One-third of Australians want eco-friendly packaging

A rejuvenated sense of purpose regarding environmental issues is now prompting many Australians to take positive action to be more sustainable when it comes to product packaging.

Mintel’s 2019 Global Food and Drink Trends reveal that when it comes to Australia, 32 per cent of urban Australians prefer products that are sold in eco-friendly packaging. The global market intelligence agency which surveyed 1,500 Australians aged 16+, also found that 34 per cent of urban Australians prefer to buy products that are produced using sustainable sourcing methods.

Mintel’s food and drink predictions for 2019 explore new trends in sustainability, health and wellness, and convenience, sharing insight into market forces driving growth and influencing consumer behaviour. It contains analysis from more than 15 countries and predictions based on insights by more than 90 Mintel analysts and thought leaders, representing expertise in food and drink industries across Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.

Associate consulting director, ANZ for Mintel, Shelley McMillan, said the trends are largely being driven by younger generations. “Australian i-Gen consumers, more so than any other generation, prioritise the importance of sustainability and environmental practices of brand,” she said. “In particular, 16-to-34-year-old urban Australians have significantly higher purchase intent regarding food products with a carbon neutral claim versus other age groups.

“The definition of sustainability is changing to encompass the entire product lifecycle from ingredient sourcing to package disposal or reuse. This more circular approach will require companies, retailers and consumers to embrace their roles in the sustainability cycle in the near future.”

Sustainability will be one of the big three food and drink trends for Australia covered by McMillan in a keynote presentation at the upcoming Naturally Good Expo, on June 2–3 at Sydney’s International Convention Centre. The annual event is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest natural, organic and healthy products trade show featuring more than 360 exhibitors and 20 presentations from influential leaders.

McMillan will address the key issues of evergreen consumption – the circular view of sustainability spanning the entire product lifecycle; trends throughout the ages – how food and drink is building on today’s dialogue about wellness and solutions for healthy ageing; and elevated convenience – how upgrades in convenience to match the premium expectations of consumers in the on-demand age.

Regarding the issue of healthy ageing, Mintel research shows that compared to a year ago, 70 per cent of urban Australians aged 55 and older are now either spending more or about the same on healthcare products.

“Younger consumers are now looking for products that help them manage their stress and sleep better – new formats and ingredients show future opportunities,” said McMillan noting that half of Australian metro consumers are planning on getting more sleep in the next 12 months.

 

“The category of ‘edible beauty’, also known as nutricosmetics or ingestible beauty, is also one of the hottest concepts in the beauty industry and quickly moving from the supplement segment into the food and drink space. In Australia, 56 per cent of urban consumers consider diet to be a factor that can impact the appearance of skin.”

 

Another key observation is that consumers are now seeking to save time without any sacrifices. Some 57 per cent of urban Australians consider ‘healthy food’ products as one containing all-natural ingredients. McMillan said the packaged food and drink is being challenged to make improvements to keep up with a combination of modern preferences including healthy eating priorities, quests for “foodie”-inspired flavours, interest in personalisation, and competition from speedy delivery services.

 

“Meal kits and food service-inspired beverages have led the way for premium convenience food and drink with two in five urban Australians saying that convenience, as in ease of ordering, influences their decision to buy one everyday product over another.

 

“Today’s consumers need to save time throughout the day. This creates opportunities for brands to develop healthy, flavourful, customisable and quick products for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert occasions.”

 

Automation has also set new expectations for retail with 31 per cent of urban Australians having made a purchase through an online retail site or app such as Amazon or eBay. Online shopping and delivery have attracted consumers who need quick and easy food solutions. “A new generation of automated convenience stores is accelerating the pace of grab-and-go even more. Integration with technology makes automated retailers potentially faster than fast food, drive-thru or ordering for delivery.”

Innovative cask for beverages & liquid products

Jet Technologies has launched an innovative cask solution, which is suitable for all types of drinks and offers a superior preservation quality when compared with bag-in-box systems.

The cask can be custom printed to maximise branding on shelf and allow companies to brand their drink products without the need for additional external packaging.

The bags are flexible, self-supporting and come in 1.5, 2, 3 or 5 litre sizes with a choice of aseptic options. They allow companies in Australia and New Zealand who sell fruit juice, wine, dairy, olive oil, cold brew coffee and any other liquid or beverage, to maintain the quality of their product beyond a traditional bag-in-box product.

The shaped pouch provides a modern look and features a carry handle that also helps with pouring.

“We are excited to be offering the Australian and New Zealand drinks marketplace access to a new innovation in the packaging of liquid products,” said Daniel Malki, General Manager, Jet Technologies. “Our innovative cask can help extend the shelf life of a range of beverages when compared to using bag-in-box systems.”

“Shelf life is extended due to the film structure of the packaging, which provides an important barrier to oxygen and ensures the preservation of the product for a longer period of time. For example, this permits wine to be kept for up to eight weeks in ambient environments after opening, and up to six weeks after opening for many other drinks including fruit juice.”

Jet Technologies is sponsoring the ‘Packaging Innovation’ Award at this year’s Food & Beverage Industry Awards. Nominations can be made here.

 

 

 

2018 PIDA Awards – winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Packaging & Processing Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) were announced at a ceremony on the Gold Coast last night.

The PIDA Awards recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand, and are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards.

The awards ceremony, which took place at the Marriott Hotel Surfers Paradise was held in conjunction with the 2018 Australian Institute of Packaging Conference. That event concludes this afternoon.

The full list of winners –

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Beverage Category

8Kangaroos by ILNAM Estate and Polatote by Lactote (joint winners)

Machinery/Equipment category: Container Deposit Systems Australia (CDSA) Vision & Sorting System by SAGE Automation.

 

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Food Category

Radix Nutrition foil packaging breakfast pouch by Cas-Pak Products

Machinery/Equipment category: Scott LEAP suite of technologies fully-integrated lamb processing system developed by Scott Automation & Robotics, in conjunction with Silverfern Farms and Meat & Livestock Australia.

 

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness

Flip-cap closure with ring-peel induction seal liner by West Wadding.

 

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Domestic & Household

Precise Pour for continuous pour, anti-clog and tamper-evidence by Caps and Closures.

 

2018 Sustainable Packaging Design Award

Materials & Packaging category: ICEE Containers biofoam PLA insulated boxes.

Machinery & Equipment category: CogniPRO Link for the meat processing industry by Sealed Air Australia.

 

2018 Industry Packaging Professional of the Year Award

Craig Wellman FAIP, CEO of Wellman Packaging.

 

2018 APPMA Scholarship

Nathan Leong MAIP, a packaging and product technologist, Primo Smallgoods.

 

2018 Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship

Jaco Scheepers, packaging technologist, Synlait Milk.

 

2018 Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award

Regan Foster AAIP, director of Omniverse, Foster Packaging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ministers commit to eliminating all packaging going to landfill

In a landmark Meeting of the Environment Ministers (MEM), the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has been endorsed to lead the government’s response to the China Ban issue, setting a target to achieve 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging in Australia by 2025.

APCO is recognised as one of Australia’s leading product stewardship organisations with a strong national and global collaborative network. Its established frameworks, resource capabilities and proven independence underpins its capacity to facilitate a whole of life cycle response to China’s waste import restrictions.

Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO commented: “The China issue presents a significant opportunity for Australia to shift to the next level in packaging resource recovery, recycling and end use. Today’s announcement is a monumental call to action and one of the most ambitious and decisive environmental targets to be supported in Australia. We applaud the Federal, State and Territory Governments for stepping up as key players in the global movement to create sustainable packaging solutions that drive accountability, transparency and shared value for consumers, industry and government.

“We will support more innovative packaging design, enhance consumer education, as well as bolster the re-use and the incorporation of recycled content within end markets.

“Across these initiatives, it’s essential that we take a consistent national approach. One that will promote domestic recycling and resource recovery to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and deliver a smaller, cleaner waste stream in Australia.”

A joint statement released today by all of Australia’s federal, state and territory environment ministers committed to: Reduce the amount of waste generated and make it easier for products to be recycled. Ministers endorsed a target of 100 percent of Australian packaging being recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025 or earlier. Governments will work with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), representing over 900 leading companies, to deliver this target. Ministers endorsed the development of targets for the use of recycled content in packaging, and this will be closely monitored.

Nestlé Australia, CEO, Sandra Martinez said: “We welcome this announcement from Minister Frydenberg, as we recognise businesses must step up and find improved solutions to reduce, re-use and recycle. Nestlé is proud to be a member of APCO and is working collectively alongside industry to achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.”

AIP to discuss consumer & environmental trends in plastic

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) in conjunction with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will hold a technical dinner, called Consumer & Environmental Trends in Plastic: Reuse. Recycle. in Melbourne on the 11th of April.

The AIP/SPE Joint Technical Dinner will involve a panel, with key topics and trends being discussed openly by the guest speakers, allowing interaction and questions to be drawn from the attendees.

The panel will discuss the current global discussion around plastics and the circular economy, oxo degradable plastic, the shift towards sustainable packaging, better understanding of current recycling issues and trends, moving away from single use plastics and how consumers can actually make an impact personally by buying recycled products.

Other areas for discussion will be how compostable bioplastics can assist in the diversion of organic waste from landfill and utilising compostable bioplastics for foodservice disposables.

Panelists will include Richard Fine MAIP, Founder, Product Development & Sustainability Director, BioPak, Kurt Palmer, Director-AIEN, Business Development Manager – Steinert Australia, Dr Sean O’Malley, Research & Technical Manager, Planet Ark and Mark Jacobsen, Director of Marketing, Repeat Plastics Australia.

All of industry is invited to attend.

Unilever calls for accelerated industry action on packaging waste

Unilever has called for the consumer goods industry to step-up its efforts to tackle the mounting challenge of ocean plastic waste and create a circular economy for plastics.

One year after Unilever made its industry-leading commitment to ensure 100 per cent of its plastic packaging was fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, CEO Paul Polman welcomed news that 10 companies have made similar pledges.

He urged more to step forward to accelerate the industry’s progress towards the circular economy and address plastic leakage into the world’s natural systems including waterways and oceans.

Research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has found that the equivalent of one dumper truck’s worth of plastic enters the oceans every minute, and by 2050 it forecasts there could be more plastic (by weight) in the ocean than fish. Today, only 14 per cent of plastic packaging gets collected for recycling.

Polman said: “It is welcome news that many other major companies are making their own commitments to address ocean plastic waste. Yet as a consumer goods industry, we need to go much further, much faster, in addressing the challenge of single use plastics by leading a transition away from the linear take-make-dispose model of consumption, to one which is truly circular by design.”

Unilever believes there are four key actions the consumer goods industry should take to create the systemic change required and accelerate the transition to a circular economy:

For companies to invest in innovation towards new delivery models that promote reuse.

For more companies to commit to 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 and set stretching targets for using post-consumer recycled content.

For a Global Plastics Protocol setting common agreed definitions and industry standards on what materials are put into the marketplace, to ensure our packaging is compatible with existing and cost-effective recycling infrastructures.

For companies to engage positively in policy discussions with governments on the need for improvements to waste management infrastructure, including the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility schemes.

Unilever has made good progress on reducing its waste footprint. Since 2010, the waste associated with the disposal of its products has decreased by 28 per cent and the weight of its packaging has reduced by 15 per cent. The company also stopped sending non-hazardous waste to landfill from its manufacturing sites in 2015.

Alongside its commitment to 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025, Unilever pledged to source 25 per cent of its resin from post-consumer recycled content by 2025, and to publish its full plastics palette before 2020.

In 2017, the company announced it was making good progress on identifying a technical solution to recycling multi-layered sachets through its Creasolv technology, for which a pilot plant in Indonesia is currently being built to assess its commercial viability. We intend to make this technology open source and would hope to scale it with industry partners, so others – including our competitors – can use it.

In search of environmentally friendly shopping bags

Free plastic carrier bags will disappear from Australia’s two largest supermarkets in 2018. There are many arguments for and against this change, as it is important to look at the all environmental impacts of their alternatives. Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence writes.

Free plastic carrier bags are often referred to as single use; however, this doesn’t take into account their downstream use as bin liners for example. Studies show that, in South Australia when this change occurred, sales of bags for refuse massively increased. In many cases, these bin liners are heavier than carrier bags, so more plastic reaches landfill. Additionally, if light-weight supermarket bags are replaced with thicker bags that customers pay a small fee for, while these are designed to be reusable for a while, if they eventually end up as bin liners the negative environmental impact is even greater.

In Europe they have taken some steps to avoid this use of the sturdier bags for refuse, by describing them as a ‘Bag for Life’ so when they are no longer suitable for carrying groceries, they can be returned to the supermarket for recycling and replaced with a new one free of charge. It’s important to point out however that the colourful branding with supermarket logos etc. provides another negative environmental impact compared to plain light- weight bags.

Many would be surprised at the findings when sustainability of different carrier bags is assessed throughout their full lifecycle. A common reaction is to assume paper bags have the lowest environmental impact. In fact, although studies vary, all agree that paper bags have higher or equal environmental impact (depending upon which specific impact is being measured) as light- weight plastic bags and fabric reusable bags. Paper is only more favourable if measuring eutrophication, as manufacturing and recycling paper carrier bags has a lower impact on our waterways in terms of release of nutrients. In considering other types of environmental impact, resource use, energy and greenhouse gas production, the most favourable carrier bags are light-weight plastic and reusable fabric bags.

Looking more closely at reusable fabric bags, focus clearly needs to shift to how many times they are actually reused. To ensure their impact remains the most favourable they must be reused at least 100 times, with some analysis claiming this can be as high as 175 times. This varies depending on their actual composition, be it PP, PET, cotton or hemp and the like. Many are not sturdy enough to last the distance, in terms of stitching etc. Some customers also raise concerns about hygiene and no studies have taken into account the impacts of regularly washing bags.

While not as numerous as supermarket bags, it would be good to see investigations into other types of free shopping bags at retail outlets. The formats of these are wide and variable – high quality, heavy- weight, paper and plastic – many with elaborate ribbon and cord handles so that when customers recycle them, they are unlikely to deconstruct them into separate components that are compatible with recycling together.

Many DIY stores are giving customers access to cardboard packaging that their goods have been delivered to the store in. This was popular for groceries in many parts of the world years ago. While this could be acceptable to many customers, space is premium in supermarkets and this may not fit with the in-store image large chains want to portray.

Once light-weight carrier bags are gone, will the focus shift to the smaller light-weight grocery bags used for customers to select their own loose produce? Increasingly, there are options emerging to buy fabric reusable versions of these and in reality they could themselves be reused several times as they are not subject to the stresses put on carrier bags.

There are so many factors that come into play when assessing which carrier bags are truly best for the environment. An Australia-wide approach is more likely to achieve the best outcome, rather than individual states and supermarket chains making random decisions. Light-weight plastic carrier bags are not necessarily the worst environmental option, so perhaps the focus needs to move to offering customers effective ways to recycle them. Essentially, their composition is almost identical to many soft plastics used to package all types of products used in the home, and courier bags from online shopping. We shouldn’t accept that these are destined for landfill. Light-weight plastic carrier bags can be diverted into schemes that are emerging for such household waste.

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Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence FAIP PhD is National President of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP). 

High volume, high speed stretch wrappers

Food manufacturers looking for pallet wrappers that deliver speed, reliability, economy and safety need look no further than the Octopus Ring Pallet Wrapper from Signode.

The last step of many food manufacturing processes, pallet wrapping helps ensure products are not only secure and ready for shipping but also that they arrive at their final destination in good condition.

Businesses which use pallet wrappers want the process to be completed with a minimum of fuss and without putting staff in physical danger. In summary, they are looking for machines that are reliable, accurate, fast and safe.

Haloila, a member of the Signode Industrial Group, has been manufacturing the Octopus automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper for over 30 years. With over 6,000 units installed world-wide, these high speed systems are capable of wrapping up to 135 pallets an hour.

“Businesses which use the Octopus want to achieve a higher level of reliability, whether to cope with their current demand, or due to increased production necessitating a faster solution,” Andre de Wet from Signode (the exclusive suppliers of the Octopus range in Australia and New Zealand) told Food & Beverage Industry News.

Fully automatic, the machines employ the “Octopus ring method”, whereby the wrapping film reel is suspended from a ring and it revolves around the pallet. The ring is raised and lowered according to the wrapping program.

Because the pallet remains stationary throughout the process, the system can easily handle unstable or lightweight products. There are no centrifugal forces to cause stress or strain on the load or equipment.

As the ring can be accurately positioned in the vertical direction, wrapping can be started and finished at any height required. In addition, the Octopus provides optimal load containment while optimising film usage.

“We have a range of different Octopus machines, in various sizes to cover different sizes of operation,” said de Wet.

“We can spec a machine to particular needs, by modifying the ring diameter to match the ring size and different rotation speeds and/or dual film application to match required production output.”

Reliability

De Wet warns against businesses opting for cheap pallet wrappers. “If people are driven purely by price they will get what they pay for,” he said. “Very often we go into a facility and see that the company has invested in a machine that is not delivering – at some point in time someone has convinced them that the cheaper alternative will do the job when actually it doesn’t.”

Reliable pallet wrapping is important because it sits at the end of the production line. “If it fails, if this area stops, or is slow, everything behind it is limited. Because if you can’t get it out, there’s no point in producing it,” he said.

Features of the Octopus Ring Pallet Wrapper include a load stabiliser to ensure unstable loads remain intact throughout the wrapping operation and an integrated top sheet dispenser which provides automatic weather-proofing without taking up floor space.

Optional add-ons include the “Logowrap System” which automatically inserts printed stretch film to a pallet load during the normal wrapping cycle and the “Octomax” performance monitoring system which is designed to reduce film costs, eliminate downtime and simplify maintenance.

Safety and service

“Safety is a big thing in Australia. When I came here I was truly impressed by the attitude to it,” said de Wet. “Octopus includes multiple features, such as the RCS automatic reel change system, that keep the operator away from the machine during operation without hampering production.  We also have locking mechanisms that ensure safety during maintenance and easy access to motors by driving the ring down to a comfortable working height.”

As part of the installation process, Signode provides training for operators and in-house maintenance staff. This includes direction in the safe use and proper care for the equipment.

De Wet pointed out that service is an important part of the equation. “The fact that we have a local presence across Australia and New Zealand also assures that we fully understand the customer’s requirements when setting up the machine’s specifications,” he said.

Another recent development in this is “Octoface”, a solution that allows the company’s experts to interact with an Octopus machine anywhere in the world over a secure Ethernet connection.

“The way the world deals with data and interacts with equipment has changed significantly in recent years,” said de Wet. “Octoface allows our customers to monitor their machines wherever they may be located, allowing access to useful information about the wrapper’s efficiencies and production rates.”

Fully automatic, the machines employ the "Octopus ring method", whereby the wrapping film reel is suspended from a ring and it revolves around the pallet.
Fully automatic, the machines employ the “Octopus ring method”, whereby the wrapping film reel is suspended from a ring and it revolves around the pallet.

 

 

 

Accuracy

Increasingly, food and beverage products are being delivered to retailers in “shelf ready” packaging. Spices, sauces, potato chips and so forth are packed by the manufacturer in branded cartons which are opened by supermarket staff, then placed directly on shelves for display.

“We just completed an install for a company in the food industry where the problem was damage to cartons,” said de Wet.

“The problem was that when the stretch wrapper was applying the film to the pallet, it was applying it too tightly and was corrupting the edges of the carton. They couldn’t find a happy medium between relaxing the film pressure, and still maintaining a safe product/secure pallet.”

Octopus machines were able to solve the problem by changing both prestretch of the film and lay on force. By getting both variables right, they were able to keep a stable pallet without damaging the cartons.

“What’s special about our machine is we can control that lay on force within a load, so we can start high and reduce and increase within one single pallet wrap. Our prestretch is very accurate,” said de Wet.

Packaging as part of the food waste solution

While there are clear humanitarian, environmental and economic reasons to reduce food waste, the solutions to the problem are not as clear. We spoke to Karl Deily, President of Sealed Air Food Care to hear his views on how to best address this problem.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that one third of all food produced globally each year is wasted.

Food waste also has major environmental implications. According to the World Resources Institute, if global food wastage were a country, it would rank only behind China and the US as the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter.

In Australia, according to the Federal Government, consumers waste 20 per cent of food they buy, while the commercial and industrial sectors waste around three million tonnes of food annually. All this is estimated to cost the Australian economy $20 billion a year.

The Federal Government has committed to reducing Australia’s food waste by 50 per cent by 2030. It will hold a National Food Waste summit involving government, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector in November this year. The government has flagged the possibility of introducing incentives to reduce the amount of food ending up as landfill.

In other words, there has never been a better time than now for industry to address the problem. With this in mind, Food & Beverage Industry News caught up with Karl Deily, President of Sealed Air Food Care (pictured below) to hear his views.

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Where and why?

First off, Deily explained that food loss and food waste are two distinct things. The former includes food that is lost during harvesting, while the latter covers waste by the processor, retailer or consumer.

While food loss is still a significant problem in the developing world, Deily explained that it is not as significant in developed economies. “In modern economies around the world most of the food is lost at the retailer and consumer level,” he said. “At the retailer it can be as high as 12 – 15 per cent, with some produce items as high as 30 per cent on a weight basis. When you look at calories wasted, dairy and meat products are significant contributors.”

There are a number of causes for the food waste problem. At the consumer level, much of it comes down to a lack of awareness.

According to Deily, while Australia ranks relatively highly in this regard, globally “most consumers don’t feel that they’re responsible for food waste, or its not high on their agenda but they feel they contribute to it.”

In actual fact, throwing out food has a significant impact.

“If a consumer throws away 2kg of meat they’re not just throwing away the meat. They’re also throwing away over 2,000 litres of water, 1kg of grain, 23kg of CO2 emission that it took to produce the product, process it distribute it and get it to the consumer,” said Deily.

At the retail level, the causes of food waste are more complex. The issue of “ugly produce” or food that does not meet the cosmetic standards of retailers (or consumers) is one important factor. According to Deily, shelf life is another. Too often, supermarkets find themselves having to either mark down prices as products approach their “best by” dates or, worse still, throw away food that has passed this date.

“Everyone is grappling with the difference between best before date, use buy date, sell by date, etc. These can all be very confusing,” said Deily. “They’re based on a statistical model, [whereby] if you have a sell by date and the food is thrown away, 50 per cent of the food you are throwing away is perfectly good because you have to determine an average life for the product.”

He pointed to a proposal to simplify the system by introducing a clear “Expires On” date which would only be used for foods such as meat where food safety can’t be compromised.

Other foods, like yoghurt, would carry only a “Best if used by” date. Consumers would be encouraged to use their discretion (and senses) to work out if such foods are still okay.

Solutions

According to Deily, reducing food waste requires an end-to-end approach.

“We have to have logistics that protect the product through transportation. We have to have technologies that enable the retailer to merchandise the product in a way that minimises waste. Then we have to come up with labelling and information that resonates with the consumer,” he said.

According to Deily, packaging can be part of the solution.

“If you show consumers a cucumer unwrapped then show them one wrapped, they’ll say they want the unpackaged product because plastic has got to be bad for the environment,” he said.

However, what they don’t factor in is the fact that the packaged item lasts two to three times longer than the unpackaged item. Therefore it is more likely to make it to the consumer and less likely to end up as landfill where it will rot and produce methane (a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2).

Deily added that in the case of meat, when the whole supply chain is considered, the carbon foot print of the product may be up to 300-400 times larger than that of its packaging. “So we look at what technologies can we use to extend the life of the product as long as possible,” he said.

Emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) will play an important role in reducing food waste.

According to Deily, IoT can help with tracking product, monitoring product temperature, and even with inventory and management control.

“IoT through connectivity and Quick Response (QR) or bar coding can ensure the oldest product is shipped and consumed first. And that there is better coordination between what is sold at retail and what is needed to be produced for replenishment of stock,” he said.

This technology can even help the consumer.

“We’re working on some QSR code technologies through the IoT which will drive an improved engagement with the consumer and the products they buy. This will enable the consumer to better understand how to use it, how to cook it and whether it’s okay to freeze at the end of its shelf-life,” said Deily.

Benefits for businesses

Apart from its humanitarian and environmental costs, food waste makes bad business sense.

“Globally, it’s estimated that 1.2 billion kg of meat is thrown out at retail every year… Businesses are throwing away over US$9b of product that they don’t sell,” said Deily.

The good news is that cost and waste reduction go hand-in-hand.

To illustrate the pointed Deily pointed to a study Sealed Air did for a UK retailer. By changing the package format in just one food category the retailer was able to reduce the amount of food they were throwing away by 350,000kg and provide a new package format that appealed to the consumer. This equated to an increase of value of US$19m from reduced food waste and increased product sales.

“We have data to show that every dollar you invest to minimise food waste there is about a $14 return on investment,” said Deily. “This is why prevention is preferred over strategies that either recycle or recover food that is about to become waste.”

Sealed Air

Deily pointed out that Sealed Air, predominantly a plastic packaging supplier, is judged by some as part of the problem. But he maintains the company is part of the solution.

For example, the company’s award winning Cryovac Darfresh on Tray more than doubles the shelf life of red meat when compared to the standard Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) process. In addition, it produces no film scrap and up to 40 per cent less material waste.

Another product, the Cryovac Freshness Plus film includes components which absorb oxygen before it reaches the product thereby enabling significant shelf life extension of products such as avocado and bakery goods.

Food waste at the manufacturing level can be effectively managed through improved process technology. Deily explained that this is because the sector operates in a closed environment and can therefore ensure that all processes are monitored and controlled.

Pork producers, for example, make it their business to market and merchandise almost every part of the animal. Apart from food for human consumption, they produce animal food and can even make fertiliser through blood recovery techniques.

“A lot of the loss for processors is just losing some of the economic value, so we work a lot with customers on making sure they maintain the highest value of their product by improving the yields and operational efficiency,” said Deily.

For example, Sealed Air has implemented technologies for deboning a turkey breast as thoroughly and efficiently as possible. The company works in processing plants to help in ways that (directly or indirectly) help reduce waste.

Finally, Deily mentioned Sealed Air’s efforts to reduce food waste by smarter portioning. “We look to deliver product that can be portioned in smaller portions, in a manner that is good for the whole value chain.”

Around the world Sealed Air’s new packaging solutions and technologies are being recognised. Closer to home in Australia and New Zealand, Cryovac Darfresh for fresh pork and Cryovac Freshness Plus for fresh avocado won the votes of the judging panel at the 2016 and 2017 ANZ Save Food Packaging Awards. Each solution was able to significantly extend the shelf life, enable wider food distribution and access, all while reducing food waste.

Darfresh On Tray.
Darfresh On Tray.

 

 

First recyclable coffee cup ready to be trialled

With Australians consuming 50,000 takeaway coffees every 30 minutes, Australia’s first recyclable coffee cup will be introduced this month as part of a trial to reduce the impact of coffee cups on landfill, with cafes and specialty coffee roasters across Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney the first to test the exclusive concept.

Detpak, an Australian-owned specialist paper and board packaging manufacturer dedicated to the food service industry, has partnered with Smart Planet Technologies to create the RecycleMe cup that is easy for consumers to recycle using the existing paper and cardboard recycling stream, and provides commercial returns for the paper recyclers that aren’t available with existing coffee cups.

The coffee cup comes in 8oz and 12oz sizes and will be used for one week commencing Monday 14 August. Dedicated blue bins will be available at each trial location for customers to dispose of their lids and empty cups. The cups will then be baled up and taken to a paper recycling facility for processing into material that can be turned into new paper and cardboard products.

Detpak general manager for marketing and innovation Tom Lunn said: “Previous trials of dedicated coffee cup recycling bins in Australia last year show there is an appetite to make a difference for the environment and address the war on waste, as paper cups continue to have a huge impact on the volume of landfill globally.

“There’s still a misconception that paper coffee cups can be recycled, when they are actually lined with a plastic membrane of polyethylene (PE) to make them waterproof. This lining proves expensive and difficult for recyclers to separate from paperboard.

The coffee cup is made with a mineral based lining which allows the lining to be easily removed during the recycling process. 96 per cent of the coffee cup can be recycled into new products such as paperback covers and cardboard products. The paper can potentially be recycled in this way up to seven times, compared to the 1 billion paper cups that end up in the landfill each year. It is estimated that only one per cent of plant based lined cups currently make it to commercial composting each year.

Lunn said the new cup technology will be a great forward solution for recycling facilities as they won’t have to change their equipment or invest in special handling.

“We recognise that disposable cup waste is an environmental issue but economics are important too. There is no capital investment required from the paper recycling plant and the RecycleMeTM cup minimises cost implications for businesses in handling paper cups, providing commercial returns for the paper recyclers that they don’t get from the current PE-lined cups,” he said.

Detpak is working with collection partner Veolia to devise a long-term solution that will allow paper cups to be recycled through common paper and board recycling processes, with the aim to have coffee cups available for commercial sale within six months of the trial’s completion. Keep South Australia Beautiful (KESAB) will be providing consumers with waste and recycling education and importantly auditing the trial program.

RecycleMe coffee cup trials commenced on Monday 14 August in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Sydney across select partner outlets.

 

Lidding film for demanding applications

KM Packaging Services has launched a new lidding film created especially for demanding applications, offering enhanced seal integrity and puncture resistance. The  KPeel Flex Pet film continues to help drive down food waste in the manufacturing and supply chain.

The lidding film offers high impact resistance even under frozen conditions, and is particularly suited to applications where food is pre-baked or cooked in a tray before film sealing takes place. Compatible with Cpet, Apet, PVC and coated foil trays, KPeel Flex Pet copes particularly well with food contamination on the tray rim, as well as any tray distortion caused by the pre-bake/cook process.

Available in 42, 52 and 62 microns, the lidding film can be specified as standard or high barrier. Offering strong hot and cold peels, the new film provides a high clarity solution that is also suitable for microwave cooking and will retain robust seal integrity during cooling, storage, distribution and retail.

“KM Packaging is working tirelessly to not only anticipate trends in demand and introduce exciting new products, but also to ensure that those new products help to tackle some of the issues faced by the food processing and packaging sectors. KPeel Flex Pet is a real breakthrough in technology that we are confident provides a robust, reliable solution to protect all manner of foodstuffs, and it is rapidly becoming a go-to film for demanding sealing requirement,” said KM Packaging’s Commercial Director Graham Holding.

AIP to host the 2018 WorldStar Awards for packaging

The World Packaging Organisation (WPO) has announced that The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) will host the 2018 WorldStar Awards.

The awards, which are the pre-eminent international packaging awards, will run as a part of the biennial AIP National Conference which will be held from 2 – 3 May at the Marriott Hotel, in Surfers Paradise.

According to AIP, WorldStar illustrates the continual advancement of the state of packaging design and technology and creates a standard of international packaging excellence from which others may learn.

The awards are presented only to those packs which, having already won recognition in a national or regional competitions, are compared by an expert panel of judges to similar packs from around the world.

The complete package

Sydney-based Jet Technologies combines experience with international expertise to deliver complete packaging solutions. We spoke to the company’s founder and Managing Director, Albert Malki.

In 1967, a then 19-year-old Albert Malki began working in his family’s packaging business in Italy. A decade or so later, in 1981, he moved to Sydney to try his luck in the Australian packaging industry.

“I tried to act as a bridge between the industry in Italy and Australia,” Malki, Managing Director of Jet Technologies told Food & Beverage Industry News.

“I started with importing plastic raw materials for packaging as well as machinery for processing, such as extruders, printing presses, bag sealing machines, thermal forming lines and so on.”

In the early days, the business was a “one-man show”, operating out of a 60sqm room in Bondi Junction.

Since then Jet Technologies has grown significantly. “Today we employ 48 people all over Australia – most in Sydney, but we also have staff in Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as New Zealand,” said Malki.

Recently, the company opened a branch in Indonesia which employs 16 staff. “We pretty much copied the success of what we’ve achieved in Australia and New Zealand,” he added.

Apart from packaging, the company now also has printing and manufacturing divisions which are run by Malki’s sons, Jack Malki and Daniel Malki respectively.

The packaging division offers both consumables and machinery. It focuses a lot of energy on food packaging, particularly for the meat, coffee and dairy sectors.

Its product range include adhesives, smooth wall aluminium trays, filling and sealing machinery, degassing valves, die-cutting and roll fed lidding, coffee bags with valves, vertical form fill seal machinery, manual tray sealing machines with gas flushing twist-off closures, and tray seal machinery.

Forging key partnerships

According to Malki, there has been a major transformation in the Australian packaging over the past 30 years. In the 80s a lot of products, such as bottles, flexible packaging, and caps were made in Australia.

“Many of these manufacturers have either been taken over or merged with others,” he explained. “Or in some cases they have moved their factories overseas or in other cases they have simply disappeared.”

“I remember when there were around 50 [manufacturers] in each state. Now they could be counted on the fingers of one hand.”

During the 80s and 90s, Jet Technologies capitalised on this transformation by establishing partnerships with several major international suppliers.

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Albert Malki, Managing Director of Jet Technologies (centre), pictured with Jack Malki (left) and Daniel Malki.

 

“For example, when Amcor stopped producing twist-top caps to closures, we started importing them. And the same thing happened with lidding. That comes from the world’s largest manufacturer, the closure which I use for jars of tomato sauces, juice, and so on,” said Malki.

Today the company’s partners include Crown (a leader in metal packaging technology), Constantia Flexibles (part of Constantia Packaging AG), Italian packaging giant Goglio and others.

According to Malki, being associated with such heavy weights gives Jet Technologies a significant advantage over competitors.

“When you deal with big boys it really puts you in a situation where you can go with confidence to the market and if there is a problem you know they will always back you up,” he said. “That has always been my mantra.”

Complete solution

Jet Technologies offers complete packaging solutions.

“We take a look at clients, then supply them all the machinery and consumables they need – everything except the food itself!” said Malki.

“In contrast, there are many packaging providers that supply only the machines or only the case packer. Or maybe they supply only the filling machine or VFFS machines or some film.

Then, sometimes if they supply the film they don’t supply the aluminium or the paper.”

On top of that is the expertise that comes with 50 years’ experience.

According to Malki, clients regularly encounter technical problems. For example, they may not know the correct film structure for a particular application or may be unsure how to solve a problem of sealability when hot filling at high temperatures.

“Maybe they’re going to be sterilising the product after heating and that creates issues on the production line. They need to know how to cool off the product quickly after it was heated to 120 degrees celcius,” he said.

“It’s not that straight forward for someone who sells packaging to know the answers to all these points. It’s called experience at the end.”

The company offers extensive technical support. “Particularly in Sydney and Melbourne we have a very good setup where the technicians are local and can service the clients very quickly,” said Malki.

Packaging trends

Malki said that barrier film, which extends the shelf-life of food products and helps open export markets, is an important product at the moment.

“We are offering more in cups and also lidding. Generally, it all goes in the direction of barrier,” he said.

Freshness is also very important right now.

“For example, for pre-cooked meals, we see more and more aluminium being used in trays rather than plastic. It’s a very good way to maintain the freshness of the product, plus it can be cooked or heated in the oven. Few people know that an aluminium tray can be used in microwave ovens,” he said.

“In UK supermarkets, they typically have three or four aisles of pre-cooked meals, while in Australia at the moment it is just in a small corner. We feel this is an industry that can grow more and more.”

Malki expects the demand for packaging to double in coming years. Expansion is therefore very much on the agenda for Jet Technologies.

“We’re hiring new people to make this a reality. I have this vision on both the consumables and the materials,” he said. “We feel they have a lot of potential and they can save a lot of money and expand the horizon of our clients.”

 

 

Tetra Pak boosts new food packaging solution

Food processing and packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak is ramping up its offering of Tetra Recart in the Australian and New Zealand markets, providing a new solution for food manufacturers.

According to the company, Tetra Recart is the world’s first retortable carton package, which provides an alternative to cans, stand-up pouches and glass jars.

“Having witnessed the success and popularity of Tetra Recart in other markets we’ve decided to make it more readily available to Australian and New Zealand manufacturers as well,” said Craig Salkeld, Managing Director, Tetra Pak Oceania.

The packaging solution not only provides various benefits to customers, but is also functional and convenient for consumers, while offering a more sustainable option from an environment standpoint.

According to the company, it is a modern packaging solution with high consumer appeal. In a survey covering six countries in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East, 79 per cent of consumers who had bought Tetra Recart at least once said they preferred it over a can.

The report also showed that consumers perceive shelf-stable food packed in Tetra Recart to be fresher compared to food in a traditional tin can, as it does not carry the metallic taste from its packaging.

Tetra Recart has also been named as a finalist in the inaugural Australian Packaging and Innovation Awards, for 2017 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Food Category, a further testament of Tetra Recart’s modern and innovative design appeal for businesses and consumers alike.

The product was designed with simplicity in mind. It provides consumers with convenience, as the lightweight material and cubic design means it is easy to carry, transport and store. The cartons come with a perforated edge opening, which enables quick and safe opening of the package, even for younger users.

It pours easily with a full-top opening, and can be flattened when it needs to be discarded. Each aspect of the package functionality provides ease of use for the modern, busy consumer.

 

 

 

 

Tetra Pak to invest in packaging plants in South Asia, East Asia & Oceania

Food processing and packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak has  announced a $33 million investment in its first plant for Packaging Closures in South Asia, East Asia and Oceania. The facility is set to capture the region’s rapid market growth for packaging with Closures, forecast to grow by more than 30 percent between 2015 to 2018.

The advanced regional manufacturing facility will be located within the company’s existing Straws and Strips Plant in Rayong, Thailand, and will become operational in early 2018. With a production capacity of more than three billion units per year, the new plant will enable customers across the region to access locally produced Closures for the first time.

“Consumers in our region are increasingly looking for packaging that is functional and convenient, in order to suit their progressively busy lifestyles” said Michael Zacka, Regional Vice President – Tetra Pak South Asia, East Asia and Oceania. “Being the industry leader, we are committed to drive innovation and help our customers address the evolving market needs. With this new facility we will be able to provide our customers with a wider portfolio of Caps and Closures, with shorter lead time and enhanced quality, efficiency and flexibility.”

Besides producing new generation Closures such as HeliCap 23, HeliCap 27 and DreamCap 26, the factory will also produce bio-based Closures, to help drive the sustainability agenda. Additionally, the location of the new factory will reduce CO2 emissions through reduced transportation from the production site to the final customer. And finally, the technology used in the plant will also minimise energy consumption during production.

The announcement comes two months after Tetra Pak announced $138 million investment in a new regional Packaging Material manufacturing facility in Vietnam, to build the company’s manufacturing footprint in Asia, alongside existing production facilities in Singapore, India and Japan.

Speakers confirmed for packaging & processing forums

The latest speakers have been confirmed for the 2017 Packaging & Processing Week National Technical Forums which will run alongside AUSPACK 2017 this March.

The forums are expected to attract delegates from all facets of the packaging and processing industry. They will include both technologist and management level personnel who work in roles including design, development, marketing, production, engineering, supply chain and logistics as well as equipment suppliers, raw material providers, users of packaging, retailers and consumers.

The speakers and topics to be covered include:

  • Dr. Angeline Achariya, Chief Executive Officer, Food Innovation Centre – “How to accelerate and de-risk your innovations for sustainable business growth”.
  • Jason Goode FAIP, Group Packaging and Process Improvement Manager, Simplot Australia – “Industry-Based Packaging Specification System (PaSS) Progress Report”.
  • Tanya Barden (pictured), Director Economics and Sustainability, Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) will be presenting the Latest AFGC State of Industry Report: Trends and Development in the Australian Food and Beverage Market.
  • Philip Trauboth, Sales Manager (Cutting & Packaging technology), ALPMA in Germany – “Understanding the latest trends in Cutting and Packaging”.
  • Laura Jones, Trend and Innovation Consultant, Mintel – ” Packaging Wrap Up: A fast-forward look at how the next generation of packaging is engaging consumers”.

The four-day, 42 speaker event runs from 7-10 March at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park.

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Registrations now open for major processing and packaging event

Organisers, Exhibitions and Trade Fairs, have opened registrations for the free to attend AUSPACK 2017, taking place at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park on 7 – 10 March 2017.

AUSPACK 2017 is on track to be the biggest Sydney show in its history coinciding with the recent announcement that with five months out, 95% of exhibition space has already been sold.

“Visitors can expect a number of new elements to this year’s offering on the exhibition floor,” said Exhibition Director Luke Kasprzak.

“We’re always looking for ways to innovate, which includes the ongoing strategic partnership with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and their full schedule industry-led educational forum and this year’s launch of a dedicated Processing Day which is sure to attract the interest of the food and beverage processing industry at our free, four day event.”

“As the industry moves towards smarter engineering, data, automation and robotics become key so it is imperative we highlight this trend on the show floor. Other trends featured include food safety and hygiene, active and intelligent packaging and a continued focus on food processing.”

Leading exhibitors include Walls Machinery, insignia, Case Packaging Systems, Biotec Solutions, Matthews, Contract Packaging Systems and Visy and major international exhibitors include Cama, Concetti, Multiplex Packaging, Qimarox and Krueger & Salecker Mascinenbau.

Some highlights on display will include the recently launched Ishida X-ray inspection systems, an Australian First Multi Flex1 Twin Stretch Hooder from Danish company Lachenmeier and new Shrink Tunnels for robotic packaging from AUTOPACK.

“It’s all about maximising the visitor’s time while onsite at AUSPACK 2017 to ensure their business objectives are met and their expectations exceeded,” said Kasprzak.

“As Australasia’s most comprehensive, free, food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing and packaging exhibition, there is a lot to pack into four days so we want to make their experience as simple and useful as possible.”

Concurrent events include the Official Networking Drinks, on the first day for exhibitors and VIP Visitors to network and unwind, the 2017 AIP National Technical Forums and the inaugural Packaging and Innovation Design Awards (PIDA).

AUSPACK 2017 is Australasia’s most comprehensive processing and packaging event, and is taking place 7 – 10 March at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park. The event is free to attend.

To register for free, please visit the AUSPACK website:   https://www.auspack.com.au/

Amcor acquires US plastics business

Australian packaging company Amcor said on Friday it will buy a plastic container manufacturing business from US based Sonoco Products for $280 million.

The acquired business, Sonoco Specialty Containers, makes moulded packaging for food, drink and pharmaceuticals, Amcor said in a statement. It will expand Amcor’s rigid plastics division and allow the company to access US customers, Amcor said.

“Part of our strategy to grow this business includes acquiring specialized manufacturing capabilities which unlock further growth,” Amcor Chief Executive Ron Delia said in the statement.

Over many years Amcor Rigid Plastics has built a position in the specialty container segment through its Diversified Products business, by developing capabilities in house and acquiring specialised technologies.

This acquisition will significantly enhance Amcor’s product offering by adding complementary capabilities and technologies, including more extensive extrusion blow molding and injection technologies, expertise in producing polyethylene, polypropylene and multi-layer containers, as well as additional decorating capabilities.

Total sales of specialty benefits of approximately US$20 million and underlying market growth, this acquisition is expected to add approximately US$50 million of PBIT to Amcor’s Rigid Plastics segment at the end of the third full year of ownership. Additional growth opportunities underpinned by a broader product offering will further enhance returns on this acquisiton beyond that timeframe.

Amcor CEO and Managing Director Ron Delia said: “The Amcor Rigid Plastics business has significant growth opportunities, including in segments outside of the traditional non-alcoholic beverage markets. Part of our strategy to grow this business includes acquiring specialised manufacturing capabilities which unlock further growth in key segments.”

PET bottles and aseptic filling

A new era has dawned at Jus de Fruits d’Alsace (JFA), a French producer of fruit and vegetable juices. As Laurent Olivier explains, the company has entered the PET bottle market.

JFA was founded back in 1956, originally as a marketing initiative for regional apple-growers in the north east of France. Over the decades, the company then changed hands internationally several times, until the French family firm Laiterie de Saint-Denis-de-l’Hôtel (LSDH) integrated JFA in its group of companies in 2008.

Since then, around 40 million euros have been channelled into the facility in the Alsatian village of Sarre-Union. One major focus was the installation of a high-bay warehouse, supplied by Krones in 2012 complete with the building that houses it, which provides space for 35,000 pallets.

The second major investment was into a new syrup kitchen, with the third modernisation step, finally, taken in April 2015 and covering a new aseptic line from Krones for filling PET containers.

Up until then, JFA had concentrated its filling operations on soft packages. On 15 cartoning lines, the company produced around four fifths of its output, with a non-returnable-glass line supplementing the production kit. So the mix up till then was 80 per cent carton, 20 per cent glass.

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“The aim here was to optimise the production operation logistically,” said former factory manager Daniel Eva (pictured right). “JFA’s plant is situated in the vicinity of the German border and the Benelux countries, a fact that offers us good opportunities for the future. Its geographical location predestines it for expansion north- and eastwards.”

Two thirds of JFA’s output are dealer’s brands for the major players on the French retail market, and about 20 per cent are well-known fruit juice brands that the company produces under license. The rest consists of contract-filling and a few brands of its own, like the LSDH brand Cidoux.

With the new aseptic line for PET containers, a second major investment target was achieved.

“We can now optimise the container mix for our key accounts. Because we have an option for providing products in soft packages, glass and in PET in a single truck consignment,” explained Jérôme Buhler (above left), Eva’s successor.

“The third goal was to be able in future to fill not only dealer’s brands but branded products as well into PET, thus boosting the latter’s acceptance among consumers,” added Eva.

Simply irresistible

LSDH decide the choice was between aseptic or cold chain.

“Hotfill has never been a viable alternative for us,” emphasised Eva. “Aseptic filling is quite simply more gentle on the products. When we were considering our investment, we knew already that Krones was at that time developing the new process of a 100-per-cent-aseptic block.

“The Contiform AseptBloc system premiered at the Drinktec 2013 ultimately proved persuasive for us, not least in comparison to other vendors. For me personally, when it came down to it the aseptic process from Krones was more important than the price.”

And there was another plus. With the newly developed valve, the filler is able to bottle both still and carbonated beverages in aseptic mode. So far, JFA has made use only of the option for filling still NFC juices, concentrate-based juices, squashes and vegetable juices in PET containers with a 38-millimetre neck finish.

Now it still has an option available for likewise producing carbonated drinks with a fruit-juice content in future and filling these in containers with a 28-millimetre neck finish. It was not least for this purpose that JFA had a VarioAsept shell-and-tube heat exchanger installed, for flash-pasteurising soft drinks with a fruit-juice content, plus a second disinfection unit for 28-millimetre closures.

Operators handle all machines

The new line has been working in three-shift operation right from the start. Three employees, supported by one bottling manager, are sufficient to run it.

Another advantage was that there were no language barriers with the Krones personnel during installation and commissioning, since the Alsace is bilingual by tradition, meaning French is spoken there alongside German.

And Krones’ capability of supplying both the filling kit and the process technology involved made cooperation even easier for Eva and Buhler.

“In terms of process engineering, in particular, Krones has made substantial progress over recent years,” said Eva. “Being able to single-source everything made it a whole lot simpler for us.”

Long continuous running

The line now bottles up to 15 different products per week. Its maximum speed is 36,000 containers an hour. A choice of six mould sets are available, for blow-moulding both round and square containers.

Five of these (in sizes of 1.0 litre, 1.5 litres and 2.0 litres) have been designed for still beverages, and one mould is used specifically for blow-moulding a bottle later to contain carbonated beverages.

“Given the frequent product change-overs, it’s vital to minimise the times needed for intermediate cleaning,” said Buhler.

But not every product change-over inevitably necessitates an intermediate rinsing routine. Although the continuous running time has been acceptance-tested at 120 hours, in the case of the shell-and-tube heat exchanger JFA performs an intermediate cleaning routine after 72 hours, just to be on the safe side – especially when products with a pulp content are being handled.

“The figure we’re achieving for steam consumption, at 0.4 tons per hour, is a very good one. It shows that the shell-and-tube heat exchanger works at a high level of excellence, by balancing its own energy requirements itself,” said Buhler.

After the line had been acceptance-tested, JFA concluded a five-year maintenance agreement with Krones, which is linked to a set point operating efficiency. “The ultimate goal is for us to be able to perform maintenance routines ourselves after that,” explained Eva.

And “just in passing”, JFA also refurbished its existing glass line while the aseptic line was installed. The glass bottles are now dressed on two Prontomatic cold-glue labellers. So as to guarantee optimum label placement, JFA purchases adhesives from KIC Krones.

As a versatile all-rounder, the Variopac Pro WTFS can produce full-size cartons, trays with film, trays without film, or just film-wrapped packs. This packer has replaced several discrete machines.

“The Variopac has enabled us to reduce staffing levels per shift from six to four operators,” said Buhler.

For the former plant manager and for the present one as well, the target is to turn their Jus de Fruits d’Alsace plant into the most efficient facility within the LSDH Group. That should be no problem.

APPMA heading back to PACK EXPO

The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) will be exhibiting in the Association Partner Pavilion for the fourth consecutive year at PACK EXPO International 2016.

To be held on the 6 – 9 November in Chicago, Illinois, USA, PACK EXPO International is the most comprehensive processing and packaging trade show in the world in 2016. If you are looking for an industry exhibition that delivers unique supplier innovation, crossover technologies, peer interaction and industry education that will energise, inspire, inform and prepare you for the future, nothing else comes close.

With an anticipated 45,000+ attendees from 40+ vertical markets, 7,000+ international buyers from 130+ countries and more than 2,000 exhibiting companies occupying over 1.1+million net square feet there is no other place to be in November.

“The APPMA is proud to support PACK EXPO year-on-year as this event offers global exposure for our Member capabilities and access for companies looking for innovative Australian manufactured packaging and processing machinery and agency opportunities,” said Mark Dingley, Chairman of the APPMA/

The APPMA represents Australia’s leading packaging and processing machinery and allied components companies and members include manufacturers, distributors and importers of packaging and processing machinery who are suppliers to industries such as food, beverage, dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, confectionery, bakery and fresh produce.”

“The APPMA will be a participating exhibitor in the Amazing Packaging Race again in 2016 and we are extremely proud of our small contribution to this fabulous event for packaging students in the US. The Amazing Packaging Race will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, during the last day of PACK EXPO International with participating students making their way around the vast 1.1+ million net square feet of show floor space to complete a series of tasks assigned by exhibitors.”

“Having a presence at PACK EXPO helps the APPMA to raise our international profile and continues to build our partnership with our sister association PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. We look forward to exhibiting again in 2016 and encourage everyone to come and visit us in the Association Partner Pavilion on stand N-4510.”