PRIMARY FOOD PACKAGING CASE STUDIES

  • Drink Manufacturer Eliminates Hundreds Of Thousands Of Spreadsheets With ERP Software Integration
    Drink Manufacturer Eliminates Hundreds Of Thousands Of Spreadsheets With ERP Software Integration

    Intercontinental Brands (ICB) produces 20 million bottles every year at its Middlesbrough plant.. Shipping to countries worldwide, the company’s first aim was to establish a single version of the truth by ripping out and replacing a number of disparate, aging systems. Its investment in software applications has given it room to grow, and dispensing its spreadsheets and filing cabinets for good.

  • Food Packager Needed Help To Meet Increased Demands On Suppliers By Wholesalers
    Food Packager Needed Help To Meet Increased Demands On Suppliers By Wholesalers

    Using IFS Applications™, Globus has gone from a bespoke, manual legacy system to a sensitive automated planning tool. All business areas are now fully integrated, providing enhanced inventory control as well as service delivery capacity. The result is significant savings in time, resources and costs.

  • Improving Shelf Life With Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)
    Improving Shelf Life With Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)

    Tulip, one of Denmark’s leading producers of processed food for the domestic and export market, produces around 90 tons of sausages each day. A large proportion of these – about 60 tons a day – is packaged under a modified atmosphere of carbon dioxide and nitrogen to keep the product fresh and improve its shelf life. This case study shows how the company improved its efficiency by installing a Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) system.

  • On-Line Gas Analyzer Improves Shelf Life For Meat Processing Company
    On-Line Gas Analyzer Improves Shelf Life For Meat Processing Company

    Bye-bye manual testing: Replaced by new on-line gas analyzer. This case study examines how a meat processing company made the switch from manually and randomly testing of its packages five times each day to an on-line headspace analyzer for its Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) products.

  • Seafood Company Increases Quality With Package Integrity Testing Technology
    Seafood Company Increases Quality With Package Integrity Testing Technology

    In 2004, Mariscos Linamar, a Spanish seafood company, began to investigate the innovative idea of packaging a proportion of its product in a modified atmosphere, with the aim to extend the product shelf life and improve its appearance. Years of research followed. After extensive research and trials, the optimal gas mixture, comprising oxygen and carbon dioxide blended in a ratio that depends on the product and the format of the package, had been decided upon as well as the best packaging approach. This case study illustrates the process the company used to implement Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) with thermosealed trays.

  • Major Poultry Processing Manufacturer Gains Additional Shelf Life With Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)
    Major Poultry Processing Manufacturer Gains Additional Shelf Life With Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)

    Hellenic Quality Foods (HQF) is a leading food company in Greece, packaged its products on trays with stretch film until early 2014. This case study shows how the company made the move to Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) to improve its products shelf and extend its customer reach.

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PRIMARY FOOD PACKAGING WHITE PAPERS & ARTICLES

  • 3 Food Industry Headaches And What You Can Do About Them
    3 Food Industry Headaches And What You Can Do About Them

    With the emergence of new FSMA rules and a bioengineering labeling rule in the works, the industry is going to have even more headaches to deal with. Environmental monitoring, the threat of intentional contamination of the food supply, and yet another labeling change are emerging and could be another reason for food manufacturers to reach for Tylenol.

  • Gamma Irradiation Enhances Shelf Life For Dairy Products
    Gamma Irradiation Enhances Shelf Life For Dairy Products

    A major challenge in keeping dairy products fresh is contamination of yeast and mold. What can done to minimize it? One technique used to sanitize dairy packaging is gamma irradiation.

  • Gamma Irradiation: Protecting Liquids and Food From Spoilage
    Gamma Irradiation: Protecting Liquids and Food From Spoilage

    The organic F&B market is growing and is driving manufacturers to make more informed decisions about packaging. Continue reading to learn what options are available to these manufacturers.

  • 9 Ways Technology Aids FSMS Implementation And Continuous Improvement
    9 Ways Technology Aids FSMS Implementation And Continuous Improvement

    There are many aspects of resource allocation to consider when developing a food safety management system (FSMS) for a business and there are efficiencies to be gained in almost every area of an FSMS. Technology and software can provide your team with the tools to monitor production targets and deviations in real-time and more efficiently than visual inspection.

  • 2017’s Top Refrigerated Food & Beverage Trends
    2017’s Top Refrigerated Food & Beverage Trends

    To understand why food and flavor trends are born, or step into the spotlight in any given year, it is important to understand their surrounding couriers and influencers. A courier acts to shuttle a trend in from a neighboring focus, while an influencer can be seen as an ally to a trend. For the coming year, I have examined food and beverage drivers for patterns.

  • New Nutrition Labels: Challenges, Uncertainties, And Opportunities
    New Nutrition Labels: Challenges, Uncertainties, And Opportunities

    Many stakeholders - raw ingredient suppliers, nutrition labeling software vendors, graphics design and packaging companies, food manufacturers, and private label brand owners - are involved in implementing the new nutrition label requirements. For a successful implementation, it is imperative these stakeholders develop a comprehensive knowledge of the new requirements.

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PRIMARY FOOD PACKAGING PRODUCTS

Pouch/Spouted Pouch Filling & Sealing Machines Pouch/Spouted Pouch Filling & Sealing Machines

Waldner’s DOSOMAT Rotary and Inline Pouch systems offer solutions for low output pouch filling and high productivity, high-volume pouch filling applications. Each stage of this process insures extremely efficient control and handling of the pouch, multiple pouch filling options including advanced filling systems combined with ultrasonic sealing.

 

Pet Food/Dry Products Complete Packaging Line Bagging Solutions Pet Food/Dry Products Complete Packaging Line Bagging Solutions

Umbra manufactures bag filling and sealing machinery for all sorts of dry products in the food, pharmaceutical, chemical and agricultural industries. Umbra specializes in the filling and sealing of dry pet food and pet care products.   Umbra provides a full range of equipment from the basic filling and sealing machinery to fully automated lines including multi-head weighers, case loading systems, palletizing and stretch wrapping systems. An Umbra packaging machine can fill bags up to 55lbs. with a variety of pouch materials and closure techniques, providing an extremely versatile solution to customers looking for high flexibility.

Umbra Bag Filling And Sealing System Umbra Bag Filling And Sealing System

Umbra manufactures bag filling and sealing machinery for all sorts of dry products in the food, pharmaceutical, chemical, and agricultural industries. A single Umbra packaging machine can fill bags from 2lbs to 55lbs with a variety of pouch materials and closure techniques, providing an extremely versatile solution to customers looking for high flexibility. Umbra specializes in the filling and sealing of dry pet food and pet care products, providing a full range of equipment from basic filling and sealing machines to fully automated lines, including multi-head weighers, case loading systems, palletizing and stretch wrapping systems. Umbra's expertise in the design and development of fill technologies allows for filling of powdery and granular products, as well as longer and stickier products that tend to bunch or bridge in the filling chutes.

Cup, Pouch, And Tray Filling And Sealing Machines Cup, Pouch, And Tray Filling And Sealing Machines

The recent premier issue of Waldner World Magazine featured three articles about DOSOMAT filling and sealing machines. Click here to read three cup, pouch, and tray filling success stories from PTI.

Retort Pouch Inspection Retort Pouch Inspection

PTI offers non-destructive inspection solutions for 100% online inspection of retort pouches. The critical issues with retort pouches continue to be seal quality and pouch integrity.

Package Integrity Testing & Leak Detection – VeriPac 400 Series GMP Grade Inspection Systems  PERMA-Vac Technology Package Integrity Testing & Leak Detection – VeriPac 400 Series GMP Grade Inspection Systems PERMA-Vac Technology

VeriPac systems can be easily integrated into the packaging process to improve quality, reduce waste, and provide operators with a clear understanding of package quality. VeriPac test systems are non-destructive, non-subjective and require no sample preparation. Test fixtures are designed to inspect flexible and rigid packaging. Tests can be performed in any sequence and even repeatedly on a single sample. VeriPac’s inspection method is more reliable, cost effective and efficient than destructive methods, plus it eliminates subjective, misleading results that vary from operator to operator.

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PRIMARY FOOD PACKAGING MULTIMEDIA

Update On Advances In Aseptic Processing Update On Advances In Aseptic Processing

This podcast features Steve Smith, processing specialist at Purdue University, addresses aseptic processing and packaging. Smith runs Purdue’s  Science Pilot Plant Laboratory, which runs tests for the food industry in the areas of aseptic and traditional thermal processing. Aseptic processing is a thermal processing method that allows food products to be commercially sterilized separately from the food packaging material. Smith offers overview of recent advancements in aseptic processing, such as particulate validation, hold tube flow control laminar or turbulent flow, pumping methods, heat exchangers, non-thermal processing and aseptic dosing. 

Robotics Expand Rapidly In Food Packaging Robotics Expand Rapidly In Food Packaging

In this podcast, Scott Reed, VP of sales, marketing and customer service with Adco Manufacturing, addresses automation and robotics in secondary packaging. Major reasons for the rapid growth of robotics in  packaging include the fact that the automation has become less expensive and offers increased precision, speed and flexibility. Reed also discusses how cartons and cases play a role in the protection of food products, while helping to build product brands.

Pouches Spur Growth In Retail-Ready Packaging Pouches Spur Growth In Retail-Ready Packaging

Rick Gessler, marketing director of Delkor Systems, updates the industry on developments in retail-ready packaging (RRP). It’s a matter of getting products from shipping configuration onto the retail shelf in an attractive display. Designing RRP incorporates many factors, depending on market channel, protection in transit and ease of stocking and shopping. Growth in the use of stand-up pouches is providing an impetus for further development of RRP, and equipment advances are speeding the packaging process.

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ABOUT PRIMARY PACKAGING

Primary Food and Beverage Packaging serves several functions.  Physical protection of the product from vibration, compression, and temperature is one function.  Packaging offers Barrier Protection from things like oxygen, water, dust, etc. Some packages contain desiccants or oxygen absorbers to help keep contents fresh, safe, and extend shelf life.  Packaging also allows for Containment or Agglomeration, which means packaging small items typically grouped together such as liquids, powders, and granular materials.  Packages and labels also provide Information Transmission, helping users obtain information on opening, use, recycle, or disposal of the packaging or product.  Packaging materials also provide space for Marketing Messages.  Tamper resistance packaging helps maintain product Security.  Innovations in packaging also add to Customer Convenience and Portion Control.

 

Primary packaging is the term used to define the layer of packaging in immediate contact with the product.  The most obvious and important function of primary packaging is to keep the product absolutely sealed off from its environment.  Primary packaging is designed to protect and preserve the product from damage, external contamination, spoiling and chemical imbalances.

 

Examples of primary packaging include blister packs, strip packs, clamshell packaging, shrink wrapping, paperboard packaging, unit dose packs, stand-up pouches, glass bottles and jars, gable-top cartons, aluminum trays, metal bottles, and more.  Primary packaging materials include metal, cardboard, glass, ridged plastics, which include high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and jars. 

 

A critical component in food and beverage packaging is Aseptic packaging.  Aseptic packaging is the process by which a sterile food or beverage product is packaged in a sterile container in a way to maintain the sterility.  Aseptic packaging allows food and beverages to be stored for long periods of time without preservatives, as long as the packages aren't opened.