Moving away from plastic! - Yes, there is a clear change in thinking: within food retailing, the ever more enlightened and critical customer more and more often prefers organic produce or vegetable products from integrated and controlled farming. And then the big, common goal here is: packaging the goods where necessary, but with a reduction of plastic parts. At the same time, however, all requirements for the article must still be met. Added to this is a continued recognizability of the product, and the presence of all the necessary data.
This all amounts to a rather large challenge, which the people responsible for Reichenau vegetables have accepted. The problem was tackled with the product being tomatoes"Together with the manufacturer and supplier of the corrugated cardboard shells (RONDO) and a Swabian mechanical engineering company, a machine was developed that can close the corrugated cardboard trays of various formats by means of adhesive dots in such a way that the requirements -mentioned above- can be fully fulfilled. Some flexibility in the sealing process is required for different tomato sizes.
Real operations will start as soon as possible
"Future-oriented and responsible" is how the Deputy Managing Director of Reichenau-Gemüse describes the result. The result is a machine that can seal one-piece corrugated cardboard shells (waste paper content of up to 85%) after filling, with two adhesive dots on the upper shell side. Thus, the flowpack does not need a plastic lid or plastic film. At the same time, all demands on the packaging are met. The corresponding labels are being made using inkjet printing. Two weeks ago, the first machine of this kind was delivered by the machine manufacturer to Reichenau.
Right: Christian Müller, Deputy Managing Director of Reichenau eG shows the new packaging solution.
In the coming days, the new trays will be fine-tuned to bring the new Reichenau tomato packaging to production maturity. After a presentation at the customer's, the real operational cycle will start this season. Then there is nothing in the way of a plastic-free tomato enjoyment.