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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.

Italian national trade association forecasts 2015 downturn

IMA confirms IMA Industries and IMA Life Italia merger

IMA (Industrial Machine Automation) has confirmed its merger with IMA Industries and IMA Life Italia, taking effect from January 1.

Part of retailer’s plan to boost quality, attract organic food shoppers

Walmart makes leadership changes to improve fresh meat, produce operations

In line with its focus on improving product quality and category performance in fresh meat and produce, Walmart is making a number of high-level personnel changes.

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Clearwater Paper sells Specialty Mills to Dunn Paper

Clearwater Paper Corporation has sold its specialty products business and mills to Dunn Paper.

Amcor, Bosch, Nestle, SIG organisation celebrates 10th anniversary

IPI to hold regional seminars for SMEs in 2015

The International Packaging Institute (IPI) whose industry members include Bosch, Amcor, Nestle and SIG celebrated its 10th anniversary recently and will hold regional seminars for SMEs in 2015.

Review of the Year 2014

From Frito-Lay being granted a US patent for reduced oil potato chip processing to Tyson recalling 75,320 pounds of chicken nuggets and researchers finding migration of ink components on the...

Former Nestle MD to head up Consumer Board

Stora Enso reorganises Renewable Packaging Division

Stora Enso will split its Renewable Packaging Division into two segments; the Consumer Board and Packaging Solutions, from January 1, 2015. 

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Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’...

Opportunities for US agriculture, greater food security for Cubans

US food industry welcomes President Obama’s plan to normalize US-Cuba relations

President Obama has announced he is updating US policies on Cuba, including reestablishing diplomatic relations and promoting travel and trade opportunities between the two countries. Both Cargill and the USA...

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Amcor to acquire Chinese flexible packaging business for $33M

Amcor has signed an agreement to acquire Zhongshan Tian Cai Packaging Company, a Chinese flexible packaging business for $33m (RMB 211m) The purchase price represents 7.1 times EBITDA.

Firm spends €50m to triple production capacity in China

Ecolean’s SnapQuick adopted by South American dairy manufacturer

Ecolean has entered the South American market by partnering with dairy manufacturer, Alquería in Colombia.

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Dow and Leygatech in flexible packaging partnership

Leygatech is collaborating with Dow Chemical on a flexible stand-up pouch to replace rigid packaging up to 20 litres.

Division encompasses Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade

PepsiCo cuts about 100 employees from Chicago's North America Nutrition team

PepsiCo has cut about 100 employees from its Chicago, Illinois office, home to the company’s North America Nutrition division, which handles the Gatorade, Quaker, and Tropicana brand lines.

TED duo throw spotlight on Barry-Wehmiller at Harvard Business School

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk speakers; author Simon Sinek and Amy Cuddy, associate professor, Harvard Business School, visited two plants belonging to Barry-Wehmiller (BW) recently to gather research for a...

dispatches from European Bioplastics conference

Indian distribution deal for NatureWorks’ Ingeo resins

NatureWorks and Northern Technologies International Corporation (NTIC) are to collaborate on marketing and sales in India and countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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