A survey conducted by the Danish Technological Institute has shown that 14% of Danish household food waste stems from meal leftovers. Although these can be reheated, very often this is in a microwave oven, and the survey identified that many find the uneven heating of this process makes the food less savoury so that it still ends up in the bin.
In an attempt to alter this behaviour, RPC Superfos has contributed to the development of a new multifunctional plastic storage box which ensures a more even distribution of the microwave heat. This development project has been run together with Imerco, a Danish chain of retailers of household and home decoration products, and the Danish Technological Institute. The new plastic storage box makes reheated leftovers tastier and thus helps to reduce food waste at household level.
Such an initiative provides another example of plastic packaging’s ability to prevent food waste - in itself recognised as a major environmental problem - and make an important contribution to the development of a circular economy.
Plastic packaging protects products which have taken a lot of time and resources to produce. Plastic is light weight, durable and flexible, properties that are extremely valuable when it comes to transporting food products while keeping them fresh and intact at the same time. In addition, products sold loose have been found to contribute to greater instore waste, in some cases leading to increases of 20%. Without convenient plastic packaging, damage and loss would occur to goods throughout the logistics and retail chain, causing a negative environmental impact.
“Food wastage in the food supply chain would increase dramatically if we gave up plastic packaging as we have not yet seen any better - and more sustainable - alternatives,” points out Janni Langkjær Pedersen, Sustainability Communication Manager at RPC Superfos.
“While excessive packaging must be avoided, we cannot ignore the fact that plastic packaging has outstanding features for keeping foods fresher for longer and protecting them from damage.”
More information on plastic’s contribution to reducing food waste and some of its other environmental benefits can be found in a series of information sheets available on the RPC Group website (www.rpc-group.com).
Irresistible cream spreads now on-the-go
Consumers with a sweet tooth love Lino Lada cream spreads; so much so that Podravka, the company behind the product line, recently launched on-the-go versions of two delicious chocolate-hazelnut spreads in the EasySnacking packaging solution from Berry Superfos.
Berry Superfos launches breakthrough recycled packaging solution for food industry
Berry Superfos is now able to offer customers in the food industry packaging made from recycled plastic with the same quality as virgin materials. Currently, Berry Superfos is already supplying key customers in the food industry on several joint projects.
A change of format for family-size packs of ice cream wafers from standard printed carton boxes to plastic buckets from Berry Superfos is delivering a number of important benefits for leading Romanian ice cream manufacturer TOPGEL. These include better shelf stand-out, enhanced logistics, and the opportunity for consumers to repurpose the packs.
A refillable and airtight container with a resealable cap fitted in the lid makes it easier to maintain a high level of hygiene with wipes. By popular demand, Berry Superfos has developed a series of wet wipes containers and Hitam, a French chemical consultancy, is among the highly satisfied customers.
Recycled material is worth its salt
A winter scenery in Switzerland looks like something from a fairy tale, but the reality is that Swiss roads must always be accessible. De-icing salt from Schweizer Salinen makes it happen, and now, in support of sustainability, the salt comes in a SuperCube pail made with 30% PCR content (post-consumer recycled). The reusable pail is developed and produced by Berry Superfos.
Three reasons to sell wafers in Berry Superfos buckets
One of the biggest ice cream producer in Romania, TOPGEL, sells more than just ice cream. Tasty, crispy wafers are in the product range, and now they are being sold in large quantities in plastic buckets from Berry Superfos that have three great benefits
Non-Carbon Black Masterbatch Increases Recycling Capabilities with Superfos
The new black is non-carbon black! When made from a non-carbon black masterbatch, your used plastic packaging can be detected during the waste sorting process and used for recycling. Superfos, a Berry Global company, now offers packs made with non-carbon black masterbatch.
Kata Food: Shape and Success are Well Connected
A different packaging shape and fabulous artwork decoration have led to optimised logistics and excellent shelf standout for olives and more from Italian Kata Food. The family owned business has success on several European markets, now reinforced with the square SuperCube pail from Berry Superfos
The circular economy is in full swing: material once considered as waste, is used to create products of higher value. Like in this case, where off cuts from a Berry Superfos facility in Denmark via a recycler become biological filters for water purification in aquaculture. That’s good for the environment and an example of responsible use of resources
Berry Superfos makes significant contribution to Berry Global’s 2020 sustainability success
Berry Global Group, Inc., the parent company of Berry Superfos, spotlights the whole Group’s many sustainability achievements from fiscal year 2020 in its recently released 2020 Impact Report. The progress is also of benefit to customers of Berry Superfos
Cans are traditional, and traditions are often hard to let go of. However, Cargill Brazil is very pleased with a packaging conversion in collaboration with market leader Berry Superfos from traditional metal to contemporary plastic for immensely popular Elefante tomato paste. Cargill Brazil values the technical expertise of Berry Superfos
The innovative SuperLight container from Superfos, has proved the ideal pack for the new MakeGusto range of tasty Italian ready meals that are easy to prepare and can be enjoyed on the move. SuperLight uses a clever combination of plastic and cardboard to provide a user-friendly solution for the products where boiling water is added to the ingredients to create each meal.
The right type of packaging is a powerful form of marketing. This has been ideally demonstrated by a unique pack and display solution developed and produced by Superfos, a Berry Global company, for Al Wefag Trading & Manufacturing Company, one of Saudi Arabia’s leading producers of quality sweet and savoury snacking products.
Tub delivers lighter weight and improved performance
A new tub from Berry Superfos for one of the UK’s most popular spreadable butters has achieved a 9% weight reduction while delivering increased efficiency on the filling line and incorporating an attractive new look. The need for new tooling for the production of the 500g polypropylene tub for Arla Foods UK’s Anchor Spreadable brand resulted in the company re-evaluating the tub and the processes connected to it.
The switch from black to semi-clear plastic for a cake tub has had a significant impact on the pack’s sustainability profile. Thanks to the change, the 1080ml tub manufactured by Berry Superfos, for a range of cakes produced by Park Cakes for leading food retailer M&S can now be described as ‘widely recyclable’ in the UK.
- Jo Webb
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