Canadian Packaging

Fresh thinking in tomato and berry packing with Freshseal technology

Eye-catching packs with colorful trays and various substrate options can all be sealed on one machine.


June 27, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff

TORONTO—Freshseal, the latest pack format for tomato, berry and fresh produce packing is now available in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, a technology that offers the fresh produce market a quick and easy means of transitioning into film sealed punnets and trays from clam shell or flow wrapped packs.

Film sealed packs use less packaging than clam shell packs and are more space efficient for stacking and transportation resulting in cost savings. They also offer the ability to use packaging to create a stand out pack on the shelf.

Freshseal includes the supply of base punnets or trays, film and a heat sealing machine to facilitate a smooth switch to the new pack format.

Due to the versatility of the packaging available, fresh produce suppliers can quickly and easily create an eye catching pack with colorful custom shaped trays and pre-printed branded film. The options for different tray materials include plastic, board, foil and compostable board. Films can be pre-printed with branding and images and can also be offered in a resealable specification (to improve hygiene after opening and allow stacking of packs in the fridge) as well as micro perforations to allow produce to breathe (particularly when used with fresh cut produce and modified atmosphere packs). In addition best before and sell by dates can simply be printed onto the film at the point of sealing to simplify the packing process further.

A key advantage of Freshseal is that all packaging formats can be sealed on the same machine with minimal interruption to the packing line. Switching from one tray or punnet shape to another and one printed film design to an alternative can be done in a matter of minutes.

Freshseal heat sealing machines are the fastest most energy efficient on the market today therefore producing the lowest cost per pack with a number of models available to suit the different levels of automation and production speeds in the market. All of the machines are fully electric and operate without the need for compressed air. For those who are new to film sealing, there are small machines offering speeds of up to 30 packs per minute whereas at the top end of the range has speeds of up to 200 packs per minute.

Freshseal is provided by Crawford Provincial of London, Ontario in Canada with machinery from the heat sealing specialists Packaging Automation of Knutsford, Cheshire in England.

Crawford Provincial offers aftermarket and technical back-up for Freshseal in the U.S., Canada and Mexico with a team of specialist film sealing experts.

Packaging Automation can offer customers a tray sealer or pot filler for a wide range of applications in the food industry including fresh produce packing such as salad, tomato, strawberry and soft fruit packing, fish, seafood, meat and chicken packing (including vacuum packing and skin packing), ready meal sealing and packing, and pot or tub denesting, filling and sealing for puddings and sauces.

Full packing lines can be specified and installed to include tray denesting, conveyoring, tray filling, film sealing including modified atmosphere packing (MAP) facilities. Foil tray sealing as well as plastic tray sealing can be accommodated on all machines as standard.

About Crawford Provincial:
Crawford Provincial, founded in 1963, services Ontario and International markets and provides customers with quality packaging products and equipment solutions. From concept to completion, the Crawford Provincial packaging consultant team brings innovative and cost effective solutions for packaging and sourcing needs. The key focus is to provide clients both expertise and quality products that will maximize productivity and protect not only their products but their bottom line.

For further information please contact:
Crawford Provincial
3036 Page Street
London, Ontario
115A Walker Drive
Brampton, Ontario
1-800-265-4993
E: info@cpsupplyline.com

W: www.cpsupplyline.com.