March 11 2019

first_imgMarch 11 , 2019 From the pages of Produce Business UKDanish company Schur®Star Systems, together withSchur®Technology, is continuing to uncomplicate the packing process to offer fresh produce suppliers, distributors and retailers the ultimate in flexibility. In response to the growing demand for convenience, the firm has launched a number of new produce pouches to suit snackers and time-sensitive cooks, all of which can be filled by the versatile SchurStar Packaging Machine.PBUK speaks with UK Sales Manager Ian Weston to get the inside track.“We do find that many of our clients seek either convenience or extended shelf-life for their products, and this is apparent now more than ever, as trends move towards expeditious meals,” Weston tells PBUK. “Our concept really helps to develop these markets for them.”Weston says the ‘SchurStar Concept’, which consists of both the SchurStar Packaging Machine and a range of bespoke, pre-made SchurStar Bags, means SchurStar Systems and SchurTechnology offer the most flexible packaging solution available on the market today. Furthermore, the concept continues to evolve. Launched recently on the European market are new asparagus packs, along with snack packs for celery sticks and tomatoes. Weston says the snacking celery pouches are also proving popular in Australia, while the snacking tomatoes continue to be a hit in the Netherlands and Belgium.Across in the USA, SchurStar Systems has unveiled its SchurStar Zip-Pop bag, which the team showcased in the UK for the first time at last week’s Packaging Innovations 2019 trade show, held on 27-28 February.“We only received samples in the last couple of weeks in order to promote this bag in the UK – that’s how new it is,” exclaims Weston.SchurStar Zip-Pop is a microwaveable pouch that is currently being used for freshly prepared new potatoes by an American potato producer in the USA. The pouch has a zip seal with the potatoes packed in the bottom compartment, while a portion of a herbedbutter goes into the top. “The pouch is designed to swell to a certain size, allowing the potatoes to cook in the microwave, then at a set time the seal will burst, dropping the butter over the potatoes,” Weston explains. “It’s being used for three flavours: garlic rosemary, cajun style, and roasted red pepper.”SchurStar Systems has also released a two-compartment pouch called SchurStar Squeeze and Mix, again to help its customers answer the demand for convenience. The pouch gives the ability to pack a marinade side by side with either vegetables or meat.“The pouch has a burst-able seam in the middle, allowing the veg to be gas flushed to extend its shelf-life on one side, as the sauce sits separately on the other side,” Weston notes. “Gas flushing is something that marinade doesn’t respond well to!”Unique combined offerSchurStar Systems already offers a broad range of fresh fruit and vegetable packaging pouches with innovative shapes and functionalities that are tailored to customer needs and bespoke to the products they carry. Formats include: the Paper Laminate bag, Microwavable bag, StandUp bag, Fresh’n’GO bag, Spout Bag, Bowl bag (with a spoon or fork), Jar bag and Shaped bag and Net bag. “We supply pretty much anything the customer wants, to any specification and in almost any material,” points out Weston.On top of that, Weston says the combined solution of providing both the versatile packing machine and the accompanying diversity of packaging bags is what ultimately helps businesses to keep up with evolving market requirements. “Our biggest USP is that we offer one machine with multiple bag formats,” notes Weston. “All our bags run down the same line, with little or no tooling cost. That’s unique on the market.”Although Weston describes the machine as “very simple” in what it does, its ability to pack different formats of bags, some with multiple compartments, and even different shaped bags, comes down to the clever way it is designed and built, and the way the pouches are made. “The machine lends itself to anything,” he states, adding that the system is no wider than a pallet. “There are very few machines on the market that can accommodate so many different packaging formats in so many different sizes without extra investment or new tooling costs.”Answer to food waste Also, the versatility of the SchurStar Concept could help growers and suppliers to find new markets for any unsaleable whole produce. You might also be interested inlast_img read more