Bioplastics show potential but some hurdles remain
New developments could help bioplastics emerge from its early infancy in the coming years, according to a report from Environmental Data Services, but some obstacles still remain.
Recycling logo for consumer packaging launched in UK
Major UK supermarkets have signed up to a new recycling logo for consumer packaging, aiming to present how much of the packaging can be recycled and where.
Eco packaging informs grocery habits, says survey
Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2009
Nearly 60 per cent of consumers pay attention to the environmental friendliness of food and drink packaging material during their grocery shopping, claims a new survey released today at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne.
Packaging minimisation not enough, says DuPont
Rethinking package design as well as the materials used is the key to eliminating packaging waste through either recycling or recovery using methods like incineration, argues DuPont.
Packaging firm aims to look good and cut waste
Sudpack said that a growing demand from its food manufacturer customer base for the optimal use of raw materials, a reduction in waste and packaging that gives product shelf stand out appeal is driving its current developments.
Rock paper may offer packaging alternative
Limestone derived paper offers food manufacturers an environmentally responsible packaging material for a range of products, as not being sourced from timber, it helps to preserve the earth’s forests, claims its distributor.
Study finds packaging chemical may hinder fertility
A US study has found that perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are used in areas such as food packaging, pesticides, clothing, carpets and personal care products, may be linked to infertility in women.
Bill would ban BPA in packaging for infants
A Washington State bill aims to ban chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in food or drink containers for children three and younger, including plastic baby bottles and cans of infant formula.
Plastic could be ‘whey’ more recyclable
The WHEYLAYER project, set to get underway next week, is focusing on developing a whey protein coated film for use with plastics films in food packaging.
More responsive e-packaging on the horizon
Printed electronics will provide added value packaging to enable food and drink companies enhance their existing brands with multiple promotion, safety, security and entertainment features, claims a RFID and smart packaging consultant firm.
New resin targets dairy and confectionery packaging markets
A new polypropylene (PP) injection moulding grade of plastic resin allows food packagers the ability to increase production, while cutting down on the material needed, the manufacturer claims.
New guide evaluates 'active' and 'intelligent' packaging
Active and intelligent packaging is the focus of a new review produced by the Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA).
Consumers fear the packaging - a BPA alternative is needed now
“I have a bad feeling about this.” Luke Skywalker’s warning in the movie blockbuster Star Wars could equally be applied to consumers’ concerns about Bisphenol A (BPA).
Draft US report reaffirms safety of BPA in food packaging
In a draft risk assessment, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that an adequate margin of safety exists for the chemical, Bisphenol A (BPA) at current levels of exposure from food contact uses.
Packaging testing tool can aid quality control, claims Mecmesin
Mecmesin said it will be demonstrating how critical it is to test packaging and maintain quality control at the Interplas show in September.
Low cost texture analyser can measure food and packaging, says firm
A new easy-to-operate texture tool is a cost effective way for processors to measure the texture of food products as well as their packaging, says developer Brookfield Engineering.
UK firm meeting growing demand for rPET packaging
Linpac Packaging has invested £3m in new equipment to enable it to manufacture recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) packaging at its UK facility in West Yorkshire.
EFSA issues guide on food grade plastic recycling
New guidelines concerning the recycling of plastics intended for use in the packaging of foods have been published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Nanotechnology-enabled packaging regulation roadmap offered:study
A new study provides a roadmap for consumers, food manufacturers and government through potential US regulatory issues for nanotechnology-enabled food packaging, claims the report's author.
Milk Link invests to target packaging innovations
Milk Link, a UK-based dairy cooperative, has announced it has
completed a major investment at its Oswestry cheese-packaging
plant, which its claims will become one of the most advanced sites
of its kind in the country.
Integrated packaging line cuts operating costs, says Tetra Pak
A new integrated, aseptic carton packaging line offers processors reduced costs, as well as increased equipment reliability and capacity, claims manufacturer Tetra Pak.
Tetra Pak invests in Italian packaging materials plant
Tetra Pak is stumping up €26m for an upgrade of its Italian
packaging materials plant that will significantly increase its
printing and lamination capacity, and boost the quality and speed
of its service.
Bericap expands light weight plastic closure range
Bericap's range of light weight closures save their customers money
and offer a greener alternative, according to the company.
Chalk-based dairy packaging enters home market
A new packaging product produced from chalk by Swedish firm Ecolean
has been launched in its home market after several successful years
in China and Russia.
ITW creates new EU packaging division
US-based Illinois Tool Works (ITW) has established a new division,
ITW Packaging, which the company says will focus on providing
multipack technologies to the European food markets.
Aseptic film improves safety of bag-in-box packaging
Arena Products is responding to the increasing pressures for
manufacturers to ensure food safety by adding aseptic-filling
capabilities to its Air-Evac Bag-in-Box packaging.
The packaging that consumers will give up - survey
Almost half of consumers around the world would trade convenience
packaging for the environment, according to a new report by The
New flow machine designed for zipper packaging
A new flow machine is designed for re-closure zipper packages used
for products such as cheese, cold meats, breads and wraps.
Briefs: Ecolab, Graham Packaging and ceremonious cheeses
In the latest briefs, Ecolab steps up its presence in diary
hygiene, Graham Packaging targets dairy demand in Turkey, and UK
cheese manufacturers get into the Christmas spirit.
PLA plastic nanoengineered for high temperature thermoforming
A compostable plastic made from nanoengineered polylactic acid
(PLA) is designed to meet the demands of high-temperature
Sealed Air in deal for Alcan packaging?
Sealed Air Corp. is close to a deal to buy the packaging arm of
Alcan Inc. for between $4bn to $5bn in cash, according to Reuters
Amcor launches monolayer plastic packaging for milk
Amcor recently announced the launch of its single layer plastic
bottles, meeting demands for quality products that are also good
for the environment.
Bioactive paper packaging under development
A new bioactive packaging paper under development is designed to
detect and kill any pathogens that are present in a food product.
Arla poised to sell packaging venture
Dairy group Arla Foods and packaging firm Constantia Packaging are
looking to sell off their joint venture on the Danish market to
focus on their core businesses.
Project aims to tear strips off packaging problems
The effectiveness of tear strips used in cardboard packaging is
being tested as part of a new project, which aims to market the
findings later this year.
New easy open seals close packaging dilemma
Two different packaging seals offer easier opening with security --
while one is designed for industrial and commercial use, the other
meets increasing consumer demand, the manufacturer claims.
Cryovac breaths new life into cheese packaging
A new range of vacuum cheese packaging allows the curing process to
continue while extending product shelf life, its manufacturer
Chilled foods embrace thin-walled packaging
The use of thin-walled packaging for food products is growing in
Europe, with demand in the chilled sector for the format increasing
at the fastest rate, according to a new report.
Tax on packaging proposal slammed by industry body
An influential industry body has hit back at a call by
environmental and consumer advocacy groups to put a tax on
disposable and 'hard-to-recycle' packaging.
Draft law focuses on packaging contaminants
Proposed EU legislation would define the manufacturing practices
the bloc's processors would have to take in ensuring that packaging
materials do not migrate into foods.
Edible packaging seen as next wave of innovation
Edible coatings based on various mixes of milk serum proteins,
starch, and mesquite gum could be the basis for the next innovative
wave in food packaging, says a researcher in Spain.
Trial supports recycled plastic milk bottles in UK
Work on the UK's first factory able to recycle HDPE resin from
plastic milk bottles for re-use in food packaging could start
within a year, according to a government-funded recycling agency.
House moves to ban carbon monoxide packaging
Policy makers within the US House Committee on Agriculture are
mulling over a proposal to ban carbon monoxide from meat packaging
in the US, potentially ending the controversy surrounding the
Latex used in one-third of food packaging, study finds
About one-third of the UK's food packaging has been found to
contain hidden latex, leading to calls for processors to note the
presence of the known allergen on their products.
Plastic recycling boosted by legislative targets
Driven by tougher waste legislation and set EU targets, the
recovery of plastics in the bloc is growing steadily, according to
a new report by Applied Market Information (AMI).
Online tool calculates gas mix for food packaging
An online tool is designed to help food processors select the best
gas for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP).
Liquid dairy packaging uses gas additive
A packaging method that uses a gas additive could help prolong the
shelf life of liquid dairy products, its developer claims.
iCone adds twist to carton packaging
The 'iCone' is the big new idea in carton packaging from Elopak,
intended to fend off competition from plastics and provide a new
vehicle for premium soft drinks.
Aseptic bottle combines advantages of carton and plastic
COLOGNE, Germany: Tetra Pak yesterday launched what it claims is
the world's first aseptic carton bottle, a container with a plastic
Graham Packaging moves in with Royal Numico
In a move that brings it closer to a key customer, Graham Packaging
has opened a new bottle-making plant in Zoetemeer, the Netherlands,
on site with Royal Numico.