Would you like to become more sustainable with your food packaging? You’ve come to the right place!
Today, packaging should not only protect food and beverages and extend their shelf life, it also needs to be sustainable. But how can sustainable food packaging be integrated into the production process?
Whatever type of material you would like to pack with, we have the technology to do it. Our modular and extremely flexible packaging machines can effortlessly process almost all cardboard and plastic packaging.
Are you already using cardboard packaging and are looking for e-commerce solutions? With our robotic technology, we can also pack food products in fixed or hinged reusable transport containers – in the same machine.
With our experts, you can get even more out of your packaging: We will show you how to transform an existing format into sustainable food packaging that is also suitable for automation. For example, by saving packaging material. Or by replacing a conventional solution with a more environmentally friendly one.
Cardboard is one of the most sustainable packaging materials available, because the recycling loop is already very well established. As a packaging machine manufacturer who worked mainly with cardboard as far back as 50 years ago, Schubert can boast a wealth of experience and expertise with it. Whether you are looking for resource-saving sleeves, a wide range of box types, shipping crates or shelf-ready solutions – our cartoners and carton packers pack your products gently, quickly and compactly. Ideal for transport or visually appealing for the retail trade. You can also rely on our robot-assisted technology when it comes to meeting special requirements such as fine assortment packaging with padding paper, glue-free boxes, unusual shapes or sensitive surfaces.
There are good reasons why food is packaged into flowpacks: The films are used to protect flavour, extend shelf life, ensure a barrier against odours or seal the packaging in the case of fatty products – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Until now, composite films have been used most often, which are not recyclable and therefore not very environmentally friendly. Simply replacing them with sustainable food packaging, however, presents problems for many packaging lines. This is because flowpack films have to be very flexible, tear-resistant and easy to seal in order to be processed by most machines. With the Flowpacker, the flow-wrapping machine from Schubert, you are on the safe side: thanks to our state-of-the-art sealing technologies, you have the freedom to choose between conventional composite films, recyclable monofilms or even paper-based films on a single machine.
As varied as foods are, so are trays in terms of their shapes and sizes. Here, too, product protection and shelf life are top priorities. There is also a consumer-friendly component when it comes to unpacking and consuming. As primary packaging, trays also have to be as space-saving and easy to insert into other packaging as possible. The better the packaging materials can be recycled, the more environmentally friendly they are. This is why the trend towards cardboard packaging also plays a major role here. At Schubert, you have several options for making your packaging more sustainable: Our pick & place machines can easily switch between plastic and cardboard trays. Furthermore, our packaging experts can help you develop an environmentally friendly cardboard alternative to your current packaging.
Are you now using cardboard packaging, but would like to become even more sustainable? Or are you in the process of entirely rethinking your packaging solutions? Beyond the decision for a recyclable packaging material, there are other areas where you can optimise packaging – and some of them may even be new to you.
A look at the cut, the material thickness and machine compatibility can be very worthwhile. Because even economical blanks, thinner trays and a revision of the formats can offer great potential in the long run. Our packaging development team will be happy to share their expertise and bring you one step closer to sustainability.
The environmental friendliness of packaging is often only one aspect among many, especially for food manufacturers. This is why, throughout the optimisation process, we consider issues such as visibility at point of sale, reliable procurement and compatibility with common transport systems in order to find the best solution for you and with you.
In most cases, process flows in companies have evolved historically. Established procedures are rarely changed. However, there is often considerable room for improvement in this area: The more efficient the processes, the less waste. This is especially important in the food industry to counteract food waste. Avoiding rejects is one of the most significant levers for more sustainability. To achieve environmentally friendly process optimisation, the processes – from production of the food to packaging and transport to point of sale – therefore need to be closely examined and analysed.
We support food manufacturers in reducing waste down to zero wherever possible. This begins directly in our machines with gentle product handling in the context of a reliable packaging process. Our Schubert services also guarantee high machine availability and flexibly adapt the modular Schubert systems to new requirements. When planning a new packaging process, the upstream and downstream manufacturing and packaging steps are incorporated. And thanks to the experienced Schubert Consulting team, the optimisation options extend across the entire supply chain, from raw materials to recycling, if requested.
Sustainable packaging solutions with Schubert-Consulting
With Schubert-Consulting’s cross-market expertise, the issue of sustainability can be analysed, optimised and consolidated even further – in fact, across the entire food supply chain from the use of raw materials to the consumer. Our experienced consultants will identify suitable materials for you using a holistic processing approach, develop packaging, optimise your logistics, integrate digitalisation, take into account the 5Rs of sustainability and implement systems – and even independently of the packaging machine manufacturer.Find out more
Sustainability in practice
Flexibility and efficiency have been at the heart of our packaging solutions for many years. They represent the basic prerequisite with which sustainable food packaging can be achieved more easily. Our practical examples show you why.