Garlock Printing & Converting
Garlock Printing & Converting

SAN DIEGOO — Staff Writers Mike Hornick and Vicky Boyd gathered these handling & distributing related news items at the United Fresh 2013 expo floor May 14-16.

GARLOCK PRINTING & CONVERTING: Cris Baca (right), sales account manager, and Max O’Malley, sales and service manager, from Garlock Printing & Converting, Gardner, Mass., display a recyclable pouch that can be imprinted with high-color graphics. “It contains a certain percentage of high-density (polyethylene) resin, which makes it a No. 2,” Baca says.

IFCO: Susan Atwater of IFCO Systems US LLC, Tampa, shows off signs that can be imprinted to create the feel of a farmers market in a produce department. They are part of the company’s Fresh Market Advantage line of display-ready reusable plastic containers. IFCO also offers wraps that can be imprinted with any design and attached to RPC secondary displays to dress them up, says Hillary Femal, director of strategic market development.

From United Fresh 2013; Handling and Distributing boothsINTERCRATE CONTAINER: Bradley Fry (right) and Justin Elvin-Jensen of InterCrate Container Corp., West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, show off the 600 mm. by 400 mm. RPC designed specifically for lettuce and leafy green harvest. It has 3% more internal volume, is ergonomically designed and has a 10% lower profile when folded.

KRONEN GMBH: The GS 20 belt cutting machine for lettuce, vegetables and herbs officially launched in February at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, says Stephan Zillgith, managing director for Kehl am Rhein, Germany-based Kronen. “The main market is still Europe but we’re trying to get a foot into the U.S. door as well,” he says. It processes up to 8,000 pounds hourly and can be stripped down in a few minutes to clean or change blades or belts. Dole is using the machine in South America on celery and cabbage, Zillgith says.

From United Fresh 2013; Handling and Distributing boothsLASERSHARP FLEXPAK SERVICES LLC: Jessica Ley, office and marketing coordinator, shows PrimePeel, a peel and reseal application for trays, pouches and other packaging by Vadnais Heights, Minn.-based LaserSharp FlexPak. “Within the past few months we’ve been working on a patent for the process,” she says. “We are highlighting it now in the produce industry but it can be applied to personal care, medical and multiple industries.”