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DuPont Packaging invites you to vote on packaging innovation

April 12th, 2013
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dupont-logoIn honor of the 25th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, DuPont is asking the industry to vote on the past packaging breakthroughs that most impacted people’s lives. You can vote by clicking here.

From hundreds of past winners, DuPont has identified six breakthrough groups that range from aseptic packaging that has enabled our current “on-the-go” lifestyle to centralized processing and packaging of meat that reduced waste and kept meat fresh longer.

“From year to year, this program has honored tremendous achievements,” says Shanna Moore, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers global director of sustainability and leader of the DuPont Packaging Awards program. “When you have the luxury of viewing all 25 years, you can truly appreciate the impact that packaging has had on our lives.”
DuPont will tally the online voting and announce the breakthrough voted to have most transformed our lives during the May 16 celebration of the 25th DuPont Awards winners in Wilmington, Del. The winner also will be posted at the voting site.

The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation are the industry’s longest-running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain. Their sponsor, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, manufactures an extensive mix of adhesive, barrier, peelable lidding and sealant resins and provides a globally networked development team to work with customers on packaging programs that help protect the product, environment, improve shelf appeal, convenience and reduce cost in the food, cosmetics, medical products and other consumer goods and industrial packaging industries.

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals more than 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

Source: Packaging Digest

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Global consumers demand better packaging

January 26th, 2013
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Packaging2020Global consumers are guided by product packaging in their buying behavior, not least in India. We reject products in plastic packaging and feel guilty when we throw away plastic water bottles. We worry about the amount of packaging consumed by society, and when shopping online we might consider having goods delivered in simple standard packaging instead of the original packaging if it makes them cheaper. These are the results of an international study by Innventia, Packaging 2020, carried out in association with Kairos Future.

The report describes seven global forces and their impact on the packaging industry and the packaging of the future. The conclusions are based on a survey carried out among consumers in the US, India and Sweden. A clear majority of the 1,500 respondents see major problems with society’s consumption of packaging. There are particular concerns about the environmental impact of packaging in India, where 60 percent are prepared to go so far as to avoid purchasing a specific product if the packaging is seen to be environmentally unfriendly. The corresponding figure in Sweden is 20 percent. Plastic packaging is deemed to be the biggest environmental villain among Americans and Indians, while it is mainly aluminum packaging that Swedes shy away from.

There are demands for tougher quality controls and stricter environmental legislation, and a clear majority of consumers in all three countries would like to see somewhat stricter or much stricter environmental legislation.

Global consumers – particularly those in Sweden – are keen to see more innovative packaging. For example, three out of five (63 percent) would like to be able to scan goods to find out more about their origin and delivery, as well as detailed information about the content.

“A growing global middle class, an aging population, limited access to raw materials an intensified urbanization are a few of the megatrends posing challenges for the product and packaging industry,” says Fredrik Rosén, manager of the market and consumer insight group at Innventia. “We’re seeing purchasing decisions being guided by the packaging material itself, not just the appearance of the packaging. We’re also seeing a clear demand and a great need for smarter packaging. In the future, stricter demands will be placed on packaging materials that come into contact with foodstuffs. The growth in online shopping will bring both challenges and opportunities for the packaging industry.

“For example, will the brown cardboard boxes that products are usually shipped in today still be as brown and boring in the future, or will they become an important part of branding? When it comes to the packaging value chain, as the quest for high quality raw materials intensifies, recycling players will occupy a significantly stronger position. And it’s not unlikely that we’ll see structural collaboration, whereby recyclers become involved in other parts of the value chain.”

Highlights of findings

• 56 percent of consumers in India say that recycling is extremely important to them, compared to 32 percent in Sweden and 37 percent in the U.S.
• When shopping online, 94 percent of Swedes would consider paying less for goods delivered in simple standard packaging instead of the original packaging.
• 20 percent of Swedish consumers worry very often about packaging containing harmful substances. The corresponding figure in India is 43 percent.
• In India, 50 percent think that much stricter environmental legislation is needed.
In Sweden, 17 percent take the same view, while 43 percent think legislation should be somewhat stricter.
• 60 percent of consumers in India avoid purchasing goods if the packaging is perceived to be environmentally unfriendly. In Sweden, the figure is 20 percent.
• 8 percent of Swedes worry that food may have thawed out on its way to the shop.
The corresponding figure in India is 77 percent.
• 65 percent of Swedish consumers think that plastic is the least environmentally friendly material, compared with 47 percent for aluminum and 4 percent for paper (multiple answers were possible). In India, 30 percent think that paper is the least environmentally friendly material.
• 80 percent of Swedes think that requiring consumers to wear plastic gloves when handling fruit in a food shop is a bad idea, but 65 percent of consumers in India think this is a very good idea.
• 29 percent of Americans buy food online at least once a month. The corresponding figures are 35 percent in India and 5 percent in Sweden.
• 81 percent of Americans over the age of 55 say that the most irritating thing about packaging is difficulties opening it.
• 63 percent of Swedes say that they would be interested or extremely interested in being able to scan goods to find out more about their origin and delivery, and/or detailed information about the content.
• 44 percent of Swedish consumers have chosen one product over another in the last month, simply because it has been produced locally. The corresponding figure in the US is 32 percent
• 87 percent of Swedes taste milk before discarding it once it has passed its best before date.

The report can be ordered from www.innventia.com/packaging2020

For more information, please contact Fredrik Rosén, manager of the market and consumer insight group at Innventia, fredrik.rosen@innventia.com, +46 (0)8 67 67 334.

About the survey
A quantitative survey was carried out in order to measure the attitudes, feelings and behaviors of the public in relation to the issues dealt with in the report. The survey was carried out in October 2012 using access panels with respondents in India, Sweden and the U.S. There were 500 respondents in each country, and the results were weighted to increase representativeness in terms of gender and age. Since the survey was carried out using internet panels, the Indian responses do not correspond to the population as a whole but rather to the Indian middle class, which was the intention of the survey.

Innventia AB is a world-leading R&D company within areas including pulp, paper,
graphic products, packaging and biorefinery. For more information, visit
www.innventia.com.

Kairos Future is an international consulting and research company that helps businesses to understand and shape their futures. For more information, visit www.kairosfuture.com.

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Packaging for premium sweets

March 2nd, 2012
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Innovia Films’ compostable cellulose based material, NatureFlex, has been selected by Miss Muffet & Co, to wrap its range of fairytale and nursery rhyme inspired premium confectionery.

Miss Muffet & Co is a UK based company, set up by Sarah Cadman, who has a philosophy of using natural ingredients wherever possible.

Outlining why she chose NatureFlex to wrap her range of quality sweets, Sarah stated, “It was really important for Miss Muffet & Co that our packaging had the lowest possible impact on the world around us and it had to clearly show the contents. We chose Innovia Films’ transparent NatureFlex™, primarily due to its environmental credentials. At the same time it keeps our sweets tasting and looking good.”

NatureFlex films are certified to meet the European EN13432, American ASTM D6400 and Australian AS4736 standards for compostable packaging. The wood-pulp is sourced from managed plantations from referenced suppliers operating Good Forestry principals (FSC or equivalent). The renewable biobased content of NatureFlex films is typically 95% by weight of material according to ASTM D6866.

NatureFlex has been confirmed as suitable for emerging ‘waste to energy’ techniques such as anaerobic digestion, aiding the diversion of organic wastes from landfill.

Transparent NatureFlex NE is used to flow wrap the sweets, which are then packed in beautifully designed, story book-shaped ‘keepsake’ boxes, with drawings by children’s illustrator, Rosie Brooks. The titles (stories) of sweets in the range include: Three Blind Sugar Mice, Oranges and Lemon Drops, Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk, Goldilocks and the Jelly Bears and Tom Thumb Drops.

“This is an excellent example of a company planning its packaging to meet their ethical product strategy,” says Paul McKeown, Innovia Films’ UK sales manager

NatureFlex was an obvious solution for the packaging in this application as the film begins life as a natural product – wood – and breaks down at the end of its lifecycle in a home compost bin (or industrial compost environment) within a matter of weeks. It also offers advantages for packing and converting such as inherent deadfold and anti-static properties, high gloss and transparency, resistance to grease and oil, good barrier to gases and aromas, print receptive surface and a wide heat-seal range.

Source: Confectionery Production

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Food packaging and verification

October 29th, 2011
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Tna has launched two new additions to its range, representing the latest solutions in food packaging and verification for advanced quality assurance: the tna intelli-scan 2 comprehensive date code assurance system, as well as the tna intelli-read 3 integrated bar code scanning system. These new products accurately verify products on the tna robag vertical ‘form fill and seal’ (VFFS) bagger, while retaining a high level of flexibility and simplicity for food manufacturers.

Aided by fast speed image detection to amplify its ability to find miscoded or uncoded products, the highly accurate and reliable tna intelli-scan 2 processes images through its camera system to ensure that the date code is printed, complete and legible. Suitable for a range of print requirements, it can handle both light and dark texts. Furthermore, with exposure times of less than 0.5ms and high speeds of up to 200bpm, the scanner is able to keep up with the current speed of tna’s robag 3 series equipment, into which it is fully integrated, therefore maximising efficiency. The user friendly settings ensure ease of operation, whatever the application.

The new tna intelli-read 3 full film width bar code reader automatically scans the bar code on the film and cross checks it in order to verify that the correct product is being processed. Mounted on to the film system of the tna robag and then fully integrated into the software, the tna intelli-read 3 scans the entire width, making it virtually impossible to bypass, as every barcode, regardless of where on the film it is printed will be read. Not merely a verification system, the tna intelli-read 3 will also select the tna robag product programme or recipe associated with the decoded barcode in order to ensure correct usage. No manual interaction from an operator is required, as the tna intelli-read 3 suggests the appropriate programmes for the product. It also automatically detects a splice with a different film, and aids traceability.

Shayne De la Force, tna’s Group marketing manager, comments, “We’re thrilled to be bringing the tna intelli-scan 2 and the tna intelli-read® 3 to the market. These additions provide the next level of food packaging and verification for advanced Quality Assurance. tna takes quality assurance extremely seriously and happy to be leading the way with these innovations in the industry.”

Source: Confectionery Production

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Packaging the problem of food waste

July 22nd, 2011
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While East Africa is fighting its worst food crisis in 60 years, the amount of food thrown away worldwide is rising. Elisabeth Fischer finds out how the food packaging industry, policy-makers and consumers can help tackle the growing food mountain.

Eliminating the millions of tons of food thrown away every year in developed countries is one of the biggest challenges the industry has to tackle in the years ahead. While East Africa is afflicted by the worst drought and food shortage the continent has seen in 60 years, affecting 12 million people living in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, the numbers of global food waste levels have constantly increased in recent years.

Industry experts suggest that roughly a third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, amounting to about 1.3 billion tons a year. Food packaging designers and companies could take an important role in reducing the growing food mountain. Through new sizes, designs and the introduction of new packaging materials that prolong the shelf life of perishable foods, an important step towards more sustainable food supply can be made.

In developing countries the problem lies in the supply chain: poor storage facilities, poor infrastructure and transportation, a lack of refrigeration as well as inadequate market facilities let food go bad.

In developed countries on the other hand, foodstuff is primarily wasted by its end consumer. In the EU, food is thrown away on a massive scale. The European Commission estimates that the waste amounted to 89 million tons in 2009, 11% of all the food produced in Europe.

In the UK alone, it was estimated that in 2008 consumers threw away about a third of the country’s food supply – a wake-up call for both the food and the packaging industry.

Packaging: the solution not the problem

Many developed countries still concentrate on the reduction of packaging waste rather than a cutback in the food thrown away. “Packaging protects food,” said European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) managing director Julian Carroll at the Save Food Congress, which was held as part of Interpack in Düsseldorf in May 2011.

“For decades, packaging was seen as nothing but waste, a nuisance to be avoided. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Packaging is a technological wunderkind that makes abundance for the masses possible,” he said. “I often shake my head in despair at the sheer absurdity of the focus on packaging waste and sustainability by policymakers compared with food waste. Packaging waste pales into insignificance compared with the losses caused by food waste.”

With the Save Food Congress the international packaging industry and the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) aiming to demonstrate how solutions, concepts and the protective function of packaging can effectively help to tackle the problem of food waste, addressing global policymakers and consumers. The packaging industry needs to communicate packaging more strongly as part of the solution for more sustainability rather than to the continuous limited discussion regarding the question of disposal, the organisers claim.

Many governments and policy makers have however ignored in the past what the food packaging industry has long realised. The UK’s new waste review, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in June 2011, completely missed out on the issue of food waste. While the government commits to putting a series of measures into action to tackle and reduce packaging waste ‘towards a zero waste economy’, no steps to tackle the problem of food waste were mentioned even though ‘all aspects of waste policy and delivery in England’ had been reviewed.

One positive example in the battle against food waste comes from Denmark, where the Stop Wasting Food movement is raising consumer awareness and triggering a change in their behaviour. Supported by members of the Danish Parliament and EU politicians, the movement has received major press coverage in the country’s media, bringing the issue to every Danish household.

Stop Wasting Food is also one of the developers of the Joint Declaration Against Food Waste, an international document disclosed to the EU and the UN. It contains proposal for sustainable use of food and commits to the global reduction of food waste of at least 50% by 2025.

Smart packaging

While policymakers should concentrate on the education of consumers, the packaging industry has to tackle the growing food mountain with more practical and hands-on measures. Today’s food packaging has to reflect changing consumption habits and other social changes resulting from demographic factors and altered lifestyles. People are becoming more urban, single households are more common and also the aging populations have influenced the shape, size and the design of packaged food. In the future, different products, different amounts and different packaging sizes will be in demand.

Intelligently designed containers have to ensure their content is entirely consumed and that no residual amount remains in the package, while ensuring product safety, convenience, marketing and sustainability, technological advancements significantly prolong the shelf life of perishable foods.

Trays, wraps and other forms of physical barriers not only protect the food from their environment but also maintain safety and flavour, keep out oxygen and microbes, and make seasonal food available all year. Better transport packaging reduces bruising, crushing and other damage and mitigates the risk of food being thrown away before even arriving at the supermarket.

A step further has been made with the development of active packaging materials, which do more than simply protect, store and transport food. The different plastic films interact with the food, adding to the product’s shelf life without reducing its nutrients, adding unwanted tastes and odours, or changing the texture and appearance.

The example of a simple salad bag shows the complexity active packaging: what may look like a mere sheet of transparent plastic consists in fact of up to seven different layers. Each of the layers has unique chemical properties, laminated into one single sheet only a few hundred microns thick. The result is a bag that provides the perfect environment for the fresh and perishable salad leaves. The rate of respiration is precisely controlled and gaseous exchanges of carbon dioxide and oxygen are calibrated to perfection. The release of moisture is controlled so the leaves neither drown nor dry out, while another layer filters out UAV lights to slow down plant aging.

Another area of interest with the potential to overhaul the packaging industry and the problem of food waste in years to come is nanotechnology.

Manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale, the opportunities seem virtually boundless. For instance, scientists at food giant Kraft, in cooperation with Rutgers University in New Jersey and the University of Connecticut have been working on nano-particle films and packaging with embedded sensors.

One of the biggest sources of consumer food waste is the mix-up of ‘best-before’ and ‘use-by’ dates on packages. Such smart technology could be able to detect food germs and to trigger colour changes in the packaging to alert the consumer if the contents have gone bad.

A new era of food consciousness

According to Julian Carroll, the efforts of the packaging industry and movements such as the Danish Stop Wasting Food campaign show that society is beginning to recognise that it must tackle the growing food mountain at the right place. “The fact that we are gathered here today is a sign that these insights are beginning to leave the pages of packaging trade journals and are entering the mainstream,” he said in his speech at the Save Food Congress in Düsseldorf in May 2011.

According to non-profit aid organisation Welthungerhilfe, however, a transition cannot only take place through packaging: it must first and foremost take place in consumers’ minds and behaviour. Food in general has to become more valuable in developed countries, as what is carelessly thrown away here can mean deprivation somewhere else.

Source:Foodprocessing Technology

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Food companies changing packaging on mineral oil migration risk

March 11th, 2011
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Major food manufacturers are revamping their packaging amid concerns over the long term health hazards posed by mineral oils leaching from recycled cardboard into foods.

Weetabix, Kellogg’s and Jordans have all taken steps to change to packaging that does not contain mineral oils, according a report from the BBC.

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) said steps were already being taken to address the issue and that the industry regarded it seriously. The paper and board sectors were investigating ways to phase out materials containing mineral oils, CEPI managing director Teresa Presas told FoodProductionDaily.com

An opinion from the European Food Safety Authority on the matter is also due out later this year.

Recent Swiss study

The possible health threat from mineral oils – that come from inks and chemicals used in newspaper production – surfaced last year in the wake of the publication of a Swiss study.

The research by Dr Koni Grob at a government-run food safety laboratory in Zurich found that three quarters of 119 food products from a German supermarket contained mineral oils. Of these, most exceeded the European Union safe limit of 0.6mg per kilogram by more than 10 times. But products left on the shelves for longer periods could eventually exceed the limits by up to 100 times, he estimated. Mineral oils were also found to penetrate some inner linings.

Long term exposure to mineral oils has been linked to the chronic inflammation of various internal organs and cancer but consumers who eat balanced diets are not believed to be at risk, said Grob.

Newspaper-free cardboard and Kellogg’s liners

The food and packaging sectors are both taking steps to address the issue, with giants Kellogg’s and Weetabix altering their packaging.

“We are working with our suppliers on new packaging that allows us to meet our environmental commitments, but will also contain significantly lower levels of mineral oil,” Kellogg’s told BBC radio. “We are also looking at alternative inner liners for our packets.”

Weetabix said it uses 100 per cent recycled cardboard for environmental reasons but added that it was “actively engaged with its packaging suppliers to consider alternative recycled packaging that does not contain recycled newspaper”.

The company stressed: “Our data… does indicate that none of our products pose a risk to consumer health”.

Cereal company Jordans denied it had changed its packaging as result of Grob’s research but acknowledged that, like Weetabix, it was seeking to source newspaper-free recycled board.

“The latest research emerging from Switzerland on the content of recycled board is relatively new and Jordans did not change to use accredited board specifically in response to this issue,” a spokesman told FoodProductionDaily.com. “However, we will be discussing improved supply of recycled board that avoids content from newspapers with the industry and our suppliers.”

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it was “not aware of any firm evidence to suggest that there are food safety risks related to mineral oils in recycled food packaging”. It said the research was interesting but incomplete.

“Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the food they produce is safe, and some have chosen to review their use of recycled packaging,” added the FSA spokesman. “The agency continues to review evidence in this area and will act to protect consumers if the evidence shows it is necessary to do so.”

 

Source: Bakery and Snacks

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LINPAC develops protective transport packaging

February 25th, 2011
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A constant cause of concern for industrial bakers and supermarkets alike is the damage to delicate food items during transit. The problem costs bakers and retailers both in cash terms and in its impact on the environment.

In response Europe’s leading multi-material food packaging manufacturer, LINPAC Packaging, has developed an innovative new range of recyclable PET transport trays.

Currently, bakery products such as iced doughnuts are packed inside traditional carton board boxes, without separators, for transportation to retailers. Because of their delicate nature the food items can be packed only one layer high, which increases the transportation costs because of the empty space in each box.

However, despite efforts to minimise damage, products often arrive with the icing-coat cracked or missing and, as a result, don’t make it on to the shelf – at considerable cost.

The new transport tray from LINPAC Packaging, with its cavitised design and special rib architecture, keeps individual products protected and separate. By turning the trays through 180-degrees, up to three times as many products may be packed in an individual box than before.

This provides a far stronger protective environment, and by enabling more items to be transported in a single box, distributors can deliver more cakes per trip – reducing costs and helping to limit carbon emissions.

Ian Perkins, Business Development Manager for LINPAC Packaging, said: “Products such as doughnuts often come with delicate coatings and, as with most products, presentation is key if the customer is going to select the items and take them home.

“Up until now, distributors, packers and retailers have had to contend with a packaging solution that not only left merchandise subject to damage in transit, but also resulted in a lot of wasted space and unnecessary journeys.

“With our new transport tray, we’re confident we have created a solution that meets both of these costly problems: better protection for products, resulting in less waste, and a reduced carbon footprint – due to increased capacity and fewer journeys.

In summary, the key benefits of LINPAC Packaging’s new transport trays include:

  • Empty trays stack together very closely, thereby reducing delivery costs.
  • When the trays are filled and turned through 180-degrees the rib design ensures products do not touch each other from one layer to another.
  • Products can be packed 40 or 60 to a box, rather than the current 20
  • The increased payload in relation to volume saves on transport costs and reduces fuel consumption.
  • The trays are lightweight and can be recycled – offering further environmental benefits.
  • The robust design reduces the risk of damage during transit.
  • The new packaging is available in a range of colours – including black and opaque, so retailers can clearly differentiate between product ranges for consumers.
  • The stylish trays can be used as point-of-sale display units, as well as transport trays.

LINPAC Packaging is a leading supplier of food packaging products. The company’s head office is in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, with manufacturing sites at Featherstone and St Helens – supplying both the UK and the rest of Europe. LINPAC Packaging is a multi-material packaging supplier to the protein, bakery, fresh produce and foodservice markets across Europe and beyond – working with customers to offer consumer-focused packaging solutions.

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Packaging that knows when food is going off

January 14th, 2011
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Packaging that alerts consumers to food which is starting to go off is being developed by researchers at Strathclyde.

The project aims to improve food safety and cut unnecessary food waste by developing a new type of indicator, made of ‘intelligent plastics’ which give a warning, by changing colour, of when food is about to lose its freshness because it has broken or damaged packaging, has exceeded its ‘best before’ date or has been poorly refrigerated.

An estimated 8.3 million tonnes of household food- most of which could have been eaten- is wasted in the UK each year.

The indicator is to be used as part of a form of food packaging known as modified atmosphere packaging, which keeps food in specially-created conditions that prolong its shelf life.

Freshness indicators typically take the form of labels inserted in a package but these come at a significant cost. Strathclyde researchers are looking to create a new type of indicator which is an integral part of the packaging, and so is far less expensive. The project has received £325,000 in support from the Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept Programme.

Professor Andrew Mills, of the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, who is currently leading the Strathclyde project, said: “At the moment, we throw out far too much food, which is environmentally and economically damaging.

“Modified atmosphere packaging is being used increasingly to contain the growth of organisms which spoil food but the costs of the labels currently used with it are substantial. We are aiming to eliminate this cost with new plastics for the packaging industry.

“We hope that this will reduce the risk of people eating food which is no longer fit for consumption and help prevent unnecessary waste of food. We also hope it will have a direct and positive impact on the meat and seafood industries.”

By giving a clear and unambiguous sign that food is beginning to perish, the indicators being developed at Strathclyde could resolve potential confusion about the different significances of ‘best before’ dates and ‘sell-by’ dates. They could also help to highlight the need for food to be stored in refrigerators which are properly sealed.

Lisa Branter, acting head of the Proof of Concept Programme, said: “Through the Proof of Concept Programme, we are creating the opportunities to build high value, commercially viable spin-out companies from ground-breaking research ideas. What we want to achieve are more companies of scale created as a result of the Programme, and this project is a great example of an idea which offers real business opportunities.”

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Nestlé’s Maison Cailler to Showcase Chocolate Production Line Featuring Bosch Machinery

July 20th, 2010
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Chocolate lovers have a new opportunity to learn about the history and processing of their favorite treat with the opening of Nestlé’s new Maison Cailler. At the chocolate center, visitors will learn the fascinating story of the Cailler product line by Nestlé, Switzerland’s oldest chocolate maker. Opened April 1st 2010 in the picturesque Swiss town of Broc-Gruyère, La Maison Cailler includes packaging machines from Bosch Packaging Technology. The innovative Module++ line features one Paloma D2 delta robot and one Pack 201 horizontal flow wrapper to mimic the actual Cailler production process. This project represents the latest phase of Nestlé Cailler’s and Bosch’s decade-long collaboration.

At La Maison Cailler, visitors can see the actual techniques used to make Cailler chocolates, attend a presentation on the history of chocolate, participate in a chocolate-making workshop and visit La Chocolatiere café. Mr. Diego Calame of Nestlé Cailler described the chocolate center as, “a real opportunity for consumers to see how our concoctions are translated into tasty reality. Along with our team of experts and quality operations, Bosch’s packaging solutions play a key role in Cailler’s ability to deliver finished products that live up to our idea of chocolate perfection.”

The adaptability of the equipment within Bosch’s Module++ line concept derives from a low engineering content, allowing standard machines to be linked together with minimal effort and downtime. At La Maison Cailler, Bosch’s two machines are combined with a third-party extruder to package the Cailler Branches brand of confectionery.

While normally the Paloma D2 delta robot processes products at dizzying speeds, the machine has been slowed to give visitors a clear look at Cailler’s packaging operations. The robot is known for its lightweight arms, which allow it to move with greater fluidity compared with traditional, heavier rivals. Its quick-to-assemble stainless steel structure and oil- and grease-free operation allow for easy cleaning for compliance with hygiene standards. The pick-and-place robot cell processes chocolates with pinpoint accuracy, guaranteed by Gemini 3.0 vision-guided software.

Bosch Paloma D2 delta robot

Bosch Paloma D2 delta robot

The robot then places the chocolates into the infeed chain of a Pack 201 horizontal flow wrapper, which is ideal for delicate foodstuffs. The line is arranged to use as little energy as possible and to operate with a small footprint.

Dragan Dragojlovic, Product Manager, Bosch Packaging Technology, said: “We at Bosch are excited to work with Nestlé on such an important project that will give Nestlé Cailler fans an opportunity to see the care with which their favorite chocolates are handled.”

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New eco white film for premium confectionery

June 11th, 2010
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clarifoilUK cellulose acetate film supplier Clarifoil has produced a new ultra-gloss white film for luxury confectionery packaging to meet the demand for differentiation in this category.

The satiné lamination film was launched in Q1 2010 and took 2 years to develop. Clarifoil said the new film is made from a renewable polymer and is biodegradable. The film is accredited to EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards which means it biodegrades at least 90 per cent within six months and has low heavy metal content.

Clarifoil marketing manager Marion Bauer told that the standout qualities of this new material was its “bio-degradability and compostability, its brilliance and its scratch- and scuff-resistance”

Properties and benefits

The film, which possesses similar physical properties to Clarifoil’s standard P20 grade cellulose di-acetate films, is produced using cellulose from non-GM wood from managed forests.

The firm said extremely pure whitening additives with a small amount of brightening agent gave the film a bright white finish.

“The film gives good adhesion with standard water and solvent based laminating adhesives, and also accepts foil blocking well,” said Clarifoil

The company also advised using primers and/or over-varnishes for over-printing, especially with UV curing systems.

Metallic trends

Bauer said that demand for an environmentally friendly high gloss metallised film were informing future developments in cellulose acetate film manufacturing.

Confectionery industry trend watchers claim that white is the new black in premium chocolate packaging, with the organisers of the 2010 Cologne-based Pro-Sweets trade show at the end of January noting that the colour white symbolises freshness and lightness and, as it is a reserved colour, “it also reflects a certain qualitative value”.

European Union Producer Responsibility Obligations, set to take effect in 2012, stipulate that EU companies with a turnover of over £2m and that use over 50 tonnes of packaging annually, must ensure some or all packaging is recyclable, compostable or reusable.

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