TC Transcontinental Packaging launches new flexible packaging for supermarket perimeter

TC Transcontinental Packaging is delighted to introduce Oven N Done™, Fresh Meals Made Easy™, a new innovative packaging solution for the supermarket perimeter. Developed and created by the teams at Robbie in Lenexa, Kansas, this new solution offers supermarkets the opportunity to package fresh seafood or poultry meals with vegetables using their own stores’ chef inspired recipes, spices and seasonings. The bag, offered in black or a brown kraft design, can go directly in the oven or the microwave. Customers who are looking to enjoy healthy, fast and fresh meals made easy can choose one of the prepackaged meals or customize their own version. Oven N Done™, Fresh Meals Made Easy™, is available since August to supermarkets and retailers across North America.

“This new packaging is strategic for TC Transcontinental Packaging as it allows us to penetrate the Seafood department at the retailer, while expanding our existing footprint in the Deli,” said Rebecca Casey, Senior Director, Marketing at TC Transcontinental Packaging. “The new bag was also developed with retailers in mind, blending science, technology and art together to create the perfect flexible packaging and meet their evolving needs. Oven N Done™, Fresh Meals Made Easy™ gives the supermarkets an alternative to increase their perishable sales by offering their customers convenient prepacked meals that are fresh and healthy.”

Research shows consumers are demanding a wide range of conveniently packaged food products that result in quick meals without sacrificing quality. Consumers want to buy, store, prep and serve with the minimum amount of time and effort that it takes to effectively get the job done(1). This leaves the seafood counter and deli with a unique opportunity to offer fresh prepackaged seafood, poultry or veggies combined to create healthy and delicious meal solutions.

Oven N Done™ thus helps position retailers as a destination for fresh meals especially at the seafood counter, where they might not have had the right product offering to provide a fresh – not frozen – meal solution that is convenient and hassle free. The Deli, Produce, and now Seafood departments can now offer customers convenient meal solutions by leveraging TC Transcontinental Packaging’s innovative bags and pouches. The division also offers a total program solution complete with point of purchase (POP) signage that delivers step by step instructions to the consumer.

About TC Transcontinental Packaging

TC Transcontinental Packaging, which has close to 900 employees in the United States and Canada, ranks among the 25 leading flexible packaging suppliers in North America. Its platform includes one premedia studio and five production plants specializing, among others, in the flexographic printing and lamination of plastic films as well as the manufacturing of bags and pouches. The division offers an array of innovative solutions to a variety of industries, including the dairy, coffee, snack foods, confectionery, fresh and frozen food, cigar, pet food markets, non-food applications, and supermarket fresh perimeter.

TC Transcontinental Packaging is a division of Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A)(TSX:TCL.B), which has more than 7,000 employees in Canada and the United States, and revenues of C$2 billion in 2016. Website: www.tc.tc/packaging

Original Source: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-2234865.htm

Original Date: Sept 25 2017

 

Custom Labeling Helps Businesses Grow

Whether you want attractive, colorful, custom labels to promote your business inside and out or to bring your company name to the attention of the public there is much to appreciate in creating a custom product label.  Labels can be customized to your exact product needs.  They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, materials, and colors that are simply amazing.  Here are some uses for custom labels.

Practical Application and Uses for Labels

Business owners working with custom label manufacturers know the best and most affordable methods in promoting their products with signage.  Signs are however incredibly bulky and not as portable as is often required for certain situations.  Labels on your products however can get the same job done quite easily by sticking to the products surface.

Labels are not only to be used on products.  Labels can be customized meaning you make them say whatever you want and then applied wherever as a highly affordable and absolutely effective means of advertising your business.  Custom labels can be window clings that merely adhere and are completely removable when you wish to change it.

Practical and Effective Sales Tool

  • Businesses such as radio stations give away custom stickers as a means of promoting their station and to encourage new listeners or advertise their latest contests. They are small, brightly colored advertisements that fit on the vehicles rear windows or back bumpers. This is a lot like what labels do for your product.
  • Pizza delivery is an excellent example of those who only want temporary promotion and can safely remove the label once the job is done.
  • Car dealerships use permanent decals to their license plates to aide in promotion and to keep the dealership on the top of people’s minds without being over the top.

Personalized Design

Custom labels can be created as bold & colorful or as subtle and reserved as desired.  They can be created from a number of different materials including vinyl or paper or can be printed in rolls or sheets for easier handling and adhering.  They can provide a bold statement or subtle message depending on their design.  The ideal label is applied to your product as a way to deliver the companies message about the product and act as another sales tool for the brand.

There are a number of different design elements in custom labeling along with a number of materials that can be used to create them.  From shrink sleeves to flexible packages and bumper stickers to pizza delivery lights, customizing the labels that are used in conjunction with your company is a terrific way to promote without being actively involved all of the time.

Learn more about Anchor Printing and their vast line of custom product label & packaging options including: Shrink Sleeve Labels, Flexible Packaging, Roll-Fed Labeling, Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack Labels at http://www.anchorprinting.com.  To contact one of our label specialists call toll free at 800.748.0209 or via email at info@anchorprinting.com.

Uflex Develops Flexible Packaging Material with Antimicrobial Properties

After a rigorous application-oriented R&D of almost two years Uflex has developed flexible packaging material with anti-microbial properties. The special properties of the FDA approved packaging material keep the pouch active by scavenging microbial growth thereby enhancing the shelf life of the cooked food packed inside. 

Talking about the new flexible packaging material with anti-microbial properties, Mr. Jeevaraj Pillai, Joint President, Packaging and New Product Development, Uflex Limited said, “In this flexible packaging material the sealant layer is specially compounded with anti-microbial properties.  In fact this is Active Antimicrobial Packaging and is used to actively modify the internal environment by continuous interaction with the food over the stipulated shelf-life. Active packaging can be defined as a system that modifies the environment inside the food package thereby altering the state of the packaged food system and its headspace to enhance its quality by extension of shelf-life, enhancement of sensory qualities, and maintenance of microbial safety.

In a trial that we recently conducted at room temperature (without refrigeration or any temperature control), the sandwich packed in normal pouch was spoiled after 3-4 days as opposed to the one that was packed in the new flexible packaging material that could keep it protected from microbial growth for almost 8-9 days. Bread has active yeast therefore the real challenge for the packaging was to curb the yeast from outgrowing. In fact the most effective or let’s say the litmus test of this anti-microbial pouch is for bread because of its active yeast which in ripe temperature goes foul in about 48 hours if kept un-protected.”

Mr. Pillai further explained, “The pouch remains dormant till it is empty and swings into action only when it comes in contact with food. We also conducted trials on stuffed Indian bread (known as Paranthas) and the results have been very encouraging. In a tropical weather like we have in India this packaging solution can be very helpful in stopping the growth of fungi and other microbes that spoil food. Trials for other varieties of perishable food products like those with high fat content and for meat and poultry products are on at the moment. We are very hopeful that the results will be equally stellar. In fact using this technology the content of preservatives used by processed food industry can actually be reduced. That is quite a feat in its own right.”

Explaining further about the utility of this packaging, Mr. Pillai said, “Uncooked rice as you would know is susceptible to infestation by weaver mites. The specially compounded sealant layer with anti-microbial properties can also be used to extend the shelf life of uncooked rice in the retail big bags. We are studying the extent of benefit in terms of shelf life extension to this effect. Further this specialized sealant layer if incorporated in a Zip-Pouch can actually redefine its sales trajectory. While an ordinary two ply Zip-Pouch only protects the food items from the environment to keep the aroma intact or let’s say protect it from dust etc. This product will actually work one step ahead and prevent the food from decay over a defined period of time thereby extending its shelf life even at room temperature without any refrigeration/ cold chain for that matter.”

Talking about the latest development, Mr. Anup Kansal, President, Packaging Business Uflex said, “This new innovation from Uflex sits well with our existing range of Zip – Pouch Brand. This product is a great value to our consumers by securing their food at room temperature over extended periods. It is a boon to people who want to stick to home food while on their daily commute or travelling away from home.”

Original Source: https://packagingeurope.com/uflex-develops-flexible-antimicrobial-packaging-material/

Original Date: September 14 2017

 

Six Things Your Product Packaging Must Do For You

After producing a quality product, the most important thing for your company is often finding the perfect packaging for your product.  From concept to completion, deciding on the perfect packaging for your product can be challenging without the proper advice and direction.  Below are six main objectives for your product packaging.  Your packaging must fulfill many different functions for your product.

  • Contain: Your product packaging must properly and safely contain your product. This may sound simple but remember that packaging will be different based on the shape, size, and consistency of the product.  How your product is contained will be different if your product is a small amount of liquid, a large amount of metal, an irregular size or shape, or an item made up of many different pieces that require their own packaging to keep them safe and stable.

 

  • Protect: Your product packaging must also properly protect your product during all phases of product handling. From shipping, processing, store stock and shelf, and ultimately into the consumers hands the packaging must protect the product from everything from wear and tear during shipping to exposure to the elements.  From the time it leaves your facility until it enters the home of your consumer, your product packaging must safely and securely endure every and all potentially damaging handling and shipping scenarios it encounters.

 

  • Preserve: If your product can spoil, age, or deteriorate in anyway than your package must preserve the integrity of the product. From proper ventilation to packing materials designed to protect and preserve, it is vital to make the package as safe, product friendly, and sustainable as possible.

 

  • Transport: No matter what your product is or where it is made it must somehow get from you to the consumer. Your packaging must allow for easy, safe, and effective transportation of the product from production to consumer via any number of transportation modes.  Whether it is just across town, across the country, or across an ocean the product and the packaging that is protecting it must meet the challenges of the journey ahead.

 

  • Inform: Effective packaging and labeling will quickly inform consumers about the product. What the product is, what is included with the purchase of the product, what is needed, the products costs, ingredients, hazards, warranties, and any other important information, the consumer should be able to find the vital information they feel they need in a quick and convenient way.

 

  • Sell: One of the key duties of packaging is to grab the attention of the consumers and convince them that your product is the best. Studies have indicated that if your packaging and labeling is more aesthetically pleasing to the consumer than your competitions packaging, the consumer is more likely to purchase yours.

 

  • On the other hand the reverse is also true; if your competitors packaging is far more enticing to the consumers than yours, even if you have a superior product, the consumer is likely to purchase your competitors product due to the superior packaging. Your packaging and labeling must sell your product for you and motivate the potential consumers to make the effort and buy your product and not the one sitting next to it.  When you are not around to tell people how wonderful your product is it’s up to your packaging to get the job done.

Packaging your product effectively is one of the most important things you can do.  Contact a professional package and labeling and work closely with them to ensure the perfect package that will work to contain, protect, preserve, transport, inform, and sell our product for you!

Learn more about Anchor Printing and their vast line of custom product label & packaging options including: Shrink Sleeve Labels, Flexible Packaging, Roll-Fed Labeling, Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack Labels at http://www.anchorprinting.com.  To contact one of our label specialists call toll free at 800.748.0209 or via email at info@anchorprinting.com.

Beech-Nut completes redesign of infant cereal canisters

Beech-Nut infant cereal has undergone a packaging transformation driven by consumer needs. Gone is the paperboard carton wielded by moms and dads for generations, and in its place is a sleek co-extrusion blow molded newcomer whose two key benefits are listed prominently on the front of its full-body shrink sleeve label: easy-pour spout & measuring cap.

“Parents are very focused on measuring the amount they’re giving their baby, and that was a package feature not found in the category,” says Andy Dahlen, Vice President of Marketing at Beech-Nut. “So we set out to create a package that would provide that first-in-category benefit.” Also designed into the threaded injection-molded polypropylene closure is a spout that makes it easier to control product flow during dispensing. Dahlen sums up the relaunch this way: “Measurability, pourability, and portability—those were the drivers.”

First shipments of the new container, which holds the same 8 oz. as its paperboard predecessor, started reaching stores in February, and now the container is available nationwide. Secondary packaging, done on three pieces of equipment supplied by Delkor, is notable, too. But we begin with the primary pack.

The container itself, coextrusion blow molded by Silgan Plastics, weighs 43 g. A layer of EVOH serves as oxygen barrier, as some of the products can have their shelf life shortened if residual oxygen levels are not kept low. The other components of the package are

• an induction-sealed foil closure supplied by Constantia

• a threaded closure with dispensing feature injection molded of polypropylene by Mold-Rite Plastics

• an injection-molded PP snap-fit overcap that goes over the threaded closure and doubles as a measuring cup, supplied by Silgan

• a full-body shrink-sleeve label supplied by Hammer Packaging

When asked about the relative cost of the new package, Dahlen says it costs more than the previous package. He adds that the consumer pays a slight premium, too, “though relative to the competition we’re nearly at parity.”

All new packaging equipment
Predictably enough, a whole new packaging line was required for the new package, and it’s an impressive assembly of equipment to say the least. It begins with a Busse depalletizer from Arrowhead Systems that feeds containers into the Morrison infeed timing screw of a Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery continuous-motion auger filler. This machine has 18 pockets on its turret, and each container occupies one of these pockets. So as the turret rotates, the containers pass beneath two dispensing spouts fed by multiple augers. The rotational speed of the turret combined with the RPM of the auger delivers the requisite 8 oz. of product into each container. The filler is rated to run at 100/min.

According to Spee-Dee Vice President of Sales and Marketing Timm Johnson, because the cereal itself is quite fragile, some of the tooling had to be modified so that the product could be handled more gently. Another piece of customization involved the vibration used to settle products whose densities are quite dissimilar.

“A typical rice cereal has a density considerably lighter than an oatmeal-based cereal,” says Johnson. “So the design of the machine permits the operator at the control panel to pick from a menu of different vibration set points depending on the product. In addition, there’s even some variation within a single product being run. So we included one of our checkweighers at the discharge of the filler that provides continuous feedback to the filler. This lets us automatically vary the RPM of the auger—and consequently the amount of product being discharged with each cycle—based on that feedback.” Facilitating all of this machine-to-machine communication is the fact that the Spee-Dee checkweigher is controlled by the same Rockwell PLC that controls the Spee-Dee servo-driven auger filler.

Chris Darling, Director of Engineering at Beech-Nut, adds that ease of cleaning was another driver in making the Spee-Dee filler such a good fit in the new line. “The other big thing that we were after was that we had an extremely aggressive timeline as the new container was developed,” says Darling. “So when it came to picking a filling machinery supplier, we wanted partners with experience handling similar products. Spee-Dee was not only a good partner for us but had many partnership relationships with the other machinery suppliers whose components are integrated with the actual filler itself, which helped streamline the process.”

There are three important pieces of equipment integrated with the filler. One is the Fords aluminum closure press. This machine punches skirted foil closures from roll-fed aluminum and sends them through a chute that leads to the discharge starwheel of the Spee-Dee filler. So as each filled container exits the filler, it receives a skirted foil closure.

The other equipment integrated with the filler is the R.A. Jones MAP Systems gas flushing system. Just before containers enter the filler, a MAP Systems overhead gas rail nitrogen flushing system drives out ambient air. This overhead gas flushing continues as containers move through the filler and then through a Fords Linear Belt Sealer. This machine uses a top belt to apply pressure on the foil cap as it passes an induction field, securing the foil cap to the container. The induction field is generated by an Enercon induction unit that is fully integrated into and controlled by the Fords machine.

Ink jet and capping
Shortly after the Spee-Dee checkweigher, a Markem-Imaje ink-jet printer puts lot and date code on the bottom of each container. Next comes a pair of Arol rotary cappers each with eight stations. The first applies the threaded dispensing closure and torques it down while the second snaps on the overcap/measuring cup. “We chose Arol because of their depth of experience with this kind of application and they offered the monoblock configuration we wanted,” says Darling.

Next in line is the application of the full-body shrink-sleeve label on an applicator and shrink tunnel supplied by American Fuji Seal Inc. Made of PETG, the label is printed flexo in 10 colors by label converter Hammer Packaging.

At this point it’s on to secondary packaging, executed by three pieces of equipment from Delkor Systems. First a Trayfecta S Series erects corrugated trays from flat blanks and accumulates them side by side on a feed conveyor leading into the Delkor Flex Loader’s flighted conveyor, which runs parallel to the conveyor on which filled containers are conveyed. A servo cross-push mechanism sends two trays at a time off at a right angle and into the flights of the Flex Loader’s transport conveyor. A gantry pick-and-place device with a dual split head end effector mechanically picks 12 containers and fills four three-count trays per cycle.

Once the trays are loaded with canisters, trays are then fed into a shrink bundler where the two display trays become a single shipping package. Between the Flex Loader and shrink bundler is an integrated top-pad placer. For many packages, this top pad is critical to unitize the two (or more) trays together as a stable shipping unit. This is a patented Delkor package solution called the Turbo Case, and it was a key factor in Beech-Nut’s decision to choose Delkor for the secondary packaging solution. The machine also has the capability to do Spot-pak in the future.

“It’s really an ideal on-shelf format,” says Darling. “Store personnel can quickly remove the shrink wrap and place the trays on the shelf or they can remove canisters and place individual units on the shelf. Sustainability was also a factor in our selection as the secondary package provides us with a reduction in corrugated vs the original package that was in a full wraparound case.” The final step of the process ends with another Markem-Imaje Case Coder.

Palletizing is currently done manually. “Automatic palletizing will be looked at in the future,” says Darling.

Original Source: https://www.packworld.com/article/food/breakfast/beech-nut-completes-redesign-infant-cereal-canisters

Original Author: Pat Reynolds

Original Date: September 5 2017

Benefits of Flexible Food Packaging

Food packaging can generally be broken down into three fundamental forms: rigid, semi-rigid, and flexible.  Rigid forms of food packaging have experienced a long history of use.  Recently however, the flexible packaging market has emerged and is experiencing substantial growth for a number of different reasons including: consumer demand for convenience, variety in packaging styles, and high quality labeling options over metal and glass.

Over the years many rigid food packages have met the shelf requirements necessary such as moisture barrier, oxygen barrier, light barrier and more from a single, homogenous material such as steel, aluminum, and glass.  In order to achieve the same desired properties in flexible packaging a combination of materials are used to compose flexible food pouches.

The packaging industry, especially where the food industry is concerned, is in a period of transition.  Heavy, rigid cardboard and plastic containers are on the way out to make way for more convenient, environmentally friendly option to take their place.

Benefits Found With Flexible Packaging

  • It Costs Less: Flexible food packaging requires fewer materials for production and costs less to manufacture than heavy, rigid plastic containers. Flexible pouches are budget-smart without a compromise to quality.
  • Available Options: Flexibility doesn’t come just in the form of the package itself but also in the options that are available to the packaging. Flexible packaging options include: tamper-evident, peel and reseal, disposable and oxygen barrier films, tap options and more.
  • Decrease Transportation Costs: With fewer materials and a lighter product the cost of shipping will decrease substantially. It is much more cost-effective to transport flexible materials than it is to transport rigid containers.  Flexible pouches are lighter while taking up less space, some even lie flat which makes transportation even easier. Smaller loads of freight also put less stress on the environment meaning fewer greenhouse gas emissions and a lower carbon footprint.  Less transportation, lower freight costs, and cleaner air – we all win.
  • Longer Shelf Life: If you need optimum food purity and protection from contamination than flexible packaging is your best bet. Multi-layer liners are stronger and more durable and high barrier liners prevent oxygen infiltration allowing food product to last substantially longer than before.
  • Smaller Burden on Landfills: There’s no material that combines as many benefits with eco-friendliness as flexible packaging. It’s one of the most responsible choices that you can make.
  • Space Conservation: Flexible food packaging components are designed to conserve space. That’s true, whether they are unfilled, stacked and waiting, or filled and ready for the end user.  Numerous unfilled bags take up less storage space than one empty rigid container.  They stack smaller requiring less room on a warehouse shelf or transport truck.

Consumer demand drives the popularity of flexible packaging.  They are easy to handle while fitting neatly on the shelf.  Cost, performance, and sustainability all make flexible packaging the right choice when looking into labels and packages for your products.

Learn more about Anchor Printing and their vast line of custom product label & packaging options including: Shrink Sleeve Labels, Flexible Packaging, Roll-Fed Labeling, Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack Labels at http://anchorprinting.com/flexible-packaging.php.  To contact one of our label specialists call toll free at 800.748.0209 or via email at info@anchorprinting.com.

Benefits of flexible packaging for fighting food waste

A new infographic from the Flexible Packaging Association highlights how flexible packaging can help keep food fresher and prevent food waste.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approximately 40% of food is not consumed. The annual amount of food waste is 36 million tons, which is worth $162 billion.

The typical American family throws away 40% of fresh meat, fish, and poultry purchased; 51% of dairy and fruit purchased; and 44% of fresh vegetables purchased.

When packaged in flexible packaging, the shelf life of green beans extends from seven days to 19 days. Some other examples of shelf life extension for food, when packaged in flexible packaging, include grapes, from seven days to 70 days; broccoli from six days to 20 days; steak from three days to 20 days; and cheese from 190 days to 280.

Original Source: https://www.packworld.com/article/food/benefits-flexible-packaging-fighting-food-waste

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