• Graphic Packaging International Launches PaperSeal® Slice® And Wedge Solutions For Sliced Meat And Cheese Applications


    Following the success of the PaperSeal tray, both the new PaperSeal Slice® and PaperSeal Wedge offer brands and retailers a recyclable, barrier-lined, paperboard packaging alternative to plastic thermoformed trays for sliced meats and cheeses. Both PaperSeal Slice and Wedge offer enhanced branding capabilities with high-quality graphics that deliver on-shelf differentiation.

    Ricardo De Genova, Graphic Packaging's SVP, global innovation and new business, commented: "Compared to traditional plastic trays, PaperSeal Slice typically reduces plastic by 75 percent and PaperSeal Wedge by 80 percent. The innovative new designs also use lighter weight paperboard to deliver reduced pack weights that can support our customers' packaging sustainability goals. Both are available as formed or flat trays."

    Both solutions have been designed to withstand the rigors of today's supply chain with excellent seal integrity and shelf life equivalent to traditional plastic trays. As with the existing PaperSeal trays, the top film and liner can be separated from the paperboard for ease of post-use recycling.

    The new PaperSeal Slice and Wedge solutions combine the safety, flexibility, efficiency and enhanced branding opportunities that partners have come to expect of the PaperSeal Tray range, while opening up the solution's capabilities to new product categories.

    De Genova concluded, "Demand for sustainable fiber-based alternatives to plastic packaging is very high, and we are working on a variety of new PaperSeal tray innovations to assist our customers in meeting their environmental targets. PaperSeal Slice and Wedge are just two examples of how we can diversify our flexible PaperSeal range to meet the sustainability priorities of the individual brands and retailers we work with."

    The Graphic Packaging Vision 2025 aims to make 100 percent of its products fully recyclable by 2025. The company is joining other like-minded customers around the world in the journey to realize ambitious packaging sustainability strategies.

  • MOB Beauty and Element Packaging partner to create sustainable beauty palette


    MOB’s reusable, interchangeable design is made from PET resin with at least 50% post-consumer recycled content. The brand says it is on a mission to hit 100% PCR for all of its packaging.

    Element Packaging took the process a step further, introducing Element CarbonX, a material science innovation replacing Carbon Black. This is a new black infrared-visible pigment allowing the optical scanners used in sorting plastics during recycling to be recognized by the NIR (Near Infrared) detectors installed in waste sorting plants.

    Element CarbonX helps in contributing to our circular economy and brings sustainability in design options utilizing black componentry,” explains the Florida-based supplier of beauty packaging solution and turnkey products.

    Co-founded by Victor Casale, CEO and former chief chemist at MAC, Alisha Gallagher, chief brand officer, formerly of Cover FX, Beatrice Seguin, chief innovation officer, formerly of CSR Beauty Solutions and Steve Blanchet, formerly of CSR Beauty Solutions, MOB Beauty commits to launch new beauty products only when they can have a sustainable packaging solution. The brand therefore focused on compacts and palettes that are infinitely customizable.

  • Mars Food launches recyclable microwave rice pouches


    “Learnings about how to run the material through Mars’ supply chain” would “inform a wider rollout in the year ahead”, said Mars.

    The packs, which were developed in partnership with manufacturer Amcor, would “allow Mars Food to retain the shape, shelf life, functionality and high safety standards needed for its brands’ packaging while allowing the pouches to be recycled where the correct collection and recycling infrastructure exists that accepts flexible plastic”, it added.

    It marked a “huge step forward for Mars and our journey to fully recyclable packaging”, said the fmcg giant’s innovation director Matt Cutts, though he stressed “the work is not finished, and we hope this innovation will mean greater discussion surrounding the collection and recycling infrastructure that is needed alongside packaging development”.

    Indeed, Mars is one of several fmcg heavyweights to team up in a concerted effort to crack down on flexible packaging waste this year: February saw it partner with Nestlé, Ella’s Kitchen and Taylors of Harrogate to form the Flexible Packaging Consortium, with an eye to combating the issue over the coming years.

    However, despite announcing its intent to launch a recyclable pouch in December 2020, Mars was beaten to the market by rice pack maker FEI Foods earlier this month, when FEI launched a range of polypropylene pouches in collaboration with JM Packaging, which are recyclable through TerraCycle.

  • Pulpex welcomes GSK Consumer Healthcare for development of paper bottle


    Pulpex Limited (www.pulpex.com) is a new world-leading sustainable packaging technology company established by venture management firm Pilot Lite and spirits producer Diageo. The company has developed a first-of-its-kind scalable paper bottle that is 100% PET-free. Made from sustainably sourced pulp, the Pulpex bottle meets food safety standards and will be recyclable in standard paper waste streams, which have a far higher yield than plastic waste streams.

    Mike Anstey, Co-Founder and CEO, Pilot Lite, said: “We’re proud to have an innovative company like GSK Consumer Healthcare with its portfolio of science-based brands as a member of the Pulpex consortium. GSK Consumer Healthcare is not only a world leader in the consumer healthcare market, they are now providing the type of brand leadership needed to minimize the environmental footprint of packaging.”

    Pulpex formed a partner consortium of world-leading fast-moving consumer goods companies to ensure that the packaging technology is widely adopted and used in every area of life. In addition to GSKCH, the consortium includes Diageo, Unilever and PepsiCo, with other partners expected to join later this year. The customizable Pulpex technology allows partner companies to produce different shapes and sizes of single-mould bottles to fit the needs of their brands.

    GSKCH is exploring the design and pilot of Pulpex bottles for products from three brands within its portfolio: Centrum, Sensodyne and parodontax. Centrum is the world’s number one multivitamin brand. Sensodyne is the world's number one, most dentist-recommended sensitivity toothpaste, with a product range that includes mouthwashes and toothbrushes. parodontax is the number one gum care brand in Europe, helping to stop bleeding gums since 1937.

    Sarah McDonald, VP of Sustainability, GSK Consumer Healthcare, said: “We are determined to explore alternative packaging materials where we can, while ensuring the quality, safety and efficacy of our products. We hope that by commercialising this technology for our industry, others will be able to follow.”

    Last year, GSK announced ambitious new environmental sustainability goals in both climate and nature. Pulpex is proud to be a part of GSKCH’s commitment to ambitious targets for all consumer product packaging to be recyclable or reusable, including eliminating all problematic and unnecessary plastics, where quality and safety permits, by 2025.

  • Smurfit Kappa launches innovative punnet portfolio for fresh produce market


    Recent research by Smurfit Kappa has found that consumers prefer a punnet that balances visibility of the contents with sustainability, with over half (58%) of respondents rating these as the most important attributes of fresh produce packaging. The research also found that 75% of consumers surveyed believe paper-based punnets to be the sustainable choice . In addition, Eurostat's latest figures affirm consumer’s beliefs as it confirmed that 83% of paper-based packaging is actually recycled.

    As a result, growers and retailers are increasingly selecting sustainable packaging solutions for fresh produce that respond to, and address, a multitude of customer needs.

    Commenting on the announcement, Arco Berkenbosch, VP Innovation and Development at Smurfit Kappa Europe said: “Our research shows that consumers across Europe have a preference towards sustainable packaging when shopping for fresh produce, and the Safe&Green portfolio offers growers and retailers a range of sustainable punnets that enables them to respond directly to these customer preferences.”

    The Safe&Green punnet portfolio consists of packaging solutions that can be implemented immediately, or customers can choose to develop bespoke designs tailored to their specific requirements.

    “Demand for fully sustainable punnets that are not only aligned with anticipated regulations, but that are durable, hygienic and allow for visibility will continue to increase. By working with our customers to develop bespoke designs that meet their requirements, in addition to the current punnet portfolio, we are providing a tailored sustainable solution to help our customers increase sales, optimise supply chain and ultimately, make their businesses more sustainable,” concluded Mr Berkenbosch.

    Safe&Green is part of Smurfit Kappa’s Better Planet Packaging portfolio of innovative packaging solutions which are designed to be more sustainable.

  • Saica Flex launches new ready-for-recycling packaging range offering over 50% recycled content


    Saica Flex, the flexible packaging division of Saica Group, has developed a new range of ready-for-recycling monomaterial pouch laminates that offers for the first time the possibility of using over 50% recycled materials in its production for non-food contact applications. This development represents a new step in Saica group’s goal of supporting the circular economy goals within the flexible plastic packaging sector.

    The new pouch laminate is 100% based on PE and therefore is monomaterial and designed to be recycled according to CEFLEX and PRE (Plastics Recyclers Europe) guidelines. The new mono-PE laminate for pouches enlarges the Saica Flex Monoflex range of monomaterial ready-for-recycling solutions are for both food contact and non-food contact applications.

    The solution has been already tested successfully in pouch form-fill-seal lines for detergent monodoses and is currently being adapted and tested for other Home & Personal Care and Dry Food applications. The new laminate has not required any modifications at the customer’s filling line, and has allowed to achieve similar results in terms of packaging performance and filling speed than conventional unrecyclable multimaterial solutions, including the use of reseal zippers and laser scoring for easy-opening.

    In the case of Non-food applications, Saica Flex customers, have the possibility of producing mono-PE laminates using over 50% of PCR material. This development represents the first monomaterial ready-for-recycling pouch where virgin resin has been successfully replaced by recycled resin in a rate above 50% of the total weight of the pack, making another step towards the circularity of flexible plastic packaging.

    The recycled PE resin is produced by Saica Natur, the business division of Saica Group in charge of waste management and environmental services; allowing full traceability and process control within the group. The Natur Cycle Plus plant in El Burgo de Ebro (Spain) produces high quality recycled low density polyethylene resin (rLDPE) allowing the production of new primary packaging. Production capacity has doubled in 2020 reaching 25.000 tons per year. Natur Cycle Plus resin is certified by EuCertPlast as 100% post-consumption recycled.

    The new laminate enlarges Saica Flex’ Greenheart portfolio of flexible packaging solutions with PCR content and allows Saica Flex customers to make progress towards meeting their sustainability goals. This new product fulfils the new regulatory changes and new taxation on plastics being introduced in different EU countries, which incentivises recyclable solutions with a minimum of 30% recycled content.

  • Amcor wins two Flexible Packaging Association achievement awards


    This year, Amcor is thrilled to be recognized for our leadership and celebrate two gold Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) achievement awards.

    “It is exciting to be honored by the FPA for developing and producing leading packaging technologies for our customers,” said Amcor Chief Technology Officer William Jackson. “These technologies demonstrate our deep heritage and strategic commitment to innovation, and for delivering winning outcomes for our customers and the packaging industry at large.”

    The FPA Achievement Awards have been showcasing industry innovation and advances that have changed the packaging industry since 1956. For recognition in expanding the use of flexible packaging, technical innovation, sustainability, printing and shelf impact, and packaging excellence, this year’s nominees included more than 200 entries across 75 package samples, which resulted in only 27 achievement awards across 20 packages, including:

    Amcor dual-chamber pouch secures Gold achievement award for technical innovation

    The Amcor dual-chamber pouch is a specialty multi-chamber pouch with a breathable membrane separating the chambers. The innovative packaging format consists of a peelable device chamber and non-peelable desiccant chamber. The desiccant is kept separate from the device by a vented film allowing the headspace in the two chambers to equilibrate. This leading solution is ideal for moisture sensitive applications such as drug-coated products which may be adversely affected by ambient moisture content. The non-peelable chamber also can be used to house other scavenging technologies including oxygen. Versions of the Amcor dual -chamber pouch are available for both irradiation and ETO sterilization.

    “Amcor’s dual-chamber pouch technology is an excellent example of our commitment to using product innovation to advance patient safety in packaging,” said Amcor Healthcare Research and Development (R&D) Senior Director Brian Ingraham. “The technology eliminates the potential for contamination from scavenging sachets, with the device directly or within the surgical theatre.”

    Shield Pack® clear high-barrier aseptic IBC liner garners Gold achievement award for technical innovation

    Amcor’s innovative designers were faced with a challenge: The up-to-300 gallons of aseptic product within a bulk package could not be examined until dispensing occurred due to the bulk package’s metallized structure. Providing extended shelf life and a high barrier were key, while also targeting the clarity manufacturers want. Shield Pack® clear high-barrier aseptic IBC liner provides clarity and durability that distribution demands, while the multi-layer structure safeguards against moisture, oxygen and environmental contamination. This exciting technology extends distribution range, reduces transit failures, improves product quality and color, all while delivering other important attributes, including extended shelf-life, durability and the clear packaging format manufacturers want.

    This year’s award ceremony was held virtually on March 10. Jackson accepted the awards on behalf of Amcor alongside members of the company’s core R&D team. Highlights from this year’s awards are available to stream.

  • Webinar on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Packaging

    All segments of the supply chain can take advantage of wireless (sensor) technology. Retailers in general merchandise, grocery, apparel and other categories are now piloting RFID programs and reporting improved sales from greater stock availability, cost savings and increased responsiveness, especially in receiving and inventory control operations. Current RFID tags are based on chips containing a memory that can be wirelessly read out to uniquely identify products.

  • Webinar on RFID in Packaging

    After back-to-back successful webinars, we are now ready for another webinar on the topic RFID in Packaging. Tracking and tracing are some of the biggest challenges for every industry. For the packaging industry, this is one of the most critical phases when the material is in transit. Imagine a truck stuck in a place and you have no clue where and why? From raw material to the finished product. To reach consumers tracking is one of the most challenging parts.

    RFID is one of the simple solutions to this Tracking and tracing challenge.

    RFID is seeing a huge demand in all walks of life small tag can do wonders to your tracking system.

    Know how you can change the geometry of your tracking and tracing systems through RFID in this webinar.

    A comprehensive presentation that discusses and gives you a detail of where, when, how, and what an RFID can do for your system. Some of the topics which will be discussed are:

    • What is RFID

    • RFID History and Development

    • Technology Description

    • What Constitutes an RFID System

    • Components of an RFID System

    • RFID Operations

    • What is RFID-TagsTag Memory

    • RFID System Basics

    • Are All tags are same

    - Active Tags

    - Passive Tags

    - Semi-Passive Tags

    - Characteristics of tags

    • What is RFID

    -The Readers

    - RFID Readers

    • Antennas

    The webinar will be live on 16th March 2021 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM. You can choose your preferred time slot. It's a free webinar and can be participated by registering at RFID in Packaging (packagingconnections.com). For recordings, presentation copy there would be a nominal fee which participants can decide to go for it in case they like the content.

    Looking forward to seeing you at Webinar.

    Follow the link to register now: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/664784934894714384

  • Silgan provides drip-free lid for Come Alive Organics’ Soviia Agave organic syrup


    Silgan Dispensing Systems has provided a new drip-free lid for an organic agave syrup called Soviia Agave, which is produced by Come Alive Organics.

    Come Alive Organics has selected Silgan’s custom drip-free lid as a replacement to the old messy lid. It has been preferred after months of evaluating various different lid alternatives.

    Silgan Dispensing’s dispensing closures sales vice president Bob Randall said: “We listened to the needs of our customers and developed a unique closure with proprietary technology. Silgan Dispensing is committed to surpassing the expectations of our customers like Soviia Agave.”

    The new lid has the potential to deliver a clean controlled flow whether pouring on pancakes, as well as in tea and coffee or even into the blender.

    Soviia Agave bottles are designed to help young and old people to easily squeeze and manage the product, in addition to delivering precise and friendly experience.

    Silgan also stated that the lid enables to avoid the extra syrup on the side of the bottle and an immaculate pour.

    Come Alive Organics’ CEO Martin Mottesi said: “Consumers love the taste of Soviia Agave. But now more than ever, the packaging matters to a market that demands we consider the complete experience they have with our product.

    “No one wants to wipe off a bottle after pouring; and now, the bottle can go right back into the cupboard without the sticky feel we get with honey or lesser packages. Better-for-you products and packaging defines who we are.”

    In January 2020, Silgan agreed to purchase the dispensing business of packaging company Albéa for $900m.

    Albéa’s dispensing business supplies pumps, sprayers, and foam dispensing solutions to major consumer goods product companies within the personal care and beauty markets.

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