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The NaturGreen Murcia poses its packaging challenges to the packaging industry (02/03/2020)

The Márquez y Cía credit insurance agency has also intervened to present an aggregate economic study of the Cluster companies, analyze the 2020 perspectives and how the coronavirus crisis can affect the Packaging industry

NaturGreen, one of the brands of the Murcia company Laboratorios Almond, specialist in vegetable and organic food, has raised its packaging challenges to the sector in the last edition of the breakfast of the Cluster of Innovation in Packaging and Packaging held in Valencia.

The firm, with headquarters and production facilities in Librilla (Murcia), has explained that innovation is part of the company's DNA, which has allowed it to currently have a catalog of more than 600 organic products 100% vegetable and be Present in more than 60 countries.

But also "we want to innovate and set an example with the most sustainable packaging possible, since we always want to go ahead of the consumer," said Marketing Manager, Juan Alfonso Meroño.

Meanwhile, among the main packaging challenges that Almond Laboratories Quality Manager Isabel Gómez has transferred, he first highlighted the need to use increasingly sustainable packaging.

"The market asks us for more recyclable and reusable containers, new materials that the sector can offer us but with the guarantee that the container will maintain basic benefits, such as the oxygen barrier or the protective atmosphere of food," he said.

At this point, it has proposed to the sector the viability of obtaining, for example, labels for containers that can be soluble in water or materials for Doypack containers or boats that can be 100% recyclable, among others.

The quality manager of the company has also insisted on the use of cheaper packaging.

"Another aspect that we seek to improve is that our packaging suppliers can provide us with a faster supply, which facilitates the launch of new products," he concluded.

Solvency of the sector

On the other hand, the managing partner of Márquez y Cía Agencia de Crédito y Caución, Antonio Márquez, also participated in the breakfast to present an aggregate analysis carried out to the Cluster companies, where he highlighted "the high solvency of the companies".

According to the report, the Cluster companies have "average sales of 38 million euros, values ​​far superior to those in the sector," he said.

"These are very consolidated companies, which is something highly valued by risk analysts when granting loans," and added that more than 60% of them are 25 years old or older.

Finally, on how the coronavirus crisis is affecting the container and packaging sector, Antonio Márquez has commented that it is a factor more than a period of uncertainty "which is this 2020, along with others such as the global slowdown, the decline in exports or delinquent growth. "

In this sense, Márquez has recommended "to be a little more conservative this year," encouraging on the other hand to "continue launching projects and innovating because otherwise the situation can get complicated," he concluded.

This new Cluster Breakfast has been funded by the Ministry of Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Commerce and Labor of the Generalitat Valenciana.

Photo caption sent:

From left to right: David Olmos, secretary of the Cluster;

Isabel Gómez, head of quality at Almond Laboratories;

Antonio Márquez, partner of Márquez y Cía;

Juan Alfonso Meroño, Marketing Manager of Almond Laboratories.

The cluster

The Cluster of Innovation in Packaging and Packaging is a business association that has more than 70 associates.

Its objective is to facilitate the generation of business among the associated companies by integrating the entire value chain of the packaging.

Its associates, among which are companies of paper, cardboard, plastic and wood, respond to the agricultural and food, automobile and tile industry.

The Packaging and Packaging sector has sales of more than 3,200 million euros per year and employs more than 12,000 people in the Valencian Community.

The sector represents 10% of the aggregate turnover of industries based in the Community and 2.6% of Valencian GDP.

Source: Agencias

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