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Packaging preserves food throughout the supply chain of distribution, storage, sale, and use and carries information about nutrition and storage on its labels. Without it, goods can become exposed and contaminated. It can also refer to the process of design, evaluation, and production of packages.

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RockTenn and MWV join to create '$16bn packaging powerhouse'

RockTenn and MeadWestvaco (MWV) have joined to create a provider of consumer and corrugated packaging in a transaction with a combined equity value of $16bn.

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Amcor, Coca-Cola and others give $300K to spur recycling in South Carolina

The city of Columbia, South Carolina, has received a $300k grant to modernize its residential recycling program, thanks to a collaboration between The Coca-Cola Company, major packaging suppliers, packaging industry...

Industry target to meet 80% steel recycling by 2020

APEAL: ‘Concerns over food waste to increase demand for canned food’

‘Concerns over food waste are likely to increase the demand for canned food because cans have a longer product shelf life,’ claims Dr Ulrich Roeske who became president of APEAL,...

Nutrients-in-a-cap technology billed as easier to use debuts on US market

A new competitor has arrived on the ingredients-in-a-cap scene as Kansas-based Amerigo Labs brings a licensed bottle technology popular in Europe to the US market.

Chocolate bar manufacturers turn to die-fold, hermetically sealed single-wraps

‘Die-fold packages were avoided in certain markets because it was difficult to achieve airtight sealing’

Manufacturers who previously relied on sealed aluminum foil or flow pack for chocolate bars can now use OPP hermetically folded and sealed die-fold packaging, according to Sapal, a Bosch Packaging...

News in brief

Treofan Group CEO steps down

Peter Vanacker, CEO of Treofan Group, has chosen to leave the company, much to the owners regret, standing down on February 28.

PATENT WATCH

Mars functional beverage capsule patent application hints at new single-serve trend?

Mars recently applied to patent a special single-serve beverage capsule it said would give more consistent dosing and less wastage of functional ingredients – from flavonoids and vitamins to minerals, antioxidants.

2015 competition entries due February 2

DuPont Packaging Awards take a global, mission-driven stance

Entries are due February 2 for this year’s DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation competition, and the judging criteria reflect the program’s continued evolution in light of increasing globalization and issues...

Sirane to open US manufacturing plant

Sirane has seen increasing demand for its Dri-Fresh absorbent pads for meat, fish and poultry in the US, and plans to open a manufacturing plant in the country, potentially looking...

CBW to debut robot that reduces damage on injection-molded components

High-speed automation systems supplier CBW Automation is introducing a robot with a firm yet gentle touch for removing newly manufactured packaging components from their molds. 

Management team eyes opportunities in flexible packaging

Vonco Products implements new business strategy, corporate image

Confident in its capabilities after instilling a lean manufacturing culture and undergoing a strategic business planning process, flexible packaging supplier Vonco Products is reintroducing itself to the food industry.

‘Ho, ho, ho and a lighter bottle of rum!’ Ardagh R&D trims Sailor Jerry bottle weight 20%

Ardagh Group claims to have broken new technical ground by producing a cork-mouthed bottle for William Grant & Sons brand Sailor Jerry that uses a special process to help cut...

IK top 10 sustainability challenges

The German Association for Plastics Packagings and Films, IK (Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen) has released its top 10 sustainability challenges for 2015.

Concern over ‘continued reservation’ of investment in German plastic packaging and films industry

Despite periods of economic weakness and the introduction of a minimum wage last year the German Association for Plastics Packagings and Films, IK (Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen), predicts a positive turnover in 2015.

Company boosting output at pilot plants

Metabolix scales back biopolymer manufacturing plans

Metabolix, which develops biopolymers for use in packaging and other applications, recently announced it is revising its manufacturing plans for 2015.

Biggest challenge for digital is to change the mindset concerning price and volumes

Are Nutella’s personalised labels a sign that digital is taking over from conventional offset printing?

The printing industry is increasingly turning to digital as conventional offset printing requires time-consuming steps such as making colour proofs and plates. Diffractive optical element (D0e) options are available from...

Paper mills in Wisconsin and Maine sold to Catalyst

Verso Paper wraps $1.4bn acquisition of NewPage, divests two mills

Verso Paper Corp., Memphis, Tennessee, has completed its $1.4bn acquisition of Miamisburg, Ohio-based NewPage Holdings, after reaching a settlement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Emsur’s first US packaging facility ramps up manufacturing

Emsur has opened its first US production facility after seeing a growing demand for its yoghurts and desserts outside of Europe.

‘Theatre in the hand’ now plays on cans

CTI’s photochromic inks prove their mettle on metal

Having solved the puzzle of how to apply specialty ink to metal successfully, Chromatic Technologies Inc (CTI) can now offer its Sunlight Inks to can manufacturers for decorative applications.

Elopak to roll out retrofit machines for its Pure-Pak carton this year

Elopak is expanding its 1 litre Pure-Pak Sense carton sizes with portion and family packs with further machines to be rolled out this year.

Wendel to acquire Constantia Flexibles for €2.3bn

‘Most significant deal in flexible packaging since Amcor’s Alcan bid’

The acquisition of Constantia by Wendel for €2.3bn is ‘the most significant deal in the flexible packaging industry since Amcor’s acquisition of Alcan assets in 2009 ($2.8bn)’, according to Moorgate...

PATENT WATCH

Resveratrol…Not for heart health but to preserve wine in cans!

Australia's Barokes Wines has applied to patent a process whereby beverage containers are coated with a layer including resveratrol - not to boost heart health but to better preserve wine.

Canadean top trends for 2015

Brands in danger of fading into the background on supermarket shelves

Canadean research organisation has released its top trends for 2015 claiming due to the large number of products available on the supermarket shelves many brands are in danger of fading...

News in brief

PPC Folding Carton Boot Camp draws record attendance

A record 35 attendees from industry-related organizations in the US and Canada took part in the Paperboard Packaging Council’s (PPC) Folding Carton Boot Camp earlier this month.

Australia

Trade groups back recommendation for extension to recycling programme

An alliance of Australian trade associations has welcomed the findings of a Council of Australian Governments (Coag) report that recommends the introduction of an industry-led national recycling and anti-litter programme,...

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