Drivers: the unsung heroes of the horticultural industry

Here’s a remarkable story. If you buy greenhouse-grown produce in North America, almost every vegetable on the shelve was probably one day in a Jacobs Transportation truck. Maybe not in its current shape, but earlier in the fresh produce chain: the company transports vegetable seedlings to growers all…

Canadian grower backs five-year plastics research project

The concept: taking plastic waste and creating value out of it. That’s the essence of a research project that’s being supported by a Canadian grower in hopes to, ultimately, improve recycling in North America. Star Produce based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is supporting a new five-year large scale applied…

Online auction weighing and packaging lines for snack tomatoes

Industrial Auctions is organizing an online auction in Vierpolders on the 11th of May. The offer consists of filling, weighing, and packaging lines for snack tomatoes from the renowned brands Jasa Packaging Systems and Combimat. These lines include multiple machines, such as a sorting belt, multi-head…

US (GA): Horticultural container manufacturer to invest $44 million in Toombs County

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that sustainability-focused East Jordan Plastics will invest more than $44 million in a new facility in Lyons. The project is expected to create 80 new jobs in Toombs County. “We’ve been laser-focused on producing good jobs in rural Georgia, and East Jordan Plastics will…

New packaging label for sprout producer

US company Rä Foods LLC Wild About Sprouts® is expanding into additional Kroger divisions across the country as well as into Meijer stores in the north. "Wild About Sprouts® has created new, bright, eye-catching packaging labels that clearly highlight each variety option and that attracts consumers to…

Bloom Guard paper sleeve now without metal clips

The company Weber Verpakungen is known in the green industry for their packaging and they continue to optimise their Bloom Guard products. The sustainable packaging for herbs, lettuce, vegetables and plants are usually blocked 50 pieces each for easy filling and tearing off. At the request of many…

"The HortiCycle program it is about getting the appropriate structure, getting long-life materials and maintaining those materials"

Reducing the problem of plastics that are not being recycled in horticulture production

Horticulture is the biggest contributor of non-packaging plastics usage on farms across the agriculture sector, but there are initiatives underway in Australia to help recycle and re-use the material in environmentally-friendly ways. Product Stewardship Consultant, Ed George explains that the total…

M.B. Nieuwenhuijse and LC Packaging introduce plastic neutral net bags

LC Packaging and M.B. Nieuwenhuijse B.V are two Dutch family-owned organisations that have partnered with Plastic Bank to help stem the tide on ocean plastic to secure a sustainable future for generations to come. Onions (and their packaging) against plastic soupBecause of its effectiveness and…

Beekenkamp introduces new transport boxes for better automatic processing

Jerry Arkesteijn is introducing the new transport and harvesting boxes for greenhouse vegetables at Fruit Logistica 2022 in Berlin. They are designed for interference-free automatic processing when using transport and conveyors belts. The relatively open base is used with product that needs to be washed,…

Uwe Groll on the use of wooden packaging in the fruit sector:

"There have been turnarounds that no one had thought possible"

While the production of paper and plastic packaging has come to a standstill in many places due to extended delivery times and acute raw material shortages, the production of wooden crates is still at full speed. "We have the advantage that we can obtain the majority of the wood we need from the region,…

"Twenty percent of the cellulose from Russia will be lacking in the packaging sector"

"Twenty percent of virgin paper came from Russia. I think this percentage will be lacking, but the situation should still be quite manageable," said Claudio Dall'Agata, director of Bestack, the consortium that unites cardboard packaging manufacturers.  "Scandinavia is the area of greatest origin of virgin…

Eco Retail Ltd presents modern store concept at Fruit Logistica 2022

"Display enables nice placement of herbs and optimal brand presentation"

In modern food retailing, sustainable and inexpensive store concepts are more in demand than ever. To meet the high demands in terms of product presentation, the Troisdorf-based company Eco-Retail Ltd has developed a modern presentation display for herbs. The process is designed to enable optimum product and brand presentation and thus significantly boost sales, c…

Special Packaging this month

The demand for packaging is increasing. Reason enough to put this subject in the spotlight in our monthly special box. For this, we invite growers, suppliers, and anyone else who has solutions for or information about packaging to share this with our audience. This can be done in the form of a press release, but the special is also…

New digital sorter for fresh hydroponic greens launched

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, introduces its VERYX digital sorters for fresh cut, hydroponically-grown leafy greens. Combining Key’s expertise in sorting and conveying, VERYX sorters integrate with Iso-Flo vibratory conveyors to find and remove defective product,…

REV will be exhibiting at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, hall 9, stand A-04

Fast and flexible closing machine for cardboard trays with flaps

Elephant, the new closing machine for cardboard trays with flaps from REV, is fast, flexible and keeps working uninterrupted. REV, an Italian company that has been specializing in fruit and vegetable packaging solutions for more than thirty years, will exhibit Elephant at Fruit Logistica in Hall 9, Booth…

'Perfecting trade amid overwhelming global developments'

Europe Retail Packing BV of Poeldijk, Holland foretells that the entire industry is destined to face difficulties of historic magnitudes caused by both Covid and War in Ukraine. “The Herbal Sector is profoundly based on the Globalization notion that is unfortunately being questioned by forces beyond…

Argos to showcase its sustainable assortment at Fruit Logistica

During the upcoming Fruit Logistica, Argos Packaging & Protection will present a wide range of sustainable packaging, and the specialists will share their knowledge in the field of 'green' packaging. All possible packaging that contributes to a sustainable environment will be highlighted during these…

Tax on the production and import of plastic packaging with less than 30% PCR

UK: Plastic Packaging Tax comes into force on April 1

The Plastic Packaging Tax is almost upon the UK, and affected businesses will soon have to pay the penalties or meet the material requirements. The tax on the production and import of plastic packaging with less than 30% PCR (post-consumer recycled content) comes into force on April 1, 2022. To meet the…

Britta Schonlau, Maag Ltd, on the modern packaging solution Maag protect

"Avoiding excess packaging and wastage"

For several years now, Maag Ltd, based in Ense (NRW), has specialized in recyclable packaging solutions made of mono-polypropylene. In view of the dramatic climate situation, the company is responding to the need to reuse packaging after recycling, including fresh-cut, fruit, and vegetables, says company…

Wageningen University & Research extends roadmap for more sustainable food packaging

Wageningen University & Research has really helped three companies on their way to more sustainable food packaging. The three companies are the winners of Unpack Your…

JASA Packaging opens second North America office

"US shows a strong demand for flexible and innovative packaging lines for greenhouse-grown produce"

In response to fast-growing demand and a desire to be located close to customers’ facilities, JASA Packaging has expanded with a second office in North America. The family-owned company was established in the Netherlands 37 years ago and branched overseas in 2018. “We opened a US office on the East Coast…

TBV Kühlfahrzeuge continues development of electric cooling solutions

"Refrigerated vehicles can be kept at service temperatures thanks to modern e-cooling systems"

In times of rapidly rising fuel prices, sustainable drive types, above all electric drive, are rapidly gaining in importance. Willstätt-based vehicle supplier TBV Ltd foresaw the need for sustainable cooling solutions early on and reacted accordingly, says Managing Director Rainer Fuchs in an interview.…

Johan de Neef, Smart Packaging Solutions:

"Where are paper prices headed? That's the big question"

Rising energy prices are significantly affecting the packaging industry's paper and cardboard supplies. Some Finnish paper mills have even shut down, and, in France, some stopped production last week. "The current situation is dramatic," says Johan de Neef, managing director of Smart Packaging Systems in…

Panic in label land

The supply of paper and cardboard is under severe pressure. In Finland, for example, paper factories have been on strike since January, and some French factories have also stopped production this week. The European label makers' association has issued a warning and expects a complete standstill of the industry within a few…

Belgian strawberry grower creates tool to asses sustainability of packaging

Hoogstraten has invested in a life-cycle analysis (LCA) tool to measure the environmental impact of different packaging from factory to shelf. The Belgian fresh produce cooperative custom made the tool in order to better understand the impact of available packaging and help boost its sustainability…

Wholesum Springs launches seasonal organic tomato pack

Wholesum, Fair Trade Certified growers and shippers of organic fresh produce, has launched a Spring-themed sustainable pack of organic, Fair Trade Certified tomatoes on the vine. The pack will hit retail shelves just in time for April and will be available through the Spring season, bringing the social…

Het Packhuys will debut with the Fusion at Fruit Logistica

From April 5 - 7, Het Packhuys hopes to participate in Fruit Logistica in Berlin. It will be a first for them. This Dutch company will present its latest innovation, the Fusion, to the public in Hall 9, stand C-01. You can use the Fusion to seal cardboard foodtainer trays with wings or flaps. It folds…

Argos Packaging & Protection:

"NoW flowpack packaging responds to the market's demand for sustainability"

Late last year, Argos Packaging & Protection introduced the No Waste Technology (NoW) flow pack packaging to the Dutch and Belgian markets. The first tests with selected companies have now been completed. "We're getting only positive reactions," say Roy van den Heuvel and Martijn Dammers with Argos.…

Peter Schiffmann, A+P Service, on packaging solutions of the future

"The topic of sustainable packaging continues to be a big issue"

Sustainable packaging solutions were particularly in demand and sought after in the pre-Corona era. In the wake of the exceptional situation, the topic of environmentally friendly packaging solutions took a back seat for a while. In the meantime, sophisticated packaging methods are again enjoying…

FOOD freshly

The demand for antioxidant solutions for lettuce increases

FOOD freshly, a company specialized in the production of natural antioxidants, develops antioxidant products that improve the shelf life and quality of fruits and vegetables used by IV range processors. Its powder solutions mixed with water prevents the oxidation process of food after it is cut or…

Case packer extends Proseal’s capabilities with the berry specialists

The first Proseal CP3™ automatic case packing system to be installed for a customer – Angus Soft Fruits - has now handled over 8 million trays since it started operation a…

8 different types of produce packaging to sell fresh produce in

You may know what crops you’d like to grow, but how should you package them? Every farmer has preferred methods of packaging — and a journey to figuring out exactly what they are. This article explores 8 of the most popular methods of vegetable packaging for Freight Farmers and growers beyond the…


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