Belgian company develops sustainable packaging

New fruit and vegetable punnet

Smart Packaging Solutions has introduced a new fruit and vegetable punnet. The solid cardboard packaging is strong, circular, and easy to handle. It is a sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging option. "The market and consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable packaging," says Martijn Fluyt, Product Development…

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US company provides high-tech growers with plant-based packaging

The North American provider of earth-friendly plant-based products, good Natured Products,  continues to grow its market traction with food producers who are taking a fresh approach to supplying plant-based, nutritional foods to communities across North America.  Heron Farms product in good natured® packaging (CNW…

New compostable fruit and veg bags and plastic packaging trial

Lidl GB builds on plastic reduction and recycling programme

Lidl GB has today announced a series of new initiatives, as part of its REset Plastic strategy, to eliminate plastic waste and support the continued reduction and recyclability of plastics in its stores. The discounter has confirmed plans to replace all single use fruit and vegetable plastic bags with…

Belgian coop markets tomato specialties as a unit

The Belgian cooperative, BelOrta, has updated nine of its specialty tomato varieties packaging. In doing so, the cooperative wants to market a unified, recognizable premium concept. Click here to enlarge. Contemporary packaging lineBelOrta's assortment has more than 50 kinds of tomatoes. Many are specialties, available…

Eco-designed, 100% cardboard and 100% recyclable

Prince de Bretagne: New recyclable tomato trays

Prince de Bretagne sells more than 80% of its production in bulk, but some products cannot go without packaging, whether it is for reasons of hygiene, quality or preservation. The cooperative of Breton producers is a precursor in cardboard packaging with the organic tomatoes, in line with its…

Sustainable packaging - a small gesture with a huge effect on the environment

"There is no us and them when it comes to the environmental challenges caused by pollution! We are all responsible, so we need to work together to raise awareness and preserve nature and the environment. Producing plastic-free sustainable packaging for the fresh produce sector is our contribution, the…

Better year for Egyptian packaging industry

“We noticed a need to develop innovative eco-friendly packaging”

Packaging in Egypt is going to have a lot less plastic if it’s up to one Egyptian packing manufacturer. The company has managed to remove about 85 per cent of the plastic in their grape packaging and have seen solid results during the strawberry season as well. Overall, 2021 has already been a better…

Lettuce leaf program sees new addition

Fresh, wrapped jumbo Butter Leaf lettuce from California’s Coachella Valley will be on the shelves of grocery stores in November, thanks to the leaf program by Peter Rabbit Farms. “Our leaf program is a full service operation for fresh, leafy greens: Romaine, Iceberg, green and red leaf spinach, and…

Poland is a vegetable production powerhouse

The production of vegetables is an important branch of Polish agriculture, and the share of vegetables in the value of the commodity agricultural production is about 11%.…

HarvestHold by Verdant Technologies receives EPA registration

Verdant Technologies announces the rollout of its HarvestHold Fresh product life extension solution to the produce industry, after receiving EPA registration in early September. HarvestHold is a 1-MCP-based post-harvest solution that extends the usable product life of fruits, vegetables and flowers by an…

Expanded compostable packaging line for organic produce launched

Lipman Family Farms will showcase the expansion of its compostable packaging line at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit, furthering the company’s dedication to providing innovative, sustainable practices from farm to shelf. Designed for organic grape tomatoes, mini cucumbers, green beans and mini sweet…

Up close and personal: getting closer to the horticultural sector on matters of sustainability

Whether it’s designing packaging for sustainability or keeping the growers, packers, and distributors aware of the fast-evolving packaging legislation, Stockport-based packaging manufacturer Macpac has launched a dedicated campaign delivering a personalized and key sustainability message to their…

New system allows pointed pepper farmer to pack more efficiently

Leo Uijtdewilligen of Vergo Kwekerijen grows sweet pointed peppers on 7,5 hectares in Belguim. He also packages these peppers. Leon was looking for a more efficient packaging system. He has found it. The Dutch company, Martin Stolze, installed the packaging line at Vergo Kwekerijen. The grower uses it to…

16 million crates to be replaced over 30 months

New CPR crates

New CPR System crates (called Redea) will replace the current 16 million existing crates over the next two and a half years - supermarkets will no longer have the traditional green crates, but rather these beige ones. A digital system can even make them talk.  Some of the attendants to the presentation event in Bologna  "Although the…

PerfoTec gets new commercial director

As of September 1st, PerfoTec welcomes Martin van Lier as its Commercial Director. Martin has many years of experience working in a wide range of jobs within the fruit and…

New packaging from recyclable paper for Florette

Florette, a leader in ready-to-eat salads, is launching a new packaging from recyclable paper that will be used for all references of the Agrilogique range without pesticide residue created in 2019. This new recyclable salad packaging is lined with a single-layer plastic film to make it watertight and guarantee…

Smurfit Kappa announces multimillion Mexican investment

Smurfit Kappa has announced it is investing $22 million to expand its corrugated plant in Culiacan, North-West Mexico. It demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to the Mexican market with expanded capacity, capabilities and products offerings for local customers in the fresh produce segment. The…

CAN (BC): Delta to ban single-use plastics

The City of Delta will be formulating its own ban on plastic bags. A motion put forward by councillors Dylan Kruger and Jeannie Kanakos at the Aug. 9 council meeting, and to be discussed at the next meeting of council in September, would see city staff looking into the steps necessary to come up with a…

Perfection Fresh launch a consumer traceability and provenance discovery tool

Perfection Fresh have launched a consumer traceability and provenance discovery tool on its raspberries coming from its farms in Caboolture, QLD. The tool is powered by FreshChain Systems, a fully integrated, blockchain enabled, paddock to plate assurance system that enables traceability from the food we…

Cartonboard proves its life cycle credentials

A new life cycle analysis report has highlighted the environmental credentials of cartonboard packaging when compared against fossil-based alternatives. Published in June…

Company studies the possibility of algae also contributing to the elimination of plastics

Project launched to manufacture paper and packaging from algae

DS Smith, the leading sustainable packaging company, has launched a project to study the possibility of using algae fibers as a raw material for paper and packaging products in order to meet the growing customer and consumer demand for sustainable products. This could make the company a pioneer in the…

“Our bag reduces the respiration of the product, which in turn keeps it fresh longer”

A Turkish fresh produce packaging manufacturer has created a new plastic bag that controls humidity to keep its contents fresh for longer. The bag can be completely customized to meet the requirements of the produce it will carry. Changing the size allows it to carry any herb, fruit or vegetable, the…

Ted van den Berg, Fresh Retail Packing Sp zoo:

"Our new Polish packing plant means we're a filter between producers and supermarkets"

Fresh Retail Packing Sp zoo (FRP) has opened a branch in Grojec, Poland. Dutchman Ted van den Berg and Artur Tomasiuk from Poland are in charge. The company offers a complete fruit and vegetable service. That includes sorting, packing, repacking, storage, and transshipment. "We founded FRP in January. We…

Irish salad leaf and herb grower launches rebrand

“We wanted to emphasise the fact that the product is grown locally with the shortest possible route from farm to fork”

At the end of July, McCormack Family Farms launched a new brand for their range of unwashed salad leaves and herbs. The family, who have been growing produce in Ireland for nearly forty years, supply major retailers and foodservice throughout Ireland with Irish grown product. “We wanted to emphasise the fact…

Big Marble Farms:

“Anything that we can convert into sustainable packaging, we do”

Around the world, consumers have been sounding the alarm on single-use plastics in food packaging and are looking for sustainable alternatives to conventional clamshells and topseals. In western Canada, grower-marketer Big Marble Farms has made itself part of the solution by packaging local…

Long English cucumbers

Canadian greenhouse grower teams up with Apeel to eliminate single-use plastics

Westmoreland and Apeel are proud to announce they have joined forces to eliminate single use plastics from Long English Cucumber packaging. This is Apeel’s first Canadian…

"Making sustainable choices starts with knowledge of waste streams "

Modiform is researching European plastic recycling streams

All European countries have organized their collection of plastics from consumers and businesses in different ways. Modiform has extensively researched how plastic is recycled…

Home compostable and recyclable sleeve packaging now on retail shelves

CKF, Inc.’s Earthcycle brand of home compostable and recyclable packaging has expanded its range of sustainable options for its customers to encase their fresh produce by commercializing paper sleeves. New programs with Earthcycle packaging will appear on retail shelves as early as this month.    CKF designed, tested and…

Compostable packs may allow longer shelf-life of vegetables than plastic

Two peer reviewed studies commissioned by TIPA seem to indicate that compostable packaging could be as effective as conventional plastic, or even outperform it for shelf-life…

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A dual package to promote the consumption of fresh and processed tomatoes

Choosing to invest in a new product is one of the most difficult decisions for any entrepreneur. Yet there is always someone who has the courage and talent to bet on new market challenges: FreshPlaza has spoken to with Giovanni Iuvara, administrator at ProAgri, a Sicilian company specializing in the…

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Woolworths customer gives store a ‘plastics challenge’

A Woolworths customer has challenged the supermarket giant to expand their loose fruit and vegetable offering across its stores. The shopper took to the Woolworths Facebook page to post a photo of loose cherry and grape tomatoes displayed in bowls, alongside loose cucumbers and capsicum, which was taken…

Acquisition of De Hoop paper mill by De Jong Packaging Group

De Jong Packaging Group is pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of the De Hoop paper mill in The Netherlands from DS Smith plc. The mill produces 370,000 tonnes of recycled paper per annum and is located in Eerbeek. The acquisition contributes to the growth ambition of De Jong Packaging Group.…

German grower Bong:

"Our retail customer told us to remove all plastic packaging"

A few years ago, wholesaler AGF-Holland introduced the Johannes packaging line. This plastic-free line consists of baskets, trays, and banderoles. It's made from specially-developed natural cardboard that uses 100% organic, biodegradable material. All packaging is now also available with a sealing/click lid.…

"We're fully stocked for the North American market"

“Excalibur Plastics has been in business for over 20 years and experiencing exponential growth in the past ten years,” says David Boutros, chief executive officer of Excalibur Plastics in Leamington, Ontario. Excalibur Plastics recently constructed its new 53,000 square feet production facility from its original…

UNS Farms

UNS Farms debuts new packaging at Carrefour UAE

UNS Farms, a Dubai-based vertical farm producer, recently announced that its produce is available in Carrefour UAE. Among other fresh produce available in Carrefour, UNS currently supplies its Gourmet Mix, Signature Mix, Healthy Mix, Spicy Mix and Crunchy Lettuce to the supermarket chain.  The company said thanks…

Village Farms launches compostable packaging

"Reduce, reuse and recycle"

“As a millennial, it’s no surprise, from a very early age I was taught about the ‘Three R’s’ of environmental responsibility and sustainability, ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’”, Madison Wilson, Marketing Coordinator for Village Farms Greenhouse Grown brand tells us. She goes on to say, “For many of my peers, the 3 R’s are now…

Cardboard protects, allows visibility, and is sustainable

"There are three crucial factors when it comes to packaging soft fruit - protection, product visibility, and sustainability," says Wouter Wigman, Marketing and Design Manager…

Biodegradable grow bags available

Sri Lankan company Packaging Alliance has created biodegradable grow bags for the horticultural industry. "The packaging industry remains the most prominent consumer of plastic bags. These bags are still used in large quantities across the packaging industry, but the end-users are often critical of…

Water-soluble polymer could make vaporized aluminum in food packaging unnecessary

A thin layer of vaporized aluminum inside the packaging keeps chips crisp and coffee aromatic. But it is precisely this oxygen-resistant layer that makes thin food packaging difficult to recycle. In addition, it costs a lot of energy to manufacture the packaging layer by layer. Researchers in Wageningen…


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