FoodProductionDaily.com's four part series on sustainable packaging lifts the lid on topics such as the search for a global defintion of the term; a weighing up of the pros and cons of source materials and their impact on product integrity; we analyse whether downgauging has had its day, and we also figure out how influential 'green' packaging is on a consumer's purchasing choices.
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.
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.
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.
Gypsy Crunch has launched its line of gluten-free, artisanal granolas in flexible pouches with Velcro closures, extending product shelf life.
US Aragonite Enterprises has launched renewable plastic, made from materials culled from the ocean, imbued with anti-microbial properties.
Poultry giant Exceldor has upped the sustainability profile of its fresh poultry products by switching to trays made from recycled-content polystyrene.
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.
MeadWestvaco has launched Evertain, a resealable paperboard container to protect snacks, boost sustainability, and drive shelf appeal.
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.
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 brand Rumble is shaking up the nutritional drink category by launching in aluminum bottles from Ball Corp.
Packaging giant Tetra Pak is making progress toward hitting its 2020 targets on creating sustainable progress, boosting recycling, and reducing its environmental footprint.
Cereplast, a manufacturer of bio-based, compostable plastics for packaging and other applications, has filed for bankruptcy.
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.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Greek yogurt brand Ehrmann MIXIM is hitting shelves in specially formed containers that aim for the heart.
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.
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.
Insights from Pepsico, Kraft, Coca-Cola, and other industry players add to the value of The Packaging Conference.
Hexacomb Corp. has launched sheets to protect pallets of large liquid containers, striking a balance between sustainability, cost conservation and product protection.
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 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.
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.
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.
Flexible pouches, cartons and other formats are increasingly vying for shelf space, but in many categories, metal packaging still holds a top spot.
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.
American Tuna seeks to distinguish itself from other tuna brands by focusing on sustainable fishing and quality product.
Poultry industry standards outlined by Humane Farm Animal Care bring clearer, stronger definition to “free range” and “pasture raised” labelling.
Building on consumer feedback, Norwegian salami purveyor Grilstad has launched a reclosable package that protects both product and brand image.
Packaging producer Fort Dearborn is slated to attain BRC certification for all 12 of its label facilities this year.
Scientists are working to create bioplastics for food manufacturing and packaging, using material derived from fishing industry waste.
Packaging giant Berry Plastics Group will step up its game by relocating manufacturing, investing $31m toward added infrastructure and equipment.
The upcoming Packaging Conference 2014 will feature senior executives from top suppliers and consumer packaged goods firms.
The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.
Recycling of carton packaging is on an upward tick in the US, with nearly half of 48% of households enjoying access to container recycling.
The look of a snack package holds significant influence on a consumer’s purchasing decision.
The InterFlex Group, a company that specializes in packaging products for food applications, is expanding production at its primary plant.
Whole Foods Market is fueling development of independent food growers and processors with a program funnelling up to $25m in low-interest loans.
Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.
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.
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.
Clear Lam has launched holiday candy brand packaging with a sweet combination of flexibility, recloseability and sustainability.
Icebox water, housed in compostable cartons instead of PET bottles, is resonating with sustainability-minded, thirsty consumers.
Glass packaging giant Owens-Illinois has flipped the switch on a recycled processing facility to transform discarded containers into new jars and bottles.
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 is targeting the increase of renewably sourced polymers in its product lines to meet end user demand.
Increasing global demand for eco-friendly materials will push demand for bio-based plastics to 6.2m tons by 2017.
International Paper has inked a deal to sponsor the PMMI Possibilities in Packaging Innovation Pavilion at an upcoming food marketing event.
High demand for lightweight plastic food packaging is driving increased production.
Dow’s Pack Studios help food industry customers turn ideas into effective product packaging.
The two companies are joining forces to convert biomass into bio-based packaging materials.
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 has poured two spreads into packaging created with an eye toward consumer convenience.
An upcoming conference will bring together top food firms and industry suppliers to hammer out sustainability, design and other packaging issues.
Outgoing New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is gunning for a ban on EPS food containers before he leaves office January 1.
Flexible packaging might be gaining market share, but canned foods still figure into meal preparation at Thanksgiving and other holidays.
Allpax Products reports its Gentle Motion retort system, recently installed at a plant in Europe, cuts process time by as much as 40%.
Top food firms and suppliers will gather to hammer out sustainability challenges at an upcoming conference.
It is critical to protect the food supply chain and cut down food waste, according to the Dow Chemical Company.
A partnership between a winery and packaging creatives has launched a paper-based bottle to quench the thirst of sustainability-minded drinkers.
The increasing popularity of flexible packaging among consumers and brand owners is expected to lift demand to $99.6bn by 2018.
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.
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.
Processing professionals from all over the world are gathered at the event, and sharing the sights, sounds and technology via Twitter.
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.
A Sonoco Plastics package has landed first-place honors for its design and sustainability.
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 has launched the latest generation of bioplastics under its Mater-Bi portfolio, including a film for food packaging.
The big brand’s sustainability guru will share lessons during a webinar that food pros can use to optimize their packaging sustainability.
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 has introduced Artisanal Soups into its Progresso line, the first of its ready-to-serve soups in Tetra Pak cartons.
Sealed Air sees a "gap" in the market for aseptic packaging technology and will launch a bag-in-box system next year.
The Focal Point 2013: Frontiers in Packaging Conference will hone in on ways the industry can work to increase food container recycling and sustainability.
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.
A recent survey by Tetra Pak indicates that consumers are increasingly on the lookout for sustainably packaged products.
3M launched a carton wrapper at PACK EXPO that uses tape instead of plastic or metal straps.
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.
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.
With UK regulations limiting household refuse, food manufacturers are being challenged to increase recyclable packaging and help cut food waste.
McCormick Distilling has converted its Eco Friendly 360 vodka from glass to lightweight PET.
Be Green Packaging has opened another sales and engineering office to help meet growing demand for its plant-based packaging.
Cereal and snack brand owner General Mills has been added to a list of possible targets for sustainable-minded investors.
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, 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.
Hexacomb Corp. has opened its second Mexico facility to meet demand for protective packaging.
Not-for-profit organisation, GS1, which develops and maintains supply chain standards across the world has released its Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability (GPPS).
A materials developer has opened a facility to help bring bio-based packaging for clients like Coca-Cola to reality.
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, formerly known as Artenius PET Packaging Europe, has launched the ThermaLite jar, a PET product capable of hot-fill and pasteurisation up to 95oC.
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.
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.
RPC Tedeco-Gizeh has developed an ultra-clear polypropylene (PP) material to replace amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (A-PET) in its plastic containers.
A Turkish teenager has created a bioplastic made from banana peels after a two year project.
Canadian food manufacturer Lassonde Specialties has moved from cans to SIG Combibloc cartons in response to the packaging trend in North America.
Packaging incorporating natural biopolymers can improve the mechanical and barrier properties of starch-based films, according to a study.
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 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 government support to scale up production, according to a Dutch-based research institute.
Actor Brian Blessed, known for his booming voice, will speak at this year’s British Plastics Federation (BPF) annual dinner on October 11.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food and beverage plastic packaging is one possible end application for an EU project which aims to create platform chemicals from second generation biomass.
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 has developed aluminium sheet with 90% recycled content enabling beverage can manufacturers the ability to have a product made of 70% recycled material.
Biome Bioplastics is leading a consortium investigating whether a waste product of the pulp and paper industry can be used in bioplastics.
A New Zealand-based biopolymers company is using by-products from the red meat and poultry industry to create bioplastics.
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.
Plastics Recyclers Europe has called for more polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to be collected to make use of industry resources.
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 have postponed phase two of their joint venture to build a production unit to manufacture biopolymers for packaging from sugar cane-derived ethanol.
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.
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.
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 Procomac tells BeverageDaily.com 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.
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 BeverageDaily.com's highlights, from city Chicago skyline to Sealed Air and KHS.
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.
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.
Researchers have found green additives can improve the environmental profile of thermoplastic packaging materials and reduce oxygen transmission.
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.
Plastics producer and supplier FKuR has launched polyethylene (PE) biopolymers for manufacturers seeking a green alternative to traditional materials.
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.
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.
European Bioplastics have published a document today in response to what they describe as “widespread greenwashing” in the industry.
WikiCells, a food packaging technology that could eliminate the need for plastic containers, has secured a $10m investment to launch its product next year.
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 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.
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.
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'.
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.
European plastics giant Borealis is targeting the European sports drinks market with a new faster-drying polypropylene grade for hinge closures, BorPure RF490MO.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has published a guidance document relating to environmental claims on plastic products.
A Canadian inventor tells BeverageDaily.com that he believes his patented ‘next generation’ swivelling beverage can tab could be a runaway success, as he confirms talks with major beverage companies.
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).
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.
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.
Companies must work together to push the sustainability message, according to Sealed Air’s vice president of sustainability, Dr Ronald Cotterman.
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.
UK-based packaging manufacturer Sirane claims its bio-based food wrapping can double the shelf-life of ‘notoriously problematic’ brassicas.
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.
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 and a manufacturer of eco-packaging have completed an agreement that will see the products manufactured for use in packaging.
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 are part of a newly-formed global initiative to accelerate the development of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) made entirely from plants.
Krones has confirmed to BeverageDaily.com 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.
Tropicana has told BeverageDaily.com 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.
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.
Relive the best of the action from day two of the major processing and packaging show ongoing in Cologne, Germany this week.
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.
A joint venture between a packaging firm and a pouch creator will halve potential production time for manufacturers, claim the schemes founders.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
US scientists have developed a food packaging technology that could eliminate the need for plastic containers, and the lead developer told FoodProductionDaily.com that it could hit the market inside 12 months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) chairman Gerrit Heske told BeverageDaily.com 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 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.
APPE is targeting new application areas for its novel oxygen-scavenging barrier system marketed under the the ActivSeal brand, the company revealed to BeverageDaily.com in an exclusive interview at Brau Beviale 2011 in Germany.
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.
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.
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.
FoodProductionDaily.com 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 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 has pledged to accelerate green product innovation after an environmental report commissioned by the company showed that consumers want well-priced eco-friendly packaging.
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?
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 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.
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 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?