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BASF launches biodegradable packaging plastic

Germany-based BASF will launch a biodegradable plastic based on renewable raw materials in a bid to meet what it believes will be a growing demand for environmentally-friendly packaging.

Watertight unit for thermal coder cuts down washing time

Adding a washdown enclosure to thermal transfer coders results in a shorter cleaning time, Markem says about the latest addition to its printing machines.

UK sets higher minimum targets for recycling packaging waste

Higher minimum targets on packaging announced by the UK's environmentalregulator will put greater pressure on food processors to ship their products in environmentally-friendly materials.

DuPont Russia tests novel bakery trays

The DuPont company has announced it is to begin testing "revolutionary" new industrial trays and coverings to save time and money for bakers.

Gas packaging extends Russian cheese shelf-life

Russian packager and food producer Nevskie Syry has launched a new line of cheese packaging using inert gases that it says can significantly extend products' shelf-life.

Crown to build beverage can plant in Kazakhstan

In a bid to follow the growth of the beverage market eastwards, Crown will build a new can production plant in Kazakhstan.

Tetra Pak to phase out chemical from citrus juice packaging

While Europe's food regulatory agency performs a risk assessment on Isopropylthioxanthone (ITX), Tetra Pak is moving to phase out use of the printing chemical from some types of juice packaging...

Diamant produces biodegradable pallet wrap

Diamant Art has opened choices on the market for biodegradable packaging by expanding its range of recyclable stretch film to include a pallet wrap based on polystyrene.

Italy calls for investigation of Nestlé's use of printing ink chemical

The fallout from the discovery that isopropylthioxanthone (ITX) had contaminated some of Nestlé baby milk products in four EU countries continues, with the company maintaining that there are nohealth consequences...

Taking temperatures with self-adhesive labels

Self-adhesive temperature labels can help food processors ensure that their products remain under optimal conditions in the factory and throughout the supply chain.

DuPont hit by allegations over safety of packaging chemical

Allegations that DuPont hid studies showing the high health risks of a chemical used to line grease-resistant packaging for candy, pizza, microwave popcorn and hundreds of other foods, could affect...

FSA traffic lights system signals labelling dispute

The FSA's backing of a 'multiple traffic light' (MTL) labelling initiative comes a day after the UK food industry promised a voluntary guideline on daily amounts (GDA).

Rexam expands US packaging business with acquisition

Global packaging provider Rexam is expanding its US business, announcing this week that it is set to acquire plastic packaging firm Precise Technology- a move that will expand its capabilities...

Thermal printer adjusts to variable line speeds

A high-speed thermal transfer printer for flexible packaging released on the market is designed to quickly adjust to variable speeds on the line.

Getting the seal right on food packaging

A new tester from Ircon is designed to rapidly and automatically inspect thermal seal quality during production and packaging processes.

Multi-head printer designed for high output plants

Norwood Marking Systems claims its new machine is the only multi-head thermal transfer printer designed to match the high production output of a variety of multi-lane packaging machines.

Unilever opens new production centre in China

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods group Unilever opened a global production centre in China this week, which will include a new packaging plant for Lipton tea.

Edible milk protein skin opens new packaging opportunity

An edible and water-resistant milk protein could become the next packaging hit for dairy processors.

Film technology allows downgauging, faster production

Borstar introduces a new grade of polyethylene (PE) film along with an upgrade to its technology, which the company claims will help food packagers to downgauge and increase production speeds.

Tetra goes retro with re-introduction of classic package

Tetra Pak is going retro by reintroducing its namesake four-cornered packaging, one that turned the Sweden-based company into an industry powerhouse.

Koros targets plastic packaging rise in Russia

Russian manufacturer Koros has bought a new production line to make cell polypropylene in reaction to the growing popularity of plastic packaging.

Consumers and regulators push food packaging innovations

The rising consumer demand for improved quality, extended shelf life and environmentally-friendly products, along with increased regulations in the EU is pushing innovation in the food packaging sector, Frost &...

Coloured wrapper gives yeast a longer life

New coatings on cellophane film designed to wrap large blocks of yeast used in bakery processing plants could help managers ensure the ingredient remains alive and no contamination ends up...

Sealed Air adds resealable applicator to line up

The European launch of an adhesive-based resealable packaging system will help food processors make the add on to their production lines without slowing down operations, its manufacturer claims.

Adhesive hot melts at lower temperature, reduces downtime

A hot melt adhesive for packing lines can make bonds at a lower temperature than other products on the market and reduces downtime, according to the manufacturer.

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