In the 2012 Flexible Packaging Association awards competition, a Gold Award for Packaging Excellence went to the Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup Retail 10-Count Pack introduced last year by Heinz North America.
DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers today announced winners in the 23rd DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, representing breakthrough developments from brand giants such as Gillette and Coca-Cola.
Kepak Group, one of Ireland’s leading food processing companies, is now benefiting from a new assembly and packaging line for its Rustlers brand of microwavable hamburger-and-bun products in which every individual unit responds flexibly to the product flow in the upstream and downstream sections of the line.
Amcor Flexibles Inc. snagged a Gold Award in the Packaging Excellence category with a consumer-friendly four-pack of cheeses sold by Emmi, the largest Swiss milk processor and one of Europe’s leading dairy innovators.
Crepe Cuisine, Penzance, Cornwall, England, a manufacturer of bakery goods for supermarkets, caterers, and wholesalers throughout the UK, has installed a new combination metal detection/checkweighing system from Avery Weigh-Tronix Canada (www.averyweigh-tronix.ca).
Since evacuation, backflushing with modified atmosphere, and lid-sealing are at the heart of any discussion of case-ready meat, it’s worth taking note of a recent MAP development at the French food producer Miti—even though it involves shell fish rather than meat.Miti worked with Multivac (www.multivac.com) to design a T 350 tray sealer that heat-seals not film but rather a rigid lid to trays of cooked shrimp. According to Miti managing director Pierre Roffino, the idea behind this packaging format was to give the best possible visual presentation for the high-value product inside. Needless to say, sealing a rigid lid to the tray makes some unusual demands on the sealing technology, including the need for a special die.The Multivac machine’s continuous transport system brings hand-loaded trays with the lid already manually placed in position on the trays. The lid is raised slightly to permit evacuation of ambient atmosphere and backflushing with carbon dioxide and nitrogen. The lid is then pressed down mechanically onto the tray and thermally sealed.An extremely low level of residual O2, 0.2%, is achieved, and this helps the sensitive product to retain quality throughout the 15-day refrigerated shelf life. Material specs were not available at press time.
Fledgling wild salmon product manufacturing company Alaska Spirit LLC, Kodiak, AK, with assistance from the University of Alaska Fisheries Industrial Technology Center pilot plant, has developed Kodiak SOLSTIX™ wild salmon jerky, vacuum-packed in multi-layer film. Designed as “pocket protein” for hikers, climbers, other sports enthusiasts, and vending machine sales, the product currently is being marketed to several small regional retail outlets. It’s packaged in 0.7-oz (2” x 6” package dimensions), three-count jerky stick packs. Average retail price is $1.99 per package.
Fresh vegetables can be steam-cooked in the microwave oven in two minutes or less thanks to Simple Steps™ for Produce packaging. Developed by Cryovac (www.cryovac.com), the concept won FPA Gold for Technical Innovation.
As the slider-style reclosure feature has grown in popularity since it started showing up on consumer packaged goods about two years ago, most packs on which it’s found are either pre-made pouches or they’re made on a horizontal form/fill/seal system.
Better appearance and increased throughput are the chief benefits gained by Golden Valley, MN-based Morey’s Seafood since the installation of an R270 vacuum skin packaging system from Multivac (Kansas City, MO).
Smithfield Packing Co., Smithfield, VA, lays claim as the first to offer microwavable entrées in a self-venting package. “There is absolutely no hassle with these entrées,” enthuses Mark Willes, vice president prepared foods/retail.
Farmland Foods, Inc., Kansas City, MO, introduced case-ready Extra Tender Fresh Pork in random-weight vacuum packs earlier this year. Each pack contains a ½-oz seasoning packet to promote a custom, do-it-yourself approach to seasoning.