Cibapac World class food packaging Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:04:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Year-End Newsletter Tue, 04 Dec 2018 18:51:35 +0000

This month we awarded some extraordinary people who’ve been a part of our?Proudly Ciba team for quite some time! Our LONG SERVICE AWARDS went to:


The study “Life Cycle Impacts of Plastic Packaging Compared to Substitutes in the United States and Canada: Theoretical Substitution Analysis,” prepared by Franklin Associates for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), finds that replacing plastic packaging with alternative materials would cause increases in energy use, water consumption and solid waste, as well as increase greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), acidification, eutrophication and ozone depletion.
“This report builds upon established data on the energy and GHG benefits of plastics, compared to alternatives,” says Steve Russell, vice president of plastics, ACC, Washington. “It expands our understanding of critical environmental benefits beyond energy and highlights key environmental indicators like water use and waste generation.”
The study expands upon a 2014 report that used life cycle assessment methodology to assess the energy consumption and GHG emission potential of six general categories of plastic packaging produced and sold in the U.S. and Canada relative to alternative packaging.

Looking at U.S. data alone, when compared with alternatives, production, use and disposal of plastic packaging across the six studied areas per year saves:
? enough energy to fuel 18 million passenger vehicles;
? enough water to fill 461,000 Olympic swimming pools;
? waste equivalent to the weight of 290,000 Boeing 747 airplanes; and
? the acidification potential of 292,000 railcars of coal.

“The findings challenge common misperceptions around plastics and underscore that plastic is a versatile efficient material that is helping to solve some of our greatest environmental challenges,” Russell says. “However, we can’t realize its full benefits if we don’t work toward better end-of-life solutions.”

ACC and North American resin producers have established a goal that 100 percent of plastic packaging will be reused, recycled or recovered by 2040. The ACC says meeting this goal and eliminating plastic waste in our ocean will further improve the environmental performance of plastic packaging.

Russell says, “We all want a world without plastic pollution, but we wouldn’t want a world without plastic.”



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Our Outstanding October Newsletter! Thu, 01 Nov 2018 18:20:19 +0000

Both Mental Health and Breast Cancer Awareness has become a very serious issue world wide. October is?the month in which we pay much needed attention to those with mental health issues.?Along with our Breast Cancer Awareness (PINK ribbons) program which ran?at Cibapac in October, we also managed?a mental heath awareness (GREEN ribbons) program and it was wonderful to see out staff get so involved and support the drive!?Our clinic, with nurse on site, was?open twice a week for our employees to pop in for check-ups and for a chat.

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Our Proudly Ciba team celebrated in style by enjoying some delicious Mexican Cuisine.?Here’s to our farmers & food producers all over the world!

Recently a number of foodborne illnesses occurred worldwide which aroused concern and anxiety within the food industry. This, in turn, placed food safety under the spotlight. Most of these foodborne illnesses are caused by mishandling or improper preparation and/or storage of food by food handlers.

In order to ensure proper food safety and to prevent food contamination, all food related businesses including food service organizations should comply with the existing food regulations as well as prepare their own Food Safety Plan (FSP). The FSP should be based on the principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.

HACCP adopts a proactive approach to anticipate the occurrence of potential problems during the food production process and to implement measures designed to prevent the occurrence of these problems.

An FSP is designed to identify and prevent possible food safety problems (hazards) in order to enhance food safety. The problems may relate to a multitude of factors which may include: the purchase, receiving, storage, preparation, cooking, packaging, transport or display of food.

Appropriate implementation of the FSP elements, together with the application of some basic practices (e.g. cleaning and sanitation, personal hygiene, pest control, waste disposal, and staff training), will certainly prevent food safety problems during the food production activity.

Supplier management plays a vital role in achieving and maintaining sustainability. Compliant suppliers with proper traceability procedures are critical to any successful company’s food safety vision.

Adequate training and distribution of information to both the public and food-related businesses, will create a better understanding of how food can become contaminated and how foodborne illnesses can be avoided through proper food-handling procedures. Each food business must decide what training their food-handlers need by identifying the highest risk areas of their workplace that are most likely to be affected by food hygiene and general safety.

Consequences of food-poisoning:

Management of all food enterprises must realise the importance of implementing and maintaining a good food management plan. Reducing food safety should not be considered when trying to cut financial costs as this will have a devastating impact on the business and the economy. The consequences of food-poisoning and other related medicals conditions due to a lack of proper food safety practices may be the cause of many negative, financial and emotional disasters.

Consumer complaints should be a priority as this reflects possible issues that may be overlooked by management during food production. Depending upon the results of the investigation, appropriate amendments to the FSP should be made where necessary with immediate effect to prevent occurrence.

There is a variety of worldwide food safety regulations, the most popular systems are ISO22000 (International Organization for Standardisation), BRC (British Retail Consortium), IFS (International Food Standard), Global G.A.P (The Worldwide Standard for Good Agriculture Practices) and lastly HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point). Although these standards provides guidance on how you should manage your operations, the key lies in good management principles.

Management must drive the moral obligation of providing a product that is safe for all to enjoy whether they are a small, medium or large enterprise. Get serious about Food Safety and ensure the Everyone Goes Home Healthy and Safe.

Article: R News

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Spring Has Sprung September Newsletter! Tue, 02 Oct 2018 14:07:55 +0000

On Friday, 7 September, our Proudly Ciba staff took part in Casual Day! Casual Day celebrates people with disabilities and also gives us a chance to raise funds for them. Our Cape Town branch supports the Robinhill School for children with disabilities and funds raised on the day went to the school. Thanks so very much to our fantastic staff who made a huge effort to dress up and make it a day to remember!

We’d like to wish all our staff and clients a HAPPY HERITAGE DAY which was celebrated last Monday!?On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people and includes the whole nation. We love the?diversity of our staff who represent our beautiful rainbow nation so well!

On the 15th of September, people across the globe took a stand against litter and they cleaned up! The day marked the FIRST EVER ‘World Clean-Up Day’ and the Proudly Ciba team were very excited to be a part of Plastics South Africa who supported the?the ‘Let’s Do It – South Africa’?clean up that took place throughout South Africa & across the world! We hope to be a part of this incredible initiative for many, many years to come!

In an effort to reduce packaging waste, Woolworths is piloting an integrated reverse vending machine in its flagship green store, in Palmyra, Claremont. Takeaway paper coffee cups with barcodes, glass & tin containers, Tetrapak packaging, & plastic bottles & containers up to the 2.25L size are all accepted by the machine for recycling.

The vending machine, which identifies recyclability by scanning product bar codes, was tested out first over a 6-month period at Woolworths’ head office in Cape Town. Employees’ recycling efforts helped refine & expand the database & the user experience of the smart machine to amass a database of recyclable packaging barcodes that includes both Woolies products & other popular brands sold elsewhere.

The trial follows the retailer’s announcement in June to achieve zero packaging waste to landfill by 2022. “It might seem like a fun innovation because it’s so smart, but this is actually an important trial,” says Feroz Koor, the Woolworths Holdings Group Head of Sustainability. “Packaging plays a vital role in protecting products. The effort to reduce pollution is not just about finding the ways to minimise packaging in a responsible way; it is also about supporting consumers’ in their efforts to recycle, which in turn, boosts the country’s recycling industry.”

How it works:

Recycling vending machines are increasingly common internationally where consumers participate actively in daily environmentally-friendly practices. To participate in the waste reduction process, consumers log in as a user of the recycling vending machine via their mobile phones & deposit their clean, barcoded recyclable items.

As part of the scanning & sorting of recyclable items, the user immediately receives a SMS confirmation of their deposit & a congratulations on being an eco-warrior. A local recycler is alerted when the machine is reaching its capacity to collect the materials.

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August Newsletter – The 1st of many! Fri, 31 Aug 2018 13:36:12 +0000 We are very proud to share with you our very first monthly newsletter!

In August every year we celebrate the wonderful woman in our lives. At Cibapac it’s no different! On the 8th of August (Woman’s Day) we honoured the special woman who form an integral part of the Cibapac Team. We decorated cup cakes, drank tea, handed out some gifts and shared stories. We did of course include the men too as we didn’t want to make them feel too left out! ??



And proving why our Ciba ladies are so incredible, a couple of them got together and gave back… They created much needed gift packs for the young woman at Robinhill Special School in Atlantis, and hand delivered them to beautiful smiles.


Plastics are superb materials in many ways, genuinely solving environmental and social problems. Society is now turning a solution into a problem, says Kl?ckner Pentaplast’s (kp) global sustainability director Lubna?Edwards

Plastic packaging is an essential part of the food supply chain, helping to protect food, extend shelf life and deliver significant reductions in waste. So, what are the misconceptions surrounding it??Plastics are demonised for many of the wrong reasons. But it is not the material that is the issue; plastic is resource efficient, flexible, hygienic, durable and lightweight, with protective barrier properties. Other materials don’t match those sustainable and functional properties.

The fundamental challenge is the careless disposal of plastic, resulting in land and marine litter, rather than the material itself. Many plastics can be easily recycled. The key question is whether there is the recycling infrastructure and appetite to dispose of litter and recycle responsibly.?kp designs and manufactures plastic food packaging, among other packaging and industrial products, which include flexible films, rigid films and rigid trays, many of which are made with up to 100 per cent recycled content and are recyclable themselves.

In the UK, kp principally uses post-consumer recycled polyester (rPET). When a consumer disposes of their PET packaging in a recycling bin, it is collected, sorted and recycled. We then buy the processed material back into our business and reuse it, closing the recycling loop. We invest a lot in innovation, designing for sustainability and recyclability; it’s a priority for?us.

Food waste in Europe totals 88 million tonnes, with associated costs estimated at €143 billion. Taking meat as an example, using plastic vacuum skin packaging can increase the shelf life from two to three days, if wrapped in paper, to sixteen days and more, reducing food waste by a staggering 75 per cent. The environmental, social and economic impacts of food waste far exceed the same for plastic packaging, which is specifically designed to protect products using minimum resources.

Food on the go is a growing trend, predicted to increase by 30 per cent within the next five years, particularly in large cities. But are there enough recycling units for consumers to dispose of their packaging responsibly, in line with?this??Improvements are being made, but not at the rate needed. In 2016, 27.1 million tonnes of plastic waste was collected through official schemes in the European Union to be treated. And for the first time, more plastic waste was recycled than landfilled.

For the ten years to 2016, the volume of plastic waste collected for recycling increased by 79 per cent, energy recovery increased by 61 per cent and landfill decreased by 43 per cent. But more needs to be?done.

Plastic waste is not the same as littering; plastic waste is a valuable raw material to us. Littering is a serious cultural problem. If consumers understood the value of it, they would not throw it away. They wouldn’t throw away a plastic £10?note.?More than 80 per cent of marine litter comes from developing countries, because there is a lack of infrastructure in place for waste?disposal.

England has the seventh highest recycling rate in the EU at 45 per cent. Wales has the second highest at 57 per cent and the third highest in the world. It has invested heavily in standardised and incentivised recycling systems.

Last year, kp used more than 140,000 tonnes of post-consumer rPET, the equivalent weight of 85,000 cars or 1,500 blue?whales.?We need more material so we can generate more recyclable protective packaging to meet the growing needs of society. But there are so many interdependencies and moving parts to the recycling chain. We have more than 300 councils in England, each collecting different waste materials and products for recycling. The government needs to create consistency, and we need adequate mechanisms and provisions for consumers to recycle at home or on the?go.

kp can then continue to design plastic packaging for recyclability and deliver environmental and social solutions, today and for future generations.

Article: Raconteur –?


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Absorption Food Trays Mon, 28 May 2018 20:42:52 +0000 Cibapac is one of the leading producers of polystyrene food trays in South Africa. As part of our continuous improvement drive our technical and innovation team has re-engineered the Cibapac absorption tray range to improve the absorption characteristics of the tray.

Improved absorption was the key factor and in order to achieve this we re-designed the micro piercing pins to ensure that maximum absorption would take place and also that the liquids would be retained within the trays structure. The tray uses capillary forces to draw the excess liquids through the micro piercings and with the addition of a specialized additive we increased the internal cell sizes to ensure maximum fluid retention within the tray.

It is noted that most of the absorption trays available in the market today have been “light weighted”, however in doing so there has been a significant reduction in the absorption capacity of the product. This is not the case with the new re-designed Ciba absorption food tray.

Key Benefits and Features:

  • ? Increases customer satisfaction by providing a Clean and Fresh look
  • ? Up to 300% absorption achieved
  • ? No more absorption liners required
  • ? Increase consumer confidence through product hygiene
  • ? Eliminate unwanted liquids in shopping bags and check out points
  • ? Reduce overall packaging cost
  • ? Trays are produced in a BRC certified production facility
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BRC Certification Mon, 04 Apr 2016 13:28:34 +0000 Article 1:
BRC Certification

Cibapac is proud to inform you that we have sustained our A grade certification against the BRC Global Standards for Packaging and Packaging Material and have also achieved certification against the ISO?18001:2007 for occupational health and safety requirements. Both standards are accepted internationally and provide the framework for rigorous and sustainable governance of quality, food safety and occupational health and safety practices. Specific benefits that stem from the two standards are listed below.

Certification to the BRC Packaging Standard:

  • ensures senior management commitment to product quality and safety,
  • verifies the delivery of consistent quality of both product and process,
  • proactively governs the risk of food safety hazards by elimination or effective control,
  • assists in exercising due diligence in respect of legal obligations,
  • helps provide protection to the consumer,
  • leads the company to sustainable continuous improvement,
  • builds company intellectual property.

The BSI 18001:2007 Standard provides the elements of occupational health and safety system that can be integrated with other systems. The system specifies requirements, that enables the organisation to develop and implement OHS policy and objectives that take both OHS risk and legislative requirements into account.

The system provides a review approach based on the PDCA* cycle in which the organisation must:

  • establish, implement processes that achieve OHS policy and objectives
  • review the effectiveness of the implemented processes
  • take action to improve the system performance and
  • demonstrate conformity of the system to the requirements of the 18001 standard.

Please take note of these respected Certificates. They are representative of our commitment to people safety, quality and food grade acceptable products.

With the introduction of the Consumer Act, in March 2011, these production quality standards are very important to our customers that deal with consumers.


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