Packaging

Saving more than 450 tons of non-recyclable waste annually

Aldi Ireland bans plastic trays for fruit and vegetables range

Aldi Ireland has banned black plastic trays used as packaging for its fruit and vegetables range, saving more than 450 tons of non-recyclable waste annually in its 139 outlets. It announced on Monday it has further committed to cutting plastic packaging across its entire product range by 25 percent over…

New cardboard packaging from UT Tray Black in Norway

These fruits no longer need plastic

Norwegian grower Austein Gård is now offering its strawberries in a new cardboard packaging, made of UT Tray Black. According to the company, it completely replaces the previously used plastic containers, at the same time being a POS eye-catcher. The packaging is manufactured by Norstamp Label &…

Pointing to fresh produce waste of 20 to 52 percent

Israel will award $2.6 million to supermarket chain that commits to more packaging

The Israeli government wants to see local food retailers use more packaging. This weekend, Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced it would award one supermarket chain a NIS 9.5 million (approximately $2.6 million) grant, as part of a pilot program that would see food retailers…

Sustainable and attractive is the name of packaging developer HK-Pack Krautscheid GmbH

"Early investment in cardboard trays and paper bags now pay off"

HK-Pack Krautscheid GmbH has again expanded its range of cardboard fruit boxes and baskets this season. The aim is to be able to offer more and more sustainable solutions. Nevertheless, the focus is also on the application as a customized and tailor-made advertising medium, says Sales Manager Benjamin…

Team to develop super-repellent surfaces for safer fruit & veg

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) received a grant recently from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National…

Calls for supermarkets to bring price of loose fruit and veg in line with packaged produce

Supermarkets are facing calls to bring the cost of loose fruit and vegetables in line with packaged produce. A recent study found that Irish consumers are spending up to twice as much on fruit and vegetables when they buy them loose compared to in plastic packaging. The Sunday Times reported it remains…

New design for Dutch Ev’ryday cucumber box

"According to many, it is cucumber time now. However, at Kompany it is always cucumber time," says Elena Buchloh. She is responsible for sales and marketing at this Dutch cooperative. "That is why now is a good time to announce Kompany's Ev’ryday cucumber box." "The Ev’ryday brand has grown into a…

EPS collection point should also be preserved in the future:

"We want to send a strong signal for the location of the Munich Wholesale Market"

The Munich Wholesale Market is facing a change: After much back and forth, they have decided to renovate the old location in the city. There will be new buildings and new infrastructure. Many larger companies have already withdrawn from the wholesale market or want to do so in the future. Sales manager…

Prince Harry: “Buying vegetables wrapped in plastic is a 'dirty habit'”

The Duke of Sussex has warned that the purchase of fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic is a “dirty habit that has become normalised.” The Duke was speaking to a small group of young activists at a conservation event at Windsor Castle, spearheaded by leading primatologist Dr Jane Goodall. He urged…

Lidl Austria reduces plastic for fruits and vegetables

Less plastic for apples and beef tomatoes, laser test with avocados

From now on, all unpackaged Austrian apples in the Austrian Lidl branches are presented on preformed cardboard holders. Beef tomatoes are available on environmentally friendly wood wool. This saves up to 5 tons of plastic waste per year. In addition, Lidl Austria is testing the use of laser technology in…

New machine for large and small packages

Packages no longer last for years, sometimes they even change per season. That requires packing lines that don’t just process products quickly, they also have to be flexible in use. The Multipacker XL fills 80 buckets per minute In Den Berk Délice’s packing shed in Merksplas, Belgium, they’ve had a new…

OFVGA submits response to government’s initiative to modernize Ontario’s Blue Box Program

The Blue Box Program is meant to reduce waste from the sector, but the OFVGA in their response look to address potential issues for growers that could arise from the program. The OFVGA states that the sector is aware that change is necessary to reduce waste production, and that the sector is looking for…

Special fruit and vegetable produce wall

Pick n Pay launches dedicated plastic and packaging-free zone

Pick n Pay on Monday launched a ‘nude’ fruit and vegetable produce wall -a dedicated plastic and packaging-free zone- in 13 stores across the country as part of a trial to measure customers’ readiness to switch from pre-packaged food to loose products. Retail Executive, Commercial at Pick n Pay, Paula…

Is it hygienically justified to skip plastic produce packaging?

Going plastic-free might be environmentally friendly, but grocery stores have a dirty secret. Luckily, the solution is sustainable. Many retailers are shifting away from…

Australian corn grower eliminates single-use plastic trays

One of Australia's la rgest producers of sweet corn and beans has reduced plastic packaging on its produce by 80%, saving hundreds of thousands of disposable plastic trays…

Pöppelmann launches new To Go packaging solution

Lattice structure for snack tomato bucket

Pöppelmann Famac has presented a packaging for snack tomatoes that truly impresses everyone, with material savings of up to 30%. The snack tomato bucket, a form of packaging that has proven its worth in the food trade, is now available in a resource-saving and visually even more attractive design:…

European Packaging Forum - photo report online!

"Go for wood: You will have solved your problems"

Almost every day there are reports of attempts to reduce the flood of plastic. Often the fruit and vegetable trades are in the crossfire. Something has to be done, people in the industry agree - but what? Some possible options were discussed earlier this month at the first European Packaging Forum in…

Nedupack Thermoforming

Netherlands: Only recycled plastic in vegetable packaging buckets

From now on, all Tommies vegetable packaging buckets will be made from materials that are entirely recycled. This is a new concept with many sustainable benefits. It was developed by the Dutch packaging specialist, Nedupack Thermoforming . It is a simple calculation. The new packaging bucket for Tommies…

Plus increasing sales of unpackaged produce

Almaverde Bio proposes 100% compostable packaging

By proposing a new fully compostable packaging, Canova, a company of the Apofruit Group and exclusive licensee of the Almaverde Bio brand for fruit and vegetables, demonstrates its strong commitment to reducing packaging plastics, protecting the environment and making its production sustainable. This…

Research done by Consumers' Association 'Which?'

“Half of UK supermarket packaging cannot be recycled”

Nearly half the packaging used by major UK supermarkets cannot be easily recycled. New research, undertaken by Which? looked into the wrapping of 46 of the most popular items…

New sustainable packaging for tomato

Sustainable packaging is becoming increasingly important for supermarkets, and for some it is already the norm. For this reason, Eminent Food has introduced a plastic-free packaging for the Kumato tomato to the Dutch market, made of FSC-certified carton. The packaging has been developed in cooperation…

Dutch retailer leaves bananas, cucumbers and celery unpackaged

Because Albert Heijn aims to use 25% less packaging by 2025, and what remains must be recyclable. Over the last 10 weeks Albert Heijn conducted a pilot in Hoofddorp by offering fruit and vegetables without packaging. The products that Albert Heijn will be offering in the store without plastic will be:…

Australia: Next level ban on single-use plastic

The citizens of Canberra are often willing to give things a go that would be dismissed out of hand in more socially conservative states and territories. The latest initiative,…

UK shoppers criticize Tesco for loose fruit being nearly twice the price of packaged alternative

Eco-minded shoppers have criticised Tesco for selling loose fruit at nearly twice the price of the plastic-wrapped alternative. A branch in Litherland, Merseyside, charged 17p each for lemons wrapped in non-recyclable plastic mesh compared to 30p for loose ones. Similarly, bagged clementines were 17p…

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…


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