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Nutrition companies embracing new technology, Vitafoods survey shows

Almost two thirds of nutrition companies are implementing new forms of technology, with around half increasing their R&D spend this year, according to a survey by the organizers of the...

Scientists create printed transistors for interactive smart food labels

Scientists at AMBER (Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research) at Trinity College Dublin have created printed transistors from 2-dimensional nanomaterials for the first time. 

Interpack 2017

Palcut POS concept ensures visibility as retail chains ‘limit in-store promotions’

Palcut, which works with Kellogg’s, Mondelēz and Arla Foods cutting custom-sized paper from rolls for palletization, has launched a Point-of-Sale (POS) concept; the Antim intermediate sheet.

Butter battle between Ornua’s Kerrygold and Wisconsin creamery spreads to trademark lawsuit

Ornua Foods North America has filed a trademark lawsuit against Old World Creamery and its newly-formed brand, Eurogold, in Wisconsin for naming its new butter product “Irishgold” because Ornua says...

NiceLabel and Arla work together to integrate labeling system

NiceLabel, a developer of label and marking productivity software solutions, recently worked with Arla Foods to standardize its label management for all of its industrial printers.

Klöckner Pentaplast Group to acquire Linpac

Klöckner Pentaplast Group (KP) will acquire Linpac for an undisclosed sum to expand into the rigid and flexible film market, focusing on consumer demand for healthy and safe food with...

News in brief

Gizeh creates twin chamber cup for Müller yogurt dessert

Gizeh has developed a twin chamber cup for a yogurt dessert line by Müller.

Silgan Holdings completes $1bn WestRock acquisition

Silgan Holdings has completed its $1bn acquisition of WestRock Company specialty closures and dispensing systems business.

Ledo ice cream debuts RPC Superfos EasySnacking pot

Ledo has partered with RPC Superfos to launch its Croatian ice cream dessert, Kremsnita, in an EasySnacking pack.

ProFood Tech 2017

Tetra Pak launches smaller packaging to capture sports nutrition and fortified milk markets

Tetra Pak has launched two new portion size options, Tetra Prisma Aseptic 200 and 250 Edge with DreamCap 26, targeting on-the-go consumers.

Recycling robotics uses AI to sort food and beverage cartons from other materials

A new artificial intelligence-powered robotics system has been developed to divert cartons away from landfills, with possibilities to sort other recyclable materials in the future. 

Synerlink expands into milk, desserts, yogurts and juice sector

Food packaging technology supplier Synerlink has acquired Ermi, which manufactures aseptic fill-seal bottle and cup fillers for milk, desserts, yogurts and juices.

Russia proposes changes to dairy vs. non-dairy labeling to WTO

The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the regulatory body of Russia, has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of amendments seeking to distinguish between dairy products with or without milk fat...

Carrefour introduces CO2-reduced milk carton pack in Spain

Carrefour, one of the biggest distribution chains in Europe, is offering three different types of UHT milk in the combibloc EcoPlus 1,000 ml aseptic carton pack in Spain.

Kroger updates classic gallon jug to be lighter and more user-friendly

Westover Dairy in Lynchburg, Virginia, has become the first Kroger production facility to manufacture and roll out a new lighter weight gallon jug, as part of the company’s 2020 sustainability...

Hitachi printers improve traceability for dairy industry

Pensworth dairy company has partnered with Allen Coding to install five Hitachi UX inkjet printers to improve efficiency.

SqueezyStraw stand up pouch expands into beverages and desserts

The Barton Group has expanded the applications for its patented dispensing pouch technology called SqueezyStraw.

TINE and Tetra Pak investigated by Norwegian crime unit

Dairy cooperative TINE SA has contacted the Norwegian authorities after a report in a local newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) claimed to have exposed an improper supplier relationship between TINE and...

Tetra Pak to open $25m closures plant for carton packaging in 2018

Tetra Pak is investing €24m ($25m) in its first factory for packaging closures in Thailand, creating 60 jobs.

‘Cream of the crop’: Brazil co-op expands SIG carton pack production

The Co-operativa Central Gaúcha Ltd (CCGL) in Brazil has increased production capacity at its Cruz Alta plant with the purchase of a filling machine from SIG Combibloc.

RPC Group to acquire North American plastic packaging firm for £552m

RPC Group has announced plans to acquire Letica, a North American manufacturer and distributor of rigid plastic packaging, for £552m ($691m).

Mondi Group expands its consumer packaging business

Mondi Group, which makes food and beverage packaging, has acquired Excelsior Technologies for $40m, to further grow its consumer packaging business. 

ProSweets 2017

Andreas Kopp creates replica tin for Nestlé milk powder 150th anniversary

Andreas Kopp is helping Nestlé celebrate the 150th anniversary of its first ever milk powder with a replica tin.

Mondi expands heavy duty corrugated portfolio in Poland

Mondi has expanded its Simet plant near Poznań, Poland, reinforcing its heavy duty corrugated capabilities in Europe.

EEB: Labelling bioplastics ‘eco’, ‘green’ or ‘bio’ misleads consumers

The European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) voted to amend its Waste Legislative Package this week (January 24) with more ambitious EU targets for 2030.

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