Packaging

UK: Supermarkets’ single-use plastic waste rises to nearly 1 mln tons a year

Despite public commitments to cut down on their packaging, supermarkets' use of single-use plastic has risen to more than 900,000 tons a year. Seven out of the 10 major UK…

Packaging with 'zero waste' and 'zero impact' presented

Packaging with "zero waste" by 2025 and with "zero impact" by 2035. The Besana Group is increasing its green commitment and determining progressive and increasingly ambitious…

How to finally replace the plastic bag

After Australian states and territories introduced plastic bag bans, supermarkets like Woolworths have recently begun offering alternatives such as paper bags. But much to the chagrin of eco-conscious consumers, it’s hard to go into a supermarket these days and not still be frustrated by the overwhelming…

UK: 82% of consumers demand drastically less plastic-usage

Using a sample of 2,003 British adults, research commissioned by Ubamarket found that 82% of UK shoppers believe that the level of plastic packaging used in food and drink…

Team Pack focuses on new solutions made of sustainable materials

"Consumer interest in paper shows steady growth"

Today's consumers are extremely sensitive to sustainable packaging and are increasingly no longer accepting plastic. As a result, manufacturers and suppliers in all sectors of the industry - whether in direct marketing, wholesale or retail - are inevitably on the lookout for sensible alternatives made from…

Coop Sweden will introduce paper bags for fruit and vegetables

Coop Sweden has announced plans to replace single-use plastic bags for fruit and vegetables with paper bags. The project will start by the spring of next year and this…

Breaking down biodegradable:

US (FL): UF scientist creates guide to bioplastics

The term “bioplastics” describes plastics made of a biological source, as opposed to traditional plastics made of petroleum. But as products using bioplastics increasingly become fixtures on store shelves, consumers may not understand the various terminology used to describe them. “These days, I get…

ASEO GmbH relies on packaging alternatives made of paper

"We enable direct marketers to give their product a higher value"

How does one combine recyclability, water resistance and robustness in one packaging solution without losing sight of the benefits of the direct marketer? Packaging developer ASEO has addressed this question: at the ExpoSE 2019, the company will present the two latest solutions from the diversified product…

Company is committed to actively promoting the circular economy

Circular Economy has a priority at Pöppelmann

Plastics manufacturer Pöppelmann from Lohne has committed itself to signing two basic statements on the active promotion of the circular economy. The family-owned company has announced that the Pöppelmann Group supports both the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and…

Europe Retail Packing takes over Van der Linden

As of the 1st of January 2020, Europe Retail Packing will take over the packing company Van der Linden from Poeldijk. "Van der Linden has been a specialist in packaging vegetables and fruit for more than 40 years. Europe Retail Packing and Van der Linden mostly perform the same service, and therefore we…

Sweet peppers handed out like candy at Fruit Attraction

From October 22nd to October 24th, Tribelli participated in Fruit Attraction together with the 7 European partners, Murgiverde, Agroiris, Vicasol, Granada La Palma, Sat Campos de Granada, Indasol and Fruca Marketing and, for the first time, it also had a space of its own. Tribelli put a special highlight…

Preview: new compostable packaging hits the shelves at Esselunga stores

IGP Pachino tomatoes are plastic free

"It is now a matter of fact: the European Union has voted to say goodbye to single-use plastics, which must be completely eliminated by 2021. Because of this, I was inspired to create an eco-friendly and innovative packaging that resembles a jewelry box to emphasize the preciousness of our product. It…

Old plastic crates can be regenerated into new ones

"We pay for used crates to make new ones that are certified to be used with fresh produce and are therefore suitable to come into contact with food," explains Mariano Magarotto from Plastic Packaging.  Mariano Magarotto "We pay a set amount per kg and then use a Japanese technology to break down, sterilize…

Johannes Janssen (AGF-Holland): "With this packaging, supermarkets can strike a sustainability blow"

Plastic-free packaging for the entire Dutch fruit and vegetable section

Plastic reduction in the retail sector is a hot topic. "Supermarket owners and chefs reach out to us with a lot of questions," says Johannes Janssen of AGF-Holland. "We are certainly not activists." "But, with our background, we think we have a responsibility to take good care of the earth. This is why we…

Messerle LLC presents semi-transparent Greet fruit and vegetable bags at ExpoSE

"Purchased fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer"

For the first time, Messerle LLC is present at expoDirekt in Karlsruhe, with its new packaging. There, the Austrian company will present the semi-transparent Greet fruit and vegetable bags to an international audience. The new solution scores well, with the following features: If not contaminated, the bags…

Australia keeps plastic out of the sea with simple nets

Australian consultant and innovator Anthony J. James posted an optimistic tweet saying: "Australians have installed their drainage network with nets so plastics and pollutants cannot reach rivers or seas. This doesn't require a lot of money. It requires willingness to change!" A more sceptical twitterer reacted:…

Dietmar Baumeister sees renewed interest in the established rubber ring process in the asparagus sector

"Rubber band bundler is part of a cost-effective solution that significantly contributes to material reduction"

The rubber band bundler was developed to efficiently and semi-automatically place the rubber rings around the asparagus. In the course of the sustainability trend, the established process is currently experiencing a renewed upswing in the agricultural sector after many years, says Dietmar Baumeister of Erich…

Kühling Fruchthandel presents expanded packaging range at ExpoSE 2019

"GeschmacksTRESOR 2.0 is ideal for food retailers and farm shops"

The GeschmacksTRESOR was one of the most important eye-catchers at last year's ExpoSE: After the 'clever' packaging solution for peeled asparagus was presented for the first time, the response was tremendous, the management of the license-carrying company Kühling Fruchthandel confirms. Now the next step…

Gift wrap that grows wins award

“How many times have you unwrapped a present?  What do you do with the wrapping paper- you throw it away.  What we have done is given it a second life!  Now you can take that used paper and lay it on the ground, give it water and watch it grow”, said Sam Ahilan President Fibredust.  Last week his company FibreDust LLC, producers of high-quality coir products,…

Wash your plastics down the drain

The Star Group announced it is working with synthetic biology to create a plastic punnet that consumers can put directly into their backyard or balcony composter. The…

ElastiTag now used to promote asparagus

Torre di Mezzo has teamed up with various restaurateurs to promote asparagus from Calabria. "We started off updating our traditional packaging so that it could provide consumers with information about the company and asparagus in general (from its nutritional properties and benefits to recipes). We opted…

Mucci Farms wins Best Sustainable Packaging Award at Fresh Summit 2019

Mucci Farms has announced that they have been awarded the top prize for Best Sustainable Packaging at the PMA’s Fresh Summit Conference and Expo for Simple Snack, a plastic-free, backyard compostable series of packaging. “To win this category in particular is exciting because sustainability is by far the…

Tesco wraps single leeks in plastic to avoid 'inadvertently adding to food waste'

Tesco spokespeople have stated the supermarket chain wraps single leeks in plastic to avoid "inadvertently creating food waste". The supermarket was responding to a customer complaint after she spotted individually wrapped vegetables in her local store. A Twitter user who works in the charity sector and…

CAN (ON): NatureFresh Farms puts sustainability in the spotlight with compostable tray

NatureFresh Farms is significantly reducing their plastic waste. They have teamed up with a local family-owned manufacturing operation to develop a fully compostable pulp molded tray. It has been just over a year since NatureFresh Farms introduced their new compostable Mini Cucumber tray to their…

Huercasa USA presents its vacuum-packed vegetables in Anaheim

Huercasa will participate with its own stand at PMA, the most important event in the fruit and vegetable sector in the United States, held in Anaheim, California, on October…

Casting the limelight on eco-design and packaging

Sustainable and efficient fresh produce packaging takes centre stage at Fruit Attraction with ILIP, known for their plastic processing. The brand will be presenting its range of solutions designed to protect, value and preserve the freshness of fresh fruit and vegetables in Madrid from 22nd to 24th…

Pure Flavor® to reveal new cherry tomatoes at PMA

While increasing its acreage of traditional greenhouse commodities of Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, and Eggplants season after season, Pure Flavor® continues to focus its strategic growth efforts on bringing new specialty items to market to meet retail, foodservice, and consumer demand. After years of…

For blueberries, tomatoes, strawberries, cherries and grapes

Earthcycle™ home compostable packaging unveils new designs

CKF is excited to announce the expansion of its top sealable line of Earthcycle ™ home compostable and recyclable packaging with the launch of the “8-down” and “6-down” sized punnets, the EC 810 and EC 4068 respectively. The products were created with input from key customers and designed to maximize…

StePac reveals four-pillared strategy for new packaging

Launching sustainable greener packaging

StePac L.A., Ltd. presents the company’s four pillared sustainability strategy for fresh produce packaging. The advanced strategy effectively mitigates the necessity of…

Indian traders also using banana leaf baskets

The ultimate sustainable packaging: woven coconut leaf baskets

While all around the world, retailers are trying to use less and less single-use plastics, these vendors from Tawi-Tawi have already come up with greener alternatives. Several fruit and vegetable vendors in the town of Bong-ao (Negros Oriental province) were seen carrying their produce inside baskets…

Noémie Dorion, Martin Emballage:

France: “Demand for wood packaging increases as plastic becomes less popular”

Located in the Deux-Sèvres department, Martin Emballage was originally a family sawmill. Created in 1947, it started designing cheese crates in the 1950s. In the 70s, the company became specialized in light wood packaging. “We can make 13 million packagings per year, all products combined. We make mostly…

Mucci Farms gearing up for Fresh Summit

The largest trade show for fresh produce in North America is coming up and provides many companies with an opportunity to present their latest products. The team at Mucci Farms has been busy with innovations and show attendees will be able to see them firsthand in the New Product Showcase or in the…

Waitrose & Partners to reduce plastic packaging

Waitrose & Partners, DS Smith and Primafruit have worked together to produce a cardboard punnet to save the food retailer 12 tonnes of plastic packaging a year. The…

Houweling’s Group and Apeel Sciences

Replacing single-use plastic cucumber wraps by plant-based products

Apeel Sciences announced an agreement with Houweling’s Group, greenhouse grower and marketer fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. The Houweling’s Group will have access to Apeel’s…

Greenhouse leader expands sustainable solutions

Sunset has announced plans to offer 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging for all fruits and vegetables by 2025. A decade ago, they had already introduced top seal to the industry, resulting in a 20% reduction of materials. “At Sunset, we always grow with the future in mind. That’s why…

Mini propagator starter packs for young gardeners

Mr Fothergill’s were looking to re-design their range of ‘Little Gardener’ starter propagator packs, ideal for young gardeners or the smaller garden, that could also be easily packed and printed. They chose to approach thermoforming packaging manufacturer, Macpac, with their efficient thermoforming…

Packaging fresh produce helps reduce food waste, according to new report

A new report has highlighted the importance of striking a balance between packaging that reduces the environmental impact of food waste, compared to the environmental impacts of that packaging in the fresh produce industry. The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) has released research by RMIT…

New 100% recycled containers to keep fried foods warm and crunchy

Novolex™ announced the introduction of EcoCraft® Fresh & Crispy™ clamshell containers, a new line of clamshell containers that keep fried foods warm and crunchy thanks to their design. The new containers offer a unique system for high-performance ventilation to keep fried foods crunchy and warm. They are…


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