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Sig wins Environmental Award Of The Year

Sig’S Signature Pack Receives The ‘Environmental Award Of The Year’ At Gulfood Manufacturing
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Signature Pack from SIG has won another important industry award: the Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards which have now been announced at the Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai. Signature Pack, the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials, was honoured with the ‘Environmental Award of the Year’. With this award the jury acknowledges the importance this exceptional packaging provides to the food and beverage industry.

The Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards rewards best practices and innovations within the value chain of the food manufacturing industry. The expert jury members are international representatives of the food processing and packaging industries, graphics experts, equipment suppliers, scientists, the trade press, the government as well as environmental and trade organizations.

The jury’s verdict states: “Signature Pack is an excellent innovation in reducing aluminum and plastics use in packaging – great for the environment!”

Value-added packaging solution

Signature Pack is a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations for more environmentally responsible products. It is one of the latest innovations from SIG as it strives to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions as part of its mission to go Way Beyond Good. The polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the closure of the Signature Pack are 100% linked to plant-based material via a mass balance system, whereby plant-based raw materials are mixed in with conventional fossil raw materials to produce the polymers. This means that for the polymers used in the Signature Pack, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers. The amount of plant-based material is certified by recognised and audited certification schemes to ensure strict traceability and accountability.

Sustainability and responsibility are becoming increasingly important in the MEA region. Signature Pack provides a consistent answer to reducing the use of fossil raw materials as well as reducing the carbon footprint. While most companies are still in the concept phase with their ideas, Signature Pack is a solution ready for the market.

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Suitable for a large range of applications
Grass paper labels for organic products

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AstroNova introduces its range of grass paper labels, derived from grass, for high-quality organic products
The Grass paper label printed using the new toner-based QL 300 is suitable for a large range of applications. (Picture: AstroNova)

AstroNova, European headquarters of AstroNova Inc. responsible for Sales and Customer Service in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is extending its Product Identification range with new approved labelling for direct foodstuff contact.

This new paper, made from grass, provides an eco-friendly label material for organic product brand owners. Environmentally friendly packaging and labelling boosts consumer confidence in both the brand and product. This high-quality adaptable label is usable on a wide range of product types (foodstuff, cosmetics, wine, pet foods) and is particularly suitable for labelling clothing.

The manufacturing process for conventional wood pulp uses 6,000 litres of water per ton – compared to a mere 1 litre used in the production of this grass-based product; known under the reference 261.

Its permanent adhesive is perfect for small surfaces on a variety of substrates. This general-purpose adhesive is approved for direct foodstuff contact and has been awarded ISEGA Institute certification. As an option, AstroNova can also provide an acrylic dispersion adhesive, which is removable without leaving residue, from a variety of substrates.

The light brown colour of Grass paper means that a vintage-style label (popular for the labelling of wines and spirits) can be achieved without the need for additional processing.

AstroNova is the perfect partner for brands, which print in-house: they offer expert advice, customer-specific materials, colour label printers, software and inks/toners, after-sales service, a permanent stock of spare parts and support through the company’s in-house Service & Support Department. AstroNova offers a complete solution – everything from a single source.

The new labelling material, together with its suitable printer, the QL‑300, will be presented for the first time at the Empack in Dortmund from 8th – 9th May 2019 at Stand G19.

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New system solution
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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