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ABF installs wastewater treatment plant

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies has partnered with Associated British Foods (ABF) on a wastewater treatment plant in Thailand, for handover in June 2016.

WestRock acquires Cenveo Packaging for $105m

WestRock has acquired Cenveo Packaging for $105m, including six facilities in the US, Canada and Dominican Republic and strategic sourcing partnerships in Asia and the Caribbean for folded carton, shrink...

‘Extending equity and iconic appeal’: Coca-Cola unites brands with global campaign

The Coca-Cola Company is uniting all Coke trademark brands in a global creative campaign, titled ‘Taste the Feeling.’ 

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Pidy launches spicy flavoured macarons

Pidy has launched a spicy and curry flavoured Macaron available as 3.5cm in size and delivered in 96 portions to a case.

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KraussMaffei Group to expand in China

ChemChina, one of China’s largest chemicals group, is set to acquire KraussMaffei Group and its brands KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal, for €925m.

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Dematic considering US plant closure, with up to 300 job losses

Dematic, which works with Cadbury Schweppes, Nestlè Australia, and JTM Food Group, is considering plans to close its manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, with up to 300 job losses.

Reaction: Smurfit Kappa enters Brazilian packaging market with $200m double acquisition

Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) has acquired two privately owned integrated paper-based packaging businesses, Industria de Embalagens Santana (INPA) and Paema Embalagens (Paema), for €186m ($200m) in Brazil.

AR Metallizing Group expands in Brazil with its beer and Heinz ketchup labels

AR Metallizing (ARM) has acquired Málaga Produtos Metalizados, in Brazil, for an undisclosed sum.

Mintel reveals top packaging trends for 2016

A combination of improved consumer engagement and technology will global packaging trends over the next year. 

Merger forms China’s biggest fruit company

China’s biggest fruit distributor has merged with one of its major fruit producers to create the country’s largest fruit business. 

Daioni - 1st British organic dairy brand certified by China Quality Certification Centre

‘Potential demand for organic dairy produce in Greater China is immense’

Daioni, the first British organic dairy brand to be certified by the China Quality Certification Centre, has set up a sales team in Hong Kong and hired a brand manager...

FPD 2015 Annual Review – Most popular stories of the year

From a Heinz QR code on a ketchup bottle which took consumers to a porn site; to Nestle opening a Digital Innovation Office in 2016; and Dow and DuPont to...

Ball wins Brazilian approval of its proposed $8.2bn Rexam deal

Ball Corporation has won Brazilian approval of its proposed £5.4bn ($8.2bn) acquisition of Rexam.

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With shelf ready packaging on the rise, the ability to mark-up secondary packaging offline meets a growing need in today’s grocery market

‘Sustainable manufacturing is taking centre stage, driven by both the market and regulation.

Coca-Cola Refreshments to ‘bargain in good faith’ following workers’ strike for unfair labor practices

Coca-Cola Refreshments, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola, has spoken out after more than 225 employees voted to go on strike following what it claims are unfair labour practices.

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Campden BRI opens consumer test centre

Campden BRI has opened a consumer test centre in Leamington Spa, UK, to support new product development and provide consumer research on food and drink products.

Tetra Pak: Top Six Millennial Needs

‘Millennials are coveted by major brands and represent a significant and disruptive force for the F&B industry’

Tetra Pak has characterized six underlying needs of Millennials who are the largest and most influential generation of consumers, and explains how to target them through product formulation and packaging...

Elopak first packaging company to join RE100 campaign

Elopak is the first major packaging company and the first Norwegian company to join the RE100 campaign, in partnership with The Climate Group, to engage, support and showcase influential companies...

The two companies will assume joint control over four Coca-Cola bottlers

European Commission approves The Coca-Cola Company and Cobega acquisition

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and Cobega (Spain) for joint control of Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) in the UK.

Tetra Pak 2015 Sustainability Report

Tetra Pak to launch ad-on-pack advertising to promote UHT milk in North Africa

Tetra Pak will be reaching out to consumers through ad-on-pack and digital advertising and holding events for doctors and nutritionists, to promote the benefits of UHT milk in Morocco later...

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

Tate & Lyle launch Middle Eastern recipes with a healthier twist

Tate & Lyle launched a menu of Middle Eastern recipes with a healthier twist at Gulfood Manufacturing, in Dubai last week (October 27–29) to tackle the growing number of consumers...

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

Napco expands into extrusion coating, rotogravure printing and aluminium lidding

Napco, which works with Nestle, Mars and Kwality ice cream, has expanded its corrugated, paper and plastic packaging manufacturing capabilities to include extrusion coating, rotogravure printing and aluminium lidding. 

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

Tetra Pak: Consumers prefer natural sweeteners, with artificial sweeteners the number one concern

With 30% of the global population overweight or obese, there is an acknowledgement this is a real problem (not just from sugar and juice beverages). Consequently, consumers are paying more...

Uflex taps into aseptic packaging demand

Uflex is expanding an Indian plant to move into aseptic packaging with the facility expected to be operational by April 2017.

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Ball to acquire remaining stake in ‘one of most successful JVs in our history’

Ball Corporation is to acquire the remaining stake in what it called ‘one of the most successful joint ventures in the company's history’.

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