Archive for the tag "transport"

 New research in the US seems to add further evidence to support the recent study in Canada (see blog), which called into question the level of cleanliness of reusable plastic containers.

 How can producers and retailers ensure that the food they transport and sell is safe and adequately protected from contamination? First stop is the packaging! According to a recent Canadian study, fruit and vegetables could be at risk from E. coli due to the poor sanitation of reusable plastic containers.

Over the summer we wrote about the Israeli inventor who created the first cardboard bicycle; a project many experts had considered impossible.

Well, Izhar Gafni and Nimrod Elmish of  I.G. Cardboard are expanding on their first venture and  developing  cardboard wheelchairs!

After Izhar Gafni, an Israeli inventor, over-heard a conversation about a man who built a canoe entirely out of cardboard, an idea took shape in his mind:  Why not take his passion, biking, and become the first man to build a commercial bicycle out of cardboard.

Readers may want to postpone reading this until lunch as it will conjure up images of the Mediterranean and delicious grilled vegetables.  The subject concerns Spanish vegetables and how they travel from sun-bathed fields to your local restaurant or dinner table.

Traditionally, farmers in Spain have sold their peppers, tomatoes and zucchinis at auction using 10kg plastic crates.  After the sale, the vegetables are frequently repackaged into generic unbranded 5kg plastic boxes ready for shipment to the point of sale.  This transfer increases damages to the produce, increases costs, and delays the transition from farm to fork. 

If you play an active role in Europe’s consumer goods supply chain, we recommend you read the Retail Forum’s* latest issue paper on Packaging optimisation.

Considering the size and breadth of this market, the paper gives a concise overview of the life cycle of packaging as part of a product, backed up with some useful statistics and graphs which illustrate trends in production, consumption and waste.

Another new year, yet for many businesses the New Year carries over last year’s challenges of continuously looking to reduce costs. Often simple solutions are the best ones and as you settle back into work after the break, this video by a Dutch potato processor might give you fresh inspiration to tackle your cost reduction goals.

Dutch potato processor Aviko needs to transport perfect potatoes all year around so the right packaging is critical.

At the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in South Africa the “Durban platform for enhanced action” was announced. A roadmap towards a legal framework for a successor of the Kyoto Protocol is to be developed by 2015. As CO2 reduction is of major global concern it is not surprising that we are often asked what our own industry’s intentions for a low carbon future are.

 

“The global amount of food waste is difficult to calculate, but approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food, or one third of global food production is lost or wasted annually”. This opening remark welcomed participants at the Combating Food Waste in the EU event in early November.

Lack of food for most Europeans is at the most a faded memory. We don’t value food, we simply take the ability to produce and deliver more for granted. The chair closed his welcome by saying that ‘food waste is a scandal and it’s time to act’.

As we race towards the end of the year, concerns about sustainability are top of the agenda around the globe. In September we attended the International Year of Forests 2011 in the European Parliament. In early November, Brussels plays host to the event Combating Food waste in the EU, at which Corrugated of Course will be present.