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PET FOOD

PET FOOD
In today’s society, pets have become integral members of our families and lives. Freshness, portability, and quality are essential in their meals and treats. We are responsibly providing solutions for packages from small sachets to big bags and multi-layer laminates for stand-up pouches made for the treats and small meal portions.

National Legislation Updating

National Legislation Updating
  • German Ordinance on printing inks.
Second draft of the regulation was published at late 2011 and BLL (German Federation of Food Law and Food Science), on behalf of the whole supply chain for packed foods, responded positively on various points.
Change on the application field of the regulation, as it will not apply in cases where can be proved that migration from inks is not possible, allowance of substances approved for plastic manufacturing, to be used in printing inks manufacturing, and allowance of “nanomaterials” (under conditions) with adoption of EU recommendation regarding definition, were some of the most welcomed changes.

Barrier properties

Barrier properties
The prime objective of packaging is to protect the pack contents from undesirable interactions with the external environment. In most cases the requirements are for the prevention of oxidation or loss of volatiles, and contamination by foreign bodies.

UK & Irland Office Opening

UK & Irland Office Opening
We are pleased to announce the expansion of our operations to the UK and Ireland with the opening of our new offices in Nottingham. Our full address is: 14 Dunlin Wharf, Castle Marina, Nottingham NG7 1TJ.

At A. Hatzopoulos SA, we believe that successfully addressing client-specific needs requires more than a functional mastery ofpolymer conversion technology and rotogravure/flexography printing processes; in addition to our specialist knowledge of the flexible packaging materials market, we place equal emphasis on customer care.For this reason, we decided to assemble a dedicated, highly-trained team of professionals, based in Nottingham, who will be able to offer immediate attention to new and existing customers in the UK and Ireland. We will be applying the successful business model originally across Europe, where we function in close geographical proximity to our customers and provide rapid and efficient support.

Sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging
The aim of sustainable packaging is the development and use of packaging which results in improved sustainability. At the end stage of design it involves increased use of life cycle inventory (LCI) and life cycle assessment (LCA) to help guide the use of packaging which reduces the environmental impact and ecological footprint, but in the very first steps requires a look at the whole of the supply chain: from basic function, to marketing, and then through to end of life (LCA) and rebirth. The goals are to improve the long term viability and quality of life for humans and the longevity of natural ecosystems. Sustainable packaging must meet the functional and economic needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability is not necessarily and end state but is a continuing process of improvement.

Hatzopoulos’ Distinction for its Social Responsibility

Hatzopoulos’ Distinction for its Social Responsibility
Hatzopoulos SA was awarded for its action in the field of Corporate Responsibility by the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (FING) with the prize "Greek Value".
FING in cooperation with the financial newspaper Express launched a new initiative to award the manufacturing enterprises in the region. The ultimate goal is to highlight the Greek value through the manufacturing business.

Sealing trouble shooting

Sealing trouble shooting
One of the most important functions of packaging is to ensure the protection of the product. This implies (among others) that the pack must be securely sealed (either lock seal or easy open). With flexible packaging, this can be achieved on the packing line by heat sealing, or by the use of some form of adhesive system (cold and heat seals coatings).

Dried foods Alu-free solution

Dried foods Alu-free solution
Dried foods, and especially dehydrated soups, powder concentrates and mixes, are high-demanding concerning packaging barrier properties, food-stuffs. Especially humidity barrier is essential for the products’ conservation and shelf life. Although aluminium foil-based flat pouches usually dominates this market, Hatzopoulos is ready to propose alternative alu-free solution.

BPA Issue Update

BPA Issue Update
Bisphenol A issue is constantly evolving in European and world wide level. Research reports are published continuously and opinions still differ widely.

Era Awards 2011

Era Awards 2011
Our company has been awarded for second consecutive year for the quality of its rotogravure printing by the Erupean Rotogravure Association in the recent competition “Gravure Award competition”. The contest was organized along with the ERA Packaging Conference and took place in Graz Austria on 17-18.11.2011.
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