South Africa is a relatively large country with a comparatively small population that is spread out over wide distances. This makes the logistics of delivering fresh, uncontaminated food to consumers across the nation more challenging than in other, smaller, countries with more concentrated populations.

This is one of the key reasons why the preservation function of packaging is particularly relevant to us. Packaging needs are dynamic and are continually evolving in response to trends and demographic considerations. Packaging manufacturers are tasked with developing packaging that not only keeps food fresher for longer, but also meets the aesthetic demands of consumers, who like packaging to be a pleasing shape, easy to open, and in the case of such items as cheese and cold meats, re-sealable.

In South Africa, the Western Cape is our biggest exporter of fruit, vegetables, wine, flowers and many other valuable products to a diverse international market. It is thus heavily reliant on continuing innovation in the packaging industry to help it take advantage of our significant export potential, and capitalise on the region’s ability to bring in much needed foreign exchange.

Exported fresh produce needs to arrive safe and undamaged, and this is where modified atmosphere packaging plays such a vital role. It forms an important part of the agricultural and Agri processing value chain by extending shelf life and preventing spoilage.

ProPak 2017

Because the Cape is such a key player in the export of fresh produce, it is the natural choice of venue for the 2017 Propak Cape Exhibition, taking place from 24-26 October. The Exhibition acts as a showcase for the latest advances in the packaging industry, and this year will feature over 200 exhibitors from South African and international companies. All the latest products, machinery, equipment and services from the packaging, printing, labeling, plastics, and food processing industries will be on display. There will also be lots of exciting live demonstrations of equipment and machinery so visitors can see for themselves the future of packaging in action.

There will also be a series of free-to-attend seminars where visitors can listen to recognised industry leaders sharing their expertise on a wide variety of topics, including:

• Successful design thinking for packaging and printing innovation
• Funding for the packaging, processing and plastics industry: accessing the DTI grants and rebates
• Trends and technological innovations changing the face of food and beverage processing
• Digital disruption and innovation: the future of packaging;
• Initiatives driving growth in the South African plastics industry;
• Trends and technological innovations changing the face of food and beverage processing
• Emerging trends in sustainable packaging: 2017 and beyond.

To register for ProPak 2017 click here.

It’s definitely one not to be missed. Mapflex is passionate about improving the standard methods of fresh vegetable packaging for large-scale retailers by offering innovative game-changing packaging material and methods.

Mapflex is passionate about improving the standard methods of fresh vegetable packaging for large-scale retailers by offering innovative game-changing packaging material and methods.

To find out more, please visit us or call +27 (0) 21 530 6000.