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First WPO meeting scheduled for May

WPO (World Packaging Organization) will have its first meeting of 2015 during IPACK-IMA – Packaging & Processing Exhibition (May 19-21), in Milan, Italy, coinciding with World Expo.

Smurfit Kappa union members to strike following dismissal claims

Smurfit Kappa trade union members have voted to strike tomorrow (March 24) at a plant in Northampton, following claims of dismissal.

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Ahlstrom 7% price hike for masking tape base papers

Ahlstrom, fiber-based materials company, has announced a 7% price increase on its masking tape materials produced by the Food and Medical business area.

Coca-Cola sustainability consultancy expands in the Middle East

Anthesis Group consultancy firm, whose clients include Coca-Cola, Tesco, Arjo Wiggins and Reckitt Benckiser, has acquired TEP, in the UAE.

Anuga FoodTec 2015 preview

Danish Food Tech Group: Africa has ‘good potential’

Equipment suppliers have opportunities to develop smart and safe machines as major food firms move into Africa, says the head of Danish Food Tech Group.

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Coating, laminating, flexo and gravure printing high on the agenda for ICE Europe

Visitors were primarily interested in coating and laminating, slitting/rewinding, control/ test/measurement, flexo and gravure printing at ICE Europe 2015, according to organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

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Bizerba acquires Luceo to expand food safety portfolio

Bizerba, weighing, slicing, and labelling technologies, has acquired the food sector of Luceo.

The H. Turnauer Foundation to invest €240m alongside Wendel

European Commission approves Wendel acquisition of Constantia Flexibles

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Constantia Flexibles by the French investment company Wendel. 

Victory for capitalism as O-I wins $455m from Venezuelan Government

Owens-Illinois European Group (OIEG) has been awarded more than $455m for Venezuela's expropriation of two plants; in Los Guayos and Valera, in a tribunal organised by the International Centre for...

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Tetra Pak to expand US plant

Tetra Pak has filed an application with Vancouver City Council to build a 3,315 square foot and a 1,780 square foot facility to expand its factory for additional manufacturing equipment.

Sonoco and Smurfit Kappa Group announce South American acquisitions

Sonoco and Smurfit Kappa Group have expanded their reach in South America with Sonoco to acquire a majority interest in Graffo Paranaense de Embalagens (Graffo) in Brazil and Smurfit Kappa...

Efacec wins automated warehousing project with Indonesian dairy firm

Efacec has won a second consecutive project with PT Indolakto, a dairy producer in Indonesia. 

‘We are not on an anti-Tetra Pak mission’

Ecolean: 'European dairy consumption is going down replaced by water and juice'

Ecolean is expanding and will open an office in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, this year as part of its expansion in Southeast Asia.

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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...

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