• EPL and Vicco Labs launch sustainable tube packaging for 'Vicco Turmeric'


    Platina 250, 300 & 350 Lamitubes have been recognized by Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), USA as meeting or exceeding the strict APR HDPE critical guidance criteria on recyclability.

    Both Vicco Labs and EPL teams have worked together to do the required testing and ensure quality protocols are met, before the products are launched in the market.

    Vicco is one of the early movers to recyclable tube format, which is in line with its vision to convert to recyclable packaging. These set of products have converted Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream, Vicco Turmeric Aloe Vera Skin Cream, Vicco Turmeric WSO Cream and Vicco Turmeric Face Wash range to recyclable packaging. It is now available in Modern Trade, E-Commerce Platforms & Traditional Trade platforms.

  • Nestlé a+ launches ‘Cartons to Classroom’, a recycling campaign in partnership with Tetra Pak

    Nestlé a+ has joined hands with Tetra Pak to launch ‘Cartons to Classroom’- a unique initiative to increase awareness about recycling in India by converting used beverage cartons to create classroom furniture for schools for less-privileged children. The initiative will begin in Mumbai and it marks the start of a long-term collaboration between Nestlé a+ and Tetra Pak, duly supported by our retail partners- Reliance Retail and RUR Greenlife, a social enterprise. Cartons to Classroom is an extension of Tetra Pak’s ‘Go Green with Tetra Pak’ Program.

  • Silphie-packaging from OutNature at Lidl and Kaufland


    Through a development partnership with OutNature, STI Group`s in-house materials lab has been exploring the technical properties of silphie material since late 2020. Pioneering tests have examined every facet of its production performance, from printability and varnishability to laminating and die-cutting. Silphie material has proven itself and can now be used in cardboard or corrugated board format for making packaging and displays.

    Silphie material is already suitable for direct food contact, while further research into coatings could enhance its barrier properties against water and fats.

    STI Group’s strategic approach is centred on sustainable innovation. The company’s Circular Innovation philosophy embraces the testing of renewable new materials such as silphie paper. The company is breaking completely new ground with its customers to bring greater sustainability to the packaging and POS sectors.

    Both Lidl and Kaufland are now phasing in the innovative solution for fruits and vegetables – starting with cress.

  • Recyclable pouch for therapeutic pet food developed by Coveris


    According to the companies, the global pet food market has an estimated revenue of US$34.955 million, with France ranking the third-highest country in terms of revenue, and is growing steadily despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The companies add that consumer demand for therapeutic foods that help animals to maintain a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle is also increasing.

    Meanwhile, brands are aiming to meet consumer preferences while also meeting sustainability targets. In France, where Demavic is based, the government has recently introduced an anti-waste law to encourage the elimination of pollution and particularly waste from single-use plastics.

    Demavic says this is why it collaborated with Coveris on the quadroseal bag, which was designed using the MonoFlexE polyethylene film, which the companies claim is easy to recycle in existing plastic streams.

    Additionally, Coveris claims that Demavic agreed to use the MonoFlexE because it is easy to introduce to existing production lines, as it has an equivalent machinability to standard PET and PE materials.

    Coveris will manufacture two variations of the bags: a 3kg and 10kg format. The 3kg bag includes a front zip, reportedly allowing easy opening and resealing for extended freshness of the kibble, thus offering product protection and convenience.

    However, Coveris notes that producing a 10kg bag was a challenge as this was the company's first inquiry from a customer for monomaterial bags in this size. Coveris’ research and development team in Firminy were apparently able to produce a bag that met all product tests.

    The product – including the kibble, packaging, and label – are all manufactured in France, according to the companies, and will be rolled out on the French market from Summer 2021. The companies say that the bags will soon be sold in large specialised stores.

    Olivier Poupon, a buyer at Demavic, comments: “When we decided to launch a new range of therapeutic pet food, we had to think about the distribution channels we would select.

    Usually, therapeutic pet food is sold through veterinarians, but we wanted to innovate and market our products in large food stores.

    “To attract consumers to buy this type of product at this point of sale, we had to take into consideration their expectations, particularly with regards to packaging and environmental protection.

    “The combination of full recyclability of the monomaterial, the prolonged freshness thanks to the front zip and the enhanced graphics met all our needs. As a result, the new bag created a user and environmentally-friendly image for our therapeutic pet food brand.”

    As consumer demand and legislation increasingly calls for sustainability, other brands in the pet food segment have sought to implement new packaging solutions. For example, Mondi recently unveiled a monomaterial pouch developed for the Finnish dog food brand Hau-Hau Champion, while UK brand Skinner’s celebrated its 50th year of business with a new iteration of its Field & Trial range that is completely recyclable.

  • Netherlands to reduce single-use plastics in the workplace


    Starting on 1 January 2023, coffee cups in the office must be washable, or at least 75 percent of the disposable ones must be collected for recycling. Like with plates and cups in the catering industry, coffee cups in the office can be washed and reused or replaced with reusable alternatives, the State Secretary said to parliament.

    And from 2024, disposable packaging on ready-to-eat meals will come with an extra charge. This additional charge is unnecessary if the packaging is reusable or the meal is packed into a container the customer brought along. The exact amount of the extra charge is still to be determined.

    Van Weyenberg expects that these measures will reduce single-use plastics by 40 percent.

    The State Secretary distinguishes between packaging for consumption on-site, such as coffee cups for the vending machine at the office, and packaging for takeaways and delivery meals or coffee on the go. Single-use items are banned in the case of on-the-spot consumption unless the office, snack bar, or shop provides a separate collection for high-quality recycling. A minimum of 75 percent must be collected for recycling, and that will increase by 5 percent per year to 90 percent in 2026. For on-the-go consumption, the seller must offer a reusable alternative – either cups and storage boxes that the buyer brings or a return system for recycling. Here 75 percent must be collected in 2024, rising to 90 percent in 2027.

    These measures form part of the Netherlands’ implementation of the European Directive on single-use plastics. Other measures that are part of this directive include a ban on plastic cutlery, plates, and stirrers implemented in July, a deposit on small plastic bottles, and a deposit on cans that will take effect on the last day of 2022.

  • TIPA launches home compostable transparent laminate for food packaging


    The new laminate has the same functionality as TIPA’s T.LAM 607 but is TUV OK Home Compost certified, meaning it can be disposed of in-home composting bins where it will break down leaving no toxic pollutants behind.

    TIPA said T.LAM 608 will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from food waste being sent to landfill by offering consumers the convenience of disposing of their food in their home composting bins whilst still in its packaging – eliminating the need to separate any food from the packaging it came in.

    When sent to landfill, food rots and releases methane, a greenhouse gas approximately 80 times more powerful at warming the planet as carbon dioxide. According to charity Garden Organic, a single home compost bin diverts approximately 150kg of waste from landfill each year.

    The launch marks the latest addition to TIPA’s portfolio of packaging solutions designed to substitute conventional plastic.

    The manufacturer describes TIPA’s T.LAM 608 as a 2-ply transparent laminate with medium barrier and excellent sealing, optical and mechanical properties. It can be converted into pre-made bags such as stand-up pouches, zipper pouches, open pouches, side gusseted pouches, pillow bag and bar wrapper and is available as reels for VFFS and HFFS machinery.

    Developed to support pioneering food and supplement brands transitioning away from conventional plastic, it is suitable for packing energy bars, dried fruit, nuts, pulses, grains, cereals, granola, spices, dry pasta, ready meals and more.

    Eli Lancry, vice president, technology of TIPA, said: “T.LAM 608 is one of the most exciting developments I’ve worked on. We’ve created a packaging solution that really does work for both people and planet. It’s home compostable and it performs like conventional plastic, offering consumer convenience alongside reassurance for brands that the quality of their product will be protected.”

  • Surya Global Flexifilms has a good plan – and does it together with Brückner


    Millions of Indians have grown up with Priyagold’s biscuits, chocolate, snacks and juices over the past years. To keep their fine specialties fresh and appetizing at all times, a wide variety of BOPP and BOPET films are in use. So the logical step was backward integration: producing and converting high-quality films for inhouse requirements and to serve domestic and export film markets. And thus, the Group subsidiary Surya Global Flexifilms ordered two BOPP lines from Brückner Maschinenbau.

    Shekhar Agarwal, Surya’s Chairman & Managing Director, says: “As a newcomer in film production we were looking for a partner with great experience, convincing technology and relevant references. All this we have found in Brückner – this already became clear during our first talks.”

    Johann Kreilinger, Head of Sales Brückner Maschinenbau, confirms the extremely constructive negotiating climate: “Both our Indian sales team and us from Germany have felt very comfortable in the discussions: our new partners are always well prepared and target-oriented. We are really looking forward to realize the projects.”

    Both BOPP lines (8.7 meter wide, one 3-layers, one 5-layers) will be placed at Surya’s new highly modern plant in the greater Nodia area, with excellent traffic connection to the Delhi-Agra/Lucknow expressway and the Delhi-Mumbai express. The first line will start mid 2022, the second one approx. one and half years later.

  • SIG Presents Next Generation Family-Size Packaging: Combivita


    SIG’s combivita has been developed based on extensive consumer-centric research and provides a competitive edge to beverage manufacturers. Available in three volume sizes (500, 750 and 1,000 ml), combivita has a slanted top and wider opening to ensure smooth and easy pouring with SIG’s new tethered, easy open and resealable closure, truTwist, which is 32.5mm in its external diameter. Combivita’s organic curve on the back not only adds to its elegance, but also makes it easier for consumers of all ages to handle.

    For beverage manufacturers, the side corner panels of combivita provide additional on-pack branding opportunities, to help achieve an outstanding shelf presence. The highly robust combivita pack enables 100% pallet utilisation and also reduces secondary packaging and logistics costs, compared to existing carton formats.

    Ali Kaylan, SVP Innovation at SIG: “The pandemic has fuelled a paradigm shift in consumer habits, including working from home and buying products in advance. As a result, the demand for convenient family-size products and packaging formats has grown exponentially. Our new combivita carton pack makes life more simple, convenient, flexible and sustainable for both consumers and our customers.”

    The combivita family-size carton packs are the first to be filled on SIG’s next generation filling machine, SIG NEO – a technical masterpiece that’s packaged with technical innovations for manufacturers to meet present and future challenges.

    Vandana Tandan, Country Manager SIG India: “This next generation SIG NEO filling machine combines SIG’s unique proposition of flexibility with even higher speed, while minimizing environmental impact. We look forward to introducing it in the Indian market.”

    As the focus on sustainability continues to gain importance, the combivita carton pack has an excellent environmental footprint, with 100% of the paperboard sourced from FSC™-certified forests, using 100% renewable energy during the manufacturing process. In addition, there is also the opportunity for combivita carton packs to be combined with SIG’s SIGNATURE packaging material, where the polymers are also linked to forest-based materials. For products sensitive to light and oxygen, an ultra-thin layer of ASI-certified aluminium provides world-class barrier qualities.

    Morshed Kamal, Senior Product Manager at SIG: “With true innovations such as combivita and our next generation SIG NEO filling machine, we are optimally equipping the food and beverage industry for today’s requirements while also preparing them for the changes, challenges and opportunities ahead.”

  • LINHARDT acquires three production lines for aluminum tubes production from Nussbaum


    We are very pleased to inform you that LINHARDT GmbH & Co. KG has acquired all three aluminum tube production lines as well as the customer base and order volume from Nussbaum Matzingen AG under an Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) effective October 31, 2021.
    By the end of 2021, LINHARDT and Nussbaum will hold discussions with all customers with the aim of ensuring a smooth transition of orders.
    Nussbaum will continue to produce at its Kesswill site until the end of Q1/ 2022 at the latest, so that the dismantling of the production lines will be carried out by LINHARDT at the beginning of Q2/ 2022. Production on these lines at LINHARDT's German sites in Viechtach and Pausa is expected to commence from Q4/2022, following corresponding supplementary investments to be made, although LINHARDT can also produce at its existing production facilities at an earlier desired date.
    With this acquisition, says LINHARDT CEO Johannes Schick, "LINHARDT will significantly strengthen its market position in the Pharmaceutical Alumiunium Tubes business unit."
    With this sale to LINHARDT, we are convinced that our customers will be in very good hands in the future, so that a smooth and high-quality supply will be ensured, according to the owner and CEO of Nussbaum, Florian J. Nussbaum.

  • Price in the unit will be given on packaged items from April, the government is bringing new rules of packaging. New packaging rules to be in place from next April price in units will be written on packaged items


    The government is going to implement new rules of packaging for things from April next year.

    The government is going to implement new rules of packaging for things from April next year. It aims to empower the customers to make the right decisions before buying any packaged item. Under the new rules, manufacturers will have to add additional items to the MRP. They have to mention the price per unit of the commodity.

    per kilogram or liter for things weighing more than one kilogram or one liter. And for items of less than one kilogram or one liter per gram or per milliliter (ml), the price has to be given. There will be similar rules for things measured in meters and centimeters.

    No limit on quantity will apply
    In the amended Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, the norms for prescribed quantity of packaging for 19 types of items have also been reduced. These items include milk, tea, biscuits, edible oil, flour, soft drinks and drinking water, baby food, pulses, bread, cement bags and detergents. With this, any restriction set by the government on the quantity will not apply. With this, the manufacturers will have the freedom to decide the quantity of all the packaged items.

    The second major change under these new rules is that on imported packaged items, companies will have to mention the month and year of manufacture. In the current regime, they have to mention the month or date of import or pre-packaging. According to the report of Times of India, on the new rules, an official of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs said that the quality of a product is determined from the date of its manufacturing. The ministry has notified the changes in the rules.

    Customers will get more options
    On the first of the two major changes related to quantity and unit price, the official said that the changes have been implemented simultaneously to give more choices to the customers and at the same time ease of doing business for the manufacturers dealing in these items. .

    The official further said that once the packaged items are made available in all quantities, the customers will be able to choose the product as per their requirement. They will not have to buy things in large quantities under compulsion. Similarly, companies will also be able to bring more options. But to protect the rights of the customers, a provision has been added to declare the prices in the units, such as kilogram, gram, litre, milliliter, meter and centimeter.

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