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Processing and packaging sectors urged to tap £15m innovation fund

Projects aimed at boosting operational efficiency and sustainability in the food processing and packaging sectors are being urged to apply for a share of a £15m (€18m) fund by the...

Active and intelligent packaging public database launches

The first public version of a new database for active and intelligent packaging (AIP) innovations that aims to give small and medium enterprises (SME) free access to the groundbreaking technology...

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Nestle lines up for Sustainable Packaging Virtual Conference

A host of leading industry voices will be taking part in our sister site’s virtual conference on Sustainable Packaging which takes place tommorow, March 8 2012, and there's still time to...

'Unique' Velcro flexible packaging partnership will offer dairy sustainability boost - Amcor

Packaging provider Amcor Flexibles has entered into a strategic partnership with Velcro Europe with the aim of offering an easy-to-open and re-seal system for fresh and dairy products.

Leading industry lights shine in Sustainable Packaging Virtual Conference

A host of leading industry voices will be taking part in our sister site’s virtual conference on Sustainable Packaging which takes place on 8 March, 2012.

Concerns grow over Amcor's proposed takeover of packaging rival

Amcor’s proposed takeover of Australian packaging company Aperio is motivated primarily by the firm’s desire to eliminate its main rival, could lead to hundreds of job losses and would hit...

Edible food packaging is the future, Harvard developer claims

US scientists have developed a food packaging technology that could eliminate the need for plastic containers, and the lead developer told that it could hit the market inside 12...

Packaging material factory opening will boost milk carton output – Tetra Pak

Global packaging supplier Tetra Pak hopes to boost its output capacity of material used for chilled beverages cartons such as milk by around half a billion packages through its latest...

ADM loses faith in bioplastic JV on cost and demand anxieties

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) said it is considering the future of its bioplastics operations as it terminated its joint venture with Metabolix and prepared to halt production of the PHA...

State-of-the-art serrated plastic pipe cleaning tech unveiled by Arla

The UK arm of Scandinavian based dairy giant Arla has installed a new ‘state of the art’ pipe cleaning technology at its creamery in Stourton that it says will help...

Shelf-life, sustainability and substitution to drive aseptic packaging growth – report

Extended shelf-life and sustainability properties of aseptic packaging will drive demand for food and beverage applications to nearly $2.5bn by 2020, an industry report has predicted.

European glass sector toasts rising packaging demand

An upswing in glass packaging production announced today has been fuelled by growing demand from consumers and brand owners as sustainability and quality benefits of the material continue to gain...

EC issues guide on active and intelligent packaging reg

New guidance on active and intelligent (A&I) food packaging will help industry players, professional bodies and national authorities understand and implement legislation passed two years ago, said the European Commission...

Bioplastics lobby prompted Californian anti oxo-bio marketing laws, OPA

Professor Gerald Scott, president of the UK Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has hit out at Californian environmental marketing laws that prevent oxo-bio producers from marketing products as ‘biodegradable’, and says...

European Court annuls cartel fine on Dutch packaging company

Dutch packager Royal Stempher is celebrating after the European General Court quashed a €2.37m fine against the firm made as part of a price fixing cartel investigation six years ago.

Stora Enso to cut packaging ops as demand falls – but not from food sector

Stora Enso said it is to cut its packaging operations in its core, coreboard and corrugated operations with the loss of 150 jobs on dwindling demand from some sectors in...

Tetra Pak CEO discusses demand for functional packaging that doesn't cost the earth gained an exclusive interview with Tetra Pak president and CEO Dennis Jönsson to discuss the demand for less packaging but improved product functionality, as he prepared to address delegates...

New 'tinted' milk caps will boost plastic recycling yields, Robert Wiseman

UK dairy processing giant Robert Wiseman Dairies is set to introduce a new 'tinted' milk cap that it claims will significantly increase the quantity of recycled plastic available for use...

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Bioplastics exemplify bio-based economy, Dutch MEP

Bioplastics are a clear and tangible example of the bio-based economy, a Dutch MEP has told EU policymakers and stakeholders.

Industry hails first global measurement system for packaging sustainability

New global guidelines on packaging sustainability will help companies reduce their carbon footprint while boosting efficiency and spur more effective communication between players throughout the supply chain, said Unilever’s Nigel...

Danone launches ‘green plastic’ packaging for its drinking yoghurt brand

Following the launch of Danone’s ‘green plastic’ plant-based bottle for its drinking yoghurt brand, the firm said it plans to roll out the packaging in other European countries.

Reduced plastic milk bottle to cut costs for Dairy Crest

Dairy Crest is to reduce material costs by rolling out a new milk bottle that uses up to 21 per cent less plastic than its predecessor.

Dow and Mitsui JV to turn sugarcane into bioplastics at world’s largest plant

Dow Chemical Co and Mitsui have announced a joint venture to set up what they claim would be the world’s largest integrated plant to manufacture bioplastics from sugar cane-derived ethanol...

INCPEN slams Irish packaging tax proposal

Proposals by the Irish Government to introduce a packaging tax would harm businesses and hit low-income consumers, said the UK’s Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN).

Stora Enso hails packaging step change as plans for pre-commercial nano-plant unveiled

Stora Enso has unveiled plans to build a pre-commercial plant to produce ground-breaking nano-packaging material that will allow it to radically lightweight its paper and board.

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