Packaging

Sustainable packaging for snack tomatoes

The Dutch company, Bordex Packaging, has introduced the Snack’NBox. This is a sustainable 500g pack for snack tomatoes. It is made of 100% recycled, moisture-proof cardboard. The boxes' striking diamond pattern ensures maximum ventilation. This design gives the packaging a natural, sturdy look. And after…

Todis launches plastic-free packaging

With the "A tutto sapore" range, supermarket chain Todis announces the start of a plastic-free project for an eco-friendlier future. "A tutto sapore" includes 9 products - cherries, cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, marinda tomatoes, yellow peaches, nectarine peaches, Saturn peaches, Italia grapes and…

Valstar & Den Berk Délice present sustainable packaging design for the German market

More variation on the shelves with Kumato tomatoes in new packaging

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in our society. Consumers are increasingly choosing packaging made of environmentally friendly, plastic-free material. As part of this social trend, Valstar and Den Berk Délice are now offering their Kumato tomatoes in sustainable packaging. In…

CompanyBox introduces Subscription Box using HP Digital Corrugated Print

Great Lakes Growers is an Ohio-based hydroponic produce provider that is using a packaging innovation by CompanyBox and HP to deliver fresh leafy greens and herbs directly to customers through e-commerce subscription services. Snap2Pack was developed especially for direct packaging of fresh produce by…

Extends fresh produce shelf life, biodegradable in 6 weeks

Plastic packing made from crustaceans

There are few companies that still don’t recognise the importance of the issue of packaging waste. However, their choices are still largely dictated by cost and profitability. New and more sustainable alternatives to standard plastic packaging are coming onto the market daily, but they tend to carry…

Canada: Grower celebrates expansion with themed packaging

This summer, Inspired Greens is celebrating its Canadian roots and Canada’s birthday with red and white Canada themed sleeves. ‘Canada is celebrating its 152nd birthday and Inspired Greens is celebrating a greenhouse expansion and two years of being grown clean without ever spraying pesticides,’ said…

Video:

Packing iceberg lettuce on the harvester

A video by Markus Nöthen, from Redpack Maschinen GmbH, shows the iceberg lettuce packaging machine, which can be operated stationary or mobile on a harvester. The output per hour for a well-rehearsed team with a regular product is at about 4,000 to 4,500 packagings per minute. "Compared with other…

UK: Fund opens to reduce waste from plastic packaging and textiles

The UK government is inviting organisations to apply for funding under a multi-million pound grant scheme to help boost the recycling of plastic packaging and textiles. Organisations in England can apply for government funding for innovative solutions to drive up the recycling of hard-to-recycle plastic…

CPMA plastic packaging working group update

The CPMA notes that plastic packaging is currently the subject of significant debate, both in Canada and globally. From a G7 perspective, efforts to address plastics are…

Luxembourg: Cactus and Biogros announce new plastic-free packaging for fruit and vegetables

BIOGROS, a supplier of organic products, and Cactus, a major player in mass retailing in Luxembourg, have developed new environmentally friendly packaging for a wide range of organic fruits and vegetables: 100% FSC paper and no mineral oil. Packaging plays an important role in the preservation of fresh…

Fruit & vegetable aisles: why some plastic should be retained

Many people are exasperated by the large amount of packaging that supermarkets use, particularly for fruit and vegetables. Of course, most of these have their own natural…

European Packaging Forum: Packaged correctly, but how?

"Packaging - as much as necessary, as little as possible"

On Wednesday the 5th of June, the European Packaging Forum took place for the first time at the Nikko Hotel in Dusseldorf. Organized by AMI and Fruchthandel Magazin, the event attracted over 200 German and European visitors from all sectors of the food sector. Many had the hope that there would be…

Store is offering paper and re-usable bags made from recycled materials

Sainsbury’s removes all plastic bags for loose fruit and veg items from all stores

Sainsbury’s has today committed to cutting a further 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year. This includes removing 489 tonnes’ worth of plastic bags, which are currently used for…

Visitors to the European Packaging Forum on their expectations

"There is nobody that has a solution yet"

Marketing and sustainability, traceability, consumer and trade acceptance, innovative solutions, logistics, protection and functionality, hygiene and law. Among other things, these are the topics that experts from all value-added stages would like to tackle at today's European Packaging Forum in…

BelOrta introduces new sustainable packaging for soft fruit

BelOrta is offering the first carton punnets with topseal. This new packaging plays into the trend towards more sustainable packaging and is coupled with a 'Happy Snacking' design. They will start with the extensive soft fruit range. In a later phase more fruits and vegetables will be packaged in this…

Fully recyclable packaging extends from organic to conventional items

With its new SIMPLE Snack series, Mucci Farms is one of the finalists for the United Fresh 2019 Innovation Awards in the category of Best New Packaging. The company’s CuteCumber Poppers packaging won the award last year. SIMPLE is an acronym for Sustainable Innovation Made Purposely for our Living…

Food waste solution - biodegradable, advanced barrier coating

US team develops sustainable shelf-life technology

A team of Indiana’s Purdue University, researchers have manufactured an innovative new process that uses cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) to create advanced barrier coatings for…

Snack vegetables in 100% recycled packaging

All 500-gramme buckets of Tommies snack vegetables are now made from 100% rPET, meaning they are made from 100% recycled and recyclable material. In 2018, Greenco introduced Mini Toppers, Tommies Good to Go and cups of Tommies snack vegetables in a completely recycled packaging under their Tommies brand…

UK: Morrisons stores roll out plastic-free fruit and veg areas

Cutting down on plastic waste is important but not that easy. If you buy your fruit and veg from supermarkets, you often end up with mounds of single use plastic packaging. Now Morrisons is offering a section of many of its stores with plastic-free fruit and veg. You can pick them up loose and put them…

ElastiTag now used for celery

ElastiTag®'s potential is still being tested as, a few months ago, a company started successfully using this solution on celery. Until this elastic tag was made available, celery was taped before being supplied to retailers. ElastiTag® made it unnecessary to glue the traditional tape. Another great advantage is a better visual…

Henk de Jong, De Jong Packaging:

“A company needs to fit in with the group both in terms of character and activities”

Ever since De Jong Packaging started back in 1995, the company has been aiming to expand their volume, and their specialization in corrugated cardboard packaging for the fresh produce and other industries has led to the gradual expansion in other markets like fresh produce, flowers and plants or eggs.…

Edeka: More than half of fruit & veg now packaging-free

Germany retailer Edeka has stated that more than half of the products in its fruit and vegetable department are now free of plastic packaging. The findings resulted from a market check by Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg (Consumer Centre Hamburg) and the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV), who looked at…

Plastic-free packaging for mini cucumbers

Wijnen Square Crops has new packaging for their brand of mini cucumbers, which are called BoostyBites. The packaging has been designed in such a way that no plastic is used when the product is in stores. Sales manager Jarno Houben proudly hands over the first plastic-free packaging to fresh produce…

Swedish meal boxes will no longer feature flown-in products

Starting in August 2019, meal box supplier Middagsfrid, part of Axfood, will no longer use products that were supplied via air freight. “Our customers increasingly attach great importance to sustainability and the environment. That’s why our recipes are made based on fresh products that were preferably…

New sustainable bag closure introduced

Kwik Lok Corporation announced it has introduced Eco-Lok, a bag closure made with sustainable materials, the first step in the company’s drive to reduce its environmental…

Barsch Maschinenbau is attracting great interest for new flowpack system

"New bagging machine enables flexible packaging of a wide product range"

In today's fresh food industry, the demand for loose goods in tubular bags is rapidly increasing. To meet these requirements, appropriate packaging lines are required. Barsch Maschinenbau, headquartered in Reiskirchen, Germany, has been specializing in the production of modern tubular bag systems for…

Best New Packaging and Best New Packing/Processing Equipment

Innovation Award finalists - Part 3

United Fresh announced 48 new products as finalists for the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2019 Innovation Awards. This year’s finalists will compete in seven categories for the title of Best New Product at United Fresh 2019, June 10-12 in Chicago, where attendees will be able to vote for those…

Which kind of shrink wrap is right for cucumbers?

It is very useful to shrink wrap cucumbers. It is not only good for the cucumber's shelf life. It is also helpful with regards to hygiene since people still like to pick up…

Loop: the supermarket with zero packaging waste

At first, Loop looks like any other supermarket, but on closer look, one notices the omnipresence of glass or metal packaging. Together with the recycling firm TerraCycle, the…

alternatives to plastic

Presenting produce on cardboard trays

Because of the increasing demand for alternatives to plastic packaging, Boix organized a demo afternoon about the MCT-1 / VE tray forming machine on Thursday afternoon, April 18. The demo took place in the Boix showroom in Eerbeek (Netherlands). Here, interested individuals could get acquainted with the…

Canned vegetables to enjoy perishable products through out the whole year

Canning fresh products is an efficient and safe method to enjoy certain seasonal products, which can't be stored any other way because they are perishable. To discover the advantages of preserves, let's find out more about their elaboration through the Spanish canning factory Pedro Luis, from Lodosa,…

Armin Dannenberger, W. Dimer GmbH:

"Great interest in our absorbent inserts from the fruit and vegetable sector"

Absorption pads serve to absorb and bind liquids from perishable food. This is not only to improve presentation but in particular it increases hygiene, thus making for a longer shelf life of the packaged product. At last year's ExpoSE, South German company W. Dimer presented a new solution, made of…

Cardboard is being used more often to replace plastic packaging

The demand for sustainable packaging is only getting more significant and more urgent. Remmert Dekker Packaging has noticed this. This Dutch company produces cardboard packaging. The demand for cardboard packaging is on the rise. This is thanks to retailers goals to be more sustainable. Consumers are…

Smurfit Kappa invests in Roermond Paper Mill to meet growing demand paper-based packaging

Smurfit Kappa continues to extend its paper portfolio production capabilities by investing in its flagship paper mill in the Netherlands. The Roermond Paper Mill has made a…

Bringing wooden packaging into modern commerce

"We want to increase awareness of our natural, field-proven packaging"

Among the many different packaging options available for fruit and vegetables on the market, the wooden crate is probably one of the oldest. However, that does not mean that they are not suitable for the modern market. FreshPlaza was visiting Markus Benninger in his box factory in Bundenthal, who was…

Using preprinted foil is a trend in soft fruit

The growing demand for transparency in the chain means more and more attention for coding and labeling. More customers are asking for the imprinting of preprinted foil, according to operational manager Ad Nouws, BerryWorld. With 70 different kinds of punnets, trays, and buckets, supplied to the…

Johan de Neef, Smart Packaging Solutions:

"'The perfect body' should be the reference for anyone who needs a packaging solution"

When thinking of the perfect body, you may not think of packaging at first, but in the future this term should be a reference for everyone with a packaging question. It is a new story in a market that is strongly innovative and in which the competition is always on the move. Johan de Neef, Business Unit…

Liquidseal working on edible packaging for soft fruits and greenhouse vegetables in 2020

From invisible to edible packaging

Crop protection products and packaging are two quite unpopular terms, especially among consumers. They are however terms that have to do with Liquidseal, an ultra-thin liquid…

Jetter develops software to reduce film use

Less plastic for peppers

At the moment plastic is getting to be more and more taboo. The material accompanies everyone throughout the day, but as mostly non-recyclable garbage it poisons the seas. The current motto is to do away with plastic. Sales Manager Michael Feider considers this development to be a very good thing. His company, the…

Albert Heijn: less plastic for fruit and vegetables after successful test

After a successful test in the fruit and vegetable department of an Albert Heijn supermarket in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, AH will start offering even more fruit and vegetables without plastic in shops and online. They’ll start with bananas (five bananas that were previously in a bag), sweet red pointed…

Paper sleeves added to Greensleeve product range

Earlier this year, Mediane launched their Greensleeve program including a variety of sustainable packaging sleeve alternatives to the herbal plant market. Next to Home Compostable Film, Industrial Compostable PLA and Recyclable Green PE, the Greensleeve program now also includes a paper variant. Many…

CAN (ON): "Significant opportunities for harmonizing waste programs"

The OFVGA believes there are significant opportunities for harmonizing waste programs across Ontario, between provinces and with trading partners. "Potentially the biggest…

New Irish food collaboration to make plastic packaging more sustainable

Eleven of Ireland’s leading agricultural processing and food businesses have come together to make the plastic packaging in their respective supply chains more sustainable.…

UK shoppers pressuring supermarkets to ditch plastic-wrapped fruit and veg

Concerned UK shoppers are turning away from plastic-wrapped fruit and vegetables in droves. They are opting for loose produce instead, consumer data shows. The buying public has become closely attuned to the scourge of plastic waste in recent months, and appears to be seeking out unpackaged goods as a…

Applications open for reusable packaging competition

Applications for the 8th annual Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) Excellence in Reusable Packaging award are now being accepted. The award recognizes primary (end) user…

Grufesa launches special strawberry packaging for Mother's Day in Spain

Tell mom how much you love her with strawberries! Grufesa, a producer and marketer of berries from Moguer, in the Spanish province of Huelva, has launched a new strawberry packaging for the domestic and European markets. It has been specially designed for Mother's Day, which Spain celebrates on Sunday 5…

New study on food packaging

'Majority of consumers paying attention to environmentally friendly packaging'

In March 2019, the EU decided to ban the sale of disposable plastic products from 2021 onward. A large majority of Germans (79 percent) rate this ban positively. But is…

California Giant conducts testing on cardboard strawberry clamshells

As people across the country focused on Earth Day earlier this week and how each of us can make a difference, California Giant said it was working behind the scenes conducting field tests on prototype cardboard clamshells for fresh strawberries. The cardboard strawberry clamshell called Ready-Cycle…

Offset printer Schwarzach offers steadily growing product range for O & G

"Carton offers high print quality and optimal recyclability"

Offset printer Schwarzach has more than 50 years of experience in the design, printing, finishing and processing of cardboard packaging. Today, the use of packaging made from renewable raw materials, especially in the fruit and vegetable industry, is steadily gaining importance. The traditional company…

Ian Dewar - Anacail

Sealed pack Ozone treatment kills moulds, yeast and human pathogens

Scottish-based food-safety company Anacail has delivered its first production machine into a berry application in the UK, with interest growing world-wide. Their patented Ozone treatment uses technology which is situated after a tray sealer on the production line and is designed to work with traysealed…

Where to for packaging in a war-on-waste world?

After the ABC’s War on Waste placed the use of packaging in the fresh produce sections of Australia’s supermarkets under close scrutiny, growers and retailers are under pressure from customers to reduce plastic packaging. But any reduction must be balanced against the benefits that packaging provides.…

Washable, durable and recyclable

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…


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