February's top stories: Coveris develops hybrid packaging, Linpac's new skin top film

Coveris has developed a new hybrid packaging solution, Grab Box, for the food-to-go industry, and Linpac has introduced a new film range, LINtop PE HB SKIN, to complement its existing product portfolio. Packaging-gateway wraps-up the key headlines from February, 2017.


Coveris develops hybrid packaging for food-to-go sector

UK-based packaging manufacturer Coveris developed a new hybrid packaging solution, Grab Box, for the food-to-go industry.

A hybrid of sustainable board and film materials, Grab Box is suitable for packing premium and top-tier products.

The new packaging was launched by retailer Tesco last month for its ‘Finest’ sandwich range and is said to offer improved protection.

Linpac introduces new skin top film range for packaging

Fresh food packaging manufacturer Linpac introduced a new film range, LINtop PE HB SKIN, to complement its existing product portfolio.

The new high-barrier polyethene (PE) vacuum skin top films were designed to enhance the performance and shelf-appeal of its Rfresh Evolve recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) trays.

Linpac group marketing manager Nikki Clark said: “We’re pleased to launch the new SKIN series, which demonstrates our commitment to offering our customers a streamlined, total pack solution.

FSC disassociates from Austrian timber group Schweighofer

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) decided to cut ties with Austrian timber giant Holzindustrie Schweighofer (Schweighofer) due to the company’s indiscriminate sourcing of illegal timber in Romania.

Taken by FSC’s international board of directors after a year-long investigation, the decision also includes the revocation of Schweighofer Group’s probation status with the council.

The FSC's expert panel report, published in December 2016, confirmed Schweighofer had been illegally sourcing cheap Romanian wood.

The panel also recommended FSC should disassociate itself from Schweighofer until the company could meet certain conditions.

US’ McCall Farms launches new ready-to-eat vegetables in clear cans

US-based McCall Farms introduced its new range of ready-to-eat vegetables clear plastic can packaging TruVue.

Developed by global firm Sonoco Products, the TruVue cans were used to pack McCall’s latest Glory Farms slow-cooked range. These ready-to-eat vegetables include seven varieties that require a slow-cooked process taking three times longer than the normal cooking process.

McCall Farms' sales and marketing senior vice-president Woody Swink said: “Our new See-Thru can is the most notable innovation in canned vegetables since canning was invented in the early 1800s.

NatureWorks joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation to support new plastics economy initiative

US-based biopolymer manufacturer NatureWorks entered a three-year agreement to formally provide its support to Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative.

The initiative, unveiled last year in a joint report with World Economic Forum and McKinsey & Company, brings together major stakeholders to redesign the global plastics system, starting with packaging.

Members of the initiative aim to separate plastics from fossil feedstocks by exploring and adopting renewable feedstock sources.

New study finds existence of harmful chemicals in fast food packaging

A new study, carried out by researchers from Silent Spring Institute in the US, revealed that more than two toxic highly fluorinated chemicals are present in various food packaging solutions, which are used to pack fast food.

During the study, researchers tested more than 400 samples, which include paper wrappers, paperboard, and drink containers, from 27 fast food chains throughout the country.

The study found that a class of chemicals, called per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS's) or perfluorinated compound (PFCs), were present in several non-stick, stain-resistant, and waterproof products, including carpeting, cookware, outdoor apparel, as well as food packaging.

RPC Bebo develops new capsule material coffee machines

RPG Group subsidiary RPC Bebo developed a new coffee capsule material, B2nature, which can be industrially composted and used in coffee machines.

Offering long-term protection, the newly developed material is expected to meet the increasing demand for capsules with sustainable packaging solutions.

B2nature features a multilayer sheet incorporating an oxygen barrier to increase shelf-life and maintain the quality of coffee in the capsule.

Dell to use new packaging solution made from 25% recycled ocean plastic

Dell is set to use new packaging trays made from 25% recycled ocean plastics content, marking the first solution of its kind used in the technology industry for product shipment.

The new trays will be used to ship Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 computer, beginning from 30 April.

The trays were developed as part of a pilot programme of Dell, which intends to keep 16,000lb of plastic from entering the ocean in 2017.

US’s Sugarmade to launch new intelligent and active packaging for cannabis

US-based Sugarmade was set to develop a new set of intelligent and active packaging systems for transporting and storing cannabis.

The proposed products will be designed to help cannabis cultivators and retailers to preserve tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels and eliminate pathogens in cannabis plants.

Sugarmade CEO Jimmy Chan said: “We plan to lead the market in advanced transport and storage for the fast growing cannabis industry.

Multivac develops new tray sealer for ready meal packaging

Germany’s Multivac developed a new tray sealer, G 700, for packing ready meals, snacks, vegetables and fresh-cut products of all types.

Using gas flushing technology, the new G 700 allows manufacturers to pack crumbly or hot-filled foods under modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) conditions.

MAP procedures do not require producers to evacuate packaging trays, meaning they can be used to pack delicate food products.