Country Choice has launched a new range of packaging that promises a cost saving of 50% for caterers.The savoury goods tray and bag packaging range is easy to assemble and comes in three pack sizes, all of which use less material and improve product visibility. Each pack consists of a recyclable heat-resistant cardboard tray and a perforated film bag, allowing products within to breathe.The Long Savoury tray and bag holds six- and eight-inch sausage rolls, as well as the company’s Potato Dog and Big Bite sausage roll. The Square Savoury tray and bag is suitable for its entire range of savoury bakes and pies, leaving the Large Savoury tray and bag for all pasties and turnovers.The bags can be sealed with a food label or bag sealer, while a tray colour coding system helps to differentiate between product categories.The new-style bags and boxes, which must be ordered separately, said the company, come in 1,000 packed unit cases and will replace all of Country Choice’s existing savoury box packaging.
DES MOIENS — The Iowa Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation from borrowing money from a state fund to purchase land for water quality projects.Senator Tim Kapucian, a farmer from Keystone, is among the 31 Republican senators who voted for the bill. “This bill is simply putting in place the intent of the original law and that is none of these dollars are to be spent for land acquisition and that’s all we ask here,” he said. “We want to continue to do water quality projects, use this money for what it was intended for.”Farmers in the senate said too much Iowa farmland has been taken out of production for conservation projects, making it difficult for beginning farmers to buy land. Democrats like Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids said the bill will undermine efforts to create wetland areas upstream that will reduce downstream flooding.“This is a practical tool that Iowa has had to help fight future flood damage and we’ve got a bill here to take that away.” Hogg said. “That is one of the cruelest, meanest things you can do, especially while half the state of Iowa is underwater.”The bill passed on a mostly party-line vote. One Republican voted against it and one Democrat voted for it.