HSP is proud to announce its partnership with Bolloré

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As the official Canadian distributor of Bolfresh BSF® and Bolfresh OXBTEC® end-seal bottom-seal films, Heat Sealing Packaging is pleased to announce its partnership with the Bolloré Group. 

With films for fresh and frozen food products, Bolloré proposes a variety of packaging solutions with either barrier, antifog or stretch-shrink properties as well as perforated films.

The extensive range of films is adapted for the packaging of meat, poultry, cheese, fruits & vegetables, catering products, fish & seafood.

Already in the Canadian marketplace, these films have proven to have the highest clarity and efficiency on horizontal form-fill-seal machines manufactured by OSSID, OMORI, and ULMA.

For further information please contact HSP or click the link below.

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TenderPac® controls meat maturation and with great presentation!

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For a long time, meat maturation and presentation in case-ready format was not possible without repackaging. The negative influences on appearance and shelf life were too high. Our completely new TenderPac® system has now opened the door to direct meat maturation. A two-compartment system provides for separation of the process-related meat juices and the actual meat product. 

TenderPac® helps give your product a delicate texture and the best meat flavour by controlled maturation. Its appetizing presentation will be a real eye-catcher at retail. The patented ActiveStick serves as a juice absorber and can be used for additional communication purposes.

Two Compartment TraySkin® Solution

Sealpac TraySkin® duo - with convenient EasyPeelPoint opening aid

Sealpac TraySkin® duo - with convenient EasyPeelPoint opening aid

A new development concerns the use of two-compartment skin trays, where each compartment is sealed individually. Sealing takes place by means of SEALPAC’s unique OnTrayCut system, which was specifically developed for skin applications. This guarantees an immaculate presentation at retail, both from a visual and tactile point of view. Due to the perforation between the compartments, each portion can easily be separated from the other. If desired, SEALPAC’s EasyPeelPoint can be added to allow for easy opening of the skin pack. With this new tray, SEALPAC addresses the growing demand for efficient packaging of smaller portions of food, mainly coming from the increasing number of single households. By solving the common mismatch between the amount of food inside a tray compared to the actual need of the buyer, SEALPAC lives up to its goal as a member of the Save Food initiative: to continuously develop new packaging solutions that reduce food waste.

Modern Packaging and the Benefits of Skin Packaging

Bigler’s meat products successfully relaunched with the support of SEALPAC

Bigler is proud of its craftsmanship in food processing, a family tradition that is constantly reinvented through innovative products and modern processes. Last year, the family-owned company in Büren an der Aare, which employs around 600 people, initiated a relaunch of its del Lago brand. Under the new brand name Bigler, the entire product range is now presented in a fresh and uniform packaging design. We spoke with Gérard Bigler (Head of the processed meat division) and Markus Bigler (Chief Financial Officer) about this relaunch, the differences between the meat markets in Switzerland and the rest of Europe, as well as about current packaging trends.

Benefits of Skin Packaging

What sometimes holds back the development of skin packaging for fresh meat is that the colour of the product inside the vacuum pack will be less red. Gérard Bigler: "The fact that meat products in skin packaging are characterized by a darker red has been well received by Swiss consumers. In my view, however, the colour is not decisive. It is important that the product as a whole convinces with an appealing appearance.” Therein the Swiss differ from other European countries, where meat is mainly packaged under modified atmosphere, because consumers there are mostly conservative and prefer meat with a bright red colour. On the other hand, the demand for skin applications is growing noticeably in Germany as well these days. Especially high-quality products, such as premium or organic meat, are increasingly offered in skin packaging, because the quality of the meat can be improved: under vacuum it will mature better, remain beautifully tender and stay fresh longer. 

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Gérard Bigler: "I am pretty certain skin packaging will also revolutionize the German and other European markets, as the advantages speak for themselves. Due to the vacuum, at least two days of extra shelf life are achieved, which is considerable for meat. In this way, the shelf life of fresh meat can be extended to 12 days, which is extremely important for retailers, as they can now cover two strong-selling weekends.” Markus Bigler adds: "But maximum shelf life can only be achieved with an optimal cooling chain. To keep this under control, we own a fleet of no less than 60 trucks that drive all over Switzerland on a daily basis to provide fresh products to the retailers. This is cost-intensive, but product quality is our main asset to our customers. And we owe it to our quality commitment, which we have underlined again with our relaunch.”

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Typical Swiss

Switzerland has a slightly different culture when it comes to the presentation of food products at retail. Especially within the meat segment, vertical presentation has been the standard for a long time already. By presenting meat products in a standing or hanging position, they are more attractive to Swiss consumers. This explains why skin packaging has seen a much stronger growth in Switzerland than in various other European countries, such as for example Germany. The advantage of skin packaging is that the product remains securely fixated and does not move, resulting in an excellent appearance. For retailers, skin packaging allows them to fit more products on the shelf. Main applications in Switzerland are fresh and marinated meat, but vertical presentation is also common for seafood and even ready meals.  

PerfoLid System Nominated for REFRESH Award

PerfoLid is a packaging system that provides reclosable trays for fresh fruit and vegetables with significant shelf life extension, both at retail as well as at the consumer. The system reduces food waste, keeps fruits and vegetables fresher and saves money!

The PerfoLid is up for a REFRESH award, an EU research project taking action against food waste. 26 partners from 12 European countries and China work towards the project's goal to contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level and reducing food losses along production and supply chains, reducing waste management costs, and maximizing the value from un-avoidable food waste and packaging materials.

Find out more about the project and vote at http://eu-refresh.org/perfolid

Cascades recieves the CPIA Sustainability Award for its Ultratill product line

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Cascades, a leader in the recovery and the manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, is pleased to announce that its line of Ultratill TMproducts was selected by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association as the recipient of the CPIA Sustainability Award . This prestigious award was accepted by Mathieu Roberge , Products and Processes Development Manager at Cascades, during the CPIA Plastics Industry Leadership Awards Dinner held in Toronto on.

The Sustainability Award recognizes the leadership and level of effort invested by Cascades in order to provide green products to the food industry. Specifically designed to meet the needs of mushroom growers and packers across North America , Ultratill TM contains 80% recycled post-consumer material, while continuing to meet the stringent demands of the packaging process.

Lighter than traditional containers, Ultratill TM is solid, resistant and recyclable. Its production is based on improved manufacturing processes that require fewer raw materials, and this further contributes to reducing the product's environmental footprint. In addition, Ultratill TM reduces CO 2 emissions by 62% during its life cycle compared to other mushroom containers made of HIPS.

"We truly appreciate this public recognition," stated Mathieu Roberge . "Developing Ultratill TM represents a major innovation enabling Cascades to provide clients with packaging whose environmental footprint has been minimized. This accomplishment has once more earned us industry recognition, which is very gratifying. We are particularly proud of the whole team and how it has demonstrated leadership in environmental performance!"

About the CPIA Plastics Industry Leadership Awards
CPIA Awards provide an opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals and companies for their commitment and dedication to Canada's plastics industry. Sustainability Awards - Nominee's contributions could be for efforts related to sustainability in recycling or for products or packaging that has been produced in Canada and contains at least 20% recycled plastic.

About the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) 
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association is the national voice of Canada's plastics industry, representing the interests of processors, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers and brand owners across the country. Visit http://www.plastics.ca for more information.