Martini Alimentare S.r.l. is one of the major meat producers in Italy. Producing more than 115,000 tonnes per annum, Martini is the major player in the production of pork, a significant processor in the poultry market and is also renowned as a quality supplier of rabbit meat.
LINPAC Pontivy celebrated its 34th year this year. From the reels of flexible film for food packaging found in households around the world to giant rolls of MAP lidding film weighing more than 1000kg each and destined for conversion to modified atmosphere pack applications, LINPAC have food all wrapped up!
Sometimes, the best packaging solutions to reduce food waste are the most simple… like our split-tray plastic packaging packs. The packs, which allow contents to be divided into separate portion-size compartments, in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), mean consumers can store food in the fridge for longer without compromising food safety. The packs mean meat cuts will stay fresh and attractive for longer and consumers can store food in the fridge for longer without compromising food safety. They are the ideal solution for shoppers to buy meat for the table, assured that they can preserve it as long as possible.
Our St Helens has been named ‘Most Improved Plant’ at the Best Factory Awards 2014. The site was also highly commended in the ‘Best Household & General Products Plant’ category, coming runner-up to Coca Cola Enterprises. The awards are run by Cranfield School of Management in partnership with industry magazine Works Management and celebrate manufacturing excellence in the UK. St Helens is LINPAC Packaging’s £550m principle site for thermoforming EPS. Last year it manufactured more than one billion products for the UK and European foodservice market including caterers, restaurants and fast food outlets.
Everyone knows that food does not stay fresh forever. Milk turns sour, bread goes mouldy, meat develops a brown colour and an unpleasant odour. A number of factors cause food spoilage. Oxygen in the air can cause a process of decay called oxidation. One of the main causes of the spoilage of food is the growth of microbes such as bacteria, yeasts and mould that are present all around us. These microbes feed and grow on the food product, causing it to go bad. The appearance of food can also change over time when exposed to air. Fresh meat turns brown after a while because of interaction with oxygen. There are a number of ways to slow down these processes of spoilage and to keep food attractive and edible for as long as possible. These include simple refrigeration or treatments such as pickling, curing with salt or by adding artificial preservatives.
Did you know that you and your family are probably wasting £60 a month by throwing away almost an entire meal a day? A recent report by the government's waste advisory body, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) shows that Britons are chucking out the equivalent of 24 meals a month, adding up to 4.2 million tonnes of food and drink every year that could have been consumed. Almost half of this is going straight from fridges or cupboards into the bin. One-fifth of what households buy ends up as waste and around 60% of that could have been eaten.
Contaminated food can rapidly become a deadly danger. Throughout history humanity has been worried about "food hygiene" - even though this term was only heard for the first time in the 19th century. So where did it start. Here is LINPAC’s short history of food hygiene leading to our own developments in food safety through modern technology... Hygiene is derived from the Greek word "hygienos," meaning healthy and beneficial. The availability of healthy, beneficial nutrition is essential - causing humans to consider, even thousands of years ago, how to correctly store and handle foods so that they were available for consumption over long periods of time.
As three of the UK’s leading supermarkets launch investigations into their chicken supplies after a national newspaper uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings within the poultry industry, we have been urging manufacturers and processors to consider our bug busting antimicrobial solutions to help protect consumers. Undercover footage, photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers gathered by The Guardian newspaper appears to reveal how strict industry hygiene standards to prevent the contamination of chicken with the potentially deadly campylobacter bug can be flouted on the factory floor and on farms. The poultry processing plants involved have denied the claims and a Food Standards Agency review of the evidence has found “no risk to public health”.
We’re in the awards again! This time we have been choosen as a finalist in this year’s UK Packaging Awards for our innovative 100% recyclable Rfresh Elite tray. The packaging manufacturer, which serves the protein, bakery, foodservice, fresh produce and convenience markets, has been shortlisted in the Rigid Plastic Pack category. Senior packaging experts from many of the biggest household names in the UK retail and brand landscape scrutinised more than 260 entries. The shortlist represents the very best of UK packaging which makes the sector a world leader. Judges considered look, feel, quality, innovation and company performance to come up with the shortlist.
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