As mentioned in our Christmas 2017 blog, street-food is enjoying its time in the limelight thanks to growing demand from the consumer for innovative, globally-influenced lunch and snack options. When the consumer thinks of artisan street-food however, it’s unlikely that they associate classic white or champagne coloured EPS trays with being an eco-friendly packaging alternative for their favourite street-foods.
We are leading the way with our vacuum skin packaging (VSP) offer to customers looking to extend shelf life and reduce food waste in the supply chain. We now have the broadest rigid VSP tray range on the market today. Fish, meat and poultry packers can choose from four tray material options ensuring they receive a solution best suited to their application. The trays are lightweight, fully recyclable and compatible with a range of high barrier, high shrink films.
At LINPAC Packaging we are delighted with the decision by the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) decision to give an official positive opinion regarding the super-cleaning process used in its factories in Spain, Italy, and Germany In a report published by EFSA its authors confirmed that the critical steps of the decontamination process that LINPAC uses for its post-consumer PET produces a recycled product that does “not give rise to concern for a risk to human health”, even when used with 100% rPET.
The grocery and packaging sectors reduced food and packaging waste by 1.7 million tonnes which equates to 4.8 million tonnes of CO2 under the Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 agreement. The final results from WRAP, show significant progress has been made. The supply chain target has been exceeded, the packaging target has been met and the household food waste target narrowly missed. Phase 2 results show that:
The average UK household throws away the equivalent of six meals every week, according to a new report by WRAP costing us as a nation £12.5 billion a year, or almost £60 a month to the average family, despite a significant drive to reduce food waste.
A message just in from Mrs Mo (AKA Jo Stephenson): I've registered LINPAC Packaging’s Moustache Heroes with Movember to raise funds and awareness for men's health. It's going to be a hairy journey and I want you to be part of it! If you feel as strongly as I do about changing the face of men's health, enlist for Movember and join my team now here. Also send around to your colleagues, friends and families, male or female, to join and/or donate.
Alan Davey, our Director of Innovation, recently wrote a piece for Retail Times on food waste and why retailers, manufacturers and the packaging industry should work together to cut wastage across the supply chain. Read it here in full.
Our sister company Infia, a leading company in plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables, knows the potential of the Asian market very well - having attended Asia Fruit Logistica exhibition regularly since 2007. This week our colleagues from Infia will be attending this years’ Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong on September 4-6 to show of its innovative products to fresh fruit suppliers and retailers in the Far East and Oceania.
Following on from our recent post on the blog about Tesco’s admission that 28,500 tonnes of food was wasted in its stores and distribution centres in the first six months of this year alone come further news that the big waste problem in the UK is with consumers.
Despite the launch of the Tesco and Society campaign in May, partly aimed at reducing food waste, figures released on today show 28,500 tonnes of food was wasted in Tesco’s stores and distribution centres in the first six months of this year alone. A quarter of grapes supplied to the supermarket giant were never eaten, along with 40 per cent of apples and 20 per cent of bananas.
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