"Obtaining OK Soil certification is a big step for our plugs"

After obtaining the OK Compost Certificate in 2017, Maan Biobased Products has taken another step. The Growcoon has been awarded the OK Biodegradable Soil certification. "The biodegradable grow and seed plug Growcoon can now officially demonstrate that it is biodegradable in the soil without harming the…

Leafy greens

E-book offers support during decision-making process of new packaging line

With the intent to help guide customers through the packaging decision-making process, JASA Packaging Solutions is introducing an e-book about packaging leafy greens. “Traditional brochures address the machines we have and the advantages of these machines. But the e-book will help guide you through the…

Waitrose

Waitrose trials sustainable packaging for strawberries

Intent on reducing the amount of plastic packaging in circulation, Waitrose has started a new sustainable packaging trial for its strawberries. The new “Air-Light” punnet packaging is available in select stores now. Shoppers are able to take full advantage of reduced plastic packaging across Waitrose’s…

NZ: Horticultural plastic pots on government's radar

Farm plastics and plastic packaging have been declared 'Priority Products' by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). Under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, regulatory product stewardship schemes will need to be developed for these products to minimize waste to landfills. Joint industry-government…

New branding for artisan line of fresh produce

Reflecting decades of sustainable innovation and hand-crafted expertise, Tanimura & Antle is rolling out new consumer-focused branding to support its premium Tanimura & Antle Artisan® Family of fresh produce and more clearly convey these attributes on the shelf. The new logo joins upgraded packaging with…

BelOrta launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta will begin packing its Belgian strawberries in new packaging this week. These Tray2Tray punnets are made of recycled raw materials. And they, in turn, are 100% recyclable. Consumers can recognize these punnets by a special logo. BelOrta's taking the next step in increasingly sustainable…

Fourth video of ‘Valstar: the Sustainable Series’

Packaging vegetables sustainably, why do you do that?

It is perhaps one of the most talked-about topics of the past few years: the discussion surrounding sustainable packaging. Packaging needs to be functional and sustainable. But how? Our packaging manager, Martin van Rest, discussed this topic with Ruud Hoosemans, Program Manager Sustainability at the…

UK: Horticulture industry backs moves to reform packaging producer responsibility system

Leaders from the horticulture sector have come together to write to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) backing the principles of the recently…

"Tall plants can now benefit from automation too"

Taller plant industries such as bananas, cannabis, potatoes, corn, cereals as well as specific ornamental and berry fruit horticultural varieties can now benefit from automation. The Australian-based PTC automation company Nic-In Systems has introduced a taller container to its product consumables range.…

Horticulture industry backs moves to reform packaging producer responsibility system

UK: "We recognize that we all have a part to play to minimize the impact of packaging"

The horticulture sector has come together to write to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) backing the principles of the recently announced Extended…

Can open field tomatoes be grown in a sustainable way?

The dynamics of growing tomatoes in open fields versus a controlled environment are very different. “With open fields, it definitely requires a collaborative effort to keep the impact on the environment minimal,” explains Louis DeMaso, Sustainability and Operations Analyst with Lipman Family Farms. The…

6 tons of greenhouse-waste organic fertilizers to be produced monthly in Eskisehir, Turkey

The Eskisehir Bilecik Development Agency announced the evaluation results of the applications made to the 2020 Financial Support Programs. Saricakaya Municipality, which will produce compost by collecting vegetable wastes, was entitled to receive a grant with the project developed for this purpose.…

Fruit and vegetables without packaging have been avoided by many

Pre-packaged food more common during corona pandemic

Sales of packaged food and takeaway food have both increased, reports HBL.fi. According to a study at Åbo Akademi, these habits may be here to stay. The corona pandemic has…

Multivac

Multivac

Packaging and labelling fresh fruit and vegetables sustainably

There is a new trend in the packaging of fruit and vegetables: Single-origin recyclable packs made of paperboard or cardboard are gradually replacing the typical plastic trays, which usually have an additional pillow pack, or are wrapped in stretch film or netting. Multivac's full wrap labelling offers a…

Kuku International Packaging

A new plastic-free knitted tubular net for garlic and onion

Kuku International Packaging, a company specialized in flexible packaging and located in Palata Pepoli, in the province of Bologna, Italy, launched a new plastic-free packaging solution entirely made of virgin cotton fiber, with no plastic in it, that can be used with packaging machines. "It is part of…

"North American pallet shortage to last for a longer period"

The lack of pallets is adding stress to a supply chain that is already facing significant challenges which include a lack of available trucks and shipping containers, ongoing…

More demand for compact plastic packaging formats to save transport costs

“Plastic rigid and flexible packaging solutions brought significant change in way goods are packed”

The European plastic packaging market is expected to grow again, as demand for flexible plastic packaging is increasing from both food and non-food sectors. Innovation has…

France: Solarenn cooperative

"We're ever more committed to sustainable development"

For its 73rd anniversary, Solarenn, the fifth largest French operator on the tomato market, reveals its innovations for 2021. The cooperative based in Saint-Armel (Ille-et-Villaine) and created in 1948 brings together 27 producers and 65 hectares of greenhouses. It is one of the oldest fruit and…

Grafica Sud

Compostable and recyclable punnets for grapes, cherries, apricots, etc.

"We are not just suppliers of packaging solutions for agricultural businesses, we are also ambassadors of sustainability. Over the years, with the help of national and international research centers, we managed to produce various solutions made exclusively of biodegradable compostable materials that can maintain…

Ready-to-eat vegetable & salad trends boost value demand for related packaging

Demand for ready-to-eat (RTE) produce was already on the rise prior to the COVID-19 pandemic due to its enhanced convenience over standard options, which users must wash or…

Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging

Bioactive paper coatings to replace plastic for packaging foods

The amount of plastic waste increases every year. Some of this waste is due to plastic packaging used to protect food. As part of the “BioActiveMaterials” project, researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have developed an eco-friendly coating for paper packaging. With this, not only is plastic saved,…

New sustainable packaging solutions launched to meet increasing demand

Demand for sustainable packaging solutions is high. “We’re seeing increased requests across all regions we do business in,” says Shannon Boase with CKF, Inc. “However, all regions are demanding sustainable packaging for different reasons,” she added. In North America, COVID has accelerated interest for…

Sustainable packaging company adds cardboard tray to its portfolio

Cascades, a North America and European based packaging company, is launching the first thermoformed cardboard tray. The product is made from 100 percent recycled and recyclable cardboard and has a recyclable water-based barrier coating which prevents moisture. “The cardboard tray makes a true alternative…

Eco – friendly coolbox: new sustainable packaging presented

Koppert will be introducing a 100% recyclable cool box for transporting biological solutions by early May 2021. This initiative is in line with the company’s sustainability target of ‘Zero Waste by 2030’. The new sustainable box will be used to transport beneficial insects and microorganisms to combat…

"The biggest impact we can have as an industry is to reduce the amount of plastic we put in the system to begin with"

While the horticultural industry has long used plastics for trays and pots, the consumer push towards environmental sustainability has some companies rethinking their business models to reduce their carbon footprint. Ahead of their time, Blackmore Company, a commercial horticultural systems and equipment…

Tailored solutions for greenhouse grown leafy greens

In recent years, supplies of greenhouse grown leafy greens have gone up in rapid pace. Although this is a global trend, the growth rate is highest in the United States. “Popularity of greenhouse grown produce is driven by factors like year-round supplies, efficient use of water and labor, less dependence…

A tripartite partnership for eco-designed 100% cardboard packaging

DS Smith and Solarenn : a zero plastic partnership

“Eco-design is a business approach that requires investments and time in the long term,” explains the president of Solarenn, Christophe Rousse. A joint effort from three actors of the fruit and vegetable sector - the Solarenn cooperative, DS Smith as  global supplier of sustainable packaging and ETpack mechanizer…

WEBER Verpackungen presents natural packaging for lettuces

"bloom guard is the ideal packaging to protect and market lettuce"

WEBER Verpackungen is a traditional German manufacturer of innovative packaging solutions for the horticultural industry. At its site in Wickede, in the middle of NRW, WEBER produces flexible packaging made of paper and material composites for flowers, plants, herbs and vegetables. Through its bloom…

Kamarino

Fully compostable packaging for sustainable tomatoes

Kamarino is the eco-friendly ethical brand developed by Azienda Agricola Dorilli dedicated to sweet and crunchy tomatoes, grown in Sicily and placed in fully compostable packets. Three tomato varieties - cherry tomatoes, red salad tomatoes and Marzanino tomatoes - are cultivated on the Ragusa coast,…

Coveris and Berry Gardens launch recycled lidding film with over 30% PCR content

Berry Gardens, the UK's leading berry and stone fruit production and marketing group, has partnered with sustainable packaging manufacturer Coveris to launch a new printed lidding film containing over 30% post-consumer recyclate (PCR). The first-to-market, food safe PCR film is now available nationwide…

Berry Gardens to use ‘Prevented Ocean Plastic’ for punnets

Berry and stone fruit production marketing group Berry Gardens will launch new recycled packaging for its proprietary punnets this summer, using Prevented Ocean Plastic. Prevented Ocean Plastic is plastic that has been collected from coastal areas that would otherwise risk polluting the ocean. It is…

"It can now be applied to fruit and vegetables as well"

GGN label celebrates 5th anniversary with new universal, cross-category label

The GGN label is celebrating its 5th anniversary and yesterday (April 27) during an online event, GlobalG.A.P. c/o FoodPlus GmbH launched their new GGN label which can now also be applied to fruit and vegetables. "Unlike the previous GGN labels, which were specific to aquaculture and floriculture…

New paperboard punnet

Fiber-based packaging leader Graphic Packaging International is pleased to announce the launch of its ProducePack™ Punnet, an innovative paperboard alternative to plastic punnet trays for fresh fruit and vegetables. This new product, available for all commonly used punnet sizes, is fully recyclable and reduces plastic by up to…

Transporting less air, more vegetables

NL: New, sustainable, customized snack veggie packaging

In the Netherlands, several types of new packaging have been developed by Verstappen Advanced Packaging, Bakker Barendrecht, and their vegetable growers. The focus is on sustainability. This new packaging uses 50% less material. Supermarket chain Albert Heijn uses this packaging. So, it will use…

Natural Branding aims to be response to upcoming plastic ban in France

The AGEC bill (anti-waste law for a circular economy), adopted on January 30, provides for a ban on plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables as of January 1, 2022 in France.…

Oliver Wendt (Solidus Solutions) on sustainable packaging innovations

"We want to curb the throwaway mentality through sophisticated small packaging"

The first local asparagus and berries are already in circulation, and traders are trying to influence consumers with new, innovative product packaging. Dutch company Solidus Solutions is considered a specialist in paper and cardboard packaging. It also has managed to bring some solutions to the market…

Weber Packaging presents 100% paper moisture resistant vegetable bag

"Protecting vegetables and marketing them successfully at the same time"

The proven Veggie Bag from Weber Verpackungen is now also available as a bag, completely made of 100% recycled paper. "The Veggie Bag is the ideal packaging to protect cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce or other vegetables, at the same time marketing them successfully," the company reports. Individual prints…

Dutch growers of Diosa Fruit:

"Despite growth of their own production, the UK will keep importing peppers for a while"

Njoy has been Diosa Fruit's own brand since 2013. After years of using the trusted black box, it was time for a new look. These days trading company Diosa Fruit is responsible for the sale of, among other things, peppers under its own brand. As of last week in two new boxes. Director Teun Hendriks talks…

Who is the winner of this year's CPMA Packaging Innovation Award?

Mucci Farms announces it has been awarded the Packaging Innovation Award for the new Naked Leaf Living Basil Sleeve at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 2021 Annual Convention and Trade Show. The 95th CPMA show is held in a virtual format featuring exhibitors from across the North American…

Prepackaged fresh produce sales soar amid Covid-19 pandemic

A new Freedonia Group analysis projects US sales of fresh produce packaging to grow 3.7% per year to nearly $7 billion in 2024, as demand continues to rise among both…

"Consumer demands for plastic reduction have grown over the years"

“Consumers’ demands for plastic reduction have grown over the years. People are more aware of sustainable packaging nowadays, and retailers want to tune into this consumer trend,” says Arjan van Steekelenburg, chain manager at Hazera. “On the other hand, retailers want to brand their product, and exhibit…

Sustainable punnet film for strawberries introduced

Soft fruit marketing group Berry Gardens has partnered with packaging manufacturer Coveris to launch a new printed lidding film that contains more than 30 percent post-consumer recyclate (PCR). The PCR film is now available nationwide across lines including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries,…

T.O. Plastics launched new square pot and carry tray

"A complete brandable growing system"

T.O. Plastics has just launched a new product set: a 1-quart, brandable square pot with tag slots, and a companion carry tray. Expanding the trusted square pot product line to add convenient and durable branding opportunities comes the 450 square pot with tag slots (product #700162C) and corresponding…

Henkjan van Essen (JBB Packaging): "Everything we make is customer-specific”

New paper bags for fruits and vegetables

As a packaging company from the Dutch Westlands region, JBB Packaging from Maasdijk supplies a lot of packaging to cut flower and potted plant growers. A request from a growers cooperation last year led to the company also taking up activities within the fresh produce sector. “we are ready to supply the…

Bio vegetable packaging made with plastic recovered from the sea

Agromediterránea has launched a new container for the marketing of BIO radishes under its brand Sun & Vegs. It is a sustainable container made with recycled plastic that has been recovered from areas near the coasts and in the seas of Southeast Asia. It is doing so as one of the main partners of…

Compostic launches certified home-compostable cling wrap and resealable bags in the US

Compostic, one of the first creators of certified home-compostable plastic alternatives, announced its launch in the United States, available on compostic.co and Amazon. With a mission to address the environmental catastrophe of plastic waste, Compostic's performance compostables offer a guilt-free, 100%…

100 % cardboard

Zero plastic for Solarenn and partners DS Smith & ETpack

The Solarenn cooperative has been working for two years on changing its packaging. For the 2021 season, three actors of the fruit and vegetable sector have developed innovative, optimized and eco-designed packaging. An efficient tripartite partnership and design. A tripartite partnership for eco-designed…

3rd party verification

Home compostable packaging now includes Recyclability

CKF, Inc. has added to its roster of independently assigned environmental labels by joining the How2Recycle program and will have the “Widely Recyclable” designation granted for its Earthcycle™ line of thermoformed moulded pulp trays and punnets for fresh produce. How2Recycle is an on-pack labeling…

The opinion of Alessio Orlandi of Fri El

The Italian tomato market keeps moving forward

The demand for tomatoes has increased greatly last week and also the market is performing well, as confirmed by Alessio Orlandi, commercial director of Fri-El, which has 12 hectares of greenhouses in Ostellato (Ferrara, Italy) and another 10 hectares under progress (see FreshPlaza of 10/02/2020). Alessio…

New clamshell retail pack for premium lettuce

Church Brothers Farms developed a new clamshell for its Little Gem lettuce that protects and showcases the premium variety at retail. The new patent-pending four-count clamshell is designed to protect the unique properties of the compact-sized lettuce while providing more product visibility on shelf. The…

Berry grower signs global plastics commitment

Yesterday Driscoll’s joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to help advance its pledge to prioritize sustainable packaging solutions that protect fresh berries…

Special Packaging this month

The demand for packaging is increasing. Reason enough to put this subject in the spotlight in our monthly special box. For this, we invite growers, suppliers, and anyone else who has solutions for or information about packaging to share this with our audience. This can be done in the form of a press release, but the special is also…

European Lift Lock crates

Cradle to Cradle Silver certification for IFCO

Lift Lock is the first and only range of reusable food packaging in Europe to have obtained this demanding sustainable certification. Ifco, global leader in reusable packaging for fresh products, has obtained the Cradle to Cradle Silver certification (3.1 version) for its European range of reusable Lift…


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