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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.

Systech Illinois wins first gluten free deal

Systech Illinois, which makes gas analysis instruments, has partnered with Ultrapharm gluten-free bakery to monitor its modified atmosphere packs (MAP).

Gluten-free granola sticks with Velcro packaging

Gypsy Crunch has launched its line of gluten-free, artisanal granolas in flexible pouches with Velcro closures, extending product shelf life.

Court upholds country-of-origin meat labels

A US appeals court has ruled to keep in place regulations requiring country-of-origin labels on packaged meats.

News in brief

Slim, sleek and Swiss...Rexam breaks ground on $190m site

Rexam today began building a new $190m plant in Switzerland that will ultimately incorporate three lines for the company's specialty Slim and Sleek beverage cans.

Guest article

Do different designs add value in the eyes of the end consumer?

'Packaging is not easy to produce at the drop of a hat, particularly artwork. That’s why the food industry has been looking at the automated production of artwork; to create...

Ocean-derived packaging material fights microbes

US Aragonite Enterprises has launched renewable plastic, made from materials culled from the ocean, imbued with anti-microbial properties.

Overweight people eat fewer pretzels…in single-serve packs

Single-serve packages may help overweight people cut food consumption, says a researcher who claims limited research has been done on its relation to pack size.

News in brief

BPF takes plastic packaging to Twitter

The British Plastic Federation’s Rigid Plastics Packaging Group is to co-host a Twitter Q&A session about plastic packaging.

FrieslandCampina swaps paper for plastic on Rainbow Condensed Milk can

Cans of FrieslandCampina’s Rainbow Condensed Milk will have their traditional paper labels replaced with heat-shrinkable plastic that can better survive the “difficult environmental conditions” experienced in the Middle East....

Active packaging pad keeps food moist and cuts waste

Essentra Packaging has launched its AquaSense pad, an item of active packaging which controls the moisture content within packs. 

Federal Mfg.: Filler fits the bill for high-speed beverage jobs

The manufacturer has released a compact, high-speed machine designed to fill and cap up to 450 1.75-L PET juice carafes per minute.

Système U replaces cans with Tetra Pak cartons

Food distributor Système U (France) will swap cans for the Tetra Pak ‘Tetra Recart’ carton, allowing it to ship almost 400 more packages per pallet. 

Screw top wine closures win with consumers - EAFA

Wine producers and retailers should follow consumer demand and offer more screw top closures for wine and spirits, says the European Aluminium Foil Association Closures Group (EAFA).

Better printing for dairy pots: Greiner Packaging

Swiss packaging manufacturer Greiner Packaging International unveiled its K3D dairy cup this month. It claims it is the first time cardboard has been shaped into the structure of a curved...

‘More than resealability’: Essentra debuts Re:Close tape

Essentra Packaging has launched its Re:Close Tape, which can deliver promotional messages as well as function as a resealable tape. 

Retailers wear the trousers in candy packaging decisions – NCA editors

Retailers’ clout in confectionery packaging decisions is mounting after consolidation in the retail sector, according to the editors of a National Confectioners’ Association publication.

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