FDBusiness.com

Functional Packaging Meets Automation

 Breaking News
  • First Milk Acquires Fonterra’s 51% Stake in Fast Forward Joint Venture First Milk, a wholly British farmer-owned dairy co-operative, has agreed to purchase Fonterra’s 51% share of its Fast Forward joint venture, established in 2011, and has entered a new strategic partnership with Havero Hoogwegt for global WPC80 sales and distribution. From July 2019, First Milk will be the sole owner of the whey protein concentrate [...]...
  • Leaders in Luxury Packaging Join London’s Most Exclusive Packaging Event Luxury Packaging London 2019 will celebrate its 10th anniversary when it returns to Olympia on 11 & 12 September, hosted alongside Packaging Innovations. As the UK’s leading luxury packaging event, it will bring together over 180 exhibitors and a dedicated audience of senior buyers, all looking to source the latest in luxury packaging solutions. With consumer concerns [...]...
  • The Lakes Distillery Announces £3.75 Million Investment The Lakes Distillery, based in Cumbria, England, has secured a £3.75 million investment from a group of investors led by Gresham House Asset Management, a specialist equity investment and asset management company. Joining existing investors and high-net-worth individuals, who recently made an additional £1.6 million investment, this is a milestone for the distillery and Gresham [...]...
  • Kerry Group Inaugurates New Production Facility in India Kerry Group has officially opened its new €20 million production facility in Tumkur, India. The new, state-of-the-art 40,585 square metre facility, located 120 km from Bangalore, will serve Kerry Taste & Nutrition’s global and regional customers in the South West Asia region, with Kerry Taste and Beverage systems for the fast-growing retail and foodservice markets. This is Kerry Group’s [...]...
  • Lamb Weston to Acquire Australian Frozen Potato Processor Lamb Weston has agreed to acquire Ready Meals, a frozen potato processor in Australia. Terms were not disclosed. Ready Meals sells frozen potato products under the Harvest Choice brand and operates frozen potato processing and storage facilities in Hallam, Victoria. Lamb Weston, along with its joint venture partners, is a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet [...]...

Functional Packaging Meets Automation

Functional Packaging Meets Automation
February 05
09:00 2019

Growing demand for functional packaging of fresh produce that is suited for automation has prompted StePac to tailor its branded range of Xtend® Modified Atmosphere/Modified Humidity (MA/MH) packaging solutions to be compatible with both automated bulk and retail packing lines.

This move facilitates the use of substantially leaner packaging films, with multiple benefits of extending fresh produce shelf life, minimizing food waste, and reducing the use of plastics, making for more environmentally responsible “green & lean” packaging. The initiative exemplifies the company’s concerted efforts to manufacture “purposeful” plastic packaging solutions that contribute to reducing food waste while having minimal impact on the environment. StePac products will be showcased at Fruit Logistica 2019 in Berlin, February 6-8, Hall 26, Booth #F-12.

“When analyzing the carbon footprint of produce shipped in StePac’s packaging — especially when shipped by sea versus conventional air freight — we see that the packaging has a ‘climate-positive’ effect; that is, the carbon emission savings resulting from its use exceeds the carbon emissions of the packaging,” says Gary Ward, Ph.D., Technical Development Manager for StePac. “The transition to automated flowpack packaging significantly reduces the amount of plastic consumed, making the product even more ‘climate positive’.”

StePac developed multiple film structures to support the shift to automated MA/MH packaging. For example, the Xflow™ bulk flowpack film reduces the amount of plastic packaging used by up to 40%, while retaining its unique functions for substantially extending the shelf life of fresh produce in comparison to alternative options or if no packaging is used at all.

The unique Xflow films for automated packaging are currently gaining momentum for packing different types of vegetables for food service in the US, where the use of StePac’s innovative functional films has been instrumental in boosting both operational throughput and meeting shelf life requirements.

The move to automated packing systems is good news for growers/packers who will enjoy the added benefits of lowered labor costs. The new Xgo™ line of retail packaging encourages the packaging at source of fresh produce in high clarity MA/MH films ready for the shelves. The packaging of fresh goods such as passion fruit (which is particularly sensitive to excess moisture) in such high-performance packaging eliminates the need to sort, grade, and repack upon arrival and allows for their shipment by sea in retail packaging formats. In this case, the importers also benefit from less handling costs. The Xgo line of products for automated packaging includes lidding films (also available in resealable format) and various types of flowpack films.

Multiple factors are driving the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, including increased awareness of the importance of healthy eating as well as population growth. The demand for functional packaging that keeps produce fresh longer and reduces supply chain waste is high. At the same time, environmental considerations and natural resource constraints are creating the need for leaner recyclable packaging that effectively extends shelf life for long distance land and sea transport.

“StePac is attentive to the dynamics of a market displaying an increased demand for more responsible practices without forfeiting on functionality and convenience,” adds Gary Ward. “We have dedicated much of our R&D efforts toward adapting and improving our products and systems to meet these needs and create more responsible packaging solutions.”

“We’re proud to present all of our new innovations in Berlin,” says Hila Nagel, marketing and communications manager for StePac. “Our team of professionals will be at the show and we invite attendees to stop by and visit us at our booth.”

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • June 25, 2019BevExpo 2019
  • October 17, 2019Future Food-Tech
AEC v1.0.4

Jobs: Food Packaging

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber

Subscribe Here



Advertisements