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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.

RPC launches biodegradable PLA packaging range

RPC Bebo Nederland has launched a range of biodegradable containers manufactured in the pioneering Polylactide (PLA) material.

Alcan launches opaque yoghurt packaging

Alcan Packaging is supplying yoghurt manufacturer Müller with packs for the launch of the latest product in its Yogz brand portfolio.

Sealed Air supplies secure whisky case sealers

UK contract packaging firm Drampac has purchased its fourteenth CRC case sealer from packaging equipment supplier Selaed Air.

Amcor awarded for new flow pack opening system

Amcor Flexibles has been awarded a Swiss Star by judges from Switzerland's Packaging Institute for an innovative new flow pack opening system.

Revamped chocolate liqueur line to bolster Christmas sales

Elizabeth Shaw, the UK confectioner, is set to exploit the burgeoning trend for luxury chocolates, launching a revamped packaging line in time to penetrate the lucrative Christmas market, Tom Armitage...

Emballage 2004 reveals innovative packaging trends

New innovations at Emballage 2004 reveal how the packaging sector is responding to both changing consumer trends and tighter legislation.

Packaging breakthrough promises to replace foil

A new, technologically advanced heat-sealable metallised OPP film, designed to replace the foil and sealant in traditional paper-polyethylene-foil-polyethylene (PPFP) structures, has been developed.

Atiashevsky sees growth from MAP investment

Investment in a new modified atmosphere packaging line will help Russian meat processor Atiashevsky to offer products of a higher quality and a longer shelf life to its major customers...

Mondi stretches potential of packaging flexibility

Austrian packaging giant Mondi is promoting a new range of flexible packaging that it believes reflects current consumer trends in Northern Europe.

Klöckner launches new freezer grade films

A new line of Pentafood vinyl films offering what is claimed to be exceptional cold crack properties for food packaging applications has been launched by Klöckner Pentaplast.

Barriquand launches world's largest rotary steriliser

French sterilisation firm Barriquand has unveiled the world's largest rotary machine, capable of sterilising up to five cubic metres of product.

Crown Zeller makes beverage dispensing acquisition

Crown Zeller USA has purchased a 49 per cent stake in Torres & Towers, a privately held enterprise manufacturing beverage closures. The move will help add economies of scales to...

Scholle boosts presence in European boxed wine

US-based Scholle has acquired all of the shares of Flextainer, aFrench packaging company. The move is expected to increase Scholle's presence in the European boxed-wine packaging category.

Multivac launches cutting edge traysealer

Multivac has unveiled a comprehensive new range of packaging machines at Emballage 2004 in Paris, France. The star of the show, according to Multivac spokeswoman Sandrine Lettelier, is the T350,...

Plastic bag bill promises to clean up Scotland

Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Pringle tells how his private bill to place a levy on plastic bags in Scotland will benefit retailers, consumers and the environment. Anthony Fletcher reports....

Herma joins RFID alliance

German self-adhesive label specialist Herma has joined the internationally active RFID working group Licon Logistics asa new member. The move taps into the growing alliance between packaging providers created by...

Recyclable moisture barrier packaging developed

Appleton has introduced a linerboard for food packaging that features a moisture barrier coating.

Are biodegradable plastic bags the answer to cutting waste?

Biodegradable plastic bags have been developed in Canada, but evidence from Ireland suggests that the most effective means of cutting down on plastic bag pollution is to introduce a tax....

Elopak develops carton for South African market

Elopak, the Norwegian-based packaging group, has designed a carton which it hopes will allow it to exploit the growing opportunity for dairy-based beverages in the South African market, Tom Armitage...

Starbucks joins recycled packaging revolution

Starbucks has promised to use beverage packaging containing 10 per cent recycled material from 2005, though environmentalists have criticised the corporation's commitment.

Tetra Prisma - the future of wine packaging?

A US wine maker is packaging its Vendange product in 500ml Tetra Prisma containers, in a bid to break out of the confines of traditional wine packaging.

Brand protected through packaging coding system

UK snack manufacturer Ginsters has installed a package coding management system (PCMS) in order to increase packaging and coding accuracy and protect its lucrative brand name.

Brand awareness driven by natural packaging

Two beverage companies in the US have adopted natural biodegradable packaging to help them differentiate their new products in what is a highly competitive marketplace. Anthony Fletcher reports.

Flexible packaging guide outlines good practice

A new study designed to help packaging firms appreciate the key factors influencing the integrity of heat processed rigid and flexible containers has been published.

Huhtamaki launches single-use biodegrable packaging

Finnish packaging giant Huhtamaki has launched a complete range of single-use cold drink cups, plates, containers and cutlery based on renewable raw materials.