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Sustainability – 1.3 million fewer foam separators in grape packaging in the last 2 years

Sustainability - 1.3 million fewer foam separators in grape packaging in the last 2 years
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KÖLLA is aware of the importance of sustainable packaging and wants to contribute to its consistent implementation. “Since 2017, we have been working on a concept for our core competence, grapes. The packaging of loose grapes had to become more sustainable,” says Italy expert Angela D‘Antuono. “At that time, KÖLLA already packed part of the loose goods in paper bags to save on using the separating strips made of foam and to test the acceptance of paper packaging.” In 2018, KÖLLA developed a separator strip model that reduced by 50% the foam separators in multi-way trays.

However the goal of completely moving away from foam and thus avoiding lots of packaging waste had not yet been achieved. The research continued. Then in 2019, a discovery that could be put to test. A strip of paper, strong enough to hold the grapes, covered with a layer of natural wax, allowing it to be coloured and also compostable. After extensive testing, this version was presented to the food retailers. Firstly in a unprinted version and since 2020 in the customers’ design.

With this development, KÖLLA has reduced packaging waste by more than 1.3 million foam separators in the season of 2019/2020 alone. Accordingly, only compostable paper separator strips will be used for KÖLLA’s own brands OTELLO and Emilie in 2021.

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Since 100 years, the KÖLLA Group participates successfully in the global fruit and vegetable trade from its own offices in Bern, Kaarst, Munich, Valencia, Perpignan, Bolzano, Venlo, London an Izmir. The company possesses a broad and deep network of relationships with customers and production within the EU and overseas and is certified according to ISO’22000 / 9001 and EU Bio, in Switzerland additionally with BIO SWISS.

KÖLLA’s own-brands OTELLO, Alinda and Emilie among others underline the experience in cultivation, quality assurance, trade and logistics of fruit and vegetable products.

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The KÖLLA fruit company opens SAS branch in Perpignan

The KÖLLA Group has opened the KÖLLA France SAS branch in Perpignan.

The KÖLLA Group has opened the KÖLLA France SAS branch in Perpignan.

In a press release, the fruit company said it is continuing on its path of internationalisation and the new branch in France will allow it to be geographically closer to the “fruit from the south”. The branch is located in Perpignan, a key trans-boarding hub for produce from Spain and northern Africa.

“Highly qualified and experienced staff handle the sourcing, logistics and active marketing for our contacts in supermarkets, chain stores and wholesale markets. We are looking forward to a successful international cooperation,” it said.

For more than 90 years, the KÖLLA Group has operated in the global fruit and vegetable trade from its own offices in Bern, Kaarst, Munich, Valencia, Bolzano and Karlsruhe. It has a broad and deep network of relationships with customers and production within the EU and overseas and is certified according to ISO’22000 / 9001 and EU Bio, in Switzerland additionally with BIO SWISS. KÖLLA’s own-brands OTELLO and Alinda among others underline the experience in cultivation, quality assurance, trade and logistics of fruit and vegetable products.

source: KÖLLA press release