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ADM jumps into biodegradable plastic market

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has jumped into the growing market for biodegradable plastic, saying yesterday it will start production of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) in a joint venture with a biotechnology company.

Pouch paper alternative to aluminum-based materials

A new pouch barrier paper provides food companies with an aluminium-free packaging alternative to films and foil.

Fastest aseptic filling machine goes global

Tetra Pak yesterday announced the global availability of what it claims is the fastest aseptic filling machine for family packages available worldwide.

New packaging products boost processors' markets

The impact innovative packaging can have on a food processors' market is demonstrated through this roundup of recent products, which features Amcor's antimist system and RPC's squeezable bottle.

Biodegradable packaging moving into the mainstream

Corn is the operative word in packaging today, with more and more processors turning to biodegradable materials made from the crop and other plants for packing their food products.

System automates pallet de-stacking process

A "pioneering" pallet de-stacking system automates the process, making it quicker, simpler and safer according to Sealed Air.

Consumer groups slam food industry labelling initiative

The UK food industry has been slammed by consumer groups for its rejection of an industry-wide colour-coded labelling scheme, just as consultation on a voluntary front of pack labelling scheme...

New polypropylene expands packaging options

A new polypropylene released on the market this week offers a combination of low temperature resistance, stiffness and heat resistance packaging for an expanded range of foods, its manufacturer claims.

UK regulator publishes draft law on plastic packaging

Draft regulations to implement the EU's new law on food contact materials, relaxing limits on the migration from packaging into food of some epoxies.

Blow-moulding process makes lighter PET bottles

A new blow-moulding technology allows beverage makers to downgauge their PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, thus saving on packaging costs.

Parliament adopts legislation deregulating packaging sizes

The European Parliament yesterday approved legislation deregulating package sizes for most pre-packed products, but excluding staple beverages and foods.

Tetra Pak to use stronger, thinner polymer pack

Tetra Pak has started the worldwide rollout of a stronger but thinner polymer packaging for liquid products, promising companies it will help them cut costs and meet recycling standards.

Mobile dispenser can be used on multiple production lines

A mobile dispenser used for inserting pouches of desiccant, silica gel and oxygen absorbers into packets of food can be used on multiple production lines.

Film eases process of making stand up pouches

A co-extruded polyester film makes it easier to make stand-up food pouches, the manufacturer claims.

BASF, Dow raise plastic resin prices in Europe

BASF today joined Dow in raising the prices in Europe for plastic packaging, a bid by both companies to pass on high raw material and energy costs.

Shipping container material reduces contamination risk

A new type of shipping container material replaces wood and reduces the risk of contamination of any foods being transported, its creator claims.

Machine automates PET bottle packaging

A stand-up bottling machine allows beverage companies to automate the handling and unloading of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

Dean Foods pioneers use of stainless steel packing robot

Kuka Robotics has installed what it claims is the first stainless steel robot in a North American food plant, another sign of the increasing automation in the sector.

Waste reduction key to manufacturing success

Food manufacturers could save up to £1,000 per employee by using more effective waste management techniques, says UK-based environmental agency Envirowise.

Aseptic screw cap opens easier, manufacturer claims

A new aseptic screw cap opens easier as packers can apply it after a beverage carton is coated and filled, its manufacturer claims.

Demand for plastics down in Europe as price hikes kick in

Recent price hikes for petroleum-based plastics seem to have led to a downturn in demand in Europe, according to a market analyst report.

Straw war: company launches suit against Nestlé

An Australian company has taken Nestlé to court in the UK over the rights to a flavouring beverage straw.

Food packers get access to design process

Food companies can now get directly involved in designing the plastic packaging for their products, through a special workshop created by Graham Packaging.

Amcor to develop flexible, biodegradable packaging

Amcor has teamed up with Plantic Technologies to develop a biodegradable, flexible plastic packaging for confectionary.

Plastic compound helps packagers downgauge

A new plastic compound produces a thinner food package, allowing processors to downgauge and cut costs, according to its manufacturer.

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