• Mondi’s FlexiBag Recyclable tickles Fido’s taste buds by keeping soft pet food fresh and succulent

    German pet food maker Mera Tiernahrung GmbH has partnered with global leader in packaging and paper, Mondi, to expand its product line to include a new type of dog food with semi-moist croquettes. Mera realised that this type of pet food would require bespoke packaging to keep the chewable morsels fresh and moist for the duration of the product’s life span, while also being sustainable by design. Using Mondi's customer-centric approach EcoSolutions, which helps clients find the most effective and sustainable way to protect their products, Mondi recommended a packaging for Mera that addressed the practical aspects of food preservation without compromising on sustainability. Mondi’s FlexiBag Recyclable is a mono-material, polyethylene-based product with a barrier that is fully recyclable. The 12.5 kg bag is the largest of its kind using recyclable packaging in the pet food sector. The bag has a tight seal to ensure long-term freshness and protect the pet food inside, and is fitted with a valve to allow air to escape when palletising the bags. The reclosable zipper makes it easy for the consumer to handle, and the attractive matte-lacquer external finish makes the packaging stand out on the store shelf. Institute cyclos–HTP GmbH, the Institute for Recyclability and Product Responsibility, independently tested and certified the material, rating it as 95% recyclable in those areas where suitable recycling infrastructures are in place. “The adoption of FlexiBag Recyclable for this application advances Mera down the path toward increased sustainability. Sustainability is a top priority for us, and working together with Mondi to make our packaging better for the environment was a logical next step to help meet our goals. Mera is the first company in the pet food sector to be certified by the TÜV Rheinland according to the ZNU standard of sustainable management,” said Mera Managing Director, Felix Vos. According to the Mondi/Dow Premium Pet Packaging survey1 customers are beginning to pay more attention to the bag along with what’s inside it. In the same study one in three pet owners claimed they would switch to a brand that offers more sustainable packaging. Technical details about FlexiBag Recyclable • Many variations available related to material thickness, mono- or coextruded films, anti-slip variants) • Various reclosing systems available as zippers, sliders, hook-and-loop • Shelf stability • Linear tear with or without perforation available • Printable on all sides including the bottom • Top and bottom filling possible • Suitable for mechanical recycling where existing recycling systems are in place

  • Packaging with natural food extract vapour inhibits mould growth

    With over 2500 species of airborne mould attacking food and turning it into waste, SoFresh explains it is able to manufacture a film container or covering that contains just the right amount of organic natural ingredients to enhance natural protection against mould growth. The company discovered methods to infuse food grade natural extracts into film or containers that emit controlled active vapour inside a food package. In a vapour state these have the ability to reach the mould spores that do not touch the packaging surface. These spores absorb the vapour which then slows down their metabolism to the point where it is difficult for them to thrive. Since the vapour is derived from food extract it is safe for humans, according to the company. It has been tested successfully on many foods such as bread, cheese and berries and it imparts no new scents or flavours, it confirms. The technology will shortly be tested on various vegetables and fruits, dried meats and other low moisture food that spoil easily by mould. The film substrates are manufactured by combining inert polymers with natural plant extracts with only minor changes to standard film manufacturing methods. Company experts have worked with the FDA and independent laboratories to test and assure the safety of adding approved food extracts to the packaging materials. There are numerous advantages to this technology, including reduction of logistics costs, increased reach of distribution, healthier ingredient and cleaner labelling, with, ultimately, a significant reduction in food waste, it says. The shelf life extension can be tailored to the type of food being packaged as well as the individual requirements of the food manufacturer - from hours to days. The film technology is designed to not disturb the manufacturing or packaging process and does not require new capital expenditures since it is formulated to fit within the food producer’s current process, claims SoFresh.
  • Nestlé to rename Red Skins and Chicos lolly products

    "These names have overtones which are out of step with Nestlé's values, which are rooted in respect," a statement said today. "While new names have not yet been finalised, we will move quickly to change these names. "This decision acknowledges the need to ensure that nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues. " Allen's Lollies, the company which produces Red Skins and Chicos for Nestlé in Australia, also released a statement on the name change in light of "comments we have received on the need for change." "At Allen's we are about creating smiles. Today we announced that we will change the name of Red Skins and Chicos lollies," the statement said. "This decision acknowledges the need to keep creating smiles, ensuring that nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues, or is out of step with our values." The move follows similar decisions by a number of multinational companies in light of recent racial inequality debates. Colgate this month also announced a review of its toothpaste brand Darlie, which once featured a smiling white man in blackface. The popular brand, which is sold in China, the Philippines, Thailand and other Asian countries, has long been criticised for using racist imagery. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical and consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson has also said it will stop selling skin-whitening creams popular in countries like India. "Conversations over the past few weeks highlighted that some product names or claims on our dark spot reducer products represent fairness or white as better than your own unique skin tone," Johnson & Johnson said in a statement.

  • Edible packaging coating by NABI India

    This packaging based on polysaccharides from wheat straw and oat bran helps prevents spoilage problems of highly perishable produce before reaching the consumer . This formulation of various concentrations was coated on fresh produce to determine efficacy for post-harvest shelf life improvement. The coating is cost effective compared to wax coating. The tests were carried out on apples, peaches, bananas. Overall results showed that this coating has the potential to be an alternative to animal derived shellac coating in India to improve shelf life of fresh produce.

  • BASF grants license to Red Avenue to produce compostable co-polyester

    Under the joint agreement, Red Avenue New Materials Group will be responsible for producing PBAT according to high BASF quality standards. The company will build a PBAT plant in Shanghai, China, with an annual capacity of 60,000 metric tonnes of PBAT, using BASF’s process technology. This would be in exchange for the access to raw material from the plant, which BASF will sell as ecoflex. Production at the new plant is set to commence in 2022 and will supply the market of biopolymers. BASF global business unit Specialty Polymers head Olivier Ubrich said: “Our successful bio-polyester ecoflex and the innovative ecovio are already giving us significant participation in this growing market. “Due to Red Avenue’s commitment and network to develop the Chinese market, their strategically interesting location and their long-lasting good relationship with BASF, we have identified Red Avenue as our preferred partner.” The partnership between the two companies is expected to increase their delivery flexibility. Red Avenue New Materials Group president Zhou Jianhui said: “With rapidly growing business opportunities for advanced materials especially in the internet, for example by new consumer behaviour, we will work together to develop the PBAT market in China and promote the development of the new materials’ industry.” Ecoflex, which was introduced into the market in 1998, is used as a blend with other renewable raw materials to compound BASF’s certified compostable biopolymer ecovio. Typical applications for the partly bio-based ecovio are organic waste bags, cling film, fruit and vegetable bags, as well as agricultural mulch films and food packaging applications.

  • Meat Packaging Boxes

    If you are also from the food industry or a supplier of meat, you can surely understand the need and demand for customized packaging of food items. Your packaging says a lot about your brand. The way you present your products in front of the customer plays a significant role in their buying decision. Customized meat packaging boxes should have an attractive design and high-quality material that can take the strain of shipment and transportation. At Quick Custom Boxes, we efficiently fulfill the demands of frozen food and meat franchises and get the customization and printing as per your requirement. Customize Meat Packaging Boxes We offer a wide range of sizes and styles so you can get the ideal boxes of your needs that can best accommodate your product. Customization allows you to add to the visual appeal of your frozen products and grab your customer's attention. Our customized meat packaging boxes are made from using corrugated cardboard and moisture-resistant solid boards for meat products. These boxes for meat packaging are specially designed to meet all the physical requirements of the supply chain and make sure that the product reaches us in the best condition. High-Quality Materials We use the best material for making these customized boxes. They are tested under cold temperatures to ensure that they can bear the atmosphere of the large refrigerators at the stores where they are displayed. And do not lose their strength or stability. We assure you that we come with such a design for your product that it makes your product look fresh and premium. Customers tend to get attracted to the product when the packaging is appealing. You could do that too. We use the best inks to add graphics and colors to these boxes so that your packaging effectively promotes your brand. Our boxes are easy to use.They boost sales by ideally presenting your brand ideology. Also, they play a vital role in reducing transit damage that occurs due to a lack of stability and strength of boxes. Order your Packaging Boxes now! We thrive on delivery quality packaging and 100% customer satisfaction. We make sure that you get customized packaging boxes for frozen items and meat that are sturdy enough to withstand the freezing temperature as well as the heat of a microwave oven. These boxes have customized with great care and caution with additional functionalities so that your products remain safe and secure from the manufacturer to the store till they make it to your kitchen. You would find all shapes and sizes here. So, order customized packages for your frozen food, meat products, and even baked goodies from Quick Custom Boxes at affordable rates. You can personalize your boxes on the events like. You can email us at support@quickcustomboxes.com, for any assistance regarding selection and ordering. Want to talk to us? Call us at 800 -787-4689.

  • Three Factors to Consider when Choosing Honey Packaging

    Promote Quality and Freshness Honey closures need to be composed of food compliant materials, like PET, or PP/PE in order to reduce any chance of contamination. Although honey has a long shelf life, the product can still become crystallized or oxidized over time. To help avoid this, it is key that the closure is air tight. Pairing a tightly sealed closure with Aptar’s SimpliSqueeze®, could further promote product freshness, by limiting the amount of air and moisture that get inside the bottle. Enhance Consumer Convenience & Satisfaction Consumers are always looking for convenient and clean packaging. Many of Aptar’s products feature an easy-open closure, spill-resistant valve, large finger recess, and robust hinge – all features which can help honey manufacturers enhance their consumer’s experience. A good closure should also act as a wide base for inverted packaging, which can allow consumers to store the package in a way that is more easily accessible, and promotes less food waste. Stand Out on Store Shelves Beyond product freshness and consumer satisfaction, a package also needs to match a brand’s identity and catch the attention of consumers. The features of Aptar’s closures, such as Royal’s bi-injection capability, Dolce’s unique shape, and Tab Top’s ergonomic design all help to bring differentiation to store shelves. As a global leader in dispensing solutions, Aptar Food + Beverage has designed and manufactured a wide range of closures for the honey market, and is ready to help with all of your packaging needs! Visit our website or contact us to learn more about our unique closures.

  • Greiner Packaging introduces reusable lid for yogurt cups

    Schärdinger, Tirol Milch, and Stainzer brands have been using the new snap-on lid since April. Manufactured using the injection molding process, the lid is dishwasher safe and has a 95-millimeter diameter that fits most standard yogurt cups on the market. Because it can be reused, the lid helps save plastic while also sealing the cup perfectly and helping to extend the shelf life of the product inside. An end-to-end solution with a perfect fit By producing this reusable lid, Greiner Packaging offers its customers an end-to-end solution – the cup and lid can be manufactured together to ensure a perfect fit. “The reusable lid is environmentally friendly yet convenient – that means we can offer consumers a sustainable solution that’s impressive on a number of levels,” stresses Verena Sallinger, Product Manager at Berglandmilch. “As long-standing partners, we know we can rely on Greiner Packaging. We benefit in terms of both proximity to the production location and security of supply.” Working together to achieve a circular economy The reusable lid meets Greiner Packaging’s requirements for sustainability, too – the company is committed to the concept of a circular economy that keeps plastic in circulation as a material for as long as possible. In the event that the lid does have to be disposed of eventually, it will ideally be recycled and incorporated into new plastic products in its reprocessed form. “We’re happy that more and more customers are working together with us on sustainable packaging solutions. This gives us the opportunity to demonstrate that a circular economy in the packaging sector can work when all the stages of the supply chain pull together,” says Konrad Wasserbauer, Director Circular Economy at GreinerPackaging. Packaging facts: • Technology: Injection molding • Decoration: IML • Material: PP
  • Nespresso® and Amcor win Alufoil Trophy in Resource Efficiency

    A joint development with the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), the capsule uses ASI certified aluminum to improve the sustainability performance of the product. The metal is produced and sourced from its mined or recycled source and through each step in the value chain, in accordance with ASI’s Standards. “Certification from ASI helps us to deliver more responsible packaging solutions for our customers. Amcor is proud to win this award with our valued partner Nespresso®, as we work together towards a responsible, ethical, transparent and more sustainable aluminum supply chain,” said Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Director for Amcor Flexibles. EAFA’s judging panel of industry experts from the aluminum sector commented, “This is a holistic entry which does the whole industry credit. It helps to create a standard in the market to which we can all aspire. Amcor and its partners are pioneering responsible sourcing of aluminum foil. The initiative creates a chain of custody as the whole process needs to be certified.” As part of its commitment to sustainability, Amcor is an ASI member with five production sites holding ASI Standards certification. It is the only responsible sourcing program that addresses practices along the full aluminum chain: from upstream production right through to downstream use sectors. With development at Amcor’s ASI certified sites, Nespresso® was confident that the aluminum used to produce its capsules is responsibly sourced and meets consumers’ increasing sustainability expectations. Nespresso®, also an active ASI member, believes that this credible and practical standard for sustainable aluminum provides greater transparency across the aluminum supply chain and will benefit consumers, companies and the environment. The leading coffee brand has been working since 2009 with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other stakeholders to assess sustainability challenges, opportunities and needs surrounding the aluminum value chain. Want to stay up to date on the latest industry trends? Sign up to our coffee newsletter. The Alufoil Trophy The Alufoil Trophy is organised by the European Aluminium Foil Association. There are five categories: Consumer Convenience, Marketing and Design, Product Protection, Resource Efficiency and Technical Innovation.
  • Color Trends: First Impressions Count

    To gain insight into how future trends can inform packaging innovation, the Crown Aerosols & Promotional Packaging Europe and Crown Food Europe teams recently embarked on a comprehensive research project with color and material designer and trend forecaster Laura Perryman. Together, they took a deep dive into color, surface, and texture trends with a goal of a better understanding of how consumer behavior impacts aesthetics and color choices. After learning more about the design possibilities that metal packaging offers to brand owners and consumers, including innovative decorating techniques like embossing and specialty inks, Perryman looked broadly across design disciplines, consumer trends and trade shows to understand what is driving the market today and where it might go in the next two to three years. She synthesized her findings into several key designs and aesthetic themes that formed the basis of an inspiration toolkit for our internal design team. The toolkit will inform the technologies we bring to market in the future, whether from a shape, color or functionality perspective, and will add further value to the counsel we can provide to customers on ways to increase shelf appeal and enhance consumer engagement.

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