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Valmet signs Yuen Foong Yu Packaging deal

Valmet has partnered with Yuen Foong Yu (YFY) Packaging to supply an OptiConcept M containerboard production line for the company's Xin Wu site in Taoyuan County, Taiwan.

CMA publishes issues statement over Sonoco, Weidenhammer merger

The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) has published an issues statement following its referral of the completed acquisition by Sonoco of Weidenhammer Packaging Group for a full phase 2 investigation ...

Snacking power house talks about ‘regional jewels’ at Packaging Innovations 2015

Developing markets account for 44% at Mondelēz International with plans to expand into more ‘white space’

Mondelēz kicked off the Packaging Innovations tradeshow at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, today talking about its developing markets and ‘regional jewels’.

Middleby Corp to acquire Marel high speed slicing business

The Middleby Corporation (Middleby Corp) based in Chicago, US, has acquired Marel’s high speed slicing business mainly in bacon and deli slicing, for an undisclosed sum.

Skåne Food and Packbridge create ‘Open Up’

Tetra Pak, Fonterra, BioGaia and BillerudKorsnäs in social media partnership

Skåne Food Innovation Network (SFIN) has partnered with Packbridge packaging organization to kickstart ‘Open Up’, a social media platform for people in the F&B industry.

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Biome receives funding to boost bioplastics

Biome is one of the winners of a project that provides funding to bring UK biotechnology projects to market.

Wake up and smell the coffee pods: Coffee shop culture leads to sales boom

Coffee pods are driving growth in the ground coffee sector, says FMCG market and shopper intelligence firm IRI, thanks to cheaper coffee machines and the popularity of the coffee shop...

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Onex's deal to buy SIG for $4.66bn cleared by EU

Onex Corporation’s deal to buy SIG Combibloc for €3.75bn ($4.66bn) has been cleared by the European Commission.

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VPK Packaging Group buys corrugated board box manufacturer

VPK Packaging Group has acquired all the shares in ICS Europaks, a corrugated board box manufacturer based in Limerick, Ireland.

Household penetration of plant-based beverages has doubled in five years to more than 30%, says WhiteWave Foods

US household penetration of plant-based beverages has doubled in five years to more than 30%, with almond milk now accounting for almost 70% of sales and new nut-based milks such...

What's for breakfast? Re-inventing the first meal of the day

Healthy cereals could help industry grow modestly in 5 years, IBISWorld predicts

After years of steady decline, the cereal industry could see modest growth in the next five years thanks to consumer interest in healthier, high-end cereals, product process updates, improved commodity...

Dispatches from The Packaging Conference

Niche categories bring the action in beverages

In the beverage industry, niche categories are outperforming the rest of the market, wine and spirits are on the upswing, and beer has rebounded slightly, mainly thanks to craft beer’s...

Italian packaging industry sees slowdown in orders after record breaking 2014

The European Union remains the largest market for Italian technologies, followed by Asia and non-EU European countries, according to Ucima, the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association.

Number of injection moulding sites in Europe will drop by 2% by 2018

The packaging sector remains by far the largest injection moulding market in terms of polymer volume consumed, according to AMI Consulting.

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SATO acquires 75% stake in Russian label manufacturer

SATO in Japan has taken a 75% stake in Okil-Holding, and the company will now operate as a subsidiary within the SATO Group.

Nestlé contacts Ecolean following successful Olper’s rebranding in Pakistan

Nestlé has contacted Ecolean following a successful relaunch of Olper’s UHT milk, owned by Engro Foods in Pakistan.

Sidel: ‘We disagree China is a country of copycat manufacturers’

Sidel has defended China when it comes to its reputation for being a ‘copycat nation’ copying manufacturer’s designs and machinery, to sell them to the F&B industry.

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A’Safwah Dairy to launch Elopak Obeikan 250ml mini Pure-pak Diamond cartons

A’Safwah Dairy in Oman plans to launch its Elopak Obeikan 250ml mini Pure-Pak Diamond cartons in 2015.

Multivac: Why Brazil?

‘Rising wage costs are awakening interest with companies in a greater degree of automation’

With a GDP of US2,243bn (2013) Brazil has the seventh largest national economy on earth and the second largest growth market worldwide after China, according to Multivac.

Japan’s rise in ‘konbini’ convenience stores drives demand for smaller, shelf ready packs

Japan’s packaging industry is being forced to dramatically change its formats, portion sizes and adopt technologies such as light-weighting and downsizing its products thanks to a rise in ‘konbini’ convenience...

Tetra Pak opens €5m technical training centre in Thailand

Tetra Pak has opened a €5m technical training centre in Rayong, Thailand, with courses in automation, filling line equipment, quality assurance and food safety for dairy and beverage producers.

Arcil acquires Dinieper FFS technology to expand in Brazil and Latin America

Arcil has acquired Dinieper which makes form-fill-seal (FFS) machines to grow its presence in Brazil and Latin America focusing on South America’s yogurt market.

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Essentra gets green light to buy Clondalkin Specialist Packaging Division

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has approved Essentra’s proposal to buy Clondalkin Specialist Packaging Division.

Industry, lobbyists and government officials share common purpose

Coalition of agriculture groups launches campaign to lift US embargo of Cuba

A coalition representing more than 30 agricultural organizations and companies to deepen US-Cuba trade relations held a press conference yesterday (January 8) to mark its official launch.

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Takween Advanced Industries acquires Savola Packaging for $242m

Takween Advanced Industries has acquired Savola Packaging, both based in Saudi Arabia, for $242m.