Sainsbury’s ditches plastic for cardboard punnets on own-brand mushrooms

The not-so-distant target to reach sustainability goals has pushed retailers to eliminate plastic bags and individual wraps on fruits and vegetables. And think of new ideas. One of the biggest offenders aside from packaging film – which in some cases helps in terms of food safety and convenience – are punnets. Easy to store but […]

The emergence of climate-neutral produce in Europe

Originally printed in the October 2023 issue of Produce Business. Europe’s fresh produce market is undergoing a remarkable transformation with the emergence of climate-neutral certified products. This shift is driven by increasing consumer awareness of climate change and the demand for eco-friendly choices. There are a number of companies that are leading the way in Europe, […]

UK’s evolutionS one of 10 finalists for Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

Ten finalists are in contention to win this year’s FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award for innovation in the fresh produce business. Chosen by a pan-industry panel of experts, each nominee stands out as an example of the ideas and ingenuity that are abundant in the global fruit and vegetable business. During the first two days of […]

Produce packaging gets more environmentally friendly while preventing food waste grows

Times are changing for consumer packaging in the produce industry. But even though plastic packaging is under closer scrutiny, that doesn’t mean that it is on the way out. Grand View research recently forecasted the global food packaging market will reach $562.3 billion by 2030, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 5.5%. The […]

Boldly British recyclable packaging on vine tomatoes hits the mark for M&S

M&S has given its British Collection vine tomato packaging a beautiful and more sustainable upgrade, switching from plastic sleeves to a recyclable cardboard format. The new covers feature an open look at the tomatoes on top, with a much smaller film footprint, while the rest of the package is wrapped in the sustainable material and […]

Hoogstraten takes sustainability to next level with LCA packaging tool

Belgian fresh cooperative Hoogstraten announced it has invested in a new life-cycle analysis (LCA) tool to measure the environmental impact of packaging from factory to shelf. Hoogstraten is hoping to not only better understand its impact but also how it fits with sustainability credentials. The too can assess several factors, including materials, source, production method, […]