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Plenish drinks get plush new bottle design

RPC Promens Consumer Llantrisant has provided a new custom-moulded 330ml bottle for London-based Plenish that will pack three flavours of their Water+ range.

The clear bottle creates an enhanced on-shelf impression, with a svelte and imposing aura, according to RPC. They also indicate that the bottle’s understated curves merge into a large area, which is ideal for eye-catching labels.

The new bottle will be used for Plenish’s cucumber, pineapple ginger and blueberry pear ranges.

Plenish operations and supply chain manager Amanda Grace says: “We designed this bottle shape to fit in with our existing range of cold press juices that come in 250ml and 500ml, and we’re really happy that RPC could turn it into a reality.

“They were even able to work with their tooling partner to reduce our lead-time and provide the bottles ready for our nationwide launch. We wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again in the future.”

RPC Promens provides packaging solutions for markets including food and drink, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

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Innovia create new “easy open” packaging range

Innovia Films has expanded its range of easy-to-open food packaging film range to include heavy duty, high barrier and snap wrap options.

The portfolio of peelable Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) films with the 52 and 60 microns Propafilm RCP.

The packaging makes it easier for consumers of all ages and abilities to open them easily to access whatever food or other product is inside.

Its acrylic coating ensures a broad sealing range, which enables a wide packaging operating window and good machinability in all standard formats. Its moisture and aroma barrier properties are suitable for preserving food products such as dried and chocolate based products.

The seal strength is consistent and the film can be used on existing packaging machines.

Amaia Cown, Innovia Films’ product manager, says: “Brand owners are waking up to the fact that easy-open is increasingly becoming a major purchase consideration for consumers, especially those with reduced dexterity. We have listened to consumers who often complain about the difficulty of getting into conventional packaging.

“Our easy-to-open packaging range makes their life that little bit easier.  Rest assured, these films continue to protect the products they wrap while providing an enhanced product experience.”

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Ball collaborates with Ovidias to create drinks can with chocolate inside

An unlikely collaboration between can-maker, Ball, and Belgian chocolate brand, Ovidias, will see the latter bringing its novel packaging concept to the commercial market.

Ovidias are set to package its chocolate in drinks cans, maintaining freshness and flavour as well as protecting the product during transit, whilst remaining lightweight.

Storing chocolate in a can also preserves the full and creamy taste of the chocolates, delivering on taste without the need for additives. It also combines a longer shelf life with reduced impact on the environment, making this form of packaging an attractive, if unusual, concept.

The chocolates are individually wrapped before going into the can, before being filled with a small amount of nitrogen to protect it in transit.

Marco Turcatto, Marketing Manager at Ovidias, says: “We decided to make the move to the beverage can format when our founder was inspired by snacks and drinks in a hotel mini-bar, which were served in cans. After careful research, we contacted Ball and through close collaboration we have been able to realise a truly unique product.”

Arjen van Zurk, Ball’s Marketing Manager, comments: “The fact that manufacturers outside of the beverage sector are now looking to the aluminium beverage can as a packaging solution affirms the clear advantages and benefits of this format. Be it the quality and consistency of product delivery, flexible and extensive branding potential, or environmental advantages, the credentials of the beverage can are clear.”

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Crown Food Europe launches new product for dry food market

Peelfit, a new proprietary metal can designed specifically for the dry food market, has been launched by Crown Food Europe.

Manufactured in the UK, Peelfit addresses demands for greater convenience, lightweighting and product protection in the sector.

The product is fully printable, provides sustainability benefits and utilises direct heat sealing technology to seal a peelable foil directly to a collapsed bead within the can body. For the last feature, customers then simply need to fill product through the base of the can and seam on a non-easy-open end without having to make changes to the filling line.

In terms of sustainability, the Peelfit container is 16% lighter than cans using conventional foil steam closures, due to its elimination of rigid steel rings. It reduces energy use by 32% compared to the conventional cans, and, as it’s metal, it offers 100% protection against oxygen, light, moisture and other contaminants.

Olivier Aubry, Business Development and Marketing Director for Crown Food Europe, says: “Peelfit is the result of extensive development work by Crown’s talented designers and engineers. Using technology to reduce the amount of metal used in Crown’s food containers while maintaining performance and functionality is a significant element of the company’s ongoing sustainability efforts. We look forward to bringing Peelfit to market during the fourth quarter of 2-16 with a major international food company.”

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New packaging machinery for grapes cuts costs and reduces environmental impact

South African grape supplier Karsten Group has introduced new heat-sealing equipment that will keep costs down while protecting the environment.

The twin lane machine is capable of sealing up to 200 packs a minute, upgrading from low wrapping to heat-sealed punnets.

Manufactured by Packaging Automation (PA), the new packaging will be more widely recyclable. The machinery, meanwhile, will also reduce unplanned downtime by up to 90% through continued operation during repairs, routine maintenance and breakdowns.

The group, through Karsten UK, supplies a range of seedless table grape varieties to major UK retailers.

Bernie Niehaus, packaging and equipment manager from Karsten UK, says: “Choosing PA was an easy decision, we had to make our film work. The machine is very easy to use and PA went out of their way to get us the setup we needed to make it simple.”

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Saica Group to acquire Americk Packaging

The news has emerged that Spanish giant Saica Group are set to acquire Irish-owned Americk Packaging Group for an undisclosed fee.

Americk consists of six manufacturing sites across Ireland and the UK. It employs 691 staff as well as additional operations with separate brands PP Global and Starfish Brand Solution. The group achieved a combined turnover of £110 million last year. They produce labels and cartons for clients in the food and beverage industry, and beyond.

Saica, meanwhile, boast operations in Spain, Italy, Portugal, UK, Ireland, Turkey and Luxembourg with over 8,000 employees. They produce 2.5 million tonnes of recycled paper per year, across their four divisions which included production for corrugated cardboard, recyclable materials recovery, corrugated packaging and flexible packaging. Their group achieved a turnover of nearly €2.37 billion in 2015.

Americk Packaging’s CEO, Patrick Doran, says: “This approach has taken some careful consideration by me and our senior management team. Saica are a family run business with a strong code of ethics and compliance which has been of paramount importance when considering the fit with our business, culture and most importantly our staff and customer base.”

“I have informed our staff, customers and suppliers of this positive move that will catapult the Americk Packaging brand into the international packaging market; whilst adding value and opportunities for our loyal staff, customers and suppliers.”

Roman Alejandro, President of Saica, comments: “This agreement allows us to enter the flexible packaging market in Ireland and the UK more actively, hand in hand with a leading player. [It enables] the Saica Group to continue its development in the flexible packaging sector with the aim of offering a wider range of products and services to our customers.”

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Cepac to double size of packaging operation in Doncaster

Packaging supplier Cepac are investing £1 million on expanding its site and digital operation in Doncaster, England.

The project is due to begin in early 2017, following the installation of a new digital printing press in April of this year. This will allow the production of innovative packaging with outstanding graphics with very short customer lead times.

The company has four other sites in the North of England, in Rotherham, Darlington, Rawcliffe Bridge and Alfreton. It designs and produces a number of corrugated and shelf-ready packaging items and stocks a variety of products.

Steve Moss, Sales and Marketing Director, says: “Our investment in state of the art printing and manufacturing is not just about meeting customer requirements but being able to exceed their expectations. We are doubling the size of our premises and more than halving customer lead times, offering unrivalled innovation, quality, service and response.

“The packaging world can be traditional and reluctant to change although there is now the opportunity to break away from conventional means of production. Highly printed packaging is now available on demand without the constraint of either long lead times or stockholding. The market for POS and decorative packaging is changing in response to the evolving retail market. In these days of rapidly changing demand Cepac are able to offer a service proposition which is truly transformational.”

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Irish pack firm enters coffee cup partnership with Frugalpac

Clare-based Cup Print has entered into a deal with Frugalpac to install a new packaging machine to produce the UK company’s paper coffee cup.

Frugalpac, whose clients include Starbucks, will use Cup Print’s machine to meet increasingly high demand for its recyclable cups.

Cup Print, based in Ennis, already produces 150 million cups a year for clients such as Mars, Kraft and Bunzl. The company is excited to partner with Frugalpac on bringing this product to market.

Terry Fox, MD at Cup Print, says: “We’re thrilled that Cup Print has been chosen to mass produce the first Frugalpac. Cup Print is the world’s fastest paper cup manufacturer and produces single wall and double wall cups.

“We already supply independent cafés and marketing companies all over Europe and we look forward to being able to offer the Frugalpac cup to them, following the forthcoming tests and trials with several potential customers. The interest and excitement we’ve seen for this innovative and easier-to-recycle coffee cup has been remarkable and we look forward to playing our part in taking it to market.”

Frugalpac hopes that their new paper coffee cup could solve the problem that only 1 in 400 cups are currently recycled, with most ending up in landfill.

Its founder, Martin Myerscough, comments: “It’s a big step for Frugalpac and a signal of our confidence not only in the cup but also in the market for it. We have received interest from around the world for the Frugalpac, including from Starbucks. Our new facility at Cup Print will allow us to start to meet this demand.

“Ultimately we will build even larger Frugalpac machines for cup producers by licensing the technology to them. But we’re really pleased that Cup Print is our first partner.”

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New snack packaging decomposes like orange peel after just 24 weeks

The packaging for UK-based Snact’s range of fruit jerky snacks has been redesigned by TIPA, with the orange peel-like decomposition taking only six months.

The new fully compostable, flexible packaging becomes fertiliser for soil after its 24-week biologically decomposition.

The packaging for the fruit jerky snacks range is among TIPA’s laminate series, which is designed to package snack foods including granola bars, crisps, dried foods and vitamin capsules.

Snact co-founder Ilana Taub says: “We launched our new packaging in December last year with traditional plastic as we struggled to find an environmentally-friendly option that had the functional properties required as well as being food safe… now we have the perfect solution to do this and build on our own eco credentials.”

TIPA CEO and co-founder, Daphna Nissenbaum, adds: “Over 9.6 million tonnes of plastic waste is sent to landfill every year in Europe and something has to change. We look forward to the beginning of a new era in packaging where for the first time, viable end-of-life solutions are available on the market.”

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Northern Irish packaging firm to capitalise on growth with £2 million investment

Food packaging manufacturer Boran-Mopack has created 10 new jobs with their £2.4 million investment as part of an export growth drive in Strabane, Co. Tyrone.

Boosted by Invest NI funding of £250,000, the company aims to double exports over the next couple of years after significant investment in machinery and equipment.

Boran-Mopack is part of the Boran group of companies based in Naas, Co. Kildare. The company makes packaging for clients such as major Irish crisps manufacturer Tayto, and is not hoping to branch out their offering into packaging for frozen food, snacks and baked goods.

Managing Director Mairtin Boran says: “This investment signals our commitment to drive the long-term growth of the business and Invest NI’s support has been vital in ensuring we can implement our expansion plans.

“Enhancing our production capabilities to enable us to produce a higher definition of print quality will help us gain an advantage in a competitive industry. With opportunities identified in frozen foods, snacks and baked products, we are working hard to maximise our sales potential and achieve our export ambitions.”

John Hood, director of food at Invest NI, comments: “This important investment has enhanced Boran-Mopack’s production capabilities and positioned the business to reduce its lead times and secure sales in new markets and sectors. Invest NI’s support is underpinning the growth of this business. The 10 new production jobs created in Strabane as a result of the investment is welcome news for the town, and a positive boost for the food and drink manufacturing industry.”

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PP vs PET – The Green Argument

BFG Banner_300x125More and more, the corporate world engages in the sustainability dialogue. Consumers want to take responsibility for the waste they generate. The ‘green’ argument weighs more  every time and need to be taken seriously by the food packaging industry. What’s the right product to use?

In contrary to what is still sometimes believed, PP is perfectly recyclable. Not only the low carbon footprint during production of granulate enhances the sustainability of PP, so do the high energy recovery values for PP.  As shown by recent research, PP costs 27% energy less to produce than PET, and 88% more energy is recovered during recycling. Add to this that PP weighs 19% less than PET, a number that translates directly to transportation and thus carbon emission.

“We all know it’s about time the corporate world starts taking responsibility for the environment, and it’s a good development that sustainability finally starts being a valid argument in business”, says Karel Hoet, director of BFG Packaging. “It’s not all about financial advantages anymore. A mono-material tray, like PP with PP film without any cohesive, is much more easily recycled than for example PP-EVOH or PP-PE. More and more, we see that companies realize their customers want their products to be ‘good’, and adapt their packaging to this demand”.

Over the last year, BFG has seen a continuous rise in PP demand. “We used to think the extra layer of EVOH or PE was necessary for protection and warrant the food quality. This is not an issue anymore for the majority of fresh products, let alone microwaveable meals. The quality of PP increased and the shelve-times are such that the extra layer is redundant. Mono-material PP is therefore the most sustainable choice for ready-to-go meals”.

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Ishida Flexibility Handles All Pasta Types

ish2016.036 Recheis pasta top of CCW handling vermicelli (PR shot) 3451The versatility and adaptability of Ishida’s multihead weighing technology means it is able to pack all dried pasta varieties at Austria’s market leading producer Recheis Teigwaren, whatever their shape and level of pasta fragility.

The pasta produced by Recheis comes in many shapes and sizes and can be as different as curly vermicelli, a challenge to weigh accurately due to its tendency to clump together, and the company’s “Hörnchen”, an Austrian speciality whose curved tubes flow quickly and easily. By contrast, penne (“quills”’) and farfalle (“bows”) are particularly delicate varieties that require gentle handling to maintain their quality.

The Ishida multihead weighers on Recheis’ eight highly-automated packing lines can be quickly programmed to handle virtually any of its pastas, whatever their size, shape or fragility.  The weigher’s vibratory system adjusts itself automatically to match the flow characteristics of the pasta being handled.  To keep breakage of delicate varieties to a minimum, hoppers feature a special lining while discharge chutes are fixed at a shallow angle. These built-in features not only ensure a gentler transit, they also reduce factory noise.

Increasing still further the versatility of the packing lines, two of the eight Ishida multiheads are 16-head machines which work as two separate eight-head weighers – each coupled to its own bagmaker.  Both weigher halves then work independently so, when film has to be changed for one bagmaker, the other can carry on working, adding value to the operation.

Usually 8-head multihead weighers would not be accurate enough for Ishida’s high precision standards as the number of hopper combinations for the target weight would not allow for sufficient weighing accuracy.   However, as both 16-head machines are fitted with an additional set of ‘booster hoppers’, each 8 head weigher section effectively works with 16 hopper combinations, enabling it to select and combine its optimum weight to two independent packing lines.

As producer of Austria’s best-selling pasta branded “Recheis Goldmarke”, the family-run business ensures its packs have an authentic, craftmanslike appeal.  For instance, its clip-on closures are not only practical, but also have a homely feel.  In order for the packing machines to correctly position these closures, the maximum weighing speed required is 50 per minute, which the multiheads could readily exceed if required.  Weighing accuracy is so good that product giveaway is close to zero.

ish2016.036 Recheis pasta, CCW showing radial feeders handling vermicelli (PR shot) 3397Each packing line is operated by a single person, controlling the multihead weigher via its colour touch-screen monitor.  Preset parameters mean changeovers from one product to another are fast and simple.  Complete cleaning takes just 30 minutes per weigher.

For a quarter of a century Ishida multihead weighers have done everything Recheis demands of them, operating dependably throughout two shifts daily, year after year. “We bought our first multihead in the late 1980s,” explains Peter Sieberer, the company’s Technical Manager.  “Subsequently, we have had no need to change suppliers, since the equipment is very reliable and operating procedures are consistent from one generation of machines to the next.  Ishida also scores highly in terms of long-term availability of spare parts and of service.”

Recently, an Ishida weigher bought in 1987 was replaced.  After 25 years of constant use, it was still fully functional, but a weigher with larger hoppers was needed in order to handle new catering packs.  Naturally, given Recheis’ positive experience, the replacement was another Ishida machine.

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Multivac: Automated loading of straight sausages

MCF-100_MULTIVAC has developed a hygienic and efficient solution for the automated infeeding, loading and packing of straight and uniform sausages, and this solution was presented for the first time at IFFA 2016. The MULTIVAC Centrifuge Feeder (MCF) can be integrated seamlessly into packaging lines and enables handling costs to be reduced by up to 60 percent when compared with manual loading.

The solution comprises five high-performance components: the sausages are transported via an inclined conveyor to the centrifuge plate that is constantly turning.  There they are orientated at the outside edge of the plate by the centrifugal force and are taken up individually from the centrifuge ring. Then a V conveyor transports them to a downstream compartment conveyor that carries each product, individually and precisely aligned in a separate compartment, to the handling module. There the gripper picks up the desired number of sausages and loads them into the pack cavity.

Up to 600 sausages per minute can be gently separated and loaded by the MULTIVAC Centrifuge Feeder. The output of the MCF can be adjusted as required via the rotation speed of 30 to 60 revolutions per minute. If even greater volumes are required, it is possible to use several of these modules on one packaging machine, so that virtually any capacity can be scaled up. This solution can be used very flexibly, and it is suitable for single-layer and multi-layer packs with any number and orientation of sausages.

MULTIVAC offers the Centrifuge Feeder in either a left or right rotating version, so that with a wide range of possible line layouts the optimum space utilisation can be achieved. All the components are produced in the MULTIVAC Hygienic Design™ and can therefore be cleaned simply and reliably. Thanks to the automated process, human contact with the delicate products is also minimised – an important contribution to hygiene in the packaging procedure.

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Coveris launches ReadyFresh range packs for food on-the-go

Coveris Rigid Finland has launched ReadyFresh – new packaging for home meal replacement and food on-the-go services.

The ReadyFresh packs are a microwaveable range from Coveris, featuring a black PP base and clear PP lid.

Kimmo Tuovinen, sales director at Coveris Rigid Finland, said: “The new ReadyFresh range is an excellent choice for the growing HMR markets in Scandinavia, but also other European countries. Our new solution offers great user experience and is the result of an efficient and good cooperation with our colleagues from the development and sales teams in UK who have a similar, very successful product range for the UK market.”

Tuovinen added that there was good demand from Germany, Netherlands, France and Spain.

Coveris ia a leading international manufacturing company and it has more than 8,500 global employees and 60 strategically located facilities.

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Sirane: Fruit’s shelf-life extending solution

The new Sirane technology using natural extracts which enhance the fruit’s own protection will extend significantly fruits’ shelf-life.

For many years Sirane has been at the forefront of research into shelf-life extending technology for fresh produce, and this latest product development combines ground-breaking work with existing technologies to create another major step forward.

Sirane’s new Dri-Fresh ABV pads contain a blend of natural bio-flavonoids and organic acids which work together to naturally enhance the fruit’s own protective defences. Together with the absorbency within the pad, they offer an outstanding level of protection.

The technology can be supplied as standard absorbent pads or incorporated into our Dri-Fresh Soft-Hold pads – absorbent cushioned pads which prevent damage to soft-fruit during transportation. The technology is activated by moisture – so only functions when needed.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Shelf-life extension within fruit, particularly the soft-fruit world, is a big deal in the industry, just a few extra days can make a big difference.

“Soft-fruit has a short-shelf-life and so additional shelf-life is very valuable. It has little in the way of protective skin, so is vulnerable to fungal and bacterial degradation. As it is soft it is also vulnerable to damage during transportation – which can often be a long way.

“This is a completely natural solution to those problems that is very effective. What we’re doing is effectively taking the fruit’s own natural defences and supplying it when needed in a concentrated form. The results so far have proven to be very impressive.

“The combination of flavonoids which are anti-oxidants and anti-microbial, with organic acids including citric acid and ascorbic acids is harmless, as all elements are found naturally within fruit. It is clean, simple, and effective. Nature itself often has the answers.

“This complements our existing shelf-life extending technologies, including absorbent cushioned pads, anti-fungal pads, ethylene-absorbing pads and labels and more.”

Dri-Fresh ABV has FDA approval, and approval for the EU is in hand. Successful trials have been held in the US with cut fruit – including strawberries – and in the Far East.

Those trials have shown shelf-life extension of several days. Simon Balderson added: “Actual shelf-life extension can be notoriously difficult to quantify, as it is affected by many parameters, however we believe this will offer several days or more additional shelf-life.”

Fruits that would potentially benefit from Dri-Fresh ABV or Dri-Fresh Soft-Hold ABV include all types of berries – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, as well as other fruits vulnerable to damage including tomatoes, apricots, kiwi fruit, nectarines and grapes.

Sirane’s Dri-Fresh Soft-Hold cushioned pads are already being shipped in large quantities to berry producers across North and Central America and Chile – some of the biggest soft-fruit growing regions globally – with the product starting to appear on supermarket shelves worldwide, including the UK. Dri-Fresh Soft-Hold ABV will only increase this demand.

Sirane’s new factory in Guadalajara, Mexico, will be supplying much of this demand.

Based in the heart of the Mexican growing region – and close to many of the region’s major producers – Sirane Mexico will open in January. The 1,500 sq m unit will initially focus on manufacturing fresh produce packaging into this rapidly-expanding industry.

Dri-fresh Soft-Hold fruit cushioning pads are ‘absorbent bubble pads’ – perfect for berries of all types – combining the cushioning and protective properties of bubble films with effective absorbency, high permeability and excellent product presentation.

Dri-Fresh Soft-Hold is available as loose pads of any size as well as reels for automatic packaging operations. Standard colours are red and black and other colours are available on request. The products are available for all global markets and applications.

Simon Balderson said: “The Soft-Hold surface has a unique ‘tear-drop’ embossing pattern which raises the fruit from the surface to encourage air-flow and inhibit sweating, damage and corresponding fungal growth. The thermo-formed pattern minimises the contact area between each berry and the surface and stops the berries from moving around the pack.

“The pad is absorbent and quickly absorbs and traps any leakage from the fruit to ensure clean and attractive presentation. The pure colours available highlight and contrast the natural colour of the fruit to give the best possible appearance and quality perception.

”A Dri-Fresh Soft-Hold ABV pad would have everything – it would offer effective absorbency, protective cushioning, and effective enhancement of the fruit’s own natural defences.”

The product complements an already impressive list of products perfect for transporting or selling fresh produce, including Dri-Fresh Resolve and Dri-Fresh Fresh-Hold absorbent pads and our incredible shelf-life extending film and bags, Sira-Flex Resolve.

Sirane is a highly innovative product development-to-manufacture company based in Telford, Shropshire. It has four divisions: food packaging; medical and healthcare; industrial and horticultural. The company specialises in absorbent solutions.

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Dassault Systèmes helps Häagen-Dazs sell in France

Häagen-Dazs ice cream, a General Mills brand, is using Dassault Systèmes’ Perfect Shelf design programme to engage in merchandising strategies in France.

General Mills France looked to inject innovation into the retail ice cream category by offering a differentiated and expanded Häagen-Dazs range, using an innovative approach to better collaborate with retailers and position its new product line.

Perfect Shelf helps General Mills France demonstrate category merchandising expertise to retailers by recommending shelving scenarios and maximising the packaging and any on-pack marketing, based on shopper research.

Stanislas de Maleissye, director, category trade management, General Mills France, said the food giant selected Perfect Shelf to help it shape a ‘new vision’ for the ice cream category and achieve shelving-related growth

“This collaborative solution brings a new and innovative dimension to category management; we’ve only just begun to use Perfect Shelf. Tomorrow, this solution will show its full potential, from product marketing design to its positioning at the core of retailers’ merchandising strategies.”
Philippe Loeb, vice president, consumer packaged goods & retail industry, Dassault Systèmes added: “Dassault Systèmes’ ‘Perfect Shelf’ industry solution experience was designed to help leading consumer packaged goods companies better collaborate with their customers, and deploy winning merchandising strategies faster.”

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New TCL ovenable films for Tesco

TCL’s new technically advanced ovenable packaging films have been selected for a new range of bake-in-store, hot sandwiches and snacks available in Tesco. The printed films were chosen because of their innovative design and rigorous testing process with Smithers PIRA.

Managing Director Mike Golding explains “What look like simple ovenable films have taken years to be perfected and rigorously tested for performance and food safety. It’s not just the behaviour of the inks and substrate material together at high temperatures that matters; the laser micro perforations and the anti-mist coating both had to be verified and approved. We believe we are the first manufacturer to have achieved full certification for this type of advanced ovenable film.”

The precise Tesco specification is crucial to the performance of the films. The micro perforations provide the correct amount of open surface area for gas transmission; to facilitate steam escape during cooking but are small enough to protect the hot contents and keep them fresher for longer. The added anti-mist coating minimises condensation from products with higher moisture content.

The Tesco films enable pre-packed product to be delivered ready to cook in-store. The freshly cooked product is then available in hot cabinets ready to eat. The range includes breakfast goods baked in the morning and a range of newly cooked lunchtime products.

TCL Packaging was established in 1999 and is a UK based provider of printed flexible packaging films.

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Jindal Films to add new metallizer, BOPP lines

Jindal Films Europe, a leading manufacturer of specialty biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films, announced the start of a broad reinvestment strategy.  JFE will increase Metallizing & Extrusion capabilities at its Brindisi site.

A world-class 10.5m orientation line will be installed by Q4, 2016, increasing capacity by more than 50,000 tons per year and further improving production flexibility. The Metallizer is expected to start-up in Q2, 2016 and will add 10,000 tons of  metallization capacity.

“This investment reinforces our commitment to providing customers with a long term supply strategy and strong technology”, confirms Alessandro Fontanarosa, Brindisi Operations Director. “We have a wide range of quality products, and continue to focus on expanding our reach with next generation solutions”.

“This investment strategy underscores the confidence we have in our employees, our customers  and our suppliers  to aggressively grow the specialty films business – said the CEO & Executive Vice President Jindal Films, Scott Van Winter.  We’re able to leverage exceptional technology and a solid asset base with a global  presence, enabling us to provide solutions everywhere in the world. ”

Jindal Films is a global leader in the development and manufacture of specialty biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP or OPP) films. The Jindal Films product range includes multi-layer clear, white opaque and metalized films along with water-based coated films. While Jindal Films products are deployed in various end-use applications, the main market segments for our products are Flexible Packaging and Labeling.

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BRC stamp of approval for Oakland International

The distributor company, Oakland International has retained its British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) quality standard for storage and distribution.

The co-packer and food distribution firm’s BRC accreditation is a gateway opening new UK opportunities for their Distressed Load Management service, which reduces food loss from the effects of consignment damage or loss, a service shortlisted in the Innovation Award category of this year’s prestigious Global Freight Awards (GFA).

Barry Davies, Oakland managing director, said: “With growth comes challenge, so I am particularly pleased by the auditor’s complementary audit summary. Oakland’s proactive approach and continuous system and process improvement, coupled with our ability to offer a specialised distressed load service provides our customers confidence, knowing that any products stored and distributed through Oakland will retain their quality.

Established in 1998, Oakland International is a family owned distribution company dealing with food and consumer goods using ambient, chilled & frozen transportation. Its frozen, chilled and ambient supply chain solution works with UK, Irish and European producers and suppliers.

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Packo Pumps rewrites the standard for product pumps together with the industry

The vegetable and potato processing industry has changed profoundly. By strain refinement the potatoes that have to be pumped became much larger. The free passage in the product pumps has to follow this trend. Also the volumes that have to be pumped increased enormously and loss by damage is yet barely tolerated. The pumps that are used in this market segment up till now score, widely considered, inadequately in that area and the demand for better performing pumps resounds more emphatically through recent years. That was also the reason for Packo Pumps to begin the re-design from zero. The result is the VPCP pump that rewrites the prevailing norm. The VPCP pump has been developed in collaboration with the industry. It has been tested extensively and proven radically incomparable. Packo Pumps challenges you.
Larger stainless steel pump casing
First the needs and trends of the industry were identified and converted into design requirements. The full geometry of both the impeller and the pump casing was studied via CFD and redesigned with a view to the largest possible free passage and minimal product damage in the widest possible working area. The result of months of CFD study and several practice tests is a range of four pump types with a significantly larger pump casing but with the same mounting dimensions as the VDKM pumps (except for type 150-400).
The principle remains a complete stainless steel pump, like the Packo standard dictates. Cleanability, corrosion resistance and more strict hygiene requirements, after all, are gaining importance.

Vane replaces impellers
A second intervention replaces the traditional channel impeller with an impeller with a single vane, which was specially developed by Packo for this pump series. The design of the vane plays a key role in the performances of the new VPCP pump. It also leaves a large free passage and is designed to keep product damaging minimal. Research showed that by omitting the channel geometry the product damage is minimal over a much wider area (flow and speed). A typical single channel impeller only shows a low product damage in a small zone around the BEP (Best Efficiency Point).

Test results prove 250% less product damage
In order to evaluate and compare the product damage objectively Packo Pumps developed a test method that produces a dimensionless damage figure. The damage figures are both a quantitative (% of products being damaged by the pump) as qualitative (how serious is the damage?) weighing of the damage. The new VPCP pump scores a damage figure of 9.5. In comparison, the known VDKM pump registered a damage figure of 25.5. We can therefore state that the product damage in the new generation VPCP pumps is 2.5 times smaller than in the VDKM pumps. Also pumps with conventional 1-channel impellers were subjected to the same test. No single pump scored a damage figure below 14. We can therefore confidently say that the VPCP pump series sets a new benchmark in terms of product damage.

Sustainable construction
In addition to the pump hydraulics, also the structure of the pump itself was taken in hand. The versions with larger motor capacities were shortened 75mm, which makes the pump not only more compact, but also makes the shaft much stiffer and eventually benefits the life time of the mechanical seal. Because field tests confirmed the durability of a single seal, the new generation of pumps will not be equipped with an oil bath around the shaft seal anymore.

Target market of the VPCP pump series
The Packo VPCP pump range is designed for pumping potatoes, vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, etc. The VPCP pump can e.g. be used in Belgian fries process lines and for the transport of vegetables to the blanching lines.
Because the pump has the same dimensions as the known VDKM pump
series it is easily interchangeable.

Overall, the VPCP pump is characterized by:
New benchmark in minimal product damage in a wide area (flow and speed),
One of the largest free passages in product pumps on the market,
4 types: 125-315, 150-400, 200-500 and 250-630,
Steeper pump curve: easier to adjust and less risk of clogging the system.
Pump completely in electropolished stainless steel,
Compact monobloc construction, dimensionally shorter than the VDKM pump series,
Duplex stub shaft allows a quick and easy disassembly of the vane,
Standard IEC normalized motor,
Only two standardized (EN 12756) mechanical seal diameters (3 to 45kW and from 5 to 10 inch pump),
Sledge construction by which the pump can be easily slid backwards while the pump casing remains in the piping system,
Available with vertical or horizontal outlet,
In accordance with European food contact regulation EC 1935/2004,
Pump is equipped with large manhole cover and drain,
Same dimensions as the known VDKM pump, which make them easily interchangeable.

Packo Pumps, the specialist in stainless steel centrifugal pumps!

Packo Pumps is originally researcher, designer and manufacturer of sustainable and innovative industrial pumps. Our pumps rank among the best of the world when it comes to hygiene and cleanability.
Packo pumps are also an important link in the reliability and the improvement of the energy efficiency of our customers. To this end, we develop and constantly improve more pumps tailored to our clients, for the most diverse applications.
Our slogan “We Optimize Your Flow” reflects our ambition to be a valued partner in the optimization of your business processes.
Need more information? Contact bart.vanbastelaere@packo.com or visit our new website www.packopumps.com.

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Leeways invest £2.4m in new machinery

Leeways Packaging Services has invested in a new Illig RDK 80K automatic pressure forming machines. The kit is installed at its production facility based in Gloucestershire.

This recent acquisition is in addition to the £2m already invested over the last 24 months on various plant and machinery increasing their capacity up to 900 million trays per year.

This new RDK 80k incorporates the latest controls and technology associated with the “IC intelligent control” established recently by Illig on all its roll fed thermoforming machines.

Its adaptive technology allows for cycle speed optimization with quick acting valves, overlapping time sequencings, and accurate control. At the same time the machine also delivers on the well-established ethos of flexibility, repeatability, quick tool change and ease of operation, and is readily equipped to process all the major commodity plastics such as PS, PVC, APET, RPET and PP.

Lee Walding, Leeways managing director, said: “The last 12 months have been great for Leeways. We have seen an increased level of business in not only food packaging, but diversification in to new markets sectors. The level of investment we have made over the last 2 years is part of the company’s drive to increase capacity, maximise production efficiencies and reduce lead times to meet demand.”

Established in 1971, Leeways has grown to become one of the leading suppliers of thermoformed plastic packaging and process solutions in the UK. Its facilities exceed 145,000 square feet and include manufacturing, distribution and warehousing divisions based in the heart of Gloucestershire.

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Quin Systems launches a new Versapack machine

Quin Systems, supplier of end-of-line automated packing systems, has launched a new Versapack machine, a compact packing system with an integrated case-erector that makes the production line efficient and effective.

The design allows the machine to be used in a wide range of packing line operations without the need for additional building or line reorganisation and the servo-driven robotic case erector system makes the Versapack faster, smarter and more efficient than its predecessors.

The new machine allows for a broad range of products to be packed in almost any orientation, including ‘on-edge’ packing. Working closely with customers, Quin has incorporated the ability to pack into cases new-style bag formats and stand-up pouches to give producers the packaging flexibility they need to remain competitive.

Managing director Mike Webb said the machine is designed for faster and  flexible end-of-line solutions that help customers to meet their production targets.

“Versapack is the smallest and fastest integrated case erecting and packing machine on the market with the ability to pack products in any orientation including on-edge,” he said. “The efficient servo-driven case erector has been designed to handle a wide range of cases including the smaller retail-ready cases, a necessity for those supplying major retailers who want to make the most of their shelf space.”

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Ready-to-eat eggs break into the snack market

Eggs can be a tricky item to brand but Robot Food have cracked it. Their vibrant new identity for The Crackin’ Egg Co. positions this bright new snack sensation to appeal to everyone from hungry kids to gym-going protein lovers.

The Cheshire-based Crackin’ Egg Co. were bringing hardboiled, ready-to-eat eggs to market. Although big in Europe, this was going to be a UK first. The eggs would also have a 100% natural, protective coating to keep them fresh for a month.

The new brand identity would need to position them as a tasty snack, give maximum shelf-shout, and appeal to curious consumers. Positioning had to be clear and sensitive but also bold and appropriate for the snacking market.

After creating the quirky name and punchy brand story, Robot food designed a fun, lighthearted identity featuring a friendly on-pack hen character, and put together a striking colour palette. The colour’s hand-made quality and subtly uneven treatments hint at naturalness, and the convenience is reinforced with messages such as ‘Smashing for salads, snacks and lunchboxes’. Sachets of salt and black pepper, sweet chilli, and sour cream and chives introduce extra flavour appeal. Sizes are twin-pack and multi-pack.

Rob Shaw, company owner, said, “Robot Food have done us proud. The brand identity is fun, lighthearted and displays touches of quirky humour. We wanted to make ready-to-eat hardboiled eggs a truly accessible snack, and thanks to Robot Food, we’ve done it. So far, we’re listed in Ocado and Spar. Smashing stuff.”

Simon Forster, Robot Food’s Creative Director, said, “Eggs are the ultimate superfood snack, and this was a great opportunity to give an innovative product an eye-catching identity. Personality was key, and we created a suitable quirky identity to appeal to all ages and snacking requirements.”

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Food and packaging waste workshop for manufacturers in Scotland

Resource Efficient Scotland is running a free food and packaging waste workshop next week for manufacturers in Scotland.

This  workshop has been specially designed to help food and drink businesses in Scotland benefit from reduced food waste and improved packaging design.

Using tried-and-tested techniques, best practice case studies, facilitator-led sessions and industry-leading guest speakers, this workshop will help delegates reduce packaging and food waste and save money in their organisations.

Speakers include Iain Ferguson, environment manager for the Co-operative food; Dr Richard Swannell, director of sustainable food systems and technical Lead at WRAP; Catherine Weetman, SCALA; and Andrew McCaffery from Valpak.

The event takes place at Edinburgh Zoo on Wednesday December 2.

For more information, visit www.resourceefficientscotland.com

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Yollies packed in Amcor’s stay fresh pods are winners at The UK Packaging Awards 2015

Kerry Foods innovative Yollies packed in Amcor’s stay fresh pods are winners at The UK Packaging Awards 2015 in the prestigious Best Packaging of a New Product category.

It’s not every day such an innovative product as Kerry Foods Yollies comes to market. Yollies is a yogurt on a stick designed for children’s lunchboxes. It is a really fun way to enjoy the healthy goodness of yogurt.

So when Kerry Foods looked for the right packaging solution to accompany this product innovation, they chose Amcor. Amcor’s easy peel and release film technology allows Yollies to come out of the pod and for children to eat them without making a mess! The stay-fresh pod shape is very distinctive helping to build a Yollies’ brand personality as the laminate is transformed to form the Yollies’ shape.

“Thanks to Amcor’s proprietary film knowledge and ability to partner with Kerry Foods and our designer, the pod solution met all of our objectives and has contributed to the success of Yollies” said Colette Sheehan, Dairy Packaging Manager on Yollies for Kerry Foods.

Amcor Flexibles is the market leader and the world’s largest supplier of flexible packaging. With 56 plants in 20 countries, it delivers innovative packaging solutions and provide enhanced quality products for the food, beverage, pharma, personal care, medical and industrial markets.

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Global investors urge food firms to address rising water risks

Investors managing more than $2.6trn in assets have sent joint letters to 15 international food and drink companies amid growing concerns over water security and pollution.

The letters, which were sent out to the likes of Kraft Heinz Co., Monster Beverage and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, were coordinated by sustainability organisation Ceres, which identified the 15 recipient companies as “poor performers” on water management issues.

“Many food sector executives are holding onto a mistaken view that water will forever be cheap and limitless,” said Ceres senior water programme director Brooke Barton. “But the era of cheap, plentiful water is coming to an end, and, more than ever, food companies need to address it.”

Oversight
In a recent Ceres report which evaluated 31 publicly traded US companies, 90% cited water scarcity and treatment as a risk, yet only 30% mentioned that water risks were part of major business investment and incentives.

A sample letter sent out by Ceres states: “We…believe that global water risk management is a critical aspect of financial risk oversight in the food and beverage sector…these threats can, and already are having profound near-term business impacts on food and beverage companies that are disrupting operations and supply chains, increasing capital expenditures and operating costs, and constraining revenue growth.

“As concerned shareholders with long-term investment strategies, we…seek increased transparency and disclosure about your exposure to water risk, as well as the plans, strategies and progress you are making in mitigating the company’s exposure to these issues.”

The food sector, which uses 70% of the world’s freshwater supplies, is especially at risk of water scarcity due to its use of water as both a direct ingredient and as an input to agricultural production. Factors including growing competition for water, weak regulations, aging water infrastructure, water pollution and climate change are having increasingly adverse effects on the food industry creating a need for better water management.

California drought
The letters were sent at a time where areas such as California are experiencing its worst recorded drought in history. In light of this, the World Bank expects water scarcity to affect 2.8 billion people directly by 2025.California Mayor Eric Garcetti last week issued the use of 96 million shade balls to prevent the loss of more than 300 million gallons of water each year and save the area around $250m.

Archer Daniels Midland – headquartered in California – is one of the companies to have received a letter.

2015 Investor Letter

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New Managing Director at Hydrosol

Ahrensburg, August 2015On 1 July Dr. Matthias Moser took up his duties as the new Managing Director of Hydrosol, the international stabiliser and emulsifier system specialist. Dr. Moser, who holds a PhD in natural science, is also Managing Director of sister company OlbrichtArom. Both companies are part of the independent owner-operated Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, which maintains offices and production facilities in the world’s key markets.

“Dr. Matthias Moser has a thorough knowledge of the ingredients industry, and we’re glad to have him on board,” says Torsten Wywiol, CEO of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe. “With his more than 15 years of experience in the international food industry and a passion for food ingredients, he will drive the strategic development of Hydrosol at the international level.” The new Hydrosol Managing Director has already demonstrated his abilities in multiple leadership positions, most recently as CEO of the Beneo Group. “In my career thus far I have gained deep insights into the international food markets and the needs of customers. So I’m delighted to accept the challenge of convincing our worldwide customers of the added value provided by Hydrosol stabilising and texturising systems, and at the same time presenting new product and marketing ideas to manufacturers,” says Dr. Matthias Moser.
About Hydrosol:

Hydrosol GmbH & Co. KG headquartered in Ahrensburg near Hamburg, Germany, is a fast-growing supplier of food stabilising systems, with subsidiaries around the world. Its specialists develop and produce tailor-made stabilising systems for dairy products, ice cream and desserts, delicatessen and ready meals, as well as meat, sausage and fish products. With its international network of 16 subsidiaries and numerous qualified foreign representatives, the company is represented in the world’s key markets. As a member of the independent, owner-operated Stern-Wywiol Gruppe with a total of eleven sister companies, Hydrosol can make use of many synergies. The company has access to the knowledge of some 70 R&D specialists and to the extensive applications technology of the Group’s large Technology Centre in Ahrensburg, Germany. It also benefits from shared production facilities and the Group’s own logistics resources, so it can offer customers a high degree of flexibility and innovation capabilities. The Stern-Wywiol Gruppe is one of the world’s most successful international suppliers of food & feed ingredients.

For more information:
Anne Bünting
Marketing Hydrosol
Tel.: +49 (0)40 / 284 039-190
E-mail: abuenting@hydrosol.de

Press contacts:
teamhansen / Manfred Hansen
Bismarckstr. 54 / D-20259 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 (0)40 / 23 51 77-51
E-mail: manfred.hansen@teamhansen.de

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Packaging automation demonstrates truly revolutionary high speed tray sealer at fruit focus

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A major technology breakthrough at Packaging Automation Ltd has culminated in the design of the fastest most energy efficient single lane tray sealing machine in the world which will be demonstrated at Fruit Focus.

The Revolution machine has been specifically designed for the soft fruit market following extensive market research with a large number of packers. This research identified the three driving factors behind the machine’s design – the requirement for a high output sealer within a small footprint and absolute minimal downtime on tool changes and maintenance.

The machine incorporates truly novel technology enabling it to surpass all previous tray sealing products with speeds of 150 punnets per minute which is at least 20% faster than the closest competing product.  Interpolated multi axis robotic motion ensures a continuous flow of punnets through the machine from infeed to outfeed eliminating any need for pauses or buffering.

Featuring PA’s PowerdriveTM technology, the Revolution is a fully electric machine and operates without using any compressed air, therefore offering savings of up to 98% of the running costs of conventional pneumatically operated tray sealers. This enables soft fruit producers to demonstrate a real commitment to environmental issues, while delivering tangible improvements to the bottom line.

The seal force has been increased by 300% compared to pneumatic systems however PA’s novel technology allows the tool lift mechanism to be deactivated during the seal process therefore significantly reducing the energy usage.

The Revolution incorporates the Eco-CutTM film trimming option and is also capable of running sealing film as thin as 17 microns. Eco-CutTM enables 20 percent less film to be used per pack sealed, which gives longer running time between film reel changes and impressive cost savings. To save further on critical downtime, tool changeovers on the Revolution can be done manually in two minutes as a result of an inbuilt tool loading system. The ingenious top tool comprises single impression removable cartridges to enable continued operation during repairs and routine maintenance. Quick release cutting blades on these allow for replacement in seconds and spare cartridges are supplied to enable full capacity operation at all times.

Because the infeed conveyor of the Revolution is intuitive and intrinsically linked to the transfer arms, the machine can verify that each pack is orientated and positioned correctly before the arms attempt to collect it, triggering an alarm that alerts the operator preventing smash ups inside the machine. Downtime is further reduced because the infeed guard can be opened, the offending pack removed and the cycle restarted without the need to clear all packs from the transfer area.

Many other new user benefits have been added during the development process including a smoother profile of the punnet transfer into the machine. This allows lighter or more easily displaced products such as small berries to be transferred without spilling at high speed. The manual set up of printed film after product changes can be time consuming and problematic for users of tray sealers, however by incorporating these settings into individual recipes in the screen, the Revolution automatically adjusts the reel position when the recipe is selected. For factories where security of machine settings and parameters can be an issue, the Revolution can be equipped with RFID fobs that prevent operators from accessing certain permission levels within the machine’s screen.

Finally, hygiene was addressed during the design process with a high IP rating and the open construction of the machine allowing it to be stripped down to a bare skeleton for cleaning.

Commenting on these new developments, Sam Ashton PA’s Commercial Director says “Yet again, Fruit Focus is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate PA’s pedigree in innovation. We are extremely proud of our British engineering heritage having celebrated 50 years in business just last year. This latest development is the culmination of a massive team effort from a truly talented, passionate workforce that is committed to developing customer focused solutions.”

ENDS


Background

Packaging Automation Ltd was established in 1963 and is a leading UK manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling and sealing machinery.
PA can offer customers a tray sealer or pot filler for a wide range of applications in the food industry including fresh produce packing such as salad, tomato, strawberry and soft fruit packing, fish, seafood, meat and chicken packing (including vacuum packing and skin packing), ready meal sealing and packing, and pot or tub denesting, filling and sealing for puddings and sauces.
Full packing lines can be specified and installed to include tray denesting, conveyoring, tray filling, film sealing including modified atmosphere packing (MAP) facilities. Foil tray sealing as well as plastic tray sealing can be accommodated on all machines as standard.

For further information please contact:
Packaging Automation Ltd
Claire Carless
Marketing Assistant
claire.c@pal.co.uk

or

Samantha Ashton
Commercial Director
sam.a@pal.co.uk
Packaging Automation Ltd
Parkgate Industrial Park
Knutsford
Cheshire
WA16 8XW
01565 755000

www.pal.co.uk

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KNOWLEDGESHARE LIVE IN DUBAI PROVIDES INSIGHTS INTO BEVERAGE INDUSTRY CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

The latest KNOWLEDGEshare Live event in Dubai provided stimulating and insightful debate on the major issues affecting the beverage industry.  KNOWLEDGEshare is a beverage industry forum comprising a digital community (blog.knowledgeshare.com) of senior industry players and thought leaders, with the Live events providing the opportunity to engage in the discussions face-to-face.

The event – the third in the KNOWLEDGEshare Live series – saw almost 150 participants from across the beverage supply chain gather in Dubai on 10-11 February 2015. Each was eager to identify how the industry can add value at every stage through a collaborative approach.  Against the backdrop of various global challenges, the focus was on the many demands faced by the beverage industry and how the supply chain can work much more effectively by utilising the collective knowledge and experience that is available through such a forum.

KNOWLEDGEshare Live in Dubai 2015, presented in association with Sidel, the global provider of PET liquid packaging solutions, followed successful events staged in Germany and China in 2013 and 2014, respectively.  The KNOWLEDGEshare community is growing year on year, bringing together decision-makers and influencers, to provide all those involved in the beverage supply chain with a forum for debating issues related to critical areas, from raw materials through to package design, production, transportation, point-of-sale, the consumer and beyond, including recyclability and sustainable methods of production.

Sidel President and CEO Mart Tiismann welcomed delegates to the event and commented – “A clear message raised at all three KNOWLEDGEshare Live events is the need to take a holistic view to industry issues and adopt a collective approach to addressing them. Operating in isolation, without appreciating the challenges that others within the beverage supply chain are facing, is a rather restrictive view.  Of course, individual businesses must make their own decisions but there are degrees of similarity and commonality to many challenges across businesses and across sectors.  There is a demand to discuss these matters in a forum where we bring together people with common interests.  We have seen this in the increasing level of participation, which is helping us to gain a much clearer picture of what we face as an industry and, importantly, how we can work together to ensure a sustainable future.”

Subjects covered during KNOWLEDGEshare Live 2015 in Dubai were varied to reflect the fact that KNOWLEDGEshare is representative of the whole beverage industry.  The discussion sessions were structured under three main topic streams: how PET can deliver value across the entire beverage supply chain; what the industry needs to do to respond to consumer tastes that are increasingly exotic and varied, while maintaining beverage safety and brand differentiation; and what the beverage production line of tomorrow will look like to meet the changing demands of the future.

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During the three sessions, panellists from various sectors debated these issues, with many discussions arising from questions posed live by the delegates.  This ensured real engagement, with the content driven directly from the floor, demonstrating the objective of KNOWLEDGEshare Live to be a neutral event that generates open-minded discussion around the issues affecting the beverage industry as a whole.

The discussions were specific to the industry and also in the context of the wider megatrends that are affecting us all.  This was highlighted by one of the three keynote speakers, Rob Cameron, Executive Director of SustainAbility, an international think tank and advisory firm working to drive business and market transformation in the pursuit of sustainable development. He spoke of some of the global issues, recognising that the increasing global population is not really the main challenge – rather that while there is enough food on the planet to feed the projected nine billion people by 2050, the issue lies more in the fact that our resources are not in the right places.

Other topics discussed were wide ranging and varied: from the upsurge in demand for ‘mix your own’ drinks as consumers look for increasing choice, to the use of smart data in improving line performance and how the industry is addressing the health issues associated  with sugar content in beverages.

The networking opportunities were also significant, with delegates able to discuss the challenges faced at different points in the beverage supply chain, bringing their own personal perspectives into the debate to provide a collective approach to those challenges.  Concluding the opening day was a gala dinner that provided further opportunities for networking.

 

Sharing knowledge

KNOWLEDGEshare Live 2015 in Dubai provided a forum for the beverage industry to come together and for the delegates to benefit from the collective knowledge of the high-level speakers, industry experts and fellow invitees.  Among the comments from those who attended were:

“For me KNOWLEDGEshare is about innovations in PET, what can be done with PET, the bottle and how it’s going to be adapted to future consumer demand. I really enjoyed the panel discussion today on the supply chain.  I am from a supply chain background.  I worked for Coca-Cola for 34 years so I really enjoyed the back and forth – the interesting differences from a marketing perspective to a technical perspective.”

Charles Mason, FABS, South Africa

“The Iraq market for PET is growing very fast.  It is very useful to have these networking meetings to share experiences.  Every market is a little bit different but there are many common points, especially regarding sustainability, cutting costs and having an optimum supply chain.”

Waseem Gorgees, Al Hayat Company for Soft Drinks & Mineral Water, North Iraq

“We are looking to share what’s on the market, to make it more profitable for our company. We have seen many interesting things – how to reduce our raw materials and our costs that can help our company in the future.”

Karez Junaid, UB Group, Turkey

“I think it’s outstanding.  I’m really impressed by the content and the depth of the discussions. I think it’s been fascinating.  I’ve personally learnt quite a lot from just listening.  You’ve got the whole supply chain here and that makes such a difference.”

Chris Dow, Closed Loop Recycling, UK

This KNOWLEDGEshare event has been an eye opener for me.  I was really impressed and riveted by some of the talks about the future of our communities, how we engage with each other, how we do business together, what we contribute to society now and what we leave behind for future generations.  I will be working on many of the concepts that I’ve learnt about today.”

Hussain Jamil, Ecopack, Pakistan

 

Ongoing discussions

The beverage industry debate now continues online, with many of the questions raised during KNOWLEDGEshare Live 2015 being answered through the ongoing discussions at blog.knowledgeshare.com. Many of the panellists who spoke at the event will continue to contribute as guest bloggers, ensuring continuity from those at the heart of the debate.

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Valefresh

packaging automation ltdA recent installation of PA’s Revolution tray sealer at Evesham based Valefresh has dramatically improved the efficiencies and reduced costs of their grape tray sealing line.

Valefresh are a packing site based in Evesham and part of the Fresca Group. They handle storage, ripening, packing and distribution of fruit and vegetables to the major supermarkets.

The Revolution is the fastest most energy efficient single lane tray sealing machine on the market and features PA’s PowerdriveTM fully electric technology.  Interpolated multi axis robotic motion ensures a continuous flow of trays through the machine from infeed to outfeed eliminating any need for pauses or buffering allowing the throughput of up to 150 packs per minute.  The seal force has been increased by 300% compared to pneumatic systems however PA’s novel technology allows the tool lift mechanism to be deactivated during the seal process therefore significantly reducing the energy usage.

Paul Gardner production manager at Valefresh said “PA has really thought outside the box with this system, the Revolution ticks all the boxes, it’s flexible with a small footprint and we’ve had no downtime to date. The continuous flow of product allows us to run more effectively, the simple loading and unloading of tooling and films is very quick, reducing further downtime. The hygienic nature and access design of the machine helps us with the clean downs and simple operator maintenance.

The Revolution was chosen to increase productivity, and reduce costs, it has achieved all the objectives set out at the beginning of the project, the machine produces the lowest cost per pack and we’re already making significant cost savings.

Our overall experience of PA has been first class; from the first initial contact to the installation and commissioning of the line, I have been very impressed.

I would recommend PA to anyone looking for a high speed, high quality top seal machine with an excellent after sales service”. 

Background

Packaging Automation Ltd was established in 1963 and is a leading UK manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling and sealing machinery.

PA can offer customers a tray sealer or pot filler for a wide range of applications in the food industry including fresh produce packing such as salad, tomato, strawberry and soft fruit packing, fish, seafood, meat and chicken packing (including vacuum packing and skin packing), ready meal sealing and packing, and pot or tub denesting, filling and sealing for puddings and sauces.

Full packing lines can be specified and installed to include tray denesting, conveyoring, tray filling, film sealing including modified atmosphere packing (MAP) facilities. Foil tray sealing as well as plastic tray sealing can be accommodated on all machines as standard.

 

 

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SIX MAJOR GLOBAL CHALLENGES TO IMPROVE FOOD PACKAGING will be addressed in VALENCIA

meetingpack

 

MeetingPack 2015, from the 25th to the 26th of February, organized by AINIA and AIMPLAS, will bring together more than 300 international experts from the container industry from Europe, Latin America, Asia and USA.

– How to obtain plastic packaging that enhance food product safety, extend their expiry dates, reduce losses and packaging defect withdrawals or improve their eco-efficiency and sustainability, the major challenges for the food industry.

– For it, innovations in packaging technologies such as barrier materials, incorporation of latest generation additives that increase functionality or improvements in processes and packaging systems are the key and the differential advantage for both manufacturers and users of packaging.

– Large firms will bring their innovations forward and will share the problems and challenges of the packaging value chain: Nespresso-Nestlé, Nutreco, Unilever, BASF, Mitsubishi, Sun Chemical, Nippon Gohsei, Kortec, Mocon, Sealpac-Emosa, Multivac, Hiperbaric, Macro Engineering, Milliken, KHS, Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE), EDV Packaging, Toray Films, EVAL or UBE.

Valencia, November 27, 2014. The major challenges to improve plastic food packaging will be the main focus of MeetingPack 2015, which will bring together over 300 international experts from Europe and Latin America but also of large multinationals in Asia and United States.

The congress, divided into eight thematic sessions, will address the six great challenges of the food plastic packaging sector worldwide: opportunities for improving the shelf-life of the food; developments in packaging systems; new manufacturing processes; latest applications for active and intelligent packaging; packaging technology in the reduction of food waste and the latest advances in barrier materials.

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“Components for processing and packaging” to introduce revamped concept at interpack 2017

Event for packaging industry suppliers to take place at new location, concurrently with world’s leading trade fair

 

interFollowing its debut at interpack 2014, “components for processing and packaging” will return to the next leading trade fair for the packaging industry and related process industries from 4 to 10 May 2017 with a revised concept. Visitors will find the event at a new site within the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, in the temporary Hall 18. Covering about 5,000 square metres, the hall will be situated at the heart of interpack, between exhibition halls 10 and 16, whose exhibition areas it supplements.

 
“The idea of a complementary trade fair for the suppliers of interpack exhibitors from the packaging technology segment was well received in 2014. But the old location at the periphery of the Exhibition Centre wasn’t optimal as far as visitor traffic is concerned. At the new site, components will be right where the action is”, says interpack Director Bernd Jablonowski.

 
What’s more, components will now be accessible to all visitors for the full duration of the interpack trade fair. Again in 2017, companies targeted on the exhibitor side will include suppliers of drive, control and sensor technology; industrial image processing products; handling technology; industrial software and communication; and end-to-end automation systems for packing machinery.

 

In addition, manufacturers of machine parts, components, accessories and peripherals as well as producers of packaging components and auxiliaries will also be addressed. Moreover, plans call for the inclusion of additional, complementary target groups.

 

In addition, exhibitors at the upcoming components will have the option of building a customised stand. At the previous event, only turnkey packages in fixed sizes including stand construction, furnishings and power were offered. Exhibitors and visitors alike will be able to transition freely in both directions between interpack and components for processing and packaging without a separate ticket. Interested companies can apply for an exhibitor spot starting in autumn 2015 by visiting www.packaging-components.com. The components web presence there will relaunch shortly with a new design.
26 November 2014

 

Press Department interpack 2017

Sebastian Pflügge Cathrin Imkampe (Assistant)
Tel.: +49 (0) 211/4560-464/-589
Fax: +49 (0) 211/4560-8548
Email: PflueggeS@messe-duesseldorf.de, ImkampeC@messe-duesseldorf.de

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PR340 Central Food Services – PA supply high speed tray sealing for well known meat supplier

Date: November 2014

Issued by: Packaging Automation Ltd

A recent installation of PA’s Revolution tray sealer at West Midlands based meat supplier Central Food Services has dramatically improved the efficiencies of their foil tray sealing line. Central Food Services is a privately owned business based in the West Midlands producing a wide range of value added meat products, processing beef, lamb, pork and poultry supplying the leading names in retail, food service and manufacturing sectors.

The Revolution is the fastest most energy efficient single lane tray sealing machine on the market and features PA’s PowerdriveTM fully electric technology.  Interpolated multi axis robotic motion ensures a continuous flow of trays through the machine from infeed to outfeed eliminating any need for pauses or buffering allowing the throughput of 150 packs per minute.  The seal force has been increased by 300% compared to pneumatic systems however PA’s novel technology allows the tool lift mechanism to be deactivated during the seal process therefore significantly reducing the energy usage.  This additional seal force has allowed Central Food Services to seal through product contamination on their foil lines and allowed them to improve the overall efficiencies of the line.

Steven Davies Operations Manager of Central Food Services says “I am delighted with the performance of the Revolution tray sealer and with the service provided by PA. The entire process from the pre-sales stage through the installation in our factory and follow up service team support has far exceeded our expectations. PA stands out as a fantastic supplier and one we can really rely upon.

An added bonus of the Revolution machine is its ability to seal consistently through grease and other contamination even on our foil trays. This combined with an increase in speeds has made a dramatic difference to our line efficiencies. “

 

Backgroundpa

Packaging Automation Ltd was established in 1963 and is a leading UK manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling and sealing machinery.

PA can offer customers a tray sealer or pot filler for a wide range of applications in the food industry including fresh produce packing such as salad, tomato, strawberry and soft fruit packing, fish, seafood, meat and chicken packing (including vacuum packing and skin packing), ready meal sealing and packing, and pot or tub denesting, filling and sealing for puddings and sauces.

Full packing lines can be specified and installed to include tray denesting, conveyoring, tray filling, film sealing including modified atmosphere packing (MAP) facilities. Foil tray sealing as well as plastic tray sealing can be accommodated on all machines as standard.

 

For further information please contact:

Packaging Automation Ltd

Claire Carless

Marketing Assistant

claire.c@pal.co.uk

or

Samantha Ashton

Commercial Director

sam.a@pal.co.uk

Packaging Automation Ltd

Parkgate Industrial Park

Knutsford

Cheshire

WA16 8XW

01565 755000

www.pal.co.uk

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New bioplastics more flexible and with low migration suitable for food and textile sector

bandejas plapackPLAPACK project has finished successfully after three years of development. AIMPLAS collaborated in this project, funded by Direct Innovation Line CDTI, along with two research centres and six companies.

The result is a new generation of biodegradable plastics of natural sources used for the manufacturing of clothes hangers, disposable household  and food packages. 

 

AIMPLAS (Plastics Technology Centre) has successfully completed its participation in the PLAPACK project, funded by Direct Innovation Line CDTI. The result of this 3 years long research is a new generation of biodegradable, compostable, low migration and high flexibility plastics of natural origin suitable for food contact.

This new generation of bioplastics is a modification of polylactic acid (PLA), so it has a lower environmental impact than current used materials. High compatibility with polymer additives has been employed in its formulation. Processing in extrusion and injection moulding with conventional equipments has been improved in order to achieve properties and characteristics required for every product.

Different plastic products have been developed from this new material: from UV-resistant clothes hangers with low migration so that they will not stain clothes, to packages for the food industry resistant to impacts, low temperatures and oils and with barrier properties to oxygen and water vapour. Equally, the project has accomplished to manufacture glasses resistant to low temperatures and alcohol beverages.

In addition to all these products produced through extrusion and injection moulding processes, it is also possible to obtain multilayer structures made with this new bioplastics. This would adjust not only functional properties but also aesthetic factors at competitive cost.

The consortium was formed by the following companies: Plásticos Erum, Condensia Química, Nanobiomatters, Envaplaster, Papel Plast y Criimpla. AIMPLAS and other research centres such as the Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Bromatology Department at the University of Alicante and the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology of the Spanish National Research Council (ICTP-CSIC), have contributed to this project.

 

About AIMPLASaimplas

AIMPLAS is the Plastics Technology Centre located in Valencia, Spain, and appears on the Register of the Technological Centres of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. It is member of FEDIT, Spanish Federation of Technological Institutes, and REDIT, Network of Technological Institutes of the Valencia Region in Spain.

This non-profit entity aims to be a technological partner to companies of the plastics industry and offers them integral and customized solutions by coordinating and developing R&D projects and technological services (technical assistance, analysis and testing, competitive intelligence and training).

AIMPLAS is also member of networks and platforms such as IMAUT (Innovation in Mobility, Automotive and Transport), AESICOM (Cluster of the Spanish Composites Industry), ASOBIOCOM (Spanish Association of Biodegradable plastics and Compostables) and ECP4 (European Composites, Plastics & Polymer Processing Platform).

 

 

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SIDEL MODULOMOULD AND PACKAGING DESIGN EXPERTISE HELPS AWARD WINNING AFRICAN BEVERAGE PRODUCER

Sidel_Modulomould_AfriStar_Award_Modulomould_inserts_removedThe benefits of Sidel’s Modulomould™ swappable mould insert system, along with the company’s packaging design expertise, have both been demonstrated in award winning bottles from Hariss International, one of Africa’s leading producers of water and soft drinks. At an awards ceremony on 10 September at the 2014 East AfriPack Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya, Hariss International received the AfriStar Award and medal in recognition of the unique designs of its Riham-branded bottles.  The awards, organised by the Africa Packaging Organisation (APO), are the first to cover all African regions, recognising the best in creative design, technology and marketing.

 

Modulomould – a winning concept

The winning bottles were blown on Hariss International’s Sidel PET bottling lines using Modulomould, a patented technology which allows the production of several bottle shapes from a single mould.  Based on removable mould inserts that can be changed in less than 30 seconds with no tools required, Modulomould offers the flexibility to easily adapt bottle designs to meet the needs of different markets.  Retaining a constant design for the labelling area and base of the bottles, the inserts allow customisation of the bottle shoulder, body or both.

Also crucial in the design process of the winning bottles was the support given to Hariss International by Sidel’s dedicated packaging design team, part of the company’s Sidel Services business unit.  The innovative and engaging bottle designs were tested and validated by Sidel’s packaging experts who have decades of experience in optimising and qualifying PET packaging for a range of supply chains globally. The final moulds were then produced by the Sidel Services™ line conversions & moulds team, precisely engineered for the most demanding production conditions to protect Hariss International’s innovative designs.

Andrews Ruben, Managing Director of Hariss International, comments – “We decided to work with Sidel on this project because of their open, transparent and regular communications regarding the project. They passed on their technical knowledge to the Hariss team, so they could understand the solution in-depth.”

 

Investment to meet demands of a growing market

Sidel_Modulomould_AfriStar_Award_BottlesHariss International is based in Uganda and produces a range of beverages under the Riham brand on two existing lines supplied by global provider of liquid packaging solutions Sidel.  These lines, including the first ever Sidel Combi line in East Africa and another for bottling still water, are soon to be joined by a further two PET bottling lines from Sidel.  These will become operational in November 2014 and January 2015, further increasing capacity and brand support for the popular Riham drinks.  Winning the award is the latest demonstration of the close working relationship established between Sidel and Hariss International.  In addition to the supply of the original still water line followed by the aseptic PET bottling line in 2013, Sidel has supported Hariss with a range of services. That includes packaging and preform design to help in the creation of unique bottle designs for the company’s brands, and high-quality mould production to efficiently turn the designs into an industrial reality.

Speaking about the award recognition, Georgios Diakakis, Regional Commercial Manager at Sidel, said – “Sidel has had a long relationship with Hariss International, and we’re delighted to hear that Riham has been awarded an AfriStar.  The award reflects our continuous efforts to provide our partners with quality services and innovative solutions.  Sidel’s vision has always been to adapt packaging to the goals of the end product and consumer, and the Modulomould method is a perfect example of this. We look forward to continuing our work with Hariss and help them reach new levels of achievement.”

Now, with the installation of the further two PET bottling lines dedicated to producing carbonated soft drinks and juices,  Sidel will further help Harris International to remain competitive in what is a growing market.  Uganda has recorded an impressive 31% increase in the consumption of soft drinks since 2008, with 2013 seeing 199.6 million litres consumed – a growth of 6.6% on the previous year.

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Videojet Prepares Manufacturers for EU Food Labeling Directive Compliance

Videojet’s Thermal Transfer Overprinter Solutions ensure smooth transition to comply with European Union’s 1169/2011 directive

Huntingdon – 1st August 2014 – In light of European Union’s 1169/2011 directive, manufacturers producing food items for sale in the European Union (EU) will be required to clearly indicate and highlight certain information within ingredients lists from December 13th, 2014.  This includes manufacturers located within and outside of the EU.  In order to improve transparency on the origin of unprocessed meat and provide greater clarity on nutritional value and allergens to consumers, the mandatory food information must be clearly highlighted on the package or label, attached thereto. To enable manufacturers to comply with the legislation, Videojet Technologies, a global leader in coding, marking and printing solutions, has prepared its DataFlex® suite of Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO) solutions for inline printing to allow manufacturers to easily modify the printing of nutritional information, with zero production downtime.

Andrew Robinson, EMEA Product Specialist, Videojet Technologies commented, “In today’s information-rich environment, consumers need, and expect, more visibility about the origin and content of their food, especially when you consider that food allergies are on the rise. According to the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), more than 17 million Europeans have a food allergy and hospital admissions for severe reactions in children have risen seven-fold over the past decade. As such, the European Directive will provide greater clarity to customers with regard to ingredients, nutritional value and allergens, by mandating changes to the information that must appear on labels.”

The changes required as part of the new legislation include highlighting ingredients by quantity, energy content, high caffeine content and allergens. The directive doesn’t stipulate any specific method of emphasizing this information however the preferred options include bold, underline or italic print. TTO technology is the only in-line print solution, sophisticated enough, to apply high resolution, variable information to flexible packaging types. It can automatically print multiple font sizes and styles, quickly and simply highlight specific allergen information and select colored ribbons to compliment brand design, reducing the need for pre-printed stock.

Andrew Robinson continued, “Manufacturers across the food supply chain need to get ready now for this change in regulations without adding unnecessary stress to their production lines. The Videojet DataFlex® TTO printers will enable manufacturers to comply with the directive while minimizing downtime associated with changeovers and costs associated with production teams, such as the need to create new information.”

Videojet’s Dataflex® TTO printers have the ability to print variable information including dates, lot codes, time and even graphics. With digital capabilities, printers can execute subtle changes to existing print and allow for information to be updated automatically, removing the need to stop production lines when new codes are, inevitably, required.  For manufacturers currently utilizing Videojet’s variable printing technology, no retooling or recording of pre-printed packaging is required, eradicating the need for arduous and time-consuming recreation of labels, thus saving operational time and money.

Essential for complete compliance, new ingredients list can be easily created, modified and downloaded to the Videojet TTO using CLARISOFT™ message generation software, part of Videojet CLARISUITE™ range of software, and printed onto the product at high resolution and adhesion. This improves the manufacturers’ ability to control the marking of their products, allowing them more flexibility, while preventing coding errors and helping to ensure print job consistency and security.

Andrew Robinson concluded: “This is just one of the ways we are making ourselves available to help our customers make the right choices for their business needs. We are confident that the Videojet range of TTO solutions – with their host of benefits such as long ribbon lengths, fast print speeds, error prevention features and simple operator interface – is ideal to help customers prepare for the new EU legislation on food labeling.”

For more information about the exact print changes:

http://www.videojet.co.uk/content/dam/pdf/UK%20-%20English/Application-Notes/an-complying-with-new-eu-food-labeling-en.pdf

About Videojet Technologies (www.videojet.com)

Videojet Technologies is a world-leader in the product identification market, providing in-line printing, coding, and marking products, application specific fluids, and product life cycle services. Our goal is to partner with our customers in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, and industrial goods industries to improve their productivity, to protect and grow their brands, and to stay ahead of industry trends and regulations.  With our customer application experts and technology leadership in continuous ink jet (CIJ), thermal ink jet (TIJ), laser marking, thermal transfer overprinting (TTO), case coding and labeling, and wide array printing, Videojet has more than 325,000 printers installed worldwide.  Our customers rely on Videojet products to print on over ten billion products daily. Customer sales, application, service, and training support is provided by direct operations with over 3,000 team member in 26 countries worldwide. In addition, Videojet’s distribution network includes more than 400 distributors and OEMs, serving 135 countries.

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French Fry Revolution: TOMRA Sorting introduces Sort-to-Spec

TOMRA Sorting announces the development of a new revolutionary feature specifically for french fry manufacturers: Sort-to-Spec.

Sort-to-Spec is an intelligence system that continuously and in real-time adapts the sort settings of its sorting machines in order to obtain maximum product quality and customer satisfaction at all times. Sort-to-Spec detects and removes unwanted discolorations and misshapen produce from the entire product stream, to a defined sort.

In the past, sorters and their predefined sort settings were set with a large dose of gut feeling, experience and a lot of patience. And the result, simply put, was either good or bad. Additionally, the sorting machine had to be continuously adjusted on the basis of the fluctuations in the product flow. It goes without saying that this traditional way of sorting brings with it many challenges to preserve the consistent end product quality without making concessions to process improvement.

Sort-to-Spec

To face these challenges, TOMRA has developed its new Sort-to-Spec feature. This feature, which can be easily integrated into any existing TOMRA optical sorter, generates a continuous data stream. This flood of information, from the full production flow, is constantly evaluated in real time by the Sort-to-Spec intelligence system and necessary adjustments, in response to the inconsistent product flow, is for warded immediately.

Sort-to-Spec allows the sorter to auto-sort for color defects and size. The intelligence system analyzes the incoming product stream in real time by using specified algorithms and the measurement results provide the optimal sorting specifications. Sort-to-Spec proactively monitors the product flow and makes logical piece-by-piece decisions and determines what is accepted and what is rejected.

The accept and reject decisions are based on the calculated output of the sorting and Sort-to-Spec assures optimal sorting results with the highest possible product quality output.

Additionally, the Sort-to-Spec feature makes it possible for large volumes to be analyzed in an objective manner, with 100 percent inspection. This results in highly accurate information about each object passing through the processing line.

According to Roel Molenaers, Product Manager Food at TOMRA Sorting, this proactive feature is a huge asset for the customer. It increases profit margin for the customer by minimizing waste and improving the consistency of the final product.

The Sort-to-Spec feature can be installed on any new or currently owned in-the-field optical TOMRA sorter.

Since 2013 TOMRA looks back on successful implementations of the Sort-to-Spec feature in different potato processing plants.

If you are interested in a free demonstration with your own product or if you need more information, please contact TOMRA sorting directly at food-sorting@tomra.com.

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An environmentally-friendly production process

An important project will be completed in 2014: a new combined heat, power and cooling plant in partnership with E.On

Awareness towards environment is one of Goglio characteristics, testified by the criteria with which the Group’s production sites have been planned and built. In particular Daverio Packaging Division (Varese), situated in a particularly prized setting, has extended its surface in the last decades both with new buildings and with integrally preserved green areas.

Furthermore a new important chapter is being added and a new combined heat, power and cooling plant (CHCP) will be fulfilled during 2014 in partnership with E.On, a Company specialized in integrated energy management solutions for commercial and industrial customers.
The new plant will annually supply the Daverio plant with approximatively 30 GWh of electricity and around 53 tons of steam, with the added benefit of both chilled and hot water supply for production processes. Goglio will therefore obtain a 30% saving on plant energy costs; at the same time, carbon emissions will be reduced by 6,300 tons per annum.
It is in this perspective that the energy agreement with E.ON has been further extended, to include the development of an innovative pilot project for the pyrolysis of production waste.

This is just one of the examples of the long-term enterprise vision leading the company to the “Best Available Technologies”: in the Seventies Daverio plant introduced a solvent recovery equipment, far anticipating up-to-date themes like “sustainability”, “biodegradability and “compostability”. Thanks to the recovery activity CO2 emissions have been drastically reduced (6.000 tons per year) with a saving of 2400 tons of solvent per year, corresponding to 80-90 tanker lorries.

 

FRES-CO GREEN®

OK COMPOST certification: goal achieved!

Goglio is proud to announce that Fres-co Green® has eventually obtained the OK COMPOST certification, completely meeting the project compostability requirements. Result of years of research of a cohesive team, the new packaging system has collected prestigious acknowledgments in 2013 as the Oscar dell’Imballaggio, the Packology Award and HOST Smart Label.

Fres-co Green® is the ideal 100% eco-friendly pack, an exceptional solution standing out for its sustainable components: both laminate and valve can be thrown in the wet waste collection and they will biodegrade within 180 days.
Perfectly compliant with EN 13432 regulations, the Vinçotte certified Fres-co Green® has been produced in partnership with Innovia Films, exclusive supplier for raw materials.
The biolaminate is composed of NATUREFLEX regenerated cellulose by Innovia, internally extruded biopolymer, bio-adhesive and certified inks, on which we apply the bio-valve, designed, manufactured and patented by the Goglio Plastic Division. Suitable for food contact according to European and non-European laws, the selected components are ideal for all dry products as coffee, flour, pasta, muesli, rice, biscuits and pet food. Furthermore the manufactured material harmoniously fits Goglio production process and the Group’s solvent recovery system.

The laminate summarizes all new environmental advantages and the traditional Fres-co System® quality: it is the first completely compostable packaging solution with bio-valve meeting the requests of the consumers. Furthermore Goglio presence with production plants in Europe, America and Asia promises to supply this new packaging solution on global basis.

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Sidel creates new drinks bottling business unit

PET solutions provider Sidel has created a new business unit to serve drinks products producers globally.

Split into six teams including maintenance, line improvement, training, spare parts and logistics, line conversions and moulds and packaging, Sidel Services has been designed to help customers achieve better product quality, efficiency, flexibility, cost optimisation and brand support.

Sidel CEO and president Mart Tiismann said that when customers invest in a Sidel production line, they need and expect high levels of service to support them throughout the entire working life of the equipment.

“That is why, in addition to introducing innovative technologies to our customers such as the Sidel Matrix™ liquid packaging system, we have also been working hard to improve our services offering,” he said.

Companies can use the new service unit to reduce downtime or design new packaging solutions. Sidel is also rolling out new spare parts logistics and technical support initiatives in a bid to help customers have better access to the people and parts that they need.

The improved global logistics network for spare parts includes a new warehouse management system that enables three levels of delivery service, from emergency delivery to planned maintenance deliveries.

According to the company, the technical support system enables faster responses through a new ticketing system that places customers in immediate contact with Sidel experts to address urgent issues.

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EU sets 70% recycling target in new Circular Economy Package

The European Commission has today (2 July) unveiled a revamped package of waste and recycling targets to accelerate Europe’s transition to a circular economy.

The ‘Circular Economy Package’ requires member states to recycle 70% of municipal waste and 80% of packaging waste by 2030. A zero-waste-to-landfill policy for plastics, paper, metals, glass and bio-waste will also be enforced in 2025, so that no more than 25% of waste generated is landfilled.

Specific recycling targets will gradually increase between 2020 and 2030 to reach 60% for plastics, 80% for wood, 90% of ferrous metal, aluminium and glass by the end of 2030; and 90% paper by 2025. The commission believes that these new targets could create more than half a million new jobs in waste management across the EU.

Details of this new circular economy framework were first revealed by edie at European Green Week in Brussels last month. Speaking at that event, the Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik said: “European waste legislation has proven that it’s working very well.

“The situation from year to year in each of the member states is changing for the better, but the difference between each member state is still huge and that’s why it is really important that we work together to have the same vision.”

The revised package of measures has had a mixed reception in the UK so far, with some organisations welcoming this heightened ambition but others claiming the proposals are ‘insufficient’.

Ambitious target

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “I’d like to welcome this heightened ambition to advance a resource efficient economy across Europe. Scotland is already leading the way through its Zero Waste Plan, which in effect offers a ‘blueprint’ for many of these new proposals.

“We’re committed to maximising efficient resource use, and our comprehensive programme aims to help businesses and public sector organisations across Scotland to realise the benefits of this. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government and others to ensure the detail of the Commission’s proposals support the outcomes we’re working to achieve.”

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) waste and resource management expert panel chair, Nigel Mattravers, also welcomes the Commission’s new recycling targets, but believes the 70% target is ‘extremely ambitious for the UK’.

“The targets will encourage EU member states to seek the optimum value from waste,” said Mattravers. “The new 70% target is however extremely ambitious for the UK given the momentum behind the current 2020 goal of 50% recycling has flat lined, and meeting it will require strategic leadership and coordination.

“ICE believes this could be achieved through the creation of an Office for Resource Management sitting within Government– this would ensure the circular economy principle is fully understood and entrenched right across Government. It would also be responsible for liaison with devolved administrations in the pursuit of UK wide targets or EU regulations.”

Insufficient proposals

But Friends of the Earth Europe says the Circular Economy Package lacks concrete measures in many areas and fails to take into account all of the resources that Europe consumes.

Resource use campaigner Ariadna Rodrigo said: “The plans fail to currently address resources, like land and water, contained in the products we consume. If Europe is going to take resource overconsumption seriously then it needs to start measuring all the land, carbon, water and material it’s responsible for consuming – and making plans to reduce these in absolute terms.”

The Circular Economy Package will also encompass plans to combat marine litter, which is a serious hazard to aquatic life including seabirds, whales and dolphins, and food waste, which can be used to create compost and fertiliser or to generate energy from capturing the methane it produces as it rots.

The ‘circular economy’ is an alternative to a traditional ‘linear economy’ with its make/use/dispose model. In the circular model, people keep resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each useful life.

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Corvaglia Mexico: 10-year anniversary

Eschlikon, June 2014

The mexican subsidiary of the swiss Corvaglia Holding AG celebrates its ten years of existence. Back, on July 24 2004 at 14:47 hours the first closure left the conveyer band. Today we are looking at more than ten million closures per day. Corvaglia Closures S.A. de C.V. located in Ixtlahuaca, State of Mexico with over 100 employees has evolved into the third biggest closure producer in Mexico. For the 10-year anniversary event various activities are planned for customers, suppliers and employees.

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RadTech Europe Announces Food Seminar

Covering UV-Printing for Food Packaging

 

The Hague, Netherlands, June 27,  2014 – RadTech Europe (RTE) announces they are hosting an international food seminar on ‘UV-Printing for Food Packaging.’ This seminar will be held on 24 September 2014 at the Wöllhaf Conference and Banquet Centre in Stuttgart Airport. The seminar will be held in English,  and RadTech Europe members and non-members are both welcome to attend.

This seminar will focus on all aspects of UV/EB and UV-LED for food packaging: the technological developments in UV, EB and UV inkjet, the regulatory requirements, the vision of brand-owners and real-life examples of converters applying the technology for their food packaging products.

RadTech Europe has gathered a group of industry experts in materials, inks, printing, equipment and packaging, and regulatory affairs to present on these topics.

Review the agenda below to find out how your company can safely benefit from the fast-curing, high-quality and low-VOC food packaging printing offered by UV/EB and UV-LED:

 

Agenda

09.15 – 09.30    Welcome & short introduction to the program.

by Mr. Jeroen Diepgrond, RadTech Europe / BASF

 

Session A:        Introduction to the technology  

LED light for Energy Curing

 

09.30 – 10.00    Chemistry by Allnex

A comprehensive overview of applied chemistries in printing and packaging materials. Focus will be on state of the art radiation curing systems. Trends for new development will also be highlighted.

10.00 – 10.30    Radiation curing for food packaging market overview

Insights into the market of UV/EB and UV LED products for food packaging

11.00 – 11.30    Brand owner perspective – Dr. Stephen Klump, Nestlé

A view of a major brand owner on the position of Radcure in printing and packaging. Dr. Klump will also cover the future outlook in the packaging industry in respect to safety and sustainability. This will also include an explanation of the legal regulations in relation to the brand owner specifications.

 

Session B:        Legislation & testing: status, opportunities and threats

 

11.30 – 12.00    Developments in European legislation – Peter Kugel – VVGB-Law

This presentation will detail EU food contact legislation relevant to the use of radiation curing technology.

13.30 – 14.00    Migration and testing – Eurofins – Dr. Andreas Grabitz

This presentation will include the latest information on analytical methods and modelling for migration in food packaging.

14.00 – 14.30    German and Swiss Ordinance – Dr. Anna Gergely, Steptoe & Johnson

A short overview of the Swiss and German Ordinance will be given, including the practical data requirements and developments in the legislation.

 

Session C:        Application technology

 

15.00 – 15:30    Safe use of radiation cured inks and varnishes – EuPIA

Viewpoint from the printing ink industry on the usage of radiation cured products in the various applications.

15.30 – 16.00    View from the packaging industry on safe use of radiation curing

16.00 – 16.30    New developments in EB technology for food packaging – RTE EB working group

A review of the technology and its advantages in its use for food packaging applications

16.30 – 17.00    Case study on safe usage of UV cured varnishes on food packaging

A real life example on safe usages of UV cured varnishes in food packaging, including its benefits and limitations. The case study will include the perspective of a leading converter on radcure versus other technologies.

17.00    Conclusion and opening the opportunity for networking and discussion

 

RadTech members are welcome at the RadTech Annual General Assembly that is scheduled on September 23 from 14.00 – 16.00.

 

For more information and subscriptions go to http://www.radtech-europe.com/events/rte-food-packaging-seminar-2014

 

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MWV Transforms the Chilled Ready Meal Experience with SmartFare

MeadWestvaco Corporation, a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, has launched SmartFare™, a new package for chilled ready meals (CRM). SmartFare transforms the flimsy CRM tray into a premium, brandable experience, offering new product development professionals a way to drive trial, brand loyalty and repeat purchase with consumers seeking convenience and variety at mealtime.

Dual-ovenable, hermetically sealable and widely recyclable in the United Kingdom, SmartFare dishes and bowls stay sturdy and cool to the touch from the oven to the table for easier serving and dining. By bringing full-scale graphic design possibilities to CRM packaging, SmartFare empowers brands to bring in visual cues and experiential elements of a cuisine to create a more authentic dining experience.

Third-party researchers asked 1,263 UK shoppers if they were more interested in purchasing their CRM in SmartFare or the current CPET tray. Consumer preference is clear. Converting current CRM packaging to SmartFare can grow category penetration and frequency, increasing meal occasions by 34 percent for category shoppers.

* 79 percent more consumers said that meals are easy to find on the shelf in SmartFare

* 71 percent more consumers said that meals appear new and different in SmartFare

* 44 percent more consumers said that meals look appetizing in SmartFare

* 38 percent more consumers said that meals looked fresh in SmartFare.

“Food manufacturers have invested heavily in the development of improved ingredient transparency and great tasting new recipes over the years, but packaging hasn’t kept pace,” says Diane Teer, chief marketing and innovation officer, Global Food & Beverage, MWV. “With SmartFare, the consumer research clearly suggests we have a shopper and consumer inspired solution that will help our customers unlock the full value of their investment by addressing consumer needs. By delivering differentiation at fixture, an increased freshness perception and an improved in-home experience, SmartFare is a critical new ingredient to commercial success.”

SmartFare is designed to be a drop-in solution for food processors with no tooling investment required.

For more information about SmartFare and MWV’s food packaging solutions, visit mwv.com/smartfare.

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Sidel secures new contracts from Coca-Cola

PET liquid packaging solutions provider Sidel has secured three new contracts from Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling (HBC) in Nigeria, Russia and Belarus.

Coca-Cola HBC is currently operating four Sidel lines at its Moscow facility, and will be supplied with a new line that includes a Sidel Matrix Combi, a Sidel Matrix Labeller, a mixer, two packers, a handle applicator, a conveyor, a linear palletiser and a stretch wrapper. The line will produce 500ml and 1,500ml PET bottles at a rate of 45,000 and 33,500 bottles an hour respectively.

Sidel will also provide training for Coca-Cola’s operators for two weeks, as well as on-site technical support for a period of six months and ongoing spare parts as well as maintenance support.

In February, Coca-Cola HBC also ordered Sidel equipment for its plant in Minsk, Belarus. The line, comprising the mechanical pressure level Sidel Eurostar filler for bottles and its accompanying Sidel rollfed labeller, has completed acceptance tests, and is ready to produce 9,000 2l bottles an hour.

Coca-Cola HBC will also install Sidel’s new bottling line at its facility in Ikeja, Nigeria for the production of carbonated soft drinks. The line will manufacture 500ml PET bottles at a capacity of 42,000 bottles an hour and 1,500ml bottles at 22,000 bottles per hour. The Installation process is expected to start this month, while the first products will be offered in early July.

Coca-Cola HBC engineering director Costin Barbu said that the company works with partners like Sidel to find new ways to improve packaging, creating value for the firm and its customers.

“The quality and safety of our beverages are our highest priority, which is why packaging is so vital. At the same time as protecting the liquid, we want our bottles to stay attractive across the supply chain and on the supermarket shelf, and offer a good consumer experience thereafter,” Barbu added.

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Vacuum packaging for industry and trade

The long-established machine manufacturer, WEBOMATIC, Germany, stands for vacuum packaging machines both for the industry and the trades.

In the thermoforming series, the company offers four models for different production capacities. The economical ML-C 2600 fits into almost any place of use, whereas the modular ML-C 3600 can be built precisely according to the client’s requirements. Its bigger sister, the ML-C 5600, is designed for a high-speed operation and perfectly fitted for a packaging line and sophisticated extra equipment, among them the skin-packaging. This also applies to the APS ML 7100, WEBOMATIC’s heavy-duty, high-performance thermoformer system.

Process stability is not only ensured with WEBOMATIC’s thermoforming, but also with the tray sealing machines. The tray sealer TL 1100 is also an exemplification of energy efficiency. Generously employed servo motors save compressed air and optimize the transport movements. The Single Cavity Control(SCC) controls up to eight independent sealing units and thus ensures an uninterrupted production.

With their semi-automatic and manual vacuum machines WEBOMATIC keeps an eye on the medium and small food trade. Among these, the tray sealer TL 300 with its hygienically shielded film chamber is especially worth mentioning. For this solid machine WEBOMATIC manufactures, as optional equipment, a die set which can produce skin packages as well as MAP packages – an exclusive innovation in the packaging industry.

The latest development among the double-chamber machines is the duoMAT with its brandnew Glass-Touch control, IGT-premium. The machine, which is built in three sizes, features finely tuned vacuum options such as “Best vac”, “Ultimate value” or “Time select”.

All new WEBOMATIC machines are developed according to CleanDesign criteria. A solid stainless steel frame enables a full wash-down. Constructive measures, such as distances between building parts, prevent the gathering of puddles and the build-up of germs.

WEBOMATIC, a family-owned company, has been developing and manufacturing packaging machines and packaging lines for more than 55 years at their plant in Bochum, Germany.

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