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Complete packing line for snack bell peppers for German grower

Koppert Machines has developed a packing line for snack bell peppers for a German customer. The design came about after extensive talks with the customer, and existing and new techniques were used.The challenge was getting three colours of bell peppers in a 200 gram packaging, with a weight of no more than.....

Turkey: Innovative antimicrobial MA-MH bag now available

Deka Plastic, a company that mainly produces modified atmosphere bags and retail bags for the fresh produce industry, has been in business for the last 25 years. The company is responsible for a ‘new generation of modified atmosphere – modified humidity (MA-MH) bags’ developed using several nanotech.....

Edible ink allows invisible label printing on fruit

Australian company, Digital Ink Technologies new POLYtrust edible UV invisible and visible inks offers a unique way to label fruits and vegetables. The ink allows the company's printers to use the polymer thermal inkjet technology which sticks directly onto fruit & vegetables and can not be easily rubbed.....

UK: Consumers throw away 40% of bagged leaves

Britons throw away 40% of the bagged salad they buy every year, according to the latest data, with 37,000 tonnes – the equivalent of 178m bags – going uneaten every year.The figures from the government’s waste advisory body Wrap are being published on Wednesday by the supermarket giant Tesco to highlight.....

Customers outraged after Asda stopped selling loose fruit & veg

Many customers are outraged after Asda stores in some areas have stopped selling loose fruit and vegetables. Customers see it as a waste of packaging and prefer to buy their produce loose, and took their anger to social media. In a tweet to Asda, Jonathan Bowdin wrote: ‘Yo @Asda colne [in Lancashire]......

Consumables line reduces packaging by up to 25%

Crawford Packaging launches GrowPack; an offering of produce packaging automation and consumables. “GrowPack offers a full line of produce products that help our customers save money, while adding value through advanced technology resulting in high shelf impact,” noted Vice President of Crawford Packaging’s.....

Packaging extends shelf life, but how?

The increasing globalisation and international trade in the fresh produce sector demands the utmost of the products. The products are transported thousands of miles before they find their way to the consumer. Shelf life during transport is crucial to get a good price for products. One of the factors that can.....

How food safe is your food packaging?

Robert van der Laan of Mediane has been around for a while in the world of packaging materials for fruit and vegetables and in particular the conical covers. After all those years it continues to surprise him that growers are not always interested in the food safety of their packaging materials. Robert: "One.....

Study claims cardboard safer than plastic for fruit transportation

A Guelph food scientist has sparked up debate on plastic versus cardboard in boxes used to deliver produce from farms to grocery stores. Keith Warriner, a University of Guelph professor, released a study late last month that raises concerns about the hygiene of boxes made out of plastic. In his study.....

“Supermarkets increasingly aware of environmental impact”

On route to more sustainable plastic packaging for fresh produce

Traditionally, the conical sleeves, bags and films for fresh produce are made of plastic (PP and LDPE). That works just fine. The use of covers is a must. It’s necessary for the protection, transport, presentation and longer shelf life of the fresh products. However, the material used for the sleeves is in.....

US: Retail-ready Tasti-Lee tomato packages create buzz on the West Coast

"Vida Fresh, Inc. is very excited to announce the arrival of our new retail-ready baskets of Tasti-Lee tomatoes," says Andrew Walsh with Vida Fresh. "Our premium, organic, vine-ripened Tasti-Lee tomatoes are now available in a plastic-wrapped 1LB basket (2-3 CT), with product info and barcode. There are.....