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Mondi to buy 2 extrusion coating plants for €60m

Mondi Group has signed an agreement with Walki to acquire two extrusion coatings plants in Pietarsaari, Finland and Wroclaw, Poland.

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AB InBev opens Vietnam brewery to embrace beer potential of Southeast Asia

Anheuser-Busch InBev says Vietnam is the ‘next turning point’ for growth in Southeast Asia, as it officially opened its first brewery in the country yesterday.

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China continues BOPP film capacity expansion

China has accounted for 57% of all installations of bi-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film extrusion capacity globally since 2000, according to PCI Films Consulting.

allfoodexperts looking to double its members in 2015 through investment and global growth

allfoodexperts has said it is expecting to double its members within 2015 and publish twice as many challenges as the previous three years.

HpE Process cuts the amount of waste generated by sauces for Unilever as it celebrates BSS Systems partnership

HpE Process has signed a deal with BSS Systems to supply hygienic products to the industrial market sector after being asked by Unilever to cut the amount of waste generated...

India polymer demand will outstrip China in the next five years

India is expected to have the fastest growth in polymer demand anywhere in the world over the next five years outstripping China and other emerging economies, according to AMI Consulting.

Corbion reaches next milestone to enter PLA market

Corbion claims to have reached the next milestone of entering the PLA (polylactic acid or polylactide) market by signing letters of intent for one-third of the volume of a 75...

Dispatches from Hispack 2015

tna sees increasing demand for healthier snacks with fun flavours, formats and sizes

There is an increasing demand for healthier snacks with innovative flavours, formats and sizes and this trend will continue to grow over the coming years, according to tna.

Mergers & acquisitions: Object Solutions, Færch Plast and BRF

Object Solutions Software, which provides product management software for the F&B industry in Europe, has acquired the majority share in SpecPage, in the US.

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Reisopack: ‘European manufacturers have to convince US firms they can perform at the same level as their American rivals’

The world is becoming smaller and competition is increasing, according to Reisopack which counts Coca-Cola, Bimbo, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Kellogg's among its customers.

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Why has robotic uptake been lower in the bakery sector than other manufacturing areas?

‘The bakery sector is extremely broad, covering anything from ingredients, mixes and blends to bread, rolls, cakes and pre-made snack foods.

Company will hire up to 200 people at the facility

Ball Corporation to build first beverage packaging plant in Mexico

Ball Corporation has announced plans to build a two-line beverage can manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico, with construction starting in the coming months.

Crown boycott reaches US settlement

A boycott which broke out in Canada urging consumers not to buy beer manufactured in cans by Crown Holdings has reached a settlement in the US.

Faerch Plast launches ‘aggressive’ international expansion plan

Faerch Plast is building a network of overseas distributors to target Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, US, Canada, South Africa and Israel as part of an aggressive expansion plan.

Nestlé USA closes its Puerto Rico distribution center

Nestlé USA shifts its Puerto Rico shipments to a third US facility

Nestlé USA will shift a majority of its US to Puerto Rico shipments from the Port of New York and New Jersey to JAXPORT (Jacksonville Port Authority) in Jacksonville, Florida.

$86m factory now operational as distribution broadens

Beijing and beyond: Capri-Sun expands operations in China

Capri-Sun is expanding its presence in China, announcing a partnership with Reignwood Group that will give it the necessary sales and distribution muscle. 

Sonoco to invest $20m in a triplex laminator and rotogravure printing press

From purchasing a $20m triplex laminator and rotogravure press to building a composite can facility in Malaysia and opening an Innovative Packaging Solutions (IPS) R&D centre, Sonoco shared details about...

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B&R: Firms turning to automation as production process complexity grows

Food and beverage companies are increasingly turning to automation technology as they transition to Industry 4.0, according to B&R Automation.

Four-day strike, starting on Friday

Strike action escalates at Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa trade union members have announced plans for a four-day strike, from April 17-21, in an escalation of an earlier 48-hour walkout (April 1-2), over the dismissal of two...

Crown workers to protest at Carnival Cruise Lines AGM in London

Boycott row with Crown Holdings Canada spills over into London

A boycott has broken out in Canada urging consumers not to buy beer manufactured in cans by Crown Holdings.

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Wrigley to boost Africa business with $63m Kenya factory

The Wrigley Company is constructing a $63m plant in Kenya, which global president Martin Radvan calls an ‘important early step’ in realising a strategic commitment to Africa.

Multivac in favour of a free trade agreement TTIP between the European Union and the US

Multivac has spoken out about the transatlantic free trade agreement TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) between the European Union and the US, claiming it would welcome the deal.

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Object Solutions expands in the US

Swiss company, Object Solutions has opened a branch in Chicago, to expand its activities in the US, to meet a growing demand for specification and recipe management software for the...

Tetra Pak expands its Serbia factory reducing loading times for foreign exports by 50%

Tetra Pak has opened a 4,000m² warehouse for finished products in Gornji Milanovac in Serbia, as part of a €11.9m two-year investment programme, creating 38 jobs.

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Mondelez Brazil unveils rounder packaging for Philadelphia cream cheese

Mondelez Brazil has introduced rounder packaging for its Philadelphia cream cheese, to spoon out the contents more easily.

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