• Coca-Cola in Western Europe transitions to 100% recycled plastic (rPET) bottles in two more markets

    Coca-Cola in Western Europe today takes another important step on its journey to eliminating new virgin oil-based plastic as Coca-Cola in the Netherlands and Coca-Cola in Norway announce their transition to plastic bottles made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET). Following the announcement (December 2019) that Coca-Cola in Sweden would become the first market to switch to 100% rPET, Coca-Cola in the Netherlands has announced that from October 2020 it will transition all its locally produced small plastic bottles to 100% rPET, including iconic brands such as Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta. Large plastic bottles will follow in 2021, making it the second market to transition its locally produced portfolio to 100% rPET. The switch to 100% rPET in the Netherlands will eliminate the use of more than 10,000 tonnes of new virgin oil-based plastic, amounting to a 21% reduction in the carbon footprint of its plastic bottles per year compared to the rPET level before the transition, when the portfolio in the Netherlands already consisted of more than 50% recycled PET. Additionally, during the first half of 2021, Coca-Cola in Norway will transition to 100% rPET for all plastic bottles that it produces locally. This transition will remove around 4,300 tonnes of new virgin oil-based plastic a year, and will deliver a 28% reduction in the carbon footprint of its plastic bottles per year compared with the rPET level before the switch when the portfolio in Norway was approximately 25% rPET. Both Coca-Cola in the Netherlands and Coca-Cola in Norway will be the first companies in their respective countries to move their entire portfolio of locally produced plastic bottles to 100% rPET. This move supports Coca-Cola’s ambition in Western Europe to accelerate towards the use of 100% rPET and the elimination of new virgin oil-based PET in all of its bottles within the next decade.

  • Pringles trials eco-friendly packaging to allow snackers to put tubes in with their recycling

    With their foil-lined cardboard tubes, metal bases and tear-away lids, and plastic caps, the crisp brand’s distinctive packaging has been described as a “nightmare” to recycle due to the combination of materials present. Now Pringles is attempting to shed its old look, with parent company Kellogg’s trialling a tube made of widely recyclable paper, allowing fans of the snack to dispose of the packaging with their regular household recycling. The new tubes are currently being sold at three Tesco stores in East Anglia as part of a six-week trial. If it proves successful, the tubes – which are being tested with plastic and cardboard lids – will be introduced to shops more widely across Europe. Kellogg’s pledged in 2018 to make all its packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by end of 2025.This promise came in the wake of a 2017 report by the Recycling Association that branded Pringles the “number one recycling villain”. The trade body said Pringles tubes, and similarly packaged items, were a “nightmare” to recycle as it was “impossible to separate the parts”. Commenting on the new packaging, Miranda Prins, vice-president at Pringles, said the brand was “eager to play our part and reduce our impact on the planet”. Pringles can of the future Ms Prins said it was “too early” tell whether the version of the tube being trialled would be rolled out nationwide, but that testing it out would “help us understand if people like it and if it works on the supermarket shelf and at home”. She added: “This trial will help us create the Pringles can of the future.”

  • Smurfit Kappa provides new Bag-in-Box filling solution for organic birch sap drink

    Fresh birch sap can be kept for 90 days but to extend the shelf life, the sap is lightly pasteurized for a few minutes at 60°c while still maintaining the quality of the product. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® was therefore able to create a perfect packaging solution for the drink that keeps it fresh for up to 24 months before opening and 8 weeks after opening. What's more, the pack is environmentally friendly and easy to use. To increase its production capacity, Fée Nature invested in a brand new BIB 700 automatic machine that was installed in February, just in time for this season's harvest. To preserve the maximum quality, the birch sap has to be packed very quickly; the whole production is done in just two months. The BIB 700 machine, which has a new generation filling valve with two separate circuits for nitrogen and vacuum, can fill up to 15 3-litre BIB packs per minute so it can easily facilitate the necessary speed and maintain the quality of this unusual product.

  • Fresh produce protected by antimicrobial plastic additive

    Smart Plastic additives are inserted into the production process in very small percentages along with other standard ingredients. These additives transform the plastic into a powerful agent that is highly effective against salmonella, listeria, E.coli, MRSA, and dozens of commons dangerous organisms, says the company. It claims a 99.9% reduction in bacteria and a 5-log reduction in antimicrobial protection. “The Veg-Fresh team and the Smart Plastics team have been in discussions for a few years now. We have been closely following their independent testing trials and have been impressed with the technology they provide. It is a natural fit to incorporate this technology into our packaging. Foodborne illness is one of the top threats to this industry, and we are committed to taking advantage of new technology to keep our customer’s food as fresh, safe and healthy as possible,” said Bob Wright, COO of Veg-Fresh Farms.

  • C-P flexible Packaging launches sustainable packaging line in flexible categories

    Created with the circular economy in mind, the C-P GreenStream™ line of flexible packaging includes options that reduce the amount of material entering the waste stream, as well as options that allow post-consumer recycled content to re-enter the stream of source materials. The C-P GreenStream™ portfolio includes flexible packaging materials with over 40% post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin. For example, C-P GreenStream™ PET flexible packaging is available with up to 100% PCR content—without sacrificing barrier performance. It also maintains the same look and feel as flexible packaging sourced from virgin PET resin. And to address the inability to recycle multilayer film structures composed of dissimilar resins, C-P GreenStream™ store drop-off recyclable flexible packaging features single-source construction, with all layers made from the same material. C-P GreenStream™ recyclable flexible packaging can be recycled at over 18,000 store drop-off locations across the U.S. According to Mike Hoffman, CEO of C-P Flexible Packaging, “We are dedicated to creating solutions that align with the goals of our customers. To achieve our vision of providing packaging with less environmental impact, we developed this C-P GreenStream™ line of flexible packaging which addresses recyclability, compostability, renewable resources, source reduction and post-consumer recycled content. As a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the How2Recycle program, we are continually investing in technologies that will minimize our impact on the environment.”

  • Cosmo Films launches Transparent Antifog Film for fresh fruits & vegetables

    The newly launched transparent antifog film has an excellent cold and hot antifogging property, superior fusion sealing strength of 1226-3498 g/inch, has an excellent hot tack ranging from 280 to 530 g/inch for a temperature range of 130-140 degree C and comes with a wide thickness rage of 25, 30 & 35µ. The film is designed for varied applications like Food Packaging, Fresh vegetables, fruits and salad, meat products and dairy products. Commenting on Cosmo Film’s commitment to consistently deliver products to meet industries expectations, Mr. Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films said: “Across our entire product portfolio, we intend to create thoughtfully designed products to meet the needs of the industries around the world. This film is designed to fit the growing fresh food packaging market with its antifog properties and exceptional seal strength.”

  • Nestlé pilots reusable and refillable dispensers to reduce single-use packaging

    Working in collaboration with the start-up MIWA, Nestlé recently piloted the reusable and refillable dispensers in three Nestlé shops located in Rorschach, Orbe and La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland. During a four-month trial period, the dispensers were well received by consumers and Nestlé was able to gain valuable insights including the user-friendliness. To further assess the dispensers’ effectiveness in preventing packaging waste along the supply chain, the dispensers are now being rolled out across more locations in the next few months. Hélène Lanctuit, R&D Packaging Lead at Nestlé, says: "Packaging plays a key role in maintaining food safety during a product’s shelf life. This means that whenever new packaging systems are explored we need to ensure that our products can be delivered to consumers in a safe and hygienic manner. These dispensers are novel because they incorporate smart technology which allows us to ensure product safety, and also guarantee the freshness and traceability of our products." The development of innovative, alternative delivery systems such as bulk, reuse and refill options are a key focus area for Nestlé across several product categories. The company has already announced a pilot test for Refill Plus, a water dispenser using state-of-the-art technology, which allows consumers to personalize their water with sixty-four flavor combinations. In partnership with Terracycle, Nestlé is rolling out Loop, a subscription home delivery service in the US and will also introduce it soon in France. Additionally, mini dispensers for Nescafé and Milo are available for the out-of-home segment in many countries around the world. These innovative systems are part of a broader set of actions to reduce single-use packaging. Building on its commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, Nestlé announced plans to reduce the use of virgin plastics by one third during the same time period. Bernard Meunier, CEO of Nestlé Purina Petcare EMENA, says: "At Purina, our teams are focused on designing our products and packaging for a more sustainable future. This pilot marks an important step forward in our efforts towards waste reduction and we are proud to play a leading role in testing these innovative dispensers. Offering pet owners the option of using safe reusable and refillable dispensers in-store can help us improve our environmental impact while still providing great quality nutrition for pets." Philipp Navratil, Global Head of Beverage Strategic Business Unit at Nestlé, Senior Vice-President, says: "As part of Nescafé’s packaging transformation journey, we have been working hard to rethink how we design our packaging for better environmental impact. We are excited to work on a refilling option made possible by our in-store dispensing system for our consumers who want to enjoy their Nescafé experience at home."
  • Johnnie Walker's parent firm Diageo doubles down on sustainability with paper-based bottle

    Beer and spirits company Diageo has launched plastic-free spirits in paper-based bottles, made entirely from sustainably sourced wood. The paper-based bottle is said to debut with Johnnie Walker in early 2021. Developed in partnership with venture management company Pilot Lite, the new bottle is made from sustainably sourced pulp to meet food-safe standards and will be fully recyclable in standard waste streams. The packaging is said to be designed to contain a variety of liquid products and will form part of Diageo’s commitment towards Goal 12 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - Responsible Consumption and Production. This comes as Diageo and Pilot Lite partnered to launch Pulpex, a sustainable packaging technology company that allows brands to rethink their packaging designs, or move existing designs into paper, whilst not compromising on the existing quality of the product. This technology introduces a variety of plastic-free, single mould bottles that can be used across a range of consumer goods. To ensure that the technology can be used in every area of life, Pulpex has established a partner consortium of FMCG companies in non-competing categories including Unilever, and PepsiCo, with further partners expected to be announced later in the year. The consortium partners are each expecting to launch their own branded paper bottles, based on Pulpex’s design and technology, in 2021. Ewan Andrew, chief sustainability officer, Diageo, said the company was proud to have created this world’s first, and that as a company, it was "constantly striving to push the boundaries within sustainable packaging”, adding that the bottle had the potential to be “truly ground-breaking”. “It feels fitting that we should launch it with Johnnie Walker, a brand that has often led the way in innovation throughout its 200 years existence,” he added. Richard Slater, chief research and development officer at Unilever. said the company believed in tackling plastic waste through innovation and collaboration, adding that it was going to “halve its use of virgin plastic at Unilever, reducing its use of plastic packaging by more than 100,000 tonnes in the next five years”. Meanwhile, Simon Lowden, chief sustainability officer, PepsiCo said that innovative solutions and partnerships were critical to driving meaningful progress toward a circular economy. “The Pulpex consortium is well positioned to deliver sustainable packaging at scale and across industries, having impact beyond what any organization could achieve alone. We’re proud to be a part of it,” Lowden added. Sandy Westwater, director of Pilot Lite, said the company was thrilled to be working with global brand leaders in this consortium, and that by working together, it could use the collective power of the brands to help minimise the environmental footprint of packaging by changing manufacturing and consumer behaviours.

  • Food Packaging Basics

    The fundamental advantage of bundling is that it contains and safeguards the item, guaranteeing the whole of the thing is accessible for buy and stops any spilling on the way or while being put away. Food bundling likewise assists with shielding the thing from harm, just as keep it safe and keeps sullying from natural factors, for example, residue, earth and microorganisms. Bundling can likewise assist with guaranteeing that the thing appears to be substantially more speaking to the client. It doesn't have to depend on the food's "normal excellence" as it very well may be exhibited with an outline or photo to speak to the food's appearance. For instance, a photo of a serving proposal like the food dished up in an extravagant bowl or plate is considerably more tempting than a plastic compartment of food. Bundling can likewise help to grandstand the marking and advertising used to sell the item and make it contrast contender things. At the point when food is safely bundled, it is additionally a lot simpler to ship and show inside the retail condition. Egg boxes can be flawlessly stacked inside a case, just as ensuring the item adequately rather than basically attempting to move free eggs. There are three unique phases of bundling. These are separated into: Essential bundling – This is a piece of the finished result and is utilized to show the thing just as fusing the proper naming and data Optional bundling – Usually an enormous box containing some of the indistinguishable items. Used to restock a rack or show remain with the things Travel bundling – This is the compartments or cases that the optional bundling is moved in during conveyances among manufacturing plant and retailers. The most widely recognized materials utilized in food bundling are plastic, glass, metal, cardboard and paper. Plastic is one of the most flexible assets with regards to making food bundling. This is on the grounds that it tends to be provided in a wide range of structures, effectively hued just as you would prefer just as being clear or dark. It very well may be unbending or adaptable, contingent upon your requirements and can be formed into custom shapes for your individual item. Plastic is additionally simple to print on straightforwardly, sparing the requirement for a different naming procedure and assisting with reducing expenses. Plastic is additionally exceptionally lightweight and can be modest to deliver. Altered Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) has air inside which has been deliberately changed with synthetic compounds to protect the item and drag out its time span of usability. This is most ordinarily utilized for things, for example, cool meats, smoked fish, cheddar, serving of mixed greens and new pasta. The progressions are made to keep the food from weakening and staining as fast as it would in typical cools. Glass is frequently utilized for containers and jugs containing fluid. They are reusable and recyclable, making them ecologically agreeable. Glass is likewise heat impervious to a limited degree. Anyway there are drawbacks including its delicacy and the danger of breakage, just as the weight that glass bundling can add to an item, particularly when pressed in mass for travel and conveyance. Metal has been utilized since the beginning for food packaging boxes, as jars and tins can help drag out the life of food just as offering it generous insurance from natural variables. Utilizing metal bundling is likewise modest and can frequently be reused for things, for example, drinks jars. Anyway tins can likewise be effortlessly gouged and this can likewise bring about sharp edges and in any event, puncturing through to the food thing inside. Metal is likewise not appropriate for microwaveable things, so is regularly utilized for dinners prepared in a stove and plastic is fill in for most prepared suppers. Card and paper based bundling is additionally modest to deliver and is as of now reasonable for naming and data to be printed legitimately on. This sort of bundling is reasonable for lightweight things and is likewise biodegradable. Paper and cardboard can have master coatings added to fortify them and help them to be more water safe.

  • Multi-pack carriers deliver multi benefits for canned drinks

    Now, by incorporating over 50% Sustane NXG post-consumer recycled (PCR) polymer, each carrier not only minimises material use but also supports a circular economy through the use of recycled plastic and a reduced dependency on fossil-fuel derived polymers. The company is also continuing to increase the use of PCR within WaveGrip carriers, aiming for it to be 100% by 2021. In addition to the improved sustainability benefits, incorporating a handle within the carrier design improves functionality, making it easier for consumers to grab a pack off the shelf and carry home. Also, by creating an additional surface on the pack, brand messages and promotions can be added via a custom printed label, delivering greater shelf impact and direct communication possibilities with customers. As labels are made from PE they do not impact on the carriers’ recyclability, maintaining its sustainability credentials. Darryl Roadnight, Business Director at WaveGrip said: “The combination of efficient material use, recycled content and recyclability already make our new carriers a sustainable choice for multi-packs. “And with our development plans to increase the use of PCR content even further, we will continue to improve its sustainability profile for beverage producers.” Stocked in both North American and Europe, the carriers are available for quick delivery to customers for use as four, six and eight packs across a range of can sizes including 12oz, 16oz and 19.2oz.They can be applied across the range of WaveGrip applicators, all of which can be easily integrated into production lines. Darryl concluded: “We know how important sustainability is to our customers and it is integral to the development of WaveGrip products. We are delighted that our latest carriers further increase our contribution to the circular economy, while also providing an added benefit to customers through their enhanced branding and marketing opportunities all in one product.”

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