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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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Hot chips! Frito-Lay files European patent for microwaveable snack packs

Frito-Lay has developed a microwaveable snack pack that enables consumers to heat chips before eating.

ConAgra Foods removes BPA from all its US and Canada cans but critics ask if the alternative will be ‘safe’

ConAgra Foods claims it has removed Bisphenol A (BPA) from all of its cans sold in the US and Canada but this does not include those that are imported from...

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Klöckner Pentaplast joins ‘Save Food’ organization

 Klöckner Pentaplast has become one of the 300 members of the "Save Food" organization, to reduce the waste and loss of food.

Capri-Sun pouch design trademark owner takes US firm to court

Deutsche SiSi-Werke Betriebs (SiSi), which owns the pouch shape design trademark of Capri-Sun juice, has filed a lawsuit against Faribault Foods in the US for allegedly selling and distributing flavored...

Developing markets show more concern for environmentally sound packs than developed ones: Tetra Pak

Consumers demonstrate growing interest in environmentally sound packaging, with shoppers in developing countries wishing to secure a cleaner environment for their children, according to Tetra Pak. 

Novipax to invest in a padded tray production line in Indianapolis

Novipax is adding a tray production line at its Indianapolis facility that provides processors with case-ready padded trays. 

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CideRoad and Berlin Packaging launch organic flavored drink

CideRoad and Berlin Packaging have partnered to re-launch one of America’s oldest drinks, Switchel, an organic drink, in blueberry, cherry and original flavors.

Coca-Cola sees success with small pack sizes, celebrating ‘a tremendous amount of positive growth’

Smaller pack sizes are fuelling growth and winning the approval of customers, says Coca-Cola, with sales of such formats up 17%. 

Legal Watch

Perfetti Van Melle USA faces $5m Mentos ‘packaging deception’ lawsuit

Perfetti Van Melle USA says it will vigorously defend a class action lawsuit in New York that accuses the firm of deceiving consumers by slack-filling Mentos chewing gum containers.

Beer boost: Crown eyes up beverage can growth markets

Crown Holdings says good ties with craft brewers bodes well for the future, as more companies look to cans for their products.

Nestlé Waters North America debuts its first 100% rPET bottle in the US

Resource Natural Spring Water has announced the debut of its 100% recycled plastic (rPET) bottle, excluding the cap and label, to decrease post-consumer waste.   

Bosch to develop five axis robots for more shelf ready retail packaging

Bosch Packaging Technology has redesigned its Delta robotic (D3) packaging portfolio to give food producers a more simplified platform design, faster changeovers and ease of use.

Thermo Scientific weighs in with updated checkweigher range

Thermo Scientific has upgraded its checkweigher product line with more than 10 engineering and functionality improvements.

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Smurfit Kappa Solid Board assets to rebrand as Solidus Solutions

Smurfit Kappa Solid Board has changed its name to Solidus Solutions following a change in ownership by Aurelius.

Canned water offers an alternative packaging option – but will consumers always associate water with plastic bottles?

Rexam says canned water is a growing trend, as Noah’s Spring Water adds a re-sealable aluminum can to its packaging mix.

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Cavanna Packaging founder dies after long illness

Mario Cavanna, the founder and president of Cavanna Packaging, in Italy, has died aged 85 after a long illness.

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Twinings installs Kliklok tea cartoning equipment in Poland

Twinings Poland has installed three Kliklok C1H carton closers for its tagged tea bags: 20s and 25s pack at up to 90 cartons per minute. 

HDPE-reinforced Tetra Pak carton bottle suitable for enriched milks

Tetra Pak has adapted its Tetra Evero Aseptic carton bottle to make it suitable for milk products with oxygen-sensitive enrichments.

Orkla and LiquiGlide sign exclusive licensing agreement for its slippery coating for packaging

Orkla has signed a licensing agreement with LiquiGlide  to use its slippery coating for mayonnaise products in the Nordics, Germany, Benelux and the Baltics.

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Quantrelle Packaging Solutions to double its facilities

Quantrelle Packaging Solutions is doubling the size of its facilities from 46,000 sq ft to 65,000 sq ft in London, to increase capacity in its clam packing, shrink wrapping, sleeve...

Colimatic targets film waste reduction

Colimatic has claimed its vacuum flowpack machine can cut down on film waste.

Norden: No regulation for metals & alloys in FCMs apart from Regulation (EU) No 1935/2004

Metals and alloys in food contact materials have no ‘detailed regulation’

The Nordic Council of Ministers (Norden) has published a guidance document on metals and alloys used in food contact materials (FCMs). 

SkinnyPack salsa and Peel-and-Reseal pack for cheese recognised in 2015 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation

In partnership with IPL, Ana’s Foods has replaced its rigid salsa containers with the SkinnyPack, a flexible-rigid container that combines thin, flexible film with a strong, rigid frame.

Heinz left red-faced after QR code on ketchup bottle links to porn site

Heinz has apologised to a consumer in Germany after he scanned a QR code on a ketchup bottle and it took him to a porn website.

Innovation and communication 'revitalise the relevance of milk': Tetra Pak

Dairies around the world must innovate and communicate to "revitalise the relevance of milk" among consumers, says Tetra Pak. 

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