• Messe Muenchen India develops its own online platform to reconnect exhibitors and visitors worldwide.

    Messe Muenchen India answers the predicament of business networking and visitor engagement amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with a singular, online exhibition and conference platform for the exhibitors and visitors of analytica Anacon India & India Lab Expo, drink technology India, electronica India and productronica India, IFAT India, LASER World Of PHOTONICS INDIA, MatDispens, Pharma Pro&Pack Expo, PackMach Asia Expo, World Tea & Coffee Expo and The Smarter-E.

  • AmSty aims to increase PCR in food packaging

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    Polystyrene producer Americas Styrenics announced a goal of having 25% recycled content in foodservice and food packaging products by 2030.

    An integrated polystyrene and styrene monomer producer, Americas Styrenics (AmSty) said chemical recycling technologies will be key to helping it achieve its goal. In a press release, the company pointed to Regenyx, its joint venture formed in 2019 with pyrolysis company Agilyx.

    The Regenyx facility is located in Tigard, Ore. AmSty has also partnered with virgin plastics company Ineos Styrolution to build a facility in Channahon, Ill. capable of processing 100 tons of PS per day into styrene monomers. Engineering design for the facility, which is in the greater Chicago area, is underway.

    Based in The Woodlands, Texas, AmSty is, itself, a joint venture owned by Chevron Phillips Chemical and Trinseo.

  • Packaging Solutions for Heavy and Awkward Products

    Any marketing expert will tell you that regardless of how good your product’s quality is compared to your competitors, it will never sell unless it’s in an equally pleasing packaging. The importance of appealing and convenient packaging solutions can never be underestimated. But for a majority of small-sized products, finding the right kind of packaging isn’t as big of an issue. 

  • KM Packaging Offers Mono Material Lidding Film

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    KM Packaging offers mono polymer lidding films for all food tray types including PP, Alufoil, CPET and APET. Particularly relevant to the meat, poultry, fish and seafood markets, the company offers weld seal mono-material lidding films within our K SEAL range. These have an all-polyester structure and are available with a high-oxygen barrier. They offer exceptional transparency, with excellent anti-fogging properties, and weld seals to rPET or APET trays. It's a sustainable material choice for food manufacturers thanks to the entire single polymer pack being designed for recycling in the PET recycling stream. "Many manufacturers within the meat and fish industry face the problem of 'How can we move to more mono-material solutions to avoid putting multi-layer trays and films with different plastics combined into the market?’ The sustainability of packaging solutions to protect, present, and preserve foodstuffs is a key consideration," said Charles Smithson, managing director of KM Packaging. "Our product enables them to switch from ‘hard-to-recycle’ mixed polymer plastics, for example a PET/PE food tray, to a mono-polymer food tray with the same mono-polymer top film to seal to it." Many tray manufacturers are also responding to the demand to move away from multi-layer and laminated materials for food packaging due to the difficulties of separating them for recycling. These mono-material initiatives are also aligned to the “5 steps to Build a Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging”, as defined by CEFLEX.

  • How to Make Paperboard From Corrugated Boxes

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    Paperboard is a material that is entirely paper-based. It is a bit thicker than the regular paper. This material is recyclable and renewable. Paperboard is extracted from two methods. The first one is the mechanical method and the second one is the chemical method. The mechanical method is quite economical, yet it is environmentally unstable.


    On the other hand, the chemical extraction method is costly but environmentally stable. It is very easy to cut and form. Paperboard packaging is made because the material is light in weight as well as sturdy. It is ideal for packaging. However, this packaging comes in many grades that have exceptional characteristics by making every grade perfect for various packaging needs.

    This packaging is helpful for wrapping up delicate items like perfume bottles, wine bottles, fragile gift items, etc. Today, we are going to make a paperboard from the corrugated boxes. This process is technical because of which people cannot do it at home so easily.

    Things You Need:

    • Corrugated Box
    • Box cutter or razor blade

     

    How to Make Paperboard from Corrugated Boxes?

    • Firstly, you have to do an unboxing. You have to open up the tabs of the corrugated box.
    • One by one you have to start cutting the tabs of the box. You have to do it with a sharp razor blade or box cutter. But do it carefully.
    • You have to put away the tabs and then start cutting from one corner of the box. You have to cut on the creased side from top to bottom in 90 degrees.
    • When one side is done, you have to cut the box again at the 90 degrees angle. Be very careful while cutting on the creased sides as it would help you in getting the plain and straight piece of corrugated material.
    • You again have to cut the next side from an angle of 90 degrees. In this way, three sides will be cut yet one remaining. You need to cut out the last side to get a straight and plane piece of corrugated material.
    • There is no need to cut this material from 180 degrees as we only have to change it into paperboard material.
    • Now you need to do the bleaching process. It is the step that has to be done by professionals. With the help of the bleaching process, the corrugated material layer would be removed, and you will get a thin corrugated, or you can say a plain paperboard.

     

     

    The bleaching process is not just used to extract the paperboard material, but it is also utilized to increase the brightness and whiteness of this material. The corrugated material loses its strength in the bleaching process and then it is converted into the paperboard.

    Paperboard has a lot of physical properties that make it an ideal material to be utilized. It does not just have a tear strength but flexibility, burst strength, stiffness as well as foldability. If you want to increase the sturdiness of the paperboard material, then you have to increase the fiber length into it.

    In this way, you could easily make it more durable. On the other hand, the corrugated material is also a good option for bundling. Numerous packaging box companies are offering both paperboard and corrugated boxes. You could easily get them printed in various patterns and designs. They can be designed beautifully and adorned with many customizations. Many brands are providing their products in top quality corrugated boxes wholesale that are embellished with HD images, the latest printing designs, and patterns

  • NUTRI SCORE – SIGNALS WITH GREAT EFFECT

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    The Leuphana University of Lüneburg and the Nordakademie, University of Applied Sciences, have investigated consumer decision-making within their research work on consumer behaviour. In fact, consumers can be manipulated by having the “Nutri-Score” food traffic light on the packaging. The research tested in detail the role of different packaging features. According to Prof. Dr. Stefan Schaltegger, chairman for sustainability management at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, the experiment was used to find out which representations on food packaging help to implement personal preferences for healthier and more sustainable eating.

    “Nudges” as “boosters The researchers have concluded that even small “nudges” – such as the Nutri Score – work and people who are very concerned about sustainability already react to them and decide to choose the healthier variety more often. By contrast, people who like to eat unheatlhier disregard this information. In research round about 500 test candidates were tested. The nudging concept, which originates from the economist Richard H. Thaler and the lawyer Cass Sunstein, was the starting point for this study. The main question is how to consolidate behaviour without prohibition or economic incentives. Despite the statement by Dr. Holger Petersen, Professor of Business Administration with a focus on sustainability management, that only little has changed, sustainability- and health-oriented consumers can be supported with a revised design of food packaging. Currently, the Nutri Score can already be found on individual foods in France and Germany. The Nutri Score is only yet a recommendation from the government and is not a mandatory statement.

    No food manufacturer is obliged to label their products with the Nutri-Score. NOVEXX Solutions offers a wide range of labelling systems for the precise and reliable placement of self-adhesive labels of any productshape or surface. Especially our XLS labelers are particularly suitable for use in the food industry. A wide range of applicator variants for all requirements and surfaces, extremely robust and designed for continuous use. For more information on labelers please click here or contact us via the contact formular.

    NOVEXX Solutions offers a wide range of labelling systems for the precise and reliable placement of self-adhesive labels of any productshape or surface. Especially our XLS labelers are particularly suitable for use in the food industry. A wide range of applicator variants for all requirements and surfaces, extremely robust and designed for continuous use.

    For more information on labelers please click here or contact us via the contact formular.

  • SOCIAL MEDIA AND PACKAGING DESIGN

    With each passing year, social media platforms become an increasingly popular choice for promoting businesses, establishing brands and marketing products. Along with advancements in design capabilities, in terms of both performance and visual appeal, the easy and almost free access to reach over millions of users (and customers) across multiple apps makes for a competitive market.

    However, if tread on strategically, this route leads to endless opportunities. Following are a few popular social media trends to consider for your company or brand in 2020:

  • Aptar Food + Beverage Announces Market Launch of SEAWELL™, an Active Packaging System Designed to Maintain Seafood Quality and Freshness

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    The proprietary SEAWELL™ active packaging system features integrated technology that absorbs excess liquids that would otherwise accumulate around the seafood, causing potential product breakdown and negatively impacting shelf life. It utilizes a proprietary blend of direct food-contact-safe absorbent materials that trap excess fluids inside patented pockets or wells, which are integrated into the packaging and hidden by the seafood product. This innovative technology and packaging design separates the seafood from excess liquids, reducing the rate of microbial growth and chemical degradation. The SEAWELL™ system improves freshness and visual appeal, absorbs odors, and enhances safety by reducing overall bacteria count and mitigating cross-contamination in the kitchen. In fact, in a challenge study on scallops, the SEAWELL™ active packaging system provided a 3 log (99.9%) reduction in aerobic bacteria through day 13. The company’s current launch partner indicated that: “The innovative packaging system has reduced shrink and improved sales in the category compared to the previous packaging solution.” Available in a variety of sizes, the SEAWELL™ system offers sea-to-table protection for both fresh and frozen seafood. The technology also enables seafood processors to pack frozen for distribution and thaw in the same package for fresh sale to market. This provides both consumers and industrial kitchens with an optimal seafood experience and a pristine case-to-cook product. It enables seafood processors to expand their geographic reach as well as help solve the challenges home delivery and grocery markets face as they rapidly expand their customer base and strive to meet increasing demands for delivering the freshest seafood possible. “For years, the industry has sought measures to improve the freshness and shelf life of shipped seafood, as well as ways to improve consumers’ experiences,” said Neal Watson, Vice President & General Manager for Aptar Food + Beverage – Food Protection. “SEAWELL™ helps solve the challenges seafood distributors face. We are excited to be partnering with major industry players to expand the use of SEAWELL™ packaging to provide a safer, more reliable option for increasing seafood consumption across the globe.”

  • Mondi and BIOhof replace plastic wrapping with fully corrugated solution for fresh produce

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    Mondi, a leading global packaging and paper manufacturer, has collaborated with BIOhof Kirchweidach, an organic farm in Bavaria, to design a sustainable packaging solution for 500g packs of tomatoes on the vine to be distributed to PENNY supermarkets, owned by major German retailer REWE Group.

    Coral Tray fulfils BIOhof’s objective of replacing its previous packaging, which used 2.5 g of plastic film per pack, with a recyclable and plastic-free solution, supporting REWE Group’s sustainability goals. It’s called ‘Coral Tray’ because of its resemblance to undersea coral and contribution to reducing plastic waste, potentially helping to protect marine life. This innovative new packaging is fully recyclable and made of renewable material and recycled corrugated board, which has an average recycling rate of over 80% in Europe.

    Packaging experts at Mondi Grünburg in Austria worked with BIOhof’s team to design the one-piece corrugated tray with integrated lid made of lightweight F-Flute. Both the fluting and outer liner are made of 100% recycled material and the KraftTop inner liner ensures it meets food contact requirements. The new solution can be mechanised for up to six different package sizes and gives BIOhof the option of using it for other small organic produce.

  • SuperValu Launches Recyclable & Compostable Potatoes Packaging

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    The retailer said that in-season Irish New Season Roosters and Kerr Pinks are now available in paper potato bags that can be disposed of in either the green or brown bins found in most homes and businesses.

    Plastic netting has been removed from bags and replaced with cotton netting to ensure 100% of packaging can be recycled or composted.

    Over 13,500 tonnes of potatoes are sold in SuperValu every year.

    Ray Kelly, interim managing director, SuperValu, said: "Removing unnecessary plastic from our own-brand packaging is a priority for us and by 2025 100% of SuperValu own-brand, fresh produce and in-store packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable."

    "The move to compostable and recyclable packaging on six lines of potatoes is another significant step towards that goal. So far, these changes have stopped 380Kg of plastic going to the landfill annually, a positive move that will impact communities around Ireland,” he added.

    In 2019 84 tonnes of black unrecyclable plastic was removed from produce packaging by moving to loose produce, cardboard or recyclable plastic as part of SuperValu’s sustainable packaging strategy to make 100% of its own Brand and fresh fruit and vegetable packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

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