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Food and Beverage Alliance’s trans fat pledge

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The International Food and Beverage Alliance’s (IFBA) has pledged to phase out industrially-processed trans-fat from the global food supply by 2023. The commitment sets an interesting precedent with regards to how other ‘food villains’ are tackled in processed foods, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

IFBA comprises 12 food and beverage powerhouses including The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, Nestle and Unilever. The pledge comes a year after the World Health Organization (WHO) launched an initiative to provide guidance for all countries on how to remove artificial trans fats from their foods, with a view to eradicating the ingredient worldwide by 2023.

WHO has singled out industrially-produced trans fats as the cause of over 500,000 deaths from coronary heart disease globally each year, and its elimination from the food supply represents a simple and effective way to save lives.

While trans fats are unmistakably linked to a range of harmful outcomes, it is by far the only contributor to dietary-related health problems. As the health impacts of other ingredients such as salt, sugar and saturated fats are increasingly scrutinized, it will be interesting to see how WHO implements similar commitments and, more significantly, how the food and drink giants respond.

“It is far easier for brands to employ other health-promoting initiatives such as portion control, clear nutritional information and responsible marketing. However, enacting changes with regards to product ingredients and formulation is an entirely different undertaking. This trans fat pledge may represent a ‘slippery slope’ that brands will need to navigate if WHO continues to crack down on renowned food villains.”

Katrina Diamonon, Consumer Insights Analyst at GlobalData

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Sustainable MAP packaging

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The integrated carton/film design of the FoodTray is mostly recyclable and can be used for a wide range of applications. Picture: Gea
The integrated carton/film design of the FoodTray is mostly recyclable and can be used for a wide range of applications. (Picture: Gea)

Gea presented a new combined solution for sustainable food packaging at IFFA 2019 in Frankfurt. The new packaging law, which came into force in Germany on January 1, 2019, requires significantly higher recycling rates for plastic packaging and will have far-reaching consequences for industry. Together with partner companies, Gea developed an ecological carton/film composite solution, known as FoodTray. The two components, which are assembled on a Gea thermoforming packaging machine, can be easily separated later by the consumer in a single motion.

Supplying a growing world population with fresh food only works with the support of safe and secure packaging. The challenge is the consumption of resources, which is constantly rising and yet must be minimized. The German packaging law stipulates recycling quotas which, for example, requires 63 percent for plastics by 2022. “The question is what the packaging industry can do to meet these requirements and how it can ultimately replace plastic,” says Hans-Günter Donges, who is responsible for overarching developments in process technology at Gea.

Bundled know-how for greater efficiency and sustainability

As a result, food manufacturers are making challenging demands on machine technology. The company has offered a proven alternative to pure plastic packaging for years with a carton/film composite solution, which has now been further adapted to market requirements and guarantees maximum flexibility. Initially, the concept focused on creating a tray from corrugated board that could also meet the requirements of modern food packaging. Thanks to the cooperation with diverse specialists from the corrugated cardboard, film and mechanical engineering sectors, including the Roba Group, Schur Flexibles Germany and Van de Velde Packaging, the requirements could now be met. FoodTray is a system packaging that combines the criteria of product claim, haptics, safety, sustainability and industrial production processes.

Composite packaging solution, yet still separable

FoodTray is a packaging solution made from the basic materials: corrugated cardboard and film. Corrugated cardboard is the most widely used packaging material worldwide and is made almost entirely of natural raw or recycled material. The film provides an outstanding barrier, helping extend food shelf life.

The FoodTray system consists of corrugated cardboard carton with film on the inside, combining the advantages of both cardboard and plastic. “We’ve reduced film content by up to 70 percent,” explains Donges. “At FoodTray, fossil-based raw materials are replaced with fibers from renewable raw materials; the recycled content is more than 80 percent. At the same time, we make no compromises in terms of stability. Likewise, the cardboard and film can be easily separated and recycled by the consumer.”

The film is thermoformed and sealed directly to the inside of the corrugated cardboard box. After this, the customerspecific packaging process can take place. “The investment costs are low and the result is ecologically sustainable packaging,” summarizes Donges. MAP packaging heights range from 20 to 60 mm and skin versions up to 20 mm, with corrugated cardboard used on the outer box.

The brand information can be printed over the entire surface, enables high-quality product presentation and meets increasing product labeling demands. Likewise, companies have the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to using resources more mindfully by investing in this sustainable solution. “At our production site in Wallau, Germany, we have put a sample system into operation where diverse customer-specific solutions can be tested,” concludes Donges invitingly.

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Packaging System for Palletised Organic Products

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Packaging System for Palletised Organic Products Beumer Group

The Beumer stretch hood A packages organic foods on different sized pallets in Ascheberg, a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, not far from our headquarters in Beckum. The client Davert supplies major customers like supermarkets, but also delivers to end customers directly. From cereal to muesli and chia seeds: the Beumer stretch hood A packages the bags and bundles of food efficiently and safely. Once the picked pallets are covered with stretch film, they are transported to high-bay storage or to shipping where they are driven on trucks to the customer’s site.

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Oil-free screw type vacuum pump

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Leybold presents the 100% oil-free screw type vacuum pump NOVADRY for food processing and packaging Atlas Copco
Picture: Leybold

Leybold presents its innovative vacuum portfolio at the international trade fair for the meat industry IFFA in Frankfurt am Main from 04 to 09 May 2019 in hall 11, booth A41. The new Novadry vacuum pump series will be the focus of the presentation. The completely newly developed, oil-free screw vacuum pump ensures significantly greater safety and efficiency in food and packaging processes.

Vacuum as a key technology

The demands placed by manufacturers and consumers on the quality, shelf life and resource efficiency of food and packaging processes are constantly increasing. This applies even more to such perishable products as for example meat or fish. Vacuum is considered as an enabling technology, contributing significantly to optimizing these processes. Therefore, Leybold developed the innovative Novadry, a new 100% oil-free, air-cooled pump, which will be launched at the IFFA.

No oil, less effort

“Many users in meat processing and packaging cannot actually tolerate vacuum pumps emitting oil,” stresses product manager Niels Gorrebeeck. Novadry prevents such contaminations. That is why Leybold designed a 100% dry pump following hygienic criteria. This increases safety in applications such as tumbling, filling, vacuum packaging and thermoforming. An additional advantage of oil-free vacuum pumps is the lower cost of ownership, as less maintenance and spare part changes are required.

In addition to the oil-free screw principle, Leybold has transferred proven components and principles from other vacuum pump series to the Novadry, including the bearing structure and the belt drive, which synchronizes the rotors in the Novadry.

Broad range of applications

The Novadry also stands out due to its long uptime and robustness. Some competitor products lose their end-pressure or reduce pumping-speed due to wear of the inner coating, for example. The Novadry, however, achieves its performance over the entire pressure range and life cycle. This makes it ideal for simple applications, which emit low amounts of humidity, such as packaging of cold products. Moreover, the pump is also perfectly suited for more demanding processes with large amounts of water vapour, for example when hot meals with temperatures of up to 95°C have to be quickly cooled down by evaporative cooling. “In addition to the air/steam mixture coming from the process, the Novadry screw vacuum pump can also handle the anticipated contamination inside the gas flow very well. These are for example organic acids, spices, vinegar or other residues,” summarizes Pierre Lantheaume, Business Development Manager Food & Packaging at Leybold.

Proven in real life

Novadry has successfully passed many qualifying field endurance tests in a wide range of food applications – tumbling, tray sealing and thermoforming. In all applications, it shows very good performance, the users reached fastest cycle times and low final pressure.

Forward-looking pump

Leybold have succeeded in developing a forward-looking product which has the potential to set a new standard for the food processing and packaging markets. This is due not only to the absence of oil, but also to the Novadry’s noise behaviour, the robust design and the low life-time costs.

Leybold at the IFFA 2019: Hall 11, Stand A 41

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