The EZ-Flo™ dispensing system and Cheer Pack® pouches selected to exhibit at ConAgra

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display packaging solutions at the TOPS ConAgra Foods show.

CDF Corporation will be co-exhibiting with Cheer Pack North America at the TOPS Exhibition and Innovation Fair at ConAgra Foods, Inc. held at the Embassy Suite Omaha on March 11, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. CDF Corporation is one of forty-six companies selected to exhibit; the focus of the show is Clean Label.

Representing CDF will be Mark Sinn, EZ-Flo Product Manager. Mark will be promoting the EZ-Flo dispensing system, an environment-friendly dispensing alternative to traditional squeeze, pump and spray bottles. The EZ Flo’s innovative dispensing system uses patent pending technology to dispense products of various viscosities without the assistance of gravity. The system is cost effective, reducing waste, time and labor, while improving overall productivity.

Cheer Pack North America will be represented by Stacia Draper. Cheer Pack North America is an international partnership between CDF Corporation, Gualapack and Hosokawa Yoko. Cheer Pack North America will be promoting the Cheer Pack, a flexible spouted single-serve retail pouch featuring a convenient, easy-flow straw and a reclosable, large tamper-evident, screw-on cap. This unique pouch format is ideal for packaging squeezable liquids, gels, pastes and purees. Cheer Pack is available in a variety of sizes, styles and film choices. Cheer Pack North America supplies a complete packaging solution, including package design and conversion, filling equipment options and technical support.

Packaging company Gualapack plans expansion

Italian flexible packaging company Gualapack is extending its international reach with plans to further grow its newly launched production plant in Latin America.

The company, already manufacturing through plants and partnerships in Europe, China, Japan and the US, expects to expand output at its facility in Costa Rica and increase the workforce fourfold from 30 to 160 by 2017.

It was in September last year that Castellazzo Bormida-based Gualapack formally opened its latest unit of 2,600 square metres in the Costa Rican capital San José. The group’s first plant in the region will turn out Gualapack’s full ‘Cheerpack DP’ spouted stand-up food and beverage pouch range.

Gualapack Costa Rica intends to penetrate Central and South America including Honduras, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

The group, formed from the 2010 merger of two Italian flexpack suppliers Gualapack and Piacenza-based Safta, has three production units in Italy as well as joint ventures Secure Packaging in China, Cheer Pack North America and a partnership in Japan.

Child safe and child friendly ‘Cheerpack DP’ pouches are used for baby food, fruit purée, use its anti-choking ‘BabyCap’, and also have applications for dairy snacks, sauces, condiments and beverages, said Gualapack.

Apart from Italy, the firm operates a plant at Nadab in Romania which it established a little over two years ago.

Source: European Plastics News

Plastic packaging waste statistics 2012: 34% recycling, 35% energy recovery and 31% landfill

In 2012 69.2% of all plastic packaging waste was recovered, 30.8% went to landfills and incineration. Packaging makes up 62% of all plastic waste in Europe; 82% of all plastics are recycled. The plastic packaging recycling rate increased from 33.6% in 2011 to 34.7% in 2012. Each country in Europe has a recycling and energy recovery target based on the EU directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste (94/62/EU).

With the exception of Malta, all of the European countries exceeded the EU minimum’s recycling target in 2012. 19 of the 27 countries recycled more than 30%, the minimum target was 22.5%. The Netherlands had the highest recycling rate at 50.6%, followed by the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden and Estonia.

As for energy recovery, nine countries recovered more than 50% of their plastic packaging waste resulting in a total recovery rate of above 90%. This means that less than 10% of plastic packaging was landfilled. On the flip side seven countries sent more than 50% of their plastic packaging to the landfill, among them was England at 63%.

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Source: Packaging Europe