RSS Feedhttp://www.vfp.nlumbraco 2.1.6enInnerliner News - Winter 2010http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-20102011-03-03T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2010One-stop-shop for all innerliner requirements

Vaassen Flexible Packaging is known for supplying the common specifications of innerliner to the global tobacco industry. What is less known is that over the years, we have grown to become a one-stop-shop dedicated to the tobacco industry supplying a full range of specialities that add more value to your brand. We continuously focus on innovations that either save cost, are most sustainable and/or provide opportunities for marketing.

Throughout decades of serving the tobacco industry as a dedicated supplier, we have seen the marketplace change, the packing machinery evolve, sustainability arise as an important topic and legislation prohibiting marketing efforts taking effect more and more. In response to these dynamics, we provide ideas and solutions that address the four themes most important to our customers:
* Marketing
* Cost
* Security of supply
* Sustainability

OUR FULL RANGE

Common Specifications
* Full metallized paper (gold / silver)
* Alu-paper (gold / silver)
* Ecoliner

Specialities
* Coloured Innerliner (any colour)
* Printed Innerliner (random printed innerliner in any colour)
* Combination of glossy/matt effects
* Multi Colour Printed Innerliner in register
* Printed Paper
* Mentholated Innerliner

Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Winter 2010.

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Gu liddinghttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/gu-lidding2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/gu-liddingLeading European aluminium foil packaging specialists Vaassen Flexible Packaging (VFP) has created a special easy-peel lid for sealing to glass containers.

VFP has created a new uniquely designed aluminium laminate lid for a range of Posh Ramekin Puds produced by Gü. The luxury chocolate dessert maker has become extremely popular across globe since its launch in 2003 and it is now estimated that a Gü dessert is eaten somewhere in the world every two seconds.

VFP was commissioned by Gü to create an all-new exciting silver foil lid with one-colour black printing to deliver the highest preservation protection features alongside easy opening capabilities.

VFP, renowned for its product/process expertise and innovation skills, developed several prototypes for Gü’s consideration. The result, which reflects Gü’s luxury products, is a specially engineered aluminium base lid with HDPE sealant creating an easy-peel lid in highly attractive finishes.

This is the latest in a large selection of lids created for the dairy and desserts sector by VFP, making use of its lacquering and laminating facilities - which feature the widest and fastest running technologies in the market place - and state of the art laboratory and innovation development capabilities.

VFP Managing Director Peter Scheffer said: “Creating a laminate lid for glass containers which has high ‘peelability’ and delivers all the requisite product protection features and product presentation attractiveness is always challenging given the composite materials involved. It is the kind of challenge we are uniquely able to solve as the leading lids and laminates producer in Europe.

“The highly distinctive Gü brand is associated with luxury and fine-dining. The lid we have created for Gü delivers high quality presentation, the ultimate in product presentation and consumer convenience. That is our goal for every customer and for every product we produce – state of the art packaging for state of the art products.”

 

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Induction sealinghttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/induction-sealing2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/induction-sealingSauce and condiment producers are benefitting from a new concept in induction seal liners by that increases efficiency and speeds up the product to market process thanks to innovation by Vaassen Flexible Packaging (VFP).

VFP has developed a new concept that challenges the traditional foil-based four layer laminate seal comprising of PET, foamed PE, aluminium and a seal layer, by replacing the PET and PE with a single layer of PET50.

The foil acts as an inlay to the screw cap of sauce bottles to ensure pack integrity, tamper evidence and product freshness. Once the bottle is filled, the screw cap is applied and by induction sealing, the alufoil-based liner is sealed to the bottle. PET 50 successfully provides sufficient isolation to avoid melting of the screw cap and the mirror the purpose of the foam layer, which traditionally also provides rigidity.

The three-ply PET, aluminium and seal layer membrane cuts out one step in the production line to speed up the product to market process. This also makes it a more efficient and effective new product for the sauce, condiment and dairy markets and has already proved successful for Homann’s Livio sauces.

VFP supplied Weener Plastic Packaging Group with the new induction seal liner that would fit into a new range of screw caps being supplied to Homann for its Livio range.

Sales and marketing manager, Nigel Poole of VFP, said: “This is an exciting new product offering for VFP and is already proving very popular with existing customers. Products that speed up the production process are always useful, as it ensures that the product is manufactured to schedule and is out to market as quickly as possible.

“At VFP we’re experts in seal liners and we are constantly challenging traditional models and researching ways to improve existing processes in order to improve customer experience and service.”

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One Piece Induction Foilhttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/one-piece-induction-foil2011-04-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/one-piece-induction-foilSauce and condiment producers are benefitting from a new concept in induction seal liners that increases efficiency and speeds up the product to market process thanks to innovation by Vaassen Flexible Packaging.

VFP has developed a new concept that challenges the traditional foil-based four layer laminate seal comprising of PET, foamed PE, aluminium and a seal layer, by replacing the PET and PE with a single layer of PET50.

The foil acts as an inlay to the screw cap of sauce bottles to ensure pack integrity, tamper evidence and product freshness. Once the bottle is filled, the screw cap is applied and by induction sealing, the alufoil-based liner is sealed to the bottle. PET 50 successfully provides sufficient isolation to avoid melting of the screw cap and mirrors the purpose of the foam layer, which traditionally also provides rigidity.

The three-ply PET, aluminium and seal layer membrane cuts out one step in the production line to speed up the product to market process. This also makes it a more efficient and effective new product.

This is an exciting new product offering from VFP and is already proving very popular with existing customers. Products that speed up the production process are always useful, as it ensures that the product is manufactured to schedule and is out to market as quickly as possible.

At VFP we’re experts in seal liners and we are constantly challenging traditional models and researching ways to improve existing processes in order to improve customer experience and service. Please contact us for advice or further information on this topic at sales.dairy@vfp.nl

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Bottle capping for the Indian Markethttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/bottle-capping-for-the-indian-market2011-04-03T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/bottle-capping-for-the-indian-marketAre you aware that India is the biggest producer of milk in the world? With its yearly production it leaves the global number 2 USA well behind. Even if you combine the total milk production in Holland, England, France and Germany – all highly developed dairy producing countries – it does not match the total production and consumption of India.

This alone is already reason enough for the Vaassen team to monitor the developments on the Indian dairy market. Can you imagine how many meters of bottle capping foils and precut lids we could sell, if that massive population of over 1 billion people would start to drink a bottle of milk with a Vaassen cap once in every week…

Still, this is very optimistic thinking. The reality is that the Indian dairy industry has reached different levels of development. The biggest consumption is in ordinary milk. The vaste majority is bought from milkmen, who supply it at home, in shops and on the streets in a more or less pasteurized form. People boil it at home to take away the harmful bacteria and consume it therefore at home, unpacked so to say. The form in which the milkmen sell the raw or pasteurized milk is most often in sealed PE bags.

A relatively small percentage of the milk (but still a very substantial figure!) is flavoured, filled in glass bottles with a crown cork and retorted in often relatively old autoclaves. Now this is where Vaassen starts to be interested: the Indian dairy industry will sooner or later decide to get rid of these outdated and unpractical glass bottles and will change over to plastic bottles with a cap or a flat lid that can resist in the heavy retort conditions. This is where the Vaassen success story with bottle caps once started: with the development of a laminated foil that could form such a strong bond between bottle and cap, that the difficult circumstances within an autoclave or sterilisation tower could be overcome. And this is how we once established our reputation as a worldwide leading producer of bottle capping foils and precut lids.

The point is however that developments can’t always be forced. You need a fisherman’s patience, but like a good fisherman you can prepare your conditions in such a way that you can anticipate a good catch! We have therefore invested a lot of effort in presenting ourselves to the Indian dairy industry and support them in the preparation of that big shift from glass to plastic. The key question here is who makes the first big step: will it be the stronger but more conservative dairy coops, or the smaller but more progressive private dairies. We will find out in time and we will make sure we are ready for a good catch!

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Summer Innerliner newshttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/summer-innerliner-news2010-09-01T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/summer-innerliner-newsOne of VFP’s unique selling points must be its strong technical support –an inner strength of our company.

Our team of product technologists form the core of this department, dedicated to answering our customers requests for technical support all over the globe.

The latest edition of Innerliner News includes three case studies that illustrates how our technical team supports our customers as well as our internal divisions.

Case study 1 - Full speed
We recently assisted with the start up phase of a new packing machine to ensure that full speed running could be achieved.

Case study 2 - Optimisation

One of our longstanding customers recently noticed a difference in performance between innerliners from various suppliers. Our product technologists were therefore asked to improve an existing specification in order to upgrade performance.

Case study 3 - Full automatic bobbin splice

In close cooperation with one of the machine builders, a special closure label has been designed that assures a problem free bobbin change without causing additional effort (= cost) during change over.

Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Summer 2010.

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Tobacco 2http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/tobacco-22010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/tobacco-2Leading tobacco innerliner manufacturer VFP has prouldy opened Tobacco 2 its new state of the art (and second) dedicated tobacco production plant.

Located on its large site in the Netherlands the new plant is a complete factory in its own right and offers customers state of the art facilities and contingency manufacturing with VFP's other tobacco production unit.

The plant has been designed from the ground up ensuring logical and efficient manufacturing flow and excellent working environments for staff on the production floor and in the new office facilities and manufacturing support departments such as maintenance.

The machinery installed in Tobacco 2 is state of the art. It includes a new, unique PolyType lacquering and laminating machine, two slitters and a semi-automatic wrapping and packing line.

The new PolyType designed and developed specificlly for tobacco use, allows VFP to laminate, lacquer, print and humidify in one process step. This means that VFP is able to produce gold or coloured laminated foil and apply an additional print design on either the aluminium or paper side in one single run.

Tobacco 2 is the start of a number of market leading investments and technical developments expected from VFP over the coming years.

 

 

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Innerliner News - Spring 2011http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-20112011-06-08T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-2011Multi colour printed innerliner in register

Increasing space allocated to display health warnings, increasing marketing efforts made by cigarette companies, the trend towards preference of premium brands, eventual plain packaging .... all signs that marketers of cigarette brands will face decreasing possibilities to convey their brand story and quality look & feel in the future.

Vaassen Flexible Packaging offers functional and optical innovations within its innerliner portfolio. Besides supplying regular Alu-paper and metalized paper, Vaassen innovates and proactively inspires the industry by informing its customers about new possibilities such as coloured and printed innerliner as well as our latest product: multi colour printed innerliner in register.

Click here to download your copy of InnerlinerNews Spring 2011.

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Focus On Sustainabilityhttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/focus-on-sustainability2011-08-22T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/focus-on-sustainabilityRecent years have shown an ever increasing drive towards sustainability, also known as corporate social responsibility (CSR).

For us, sustainable development is one of the major subjects for the future. Hence, we do not only want to decrease any negative impacts our activities may have on nature, society and prosperity, we also want to achieve positive effects on these elements. This means we need to put maximum effort into sustainable development of our organization, our machines, our suppliers, our products etc. Success will not only depend on our own organization but every company in our supply chain.

Sustainable developments comes in many shapes and we have chosen to adopt the “Triple Bottom Line” theory, also known as 3 Ps (People-Planet-Profit), which we transformed into a practical and methodological model - the Five Focus Matrix, namely:

- Input: all that is purchased by VFP for manufacturing purposes, both goods and services.
- Local well being: the mental and physical well being of employees and the local community.
- Waste: efficient use of materials and the knowledge and skills of employees.
- Assets: buildings, machinery, grounds and other production resources.
- Energy & Water: all that is related to the use and consumption of energy and water.

In the last months we have worked on gathering and evaluating all information with reference to the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI GR3) guidelines.
The result is our first sustainability report: Focus on Sustainability, which we will communicate to all our stakeholders and to anyone interested.
Reporting about sustainability is part of checking our performances, targets and taking actions on relevant topics. This can only be an ongoing process.

One example of a sustainable initiative we would like to share with you is the CooKit project.
Part of our production waste has a sustainable destination (following the usual tight controls on how our  waste is disposed of). VFP donates waste aluminium paper to the Kozon Foundation. The Kozon Foundation is a Dutch organization run solely by volunteers with the objective of reducing the use of firewood for cooking in the dry tropics. The materials are shipped to Africa where groups of local people stick them to cardboard and transform them into The CooKit. The CooKit makes it possible to cook by using solar energy.
Dependent on the situation, The CooKits are distributed for free (in refugee camps) or sold. The units are subject to wear and tear and when they cannot be used any longer they are cut into strips and used as fuel. The aluminium is collected and used in new products by the local black smith.

These and other initiatives by Vaassen Flexible Packaging make us  your sustainable partner in the flexible packaging industry.

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Autumn Innerliner Newshttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/autumn-innerliner-news2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/autumn-innerliner-newsRecent years have shown an ever increasing drive towards sustainability, also know as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

For us, sustainable development is one of the major subjects for the future. We do not only want to decrease any negative impacts our activities may have on nature, society and prosperity, we also want to achieve positive effects on these elements.

We have chosen to adopt the 'Triple Bottom Line' theory, also known as 3 Ps (People-Planet-Profit), which we transformed into the Five Focus Matrix: Input, Local well being, Waste, Assets and Energy & Water.

As a result of gathering and evaluating all information on these five subjects, we published our first sustainability report 'Focus on Sustainability', which we will communicate to all our stakeholders and to anyone interested.

One example of a sustainable initiative we would like to share with you is the CooKit project.

VFP donates waste aluminium paper to the KoZon Foundation, a Dutch organization run by volunteers with the objective of reducing the use of firewood for cooking in the dry tropics.

These and other initiatives by Vaassen Flexible Packaging make us your sustainable partner in the flexible packaging industry.

Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Autumn 2010.

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Vaassen Flexible Packaging in USAhttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/vaassen-flexible-packaging-in-usa2011-08-22T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/vaassen-flexible-packaging-in-usaBottle capping Foils

The introduction of the aseptic filling process in the US dairy industry which took place a few years ago was the opportunity for Vaassen to start its activities in the US dairy market, after having developed similar markets elsewhere in the world. In close cooperation with business partners, the Vaassen R&D Department developed dedicated specifications in full compliance with the FDA regulations.

Customers such as Nestlé, Morningstar Foods, HP Hood, Shamrock Farms and others were delighted to work with Vaassen when developing their new product lines and market introductions.

During the past few years the aseptic concept has become a more and more widespread processing system throughout the country. Vaassen, being a reliable partner in this concept, consequently increased its position in both the USA and the Canadian market. In the meantime we monitor and support the development of new technical developments together with the equipment and bottle suppliers.

The production of our bottle capping foils take place in The Netherlands, Europe, in our well-invested modern manufacturing plant and is supported in the market place by our global sales and technical support teams. To even better serve the USA customers in an optimal way, the market services are fully supported by our sister company Spiralkote Flexible Packaging in Orlando FL, with warehouse facilities and shipping and billing activities. This combination of forces allows Vaassen to offer a full organization to the US dairy partners.

Currently we are working on a number of customer projects to continue the growth pattern and if we can be of support to you, please contact us on sales.dairy@vfp.nl

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Innerliner News - Summer 2011http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-20112011-08-26T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-2011 Embossing: making a difference

In today's world it is all about branding and positioning. Marketing is the tool to get your products across to your customers. Your choice of packaging can help and enforce your brands and brand families by using colours, texts and logos. The latter cannot only be printed, but also embossed into the innerliner. Apart from the traditional text 'Pull', the modern techniques allow you to use more advanced and finer logos and designs.

At Vaassen Flexible Packaging, we understand the impact that embossing will have on brand colours and we will make sure that you get the right colour for your brand after embossing. Whichever innerliner you choose, the best visual embossing results will be achieved with bright coloured innerliners that are not too dark.

 Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Summer 2011.

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Blendiehttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/blendie2011-11-16T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/blendiePocket Garden Blendie is an exciting brand new range of vegetable drinks recently launched into the French market. The recipes for this innovative new drinks range were created by famous French chef Didier Heyl and come in 4 different flavours:

Tomate & Co.
Carotte & Co.
Thai & Co.
Courgette & Co.

The expert chef’s goal is to bring us the fine and delicious taste of vegetables in a bottle with his gorgeous ‘Blendies’ of drinkable vegetables. A team of experts in various fields was brought in to help successfully bring this out on the market. To ensure excellence in production of the Blendie, Laiterie Saint Denis de l’Hotel in France are manufacturing and filling the range. The Coca Cola Company is providing expertise in marketing support, and Bergrams, a specialist in chilled products, is distributing the products into the market.

Vaassen Flexible Packaging was brought in as the development partner for the bottle cap foil. The product is filled in 200ml. clear PET bottles at co-packing company LSDH. The capping foil has been designed to meet the highest standard quality demands and to provide a consumer friendly easy opening without any tearing issues.

Vaassen successfully developed a foil specification to fulfill this challenge consisting of a PET top layer, to prevent the foil from tearing, followed by an Aluminum layer to ensure product freshness, and finally a Heat Seal lacquer to provide a perfect seal to the PET bottle combined with a clean easy peel when opened. The capping foil is printed in an attractive green color complemented by the printing of 2 symbols to make clear that the Blendie should be served chilled and be shaken before opening. The pull tab on each lid is equipped with small vertical rills to provide an even better grip when opening the bottle.

 “Even though the time from development to product launch was challenging, we found a solution to fully meet the requirements. It is a pleasure to be able to contribute to the launch of such an exciting and innovative new product” , said Ralph Northausen, Sales Manager at Vaassen Flexible Packaging.

More information on Pocket Garden Blendie is available at: www.pocketgardenblendie.com

For more information about our foils please visit us at contact us.
(member of the Clondalkin Group).

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Gehl Foodshttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/gehl-foods2011-11-16T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/gehl-foodsGehl Foods, a leader in aseptic dairy production in the US, has launched its new Main St. Café® beverage line in HDPE bottles capped with Vaassen Capsteril® foil. The line of healthy, protein-fortified yogurt smoothies is the first shelf-stable bottled yogurt beverage in the US, and the first beverage from Gehl Food’s new aseptic bottling lines.
 
Already the smoothies have won awards from both the vending and convenience store industries, based on their unique ability to expand sales opportunities for real dairy products beyond the refrigerated dairy case.

Although Gehl Foods had already been focused exclusively on low-acid aseptic filling,  the aseptic bottle installation required new equipment from end to end. Vaassen Flexible Packaging BV was chosen to supply foil - a critical part of the aseptic seal - because of their broad international experience with aseptic equipment. From the first meetings which took place in spring 2009, the two companies worked together closely on the specification and application of the seals. “We were very happy to have Vaassen Flexible Packaging provide such a crucial component,” says Mike Sowieja, VP Engineering for Gehl Foods. “Vaassen knew the qualification process well, and their proactive thinking and acting is highly appreciated”.
 
Both Gehl Foods and Vaassen are looking forward to work together making this concept a further growing success in the future.
 
If you wish to learn more about the Vaassen Bottle Capping Foils, applications and specifications in the milk and juice packaging processes, please contact us

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Innerliner News - Winter 2011 - 2012http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2011---20122012-02-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2011---2012Robotising reel handling

Every year at Vaassen thousands of innerliner reels are slit from huge parent reels into customer dedicated reels. The finished reel widths vary from 50 mm up to 166 mm with a wide reel weighing around 18,0 kg. Year after year these reels have been handled manually. The heavy reels were placed by the operators on the pallets prepared for shipping. All work done by hand, which was quite an effort and could even lead to physical issues for the slitting teams.

Vaassen recognized the risk involved in such manual work and explored ways to reduce the physical strain for the operators, as well as to increase the efficiency and output. The result of the study was an investment to automate the process by installing robots to load the pallets fully in line with the packing instructions. Every slitting machine has its own robot.

By installing this new equipment Vaassen has gained flexibility and increased output. Our slitters have new partners doing the heavy lifting work for them. It also enables us to gather Quality Assurance data more easily with the goal to service you better and provide you with the quality you are looking for.

Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Winter 2011 -2012.

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South Africahttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/south-africa2012-04-25T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/south-africaVaassen has been a reliable supplier of bottle capping laminates to the South African dairy industry for many years now. In the early years milk sterilization technology was a two stage process and Vaassen worked jointly in the successful development of the packaging in cooperation with dairies such as Clover Dairies and Bonnita.

The two stage sterilization concept still plays a substantial role in the supply of consumer milk. In the meantime, however, further new technologies have been introduced in the form of Aseptic filling and UHT filling. Both require a lower investment cost and provide a more complete preservation of the fresh flavour of the product. These filling processes have been introduced into the South African market during the past years: the Aseptic filling concept by Clover Dairies in the Kwazulu Natal plant and the UHT filling concept by Homsek Dairy in the Free State.

The introduction of Aseptic and UHT filling required a process of mutual fine tuning between Vaassen and the respective equipment suppliers. For Vaassen it meant a fine tuning of the foil application in the filling stations, where some machines require pre-cut lids and others reel fed lidding. It also meant taking the new cap sterilization processes into account on customer filling lines, for example, qualifying the foil for the additional sterilization treatment of the bottle cap by sterilized hot air or by hydrogen peroxide just before it reaches the sealing station.

Additional requirements at Vaassen were also established, for example, gamma irradiation of reels, packing of reels in vacuum bags, and a focus on hygiene standards within our own production environment.

Consumer products from both filling line concepts find their way more and more into the market. Unlike in other countries, the South African consumer market for milk based products grows rapidly these days, based on a fast growing middle class which adapts to new consumption patterns and can afford it. Also modern product innovations and innovative marketing communication give sales a boost. The range of flavoured milk products available has grown significantly.

The Vaassen sales and technical support team are available to help you with packaging development and product launches. By working closely with machine partners we will always remain at the forefront of filling technology and provide bottle capping solutions to suit. We look forward to working together with both the existing South African customer base and future customers to generate further growth and success for all in the future.
 
If you wish to learn more about the Vaassen Bottle Capping Foils, applications and specifications in the milk and juice packaging processes, please contact us

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Jakarta Officehttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/jakarta-office2012-04-25T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/jakarta-officeVaassen has been a leading supplier of bottlecapping foils in South East Asia for many years. In fact, we have supplied our products already for over 25 years to multinationals and local suppliers of food and beverage products in the region. Up until today Vaassen is market leader in this specific field.

In recent years milk consumption has increased strongly among Asian consumers, mainly due to the trend of health consciousness. In Europe, customers typically buy their milk in 1-2 litre family size bottles, whereas the Asian market is concentrated on small bottles in sizes 90-200ml. This, combined with the several varieties of drinking milk products often with flavours, as well as other drinks such as soy milk, mean that the total demand for bottlecapping foil relatively high.

Because of the increasing demand, Vaassen decided about 4 years ago to increase the focus on the Asian region. The decision was well-timed. With a relatively low milk consumption rate per capita, there is still room for a strong growth. Investments in expanding production capacity by the well known dairy companies and by new companies in the dairy field confirm the trend of industry development.

Vaassen has now taken the market focus a step further and is pleased to announce the establishment of an office in Jakarta where our sales manager for the Asian region over the past 4 years, Hans Morren, is now based. Hans is well known familiar face to existing and potential customers across the region.  Combining Hans’s personal ambition to work overseas and Vaassen’s future growth expectations, the decision was taken to establish a permanent base in Asia. Indonesia, with a population of 240 million people and a fast growing dairy industry, was a logical choice.

From our office in Jakarta we hope we are now even more capable of maintaining our contacts with you in the future. If you wish to learn more about Vaassen Bottle Capping Foils, applications and specifications in the milk and juice packaging processes, please contact our Sales Manager Asia-Pacific, Hans Morren.

E: h.morren@vfp.nl        
M: +31 (0)6 30159373
 
If you wish to learn more about the Vaassen Bottle Capping Foils, applications and specifications in the milk and juice packaging processes, please contact us

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Innerliner News - Spring 2012http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-20122012-04-18T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-2012Flavour foil

For many of us Spring is the favourite season. Nature wakes up, new life starts with fresh and bright colours for the eyes and fresh air for the nose. In the tobacco industry getting attention is more and more a challenge. Adding a flavor to your product will distinguish your product from other products in the market.

Apart form the traditional menthol taste, Vaassen has the possibility to apply other flavours as well. You can think of almost any flavor. In recent tomes Vaassen prepared foil with Chocolate, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Lemon, Jasmine, Rose, Cherry, Strawberry, Apple, Peppermint, Orange and other flavours.

We offer a new possibility to add an extra dimension to your product.

The Vaassen team will be happy to work out for you how much flavor we should apply to get the correct milligram level per cigarette in your product.

With Spring coming up it will be a treat to your customers applying something special to you product.

Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Spring 2012.

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Innerliner News - Summer 2012http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-20122012-09-27T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-2012 Paper: the backbone of innerliner

The cigarette industry uses thousands of tonnes of innerliner paper every year. It is the core component for tobacco innerliner materials and the choice of paper is absolutely critical to the performance on cigarette packing machines. Vaassen works closely with paper suppliers to ensure that the paper composition meets these specific requirements.

Tobacco innerliner materials, whether aluminium / paper or metalized paper, must be free of optical brightener due to its tendency to migrate into the cigarette.

Last but not least, the innerliner must not have any impact on the cigarette's aroma. This is the most important and challenging aspect of developing a  suitable base paper for tobacco innerliner.

In short, we fully understand the needs of the tobacco industry. By working with paper suppliers who in turn can comply with the high quality standards required for cigarette packing, you can be sure that Vaassen's high quality tobacco innerliner meets the demands of both the cigarette manufacturer and end users; smokers who are looking forward to the familiar taste of their preferred brand.

Click here to download your copy of InnerlinerNews Summer 2012

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BPAhttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/bpa2012-10-31T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/bpaGeneral Information

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic compound that is used to make polycarbonate polymers and epoxy resins, along with other materials used to make plastics. It is widely used, especially in food packaging. It notably strengthens polycarbonate plastics which otherwise would be more prone to cracks when impacted.
Two companies (Dow Chemical and Bayer AG) produce the bulk of BPA in the world. It is estimated that most canned foods as well as many drinks and food in plastic containers are in contact with BPA. BPA is approved for food uses by EU regulation.

Due to the growing public concern over the long-term impact of exposure to BPA, especially for infants, Canada was the first country to ban in 2008 the manufacture and sale of baby bottles containing BPA, followed in 2010 by France. BPA was found to be released in infants' milk when the baby bottle was heated in a microwave.

France's moves on banning BPA

The French Socialist party (minority), under lobbying from environmental groups, notably the Reseau Environnement Santé (RES: Health and Environment Network), proposed in early October 2011: "banning the use of BPA in all food containers by January 1st, 2014 and by January 1, 2013 for food packages, materials and containers for infants (0-12 months) and young children (12-36 months)."
The French National Assembly voted unanimously on this ban in mid October 2011 and will therefore be enacted as a law.

We as Vaassen Flexible Packaging, producer and supplier of aluminum foils to all French dairies, already anticipated on this by having developed sustainable and BPA free packaging materials.

Being market leader in the baby and medical nutrition market for bottlecapping foils, we wanted to be prepared and ready before January 1st, 2013.
Together with our customer base and our R&D department we focused on developing equivalent foils but free of BPA. During 2012 we introduced these new developments into the market in France, but also for all our other customers worldwide, we are fully ready to change over to bottle capping foils which do not contain BPA.

Ralph Northausen, Sales Manager at Vaassen Flexible Packaging, and responsible for customers in the field of baby and medical nutrition, explains: "The challenge was to keep the same foil characteristics, but banning the BPA components. Thanks to the joint effort of our R&D department, together with the testing facilities at Intertek, we have proven to be already fully compliant with the new legislation."

If you have any questions about this subject or if you want any information about BPA free material for your company, please contact Ralph Northausen, Sales Manager, directly at r.northausen@vfp.nl or send an e mail to sales.dairy@vfp.nl.

 

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Innovation dvptshttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innovation-dvpts2012-10-31T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innovation-dvptsA year ago Vaassen made a big step forward in the field of new product development. We doubled our current R&D department to focus on innovation. This new approach is based on our current road to growth and to exploit our know-how in various domains.

As you may know, Vaassen feels very strongly about its level of service and quality. We didn't want to compromise our current level of research and development in the quest for innovation. Therefore Vaassen made the choice to build-up an innovation team aside from the current R&D and detached from ongoing day-to-day business - all dedicated to the future. This new innovation team is concentrated on bringing new innovative packaging solutions to the market and market diversification. Our formula for success is to let this team act freely, with the support of the expertise within the company.

The team consists of three young professional graduates with one goal, to pick-up ideas and manage these projects. Our three Project Managers Innovation are investigating the feasibility of new ideas within their own specialist field of market, process or product. Vaassen has implemented a Stage Gate Process to support these activities to help us assess opportunities in a structured way and to shorten the route to success.

Our team is addressing three fundamental questions. Firstly, what are the new market developments a customer will benefit from? Secondly, which new technologies can bring Vaassen an additional advantage and which can we produce on our existing lines? Lastly, how can new product design enhance functionality and performance? The team is supported by experienced professionals in the area of functional coatings, polymer technology and printing technology.

One of our main focus areas is the ongoing search for sustainable manufacturing and new packaging solutions - we intend to take a leading role in this field. We have already made huge progress in the search for more renewable sources of raw material.

Due to growth in our R&D-strength the last year we were able to start new projects within and outside the Dairy business. To keep up the progress, it is of high importance to keep in contact with our (potential) customers on future business. If you need support in the development of new innovative packaging, please contact our innovation team via innovation@vfp.nl.

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Innerliner News - Autumn 2012http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---autumn-20122012-11-08T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---autumn-2012Certificates, The Value Behind The Scene!

In order to produce materials in compliance with the customer's specifications it is necessary to have the correct work documents on the shop floor. In the old days there were procedures in place, but with the implementation of the ISO 9001 way of working around 15 years ago the methodology of working became professionalized.Today Vaassen is certified in accordance to the ISO 9001-2008 standard.

Apart from the ISO certificate, Vaassen needs for its exports to the US a different certificate and annually Harold Wainess & Associates make sure that Vaassen meets all the FDA requirements.

As Vaassen is also servicing the Dairy Industry and has a range of customers in the UK it was obligatory to meet with the high hygienic standards requested by the country's large supermarket chains. Vaassen implemented the 'BRC/IoP, Issue 4 Standard For Packaging And Packaging Materials'.

Finally, the latest certification by Dutch Customs that took place made Vaassen an 'Authorised Economic Operator' (AEO).

In summary, Vaassen documents her activities according to the highest levels and has them certified to make sure that we stay on top of your and our business and create an environment where we work to the principle of "Right First Time ".

Click here to download your copy of InnerlinerNews Autumn 2012

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Packaging experts Vaassen have their competition coveredhttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/packaging-experts-vaassen-have-their-competition-covered2013-02-12T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/packaging-experts-vaassen-have-their-competition-coveredRead the full article, click here

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Innerliner News - Winter 2013http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-20132013-02-20T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2013 Innovation - working on tomorrow's world today

 As the leading producer of tobacco innerliner with the widest range of material structures, Vaassen is looking to the future and to maintain this leadership position.

A year ago Vaassen made a big step forward in the field of new product development. We doubled our current R&D department to focus on innovation. This new approach is based on our current road to growth strategy and to exploit our know-how in various domains, including tobacco Innerliner.

At Vaassen we feel very strongly about our level of service and quality. We do not want to compromise our current level of research and development in the quest for innovation. Therefore Vaassen has made the choice to build-up an innovation team aside from the current R&D and detached from ongoing day-to-day business - a team fully dedicated to the future.

This new innovation team is concentrated on bringing new innovative packaging solutions to the market. Our formula for success is to let this team act freely, with the support of the expertise in the company.

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Vaassen win Alufoil Trophyhttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/vaassen-win-alufoil-trophy2013-03-21T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/vaassen-win-alufoil-trophyExtended shelf life with consumer appeal for closure combo wins prestigious award

The 3 ply Capsteril® alufoil laminate closure from Vaassen Flexible Packaging, in combination with the Sensocap® screw cap from Ampack, has been recognised with the award of an Alufoil Trophy for its innovative contribution to Consumer Convenience in improving shelf life of aseptic products, without requiring a separate peeling process for the foil membrane.

“This is an ingenious design which removes the necessity to ‘double open’ an aseptic pack and also provides a clean neck for the consumer to drink straight from the container without fuss “, commented chairman of the judging panel, Professor Dr. Markus Prem, principal at the Department of Food Packaging Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten. “It offers many advantages for the consumer, including the retention of the membrane as a cushion in the screw cap to aid resealing. A simple, straightforward solution with great practical merit”, he added.

The presence of alufoil in the laminate structure specifically enables pre-heating of the capping foil so that the alufoil layer aids the heat generation required to kill any bacteria present. However, indications are that consumers would rather have only one closure and do not like a sealing membrane having to be removed as an additional step. One integrated closure system in an aseptic environment, has not been successful until now, say the companies.

The combination of the Sensocap®’s special blades and the peelability of the Capsteril® capping foil ensures easy and clean peeling of the capping foil from the bottle during the initial opening of the screw cap. The capping foil remains inside the cap, serving as a sealing gasket after re-closing. This solution offers the consumer the shelf life of an UHT/aseptic product (up to 9 months, depending on product) with the consumer experience of a screw cap normally used for fresh products, with an extended shelf life (60 days).

Vaassen is delighted to win the 2013 Alufoil Trophy for Consumer Convenience. As a leading European supplier of bottle capping foils for more than 30 years, we see our role is to provide a complete range of solutions, and with our peelable Capsteril® in combination with Ampack’s / CARAtec’s Sensocap® technology, we have the perfect blend of consumer convenience and product preservation.  It is therefore with great pleasure that we receive this award which serves as a reminder of the important functionality of alufoil in today’s packaging solutions.
The alufoil laminate membrane comprises top lacquer/alu20/PET100/alu20/heat seal layer, the latter being either a sealing lacquer or a laminated seal film.

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Sterilization processhttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/sterilization-process2013-03-21T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/sterilization-processLong shelf-life milk is currently produced by three different processes:


1st process: Conventional  pasteurization/sterilization
After a preheating stage to 80°C in bulk, milk is bottled in a conventional filler. After sealing, bottles are sterilized on a datum of 110/121°C until the required bacterial count has been achieved.

2nd process: UHT treatment
Milk in bulk is heat-treated at high temperature (140/145°C) during a short holding time
(2 to10 sec) before being aseptically filled in aseptic packaging (plastic bottles, cardboard,
plastic,aluminium complex).

3rd process: 2-stage sterilization
Milk in bulk is first heat-treated at high temperature (the highest possible for the stability of
the milk ), is then filled in plastic or glass bottles in a conventional environment and finally in-bottle sterilized.

Many companies still produce according to the conventional sterilization. This means that the bottles needed to be sterilized after filling in a sterilization tower or an autoclave. In this case the sealing of the bottles, and thus the quality of the lids, is extremely important. During the heat treatment the pressure inside the bottle is greater than outside. For that reason Vaassen Flexible Packaging especially developed Capsteril® specifications to resist this pressure. It remains important, however, that the bottle design and bottle neck finish are being taking in consideration together with headspace and sealing properties for an optimal result.

During the last decades Vaassen has grown alongside the dairy market and produces and supplies Capsteril® bottle capping foils worldwide, for use in all kind of sterilization process.
For further information please contact our Dairy sales department at sales.dairy@vfp.nl.

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Innerliner News - Summer 2013http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-20132013-08-09T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-2013Trends in the industry

Going back in time, life was easy and simple when it came to innerliner bundling wrapping materials. Originally the innerliner was plain silver coloured foil, and mainly used for protecting the cigarettes from moisture and oxygen.

After World War II, the allied soldiers had brought their packs from the USA to Europe and quickly cigarette branding became more and more important. This also broadened the range of innerliner bundling materials. In addition to the traditional silver, gold foil was chosen for the more luxurious brands.

New cigarette sizes, pack styles and products have been developed.At Vaassen, we followed the industry and in the meantime have created more colours and prints than you will find in a rainbow.

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Project Sensocaphttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/project-sensocap2013-08-15T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/project-sensocapOne of the latest developments of Vaassen Flexible Packaging is a completely new foil structure which is to be used in the revolutionary Sensocap system.

This system allows the consumer to open a sealed bottle without having to peel off the aluminium seal layer. As the seal layer is being cut off by the blades in the closure, the seal layer remains within the closure.

During the past two years a dedicated team of Vaassen, in close cooperation with Ampack and Caratec, have developed a suitable solution for having both consumer convenience and product preservation into one closure.

“Both Ampack (Bosch Packaging), supplier of the aseptic fillers and Caratec, holder of the Sensocap concept, were very enthusiastic about our ‘sandwich’ foil structure”, says Mr Ralph Northausen, sales manager from Vaassen. “We all wanted it to be successful, so we put real effort throughout the whole stage gate process.”

This has lead to a 3 ply and even a 4 ply foil structure which can suit both PET and HDPE bottles. After thorough testing on the Ampack filler and shelf life tests, we are now fully ready to market this product. In fact there is already huge interest from the market to obtain this revolutionary concept. By September there will be several launches on Sensocap on both PET and HDPE bottles, with more to come.

It even became extremely encouraging, when Sensocap was nominated for the Alufoil Trophy 2013 by the European Aluminium Foil Association. Finally by the end of March we received the official message that Sensocap came out as a winner in this competition!

The Trophy, together with the EAFA certificate were handed over by Ralph Northausen to Mr Meinikheim and Mr Weber from Bosch Packaging, as well as to Mr Ammann from Caratec.
The Vaassen trophy has got a prominent place in the Vaassen Flexible Packaging Board room.

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Capping foils for Latin Americahttp://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/capping-foils-for-latin-america2013-08-15T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/nl/home/news/capping-foils-for-latin-americaVaassen wants to have strong presence in emerging markets. For this reason we have set up a sales office in South East Asia, handled by Mr Hans Morren.

The market in Latin America is another such emerging market, where economic growth figures show more perspective than in the present European market. Our sales manager Mr Carlos Mateos, living and working in Madrid, Spain, has been assigned the responsibility to develop the market for our bottle capping foils in the geographical area ranging from Mexico to the most southern point of Argentina. After canvassing the market, Carlos has been able to identify a number of serious opportunities and since the end of last year he has brought a number of new and promising projects on board.

If we take the market in Mexico as an example, we see a lot of dynamics in the food industry. Some of it relates to the classical national food industry, but we also encounter many of the multinational food groups that we supply in Europe or worldwide. In general we see a willingness to invest in new filling lines, using the traditional technology that we master so well: aseptic filling in a plastic bottle, either in HDPE or in PET, with a lid that is sealed by conduction to the bottle and finished with a screw cap.  The products filled are either traditional milk and milk based products, but also often fruit juices. We use our know how in the area and make an effort to be with our customers in Mexico and help them both with our commercial initiatives and with support from our product technologists.

Another such market is Brazil where we find again this division between the older national or regional dairy industry, sometimes with new equipment, sometimes with more traditional filling lines, and the multinational companies that normally invest in state of the art equipment. Vaassen is gradually strengthening its position in these markets: we want to be where the action is!

Our expectation is that Latin America is only at the beginning of a period of a strong development of drinks in plastic bottles. It is truly an emerging market for us.

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Innerliner News - Winter 2010http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-20102011-03-03T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2010One-stop-shop for all innerliner requirements

Vaassen Flexible Packaging is known for supplying the common specifications of innerliner to the global tobacco industry. What is less known is that over the years, we have grown to become a one-stop-shop dedicated to the tobacco industry supplying a full range of specialities that add more value to your brand. We continuously focus on innovations that either save cost, are most sustainable and/or provide opportunities for marketing.

Throughout decades of serving the tobacco industry as a dedicated supplier, we have seen the marketplace change, the packing machinery evolve, sustainability arise as an important topic and legislation prohibiting marketing efforts taking effect more and more. In response to these dynamics, we provide ideas and solutions that address the four themes most important to our customers:
* Marketing
* Cost
* Security of supply
* Sustainability

OUR FULL RANGE

Common Specifications
* Full metallized paper (gold / silver)
* Alu-paper (gold / silver)
* Ecoliner

Specialities
* Coloured Innerliner (any colour)
* Printed Innerliner (random printed innerliner in any colour)
* Combination of glossy/matt effects
* Multi Colour Printed Innerliner in register
* Printed Paper
* Mentholated Innerliner

Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Winter 2010.

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Gu liddinghttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/gu-lidding2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/gu-liddingLeading European aluminium foil packaging specialists Vaassen Flexible Packaging (VFP) has created a special easy-peel lid for sealing to glass containers.

VFP has created a new uniquely designed aluminium laminate lid for a range of Posh Ramekin Puds produced by Gü. The luxury chocolate dessert maker has become extremely popular across globe since its launch in 2003 and it is now estimated that a Gü dessert is eaten somewhere in the world every two seconds.

VFP was commissioned by Gü to create an all-new exciting silver foil lid with one-colour black printing to deliver the highest preservation protection features alongside easy opening capabilities.

VFP, renowned for its product/process expertise and innovation skills, developed several prototypes for Gü’s consideration. The result, which reflects Gü’s luxury products, is a specially engineered aluminium base lid with HDPE sealant creating an easy-peel lid in highly attractive finishes.

This is the latest in a large selection of lids created for the dairy and desserts sector by VFP, making use of its lacquering and laminating facilities - which feature the widest and fastest running technologies in the market place - and state of the art laboratory and innovation development capabilities.

VFP Managing Director Peter Scheffer said: “Creating a laminate lid for glass containers which has high ‘peelability’ and delivers all the requisite product protection features and product presentation attractiveness is always challenging given the composite materials involved. It is the kind of challenge we are uniquely able to solve as the leading lids and laminates producer in Europe.

“The highly distinctive Gü brand is associated with luxury and fine-dining. The lid we have created for Gü delivers high quality presentation, the ultimate in product presentation and consumer convenience. That is our goal for every customer and for every product we produce – state of the art packaging for state of the art products.”

 

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Induction sealinghttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/induction-sealing2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/induction-sealingSauce and condiment producers are benefitting from a new concept in induction seal liners by that increases efficiency and speeds up the product to market process thanks to innovation by Vaassen Flexible Packaging (VFP).

VFP has developed a new concept that challenges the traditional foil-based four layer laminate seal comprising of PET, foamed PE, aluminium and a seal layer, by replacing the PET and PE with a single layer of PET50.

The foil acts as an inlay to the screw cap of sauce bottles to ensure pack integrity, tamper evidence and product freshness. Once the bottle is filled, the screw cap is applied and by induction sealing, the alufoil-based liner is sealed to the bottle. PET 50 successfully provides sufficient isolation to avoid melting of the screw cap and the mirror the purpose of the foam layer, which traditionally also provides rigidity.

The three-ply PET, aluminium and seal layer membrane cuts out one step in the production line to speed up the product to market process. This also makes it a more efficient and effective new product for the sauce, condiment and dairy markets and has already proved successful for Homann’s Livio sauces.

VFP supplied Weener Plastic Packaging Group with the new induction seal liner that would fit into a new range of screw caps being supplied to Homann for its Livio range.

Sales and marketing manager, Nigel Poole of VFP, said: “This is an exciting new product offering for VFP and is already proving very popular with existing customers. Products that speed up the production process are always useful, as it ensures that the product is manufactured to schedule and is out to market as quickly as possible.

“At VFP we’re experts in seal liners and we are constantly challenging traditional models and researching ways to improve existing processes in order to improve customer experience and service.”

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One Piece Induction Foilhttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/one-piece-induction-foil2011-04-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/one-piece-induction-foilSauce and condiment producers are benefitting from a new concept in induction seal liners that increases efficiency and speeds up the product to market process thanks to innovation by Vaassen Flexible Packaging.

VFP has developed a new concept that challenges the traditional foil-based four layer laminate seal comprising of PET, foamed PE, aluminium and a seal layer, by replacing the PET and PE with a single layer of PET50.

The foil acts as an inlay to the screw cap of sauce bottles to ensure pack integrity, tamper evidence and product freshness. Once the bottle is filled, the screw cap is applied and by induction sealing, the alufoil-based liner is sealed to the bottle. PET 50 successfully provides sufficient isolation to avoid melting of the screw cap and mirrors the purpose of the foam layer, which traditionally also provides rigidity.

The three-ply PET, aluminium and seal layer membrane cuts out one step in the production line to speed up the product to market process. This also makes it a more efficient and effective new product.

This is an exciting new product offering from VFP and is already proving very popular with existing customers. Products that speed up the production process are always useful, as it ensures that the product is manufactured to schedule and is out to market as quickly as possible.

At VFP we’re experts in seal liners and we are constantly challenging traditional models and researching ways to improve existing processes in order to improve customer experience and service. Please contact us for advice or further information on this topic at sales.dairy@vfp.nl

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Bottle capping for the Indian Markethttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/bottle-capping-for-the-indian-market2011-04-03T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/bottle-capping-for-the-indian-marketAre you aware that India is the biggest producer of milk in the world? With its yearly production it leaves the global number 2 USA well behind. Even if you combine the total milk production in Holland, England, France and Germany – all highly developed dairy producing countries – it does not match the total production and consumption of India.

This alone is already reason enough for the Vaassen team to monitor the developments on the Indian dairy market. Can you imagine how many meters of bottle capping foils and precut lids we could sell, if that massive population of over 1 billion people would start to drink a bottle of milk with a Vaassen cap once in every week…

Still, this is very optimistic thinking. The reality is that the Indian dairy industry has reached different levels of development. The biggest consumption is in ordinary milk. The vaste majority is bought from milkmen, who supply it at home, in shops and on the streets in a more or less pasteurized form. People boil it at home to take away the harmful bacteria and consume it therefore at home, unpacked so to say. The form in which the milkmen sell the raw or pasteurized milk is most often in sealed PE bags.

A relatively small percentage of the milk (but still a very substantial figure!) is flavoured, filled in glass bottles with a crown cork and retorted in often relatively old autoclaves. Now this is where Vaassen starts to be interested: the Indian dairy industry will sooner or later decide to get rid of these outdated and unpractical glass bottles and will change over to plastic bottles with a cap or a flat lid that can resist in the heavy retort conditions. This is where the Vaassen success story with bottle caps once started: with the development of a laminated foil that could form such a strong bond between bottle and cap, that the difficult circumstances within an autoclave or sterilisation tower could be overcome. And this is how we once established our reputation as a worldwide leading producer of bottle capping foils and precut lids.

The point is however that developments can’t always be forced. You need a fisherman’s patience, but like a good fisherman you can prepare your conditions in such a way that you can anticipate a good catch! We have therefore invested a lot of effort in presenting ourselves to the Indian dairy industry and support them in the preparation of that big shift from glass to plastic. The key question here is who makes the first big step: will it be the stronger but more conservative dairy coops, or the smaller but more progressive private dairies. We will find out in time and we will make sure we are ready for a good catch!

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Summer Innerliner newshttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/summer-innerliner-news2010-09-01T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/summer-innerliner-newsOne of VFP’s unique selling points must be its strong technical support –an inner strength of our company.

Our team of product technologists form the core of this department, dedicated to answering our customers requests for technical support all over the globe.

The latest edition of Innerliner News includes three case studies that illustrates how our technical team supports our customers as well as our internal divisions.

Case study 1 - Full speed
We recently assisted with the start up phase of a new packing machine to ensure that full speed running could be achieved.

Case study 2 - Optimisation

One of our longstanding customers recently noticed a difference in performance between innerliners from various suppliers. Our product technologists were therefore asked to improve an existing specification in order to upgrade performance.

Case study 3 - Full automatic bobbin splice

In close cooperation with one of the machine builders, a special closure label has been designed that assures a problem free bobbin change without causing additional effort (= cost) during change over.

Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Summer 2010.

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Tobacco 2http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/tobacco-22010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/tobacco-2Leading tobacco innerliner manufacturer VFP has prouldy opened Tobacco 2 its new state of the art (and second) dedicated tobacco production plant.

Located on its large site in the Netherlands the new plant is a complete factory in its own right and offers customers state of the art facilities and contingency manufacturing with VFP's other tobacco production unit.

The plant has been designed from the ground up ensuring logical and efficient manufacturing flow and excellent working environments for staff on the production floor and in the new office facilities and manufacturing support departments such as maintenance.

The machinery installed in Tobacco 2 is state of the art. It includes a new, unique PolyType lacquering and laminating machine, two slitters and a semi-automatic wrapping and packing line.

The new PolyType designed and developed specificlly for tobacco use, allows VFP to laminate, lacquer, print and humidify in one process step. This means that VFP is able to produce gold or coloured laminated foil and apply an additional print design on either the aluminium or paper side in one single run.

Tobacco 2 is the start of a number of market leading investments and technical developments expected from VFP over the coming years.

 

 

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Innerliner News - Spring 2011http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-20112011-06-08T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-2011Multi colour printed innerliner in register

Increasing space allocated to display health warnings, increasing marketing efforts made by cigarette companies, the trend towards preference of premium brands, eventual plain packaging .... all signs that marketers of cigarette brands will face decreasing possibilities to convey their brand story and quality look & feel in the future.

Vaassen Flexible Packaging offers functional and optical innovations within its innerliner portfolio. Besides supplying regular Alu-paper and metalized paper, Vaassen innovates and proactively inspires the industry by informing its customers about new possibilities such as coloured and printed innerliner as well as our latest product: multi colour printed innerliner in register.

Click here to download your copy of InnerlinerNews Spring 2011.

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Focus On Sustainabilityhttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/focus-on-sustainability2011-08-22T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/focus-on-sustainabilityRecent years have shown an ever increasing drive towards sustainability, also known as corporate social responsibility (CSR).

For us, sustainable development is one of the major subjects for the future. Hence, we do not only want to decrease any negative impacts our activities may have on nature, society and prosperity, we also want to achieve positive effects on these elements. This means we need to put maximum effort into sustainable development of our organization, our machines, our suppliers, our products etc. Success will not only depend on our own organization but every company in our supply chain.

Sustainable developments comes in many shapes and we have chosen to adopt the “Triple Bottom Line” theory, also known as 3 Ps (People-Planet-Profit), which we transformed into a practical and methodological model - the Five Focus Matrix, namely:

- Input: all that is purchased by VFP for manufacturing purposes, both goods and services.
- Local well being: the mental and physical well being of employees and the local community.
- Waste: efficient use of materials and the knowledge and skills of employees.
- Assets: buildings, machinery, grounds and other production resources.
- Energy & Water: all that is related to the use and consumption of energy and water.

In the last months we have worked on gathering and evaluating all information with reference to the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI GR3) guidelines.
The result is our first sustainability report: Focus on Sustainability, which we will communicate to all our stakeholders and to anyone interested.
Reporting about sustainability is part of checking our performances, targets and taking actions on relevant topics. This can only be an ongoing process.

One example of a sustainable initiative we would like to share with you is the CooKit project.
Part of our production waste has a sustainable destination (following the usual tight controls on how our  waste is disposed of). VFP donates waste aluminium paper to the Kozon Foundation. The Kozon Foundation is a Dutch organization run solely by volunteers with the objective of reducing the use of firewood for cooking in the dry tropics. The materials are shipped to Africa where groups of local people stick them to cardboard and transform them into The CooKit. The CooKit makes it possible to cook by using solar energy.
Dependent on the situation, The CooKits are distributed for free (in refugee camps) or sold. The units are subject to wear and tear and when they cannot be used any longer they are cut into strips and used as fuel. The aluminium is collected and used in new products by the local black smith.

These and other initiatives by Vaassen Flexible Packaging make us  your sustainable partner in the flexible packaging industry.

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Autumn Innerliner Newshttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/autumn-innerliner-news2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/autumn-innerliner-newsRecent years have shown an ever increasing drive towards sustainability, also know as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

For us, sustainable development is one of the major subjects for the future. We do not only want to decrease any negative impacts our activities may have on nature, society and prosperity, we also want to achieve positive effects on these elements.

We have chosen to adopt the 'Triple Bottom Line' theory, also known as 3 Ps (People-Planet-Profit), which we transformed into the Five Focus Matrix: Input, Local well being, Waste, Assets and Energy & Water.

As a result of gathering and evaluating all information on these five subjects, we published our first sustainability report 'Focus on Sustainability', which we will communicate to all our stakeholders and to anyone interested.

One example of a sustainable initiative we would like to share with you is the CooKit project.

VFP donates waste aluminium paper to the KoZon Foundation, a Dutch organization run by volunteers with the objective of reducing the use of firewood for cooking in the dry tropics.

These and other initiatives by Vaassen Flexible Packaging make us your sustainable partner in the flexible packaging industry.

Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Autumn 2010.

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Vaassen Flexible Packaging in USAhttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/vaassen-flexible-packaging-in-usa2011-08-22T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/vaassen-flexible-packaging-in-usaBottle capping Foils

The introduction of the aseptic filling process in the US dairy industry which took place a few years ago was the opportunity for Vaassen to start its activities in the US dairy market, after having developed similar markets elsewhere in the world. In close cooperation with business partners, the Vaassen R&D Department developed dedicated specifications in full compliance with the FDA regulations.

Customers such as Nestlé, Morningstar Foods, HP Hood, Shamrock Farms and others were delighted to work with Vaassen when developing their new product lines and market introductions.

During the past few years the aseptic concept has become a more and more widespread processing system throughout the country. Vaassen, being a reliable partner in this concept, consequently increased its position in both the USA and the Canadian market. In the meantime we monitor and support the development of new technical developments together with the equipment and bottle suppliers.

The production of our bottle capping foils take place in The Netherlands, Europe, in our well-invested modern manufacturing plant and is supported in the market place by our global sales and technical support teams. To even better serve the USA customers in an optimal way, the market services are fully supported by our sister company Spiralkote Flexible Packaging in Orlando FL, with warehouse facilities and shipping and billing activities. This combination of forces allows Vaassen to offer a full organization to the US dairy partners.

Currently we are working on a number of customer projects to continue the growth pattern and if we can be of support to you, please contact us on sales.dairy@vfp.nl

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Innerliner News - Summer 2011http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-20112011-08-26T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-2011 Embossing: making a difference

In today's world it is all about branding and positioning. Marketing is the tool to get your products across to your customers. Your choice of packaging can help and enforce your brands and brand families by using colours, texts and logos. The latter cannot only be printed, but also embossed into the innerliner. Apart from the traditional text 'Pull', the modern techniques allow you to use more advanced and finer logos and designs.

At Vaassen Flexible Packaging, we understand the impact that embossing will have on brand colours and we will make sure that you get the right colour for your brand after embossing. Whichever innerliner you choose, the best visual embossing results will be achieved with bright coloured innerliners that are not too dark.

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Blendiehttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/blendie2011-11-16T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/blendiePocket Garden Blendie is an exciting brand new range of vegetable drinks recently launched into the French market. The recipes for this innovative new drinks range were created by famous French chef Didier Heyl and come in 4 different flavours:

Tomate & Co.
Carotte & Co.
Thai & Co.
Courgette & Co.

The expert chef’s goal is to bring us the fine and delicious taste of vegetables in a bottle with his gorgeous ‘Blendies’ of drinkable vegetables. A team of experts in various fields was brought in to help successfully bring this out on the market. To ensure excellence in production of the Blendie, Laiterie Saint Denis de l’Hotel in France are manufacturing and filling the range. The Coca Cola Company is providing expertise in marketing support, and Bergrams, a specialist in chilled products, is distributing the products into the market.

Vaassen Flexible Packaging was brought in as the development partner for the bottle cap foil. The product is filled in 200ml. clear PET bottles at co-packing company LSDH. The capping foil has been designed to meet the highest standard quality demands and to provide a consumer friendly easy opening without any tearing issues.

Vaassen successfully developed a foil specification to fulfill this challenge consisting of a PET top layer, to prevent the foil from tearing, followed by an Aluminum layer to ensure product freshness, and finally a Heat Seal lacquer to provide a perfect seal to the PET bottle combined with a clean easy peel when opened. The capping foil is printed in an attractive green color complemented by the printing of 2 symbols to make clear that the Blendie should be served chilled and be shaken before opening. The pull tab on each lid is equipped with small vertical rills to provide an even better grip when opening the bottle.

 “Even though the time from development to product launch was challenging, we found a solution to fully meet the requirements. It is a pleasure to be able to contribute to the launch of such an exciting and innovative new product” , said Ralph Northausen, Sales Manager at Vaassen Flexible Packaging.

More information on Pocket Garden Blendie is available at: www.pocketgardenblendie.com

For more information about our foils please visit us at contact us.
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Gehl Foodshttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/gehl-foods2011-11-16T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/gehl-foodsGehl Foods, a leader in aseptic dairy production in the US, has launched its new Main St. Café® beverage line in HDPE bottles capped with Vaassen Capsteril® foil. The line of healthy, protein-fortified yogurt smoothies is the first shelf-stable bottled yogurt beverage in the US, and the first beverage from Gehl Food’s new aseptic bottling lines.
 
Already the smoothies have won awards from both the vending and convenience store industries, based on their unique ability to expand sales opportunities for real dairy products beyond the refrigerated dairy case.

Although Gehl Foods had already been focused exclusively on low-acid aseptic filling,  the aseptic bottle installation required new equipment from end to end. Vaassen Flexible Packaging BV was chosen to supply foil - a critical part of the aseptic seal - because of their broad international experience with aseptic equipment. From the first meetings which took place in spring 2009, the two companies worked together closely on the specification and application of the seals. “We were very happy to have Vaassen Flexible Packaging provide such a crucial component,” says Mike Sowieja, VP Engineering for Gehl Foods. “Vaassen knew the qualification process well, and their proactive thinking and acting is highly appreciated”.
 
Both Gehl Foods and Vaassen are looking forward to work together making this concept a further growing success in the future.
 
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Innerliner News - Winter 2011 - 2012http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2011---20122012-02-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2011---2012Robotising reel handling

Every year at Vaassen thousands of innerliner reels are slit from huge parent reels into customer dedicated reels. The finished reel widths vary from 50 mm up to 166 mm with a wide reel weighing around 18,0 kg. Year after year these reels have been handled manually. The heavy reels were placed by the operators on the pallets prepared for shipping. All work done by hand, which was quite an effort and could even lead to physical issues for the slitting teams.

Vaassen recognized the risk involved in such manual work and explored ways to reduce the physical strain for the operators, as well as to increase the efficiency and output. The result of the study was an investment to automate the process by installing robots to load the pallets fully in line with the packing instructions. Every slitting machine has its own robot.

By installing this new equipment Vaassen has gained flexibility and increased output. Our slitters have new partners doing the heavy lifting work for them. It also enables us to gather Quality Assurance data more easily with the goal to service you better and provide you with the quality you are looking for.

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South Africahttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/south-africa2012-04-25T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/south-africaVaassen has been a reliable supplier of bottle capping laminates to the South African dairy industry for many years now. In the early years milk sterilization technology was a two stage process and Vaassen worked jointly in the successful development of the packaging in cooperation with dairies such as Clover Dairies and Bonnita.

The two stage sterilization concept still plays a substantial role in the supply of consumer milk. In the meantime, however, further new technologies have been introduced in the form of Aseptic filling and UHT filling. Both require a lower investment cost and provide a more complete preservation of the fresh flavour of the product. These filling processes have been introduced into the South African market during the past years: the Aseptic filling concept by Clover Dairies in the Kwazulu Natal plant and the UHT filling concept by Homsek Dairy in the Free State.

The introduction of Aseptic and UHT filling required a process of mutual fine tuning between Vaassen and the respective equipment suppliers. For Vaassen it meant a fine tuning of the foil application in the filling stations, where some machines require pre-cut lids and others reel fed lidding. It also meant taking the new cap sterilization processes into account on customer filling lines, for example, qualifying the foil for the additional sterilization treatment of the bottle cap by sterilized hot air or by hydrogen peroxide just before it reaches the sealing station.

Additional requirements at Vaassen were also established, for example, gamma irradiation of reels, packing of reels in vacuum bags, and a focus on hygiene standards within our own production environment.

Consumer products from both filling line concepts find their way more and more into the market. Unlike in other countries, the South African consumer market for milk based products grows rapidly these days, based on a fast growing middle class which adapts to new consumption patterns and can afford it. Also modern product innovations and innovative marketing communication give sales a boost. The range of flavoured milk products available has grown significantly.

The Vaassen sales and technical support team are available to help you with packaging development and product launches. By working closely with machine partners we will always remain at the forefront of filling technology and provide bottle capping solutions to suit. We look forward to working together with both the existing South African customer base and future customers to generate further growth and success for all in the future.
 
If you wish to learn more about the Vaassen Bottle Capping Foils, applications and specifications in the milk and juice packaging processes, please contact us

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Jakarta Officehttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/jakarta-office2012-04-25T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/jakarta-officeVaassen has been a leading supplier of bottlecapping foils in South East Asia for many years. In fact, we have supplied our products already for over 25 years to multinationals and local suppliers of food and beverage products in the region. Up until today Vaassen is market leader in this specific field.

In recent years milk consumption has increased strongly among Asian consumers, mainly due to the trend of health consciousness. In Europe, customers typically buy their milk in 1-2 litre family size bottles, whereas the Asian market is concentrated on small bottles in sizes 90-200ml. This, combined with the several varieties of drinking milk products often with flavours, as well as other drinks such as soy milk, mean that the total demand for bottlecapping foil relatively high.

Because of the increasing demand, Vaassen decided about 4 years ago to increase the focus on the Asian region. The decision was well-timed. With a relatively low milk consumption rate per capita, there is still room for a strong growth. Investments in expanding production capacity by the well known dairy companies and by new companies in the dairy field confirm the trend of industry development.

Vaassen has now taken the market focus a step further and is pleased to announce the establishment of an office in Jakarta where our sales manager for the Asian region over the past 4 years, Hans Morren, is now based. Hans is well known familiar face to existing and potential customers across the region.  Combining Hans’s personal ambition to work overseas and Vaassen’s future growth expectations, the decision was taken to establish a permanent base in Asia. Indonesia, with a population of 240 million people and a fast growing dairy industry, was a logical choice.

From our office in Jakarta we hope we are now even more capable of maintaining our contacts with you in the future. If you wish to learn more about Vaassen Bottle Capping Foils, applications and specifications in the milk and juice packaging processes, please contact our Sales Manager Asia-Pacific, Hans Morren.

E: h.morren@vfp.nl        
M: +31 (0)6 30159373
 
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Innerliner News - Spring 2012http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-20122012-04-18T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-2012Flavour foil

For many of us Spring is the favourite season. Nature wakes up, new life starts with fresh and bright colours for the eyes and fresh air for the nose. In the tobacco industry getting attention is more and more a challenge. Adding a flavor to your product will distinguish your product from other products in the market.

Apart form the traditional menthol taste, Vaassen has the possibility to apply other flavours as well. You can think of almost any flavor. In recent tomes Vaassen prepared foil with Chocolate, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Lemon, Jasmine, Rose, Cherry, Strawberry, Apple, Peppermint, Orange and other flavours.

We offer a new possibility to add an extra dimension to your product.

The Vaassen team will be happy to work out for you how much flavor we should apply to get the correct milligram level per cigarette in your product.

With Spring coming up it will be a treat to your customers applying something special to you product.

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Innerliner News - Summer 2012http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-20122012-09-27T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-2012Paper: the backbone of innerliner

The cigarette industry uses thousands of tonnes of innerliner paper every year. It is the core component for tobacco innerliner materials and the choice of paper is absolutely critical to the performance on cigarette packing machines. Vaassen works closely with paper suppliers to ensure that the paper composition meets these specific requirements.

Tobacco innerliner materials, whether aluminium / paper or metalized paper, must be free of optical brightener due to its tendency to migrate into the cigarette.

Last but not least, the innerliner must not have any impact on the cigarette's aroma. This is the most important and challenging aspect of developing a  suitable base paper for tobacco innerliner.

In short, we fully understand the needs of the tobacco industry. By working with paper suppliers who in turn can comply with the high quality standards required for cigarette packing, you can be sure that Vaassen's high quality tobacco innerliner meets the demands of both the cigarette manufacturer and end users; smokers who are looking forward to the familiar taste of their preferred brand.

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BPAhttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/bpa2012-10-31T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/bpaGeneral Information

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic compound that is used to make polycarbonate polymers and epoxy resins, along with other materials used to make plastics. It is widely used, especially in food packaging. It notably strengthens polycarbonate plastics which otherwise would be more prone to cracks when impacted.
Two companies (Dow Chemical and Bayer AG) produce the bulk of BPA in the world. It is estimated that most canned foods as well as many drinks and food in plastic containers are in contact with BPA. BPA is approved for food uses by EU regulation.

Due to the growing public concern over the long-term impact of exposure to BPA, especially for infants, Canada was the first country to ban in 2008 the manufacture and sale of baby bottles containing BPA, followed in 2010 by France. BPA was found to be released in infants' milk when the baby bottle was heated in a microwave.

France's moves on banning BPA

The French Socialist party (minority), under lobbying from environmental groups, notably the Reseau Environnement Santé (RES: Health and Environment Network), proposed in early October 2011: "banning the use of BPA in all food containers by January 1st, 2014 and by January 1, 2013 for food packages, materials and containers for infants (0-12 months) and young children (12-36 months)."
The French National Assembly voted unanimously on this ban in mid October 2011 and will therefore be enacted as a law.

We as Vaassen Flexible Packaging, producer and supplier of aluminum foils to all French dairies, already anticipated on this by having developed sustainable and BPA free packaging materials.

Being market leader in the baby and medical nutrition market for bottlecapping foils, we wanted to be prepared and ready before January 1st, 2013.
Together with our customer base and our R&D department we focused on developing equivalent foils but free of BPA. During 2012 we introduced these new developments into the market in France, but also for all our other customers worldwide, we are fully ready to change over to bottle capping foils which do not contain BPA.

Ralph Northausen, Sales Manager at Vaassen Flexible Packaging, and responsible for customers in the field of baby and medical nutrition, explains: "The challenge was to keep the same foil characteristics, but banning the BPA components. Thanks to the joint effort of our R&D department, together with the testing facilities at Intertek, we have proven to be already fully compliant with the new legislation."

If you have any questions about this subject or if you want any information about BPA free material for your company, please contact Ralph Northausen, Sales Manager, directly at r.northausen@vfp.nl or send an e mail to sales.dairy@vfp.nl.

 

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Innovation dvptshttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innovation-dvpts2012-10-31T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innovation-dvptsA year ago Vaassen made a big step forward in the field of new product development. We doubled our current R&D department to focus on innovation. This new approach is based on our current road to growth and to exploit our know-how in various domains.

As you may know, Vaassen feels very strongly about its level of service and quality. We didn't want to compromise our current level of research and development in the quest for innovation. Therefore Vaassen made the choice to build-up an innovation team aside from the current R&D and detached from ongoing day-to-day business - all dedicated to the future. This new innovation team is concentrated on bringing new innovative packaging solutions to the market and market diversification. Our formula for success is to let this team act freely, with the support of the expertise within the company.

The team consists of three young professional graduates with one goal, to pick-up ideas and manage these projects. Our three Project Managers Innovation are investigating the feasibility of new ideas within their own specialist field of market, process or product. Vaassen has implemented a Stage Gate Process to support these activities to help us assess opportunities in a structured way and to shorten the route to success.

Our team is addressing three fundamental questions. Firstly, what are the new market developments a customer will benefit from? Secondly, which new technologies can bring Vaassen an additional advantage and which can we produce on our existing lines? Lastly, how can new product design enhance functionality and performance? The team is supported by experienced professionals in the area of functional coatings, polymer technology and printing technology.

One of our main focus areas is the ongoing search for sustainable manufacturing and new packaging solutions - we intend to take a leading role in this field. We have already made huge progress in the search for more renewable sources of raw material.

Due to growth in our R&D-strength the last year we were able to start new projects within and outside the Dairy business. To keep up the progress, it is of high importance to keep in contact with our (potential) customers on future business. If you need support in the development of new innovative packaging, please contact our innovation team via innovation@vfp.nl.

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Innerliner News - Autumn 2012http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---autumn-20122012-11-08T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---autumn-2012Certificates, The Value Behind The Scene!

In order to produce materials in compliance with the customer's specifications it is necessary to have the correct work documents on the shop floor. In the old days there were procedures in place, but with the implementation of the ISO 9001 way of working around 15 years ago the methodology of working became professionalized.Today Vaassen is certified in accordance to the ISO 9001-2008 standard.

Apart from the ISO certificate, Vaassen needs for its exports to the US a different certificate and annually Harold Wainess & Associates make sure that Vaassen meets all the FDA requirements.

As Vaassen is also servicing the Dairy Industry and has a range of customers in the UK it was obligatory to meet with the high hygienic standards requested by the country's large supermarket chains. Vaassen implemented the 'BRC/IoP, Issue 4 Standard For Packaging And Packaging Materials'.

Finally, the latest certification by Dutch Customs that took place made Vaassen an 'Authorised Economic Operator' (AEO).

In summary, Vaassen documents her activities according to the highest levels and has them certified to make sure that we stay on top of your and our business and create an environment where we work to the principle of "Right First Time ".

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Packaging experts Vaassen have their competition coveredhttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/packaging-experts-vaassen-have-their-competition-covered2013-02-12T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/packaging-experts-vaassen-have-their-competition-coveredRead the full article, click here

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Innerliner News - Winter 2012/2013http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-201220132013-02-20T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-20122013 Innovation - working on tomorrow's world today

 As the leading producer of tobacco innerliner with the widest range of material structures, Vaassen is looking to the future and to maintain this leadership position.

A year ago Vaassen made a big step forward in the field of new product development. We doubled our current R&D department to focus on innovation. This new approach is based on our current road to growth strategy and to exploit our know-how in various domains, including tobacco Innerliner.

 At Vaassen we feel very strongly about our level of service and quality. We do not want to compromise our current level of research and development in the quest for innovation. Therefore Vaassen has made the choice to build-up an innovation team aside from the current R&D and detached from ongoing day-to-day business - a team fully dedicated to the future.

 This new innovation team is concentrated on bringing new innovative packaging solutions to the market. Our formula for success is to let this team act freely, with the support of the expertise in the company.

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Vaassen win Alufoil Trophyhttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/vaassen-win-alufoil-trophy2013-03-21T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/vaassen-win-alufoil-trophyExtended shelf life with consumer appeal for closure combo wins prestigious award

The 3 ply Capsteril® alufoil laminate closure from Vaassen Flexible Packaging, in combination with the Sensocap® screw cap from Ampack, has been recognised with the award of an Alufoil Trophy for its innovative contribution to Consumer Convenience in improving shelf life of aseptic products, without requiring a separate peeling process for the foil membrane.

“This is an ingenious design which removes the necessity to ‘double open’ an aseptic pack and also provides a clean neck for the consumer to drink straight from the container without fuss “, commented chairman of the judging panel, Professor Dr. Markus Prem, principal at the Department of Food Packaging Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten. “It offers many advantages for the consumer, including the retention of the membrane as a cushion in the screw cap to aid resealing. A simple, straightforward solution with great practical merit”, he added.

The presence of alufoil in the laminate structure specifically enables pre-heating of the capping foil so that the alufoil layer aids the heat generation required to kill any bacteria present. However, indications are that consumers would rather have only one closure and do not like a sealing membrane having to be removed as an additional step. One integrated closure system in an aseptic environment, has not been successful until now, say the companies.

The combination of the Sensocap®’s special blades and the peelability of the Capsteril® capping foil ensures easy and clean peeling of the capping foil from the bottle during the initial opening of the screw cap. The capping foil remains inside the cap, serving as a sealing gasket after re-closing. This solution offers the consumer the shelf life of an UHT/aseptic product (up to 9 months, depending on product) with the consumer experience of a screw cap normally used for fresh products, with an extended shelf life (60 days).

Vaassen is delighted to win the 2013 Alufoil Trophy for Consumer Convenience. As a leading European supplier of bottle capping foils for more than 30 years, we see our role is to provide a complete range of solutions, and with our peelable Capsteril® in combination with Ampack’s / CARAtec’s Sensocap® technology, we have the perfect blend of consumer convenience and product preservation.  It is therefore with great pleasure that we receive this award which serves as a reminder of the important functionality of alufoil in today’s packaging solutions.
The alufoil laminate membrane comprises top lacquer/alu20/PET100/alu20/heat seal layer, the latter being either a sealing lacquer or a laminated seal film.

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Sterilization processhttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/sterilization-process2013-03-21T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/sterilization-processLong shelf-life milk is currently produced by three different processes:


1st process: Conventional  pasteurization/sterilization
After a preheating stage to 80°C in bulk, milk is bottled in a conventional filler. After sealing, bottles are sterilized on a datum of 110/121°C until the required bacterial count has been achieved.

2nd process: UHT treatment
Milk in bulk is heat-treated at high temperature (140/145°C) during a short holding time
(2 to10 sec) before being aseptically filled in aseptic packaging (plastic bottles, cardboard,
plastic,aluminium complex).

3rd process: 2-stage sterilization
Milk in bulk is first heat-treated at high temperature (the highest possible for the stability of
the milk ), is then filled in plastic or glass bottles in a conventional environment and finally in-bottle sterilized.

Many companies still produce according to the conventional sterilization. This means that the bottles needed to be sterilized after filling in a sterilization tower or an autoclave. In this case the sealing of the bottles, and thus the quality of the lids, is extremely important. During the heat treatment the pressure inside the bottle is greater than outside. For that reason Vaassen Flexible Packaging especially developed Capsteril® specifications to resist this pressure. It remains important, however, that the bottle design and bottle neck finish are being taking in consideration together with headspace and sealing properties for an optimal result.

During the last decades Vaassen has grown alongside the dairy market and produces and supplies Capsteril® bottle capping foils worldwide, for use in all kind of sterilization process.
For further information please contact our Dairy sales department at sales.dairy@vfp.nl.

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Innerliner News - Summer 2013http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-20132013-08-09T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-2013Trends in the industry

Going back in time, life was easy and simple when it came to innerliner bundling wrapping materials. Originally the innerliner was plain silver coloured foil, and mainly used for protecting the cigarettes from moisture and oxygen.

After World War II, the allied soldiers had brought their packs from the USA to Europe and quickly cigarette branding became more and more important. This also broadened the range of innerliner bundling materials. In addition to the traditional silver, gold foil was chosen for the more luxurious brands.

New cigarette sizes, pack styles and products have been developed.At Vaassen, we followed the industry and in the meantime have created more colours and prints than you will find in a rainbow.

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Project Sensocaphttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/project-sensocap2013-08-15T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/project-sensocapOne of the latest developments of Vaassen Flexible Packaging is a completely new foil structure which is to be used in the revolutionary Sensocap system.

This system allows the consumer to open a sealed bottle without having to peel off the aluminium seal layer. As the seal layer is being cut off by the blades in the closure, the seal layer remains within the closure.

During the past two years a dedicated team of Vaassen, in close cooperation with Ampack and Caratec, have developed a suitable solution for having both consumer convenience and product preservation into one closure.

“Both Ampack (Bosch Packaging), supplier of the aseptic fillers and Caratec, holder of the Sensocap concept, were very enthusiastic about our ‘sandwich’ foil structure”, says Mr Ralph Northausen, sales manager from Vaassen. “We all wanted it to be successful, so we put real effort throughout the whole stage gate process.”

This has lead to a 3 ply and even a 4 ply foil structure which can suit both PET and HDPE bottles. After thorough testing on the Ampack filler and shelf life tests, we are now fully ready to market this product. In fact there is already huge interest from the market to obtain this revolutionary concept. By September there will be several launches on Sensocap on both PET and HDPE bottles, with more to come.

It even became extremely encouraging, when Sensocap was nominated for the Alufoil Trophy 2013 by the European Aluminium Foil Association. Finally by the end of March we received the official message that Sensocap came out as a winner in this competition!

The Trophy, together with the EAFA certificate were handed over by Ralph Northausen to Mr Meinikheim and Mr Weber from Bosch Packaging, as well as to Mr Ammann from Caratec.
The Vaassen trophy has got a prominent place in the Vaassen Flexible Packaging Board room.

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Capping foils for Latin Americahttp://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/capping-foils-for-latin-america2013-08-15T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/en/home/news/capping-foils-for-latin-americaVaassen wants to have strong presence in emerging markets. For this reason we have set up a sales office in South East Asia, handled by Mr Hans Morren.

The market in Latin America is another such emerging market, where economic growth figures show more perspective than in the present European market. Our sales manager Mr Carlos Mateos, living and working in Madrid, Spain, has been assigned the responsibility to develop the market for our bottle capping foils in the geographical area ranging from Mexico to the most southern point of Argentina. After canvassing the market, Carlos has been able to identify a number of serious opportunities and since the end of last year he has brought a number of new and promising projects on board.

If we take the market in Mexico as an example, we see a lot of dynamics in the food industry. Some of it relates to the classical national food industry, but we also encounter many of the multinational food groups that we supply in Europe or worldwide. In general we see a willingness to invest in new filling lines, using the traditional technology that we master so well: aseptic filling in a plastic bottle, either in HDPE or in PET, with a lid that is sealed by conduction to the bottle and finished with a screw cap.  The products filled are either traditional milk and milk based products, but also often fruit juices. We use our know how in the area and make an effort to be with our customers in Mexico and help them both with our commercial initiatives and with support from our product technologists.

Another such market is Brazil where we find again this division between the older national or regional dairy industry, sometimes with new equipment, sometimes with more traditional filling lines, and the multinational companies that normally invest in state of the art equipment. Vaassen is gradually strengthening its position in these markets: we want to be where the action is!

Our expectation is that Latin America is only at the beginning of a period of a strong development of drinks in plastic bottles. It is truly an emerging market for us.

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Gu liddinghttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/gu-lidding2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/gu-liddingVFP, el especialista en envases de lámina de aluminio líder del mercado europeo, ha creado una tapa de fácil apertura especial para el sellado de contenedores de vidrio.

VFP ha creado una nueva tapa de laminado de aluminio de diseño único para la gama de postres Posh Ramekin Puds de Gü. Este fabricante de postres de chocolate de lujo ha conseguido una enorme popularidad en todo el mundo desde su lanzamiento en 2003. Según las últimas estimaciones, en el mundo se consume un postre Gü cada dos segundos.

VFP recibió el encargo de crear para Gü una tapa de lámina plateada totalmente nueva con impresión negra monocromática, con las mejores características de conservación y fácil apertura.

VFP, famosa por su experiencia y capacidad de innovación en el campo de productos y procesos, desarrolló varios prototipos para que Gü eligiera. El resultado, que refleja el carácter lujoso de los productos de la marca, es una tapa de aluminio especialmente diseñada con un adhesivo de HDPE, con unos acabados extremadamente atractivos, y fácil de abrir. Es la última en una larga serie de tapas creadas por VFP para el sector de lácteos y postres, utilizando sus plantas de lacado y laminado (con las tecnologías más rápidas y amplias del mercado), y su laboratorio y capacidades de desarrollo de última generación.

Peter Scheffer, VFP Manager Director, comenta: “La creación de una tapa laminada para contenedores de vidrio que tuviera un alto grado de “pelabilidad” y todas las características de protección y presentación atractiva del producto supone siempre un reto, considerando los materiales compuestos que hay que utilizar. Es el tipo de reto que sólo nosotros podemos afrontar, como productor líder en Europa de cierres y laminados.

La marca Gü tiene una imagen muy distintiva y asociada al lujo y las comidas elegantes. La tapa que hemos creado para la marca ofrece una presentación de gran calidad, lo último en presentación de producto y consumo de conveniencia. Ése es nuestro objetivo para todos nuestros clientes y para todos nuestros productos: un envase vanguardista para productos de vanguardia”.

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Induction sealinghttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/induction-sealing2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/induction-sealingLos fabricantes de salsas y condimentos se están beneficiando de un nuevo concepto en revestimientos con sellado por inducción que aumenta la eficiencia y acelera el paso del producto al proceso de comercialización, gracias a la innovación de Vaassen Flexible Packaging (VFP).

VFP ha desarrollado un nuevo concepto que desbanca al sello laminado tradicional de cuatro capas a base de PET, PE celular, aluminio y una capa sellante, al reemplazar el PET y el PE por una única capa de PET50.

La lamina actúa como una junta de la tapa enroscable en las botellas de salsa, que garantiza la integridad del envase, la detección de manipulaciones indebidas, y la frescura del producto. Una vez llenada la botella, se aplica la tapa enroscable y se sella el revestimiento de lamina de aluminio a la botella mediante inducción. El PET 50 proporciona un aislamiento suficiente para evitar que la tapa enroscable se derrita, e imita el funcionamiento de la capa de espuma, que tradicionalmente proporcionaba rigidez.

La membrana trilaminada de PET, aluminio y capa sellante elimina una fase de la línea de producción, acelerando la entrada del producto en el proceso de comercialización. Esta característica la convierte también en un producto nuevo más eficaz y eficiente para los mercados de salsas, condimentos y lácteos, que ya ha demostrado su éxito con las salsas Livio de la compañía Homann.

VFP ha suministrado a Weener Plastic Packaging Group el nuevo revestimiento sellado por inducción, que se incluirá en una nueva gama de tapas enroscables suministradas a Homann para su gama Livio.

Nigel Poole, Director de Ventas y Marketing de VFP, comenta: “Es una fantástica oferta de nuevo producto para Vaassen, muy popular ya entre nuestros clientes. Los productos que aceleran el proceso de fabricación resultan siempre útiles, ya que aseguran que el producto se fabrique en el plazo planificado y salga al mercado lo más rápidamente posible.

En Vaassen somos expertos en revestimientos de sellado, y continuamente desafiamos los modelos tradicionales y buscamos maneras de mejorar los procesos existentes, a fin de mejorar nuestro servicio al cliente, y su experiencia”.

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Summer Innerliner newshttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/summer-innerliner-news2010-09-01T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/summer-innerliner-newsHaga clic aquí para descargar su copia de Innerliner News Verano 2010.

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Tobacco 2http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/tobacco-22010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/tobacco-2El fabricante líder de revestimientos internos para el sector tabacalero, VFP, acaba de inaugurar Tobacco 2, su nueva y vanguardista (y segunda) planta de producción dedicada al sector del tabaco.

Ubicada en su gran centro de los Países Bajos, la nueva planta es una fábrica completa en sí, que ofrece a los clientes instalaciones de última generación, y fabricación para contingencias junto con la otra unidad de producción para tabacalera de VFP.

La fábrica se ha diseñado desde sus cimientos, asegurando así un eficiente flujo de fabricación y excelentes entornos de trabajo para los empleados en la planta de fabricación y en las oficinas, y departamentos de apoyo a la fabricación, como mantenimiento.

Las máquinas instaladas en Tobacco 2 son de última generación. Incluyen una nueva máquina PolyType de lacado y laminado, dos guillotinadoras y una línea semiautomática de envoltura y empacado.

La nueva PolyType, diseñada y desarrollada específicamente para su uso en el campo del tabaco, nos permite laminar, lacar, imprimir y humidificar en un solo proceso. Eso supone que Vaassen puede fabricar láminas de color o doradas y aplicar un diseño impreso adicional, en el lado del papel o del aluminio, en un único proceso.

Tobacco 2 es el principio de los diversos e importantes desarrollos técnicos e inversiones de mercado que se esperan de Vaassen en los próximos años.

 

 

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Autumn Innerliner Newshttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/autumn-innerliner-news2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/autumn-innerliner-newsHaga clic agui para descargar su copia de Innerliner News Otoño 2010.

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Innerliner News - Winter 2010http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-20102011-03-03T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2010Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Winter 2010.

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One Piece Induction Foilhttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/one-piece-induction-foil2011-04-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/one-piece-induction-foilSauce and condiment producers are benefitting from a new concept in induction seal liners that increases efficiency and speeds up the product to market process thanks to innovation by Vaassen Flexible Packaging.

VFP has developed a new concept that challenges the traditional foil-based four layer laminate seal comprising of PET, foamed PE, aluminium and a seal layer, by replacing the PET and PE with a single layer of PET50.

The foil acts as an inlay to the screw cap of sauce bottles to ensure pack integrity, tamper evidence and product freshness. Once the bottle is filled, the screw cap is applied and by induction sealing, the alufoil-based liner is sealed to the bottle. PET 50 successfully provides sufficient isolation to avoid melting of the screw cap and mirrors the purpose of the foam layer, which traditionally also provides rigidity.

The three-ply PET, aluminium and seal layer membrane cuts out one step in the production line to speed up the product to market process. This also makes it a more efficient and effective new product.

This is an exciting new product offering from VFP and is already proving very popular with existing customers. Products that speed up the production process are always useful, as it ensures that the product is manufactured to schedule and is out to market as quickly as possible.

At VFP we’re experts in seal liners and we are constantly challenging traditional models and researching ways to improve existing processes in order to improve customer experience and service. Please contact us for advice or further information on this topic at sales.dairy@vfp.nl

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Bottle capping for the Indian Markethttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/bottle-capping-for-the-indian-market2011-04-03T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/bottle-capping-for-the-indian-marketAre you aware that India is the biggest producer of milk in the world? With its yearly production it leaves the global number 2 USA well behind. Even if you combine the total milk production in Holland, England, France and Germany – all highly developed dairy producing countries – it does not match the total production and consumption of India.

This alone is already reason enough for the Vaassen team to monitor the developments on the Indian dairy market. Can you imagine how many meters of bottle capping foils and precut lids we could sell, if that massive population of over 1 billion people would start to drink a bottle of milk with a Vaassen cap once in every week…

Still, this is very optimistic thinking. The reality is that the Indian dairy industry has reached different levels of development. The biggest consumption is in ordinary milk. The vaste majority is bought from milkmen, who supply it at home, in shops and on the streets in a more or less pasteurized form. People boil it at home to take away the harmful bacteria and consume it therefore at home, unpacked so to say. The form in which the milkmen sell the raw or pasteurized milk is most often in sealed PE bags.

A relatively small percentage of the milk (but still a very substantial figure!) is flavoured, filled in glass bottles with a crown cork and retorted in often relatively old autoclaves. Now this is where Vaassen starts to be interested: the Indian dairy industry will sooner or later decide to get rid of these outdated and unpractical glass bottles and will change over to plastic bottles with a cap or a flat lid that can resist in the heavy retort conditions. This is where the Vaassen success story with bottle caps once started: with the development of a laminated foil that could form such a strong bond between bottle and cap, that the difficult circumstances within an autoclave or sterilisation tower could be overcome. And this is how we once established our reputation as a worldwide leading producer of bottle capping foils and precut lids.

The point is however that developments can’t always be forced. You need a fisherman’s patience, but like a good fisherman you can prepare your conditions in such a way that you can anticipate a good catch! We have therefore invested a lot of effort in presenting ourselves to the Indian dairy industry and support them in the preparation of that big shift from glass to plastic. The key question here is who makes the first big step: will it be the stronger but more conservative dairy coops, or the smaller but more progressive private dairies. We will find out in time and we will make sure we are ready for a good catch!

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Innerliner News - Spring 2011http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-20112011-06-08T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-2011Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Spring 2011.

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Focus On Sustainabilityhttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/focus-on-sustainability2011-08-22T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/focus-on-sustainabilityRecent years have shown an ever increasing drive towards sustainability, also known as corporate social responsibility (CSR).

For us, sustainable development is one of the major subjects for the future. Hence, we do not only want to decrease any negative impacts our activities may have on nature, society and prosperity, we also want to achieve positive effects on these elements. This means we need to put maximum effort into sustainable development of our organization, our machines, our suppliers, our products etc. Success will not only depend on our own organization but every company in our supply chain.

Sustainable developments comes in many shapes and we have chosen to adopt the “Triple Bottom Line” theory, also known as 3 Ps (People-Planet-Profit), which we transformed into a practical and methodological model - the Five Focus Matrix, namely:

- Input: all that is purchased by VFP for manufacturing purposes, both goods and services.
- Local well being: the mental and physical well being of employees and the local community.
- Waste: efficient use of materials and the knowledge and skills of employees.
- Assets: buildings, machinery, grounds and other production resources.
- Energy & Water: all that is related to the use and consumption of energy and water.

In the last months we have worked on gathering and evaluating all information with reference to the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI GR3) guidelines.
The result is our first sustainability report: Focus on Sustainability, which we will communicate to all our stakeholders and to anyone interested.
Reporting about sustainability is part of checking our performances, targets and taking actions on relevant topics. This can only be an ongoing process.

One example of a sustainable initiative we would like to share with you is the CooKit project.
Part of our production waste has a sustainable destination (following the usual tight controls on how our  waste is disposed of). VFP donates waste aluminium paper to the Kozon Foundation. The Kozon Foundation is a Dutch organization run solely by volunteers with the objective of reducing the use of firewood for cooking in the dry tropics. The materials are shipped to Africa where groups of local people stick them to cardboard and transform them into The CooKit. The CooKit makes it possible to cook by using solar energy.
Dependent on the situation, The CooKits are distributed for free (in refugee camps) or sold. The units are subject to wear and tear and when they cannot be used any longer they are cut into strips and used as fuel. The aluminium is collected and used in new products by the local black smith.

These and other initiatives by Vaassen Flexible Packaging make us  your sustainable partner in the flexible packaging industry.

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Vaassen Flexible Packaging in USAhttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/vaassen-flexible-packaging-in-usa2011-08-22T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/vaassen-flexible-packaging-in-usaBottle capping Foils

The introduction of the aseptic filling process in the US dairy industry which took place a few years ago was the opportunity for Vaassen to start its activities in the US dairy market, after having developed similar markets elsewhere in the world. In close cooperation with business partners, the Vaassen R&D Department developed dedicated specifications in full compliance with the FDA regulations.

Customers such as Nestlé, Morningstar Foods, HP Hood, Shamrock Farms and others were delighted to work with Vaassen when developing their new product lines and market introductions.

During the past few years the aseptic concept has become a more and more widespread processing system throughout the country. Vaassen, being a reliable partner in this concept, consequently increased its position in both the USA and the Canadian market. In the meantime we monitor and support the development of new technical developments together with the equipment and bottle suppliers.

The production of our bottle capping foils take place in The Netherlands, Europe, in our well-invested modern manufacturing plant and is supported in the market place by our global sales and technical support teams. To even better serve the USA customers in an optimal way, the market services are fully supported by our sister company Spiralkote Flexible Packaging in Orlando FL, with warehouse facilities and shipping and billing activities. This combination of forces allows Vaassen to offer a full organization to the US dairy partners.

Currently we are working on a number of customer projects to continue the growth pattern and if we can be of support to you, please contact us on sales.dairy@vfp.nl

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Innerliner News - Summer 2011http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-20112011-08-26T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-2011Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Summer 2011.

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Blendiehttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/blendie2011-11-16T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/blendiePocket Garden Blendie is an exciting brand new range of vegetable drinks recently launched into the French market. The recipes for this innovative new drinks range were created by famous French chef Didier Heyl and come in 4 different flavours:

Tomate & Co.
Carotte & Co.
Thai & Co.
Courgette & Co.

The expert chef’s goal is to bring us the fine and delicious taste of vegetables in a bottle with his gorgeous ‘Blendies’ of drinkable vegetables. A team of experts in various fields was brought in to help successfully bring this out on the market. To ensure excellence in production of the Blendie, Laiterie Saint Denis de l’Hotel in France are manufacturing and filling the range. The Coca Cola Company is providing expertise in marketing support, and Bergrams, a specialist in chilled products, is distributing the products into the market.

Vaassen Flexible Packaging was brought in as the development partner for the bottle cap foil. The product is filled in 200ml. clear PET bottles at co-packing company LSDH. The capping foil has been designed to meet the highest standard quality demands and to provide a consumer friendly easy opening without any tearing issues.

Vaassen successfully developed a foil specification to fulfill this challenge consisting of a PET top layer, to prevent the foil from tearing, followed by an Aluminum layer to ensure product freshness, and finally a Heat Seal lacquer to provide a perfect seal to the PET bottle combined with a clean easy peel when opened. The capping foil is printed in an attractive green color complemented by the printing of 2 symbols to make clear that the Blendie should be served chilled and be shaken before opening. The pull tab on each lid is equipped with small vertical rills to provide an even better grip when opening the bottle.

 “Even though the time from development to product launch was challenging, we found a solution to fully meet the requirements. It is a pleasure to be able to contribute to the launch of such an exciting and innovative new product” , said Ralph Northausen, Sales Manager at Vaassen Flexible Packaging.

More information on Pocket Garden Blendie is available at: www.pocketgardenblendie.com

For more information about our foils please visit us at contact us.
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Gehl Foodshttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/gehl-foods2011-11-16T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/gehl-foodsGehl Foods, a leader in aseptic dairy production in the US, has launched its new Main St. Café® beverage line in HDPE bottles capped with Vaassen Capsteril® foil. The line of healthy, protein-fortified yogurt smoothies is the first shelf-stable bottled yogurt beverage in the US, and the first beverage from Gehl Food’s new aseptic bottling lines.
 
Already the smoothies have won awards from both the vending and convenience store industries, based on their unique ability to expand sales opportunities for real dairy products beyond the refrigerated dairy case.

Although Gehl Foods had already been focused exclusively on low-acid aseptic filling,  the aseptic bottle installation required new equipment from end to end. Vaassen Flexible Packaging BV was chosen to supply foil - a critical part of the aseptic seal - because of their broad international experience with aseptic equipment. From the first meetings which took place in spring 2009, the two companies worked together closely on the specification and application of the seals. “We were very happy to have Vaassen Flexible Packaging provide such a crucial component,” says Mike Sowieja, VP Engineering for Gehl Foods. “Vaassen knew the qualification process well, and their proactive thinking and acting is highly appreciated”.
 
Both Gehl Foods and Vaassen are looking forward to work together making this concept a further growing success in the future.
 
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Innerliner News - Winter 2011 – 2012http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2011-–-20122012-02-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2011-–-2012Robotising reel handling

Every year at Vaassen thousands of innerliner reels are slit from huge parent reels into customer dedicated reels. The finished reel widths vary from 50 mm up to 166 mm with a wide reel weighing around 18,0 kg. Year after year these reels have been handled manually. The heavy reels were placed by the operators on the pallets prepared for shipping. All work done by hand, which was quite an effort and could even lead to physical issues for the slitting teams.

Vaassen recognized the risk involved in such manual work and explored ways to reduce the physical strain for the operators, as well as to increase the efficiency and output. The result of the study was an investment to automate the process by installing robots to load the pallets fully in line with the packing instructions. Every slitting machine has its own robot.

By installing this new equipment Vaassen has gained flexibility and increased output. Our slitters have new partners doing the heavy lifting work for them. It also enables us to gather Quality Assurance data more easily with the goal to service you better and provide you with the quality you are looking for.

Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Winter 2011 -2012.

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South Africahttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/south-africa2012-04-25T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/south-africaVaassen has been a reliable supplier of bottle capping laminates to the South African dairy industry for many years now. In the early years milk sterilization technology was a two stage process and Vaassen worked jointly in the successful development of the packaging in cooperation with dairies such as Clover Dairies and Bonnita.

The two stage sterilization concept still plays a substantial role in the supply of consumer milk. In the meantime, however, further new technologies have been introduced in the form of Aseptic filling and UHT filling. Both require a lower investment cost and provide a more complete preservation of the fresh flavour of the product. These filling processes have been introduced into the South African market during the past years: the Aseptic filling concept by Clover Dairies in the Kwazulu Natal plant and the UHT filling concept by Homsek Dairy in the Free State.

The introduction of Aseptic and UHT filling required a process of mutual fine tuning between Vaassen and the respective equipment suppliers. For Vaassen it meant a fine tuning of the foil application in the filling stations, where some machines require pre-cut lids and others reel fed lidding. It also meant taking the new cap sterilization processes into account on customer filling lines, for example, qualifying the foil for the additional sterilization treatment of the bottle cap by sterilized hot air or by hydrogen peroxide just before it reaches the sealing station.

Additional requirements at Vaassen were also established, for example, gamma irradiation of reels, packing of reels in vacuum bags, and a focus on hygiene standards within our own production environment.

Consumer products from both filling line concepts find their way more and more into the market. Unlike in other countries, the South African consumer market for milk based products grows rapidly these days, based on a fast growing middle class which adapts to new consumption patterns and can afford it. Also modern product innovations and innovative marketing communication give sales a boost. The range of flavoured milk products available has grown significantly.

The Vaassen sales and technical support team are available to help you with packaging development and product launches. By working closely with machine partners we will always remain at the forefront of filling technology and provide bottle capping solutions to suit. We look forward to working together with both the existing South African customer base and future customers to generate further growth and success for all in the future.
 
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Jakarta Officehttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/jakarta-office2012-04-25T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/jakarta-officeVaassen has been a leading supplier of bottlecapping foils in South East Asia for many years. In fact, we have supplied our products already for over 25 years to multinationals and local suppliers of food and beverage products in the region. Up until today Vaassen is market leader in this specific field.

In recent years milk consumption has increased strongly among Asian consumers, mainly due to the trend of health consciousness. In Europe, customers typically buy their milk in 1-2 litre family size bottles, whereas the Asian market is concentrated on small bottles in sizes 90-200ml. This, combined with the several varieties of drinking milk products often with flavours, as well as other drinks such as soy milk, mean that the total demand for bottlecapping foil relatively high.

Because of the increasing demand, Vaassen decided about 4 years ago to increase the focus on the Asian region. The decision was well-timed. With a relatively low milk consumption rate per capita, there is still room for a strong growth. Investments in expanding production capacity by the well known dairy companies and by new companies in the dairy field confirm the trend of industry development.

Vaassen has now taken the market focus a step further and is pleased to announce the establishment of an office in Jakarta where our sales manager for the Asian region over the past 4 years, Hans Morren, is now based. Hans is well known familiar face to existing and potential customers across the region.  Combining Hans’s personal ambition to work overseas and Vaassen’s future growth expectations, the decision was taken to establish a permanent base in Asia. Indonesia, with a population of 240 million people and a fast growing dairy industry, was a logical choice.

From our office in Jakarta we hope we are now even more capable of maintaining our contacts with you in the future. If you wish to learn more about Vaassen Bottle Capping Foils, applications and specifications in the milk and juice packaging processes, please contact our Sales Manager Asia-Pacific, Hans Morren.

E: h.morren@vfp.nl        
M: +31 (0)6 30159373
 
If you wish to learn more about the Vaassen Bottle Capping Foils, applications and specifications in the milk and juice packaging processes, please contact us

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Innerliner News - Spring 2012http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-20122012-04-18T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-2012Flavour foil

For many of us Spring is the favourite season. Nature wakes up, new life starts with fresh and bright colours for the eyes and fresh air for the nose. In the tobacco industry getting attention is more and more a challenge. Adding a flavor to your product will distinguish your product from other products in the market.

Apart form the traditional menthol taste, Vaassen has the possibility to apply other flavours as well. You can think of almost any flavor. In recent tomes Vaassen prepared foil with Chocolate, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Lemon, Jasmine, Rose, Cherry, Strawberry, Apple, Peppermint, Orange and other flavours.

We offer a new possibility to add an extra dimension to your product.

The Vaassen team will be happy to work out for you how much flavor we should apply to get the correct milligram level per cigarette in your product.

With Spring coming up it will be a treat to your customers applying something special to you product.

Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Spring 2012.

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Innerliner News - Summer 2012http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-20122012-09-27T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-2012Paper: the backbone of innerliner

The cigarette industry uses thousands of tonnes of innerliner paper every year. It is the core component for tobacco innerliner materials and the choice of paper is absolutely critical to the performance on cigarette packing machines. Vaassen works closely with paper suppliers to ensure that the paper composition meets these specific requirements.

Tobacco innerliner materials, whether aluminium / paper or metalized paper, must be free of optical brightener due to its tendency to migrate into the cigarette.

Last but not least, the innerliner must not have any impact on the cigarette's aroma. This is the most important and challenging aspect of developing a  suitable base paper for tobacco innerliner.

In short, we fully understand the needs of the tobacco industry. By working with paper suppliers who in turn can comply with the high quality standards required for cigarette packing, you can be sure that Vaassen's high quality tobacco innerliner meets the demands of both the cigarette manufacturer and end users; smokers who are looking forward to the familiar taste of their preferred brand.

Click here to download your copy of InnerlinerNews Summer 2012

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BPAhttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/bpa2012-10-31T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/bpaGeneral Information

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic compound that is used to make polycarbonate polymers and epoxy resins, along with other materials used to make plastics. It is widely used, especially in food packaging. It notably strengthens polycarbonate plastics which otherwise would be more prone to cracks when impacted.
Two companies (Dow Chemical and Bayer AG) produce the bulk of BPA in the world. It is estimated that most canned foods as well as many drinks and food in plastic containers are in contact with BPA. BPA is approved for food uses by EU regulation.

Due to the growing public concern over the long-term impact of exposure to BPA, especially for infants, Canada was the first country to ban in 2008 the manufacture and sale of baby bottles containing BPA, followed in 2010 by France. BPA was found to be released in infants' milk when the baby bottle was heated in a microwave.

France's moves on banning BPA

The French Socialist party (minority), under lobbying from environmental groups, notably the Reseau Environnement Santé (RES: Health and Environment Network), proposed in early October 2011: "banning the use of BPA in all food containers by January 1st, 2014 and by January 1, 2013 for food packages, materials and containers for infants (0-12 months) and young children (12-36 months)."
The French National Assembly voted unanimously on this ban in mid October 2011 and will therefore be enacted as a law.

We as Vaassen Flexible Packaging, producer and supplier of aluminum foils to all French dairies, already anticipated on this by having developed sustainable and BPA free packaging materials.

Being market leader in the baby and medical nutrition market for bottlecapping foils, we wanted to be prepared and ready before January 1st, 2013.
Together with our customer base and our R&D department we focused on developing equivalent foils but free of BPA. During 2012 we introduced these new developments into the market in France, but also for all our other customers worldwide, we are fully ready to change over to bottle capping foils which do not contain BPA.

Ralph Northausen, Sales Manager at Vaassen Flexible Packaging, and responsible for customers in the field of baby and medical nutrition, explains: "The challenge was to keep the same foil characteristics, but banning the BPA components. Thanks to the joint effort of our R&D department, together with the testing facilities at Intertek, we have proven to be already fully compliant with the new legislation."

If you have any questions about this subject or if you want any information about BPA free material for your company, please contact Ralph Northausen, Sales Manager, directly at r.northausen@vfp.nl or send an e mail to sales.dairy@vfp.nl.

 

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Innovation dvptshttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innovation-dvpts2012-10-31T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innovation-dvptsA year ago Vaassen made a big step forward in the field of new product development. We doubled our current R&D department to focus on innovation. This new approach is based on our current road to growth and to exploit our know-how in various domains.

As you may know, Vaassen feels very strongly about its level of service and quality. We didn't want to compromise our current level of research and development in the quest for innovation. Therefore Vaassen made the choice to build-up an innovation team aside from the current R&D and detached from ongoing day-to-day business - all dedicated to the future. This new innovation team is concentrated on bringing new innovative packaging solutions to the market and market diversification. Our formula for success is to let this team act freely, with the support of the expertise within the company.

The team consists of three young professional graduates with one goal, to pick-up ideas and manage these projects. Our three Project Managers Innovation are investigating the feasibility of new ideas within their own specialist field of market, process or product. Vaassen has implemented a Stage Gate Process to support these activities to help us assess opportunities in a structured way and to shorten the route to success.

Our team is addressing three fundamental questions. Firstly, what are the new market developments a customer will benefit from? Secondly, which new technologies can bring Vaassen an additional advantage and which can we produce on our existing lines? Lastly, how can new product design enhance functionality and performance? The team is supported by experienced professionals in the area of functional coatings, polymer technology and printing technology.

One of our main focus areas is the ongoing search for sustainable manufacturing and new packaging solutions - we intend to take a leading role in this field. We have already made huge progress in the search for more renewable sources of raw material.

Due to growth in our R&D-strength the last year we were able to start new projects within and outside the Dairy business. To keep up the progress, it is of high importance to keep in contact with our (potential) customers on future business. If you need support in the development of new innovative packaging, please contact our innovation team via innovation@vfp.nl.

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Innerliner News - Autumn 2012http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---autumn-20122012-11-08T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---autumn-2012Certificates, The Value Behind The Scene!

In order to produce materials in compliance with the customer's specifications it is necessary to have the correct work documents on the shop floor. In the old days there were procedures in place, but with the implementation of the ISO 9001 way of working around 15 years ago the methodology of working became professionalized.Today Vaassen is certified in accordance to the ISO 9001-2008 standard.

Apart from the ISO certificate, Vaassen needs for its exports to the US a different certificate and annually Harold Wainess & Associates make sure that Vaassen meets all the FDA requirements.

As Vaassen is also servicing the Dairy Industry and has a range of customers in the UK it was obligatory to meet with the high hygienic standards requested by the country's large supermarket chains. Vaassen implemented the 'BRC/IoP, Issue 4 Standard For Packaging And Packaging Materials'.

Finally, the latest certification by Dutch Customs that took place made Vaassen an 'Authorised Economic Operator' (AEO).

In summary, Vaassen documents her activities according to the highest levels and has them certified to make sure that we stay on top of your and our business and create an environment where we work to the principle of "Right First Time ".

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Packaging experts Vaassen have their competition coveredhttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/packaging-experts-vaassen-have-their-competition-covered2013-02-12T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/packaging-experts-vaassen-have-their-competition-coveredRead the full article, click here

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Innerliner News - Winter 2012/2013http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-201220132013-02-20T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-20122013Innovation - working on tomorrow's world today

As the leading producer of tobacco innerliner with the widest range of material structures, Vaassen is looking to the future and to maintain this leadership position.

A year ago Vaassen made a big step forward in the field of new product development. We doubled our current R&D department to focus on innovation. This new approach is based on our current road to growth strategy and to exploit our know-how in various domains, including tobacco Innerliner.

At Vaassen we feel very strongly about our level of service and quality. We do not want to compromise our current level of research and development in the quest for innovation. Therefore Vaassen has made the choice to build-up an innovation team aside from the current R&D and detached from ongoing day-to-day business - a team fully dedicated to the future.

This new innovation team is concentrated on bringing new innovative packaging solutions to the market. Our formula for success is to let this team act freely, with the support of the expertise in the company.

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Vaassen win Alufoil Trophyhttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/vaassen-win-alufoil-trophy2013-03-21T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/vaassen-win-alufoil-trophyExtended shelf life with consumer appeal for closure combo wins prestigious award

The 3 ply Capsteril® alufoil laminate closure from Vaassen Flexible Packaging, in combination with the Sensocap® screw cap from Ampack, has been recognised with the award of an Alufoil Trophy for its innovative contribution to Consumer Convenience in improving shelf life of aseptic products, without requiring a separate peeling process for the foil membrane.

“This is an ingenious design which removes the necessity to ‘double open’ an aseptic pack and also provides a clean neck for the consumer to drink straight from the container without fuss “, commented chairman of the judging panel, Professor Dr. Markus Prem, principal at the Department of Food Packaging Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten. “It offers many advantages for the consumer, including the retention of the membrane as a cushion in the screw cap to aid resealing. A simple, straightforward solution with great practical merit”, he added.

The presence of alufoil in the laminate structure specifically enables pre-heating of the capping foil so that the alufoil layer aids the heat generation required to kill any bacteria present. However, indications are that consumers would rather have only one closure and do not like a sealing membrane having to be removed as an additional step. One integrated closure system in an aseptic environment, has not been successful until now, say the companies.

The combination of the Sensocap®’s special blades and the peelability of the Capsteril® capping foil ensures easy and clean peeling of the capping foil from the bottle during the initial opening of the screw cap. The capping foil remains inside the cap, serving as a sealing gasket after re-closing. This solution offers the consumer the shelf life of an UHT/aseptic product (up to 9 months, depending on product) with the consumer experience of a screw cap normally used for fresh products, with an extended shelf life (60 days).

Vaassen is delighted to win the 2013 Alufoil Trophy for Consumer Convenience. As a leading European supplier of bottle capping foils for more than 30 years, we see our role is to provide a complete range of solutions, and with our peelable Capsteril® in combination with Ampack’s / CARAtec’s Sensocap® technology, we have the perfect blend of consumer convenience and product preservation.  It is therefore with great pleasure that we receive this award which serves as a reminder of the important functionality of alufoil in today’s packaging solutions.
The alufoil laminate membrane comprises top lacquer/alu20/PET100/alu20/heat seal layer, the latter being either a sealing lacquer or a laminated seal film.

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Sterilization processhttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/sterilization-process2013-03-21T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/sterilization-processLong shelf-life milk is currently produced by three different processes:


1st process: Conventional  pasteurization/sterilization
After a preheating stage to 80°C in bulk, milk is bottled in a conventional filler. After sealing, bottles are sterilized on a datum of 110/121°C until the required bacterial count has been achieved.

2nd process: UHT treatment
Milk in bulk is heat-treated at high temperature (140/145°C) during a short holding time
(2 to10 sec) before being aseptically filled in aseptic packaging (plastic bottles, cardboard,
plastic,aluminium complex).

3rd process: 2-stage sterilization
Milk in bulk is first heat-treated at high temperature (the highest possible for the stability of
the milk ), is then filled in plastic or glass bottles in a conventional environment and finally in-bottle sterilized.

Many companies still produce according to the conventional sterilization. This means that the bottles needed to be sterilized after filling in a sterilization tower or an autoclave. In this case the sealing of the bottles, and thus the quality of the lids, is extremely important. During the heat treatment the pressure inside the bottle is greater than outside. For that reason Vaassen Flexible Packaging especially developed Capsteril® specifications to resist this pressure. It remains important, however, that the bottle design and bottle neck finish are being taking in consideration together with headspace and sealing properties for an optimal result.

During the last decades Vaassen has grown alongside the dairy market and produces and supplies Capsteril® bottle capping foils worldwide, for use in all kind of sterilization process.
For further information please contact our Dairy sales department at sales.dairy@vfp.nl.

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Innerliner News - Summer 2013http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-20132013-08-09T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-2013Trends in the industry

Going back in time, life was easy and simple when it came to innerliner bundling wrapping materials. Originally the innerliner was plain silver coloured foil, and mainly used for protecting the cigarettes from moisture and oxygen.

After World War II, the allied soldiers had brought their packs from the USA to Europe and quickly cigarette branding became more and more important. This also broadened the range of innerliner bundling materials. In addition to the traditional silver, gold foil was chosen for the more luxurious brands.

New cigarette sizes, pack styles and products have been developed.At Vaassen, we followed the industry and in the meantime have created more colours and prints than you will find in a rainbow.

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Project Sensocaphttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/project-sensocap2013-08-15T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/project-sensocapOne of the latest developments of Vaassen Flexible Packaging is a completely new foil structure which is to be used in the revolutionary Sensocap system.

This system allows the consumer to open a sealed bottle without having to peel off the aluminium seal layer. As the seal layer is being cut off by the blades in the closure, the seal layer remains within the closure.

During the past two years a dedicated team of Vaassen, in close cooperation with Ampack and Caratec, have developed a suitable solution for having both consumer convenience and product preservation into one closure.

“Both Ampack (Bosch Packaging), supplier of the aseptic fillers and Caratec, holder of the Sensocap concept, were very enthusiastic about our ‘sandwich’ foil structure”, says Mr Ralph Northausen, sales manager from Vaassen. “We all wanted it to be successful, so we put real effort throughout the whole stage gate process.”

This has lead to a 3 ply and even a 4 ply foil structure which can suit both PET and HDPE bottles. After thorough testing on the Ampack filler and shelf life tests, we are now fully ready to market this product. In fact there is already huge interest from the market to obtain this revolutionary concept. By September there will be several launches on Sensocap on both PET and HDPE bottles, with more to come.

It even became extremely encouraging, when Sensocap was nominated for the Alufoil Trophy 2013 by the European Aluminium Foil Association. Finally by the end of March we received the official message that Sensocap came out as a winner in this competition!

The Trophy, together with the EAFA certificate were handed over by Ralph Northausen to Mr Meinikheim and Mr Weber from Bosch Packaging, as well as to Mr Ammann from Caratec.
The Vaassen trophy has got a prominent place in the Vaassen Flexible Packaging Board room.

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Capping foils for Latin Americahttp://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/capping-foils-for-latin-america2013-08-15T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/es/home/news/capping-foils-for-latin-americaVaassen wants to have strong presence in emerging markets. For this reason we have set up a sales office in South East Asia, handled by Mr Hans Morren.

The market in Latin America is another such emerging market, where economic growth figures show more perspective than in the present European market. Our sales manager Mr Carlos Mateos, living and working in Madrid, Spain, has been assigned the responsibility to develop the market for our bottle capping foils in the geographical area ranging from Mexico to the most southern point of Argentina. After canvassing the market, Carlos has been able to identify a number of serious opportunities and since the end of last year he has brought a number of new and promising projects on board.

If we take the market in Mexico as an example, we see a lot of dynamics in the food industry. Some of it relates to the classical national food industry, but we also encounter many of the multinational food groups that we supply in Europe or worldwide. In general we see a willingness to invest in new filling lines, using the traditional technology that we master so well: aseptic filling in a plastic bottle, either in HDPE or in PET, with a lid that is sealed by conduction to the bottle and finished with a screw cap.  The products filled are either traditional milk and milk based products, but also often fruit juices. We use our know how in the area and make an effort to be with our customers in Mexico and help them both with our commercial initiatives and with support from our product technologists.

Another such market is Brazil where we find again this division between the older national or regional dairy industry, sometimes with new equipment, sometimes with more traditional filling lines, and the multinational companies that normally invest in state of the art equipment. Vaassen is gradually strengthening its position in these markets: we want to be where the action is!

Our expectation is that Latin America is only at the beginning of a period of a strong development of drinks in plastic bottles. It is truly an emerging market for us.

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Gu liddinghttp://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/gu-lidding2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/gu-liddingDer in Europa führende Spezialist für Aluminiumfolienverpackungen VFP hat einen speziellen, leicht ablösbaren Deckel für die Versiegelung von Glasbehältern entwickelt.

VFP hat einen neuen, einzigartig gestalteten Aluminiumverbunddeckel für eine Reihe von Posh Ramekin Puds von Gü geschaffen. Der Hersteller von luxuriösen Schokoladendesserts ist seit seiner Einführung im Jahre 2003 äußerst beliebt. Heute geht man davon aus, dass alle zwei Sekunden irgendwo auf der Welt ein Dessert von Gü verspeist wird.

VFP wurde von Gü beauftragt, einen vollkommen neuen, faszinierenden Silberfoliendeckel mit einfarbigem schwarzen Aufdruck zu schaffen, der nicht nur optimalen Schutz bietet, sondern sich auch leicht öffnen lässt.

VFP, bekannt für sein Produkt- und Prozess-Know-how und seine Innovationskraft, entwickelte mehrere Prototypen zur Begutachtung durch Gü. Das Ergebnis unterstreicht das luxuriöse Erscheinungsbild der Produkte von Gü und ist ein speziell konzipierter Deckel auf Aluminiumbasis mit HDPE-Versiegelung, der sich leicht abziehen lässt und überaus attraktiv wirkt.

Dieser Deckel ist das neueste Produkt eines umfangreichen Sortiments an Deckeln für Milchprodukte und Desserts von VFP, das durch engagierte Innovation, intensive Laborarbeit und unter Einsatz der fortschrittlichsten Lackier- und Laminiervorrichtungen entwickelt und hergestellt wird.

VFP Geschäftsführer Peter Scheffer erklärt: „Die Schaffung eines Verbunddeckels für Glasbehälter, der sich gut abziehen lässt, das Produkt optimal schützt und es gleichzeitig attraktiv präsentiert, ist angesichts der verwendeten Verbundmaterialien immer eine Herausforderung. Genau das ist die Art von Herausforderung, die wir als führender Deckel- und Laminathersteller in Europa auf einzigartige Weise lösen können.

„Die exklusive Marke Gü wird mit Luxus und feinsten Speisen assoziiert. Der Deckel, den wir für Gü geschaffen haben, ermöglicht eine optimale Präsentation und bietet höchsten Komfort. Das ist unser Ziel bei jedem Kunden und jedem unserer Produkte – eine moderne Verpackung für ein modernes Produkt.”

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Induction sealinghttp://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/induction-sealing2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/induction-sealingSauce and condiment producers are benefitting from a new concept in induction seal liners by that increases efficiency and speeds up the product to market process thanks to innovation by Vaassen Flexible Packaging (VFP).

VFP has developed a new concept that challenges the traditional foil-based four layer laminate seal comprising of PET, foamed PE, aluminium and a seal layer, by replacing the PET and PE with a single layer of PET50.

The foil acts as an inlay to the screw cap of sauce bottles to ensure pack integrity, tamper evidence and product freshness. Once the bottle is filled, the screw cap is applied and by induction sealing, the alufoil-based liner is sealed to the bottle. PET 50 successfully provides sufficient isolation to avoid melting of the screw cap and the mirror the purpose of the foam layer, which traditionally also provides rigidity.

The three-ply PET, aluminium and seal layer membrane cuts out one step in the production line to speed up the product to market process. This also makes it a more efficient and effective new product for the sauce, condiment and dairy markets and has already proved successful for Homann’s Livio sauces.

VFP supplied Weener Plastic Packaging Group with the new induction seal liner that would fit into a new range of screw caps being supplied to Homann for its Livio range.

Sales and marketing manager, Nigel Poole of VFP, said: “This is an exciting new product offering for VFP and is already proving very popular with existing customers. Products that speed up the production process are always useful, as it ensures that the product is manufactured to schedule and is out to market as quickly as possible.

“At VFP we’re experts in seal liners and we are constantly challenging traditional models and researching ways to improve existing processes in order to improve customer experience and service.”

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Summer Innerliner newshttp://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/summer-innerliner-news2010-09-01T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/summer-innerliner-newsKlicken Sie hier, um sich die Innerliner News vom Sommer 2010 herunterzuladen.

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Tobacco 2http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/tobacco-22010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/tobacco-2Der führende Hersteller von Aromaschutzfolien für Tabakprodukte VFP hat mit Tobacco 2 sein zweites modernes Werk für die Tabakherstellung eröffnet.

Bei dem auf einem großzügigen Gelände in den Niederlanden gelegenen neuen Werk handelt es sich um eine vollkommen eigenständige Fabrik, die ihren Kunden moderne Einrichtungen und Kontingenz-Fertigung mit den anderen Tabak-Produktionseinheiten von VFP anbietet.

Das Werk wurde von Grund auf so entworfen, dass ein logischer und effizienter Fertigungsfluss und ausgezeichnete Arbeitsbedingungen erreicht werden – sowohl für die Mitarbeiter in der Produktion als auch für die Mitarbeiter in den neuen Büroräumen und in den Abteilungen zur Fertigungsunterstützung wie der Wartungsabteilung.

Die in Tobacco 2 installierten Maschinen entsprechen dem aktuellen Stand der Technik. Hierzu gehören eine neue, einzigartige PolyType Lackier- und Laminiermaschine, zwei Rollenschneidmaschinen und eine halbautomatische Einwickel- und Verpackungslinie.

Die neue PolyType, die speziell für Tabakanwendungen entwickelt wurde, ermöglicht das Laminieren, Lackieren, Bedrucken und Befeuchten in einem einzigen Verfahrensschritt. Dadurch kann Vaassen goldene oder farbige laminierte Folie herstellen und in dem gleichen Fertigungslauf auf der Aluminium- oder Papierseite mit einem zusätzlichen Aufdruck versehen.

Tobacco 2 steht für den Beginn einer unvergleichlichen Investitionsphase und technischen Entwicklung, die in den kommenden Jahren von Vaassen zu erwarten sein wird.

 

 

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Autumn Innerliner Newshttp://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/autumn-innerliner-news2010-12-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/autumn-innerliner-newsKlicken Sie hier, um sich die Innerliner News vom Herbst 2010 herunterzuladen.

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Innerliner News - Winter 2010http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-20102011-03-03T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/innerliner-news---winter-2010Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Winter 2010.

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One Piece Induction Foilhttp://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/one-piece-induction-foil2011-04-02T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/one-piece-induction-foilSauce and condiment producers are benefitting from a new concept in induction seal liners that increases efficiency and speeds up the product to market process thanks to innovation by Vaassen Flexible Packaging.

VFP has developed a new concept that challenges the traditional foil-based four layer laminate seal comprising of PET, foamed PE, aluminium and a seal layer, by replacing the PET and PE with a single layer of PET50.

The foil acts as an inlay to the screw cap of sauce bottles to ensure pack integrity, tamper evidence and product freshness. Once the bottle is filled, the screw cap is applied and by induction sealing, the alufoil-based liner is sealed to the bottle. PET 50 successfully provides sufficient isolation to avoid melting of the screw cap and mirrors the purpose of the foam layer, which traditionally also provides rigidity.

The three-ply PET, aluminium and seal layer membrane cuts out one step in the production line to speed up the product to market process. This also makes it a more efficient and effective new product.

This is an exciting new product offering from VFP and is already proving very popular with existing customers. Products that speed up the production process are always useful, as it ensures that the product is manufactured to schedule and is out to market as quickly as possible.

At VFP we’re experts in seal liners and we are constantly challenging traditional models and researching ways to improve existing processes in order to improve customer experience and service. Please contact us for advice or further information on this topic at sales.dairy@vfp.nl

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Bottle capping for the Indian Markethttp://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/bottle-capping-for-the-indian-market2011-04-03T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/bottle-capping-for-the-indian-marketAre you aware that India is the biggest producer of milk in the world? With its yearly production it leaves the global number 2 USA well behind. Even if you combine the total milk production in Holland, England, France and Germany – all highly developed dairy producing countries – it does not match the total production and consumption of India.

This alone is already reason enough for the Vaassen team to monitor the developments on the Indian dairy market. Can you imagine how many meters of bottle capping foils and precut lids we could sell, if that massive population of over 1 billion people would start to drink a bottle of milk with a Vaassen cap once in every week…

Still, this is very optimistic thinking. The reality is that the Indian dairy industry has reached different levels of development. The biggest consumption is in ordinary milk. The vaste majority is bought from milkmen, who supply it at home, in shops and on the streets in a more or less pasteurized form. People boil it at home to take away the harmful bacteria and consume it therefore at home, unpacked so to say. The form in which the milkmen sell the raw or pasteurized milk is most often in sealed PE bags.

A relatively small percentage of the milk (but still a very substantial figure!) is flavoured, filled in glass bottles with a crown cork and retorted in often relatively old autoclaves. Now this is where Vaassen starts to be interested: the Indian dairy industry will sooner or later decide to get rid of these outdated and unpractical glass bottles and will change over to plastic bottles with a cap or a flat lid that can resist in the heavy retort conditions. This is where the Vaassen success story with bottle caps once started: with the development of a laminated foil that could form such a strong bond between bottle and cap, that the difficult circumstances within an autoclave or sterilisation tower could be overcome. And this is how we once established our reputation as a worldwide leading producer of bottle capping foils and precut lids.

The point is however that developments can’t always be forced. You need a fisherman’s patience, but like a good fisherman you can prepare your conditions in such a way that you can anticipate a good catch! We have therefore invested a lot of effort in presenting ourselves to the Indian dairy industry and support them in the preparation of that big shift from glass to plastic. The key question here is who makes the first big step: will it be the stronger but more conservative dairy coops, or the smaller but more progressive private dairies. We will find out in time and we will make sure we are ready for a good catch!

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Innerliner News - Spring 2011http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-20112011-06-08T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/innerliner-news---spring-2011Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Spring 2011.

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Focus On Sustainabilityhttp://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/focus-on-sustainability2011-08-22T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/focus-on-sustainabilityRecent years have shown an ever increasing drive towards sustainability, also known as corporate social responsibility (CSR).

For us, sustainable development is one of the major subjects for the future. Hence, we do not only want to decrease any negative impacts our activities may have on nature, society and prosperity, we also want to achieve positive effects on these elements. This means we need to put maximum effort into sustainable development of our organization, our machines, our suppliers, our products etc. Success will not only depend on our own organization but every company in our supply chain.

Sustainable developments comes in many shapes and we have chosen to adopt the “Triple Bottom Line” theory, also known as 3 Ps (People-Planet-Profit), which we transformed into a practical and methodological model - the Five Focus Matrix, namely:

- Input: all that is purchased by VFP for manufacturing purposes, both goods and services.
- Local well being: the mental and physical well being of employees and the local community.
- Waste: efficient use of materials and the knowledge and skills of employees.
- Assets: buildings, machinery, grounds and other production resources.
- Energy & Water: all that is related to the use and consumption of energy and water.

In the last months we have worked on gathering and evaluating all information with reference to the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI GR3) guidelines.
The result is our first sustainability report: Focus on Sustainability, which we will communicate to all our stakeholders and to anyone interested.
Reporting about sustainability is part of checking our performances, targets and taking actions on relevant topics. This can only be an ongoing process.

One example of a sustainable initiative we would like to share with you is the CooKit project.
Part of our production waste has a sustainable destination (following the usual tight controls on how our  waste is disposed of). VFP donates waste aluminium paper to the Kozon Foundation. The Kozon Foundation is a Dutch organization run solely by volunteers with the objective of reducing the use of firewood for cooking in the dry tropics. The materials are shipped to Africa where groups of local people stick them to cardboard and transform them into The CooKit. The CooKit makes it possible to cook by using solar energy.
Dependent on the situation, The CooKits are distributed for free (in refugee camps) or sold. The units are subject to wear and tear and when they cannot be used any longer they are cut into strips and used as fuel. The aluminium is collected and used in new products by the local black smith.

These and other initiatives by Vaassen Flexible Packaging make us  your sustainable partner in the flexible packaging industry.

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Vaassen Flexible Packaging in USAhttp://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/vaassen-flexible-packaging-in-usa2011-08-22T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/vaassen-flexible-packaging-in-usaBottle capping Foils

The introduction of the aseptic filling process in the US dairy industry which took place a few years ago was the opportunity for Vaassen to start its activities in the US dairy market, after having developed similar markets elsewhere in the world. In close cooperation with business partners, the Vaassen R&D Department developed dedicated specifications in full compliance with the FDA regulations.

Customers such as Nestlé, Morningstar Foods, HP Hood, Shamrock Farms and others were delighted to work with Vaassen when developing their new product lines and market introductions.

During the past few years the aseptic concept has become a more and more widespread processing system throughout the country. Vaassen, being a reliable partner in this concept, consequently increased its position in both the USA and the Canadian market. In the meantime we monitor and support the development of new technical developments together with the equipment and bottle suppliers.

The production of our bottle capping foils take place in The Netherlands, Europe, in our well-invested modern manufacturing plant and is supported in the market place by our global sales and technical support teams. To even better serve the USA customers in an optimal way, the market services are fully supported by our sister company Spiralkote Flexible Packaging in Orlando FL, with warehouse facilities and shipping and billing activities. This combination of forces allows Vaassen to offer a full organization to the US dairy partners.

Currently we are working on a number of customer projects to continue the growth pattern and if we can be of support to you, please contact us on sales.dairy@vfp.nl

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Innerliner News - Summer 2011http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-20112011-08-26T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/innerliner-news---summer-2011Click here to download your copy of Innerliner News Summer 2011.

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Blendiehttp://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/blendie2011-11-16T00:00:00http://www.vfp.nl/de/home/news/blendiePocket Garden Blendie is an exciting brand new range of vegetable drinks recently launched into the French market. The recipes for this innovative new drinks range were created by famous French chef Didier Heyl and come in 4 different flavours:

Tomate & Co.
Carotte & Co.
Thai & Co.
Courgette & Co.

The expert chef’s goal is to bring us the fine and delicious taste of vegetables in a bottle with his gorgeous ‘Blendies’ of drinkable vegetables. A team of experts in various fields was brought in to help successfully bring this out on the market. To ensure excellence in production of the Blendie, Laiterie Saint Denis de l’Hotel in France are manufacturing and filling the range. The Coca Cola Company is providing expertise in marketing support, and Bergrams, a specialist in chilled products, is distributing the products into the market.

Vaassen Flexible Packaging was brought in as the development partner for the bottle cap foil. The product is filled in 200ml. clear PET bottles at co-packing company LSDH. The capping foil has been designed to meet the highest standard quality demands and to provide a consumer friendly easy opening without any tearing issues.

Vaassen successfully developed a foil specification to fulfill this challenge consisting of a PET top layer, to prevent the foil from tearing, followed by an Aluminum layer to ensure product freshness, and finally a Heat Seal lacquer to provide a perfect seal to the PET bottle combined with a clean easy peel when opened. The capping foil is printed in an attractive green color complemented by the printing of 2 symbols to make clear that the Blendie should be served chilled and be shaken before opening. The pull tab on each lid is equipped with small vertical rills to provide an even better grip when opening the bottle.

 “Even though the time from development to product launch was challenging, we found a solution to fully meet the requirements. It is a pleasure to be able to contribute to the launch of such an exciting and innovative new product” , said Ralph Northausen, Sales Manager at Vaassen Flexible Packaging.

More information on Pocket Garden Blendie is available at: www.pocketgardenblendie.com

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