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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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ABB Automation sees increased demand for packed meat robots

ABB Automation has seen increased demand in its robots from food manufacturers from 2011-2013, significantly in automation for packaged meat.

Barry-Wehmiller acquires Sidel subsidiary and announces Texas expansion

Barry-Wehmiller has acquired Hema, an independent subsidiary of Sidel and has expanded Design Group in Texas with the addition of three engineering offices, to complement its existing facility in Dallas. ...

Rexam jumps on ‘fantastic’ opportunity for beverage cans in India

The beverage can remains a ‘novel’ form of packaging in India, according to manufacturer Rexam. But having seen a 72% increase in sales volume in 2014, the company predicts the...

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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.

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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...

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