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  17/05/2024 | Packaging

Suedpack Kamakshi receives BRCGS recommended 'A’ Grade Certification for product safety and quality culture

 
 
  14/05/2024 | Packaging

The innovation clock is ticking – Registration for the German Packaging Award open until the end of May

Companies, institutions and individuals from Germany and abroad have until 31 May to register their products and prototypes for submission to the cross-material German Packaging Award. SP

Companies, institutions and individuals from Germany and abroad have until 31 May to register their products and prototypes for submission to the cross-material German Packaging Award. Oliver Berndt, Head of Events and Marketing at the German Packaging Award, explains why Europe’s largest packaging showcase is the perfect stage for innovations and shares some tips for entrants to bear in mind. Oliver Berndt is convinced: “Innovations not only play a central role in shaping the future, they are also the competitive trump card and the most sustainable foundation for a company’s success. All these innovations get showcased on the big stage at the German Packaging Award, from seemingly small details to comprehensive new developments. We bring the solutions into the open and publicly celebrate the achievements of the makers,” says Berndt. Berndt lists the many and consistently positive testimonials that the dvi collected at the last awards ceremony. These range from “The award underlines our claim to be a technology and innovation leader” to “The competition offers us a great stage to be seen by our customers” and “We also see the award as great recognition for our team” to “We have put so much energy into developing our packaging and it is the crowning glory for us to now be honoured for our efforts” – and even, “Woohoo! We did it! So proud of our team, of the product and of the achievements of the last few years that have gone into the product.”

verpackungspreis.de; packagingaward.de

 
 
  13/05/2024 | Packaging

Schubert honours partner companies in the context of the Supplier League

As an innovation leader in the packaging industry, Gerhard Schubert GmbH understands the importance of long-term partnerships with suppliers in the region. SP

As an innovation leader in the packaging industry, Gerhard Schubert GmbH understands the importance of long-term partnerships with suppliers in the region. With the now established and coveted Supplier Award, Schubert honours five companies that distinguished themselves with exceptionally consistent and outstanding performance during the previous year. Delivery performance, quality and reliability are decisive factors in the assessment. The Supplier Award is presented in the context of the so-called Supplier League. It is based on an evaluation system that is similar to the German Bundesliga’s points system: At the end of the season, the Bundesliga table is based on how many points a team has collected over the entire season. At Schubert, the supplier who is at the top at the end of the year also wins. However, unlike with the Bundesliga, all suppliers begin the year with a full points account. And points are deducted for deliveries that are made too early or too late, as well as for any complaints. At the end of the year, the supplier with the highest score in each product group wins.

Five companies received Supplier Awards for 2023, i.e. the award for first place in the respective product group:

- Murtfeldt Additive Solutions GmbH, in the 3D Printing product group

- HaWi-Tec GmbH & Co. KG, in the Plastics product group

- Grau & Wagenblast GmbH & Co. KG, in the Surface product group

- Walter Ohr Frästechnik, in the Machining product group

- Hofmann Blechbearbeitung GmbH, in the Sheet Metal Processing product group

www.schubert.group

 
 
  12/05/2024 | Ingredients

Hydrosol and its sister companies focus on Boomers and Gen X

New Best Ager concepts combine health and indulgence SP

New Best Ager concepts combine health and indulgence Hydrosol, together with its sister companies SternVitamin and OlbrichtArom, has now developed a Best Ager campaign specifically for the 55-plus generation target group. “It’s based on the worldwide Top Claims identified by Innova Market Insight around the subject of Healthy Aging,” explains Hydrosol Product Manager Binia Postel. “They found that the main claims in international markets focus on four health areas: Immune System, Digestion and Gut, Heart, and Muscle and Bones. Accordingly, we developed our Best Ager concept for these areas.” Hydrosol provides a pleasant texture and full mouthfeel for sugar and fat-reduced products. For example, Hydrosol uses carefully selected starches and hydrocolloids to substitute for the beneficial technological properties of sugar and fat. SternVitamin enriches the products with vitamins and minerals for added health benefits. Meanwhile, OlbrichtArom’s flavourings deliver the desired taste.

The focus is initially on five dairy products ideas. Three of them revolve around healthy bones and muscles. Enrichment with calcium, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin K2 allows various EU Health Claims. For example, the protein-rich pudding with 10% protein and just 1% fat is a healthy treat. It’s also free of added sugar.

Like pudding, mousse is a very popular dessert, but mostly only the classic chocolate and caramel flavours are on offer. “To add some new inspiration we decided to make a yogurt mousse. With the help of a stabilizing system we get a light mousse whose 3.6% protein content allows it to be declared as a source of protein. The reduced sugar content and low salt content are further advantages,” says Binia Postel. The fine lemon aroma is perfect for this yogurt mousse and makes it a refreshing treat.

The third product is a cocoa drink with a high 9% protein content, no added sugar and just 1.6% fat. It’s based on a functional system from the established Stabiprime MFD range, which offers many technical advantages for stabilizing flavoured milk drinks. Among other things it prevents sedimentation of the cocoa components, and gives a full mouthfeel.

www.hydrosol.de

 
 
  08/05/2024 | Packaging

Sappi: Barrier papers in the spotlight

Sappi Europe’s comprehensive new video series addresses the top 10 customer queries SP

Sappi Europe’s comprehensive new video series addresses the top 10 customer queries In a world where sustainability is no longer optional, flexible packaging paper manufacturer Sappi Europe is positioning itself at the forefront of innovation. With its portfolio of functional papers, the company is now a fully-fledged partner for customers in the search for sustainable solutions. Understanding the intricacies of paper packaging is one of Sappi’s key strengths – and the company understands that customers need to reach new levels of understanding, too. It all comes down to asking the right questions and getting the right answers. In its new video series, Sappi addresses the 10 most pressing questions brand owners, converters and printers are currently asking. The initiative is intended to serve as a valuable resource for brand owners, packaging developers, sustainability managers and others in the food and non-food markets, as well as for converters and printers, who are keen to explore the potential of barrier paper solutions. Empowering decision-makers with knowledge Because informed decision-making plays a vital role in today’s competitive market, Sappi’s video series tackles the most acute questions raised by customers. Sappi experts unravel the complexities and benefits of barrier papers, exploring their significance in different various sectors. Highlights include:  An overview of the extensive applications of today’s barrier papers – demonstrating their adaptability and relevance across a wide range of products and highlighting their ability to integrate smoothly into various industries.

www.sappi-psp.com/barrier-papers-spotlight

 
 
  07/05/2024 | Ingredients

Regeneration Rising: Exberry® by GNT highlights consumers' growing eco-consciousness and new color directions inspired by nature

A new era of conscious consumption is creating a shift toward more sustainable ingredients and eye-catching color palettes influenced by the natural world. SP

A new era of conscious consumption is creating a shift toward more sustainable ingredients and eye-catching color palettes influenced by the natural world. GNT, which supplies plant-based Exberry® colors, has identified “Regeneration Rising” as a key trend in the food and drink sector. The company’s analysis explores the growing global appreciation for the natural world and desire to protect the planet. This mindset is now intensifying the focus on the origins of raw materials and sustainable production. The Regeneration Rising trend is also inspiring new color palettes as brands seek to convey instinctive messages about how their products are created. The use of visually impactful colors that can be found growing on land and in the sea helps manufacturers to showcase products’ eco-credentials and build emotional connections with consumers. GNT has identified three new color directions in line with the trend. “Elevated Earth” involves earthy shades from red-browns and warm oranges to textured purples and inky teals, elevating products with an organic but premium look and feel. “Nature Lab” is about pushing the boundaries of what is considered natural and features a kaleidoscopic spectrum of green, pink, red, yellow, orange, and blue. Finally, “Wholesome Nostalgia” features yellows, greens, blues, peaches, and pinks that range from velvet-like to milky, translucent, muted, and dreamlike. Dieuwertje Raaijmakers, Marketing Communications Specialist at GNT Group, said: “Consumers of all ages are developing a much stronger interest in sustainability and rebuilding their relationships with the natural world. To appeal to these shoppers, food and beverage companies have to showcase their commitment to the planet. Color can play an important role in telling that story, helping brands create appealing products that send out strong visual signals about how they’re produced.” GNT has set out an ambition to lead the food coloring industry on sustainability. The company creates its Exberry® colors from fruits, vegetables, and plants and has set out a series of ambitious targets to optimize its environmental and social impacts at every stage of the value chain. Dieuwertje Raaijmakers said: “Our plant-based Exberry® colors can be used to deliver a full spectrum of shades while supporting products’ sustainability credentials. They allow brands to create products that tap into the new trends for earthy, rich, and dreamlike colors inspired by the planet.”

 
 
  06/05/2024 | Industry, Packaging

Schenck Process FPM is Becoming Coperion

Effective August 1, 2024, the company will officially transition its name under Coperion SP

Effective August 1, 2024, the company will officially transition its name under Coperion Following its September 2023 acquisition by Hillenbrand, Schenck Process Food and Performance Materials (FPM) is transitioning its name and brand to Coperion. The full legal change to Coperion will be completed by August 1, 2024. Coperion is an operating company of Hillenbrand with 140 years’ experience in some of the world’s most critical processing industries. Schenck Process FPM has contributed an integral part to its divisions, which support processing solutions for manufacturing in polymers/performance materials, food, health & nutrition and aftermarket sales & services. Schenck Process FPM expertise, team members, manufacturing sites, test and innovation centers, and technologies remain in place. This includes flagship brands such as RBS, Stock, Baker Perkins, Kemutec and Mucon. Customers can experience a seamless transition bolstered by more resources and broader technology capabilities available through Coperion. “The acquisition of Schenck Process FPM in 2023 has been an essential step for the development of Coperion toward a more diversified company and an expanded footprint. With the transition of the FPM brand name under Coperion, we take the next step in our journey,” said Ulrich Bartel, President of Coperion. “Aligning more closely with Coperion reflects a significant opportunity for us to combine our strengths and offer customers access to a broader portfolio of solutions, technologies and services,” said Matthew Craig, Vice President and General Manager, Schenck Process FPM. “This wider range of complementary technologies and increased scale makes us even more capable of delivering value.” The evolution to the Coperion name and brand begins with the schenckprocessfpm.com digital domain shifting to coperion.com. The company’s website and emails, including those from technology brands such as Baker Perkins, will change. The new website can be found at coperion.com/fpm.

www.Hillenbrand.com www.coperion.com

 
 
  02/05/2024

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While some are still talking about digitalisation, the next challenges need to be tackled: Artificial intelligence solutions everywhere are showing that production processes can be simplified and optimised. They also ... SP

While some are still talking about digitalisation, the next challenges need to be tackled: Artificial intelligence solutions everywhere are showing that production processes can be simplified and optimised. They also make it possible to predict crises. Reasons enough to take a closer look at the topic.

 
 
  29/04/2024 | Packaging

Supply chain disruptions drive up prices of European flexible packaging materials

Shipping disruptions in the Red Sea have had a significant impact on supply chains, leading to increased prices of European flexible packaging materials in the first quarter of the year. SP

Shipping disruptions in the Red Sea have had a significant impact on supply chains, leading to increased prices of European flexible packaging materials in the first quarter of the year. Prices across almost every flexible packaging material posted modest price rises in first quarter of 2024, compared with the end of 2023, due mainly to disruptions in the supply of resin and film caused by the shipping security issues in the Red Sea. Demand remains flat across all material markets. Both HDPE (up 2,3%) and LDPE (up 4,1%) continued the steady upward trend seen in the second half of 2023. 20-micron BOPP film surged 12% and now stands at a price last seen in Q2 of 2023. 15-micron BOPA film added a more cautious 2%, while 12-micron PET gained 4%, pushing it close to its early 2023 price. Only 60gsm one-sided coated paper held steady, with no change compared to the final three months of last year. Across the board prices are still well below the levels seen at the start of 2023, with both aluminium foil (down 16%) and 60gsm one-sided coated paper (down 24%) leading the way. However, in comparison with the benchmark of Q1 2020 prices remain between 27% (BOPP) and 57% (aluminium foil) higher. Santiago Castro from leading analysts Wood Mackenzie interpreted the latest figures, “Prices paid in Europe for flexible packaging materials mostly increased in Q1 2024. This was the case for BOPET, BOPA, and BOPP, which experienced the most significant increase. Prices paid for paper remained unchanged, but price increases are expected during Q2 due to increases in the cost of pulp. Aluminium foil saw additional price decreases due to conversion cost reductions. Although overall demand has improved for all substrates, mainly this has been due to restocking. End-user demand remains weak, but there are signs of improvement.” Guido Aufdemkamp, Executive Director of FPE commented on the latest figures, “If anything there is more uncertainty in the market than there was at the end of last year. Escalating tensions in the Middle East generally and the continued threat to shipping in the Red Sea have caused major disruption in the supply chain. The war in Ukraine also continues to have an impact both on supply and wider European demand of packaging materials and packaged goods. These issues are not likely to go away in the near future. But it seems the extreme destocking has come to an end in most segments and restocking to a more normal level has begun slowly. This factor, combined with a cautious upturn in demand, as prices and inflation stabilize, could mean the market for flexible packaging materials in Europe is set for modest growth later this year.”

www.flexpack-europe.org

 
 
  29/04/2024 | Ingredients, Technology

Contract drying specialist Uelzena launches new plant for the spray drying of infant food components

Uelzena eG's newly built "Tower 12" spray drying plant has been in regular operation for several months now. SP

Uelzena eG's newly built "Tower 12" spray drying plant has been in regular operation for several months now. The plant is primarily designed for the production of ingredients for infant food under high-care conditions. With the new plant, the contract dryer from northern Germany, which specialises in food and infant food, intends to further expand its leading position in this product segment. A total of four spray towers of different sizes and configurations are now available for drying infant food components at the central production site in Uelzen (Lower Saxony). „The requirements for product safety of ingredients for infant food, such as minerals or vitamins on carrier materials, have risen continuously in recent years. With this in mind and with the intention of further expanding existing partnerships with baby food manu-facturers, the construction of a new high-care spray drying plant was a logical and logical step for us. In this way, we are ideally positioned to continue supporting our customers in the food and infant food industry as a preferred and sought-after specialist in the future." Bern Gewecke, Managing Director of Ingredients and Contract Manufacturing, explains the decision to build a new spray drying plant.

www.ingredients.uelzena.com

 
 
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