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Rexam ups capacity for non-standard beverage cans

Rexam is catering to increased demand for different sized beverage cans.

Container features snap-off, reclosable cap

A plastic container for potato granules features a snap-off, re-closable cap, eliminating the need for a can opener.

Commission reopens debate on new labelling legislation

The European Commission has reopened debate on harmonising and increasing legislation on food labelling across the bloc, a move that could potentially lead to greater costs for businesses.

UK regulator approves colour-coded nutritional labelling

Over manufacturer's objections the UK's food regulator yesterday approved a colour-coded nutritional labelling scheme for products.

Aluminium foil buyers continue to downgauge

While exports of aluminium foil from Europe rose nine per cent in 2005, internal demand decreased by one per cent as manufacturers continue to downgauge and source material elsewhere.

Smart label senses quality of packaged meat

New smart label technology holds the promise of reducing the chance of spoilt or contaminated meat reaching retail shelves and of increasing consumer confidence in food safety.

Carbon monoxide use 'safe' says industry body

The issue over the use of carbon monoxide additives in meat continues to simmer in the US, with an industry body claiming that the potential food scare is a myth...

UK law would halve limit on ESBO used to seal baby foods

A new draft UK regulation that would halve the allowable limit of epoxidised soybean oil (ESBO) in the polyvinyl chloride gaskets used to seal baby food jars.

Film designed for mixing, batching production

A water soluble film has been designed to meet the demand for the packaging of dry ingredients used in mixing and batching operations within the food processing industry.

Plus Pack launches tamper evident bowl in UK

A new 'tamper evident' bowl with a sealed lid, which can only be removed by breaking the tear flap and 'safety lock' on the packaging, offers food producers a better...

Tetra Pak launches versatile packing line worldwide

Tetra Pak has rolled out it's A3/Flex packaging line worldwide, claiming no other carton packaging line around can offer food producers the same versatility.

Food labelling schemes a recipe for confusion, claims lawyer

Voluntary food labelling schemes could lead to greater confusion among consumers at a time when the EU is debating how best to harmonise regulations across the bloc, argues an industry...

RFID label tracks product temperature

A newly developed label from KSW Microtec will enable food firms to more closely monitor the temperature of their products on the journey from production line to consumer, its inventor...

Research indicates aluminium safe for microwave

Aluminium foil packaging can be used safely in microwave ovens according to an industry study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV.

Biodegradable zipper hits centre stage

Zip-Pak will feature a new line of degradable zippers at the upcoming Anuga Food Tec exhibition this April in Cologne.

Treofan steps up development of biodegradable film

The Treofan Group has transferred the production and development of its biodegradable packaging film to Germany from a plant in France.

Torque tester gets the right fit

A new series of torque testers offers a cheaper method of testing seals at bottling plants, food and beverage companies and testing laboratories, the manufacturer claims.

BASF develops tougher version of Styrolux packaging

A tougher version of BASF's Styrolux Styrene-Butadiene Copolymer (SBC) will help manufacturers of food service and packaging products make more durable packging while reducing costs, the company claims.

ADM jumps into biodegradable plastic market

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has jumped into the growing market for biodegradable plastic, saying yesterday it will start production of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) in a joint venture with a biotechnology company.

Pouch paper alternative to aluminum-based materials

A new pouch barrier paper provides food companies with an aluminium-free packaging alternative to films and foil.

Fastest aseptic filling machine goes global

Tetra Pak yesterday announced the global availability of what it claims is the fastest aseptic filling machine for family packages available worldwide.

Barrier coating for plastic bottles extends shelf life say inventors

A new barrier coating for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP) offers a better method of extending the shelf life of beverages than is currently available according to the inventors...

New packaging products boost processors' markets

The impact innovative packaging can have on a food processors' market is demonstrated through this roundup of recent products, which features Amcor's antimist system and RPC's squeezable bottle.

Biodegradable packaging moving into the mainstream

Corn is the operative word in packaging today, with more and more processors turning to biodegradable materials made from the crop and other plants for packing their food products.

System automates pallet de-stacking process

A "pioneering" pallet de-stacking system automates the process, making it quicker, simpler and safer according to Sealed Air.

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