Food Packaging Industry

With food safety laws becoming more stringent in recent years, IPG’s tapes, films and packaging machinery help protect food products while remaining compliant. At IPG, we understand the challenges of safety and automation in the food processing industry. We have packaging products designed to perform in difficult environments, including wet, cold and refrigerated conditions. Let us safely package your products with our shrink film solutions and help us automate your packing process with our case sealing equipment designed for wash-down applications.

Our Food Processing and Packaging Solutions

  • Direct Food Contact

  • Wash Down Environment

  • Food Service Packaging

  • Branding & Identification

  • Refrigerated Transport & Storage

  • Bundling/Unitizing

  • General Packaging

  • Carton Sealing Tapes

  • Storing Bins/Stations

  • Cold Chain Solution

  • Tamper Evidence

  • Stretch and Shrink Films

What is the Global Food Safety Initiative? Why is it important?

GFSI, or Global Food Safety Initiative, is an initiative that brings together key actors of the food industry to collaboratively drive continuous improvement in food management safety systems around the world. Together, these actors work on a multitude of projects to drive global change in food safety. GFSI is not a regulatory body. They do not set required standards or undertake any accreditation or certification programs. However, GFSI does recognize certain food standards such as BRC (British Retail Consortium) and SQFI (Safe Quality Food Institute). It also sets bench marking requirements for these food standards in order to officially recognize them.

When it comes to FIBCs, there are 4 GFSI recognized food standard organizations that impact the industry; BRC (British Retail Consortium), SQF (Safe Quality food Institute), AIB (American Institute of Bakers), and IFS (International Featured Standards). Find out more about them below.

BRC (British Retail Consortium Global Standards) is a leading safety and quality certification program used by over 23,000 certificated suppliers in 123 different countries. BRC certification guarantees that specific quality, safety, and operation standards are followed and ensures that manufacturers fulfill their legal obligations and provide protection for their end consumer.

Today, BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of the world’s leading retailers. BRC Global Standards are one of a few third-party safety schemes recognized by the GFSI. All BRC certified facilities meet the strict standards set for by GFSI.

FSSC 22000 – The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification provides a framework for effectively managing food safety and quality responsibilities. FSSC 22000 demonstrates a company has a robust and effective food safety management system (FSMS) in place to meet the requirements of regulators, food business clients and consumers.

The FSSC 22000 Scheme is managed by the independent Foundation FSSC 22000. FSSC 22000 is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and developed in response to the needs of the international food sector.

IFS (International Featured Standards) – The IFS Food Standard is a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognized standard for auditing food manufacturers. The focus is on food safety and the quality of processes and products. It concerns food processing companies and companies that pack loose food products.

IFS Food applies when products are “processed” or when there is a hazard for product contamination during primary packing. The Standard is important for all food manufacturers, especially for those producing private labels, as it contains many requirements related to the compliance with customer specifications.

SQF (Safe Quality Food Institute) – SQF is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. Using the SQF certification program will help reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards.

The SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. SQF is the only scheme to integrate a quality component as well as food safety.

Top Food Automation Trends to Look For

Case Erectors

ELVSS

Case erectors utilize technology to reliably form, erect and bottom seal a uniform square carton each and every time. Form up to 30 cases per minute with no operator required. Case erectors come in tape or hot melt glue sealing which is ideal for many food processing standards. View video below:

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Carton Sealing Machines

UA 262024-SB

Carton sealers offer cost-cutting and consistent box sealing technology giving you the ability to manage the amount of tape used and the amount of time spent to seal a box. Every operator uses a different amount of tape to hand seal a box – tab lengths, additional passes, double strips, etc. – and the amount of time taken to open a box, seal the bottom, fill the box with product and void-fill, and top seal, can vary from box-to-box. Case sealers offer between 2.25”-2.5” variance in tape usage and can seal 10-15 cases per minute on a uniform machine.

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Streamline 5 Ink Jet Coding

Squid Ink’s Streamline 5 CIJ Printing System

Squid Ink’s Streamline 5 CIJ printing system is designed to print superior quality small characters on a variety of substrates: porous, non-porous, smooth, textured, curved, concave and more. Printing up to 5 lines of text, the Streamline offers a reliable, yet cost effective solution for virtually any small character, primary package coding application.

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Case Palletizing PalletPOD

Every solution you use in your warehouse should be geared toward increasing productivity without compromising quality. That’s why ROI developed the cutting-edge PALLETPOD, complete with a Mobile Compact Palletizer tool that makes warehousing easier. With unique End of Arm Tools (EoAT), the PALLETPOD offers a high-end solution for facilities looking to determine capability and application suitability. The PALLETPOD also offers financial benefits including:

  • Problematic labor replacement, including the elimination of repetitive motion risks and workplace injuries
  • Compact, unintrusive footprint designed to take up as little space as possible
  • Increased production, with less time spent on a specific project

The Mobile Compact Palletizer tool with PALLETPOD will help your plant say goodbye to production difficulties for good. Modernizing your equipment is the most critical step you can take for improving operations; with PALLETPOD, cumbersome issues will officially be a thing of the past. Simple to operate and cost-effective to install, it’s everything you could want in an employee. The only difference? This employee doesn’t take sick days.

Case Palletizing PalletPOD

Wulftec SML-150 Semi-Automatic Turntable Stretch Wrapper

Companies that are hand wrapping and switch to stretch wrapping will see significant savings in film usage. As well, hand wrapping is a time-consuming and physically demanding operation. Stretch wrapping is easier and safer, while reducing product damage and labor. The cost of a stretch wrap machine is easily justified, even with 10-15 loads per day. A stretch wrap machine is excellent business sense production rates go up, labor costs go down, wrapping is more consistent and there is more quality control over the wrapping process to ensure damage-free distribution.

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