MeetingPack 2015: innovations in food packaging

A transparent plastic can for canned food, oxygen absorbers that increase the food shelf-life and bags to pack wine or oil are some of the innovations lunched during MeetingPack2015, the packaging conference held in Valencia from 25th to 26th of February.

image_thumbKortec has launched a transparent plastic can that can be used for packaging food that used to be packaged in metallic cans. They permit to keep the food shelf-life up to five years.


In Europe 95 kg of food are wasted per person per year, five times more than in Japan. One option for increasing the shelf-life of sensible-to-oxygen-action packaged food is through the incorporation of oxygen scavengers, as Mitsubishi has done, capable to remove the remaining oxygen from inside the packages, in order to avoid the oxidation reactions that damage food and increase the shelf-life in a healthier way. The oxygen scavengers can be included as extern agents to the package, as labels or little bags inside. This kind of technology is really used in Japan because of its oxidation prevention qualities, changes of food colour, but it is not so extended in Europe. One of the advantages of oxygen scavengers is that they do not need additional industrial equipment to use these technologies. It also prevents the oxidation of oils and fat, so a better preservation of the nutritional qualities of the food is obtained.

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SIMEI is back

The 25th edition of SIMEI, biennial international exhibition event dedicated to the wine, olive oil and beverage supply chains, will be held at the Fiera Milano Fairground at Rho (Milan) from next 12 to 16 November.

SIMEI offers a comprehensive overview of the high technological level achieved by the enological and beverages industries, showing a very wide range of different technical solutions compatible with specific needs, from the manufacturer to the bottling cycle. At SIMEI it is possible to find all types of equipment, material or accessory related to the beverage production cycle in general – wine and beer production, juice processing, preparation of carbonated drinks. The exhibition panorama also includes all kinds of equipment for beverage packaging for the steps after bottling.

Much more than the glass makers, the cork suppliers (with the usual strong presence of Portuguese companies) will be exhibiting again in Milan. After all, the wine-cork-glass troika is still ruling.


After a 2009 year of strong fall-off, the export of cellar processing machines and equipment highlighted a steady recovery trend in the following years and 2012 also shows strong signs of recovery marking a performance of /1,956 million euro, corresponding to a + 9% in comparison to the previous year. To lead export, also for 2012, is the sector of bottle filling, closing, encapsulating, labelling machines and of beverage carbonation equipment, with an export value of over one billion euro, which alone represents more than 63% of the whole trade flow.

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Spanish red and French white wine in aluminum cans

image_thumbWild Pelican takes off on the UK market with a white wine and a red wine in 20 cl (content 18.7 cl) slim format aluminum cans featuring an elegant matt finish are made by Ball Packaging Europe. The choice is against the strong tradition but protects the taste of the wine against the effects of the light, the oxygen and the cork.
For the red wine, Wild Pelican has opted for the tempranillo grape from northern Spain. The wine is redolent of red berries and is an outstanding match for red meats, especially lamb and game. The white is a vibrantly fruity wine from the famous Gascony region in France. It has peach scented aromas and lively citrusy flavor with a pleasant acidity.
The Wild Pelican brand originated out of a love for wine with the aim of creating a wine that is easy to understand and enjoy. The brand presents an ideal fit with the active lifestyle of modern young consumers who are not traditional wine drinkers but are interested in new high-quality products. At a time when the number of one-person households is continuously increasing, beverage cans represent the optimum ‘single serve’ packaging choice, allowing people to enjoy their favorite wines anywhere and anytime — at the beach with friends, on a picnic in the park or with a fine meal at home.

ProWein 2013: new hall concept

With its 3,981 exhibitors from some 50 countries and more than 40,600 trade visitors from throughout the world ProWein 2012 was the ultimate meeting point for the international wine and spirits sector. ProWein 2013, to be held from 24 to 26 March 2013 will occupy two additional halls at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre and meet visitor needs with an adapted new hall concept, according to wine-growing regions and range segments:

Hall 1    New Worldimage
Hall 2    Portugal
              Central Tasting Zone
Hall 3    Italy
Hall 4    Spain
Hall 5    France
Hall 6    Germany
              South Eastern/Eastern Europe
Hall 7.A    Spirits
Hall 7    Austria

Light blue for "green wine"


Verallia Portugal has started the production of light blue glass bottles for Aveleda, the leading producer and bottler of ‘Vinho Verde’ (literally ‘green wine’, meaning ‘young wine’). Aveleda is a family company with a long background since 1870 and is still owned by the Guedes family. ‘Casal Garcia’ is, since 1939, the main brand of Aveleda and well known in more than 60 countries.
The light blue bottle goes well with this ‘serve chilled’ white wine and the tradicional blue label of Casal Garcia.
Verallia Portugal, with production facility in Figueira da Foz (Portugal) is part of Verallia, the glass packaging business of the Saint Gobain group.

INAPA expands european distribution with SEMAQ

image INAPA (Portugal) has acquired, trough its Logistipack subsidiary, Semaq Emballages (Bordeaux, France), a packaging distribution company with delegations and logistic centers in Bordeaux, Paris, Lyon, Bézier and Ploermel. INAPA is an European leader in paper products distribution and this acquisition is a relevant step to reinforce the packaging products as a complementary business area. Semaq ads a 10,9 million Euros (2011) business to INAPA, with a wide family of packaging products: jerry cans, plastic pots and jars, metal packaging (general line), plastic bottles (including PET for wines, liquors, chemicals, etc.), bag-in-box packaging, industrial drums (plastic, metal and kraft), pallet-containers for liquids, plastic pallets, dunnage bags, etc..

Before this acquisition, the packaging business area of INAPA, including paper and carton products, plastic films, plastic bags, foam profiles and pallets, represented around 35 million euros, with strong position in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Angola, with local subsidiaries (like Logistipack in France, HTL Verpackung and Henessen, in Germany) and distributors. The global INAPA business is above 1 000 million euros, 80% of it in France and Germany.

8th International Oenological Competition

For the eighth year the International Oenological Competition organized by Vignaioli Bergamaschi will be back from 18th – 20th October 2012, in Bergamo.
The seventh edition has taken place from 13th to 15th October 2011 and has been one of the most international and representatives of all the previous ones (201 were the samples presented by producers of 15 countries; the samples were tasted by 63 judges coming from 18 different countries all over the world).
The city of Bergamo will host the annual international meeting between Merlot, Cabernet and their Blends and judges (wine makers, producers, journalists, bloggers..) from all over the world as part of a complex and ambitious programme of promotion of Bergamo and its products, first of all its Wine: Valcalepio DOC, which is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet.
More information the competition can be found HERE. The wines awarded with a medal at the 2011 Competition will be presented during Vinitaly (25-28 March Verona).