Zenify stress relief drink launches in first Rexam 12 oz. SLEEK® can with tactile printing

“Live Stress Free.” That’s the mantra of Zenify, the 100 percent natural stress relief drink. Looking for a truly distinctive package that would exemplify the look and feel of its brand, the company chose to launch in the first Rexam 12oz. SLEEK® can in the U.S. to utilize tactile printing technology.

Zenify is a clean and extremely refreshing stress relief drink.  It contains 25 times more stress-relieving antioxidants than green tea, but without the caffeine. The drink’s blend of natural antioxidants and amino acids has been clinically shown to increase alpha waves in the brain, elevate serotonin and dopamine levels and reduce stress without drowsiness. Zenify also includes 100 percent of the recommended dietary allowance of five B-Vitamins, which are designed to work synergistically in the beverage to reduce stress.

“80% of working Americans are chronically stressed. Our goal was to create the most effective and best-tasting stress relief drink on the market, one that you can drink throughout the day to clear your mind and stay focused,” said Adam Rosenfeld, founder and formulator of Zenify. “And we wanted a unique design that would be a differentiator. Working closely with Rexam, we created just that.”

“The tactile printing adds another dimension to the brand,” said Brian Liu, co-founder of Zenify. “In addition to taste, sight and smell, our product now has a distinct texture all its own. We’ve already received tremendous customer feedback on the new can.”

In addition to its exclusive tactile can design, Zenify benefits from the many inherent advantages of aluminum cans including portability, durability and sustainability. Aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable with cans able to be melted, converted to cans again and back on retail shelves within 60 days. In the last 15 years, the beverage can industry has reduced the overall carbon footprint of the aluminum can by more than 45 percent. These facts help make cans the most recycled beverage container in the world with a U.S. recycling rate of 65.1 percent, more than double the rate of other beverage packages.  

Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam BCNA, commented on how Zenify’s unique packaging will benefit its brand and business. “Our 12oz. SLEEK can is already a great solution to help brands attract attention on store shelves. Utilizing our tactile printing technology takes it one step further, allowing the product to stand out even more, while benefiting from the inherent advantages of cans that include superior recycling, filling, distribution and retail display economics.”

In addition to reducing stress and tension, the company is committed to helping bridge divides. Zenify is the first corporate partner of The Coexist Foundation, donating five percent of its profits to the global non-profit organization focused on increasing understanding and reducing conflict throughout the world.

Zenify is currently available at select natural and specialty retailers in New York and California, with plans for continued expansion.

 

 

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Product Focus: Packaging Components

Squeeze-and-Measure Cap
www.berlinpackaging.com
This patented Squeeze-and-Measure Dosing Closure delivers the correct dose of liquids with a squeeze, thanks to a three-part assembly including a dip tube, vacuum-sealed dosing chamber and flip-top cap. It can be sized to fit any squeezable stock bottle and standard neck finish with no custom preforms or fitments.

Opening Cap
www.tetrapak.com
Tetra Evero Aseptic’s (TEA) One Step Opening design provides the dual protection of a tamper evidence ring and a neck membrane on cap, while offering the convenience of one action opening, for ease-of-use. Devised for ambient white milk, the opening and the carton bottle intend to satisfy consumers’ quest for convenience in handling and pouring, while maintaining safety and environmental features.

Liquid Products Cap
www.weatherchem.com
Made of PP resin, the LiquiFlapper cap fits 33-400 mm and 38-400 mm bottles. The cap screws on and is available with either a ribbed or smooth skirt. Designed with a snap-tight leak resistant release, it provides portion-controlled, tear-drop flow for most household liquid products. LiquiFlapper is available in custom colors and embossing, it is also #5 recyclable.

Lid/Single-use Spoon
ecotensil.com
SpoonLidz by EcoTensil is an over-lid for single-serve cups, which converts to a sanitary and sturdy spoon in one easy fold. Convenient for on-the-go eating, the material-efficient SpoonLidz is made from silky-smooth, renewable paperboard. Customizable and brandable, SpoonLidz provides a sustainable value-add to yogurt, fruit and other to-go foods.

Wine Closure
www.nomacorc.com
Nomacorc, producer of alternative wine closures, has introduced a zero carbon footprint wine closure—Select Bio. The closure is made with plant-based polymers derived from sugar cane. Three distinct products, each with different oxygen ingress levels are available, with the same look and feel as the traditional Select Series. The Select Bio Series includes three distinct products, each with different oxygen ingress levels and have the same look and feel as the traditional Select Series.

Closure Solution
www.velcro.com
Velcro Brand Press-Lok closure, a product for the flexible packaging market, features a unique design that addresses any chance of package misalignment experienced by consumers.  A series of interlocking micro features connect at multiple levels, combined with tactile feel, make this new reclose fastener secure.

Lidding Foil
www.constantia-flexibles.com
Constantia Flexibles developed a paper-free, child-resistant blister lidding foil with upgraded peel/push functionalities. Offering a smooth, robust peel, Easy-Piesy, is an aluminum/PET/aluminum lamination that—due to its absence of paper—requires less heat during sealing compared with traditional paper-back foil structures. The paper-free design makes Easy-Piesy well-suited to cleanroom environments.

Flip-top Cap
www.stulltech.com
Easy-to-open, the Ultra Light Flip Top cap improves consumer convenience and brand loyalty with a modern opening mechanism and a cleaner, more sanitary orifice area. It’s specifically designed for products that require a squeezable motion and dispensing control. The liquid trap feature prevents separated liquid from dripping out, and the closure uses up to 20% less material than similar caps for greater sustainability.

Zipper for Carriers
www.hi-cone.com
Hi-Cone’s Zipper for multipack carriers is designed to provide value-added consumer convenience. The perforated tab is engineered to release the container with just one pull. The zipper makes it easy to remove one container at a time or all of the bottles.

Caps for Tubes
www.flex-products.com
The Flip Top Plug is a secure closure that features a quick flip of the finger to access the contents. Used on rectangular tubes, this package stores items safely and can be a package all its own. Diameter sizes begin at 0.43 x 1 in. and go up to 1 in. x 0.08-0.68. 

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Sealed Air Brings Fresh Clarity to Lightweight Cryovac PP Chilled Food Packaging with Millad NX 8000

Sealed Air Corporation is offering a range of lightweight polypropylene (PP) trays and pots with high clarity for chilled foods thanks to Milliken’s clarifying innovation Millad NX 8000. Sealed Air’s choice of Millad NX 8000 to up the clarity benchmark of its thermoformed Cryovac lidded trays and pots for meats, salads and other fresh produce, means food processors can benefit from the reduced packaging weight and lower carbon footprint of PP compared to alternative materials without comprising on packaging transparency or performance.

Due to its low density, PP packaging is typically 10 – 30% lighter and has a 24% lower carbon footprint than APET, for example, while offering the same strength and rigidity (Source: Intertek). Less material usage contributes to less post-consumer waste production too. Sealed Air’s Cryovac containers are non-brittle and break without sharp edges. The inherent higher heat resistance of PP trays and containers allows them to be reheated and also laminated in heat-sealing machinery without cracking or warping. PP is readily recyclable and straightforward to separate from other materials in the recycling chain, lending itself to re-use as food packaging or, through energy recovery, as a valuable source of energy.

Sealed Air’s customers have responded favorably to the company’s success in moving the clarity standard of its PP packaging upwards. By using Millad NX 8000, Sealed Air has also benefited from processing advantages in its production chain.

“Conventional clarifying agents don’t dissolve or disperse well in PP and this can cause a build-up on machinery during processing,” comments Michael Thomson, Sealed Air. “New generation Millad NX 8000 on the other hand is easy to process. This further plus point for the clarifier adds to its significant achievement in raising the clarity standard of our polypropylene applications for the food sector.”

Milliken provided technical support and the right solution to help Sealed Air achieve optimum clarity and offer the highly-demanding food industry a competitive packaging alternative to support producers in meeting UK and European guidelines regarding reduction in packaging weight, waste and CO₂ emissions.

Sami T.K. Palanisami, marketing and sales manager plastic additives EMEA, Milliken, adds: “High clarity polypropylene helps food producers create an appealing fresh-look for packaged foods. It also brings the valuable environmental advantage of lighter packaging with a low carbon footprint during production and transportation, achieving a combination of benefits that is not possible with other materials.”

About Milliken
Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Working from our laboratories, application and development centers around the world, our scientists and engineers create coatings, specialty chemicals, and advanced additive and colorant technologies that transform the way we experience products from automotive plastics to children’s art supplies. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines that also includes floor covering and performance materials, the people of Milliken work every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable.

About Sealed Air
Sealed Air is a global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection. With widely recognized and inventive brands such as Bubble Wrap brand cushioning, Cryovac brand food packaging solutions and Diversey brand cleaning and hygiene solutions, Sealed Air offers efficient and sustainable solutions that create business value for customers, enhance the quality of life for consumers and provide a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations. Sealed Air generated revenue of approximately $7.6 billion in 2012, and has approximately 25,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries.

Millad is a registered trademark of Milliken & Company.

NX is a trademark of Milliken & Company.

Milliken is a registered trademark of Milliken & Company.

Cryovac is a registered trademark of Cryovac Inc., a subsidiary of Sealed Air Corporation

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PureCircle announces ambitious 2020 sustainability goals






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Posted by Jack Mans, Plant Operations Editor — Packaging Digest, 6/12/2013 9:23:32 AM





PureCircle, a leading producer and marketer of high puC - daily - PureCircle_logo.jpegrity stevia products, announced today that it has expanded its Sustainability program and set an ambitious 2020 goal to reduce carbon, water, waste and energy use across its supply chain from farm to sweetener.

These goals mark a significant commitment to making a positive impact on the food and beverage industry’s environmental footprint and helping to tackle the global obesity challenge. PureCircle’s efforts will enable a cumulative reduction of the food & beverage industries’:

       • Carbon emissions by one million metric tons by 2020
       • Water consumption by two trillion liters by 2020
       • Calories in global diets by 13 trillion by 2020

 

When setting these ambitious commitments, PureCircle drew from the industry leading work it has undertaken to measure its carbon and water footprint. PureCircle was the first in the stevia industry to measure and publish results of the carbon and water footprint from farm to sweetener.

 

In Fiscal 2012, it completed its second carbon footprint, which together with the 2011 study formed the basis for the 2020 goals. These goals show that PureCircle stevia has a significantly lower environmental footprint than other natural mainstream sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), beet and cane sugar) based on publically available benchmarks.

 

Building on the progress the company has already made to reduce its carbon emissions and water use, the 2020 goals layout PureCircle’s commitments to have zero untreated waste to landfill and support 100,000 farmers by 2020. PureCircle‘s own vertically integrated supply chain, allows for innovation and traceability from farm to final stevia ingredient.

 

Ajay Chandran, Global Marketing and Sustainability Director said: “It is PureCircle’s vision to lead the global expansion of stevia as the next mass volume natural sweetener that is grown, processed and delivered in a way that respects people and the planet. Our 2020 goals, published today, demonstrate this vision in action. Our customers and consumers can be assured of our long-term commitment to further embedding sustainability principles and practices across our integrated supply chain, which will result in improved products with a reduced impact.

 

“As the world’s largest stevia producer and supplier, we recognize the unique role we can play in helping the food and beverage industry to reduce its impact on the environment and tackle the global obesity challenge, with our goals articulating the significant role we can play in this respect.”

The 2020 goals serve as an important next step in PureCircle’s sustainability journey, following the company’s publication of its Sustainability Commitment in 2011 and first Carbon and Water Footprint in 2012.

 

To learn more about PureCircle’s 2020 Sustainability Goals, visit: http://purecircle.com/company/corporate-social-responsibility/our-2020-sustainability-goals







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Novelis launches world’s first certified recycled-content aluminum beverage can






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Posted by Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor — Packaging Digest, 5/3/2013 9:43:21 AM





 

Novelis evercan

 

Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, has announced the commercial availability of the industry’s first independently certified, high-recycled content aluminum designed specifically for the beverage can market. With a minimum of 90 percent recycled aluminum, the Novelis evercan aluminum beverage can body sheet will allow beverage companies to deliver soft drinks, beer and other popular beverages in a low-carbon footprint consumer package. 

“We are excited to be able to deliver yet another tangible result of our commitment to sustainable aluminum product innovation,” says Phil Martens, Novelis president/CEO. “Our Novelis evercan high-recycled content beverage can body sheet, backed by the industry’s first independent certification program, represents tremendous progress in sustainable consumer products packaging. As the world’s leading supplier of aluminum beverage can sheet, this is an important step toward delivering on our ultimate vision of an aluminum can with up to 100 percent recycled content.”

Novelis evercan aluminum sheet has been certified for high-recycled content by SCS Global Services, a trusted leader in third-party environmental, sustainability and food quality certification, auditing, testing and standards development. Novelis is initially offering aluminum can body sheet guaranteed to contain at least 90 percent recycled content. When combined with the can end made of a different alloy during the can making process, the new Novelis evercan will enable beverage companies to market their beverages in standard 12-oz aluminum cans certified as made from a minimum of 70 percent recycled content. The Novelis evercan aluminum beverage can body sheet is commercially available now in North America and Europe, and will be available worldwide later this year.

The company’s efforts to increase the recycling of beverage cans is a key component of its plan to dramatically increase the recycled content of its products across its global operations to 80 percent by 2020. Already the world’s largest recycler of aluminum, Novelis has announced capital investments of close to $500 million over the last two years that will double global recycling capacity to 2.1 million metric tons by 2015. Recycling aluminum requires 95 percent less energy, and produces 95 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), than manufacturing primary aluminum. 

“This first phase of the Novelis evercan high-recycled content initiative serves as a critical catalyst for Novelis to work more closely with consumer brand customers, our supply chain partners and other community stakeholders to increase end-of-life recycling of used beverage containers,” says John Gardner, Novelis chief sustainability officer. “We encourage wide participation from other aluminum suppliers, beverage and packaging companies, retailers and distributors, recyclers, municipalities, environmental groups and consumers themselves in promoting the use of more sustainable consumer packaging through aluminum recycling.”

For more information about Novelis evercan aluminum beverage can sheet, including an infographic and video, visit www.novelis.com/evercan.

Quotes from partners and supporters:
• SCS Global Services managing director Stowe Hartridge-Beam:
“We are pleased to have independently certified the exceptionally high levels of recycled content in Novelis’ aluminum can sheet, which represents a new benchmark of performance in an industry that has been long known for its recycling efforts. Novelis’ proven performance is evidence of its commitment to preserving natural resources, reducing waste and advancing sustainability.” 

• Stuart L. Hart, SJ Johnson chair in sustainable enterprise professor, Cornell University, and author of “Capitalism at the Crossroads”:
“Novelis’ launch of the evercan is an important part of its larger strategy to de-link the production of aluminum from greenhouse-gas intensive bauxite mining and primary aluminum production. Through their imagination and collaboration across the supply chain, they are reinventing the aluminum industry.” 

• Jonathon Porritt, founder/director, Forum for the Future:
“This is a really exciting development. The benefits of using recycled rather than prime-based aluminum are well understood, and for Novelis to be able to guarantee 90 percent recycled content beverage can body sheet represents a real breakthrough.”

 

Source: Novelis

 

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Goya Foods redesigns marinades line from glass to PET packaging






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Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 4/29/2013 4:52:12 PM





 

Goya PETOld packaging in glass at left and new PET packaging to the right.Goya Foods Inc., based in Secaucus, N.J., the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S. and a leader in Latin American food and condiments industries, has undertaken a major redesign of its marinade product line, converting 12-oz (355-mL) and 24.5-oz (725-mL) products from glass to lightweight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles from Amcor Rigid Plastics.

 

Amcor’s Latin America custom designed hot-fill containers, which also feature a newly designed shrink wrap label, boast a highly attractive, iconic shape. The vibrant design was developed to promote a clean look that is both modern and elegant. The hot-fill bottle delivers significant performance and cost advantages including portability, reduced breakage, and light weight, along with sustainability benefits such as recyclability, reduced transportation costs, and a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

 

With the new PET bottle design, Goya also offers consumers more marinade product by moving from a 705-mL glass container to the 725-mL PET bottle. Consumers are drawn to the attractive and lightweight features of the PET bottles which are easier to grip compared to traditional glass containers. The marinade containers also further extend Amcor’s growing penetration in the food industry.

 

The use of PET in the 24.5-oz container results in a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 61.4 percent compared to glass, representing savings equivalent to annual GHG emissions from 313 passenger vehicles, according to Amcor.

 

In addition, the PET bottles permit 52 percent more product to be shipped per truckload.

“In the end, lightweight PET not only delivered a major savings in terms of freight cost but also gave us the glass-like appearance and the shelf appeal to maintain our brand image,” explains Joseph Perez, senior vice president of Goya Foods.

 

Meanwhile, both PET bottles are the first to feature Amcor’s new Origami hot-fill technology which incorporates six flat panels to counteract vacuum that occurs in hot-filled containers. The vacuum panels are designed to collapse to compensate for shrinkage during cooling to maintain structural strength and integrity. The flat surfaces create a modern, elegant profile which enhances gripping and consumer handling. A predominant neck adds to the bottles’ uniqueness and improves pourability.

 

Both the 12-oz and 24.5-oz PET bottles are custom designed for both ambient fill (up to 140°F) and hot fill (up to 185°F) applications. They have a 38mm finish and are seamlessly integrated into existing glass filling lines with minimal adjustment, according to Perez. The marinade products, available in three varieties including Chipotle, Mojo, and Naranja Agria, are sold in supermarkets and club stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

 

Goya Foods also plans to replace glass with PET in an existing 12-oz juice beverage line. The conversion to hot-fill PET is expected by the summer, according to Perez.

Amcor offers 16- and 32-oz hot fill family size decanters and 12-oz, 38-mm ring neck style and 24-oz 63mm wide-mouth hot fill stock bottles for the food market. The company continues to focus on the development of new product offerings to meet the hot fill needs of food manufacturers.

 

For further information, please contact Mercedes Candedo, diversified products manager for ARP South & Central America, phone 954-499-4819, email Mercedes.Candedo@amcor.com

 

Source: Amcor Rigid Plastics

 

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Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Extends Pouch-Up Range

Smurfit Kappa has announced that it is offering a more extensive range of Pouch-Up products. Pouch-Up now comes in two shapes – one with a single gusset at the base and one with a gusset at the bottom and top. New formats of 1L and 1.5L double gusset have been added to the existing range which now includes seven different formats – 1L, 1.5L, 1.75L and 3L single gusset, 1L, 1.5L and 1.75L double gussets.

While there is little visual difference, the Double gusset Pouch-Up offers all the benefits of the single gusset – high performance film, convenience and a low carbon footprint. Smurfit Kappa supplies three different film structures – Triplex PET MET, Triplex EVOH, and Quadruplex Aluminium – according to customer needs. The entire surface can be printed, ensuring brands stand out on the shelf. The innovative film and the Vitop compact tap provide a high oxygen barrier, allowing the drink inside to stay fresher for longer. Pouch-Up meets the growing needs of on-the-go consumption – light, unbreakable and easy to use.

This development, which meets customer needs, is set to further increase the popularity of this modern, economical, practical and environmentally-friendly packaging solution.

Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world, with around 41,000 employees in approximately 350 production sites across 32 countries and with a sales revenue of €7.3 bn in 2012.

Innovation, service and pro-activity towards customers, using sustainable resources, is our primary focus. This focus is enhanced through us being an integrated producer, with our packaging plants sourcing the major part of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

We are the European leader in paper-based packaging, operating in 21 countries selling products including corrugated, containerboard, bag-in-box, solidboard and solidboard packaging. We have a growing base in Eastern Europe in many of these product areas. We also have a key position in other product/market segments including graphicboard, MG paper and sack paper.

We are the only large scale pan regional player in the Americas, operating in 11 countries in total in North, Central and South America.

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box
Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box provides flexible packaging solutions for liquid and semi-liquid products in the agro-food and industrial sectors, meeting cost constraints and the new environmental regulations. With its six factories throughout the world, Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box is the European leader for Bag-in-Box solutions and its Vitop tap is number one worldwide for wine taps.

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Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box at ProWein

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box will be at ProWein for the first time this year, to present a range of innovative packaging solutions. The fair, which takes place in Dusseldorf, is the leader in its field for the wine and spirits industry. The Sales Team of Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Liquiwell, based in Wülfrath, will welcome customers and partners, old and new, at this international event from March 24 to 26.  

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box will take this opportunity to present its complete range of new and modern flexible packaging, the Pouch-Up, to many professionals from the wine industry. Available in single and double gusset and in several sizes, the Pouch-Up meets the many needs of customers eager to use innovative packaging for wine. Pouch-Up offers an attractive design, consumer convenience, extended shelf life and optimised logistics.

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box will also exhibit all of its traditional high quality packaging solutions for wine, such as Bag-in-Box, with its long shelf-life guarantee and ease of use; Vitop Original, the leading tap in the wine market; and Bag-in-Tube, the high-end tubular packaging.  

Always aware of the environmental impact of packaging, Smurfit Kappa’s Bag-in-Box packaging is enviromentally-friendly, with the lowest carbon footprint among usual wine containers.

The Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box team will be at your disposal throughout the trade show in Hall 7.1, stand B25 in Düsseldorf Messe.

Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world, with around 41,000 employees in approximately 350 production sites across 32 countries and with a sales revenue of €7.3 bn in 2012.

Innovation, service and pro-activity towards customers, using  sustainable resources, is our primary focus. This focus is enhanced through us being an integrated producer, with our packaging plants sourcing the major part of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

We are the European leader in paper-based packaging, operating in 21 countries selling products including corrugated, containerboard, bag-in-box, solidboard and solidboard packaging. We have a growing base in Eastern Europe in many of these product areas. We also have a key position in other product/market segments including graphicboard, MG paper and sack paper.

We are the only large scale pan regional player in the Americas, operating in 11 countries in total in North, Central and South America.

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box
Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box provides flexible packaging solutions for liquid and semi-liquid products in the agro-food and industrial sectors, meeting cost constraints and the new environmental regulations. With its six factories throughout the world, Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box is the European leader for Bag-in-Box solutions and its Vitop tap is number one worldwide for wine taps.

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Continuous-motion multipacker






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597 Tritium 500pixStandard-Knapp‘s new 597 Tritium Multipacker is a continuous-motion multipacker capable of handling applications in the food, beverage and personal care industries. With single, double and three lane configurations, the Tritium swiftly arranges products into compact pack patterns and wraps the configurations in film, thereby eliminating the need for trays and pads. The Multipacker then sends the packs through an energy-efficient heat tunnel to tightly shrink the film around each multipack producing a consistent, wrinkle-free bull’s eye and bottom seal.

The Tritium boasts a lower carbon footprint than competing multipackers. Thanks to its energy efficient heat tunnel, and a reduced amount of overall packaging material used, customers can now experience a greener, more cost-efficient packaging process.

 

Standard-Knapp’s modularly constructed, stainless steel multipacker is flexible and adaptable, and comes equipped with easy-access “gull wing” guard doors. These transparent, safety-interlock guard doors provide a clear view of all moving belts and chains, enabling “walk-by-maintenance” by maintenance personnel. It features both an innovative Robo-Wand wrapping section and precise servo-driven film cutting system. These features allow for wide product range capabilities, as well as increased speed and reliability. 

Standard-Knapp has designed the 597 Tritium series to include a pull-out film feed module. Operators can now quickly pull the film feed out on rollers for convenient inspection and maintenance.
Printed or registered film is used to wrap each multipack, which provides a larger area for product information and allows retailers to stock their shelves faster and with less waste. A company’s marketing message can now be printed on the translucent film to promote the cost-saving multi-pack purchase.

The Tritium comes equipped with Standard-Knapp’s innovative Operator Interface, as well as the Zero-Gap II Infeed. The Operator Interface utilizes color touch-screen technology to offer a new level of intuitive machine control. Through computer-aided fault recovery, the Operator Interface reduces Mean Time to Recover (MTR) and increases efficiency for a broad range of challenging 24/7 applications. Zero-Gap II Infeed employs electronic sensors to monitor and control product movement, maintaining a constant low line pressure and maximizing machine uptime.

 

Standard-Knapp
860-342-1100
www.standard-knapp.com

 

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Effortlessly Ethical, Your Bread & Butter

Effortlessly Ethical, Your Bread & Butter

Hello and welcome to the first of my Effortlessly Ethical articles.

If you want to live doing the most good and least harm possible to our planet but are confused about how, or it all seems too much hard work, then you will love these articles. What is best – Organic or fair-trade products? Should we buy locally and support our farm shops or try to buy from poorer countries that obviously desperately need our support? What about the carbon footprint our food creates?

‘m Gemma Thompson, a business and personal coach specializing in growing ‘green’ businesses, ‘greening’ businesses and helping individuals live in a more sustainable fashion. I’ve faced the same confusions, and often still do! Obviously I don’t expect to live exactly the way I do, but hopefully by sharing what I’ve found with you I can help you find easy solutions that work for you in your life. As there are so many different angles to look at in food alone I’ve decided to keep these articles short and sweet and look at just one little section at a time. So this first one deals with our bread and butter – literally!

Bread & Butter

This was an area of total confusion to me a while ago but then I found www.ethicalconsumer.org which even contains a handy table scoring different products ethically taking all factors imaginable into account. Perfect for when you don’t have the time or inclination to bake your own bread. So what are our supermarket choices? These days it’s relatively easy to buy organic bread in your local supermarket, if you prefer sliced you can get it sliced there or think about buying Warburton’s organic, this is one of the highest scoring widely available breads according to the good people at ethical consumer magazine.

There are more ethical breads, but these are not so easy to get. Or see if you have local bakers you can support, many of these do their own organic bread and you have the added benefit of it being packaged in a nice biodegradable brown paper bag rather than the plastic that mass produced brands come in. As for me, I’ve started baking my own bread again, at first this wasn’t easy just because it was so time consuming but I recently found a recipe that suggested leaving the dough to rise overnight slowly in the fridge – genius!! Now I can start preparing it before bed and not have so much to do in the morning when I am typically a little too busy to start baking bread. If you want to start baking your own but are hampered by time why not try doing it on the weekends only? If you bake your own bread it’s getting much easier to find organic flour on shelf at your local supermarket, but if you’re not finding it try going online to http://www.dovesfarm.co.uk and check out their list of stockists and don’t forget to mention to your supermarket or shop that you want to be able to buy organic flour from them. As yet I can find no suppliers of Fairtrade flour so it seems best to stick to the organic angle on this one.

Butter though – this really confused me! Should I buy butter or margarine?? Should I buy anchor ‘free range’ that’s been flown from New Zealand? Or maybe English or European butter after all it will have a smaller carbon footprint, won’t it? What about organic butter? And is it true that the palm oil used in so many margarines is causing devastation in South East Asian Countries? So much confusion over such a small thing!

Back to the folks at www.ethicalconsumer.org where I read an excellent article by Lyndsey Whalen called ‘Butter Wouldn’t Melt’ that explained everything to me and of course I could refer to their table for an ‘at a glance’ solution. The highest scoring on this table are still unfortunately harder to find so I have reproduced the top half of the table here to start making your life easier. You can buy online at www.abelandcole.co.uk, or www.goodnessdirect.co.uk, but this can lead to extra delivery miles so as with the flour, don’t be shy to ask you local store to stock it for you, you never know, by doing this you might also help others eat more ethically too!

Brand Rating

Biona organic butter 16.5

Biona organic margarine 16.5

Pure organic vegan margarine 15.5

Suma organic vegan margarine 15.5

Pure vegan margarine 14.5

Suma vegan margarine 14.5

Yeo Valley organic butter 14

Castle Dairies organic butter 13.5

Rachel’s Organic butter 13

Castle Dairies butter 12.5

Country Life organic butter 12

I hope this little run down has helped make it easier for you to be ethical, for more information on anything written here please do check out the links I’ve included, there are many other sources of information out there also and I plan to keep introducing them with my further articles. Some other topics coming up very soon are fruit and veg, local versus fair-trade and the beef on organic meat. But these articles won’t stop there as I also plan to cover subjects like fashion, energy, fitness, transport, technology, gardening, parenting, and the list goes on! To stay on the mailing list for future releases, to see how I can help you or your business or to give me suggestions for future articles please go to www.illuminate-coaching.co.uk or email me at gemma@illuminate-coaching.co.uk. Warm regards Gemma

Gemma Thompson worked in Spa management for more than 10 years.

Through this she gained extensive recruitment and training experience and also spent a lot of time working on various ‘green teams’ to maintain and improve the ethical credentials of the companies she worked for.

The parts of her job she loved the most were helping people to define their dreams and motivating them to achieve them, and working ethically and minimising ecological damage by the companies I worked for.

After returning from 21⁄2 years in the sun-drenched middle-east, she decided to focus on living her dream and is now a business / life coach specialising in working greener and sustainable living


“To the dull mind all nature is leaden, to the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light”


– Ralph Waldo Emerson


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