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Amcor introduces eco-friendly packaging films

Amcor has launched a film for fresh and dairy applications with reduced packaging weight and increased environmental properties.   

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Weidenhammer Packaging has designs on milk powder

Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG) has introduced a new composite can with hinged lid and integrated membrane seal for German chocolate milk powder brand Goody Cao.

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Kraft Foods recalls Jalapeno cheese products over packaging concern

Kraft Foods has initiated a recall for a batch of its Jalapeno variety String Cheese product over concerns that a packaging error could present a choking hazard.

SIG Combibloc launches ultra-slim carton to meet increasing small-format demand

SIG Combibloc has launched a range of extra-slim, small-format beverage cartons in an effort to meet demand for smaller, more convenient packaging from emerging market consumers.

Commission launches packaging cartel probe

The European Commission (EC) has informed 13 firms supplying packaging for meat, fish and cheese products that they may have participated in a cartel for up to eight years.

Asia driving aseptic packaging demand - report

Increasing disposable consumer income especially in Asia will drive the growth of aseptic packaging in the next five years, according to a market analysis.

Finnish study touts xylans as starch replacer in future bioplastics

A new Finnish study suggests that xylans and mannans, plant cell wall polysaccharides derived from agricultural and forestry sidestreams, could replace starch as a base material for biodegradable packaging.

Cheese packaging innovations ‘squeezed out’ by retailers – marketing expert

Packaging innovation has been “squeezed out” of the cheese manufacturing sector by retailers dictating the size and format of the products on their shelves, a cheese marketing expert has claimed.

Kraft urges FSANZ to remove plant sterol-enriched cheese packaging restrictions

Kraft Foods has urged Australasian authorities to remove restrictions on the package size of low-fat cheese enriched with phytosterol esters – less than two years after calling for their implementation.

Cartons trounce HDPE and PET in new life cycle study: SIG Combibloc

SIG Combibloc claims that a new life-cycle assessment (LCA) by Germany’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) confirms milk cartons have a better environmental profile than HDPE or PET...

Billerud to merge with Korsnas to create all-Swedish packaging fibre giant

Billerud  has announced it is to merge with fellow Swedish packaging outfit Korsnas as part of a bid to create a leading virgin-fibre market player with an annual turnover exceeding...

Europen unveils new European packaging legislation guide

Industry body Europen has released a new guide to European packaging legislation.

Call for HDPE recycling action by EU trade body

All the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) value chain needs to take action to increase recycling rates, according to an EU body representing plastic recyclers.

Sealed Air slams rivals for 'market misinformation' over chlorine use in cheese packaging

Multinational packaging player Sealed Air has rejected ‘competitor claims’ and ‘retailer misconceptions’ regarding its use of chlorine-based barrier material PVDC in its vacuum shrink bags, and says these have created...

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Food Safety Modernization Act a game changer for packaging machinery design - PMMI

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has changed the game for US packaging machinery manufacturers by obliging them to rethink their design strategies, PMMI’s Jim Pittas told FoodProductionDaily.com from Anuga FoodTec....

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Tesco rolls-out cream packaging redesign to stress tradition

Tesco has redesigned its private label brand of fresh cream - covering over 30 SKUs - to create a new quality seal that echo the design of old-fashioned dairy cream containers.

Residue-free hydrogen peroxide solution would be industry first for aseptic packaging - company

Solvay said it is developing a groundbreaking hydrogen peroxide product for use in aseptic packaging technology that leaves no residue on equipment.

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Packaging shows 'France means cheese', but the UK also a story to tell: Sealed Air Cryovac

'France means cheese' to many people, due in part to brands' skilful use of packaging to stress provenance, as Sealed Air Cryovac's packaging designer Sam Clough told DairyReporter.com in this...

Unilever open innovation platform targets sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging has been highlighted as a key priority for Unilever as it launched an online innovation platform in a bid to uncover a raft of technical solutions to boost growth...

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 FoodProductionDaily.com’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 FoodProductionDaily.com’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...

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