Packaging

Kaitlin Wyatt of Proseal America:

“Top-sealed trays reduce materials used in packaging by 45%”

There have been many different trends fueling the packaging industry over the years but sustainability has remained at the forefront of everyone’s minds, as well as efficiency and protection. Proseal America’s GT1e machine is one of the company’s most popular packaging machines for the produce industry,…

Award for wrapping solution with compostable film

Fabbri Group’s strategy, based on offering complete and effective packaging systems thanks to the most complete synergy of machines and films specific for different applications, is once again a winner. Today it is the “Nature Fresh” project that stands out, receiving the historic Italian Award…

New solution for weighing and packaging TOVs

Packaging tomatoes on the vine has always been an expensive and slow process in fact, in most cases, operators work in front of scales and weigh each punnet singularly until the exact weight is reached. As a consequence, the weight of packets can be uneven and there can be a high level of giveaway. Watch…

Feedback from the produce industry

How did participants experience PMA’s virtual Fresh Summit?

Last week, PMA organized a virtual Fresh Summit for the first time in seven decades. The event drew more than 360 exhibitors and attendees from 64 countries. The highest representation came from the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Peru and Colombia. The event featured 31…

F.lli Napolitano

Eastern Europe and the Netherlands new commercial frontiers for rocket

"The first requests have come in from the Netherlands and Eastern Europe for packed unwashed rocket. They demand loose produce in various packaging solutions. We are proud that our rocket, which is hand-cut and hand-selected, is appreciated by emerging markets as well," reported Francesco Napolitano (in…

PerfoTec and Oerlemans Packaging Group team up

Extended shelf life of fresh produce through collaboration

PerfoTec and Oerlemans Packaging Group will work together to further optimize the properties of sustainable packaging for fruit, vegetables and flowers. The machine manufacturer and packaging producer create a unique packaging technique that extends the produce shelf life and therefore reduces (food)…

New compostable cucumber wrap to be highlighted at Fresh Summit

PMA's virtual Fresh Summit has kicked off over the past few weeks, many companies made the decision to exhibit at the event. For Nature Fresh Farms, there was no question about it: “Our goal is to continue to support the produce industry while remaining visible to our current and potential customers, so…

Garry Sandercock - Propak Industries

Automatic systems which can reduce labour and plastic

Increasing automation while reducing plastic usage is a very valuable service and if you can do this while also increasing the use of recyclable materials then its a definite win-win all round. “We provide a fully automated pallet wrapping line where the client can palletise the fruit and wrap it with…

Canada invests in cold storage and packing facilities

'Vegetable cold storage facilities will grow food self-sufficiency'

The Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, announced a $1.25-million investment to help establish vegetable cold storage and packing…

Terphane

Sustainable line of PET films to be showcased at Fresh Summit

Fresh produce consumers are looking for natural, healthy, and convenient products. As packaging gains more relevance in the produce category, Terphane, a producer of specialty PET films and an important global player, will present three innovative solutions developed for this sector at the virtual PMA…

Markon Cooperative

Fully recyclable cardboard clamshells for strawberries launched

To help move the produce industry away from plastic and increase recyclability, Markon Cooperative’s new cardboard, fully recyclable strawberry clamshell is now available to foodservice operators. The package, designed for its Markon First Crop (MFC) two-pound strawberries, is made with food grade…

Box assembler in action

You get machines that assemble boxes of all sizes and shapes. But, in Costa Rica, they still do it traditionally, by hand. And, as you can see, it's not as quick, but the man's work is very neat.

Bringing European trends to the US

Sustainable packaging without sacrificing operational excellence

Interest for packaging continues to increase. It is not just any type of packaging that produce companies and retailers have their eyes set on, it’s sustainable packaging. Although Europe is a frontrunner when it comes to sustainable packaging, recyclable and compostable packaging types are taking off in…

The Caligari & Babbi company, specialized in fennel

A new vegetable packing station makes it possible to think big

A few months ago the new building of Finò, il finocchio italiano, was inaugurated. The company specialized in the cultivation and marketing of fennel is located in Savignano sul Rubicone (Forlì-Cesena), and represents an important step on the entrepreneurial path of Marco Babbi and Vittorio Caligari. "We…

Increasing demand for recycled plastic

Fabio Zoboli, sales manager at Infia, discusses the lockdown, the bad weather and the increasing demand for eco-friendly products from operators all over the world. The company produces and sells 3.3 billion pieces a year in 5 continents. FreshPlaza (FP): How would you describe the first 8 months of 2020…

Cadiz, Spain

The Algae-Copack project will use the invasive algae from the Strait of Gibraltar to make packaging for fruit and vegetables

The Algae-Copack project aims to convert the Asian brown alga, an invasive species that appeared on the shores of the Strait of Gibraltar a few years ago and is proliferating…

Mondi and BIOhof replace plastic wrapping with fully corrugated solution for fresh produce

Mondi, a packaging and paper manufacturer, has collaborated with BIOhof Kirchweidach, an organic farm in Bavaria, to design a sustainable packaging solution for 500g packs of tomatoes on the vine to be distributed to PENNY supermarkets, owned by major German retailer REWE Group. Coral Tray fulfils…

Giving produce clamshells a second life by making them recycle-ready

On the first day of the NABC/USHBC Virtual Conference and Expo, John Keeley of Highland Packaging, Rick Tomlinson of the California Strawberry Commission and Janis McIntosh of Naturipe Farms discussed the history and future of recycling in the produce industry. One of the main focuses of this session was…

3rd prize in Pentawords 2020

International design award for fruit and vegetable packaging line Johannes

Last year AGF-Holland introduced the Johannes packaging line, a plastic-free packaging line for the entire fruit and vegetable department, with a line of baskets, trays and bands made of specially developed natural cardboard. Johannes Janssen already knew that this packaging met a need due to worldwide interest,…

JASA

Complete packaging solutions for leafy greens

JASA has been in the automatic packaging market for sliced vegetables for 35 years; consequently, they gained all the knowledge and expertise to pack mixed lettuce varieties in various ways. Bags filled with leafy greens on a vertical packaging machine. Packed in trays with a lid or top seal. Salad bowls…

How are plastic items made?

Plastic. We want to get rid of it, but it's not that easy yet. Everyone uses plastic items at home or in the office. But how are these made? Like this.

Danish shipping giant to transport ocean cargo between nations Maersk

Maersk to ship cargo between UAE and Israel

Earlier this month Israel and the UAE signed an historic agreement to normalise relations, marking a big development in economic collaboration and ending a ban on trade…

Simon Firth on Macpac's horticultural packaging:

"It's a year with record high sales"

Over the last months, plant sales have been high. This combined with the sharp increase in online shopping, resulted in a record year so far for the horticultural packaging range of Macpac. "Usually, the peak orders are coming in in March, April in May and just a little in September and October, Now…

Prince de Bretagne and NZZ collaboration results in 80% less plastic

Prince de Bretagne, the brand of Breton growers, and NNZ started an optimization project for the packaging of cherry tomatoes in 2020 (varieties Tutti and Pigeon). The collaboration resulted in a drastic reduction of plastic (-80%) compared to the original version, which was initially entirely PET. The new…

SavrPak

SavrPak combats food waste with moisture-eliminating technology

SavrPak deploys the laws of physics and thermodynamics to eliminate moisture from a container before its food deteriorates. With at-home deliveries and takeout spiking during…

Apeel and Houweling’s plastic-free cucumbers are at select Walmart locations

Houweling’s Group has officially launched its plastic-free CaliforniaGrown English Cucumbers in partnership with Apeel. While English Cucumbers traditionally have required single-use plastic for shelf-life extension and product quality through the supply chain, Apeel Cucumbers maintain freshness,…

US (ME): Greenhouse plastic collection starts September 25

In Maine, the statewide collection of greenhouse plastic for recycling begins on Friday, September 25. They ask growers to follow folding and labeling instructions, check the…

New line introduced by Beekenkamp Verpakkingen

New transport boxes without stacking rim, suitable for any pooled RTP

The blue rigid EPS-trays won't longer be used in 2021. A foldable crate will be the alternative, but that won't be a suitable solution for everyone. Therefore, for several growers, it becomes more interesting to start using their own pool trays. One of the options on the market are the transport boxes of…

Fresh thinking for fruit and produce packaging

With fresh food and meal kit delivery services on the rise, there is growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions that ensure freshness and convenience for consumers. Vegetables Australia investigates the options that are available to food producers and businesses. Consumers, retailers and growers…

Sandra Somford of JASA Packaging Solutions

“An opportunity to show ourselves in a relatively new market”

Family-owned company JASA Packaging Solutions was established in the Netherlands 35 years ago and the company opened a US branch in 2018. “With a focus on providing packaging equipment and sustainable packaging solutions, we are bringing our European knowledge and expertise to North America,” says Sandra…

Survey shows that detailed traceability systems are in place on LGMA farms

A survey of member companies operating under the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement shows that producers are capable of quickly tracking product involved in an outbreak or recall. Under FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule, farms are not considered registered facilities and thus are not required to have a…

Packaging company commits to reducing environmental impact

Moving forward, Giro Pack, Inc. is focused on optimizing the plastic used in each package to reduce the possible environmental impact. Greater sustainability reduces waste and CO2 emissions. Giro has already begun offering reduced plastic options of existing packaging formats (as well as new concepts)…

Leon Hoogervorst, Inter Fresh Concepts

“Icepack use growing in the fruit and vegetable sector, especially for online sales”

People often send, for example, broccoli from the Netherlands to Spain. Then they scoop a decent amount of ice over its crate. That's to keep the broccoli in optimal condition. That, however, has a drawback. Things become a mess on arrival. There are puddles of water under all the pallets. Hygiene is…

What's the best sealant for fruit and vegetable packaging - EVA or metallocene?

Proper packaging is vital for transporting and selling fruits and vegetables. Trays and boxes are preferred. Using a sealant, these kinds of packaging can be assembled quickly, easily, and efficiently. The perfect adhesive, however, depends on various factors. These include the packaging material used…

Nature Fresh Farms

New 100% home compostable cucumber wrap released

Nature Fresh Farms continue their sustainable initiatives by releasing a new, 100% home compostable wrap for their Long English Cucumbers, a first in the North American market. An alternative to traditional polyethylene plastic, this film is an environmentally friendly compostable wrap that breaks down…

Macpac announces new on-line shopping experience

Packaging manufacturers Macpac report that in the coming weeks they will be launching a new on-line ‘shopping’ website. It will provide a one-stop shop for box quantities of selected packaging on demand in key sectors. A spokesperson for the manufacturer said: "We’ve been successfully offering our…

Party Délice tomato shaker nominated for European Carton Excellence Award 2020

The Party Délice tomato shaker has been nominated for the European Carton Excellence Award 2020. The Belgian company, Den Berk Délice, produces this cardboard packaging. Remmert Dekker Packaging designed it. "We started the design process with an idea. We wanted to replace the existing tomato shaker with…

New: Tomabel shaker

The REO Veiling is offering its Tomabel snack and snack tomatoes in new Tomabel shakers from today (Wednesday 2 September). This stylish cardboard packaging with transparent lid replaces the black 'Nova' punnets and offers three customer-friendly advantages: the product is highly visible in the small packaging, the product is…

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Cost of plastic bags set to double in UK supermarkets

The British government has announced that single-use plastic bags will double in cost from 5p to 10p in all shops from next April onwards. Shoppers will pay more for each bag…

A unique and innovative green approach to reducing plastic food product packaging

Harpak-ULMA Launches Its PaperSeal Sustainable Food Packaging System

Harpak-ULMA today announced the official launch of its innovative PaperSeal packaging technology as part of the company’s initiative to fundamentally rethink packaging systems to promote green packaging alternatives across the food industry. Image: Business Wire Public concerns, regulatory actions, and powerful…

Jumbo supermarket:

“Fresh packs’ upward trend increased even more in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 outbreak”

Do you feel like having a nice, home-made cocktail? Fresh pack developments don’t end with meals. They keep evolving. The Dutch supermarket chain, Jumbo, has noticed a strong upward trend. Since the coronavirus broke out, soup and meal pack sales have increased even more. The unprocessed assortment’s…

Fresh pack concept: Easy, tasty, and inexpensive?

The Dutch consumer program, Radar, recently took a closer look at the fresh pack concept. Are these packs really so tasty and convenient? Isn’t it much cheaper to buy all the…

Craig Stauffer with Vanguard International on packaging developments

“Are consumers swapping sustainability for safety?”

Consumers are shopping more and shopping differently. The good news is that fresh produce aisles have been busier than ever, with “health” absolutely top-of-mind as a further indicator that the transmission of the coronavirus is of utmost concern for the majority.A sign of increased perception of the…

Macpac’s Plantpac in demand in an e-commerce-driven climate

Increasing interest for packaging for delivery through the letterbox

In March there were dire prospects for the horticultural sector. In the UK, the Horticultural Trades Association suggested at the time that if garden centres remained closed then the value of lost sales could reach £687m by the end of June and £1.2bn by Christmas this year. It was reported that some 650…

New fibre punnets to help address sustainable packaging issues in Australia

Consumer demand for sustainable fresh produce packaging and healthy eating choices were the driving forces behind Visy's new fibre punnets. National Account Manager, Jamie O'Dell says the Enviropunnet™ is a sustainable, recyclable and market appealing option for packing fresh produce, and offers a…

Sieto de Vreeze and Marnix van der Caaij, Quality Pack

“Packaging material has never been this high on the agenda”

Is there still space at wholesalers for fruit and vegetable packaging? Not that they don't need it at all, but stock sometimes takes up quite a lot of space. Couldn't another method of stock control be cheaper and more effective? And what about packaging that can be used several times, like plastic…

Redpack wants to reduce labor and contamination by packing lettuce on field rigs

"Increasing efficiencies in iceberg lettuce packaging"

To meet demands of growers across the market to reduce labor, enable faster packaging speeds and lower maintenance costs when wrapping iceberg lettuce, the engineers at Redpack Packaging Machinery have been working closely with growers across the globe to come up with a solution that wraps iceberg in a…

From Adelaide manufacturer BioBag World Australia Irina Kryvasheina

Bio-wrap: suitable for everything from cucumbers to magazines

A compostable shrink-wrap developed in South Australia for cucumbers has been adapted to magazine film. Its Adelaide manufacturer, BioBag World Australia, created the film…

ScoringAg

"You have to sanitize everything"

Maintaining the integrity of the sanitation

“You have to sanitize everything,” says William Kanitz with ScoringAg. “If you don’t protect your product, the consumer gets sick.” The company sells and produces sanitizing equipment for fresh produce and its packaging. Due to the Coronavirus, things have changed. It’s increasingly important to reduce…

in collaboration with Beekenkamp Verpakkingen:

New crates for Looye Kwekers

Looye Kwekers manages the complete process, ranging from cultivation to custom consumer packaging, in-house. A packaging process with fast throughput without any malfunctions is highly desirable. Until recently, Beekenkamp's existing low-height AGF crate was used for harvesting at multiple sites and for transport to the central…

The solutions propsed by the Apulian company Carton Pack

CartonShell and Social Plastic, the double face of sustainability

Although in the midst of the Covid-19 emergency plastic wrappers have been a safety precaution, the environmental impact of plastic is one of the most relevant issues at a global level. That is why governments and institutions have taken and continue taking measures against such materials. With its…


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