• After long R&D, Woolworths chooses kraft board for its avos

    Shoppers at Woolworths will be seeing a lot more cardboard packaging in future, like the kraft board cartons for their 'ripe and ready' avocado, rolled out to all varieties this year, and speciality tomato ranges. “The transportation of ‘Ripe and Ready’ avocados from farm to distribution centre to store…

    Grafica Sud

    Compostable and recyclable punnets for grapes, cherries, apricots, etc.

    "We are not just suppliers of packaging solutions for agricultural businesses, we are also ambassadors of sustainability. Over the years, with the help of national and international research centers, we managed to produce various solutions made exclusively of biodegradable compostable materials that can maintain…

    Mexico

    Hydro-thermal packhouse opens for Northern mango regions

    Empaque Don Jorge I (EDJI) opened this past weekend, ready for the northern regions. EDJI is the hometown packhouse of El Grupo Crespo, Latin America’s largest hydro-thermal packhouse and the home to El Grupo Crespo’s two brands, Crespo Organic and RCF. Originally built by Roberto Crespo Fitch in the…

    Speedpacker

    The world’s first avocado packing robot

    Nature’s Pride has the first operational avocado packing robot in the world. This innovation, called the Speedpacker, packs avocados ergonomically and efficiently without making concessions to quality. As demand for avocados increases, Nature’s Pride intends to use this to be an even better partner for…

    Tramper Technology

    South African division of Tramper Technology increases local and international presence

    Multinational manufacturing company Tramper Technology from the Netherlands markets, manufactures and services a broad range of customized packaging machines, as well as complete production lines for the food and packaging industry. According to Metal Working News, the company established its South…

    "Ricircola" project

    Plastic is lacking and is increasingly expensive, so recycling it makes even more sense

    Recycling plastic is nowadays considered an environmentally responsible action. It will soon become essential, and not only to respect the environment. The Ricircola project, which has seen Ilip and Apfruit involved directly, has led to various conclusions, one of which is that there is still a lot to be…

    Coveris closes next strategic deal with acquisition of Four04 Packaging

    Coveris Group continues its strategic expansion and acquires UK based flexible packaging manufacturing and trading business Four 04 Packaging, based in Norwich. Coveris…

    Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging

    Bioactive paper coatings to replace plastic for packaging foods

    The amount of plastic waste increases every year. Some of this waste is due to plastic packaging used to protect food. As part of the “BioActiveMaterials” project, researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have developed an eco-friendly coating for paper packaging. With this, not only is plastic saved,…

    NL: Hessing takes over The Greenery's fresh packs

    In the Netherlands, Hessing Supervers has taken over The Greenery's fresh packs. In doing so, Hessing adds a new component to its range. It can respond even better to consumers' growing need for convenience, inspiration, and healthy foods. "Automated processes equal stable quality"Hessing has been…

    Mondi packages potatoes in award-winning paper bag with Sustainex® bio-based coating

    Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has partnered with SILBO, a Polish leading producer of compostable packaging, to create a paper-based high-strength packaging for the Irish farm potato business Meade Farm Group. The innovative bags replace hard-to-recycle plastic with paper, a renewable…

    Julia Kay

    Australian couple markets world first compostable potato-based cling wrap, pallet wrap

    After being disheartened by the sheer amount of waste products in their respective industries, Julia and Jordy Kay have decided to produce the world’s first compostable cling wrap and pallet wrap. This wrap is made out of potato waste. The Melbourne couple sold more than $30,000 of ‘Great Wrap‘ in their…

    "We have always met the sustainability goals that we have set for ourselves"

    Smurfit Kappa announces its goal of reaching zero net emissions by 2050

    Smurfit Kappa, an industry leader in sustainable corrugated paper and cardboard packaging, is the first company in this sector to work towards achieving zero net emissions by…

    Ready-to-eat vegetable & salad trends boost value demand for related packaging

    Demand for ready-to-eat (RTE) produce was already on the rise prior to the COVID-19 pandemic due to its enhanced convenience over standard options, which users must wash or…

    A tripartite partnership for eco-designed 100% cardboard packaging

    DS Smith and Solarenn : a zero plastic partnership

    “Eco-design is a business approach that requires investments and time in the long term,” explains the president of Solarenn, Christophe Rousse. A joint effort from three actors of the fruit and vegetable sector - the Solarenn cooperative, DS Smith as? global supplier of sustainable packaging and ETpack mechanizer…

    AeroFarms

    AeroFarms launches new brand identity

    “We are excited to roll out the new look of our namesake brand"

    AeroFarms recently launched its new brand identity for AeroFarms and the rebranding of its Dream Greens? retail brand to AeroFarms. Uniting its mission and activities under one fresh, powerful identify that celebrates its leadership for indoor vertical farming and a brighter future for all. “Now more…

    WEBER Verpackungen presents natural packaging for lettuces

    "Bloom guard is the ideal packaging to protect and market lettuce"

    WEBER Verpackungen is a traditional German manufacturer of innovative packaging solutions for the horticultural industry. At its site in Wickede, in the middle of NRW, WEBER produces flexible packaging made of paper and material composites for flowers, plants, herbs and vegetables. Through its bloom…

    Etichettificio Dany

    Labels are not just paper, they are a project

    Labels are still at the base of fresh produce commerce. Without a label, in fact, it is as if a produce is denied its 'ID' and provides no guarantees. Etichettificio Dany is not a simple supplier, it is the ideal 'partner' for label solutions that require advice and technical and commercial support when…

    Dutch company expands sustainable cherry box range

    In 2020, Fonkels successfully introduced 500g and 1kg cherry trays. These are made from 100% recycled cardboard. This year, this Dutch company is expanding its container assortment significantly. New in 2021 is cherry boxes with flaps and a 250g container. There's also a multifunctional kg package. This…

    Fair Go asks: Why does fruit in the shops still have stickers?

    Fruit stickers. With their four-digit numbers on them, or the source or fruit variety. Who even reads them? And: if consumers don't need this information, why do we still have…

    Fellini Patrizio

    Zero-residue strawberries in new 300 gram punnets

    How to avoid waste while at the same time keeping prices down? The solution comes from Fellini Patrizio, which has introduced 300 gram punnets. "Many urged us to find solutions to avoid waste. Strawberries are a very delicate fruit and, although they are popular, families are not as numerous as they used…

    Project S&P presents new distribution partner Bosky

    "Sustainable paper banding & machine system now available in Poland as well"

    The Proband V1000 ecological banding system from Project S&P is now available on the Polish market as well. The manufacturer and licensed marketer from Germany will market the innovative system via the Polish Bosky company. This means that Polish customers will now also have direct access to…

    New sustainable packaging solutions launched to meet increasing demand

    Demand for sustainable packaging solutions is high. “We’re seeing increased requests across all regions we do business in,” says Shannon Boase with CKF, Inc. “However, all regions are demanding sustainable packaging for different reasons,” she added. In North America, COVID has accelerated interest for…

    France: RibéPrim commits to plastic-free packaging

    Promoting more virtuous food has been part of RibéPrim’s identity from the beginning. For many years, the company has been reflecting deeply on the impact of its activities, especially when it comes to the management of packaging. The teams have backed up their words with action and they have worked…

    Oji Fibre Solutions

    New Zealand: New $100 million site for Christchurch packager

    Christchurch packaging manufacturer Oji Fibre Solutions is building a new $100 million automated facility. The new site is just 1km from its existing, earthquake-damaged…

    Packaging company offers tailored solutions for greenhouse grown leafy greens

    In recent years, supplies of greenhouse grown leafy greens have gone up in rapid pace. Although this is a global trend, the growth rate is highest in the United States. “Popularity of greenhouse grown produce is driven by factors like year-round supplies, efficient use of water and labor, less dependence…

    Kamarino

    Fully compostable packaging for sustainable tomatoes

    Kamarino is the eco-friendly ethical brand developed by Azienda Agricola Dorilli dedicated to sweet and crunchy tomatoes, grown in Sicily and placed in fully compostable packets. Three tomato varieties - cherry tomatoes, red salad tomatoes and Marzanino tomatoes - are cultivated on the Ragusa coast,…

    Anne Baumuller, Naturalvi

    New: plastic-free solution for flat peaches and small fruits

    Naturalvi will soon celebrate its 30th anniversary. The company specializes in the manufacture of cardboard trays for fruit and vegetables. Now that the sector is looking for alternatives to plastic following the ecological transition imposed by the AGEC law (anti-waste law for a circular economy), the…

    Sustainable packaging company adds cardboard tray to its portfolio

    Cascades, a North America and European based packaging company, is launching the first thermoformed cardboard tray. The product is made from 100 percent recycled and recyclable cardboard and has a recyclable water-based barrier coating which prevents moisture. “The cardboard tray makes a true alternative…

    "Singaporean fruit retail will pay even more attention to environmentally-friendly packaging"

    Most of the fruit in the Singaporean market is imported from North America and Southeast Asia. Fruit is usually transported as loose goods and then packaged in Singapore to meet the requirements of specific retailers. Eastern Green Marketing Pte Ltd is a company specialized in custom-made packaging for…

    Portuguese researchers develop edible and health-friendly packaging

    Researchers Mara Braga, Marisa Gaspar, and Patricia Almeida Coimbra, from the Research Center for Chemical Process, Engineering, and Forest Products of the University of…

    Four fresh produce applications where retail-ready packaging is gaining ground

    A new Freedonia Group analysis projects retail-ready boxes to be one of the fastest growing packaging types used in the?fresh produce industry?through 2024, with the strongest…

    Dutch wholesaler and Belgian cooperative introduce new TOV packaging

    Dutch wholesaler De Groot Fruit & Vegetables will begin selling Cuisinesse TOVs today. Tomeco grows these flavor tomatoes in Belgium for Co?peratie Hoogstraten. De Groot and Co?peratie Hoogstraten have developed new, co-branded packaging. That's to market these vine tomatoes. De Groot will sell these…

    Nieuws.ah.nl

    AH and Aldi will stop using plastic bags for fruit and vegetables

    Supermarket chains Albert Heijn and Aldi will stop providing free plastic bags for fruit and vegetables; these will be replaced with more sustainable alternatives. Albert Heijn started with 20 shops yesterday, but the company wants all of its almost 1,000 branches to be free of the bags by the end of the…

    Transporting less air, more vegetables

    New, sustainable, customized snack veggie packaging

    In the Netherlands, several types of new packaging have been developed by Verstappen Advanced Packaging, Bakker Barendrecht, and their vegetable growers. The focus is on sustainability. This new packaging uses 50% less material. Supermarket chain Albert Heijn uses this packaging. So, it will use…

    The project named Step and launched by the Crpv of Cesena, Italy

    Reducing plastic in the fruit and vegetable sector

    Less plastic, more alternative solutions. The goal of the Italian project, named Step, launched by the Crpv of Cesena (Italy), does not want to downgrade plastics, but rather encourage their recycling and increase the use of other raw materials. "Today, conventional plastics are widely used along the…

    Graphic Packaging International adds innovative paperboard punnet To Sustainable ProducePack? Portfolio

    Fiber-based packaging leader Graphic Packaging International is pleased to announce the launch of its ProducePack? Punnet, an innovative paperboard alternative to plastic punnet trays for fresh fruit and vegetables. This new product, available for all commonly used punnet sizes, is fully recyclable and…

    Natural Branding aims to be response to upcoming plastic ban in France

    The AGEC bill (anti-waste law for a circular economy), adopted on January 30, provides for a ban on plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables as of January 1, 2022 in France. In a few months it will no longer be possible to use plastic packaging on a large part of fruit and vegetables in France, a clear…

    Mushroom-derived materials researched to replace Styrofoam

    Biotech firm Ecovative -based in Green Island, NY - has developed a material from mushrooms that they hope might one day replace Styrofoam packaging. The company grows the biodegradable packaging material from mycelium. Source: rfdtv.com

    Updates on the 'Plastic-Free Crops' project

    Biodegrable pots from niche product to more extensive use

    "Little by little we are achieving more and more results. We have moved from theory to practice on all fronts. Our Plastic-Free Crop project is gaining ground with the use of Fertil Pot cultivation pots. These are 100% biodegradable and made from plant fibers. QuickPot pots, made from 100% recycled and…

    Berry Gardens to use ‘Prevented Ocean Plastic’ for punnets

    Berry and stone fruit production marketing group Berry Gardens will launch new recycled packaging for its proprietary punnets this summer, using Prevented Ocean Plastic. Prevented Ocean Plastic is plastic that has been collected from coastal areas that would otherwise risk polluting the ocean. It is…

    Selex chooses Sormapeel, embracing sustainability

    Sormapeel, the ultra-light packaging line for fruit and vegetables, is entering the Selex Group’s supermarkets. Once the test stage has been successfully completed, the Sorma Group solution will be adopted for all the mesh packaging in the fruit and vegetable sector used for the Selex distributor’s brand…

    Gottfried Maier (Maistapack Ltd) on the switch to carton food trays

    "If we don't pay for the added value, Planet Earth will not be able to recover"

    Gottfried Maier focuses on clever packaging, replacing conventional cups made of PET with trays made of cardboard. The Austrian packaging supplier and founder of MAISTAPACK explains how attitudes towards packaging have changed over the past 30 years and why industry as well as retailers should think…

    Rethinking reclosure in light of sustainable packaging

    As packaging continues to develop to keep up with consumers’ interest in sustainability--think home compostable cling wraps, biodegradable packaging and more--one area that could be overlooked but plays a key role in packaging development is reclosure. “A large portion of produce is packed in a…

    The most innovative and sustainable packaging solution in Europe is 100% recyclable

    BanaBag triumphs at the Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging Awards

    BanaBag? has won the Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging Awards. It won the award for the most innovative and sustainable packaging solution in Europe. Banabag was designed and produced in Spain, specifically at the Smurfit Kappa Sangüesa plant. This patented solution that wraps and protects bananas…

    Aldi concludes rhubarb deal with Hammonds Produce

    Aldi has expanded its partnership with fresh fruit and vegetable grower Hammonds Produce from Nottinghamshire. A new agreement will see Hammonds become Aldi’s sole supplier of…

    Three out of four consumers willing to pay more for eco-friendly packaging

    Sustainability is not just a romantic idea, but a concrete segmentation tool that can give value to a product and produce a margin. "If we analyze recent surveys, we can see how 76% of the consumers interviewed confirms being willing to pay more for sustainable packaging that respects the environment,"…

    Lamb Weston introduces packaging made from sustainable biomaterial

    Driving toward a goal of using more sustainable materials in packaging, two Lamb Weston Alexia brand products will use corn and potato starch in their packaging beginning this month. Lamb Weston introduces sustainable biomaterial packaging that is partially made of potato starches, a byproduct of…

    France: New vegetable tray for Les Crudettes

    Les Crudettes is launching a new vegetable tray -“La Ferme à Jules” - with carrots, cauliflower, radish and a yoghurt-chive sauce. The packaging is made of wood from French forests and 50% less plastic. Les Crudettes is located in the Loire Valley and Provence. The company processes and distributes…

    CPMA

    Best in Organics awarded to compostable bagged potato line

    EarthFresh is excited to announce its Best in Organic Product Award in the New Product Showcase at the CPMA’s Fresh Week Virtual Trade Show and Conference. EarthFresh organic product line up includes organic red, russet and golden potatoes in 10-lb. compostable paper bags.? “We have expanded our organic product…

    First fully biodegradable and plant-based potato packaging format launched in Spain

    The Valencian company Patatas Lázaro is joining the "zero plastic" revolution as a pioneer in its sector with the launch in Spain of the first fully biodegradable plant-based packaging format, which has just become available in Spanish supermarkets. It's the first time that a potato distribution brand in…

    Recognisable own vegetable brands ensure growth in more than just peppers

    Njoy has been Diosa Fruit's own brand since 2013. After years of using the trusted black box, it was time for a new look. These days trading company Diosa Fruit is responsible for the sale of, among other things, peppers under its own brand. As of last week in two new boxes. Director Teun Hendriks talks…

    Who is the winner of this year's CPMA Packaging Innovation Award?

    Mucci Farms announces it has been awarded the Packaging Innovation Award for the new Naked Leaf Living Basil Sleeve at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 2021 Annual Convention and Trade Show. The 95th CPMA show is held in a virtual format featuring exhibitors from across the North American…

    FungusChain project

    Plastics bags made from mushroom waste

    A consortium of European research institutes has developed plastics bags, soap and food, all made from mushroom waste. The European FungusChain project is financed by the European Commission, bringing together 16 partners from 10 European countries. Irish firm Monaghan Mushrooms, one of the world’s…

    Thanks to labels and additives extracted from the avocado itself

    New sustainable packaging will extend guacamole’s shelf life by 15%

    When avocados are processed for use in food items, the amount of waste produced can account for more than 45% of the total weight of the avocado. In order to make use of this…

    Coveris and Berry Gardens launch recycled lidding film with over 30% PCR content

    Berry Gardens, the UK's leading berry and stone fruit production and marketing group, has partnered with sustainable packaging manufacturer Coveris to launch a new printed lidding film containing over 30% post-consumer recyclate (PCR). The first-to-market, food safe PCR film is now available nationwide…

    Visalia, California

    Sorma USA to buy former Jostens plant

    A produce industry printing company, Italian-owned Sorma USA LLC, plans to purchase the 100,000 ft2-foot building that is the premises of Jostens American Yearbook, the…

    Weber Packaging presents 100% paper moisture resistant vegetable bag

    "Protecting vegetables and marketing them successfully at the same time"

    The proven Veggie Bag from Weber Verpackungen is now also available as a bag, completely made of 100% recycled paper. "The Veggie Bag is the ideal packaging to protect cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce or other vegetables, at the same time marketing them successfully," the company reports. Individual prints…

    "Consumer demands for plastic reduction have grown over the years"

    “Consumers’ demands for plastic reduction have grown over the years. People are more aware of sustainable packaging nowadays, and retailers want to tune into this consumer trend,” says Arjan van Steekelenburg, chain manager at Hazera. “On the other hand, retailers want to brand their product, and exhibit…

    Packaging Matters and Origin Materials announce partnership

    US-based carbon-negative materials company Origin Materials has partnered with packaging company Packaging Matters to develop advanced packaging materials. In the…

    Packing urban cultivated leafy greens with Schur®StarLight

    Vertical farming is based on the idea of growing more food in less space, regardless of weather, wind, and changing seasons. It is also the idea behind Urban Oasis – a young and forward-thinking company based in Stockholm. The vision is to deliver healthy and sustainable food to people, right where they…

    BIOGROS able to significantly reduce emissions thanks to IFCO boxes

    Luxembourg organic wholesaler actively works to protect the environment

    To ensure a more sustainable supply chain of fresh produce, BIOGROS, OIKOPOLIS Group's wholesaler of certified organic food, uses sustainable packaging and transport solutions. Its collaboration with IFCO, the world's leading supplier of reusable containers, helps reduce the amount of resources needed,…

    Iceland is first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free Pink Lady packaging

    Iceland has become the first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free packaging for its Pink Lady apples. Today, the supermarket announced that paperboard packaging will replace the plastic format. The new format will be rolled out across all its stores in the UK. The switch in packaging will save Iceland seven…

    New Idaho potato packaging unveiled

    ProSource Produce L.L.C., is releasing the first images of the company’s branded potato packaging. ProSource Produce, LLC, an Idaho based grower-shipper of fresh potatoes and onions, has introduced new Idaho russet packaging as part of an overall company growth and development strategy. The black bags…

    Retail promotions and new vertical packaging for golden kiwi season

    Zespri begins shipping its kiwifruit from New Zealand mid-May. Leading the sales growth is SunGold, which is now Zespri's #1 largest and top-growing kiwifruit. Shoppers can locate SunGold in the produce section with its newly designed vertical packaging, which is stackable and easier to merchandise. “Our…

    De Matteis Agroalimentare

    Armando introduces new range of plum tomato products

    "This new tomato product range is part of the project we are working on for Pasta Armando," explains Fabrizio Nucifora (in the photo) Brand Sales & Marketing Director at De Matteis Agroalimentare.? We are talking about the new I Rossi di Armando range, made using exclusively the most prestigious and sweet…

    Indian company steps up to supply grape exporters

    The grape markets in 2020/21 have been disrupted by many factors including the lockdowns in various markets and climatic issues in producing countries. This makes it very difficult for manufacturers of packaging to predict demand and they have to be ready to go into production should the situation…

    Bio vegetable packaging made with plastic recovered from the sea

    Agromediterránea has launched a new container for the marketing of BIO radishes under its brand Sun & Vegs. It is a sustainable container made with recycled plastic that has been recovered from areas near the coasts and in the seas of Southeast Asia. It is doing so as one of the main partners of…

    Rigid crate or folding crate?

    We are increasingly seeing rigid crates being exchanged for folding crates in the fruit and vegetable sector. Schiphorst Transport and Storage Technology, a producer of plastic crates, also signals a significant increase in the sale of folding crates. Will the rigid crate disappear completely from view? Folding crate versus rigid…

    Lidding films on display at virtual CPMA 2021

    Terphane will demonstrate the benefits of its Sealphane? lidding films at the 2021 CPMA Fresh Week virtual event. The online Fresh Week platform will be available from April 12-16, 2021. Terphane’s Sealphane? PET films address a growing demand for tamper-evident, multi-use lidding solutions with a tray…

    100 % cardboard

    Zero plastic for Solarenn and partners DS Smith & ETpack

    The Solarenn cooperative has been working for two years on changing its packaging. For the 2021 season, three actors from the fruit and vegetable sector have developed innovative, optimized and eco-designed packaging. An efficient tripartite partnership and design. A tripartite partnership for…

    Chinese company Logfresh develops innovative solution to keep agricultural produce fresh

    A lot of fresh fruit spoils in transport because the preservation technologies that distributors apply is not up to the task. The use of suitable preservation technology does not just reduce waste and save on the cost price, but can also extend the shelf life of fruit and provide consumers with fresher…

    Joining the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

    Driscoll’s prioritizes sustainable packaging solutions for fresh berries

    Fresh berry produce company Driscoll’s has joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. They have done this in an effort to make sustainable packaging solutions for its…

    Best convenience packaging

    Cultivar's grape packaging wins first prize at World Food Innovation Awards 2021

    Cultivar, in partnership with Alzamora Group, has developed an innovative packaging format for grapes that has won the award for "Best Convenience packaging" at the World Food Innovation Awards 2021. In its evaluation, the jury highlighted the reduction of plastic use while maintaining functionality and aesthetic…

    3rd party verification

    Home compostable packaging now includes Recyclability

    CKF, Inc. has added to its roster of independently assigned environmental labels by joining the How2Recycle program and will have the “Widely Recyclable” designation granted for its Earthcycle? line of thermoformed moulded pulp trays and punnets for fresh produce. How2Recycle is an on-pack labeling…

    UBC researchers developing blueberry-infused food wrap

    UBC researchers are developing a non-plastic food wrap for the grocery industry, using blueberries. The claim is that this not only protects the food, but is making? it more nutritious…

    Grower unveils new design for Vidalia onion packaging

    G&R Farms has redesigned its Vidalia onion bag, box and bin packaging in keeping with the company’s new brand image. The consumer-friendly design includes new photography showcasing the third-generation family farm along with its "Grown with Passion, Served with Pride" tagline. The organization provides…

    Packaging Group remains on course for internationalization

    Klingele takes over corrugated board plant in Guadeloupe from IP

    The Klingele Paper & Packaging Group has taken over the Société Guadeloupéenne de Carton Ondulé (SGCO) production site on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from…

    New clamshell retail pack for premium lettuce

    Church Brothers Farms developed a new clamshell for its Little Gem lettuce that protects and showcases the premium variety at retail. The new patent-pending four-count clamshell is designed to protect the unique properties of the compact-sized lettuce while providing more product visibility on shelf. The…

    Compostic launches certified home-compostable cling wrap and resealable bags in the US

    Compostic, one of the first creators of certified home-compostable plastic alternatives, announced its launch in the United States, available on compostic.co and Amazon. With a mission to address the environmental catastrophe of plastic waste, Compostic's performance compostables offer a guilt-free, 100%…

    Alexia Organic Potatoes

    Bio-based potato starches replace bag’s LLDPE sealant layer

    Two Alexia Organic Potatoes brand products from potato producer Lamb Weston will use corn and potato starch in their packaging, starting this month. The packaging is partially made of potato starches; this is a by product of producing French fries. Alexia’s Organic Sweet Potato Fries and Organic Yukon…

    Package design award recognizes work on avocado variety

    Moxxy Marketing has been honored with a 2021 Packaging Design Award from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) for its work with WP Produce on design of a two-count bag and merchandising display bin to promote its Desbry? Tropical Avocados in retail grocery stores. "It’s always an honor to be recognized for great…

    Compostable packaging to debut at Southern Exposure

    Lipman Family Farms will showcase new compostable clamshell packaging at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure conference this week, reinforcing the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable practices across the supply chain. Carefully curated for Lipman’s Grown True organic grape tomatoes,…

    European Lift Lock crates

    Cradle to Cradle Silver certification for IFCO

    Lift Lock is the first and only range of reusable food packaging in Europe to have obtained this demanding sustainable certification. Ifco, global leader in reusable packaging for fresh products, has obtained the Cradle to Cradle Silver certification (3.1 version) for its European range of reusable Lift…

    Berry grower signs global plastics commitment

    Yesterday Driscoll’s joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to help advance its pledge to prioritize sustainable packaging solutions that protect fresh berries…

    PacLife: “More and more Chinese domestic fruit packers are looking for our MA technology”

    “We've started a new focus on collaborating with Chinese growers”

    According to FAO estimates, 45% of the world’s food is lost or wasted every year, and a big part of this is fruit. How to prolong fruits’ freshness and allow a longer shelf life is therefore a major challenge for the fruit sector. Paclife is a professional Modified Atmosphere Packaging company based in Chile.…

    FreshPlaza April Global Focus on Machinery and Packaging

    FreshPlaza's April Global Focus is on Machinery and Packaging. Do you have an innovative system or new packaging? Are you investing in robotics? Changing from plastic to cardboard packaging? We would love to hear from you. You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com? with information or we can do an interview…

    Carton Pack's wide range of pouches and bags

    Sustainable and functional solutions for all needs

    Following the strategic approach of "sustainable thinking" and therefore considering global sustainability as a fundamental value of the product mix, the Apulian company Carton Pack has developed some innovative solutions, continuing along the path of a more correct management of materials and their…

    “Why do you label your fruit? To sell more and better "

    You have been selling fruits and vegetables with your logo labels for a long time. You think that it is cheap, that you build loyalty to the end consumer and that in the long term it will make you sell more by having a recognizable brand. Easy, right? It is. Although now things have changed. And they…

    Online retailer Kräuterfeld relies on Klingele packaging solution

    "The packaging has proven to be excellent"

    The range of goods on offer via e-commerce has long included plants. According to a study by Bitkom, one in five Internet users bought bouquets, seedlings or plants for indoor and outdoor use online in 2016. If these are to reach their destination safe and sound and in top quality, however, they need…

    CTIFL working on alternatives to plastic for fruit and vegetable packaging

    As the new regulation to ban plastic packaging, especially films and trays, will come into effect in 2022, CTIFL is searching for alternatives. “In 2018, according to Kantar reports, 37% of the fruit and vegetable quantities were purchased like this as a part of development instead of in bulk,” explains…

    Exporting fresh figs from Brazil to Canada and Europe in EPS conservers

    Brazilian fruit production for the foreign market remained steady in 2020 and reached a milestone of more than 1 million exported tons, a 6% growth over the previous year. The sector grossed US $875 million, 3% more than in 2019. With an ever increasing share in this sector, Termotécnica has recorded…

    Italian technology and knowledge for eastern European cherries

    The Romanian cherry season is expected to start on June 15th and should last until late July. Orchards cover almost 90 hectares and are covered with anti-rain and anti-hail nets. Sorting is performed with Unitec systems, and everything concerning packaging and commercialization is Italian as well.? Antonio Schito,…

    #Sabor 100% Sostenible

    New campaign to promote Huelva strawberries in wooden containers

    Freshuelva and Fedemco are collaborating on a new campaign called 'Sabor 100% Sostenible' (100% Sustainable Flavor) to promote Huelva strawberries in wooden containers and their subsequent recycling in the yell…

    Poorthuis Packaging launches new items

    NL: New snack tomato and blueberry shakers

    The Dutch company, Poorthuis, has expanded its paper container range considerably. It's added items like snack tomato and blueberry cups. These are in 175 and 200g shaker format. Both can be automatically processed on existing filling machines. There are also 200, 300, 400, and 500g variants available.? Each…

    Statista: Two-thirds of Germans use their own shopping basket or bag

    Majority of consumers pay attention to packaging waste when buying groceries

    Almost two-thirds of Germans take their own shopping basket or shopping bag with them when they go grocery shopping. This is shown in the chart based on an exclusive survey by…

    inotec LLC focuses on innovative labeling technology for the food industry

    "RFID labeling is rapidly gaining traction in the food industry"

    Strict specifications and legal guidelines; total precision and exacty hygiene are important in the food industry. Inotec LLC, headquartered in Neumünster, Germany, can look back on more than 40 years of expertise on this. Label materials and adhesives from their own production are ISEGA-certified,…

    Euro Pool System

    Euro Pool System: Making fruits and vegetable transports more sustainable

    Since early February, Euro Pool System, logistics provider of reusable packaging in the European fresh supply chain, has started to replace millions of rigid, blue containers with the newest generation of green folding trays. Image: Euro Pool System? By switching from rigid trays to folding trays, the freight journey required to…

    Freshcare introduces new QR code security

    Freshcare is introducing QR codes on certificates across all its Standards to add a greater level of security and allow users to access real time up to date information on a business’s certification at the click of a button. The QR code is embedded in the certificate, helping to protect against misuse…

    Fenaco packer relies on innovative technology from Switzerland

    "Robotics gives us flexibility and, above all, consistency"

    Replacing backbreaking work with robots; this is what the Steffen-Ris company of the Fenaco cooperative has done at the potato packing plant in B?tterkinden. A prototype of…

    Four winners for the Foodtech accelerator

    Launched in October 2020 by Sodebo and Brioches Fonteneau based in the French Vendée, the Foodtech accelerator has finally selected, for its first season, four start-ups…

    FYK grape preservation packs keep Chinese grapes fresh

    The global grape industry rapidly expanded in 2020. The total production volume is estimated at 26 million tons. The overall surface area devoted to grape plantation in major grape producing countries expanded. The export volumes in the USA, Australia, and Chile also increased. Shandong AWT Bio-tech is a…

    Packaging company expands sustainable packaging line and celebrates centennial anniversary

    Packaging needs and trends are constantly evolving, especially in the produce industry, where packaging is integral to ensuring the protection and shelf-life of a product. With a centennial anniversary in the agriculture industry coming up, packaging company Sambrailo has witnessed many changes…

    Ugandan team develops eco-friendly packaging

    A new, eco-friendly packaging developed by a Ugandan team, in collaboration with a university from the UK, could boost the incomes of Ugandan farmers and create much-needed new jobs. The packaging is made from maize stover – the stalks left after harvesting – and could reduce high levels of waste from…

    Asda removes more than 100m pieces of single use plastic from its stores

    Supermarket Asda is removing 101m pieces of single use plastic from its stores each year by switching from plastic to reusable fruit and veg bags. The move follows a 9-store trial and following positive customer and colleague feedback, Asda has now decided to remove all single-use plastic fruit and veg…

    Alcampo removes plastic from the packaging of its sweet onions quality brand

    Alcampo has presented the new recyclable and plastic-free container for the sweet onions it sells under the Alcampo Controlled Production brand. This packaging is made…

    Scorta Verde

    Eco-friendly line recognized as "Product of the Year 2021"

    Madi Ventura, an Italian company specializing in dried fruit, has been rewarded as Product of the Year 2021 for its new Ventura - Scorta Verde range.?? "This year, consumers voted for Scorta Verde, the new Ventura line that puts the environment first thanks to 100% biodegradable compostable packaging that holds the…

    Washing dirty crates in a loop

    In Maasdijk, Growers United has finally taken up residence in their new location at Honderdland. This means a lot of product is going in and out at the big player in cultivating and packaging greenhouse vegetables. To keep all the crates used for this clean, Unifortes recently supplied? two washing installations. Together they are…

    Smart RPCs unlock hidden efficiencies - help create more sustainable supply chain

    IFCO provides Real Time Intelligence on RPCs

    IFCO SYSTEMS, the world’s largest operator of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh food packaging, has started a long-term initiative to add track and trace technology to IFCO RPCs. The project is a first step in creating "IFCO Smart RPCs" designed to unlock additional grower and retailer…

    ITMO University, National University of Singapore, & University of Rovira i Virgili

    Fruit and vegetable film designed to detect pesticide residues

    A technology, intended to detect pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables is currently being developed by researchers from ITMO University (Russia), the National University…

    Girò Italia

    The green revolution passes through ultra-light eco-friendly packaging solutions

    "We ended 2020 with an 18% growth, so we can be pleased with the commercial trend. These results make us understand we are on the right path - clients trust us and new clients bet on Girò Italia increasing our presence on the domestic market," reports Franco Locati, sales manager at Girò Italia, a…

    TIPA compostable packaging expands into Australian market with expert hire

    Compostable packaging producer TIPA has announced its expansion into the Australian and New Zealand markets with an expert new hire. Richard Fernandez joins TIPA as Sales…

    New storage method to extend leek sales season

    The European leek growing season is nearing its end. This is when these vegetables begin to bolt. And that usually means they’re no longer marketable. As most people eat them between September and April, that often means a loss of income for the growers. Now, there’s a way to store harvested leeks for well…

    Biotropic bananas now in folding crates

    "Savings effects continue at our banana ripening facility"

    A year ago, wholesaler BioTropic launched the project 'Reusable packaging for bananas' and it now relies on EPS reusable crates, especially developed for bananas. From now on, its bananas will be packed, ripened and delivered in reusable crates. This step is intended not only to reduce packaging waste,…

    New sweet onion packaging debuts

    ProSource Produce, LLC, an Idaho based grower-shipper of fresh onions and potatoes has introduced a new branded sweet onion carton. The box is the first in a series of new packaging introductions the company has planned for 2021. “Our growing and packing operations across the US and Mexico have grown over the past decade. We’ve…

    United Fresh BrandStorm

    Developing and marketing sustainable packaging

    Yesterday marked the final day of the United Fresh Produce Association BrandStorm event. One of the final webinar discussions of the day looked at sustainable packaging. Led by Mary Coppola of United Fresh, Angela Sommers and Nick Mascari of Belle Harvest and Jessica Peri of Peri & Sons Farms talked…

    Natural Branding© tech obtains the 'Solar Impulse' award

    Laser Food, the Valencian company's laser marking, has been recognized for contributing to the protection of the environment and providing economic profitability to the agents involved. It was in 2006 when Laser Food, a company located in the Science Park of the University of Valencia, began to develop…

    American Heart Association checkmark on watermelon pouch

    Choosing a healthier lifestyle and eating habits is one of the best ways to assist in reducing heart disease. According to the 2020 FMI Grocery Shopper Trend report, due to the pandemic, there is an increased demand around functional foods and beverages that support health—particularly immune health. And…

    United Arab Emirates:

    Food packaging industry ready for steady growth

    Experts are convinced that, due to the current situation regarding the pandemic, as well as changing consumer trends, the food packaging industry of the UAE is set for record…

    Paul Rogan, IPL

    Packaging change saves 27 tonnes of plastic for ASDA

    Earlier this year IPL changed the packaging format of their Garden Gang Pears from a punnet to a fully recyclable, low density polyethylene (LDPE) bag, saving 27 tonnes plastic and removing over 1.5 m units of packaging. IPL is owned by and supply Asda exclusively, the focus of the company is to simplify…

    Bio4Pack nominated for top German business award

    A German packaging company, Bio4Pack, was recently nominated for what 'Die Welt', Germany's national newspaper, calls the most important prize for businesses. This is the Grand Prix of Midrange Businesses (Gro?er Preis des Mittelstandes). This annual German SME competition has been held since 1994. Its…

    AgroFresh Solutions launches edible plant-based coatings for fresh products

    AgroFresh has announced that edible plant-based coatings for products will soon be available under the brand VitaFresh Botanicals. The company specializes in developing…

    Alec van den Heuvel, VDH Concept, Belgium

    "SQ Paper and Bio Net are nice, sustainable alternatives to traditional onion packaging"

    Onions have always been packaged in orange netting. But, due to the continued plastic discussion, this type of packaging is set to gradually disappear from stores. VDH Concept…

    "Mesh bag season is over in the northern hemisphere, but we are preparing for the potato harvest in the southern hemisphere"

    The level of automation in the agricultural industry continues to rise every year. A growing number of packaging factories and farms are investing in automated packaging and weighing installations. These changes also affect suppliers such as mesh bag suppliers whose products have to meet the requirements…

    Wanted: unresolved packaging problems

    A TOP's team is always looking for unresolved packaging problems. A TOP develops sustainable and circular packaging innovations, especially for the fresh produce industry. The four-man team consists of two Dutch people, a Brit and a German who together have more than 100 years of experience in the…

    Wim Apeldoorn (Fonkels) about packaging with a long-term vision

    Composting vs recycling

    "The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much misery. But, it's also created an ever-increasing awareness. Awareness of not only the environment, consumption, and CO2 emissions. But also of one's own carbon footprint," says Wim Apeldoorn, General Manager at Fonkels, a Dutch packaging company. "Everyone has become very aware that we…

    Pat Mangulabnan

    Sustainable packaging will grow into a new plant

    Lately, many improvements in sustainable packaging have been made globally,? promoting both healthy food and sustainable living. In Thailand, ‘Sprout’ has entered the market. This innovative packaging design is an environmentally-pleasant packaging that aims to make a literally greener planet. The design packs…

    Reflex launch Pack Plus: A more sustainable packaging solution

    UK based packaging company Reflex Group have launched a lined board division to complement its existing packaging offering, and to provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packaging. Grouped under the newly-formed Pack Plus division, the lined board products are suitable for a wide…

    More effective packaging with extraction

    Swiss onion packer specializes in small packs

    The Swiss company, Gugger-Guillod SA, supplies its clients year-round. That's with yellow, red, and white onions and shallots. "Business is very good this season," says owner Roland Gugger. "The year is characterized by the fact that most of our products are supplied to supermarkets. This reinforces the…


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