Fruit & Vegetables

Nanotechnology in active packaging: Willing consumers still wary of “contamination,” survey finds

21 Feb 2019 --- Consumers are increasingly willing to use nanotechnology-based solutions in food packaging, but they are wary of how the essential oils – used to prevent spoilage – may “contaminate” foods, a report carried out by the EU-funded NanoPack Project has revealed. The survey informs NanoPack’s continued testing of the technology, which is forecast to reach Technology Readiness Level 7 (Demonstration in an operational environment) by the end of the project (December 2019).

Expect innovation: Fruit Logistica predicts shelf-life advancements as sustainability challenge heats up

07 Feb 2019 --- A new report by Fruit Logistica anticipates “significant innovation” in fresh produce packaging and supply chain management in the coming years. This prediction is based on increased consumer awareness of the environmental damage caused by food packaging and the need for greater shelf-life and efficiency in the supply chain.

Fruit and veg-based bioplastics for fruit and veg: Bio-On and Rivoira form sustainability partnership

04 Jan 2019 --- Bioplastic innovators Bio-On and Italian fruit producers Rivoira have signed a strategic agreement to develop new bioplastic materials made from fruit and vegetable waste for the packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables. The ZEROPACK project, founded by Bio-On and now co-owned by Rivoria, will see the partnership produce 100 percent natural and biodegradable films, crates, small and large containers, fruit supports and labels.

Freshness in long-distance, bulk blueberry delivery for Chinese market: StePac launches Xtend

19 Dec 2018 --- Fresh produce packaging supplier StePac has developed proprietary, polyamide-based packaging technology for ensuring long-lasting freshness in long-distance bulk deliveries of blueberries. The new multi-layered packaging, coined Xtend, is the result of several years of R&D and ensures that the high value fruit arrives in wholesome condition, with its natural protective bloom intact – the natural powdery white wax on the surface of the fruit which innately protects the fruit and reduces evaporation. Earlier this year, the manufacturer also launched Xflow, a flowpack solution for blueberries as a cost-saving alternative to traditional preformed bulk packaging. 

“Purposeful packaging”: It’s Fresh! optimizes fruit & veg shelf-life with innovative technology

12 Dec 2018 --- A UK-based food technology company has created an innovative film packaging solution which significantly prolongs the life of fresh fruit and vegetables. As the latest addition to the It’s Fresh! product portfolio, the new Infinite “purposeful packaging” technology reduces food waste in supermarkets, in the supply chain and in the home. After three years in development, Infinite will soon be trialed on packs of berries in UK supermarket Morrisons.

Coveris launches fully recyclable film for Co-op vegetable packaging

19 Oct 2018 --- Coveris has launched a fully recyclable PE film that delivers the same protective, functional and shelf-life benefits as existing non-recyclable solutions, marking a major step forward in supporting the packaging manufacturer’s pledge to deliver 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025. The new fully recyclable PE film was developed in collaboration with Co-op and Freshtime which are using the solution to package vegetable products.

StePac flowpack solution for blueberries enhances freshness and cost-efficiency

17 Oct 2018 --- Fresh product packaging specialists StePac has launched Xflow, a patented, functional, flowpack solution for blueberries as a cost-saving alternative to traditional preformed bulk packaging. Xflow meets market trends to reduce waste through the supply chain, save labor costs, and use leaner plastic packaging. The product will be showcased at the upcoming PMA Fresh Summit Expo in Orlando, October 19-20, stand #4054.

Plastic-free banana packs: Iceland becomes first UK supermarket to rollout concept

17 Sep 2018 --- UK supermarket Iceland is set to remove all plastic packaging from its bananas in a move that is anticipated to save 10 million plastic bags a year. The new packaging will consist of a recycled paper band, which is recyclable itself. The concept has launched in three Iceland stores as an initial trial and will extend to a further 120 stores later this week, before a national rollout by the end of the year.

Extended cherry shelf-life achieved with “next generation” resealable lidding film

30 Aug 2018 --- Fresh produce functional packaging specialists StePac has created a “responsible” and comprehensive supply chain solution for the delivery of fresh cherries from farm-to-fork. StePac partnered with Israel-based Tadbik to produce a “next generation” modified atmosphere resealable lidding film capable of extending shelf-life in cherries. The development comes in response to high demand for cherries in China and the drive to reduce their levels of waste.

Asda removes plastic wrapping from swedes while maintaining shelf-life

21 Aug 2018 --- UK supermarket chain Asda has announced that it will be removing plastic wrapping from its swedes as of this week. Each year, the retailer sells almost six million of the root vegetable, with the removal of their wraps expected to result in a reduction of 14 tons of plastic. The removal of the packaging is expected to have no effect on shelf-life and comes as part of the supermarket’s sustainability goal to achieve 100 percent recyclable packaging across all own brand products by 2025.

Cutting banana waste: Convenient packaging solution launched in Korea

17 Aug 2018 ---  In light of recent findings from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) which revealed that EU households generate roughly 35kg of fresh fruit and vegetable waste per person, per year, “lifestyle hacks” to prevent avoidable waste are high in demand. Notably, Korean grocery store E-Mart has presented a clever packaging concept designed to reduce the number of bananas which are wasted by consumers once purchased.

World Cup packaging: SchurStar bag undergoes football shirt redesign

05 Jul 2018 --- Two large Swiss vegetable producers are packaging their snack tomatoes in a special FIFA World Cup 2018 themed football shirt design. Schur are supplying the SchurStar bag shaped like a T-shirt to celebrate the world’s most popular sporting event.

Spanish collaboration converts horticultural waste into biodegradable packaging

04 Jul 2018 --- Plastics technology specialist Aimplas has pioneered the creation of new biodegradable films and nets for horticultural products, food colorants and additives from harvest waste. The BIOVEGE project took horticultural waste from the fields of Almería and successfully converted it into high-value packaging in line with the philosophy of the circular economy.

“Natural” laser labels: Eco-friendly packaging option for fruit and vegetables hits Dutch shelves

08 Jun 2018 --- Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has launched a so-called “natural label” on a selection of its organic vegetables range, marking a move into the mainstream for the technology. The “natural label” is achieved through the use of laser technology that makes it possible to display the indication of “organic” directly onto the produce, without the need for additional packaging material. The method holds potential for further retailers who are looking to reduce plastic packaging and reduce their environmental footprint.

Etiket Schiller’s eco-conscious labels enable fully compostable packaging across multiple sectors

06 Jun 2018 ---  German label manufacturer, Etiket Schiller, has introduced compostable and biodegradable cellulosic labels made from renewable raw materials to the market. The labels are fully compostable thus enabling brand owners to add the labels to compostable packaging and create a 100 percent eco-conscious product package.

UK: Waitrose to launch trays made from tomato leaves and recycled cardboard

06 Jun 2018 ---  UK supermarket chain, Waitrose, is launching sustainable trays made from tomato leaves and recycled cardboard to package their Duchy Tomatoes products. The first-to-market innovation will be rolled out in mid-June following a successful trial conducted in 2017. The trays will help Waitrose meet its targets in minimizing plastic dependency.

Terinex Presents New Thin Ovenable Film

03 May 2018 --- Terinex, a food and ovenable packaging solutions supplier and manufacturer has introduced the new Q-Tex film; a heat sealable PET mono layer HD printed food grade ovenable film, which is pira certified and suitable for freezer, microwave and oven usage.

Conveyorized Weigh Filler For Non-Free Flowing And Delicate Products

09 Apr 2018 --- WeighPack introduces the C-10 to its PrimoLinear™ family of automatic linear net-weighing filling equipment, engineered specifically for limp, non-free flowing, and delicate products including coleslaw, cooked noodles, diced tomatoes, raw meat, and more.

Processing breakthroughs 2018: HPP, PEF and REV technologies

09 Apr 2018 --- Three of the most promising processing technologies for the nutrition space gaining momentum in 2018 are High Pressure Processing (HPP), Pulsed Electric Fields technology (PEF) and Radiant Energy Vacuum technology (REV). These technologies meet the increasing demand for more cost-effective and sustainable food processing while maintaining the natural qualities of foodstuff. NutritionInsight spoke to experts in these forward-thinking areas at Anuga FoodTec 2018, Cologne.

Tisomi Offers Compact Packaging Solution

06 Apr 2018 --- Tisomi Ltd has launched new, compact packaging equipment for the UK market to meet the growing demand for space-efficient flow wrapping technology from small to medium-sized businesses in the food and non-food sectors.