Packaging

UK: Mail order nursery switches to environmentally-friendly packaging

Ahead of the new growing season, mail order nurseries are gearing up for spring with environmental and climate protection being more and more important for the end user. One of Macpac’s horticulture customers has chosen an option for in-transit plant protection combined with an environmental solution.…

New low-oxygen packaging improves quality, makes sea freight possible for more flower species

For cut flowers growers and traders, having to deal with air freight is getting increasingly difficult. The cold chain needs improvements and airports are getting busy. These are very good reasons to look for a viable alternative to air transport. If you add the economic costs and environmental impacts…

UK: Nursery working group visits plastics recycling centre

On Wednesday 27 March representatives from the horticultural industry visited Viridor’s Plastics Recovery Facility in Rochester, Kent to find out more about the plastics recycling process and the demand for polypropylene for recycling. Attendees included members of the HTA Nursery Working Group, plant…

Industry stakeholders discuss plastics in ornamental horticulture

On 2nd April 2019, the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) brought together key industry players in the coastal town of Noordwijk, the Netherlands, for a conference entitled ‘Plastics in Ornamental Horticulture – Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain’. The event, coordinated by the…

"New 'Friendlies' concept means plastic pots can be gone, for good"

Kwekerij Wouters is one of the largest producers of potted and bedding annuals serving the European DIY retail segment. They had a vision to create an eco-friendly product line, and the result is ‘Friendlies’ – flower pots made from paper that are planted straight into the ground, pot and all. The key…

Meet the completely circular pot

Recover is the very latest product line from Desch Plantpak; an addition to the standard recycled products in the Desch range as a result of constant innovation. Desch purchases post-consumer plastic waste to produce recover Flowerpots. Recover contains no carbon black pigments which enables easy waste separation and further…

Save on plastic packing import fee to German market

Due to a law put into effect from January first this year, companies bringing plastic packaging materials into commercial (B2C) circulation in Germany need to pay. However, on behalf of its growers Royal FloraHolland made agreements with Landbell, one of the largest recycling companies in Germany, which…

US: (TX) World Floral Expo in Dallas is on

The 20th edition of the international cut flower trade show World Floral Expo took off yesterday. So far, the organization is pleased with the attendance. "The day ended with a surprising good number of attending floral buyers." Visitors from more than 6 US states entered the yearly held trade even t…

Colombia: Manufacturing plant opened for flower and plant packaging

PPC Flexible Packaging, announced the completion of a new manufacturing plant in Bogota, Colombia. The Colombia plant will be occupied by Temkin PPC, a division of PPC Flexible Packaging. Temkin PPC designs and manufactures flexible film packaging for fresh-cut flowers and potted plants including…

Royal FloraHolland rolls out new flower bucket

The new multi-use flower bucket Fc588 and its rack Fc598 was brought into use on 11 March 2019. Filled with the product Lisianthus, the first transactions have taken place. Due to the increasing use of CC containers in the export trade and the transaction reduction for international customers, the trade…

Introduction new BKX tray

Beekenkamp Plants wants to anticipate on the needs of both the customers and the market. Subjects such as environment, re-usage and sustainability are becoming more and more important. Besides, there is the development that more plant material is processed mechanically. The introduction of the BKX tray fulfills these needs.…

Ball Horticultural Company was one of the sponsors

The FTD World Cup 2019 through the eyes of the breeder part of the industry

Every 4 to 6 years the international floral designers community has a major design competition, namely, The FTD World Cup …The “Olympics” of the Floral Design World. This year it was held during the Philadelphia Flower show (March 1-3) and Ball Horticultural company was a sponsor for the World Cup 2019;…

April 2 in Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Addressing the use of plastics in ornamental horticulture

The AIPH Sustainability Conference, to be held on Tuesday 2nd April, as part of this year’s International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) Spring Meeting in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, will feature presentations from retailers, traders, growers and manufacturers, from around the world, to…

Is your packaging material ready for the new EU Plant Health Law?

Is your packaging material ready for the new EU Plant Health Law 2016/2031/EU? From 14 December 2019, this law will come into affect and the plant passport will be subject to new legislation that may have consequences for the grower's existing pot prints. So, how to include the plant passport on your…

Cargolite to be launched at Hortiflora Expo

After Kenya, revolutionary packaging concept looks to conquer Ethiopia

No crushed boxes, no damaged flowers, an increased pack rate, improved stackability and lower transport costs. These are just some of the benefits of the Cargolite packaging concept that is quickly gaining popularity in Kenya. And soon, it will also be available to growers in Ethiopia. Further the…

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Sneak Peek California Spring Trials 2019

Just a couple of weeks left till the participants of the California Spring Trials 2019 open their doors. At this week-long event held at various locations throughout California from March 23-27, breeders, growers and suppliers will showcase their newest varieties and products. In a series of five…

Italians traditionally celebrate this holiday with mimosa

Italy turns yellow for Women's Day

Tomorrow, Women's Day will be celebrated by giving and receiving all kinds of flowers. However, in Italy, this holiday, also called Festa della Donna, is traditionally celebrated with mimosa. Men give the women in their lives a bunch of mimosa or a bouquet of flowers that should include mimosa. At Flora…

"79% of Brits choose retailers with recyclable packaging over cheaper competitors"

With plastic pollution at the forefront of the consumer’s conscience, independent family run men’s tailor, The Savile Row Company, wanted to find out if plastic packaging is influencing purchase decisions. They conducted a survey of 1,000 British consumers and discovered that 79% are now choosing…

February 27-28, Birmingham

Sirane to feature plastic free plant pot at Packaging Innovations 2019

Sirane will unveil something brand new at Packaging Innovations in Birmingham tomorrow – a sustainable alternative to the traditional plastic plant pot. The new Earthboard Resolve is just like any other plant pot – except that it’s made from a specially-formulated water-proof card, is compostable and…

Quickstep in a tray

"New product form will ensure plant quality is maintained during long-distance transport"

In the 2019 season, Syngenta's rooted cuttings of Pelargonium and Poinsettia from Africa will be packed and shipped in improved packaging. The new product form, Quickstep in a tray, will ensure plant quality is maintained during long-distance transport. It will also give growers more flexibility. With…

Biocontrol supplier takes on the challenge of environmentally friendly packaging

Biocontrol manufacturer and supplier, Bioline Agrosciences, is implementing a range of new shipping boxes designed to minimise waste and limit the environmental impacts of its global activities. Bioline Agrosciences is a global player in the biocontrol market, specialised in Macro-organism biocontrol…

Queen celebrates 10,000+ followers on Instagram

As a grower, you can create the most beautiful flowers, but if the end consumer does not have the information and inspiration of how to use the flowers, your products will never become a success. That's why the Danish breeder Knud Jepsen a/s created an Instagram account for their Queen branded kalanchoes…

Denmark: Butterfly Garden goes ahead in sustainability without any plastic waste

The first All Natural paper pots and trays will be put on the market commercially soon by Danish campanula grower Butterfly Garden / Gartneriet Tvillingegaarden. Over the last year, they tested these pots in cultivation as well as in sales and they were so satisfied with the reactions that they will put…

Søren Bøgede Andersen and Steen Juul Thomsen, Uni-Troll Europe:

"The horticultural industry needs a new trolley system"

"Our vision is to revolutionize international goods distribution with universal trolleys." These are the ambitious words of Søren Bøgede Andersen, CEO of Uni-Troll Europe. At the IPM Essen 2016, he presented the idea for the first time with prototypes and was this year present with three Uni-Troll…

UK: Taupe pots become a reality

This week marked a significant change in the potting shed at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, with the first of the new taupe pots being used for potting. The taupe pots will begin appearing in garden centres over the next few months. The company will be replacing black plastic pots for all new crops. The new taupe plastic…

It's Valentine's Day! Busy times for florists!

It's Valentine's Day today, and this means busy times for florists. It is a holiday that is celebrated in many parts of the world and the fact that it falls on a Thursday is, historically speaking, beneficial. Thursday "Friday and Saturday are the best days for me, but Valentine's Day on a Thursday is…

Breakdown PET launched at Packaging Innovations

Macpac is to present Breakdown PET on Stand D30 at Packaging Innovations. Macpac says that Breakdown PET naturally decomposes in a few years rather than centuries. The material is both fully recyclable and biodegradable. It has the same characteristics as standard R-PET with at least 90% recyclable…

They also introduced paperboard labels and tags

PPC makes full switch to 70 percent recycled polyprop label, tag material

The move away from single use plastic is a trend that is continuing to grow and increasingly more companies are adapting to this trend. One of these companies is PCC labels. Recently, they decided to make all of their polypropylene labels and tags out of 70 percent recycled materials. Moreover, they also…

Dillewijn Zwapak introduces special ‘Selected’ product line for florist products

Dillewijn Zwapak is introducing a series of special items for florists, arrangers and window dressers under the name ‘Selected’. Items in the ‘Selected’ category are from specialised and renowned suppliers that, due to their consistently high quality, are invited by Dillewijn Zwapak to become a…

US: PPC Flexible Packaging acquires HFM Packaging

PPC Flexible Packaging announced the acquisition of Pewaukee, Wisconsin – based HFM Packaging. PPC, headquartered in Buffalo Grove, IL, is active in flexographic printing and…

CAN (BC): Clearview on growing in the cold

Last weekend, the cold also hit B.C. in Canada. "Even though we live in Canada, we are usually relatively warm here in B.C., however, last weekend we had cold temperatures and some snow", says Robbie Wein of Clearview, one of North America's leaders in clematis propagation, production and breeding .…


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