food for thought. - meat soaker pads
Like most industries, non-woven fabrics are becoming a part of the food packaging market, and the first impression is everything.
In the food industry, however, the concept has a different meaning, that is, packaging is not only attractive, but also functional.
In meat and poultry packaging, the task of absorbing the liquid discharged by the product is done by placing the suction pad under them.
The degree of execution of this feature usually determines whether the consumer will buy the product.
As any grocery store owner would agree, the less obvious the confusion is, the better.
"In terms of appearance and number of bacteria, this trend is moving towards cleaner packaging," explains Richard LaVoie, general manager of Gelok International, a rolling goods producer at OH Dunbridge.
"The absorption pad makes the packaging look cleaner by preventing liquid leakage.
"Our customers are looking for a general improvement in the appearance of the package as there is not much free fluid in the package," agreed Scott Tomlin, composite product manager, Stockhausen, a raw material supplier
Greensboro, North Carolina
"When they show these Mitton trays in the store, they are also looking for ways to reduce the leakage of the packaging.
"Senior executive of Stockhausen, a supplier of high water absorption polymers (SAP)
Entering the immersion pad market for refrigerated or frozen poultry and red meat indirect contact foods, this trend is expected to help the company gain market share in the immersion pad market, which is largely
"The pulp of Soakerpads has been around for years, and suddenly SAP is on stage, and the industry has no good understanding of what it is and what it can do for them," Mr.
"In the past few years, a lot of education has taken place in order to get the market to SAP, and now it is happening.
We are very interested in seeing some processors and distributors that are ready to accept it, and we think that is a reflection of our sales.
"While SAP began to replace Fluffy pulp in the immersion mat arena, air-laid non-woven fabrics began to replace the use of traditional multi-layer organizations in the actual pad structure.
According to Mike Shaltry, air laying materials allow manufacturers to use fiber optics built into the actual fabric of the liner, rather than a sealed liner containing SAP particles that may leak or overflow the tray, marketing and Sales Director, North America and Europe, Lincoln County Technology absorberK.
"The pendulum has turned to an aerial laying structure with SAPfiber, which is easier to convert.
"The structure of the liner can be thinner and both ends can be opened without pleading," he said . ". Mr.
Shaltry also mentioned that the packaging structure containing air-laid non-woven covering on the food contact side is currently being evaluated for use in the soaked padmarket.
This shows that the cost savings can be achieved by using only one side of the anonwoven bed cover and the cost of converting air laidroll cargo into mats can be saved.
"Air laying technology is often used, and largerroll sizes and longer run times can provide manufacturers with higher throughput, thus reducing unit costs," he added . ".
To this end, the technical adsorption agent has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to approve its "Oasis" SAP fiber for food contact materials for packaging poultry, meat and fish at cold or frozen temperatures
"This opens the door for free participation in the food packaging sector in these three major food sectors," Mr. Shaltry stated.
"Prior to FDA approval, the work has been ongoing and continues to be carried out in all aspects of non-wood technology that utilizes Oasis fiber, with a primary focus on the communities laid in the air.
"This approval marks the first time the company has entered the US market. S.
Food Packaging Market
Two years ago, the company received European approval for Oasis.
Leading in the use of air-laying non-woven fabrics containing SAPmaterials is Georgia-Pacific (G-P)
WI Green Bay non-woven group.
According to Thierry finnier, general manager of G-company
In France, the company took the lead in using its "Dritex" air laidmaterial with SAP for meat immersion pallet applications in Europe. "TheG-
"P non-woven fabric Group is also the first group to provide antimicrobial treatment in the air paving network," he added . ".
"Our factory in France works with food packaging producers to improve the performance of the product by introducing SAP air laying materials for pallets.
We help our customers improve the efficiency of the product while reducing the overall weight of the package.
"Executives of Soaker pad manufacturers --
Products, La Verne, CA--
This is known in the non-woven industry for its adult control product range-
At the same time, we also believe that air-laid non-woven fabric will be the next innovation in this field of food packaging market.
"We believe that air laids and non-woven fabrics will certainly play a role in upgrading the market to provide newer, more innovative and more valuable --
Added products . "
John Terrien, sales director of Pak.
"Our products are relatively large in volume and we think airlaids, SAP and other non-woven fabrics can give us the same performance features on thinner form factor products.
"While the company has not yet started using air laying materials in its immersion pad products, paper
Pak currently uses materials with high humidity strength and high base weight, similar to wet-spread non-woven fabrics commonly used in coffee filter applications, in addition to the multi-layer tissue and fluorine pulp liners mainly used for export poultry and meat packaging.
"When you apply this material to the side of the meat, it sticks to it, and when other materials get wet, they slide around," explained Mr. Terrien.
"If you want the mat to stay somewhere, the moisture will attach to it and let the absorption penetrate, but it won't break down.
"An example of this type of cushion is the whole chicken in the bag, and the manufacturer wants the mat to stay at the bottom to absorb the liquid instead of moving to the top of the bag.
In the food packaging market using non-woven fabrics, there are not only fresh soaking mats for fresh foods such as meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruits.
DuPont's non-woven fabric business in Wilmington, Germany has found a home in the field of active packaging for its "Tyvek" brand protection materials, including desiccant, absorbent and oxygen absorbent or scavenger--
Jennifer Ellis, DuPont's active packaging segment leader, says anything that interacts with the atmosphere to change the inner environment of the package.
The desiccant is used to absorb moisture in the food packaging, and the oxygen absorber absorbs oxygen.
DuPont Tyvek has a variety of styles to choose from to comply with the requirements of Indirect food additives detailed in Title 21 of the federal regulations (CFR)
On food and medicine. Ellis.
To a large extent, non-woven fabric has occupied the market.
"Non-woven fabric has become the main material for its air permeability and non-air permeability
They do not compete directly with newspapers or movies other than Asia
In the Pacific market, there are some perforated transparent films for active packaging.
Paper usually does not have the required strength, tear or grease resistance, nor is it generallinting/non-
"Dust removal products . "
Non-woven fabrics are also used in packaging of tea and coffee
Supply filter bag or filter bag.
The main contributor to this market is Commission converter Copack International in carlstower, New Jersey, which is characterized by the growing market and fierce competition.
"In the past 70 years, the wet heat
The sealable non-wood structure has been the backbone of tea and coffee packaging, growing steadily over the past 25 years, but not significantly, "said Keith Schonbrun, communications director at Copack.
"The process itself is beneficial for creating substances or structures that contain food and for food to be filtered.
You have fibers that are randomly arranged, and a distorted configuration of hole channels or gaps is distributed in such a container in order to improve the hole rate and hole rate control.
In addition, packaging machinery suppliers are able to increase the speed and throughput of materials as the network itself has become an even structure and steadily increases the speed, "he added.
According to MichaelGalvanauskas kas, although the food industry has only recently begun to benefit from the use of non-woven fabrics in Packaging, Non-woven fabrics have been used in the actual processing of food for about 30 years, two years ago, habasitBelting Food Packaging Market Manager, Buffalo, New York, Habasit acquired a company that invented a non-woven conveyor belt and patented it in the 1970 s, the company can make "ultimate" and "aggregate" FDA-
Approved needle-punched non-woven bag products for poultry, vegetable and fruit processing.
According to Mr.
Galvanauskas, non-woven material provides more benefits than other materials in conveyor belt applications.
"When there is a lot of things on the conveyor belt that come across or rub," he said in detail . ".
"The benefit of non-woven fabrics is that they don't wear on the edges, which is a problem for some polyester fabrics that you often wear or wear.
Most inspectors were dissatisfied with this.
Again, if you cut the belt with non-woven fabric, then this cut will not migrate, which is a big advantage.
"Environmental issues while non-woven fabrics can be found in very independent and different areas of the food packaging industry, there are certain trends and problems in these areas as a whole.
One of the problems is the environmental impact of disposable packaging materials.
Although many players in the food packaging market believe that environmental issues have not become a huge problem, especially in North America, most people think that it will become more common in the near future, it may even help to gain market share for non-woven fabrics.
One such manufacturer is the Polymer Group company. (PGI)
Dayton, New Jersey, the company produces air foam materials for tea bags, wet spread non-woven fabrics and for meat, vegetables and fruits to absorb dip pads.
"I think environmental issues will have an impact on the future food packaging market," said Richard Faulkner, national account manager at PGI . ".
"When people look for greener products ---
Whether in terms of recyclability or reuse-
More manufacturers will be affected by the use of non-woven fabrics in food packaging.
"In terms of tea and coffee filters in the market, Copack has recently been patented for spherical single-piece labels --and-
Tea bags, no need
Biodegradable staple foods, printed labels and ropes (
See Non-woven industry in February 2001)
According to Mr.
Schonbrun may cause problems to the environment.
As Copack is a certified organic food processor and deals with the organic food market with its coffee and tea products
Customers are increasingly demanding biodegradable packaging.
As the main packaging of tea and coffee, tea bags and coffee filter bags combine the biodegradable ability of abacca and wood fiber with inert stability and treatment
Safe polyethylene heatseal fibers.
"Biodegradable capabilities play an important role in reaching consumers and meeting their needs," he assessed . ".
In order to meet the environmental needs of customers, Lysac Technologies, Quebec, Canada produces safe and natural absorption polymers (SNAP)
Absorption pads for meat, poultry, fresh vegetables and fruits, called "Sorbfresh ".
"The product, which competes directly with SAP, is biodegradable and one of the first to be approved for direct contact with food, according to Daniela Kozubska, director of marketing and communications at the company
"Consumer concerns about the environment and health are important for us as producers of sobuxian," she explained . ".
"For the environment, they want packaging that is smaller, easy to handle and recycle.
On health issues, there is a natural organic pure food that does not contain additives or chemicals.
"While Lysac has experienced this trend in both its North American and European markets, it is a more important issue in its European market.
"Europeans are now more sensitive to health and environmental issues, especially in recent meat recalls, where companies are more focused on the raw materials they use . "Kozubska said.
For example, some Nordic clients of Lysac must comply with a recent regulation developed by the German Institute of Standards, requiring the establishment of an ecosystem
Labels will be placed on consumer goods in northern Europe.
"The customer is talking to us about this and we are happy about it because our products are eco-friendlyfriendly," Ms. Kozubska added.
Another European supplier of suction mats market that feels the impact of environmental trends is the rolling commodity producer of German company Stanford Vliesstoffe GmbH, which has developed the world's first biodegradable air pads for the food packaging industry.
Topresident and CEO Alexander Maksimow said, "The future belongs to biodegradable materials for packaging, pallets and padding.
Mcairlay has developed the world's first 100% biodegradable air laying pad. sided, bio-film coating.
This is made with a binder. andglue-
Free "super" technology.
"With the world's focus on environmental issues, the differences between the major regions of the world are not unique in terms of food packaging.
With the "bigger, better" mentality, the North American market has produced the largest size of meat packaging due to popularity --
Club and warehouse-style stores.
Here, largerpackages means a larger size of the absorbing pad.
However, in the rest of the world, according to Mr. technical absorber, packaging is actually getting smaller and smallerShaltry.
"In Europe, food is slightly smaller in size and is more suitable for individual packaging of meat and poultry.
"In the Far East region, especially in Japan, you will find the packaging with the smallest size of the food soak mat," he commented . ".
According to Lysac's MS, while Europeans are using smaller packages, they are also using double-deck pallets. Kozubska.
"In this structure, the meat is not in contact with the liquid or the absorbing pad," she explained . ".
"The liquid drops through the holes in the top layer to the bottom layer, and in some cases the bottom layer is equipped with an absorption pad.
"Although this pallet structure has disappeared in the European market, Ms.
Kozubska believes that this will not appear in the North American market at any time, as it is more expensive than a normal tray and may cause problems or is not fully compatible with vacuum
According to Mr Stockhausen, packaging processing Europeans seem less sensitive to prices and are willing to pay more for the use of SAP materials in immersion matsTomlin.
This is not the case in North America.
"Currently, the North American market is very cost sensitive.
The general consensus is that consumers will think twice about spending another penny on a pack of chicken . "
"This price sensitivity makes it longer for the US to accept SAPtake. S.
Europe, which is willing to accept a small premium and pay for such innovation.
"As for SAP's application in Asia,
Tomlin said Asian companies are buying meat products from the North American market and importing them to Asia.
"In this case, the Asian market is very willing to pay extra for the packaging of fish or meat that takes off from North America," he said in detail. Mr.
Tomlin also commented on the South American market, which has just joined and understands what SAP can do for it.
"We also see this as a potentially lucrative market in the future," he said . "
"They have the same mentality as Europeans ---
For better performance and unique features, they will accept a slightly higher price.
"Today's special, tomorrow's leftovers, although there may be different needs in some parts of the world, or it is easier to accept new concepts than others, most players involved in the non-woven part of the food packaging market believe, the future is bright, with growth potential in expanding existing markets and entering new fields.
However, to do this, non-woven fabrics need to overcome some of their potential adverse properties, E. G.
According to DuPont's MS, uniform paper structure and higher cost than paper and filmEllis.
"Non-woven fabric brings breathability, strength and non-breathability
Implied quality, but in some cases they are too breathable or do not have all the quality required in the food packaging, such as oil resistance, unless they are laminated into another structure.
If the non-woven fabric is designed to be a multi-layer structure with high barrier properties-
Type materials, so as long as the non-woven fabric can be economical and efficient, there are more opportunities in the field of food packaging.
In addi, the inherent non-
Uniformity of many non-woven structures-
You have thick spots. -
"There is no good seal on the package, so the non-woven fabric becomes more uniform, which also opens the opportunity for the package," she said in detail . ".
As hygiene issues become more prominent, other future growth possibilities for non-woven fabrics and rawmaterials in food packaging are likely to be used more and more by producers.
"Food hygiene is becoming increasingly important in ensuring that food producers can provide safe products to consumers," said Mr. statedHabasit Belting. Galvanauskas.
"Producers are looking for all their suppliers, not just suppliers, to understand some of the hygiene issues they face and how they can help companies and processors comply with these hygiene conditions.
"In terms of the emergence of antibacterial drugs in food packaging, paper-
Pak is currently finishing off a new absorption pad product that combines antimicrobial therapy to kill food pathogens such as Liszt.
According to him, E. coli and salmonellaTerrien.
"In essence, the absorption pads placed and absorbed are a typical place of moisture and darkness and an ideal place for bacteria to grow, develop and cultivate," he explains . ".
"With this antibacterial treatment to treat our pad, any bacteria that come into contact with the pad will actually be killed, thus extending the shelf life of the product and reassuring consumers.
"While this approach helps to prevent the growth of bacteria in food packaging, Sir
The absorption pads are only part of the entire package, and there are other variables, such as pallets and film, that they can't control, Trien notes.
"We are trying to get other manufacturers to start the process so we can provide 98-
"99% can effectively kill all forms of bacteria regardless of the process," he added . ".
Another possible raw material in the future is poly-Ester polymer (PLA)
, Which was introduced to textile world last year by CargillDow, a 50/50 joint venture between Cargill, Minnetonka, MN and Dow Jones chemical, Midland and MI (
See February 2000, non-woven industry).
Mr. Gelok said that these polymers are made from annually updated resources such as corn and may be used for direct food contact applicationsLaVoie.
"Direct and indirect food packaging based on PLA polymers is currently under evaluation," he added . ".
As to whether these new ideas will find a safe foothold in the food packaging industry, most producers believe that the market has great potential for raw materials and non-woven fabrics.
"The food packaging market has strong growth potential," he concluded . "
PGI of Faulkner.
"This is a relatively immature market, and there is some growth associated with it.
This may not be the largest market for non-woven fabrics available, however, its underdeveloped makes it more potential than some other regions as we are all trying to get a piece of cake from the same region.