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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.

Octal CEO aims big with new raw material for PET packaging

Octal unveiled a new process for producing rigid PET film at Interpack that the company believes could help lift its turnover from €400m to €1.1bn in a year.

Tetra Pak looks to turn forestry waste into plastic packaging

Tetra Pak is working with an institute in the US to explore the potential of turning forestry waste into plastic packaging materials.

Exclusive interview

Active and intelligent packaging: the future

What role will active and intelligent components play in future food and drink packaging? We caught up with Chip Tonkin, director of the US based Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design...

New Tetra Pak carton bottle takes on plastic in premium milk

Tetra Pak has unveiled the full details of its new aseptic carton bottle – a package designed to rival plastic bottles at the premium end of the ambient milk market.

Octal aims PET laminate sheet at cheese packaging

Oman-based Octal has launched a PET sheet product for cheese packaging that it claims offers up big production efficiency improvements.

Danone leads yoghurt packaging towards bioplastics

Danone is taking a lead in the use of bioplastics for yoghurt packaging as higher volumes promise to make prices more attractive, according to European Bioplastics.

Special Edition: Dry Food Packaging

Innovation in dry food packaging

A flour product adapted especially for its resealable plastic flour pouch and a vacuum packed chocolate bar are two products that stand out above the raft of new dry food...

Greiner invests £2.7m in recycled dairy packaging

A £2.7m investment by packaging supplier Greiner will allow it to install a line for recycled dairy packaging to produce products such as creams, yoghurts and desserts from post-consumer plastic...

Packaging material price hikes continue to challenge, finds FoodProductionDaily survey

The results of the inaugural survey gauging the outlook for the food and drink processing industry reveal that commodity and packaging material price increases, the bugbear of the past...

Packaging lobbyist warns that green policy divisions in Europe could damage trade

European policy makers need to be aware that taking conflicting approaches on sustainability could affect the free flow of packaged goods, according to the managing director of Europen.

Virtual engagement to aid food and drink packaging innovation, claims MWV

Leading packaging materials and machinery supplier MWV claims its open innovation portal will generate new ideas related to sustainability, materials science and substrate development for food and drink packaging.

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