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Berry Plastics to acquire AEP to become a ‘one-stop shop’ for customers with flexible film needs

Berry Plastics Group has entered into an agreement to acquire AEP Industries (AEP), a manufacturer of flexible plastic packaging films in North America, for $765m, expected to close in December.

Label Insight: Your SmartLabel landing pages could become more important than your website or facebook pages

While the SmartLabel initiative has been dismissed by some as an elaborate conspiracy by big food companies to avoid mandatory on-pack GMO labeling statements, it will ultimately have far broader significance...

Edible packaging from milk proteins to hit store shelves in three years, say researchers

Researchers are developing an edible milk-based protein alternative to plastic food packaging.

LiquiForm partners with Krones to commercialize its liquid forming and filling process

The LiquiForm Group has partnered with Krones, which makes filling and packaging equipment, to develop and commercialize its liquid forming and filling process.

Newamstar turns to ZW3D to design packaging and blow molding machines for liquid bottles

Newamstar, which works with Nestlé, Danone and Coca-Cola, has partnered with ZWCAD Software Company (ZWSOFT) to purchase over 100 sets of ZW3D software to design packaging and blow molding machines...

Robot Trolley Packer packs dairy bottles at double the speed

Mechelec Automation has developed a TP1002 Trolley Packer for the dairy industry to pack NIS, INFINI and ECO dairy bottles.

pacproject scoops up on-the-go packaging trend with Carton Spoon

Packaging design agency pacproject has partnered with EcoTensil to launch its Carton Spoon in Europe.

Berry Plastics to close New York packaging plant in line with business restructure

Berry Plastics Group has announced it will close a consumer packaging manufacturing site in Dunkirk, New York, axing 50 jobs.

IDC and Privatmolkerei Naarmann enter sales and marketing alliance

International Dispensing Corporation (IDC) has announced a strategic sales and marketing alliance with Privatmolkerei Naarmann GmbH, an ultra-high temperature (UHT) dairy in Germany.

Dairy packaging major increases production in Punjab

A border town in Punjab has played host to the opening of a Rs1bn (US$14.9m) fully-integrated aseptic beverage manufacturing facility. 

Aluflexpack granted $22m loan to expand confectionery & dairy packaging

Aluflexpack, which produces flexible packaging for the confectionery and dairy industry among others, has been granted a €20m ($22m) loan from the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development).

Closure affects 265 permanent and temporary employees

Aptar Group turns to its network of suppliers following blaze

A fire broke out at one of three production units belonging to Aptar Group at its facility in Annecy, France on Saturday (June 25).

Lassonde partners with SIG Combibloc for its ready-to-drink thickened beverages

Canadian food manufacturer Lassonde has expanded its product range with recloseable carton packs from SIG Combibloc for its Oasis NutriSolution Hydra+ for people with difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

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RPC deal ‘emulates Berry and Coveris acquisition strategy’

RPC, which makes rigid plastic packaging for the food, dairy and beverage market among others, is set to acquire British Polythene Industries (BPI) for £261m ($379m), in August, subject to...

Rising demand for different carton sizes as household numbers decline

Evergreen Packaging has launched a line of SmartPak cartons in four sizes of 40oz, 48oz, 52oz and 59oz to meet a rising demand for different sizes.

Metsä Board re-thinks Bag-in-Box concept with Elevated Drink Box

Metsä Board has partnered with BOBST, Kodak, Marbach, Henkel, and Knauer to develop an ‘Elevated Drink Box’ (EDB) based on the ‘bag in box’ concept.

Smurfit Kappa and YéO launch Pouch-Up strawberry yogurt drink

Smurfit Kappa has partnered with YéO, a subsidiary of the French dairy group Sodiaal, to create a Pouch-Up packaging for yogurt drinks.  

Bespoke butter tub leads to 65% increase in sales claims TINE

A bespoke butter tub from RPC Superfos has led to a 65% increase in sales, according to Norwegian dairy cooperative TINE.

GEA claims higher packing speeds with top-filled Doy-style bags

GEA has launched a Doy-style bag filled from the top instead of the side, which it claims can enable a higher fill rate.

Are ‘zapcodes’ the next big thing for AR cartons? SIG Combibloc thinks so

SIG Combibloc has partnered with Zappar to launch its first carton packs with ‘zapcodes’, which use augmented reality (AR) to engage consumers in ‘real time’ with interactive experiences such as...

DuPont Packaging Awards 2016

The results are in: Blow-molded PET container beats Coca Cola Christmas Bow label & Tetra Pak’s Tetra Rex

Graham Packaging has beaten Coca Cola’s Christmas Bow label and Tetra Pak’s Tetra Rex bio-based carton to take Diamond place in this year’s DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation....

Elopak enters Japanese market with Pure-Pak carton

Elopak has partnered with Nippon Paper Industries to launch its Pure-Pak carton in Japan.

Gebo extends its cap feeding applications for plastic tops and glass bottles

Gebo has expanded its Aidlin brand optimizing its performance with OptiFeed, which handles up to 80,000 caps per hour in the food, dairy and beverage sector.

‘Smart’ move as Clondalkin embosser adds greater prominence on aluminum lids

Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury has partnered with Berhalter to install its SMARTembosser for embossing aluminum lids.

Yoplait partners with famous illustrator to design limited edition packaging

French yogurt brand Yoplait has partnered with Norwegian illustrator Esra Røis to launch ‘stand out’ Limited Edition packaging for its latest product, Double 0%.

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