, product visibility, and sustainability," says Wouter Wigman, Marketing and Design Manager…

Rosario is the first Argentine city to ban plastic packaging for fruits and vegetables

The Council of Rosario banned the use of plastic wrap for fruits and vegetables. Thus, Rosario became the first city in Argentina to establish this type of regulation to…

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya

Kenyan industry launches Quality Mark to ensure local market food safety

Kenyan supermarkets and other retail stores will soon sell fruits and vegetables bearing a quality mark. This week, there was the unveiling of quality mark for the KS1758 Code…

Packaging company preparing for central position in Belgian wholesalers organization

Group ADW is to begin a major construction project in Belgium at the end of the year. That's at its current site. Its packaging, transportation, and wholesale facilities will be expanded. Group ADW wants to centralize activities and wants to become future-proof. The company is located in the heart of…

Biodegradable mandarin bags selected as finalist in eco awards

Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. is honored to have its SUNRAYS® Mandarin BIO bags selected as one of the finalists in the Snack Category in NCW Magazine's 2021 Eco-Excellence Awards™. The awards recognize year after year the innovators and game-changers in the world of sustainable living. With more than 80…

Deciphering US produce labels and codes

It is the responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration for assuring that foods sold in the US are safe, wholesome and properly labeled for either domestic or food from…

One Harvest announces its commitment to all plastic packaging being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025

Australia’s pioneering salad manufacturer One Harvest has strengthened its commitment to shaping a sustainable future by announcing all plastic packaging is to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. As a member of ANZPAC Plastic Pact, One Harvest will work in collaboration with other key players…

Guillin Group acquires Gault & Frémont Group

After entering into exclusive negotiation with UI Investissement on March 2nd 2021, Guillin Group, the European leader in food packaging solutions and related materials, has announced that it has acquired the Gault & Frémont Group. The Gault & Frémont Group is the reference in France and Belgium for the…

Grower brings back patriotic-themed peach boxes

Titan Farms, a grower of South Carolina peaches, is now shipping its patriotic-themed volume fill box named “America’s Peach.” The America’s Peach Box will be packed from June 23 to July 10 and are available nationwide while supplies last.  “Titan Farms felt a patriotic tribute box was the way to celebrate…

Water-soluble polymer could make vaporized aluminum in food packaging unnecessary

A thin layer of vaporized aluminum inside the packaging keeps chips crisp and coffee aromatic. But it is precisely this oxygen-resistant layer that makes thin food packaging difficult to recycle. In addition, it costs a lot of energy to manufacture the packaging layer by layer. Researchers in Wageningen…

BluePrint Automation acquires Jongerius Hanco B.V. in Amersfoort, The Netherlands

On June 25th 2021, Jongerius Hanco B.V., located in Amersfoort The Netherlands, has been acquired by the BluePrint Automation (BPA) Group. Martin Prakken, CEO of the BPA…

Sweet potato grower hopeful demand gets a boost from foodservice returning

Supplies of sweet potatoes are ample as the industry moves into what historically is a slower period of movement in the year. “The 2020 crop yield was pretty significant compared to the 2019 yield. So there are good supplies. And supplies are greater than at this time last year,” said Larelle Miller of…


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