A Market First — CKF Inc. and Associated Labels and Packaging Ltd. Unveil Peel and Reseal Lidding Film for Earthcycle ™ Products at the 2017 PMA Fresh Summit.

CKF’s Earthcycle ™ brand of certified compostable and recyclable moulded fibre punnets for fresh produce are now available with tamper evident peel and reseal top lidding film.

HANSPORT, NS (October 10th, 2017) – While peel and reseal top lidding film is a well established product in the fresh produce market, due to technical challenges, it has been limited in use to only plastic punnets. Through dedicated development by Associated Labels and Packaging Ltd. with CFK’s Earthcycle ™ product line, the companies are pleased to launch a new lidding film that strongly adheres to an Earthcycle ™ moulded pulp container but can be easily opened and then resealed with a light touch, multiple times. This is a first-in-market product for a peel and reseal lidding film for non-laminated moulded pulp packaging.

A peel and reseal film solution expands the use of the Earthcycle ™ punnets to larger club packs while making it even more consumer friendly. “A peel and reseal lidding solution has been on our target development list since we first presented a top sealed Earthcycle punnet in 2013” says Brad Dennis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CKF Inc. “We know that with more consumer demand moving towards snacking that a resealable lid is necessary.” Resealable lidding film also offers the consumer convenient storage while the packer and retailer can easily stack the packages in transit and at retail. Merchandising of the final produce is not compromised as the large top seal window provides maximum visibility with an environmentally responsible package.

“Environmental stewardship is a founding principle of our company” says Shaun Ashworth, President of Associated Labels and Packaging Ltd. “It is the reason that we gravitated to the Earthcycle product—with its solid environmental credentials. We wanted to find a way to extend the environmental benefits of the Earthcycle packaging to a wider market and to speak to growing retailer demands by offering a peel and reseal feature for our top lidding film.” An Earthcycle ™ punnet with a peel and reseal lidding film uses 90% less plastic than a comparable plastic clamshell which means a reduction in waste to landfill and an increased use of renewable resources.

Samples will be on display at PMA Fresh Summit in CKF Booth 5747 and will be featured in the “Fresh Ideas Showcase.” Representatives of both companies will be on hand to answer further questions on the new product.

A short video is available on Youtube which demonstrates the peel and reseal features.
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Earthcycle ™ Granted OK HOME Compost® Certification for Europe

CKF’s Earthcycle ™ brand of moulded fibre packaging for fresh produce furthers environmental credibility by achieving European HOME compost certification.
HANSPORT, NS (Sept 19th, 2017) – Following closely on CKF’s announcement of European compostability certification, the Company is pleased to announce that the Earthcycle ™ product line has been further qualified for Home compost situations. AB Vincotte is one of the certifying bodies for European compostability standards and administers the OK Home Compost brand.
Earthcycle’s European Home Compostability Certification complements its existing OK Compost, Din Certco and BPI Industrial Composting certifications. CKF believes it is important to offer consumers and businesses with a full range of disposal options, so invested in the HOME compost certification. Currently, there is no home compost certification for North America
“We know that home composting is an effective waste reduction tool. Not only does home composting offer waste collection savings to municipalities, but it also creates an excellent growing medium for use in consumer’s gardens and a great educational opportunity for kids” says Brad Dennis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of CKF. According to research and policy think-tank WRAP, over 50% of household waste is comprised of organic materials, so making certified home compostable packaging available in the supply chain will make it easier for consumers to reduce overall waste to landfill while supporting European packaging waste reduction targets.

Earthcycle ™ Earns OK Compost® Certification for Europe

CKF’s Earthcycle ™ brand of moulded fibre packaging for fresh produce expands market acceptance by achieving European compostability certification according to EN 13432.
HANSPORT, NS (July 26, 2017) – In line with CKF’s vision to increase export markets for Earthcycle ™, the Company is pleased to announce that its line of moulded fibre packaging for produce is guaranteed to biodegrade in industrial compost settings, according to European standard EN 13432. AB Vincotte is one of the certifying bodies for European compostability standards and administers the OK Compost brand.
Earthcycle’s European compostability certification complements its existing North American certification through the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). In addition to compostability for Europe, Earthcycle packaging complies with European food grade standards as reviewed by Smithers-Pira, UK.
“We welcome the strong support and regulatory requirements for composting in Europe as it helps strengthen waste reduction strategies on a national, local and personal level.” says Brad Dennis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of CKF. According to research and policy think-tank WRAP, over 50% of household waste is comprised of organic materials, so making certified compostable packaging available in the supply chain will make it easier for consumers to reduce overall waste to landfill while supporting European packaging waste reduction targets.
“When we launched our trial with the Earthcycle punnet for mushrooms, it could be referred to only as recyclable because compostability testing was on-going. Now that the Earthcycle punnets are OK Compost certified, there is added value that we believe consumers will recognize and reward” says James Meers, Commercial Director at Gs Fresh Mushrooms.
Earthcycle packaging is undergoing further compostability testing in order to claim OK Home Compost certification. Results are expected by August 2017.

Earthcycle enters the UK market with custom designed mushroom packaging for Tesco

Our Earthcycle line of moulded fibre containers are uniquely well suited to package mushrooms– the material keeps the mushrooms moist and has proven to extend shelf life by at least 3 days, as compared to PP containers that are currently in use.  As the packaging is easily recycled and European compostability certification is around the corner, the value of the package to the retailer and end consumer is further expanded. See link below:

 

CKF Expands Earthcycle ™ Compostable Packaging Line with New Design in Support of Savoura Bio Organic Tomatoes

CKF worked closely with Serres Sagami to create a new design that supports the grower’s commitment to sustainability and innovation.

HANTSPORT, NS (November 21st, 2016) – CKF is excited to announce the commercial introduction of its newest Earthcycle ™ design—EC 118—created to support the re-branding of Serres Sagami’s Savoura Bio organic greenhouse tomatoes. The new flow wrapped Savoura Bio packaging, complete with a new logo and color, is now available in stores across Quebec.

“We love working with partners who share our vision to reduce waste and increase the use of recyclable and compostable packaging” says Brad Dennis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CKF. Dennis adds that “there is a consistency of message between organic produce and our Earthcycle ™ packaging so it was an easy decision to support Savour Bio’s products. We wish Serres Sagami continued success .”

Earthcycle ™ products are made from a blend of FSC sourced virgin and recycled fibre and are proudly manufactured in Hantsport, Nova Scotia. The packaging products are certified compostable and can be easily recycled with waste paper.

CKF’s Earthcycle ™ brand of compostable, recyclable and renewable packaging launches newest design for top seal at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, Florida.

HANSPORT, NS (October 12th , 2016) – Building upon the success of its Earthcycle ™ top sealable packaging for produce, CKF Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of a new bowl design called EC 808 that can be used with tomatoes, berries, cherries, grapes or take out salads.

The product was created to satisfy client demand for a larger format compostable bowl that can be top sealed. The product is designed to take advantage of existing top seal tool investments by industry as it can be seamlessly incorporated into production lines.

The Earthcycle ™ top sealable innovation leverages key trends in the fresh produce industry today—tamper resistant packaging using environmentally responsible materials. The combination of a top seal film with a moulded fiber base speaks to the consumer’s desire for reduced plastic use and materials that are recyclable, compostable and renewable. Research using external resources and internal data from CKF, demonstrates that the Earthcycle ™ base with a top seal film is 90% less plastic than a traditional clamshell, uses 22% less fossil fuel in the creation and has 53% less GHG emissions—all important measures for retailers to help substantiate sustainability efforts with their stakeholders.

The entire range of top seal products will be on display at the CKF booth, #276. Our valued partner, Red Sun Farms (Booth #400), will also be exclusively showcasing the new bowl design.

Samples of other Earthcycle top seal packaging will be on display at the Sunset booth (#3459) and Naturipe Farms LLC (#3529). Live demonstrations of top sealing to Earthcycle trays will be exhibited at the Dupont Teijin Films booth, #3091.

CKF will be exhibiting its entire range of moulded fiber, rPET and foam packaging for the fresh produce industry at booth #276.

CKF Announces $10 Million Expansion in Pulp Production Capacity

CKF is expanding its moulded pulp production at the Langley, BC plant to support business growth
HANTSPORT, NS (April 20th, 2016) – Leading Canadian food packaging company, CKF Inc. is excited to announce a significant investment in new rough moulded pulp production lines at its Langley, BC facility. The expansion will see an additional 65 million egg cartons produced annually.
“The decision to expand our production capacity is driven by our desire to help our North American egg packing customers keep pace with demand” says Ian Anderson, President of CKF. There is a shift in the North American diet that favors high protein foods, including eggs. According to Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, Canadians ate just over 18 dozen eggs per capita, in 2014, which is up almost 3 dozen per capita since 2009.
The Langley moulded pulp plant sources recycled paper and newspaper from the BC region and up-cycles the material into egg cartons and 4 cup carriers. All the packaging products are recyclable and BPI certified for compostablility. “Our investment in new production technology for moulded pulp is in line with our Sustainability Action Plan, which includes a goal that, by 2020, all our output is either recyclable or compostable” added Anderson.

Earthcycle Achieves Cedar Grove Certification

Earthcycle hinged lid containers and food trays are compostable in the Cedar Grove system.  Please see the following links to the Cedar Grove website for the product codes and verification.  

http://cedar-grove.com/compostable/accepted-items/clamshells

http://cedar-grove.com/compostable/accepted-items/food-trays

Earthcycle ™ Top Sealable Pint for Red Sun Farms Finalist in PMA Impact Awards

Impact Awards for packaging of Red Sun Farms organic grape tomatoes.

HANSPORT, NS (October 6th, 2015) – Leading Canadian food packaging company, CKF Inc. is pleased to announce that the newly developed Earthcycle ™ top sealable pint used by Red Sun Farms for its organic grape tomatoes has been chosen as one of 20 finalists out of 71 entries for the PMA Impact Award for Packaging Excellence. Read more