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Industry News Packaging machinery can solve Christmas staff shortages


Amid the ongoing struggle to recruit enough seasonal staff over the Christmas period, Antalis is reminding businesses that machinery which speeds up the packing process can reduce the need for additional labour during the festive peak in demand. It comes as latest figures reveal that almost half (43 per cent) of labour providers admitted that they would not be able to supply enough seasonal staff to the food, manufacturing and distribution sectors, to help cope with the busiest time of the year for many – Black Friday and Christmas. Martin Styler, sales director at Antalis Packaging, commented: “While the Christmas period is the most lucrative time of year for most businesses, one of the


most pressing issues facing the food, e-commerce, and manufacturing sectors is the lack of availability of staff, which is having a real and detrimental impact on their ability to meet seasonal demand. As such, businesses should look at ways to reduce the need for significant jumps in staff recruitment at peak times – and packaging machinery is increasingly proving the answer for many. Whether its case erectors that take flat packed boxes and build them up, or pallet wrappers which minimise the amount of stretch film used, there are now several ways to help speed up the packing process and ultimately address the Christmas staff shortage. This approach can also save on valuable materials, warehouse space and labour – all of which will serve to boost the bottom-line.” One such solution, for example, is the Neopost's CVP-500, an automated


packing system which builds, fills, folds and labels boxes around a product to its exact size, all in one seamless process, thus removing the need to add void-fill and savings on materials, time as well as minimising the number of man-hours required.


RAP launches range made entirely from plant waste


UK sandwich packaging designer and manufacturer, RAP, has launched a new range produced entirely from agricultural waste. Precious Planet FoodService, 100% compostable and produced from leaves and stems left behind from harvest, is of significant importance, the company said, and further underlines its commitment to removing avoidable plastics from its food- to-go packaging range. Graham Williams, CEO, said, “While the launch of this new range


signals a pivotal moment for us, it’s also part of a long journey we embark upon. We take sustainability extremely seriously. We appointed Paola Carceles as our head of sustainability last year and the Precious Planet FoodService range isn’t just another packaging product. It’s a whole new brand, and one that will help pave the way for further developments to meet the needs of both the retailer and the ever-more demanding, environmentally-conscious consumer.” The board used can be recycled up to seven times, which offers a closed loop solution diverting waste from landfill, and more crucially our oceans. The Precious Planet FoodService range is produced from wood


fibres, and the cellulose film lining is certified to both the Forestry Stewardship Council and the Programme for the Endorsement for Forestry Certification standards.


Eco-friendly food packaging is UK’s first thermal paper solution


Food manufacturers and retailers looking for cost-effective and eco-friendly packaging to transport their chilled and frozen goods will be pleased to hear that Antalis now offers WrapPak Protector, a new thermal packaging solution. Developed by Dutch packaging manufacturer Ranpak, the WrapPak Protector system is the first solution


of its kind available in the UK and includes a state-of-the-art machine that compresses layers of paper to produce a unique thermal wrapping infill. When used to line the inside of a box, this innovative paper filling, which can be customised to include


up to four layers of paper, provides enhanced insulation for chilled and frozen foods – making it a great alternative to plastic or foam void-fill. Easily adaptable to any box size, when compared to traditional packaging techniques, the WrapPak


Protector solution has been shown to offer a number of cost-savings as the infill can be produced on- demand and with added precision – reducing overall storage, materials and handling costs.


With 2018 seeing many of the UK’s major supermarkets and top brands vowing to adopt more environmentally friendly packaging, one of the major benefits of this paper-based protective product is that it is sustainable and easy to recycle, ensuring a low carbon footprint for organisations keen to boost their green credentials. Scott Day, ‘In The Box’ packaging systems and solutions manager at Antalis, commented: “More and more of our customers, particularly in the food and e-commerce sectors, are exploring ways to include eco-friendly solutions within their packaging process whilst still maintaining the highest standards of protection when it comes to transporting their goods through the supply chain. “The WrapPak Protector system is truly a one of a kind paper packaging solution which is not only sustainable and easy to recycle, offering the ultimate protection and insulation for chilled and frozen foods, but for many businesses it is much more cost-effective than their existing packaging operations.”


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