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Flexfresh by Uflex gets overwhelming response at Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong

Uflex and Perfotec at Asia Fruit Logistica Hong Kong
Amid encouragingly growing demand, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company Uflex Limited has been making strong efforts in expanding the availability of its unique FlexfreshTM Liner Bags in various geographies across the world. Having tasted enormous success in India, Europe, Africa and South America both Uflex and Perfotec decided to launch FlexfreshTM Liner Bags in Asia Fruit Logistica 2016 show that recently concluded at Asia World Expo, Hong Kong.

Teams from Uflex and Perfotec showcased the Active Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP) technology to over 100 companies in the Asian Region explaining the open architecture technology for Shelf Life Extension. Speaking during the show, Bas Groeneweg, CEO Perfotec said, “I am honored to present the Fast Respiration Meter to the Asian Fresh Produce industry for them to benefit from the Shelf Life extension solution brought together by Perfotec and Uflex.”

It was interesting for customers to experience first-hand the technology live and some customers brought product together with them for testing, to select the right transmission bags which they carried back for testing and validation.

“FlexfreshTM is the only Liner Bag in the world which is Biodegradable by composting giving Total Sustainable Solution in the supply chain for fresh produce. With almost negligible weight loss and Touch Dry products, this shelf life extension is the best possible amongst the options available till date”, explained N. Siva Shankaran, Vice President FlexfreshTM at Uflex.

The show has generated enormous opportunities for both the companies and for the customers in their collective endeavour for reducing the wastage and weight loss in the supply chain of fresh produce. Several trials have been set up at New Zealand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and India for a wide variety of Tropical produce.

Expressing delight over the success of FlexFreshTM at Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited in an official statement said, “This is indeed a path breaking packaging solution deploying Modified Atmospheric Packaging Technology that has seen the light of the day owing to collaborative efforts of Perfotec and Uflex. I am happy by the overwhelming response FlexfreshTM has been getting from across the globe with more and more business queries fructifying by the days.”

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Intelligent Packaging – The Holy Grail for ultimate consumer experience

Times and trends are changing all too rapidly with consumers demanding more value for every penny they spend on purchase. Packaging as we have all known is in-alienable to the product and forms the first line of influence that is crucial for making purchase decisions at the point of sale (POS). Over the years a lot of value engineering has gone into packaging to make it much more convenient and relevant for the target audience it caters to.Intelligent-Packaging-02

Keeping pace with digitization, packaging is now expected to do much more than just wrapping and protecting the product through its shelf life.It has become more important than ever to hit the holy grail of functionality in packaging that integrates business processes throughout the supply chain, addresses quality and safety issues like shelf life; provides information about ethical standards of manufacturing and fairly and squarely addresses the issue of brand protection and anti-counterfeiting among other variables. Brand communication is finding its natural extension in packaging that is efficient and smart. Be it rewards programmes, loyalty schemes or demographic syndication, packaging is doing it all with much ease of the brand custodians.

This is the era of Intelligent Packaging!!!

Take for instance, Time Temperature Indicators (TTI). This is attained with the help of micro-processing device/ chip that can be placed inside or on the packaging to give perceptive cues to customers if the product has outlived its shelf life or if it still is good for use. TTIs may result in color change of the packaging indicating unfit for consumption. Intelligent packaging is all the more useful in pharmaceutical industry that can besides enunciating portion control can also guide the patient about time and quantity for the dosage to be administered on the basis of critical health related parameters like body temperature, blood sugar level among others.

In the long run, packaging that can deploy all sensory organs like skin, ears, nose and eyes will be able to make the cut that is required to outperform peers on an already cluttered retail shelf. Nestlé’s Maggi Healthy Soups are a classic example. The patented granulation-based technology facilitated Nestlé to engage the consumers on all fronts. These soups contain fresh vegetable purees and deliver the fresh taste and aroma of home-made soups.Right from the moment the consumer picks up the pack, to the rustling of granules while preparation, to the delectable and healthy vegetables that can be spotted in the soup formula and the rich aroma that evokes appetite, the product engages the consumer through multi-sensorial aspects of sound, touch, smell and sense all throughout.

Packaging has woken up to Augmented Reality–the most contemporary concept that allows the consumers and brands to decipher all associated information that they would like to know about the product. This is achieved through Quick Reading (QR) Codes. These codes encompass sea of information related to the supply chain coordinates, nutritional facts, ethical sourcing of the condiments, information about tampering of the package, associated features like recipe, loyalty coupons, discounts and much more all available through scanning by a smartphone. This is customer engagement at its best. Another trend that the converters are catching up with is using special additive resins that serve as anti-microbial agents right in the masterbatch. This results in a substrate or film and the ensuing laminatewith transducer properties that will clearly indicate \ bacterial/ fungal infestation, variations in pH, temperature, oxygen or water vapor transmission that may play a critical role in the spoilage of food.

These are just some of the very many examples of Intelligent Packaging that istransforming the retail ballgame. An eclectic mix of functionality and intelligent features can go a long way in enhancing the customer experience.

India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company, Uflex is making the most of its technological and engineering capabilities towards product innovation to create value added differentiation for its clients globally.

Amid growing demand Uflex develops Melamine Free, Acrylic Coated BOPET Film

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.

Melamine Free Acrylic Coated BOPET Film by Uflex Limited

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.”

Functionally superior 3D packaging by Uflex is a head turner

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.Different Views of the 3D Pack

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.”