Weekly Packaging Design Wrap-Up: New method allows braille to be printed on package, packaging film extends vegetable shelf life without perforation or chemicals, tray goes straight from shelf to barbecue

LOS ANGELES , February 14, 2014 () – New method allows braille to be printed on package

M&H has developed a method for printing braille characters directly onto plastic packaging—a process that can ultimately be used to help visually impaired consumers more easily identify products on store shelves. Furthermore, the process can be used in traditional screen printing, allowing specific design features to be highlighted with an embossed effect. Compared to labels, which can easily be peeled, rubbed off or damaged, M&H’s new printing method provides a more durable design component for packaging.

The primary source of this information is M&H Plastics, Suffolk, England

Packaging film extends vegetable shelf life without perforation or chemicals

Netherlands-based BrimaPack BV has developed a packaging film that can reduce the spoilage of brassica vegetables, including broccoli and cauliflower, by extending their shelf life by five to eight days. Known as BrimaFilm AF, the product creates an optimal atmosphere for storing and displaying vegetables without the use of expensive perforation, chemicals or gases to absorb ethylene given off by vegetables. Produce is encased in the film and sealed at its end with no need for punnets or clips. BrimaFilm AF works in combination with the company's BrimaPack VePack 200-PHBR packing machines and is nominated for a Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2014.

The primary sources of this information are BrimaPack BV, Goor, the Netherlands, and FreshFruitPortal.com, Santiago, Chile

Tray goes straight from shelf to barbecue

The Eisberg BBQ Grill-Mix is a new range of pre-washed, pre-sliced vegetables packaged in a 100% recyclable aluminum tray that can go directly on a barbecue for grilling or the oven for frying. Developed by packaged salads producer Eisberg, the BBQ Grill-Mix vegetable tray is sealed with a film that keeps the product under vacuum and can be removed without any trace of plastic or glue on the aluminum tray. The technology offers prolonged freshness, an optimal presentation on the shelf and maximum convenience for the chef.

The primary source of this information is Fresh Food Services GmbH, Lingen, Germany

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