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France 04/02/2020

CAPEXO presents 2 major innovations in Exotic Fruit and Vegetable packaging and labelling

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In the exotic fruit and vegetable sector, plastic packaging is a pressing issue that raises the challenge of developing eco-friendly solutions from the packaging to the labelling whilst maintaining the quality and traceability of fresh produce. The company Capexo is now making its contribution with 2 major innovations in Exotic Fruit and Vegetables packaging and labelling

 

EXOTIC FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PRINTING

 

The patented process, which CAPEXO owns for France, makes it possible to print food-grade ink on the skin of almost all fruit and vegetables, adding a barcode, price or any other consumer information. The innovation heralds the end of excess plastic packaging and stickers for exotic fruit and vegetables and more.

 

All exotic fruit and vegetables with a relatively smooth skin can be printed. Pineapple, for example, cannot. Grainy-skinned avocado can, but a barcode would not be legible enough to work properly at the checkout. It is possible to print the sale price, however. The printing process also adapts to the fruit’s ripeness to avoid any possible damage.

 

The process involves patented, quality-tested food-grade inks — the same ones used in the pharmaceutical industry to coat tablets. In store, on-fruit printing avoids the problem of differentiating between, for example, an air-freighted and seaborne mango, which have different sale prices, at the supermarket checkout. The process removes all possible confusion as either the barcode or price is shown on each individual fruit.

 

BIOCOMPOSTABLE PUNNET PACKAGING

Ready to eat fruit sold in batches, such as ripe avocadoes or air-freighted bananas, needs punnet packaging to protect it and prevent checkout shrinkage. To replace the plastic film and punnet, which are at best recyclable, CAPEXO biocompostable packaging features cardboard sourced from sustainably managed birchwood forests, wrapped in a protective transparent film, which is also derived from birchwood, and heat-sealed on a flow-pack machine. That makes the punnet packaging fully biocompostable. Corn starch-based biocompostable films are already available. As they may not be 100% GMO-free, however, CAPEXO rejected that option as a precautionary measure.

 

End consumers can throw the punnet and film away in their home compost bin, where they will naturally degrade in the same way as other compostable waste. Failing which, the packaging can be disposed of in a recycling bin. CAPEXO biocompostable packaging enables ecofriendly product traceability with a batch number, origin, best-before date and all other information required by consumers using foodgrade ink.

 

About CAPEXO

 

Founded in 1996, the company CAPEXO imports and markets exotic fruit and vegetables in France under the Lilot Fruits brand. A key player at Rungis International Market, CAPEXO provides a constant supply of delicious and nutritious produce to wholesalers and the wholesale markets as well as specialist and generalist food retailers.

 

Victoria pineapple, avocado, mango, passionfruit, lime, etc. are just some of CAPEXO’s flagship products

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Come and discover during Fruit Logistica the range offered by CAPEXO Hall 23 Stand B-03.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"The 2 packaging innovations show it’s the development of solutions tailored to each market that will enable effective widespread action " said Francois Bellivier, Capexo Director of Development.
   
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