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UK to increase targets for recycling packaging waste

The UK's food processors will come under greater pressure to ship their products in environmentally-friendly materials after government announced a plan to increase minimum recycling targets for glass and plastics...

Industry to clamp down on organic labelling fraud

The food industry must rapidly stamp out any fraudulent claims for organic food, if integrity and consumer trust is to be maintained.

Investment firm sees opportunity in plastic closures

PAI Partners' purchase of Crown Holdings' international plastic closures business, most of which is based in Europe, could help food processors here if the investment firm is able to make...

Molecular tracer tags rigid, flexible packaging

US company Ampacet has developed molecular tracers that allow manufacturers to monitor flexible and rigid cosmetics plastic packaging - at any stage in the supply chain - to help resolve...

EU countries lax on following packaging waste rules

Although the EU's member states were due to impose tougher laws on recycling packaging waste, only five countries have completed the task, the European Commission said yesterday.

PET bottle hot-fills without ribbing

A new type of plastic bottling technology allows companies to package hot-fill products in containers with smooth rather than ribbed or panelled walls.

Sales of wrapping machines boosted by market trend

The growth in the chilled and prepared foods market has boosted sales of wrap-around or sleeving machines in Europe for one US company.

Portable food packages mark innovation in market

A polymer coated steel bowl wins DuPont's top prize, with other awards for shrink wraps and portable breakfast cups serving as an indication of the direction the food industry is...

Hike in packing prices due S&P says

Food processors can expect the higher raw material costs hitting packagers to be passed on soon depending on their contracts. This means that, depending on contractural obligations, cosmetics and toiletry...

Esterform picks up plant from Alcan

Seeing opportunity in Alcan's restructuring plans, UK's Esterform Packaging has acquired Petplas Packaging from the Canadian company.

Ulma Packaging targets UK's medium-sized market

Ulma Packaging, based in Spain, is attempting to hit the UK's medium-sized food processing market by releasing a number of new packing units in the country, including a modular thermo-forming...

Microwavable package developed for fish products

A microwavable material, made of aluminum and polyester laminated to a paperboard base, will give food processors another option for their ready-to-eat fish products.

Wrap machine features modular units

The Shanklin Omni shrink wrapping machine is built to be taken apart for cleaning and for adding other accessories, a key demand in the current food processing market.

Biodegradable pack certified in three continents

Grenidea Technologies has received US certification for its food packaging, allowing multinational companies to use its biodegradable product in North America and Europe.

Laser system provides covert brand protection

Microtrace has teamed up with a laser technology company to offer customers, including food processors, a covert system for brand protection and for tracking products.

Zip-Pak buys into Europe

In a bid to expand into the European market, Zip-Pak has purchased London-based Supreme Plastics' reclosables division.

Tetra Laval's Simonazzi acquisition approved

Further consolidation in the packaging industry will occur after the European Commission approved Tetra Laval's planned acquisition of SIG Simonazzi.

E-paper: future of RFID, intelligent packaging?

A prototype of electronic-paper could be the future for radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and for intelligent packaging, according to the company developing the technology.

Machines handle changing code dates, prices

In a bid to gain a foothold in the growing flexible packaging market Markem has introduced two machines that transfer date coding using a thermal process.

Form shrink process reduces contamination, Multivac says

A new kind of shrink process reduces the chance of food contamination and gives a closer fit of the product to the package, according to Multivac.

New sensory testing to cut product recalls

A UK food research centre has endorsed a new sensory testing procedure to help paper packaging firms meet EU standards on packaging components passing into the foods they wrap, writes...

Rigid container boasts tamper-proof seal

A new rigid plastics packaging container features a reclosable watertight seal that prevents tampering with food and drink products, according to the manufacturer.

Packing machine to use radio frequency seal

UK-based Stanelco has teamed up with a tray lidding machine manufacturer as part of the company's bid to crack the food packaging market with its radio frequency technology.

Packaging ink producer merges with US firm

In merging Xsys Print Solutions in Germany with US-based Flint to create the world's second-largest printing ink maker, CVC Capital Partners says it will provide its global customers, includingglobal food...

Maximising on liquids bottling efficiency

Australian company Rheology Solutions says it has found a way of enhancing the bottling of 'stringy' and difficult to handle liquids, leading to a cleaner more efficient and cost-effective packaging...

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