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New production line helps to reduce plastic waste

Dutch tomato specialist RedStar has succeeded in further reducing the amount of used plastic for packaging in the supermarket. By expanding a special production line, even more tomatoes can be packed in thin plastic trays instead of the thicker buckets. As a result, 40% less plastic is used.

For the plastic trays with the so-called topseal foil, the company uses 100% recycled plastic that is also 100% recyclable after it has been used.

Every day we pack around 150 tons of tasty tomatoes for our customers', Henri Lambriex, managing director of one of the largest tomato specialists in the Netherlands, claims. In the supermarket, customers often consciously choose environmentally friendly packaging. With our tomatoes, we help them to do so. What's more, the plastic film makes our tomatoes more visible. That is beneficial for us too, as we grow delicious tomatoes. This difference can be seen and tasted'.

Flexible production line
RedStar supplies tomatoes to various supermarkets and wholesalers. Lambriex: 'Due to the considerable expansion of the topseal packaging line, not only do we need less plastic, but it is also easier to adapt the look of the packaging to the customer's wishes. Together with packaging specialist Sismatec, dealer of the Proseal machines, and the innovative machine builder Koppert Machines we have developed a flexible production line that can efficiently produce different sizes and shapes of packaging, from 250 grams to 1 kilogram.'

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