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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.

MAP packaging evaluated to identify cost savings

A market study by Fraunhofer IVV has evaluated modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) in the retail sector and identified potential cost savings.

Parx Plastics and Erze Ambalaj partner on antimicrobial packaging

Erze Ambalaj has incorporated Parx Plastics’ antimicrobial technology into its expanding foam packaging.

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Arla Foods’ tactile lacquer packaging for cheese scoops award

Wipak Walsrode has won an innovation award for its tactile lacquer packaging, used to package cheese products for Arla Foods.

EU Commission evaluating options to legislate BPA in packaging

The European Commission will propose new regulations on bisphenol A (BPA) next year due to uncertainty created by individual Member State laws and negative effect on consumer confidence.

Start-up firm uses eco-friendly sheep’s wool packaging to insulate its juice drinks

University friends Charlie Lee-Cook and Rich Goldsmith have set up MOJU juice brand, targeting health conscious consumers with their cold-pressed juices that use more nutrient-rich vegetables than sugary fruit.

UNI Packaging and Oui3 ‘MyFlex’ to bring personalization and interactive design closer together

UNI Packaging and Oui3 brand communication agency are working on a project to make the personalization and client interactive aspect of Digiflex (digital flexible printing) more accessible to clients.

Brau Beviale: Interview with Rexam's Europe Sector Director

High definition prints and glow in the dark inks: Advanced graphic capabilities of cans need to be emphasized, says Rexam

Brand owners are often unaware of the graphic capabilities of today’s cans; and the choices in design and finishes need to be better emphasized, says manufacturer Rexam.

Trade shows, conferences, direct sales: SmartSeal’s strategy for growing active closures

SmartSeal – a spill-proof closure system which draws its inspiration from scuba diving – says a ‘systematic and assiduous’ strategy has been the secret to its growth.

UNI Packaging invests in 2nd HP Indigo 20000 digital press following demand for personalization and regional promotions

UNI Packaging has further increased its capacity by investing in a second HP Indigo 20000 digital press providing a 30-inch (750mm) wide-web technology for flexible packaging and sleeves.

Brau Beviale: Interview with Rexam's sector director, Europe

‘There’s lots of potential for us to explore’: Rexam on cans in new beverage categories

Water, dairy drinks, iced coffee and functional drinks all offer exciting growth potential for beverage cans, according to Rexam.  

Strong growth of alcoholic beverages over next 5 years with sales of premium craft beer, wine and spirits taking the lead

Spending on alcoholic beverages is expected to be robust over the next five years, as consumers’ trade up to more premium options such as craft beers and select wine and spirits, according...

World packaging machinery market to grow by 4.9% over next 3 years

The world packaging machinery market will grow by 4.9% over the next three years to reach €40.3bn in 2018, according to Ucima, the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association.

Positive Trends in 2015 for Active & Intelligent Packaging

As the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) heads towards it annual Congress, this year in Jaarbeurs, Utrecht (18-19 November), we ask AIPIA’s managing director Eef de Ferrante what...

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Unilever recognises Enercon for its award winning Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Squeeze Bottle

Unilever has recognised Enercon for the design of its closure after its Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Squeeze Bottle won The Association for Dressings & Sauces 2015 Package of the Year.

Experts weigh in on emerging CPG package trends and when to use photos instead of windows

Clear windows on packaged foods and beverages seem to be all the rage right now as manufacturers try to literally meet consumer desire for transparency and authenticity – but a...

Dispatches from Brau Beviale

Crown launches Cottle can, as beverage brands seek packaging differentiation

Crown has been debuting its latest can format at Brau Beviale in Nuremberg this week, merging cues from both cans and bottles in the Cottle. 

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Waitrose changes its Passata packaging from glass jars to SIG Combibloc’s combisafe

Waitrose is changing the packaging for its own label Passata range, from glass jars to SIG Combibloc’s heat resistant combisafe carton pack.

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ACE UK joins OPRL as a co-owner with BRC

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK, which represents Tetra Pak, Elopak, and SIG Combibloc, has announced it will become a joint owner of OPRL, which runs...

DCP 2015 preview

AB InBev, Heineken & Krones join 1st European conference on direct-to-shape decoration

AB InBev, Avery Dennison, Heineken, Krones, KHS and SABMiller are among some of the names attending the first European conference on direct-to-shape decoration Direct Container Print (DCP 2015) conference in...

tna acquires Unique Solutions which makes promotional packaging for Nestlè and Hershey's

tna has acquired Unique Solutions in Chicago, US, which makes promotional labels and inserts for clients including Nestlè and Hershey’s.

Bonds Confectionery launches limited own-brand confectionery for Christmas

Bonds Confectionery has released a limited range of own-brand Christmas confectionery gifting range on the back of its overwhelming private label success during the festive period last year.

Seasonal Packaging: Is it Really Worth It?

Seasonal and holiday packaging has seen a huge growth since 2012, but it is not always worth the investment, according to Grimes Packaging Services based in Florida, US.

McDonald’s Europe reaches sustainability milestone to source 100% wood fibre from recycled or certified virgin sources by 2016

McDonald’s has announced all centrally-sourced packaging distributed across its 38 European markets is now chain-of-custody certified.

More than 3bn cans will have used coating by end of 2015 – PPG

More than three billion food cans will have used Nutrishield Solista spray coatings by the end of 2015, according to PPG Industries' packaging coatings’ business.

Milacron Holdings a step closer to commercialising revolutionary Klear Can

Milacron Holding's Klear Can, which is an alternative to metal cans for fruits, vegetables, soups, meat, and beverages, has passed an important food safety test and is ready for market...

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