Melamine, a synthetic triazine compound and an organic base is known to impart scratch, wear and puncture resistance to packaging films thereby enhancing the strength of the ensuing laminate structure, but the cons of the compound over weigh its pros.The contamination of pet food with melamine and its analogue cyanuric acid led to kidney failure in thousands of dogs and cats in North America in 2007 drawing much flak. A year later in 2008, melamineagain made headlines for wrong reasons- this time detected in powdered milk to make infant formula, the compound was associated with kidney disease in babies.
Amid growing clamour from western food and beverages brands for melamine free packaging, Uflex Limited, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company at its Film Manufacturing Plant in Poland has developed Grade ‘F-AMF’; Melamine Free Acrylic Coated Bi-axially Oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate (BOPET) clear transparent film that is finding extensive use in conversion, printing,hot fill, retort, pasteurisation and sterilisation among other applications.
The trials that were conducted at Flex Films Europa Sp. z.o.o. (Poland) have yielded excellent results in terms of nil melamine content, good printability and enhancedlamination bond. The film exhibits good transparency and clarity along with excellent machinability and handling properties. One side primer coating provides emphatic adhesion with inks and adhesives. The acrylic coated surface is also recommended for surface printing. The other side of film surface can be corona treated for value addition. The film possesses good mechanical, surface & thermal properties and ensuring excellent processability. This film has been specially developed for FFS machines.
The filmsFLEXPETTM and FLEXMETPROTECTTM(Grade F-AMF) are manufactured with monomers/starting substances listed in commission regulation (EU) 10/2011 relating to plastic materials and articles intended to come in contact with foodstuffs. All additives used are listed in the plastic regulation (EU) 10/2011. The additives also comply with the BFR (German federal Institute for Risk Assessment, previously known as BgVV& BGA) Recommendation XVII, Polyterephthalic acid diolesters.
Upon successfully developing the Melamine Free Acrylic Coated Bi-axially Oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate (BOPET) film, Mr. Pramod Sirsamkar, President – Technical & New Product Development (Films) at Uflex Limited said, “Looking into the growing consciousness towards health, this Film has been particularly developed amid increasing demand from our customers globally.”
Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited expressing joy on this development said, “Melamine Free Acrylic Coated Bi-axially Oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate (BOPET) film is a testament to Uflex’sunwavering commitment towards consumer safety and customer satisfaction across the globe. Additionally this film also exhibits excellent transparency, gloss and printability making it an absolute delight for the converters. I congratulate my R&D team atthis success.”
Functionality and aesthetics are undeniably important tactile and ocular factors playing a pivotalrole in modern retail. Packaging besides containing and protecting the product, acts as the real ‘last milesalesperson’ on an already inundated retail shelf. A lot of responsibility vests on this salesperson in terms of getting noticed and subsequently picked up by the consumer.
India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company Uflex Limited at the behest of its esteemed clients across the globe has been impeccably honing and refiningthis last mile salesperson to the best of brands’ advantage. From pillow packs — to stand up pouches – to profile packs, Uflex has come a long way delighting brands and consumers alike through packaging that is superior in aesthetics; enhanced in terms of functionality; possesses optimum barrier properties;offers infallible anti-counterfeiting/ brand protection features andexhibits eco-friendlytraits too.
Uflex presents whole new Three Dimensional Packaging for ricewherein the front, back and bottom laminates comprise a three layered Matte BOPP/MET PET/Poly structure with premium matte finish and the side gussets are made of PET/PET/Transparent Poly. What more! The side gusset comes fitted with a handle further spelling immense ease of carrying for the end-user.The transparent side gussets allow the consumers to see the product packed inside. The matte finish further adds to the panache enabling the pack to rise above the clutter. The shape of the pack has been designed for optimising space utilization on the expensive retail shelf.
The erstwhile options of thick tasselled thread (dori handles) and D-Punch handles were quite inconvenient for consumers buying heavy packs at retail outlets. This pain point led the engineers at Uflex to design this innovative 3D packaging.The functionality narrative of the pack does not end at this. The front face of the pack comes equipped with a Slide to Close (STC) re-closable zipper that allows easy access to the product packed insidewithinfallible seal integrity for deferred use keeping the aroma and flavour of the premium basmati rice intact. It is advisable to store rice in the pack itself for best results throughout the recommended shelf life.The superior matte finish further impartsa ravishing look to the packplaced on the kitchen rack.
All the five sides of the pack provide unmatched branding opportunities further enunciating top of the mind recall. Uflex is the only packaging company in India manufacturing three dimensional packagingof this kind as the machinery required for accomplishing the job is very sophisticated.
Commenting about the popularity of the new three-dimensional pack, Mr. Arun Anand, ExecutiveVice President, Marketing at Uflex Packaging said, “This novel product is gaining a lot of interest from brands from all across and we are getting substantive enquiries for such packaging solution in big bagsfor pet food, detergents and other granular materials.”
Talking about the client-participatory approach and innovation driven culture at the organisation, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “The most endearing aspect of our journey of over three decades now is the fact that our clients actively interact with our R&D and marketing teams at all locations to devise packaging solutions that are ‘bespoke’ in the truest sense. No two products that we offer are likely to be the same because of the high element of customization factored into the design. This innovation to create value added differentiationfor our clients globally is what makes us unique.”
Demonstrating itsproactive engineering approach, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company, Uflex Limited has launched ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine for packaging milkthat can extend the shelf life of the product upto 90 days. Uflex is the only company in India to manufacture thiskind of sophisticated machines.
Milk is aperishable product and extremely susceptible to infestation by bacteria and other micro-organisms. Milk brands sold in pouches across India have for long been fretting about the restricted shelf life; time elapsed during the supply& distribution; optimum pasteurization; necessity of cold chain to be integrated within the overall supply chain and so on so forth. To alleviate all these problems in one go, Uflex has manufactured and launched ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine for packaging milk.Milk sterilised and packed in this machine can be kept in normal ambient conditions at the point of sale for as long as 90 days.
This machine packs milk in a pouch that is formed of afive to seven layer extruded/blownpolyethylene film with strong barrier properties including a black layer for U.V. protection. As a fully integrated packaging solution provider, Uflex offers the especiallyextruded/blown film too.
The machine has an inbuilt automatic CIP and SIP system and can pack milk in SKUs ranging from 70ml to 1500ml volumetrically. The filling speed for these variants ranges between 5000 to 2500 packsper head per hour. On aspeciallyprogrammedB&R and Siemens PLC fitted to this machine, altering the desired volumes to be filled can be actuated at the press of a button spelling utmost convenience for the milk companies.
The machine has been manufactured with a special Isolation Valve (Sterile Interlock) that does not allow the milk to flow from the UHT to the filling machine in case sterilisation of milkin UHT is incomplete or does not conform to the set specifications. This spares unnecessary invocation of intermediate CIP and SIP of the filling machineavoiding wastage of time. Gravity Filling System with Precise Tank Level Regulation has beenprovided in this machine.ESL Flexi-Pouch Machine can be customised with Single, Two or Three Headfilling arrangement as per the requirement of the client. This versatile machine is also capable of simultaneously packaging differential volumes on various heads. The ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine is fitted with Impulse Sealing system especially imported from USA that ensures a perfect leak proof seal.
A typical Two Head ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine requires 415 V AC, three phase, 50Hz supply.The power consumption at peak load is 20KVA. This machine requires steam at a pressure of 4 Bar with 0.5 kg/hr consumption during production and 70 kg/hr during sterilisation.
Launching the machine Mr. Ajay Tandon, President & CEO, Engineering Business, Uflex Limited said, “It wasa challenge to design and manufacture a machine for extendingshelf life of a product as perishable as milk. After meticulous R&D of about18 months, the Engineering Businessat Uflex hasdesigned and brought out this machine which has been put under commercial run and validation at one of the largest milk packers in India.We are the only company in Indiato manufacturethis machinewhich easily competes in quality with any European machine of this kind.The end-to-end system comprising extruded/blownmulti-layered specialty film and the ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine offers an optimised packaging solution for milkin flexible pouches. This machine can also be customised for packaging other beverages too.”
Expressing delight at the launch of the newmachine, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “I am glad to present ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine to the Indian Milk Industry. Roughly 145-150 million tons of milk is produced by India every year, out of which several million tons get spoiled owing to inefficient packaging. In such a scenario, an overall system to extend the shelf life of milk without disturbing the retail coordinates and further to be able to ensure availability even in the remotest of the areas without having to spend towards cold chain is a real shot in the arm for milk brands and retailers.This will go a long way in reducing spoilage and wastage of milk.Uflex’sESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine is a promising product manufactured in our great country and I dedicate it to Government’s flagship scheme of ‘Make in India’ that my organisation supports and contributes to wholeheartedly.”
India’s largest global flexible packaging solution company, Uflex Limited has been working towards expanding the reach of its Flexfresh™Liner Bags to improve product availability and offer better shelf life extension solution for fresh produce.
One of the major Tropical Fruits is Papaya with exceptional nutritional benefits to the consumer. It is rich in Carotenes, Vitamin C, Antioxidants, Flavonoids and several other minerals. It lowers Cholesterol, helps in Weight Loss, Boosts Immunity amongst several other health benefits.
More than 50% of the world’s Papaya is produced in Asia, followed by South America with around 20% of the production. USA is the largest importer of Papaya from South America with import volumes of around 200,000 Tons annually. India is the largest producer of Papaya in the world with almost 40% papaya produced, with a very high domestic consumption of the fruit.
Perfotec andUflex have been working with Fresh Produce growers to maximize Shelf life using Active Modified Atmosphere Packaging (AMAP) solution. The solutions deliver the best quality produce to the markets with possibility of moving away from Air shipments and switching to Sea Shipments there by improving availability and also ensuring continuity in the supply chain making the product affordable for the consumers by cutting on expensive Air Freight simultaneously reducing the wastage.
Perfotec and Uflex jointly performed trials in India as well as Holland with Leading Growers and Importers to determine the possible Shelf life extension solution for Papaya.
Fast Respiration Meter from Perfotec was used to determine the Rate of Respiration under the Supply Chain temperature of 10° C and the transmission determined to maintain ideal Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide inside the liner bags to maintain Freshness and extend Shelf life.
“Trials were conducted with 60*40 Flexfresh™Liner Bags in open top corrugated boxes. Product was packed in semi ripe condition in warm condition in the liner bags and were hermetically closed and moved to the Cold Store. By using Flexfresh™ Liner Bags the product remains dry and registers a very low weight loss, due to the hydrated environment inside the bag. Flexfresh™ does not allowcondensation due to its unique proprietary formulation giving a major relief to exporters against Bacterial and Fungal infections. With the Biodegradability of the Liner Bag, it is a perfect sustainable solution,” explained N. Siva Shankaran Vice President – Flexfresh™ at Uflex.
Explaining the results,Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Ltd., said that the major benefit of using the Flexfresh™ Liner bags is the possibility of having an elevated Carbon Dioxide level which prevented yellowing of the fruit and maintained firmness to the fruit quality. He added that growers could attain a shelf life of 30 Days for Papaya using the Flexfresh™ Liner Bags.
Terming this as an important milestone in Shelf Life extension and market accessibility Mr. Bas Groeneweg, Director, Perfotec BV informed that with the health benefits of Papaya,Flexfresh™Liner Bags will deliver good quality fruit around the year. With major health benefits of Papaya, we should see more imports in to Europe he added.
Perfotec and Uflex have been building a strong distribution network across the world to cater to the needs of Flexfresh™ across Fresh Produce growing regions.
Visit Uflex and Perfotec at Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong; 7-9 Sep 2016;
Hall 3, Stall T-39