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Edeka relies on reusable nets as an environmentally friendly alternative

The EDEKA reusable nets are washable, durable and recyclable: Therefore, in contrast to plastic and paper bags, they can be reused. This saves thousands of disposable bags per…

Move from cups and shakers to small bags for snack mini tomatoes

You get tomatoes in all shapes and sizes. From cherry tomatoes and snack tomatoes to TOV and loose tomatoes. For every tomato, a suitable packaging solution has been found. These are needed to bring this product, undamaged, to the consumer. There is also a growing trend toward smaller, snack-sized…

Produce labeling in 2019 - greater visibility and increased accountability

Just as produce packaging has been evolving rapidly over the years, so too is produce labeling. Companies are seeing opportunities to market their brands better through more creative labels. Additionally, as the number of choices increases in the produce department, the need for labeling becomes even…

Alternatives to plastics in Spanish horticulture

ACBD has participated this week in the seminar "Agro-food, circular economy and plastics in the supply chain", organized by Cajamar with the collaboration of Proexport. In his speech, the technical manager of Proexport, Abelardo Hernández, outlined the work that is being carried out by the Operative…

"30-hole mini tray creates better microclimate for strawberry plants"

Following its 16-hole mini tray, Beekenkamp Verpakkingen is launching a 30-hole mini tray for strawberries. The extra height of the strawberry trays provides many benefits. Because tray fields aren't always exactly level, these higher plant trays mean that the roots of the strawberry plant are unable to…

New insect breeding box for the production of animal protein

A plastic box for breeding the food of the future

Beekenkamp Verpakkingen has developed a new insect breeding box for the production of animal protein. The growing world population is increasingly demanding animal protein. Aside from customary livestock farming, insects form an attractive additional source of animal protein. Furthermore, insects convert…

Spain: Packaging industry moves to increasingly customized options

In the coming decades, the packaging industry will undergo a significant development. As pointed out in an article by SIG Combibloc, the packaging market is moving towards increasingly customized options. As lifestyles become busier, consumers will continue to crave convenience, so we can expect a new…

Environmentalists rip Israeli plan to use more plastic for produce

Israel’s Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry has sported a new initiative to pay supermarkets to wrap fruits and vegetables in plastic in order to cut down on spoiled produce. Not unexpectedly, this initiative has environmentalists fuming. The Ministry announced last week that a new initiative to…

Spain: Food sector concerned about plastic for health reasons

The food sector acknowledges that plastic use is one of the most controversial issues that need to be addressed, not only for environmental issues, but also for health reasons. This was said in the framework of the annual conference on food safety organized by the Association of Large Consumption…

Mastronardi is first in fresh to join Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Mastronardi Produce continues to lead in sustainability innovation— this time as the first fresh produce company to join the Sustainable Packaging Coalition® (SPC). The SPC is…

Canadian group of companies launch zero plastic waste strategy

The Star Group of Companies is taking its first step in the plastic conversation, leading with the theme, ‘let’s reduce plastic together’ at the CPMA tradeshow in Montreal,…

Tray sealing shows its green credentials

Tray sealing specialist Proseal says that while maximising speed and efficiencies is still the driving force for the packing of fresh produce, the quest for these can also…

NatureFresh Farms introduces new sustainability initiatives and team member

On April 3rd to 4th, NatureFresh Farms will be sharing their achievements in sustainable development by featuring their new eco-friendly compostable tray at this year’s Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention & tradeshow. By launching this new compostable packaging for both their…

Tesco UK begins plastic-free trial for selected fruit and vegetables

Tesco is launching a trial to remove a selection of plastic-wrapped fruit and vegetable to cut down on packaging waste. Britain’s biggest retailer said it would run the month-long pilot from Monday at two of its Extra stores, in Watford and Swindon, removing plastic packaging from 45 foods where loose…

Certain polystyrene food containers will be banned as of 2021

Frans Timmermans: "If we don't change our ways, we will choke our oceans in plastic"

This Wednesday, the plenary session of the European Parliament has approved the regulation that will ban some of the most popular disposable plastic items as of 2021,…

Visit sustainable ECO lounge at CPMA

Mucci Farms trialing new compostable and recyclable packaging options

An exciting week lies ahead with CPMA’s annual tradeshow and convention taking place in Montreal, QC. At this year’s show, Mucci Farms will be focusing on its Cutecumber Poppers, Fresh Mix and a new packaging series called Simple Snack. “We are trialing and will be soft launching our Simple Snack Series…

Thai supermarket uses banana leaf packaging to avoid excessive plastic

Rimping, a supermarket in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has come up with a rather interesting alternative to full plastic packaging. They are using banana leaves. This method has gone rather viral, with over 11,000 shares in less than two days. While most have praised this new initiative, some have pointed out…

Can Japan do without all its plastic?

Unfortunately, plastic still reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country's love affair with plastic. This environmental push comes ahead of the G20 summit, which Japan will host in Osaka in June. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's…

NEXTY award for ready-to-eat beets product at Expo West

Love Beets, the creators of ready-to-eat beets, celebrated the win of a NEXTY Award at this year’s Natural Products Expo West, taking home the prize for their Golden Beet-o de Gallo in the “Best New Savory or Salty Snack” category. Of the more than 3,600 exhibitors, Love Beets were one of just 32 NEXTY…

Lidl: 'Too good to waste' fruit and vegetable boxes

Following a successful trial period, supermarket chain Lidl has announced it is rolling out its ‘Too Good To Waste’ fruit and vegetable boxes across all of its stores in Great Britain. The boxes, priced at £1.50 for 5kg, contain fruit and vegetables from the store shelves, which have become slightly…

Resource-saving products for commercial horticulture

Pöppelmann expands selection of completely recyclable plant pots

Pöppelmann blue® is the name of the company-wide initiative of the Pöppelmann Group, which is committed to a closed material cycle. Last year, Pöppelmann Teku® presented innovative, completely recyclable plant pots for the first time. This year the specialist presents an extended assortment for products…

Six-week trial will save half a ton of plastic

Aldi supermarkets to sell unwrapped vegetables in UK

Aldi has started selling vegetables without plastic packaging in a bid to cut waste from all Glasgow stores. The trial, which is now underway, focuses on five veg lines: savoy…

grower states: zero environmental impact

Organic herbs packed in jar made of vegetable fibres

"With the end of 2018, we have been able to achieve several goals we had set for ourselves. 2019 is an important year for the company because we celebrate 20 years of production in the organic sector!". This is what Carlo Simonato, owner of the Italian Simonato brothers' company, announces. Growing…

Environmentally friendly packaging for agricultural use

Th e use of protective, textile screens in agriculture entails advantages at least in terms of: · increase in the yield of cultivated land by multiplying cycles per season and protecting from atmospheric agents · reduction of pesticide use, with equal protection against the most aggressive insects for…

New supplier Orango sees great interest in reusable packaging

"Cotton nets will become established in the trade within a few years"

Since the introduction of the new packaging law, a lot of packaging alternatives have been flooding the market. Among the new, reusable solutions, (organic) cotton is rapidly expanding in the food trade. Münster-based company Orango has also recently devoted itself to the direct import and marketing of…

Soft fruit now second largest product group of Nature's Pride

New EAT ME strawberry punnets

Nature’s Pride is known for their ready to eat fruits and their wide assortment of unique fruits and vegetables. However, it is notable that in the soft fruit category of Nature’s Pride has by now grown to become their second largest product group. But what is the reason for this categories growth spurt? ”We are dedicated to…

Coop and reCIRCLE start pilot project in Basel

Boxes against littering

Coop is launching a pilot project in Basel with reCIRCLE, the first Swiss reusable system for take-away packaging. Guests at Coop Restaurants and Coop Take It at Pfauen Basel and Coop City Basel Marktplatz can now make an effective contribution to reducing waste. Through reCIRCLE, they can help reduce the need for less…

Narrow carton trays for freshly grown herbs

A fast growing European herb specialist asked Boix to create a packaging solution that offers optimal protection for their freshly grown herbs. In order to achieve this, they collaborated with the carting supplier and the customer in the development, the design, and the production of a narrow, stackable…

Evoware - Professor Nory Mulyono

Edible packaging from seaweed

Edible packaging is coming to you soon, whether it will be made from seaweed, sugar cane or seafood. Some 10 years ago, Professor Nory Mulyono started making packaging from seaweed in a room in her…

New look packaging for leafy greens grower

WP Rawl, a grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens based in South Carolina, will unveil a fresh new look to their leafy greens packaging at this year’s Southern Exposure in Orlando, Florida. The complete line of conventional, triple-washed and ready to use leafy greens are “turning over a fresh new…

New seal quality testing system provides ideal seal and peel strength for individual products

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has launched a seal quality testing system that enables food manufacturers and processors to determine the ideal seal and peel strength for individual products. The new ProTest solution allows users to create the best seal each time, combining effective protection of the…

194 M€ of losses due to the use of plastic

Spanish horticultural sector seeks sustainability with cardboard packaging

Packaging materials have become a key element to ensure the sustainability of the economy. Although current legislation promotes the use of renewable, recyclable and…

NABU study shows: 63 percent are already pre-packed

93,000 tonnes of packaging waste for fresh fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are sold more and more packaged in Germany. This is the result of a study commissioned by NABU. It is high time that the food trade rethinks and again offers more fruit and vegetables unpackaged. In Germany, more and more packaging waste is accumulating. One reason for this is that…

Environmentally friendly packaging of fruits and vegetables: GROW sees there is a lot of catching up to do in Germany

Score points with consumers by switching to wood

Many supermarkets are already dispensing with plastic bags for fruit and vegetables. Instead they offer paper bags or the goods are put directly into the shopping cart. But tomatoes, pears or carrots are still mostly still sold in cheap plastic containers. "The environmental awareness of the Germans has…

Solution consists of 50% fast growing grass

Green label - with labels of grass paper

In addition to FSC- and PEFC-certified labels, K-D Hermann GmbH is now offering an even more sustainable material in the field of self-adhesive labels; these are the labels made of grass paper. The production of the paper for the labels is particularly environmentally friendly, because they are made for…

Back to black with recyclable plastics

Black is no longer the Cinderella of the industry. Thanks to new technological advances Detecta by Quinn is about to become the new black in food packaging enabling the environmental benefits of recycling black plastics to be fully realised. Quinn Packaging, a plastic food packaging producer based in…

Mediane’s Greensleeve launches new product:

Home compostable film combined with paper

The demand for alternative packaging solutions is ever growing. Recent developments in packaging and waste laws boost that demand even more. But it’s not just laws that force us to look for alternatives. Retailers, producers and consumers are becoming more and more aware of their carbon footprint and how…

Washable reusable nets and recyclable bags as sustainable alternatives

Real to replace plastic bags with reusable nets by 2020

As the first company in the German food retail sector, the plastic bags in the fruit and vegetable department will be abolished by the end of 2020. Instead, customers find…

bekuplast GmbH

"The demand for folding containers has increased steadily in recent years"

"Demand for folding containers has been rising steadily in recent years," reports Gerold Wilms, who coordinates bekuplast GmbH's producer, dealer and pool companies. At Fruit Logistica 2019, the company presented many different containers, but there was a special focus on the "Clever-Fresh-Box advance"…

New Iceland initiative

UK supermarket’s new plastic-free fruit & vegetable aisle

In the olden days, one could expect to find greengrocers in most town centres. Now, Iceland is harking back to old times with a new range of loose fruit and veg that’ll be even cheaper than the packaged equivalents. The retailer has launched a plastic-free greengrocer trial at its ‘Food Warehouse’ store…

New Easy Open packaging from Giro' Italia

The new Easy Open system designed by Girò makes it possible to easily open and close packets and nets without needing scissors. "We created this new system, which has never been used in the fresh produce sector, to open and close bags easily," explains Girò Italia sales manager Franco Locati. In…

Fellini Patrizio introduces QR codes on plastic strips

"Fellini Patrizio" has recently introduced QR codes applied on a plastic strip ideal for "long" vegetables such as celery, chicory and beets. Consumers can read them directly with their smartphones, so the service provides an added value for customers as well as for distribution chains. "While QR codes…

Knüppel Verpackung presents solution for online grocers

Everything freshly packed

Even if the huge boom in the online food trade is still to come, more and more providers are developing offers for grocery shopping on the net. With WrapPak Protector, Knüppel Verpackung GmbH & Co. is presenting a packaging solution at this year's Internet World Expo in Munich from 12 to 13 March, which will even bring…

Ultrasonics in favour as retailers move to recyclable films

Tesco has recently announced a switch to PE films for its organic bagged salads, as part of a group-wide pledge to make all of its packaging recyclable or compostable, and is…

Biocontrol supplier takes on the challenge of environmentally friendly packaging

Biocontrol manufacturer and supplier, Bioline Agrosciences, is implementing a range of new shipping boxes designed to minimise waste and limit the environmental impacts of its global activities. Bioline Agrosciences is a global player in the biocontrol market, specialised in Macro-organism biocontrol…

Aart Jan Bos, Beekenkamp Verpakkingen:

"Developments in internal transport systems require new containers"

Harvest and package products, stack crates, unstack crates and put on conveyor belts... the internal transport within companies is becoming increasingly important, and this requires an efficient internal transport system and packaging. The low and medium high transport containers of Beekenkamp…

Pöppelmann is the first company to receive a new quality label for use of recycled materials

'Re-use of waste material becomes clear to consumers at a glance'

Plastics processor Pöppelmann is a pioneer in Germany: Pöppelmann is the first company to be able to introduce the new RAL quality mark of the RAL Quality Association for Recycled Materials from Household Waste Recycling. The RAL Quality Association, recognized in October 2018, has now awarded the RAL…

"The material for our products undergoes an upcycling process"

Gamma-Wopla was represented for the first time at Fruit Logistica this year. They had the latest collection of their folding and stacking boxes for the fruit and vegetable sector. For Mikaël Vandewiele, Plant Manager of Gamma-Wopla, sustainability is the top priority for his company and its products.…

Aart Jan Bos, Beekenkamp Verpakkingen:

"New generation of substrate pots helps to meet global demand for soft fruit"

The world of substrate pots and trays innovates constantly. Besides the addition of pots for blueberry cultivation, the pots and trays are constantly being improved to optimize the cultivation of soft fruit. Aart Jan Bos, general sales manager at Beekenkamp Verpakkingen, brings us up to date.…

Vegetables and cheese presented as healthy snack

The British G's Fresh Group has taken advantage of its presence in the international trade fair Fruit Logistica, held between February 6 and 8 in Berlin, to present its next launch, ready to hit the European shelves. Launched under the new brand Love Fresh®, G's Fresh Group is expanding its range of…

‘ProLiFeX’ Joint Industry Project begins

Chain partners start research into closing the film packaging chain

No less than 30 to 40 percent of household plastic packaging waste is made up of plastic film. From a technical and organizational point of view, recycling plastic film is very complicated. New film packaging is also almost always manufactured from virgin plastics. Attero, TUSTI, the Eindhoven University…

"An ecological packaging is a must on the fruit and vegetable market"

“A ready-to-use mat made from wood fibers,” that is what the company Fibreries de Touraine has to offer. “We are ecological packaging manufacturers, especially for the fruit and vegetable sector,” explains Shirley Donadoni. “We manufacture crate bottoms for these fresh products. We make a mat made from…

Tomato brand now available in grab-and-go packaging

Tasti-Lee brand tomatoes are now available in grab-and-go packaging and a snackable size. According to the company, the aim is to offer convenience to consumers as well as value. "Known for their deep red color and long-lasting, garden-grown flavor, Tasti-Lee® slicing and salad tomatoes are now offered…

Eco Mark sees great potential for sustainable labeling of fresh produce

"Natural Branding offers inexpensive and environmentally friendly labeling"

EcoMark GmbH is taking the opportunity to present the sustainable labeling at Fruit Logistica. Natural branding uses a laser to de-pigment the top cell layer of the peel and only remove the outermost layer of the shell so that there is absolutely no damage to the product. There are no restrictions on the…


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