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interpack, the world's largest trade fair for processing and packaging, is again taking a visible stand against the world-wide waste of food from May 4 to 10, 2023 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Members and partners of the SAVE FOOD Initiative will demonstrate how food can be safely processed and packaged, how its shelf life can be extended and how any food waste that occurs can be sustainably repurposed. 

Globally, around 14% of food worth approximately $ 400 billion goes to waste on the way from harvesting to retail (FAO, 2019). At the same time, another 17% are wasted at the retail and end consumer levels (UNEP, 2021). Reducing these numbers is the goal of the SAVE FOOD Initiative, which was founded in 2011 by Messe Düsseldorf, interpack and the World Food Organization FAO. The initiative brings together international organizations, food producers and packaging manufacturers.

interpack 2023 will offer an important platform for this. At the trade fair, the SAVE FOOD booth in the North Entrance area will offer information about the initiative. In addition, the SAVE FOOD Highlight Route will showcase innovations in this area and the “Product Safety” theme day will focus on related results from studies as well as best practices.

SAVE FOOD Highlight Route

A tour through the hall, full of technologies against waste and loss: Several interpack exhibitors are members of the SAVE FOOD Initiative. The SAVE FOOD Highlight Route will offer visitors an overview of current projects and products by participating members. Topics will include how to minimize food losses during the filling process, how to achieve a reliable product inspection and high quality sealing, or how to avoid undesired contaminations. Also on display will be highly sensitive detectors of foreign bodies for all critical control points of the production process to prevent recalls and false ejections, as well as packaging solutions and machinery for extending the shelf life of food. Among the participating exhibitors will be IMA Industria Macchine Automatiche, Syntegon Technology, MULTIVAC, Ishida Europe, Theegarten-Pactec, Gerhard Schubert, FAWEMA, ULMA Packaging, Mettler-Toledo Garvens, ROTZINGER and Sealpac.

In addition, many other exhibitors at interpack will present solutions for safe processing and packaging. The food industry is one of the top target groups among visitors and therefore the range of products is correspondingly large. Food will be the focus in Halls 5, 6, 11, 13 and 14 and the confectionery and baking sectors will be in Halls 1, 3, and 4. 

Start-ups also have shown interest in the topic. For example, keäksack in the VDMA Technologie Lounge in Hall 4 will present a craft beer produced from surplus bread. Another example is easy2cool in the Start-Up Zone in Hall 15, presenting sustainable insulating packaging for shipping fresh or frozen foods.

Research project with the BAU University 

Leftover materials from food production are generally disposed of. At the same time, there is an increasing demand for alternatives to plastic packaging. One sustainable option is to produce bio-based and compostable packaging from waste food or by-products of the food industry. The SAVE FOOD Initiative is working on this idea together with Bahçe┼čehir University (BAU) in Istanbul.

Over the past few months, a total of 28 students have tested various approaches. Two projects outdid the others. A kombucha scoby bio-wrap made of waste oranges and tea leaves for packaging dry foods has great potential and good chances to be put to practical use. Another team implemented the idea of packaging strawberries under a protective atmosphere using integrated nano wrap made from PLA and rice husks. The results will be presented by the university and the students in the forum “Spotlight Talks & Trends” on May 9 at 2:30 pm.

Product safety theme day

Product safety is a core function of packaging and one of the four hot topics at interpack. The industry is already making an important contribution to reducing food waste. Information about current projects and innovations will be available at the theme day for product safety in the lecture forum “Spotlight Talks & Trends” in the North Entrance area on May 9. It will include a lecture by the FAO in Europe and Central Asia about cooperations to fight food loss and waste as well as an overview of best practices in the packaging industry by the WPO (World Packaging Organization). Fascinating innovations will also be presented by Ishida Europe Limited, Pilz and Mettler-Toledo.

 
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Salem, OR - Trustwell, a leading SaaS provider to the food and supplements industries, has announced the launch of the next-generation platform of its flagship product, Genesis Foods. The new SaaS product introduces a streamlined user interface that offers fast and intuitive product formulation and data entry while assisting users with regulatory compliance by offering built-in data checks and alerts. With this innovative solution, Trustwell continues to revolutionize the food industry by making it easier for businesses to meet regulatory requirements and increase efficiency as they bring new products to market.

Trustwell will host a launch event on April 25, 2023, at 3 PM ET to showcase the new functionality. Please visit https://info.trustwell.com/genesis-foods-product-launch-event to register for the event.

Genesis Foods automates the process of labeling calculations, ensuring that all nutritional information, ingredients, and allergens are correctly displayed on FDA Nutrition Facts labels. In addition to simplifying food labeling, Trustwell's software makes it easy for food companies to create new product formulations within minutes as well as make real-time updates to their existing recipes.

“We're thrilled to be launching the next generation of Genesis Foods. Our team has worked tirelessly to develop a product that meets the needs of food companies across the industry, from small food start-ups to large food manufacturers and corporate retailers,” said Stephen Bruce, CEO of Trustwell. “For businesses that are struggling with the complexity and time-consuming nature of food labeling and recipe management, Genesis Foods is a game-changer.”

While basic food labeling software can develop simple nutrition labels, Genesis Foods is backed by Trustwell’s one-of-a-kind proprietary food and ingredient data set. The database contains over 90,000 ingredients, recipes, raw materials, additives, flavorings, and food items as well as over 170 different macronutrients and components, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. With access to this quality ingredient and sub-ingredient data, food manufacturers can calculate the nutrient content of their products with precision ensuring that their products meet regulatory requirements for label nutrients and provide consumers with accurate and comprehensive nutritional information.

To promote regulatory compliance and minimize the risk of errors or omissions, Genesis Foods features allergen alerts that prompt users to review all ingredient allergens before an ingredient can be approved. This ensures that all allergen information is thoroughly reviewed and considered before the product is released, helping to promote consumer safety and regulatory compliance.

“Undeclared allergens were the leading cause for recalls in 2021, making up nearly 45 percent of all food recalls,” said Bruce. “Genesis Foods helps companies reduce their exposure to these highly disruptive recall events.”

To see Genesis Foods in action, please request a demo here: https://info.trustwell.com/genesis-foods/demo-request

Genesis Foods is part of the Trustwell Connect platform, the most comprehensive, data-driven software solution enabling product formulation, nutritional labeling, supply chain compliance, quality management, automated recall, and traceability – all on a single platform built exclusively for the food industry.

Through its Genesis and FoodLogiQ products, Trustwell Connect enables companies to:

Increase Speed to Market for Product Development: With Genesis Foods and Genesis Supplements, increase speed to market without sacrificing safety and transparency. Create recipes and formulas by leveraging Trustwell’s rich ingredient database, adding user-generated ingredients, or modifying existing user-created ingredients. Save recipes and ingredients for use in other formulations and reformulate while immediately seeing the impact on the nutrient analysis and labels.

Create Regulatory-Compliant Nutrition Labels: Based on your product formulation, Genesis Foods can then generate Nutrition Facts labels in real time that conform to regulatory guidelines. The software automatically creates ingredient statements, allergen statements, and nutrient content claims for products.

Increase Supply Chain Compliance: FoodLogiQ Compliance is the supplier engagement platform built just for the food supply chain. The product empowers food companies to efficiently manage suppliers, locations, and products and monitor the data and documentation needed for a safe and transparent supply chain.

Improve Quality Monitoring: Food companies can also capture quality issues and CAPAs anywhere in the supply chain, report them in real-time and recoup the costs of non-conforming products.

Comply with Mounting Traceability Requirements: With FoodLogiQ Traceability, food companies can capture critical tracking events of their products at the batch-lot level to achieve traceability and FSMA 204 Compliance. When an issue occurs, run an investigation to better understand where your product is within your supply chain. And connect that data into your ERP for real-time inventory management.

Address Recalls Faster: And when an issue arises, there’s FoodLogiQ Recall. Initiate a recall or stock withdrawal across all your locations simultaneously using email, phone, and text. Monitor responses and completion actions through a live dashboard as the recall unfolds in real-time via the Command Center.

 
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Herndon, VA.; April 18, 2023 - PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) released 2023 PACKAGING COMPASS: Evaluating Trends in U.S. Packaging Design Over the Next Decade and Implications for the Future of a Circular Packaging System, a new study and accompanying infographic identifying key trends in packaging design and materials and the implications of these trends on legislation and the recovery systems for consumer-packaged goods (CPG) companies.

The PACKAGING COMPASS, based on extensive research and analysis conducted by AMERIPEN and PMMI, highlights the growing importance of sustainability in the packaging industry, as consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental impact of packaging materials and manufacturers strive to reduce waste and emissions. This research strives to close the gap between design needs and recovery needs by beginning a conversation on trends, presenting forecasts for the coming decade, and recognizing the role of multiple stakeholders in advancing a circular packaging system.

As the infographic illustrates, metal beverage cans, PET bottles, and flexible plastic wrap lead the overall compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in packaging materials, which has shown some fluctuation since 2021, but is projected to decrease to 1.3% CAGR by 2025. Based on the report findings, this slight slowdown reflects the movement within omnichannel commerce to design primary packaging for shipping, eliminating the need for secondary and, in some cases tertiary packaging, along with the return to retail as consumers head back to stores after COVID.

Looking at overall material usage, survey respondents indicate that 75% of CPG companies continue to use plastic, more than those who use paper, and significantly more than those who use metal or glass. When asked about shifts in packaging materials usage over the next 10 years, the report indicates that CPGs are increasingly looking to sustainable materials such as compostable, certified SBS paperboard, certified Kraft paperboard, bio-based bioplastics, and post-consumer-recycled content (PCR).   

Based on materials changes proposed by the CPG community, the report forecasts growth in lightweight materials like flexible film pouches and food wrappers that are not yet widely recoverable. Compostables are currently viewed by CPGs as seeing a significant increase, although like flexible films, they currently lack a significant recovery system to ensure they are composted after use. Lastly, recycled content in packaging is expected to grow with many CPG firms identifying plans to increase PCR content in existing packaging.

Both the report and infographic outline key packaging waste and policy implications brought on by these shifts toward a more circular packaging system:

-Extended producer responsibility (EPR): Shifting financial and operational responsibility for end-of-life management of products to producers, instead of taxpayers and government.

-Universal Access: Providing all households with convenient and consistent access to recycling and composting services.

-Standardized Definitions: Clear recycling, composting, and other recovery definitions to reduce consumer confusion.

-Material Bans: Shifting from material bans to dialogues on the best ways to collect, sort, and reprocess materials to reduce environmental impact.

-Recovery Innovation: Federal investments into programs uncovering emerging science and data to drive efficiencies across packaging design and waste management.

-Data Collection: Consistent data collection to measure and benchmark the performance of a circular packaging economy.

“By releasing this deep dive into the trends driving the circular packaging system, we hope to facilitate an industry dialogue that will help close the gap between design needs and recovery needs,” says Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, market development, PMMI. “To further this effort, the new Sustainability Central feature at PACK EXPO Las Vegas will shine a light on this issue and bring all segments of the industry together, continue the conversation around the importance of increasing the culture of sustainability in our industry, and help us better target investments as well as legislation to ensure success.”

The new Sustainability Central and accompanying Sustainability Stage at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 11–13, 2023; Las Vegas Convention Center) will serve as an interactive destination taking an expansive look into what sustainability means and will provide actionable sustainable solutions in manufacturing, materials, and design.

Sustainability Central will highlight the current state of six key areas of packaging sustainability and will ask “what if” questions encouraging attendees to think about how these areas influence their own work. The exhibit will focus on meeting attendees where they are, stating the facts, and ultimately being a resource for those who are looking to learn more about making their brands more sustainable.

The 6 key areas include:

-Design - Using minimal materials and using renewable resources

-Materials - Application, labels, mono materials, downcycling

-Manufacturing - Design for inclusivity of all steps

-Recovery - Downcycling, design for sustainable alternatives, eliminate problematic packaging (magnets, films, etc.)

-Logistics - Right sized package, master cartons, weight considerations, modularity

-Data - Data driving design decisions

At the accompanying Sustainability Stage, attendees will hear from experts on a range of packaging sustainability topics and learn to make brands more sustainable in the future.

In addition, the PACK EXPO Green Program returns to PACK EXPO Las Vegas and is the commitment of PACK EXPO and its partners, vendors, and exhibitors to work together to create a more sustainable world. PACK EXPO Green identifies exhibiting companies that provide sustainable solutions via new materials, technology, or strategies such as sustainable processes and machines, renewable and biodegradable packaging, source reduction and light weighting, recyclable and recycling-content materials, or innovations that reduce carbon footprint. Look for companies participating in the PACK EXPO Green Program to advance sustainability goals. In addition, look for the green icon to highlight education sessions focused on sustainability.

To learn more and to register, visit packexpolasvegas.com. Registration for the show is $30 until Aug. 18, after which it increases to $130.

 
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BELLINGHAM, Washington - Bellingham Cold Storage (BCS), a leading provider of frozen, chilled, and dry storage will open two new warehouse logistics facilities in Skagit County on June 1st, 2023. The two new facilities will accommodate the growing demand for both BCS frozen and dry warehousing and logistics services.

The newBCS-BurlingtonCOLDStoragefacility will open on June 1stand is located at 301 S Walnut St in Burlington, WA. This is one of three buildings at this location that was formerly operated by Americold Logistics. The BCS-Burlington facility is the one furthest to the East. The new BCS-Burlington cold storage facility will accommodate frozen products that require receiving, storage and outbound picking and distribution services throughout North America and beyond.  

The BCS-Burlington cold storage facility includes a 69,700 s.f. cold storage warehouse with three divisible chambers and an enclosed 7,000 s.f. loading dock, with five dock-height doors for truck and railcar loading. 

The newBCS-BurlingtonDRYStoragewarehouse is located at 1600 Port Drive in Burlington, WA. This facility will add 65,000 square feet of dry storage, featuring 16 dock height doors and a surface level drive-in door. This facility will accommodate various dry goods and materials that are often integral to the food processing and value-added activities for a number of our customers. 

“The increased demand for our services is a testament to our commitment to providing the highest levels of customer satisfaction possible. BCS has been a very customer centric focused provider of warehousing and logistics services to the US, Canada, and internationally, for the past 77 years and we are excited to be a supportive part of the Skagit Valley business community.” - Doug Thomas, President & CEO of Bellingham Cold Storage. Thomas said; my father Stew, now 85, who still serves on our BCS board of directors, was the first plant manager of this cold storage in 1965 when it opened as Terminal Ice & Cold Storage. Doug is a 1982 graduate of BEHS and worked in the soon to be, BCS-Burlington cold storage building during high school and college summers. Thomas said; “This facility brings back many great memories for our family”. 

BCS Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Jose Roques said; “BCS will continue to operate independently throughout the Pacific Northwest and uphold its commitment to providing customers with the same highly detailed services that we have become known for. The regionally based owners of our company allows BCS leadership to efficiently optimize our services and enhance our ability to meet customers' unique needs in the cold and dry storage sectors, such as being a reliable Distribution Center (DC) for Grocery Chains, Food Producers, and Third-Party Logistics (3PLs), nationally and internationally.”  

“Experienced and dedicated BCS team members located in each of our 5 separate locations will remain fully committed to delivering the highest quality standards, and customer satisfaction possible in today’s very challenging supply chain world. We look forward to continuing to serve our current and future customers with excellence and integrity,” said Thomas.

 
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Montreal, Quebec Volvo Trucks North America today announced Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited (Coke Canada Bottling) is acquiring six Volvo VNR Electric trucks, as part of a pilot program to service their iconic ‘Red Fleet’ customer delivery routes throughout the Greater Montreal Area. The six trucks are the first Class 8 battery-electric trucks in the beverage distributor’s fleet of 650 heavy-duty vehicles to service customers throughout the region. Coke Canada Bottling is the first Canadian food and beverage manufacturer to use zero-tailpipe emission trucks and all six Volvo VNR Electric trucks will be delivered throughout 2023.

 

As part of Coke Canada Bottling’s Toward a Better Future Together environmental sustainability action plan, the 6x4 Volvo VNR Electric trucks will contribute to the company’s goal of reducing carbon emissions from direct sources and supplied energy by 46.2% by 2030. Coke Canada Bottling is taking action on fuel efficiencies in their fleet through electrification and the usage of alternative fuel sources. It currently has several light-duty electric service vehicles in the Greater Montreal Area and uses B20 biofuels on all trucks newer than 2012. To date, these initiatives have led to a savings of more than 1500 tonnes of C02.

Volvo Trucks hosted a Demo Day on April 13 at Coke Canada Bottling’s Montreal distribution center for delivery drivers to test drive the new battery-electric trucks. Participants learned ways to optimize the Volvo VNR Electric’s range, such as leveraging regenerative braking benefits to add power back to the battery.   

“Coke Canada Bottling is making tremendous strides towards their environmental sustainability goals by adding Volvo VNR Electric trucks to their fleet to service their beverage customers in the greater Montreal region,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President, Volvo Trucks North America. “It was an excellent opportunity to mark this clean fleet milestone during Earth Month with Coke Canada’s employees and is a tremendous honor to partner with them as they continue their electromobility transition.”   

The battery-electric fleet features a six-battery configuration that can cover up to 440 km (275 miles) on a single charge, as the trucks make several daily round trips of 150 km (93 miles) from the company’s distribution center in Montreal to customer locations.   

“Our ‘Red Fleet’ is iconic on the roads of our country and, as we strive to become the leading beverage partner in Canada, we’re extremely proud to partner with Volvo Trucks to be the first Canadian food and beverage manufacturer to use battery-electric trucks,” says Todd Parsons, Chief Executive Officer at Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited. “The electrification of our fleet is a key component of our plan to reduce direct carbon emissions. We know we continue to have work to do and look forward to working together with Volvo Trucks on opportunities to expand this pilot in years to come where it makes sense. We recognize we have a responsibility to effectively manage our environmental impact and we are working to decrease the emissions from our fleet.” 

To support charging its battery-electric fleet, Coke Canada Bottling is also installing three 150 kW DC chargers with nine dispensers at its Montreal distribution center. The charging infrastructure is anticipated to be complete in June 2023. 

Coke Canada Bottling utilized federal and provincial incentives (Écocamionnage and the iMHZEV programs) for Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles funding to offset the cost of the six Volvo VNR Electric trucks.  

To learn more about Volvo Trucks North America and the Volvo VNR Electric, visit volvotrucks.us/trucks/vnr-electric.  

To learn more about Coke Canada Bottling’s environmental sustainability action plan, please visit CokeCanada.com/sustainability.

 

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