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Plastic could be ‘whey’ more recyclable

The WHEYLAYER project, set to get underway next week, is focusing on developing a whey protein coated film for use with plastics films in food packaging.

More responsive e-packaging on the horizon

Printed electronics will provide added value packaging to enable food and drink companies enhance their existing brands with multiple promotion, safety, security and entertainment features, claims a RFID and smart...

New resin targets dairy and confectionery packaging markets

A new polypropylene (PP) injection moulding grade of plastic resin allows food packagers the ability to increase production, while cutting down on the material needed, the manufacturer claims.

New guide evaluates 'active' and 'intelligent' packaging

Active and intelligent packaging is the focus of a new review produced by the Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA).


Consumers fear the packaging - a BPA alternative is needed now

“I have a bad feeling about this.” Luke Skywalker’s warning in the movie blockbuster Star Wars could equally be applied to consumers’ concerns about Bisphenol A (BPA).

Draft US report reaffirms safety of BPA in food packaging

In a draft risk assessment, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that an adequate margin of safety exists for the chemical, Bisphenol A (BPA) at current levels...

Packaging testing tool can aid quality control, claims Mecmesin

Mecmesin said it will be demonstrating how critical it is to test packaging and maintain quality control at the Interplas show in September.

Low cost texture analyser can measure food and packaging, says firm

A new easy-to-operate texture tool is a cost effective way for processors to measure the texture of food products as well as their packaging, says developer Brookfield Engineering.

UK firm meeting growing demand for rPET packaging

Linpac Packaging has invested £3m in new equipment to enable it to manufacture recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) packaging at its UK facility in West Yorkshire.

EFSA issues guide on food grade plastic recycling

New guidelines concerning the recycling of plastics intended for use in the packaging of foods have been published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Nanotechnology-enabled packaging regulation roadmap offered:study

A new study provides a roadmap for consumers, food manufacturers and government through potential US regulatory issues for nanotechnology-enabled food packaging, claims the report's author.

Milk Link invests to target packaging innovations

Milk Link, a UK-based dairy cooperative, has announced it has completed a major investment at its Oswestry cheese-packaging plant, which its claims will become one of the most advanced sites...

Integrated packaging line cuts operating costs, says Tetra Pak

A new integrated, aseptic carton packaging line offers processors reduced costs, as well as increased equipment reliability and capacity, claims manufacturer Tetra Pak.

Tetra Pak invests in Italian packaging materials plant

Tetra Pak is stumping up €26m for an upgrade of its Italian packaging materials plant that will significantly increase its printing and lamination capacity, and boost the quality and speed...

Bericap expands light weight plastic closure range

Bericap's range of light weight closures save their customers money and offer a greener alternative, according to the company.

UK could lead milk eco-packaging potential

The UK is one of the most significant markets for the use of plastic packaging in milk bottles, and could lead the way for environmental innovation in the bloc, a...

Chalk-based dairy packaging enters home market

A new packaging product produced from chalk by Swedish firm Ecolean has been launched in its home market after several successful years in China and Russia.

ITW creates new EU packaging division

US-based Illinois Tool Works (ITW) has established a new division, ITW Packaging, which the company says will focus on providing multipack technologies to the European food markets.

Aseptic film improves safety of bag-in-box packaging

Arena Products is responding to the increasing pressures for manufacturers to ensure food safety by adding aseptic-filling capabilities to its Air-Evac Bag-in-Box packaging.

The packaging that consumers will give up - survey

Almost half of consumers around the world would trade convenience packaging for the environment, according to a new report by The Nielson Company.

Cost and innovation drive US packaging dominance

The US will continue to dominate international packaging machinery sales due to the perceived technological benefits of its products and a favorable exchange rate, a new report has said.

Plastics recycling firm targets food grade packaging

UK-based Alternative Waste Solutions (AWS) is set to become a major producer of recycled plastic for use by British food companies, allowing them to meet demands for cutting down on...

New flow machine designed for zipper packaging

A new flow machine is designed for re-closure zipper packages used for products such as cheese, cold meats, breads and wraps.

Briefs: Ecolab, Graham Packaging and ceremonious cheeses

In the latest briefs, Ecolab steps up its presence in diary hygiene, Graham Packaging targets dairy demand in Turkey, and UK cheese manufacturers get into the Christmas spirit.

PLA plastic nanoengineered for high temperature thermoforming

A compostable plastic made from nanoengineered polylactic acid (PLA) is designed to meet the demands of high-temperature thermoforming packaging.

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