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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.

Russian wine 'anarchists' use lake as cellar

Twelve bottles of prestigious French wines will be kept for six months on the bottom of Russia's Lake Baikal by a group of people looking to push the boundaries of...

Alcan builds on Russian packaging potential

Aluminium packaging giant Alcan is investing $55 million to build and equip two new Russian plants - a clear indication that foreign firms are beginning to take notice of the...

Closure giant Oeneo sells natural cork activities

The wine industry's principle barrel and closure manufacturer has sold its natural cork activities, but signed a contract to outsource them as it needs. Kim Hunter Gordon reports.

Demand for packaging machinery increasing

World demand for packaging machinery is projected to rise over 4 per cent a year through 2008 to over $31 billion, with developing nations expected to register the strongest market...

Lyondell new resins offer improved packaging clarity

Lyondell Chemical has introduced two new resins that deliver enhanced clarity in food and beverage packaging.

Glass bottled mayo losing popularity

Retail interest in mayonnaise packaged in glass bottles is decreasing, according to research from ACNielsen Russia, writes Angela Drujinina .

Biosphere expands potential of biodegradable packaging

Biosphere Industries' new starch-based moisture resistant packaging material - PPM100 - is the latest natural raw material to achieve approval from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).

EC vows to streamline packaging regulations

The European Commission has launched a bid to streamline labelling laws in order to simplify life for both consumers and manufacturers.

Study strengthens green claims of PLA NaturalWorks

New research suggests that biodegradable polylactide (PLA) bottles can be easily segregated from PET bottles in the waste stream, a point that strengthens the environmental claims of the material.

New PET resins approved

PET industry association Petcore has given its full endorsement to Plasmax, a SiOx-coated barrier from SIG Corpoplast, and ActiTUF, an in-resin barrier technology from M&G, for coloured bottle applications. ...

Cascades to exploit Russian recycling demand

International packaging firm Cascades is to open a new sales office in western Russia, giving it a chance to capitalise on the growing popularity of paper, board and recycling within...

Cargill to buy out plastics business

Cargill says it has agreed to acquire The Dow Chemical Company's interest in Cargill Dow LLC, the 50/50 joint venture formed in 1997 to commercialise polylactic acid biopolymers.

Huhtamaki develops kids snack packaging

Finnish packaging giant Huhtamaki is providing Andros with a range of packaging solutions for its latest children's fruit-based snack line, that includes a new bottling technology.

Hanging PET filler takes up less floor space

Serac has launched a new PET filling machine in Europe, the first to be suspended from the ceiling. This, claims the company, means that it will occupy less than half...

TNA to showcase new technologies at Interpack

TNA, a leading provider of packaging and distribution systems, is readying to demonstrate its latest integrated packaging lines at the forthcoming Interpack show.

Winpak expands tray production capabilities

Canadian packaging provider Winpak has acquired the Map Fresh barrier tray division of Clear Lam Packaging - a strategic purchase that aims to boost Winpak's existing proprietary technology capabilities for...

Equistar launches two new packaging resins

Two new resins designed for a variety of food and beverage packaging applications have been launched by Equistar Chemicals, part of Lyondell Chemical based in the US.

Alcoa begins US production of new wine closure

In the US, Alcoa Closure Systems International has begun the commerciallaunch of VinTegra, its new closure system for wine bottles as an alternative tocorks and synthetic stoppers.

Danisco launches vegetable oil-based plasticiser

Danisco has received authorisation to use and sell its new vegetable oil-based plasticiser, Grindsted Soft-N-Safe, in the EU.

Hitchen installs Ishida packer to improve efficiency

UK manufacturer Hitchen Foods has installed an Ishida FPS Pick-and-Place packer at its Wigan factory in order to improve production efficiency.

Product launches planned for Interpack 2005

Interpack 2005 will enable the packaging industry to gauge just how far the development of automated, high speed flow wrapping, robotic cartoning and shrink wrapping equipment has progressed.

Sherwood develops laser-responsive packaging ink

Sherwood Technology has developed a laser-responsive coating or 'virtual label' for packaging materials such as cartons, cases and overwraps that removes the need for the application of variable-data print-and-apply labels...

Crown investment shows commitment to regional growth

Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East has started construction of its new beverage can plant in North Africa, further underlining the division's commitment to the emerging markets of North Africa...

PET popularity growing in Russia

Rumours of the death of PET bottles in Russia have been greatly exaggerated, as plastic continues to be the packaging medium of choice for both brewers and soft drink producers,...

Future of starch-based packaging looking good

A technique for changing the water repellency of plastic films usingcoatings of steam-jet-cooked starch has been developed by AgriculturalResearch Service (ARS) scientists.