EARTH-PACKAGING: Compostable and recyclable packaging solutions don't have to ‘cost the earth’

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SIRANE’S Earth Packaging range offers compostable and recyclable food packaging solutions that won’t ‘cost the earth’ and can really help you boost your green credentials by cutting both packaging waste and food waste.

Environmentally-friendly packaging is a current hot topic, as is reducing food waste, but what if your packaging can actively help contribute to both goals?

Earthpouch – the first plastic-free compostable food pouch – is one great example of a product which is both recyclable and fully compostable.

Sirane’s Earthpouch – developed in conjunction with B&G Products and HAVI – was a couple of years in development, and Troofoods launched in the new year. Sirane last week acquired B&G, which is now part of the Sirane Group.

Peter Ralten, from B&G, said: “Over the last few years food brands and retailers have asked us to come up with an affordable recyclable pouch solution.

“Beside the fact that the Earthpouch can be recycled with paper it is also compostable. B&G waited to take a solution to the market that is affordable. We were delighted that Troo decided to pack their fantastic product in the Earthpouch – and now many more companies are about to follow suit.”

The Earthpouch – an industry first - is made from a paper with a 100% plastic free heat-sealable coating which is then formed into a preformed stand-up pouch which provides total food security for dry and moist food products.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, added: “We presented the Earthpouch at Packaging Innovations earlier this year at the NEC, Birmingham, and it provoked real excitement, we’ve had many inquiries on the back of it.

“We’re now working with a number of companies, in many different sectors, and I think it’s fair to say Earthpouch will be on a shelf near you very soon… one of the great things about the Earthpouch is it is also cost-effective, often environmentally-friendly packaging comes at a cost, with Earthpouch that’s not the case.”

The Earthpouch is just one of a range of compostable/recyclable products and packaging solutions Sirane has developed over the years.

Simon Balderson said: “The correct food packaging can help to extend the shelf-life of produce, be it meat, seafood, or fresh fruit and vegetables, and it is possible to supply packaging solutions which are also 100% compostable.

“It’s not one or the other, packaging can be environmentally friendly and effective.”

Compostable food packaging from Sirane includes our breathable bags and films for extending the life of fresh produce. Sira-Flex Resolve is a natural biopolymer which we can make into bags or films, and which can extend shelf-life by many days.

Sirane’s Sira-Flex™ Resolve® is a unique plant-based breathable film developed to have the optimum balance between humidity control and O2 and CO2 permeability.

The permeability is temperature dependant so that the perfect atmosphere is maintained inside the pack even if the storage temperature is variable.

Simon Balderson said: “The results using this packaging film are remarkable. There is no condensation on the inside of the film and the product does not dry out.

“The package atmosphere is maintained with the optimum balance of atmospheric gases to prevent degradation. In simple terms, the food lasts longer – but of course in packaging terms it’s fully compostable, so it ticks all the green boxes.

“Shelf life extension of several days and more is achieved for many products. The film is suitable for all types of vegetables including salads as well as fresh fruit.”

Other compostable products include our absorbent pads for meat, poultry, seafood and fruit. Many of our Dri-Fresh absorbent products can be offered in compostable form under the name Dri-Fresh Resolve; for Sirane, Resolve = compostable.

Jeremy Haydn-Davies, Sirane sales director, said: “Absorbent products can contribute significantly to a product’s ultimate shelf-life; they are used for a reason. But if going green is your aim, they can be supplied as compostable in many cases.

“Integrating anti-microbial or anti-bacterial technology, for example, can help extend the shelf-life even further, helping to achieve food waste reduction targets.”

Food waste topped the industry’s agenda in 2017 thanks to Courtauld 2025 - a 10-year voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food chain – from producer through to consumer – to make the industry more sustainable.

Among the targets are a 20% reduction in food waste in the UK.

Sirane also offers compostable packaging for plants/flowers, including compostable bags and films, and compostable plant pots, as part of our horticultural range.

For more information, contact Jeremy Haydn-Davies on 01952 230055, email jeremy@sirane.com

BREAKING NEWS: B&G Products becomes part of Sirane Group

 Sirane has acquired B&G Products for an undisclosed sum

SIRANE has acquired flexible packaging manufacturer B&G Products in a move which immediately expands Sirane’s product range and allows for expansion at B&G.

B&G Products – a UK-based manufacturer of innovative bags and pouches – has become part of the Sirane Group, with the sale for an undisclosed sum going through yesterday.

The partnership will allow Sirane to access new markets, and to expand the B&G business through our existing client base both in the UK and overseas – and has come with an additional immediate investment in new machines alongside the purchase.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “B&G Products is a great company with huge potential, and their product range complements Sirane’s existing business perfectly. In fact, we’ve worked with them over the last few years on a number of projects, and got to know the team, their capabilities, and the quality of what they manufacture.

“B&G Products becoming part of the Sirane Group will allow it access to our international network and this is the first step on what should be a very exciting path.”

Nick Baxter, B&G Products MD, said: “We’ve worked with Sirane for a number of years now, and so I’m happy the company is in safe hands. This is a partnership that makes sense for all concerned, as both Sirane and B&G Products can benefit from each other.

“There’s a great opportunity now to further cement both companies’ place in the market as the go-to company for all types of innovative packaging solutions. I think everyone concerned is excited about what the future holds for Sirane and B&G Products.”

B&G Products, based in rural Staffordshire, is a manufacturer of high-quality and innovative bags and pouches with more than 30 years’ experience in the sector. Around 30 people work at the site in Norbury, and all staff will remain in place as part of the sale.

Peter Ralten, Commercial Director at B&G Products, said: “It’s been great working alongside the team at Sirane for several years now and I’m very pleased to become part of Sirane as shareholder, and for B&G Products to officially become part of the Sirane Group.

“It’s an exciting future for all involved, both at Sirane and at B&G Products.”

Recent innovations from B&G include the Earthpouch – a plastic-free stand-up food packaging pouch – and anti-bacterial insulated bags. Other products on offer retort & microwave stand-up pouches, side-gusset bags, mail order bags and more.

They also offer short-runs on digitally-printed products including bags & pouches.

Simon Balderson added: “There’s so much interest in products such as the Earthpouch, and other stand-up pouches, that we’ve already agreed a six-figure investment on a new stand-up pouch machine, which can also manufacture side-gusset and flat pouches.

“B&G joined us earlier in the year at Packaging Innovations at the NEC, with the Earthpouch forming part of our stand, and we were absolutely inundated with inquiries.

“We’ve also added a new sales team member, Vince Larson, to focus on B&G Products.”

Sirane is an innovative packaging design, development, manufacture and solutions company which specialises in areas including absorbency and ovenable/microwaveable products, compostable packaging, films, boards, absorbent pads, and much more.

We also manufacture a range of medical, horticultural, and specialist products – and B&G Products have the potential to manufacture products across all sectors.

As well as manufacturing and offices in the UK (Telford, Shropshire), we have additional sites in Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Turkey – as well as a network of agents and distributors – offering a global presence, with sales in more than 100 countries.

For more information on Sirane, visit www.sirane.com and for more information on B&G Products visit www.bandgproducts.com. Alternatively, call 01952 230055. 

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