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Amcor, Coca-Cola and others give $300K to spur recycling in South Carolina

The city of Columbia, South Carolina, has received a $300k grant to modernize its residential recycling program, thanks to a collaboration between The Coca-Cola Company, major packaging suppliers, packaging industry associations and a non-profit organization. 

DuPont Packaging Awards take a global, mission-driven stance

Entries are due February 2 for this year’s DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation competition, and the judging criteria reflect the program’s continued evolution in light of increasing globalization and issues such as food insecurity and food waste.

Metabolix scales back biopolymer manufacturing plans

Metabolix, which develops biopolymers for use in packaging and other applications, recently announced it is revising its manufacturing plans for 2015.

Metabolix scales back biopolymer manufacturing plans

Metabolix, which develops biopolymers for use in packaging and other applications, recently announced it is revising its manufacturing plans for 2015.

Cascades sells its Norampac boxboard business to Graphic Packaging

As part of a plan to focus on its strengths, Cascades Inc. has agreed to sell its North American boxboard manufacturing and converting assets to Graphic Packaging Holding Company for $44.9m.

Boost for bioplastics: Corbion Purac eyes up PLA demand with $75m factory

Corbion Purac will construct a PLA (Polylactic acid) production plant in Thailand, as it eyes up global growth in demand for the bioplastic base. 

DuPont and collaborators highlight packaging technology trends

DuPont brought together executives from the Mintel Group, Macro Engineering & Technology, Brampton Engineering, Avure Technologies, and Kortec in a seminar at Pack Expo on packaging technology trends.

Call for entries for DuPont packaging competition

DuPont Packaging is calling for entries for its 27th Awards for Packaging Innovation, while Nestlé and Amcor Flexibles have joined an advisory panel for the programme. 

‘We want more self-destructive and edible packaging!’ Tomorrow Machine

Packaging which expands into a bowl and opens in the oven are just two inventions created by Swedish design duo Tomorrow Machine, who took time out to discuss their work with

The cheese stands alone: Sonoco cheers packaging sustainability

The company’s Sonoco Recycling subsidiary has awarded its Sustainability Star Award to Saputo Cheese USA for best environmental practices.

AMERIPEN: Food waste costs US consumers $162bn annually

Food packaging can play a powerful role in preventing costly food waste around the globe, according to the sustainable packaging organization.

Fresh look: RPC packaging boosts shelf life for fruits

A fruit producer has poured its line of shelf-stable fruit products into jars combining shelf-life extension and increased shelf appeal.

Goss packaging presses land technology honors

The company’s Sunday Vpak presses have been recognized with an InterTech Technology Award.

Fruitful collaboration: Snack packaging wins recognition

A single-serve fresh fruit cup has landed a design award from the National Association of Container Distributors (NACD).

Novelis invests $106m in expanding Brazil aluminum plant

The aluminum packaging company is expanding its South American facility with an additional coating line and expanded recycling facilities.

Sustainable sipping: AkzoNobel coatings used in recyclable paper cups

The packaging (suitable for retail and foodservice use) uses a coating derived from plant-based oils and recycled PET bottles.

Fresh approach: Ready meals incorporate Cryovac cook-in-bag packaging

A line of high-end ready meals for health-conscious consumers has launched in packaging that enables food to be prepared, shipped, sold, and heated in the same pouch.

Vegware up for award in SME category

Vegware has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2014 Finance for the Future Awards in the SME category.

Variable printed Ball cans put craft beer on the map

A Colorado craft beer company has put a personal touch on its cans with a number of distinct GPS coordinates for a scavenger hunt.

White wine: Avery Dennison launches bright labels

The expanded wine label line includes a 100% cotton fiber label, designed to give wine a touch of elegance and sustainability.

Get smart: Active packaging demand in US to hit $3.5bn

Increased demand for food safety and shelf life is fuelling growth in active and intelligent food packaging technologies, according to one industry leader.

Meat market: Active packaging boosts shelf life and profits

Recent market intelligence indicates use of active and intelligent packaging for meat products extends the useful life of the foods, while expanding the potential for profit.

Oh, Canada! Solegear lands $1.6m for bioplastic development

The developer of plant-based plastics for packaging and other applications has landed $1.6m in funding from a Canadian government program.

Making contact: Vonco flexible packaging approved for food

The flexible packaging manufacturer has received the go-ahead from the American Institute of Baking for its products to be used in food-contact applications.

Amcor joins Coke, Ball, and Sonoco in packaging recycling group

The packaging giant has signed onto The Recycling Partnership, a group of food, beverage, and package firms dedicated to increase US recycling rates.

Lean and green: Recycling-friendly PET labels land a packaging award

The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) is hailing The Kennedy Group for its PureVue recycling-friendly, sustainable labels for PET containers.

Avery Dennison: Food firms are hungry for sustainable labels

The label specialists are spreading the word on sustainable packaging to food brands, beverage makers, and other companies at Labelexpo and other events.

Peak packaging: TerraCycle hosts optimization course

The sustainability-minded company will host a course showing food firms, packaging producers, and other stakeholders how to craft effective, sustainable packaging.

Lighter rum: Bacardi cuts its packaging weight by 90%

The spirits brand is raising a toast to sustainability with lighter packing and recyclable bottles.

WhiteWave pours into LEED-certified production facility

The beverage and food producer’s 325,000-square-foot facility has received LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.

World Cup to roll aluminum beverage can sales to 2bn: Novelis

The aluminum packaging specialist believes thirsty World Cup fans converging on Brazil will push consumption of beverages in aluminum cans past the 2bn-unit mark.

Global packaging groups converge at PACK EXPO

The annual processing and packaging event will welcome professional associations from around the world at its international conference.

Dream a little Dream: Hain Celestial revamps its beverage packaging

Natural food and beverage firm Hain Celestial has revamped the packaging for its Dream line of non-dairy beverages.

Rah, rah, recycle! Dow pushes food and packaging firms to boost recycling rates

With the Recycle Rally, Dow is encouraging food processing and packaging firms to boost consumer recycling rates.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SINGLE SERVE

Snacks, drinks, condiments, and other food and beverage favorites are fueling consumer demand for convenience with single-serve packaging. Here are some notable examples of one-shot containers seen on retail shelves.

Can-do attitude: Recycling of steel food containers on the rise

Steel recycling rates in North America have rocketed from 15% in 1988 to 71% in 2012, according to Crown.

Top five flexible packaging trends

A leader from packaging provider Zip-Pak has offered his views on what trends are driving the flexible field.

Biobased materials gets R&D boost in the Netherlands

Between €3m and €6m will be available for research and development into biobased performance materials (BPM) in the Netherlands over the next four years.

TerraCycle’s packaging sustainability drive lands a starring role on TV

The company’s efforts to boost packaging recycling rates, and increase packaging and manufacturing sustainability, will be the center of a program on the Pivot network.

Smurfit Kappa on board with sustainable packaging

The packaging giant, specializing in board and other paper-based materials, has announced it is ahead of the game for 2020 sustainability goals but has raised the bar in several areas.

Bowl me over: MWV launches brandable ready-meal packaging

SmartFare, a package geared toward chilled ready meals, is designed to offer producers a sturdy, sustainable packaging with shelf appeal.

The fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the fruit: Draco and TRU join on aseptically packaged ingredients

Draco Natural Products and TRU Aseptics are joining forces to produce a line of whole fruit and vegetable ingredients, housed in aseptic packaging.

Cascades launches eco-friendly ready-meal packaging

Respak is designed to give food producers a sustainable alternative to polycoated packaging material.

Ready, set, go: Retail-ready packaging on the rise

PMMI reports the market for shelf-ready food and beverage packaging is growing, thanks to retailers hungry for presentable products and simple stocking.

Pasta sauce label gets up front with ingredients

Premium pasta sauce purveyor Victoria Fine Foods has revamped its label, putting its all-natural ingredients list front and center.

Dow and Ampac square up flexible packaging partnership

The two packaging powerhouses are joining to produce and sell flexible containers promising shelf presence and sustainability.

O-I bottles up packaging ideas at Innovation Center

The glass packaging giant has opened the doors on a facility combining an R&D center and pilot plant to connect customers with containers and technology.

Berry Plastics lands honors from Hormel and Yum Brands

The packaging specialist has been recognized from two high-profile food customers.

Dressing package takes a shot at healthy eating

Saladshots has launched a line of salad dressings, housed in recloseable flexible pouches, to encourage kids and adults to eat their veggies.

Food stars in US packaging awards

Packaging created by Pepsico, HB Fuller, Clear Lam, and other companies has taken top honors in the 2014 AmeriStar awards—now, onto the WorldStar competition.

IFCO ships 1bn reusable containers each year

IFCO (a company specializing in reusable containers for food, produce, and other applications) has hit the milestone of shipping 1bn containers each year.

Ball joins Coca-Cola to boost recycling

Packaging giant Ball is the latest partner of The Recycling Partnership, a group with the stated mission of boosting recycling rates in the US.

Ball, Coke, and General Mills rank on ‘green’ list

Newsweek’s list of the US’s most sustainable companies names packaging firms like Ball, beverage producers like Coca-Cola, and food manufacturers such as General Mills rank among the green giants.

Coke gives back 108.5bn liters of water

Coca-Cola is boosting its sustainability profile by returning as much as 68% of the water it uses to the communities it was sipped from.

Partnership ramps up plant-based packaging

Solegear Bioplastics has sealed a deal with r-pac International to speed production, sales, and distribution of its plant-based plastic packaging.

Hormel: ‘Sustainability is truly a journey’

CPG giant Hormel Foods has taken steps in advancing operational sustainability—reducing packaging by nearly 5m pounds in 2013, for one—but the company reports there is more to be done.

Film lifts sustainability barrier

Toray Plastics has launched Torayfan CBS2, a sustainable high-barrier BOPP film designed to protect bakery, snack, and candy products, while also protecting the environment.

It’s a wrap! Sustainable packaging up for $100K award

A beeswax-based food wrap has captured the attention of judges in the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Young Entrepreneur Award program.

Hillary Clinton connects with food industry event

The former US Secretary of State (and likely 2016 presidential candidate) will make a speaking stop at the Food Marketing Institute’s FMI Connect event.

O-I launches touch of glass at $20bn spirits market

Glass packaging specialist Owens-Illinois has launched two bottles for liquor brand owners looking to pour into premium-looking containers.

AMERIPEN reveals future targets

The executive director of AMERIPEN has targeted growing membership and becoming actionable with its research on packaging-related topics as part of its future direction.  

EFSA gives recycled PET a thumbs up

Phoenix Technologies has received approval from the EFSA for its recycled PET technology to be used in food packaging.

Bio-based packaging material lands award

A line of high-impact, heat-resistant PLA compounds has landed honors for combining sustainability and performance.

Kids’ carton contest highlights packaging sustainability

Evergreen Packaging has crowned the 2014 winner in its Made by Milk carton creativity contest, designed to bring home the green benefits of cartons as a food and beverage package.

Leaders of the pack at 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

The 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo showcased thousands of product launches, and old favorites, in standout packaging. Here are a number of bags, pouches, and other containers that captured attention.

Packaging to be addressed in EU environmental footprint projects

Packaging will form part of 11 food and beverage-based pilot projects starting next month to measure and communicate a products environmental performance.

Pouches prevail in 2014 DuPont Packaging Awards

The annual DuPont Packaging Awards recognizes ingenuity in container designs and packaging products for food and other markets. Here are some of the top food and beverage winners in this year's awards, many of which feature flexible pouches.

PMMI expands food packaging horizons in Africa

PMMI and Ipack-Ima are launching East Afripack to capitalize on opportunities in the booming regional market.

Stand-up pouches give teas star quality

Pooki’s Mahi revamped its line of premium teas, sweeteners and snacks with flexible packaging by, just in time for a red-carpet appearance at the Emmys.

Latino beverage bottles ready for summer fiestas

Aguas frescas from Califia Farms are geared toward consumers looking for low-calorie refreshment with a Latin flair.

Kids' cereal waddles into plantable packaging

Little Duck Organics’ Mighty Oats single-serve cereal cups boast an outer carton that, when planted in the garden, sprouts tasty vegetables from the seeds in the paperboard.

Direct-to-sheet PET consumes 65% less energy

DPET, a direct-to-sheet packaging material from OCTAL, promises cost and energy savings over conventional PET.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SAY CHEESE

Cheese appeals to consumers looking for a quick, protein-rich snack. Here are some examples of packages that are the cream of the crop.

Flexible pack squares up shelf presence

Clear Lam has launched Prima Pak, a packaging product combining the lightweight properties of flexible with the stackability and shelf appeal of rigid.

Sirane heats up North American packaging market

Sirane, a company specializing in cook-in-bag packaging, is expanding its operation to another continent.

It takes a village to boost package recycling

Food producers, packaging firms, cities, foodservice pros, and others are being recruited to join forces and boost recycling rates.

Packaging partnership unveils PET with a twist

The lightweight, foamed PET bottle technology promises eye-popping structural and graphic capabilities, paired with cost-effective production and sustainability.

EPA: US consumers waste 36m tons of food each year

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is challenging food firms, cities, businesses, and others to join forces and stop food waste.

USFRA: Consumers want to know the story of your food

With consumers increasingly interested in where their food comes from, an upcoming event seeks to help producers, processors and packaging companies tell the story.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: JERKY

With consumers demanding more high-protein foods and convenient snacks, the number of meat jerky products is on the rise. Here are some jerky packages designed to stand out in the increasingly crowded category.

Food summit confronts sustainability challenges

The Sustainable Foods Summit brought Cargill, Unilever, Mondelez, Walmart, and other significant stakeholders to hammer out sustainability concerns.

Cacao drink gets sweet on Tetra Pak cartons

Mayesa, a chocolate drink in the health beverage category, has launched its product in Tetra Pak containers.

Hershey: Miniature change brings big sustainability boost

Candy giant Hershey has reduced 0.05g from each Miniatures bar wrapper, making a tiny change which has led to huge environmental gains.

Invento launches aluminum-PET hybrid containers in US

Invento Americas is launching dual-material beverage containers geared toward consumers thirsty for stand-out packaging.

Berry Plastics film keeps edibles high and dry

Berry Plastics has engineered a nine-layer film material to protect cereals and snacks against moisture, reportedly with a lighter weight than conventional films.

Bemis heats up award-winning sandwich pouch for Hillshire

Flexible packaging specialists at Bemis have crafted a heat-and-eat sandwich pouch for Hillshire Brands, landing an achievement award in the process.

Carton Council: Partnerships boost carton recycling

Tetra Pak says partnering on recycling efforts with cities, and producers like WhiteWave Foods, benefits the food/beverage and packaging industries.

Sonoco pumps $20m into composite can packaging plant

Packaging giant Sonoco is investing $20m in construction of a composite-can plant in Malaysia, taking advantage of regional growth in snack sales.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SUSTAINABILITY

Earth Day is an annual global celebration highlighting the importance of sustainability, recycling, water conservation, and other ways to save the planet. Here are some examples of food packaging that pitches in on the eco effort with compostable materials, natural paper, and other features.

Carton recycling access grows by 1m US households

Just in time for Earth Day, the Carton Council of North America has announced the number of US households with access to carton recycling jumped by 1m in the first quarter of 2014.

Creating packaging that connects with consumers

Successful food packaging requires more than just good looks; here, one design expert shares his advice on combining structure, function, and aesthetics to create containers that entice consumers to buy.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: EASTER

Easter food isn't just chocolate and jelly beans; packaging decorated with chicks and bunnies can be found in shelves all over retail stores. Here are some examples of festive packaging celebrating the spring holiday.

Gluten-free granola sticks with Velcro packaging

Gypsy Crunch has launched its line of gluten-free, artisanal granolas in flexible pouches with Velcro closures, extending product shelf life.

Ocean-derived packaging material fights microbes

US Aragonite Enterprises has launched renewable plastic, made from materials culled from the ocean, imbued with anti-microbial properties.

Tray chic: Poultry packaging trumps EPS on sustainability

Poultry giant Exceldor has upped the sustainability profile of its fresh poultry products by switching to trays made from recycled-content polystyrene.

Does your food packaging grab consumers?

PMMI and the Food Marketing Institute are partnering on an event designed to give food firms and retailers ways to harness the power of packaging to succeed on store shelves.

MWV snack packs stack up

MeadWestvaco has launched Evertain, a resealable paperboard container to protect snacks, boost sustainability, and drive shelf appeal.

EPA: 51.5% of US packaging gets recycled

Lightweighted containers, reduced material use, improved recycling awareness—many shifts in the US waste stream points toward food packaging having a better impact on the environment than ever before.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: KID'S FOOD

Children are the smallest consumers, yet they can carry big power in terms of a household's food purchases. Here are some kid's food packages that tout the taste, convenience, and other features that children and parents hunger for.

Beverage shakes up natural drink market with aluminum Ball bottles

Beverage brand Rumble is shaking up the nutritional drink category by launching in aluminum bottles from Ball Corp.

Tetra Pak: 43bn cartons recycled in 2013

Packaging giant Tetra Pak is making progress toward hitting its 2020 targets on creating sustainable progress, boosting recycling, and reducing its environmental footprint.

Bioplastic packaging firm files for bankruptcy

Cereplast, a manufacturer of bio-based, compostable plastics for packaging and other applications, has filed for bankruptcy.

Shrink-label group puts recycling challenges under wraps

The Full-wrap Label Consortium is making progress on challenges associated with recovery and recycling the shrink labels found on PET beverage and food containers.

Greek yogurt aims for the heart with Valentine’s tubs

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Greek yogurt brand Ehrmann MIXIM is hitting shelves in specially formed containers that aim for the heart.

Only 11% of consumers 'completely satisfied' with packaging

MeadWestvaco is offering an indepth look at how consumers really feel about food and beverage packaging; many report they are not perfectly happy with their containers.

Active/intelligent packaging capturing global attention

US demand for active and intelligent packaging technology will hit $3.5bn by 2017; one expert outlines advancements and what’s behind the increased demand.

The Packaging Conference: Is it worth the trip?

Insights from Pepsico, Kraft, Coca-Cola, and other industry players add to the value of The Packaging Conference.

Hexacomb: Paperboard palletizing sheets stack up

Hexacomb Corp. has launched sheets to protect pallets of large liquid containers, striking a balance between sustainability, cost conservation and product protection.

Kraft: Packaging should ‘stop consumers in their tracks’

A Kraft Foods design expert is advising CPG professionals to remember that when it comes to influencing consumers to buy products, packaging leads the way.

Avantium nears launch of PlantBottle competitor

Avantium Chemical has reported it is fast approaching commercialization of a bio-based polyester packaging material that could give the PlantBottle a run for its money.

Heinz: ‘The journey to a 100% renewable PlantBottle will not be easy’

Michael Okoroafor, vice president of global packaging innovation and execution, HJ Heinz, shares his secrets on the company’s holistic approach to sustainability, which reaches packaging, processing, innovation and beyond.

Scenes from IPPE 2014

The International Production and Processing Expo welcomed thousands of enthused meat and poultry professionals. Here are some of the products and technologies attendees have glimpsed at the 2014 event.

Consumers gobble up 124bn food cans each year

Flexible pouches, cartons and other formats are increasingly vying for shelf space, but in many categories, metal packaging still holds a top spot.

Campbell, Unilever tops in sustainable food firms

Food and beverage giants like Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, Danone and Nestle rank in the 2014 list of Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.

US tuna brand hooks consumers with quality

American Tuna seeks to distinguish itself from other tuna brands by focusing on sustainable fishing and quality product.

Humane egg labelling is no yolk

Poultry industry standards outlined by Humane Farm Animal Care bring clearer, stronger definition to “free range” and “pasture raised” labelling.

Salami packaging seals shelf appeal

Building on consumer feedback, Norwegian salami purveyor Grilstad has launched a reclosable package that protects both product and brand image.

Fort Dearborn lands BRC Packaging thumbs up

Packaging producer Fort Dearborn is slated to attain BRC certification for all 12 of its label facilities this year.

Project hooks bioplastics from fish waste

Scientists are working to create bioplastics for food manufacturing and packaging, using material derived from fishing industry waste.

Berry Plastics charts out $31m move

Packaging giant Berry Plastics Group will step up its game by relocating manufacturing, investing $31m toward added infrastructure and equipment.

Leaders of the pack: Kraft, Frito Lay top event roster

The upcoming Packaging Conference 2014 will feature senior executives from top suppliers and consumer packaged goods firms.

Hip, hip, hooray—we just topped 4K!

The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.

US carton recycling leaps 160% in four years

Recycling of carton packaging is on an upward tick in the US, with nearly half of 48% of households enjoying access to container recycling.

Effective packaging grabs snackers

The look of a snack package holds significant influence on a consumer’s purchasing decision.

InterFlex to open $10.2m food packaging plant

The InterFlex Group, a company that specializes in packaging products for food applications, is expanding production at its primary plant.

Whole Foods backs food firms with $25m loan program

Whole Foods Market is fueling development of independent food growers and processors with a program funnelling up to $25m in low-interest loans.

FPD serves up hot industry topics in 2014

Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.

Fascinating food stories of 2013

Private-label packaging, kids' products, odorous hot-sauce emissions—2013 was a fascinating year for anyone following the food industry. Here are some of the most interesting stories from the perspective of a FoodProductionDaily editor.

Best of the Best: Top processing and packaging stories of 2013

The year 2013 was a great one for fascinating stories about food packaging, processing technologies and safety concerns. Here are the 10 FoodProductionDaily stories that most resonated with our readers.

Christmas candy pack stacks up sustainably

Clear Lam has launched holiday candy brand packaging with a sweet combination of flexibility, recloseability and sustainability.

Water-in-a-carton sales double in one year

Icebox water, housed in compostable cartons instead of PET bottles, is resonating with sustainability-minded, thirsty consumers.

O-I recycling plant fuels 1m bottles daily

Glass packaging giant Owens-Illinois has flipped the switch on a recycled processing facility to transform discarded containers into new jars and bottles.

Lightweighting leads food packaging trends

Consumer demand for sustainability and a desire to conserve cost is helping drive the food industry’s ever-increasing interest in lightening up its packaging.

DuPont targets renewably sourced polymer increase

DuPont is targeting the increase of renewably sourced polymers in its product lines to meet end user demand.

Bioplastics demand to hit 6.2m tons by 2017

Increasing global demand for eco-friendly materials will push demand for bio-based plastics to 6.2m tons by 2017.

International Paper backs food-pack brainstorming

International Paper has inked a deal to sponsor the PMMI Possibilities in Packaging Innovation Pavilion at an upcoming food marketing event.

Plastic packaging demand to rise 33m in five years

High demand for lightweight plastic food packaging is driving increased production.

Dow Pack Studios makes packaging better

Dow’s Pack Studios help food industry customers turn ideas into effective product packaging.

Renmatix, Virent cook up bio packaging partnership

The two companies are joining forces to convert biomass into bio-based packaging materials.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: WORLDSTAR WINNERS

The annual WorldStar awards (presented by the World Packaging Organisation) recognize excellence in packaging design: sustainability, functionality, aesthetics and more. Here are some of the winners in the Food category that took home top honors.

Unilever spreads into convenience-minded tubs

Unilever has poured two spreads into packaging created with an eye toward consumer convenience.

Kraft, PepsiCo tackle packaging challenges

An upcoming conference will bring together top food firms and industry suppliers to hammer out sustainability, design and other packaging issues.

New York wages war on EPS food packaging

Outgoing New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is gunning for a ban on EPS food containers before he leaves office January 1.

NAMPA: Be thankful for canned food

Flexible packaging might be gaining market share, but canned foods still figure into meal preparation at Thanksgiving and other holidays.

Retort technology cuts processing time up to 40%

Allpax Products reports its Gentle Motion retort system, recently installed at a plant in Europe, cuts process time by as much as 40%.

3M, Unilever tackle bio-packaging challenges

Top food firms and suppliers will gather to hammer out sustainability challenges at an upcoming conference.

Dow: We have to do more with less

It is critical to protect the food supply chain and cut down food waste, according to the Dow Chemical Company.

Paper bottle will 'change the way people think about wine'

A partnership between a winery and packaging creatives has launched a paper-based bottle to quench the thirst of sustainability-minded drinkers.

Flexible packaging demand to approach $100bn by 2018

The increasing popularity of flexible packaging among consumers and brand owners is expected to lift demand to $99.6bn by 2018.

Scenes from PROCESS EXPO 2013, part two

This year's PROCESS EXPO event has treated attendees to a broad array of processing technologies, packaging equipment, educational programming, and other features. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.

Scenes from PROCESS EXPO 2013, part one

PROCESS EXPO, produced by the Food Processing Suppliers Association, offers industry professionals a chance to take in emerging technologies, discuss trends and taste upcoming flavors. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.

PROCESS EXPO causes a buzz on Twitter

Processing professionals from all over the world are gathered at the event, and sharing the sights, sounds and technology via Twitter.

Dow collaboration leads to ‘revolutionary’ recyclable pouch

Flexible packaging has taken off, but recyclability has been a challenge; one company reportedly has solved the puzzle with a fully recyclable stand-up pouch.

Awards judges go nuts for Sonoco snack jar

A Sonoco Plastics package has landed first-place honors for its design and sustainability.

Recycling site to process 1.6bn PET bottles annually

CarbonLITE, a recycler partnered with brand giant Nestle, is breaking ground on a facility that will process around 1.6bn used PET bottles each year.

Novamont launches compostable film packaging

Novamont has launched the latest generation of bioplastics under its Mater-Bi portfolio, including a film for food packaging.

Procter & Gamble shares packaging sustainability insight

The big brand’s sustainability guru will share lessons during a webinar that food pros can use to optimize their packaging sustainability.

As it happened: EUROPEN's 20th birthday told on Twitter

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) and the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste directive were some of the hotly debated themes at the EUROPEN (the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment) 20th anniversary event.

General Mills soup spoons into Tetra Pak cartons

General Mills has introduced Artisanal Soups into its Progresso line, the first of its ready-to-serve soups in Tetra Pak cartons.

Sealed Air's bag-in-box packs three times faster than conventional systems

Sealed Air sees a "gap" in the market for aseptic packaging technology and will launch a bag-in-box system next year.

Recycling highlighted at packaging conference

The Focal Point 2013: Frontiers in Packaging Conference will hone in on ways the industry can work to increase food container recycling and sustainability.

Packaging takes a bite out of growing UK ready-meal market

The UK ready-meal packaging market is growing an average of nearly 6% annually; one retailer has revamped its food-to-go packs in hopes of taking a bigger bite.

Tetra Pak: Sustainable packaging demand on the rise

A recent survey by Tetra Pak indicates that consumers are increasingly on the lookout for sustainably packaged products.

3M machine puts plastic straps under wraps

3M launched a carton wrapper at PACK EXPO that uses tape instead of plastic or metal straps.

Pollutant phases of bio-based films identified

The manufacturing and extraction of raw materials are the most pollutant stages of the life cycle when producing bio-based films, according to a study.

PACK EXPO 2013 in pictures: Day 2

The second day of PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 was as busy as the first. Attendees from around the globe streamed through the exhibition to take in a wide range of packaging and processing technologies.

UK consumers toss 6.7m tonnes of food annually

With UK regulations limiting household refuse, food manufacturers are being challenged to increase recyclable packaging and help cut food waste.

Vodka pours into lightweight PET bottle

McCormick Distilling has converted its Eco Friendly 360 vodka from glass to lightweight PET.

Bio-based packaging manufacturer expands

Be Green Packaging has opened another sales and engineering office to help meet growing demand for its plant-based packaging.

General Mills named to sustainability honor roll

Cereal and snack brand owner General Mills has been added to a list of possible targets for sustainable-minded investors.

General Mills cereal brand innovates with sustainable liner

Organic food brand Cascadian Farm has upped the sustainability quotient of its packaging, pouring into the first-ever cereal box liner made from renewable plant sources.

Bioplastics and sustainability will trend at 'largest' plastics fair

Bioplastics, sustainability, and energy efficiency are set to take centre stage at this year's K! fair, which organisers claim will be the "biggest and most international" for the plastics and rubber industries.

Packaging maker opens second Mexico plant

Hexacomb Corp. has opened its second Mexico facility to meet demand for protective packaging.

GS1 launches webinar on packaging sustainability

Not-for-profit organisation, GS1, which develops and maintains supply chain standards across the world has released its Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability (GPPS).

Coca-Cola ramps up bio-packaging tech

A materials developer has opened a facility to help bring bio-based packaging for clients like Coca-Cola to reality.

Dei Fratelli: Canned food business ‘not going away’

Hirzel Canning Co. & Farms has expanded its line of Truly tomato products, switching to SIG 750g Combibloc cartons, as it celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, but insists cans still have a major role to play within the industry.

APPE on PET jars versus glass

APPE, formerly known as Artenius PET Packaging Europe, has launched the ThermaLite jar, a PET product capable of hot-fill and pasteurisation up to 95oC.

LamiCan beats off stiff competition to win Packology Award

Start-up company, Lamican, which was founded in 2007, has beaten its competitors to win the most Innovative Food Packaging from 2010 to 2013 at Packology 2013, at Rimini Expo Center, in Italy.

TerraCycle and Cadbury launch sweet wrapper assault on Asian market

New Jersey-based TerraCycle, which collects non-recyclable, or difficult-to-recycle, waste, has partnered with major corporation Mondelez International, which owns Cadbury, to launch a recycling waste campaign on the Asian market.

Ultra-transparent plastic: in the clear

RPC Tedeco-Gizeh has developed an ultra-clear polypropylene (PP) material to replace amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (A-PET) in its plastic containers.

Bananarama: Bioplastic made from banana peels

A Turkish teenager has created a bioplastic made from banana peels after a two year project.

Canned: Canadian food manufacturer switches to cartons

Canadian food manufacturer Lassonde Specialties has moved from cans to SIG Combibloc cartons in response to the packaging trend in North America.

Lignin boosts properties of starch-based packaging, finds study

Packaging incorporating natural biopolymers can improve the mechanical and barrier properties of starch-based films, according to a study.

Perstorp Capa for bioplastics at K Fair

Perstorp specialty chemicals group is launching Capa thermoplastic products for bioplastics at the plastics and rubber tradeshow, K Fair, in Düsseldorf, Germany in October.

Pacific Foods and Tetra Pak launch carton meals

Pacific Foods has partnered with Tetra Pak to launch All Natural Pasta O’s and All Natural Mac & Cheese products packaged in Bisphenol-A free, retortable liquid cartons.

Bio-based plastics need investment, says Wageningen UR

Bio-based plastics need government support to scale up production, according to a Dutch-based research institute.

Hollywood actor graces British Plastics Federation

Actor Brian Blessed, known for his booming voice, will speak at this year’s British Plastics Federation (BPF) annual dinner on October 11.

IP on track for 2020 sustainability goals

International Paper has published its 2012 Sustainability Report which reveals strong progress against the packaging company’s 10-year environmental goals, which includes reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution.

Chasing arrows when it comes to recycling? Not any more recommends standards panel

The “chasing arrows” symbol around the numbers which defines the resin used in a products packaging are to be dropped in favour of an equilateral triangle.

Coca-Cola and Danone joined by ALPLA in PEF bottle project

ALPLA has joined The Coca-Cola Company and Danone in the bid to bring a 100% PEF bottle using Avantium’s technology to market by 2016.

Aseptic Technology 2013: Exclusive Online Event

Our free online event, Aseptic Technology 2013, brings together leading suppliers, brand owners and specialists including GEA, Sidel, Solvay, Coca-Cola Hellenic and Zenith International.

EU project aims to produce plastics from biomass

Food and beverage plastic packaging is one possible end application for an EU project which aims to create platform chemicals from second generation biomass.

Whey protein coating aims for eco-friendly benefits in multilayer packaging

A whey protein coating is being developed as part of an EU project to replace existing polyethylene (PE) or petrochemical plastic coatings in multilayer packaging and enhance recyclability.

Novelis develops 90% recycled aluminium for beverage cans

Novelis has developed aluminium sheet with 90% recycled content enabling beverage can manufacturers the ability to have a product made of 70% recycled material.

Biome investigates lignin for bioplastics

Biome Bioplastics is leading a consortium investigating whether a waste product of the pulp and paper industry can be used in bioplastics.

By-product of red meat industry to be used in bioplastics

A New Zealand-based biopolymers company is using by-products from the red meat and poultry industry to create bioplastics.

Ultra lightweight Beck’s bottle retains original strength: Ardagh Group

Ardagh Group says its new ‘ultra lightweight’ 275ml beer bottle produced for Anheuser Busch InBev brand Beck’s weighs 11% less than the original while retaining the same container strength.

Market failures threaten PET recycling, says Plastics Recyclers Europe

Plastics Recyclers Europe has called for more polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to be collected to make use of industry resources.

EU algae project aims to make a SPLASH

An EU research project is aiming to ‘milk’ algae to develop polymers from algae sugars and hydrocarbons for use in end markets such as packaging.

Dow and Mitsui postpone manufacturing of biopolymers from sugar cane

Dow and Mitsui have postponed phase two of their joint venture to build a production unit to manufacture biopolymers for packaging from sugar cane-derived ethanol.

US paper-based packaging plans issued for comment

Public comments are being invited on a research proposal covering four types of paper and paper-based packaging aimed at maintaining and expanding the products’ markets.

Top brands favor bag-in-box dispensing savings – Xylem

Peter Wright from beverage dispensing expert Xylem tells Ben Bouckley at Brau Beviale why leading wine and beer brand owners such as Diageo increasingly favor on premise bag-in-box dispensing.

P&G files patent for eco-friendly package invention

Procter and Gamble (P&G) has filed a patent for its invention of a flexible barrier package with a sealant that contains biobased content of about 85%.

GEA claims cold-filling first with aseptic system

GEA Procomac tells why its new aseptic dual filling system to bottle still beverages with pulps, fibers, fruits or cereals benefits product taste and allows clients to use less PET than with hot filling machines.

Pack Expo 2012, Chicago in Pictures: Taking the 'Windy City's' Packaging Pulse

The lights go up, the show floor starts buzzing...Relive the packaging thrills and spills from Pack Expo 2012 in Chicago, in pictures. Here are's highlights, from city Chicago skyline to Sealed Air and KHS.

‘Revolutionary’ aseptic spout for drinks pouches suits ‘on the go’ consumers – IPN

Luis De La Mora from Innovative Packaging Network (IPN) tells Ben Bouckley why he believes his firm’s new ‘non spill’ aseptic spout for beverage pouches, Clean Valve, can help the format steal share from cans, cartons and PET bottles.

Sonoco targets rising natural foods niche with new sustainable paperboard

Bill Sommer from Sonoco explains how food and beverage manufacturers can save money and offer sustainable packaging by using the firm’s new  Ecotect paperboard, in this podcast recorded at Pack Expo in Chicago.

Green additives could improve environmental profile of thermoplastic

Researchers have found green additives can improve the environmental profile of thermoplastic packaging materials and reduce oxygen transmission.

Flax fibres could be used in food packaging - researchers

Researchers in New Zealand have discovered potential anti-fungal properties in harakeke, or native flax, that could see the fibres used in food packaging but admitted more funding is need to continue the research.

FKuR expands in green polyethylene

Plastics producer and supplier FKuR has launched polyethylene (PE) biopolymers for manufacturers seeking a green alternative to traditional materials.

Solegear partners with NRC to develop bioplastic technology

Solegear Bioplastic has partnered with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to develop new bioplastic technology and muted the first product will be commercialized by the first quarter of 2013.

Bioplastics guidance document a forward step, claims industry

A guidance document aimed at safeguarding communication along the bioplastic chain has been hailed as a ‘step in the right direction’ from two firms involved in the industry.

Trade body attempts to clean up bioplastic communication

European Bioplastics have published a document today in response to what they describe as “widespread greenwashing” in the industry.

Investment will see WikiCells edible food packaging ready by 2013, claims developer

WikiCells, a food packaging technology that could eliminate the need for plastic containers, has secured a $10m investment to launch its product next year.

Waste oil could be used as starting material in bioplastics, say researchers

Researchers have found waste cooking oil could be used as a starting material in the production of bioplastics to produce a higher yield at a cheaper price.

Tetra Pak cartons face fight to seduce UK wine lovers

Tetra Pak cartons hold the lowest appeal among all packaging formats for UK wine consumers, and face a tough fight to win significant market share from the likes of glass and PET.

New wash-off labels bring sustainability benefits – Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison has launched its first range of wash-off labels for glass and PET bottles, designed to wash off at temperatures lower than the industry average and assist recycling.

Japanese study finds ‘optimum’ aluminum bottle opening size for Coke drinkers

The majority of Japanese consumers believe that the opening diameters of screw-top aluminium bottles are too small, a study has found, while also determining that 33mm is the optimum size for 'drinking ease'.

New Scottish government fund bids to bin packaging waste

Zero Waste Scotland says it will continue to invest in firms that cut product and packaging waste, as it encourages SME’s in the country to apply for grants from its newly announced ₤100,000 fund.

Sports drinks can prosper with new polypropylene hinges: Borealis

European plastics giant Borealis is targeting the European sports drinks market with a new faster-drying polypropylene grade for hinge closures, BorPure RF490MO.

Polish PET facility to open by January 2013 - APPE

Beverage packaging giant APPE says work on a new Polish PET facility is on schedule and that commercial production is set to begin in December, ahead of full operation from January 2013.

Super-transparent ‘no label’ look causes industry stir: Verstraete

Belgian printing company Verstraete claims there is a lot of interest from potential customers as it prepares to roll out its novel super-transparent label across Europe and North America.

New ‘paper-look’ film label will smarten up wine and spirit bottles: Avery Dennison

A new paper-look film label will help premium wine and spirit producers keep bottles looking their best and reduce stock inventory, according to labelling giant Avery Dennison.

Glass giant O-I denies cans are 'significant trend' in craft brewing

Despite media reports that a growing number of North American craft brewers are reaching for cans, glass packaging giant O-I insists this isn’t a major trend, nor is it at the expense of glass bottles.

Document clarifies green claims - BPF

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has published a guidance document relating to environmental claims on plastic products.

‘Next generation’ beverage can tab could ignite industry revolution - Canadian inventor

A Canadian inventor tells that he believes his patented ‘next generation’ swivelling beverage can tab could be a runaway success, as he confirms talks with major beverage companies.

Unknown fears thwart European active packaging adoption as Asia leads the way

Europe lags five to eight years behind Asia in its adoption of active and intelligent packaging (AIP) technologies, with consumer fear and legislation the biggest obstacles to implementation, according to the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA).

US post-consumer packaging legislation looms?

As You Sow, a US not-for-profit organisation that promotes environmental and social responsibility, has urged food and beverage producers to take responsibility for post-consumer packaging and tackle the nation’s dismal recycling and recovery record.

Asda hopes time is ripe for avocado 'traffic light' packaging

UK supermarket chain Asda hopes that its new 'traffic light' colour coded packaging system will ensure customers always pick avocadoes off retail shelves at the correct level of ripeness.

Co-operation key to achieving sustainability – expert

Companies must work together to push the sustainability message, according to Sealed Air’s vice president of sustainability, Dr Ronald Cotterman.

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.

Sirane claims new corn-based packaging film doubles brassica shelf life

UK-based packaging manufacturer  Sirane claims its bio-based food wrapping can double the shelf-life of ‘notoriously problematic’ brassicas.

Viral 'Coca-Cola Bag' video spoof dupes world media

A hoax video claiming that the Coca-Cola Company planned to launch a 'Coca-Cola Bag' worldwide has duped the world media, leading the company to rush out a statement yesterday clarifying it was not the author of the media that went viral on social networks.

Bioplastics demand to undergo geographic shift by 2015, predicts Freedonia

The bioplastics market is expected to change from being dominated by the US and Western Europe by 2015 as other regions in the world increase production, according to Freedonia.

Sealed Air to bring eco-technology to wider scale

Sealed Air and a manufacturer of eco-packaging have completed an agreement that will see the products manufactured for use in packaging.

World’s first paper wine bottle to hit UK supermarket shelves by end of 2012

UK packaging company GreenBottle has signed a deal with a major wine supplier to produce the world’s first paper wine ‘bottle’ for supermarket sale this year, and claims there is wider global interest within the beverage industry.

Coca-Cola, Heinz and Procter and Gamble spearhead eco-PET partnership

Coca-Cola, Heinz and Procter and Gamble are part of a newly-formed global initiative to accelerate the development of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) made entirely from plants. 

Krones installs its first German PET recycling line

Krones has confirmed to that it has struck a deal to commission its first sustainable closed-loop PET recycling line for a German beverage firm, the sixth such line worldwide.

New Tropicana Pure Premium PET clear container 'unique' in juice aisle

Tropicana has told that its new clear PET flip-top container for Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice is ‘premium in look and function’ and unlike anything else in the juice aisle.

Edible food packaging dissolves in water – developer

A US company has developed a food packaging technology that dissolves when exposed to water and said it is ready for commercial roll-out as soon as individual customers’ needs are satisfied.  

Day Two: Relive Anuga FoodTec 2012 in pictures

Relive the best of the action from day two of the major processing and packaging show ongoing in Cologne, Germany this week.

Electron beam ‘breakthrough’ sees Tetra Pak hit carton hyperspeed at Anuga

Tetra Pak has unveiled what it claims is the world’s fastest carton filling machine – over 11 units per second – and says the concept was only realisable due to the launch of new eBeam non-contact and dry sterilisation technology.

Switching to food pouch packaging made easier by partnership

A joint venture between a packaging firm and a pouch creator will halve potential production time for manufacturers, claim the schemes founders.

Anti-bottled water agenda an ‘easy sell’ to US students: IBWA

An anti-bottled water agenda based on inaccurate and disingenuous claims is an easy sell to students legitimately concerned about environmental issues, according to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) in the wake of a spate of US college bans on sales.

Californian-based plastic should be recycled in the state - firm

A plastic recycling firm has opened a new bottle-to-bottle plant in California aimed at ensuring all the state’s PET is processed locally instead of abroad.

Weight reduction in packaging will reduce environmental impact – company

A Spain-based food packaging supplier has signed an exclusive licence agreement to use a new technology in Europe - citing a reduction in product weight and sustainability as the main benefits.

Bio-based food packaging rolled out for cheese producer

Clear Lam Packaging said it has developed a 50% plant-based plastic food package that will reduce greenhouse gases and energy during manufacturing.

Coca-Cola Enterprises tight-lipped on pending 375ml PET bottle launch

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has given a guarded reaction to a media enquiries regarding the planned launch a new 375ml bottle onto the UK market, despite its GB managing director informing journalists at a press conference that the firm intended to make this move.

Edible food packaging is the future, Harvard developer claims

US scientists have developed a food packaging technology that could eliminate the need for plastic containers, and the lead developer told that it could hit the market inside 12 months.

SuperCleanQ funding victory to boost SMEs rPET prospects

An industry consortium has secured almost €2m of EU funding to develop processes and quality procedures to recycle for food contact applications, with the aim of helping small to medium-sized recyclers (SMEs) here reprocess waste and conform to European regulations.

Can you Jugit? PFM spies rosy UK milk bag future with new machine

Multinational food packaging company PFM has launched a new entry level milk bagging machine onto the UK market that it hopes will benefit from a perceived trend towards bagged milk on sustainability grounds.

Glass could strike gold riding Chinese beverage bandwagon, analyst

Opportunities abound for glass as a premium beverage container in China, the world’s fastest growing packaging market, according to business research specialist the Freedonia Group.

‘Curbside exclusion’ is major challenge facing US carton recycling: Carton Council

Despite improvements to curbside carton recycling, lack of access for consumers is the major problem that the industry faces in upping recycling rates, according to the US Carton Council.

WRAP progress report reveals only 'marginal' decrease in supply chain waste

Despite progress towards achieving some waste reduction and recycling targets under the UK's Courtauld Commitment, a 2012 supply chain waste reduction target is proving a challenge for industry, with only a “marginal decrease” thus far, said WRAP CEO Liz Goodwin.

BCME chair lifts lid on beverage can sustainability

Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) chairman Gerrit Heske told that cans were thriving in Europe due to perceptions of 'convenience, taste and freshness', but that industry still had a fight on its hands to tell consumers the full sustainability story.

Symphony attacks ‘absurd’ Californian marketing ban on oxo-bio plastics

Symphony Environmental Technologies has hit out at Californian legislation that it says highlights the ‘absurdity’ whereby it cannot market its oxo-biodegradable plastic as biodegradable in the state.

'Breakthrough' barrier technology sees APPE target new applications

APPE is targeting new application areas for its novel oxygen-scavenging barrier system marketed under the the ActivSeal brand, the company revealed to in an exclusive interview at Brau Beviale 2011 in Germany.

APPE laments cut-price market perceptions of rPET products

At Brau Beviale 2011, we spoke to marketing manager Kinza Sutton - from leading European manufacturer of PET pre-forms and bottles APPE - who lamented the fact that brandowners and fillers expect cheaper prices for rPET products despite relatively high production costs.

Relive Brau Beviale 2011 in pictures

We've collated some of the best images from the floor of beverage industry trade show Brau Beviale, which celebrated its 50th birthday last week in Nuremberg, Germany, and attracted almost 1,400 exhibitors and 31,500 guests.

Sustainability drive hits European plastic packaging growth

Despite a market recovery following the 2008-9 recession, demand for European food and beverage packaging in specific areas is being hit by “structural changes” including the sustainability trend.

Tetra Pak CEO discusses demand for functional packaging that doesn't cost the earth gained an exclusive interview with Tetra Pak president and CEO Dennis Jönsson to discuss the demand for less packaging but improved product functionality, as he prepared to address delegates at the World Dairy Summit 2011 in Parma, Italy.

Tetra Pak claims ‘industry first’ carton will extend low-cost closure reach

Tetra Pak claims that an ‘industry first’ combination of closure technologies will allow it to extend low-cost large openings into new ambient beverage categories with its new Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge 1000 carton.

Tetra Pak pledges to ‘accelerate’ green product innovation

Tetra Pak has pledged to accelerate green product innovation after an environmental report commissioned by the company showed that consumers want well-priced eco-friendly packaging.

Consumers value see-through packaging with simple messages, LFR

Getting food and drink packaging right is vital in encouraging consumers to engage with a product or brand and to ensure food safety, but what is the public looking for, and how are trends changing?

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.

United Biscuits to switch to rPET for all trays by end of 2010

United Biscuits is aiming to switch to rPET for all its thermoformed trays by the end of 2010 in a bid to scale up the amount of recycled packaging in its range.

Industry learns the limits of lightweighting

Lightweighting can be a win-win strategy, reducing the impact of packaging on both the environment and profit margins but food and drink companies are learning that it is not always the best way forward.

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 map towards this most elusive of goals?

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