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High temperatures are in the past: cold sealing is here

Most packages are sealed under high temperatures. However, there is now a new, not so hot way of enclosing the produce: cold sealing. At the Fruit Attractión 2021, Juan José Cruz, manager of Earis, presented Cold Sealing, a technology suitable for sealing fruit trays and other fresh products. Cold sealing…

Tesco

Tesco to launch PET ‘tray to tray’ recycling initiative with Faerch

Supermarket chain Tesco and sustainable packaging solutions company Faerch have collaborated on what they claim is an industry first, closed-loop recycling solution that ensures secondary plastic packaging used to transport and display products on shelves is retained by the food packaging industry. The…

Folding stacking crates offer new possibilities

With this folding stacking crate, Remmert Dekker Packaging has reinvented the iconic fruit and vegetable crate. According to this Dutch manufacturer, it is both foldable and stackable.…

Up to 170 tons less packaging per year

NORMA's proprietary brand ERNTE KRONE optimizes potato nets and saves 50% on packaging

In addition to the potatoes of the NORMA brand BIO SONNE, customers now also save on resources when buying the ERNTE KRONE brand. Thanks to the new and optimized CLAF® carry-fresh nets, up to 50 percent of the packaging material will be saved. In addition to this, just one type of material is used for…

Les Crudettes salads stay fresh in Mondi’s recyclable functional barrier paper

Mondi, a global player in packaging and paper, has introduced its first recyclable functional barrier paper bag for salads in the Group LSDH’s Les Crudettes range. The sustainable packaging is a fully integrated solution – Mondi operates across the value chain from sustainably managed forests, to…

Part of an extensive recycling programme in Benelux countries

First recycled folding trays go into circulation

Euro Pool System started using the first recycled folding trays last week. This is part of an extensive recycling programme in the Benelux countries, which will see millions of new folding trays going into circulation. The used blue trays are granulated to create the main raw material for the new trays.…

Project Service & Produktion Ltd

Even faster ecological banding with the Proband V2000

The new Proband V2000 from Project S&P in North Rhine-Westphalia has already impressed a number of visitors at trade shows this year. The machine, which enables simple banding, even with paper bands, will be launched on the market at the beginning of 2022 and follows the Proband V1000. The company had…

Tipa Corp

Compostable packaging solutions from Tipa Corp

Compostable produce packaging adds shelf life and sustainability

Compostable packaging solutions from Tipa are being implemented worldwide by leading brands in Europe, Australia, and the US. There is a particular focus on food and fashion industries, as these are two key markets that use a high volume of flexible packaging. In the US, Tipa worked with  Fresh Harvest to…

Brahim El Hasnaoui, Fleuron d’Anjou, “There is no alternative to the plastic ties”

“If no solution is found, we will no longer be able to sell bundled vegetables from January 1st”

A real blow to the fruit and vegetable sector came with the decree published on Tuesday October 12th regarding the ban on plastic packaging, which also excludes the plastic ties used to pack bundled vegetables. “In the discussions on the first drafts of the decree and in the exchanges with the CNA and…

René Eekels, Baskin:

"Wicker display baskets will boost any fruit and vegetable aisle's look"

During the lockdown, many retail chains put many ideas on hold, including implementing fruit and vegetable aisle innovations. That was also the case for wicker display baskets. Baskin makes these Smart Edge Baskets (SEB), and interest has now returned in full force. "We should roll out these baskets at…

India-based AVI Global Plast introduces 100% recycled PET punnets safe for food-contact

Food safety and hygiene are top priorities for considering use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content in food packaging. When AVI Global Plast introduced 80 to 90% recycled PET in films and packaging designs in 2013, they used state-of-the-art co-extrusion equipment to sandwich post-consumer material…

“This will inevitably impact selling prices for the consumer”

The ban on plastic packaging is not well received by the sector

As of January 1st 2022, fruit and vegetables can no longer be sold in plastic packaging, with a few exceptions. For Jean-François Not, president of the Ille-Fruits cooperative, the decree of Tuesday October 12th was “published without any consultation.” Jean-François Not denounces a decree elaborated…

Verdeflor, the Peruvian packaging company, expands its facilities for the blueberry, avocado, and citrus campaigns

"We have the capacity to process 1200 kilos/hour, which means we can have one container ready per shift"

Peru's blueberry export campaign has already started and the opening of new markets, such as India and Malaysia, starting this year offer producers better prospects, as they now have more than 31 destinations where they can ship their product. Starting October, the Indian market will be open for Peruvian…

Plastic-free packaging wins innovation award

AFC Packaging is pleased to announce the acceptance of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) 2021 Innovation Award in Food Waste Prevention for its NOW No Waste Technology for fresh produce. Left to right: Stefano Giusti, Chris Lewis, Paul Smith, Mike Baker. NOW No Waste Technology plastic-free…

Former Welsh Secretary claims UK supermarkets are ‘disguising’ EU food

John Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham in Berkshire, has stated that supermarkets have a ‘keen enthusiasm to display the Union flag’, coupled with a ‘marked reluctance to…

Diamondback Acres, Lake Chelan

Washington farm takes on plastic packaging problem

Diamondback Acres, based in Lake Chelan, Washington, has been farming organic produce since 1991. Farm owners Bill and Angell Clark have put sustainability at the core of the…

Waddington Europe offers new punnet that's easier to recycle, using less plastic

European thermoforming packager Waddington® Europe, a division of Novolex®, has launched a new 100% mono-material protective soft-fruit punnet thanks to the company's MONOAIR™ cushion technology. Traditionally, punnet bases require an additional layer of bubble padding attached with a glue adhesive to…

Agriplast

Machines create recycled plastic films

Agriplast is a company that produces plastic films for the Italian agricultural and horticultural industry. They are currently using 7 and 5 layer blown film systems and the entire chain is controlled by IT systems.  "Our machines are not only concerned with the quality aspect of the product, they also influence environmental…

Interfel

“Yes to the reduction of plastic packaging, but in a realistic and concerted way”

The publication of the implementation decree of the anti-waste law for a circular economy in France, voted on in January 2020, appeared on the 12th of October 2021. From…

A patent to fully recycle plastic

Siropack, a company based in Cesenatico that develops packaging technologies, has set up the "Respect" patent to fully recycle the plastic of food containers, fresh produce included. On October 6-7, 2021, Canadian multinational Cascades visited the Siropack facility to sign an agreement for the exclusive…

Ruan van Graan – Banhoek Fruit Packers

Stonefruit packhouse offers low chem citrus packing to Boland growers

Well-known plum and nectarine packhouse Banhoek Fruit Packers this year packed lemons for the first time in its 16-year existence, after last year diversifying into pomegranate packing. Putting pomegranates over the pack line has been good preparation for packing citrus as both are wet tipped and treated…

Sustainability and less plastic for packaging

Pandemic heightened consumer sense of environmental & social responsibility

Many consumers all over the world currently have a clear position on sustainable consumption and behavior. This is also the case in Latin America, according to the study Covid…

List of fruit and vegetables without plastic packaging from January 2022

From the 1st of January 2022, unprocessed fresh fruit and vegetables will no longer be allowed to be sold in plastic packaging, according to the anti-waste law for a circular economy (Agec law). Barbara Pompili, French Minister of the Ecological Transition, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, Finance…

France to ban plastic packaging for fruit & vegetables January 2022

France will ban plastic packaging for nearly all fruit and vegetables from January 2022 in a bid to reduce plastic waste. The French government published a list of about 30…

AU: Public wants Government to back compostable packaging over recycling

Responding to a landmark new poll, almost 8 out of 10 Australian adults (78%) believe using compostable packaging is a more effective solution to the plastic waste crisis than recycling plastic. Almost 9 out of 10 (89%) are concerned about the plastic waste generated from packaging, and a further 79%…

BerryDealer continues expansion with production and packaging plant

BerryDealer, a company dedicated to the marketing of berries, has reached a milestone by opening its own production and certified packhouse. "Having our own production will allow us to better and more confidently manage the product we deliver to our customers," stated Pablo Gonzalez, the manager of BerryDealer.…

Rovema Benelux presents Innotech Revo 3800 at Interpom Kortrijk in Belgium:

"These are the latest potato packaging novelties"

This spring, Rovema Benelux acquired Innotech and packaging company Prins Verpakkingstechniek. "That's tremendously increased our chances of offering our customers suitable solutions. For example, a worldwide team of approximately 750 people has been added. They have a wealth of experience and technical…

From Bologna - Italy, the GNA Wrap Box wrapper machine

A highly versatile packaging machine that works with both plastic and alternative materials

The Wrap Box machine is a valid solution for the protection of citrus fruits, apricots, cherries, kiwis, apples, tomatoes, pears, peaches and grapes, just to mention a few. It works on cardboard or wooden boxes of different shapes and sizes. Always up to date with new market trends, the Bologna-based company…

New UF/IFAS study:

‘Fully recyclable packaging makes consumers feel better about meal kits’

A new UF/IFAS study shows that consumers prefer meal kits (online or in the store) with organic, local, and pre-cut ingredients. The researchers also learned that consumers…

Chilean project seeks to revolutionize fruit packaging market

Juan Carlos Carrasco, owner of the Chilean Zeaplast company that operates in the Coronel industrial park, explained that it is about to offer a new product for sustainable…

‘Avolicious’

Private label for avocados launched

Terra Exports, a global fresh fruit company, is making an impact in the avocado sector by launching its own, in-house brand of avocados called Avolicious. The private label launched one month ago and has been well received by customers. Avolicious is already being shipped globally--currently to Asia,…

Berry growers launch Innovation Challenge to solve agricultural plastic waste

Driscoll’s has partnered with Think Beyond Plastic to launch an inaugural Agricultural Plastics Innovation Challenge, which aims to stimulate new recycling processes and the development of alternatives to conventionally used field plastics. Innovators, entrepreneurs, research institutes, start-ups and…

Slovakia tops EU ranking in plastic waste

Slovakia is currently among the EU countries with the biggest use of plastic bags, which is why Slovakia’s Environment Ministry is encouraging the nation’s supermarket chains…

Calpine Containers acquires JS Ag Packaging

Rainier Partners, a private equity firm based in Seattle, WA, announced the acquisition of JS Ag Packaging by Calpine Containers, a Rainier portfolio company. Headquartered in…

Roberto Graziani from Graziani Packaging

Cost of raw material, logistics and climate change a thorn in the side of entrepreneurs

"Raw materials like paper and plastic are getting more and more expensive and delivery times are lengthening. I believe this situation will not improve soon, I think it will last for another 6 months or more," reports Roberto Graziani from Graziani Packaging. He also thinks the economic recovery is…

Company adds industry expert to Produce Team

Gordon Fresh Produce joins C.A. Ferolie

C.A. Ferolie, a company that offers tailored brand-building solutions to consumer packaged goods manufacturers on a super-regional scale and is part of the C.A. national…

Gaetano Torrente

Workers are very hard to find and crafts are disappearing

Gaetano Torrente from La Torrente has been elected president of the Food Chain Section at Unione Industriali Napoli for the period 2021-2023. Unione Industriali Napoli is made up of 15 sections and aims at safeguarding the interests of its members and analyze specific problems. Companies part of the…

Alberto Sardo, Xeda International:

Coating wax: from myth to science and from science to myth

Last century, some companies around the world dedicated science to improving the quality of fruit with coatings of controlled permeability. Enhancing appearance, reducing water loss and maintaining shelf-life were the main preoccupations of the market back then. But now, aesthetics have become secondary.…

Seeka's invests $20 mln in packline, coolstore near Te Puke

Seeka strives to have a new automated packline and high-efficiency cool store operational near Te Puke, ready for next year's kiwifruit season. The company will build a new…

Martinique: Banana packaging utilized in waste-to-energy project

A new waste-to-energy project in the Caribbean is set to convert commercial waste into carbon-free renewable hydrogen syngas, generating electric power on the island.…

September 29, International Day of Awareness of Food Loss

Post-harvest packaging solution launched to help reduce food losses

Today is the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, a UN initiative to raise awareness of the impact of food and nutrition safety on people's lives. Worldwide, 1 billion people go hungry, and 1/3 of all the food produced is lost in the production and distribution processes or goes to the…

ALDI enters into strategic partnership with Interseroh+

ALDI Nord and ALDI SÜD are actively involved in the circular economy. According to one press release, the groups have agreed on a strategic partnership with Interseroh+ Ltd…

EcoMark

Natural branding in the conventional sector

Natural branding is being used more and more in the organic sector. Primarliy used for ecological reasons, it is now also being used for economic reasons in the conventional sector. The reduction of plastic packaging is steadily progressing. Packaging organic produce or putting stickers on it to…

Dole and Shanghai Disneyland launch new blueberry gift box

Dole and Shanghai Disneyland have worked together to launch their blueberry gift box. The festive box of high-quality blueberries officially entered the Chinese market in September, 2021, and will be available in Sam's Club. There are five unique designs, each with slightly different colors that sparkle…

Mario Miulli of Imprimatur Group - Italy

High-end fruit and vegetables with special packaging

For some top-of-the-range products, packaging plays a key role. However, who is behind the design of the baskets and packaging increasingly seen on the shelves of large-scale distribution and in specialist shops? Attending Macfrut was Mario Miulli from the Apulian Imprimatur Group, which collaborates,…

Organic shoppers demand sustainable packaging

Recent research indicates that businesses selling organic products can gain a competitive advantage by using more circular, sustainable packaging.  A Soil Association survey found that over half (55%) of consumers expect organic fresh produce packaging to have a low or no environmental impact. Two out of five…

New machine seals cardboard fruit and vegetables boxes with a sticker

The ATH-IX-BR is new to the Euro-Label 06 range. This is an automatic labeling system. It was developed to apply stickers to cartons with flaps. It was designed to meet increasing demand. Companies wanted a machine that could apply stickers to fruit boxes. These can be for four, six, or eight pieces of…

Tekni-Plex acquisition bolsters food & beverage capabilities

Tekni-Plex has acquired Keyes Packaging Group from Arbor Investments in a deal that will elevate its ability to provide innovative solutions enabling customers to keep their…

Laser Food has been using its Natural Branding technology for 15 years

"The best companies trust the indelible marking of their fresh products"

"There's no doubt that, back in 2006, when Laser Food had the idea of starting to develop the technology to indelibly mark fresh agri-food products, this seemed a little far-fetched," company sources stated. "There were many critical voices that continuously denied the convenience of using this…

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…


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