August 08, 2012
Sealed Air’s Diversey™ hygiene solutions brand announces the launch of Dicolube Sustain™, a track treatment system for the brewing and beverage industry that offers the advantages of effective production line hygiene and lubrication while reducing operational water usage by at least 60 percent in brewing operations.
Developed for the conveyance of food and beverage containers in brewing and beverage industry packaging hall operations, the semi-dry lubrication and hygiene program is primarily targeted for use on stainless steel conveyors transporting glass bottles but can also be used for cans and mixed packaging lines (PET bottles). The system is ideal for bottlers and brewers looking for sustainable choices to conserve resources, enhance energy efficiency, reduce total operating costs and improve workplace safety. Dicolube Sustain features effective lubrication properties that reduce friction and thus help reduce energy used to move products along the conveyor. Based on comparison to standard systems utilizing point-of-use water diluted lubricants, the system has the potential to deliver as much as 80 percent reduction in water usage in brewing and beverage manufacturing settings – representing significant conservation benefits for one of the world’s most critical resources. Reducing water and energy usage also lowers input costs for manufacturers. In addition, drier floors and conveyor systems resulting from program implementation contribute to improved workplace safety.
In addition to proprietary semi-dry lubricant and conveyor hygiene chemicals, the Dicolube Sustain system features service components including production line assessments, equipment recommendations or modifications (if necessary), implementation support and ongoing customer relationship management.
"Dicolube Sustain is a system that provides a great example of our focus on developing solutions based on knowledge, expertise and understanding of the industries in which our food and beverage customers operate," said Alex Ricarte, Executive Director, Sector Food & Beverage, North America, Sealed Air. "Brewing and beverage producers identify water usage, effective hygiene, production line safety and controlling costs among their key concerns. In trials with well-known brewing operations, this system has a positive impact in each of these areas."
The system is highly adaptable to current operations. In many cases, existing dosing, control and distribution components may be used with Dicolube Sustain, limiting the investment required for manufacturers to adopt the program. "This system perfectly aligns with the Sealed Air SmartLife™ sustainability initiative that challenges our business and employees to develop inventive solutions that enhance our customers’ operations while demonstrating tangible benefits for the environment," said Ron Cotterman, Vice President, Sustainability, Sealed Air Corp. "Water is one of our most important resources, and it is our responsibility to help our customers conserve as much as possible wherever we can, especially when you consider the shortages faced in many parts of the world today."
May 23, 2012
Global players disagree on the answers to the most current Food Safety and Labour Safety challenges while poll shows that nearly 1 in 5 food safety businesses did not treat infection control as a business risk
More than 200 senior business leaders from world renown, blue-chip organisations in the building care, retail, lodging, and food & beverage industries attended the recent Risk Management Summit arranged by Diversey, now a part of Sealed Air. The Summit was held at the Amsterdam RAI Conference Centre on 10 May 2012.
In an age when the chance of acquiring a hospital acquired infection (HAI) in developed countries is 30% and considerably higher in the Third World; when 0.1% of all salmonella cases result in death; and the threat posed by pandemics is more global than at any other point in human history, all participants welcomed Diversey’s timely initiative in convening the Summit. The attendees, who were drawn from 18 different countries, heard world class presentations from global leaders such as ISS, Metro, Coca Cola, Compass Group, AutoGrill and McDonalds. Lively and fiercely debated panel sessions added different and often conflicting viewpoints on a diverse and topical range of food safety and labour safety challenges in the workplace.
While welcoming the increased attention that the Summit and other initiatives were putting on Risk Management, speakers at the event had markedly different views on what the key issues in food safety and labour safety were and how these challenges should be tackled. The results of live polling of delegates at key moments during the Summit, confirmed the divergence of opinion on the major threats and the optimum strategies to mitigate or eliminate these risks.
Specifically with regard to food safety, when asked what is the single biggest challenge for the food distribution chain, three different answers dominated. A majority of 55.8% named the complexity of differing regulations across borders, a vocal 13% were strongly critical of the sheer cost of implementing food safety measures while for 31.2% the crux of the matter was the practicalities of ensuring collaboration between all parties in the food chain from farm to fork.
When polled on what was the biggest opportunity for food safety compliance, attendees recognised technology as the greatest enabler (40%) while common regulations and common sourcing were also popular choices as the single most important factor for 34.3% and 25.7% of attendees respectively. Staggeringly, some 18.7% of attendees admitted they did not consider, and therefore were not focussing on infection control as a food safety risk or a threat to their businesses.
Consensus was also difficult to find between speakers and in attendees opinions when it came to matters concerning the Summit’s second main strand -Labour Safety and The Virtuous Circle of Efficiency and Safety.
Surprisingly when asked what the biggest challenge they faced on labour safety was only 33% of attendees said reducing injuries was the biggest challenge – trailing behind 52.2% voting for increased employee engagement as their biggest challenge. Perhaps more positively, 52.7% saw improving the consistency of customer service as the prime result of improved labour safety, ahead of the other popular answers of optimising operational productivity and reducing employee downtime.
All materials, presentations from the Risk management Summit and a short video overview of the event are available to view or download, free of charge, at www.risksummit.com
. Diversey (www.diversey.com
) is a business unit of Sealed Air Corp., a leader in food and other protective packaging solutions. Sealed Air recently completed its acquisition of Diversey, creating a new global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection.
February 22, 2012
Sealed Air Corporation showcased last week the combined value it brings with its Diversey® and Cryovac® portfolio to food safety and security at the Consumer Goods Forum Global Food Safety Initiative, which gathers close to 1000 food safety senior leaders from over 50 countries worldwide.
Through the combination of leading experts in food science, packaging and microbiology, Sealed Air demonstrated strategies for protecting and enhancing the entire food and beverage supply chain - from farm to fork - by collaborating to reduce contamination, extend the shelf life of food and elevate the food and beverage experience for the consumer.
"As the global demand for food increases, we urgently need to tackle the three most pressing issues facing our food supply - food safety, food waste and food access," said Bill Hickey, CEO of Sealed Air. "Nearly every step in the food production and consumption chain affords the opportunity for business involvement and contribution and we have committed our company to a path of innovation to help the world increase access to food, keep it fresh and make it safe and secure for all people."
For decades, Sealed Air's Cryovac® and Diversey® brand products have helped improve food safety and combat food waste with technologies and packaging solutions that extend shelf life, provide perfect portions and deliver ultimate product protection.
Sealed Air participated in a session titled "Using Innovative Technologies to Implement a Safe and Sustainable Future Supply Chain." The program highlighted processing, packaging and information technologies that can reduce cost, increase transparency and help an organization remain competitive. Ron Cotterman, Sealed Air's Executive of Director of Sustainability, presented examples of how packaging brings value by improving operations, preventing waste and reducing risk.
Sealed Air also sponsored a breakfast session on building an effective food safety management systems across cultures, both globally and locally. Case studies from Starbucks, Walt Disney and ConAgra were highlighted.
Sealed Air's long partnership with The Consumer Goods Forum includes providing technical expertise and best practices leadership for the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Under the partnership, food safety experts from Sealed Air participated in the GFSI Foundation Technical Committee and provide counsel on food safety auditing and training services as well as sanitation and food safety guidelines in the food service, retail and manufacturing environments.
February 21, 2012
Sealed Air’s (NYSE: SEE) Diversey business today launched the Diverflow with Sure Link™ dilution control system, a wall-mounted chemical dispensing system that provides foodservice organizations with a safe and easy way to clean multiple kitchen areas while reducing environmental impact.
&"The Diverflow with Sure Link system reduces hazards and errors by ensuring that employees avoid contact with chemicals and that concentrated solutions are not mistakenly mixed or improperly used,” said Isaac Peterson, Americas Portfolio Lead Kitchen Safety and Hygiene, Diversey. &"With the push of a button, the desired type of solution is safely delivered to achieve consistent and accurate results every time.”
The system includes six easy-to-load pouches of concentrated formulas for glass, restrooms, floor care, multipurpose, manual ware wash and sanitizing needs. Color-coded cap and bottle lock-out features ensure that employees use the correct product for each application while reducing exposure to concentrated solutions. The wall-mounted design also reduces trip-and-fall hazards by removing chemical containers from the floor.
The Diverflow with Sure Link system is designed for simple employee training with straightforward color-coded equipment and a push-to-dispense design. Consistent dilution and dispensing capabilities also ensure workers are cleaning with the correct strength solutions to eliminate overuse and waste.
&"Ease of use and increased employee safety are just two of the benefits of the Diverflow system,” Peterson added. &"Foodservice operations also have the ability to reduce their environmental footprint.”
The vacuum action of the Diverflow system allows customers to see the pouches collapsing until they are completely empty so virtually no residual chemical remains. This enables kitchen workers to maximize solution use while eliminating unsafe spills and exposure to chemicals. Reduced plastic and cardboard packaging also lessens waste and promotes recycling.
January 27, 2012
Diversey helps BSCs drive sustainability and increased business performance with day cleaning training program
Sealed Air’s (NYSE: SEE) Diversey business today announced that five leading Building Service Contractors (BSCs) earned HHPC Day Certified Contractor status at its HHPC Day™ Training Academy held in Sturtevant, Wis. Nov. 7 – 10. The newly certified BSCs include Aetna Building Maintenance, Eurest Services, Harvard Maintenance, St. Moritz Building Services and Varsity Facility Services.
HHPC Day is a formal day cleaning training and certification program for BSCs. The Academy brings together a group of preeminent day cleaning instructors with real-world experience to help BSCs learn how to develop and manage their own day cleaning programs using a healthy high performance cleaning (HHPC) system. Becoming a HHPC Day Certified Contractor allows BSCs to offer their customers energy savings, a more sustainable approach to cleaning and increased productivity and efficiency. It also improves employee morale by eliminating late night shifts.
"With the industry trending towards sustainable building maintenance, the HHPC Day program provides the tools and training necessary to meet our clients’ demands while providing a better quality of life for our employees," said program attendee Sean Letwat, Vice President of Business Development for Aetna Building Maintenance. "I have established day cleaning programs at four different facilities over the last five years, and this training has enabled me to think about day cleaning in a different way. Diversey has truly raised the bar for day cleaning program implementation."
The HHPC Day Academy is a three-day event that includes instruction from facility managers experienced in day cleaning, industry consultants who have transitioned millions of square feet of space to day cleaning and Diversey’s in-house cleaning experts. Attendees learn the ins and outs of day cleaning and the strategies to successfully implement, manage and market day cleaning programs.
"I was very impressed with the scope and thoroughness of the HHPC Day program," said program attendee Ken Mead, Business Analyst, Harvard Maintenance. "Diversey has thoroughly considered the questions and objections to converting to a day cleaning program and provided the information necessary to overcome those objections. Day cleaning goes far above and beyond current green cleaning best practices and will likely one day become an industry best practice."
HHPC Day faculty included leading industry experts such as:
• Steve Spencer FMA, Facilities Specialist, State Farm
• Dave Hewett, Consultant for iNPoint Advisors and past chairman of BOMA International
• Gene Woodard, Director of Building Services Division, University of Washington
• Robin Grouette, Day Cleaning Consultant, Grouette Consulting
• Jennifer Corbett-Shramo, IFMA Fellow and Chief Executive Officer of Innovative Cleaning Services and Clean Solutions
• Michelle Fontana, Solutions Consultant, insideEdge Concepts
• Rob Kohlhagen, AVP Sustainability, Diversey
• Stuart Carron, P.E., Senior Director, Global Facilities and Real Estate, Diversey
HHPC Day Certified Contractors utilize comprehensive toolkits that include staff training materials, operations manuals, online training courses, marketing materials and client communications to accelerate the adoption of day cleaning programs. Diversey will host additional HHPC Day Academies in April and September 2012.
"If planned and executed well, day cleaning is simply the lowest cost and most sustainable way to clean a building," said Rob Kohlhagen, Executive Director of the HHPC Day Academy. "But success is only possible if you have the tools, strategies and leadership in place. HHPC Day was built by industry experts to enable BSCs to become leaders in the day cleaning movement."
Diversey is a business unit of Sealed Air Corp., a leader in food and other protective packaging solutions. Sealed Air recently completed its acquisition of Diversey, creating the new global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection. For more information about Diversey, visit diversey.com.
About Sealed Air
Sealed Air is the new global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection. With widely recognized and inventive brands such as Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning, Cryovac® brand food packaging solutions and Diversey® brand cleaning and hygiene solutions, Sealed Air offers efficient and sustainable solutions that create business value for customers, enhance the quality of life for consumers and provide a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations. On a pro forma basis, Sealed Air generated revenue of $7.6 billion in 2010 and has approximately 26,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries. To learn more, visit www.sealedair.com.