Ok, so you know about PVC cling film - the stuff that's used to wrap left over food at home or used by packers/processors to showcase their products in the thermoformed trays in the supermarkets - but do you know what else PVC is used for? In fact, it's more widely used than you probably think.
LINPAC Packaging UK are excited to announce their participation in the ‘Fresher for Longer’ Schools programme; a new initiative that has been set up to educate children on the issue of food waste and to facilitate the creation of their own behaviour change campaigns to tackle the issue.
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.
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