• Thailand develops odour-proof boxes to store durian for international shipments

    "Since Thai durians have been classified as an export item, we need to ensure that we can store durians to retain its freshness as well as ensure that its odour don't permeate outside the box," said Chutima Eamchotchawalit, governor of TISTR. "With this new innovation, e-commerce operators and fruit growers will be able to send durians via couriers without worrying that the latter would reject delivering highly perishable and smelly fruits," Chutima said. The TISTR governor said that the Thai government wants to push Thai signature durians into the world, and without a proper innovative packaging, the pungent smell would push customers away. She said odor-proof boxes are well responded by wholesale and retail durian sellers as well as exporters. Beside the odour-proof boxes for durians, the TISTR has developed new packages for mangoes that are strong enough to allow storage under load and ensure its strong packaging during shipment. She said these types of innovative packaging are important as pungent durians when entering hotel, may get rejected before entering the venue. Before the COVID-19 crisis, Thailand was the largest durian exporter in 2019, according to the Department of Trade Negotiations. The Ministry of Commerce's department said that Thai durian exports were valued at 817 million U.S. dollars last year. "Therefore if we want to push Thai durians to remain number one in the world market, we must ensure that it packaging must remain unrivaled too," said Chutima. Enditem

  • Plant peel working as edible coating

    This edible coating reportedly doubles or triples the shelf life of many produce types without the need for refrigeration. The product is supplied as a powder and is diluted in water to be used as a spray or a dip. Apeel is made from plant extracts, usually lipids from agricultural by-products such as tomato skins or seeds. These self-assemble into structures (the skin) which enable the company to modulate the rate of oxygen or carbon dioxide transmission.

  • Mondelēz spreads a little chemically recycled packaging

    Berry Global will supply packaging containing recycled plastics for the cream cheese brand Philadelphia. This follows Berry Global’s commitment late last year to utilise a portion of SABIC’s chemically recycled materials, which include polypropylene and polyethylene. “We are pleased to partner with Mondelēz International in providing packaging made from this advanced recycling technology,” said Jean-Marc Galvez, president of Berry’s Consumer Packaging International Division. “By recovering and diverting plastics that would have otherwise been sent to landfill or incineration, we are working towards our common goal of promoting a circular economy.” Berry Global is committed to both mechanical and chemical recycling, and last year pledged that 100 per cent of its fast-moving consumer goods packaging would be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by the year 2025. “This is an exciting project which demonstrates our ability to supply a leading worldwide brand with a solution to not only aid in their sustainability commitments, but which also aligns with Berry’s,” said Galvez.
  • A Success Story in change in Packaging

    Improved packaging that better locks in freshness has helped candy company Ferrero U.S.A. earn the coveted 2020 Product of the Year winner within the Candy Bar category for Baby Ruth — voted so by more than 40,000 American shoppers.

    “With so much product innovation happening across the industry, we’re excited to be recognized as 2020 Product of the Year, and hear the overwhelmingly positive reaction from our fans,” said Silvia Borla, vice president of marketing, Ferrero Chocolate Brands, Ferrero North America, in a press release. “The overall refresh perfectly exemplifies how we are creating exceptional quality products that answer consumer demand.”

    Damon Manak, Baby Ruth brand manager, dives into the packaging details in this exclusive Q&A.


    What specific changes did you make to the packaging for Baby Ruth?

    Manak: Primary film packaging (Mini/Fun Size/Single/Share) went from an extrusion lamination (which used hot polyethylene to seal the two layers of film) to an adhesive lamination (which uses glue to join the two layers of film). So the package is not as stiff — it’s softer — but has the same barrier properties and shelf life. We find that a softer packaging creates an easier opening, which is preferred by our customers.

    The primary film has always used pattern cold seal instead of heat seal to close the packaging on the packaging lines; the two end seals and the back fin seal.

    Additionally, the secondary packaging folding carton for Single/Share has more silver printing. The 6-pack/8-pack overwrap always used pattern cold seal to seal the packaging. The overwrap film lamination changed from 1-layer polypropylene to 2-layer polypropylene, with the inside film having metalized polypropylene.

    The bags (fun-sized bags) always used heat-seal to seal the packaging with added metalized film to give a metallic look. The bag film changed from polypropylene/adhesive/polyethylene combination to polypropylene/extrusion/metalized polypropylene combination, again to get that metalized look.


    What is different about the seals for the newer packaging? Is the film cold sealed?

    Manak: Yes, we have always used cold seals on the primary film and are still using a metalized film.  However, we’ve improved the integrity of our seals to be hermetic seals.


    Does the wrap have any easy-open features?

    Manak: The softer packaging does allow for customers to open the chocolate bar more easily.


    Who is your film supplier?

    Manak: We prefer not to disclose the name of our supplier.


    Were there any changes on the packaging line because of the updated packaging? If so, what were they?

    Manak: The only change to the packaging lines were in the bagging operation where the heat seal temperature had to be changed to adjust for the differences in film combination to get proper seals.


    EPPA aims to find concrete solutions to increase recycling and to reduce carbon emissions of food and food service packaging without compromising food safety and human health protection. EPPA will also work with European policymakers to support these common priorities. • Paper is a natural and renewable material and it is derived from sustainably managed forests that play an important role in mitigating climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere through reforestation. • Paper and fibre-based food packaging are recyclable and are recycled. EPPA will promote recycling practices to increase recycling rates even further. • Paper-based packaging contribute to reducing food waste, guarantee food safety and protect the health and safety of consumers. The Alliance's first President, Antonio D’Amato (president, Seda International Packaging Group) called on European policymakers to commit to evidence-based solutions to achieve shared objectives: "Europe and the wider world face many challenges ranging from climate change and resource scarcity to countering bacterial and viral infections. Already in the early 20th century for example the paper cup was especially developed to avoid in public transport and in hospitals the hazards and health concerns of shared and re-used glasses and dippers. Sustainably sourced and manufactured paper and fiber-based foodservice packaging can deliver solutions that protect the health and safety of consumers, the vitality of our environment and the viability of a circular economy. We look forward to working with policymakers to deliver solutions to these common objectives and call upon them to recommit to evidence-based policy making and working in partnership with business." EPPA Deputy President, Eric Le Lay (President, Huhtamaki Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania) emphasized the importance of partnership and collaboration: "EPPA represents both suppliers of renewable and sustainably produced raw materials and manufacturers of food service packaging. Our objective is to build partnerships with organisations who share our focus on developing and delivering practical solutions. EPPA members are committed to helping food service operators deliver the best consumer experience in the spirit of food safety, low carbon, and a circular economy. We look forward to welcoming new members who share our vision." The founding members of the European Paper Packaging Alliance are Seda International Packaging Group; Huhtamaki; AR Packaging; Smith Anderson; Schisler Packaging Solutions; Stora Enso; Metsä Board; Mayr-Melnhof Karton; WestRock; Iggesund/Holmen and Paper Machinery Corp. The association has its seat in The Hague, Netherlands, at the offices of Lejeune Association Management. Managing Director will be Hans van Schaik.

  • Nestlé Aquarel launches 100% recycled plastic water bottle

    “The launch of this new product responds to Nestlé Waters’ commitment that all mineral water bottles, which are already 100% recyclable, will contain an increasing percentage of recycled plastic”, said Philippe de Maillardoz, director of Nestlé Waters Spain. This is the first bottle made of 100% recycled PET plastic that we launched in the Spanish market. In the coming months, we will continue to expand the use of recycled plastic in other key formats in our portfolio,” he added. Committed to sustainability This new format forms part of Nestlé’s global drive to increase the use of alternative packaging materials, as well as specific commitments made by Nestlé Waters regarding environmental sustainability and plastic packaging. According to the press note, Nestlé Waters Spain has reduced the amount of plastic used in water bottles by an average of 20% since 2010. In addition, it is working to have all its bottles, which are already 100% recyclable, contain at least 50% recycled plastic by 2022 in the country.
  • Huhtamaki Fresh awarded the Bio-based Material of the Year

    Huhtamaki Fresh was chosen as the winner of the Bio-based Material of the Year award. The award was given to the most innovative bio-based material and product on the market for the 13th time. It was granted in May 12 at the annual International Conference on Bio-based Materials, organized by nova-Institute. Monta biopack® came in second and bioORMOCER® came third. Huhtamaki Fresh is a disposable food tray for ready-to-eat meals and has been in the UK market since 2019. The product is made from natural wood fibers which are sourced from FSC certified and renewable Nordic forests. Fresh is recyclable after use and certified for home composting. It is the natural alternative to black plastic meal trays, and both oven proof and microwavable. The Huhtamaki Fresh material was developed in partnership with Södra and Saladworks, and the project was funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 initiative.

  • Advantages of Modified Atmospheric Packaging

    Step into any grocery store, and you see clear examples of how Modified Atmosphere Packaging is a part of our daily life. It is what helps businesses in the food and gas industries to keep costs down while ensuring quality, freshness, and long shelf life of products. The modified atmosphere packaging process is vital for consumable products.


    Introducing a new recyclable Kinder Joy paper spoon Made from high-quality virgin paper, that comes from sustainable certified supply chain, the spoon was developed from the innovative design ideas of the Ferrero in-house R&D team and realized in collaboration with selected suppliers. An ultra-sonic sealing technology seals the new spoon to the plastic film without using any additional substances or additives. In addition to passing third-party safety certifications and recyclability tests, the new Kinder Joy spoon also performed well in consumer research; parents and children like the spoon and find it easy to use. The new Kinder Joy spoon will be phased to all EU countries early 2021, and globally starting in 2022. Once the roll-out will be completed, the new paper spoon will deliver an estimated 45% reduction on our Kinder Joy spoon carbon footprint with a plastic reduction of over 1500 tonnes per year versus the current spoon. Our continuous approach to innovation Ferrero has a long-standing history of innovation to improve the sustainability of its packaging. In line with this approach, Ferrero is exploring opportunities in the development of chemical recycling by partnering with the Reciplast project and suppliers. Chemical recycling may be able to help recycle some complex structures used in plastic packaging where mechanical recycling is not an option. It also increases the availability of “clean” recycled plastic which can be used back in food packaging. In exploring the possibilities of chemical recycling, Ferrero is scouting future solutions that are not available today in practice and at scale. Partnering to develop common eco-design guidelines Making sure that every piece of packaging can be recyclable requires designers to choose and combine materials in a way that the final packaging can be successfully disposed, collected, sorted and fully recycled in practice and at scale. To achieve this ambitious goal, Ferrero is partnering with multiple stakeholders, including CEFLEX and RecyClass, to develop common eco-design guidelines that would be uniform across the industry. CEFLEX is a collaboration of EU companies and associations representing the entire flexible packaging value chain. This partnership will focus on the development and application of design guidelines for both flexible packaging and the infrastructures to collect, sort and recycle. RecyClass is an initiative promoted by Plastics Recyclers Europe, aiming to help the plastics value chain find the correct way to approach and evaluate the design for recycling of packaging products. Through this partnership, RecyClass is providing a recyclability assessment tool, which can be used to identify potential issues and points of improvement for the end-of-life of packaging, with the goal of improving recyclability. “In October 2019, Ferrero made a strong commitment to more sustainable packaging and signed The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Our most recent initiatives, including the 100% recyclable Kinder Joy spoon, our exploration of chemical recycling and our partnerships for eco-design guidelines, are important steps in that journey. We look forward to providing regular updates as we support the acceleration towards a circular economy,” said Fabio Mora, Global Packaging Director of the Ferrero Group. The Ferrero Group will continue to share announcements on these future milestones as part of the journey to make all packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
  • Nespresso® and Amcor win Alufoil Trophy in Resource Efficiency

    The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) organizes and presents the annual Alufoil Trophy in five categories: Consumer Convenience, Marketing and Design, Product Protection, Resource Efficiency and Technical Innovation. This year, Nestlé Nespresso and Amcor have been awarded the trophy in the resource efficiency category for their Aluminium Stewardship Initiiative (ASI) certified aluminium coffee capsule. Some features of the aluminium capsule include: • Recycling ready • Full compliance with international regulations • High seal integrity • Easy to use • High barrier properties The production, procurement, sourcing and processing of the metal used are all in accordance with ASI’s standards. The capsule uses only ASI approved aluminium which increases the sustainability performance of the capsule. As an ASI member, Amcor addresses sustainable practices along the full aluminium chain for its products. Nespresso is also an ASI member and commits to its objectives and standards. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Aluminium Stewardship Initiative The ASI is a global, non-profit organization that sets standards and provides certification for best practices in the aluminium supply and value chain. With the collaboration of producers, users and stakeholders, ASI aims to make the use of aluminium as sustainable as possible. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Other awardees of the AluFoil Trophy 2020 include: -CONSUMER CONVENIENCE Constantia Flexibles: Easy Dose Lid -MARKETING + DESIGN Guala Closures Group: Savin Prestige -RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Amcor: ASI aluminium for coffee capsules i2r Packaging Solutions: i2r Ultra -TECHNICAL INNOVATION Constantia Flexibles: 3D sidewall-embossing for Alufoilcontainer -DISCRETIONARY AWARD Contital: Aluminium Plates Wipf: Gasbag for E-Active Body Control
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