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Packager sees opportunity in biodegradable products

A Canadian company has introduction of a range of fibre-base biodegradable packaging products targeting the food industry in North America.

European plastics suppliers responding to change, says report

With increased competition from Asia and high oil prices hitting their margins, European plastic providers are changing the way they operate by improving technical innovation and product branding; adopting new...

Rectangular bottle targeted at hot fill beverages

A rectangular polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container for hot fill beverages offers increased strength and packs at a greater density, claims its manufacturer.

Demand for plastic packaging forecast to grow by about 5%

US demand for plastic containers is expected to grow 4.6 per cent annually through 2010 to be worth about $24 billion, held up in part by the current popularity of...

Wild to develop aseptic pouch filling centre in Italy

Wild has acquired an Italy-based machine manufacturer and plans to leverage the purchase by developing a new plant for the aseptic filling of spouted pouches.

New Tetra Pak cereal packaging could boost product appeal

Ready-to-pour cereal products in packaging that has until now been associated with juice cartons could be the new way to improve the appeal of products and add consumer value, according...

Bakers association says laser marking product passes tests

The American Bakers Association (ABA) has successfully tested laser marking for inscribing variable information on polyethylene bread bags, according to the manufacturer of a coding product.

Delhaize expands biodegradable packaging switch

With Belgium-based supermarket Delhaize opting to adopt biodegradable packaging for prepared salads, retailer mandates are just around the corner.

Blow molding machines target different production speeds

Two models of plastic blow molding equipment target processors with different production needs.

Machine targets growing demand for single serve creamers

A new aseptic packaging machine is designed to target what the manufacturer says is a growing demand for single serve coffee creamers.

Review examines current state of sealing technology

A review of hot heat and cold sealing methods emphasises the common problems food packagers face when applying technologies.

Service offers laser etching advice to food packagers

A masterbatch provider is offering a service to help packaging companies create clear, consistent laser marks on film, blow molded, and injection molded packaging.

Rexam to build new beverage can plant as supplies tighten

Rexam is putting new beverage can capacity on the market, as it strengthens its relationship with Red Bull by building a new wall-to-wall plant in Austria.

Packaging coating keeps bugs away

A water-based coating for cartons could help keep insects such as German cockroaches and Indian meal moths out of the food chain.

Belu launches biodegradable bottle in mineral water market

A UK mineral water company has launched the first corn-based biodegradable bottle in that country's market, linking its fund raising activities with environmentalism.

Software designed to cut losses in manual weighing operations

Software for manual weighing operations uses a wireless network to achieve the right balance for the fresh food sector.

Alcoa wins award for hot chocolate packaging

Alcoa Packaging has been recognised for its printing work on Nestle's new Hot Chocolate Syrup Shrink Sleeve, currently available in the US.

Barrier treatment machine handles 40,000 bottles an hour

A machine for applying barrier treatment to PET containers can handle up to 40,000 bottles per hour, making it the fastest of its kind in the world, its manufacturer claims.

Packaging machine reduces material use, manufacturer claims

A new thermoforming, filling and sealing machine for packaging cups and other containers can result in savings of up to 35 per cent in material costs, its manufacturer claims.

Package combines MAP film with steam cooking valve

Microwaveable packaging for steam-cooking food has been combined with modified atmosphere techniques to increase a product's shelf life.

Online tool calculates gas mix for food packaging

An online tool is designed to help food processors select the best gas for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP).

Bowl-shaped cans designed for ready-to-eat market

Crown has launched bowl-shaped cans aimed at the single-serve food market in Europe and North America to meet the growing demand for ready-to-eat convenience products.

Bottle blow molder adapted for biodegradable plastics

With biodegradable becoming less of a buzzword and more of a reality in the packaging business, a machine maker has adapted a blow molder for use with corn-based plastics.

Weighers target demand for increased speed and hygiene

New weighers released for the European market indicate machine manufacturers are attempting to meet processors' demands for increased speed and hygiene on the line.

Meat container beefed up with double walls

A plastic container for meat and poultry features a double-walled construction for greater strength.

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