• GEA introduces new powder packaging system for dairies


    Companies operating in emerging markets, low volume producers and pilot plants need such a system offering a compact and flexible low rate packing process, GEA said. Likewise, with their diverse portfolios, raw material producers need to be able to adapt their packaging solution in a versatile way.

    With more than 100 possible variants, the GEA SmartFil M1 can be configured to suit almost any application from dry, fine powders through to coarse granular products. The new machine offers a nominal filling capacity of 120 bags per hour or three tons per hour at 25 kg product size. Depending on the product being packaged, the system features configurable product metering options, GEA said, including vertical auger and horizontal vibratory feeder. An optional deaeration probe may be added for improved consolidation of the product if required.

    Customers can choose to pack into open-mouth bags, boxes or drums of varying sizes. Closing is configurable dependent on packaging type. Continuous heat sealing with glue reactivation or with sewing is available for open-mouth bags, whilst impulse sealing is offered for hermetic sealing of plastic packaging.

    GEA said the built-in height-adjustable conveyor system makes packaging changes fast and simple, allowing the operator to work at an ergonomic height.

    Small-scale dairy plants requiring a hygienic powder-filling solution in a compact form can select the GEA SmartFil M1 with auger feed, deaeration (option) and continuous heatsealer with integrated fold-over.

    “When integrated with a downline bag handling system, this cost-effective semiautomatic solution provides high quality, accurate filling and closing of open-mouth, multi-wall bags. For aluminum foil bags, the sealing system can be changed to an impulse type sealer as required,”​ GEA said.

    The company said the machine’s low height and accessible components make maintenance and cleaning operations easier, minimizing potential machine downtime and lost production.

  • Les Crudettes salads stay fresh in Mondi’s recyclable functional barrier paper


    Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has introduced its first recyclable functional barrier paper bag for salads in the Group LSDH’s Les Crudettes range. The sustainable packaging is a fully integrated solution – Mondi operates across the value chain from sustainably managed forests, to producing pulp and kraft paper, applying the coating and printing the final material.

    The French salad brand has replaced its transparent glossy polypropylene (PP) packaging with Mondi’s recyclable functional barrier paper for a selection of its pre-washed, ready-to-eat salads. The new packaging is 95% paper with a functional barrier layer, meaning the salad remains fresh for up to 10 days - the same amount of time as with the previous plastic packaging. It is verified as recyclable in the waste paper stream in France by the Recycling Authority (Cerec).

    The bags are flexoprinted, with lifelike depictions of the salad contents on the front, along with a QR Code, which informs consumers about the contents, quality, recycling and even refund policy, if they happen to purchase a bag where the contents are not as fresh as expected. 

    Using its unique EcoSolutions approach, Mondi worked closely with LSDH, and its machine supplier Ilapak, to ensure that the new packaging is fit-for-purpose and can run on existing machines. The new solution is sustainable by design, and will support LSDH Group in meeting its sustainability goal of reducing the amount of plastic in its packaging.

  • Les Crudettes salads stay fresh in Mondi’s recyclable functional barrier paper

    Mondi’s new paper packaging for French Group LSDH’s Les Crudettes salads can be recycled in France
    This is the first commercial food product that uses Mondi’s functional barrier paper 95/5 to replace plastic bags
    The new sustainable packaging saves 137 tonnes of plastic per year, the equivalent weight of one blue whale

  • Family-owned brand, Chiola, launches meat products in packaging with 80% less plastic


    Italian consumers are ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability. Based on an Amcor survey of 2,500 European consumers, 60% of Italians are either motivated to make incremental sustainable changes or are eco-warriors who strongly advocate for sustainability.

    Chiola, a family-owned Italian company who have always focused on sustainability, have launched more sustainable packaging across their new product range.

    Lightweight packaging, with less plastic

    80% Reduction in plastics

    80% Energy savings

    68% Reduction in carbon footprint

    85% Reduced water consumption


    Produced from 100% Italian pork, Chiola’s mission is to provide meat lovers with a simple but excellent flavor experience. Chiola introduced its new fresh meat range on the Italian market which includes burgers, fillet medallions and selected slices of pork loin.

    The brand wanted the new products to not only stand out on shelf, but also reflect their longstanding family values of looking after people, animals and the planet.

    Working with Amcor, Chiola conducted a lifecycle assessment to find the best packaging solution. The results showed that Amcor’s VAC™ and ICE™ custom-engineered forming films, combined with a paperboard exterior wrap, would provide an 80% reduction in plastic and 65% reduction in overall packaging carbon footprint.

    Of course, for meat products, freshness and food safety are top priority. Our specialized meat packaging team developed a solution with Chiola that offers the utmost safety and enhanced freshness for meat products, which ticked all the boxes for Chiola.

    The brand's new, more sustainable packaging continues to offer high standards of food safety and product enhancement, as well as giving the products a contemporary look and feel that appeals to customers shopping for high-quality meat.

    ABOUT AMCOR’S VAC™ AND ICE™ meat packaging

    VAC™ and ICE™ custom-engineered forming films go beyond standard PA-PE offerings to
    deliver excellent performance tailored to specific applications. The solutions’
    high residual shrink & memory retention creates a tight & wrinkle-free package, while ensuring product safety and freshness.


  • Dow commercializes recyclable toothpaste packaging

    Dow (NYSE: DOW) announced today the ground-breaking commercialization of recyclable toothpaste tubes developed and manufactured in Asia Pacific and used by major consumer brands is now available on store shelves around the world. The Company worked closely with leading global toothpaste brands to bring the new sustainable solution into mass production. Coupled with responsible disposal and recycling infrastructure, this solution could help reduce the number of used toothpaste tubes entering landfills.

  • Assessing the risks from 'grease-proofing' chemicals in food packaging requires new methods, studies


    Exposures to some of the 4,000 or so members of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) class of chemicals have been associated with potential adverse health effects such as high cholesterol, low infant birth weight, reduced antibody response to vaccines and high blood pressure. While environmental studies of PFAS have advanced, gaps remain in our understanding of how much humans are exposed to PFAS from food and packaging, and the associated risks, if any.

    This prompted the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences to sponsor a symposium titled "Identifying Science Gaps for Risk Assessment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Food." Given the importance of measurement systems, the symposium first focused on analytical methods and science gaps for detection and quantification of PFAS in food. Additionally, presenters addressed exposure routes and detection in foods—including FDA and USDA work in the area—and touched on potential effects of short-carbon chain replacements for longer-chain biopersistent PFAS.

    The symposium proceedings were recently published in Trends in Food Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed journal. Some of the challenges involve understanding which products have intentionally added PFAS versus incidental environmental contamination from processing waste. Moreover, future method validation is needed to develop standard approaches for extraction, screening and quantification of PFAS compounds. Continuing to develop methods will support FDA's and USDA's ongoing monitoring of PFAS in produce, dairy, meat and bread. But the absence of validated, standardized methods makes it difficult to compare results and poses a challenge to risk managers here and abroad.

    There are still many knowledge gaps on risks associated with PFAS, but risk management efforts need to be supported through analytical testing by the adoption of international performance standards and the development of official compendial methods, according to speakers at the symposium.

  • Kellogg’s expands recycling points for Pringles across UK


    By providing more TerraCycle public drop off locations, and with the continuation of ACE-UK Bring Banks taking containers with metal ends*, the aim is for consumers to be able to recycle in up to 85% of council areas across the UK.

    Kellogg’s said it aims to have 700 TerraCycle recycling points in addition to the existing 330 ACE-UK Bring Bank collection points, by January 2022.

    This is an increase from 57% of UK council areas which currently has easy access to drop off locations for Pringles.

    To help its shoppers recycle their Pringles tubes there will be a new on-pack recycling label that highlights the tube can be recycled at a collection point and the lid in the home recycling bin.

    The empty tubes from both collection schemes will be taken to a specialist recycling facility in West Yorkshire, operated by Sonoco Alcore, where the fibres from the recycled cartons will be turned into industrial tubes and cores, which are used to wrap paper, man-made fibre yarns, and metal and plastic film around for industrial applications.

    Helen Potter, sustainability lead for Pringles, said: “We want to do more to help people recycle their Pringles packaging as we continue to work on the development of a new tube. At Kellogg we are committed to making all our packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of 2025. This is another great step forward.”

    Julien Tremblin, general manager, TerraCycle Europe said: “We are thrilled that Pringles have made the decision to expand the number of drop-off locations available to consumers. This programme has proved very successful and it is great to see a brand taking the issue of waste seriously and offering a viable solution to their shoppers.”

    Last year Pringles also trialled a new tube made of recycled paper which was widely recyclable in home recycling bins.

  • WWP Beauty Wins Multiple Awards in Prestigious Beauty Packaging Design Competitions

    The company won four awards for its sustainable stock packaging solutions at the 2021 Global Beauty & Wellness Awards and the 2021 Pentawards.

    Los Angeles, CA – WWP Beauty, a leading full-service supplier to the global beauty industry, was recently recognized for four of its sustainable stock packages during the 2021 Global Beauty & Wellness Awards and the 2021 Pentawards. Each of the packages represented a different category within the beauty space and showcased future-focused, exemplary sustainable design. 

  • Mondi and Vafo Group unleash recyclable dog food packaging for leading Finnish brand Hau-Hau Champion

    Mondi to produce a recyclable mono-material packaging for Hau-Hau Champion, one of Finland’s most popular premium dog food brands available in grocery stores, produced by Prima Pet Premium Oy, part of Vafo Group.
    Flexible mono-material solutions replace unrecyclable plastic packs while offering high barrier protection and increased consumer convenience.
    Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach supports Hau-Hau Champion in reducing its environmental impact.

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