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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.

Huhtamaki European sales hit by rising costs

Finnish packaging giant Huhtamaki has reported flat sales figures in the third quarter of 2004 due to adverse currency translations and high raw material costs.

Art labels designed to shake up wine industry

A Californian wine producer is to package its products with labels designed by a contemporary artist as part of its strategy to change how the US wine industry operates.

Ciba plans plastic packaging innovations launch

Ciba has launched a number of innovative products for the plastics industry including environmentally friendly additives designed to increase the lifespan of plastic.

Superfos develops award-winning closing mechanism

Superfos has developed plastic packaging with a unique closure mechanism that it claims strengthens the competitive position of plastic over glass packaging solutions.

New Hueck lidding foil seals against Aclar

Hueck Folien, one of the largest European foil converters in the flexible packaging sector, has introduced an aluminium lidding foil which is sealable against Aclar, a widely used material in...

Rexam CEO gets the chop after just five months

Rexam, the world's largest drinks can maker, has sacked chief executive Stefan Angwald after just five months on the job.

European can makers fear knock-on effect of steel prices

EU fruit and vegetable canners are concerned that major European steel producing companies such as Arcelor, Corus, Rasselsein and US-steel could be about to increase steel prices by 20 to...

Nova launches high performance packaging resins

Nova Chemicals is launching several new high-performance packaging resins at a time when market prices are still very high.

Teknor builds single source for PET colour concentrates

A blow moulding pilot plant to offer manufacturers of polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), and polyester (PET) bottles a one-stop-shop has been established in the US.

Packaging machinery firms see potential in China

China has become the second largest importer of packaging machinery in the world, a topic that will be highlighted this week at Interfood Shanghai 2004.

Alcoa 3Q results hit by high energy costs

Aluminium and packaging giant Alcoa has reported flat third-quarter earnings, with a 20 per cent jump in primary metal prices offset by higher energy and raw material costs, and various...

LEMO launches Zip-Pak compatible bagger

Germany-based packaging equipment provider LEMO Maschinenbau has launched the CAPmat-Slider, a bag-maker that allows packagers to reduce changeover downtime by up to 25 per cent.

Tray sealers installed to meet ready meal demand

UK supplier Kettleby Foods has installed two Proseal F45 tray sealers to increase efficiency in order to satisfy growing retailer and consumer demand for ready meals.

Asahi drops PET bottle plans

Asahi Breweries has cancelled plans to sell beer in plastic bottles, sending a wake-up call to manufacturers and governments across the globe to get their recycling operations in order.

Ball sees strong growth in beverage can market

Double-digit growth rates are expected in the beverage sector throughout central and eastern Europe over the next decade, fuelled by growing consumer spending power and the arrival en masse of...

M&G Polymers outlines PET resin market strategy

Italy-based chemical group Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G) has announced the construction of a new high-performance PET plant in South America.

Innovative labelling leads to solid vodka sales

Dutch distiller Toorank believes that its new range of vodka-based flavoured alcoholic beverages - Petrikov Red and Blue - has been able to establish high retail sales because of the...

Cost-competitive bio-degradable packaging tape developed

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology in Germany are developing a compostable packaging tape that can be disposed of cheaply and creates less waste.

Karo Syrup switches to PET

The company behind the 100-year-old brand Karo Syrup has swapped glass for PET in a move that reflects a general trend in food packaging.

M&G expands to target high-performance PET market

Italy-based chemical group Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G) is constructing a new high-performance PET plant in South America, warning that the commodity market is becoming seriously oversupplied, writes Anthony Fletcher....

Tetra Pak confirms interest in Chinese potential

European packaging giant Tetra Pak has opened a new liquid food packaging plant in Beijing, the latest step in its bid to profit from the rising Chinese interest in dairy...

Microvoided resin achieves 40% higher label yield

Eastman Chemical Company claims that its new 'microvoided' copolyester shrink-label resin, Embrace High Yield, can increase label yields up to 40 per cent compared to other high shrink resins.

Ball expands heat-set PET bottle line

Ball has expanded its line of Heat-Tek PET plastic bottles to meet growing demand for both plastic packaging and healthier products.

Focus on packaging in supply chain safety

US-based packaging distributor Hughes Enterprises argues that attention to packaging is vital in ensuring total supply chain safety.

Rexam gains foothold in Mexican can market

Global packaging group Rexam, the world's leading beverage can supplier, has acquired the 50 per cent shareholding it does not own in the Mexican beverage can business, Vitro-American National Can...