Campden BRI invests in equipment

Campden BRI invests in five new pieces of equipment to further expand its range of specialist food and drink packaging testing services to help companies further reduce food and packaging waste and cut costs.

The investment comes after its industry consultation which revealed that one of the big issues the food industry was facing was designing packaging to minimise waste.

Other areas of concern included maintaining the safety and quality of the product throughout its shelf life, delivering safe and compliant packaging, designing packaging to minimise waste and anticipating and managing the impact of regulatory technical changes on packaging.

The new equipment will allow Campden BRI to carry our pendulum impact tests, automatic can seam assessments, torque and coefficient of friction tests, as well as environmental chamber for precise control of temperature and humidity during oxygen and water vapour transmission tests.

Mike Bonin, packaging technologist at Campden BRI says, “Manufacturers are keen to reduce food waste and excessive packaging. But light weighting packaging without compromising its preservation and protection functions is inherently difficult. Go too far and you end with wasted food, which is much more costly and wasteful. It’s a continual balancing act to try and get more from less.

“In addition to protecting the quality of the product as it moves through the supply chain, manufacturers are increasingly looking for packaging solutions that can reduce food waste by extending the shelf life of the product. The investment in additional equipment means we can now offer clients over 30 package performance tests across a range of areas, including strength and integrity, leakage, seam assessment and permeability testing to ensure that packaging meets manufacturers specification and performance requirements.”

He adds, “With so many demands on packaging, its essential to employ a holistic approach to packaging innovation and problem solving.”


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