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Coop Sole launches new SiBon 500g packaging

Coop Sole launches new SiBon 500g packaging
Photo: Coo Sole

Coop Sole’s new packagaing has three distinctive attributes. It is environmentally friendly and made of kraft paper, certified suitable for contact with food. The lid window is made of biodegradable plant material, so that the entire packaging can be disposed of and is 100% recyclable.

It is also highly functional. In addition to optimally protecting the product and preserving it during any handling after packaging, it gives visibility to each individual strawberry, so that the consumer can fully assess the integrity of each fruit.

The packaging is also elegant. The essential design and neutral cardboard, combined with the brand’s only touch of colour, make this package an elegant and refined container, in line with the quality of SìBon.

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Eatable packaging film made of seaweeds is created by Russian and Indian scientists

Eatable packaging film made of seaweeds is created by Russian and Indian scientists
Photo: Eurofresh Distribution

Eatable packaging film, designed by Russian and Indian scientists, is absolutely harmful both for consumers and for the environment, and can be used for fruit, vegetables, meat, etc. Moreover, the film is soluble in water, informs the UrFU – Ural Federal University (Russia).

«The conception of eatable film is not new, it has been produced of various materials, but all of them are either expensive or allergic,” explains Rammokhan Aluru, scientist of organic synthesis laboratory of UrFU. “We have chosen a completly different approach, creating the innovative film made of seaweeds.» Thanks to the antioxidant components, the food wrapped in the film has longer shelf life. What’s more, the producer does not need any special equipment to manufacture the film. “Seaweeds is a renewable source, supplied by ocean, therefore the production will cost cheap,” explains Grigoiy Zyrianov, professor of organic and bio molecular chemistry Chair of UrFU.

The film was created as the result of research of the scientists from Indian Tirupati Universities, UrFU and the Institute of organic synthesis (Russia).

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Innovative compostable film packaging to extend shelf life

Innovative compostable film packaging to extend shelf life - TIPA and Perfotec © Perfotec

© TIPA and Perfotec


Compostable packaging producer TIPA and shelf-life extension specialist PerfoTec have teamed up to create laser micro-perforated compostable film packaging that can extend the shelf-life of fresh produce. The packaging performs as conventional plastic but decomposes in compost back into the soil with no toxic residue, microplastics or other pollutants.

The partnership comes in response to consumer demand to reduce food waste and combat plastic pollution, as some 85% of UK consumers believe compostable packaging should be used to wrap food as an alternative to plastic.

“After months of trials with this film, we realised that TIPA’s compostable film combined with PerfoTec’s patented laser perforation provided the best shelf-life for fruits, vegetables and flowers by far. It provides longer shelf-life and freshness which means fewer quality losses, less food waste and cost savings for producers and retailers,” said PerfoTec’s CEO Bas Groeneweg. “Partnering with TIPA to create compostable packaging that can outperform conventional plastic is a hugely exciting step forward for sustainable packaging. We’re delighted to be playing our part in the stride against quality losses, food waste and plastic pollution.”

Ayellet Zinger, VP of sales for TIPA said: “In combining our technologies, TIPA and PerfoTec form a synergistic partnership that optimises flexible packaging for produce. We have created an exceptional product that extends the shelf-life of fruit, vegetables and flowers with a protective and fully compostable film that decomposes just like the product it’s packaging. TIPA and PerfoTec bring huge added value for flexible produce packaging, reducing food and packaging waste, and providing solutions for the future of sustainable packaging.”

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Eat-Grow-Repeat: Grow your own pea sprouts in a Schur®Star bag!

Eat-Grow-Repeat: Grow your own pea sprouts in a Schur®Star bag!
Press release by Shur

Fresh pea sprouts can now be grown in a Schur®Star bag

Danish based Grow Up FARM is now launching a brand-new product, named Eat-Grow-Repeat: Small pea plants that grow in hemp in a bag. Refrigerated and bagged, the pea sprouts keep fresh for a week. Rip off the upper section of the bag, and the bottom of the bag is now the pot. Place the bottom of the bag with pea plants on your windowsill and care for it with light, water, and a little love. The growth will continue, and after a few days you can cut completely fresh pea sprouts for your salad bowl. It is easy, it is healthy, and it is delicious!

Bean sprouts are in Grow Up FARMs & Greenow’s DNA

The corner stone of the Greenow family business was laid back in 1966, when the first generation pioneered the professional cultivation of bean sprouts. It turned into a success and still is – who does not regularly add the crisp and healthy bean sprouts to the shopping cart? Sales of organic bean sprouts are growing steadily, and this has led Greenow to seek a more efficient packaging solution.

Fresh and crisp produce

Initially, the Schur®Star Packaging Machine was only planned for packing bean sprouts fully automatically into reclosable bags. Often, one does not eat all the sprouts at once; but in a reclosable bag, the sprouts do not desiccate in the refrigerator, but will retain their crispness for up to eight days. Hereby, the consumer can make his contribution to reducing problematic food waste, which is today an issue in both the retail outlet and the home. Usually, bean sprouts are packed in a tray and then flow wrapped, so the consumer would have to repack any sprouts that may be left over. But now this is history!

Capacity for new project

With its large capacity, the Schur®Star Packaging Machine has given Greenow & Grow Up  FARM the opportunity to realize the Eat-Grow-Repeat project. The pea plants are initially grown in an entirely new, vertical greenhouse – on five floors, in a 100% controlled climate, with recirculated water, under artificial light and completely without soil. And to match the 100% compostable contents, the bag is produced of PE, a single-layer material that does not require separation to be processed in a recycling system.

The Schur®Star Concept gives us a lot of opportunities

”Bean sprouts are our core product, for which we chose the Schur®Star Concept ”, says Lasse Vilmar, CEO and third generation in the company. ”But because of the versatility of the packaging machine and its high capacity, we decided to speed up the new Eat-Grow-Repeat project. When starting up a new project, flexibility is of the utmost importance, as you must be able to quickly adapt to market reactions”.

Lasse Vilmar continues: ”Now we can change from a fully automatic to a manual packing process in a few minutes – e.g. if we want to pack meal salads with different elements. Also in terms of bag constructions we are not at all limited to the two bag types that we started up with. We are excited about the new flexibility and the many options, and we feel convinced that the market will welcome our novelties: Healthy and tasty products in convenient packaging.”

A packaging concept for all product types

With its rectangular fill opening in the entire width of the bag, the Schur®Star Packaging Machine is ideal for filling of light and unevenly shaped products, such as a portion of bean sprouts or small pea plants. With more than 500 companies around the world, the concept packs all types of products – including a broad range of fresh produce, into a comprehensive range of bag constructions.

About Schur

Schur is an international team of 11 companies, offering packaging, packaging machines, packaging systems, and knowhow. Schur has a staff of approx. 950 people employed at factories in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Australia, and the USA. Schur®Star Systems is operating out of Flensburg Germany, Melbourne Australia, and Carlsbad USA. We take advantage of the knowhow of the entire Schur group to offer the best possible flexible packaging solution to our customers.

For mor information:

Schur®Star Systems, Tel.: +49 461 9975 120,

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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
Photos: KÖLLA

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.

About us:

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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Melinda and Novamont team up for circular bio-economy

Melinda and Novamont team up for circular bio-economy © Melinda and Novamont

© Melinda and Novamont


Melinda and Novamont have teamed up to launch a more sustainable form of packaging. Begun last October, general director of Melinda, Paolo Gerevini, said the strategy is aimed at defining “who we are and what we want to become”. The totally compostable solution for organic apples that comes from Melinda’s processing waste.

Managing director of Novamont, Catia Bastioli, said: “We thank Melinda and La Trentina for choosing to experiment with us on pioneering solutions to regenerate natural resources. This collaboration in the field of the circular bioeconomy allows us to learn by doing.”

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Nature’s Pride launches more sustainable avocado packaging

Nature’s Pride launches more sustainable avocado packaging © Nature’s Pride

© Nature’s Pride


In line with the firm’s plan to increase the sustainability of its packaging, Nature’s Pride is introducing 100% cardboard packaging for avocados. This packaging represents a huge step in reducing plastic usage. In addition, it consists of just a single type of material, cardboard. This means it can be fully recycled and eliminates the need for a label. 

The new avocado packaging is made of 100% recyclable, certified cardboard. By implementing this change with just the 2-packs, the company will reduce its use of plastic by 52,000 kg annually. As well as being more sustainable, the new packaging also cuts down on transport movements of the flat folded packaging: 21 fewer trailers compared with 2019. 

The design of the new avocado packaging still offers good product visibility and representation of the EAT ME brand. The pack also displays relevant information for consumers, including the nutritional values of the product. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, this aspect has become a key purchasing argument for consumers. 

The new avocado packaging will have a phased introduction at the customers. Following the trend set with the avocado packaging, Nature’s Pride will also introduce more sustainable packaging for mangos, kiwis, passion fruit and chillies in the future. Read Nature’s Pride’s complete sustainable business plan at:

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FairPrice combats food waste

FairPrice combats food waste © ALPHONSUS CHERN (Source: The Straits Times)
© ALPHONSUS CHERN (Source: The Straits Times)

Singapore retailer NTUC FairPrice is working to reduce its packaging waste while maintaining food safety and quality in preparation for new packaging requirements. According to a report by Eco-Business, FairPrice Group, which includes NTUC FairPrice, has established a dedicated team to liaise with suppliers as it gets ready for the mandatory packaging reporting that will begin in Singapore next year. The reporting required by Singapore’s National Environment Agency is the start of a process towards establishing extended producer responsibility framework for packaging waste in Singapore by 2025. This would force companies to become more accountable for the packaging they produce.  

Seah Kian Peng, chief executive of FairPrice Group, said addressing the problem of packaging waste has multiple benefits: “Tackling packaging waste earlier in the production process is a beneficial approach since it also helps the company to potentially save costs. We are constantly on the lookout to explore ways to reduce packaging waste while ensuring product safety and quality. A variety of packaging including cling wrap, foam nets, trays, and bags is used to ensure consistency, minimise damage and preserve the quality of the product, particularly for fresh produce such as leafy vegetables and corn. This means that we are able to prevent food wastage by lengthening the shelf life of this fresh produce.”

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Pink Lady® launches eco-packaging

Pink Lady® launches eco-packaging © Pink Lady® Europe
© Pink Lady® Europe


For several years now, the Pink Lady® Europe Association has been designing environmentally friendly packaging to meet society’s expectations and develop lasting solutions. As part of the Pink Lady® Europe charter of commitment, the objective this season is to offer a range of recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging, according to a press release.

Four criteria were used to design the new packaging for this season: eco-design, economic impact, technical / industrial performance and consumer perception. The new types of packaging selected are 100% cardboard trays for the Pink Lady® Bio and Crip’s® Bio brands; and 100% cardboard trays for a selection of European brands and the widespread use of stretch films and home compost flowpacks for the Pink Lady® and Pinkids® brands.

These cardboard packaging formats all incorporate materials from sustainable forestry certified with FSC certification. The fight against plastic is a key social issue and one of the objectives of the Pink Lady® Europe charter of commitment. The many innovations in this field open up new perspectives in limiting the impact on the environment.

Pink Lady® is committed to exploring them in order to continue to make its sector more sustainable, by responding to the technical and economic constraints of its sector while protecting apples and the planet.

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Italian packaging machinery sales top €8 billion

Italian packaging machinery sales top €8 billion


Italy’s automatic packaging machinery manufacturers are the only Italian capital goods producers to report growth in revenues in 2019 (+2.2%), thereby confirming the world leadership position of a niche mechanical engineering sector, which for the first time in its history has broken the €8 billion euro revenue barrier. The number of operating companies decreased in 2019 (down 2.4% to 616) as a result of the series of M&As underway in the sector, while the number of employees rose to 33,304 (+2.1%).

These results were revealed in the Ucima-MECS Research Department’s 8th Statistical Survey, unveiled at the annual meeting held today in Modena. Over these last eight years (2012-2019), packaging machinery manufacturers have seen an almost 50% increase in turnover (from 5.5 to €8.04 billion), 40% growth in exports (from €4.56 to €6.35 billion) and the creation of 7,000 new jobs.

Around 79% of the sector’s turnover was generated abroad, amounting to €6.35 billion, an increase of 2.3% compared to 2018. This export growth is half a percentage point higher than that of domestic Italian sales (+1.8% in 2019 to 1.69 billion euros). The European Union remains the main destination area for Italian packaging machinery and accounts for 37.5% of total turnover (€2.38 billion) including sales in Italy, followed in second place by Asia with a value of €1.4 billion and a 22.1% share, then North America in third place with €814 million (12.8%). With respect to 2018, non-EU Europe (€637 million; 10% of the total) has overtaken South America (€559 million; 8.8%), followed by Africa (€449 million; 7.1%) and Oceania (€107 million; 1.7%).