• AR Packaging launches Ecoflex® mono-material for thermoformed applications

    As world mono-material plastic packaging film consumption is forecast to grow during 2020–25 at an annual average rate of 3.9% to 26.03 million tonnes ($70.9 billion) , AR Packaging is meeting the challenge by launching Ecoflex® - its 100% recyclable mono polyethylene film for thermoforming that provides a sustainable alternative to PA-based materials, whilst fully meeting OPRL guidelines.

  • Amcor’s single-serve plastic bottles and flexible packaging reshape dairy industry


    As a keynote sponsor of the 2021 International Dairy Forum, Amcor will demonstrate how it’s reshaping dairy packaging by offering more sustainable solutions and innovative design and delivery, extending shelf life for customers.

    In addition, Amcor will highlight the latest developments in sustainability and dairy packaging solutions during a webinar Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. EST. The webinar will be hosted by IDFA.

    “As consumer demands increase, brands know they need smarter and more sustainable packaging strategies in order to break from the pack and truly differentiate themselves,” said Carmen Becker, Vice President and General Manager, Amcor Rigid Packaging, Specialty Containers. “We offer the capabilities that are best suited to meet strong growth in key dairy segments through stellar design, one-of-a-kind preform technology, and industry-leading manufacturing.”

    Single-serve packaging for value-added dairy, dairy alternatives, and meal replacements has grown by double-digits over the last five years and continues to unleash major opportunities for PET containers, according to Euromonitor. These smaller custom bottles can be manufactured for premium dairy products in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and convenience features including easy-to-pour and reclosable tops.

    As the average size of the U.S. household shrinks and consumers are increasingly shopping online, the demand for ecommerce-friendly dairy packaging that is shatter- and dent-resistant and smaller in size is very appealing. Plus, the on-the-go lifestyle, where convenience is an important purchasing decision, allows PET to stand out and gives it the edge over other packaging substrates.

    Aseptic/extended shelf life (ESL) plastic bottles from Amcor are being leveraged for a full range of beverage sizes from 6-oz to 64-oz. To protect the contents and extend shelf life, Amcor’s barrier technology protects against ultraviolet light, maximizes the product’s flavor, and provides 90 days to one year of shelf life.

    Amcor Flexibles North America provides high-performance materials that meet the needs of dairy packaging applications, along with technical service and expertise to support the challenges faced by customers, retailers and food service channels. With a focus on innovation and more sustainable packaging, Amcor is driven to deliver packaging solutions with no compromise on performance, and that are increasingly lightweight, recycle ready and incorporate recycled content. Amcor’s flexible packaging portfolio addresses the key drivers of change for the dairy industry, such as millennial tastes and environmental demands, retail fragmentation, labor availability, and away-from-home consumption trends and snacking.

    Amcor offers print and finishing technologies for flexible packaging that differentiates brands on shelf, and provides an elevated brand experience at the point of purchase and in the home.

    “Amcor’s portfolio provides greater flexibility to our customers,” says Derrick Sytsma, Vice President and General Manager, Dairy, Amcor Flexibles North America. “With our wide range of standard products, we can offer industry-leading speed to market. Combined with our technology and product quality, we feel this level of responsiveness will enable us to support our customers at the highest level in the industry.”

    PET has rapidly become the world’s preferred packaging material, is lightweight, shatterproof, reclosable, resealable, reusable, and infinitely recyclable*. In addition, PET bottles often have the lowest carbon footprint and their production results in up to 70% less greenhouse gas emissions than other packaging materials**. Amcor is also the industry leader in the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET with over 15 years of experience. The company has commercialized many packages in 100% PCR and utilized more than 100 million pounds annually over the last four years.

    In the midst of today’s hygiene concerns, capped and sealed PET bottles keep beverages protected from pathogens like viruses and bacteria. They are also sealed to combat contamination and re-sealable for ongoing protection.

  • Constantia Flexibles launches recyclable pharma packaging


    High protection levels against moisture, oxygen and heat are important for protecting active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), to provide the patient with an effective medication. Constantia Flexibles’ goal was to meet the very high barrier properties for pharma products, while implementing the best possible sustainability standards. The result is Perpetua, a recyclable product family, based on a unique line of full PP (Polypropylene) high barrier laminates. The flexible packaging solution is available in application-tailored versions. Being cyclos-HTP certified, its recyclability ranges from 90% to 96%, depending on the individual material specification, the company says.

    The high barrier properties and lower environmental footprint do not limit the design possibilities of the packaging.

    Pierre-Henri Bruchon, EVP Pharma Division Constantia Flexibles, comments, “Our mission is to constantly rethink packaging to make a meaningful contribution to our customers and the environment. Sustainability plays a decisive role in all our business activities. Therefore, the development of a more sustainable but at the same time high-barrier solution for pharma products like Perpetua was of high importance to us. It is the perfect packaging solution for pharma products.”

  • Take Home the Gold with New Kit Kat Packaging for the Olympics


    The Tokyo Banana Kit Kat Gold, Banana Caramel Flavor, is the result of a partnership between Nestlé and Tokyo Banana, a brand of cream-filled cakes that’s also ranked the No. 1 Japanese souvenir. Launched last year, the product has now returned in a special golden package shaped like Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and second-highest volcano in Asia. With its iconic pack design and combination of beloved flavors, the Mt. Fuji Tokyo Banana Kit Kat Gold is sure to make for a popular souvenir among travelers and locals alike. On sale until Sept. 7, the product can be purchased exclusively at the Tokyo Okashi Land confectionery store at Tokyo Station. Unfortunately for the rest of us, that's in Japan only... However if you're seeking a new flavor, Kit Kat Apple Pie is available now in the U.S., another limited edition product.

  • Innovia and Wildcorn Develop a Fully Recyclable and Sustainable Pack


    Wildcorn founded 2016 in Berlin, produces a range of 100% organic, healthy and flavourful snacks, including dry roasted popcorn as a healthy alternative to crisps. In 2017 the company launched its first sustainability program in partnership with Mellifera (the German head organisation for bee protection) to offset their use of agricultural resources by planting flower strips to rebuild/maintain ecosystems. The joint project to establish a new sustainable packaging standard began soon after the launch of Innovia’s Propafilm™ Strata high barrier film which quickly achieved the ‘Made for Recycling’ logo from Interseroh, an Independent German recycling and consulting company. Alasdair McEwen, Global Product Manager Packaging, Innovia Films explains “This certification proves the recyclability of our new Strata BOPP film. It has been designed to be a standalone mono filmic solution or, to be used in laminate constructions to be ‘recycle ready’, or recyclable in countries which have the infrastructure to recycle polypropylene.” Tobias Enge, Founder of Wildcorn explains “Our products are wholesome natural organic snacks, providing a heathier alternative to consumers. But as a consumer goods company we are responsible to look at the complete ecological impact of our product and packaging waste is one of the key challenges of our generation. Today’s emphasis on a ‘circular economy’ is very prominent so we decided to find a structure for our packaging that is fully recyclable while providing premium product protection. Ensuring that our consumers still experience the same high quality and taste they have come to expect. ” To make the Wildcorn pack, a lamination of Propafilm™ Strata and a white cavitated OPP was used. This construction was also tested by Interseroh and they confirmed that it was fully recyclable, awarding the pack the ‘Made for Recycling’ certification. Propafilm™ Strata provides a very effective barrier to aroma, mineral oils and oxygen even at high relative humidity levels ensuring increased shelf life and reduced food waste. It is glossy, is food contact compliant and chlorine free. The film is suitable for use in a range of markets, is printable and offers a wide seal and hot tack range.

  • World-First Recyclable Retort Pouch for Pet Food


    Amcor, a global leader in packaging, in collaboration with Nestlé, today launched the world’s first recyclable flexible retort pouch. The new high barrier pouch, using Amcor’s AmLite HeatFlex Recyclable solution, will first appear in stores in the Netherlands in October 2020.

    Amcor and Nestlé partnered to overcome one of the largest challenges facing the industry – the inability to recycle retort flexible packaging – and have achieved a technical breakthrough which underscores both companies’ long-term commitment to more sustainable packaging solutions. The partners collaborated during the product development process, testing for heat resistance, machine performance, shelf-life and recyclability in the real world.

    “Amcor and Nestlé together have been able to create a unique solution that for years was thought impossible,” says Michael Zacka, President Amcor Flexibles EMEA. “This high-barrier, high-heat resistant, packaging can be easily recycled within plastic recycling streams already existing in several European countries.”

    Flexible retort packaging is a modern alternative to metal cans, and it can improve the carbon footprint of hundreds of consumer products thanks to its light weight, resource efficiency, ease of transportation and by minimizing food waste. Adding recyclability to its list of properties will further improve the environmental profile of this packaging solution, which has a reduced carbon footprint of up to 60%.

     The new pouch meets the packaging guidelines for a circular economy recently published by the CEFLEX Consortium. Project Coordinator and Workstream Consultant for CEFLEX, Graham Houlder, says, “This is a great example of how – through innovation – companies can solve even the biggest challenges to recyclability. Recyclable retort packaging is a revolutionary advance and will have a huge impact in pet food and beyond.”

    The breakthrough innovation underscores Amcor’s unique capabilities and long-term commitment to more sustainable packaging solutions. The company is on the path to fulfilling its pledge to develop all of its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.

  • AmPrima™ PE Plus prequalifies for How2Recycle® store drop-off label


    “This is exciting for Amcor and our customers. It’s an outstanding step forward as we work toward our commitment to make all of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025,” said Amcor Flexibles North America Sales and Marketing Vice President Laurel Spencer.

    “Prequalification saves time, cost, and reduces risk for brand-owners and retailers by eliminating the need to engage external labs for recycle-ready testing in the development phase. In short, it allows our customers to take their packaging straight from package development to How2Recycle to request usage of the How2Recycle store drop-off label,” said Spencer.

    Recently launched by How2Recycle, prequalification letters simplify How2Recycle’s label request process by confirming brands or retailers have opted for a film structure that already has been assigned a particular How2Recycle label and recyclability designation.

    Currently available in a broad range of formats, Amcor’s AmPrima recycle ready solutions offer customers a more sustainable choice for their flexible packaging needs with no compromise on performance. Additionally, AmPrima PE Plus heat resistant options deliver high levels of clarity, stiffness, and heat and abuse resistance; qualities that are unavailable in any other recycle-ready films on the market today.

    Amcor Research and Development Senior Fellow Otacilio Berbert notes that mixed-material films perform very well as packaging and on production lines; but, are unable to be recycled. “It’s why the innovation behind AmPrima PE Plus is so exciting; it’s the solution to a problem that has challenged the industry. At Amcor, we’ve invested years researching how to replace layers that aren’t compatible with the PE film recycling stream and still are able to deliver speed and performance previously reserved for mixed-materials packaging. AmPrima PE Plus really does deliver a more sustainable option without compromise.”

    How2Recycle’s prequalification is an exciting addition to the Association of Plastic Recyclers recent acknowledgement that AmPrima PE Plus heat resistant film meets the requirements for responsible innovation for moulded parts and films over three mils in thickness.

  • Kuhne Anlagenbau Touts Triple-Bubble Technology for Recyclable Barrier Film


    While mono-material film structures are a modern solution for packaging applications that require both high performance and environmental attributes, the production of full polyolefin (PO) films poses challenges for plastics processors. Plastics processors have to adapt and expand their manufacturing equipment and meet all the requirements of the food industry.

    To provide a sustainable solution, Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH has developed Triple Bubble technology, which enables the economical production of uniformly oriented, high-quality mono-material films that are directly sealable.

    “We have been building Triple Bubble blown-film lines for over 20 years and, thus, have an enormous wealth of experience both in terms of machine technology and formulation development,” said Jürgen Schiffmann, Managing Director of Kuhne Anlagenbau. “We have transferred this know-how to five-layer full-polyolefin film structures, an alternative that has many advantages over conventional blown-film lines with machine direction orientation (MDO) stretching units.”

    Kuhne Anlagenbau tested and optimized the five-layer structures at its in-house technical center on a 13-layer Triple-Bubble R&D line. The result is a uniformly oriented film with a full PE or PP barrier film structure. The primary advantages of these film structures are their sealability and the waste-free production process, said Kuhne.

    There are few packaging solutions today that don’t involve a barrier function, especially when it comes to food products or pet food. “The term mono-material is somewhat misleading,” explains Schiffmann, “because all commercially available full-PO films contain up to 5% of foreign material in order to achieve the desired barrier properties.”

    In Kuhne’s construction, the sealing layer consists of materials such as metallocene PE or plastomers, and the inner EVOH barrier layer is enclosed by two PE-based tie layers. An HDPE blend is used for the outer layer. “With the same line configuration, we can also produce a mono PP film without any modification,” emphasized Schiffmann.

    The technology is just as flexible in terms of the film thickness, which can vary between 15 and 150 microns, and its properties. Shrinkage is also adjustable, depending on whether the film is to be used for stand-up pouches, coffee, and snack packaging, which require non-shrinkable films, or for lid films, which require slightly shrinkable films. Bottom web film for food packaging can also be designed to be thermoformable and even deep-drawable and shrinkable for form-shrink applications.

    Since the films are produced using Triple Bubble technology, they have the same properties and thickness over the entire circumference. In the first bubble, the film tube is rapidly doused with water in order to achieve ideal amorphous properties; in the second bubble, simultaneous biaxial orientation is imparted; and annealing takes place in the third bubble.

    Kuhne Anlagenbau's technology also eliminates the need to laminate a multi-direction olefin film with a sealing layer. “Our films are directly sealable and can be processed further,” said Schiffmann, adding another economic and environmental argument for the production of mono-material film structures with Triple Bubble technology.

  • Mondi partners with SalzburgMilch and SPAR to reduce plastic waste from food packaging


    Leading packaging and paper manufacturer, Mondi, is launching a fully recyclable 80% paper-based packaging solution for cold meats and cheese. The new packaging will reduce plastic usage for Austrian dairy producer SalzburgMilch by approximately 40 tonnes per year, compared to its previously used rigid plastic trays. Mondi has launched its innovative PerFORMing removable in partnership with SalzburgMilch for the brand SalzburgMilch Premium and the premium own-brand SPAR Natur*pur organic cheese slices. The shallow paper tray combines the recyclability of paper with the essential barrier properties of a thin plastic coating to keep food fresh and avoid waste. Mondi released its original PerFORMing range in 2019 and has continued to work hard to make it even more sustainable. The original product could be recycled in Austrian paper recycling streams. The updated product now consists of paper and fully removable plastic which can easily be separated from the paper tray allowing for 100% paper recycling across Europe. The product is made locally in Austria, meaning transportation is kept to a minimum and the overall carbon footprint is reduced. The base paper for the tray is Advantage Formable made predominantly from locally sourced wood and produced by Mondi Frantschach, while the trays are processed and coated by Mondi Zeltweg, both located in Austria. PerFORMing removable is part of Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach to find the most sustainable and fit for purpose packaging for its customers with a focus on replacing, reducing, and recycling. SalzburgMilch and SPAR are using Mondi’s product for their 175g packets of sliced cheese, which are available in SPAR stores across Austria. Switching to paper-based packaging offers numerous environmental benefits including being a renewable resource with higher recycling rates than other packaging materials. The paper industry accounts for less than 1% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions1, while 72% of paper in Europe is recycled. Technical details about the product • Formable paper packaging with a patented barrier • Made from natural brown paper (Advantage Formable Brown) • Ideally suited for shallow food trays (e.g. for cheese, meat or fish) • High symmetrical stretch for uniform formability • Suitable for existing filling lines • Results in 70% less plastic used compared to plastic trays • 70% CO2 reduction compare to plastic alternative

  • Glenroy develop Metallized flexible sprayer pouch with trigger pump

    Taking advantage of the structure’s metallized film, these sprayer pouch graphics deliver a clean crisp look that stands out on shelves among a sea of rigid bottles. The process images on the lower right front panel invites owners to imagine using the full line of items to maintain their boat to keep it clean and protected. Reverse printed on a wide-web central impression press, eight print stations were used in a combination of both process and spot color printing utilizing solvent-based inks.

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