Krehalon’s Packaging Solutions Increase Production Efficiency, Reduce Overheads While Extending Product Shelf Life

Krehalon is gaining recognition in Russia for its automated packaging solutions, high abuse shrink bags and Secondary Seal (SSL™) options. As the meat industry is constantly challenged to reduce costs and squeeze profitability, it is the ideal time to explore the benefits of automated packing systems and understand how readily available technologies, such as Krehalon’s Shrink Bag Replacement (SBR™) solutions, can help reduce labour costs and improve efficiency.

Krehalon offers a range of innovative packaging solutions to the fresh and processed meat, poultry, cheese and seafood industries. With over 40 years’ experience, Krehalon is known as the Seal of Quality in barrier packaging to the fresh food industry.

Over the last decade, one focus for Krehalon has been its automated Shrink Bag Replacement (SBR™) solutions – Flovac™ and Formshrink®. Flovac™ is ideal for packing high volume, irregular shaped products e.g. primal fresh meats such as pork, beef and lamb, while Formshrink® is better suited to consistent, uniform shapes such as poultry and hard cheese.

These solutions challenge traditional thinking. For meat packers, SBR™ can achieve significant material usage savings by replacing manual bagging. This is due to more precise material-to-product ratio, meaning product pack sizes can be adjusted to the length and size of each product. This eliminates unnecessary packaging waste thereby improving operational efficiency through cost reduction and pack differentiation.

Other packaging solutions proving popular in the Russian Fresh meat market are ML40 high abuse shrink bags and Krehalon’s revolutionary secondary seal (SSL™).

The patented, high abuse shrink bags offer puncture resistant packaging solutions. They are well-suited for the most demanding hard or bone-in product applications and address the need for technically strong, leaker proof packaging. These bags can be run on various vacuum packing systems.

Some of the largest pork and beef producers in Russia as well as Europe and Australia, have been interested in SSL™, since it came onto the market five years ago due to the blood yield advantages and significant shelf-life extension benefits it offers over standard shrink products. SSL™ uses special sealant materials to help minimise blood drip in packaging and preserve product quality through shelf life whilst achieving the perfect ‘skin-tight’ pack presentation.

‘Recent fund schemes from the Russian Government to support the country’s shift towards self-sufficiency in meat production has provided a great opportunity for Russian meat packers to invest in modernised equipment and facility reconstruction to accommodate automation. Our Russian specialists are delighted to be able to serve the Russian market and provide their technical knowledge and expertise to accelerate this transition.’ – commented Krehalon.

‘The recent coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately put a lot of industry events on hold. However, we are hopeful that there will be a good turnout at Agroprodmash in October. This will be our first-time participating with our own Krehalon booth, since having a direct representation in Russia. It will provide a fantastic opportunity to meet in person once more with our customers and continue building long-term relationships.’

Krehalon are manufacturers and distributors of high-quality shrink barrier films, bags and casings to the food industry. The company focuses on innovative packaging solutions using patented technologies, market-driven expertise, and product knowledge to meet customer needs. Krehalon is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kureha Corporation, a Japanese specialty chemicals and plastics manufacturer listed on the Tokyo stock exchange with annual revenues exceeding $1.2 billion.