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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…

Biodegradable cucumber wrap sparks overseas interest

South Australian produce and packaging businesses work on biodegradable processes

Two South Australian produce and packaging businesses have developed a 100 per cent biodegradable compostable cucumber wrap. The challenge was put to George Antonas, director…

Bordex Packaging presents new meal time concept

The PressurePack can cook and warm food up

When cooking and warming up a fancy vegetable mix or a complete meal, the focus is on retaining quality, flavor, and nutritional value. That is why the Dutch company, Bordex Packaging, recently developed the PressurePack microwave packaging. It has a valve built into the side of the packaging. This valve…

Plastic packaging: How are UK supermarkets doing right now?

For many years now, over-packaged food has been bothering environmentally-minded shoppers. Of course, supermarkets have responded by looking for alternatives to all that plastic. But now British MPs are saying that the UK needs to move away from all single-use packaging - not just plastic. Using…

Paper sleeves as an alternative to disposable plastics

Seven years ago, Mediane had already introduced paper sleeves for the packing of fresh produce. Maybe a bit ahead of their time, the growers and retailers were not ready for paper sleeves yet. Nowadays, that opinion has changed completely. The awareness of how to deal with single-use plastics, has grown…

Plant waste as raw material

From a lettuce to a fruit container

The food and agricultural system generates a large amount of plant waste, whose handling is costly and requires a management effort. However, that waste can also bring opportunities. "The parts of lettuce or artichoke we don't eat, as well as other sorts of plant waste, go through an industrial process…

Global food packaging market forecast to 2030:

"There is an uptick in use of paper and aluminum-based packaging"

Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis, 'Global Food and Beverage (F&B) Packaging Market, Forecast to 2030', reveals that the need to reduce material usage and develop more…

Tesco will not phase out plastic bags for loose fruit and veg

Tesco says it will not join the other supermarket chains phasing out plastic bags for free fruit and veg, stating that in fact, paper bags have a larger carbon footprint. The grocery store is refusing to go along with Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in phasing out the plastic carrier bags. Customers have…

Dutch company CocoPallet uses coconuts for creation of pallets

Start-up company CocoPallet will be turning coconut husks into a reusable source to replace the traditionally used but rapidly becoming non-environmentally-friendly wood pallets. The Dutch company places itself in a niche where they are aiming to provide a cost-effective solution within the freight…

UK: Tesco pledges to ban brands using excessive packaging

Tesco has pledged to step up its efforts in the battle against single-use plastic with measures that include banning brands using excessive packaging from Britain’s largest supermarket chain. Dave Lewis, Tesco’s chief executive, said the company would “reserve the right not to list” products with too…

UK consumers prepared to buy unpackaged foods

Bagless fruit and vegetable aisles, as well as refill stations for goods such as pasta, rice, grains and cereals, are seen increasingly in supermarkets like Morrison’s and Waitrose. According to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, these practices are in line with a greater willingness among…

Tackling plastic waste with breakdown PET

Throughout 2018/19 plastics was one of the largest issues for growers and nurseries and will likely feature prominently in 2020. With environmental issues in the spotlight, Macpac has introduced new sustainable plastic materials this year welcomed by the horticultural sector. Macpac at the Four Oaks show…

Cutting down on plastic waste

Lidl UK launches reusable bags for loose fruit and veg

Lidl has become the first supermarket in the UK to permanently introduce reusable bags for fruit and vegetables. The retailer has launched its reusable polyester bags in an effort to cut down on plastic use across the UK - and its Union Street store in Plymouth has now started stocking the new 'Green…

Ilapak develops plastic-free fresh fruit and veg packs

Worldwide manufacturer of packaging machines Ilapak has developed new plastic-free packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables. The packs are produced by an innovative flow wrapping solution, incorporating a special coating which allows the smooth running of compostable and paper films. The machine is able…

Experts see great prospects for "plant plastic"

Food packaging from tomatoes, algae and more.

Plastic is a problem for the environment and the planet's health. As a result, universities and businesses are increasingly developing food packaging materials that break down…

How tomato growers can lift on the convenience trend

With less and less time for consumers, supermarkets choose to expand their range of convenience products. What can tomato growers do with this information and how can they serve retailer and buyers? The team with Dutch growers cooperation Prominent shares their insights.  "People want convenience. Nothing…

German growers moving away from plastic packaging

Moving away from plastic! - Yes, there is a clear change in thinking: within food retailing, the ever more enlightened and critical customer more and more often prefers organic produce or vegetable products from integrated and controlled farming. And then the big, common goal here is: packaging the goods…

Norwegian blueberry packaging wins award

BAMA Packaging from Norway has come up with a new, smart solution for blueberry packaging. This packaging received this year's Scandinavian ScanStar award. This new paper packaging was developed to reduce the use of plastic packaging materials. “The development of environmentally-friendly packaging…

Resource-saving packaging: Sometimes, less is simply more.

Targeted material savings without loss of performance: through an extension of the FAMAC universal programme, the resource-saving Reduce+ range, Pöppelmann are actively setting an example of the responsible treatment of plastic. For more sustainability in the packaging industry. Plastic food packaging…

Edeka branch in Kulmbach offers 240 products without packaging

Largest unpackaged department of Germany in Upper Franconia

As of next Wednesday, Michael Seidl will be offering Kulmbach Germany's largest unpackaged department in the local supermarket, with a total of 240 food items that are available…

Naturalvi: “Supermarkets want no more plastic”

The packaging industry is faced with a major challenge today, the desire of retailers and consumers to go from “all plastic” to “zero plastic”. The eco-friendly and recyclable packaging companies have therefore had to adapt rapidly to this sudden change. Naturalvi, which used to be a family structure…

Researchers in Australia share report findings

Proper packaging helps reduce food waste

Australia’s first independent research into packaging of fresh produce has highlighted its role in helping to reduce food waste. The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA)…

Vegetable supplier Uhrbach starts with a renewed range and packaging concept

"Thanks to new packaging, we can save up to 70% of packaging waste"

In northern Germany, near Hamburg, the harvest of the classic autumn and winter vegetables is getting underway. Although the first Hokkaido pumpkins have already been harvested, they will only appear in processed form in German food retailing from next week onwards. Turnips and carrots will also be delivered…

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 & Emballasje,…

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 Wegner,…

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 Institute of…

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 concept that represents fresh, high-quality…

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 Marian…

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…


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