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Packaging innovation centred on convenience, analysts

Beverage packaging design will revert away from a recent shift towards cost effectiveness, and back to longer-term trends such as added value and convenience, as countries begin to emerge from...

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Robot benefits impossible to ignore, says food packaging industry specialist

Food and beverage industry robots offer productivity and cost savings that the industry cannot ignore, according to French end-of-line packaging machinery specialist Cermex.

Half of plastic in Arla milk bottles could be made from recycled materials within 10 years

All of Arla’s fresh milk and Cravendale polybottles now contain 15% recycled plastic, and bosses are confident of doubling this percentage to 30% by 2015, the firm has revealed.

Huhtamaki to sell bulk of European rigid packaging ops in cut price deal

Huhtamaki has reached an agreement to sell most of its European rigid packaging operations for €52m as part of an ongoing strategy to offload what it sees as a non-core...

New SIG carton cuts CO2 from dairy packaging

SIG Combibloc has launched a new 1-litre aseptic carton pack for long-life milk products that shaves 28 per cent off the carbon footprint of its standard packs.


Let’s hear it for the sound of compostable packaging

The world’s first 100 percent biodegradable chip packet attracted a lot of noise last week, but not the buzz that SunChips’ maker FritoLay had been hoping for.

Milk Link applies aerospace sealant to cheese packaging

Milk Link and APLIX have joined forces to develop a new open and closure system to make cheese packaging more intuitive.

New eco-coating to replace plastic packaging films

Developers of an eco-friendly packaging coating made from starch and clay designed to replace plastic films are seeking partners for commercialisation of the innovation.

'Virtually unlimited applications' for unique packaging design - Mondi

Convenience and versatility are two benefits of a “unique” easy-to-open and resealable packaging design for use across a range of materials and sectors, said Mondi Consumer Bags and Films.


Investment in sustainable packaging essential, says study

Producers must ensure packaging is more sustainable as customers remain convinced that food packing is excessive and are altering their consumption patterns as a result, warns research from Datamonitor.

Special Edition: Sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging - road map or road to nowhere?

Sustainable packaging is a buzzword on the lips of consumers and industry players alike. But what is sustainable packaging and how far has the sector come in developing a road...

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New Greiner technology targets eco-packaging trend

Greiner Packaging has developed a green version of its K3 packaging technology – a new plastic-cardboard combination for cups and tubs.

Ti forecasts bioplastics boost after entry to BoPLA market

BoPP film producer Taghleef Industries (Ti) has announced plans to enter the bioplastics polylactic acid (BoPLA) packaging market by the end of this year.


Active and intelligent packaging regs - evolution and innovation

New active and intelligent packaging rules and guidelines introduced last year across Europe should bring much-needed clarity to the sector and pave the way for innovation, said one expert as...

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Spotlight on new packaging regulation at Foodex

Foodex this year sees a series of seminars on the latest regulation pertaining to third party inspection certification and packaging aswell as new food hygiene initiatives, research and innovation developments...

Stora Enso launches lighter liquid packaging boards

Stora Enso has reengineered its Natura liquid packaging board to reduce raw material use and lower basis weight.

Environmental analysis breaks down milk packaging options

Life cycle analysis of different milk packaging options has revealed that minimising weight and recycling offer the biggest environmental benefits.

Sustainable packaging definitions and principles agreed

Global leaders across the packaging, food manufacturing and retail sectors have approved a set of common definitions and principles for sustainable packaging.

Dairy proteins could have packaging potential

Food-packaging products made from dairy ingredients could provide a viable alternative to petroleum-based packaging products, according to scientist based at the US Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

Carton sector highlights UK packaging strategy flaw

A leading carton trade body has criticised the UK’s packaging strategy for failing to recognise the significance of renewable materials after a study found 90 per cent of consumers...

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Stanpac relocates Texas packaging operation

Dairy packaging specialist Stanpac is relocating its Dallas operation to Brenham, Texas, in a move that strengthens its partnership with Blue Bell Creameries.

UK dairies accelerate towards recycled plastic targets

Production of recycled HDPE is accelerating fast as milk processors race to meet the 2010 Milk Roadmap targets.

Tetra Pak to trial green plastic for carton closures

Tetra Pak has agreed to carry out a limited trial to source green plastic from Brazil for use in its carton packaging in what the company said is a first...

Report reveals green packaging progress and potential

Figures from the Dairy UK sustainability report reveal progress on green packaging but significant disparity exists across the industry.

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Packaging mix-up leads to ice cream recall

A limited number of Breyers ice cream tubs that may contain undeclared wheat are being recalled by makers Unilever in conjunction with the FDA.

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