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A skin for the skin: the ‘Edipeel’ coating is to give fruit and vegetable a longer shelf life. Photo: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Edipeel: Spray it fresh!


Opinions differ especially when it comes to fruit and veg. Some question whether natural products really need to be pre-packaged while others argue they do because packaging extends their shelf life. With his company ‘Apeel Science’ James Rogers has invented a protective sleeve for fruit and vegetables that keeps the produce fresh twice as long after being harvested.
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The Micvac process helps to make gourmet food durable. Photo: micvac

Gourmet cuisine from the microwave


Industrial-scale production and restaurant quality are not necessarily a contradiction in terms. With the right packaging and preservation method high-end star-rated meals can also be served at home.
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LIDL Deutschland is the latest member joining the SAVE FOOD Initiative against food losses and waste. Photo: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Retail supports SAVE FOOD


The latest member to join the Save Food Initiative of the FAO, UNEP and Messe Düsseldorf is food retailer LIDL Deutschland. With this move the discount chain underscores its commitment to reducing food losses.
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High-barrier films can protect food against mineral oil migration. Photo: Taghleef Industries

Food contact: regulatory trends


A look at regulatory compliance in light of new requirements introduced at the “glocal” level, on the possibility of marketing these materials in certain regions. Focus on the controversial relationship between legislation and industry.
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Packaging bands are available in paper and film. Whether printed or unprinted, they can be used for a variety of purposes. Photo: Bandall

Bundled packaging


Semi-wrapped, yet packaged safely and informatively. For some products banding is the perfect packaging solution.
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For the 2018 Winter Olympics Coca-Cola is launching special editions featuring the names of 4 US athletes on the US market. Photo: The Coca-Cola Company

Sports year 2018: custom packaging doubles as marketing tool


This year fans around the world are in for not one but two major sporting events: the Winter Olympic Games and the World Cup. These are ideal opportunities to promote your company with special packaging editions.
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EXTENDO high-barrier films protect food against mineral oil migration. Photo: Taghleef Industries

Migration of Mineral Oils: solutions not sufficiently used so far


This issue is not new to the packaging industry: there are numerous solutions to prevent the migration of mineral oils offered by manufacturers but these are only rarely made use of by retailers and food producers.
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Processing, recycling and multi-use are basically also possible with bio plastics, says the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (IfBB) at Hochschule Hannover.

Bioplastics: Sustainable Alternative or Greenwashing?


Bioplastics have been a hot topic in the packaging industry for decades now. Just like with other materials they have their advantages and disadvantages. Only open and honest communication can bring enlightenment.
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Mondi makes for innovations with its Zipper Pouch for easy opening and re-sealing. Photo: Mondi Group

US $975 billion turnover generated with packaging


In 2018 sales of packaging are expected to go up to US$ 975 billion. International market research companies have recently studied this successful industry and taken a close look at trends and tomorrow’s packaging solutions.
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How do you get a water melon to its destination without any losses? Quite simply with practical boxes and meshes with draw-strings by Mondi. Photo: Mondi

Fitting Rounds into Square Spaces


Quoting this famous line by a German national football team coach we are not automatically referring to football. A smart transport solution for water melons and other innovative packaging shows how the industry has responded to consumer wishes for a longer shelf life and more convenience.
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