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GROW meets in Valencia to deal with food safety issues

March 29 2017, FEDEMCO hosted in Valencia the first technical meeting of GROW International this year.

Within the approach with ASSOIMBALLAGGI, is remarkable the agreement that in 2017 the Italian sector of light packaging integrated in this national association will participate in the activities of GROW.

The meeting had the political participation of Eleuterio Donat, as a member of the Executive Committee of FEDEMCO, and Cosimo Messina, a leading manufacturer in the region of Sicily and political representative of the Italian association.

The following directors or secretary generals: Olivier de Lagausie (SIEL GROW France), Uwe Groll (GROW Germany), Domenico Corradetti (ASSOIMBALLAGGI) and Fernando Trénor (FEDEMCO GROW Spain) were also attending.

The day's agenda dealt mainly with the situation of food safety in the sector, as well as the present and future of European regulation of wood as a material in direct contact with food.



FRUIT LOGISTICA 2107. An opportunity to exchange on the opportunities and challenges of the wood packaging sector

The presence at the Berlin exhibition grounds of manufacturers of light wooden packaging of different origins has been an opportunity to exchange valuable information about the market.

Company representatives from Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, etc. and branch suppliers have been able to talk about business opportunities and challenges.

Whether GROW members or still not, the organisation is well recognized and stays as an international reference for all of them.



GROW, the international wood packaging reference at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2017

According to its organizers, FRUITLOGISTICA 2017 achieves again a record of participation with more tan 3, 000 exhibitors from 86 countries and 70, 000 trade visitors from 130 countries.

The three member organization of GROW (FEDEMCO, SIEL and GROW e.V.) exhibited simultaneously for the first time at FRUIT LOGISTICA

All report excellent results in terms of domestic and international visits and promotion and are aiming to be back for 2018 edition..

Good quality of light wooden packaging manufactured in Spain, France and Germany has attracted profesional visitors from the five continents.

Wood is associated with natural and premium quality produce and it is specially appreciated as a sustainable selling unit and when long distance cool logistics demand that packaging performs well in wet conditions.



GROW exhibits at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2017

GROW  represented by SIEL (France, Hall 22 F-05), FEDEMCO (Spain, Hall 11.2 B-10) and GROW e.V. (Germany, Hall 20 B-12)

The three member organization of GROW will be exhibiting simultaneously for the first time at FRUIT LOGISTICA, the biggest yearly fresh produce event in Europe.

Besides of the usal attendance of FEDEMCO and GROW e.V., for this year SIEL will also be promoting the French Wood light-weight packaging industry.

This will bring the opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GROW concept and logo, which was created together wih the recycling company GROW GmbH in Germany

A comon history with the own creation of FRUIT LOGISTICA that also celebrates 25 years



A scientific journal in the USA publishes an important article on the hygienic properties of wood

It demonstrates that the porous nature of wood is not a limitation as far as hygiene is concerned, and that it even has the particular characteristic of containing antibacterial inhibitors of pathogens.

The prestigious scientific journal of the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago (USA), “Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety” has published an article called: “Microbial Safety of Wood in Contact with Food: A Review” in its latest edition.

This study demonstrates that the porous nature of wood, especially when compared to smooth surfaces, is not a limitation as far as hygiene is concerned, and that its microbiological status could even be an advantage. In fact, its rough or porous surface often generates unfavourable conditions for the proliferation of microorganisms. Besides, wood has the particular characteristic of producing antibacterial components capable of inhibiting or limiting the growth of pathogenic microorganisms.

It is a critical review and summary of the scientific studies that have been carried out on wood and its contact with food, especially as far as microbiological behaviour is concerned.

It has been drawn up by a team of experts in France, Spain and Germany.

The article, which is based on a review of conclusions from scientific studies that have been carried out over the last 20 years, describes the general properties of wooden packaging and focuses on the microbiological status of natural wood.

The article goes on to discuss the parameters that influence the survival of microorganisms on wood. And it finally reports on the transfer of microorganisms between wood and food, in addition to the factors that influence this phenomenon.

This study demonstrates that the porous nature of wood, especially when compared to smooth surfaces, is not a limitation as far as hygiene is concerned, and that its microbiological status could even be an advantage. In fact, its rough or porous surface often generates unfavourable conditions for the proliferation of microorganisms. Besides, wood has the particular characteristic of producing antibacterial components capable of inhibiting or limiting the growth of pathogenic microorganisms.

The article can be consulted and shared by clicking on the following link: http://goo.gl/mmhHSu



New evidence confirms the hygienic property of wood

Scientific studies confirm again  the suitability of wood in contact with fruit, fish and cheese

Recent research carried out in France and Spain confirms once again the antibacterial properties of wood from black poplar and pine trees.

At the beginning of last November, The results of new scientific studies on wood and food safety were presented at European scale at the 66th FEFPEB conference held in Cork (Ireland) and the 29th conference of the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) held in Athens (Greece). 

The conclusions of vast research carried out by the French consortium “EMABOIS” were presented in Cork. The research, which was led by F. Aviat and M. Federighi, has given rise to various doctorate theses and scientific articles, and the conclusions reached are in line with the work on fish crates that was carried out in Spain by José Juan Rodríguez Jerez from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Barcelona, and was presented in Athens.

This EMABois project has counted on the participation of various French research authorities (such as Actalia, ESB, ESI Reims, FCBA, and ONIRIS), and has also validated specific methods and protocols of microbiological and chemical analysis on wood. The results of the project confirm the harmlessness and microbiological hygiene of wooden surfaces, especially in the study regarding contact with fresh produce such as fruit, vegetables, fish and dairy products.

Just like other research work that has been carried out over the past few years, this study confirms once again the strong antibacterial effect of wood in different cases due to physical inhibition (especially wood from black poplar, pine and fir trees), concluding that the porosity of wood is, in this sense, an advantage in comparison to “smooth” materials.

The conclusions are similar to those of Professor Rodríguez Jerez, who assessed microbiological behaviour after the first use for different containers used to pack fish at Spanish market. In fact, he affirms that due to the antibacterial properties of wood, it is the least contaminated material after being in contact with fish. Besides, wooden crates also preserve its quality and safety. of the fish. 

The French Aviat and Federighi also conclude that the possible migration of the natural molecules of wood, especially volatile organic compounds, is harmless for the consumer. In fact, their research identifies substances that are considered harmless within the international legal framework and scientific literature, and which are even used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food and agriculture sectors as thickening agents, flavouring and natural colouring.

More information about EMABOIS

More information about Fish packaging study



GROW International presentation in Brussels

MEPs show support in defending food and environmental values of wood packaging.

MEP Mr. Andrés Perelló introduces the event with representatives of GROW International.

GROW INTERNATIONAL, an organizationthat brings together the European sector of light wood packaging in Germany,Spain, France and Portugal held last Tuesday, May 31, a briefing with membersof the European Parliament and European Commission representatives and otherbusiness organizations based in Brussels.

The event whose main objectives were to raise awareness of the sector and their priorities and challenges in food safety and environment, was sponsored by Mr. Andrés Perelló, Spanish MEP and member of the parliamentary committees of the referred areas.

Mr. Perello in his welcome speech highlighted the international integration of GROW, the traditional value of wood packaging, its quality, sustainability and links with the origin of products, the positive evolution of the sector, strategic in the climate change fight, in a context of strong competition from other materials. The MEP Advocated a more active promotion of the sector within the Parliament and the European Commission, referring to the case of fish packaging.

BONPHIL office General Manager, consultant of GROW in European affairs, Bruno Guichart, presented to the members, objectives and activities of the organization, emphasizing its integration into FEFPEB, European Wood Packaging and Pallets Federation, and the latter in CEI-Bois, European Wood Industries Confederation.[See this and following presentations Powerpoint below]

The presentation on food security was provided by Fernando Trénor, General Manager of FEDEMCO / GROW (Spanish Federation of Wooden Packaging) in Spain, which also made an analysis and assessment of European legislation on hygiene and food contact materials and its interpretation, focusing his message in different arguments and scientific references about the compliance of wood industry and timber in contact with food. Trénor asked those present to strong support for the sector, especially in the defense of wood packaging for fish.[See hygiene arguments]

Olivier de Lagausie, General Delegate of SIEL-GROW, Union of Industrial Light Wood Packaging in France, defended the environmental superiority of wood packaging from life cycle analysis comparison with cardboard and plastic fruit and vegetable packaging (CO2 capture, low energy and water consumption, etc.). He defended the use of this tool to question the principle of hierarchy of reuse compared to prevention and recycling of packaging waste management. Using real examples of advertising, showed how different corporations, such as Carrefour, have taken environmental positioning of wood packaging.

Finally, Uwe Groll, General Manager of the association GROW Germany and Filipa Pico, Secretary General of the association EMBAR GROW Portugal,  presented the environmental benefits and cascade valuation of wood waste, showing the high degree of compliance with the European target of wood packaging recycling in different countries. They challenged the common interpretation of the legislation on packaging and packaging waste, which tends to prioritize the reuse against material recycling without sufficient justification. They also highlighted the possibilities of extending the storage effect of CO2 through recycling of waste in other products as well as the effect of replacing fossil fuels with wood residues.

The presentation concluded with a cocktail-lunch on the premises of the Europeann Parliament, decorated with attractive displays of wooden packaging and fresh produce. In this context, and in a more relaxed, MEPs, GROW members and representatives of other organizations based in Brussels, confirmed in a more relaxed atmosphere the interest and commitment of all to promote and defend the interests of the sector.

MEPs Mrs.Maria Irigoyen, Mr. Andrés Perelló and Mr. Antolin Sánchez Presedo with Mr. Fernando Trénor, General Manager of FEDEMCO / GROW Spain.

MEP Mrs. Pilar Ayuso with Mr. Alberto Palmi, FEDEMCO / GROW representative (left) and Mr. Juan Manuel Revuelta, Delegate of the Valencian Government in Brussels (right).

MEP Mr. Jean-Paul Gauzès (center) with (left to right) Claire Becquet de Mégille, representantive of  French Federation of Vegetable Producers (FNPL),  Mr. Thierry Péré and Mr. Olivier de Lagausie (SIEL-GROW France)

Mr. Uwe Groll (GROW Germany), Mr.Paulo Verdasca (FEFPEB, European Federation of Wood Packaging and Pallets), andMrs. Filipa Pico (EMBAR Portugal)

 Mr Ricardo Cortes Lastra (MEP) (center) with  Mr Vicente Montaner (Mr Perelló MEP assistant) and Mr Joaquín GUZMAN  (MEP assistant).

Gabriela Gorostiza (CEI-Bois) and S & D Party Delegation assistant

MEP Mr. Jean-Paul Gauzès talking to press media

Bruno Guichart, Alba Ridao, Alesia Dacal (BONPHIL) with (center) Fanny Lossy (OriGin, Insight Consulting)

GROW Lightweight wooden packaging and fresh produce show

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