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Coatings protect from mineral oil residues in recycled fibres

Recycled fibres in paper packaging can contain mineral oil residues but coatings can protect foods from these substances, according to BASF.

Carton recycling to hit 55% of US households

Just in time for Earth Day, the Carton Council of North America has announced the number of US households with access to carton recycling jumped by 1m in the first...

Sidel grabs African opportunities for PET packaging

Demand for liquid packaging is growing in Africa, and PET packaging specialist Sidel says the continent is a ‘huge opportunity’ for them.  

Look, no mold! Capri Sun's clear pouch

Capri Sun is rolling out a clear bottomed pouch across the US this month. 

Potential BPA replacements ‘need more study’

Denmark’s National Food Institute (NFI) has said it considers it ‘unwise’ to replace bisphenol A (BPA) with any of five compounds it studied until more data is available.

Former Amcor exec fined for 'major role' in Fonterra tender fix

A former Amcor executive has been ordered to pay a NZ$60,000 fine for the “major role” he played in attempting to fix a 2004 call for tender by Fonterra.

Tic Tac joins personalized packaging trend

Tic Tac has joined the likes of Coca-Cola and Heinz tomato soup by creating a microsite for people to create customized virtual packs online.

SPECIAL EDITION: AUTOMATION

Automated food warehouse cuts energy by 80%

A producer specializing in Tetra Pak aseptic-packaged foods and beverages has opened its doors on an automated facility designed to boost efficiency and cut energy usage.

Matte is the new black for snacks: ‘There are several drivers’, says expert

Traditional high-gloss packs will soon be a thing of the past as snack makers turn to matte finishes in the battle for shelf appeal, an expert says.

Borealis and Borouge expand BorPure MB5568 into Asia

Do you know how much stress we’re under? Life as a lightweight cap

Technological advances means there is still room for the next generation of lightweight caps and closures to offer further savings on cost, according to plastic manufacturer Borealis.   

'It won't happen overnight, but the wine carton will establish itself': Tetra Pak

Putting premium wines in cartons will help consumers accept the packaging, says Tetra Pak, as it predicts continued growth in the sector.

Center showcases high-tech package printing

Goss has opened a demonstration center that lets food firms put packaging printing technology to the test.

Creating packaging that connects with consumers

Successful food packaging requires more than just good looks; here, one design expert shares his advice on combining structure, function, and aesthetics to create containers that entice consumers to buy.

Siemens: Cost considerations move conveyor technology

Food firms are demanding cost efficiency, operational sustainability, and flexibility from their conveyors, according to Siemens.

2014 SPECIAL EDITION: DRIVING UP QUALITY, DRIVING DOWN COST

Academic puts smart money on smart dairy packaging

Smart packaging will play a pivotal role in the future of FMCG including dairy as companies cut waste with higher quality, longer lasting products and new technology drives material prices...

‘China & South America growth offset by decline in Europe’

Tetra Pak to expand in South America

Tetra Pak released its 2013 net sales today announcing a 3.5% growth and a 15% rise in capital equipment, which saw more than 580 filling machines installed globally, led by...

Packaging design inspiration gallery: EASTER

Easter food isn't just chocolate and jelly beans; packaging decorated with chicks and bunnies can be found in shelves all over retail stores. Here are some examples of festive packaging...

Reduce bread packaging by 20% with no shelf life impact: Study

Industrial bread manufacturers should stop over-packing bread because thinner plastic films do not impact shelf life standards, researchers say.

Eco-friendly labels give foods a natural face

Lightning Labels says putting natural-leaning food and beverage products inside sustainable packaging and labels can turn shoppers into customers.

Lidding films take the heat on ready meals

Toray Plastics has expanded its line of polyester lidding films designed to withstand oven temperatures of up to 400° F.

Alcoa $40m speciality foils expansion

Alcoa will spend $40m to increase production of its specialty foils for aseptic and flexible packages at its rolling mill in Itapissuma, Brazil, creating 50 extra jobs.

Top 25 impacts on flexible packaging supply chain

Smithers Pira has released a report which shows which trends will impact the flexible packaging market over the next 10 years.

COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES CROWDSOURCES RECYCLING IDEAS

Beverage Bauhaus: Could home design revolution spur recycling?

A Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) funded study insists that design principles in the home are as important as behavioural change in encouraging European consumers to recycle more.

Contest shells out packaging prowess

Pregis is challenging students to create the perfect protective package—one that can guard a delicate egg during a 30-foot drop—and prove their packaging prowess.

Videojet laser coders mark 150K packages per hour

Videojet has launched CO2 laser-marking units that can code up to 150,000 food packages per hour.

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