Packaging business updates

07/19/2012 12:14:00 PM
Jim Offner

Alliance Rubber focuses on traceability

Hot Springs, Ark.-based Alliance Rubber Co. is intensifying its focus on traceability this year, said Jason Reisner, strategic marketing manager for the company, which produces bands for bulk produce.

It also is debuting, he said, is a label to print a four-color image on a rubber band.

Crunch Pak pushes rigid container packs

Crunch Pak, Cashmere, Wash., is marketing rigid container packs for its Dipperz, Snackers and Foodles products, said Tony Freytag, senior vice president.

The package, which is divided into compartments with clear film that allows for product visibility, is designed to protect the product from bruising, he said.

The elements in the packaging design combine to give the product a 21-day shelf life “that reduces shrink and increases efficiency throughout the whole supply chain,” Freytag said.

FormTex Plastics to roll out products

Packaging material manufacturer FormTex Plastics, based in Houston, plans to unveil new products in the fall, said David Grice, produce packaging sales and marketing agent.

He declined to go into detail, but he said as many as 40 new items will be introduced around the time of the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, Oct. 26-28 in Anaheim, Calif.

Meanwhile, FormTex is expanding its Mexico operation, F&F Plastics, in Guadalajara.

FormTex’s Mexican manufacturing unit makes plastic thermoformed packaging and includes a full line of stock plastic and corrugated packaging, as well as padding and labeling, Grice said.

Fox Packaging makes reclosable combo bag

McAllen, Texas-based Fox Packaging is doing a reclosable combo bag with a zipper top, said Aaron Fox, executive vice president.

“The idea behind that is some people want to be able to print on the bag for traceability,” he said.

Lot numbers of the source of the product can be printed on the bag, accommodating whatever information customers want on the bag, Fox said.

The patented bag has mesh and polyfilm sides, Fox added.

Hollandia Produce

Carpinteria, Calif.-based Hollandia Produce LLC plans to introduce a “value-added packing idea” for end users and merchandisers later this year, said Vince Choate, marketing director.

He declined to disclose any details, but he said in late June the company was test-marketing the idea and getting consumer feedback.

IFCO Systems

Tampa, Fla.-based IFCO Systems is putting “lift latches” on all new reusable plastic containers, said Fred Heptinstall, president and general manager with the company’s RPC Management Services division.


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