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The Value of SQF Certification in Food Packaging Manufacturing

Having a supplier that produces products to meet food safety standards recognized in the industry is important in today’s packaging world. Retailers, brand owners and food service providers need assurance that the food packaging materials they buy have been produced under the guidance of a food safety management program. Using an SQF certified supplier like Profol Americas offers this assurance.

Profol, a leader in food packaging cast film and sheet, sees SQF certification as an important validation for its food packaging customers. A key component of Profol’s brand promise is to make customers’ jobs easier. Profol strives for continuous improvement and believes that achieving SQF certification offers their partners another level of confidence for receiving safe, quality food-grade packaging film.

What is SQF Certification?

The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) is responsible for developing and managing the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program. SQF is a food safety certification and management program based on sound scientific principles that applies risk-based thinking to control food safety hazards.

Once a company implements the SQF food safety management program, it is audited regularly by a third-party certification body. The food safety certification requirements of SQF provide a meticulous process to manage food safety risks and provide safe products for use by companies in the food industry.

SQF is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The SQF codes are written with consideration of the industry, customer and regulatory requirements. SQF certification ensures that an arduous and credible food safety system is in place, which helps facilitate customer confidence.

Why is it important today? 

The SQF program is recognized by retailers, brand owners and food service providers as one of the most rigorous and comprehensive food safety and quality standards in the world. SQF standards require establishment of a detailed, comprehensive food safety program through every step of the supply chain. Being SQF certified lets your customers know that you have gone the extra mile to help them lower their risk and exposure. Brand owners can be confident that their products are packaged in consumer-safe packaging.

What can you expect from an SQF certified supplier?

  1. Reliable Food Safety System – Having an SQF certified supplier means controls are in place assuring you are getting a consistently produced product that is being properly evaluated.
  2. Product Traceability – Processes are in place to trace a product through the entire manufacturing process. Unique lot numbers allow traceability from raw material to the finished product.
  3. Increased Confidence – Brand owners can trust that an SQF certified supplier has implemented a food safety program that ensures compliance and safe, quality food for consumers. The third-party certification body performs regular audits of the system. This fact gives owners the assurance that food safety and sanitation issues will not threaten their brand or reputation.

Providing quality, safe, food packaging products to the industry is of paramount importance today. Using an SQF certified supplier such as Profol provides benefits to brand owners, food service providers and retailers that are immeasurable in today’s environment.

Why not take the guesswork and risk out of your supplier selection? Choose a provider that has earned the right to carry the label – SQF Certified Supplier.

Learn more about polyolefin packaging solutions from Profol

Profol Greiz GmbH receives ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Greiz, Germany (April, 2020) – Profol Greiz GmbH is the first German location of Profol to be successfully certified according to DIN ISO 9001:2015. “This certification represents an important milestone, especially in view of the expansion of our product portfolio to include lightweight composite materials for new customers in the automotive sector,” explained Jörg Dörfel, Plant Manager of Profol Greiz GmbH.

As a manufacturer of food packaging films, the plant in Greiz is already certified with the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. ISO 9001:2015 underlines the further development of our quality management system. This new certification, which is issued by DEKRA Certification GmbH, applies in Greiz in the production of glass fibre reinforced semi-finished products and the manufacture of flat films for packaging, office supplies and technical applications. The certification was granted by DEKRA March 12, 2020. The Profol team began preparations for this certification at the end of 2018.

The quality management system according to ISO 9001:2015 helps in particular to reduce the effort of the widespread so-called “audit tourism.” For a long time, it was common practice for suppliers to have to prove their quality capability to a large number of customers by means of audits. In many markets, the certificate has now become a barrier to market entry. In the automotive sector, it is indispensable and is part of the uniform standard.

“We see the award of the certificate for our plant in Greiz as a starting point and challenge to establish the quality management system according to ISO 9001:2015 as the new standard in our plants of the Profol Group,” explained Dr. Philipp Schieferdecker, Managing Director of Profol.

About Profol

Profol is a global leader in cast film and sheet and has expanded to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of polyolefin cast films used in an ever-increasing list of commercial products – from flexible packaging to motor vehicles and household furniture. With locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia, Profol operates some of the most advanced cast extrusion facilities in the world. They have more than 500 employees worldwide who produce over 120,000 metric tons of plastic film and sheet products each year.

Profol award winning CPPeel® polypropylene-based peelable lidding helps lower carbon footprint of packaging material.

On behalf of Profol GmbH, ClimatePartner has conducted a cradle-to-customer CO2 comparative calculation of Profol polypropylene-based peelable lidding and traditional aluminum foil peelable lidding. Current dairy product cups, such as yogurt or cream cheese, are typically made of polypropylene. The peelable lidding generally used on these cups is aluminum foil. Profol has developed a polypropylene-based peelable lid to replace foil as part of their CPPeel® family of lidding solutions.

Profol GmbH is the winner of the German Sustainability Award 2020 for this CPPeel film solution, and a leader in the production of high-quality cast polyolefin films. ClimatePartner is a leading solutions provider for corporate climate protection.

We are pleased to provide the results of the study shown in the table below. Profol polypropylene lidding lowers CO2 emissions by 76% versus aluminum foil lids. Get more information about Profol’s sustainable CPPeel lidding technologies or see the full ClimatePartner product carbon footprint report.

Profol is a global leader in cast film and sheet and has expanded to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of polyolefin cast films used in an ever-increasing list of commercial products – from flexible packaging to motor vehicles and household furniture. With locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia, Profol operates some of the most advanced cast extrusion facilities in the world. Profol has more than 500 employees worldwide who produce over 120,000 metric tons of plastic film and sheet products each year.

Profol actively promotes environmental protection and sustainability by striving to reduce the consumption of raw materials, producing with a minimum of energy (e.g. through heat recovery) and using recyclable materials throughout the production process. Learn more information at profol.com.

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Profol adds recyclable pouch to its CPPouch® family of film solutions.

Sustainability continues to drive packaging innovation and simplification. In flexible pouch packaging, there is a push toward highly functional single-material solutions that can be more easily separated and recycled versus multi-material solutions that are prevalent today.

There have been several recent introductions for polyethylene pouch film technology. These products tout the polyethylene pouch as recycle-ready. Though the polyethylene pouch solutions have their place in some packaging, they don’t work well for applications requiring performance attributes that polyethylene can’t meet.

The narrow and mid web packaging format, driven by significant growth in digital printing, has helped lead the way to introducing new stand-up and pillow pouch solutions. With the growth in flexible pouch packaging and advancements of digital printing technology, brand owners are willing to cater to the market trend of individualization, which typically requires shorter print times and multiple label designs for a single product line. Economical, smaller run volumes are one of the key advantages of digital printing. Narrow web converters are realizing that, with a low capital investment, their digital label converting can become package converting.


Profol develops new polypropylene pouch technologies.
To meet market needs, the Profol team worked with collaborative partners to develop two polypropylene CPPouch® solutions that offer differentiated performance attributes versus existing polyethylene solutions.

New, coextruded all-polypropylene pouch wins packaging sustainability award at FachPack 2018. Learn more about this prestigious award »

CPPouch solution: 100% recyclable polypropylene pouch.
Profol introduced a recycle-ready coextruded polypropylene film as part of the CPPouch family of pouch solutions. Besides sustainability, one of the key objectives of this mono-material pouch development was to match the performance of traditional PET/PE laminate in terms of drop test, puncture resistance and moisture barrier.

Among other advantages there is no lamination required, eliminating an additional process step. Printing will be applied on the surface versus reverse print. Profol’s printing partner, Engelhardt Druck, has demonstrated superb color-adhesion such that even ultrasonic welding does not compromise the print along the sealing seam, easing concerns for scratching or other visual defects to the packaging during transportation. Trials carried out by Profol’s pouch converting partner, Widmann, confirmed that the film can be processed very efficiently. In order to expand the markets where this unique new solution can be used, a version suitable for retort applications up to 121°C (250°F) is being developed.

CPPouch solution: Cast polypropylene sealant web for BOPP/CPP polypropylene pouch.
Profol teamed up with ACPO and Inland Packaging to develop this recycle-ready, polypropylene pouch solution. The pouch consists of a reverse printed BOPP film, and a pressure sensitive adhesive-coated cast polypropylene film. An oxygen barrier coating can be added if needed for the application. For proof of concept, Profol produced the cast polypropylene sealant web with a wide sealing window, ACPO applied the pressure sensitive adhesive to the sealant web, and Inland Packaging reverse printed the BOPP and pressure laminated it to the sealant web to form the final pouch.


Polypropylene pouch value proposition.
These collaborative efforts have produced polypropylene pouch solutions that offer excellent functionality and differentiated performance for the narrow web and traditional pouch markets. In addition to improved sustainability and recyclability, the polypropylene pouch offers operational efficiency, low haze and directional tear advantages versus a polyethylene pouch.

To learn more about Profol and our pouch solutions, please contact us.

Profol wins German Sustainability Award 2020.

Photo courtesy of Ralf Ruehmeier

Learn why Profol was chosen for this prestigious award. Read jury statement »

Nuremberg / Halfing, Germany – Profol GmbH, a leading manufacturer of cast polypropylene (CPP) films, was named the winner of the German Sustainability Award at a gala event that took place in Dusseldorf, Germany on November 22, 2019, for its CPPeel® lidding solutions.

Profol was selected from the top three companies in the Special Prize Packaging category. Politicians, retailers and consumers agree that global plastic waste needs to be reduced. This award recognizes market-ready products that reduce, optimize or avoid packaging waste.

The National German Sustainability Award, established in 2008 to encourage the acceptance of social and ecological responsibility and to identify role models in this area, is endorsed by the German Federal Government, local and business associations as well as numerous NGOs, among them UNESCO and UNICEF.

“We firmly believe that plastic is very much part of the sustainability equation, if the right materials combined with the right designs are applied to suitable challenges. To have that fact recognized on this stage has been extremely motivating to our company. Only being nominated has inspired us to develop further film solutions toward 100% recyclable mono-material packaging designs,” said Philipp Schieferdecker, Managing Director of Profol.

About Profol CPPeel solutions:
CPPeel polypropylene lidding film is an alternative to lidding films containing aluminum, metallized PET or paper/polyethylene, and make food packaging easier to recycle. When polypropylene cups have any remnants of aluminum lids, they must be removed from the recycling stream. CPPeel lidding film used in conjunction with a cup made of polypropylene makes the entire packaging solution 100% recyclable according to the German Packaging law. Polypropylene lids also take less energy to manufacture and provide puncture resistance that helps lower food losses.

To find out more about CPPeel lidding solutions for food packaging, visit profol.com/cppeel »

About the company:
Since its beginning in 1980, Profol has specialized in the production of high-quality cast polyolefin films. As an environmentally friendly and versatile raw material, cast polypropylene (CPP) has increasingly replaced other plastic film products. Polypropylene is odorless, tasteless and does not react with skin and mucous membrane. Originally used mainly in the office supply industry, CPP is increasingly gaining acceptance in packaging, furniture and automotive industries.

Profol develops new product innovations based on CPP and other polyolefins, carries an extensive standard product line, and produces custom films to customer specifications.

The Profol Group includes Profol GmbH (Halfing, Germany), Profol Greiz GmbH (Greiz-Gommla, Germany), Profol Harbke GmbH (Harbke, Germany), Profol Czech s.r.o. (Most-Čepirohy, Czech Republic), Profol Americas, Inc. (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA), and Guangzhou Profol Films (Guangzhou, China). With more than 26 production lines worldwide at its six production sites and approximately 500 employees, Profol has an annual capacity of over 120,000 metric tons and generates annual sales of around 200 million euros (2018).

Profol actively promotes environmental protection and sustainability by striving to reduce the consumption of raw materials, producing with a minimum of energy (e.g. through heat recovery) and using recyclable materials throughout the production process. Learn more information at profol.com.

Profol makes the improbable possible at K 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

K 2019
16–23 October 2019
Düsseldorf, Germany

Visit Profol in Hall 7, Level 1/D02 »

Profol is innovating cast film and sheet development in ways that many in the industry did not know were possible. Look for photos of our unique zoo animals at K 2019 demonstrating the surprising ways Profol is improving traditional packaging and automotive manufacturing. The K show is the world’s number 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber. It features approximately 3,200 international exhibitors.

 

Progano® lightweight composite can stand up to almost anything.

Progano® lightweight composite sheet is lighter than aluminum and as strong as steel. Progano helps automotive and other component manufacturers decrease weight, increase strength and improve production efficiency. It can be formed in many shapes using existing thermal presses and injection molding equipment.
Learn more about Progano »

CPPeel® lidding film makes your entire package 100% recyclable.

The CPPeel® family of lidding solutions gives manufacturers a better option for sealing, protecting and marketing food products. CPPeel is made with polypropylene resins in a cast film process – and is an alternative to lidding films made of aluminum.
Learn more about CPPeel »

CPPouch® film provides safe and sustainable food storage.

CPPouch® is a flexible single-material pouch that can be more easily separated and recycled versus multi-material solutions. Current Profol solutions include a laminated stand-up pouch made of 100% recyclable CPP and BOPP and a coextruded CPP stand-up pouch with a thin barrier layer for long shelf life.
Learn more about CPPouch »

Profol continues rebranding effort with manufacturing site name changes in Germany.

We the Profol group, with six locations in Germany, Czech Republic, USA and China have undertaken a major rebranding of our organization. With manufacturing plants on multiple continents, our rebranding is putting an emphasis on Profol as a global brand. The rebranding is designed to showcase our global presence, capabilities and leadership in cast polyolefin film and sheet. As part of this global rebranding, the three German locations will be renamed as of August 1st 2019 as follows:

  • Profol Kunststoffe GmbH becomes Profol GmbH
  • Innofol Kunststoffprodukte GmbH becomes Profol Greiz GmbH
  • Technofol Kunststoffe GmbH becomes Profol Harbke GmbH

Profol, with headquarters in Halfing, Germany, and five other locations around the world, had built a global reputation for quality and service through nearly 40 years of manufacturing polyolefin-based cast film and sheet products. The rebranding effort was driven by a need to unify our global marketing efforts to communicate our position as a world leader in the cast film and sheet industry.

The new tagline, “Profol Performs”, was created as a simple and direct delivery of the Profol brand promise. It serves as a guideline to Profol employees around the world as to what our customers expect from us. It also sets the tone for a unified brand identity, website, and communications approach for all Profol locations, and a better brand experience for all Profol customers around the world. Our promise of consistent performance is clear, and it sets us apart in a crowded marketplace.

Profol strives to build long-term relationships with customers by making their jobs easier. No matter where you go in the world, the unique benefit of Profol is the same – providing custom cast film and sheet solutions that solve specific customer problems.

We want to make you aware of our new web presence at www.profol.com, providing information on which markets we serve, new developments and products as well as trade show appearances. Please visit our website and view the News & Events section for upcoming trade show appearances.

Profol Americas site attains Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification for the manufacture of food packaging.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (July 2019) – Profol, a global leader in cast film and sheet, announces that its Cedar Rapids, Iowa, facility has been certified and is registered as meeting the requirements of the Safe Quality Food (SQF) code edition 8.0 for manufacture of food packaging.

The team at Profol Americas began the certification process in September 2018, and certification was received July 15, 2019, making it the first SQF-certified Profol site. The Cedar Rapids site scored a 96 out of 100 which is an “Excellent” SQF rating – the highest rating category possible. Profol also has a BRC-certified site in Greiz-Gommla, Germany to produce food grade packaging film.

“Having our manufacturing site SQF registered is an important step for food packaging customers,” said Mark VanSumeren – Director New Business Development at Profol. “A key component of our Profol brand promise is to make our customers’ jobs easier. We strive for continuous improvement and believe achieving SQF certification offers our partners another level of confidence that Profol will continue to deliver safe, quality food grade packaging film.”

The SQF program is recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers as one of the most rigorous and comprehensive food safety and quality standards in the world. SQF standards require establishment of a rigorous, comprehensive food safety program through every step of the supply chain.

About Profol – Profol is a global leader in cast film and sheet and has expanded to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of polyolefin cast films used in an ever-increasing list of commercial products – from flexible packaging to motor vehicles and household furniture. With locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia, Profol operates some of the most advanced cast extrusion facilities in the world. We have more than 500 employees worldwide who produce over 100,000 metric tons of plastic film and sheet products each year.

Download the SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacture of Food Packaging – Edition 8.0

For media inquiries, email: sales@profol.com

Profol exhibited at FachPack 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Profol exhibited at FachPack
Exhibition Centre
Nuremberg, Germany
24-26 September 2019

Profol – Hall 7 / 7-745 »

Profol’s packaging line of cast film and sheet is used for both food and non-food items. Applications include flexible packaging films for manufacture of pouch structures, peelable solutions including lidding, anti-fog film, floral sleeves, textile, overwraps, bread bags and shallow-draw thermoforming. We offer packaging films that are FDA/REACH/BRC compliant, PVC free and BPA free.

Our new CPPeel® family of lidding solutions give manufacturers better options for sealing, protecting and marketing food products. While our CPPouch® family of flexible pouch films are ideal for single-material recyclability, a wide range of sealing properties, and high-retort packaging applications. Profol also provides film for metallization, film for barrier bags, and many label applications including IML printing. Profol offers clear CPP film as well as film in custom colors, with exceptional tear resistance, and with biodegradable options.

Profol exhibited at PACK EXPO 2019 in Las Vegas.

 

September 23-25
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

Profol booth – LS-6846 in the Lower South Building.

Visit show site to see exhibit floor plan »

Profol’s packaging line of cast film and sheet are used for both food and non-food items. Applications include flexible packaging films for manufacture of pouch structures, peelable solutions including lidding, vacuum packaging film, anti-fog film, floral sleeves, textile, overwraps, and shallow-draw thermoforming. We offer packaging films that are FDA compliant, PVC free and BPA free.

Our new CPPeel® family of lidding solutions give manufacturers better options for sealing, protecting and marketing food products. While our CPPouch® family of flexible pouch films are ideal for single-material recyclability, a wide range of sealing properties, and high-retort packaging applications. Profol also provides film for metalization, film for barrier bags, and many label applications including IML printing. Profol offers clear CPP film as well as film in custom colors, with exceptional tear resistance, and with biodegradable options.