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Colour as the next step in tamper proofing food?

The use of colour on food packaging may soon tell retailers if a product has been tampered with or damaged.

Alcan flogs plastic bottle business

Customers of Alcan's plastic bottle business have been put on notice that the company plans to sell the unit as part of an ongoing restructuring of its food packaging operations.

Machine tamper seals clamshell and tray packs

Axon has extended its tamper proof system to the fresh produce market, saying its seal will help keep prying hands out of packaged fruits and vegetables.

DS Smith warns of higher energy, polymer costs

Lower sales and higher costs are cutting into profits at DS Smith's paper and plastic packaging businesses, but acquisitions in its corrugated packaging division helped lift overall results.

Flexible bulk packaging demand to decelerate

US demand for flexible bulk packaging will decelerate to 3.4 per cent per year, according to a forecast by Freedonia, a market researcher.

Russian firm leads meat-processing innovation

Russian packaging supplier Atlantis-Pak has presented a range of new meat processing equipment to industry employees as it increases capacity to expand at home and abroad, reports Angela Drujinina.

UPM to sell unit as part of ongoing restructuring

As part of a programme to focus its business on speciality paper and packaging products, Finland-based packaging group UPM-Kymmene has agreed to sell its Loparex unit, part of a company...

Study forecasts consolidation in plastic closure market

While the Western European market for plastic caps and closures may be growing, cosmetics and personal care companies will have to be less choosy when picking their supplier, report Ahmed...

Finland's lockout could affect paper, packaging prices

With the lockout of 25,000 workers at Finland's pulp and paper mills set to continue into July, fears arise of similar problems in Sweden and Germany and a hike in...

Packager strategies: purchases and sales

Graham Packaging has bought a container manufacturing company in Kansas in the latest move by the company to get closer to its customers.

Alcoa concentrates on raising aluminium production

Alcoa said yesterday it will close a number of plants, including a smelter in Hamburg, Germany, as part of the company long range plans to cut costs but increase aluminium...

Tray machine provides all-in-one package

Multivac's Traysealer T350 WL is a new version of the company's T 350 model, which automates packaging, weighing and labeling in the same machine.

Device packs cheese with thin, tough wrap

Under an agreement with Aviso Packaging, Outlook Group will market a new technology designed for the wrapping of cheese with a thinner, tougher material, the company claims.

Landec says banana packaging tests successful

Initial market tests of Landec's Intelimer temperature-sensitive packaging helps extend the shelf-life of bananas, according to the company.

Industry briefs: acquisitions and mergers

German-based Siegwerk said it will acquire SICPA's packaging ink division for an undisclosed sum to become the world's secondlargest manufacturer of packaging ink.

VIP's steam packages used for organic vegetables

VIP Foods has introduced a new organic line of frozen vegetables using its patented SteamWorks packaging process, which allows customers to steam cook the food directly in a microwave.

New bag inserter saves time for industrial bakeries

A new bag inserter designed for use in industrial bakeries will reduce time and labour, leading to increased efficiency and lower costs, claims its manufacturer, Pattyn Packing Lines.

Demand for flashier packaging drives machinery market

The demand for newer, flashier packaging, especially for foodstuffs, has spurred the demand for the services of contract packagers, said Frost & Sullivan in a new analysis of the North...

Food processors adopt new packaging strategies

In an interview with (FPD), Frost & Sullivan packaging machinery specialist Kallol Bagchi talks about the strategies food processors are using when sourcing their equipment. He identifies 'one-stop' shopping,...

Packaging industry update

Innovene, a BP subsidiary, has signed a $2bn (€1.6bn) agreement with Delta International to build a plastics manufacturing plants in Saudi Arabia targeting the Asian markets, including the food and...

Aluminium foil exports rise as downgauging continues

While exports of aluminium foil from Europe rose 11 per cent at the start of this year, internal demand decreased by 1.9 per cent, according to statistics released yesterday by...

Rock-Tenn buys carton plants in North America

Rock-Tenn has completed the acquisition of the assets of Gulf States' Paperboard and Packaging, including 11 folding carton plants that primarily serve the food packaging, food service and pharmaceutical and...

Packager moves: Stanelco buys Biotec; Berry buys Kerr

UK-based Stanelco said yesterday it has acquired Biotec, a company based in Germany that makes starch-based polymer packaging for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

US caps and closures market in growth phase

The US caps and closures market is forecast to grow to $676m (€551m) in 2011 from revenues of $598m (€488m) in 2004 with consumer preference forcing the industry to switch...

EBRD loan targets Russian glass bottling

Turkey's Anadolu Cam group will get a €26.5m loan to build a new bottling plant in central Russia, yet the firm's biggest challenge will be to address declines in glass...

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