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Hitchen installs Ishida packer to improve efficiency

UK manufacturer Hitchen Foods has installed an Ishida FPS Pick-and-Place packer at its Wigan factory in order to improve production efficiency.

Product launches planned for Interpack 2005

Interpack 2005 will enable the packaging industry to gauge just how far the development of automated, high speed flow wrapping, robotic cartoning and shrink wrapping equipment has progressed.

Sherwood develops laser-responsive packaging ink

Sherwood Technology has developed a laser-responsive coating or 'virtual label' for packaging materials such as cartons, cases and overwraps that removes the need for the application of variable-data print-and-apply labels...

Crown investment shows commitment to regional growth

Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East has started construction of its new beverage can plant in North Africa, further underlining the division's commitment to the emerging markets of North Africa...

PET popularity growing in Russia

Rumours of the death of PET bottles in Russia have been greatly exaggerated, as plastic continues to be the packaging medium of choice for both brewers and soft drink producers,...

Future of starch-based packaging looking good

A technique for changing the water repellency of plastic films usingcoatings of steam-jet-cooked starch has been developed by AgriculturalResearch Service (ARS) scientists.

Alcan invests in growing Russian packaging market

Aluminium packaging giant Alcan is investing $55 million to build and equip two new Russian plants - a clear indication that foreign firms are beginning to take notice of the...

Proseal targets ready meal sector with speedy tray sealer

Heat-sealing solutions supplier Proseal has developed a new method to speed up and simplify tool changes across its range of tray sealers, a move designed to save manufacturers time and...

TNA launches triple jaw bagging system

Equipment manufacturer TNA has launched a triple jaw version of its groundbreaking Rotary Jaw bagging system. TNA claims that the system can achieve speeds in excess of 220 bags per...

Arpac unveils stretch wrapping innovations

Stretch wrapping machinery manufacturer Arpac is launching its new ergonomically designed Infrapak Sidewinder 2005 stretch wrapper at the Promat 2005 Show, which runs from 10 to 13 January in Chicago.

APV launches new bulk butter packing line

APV has launched a new range of bulk butter packing lines that it claims is ideal for small, medium and large-scale carton filling applications in the dairy and food industries.

Global packaging machinery demand forecast to rise

World demand for packaging machinery is projected to rise over 4 per cent a year through 2008 to over $31 billion, according to a recently published report by Freedonia.

Carrefour sees future in alternative forms of packaging

Leading French retail chain Carrefour France has launched a range of alternative packaging formats to the tin can for processed vegetables, signifying another move away from traditional methods of packaging....

Self-heating packaging hits ready meals sector

A self-heating pouch that would enable consumers to drink hot soup on the go could soon be on European shelves, according to a packaging industry report.

Ukranian vodka, by Paco Rabanne

Fashion designer Paco Rabanne is to create new haute couture bottles for vodka brand Nemiroff LEX, as the drink continues to build on its luxury image writes Angela Drujinina.

Anheuser-Busch introduces aluminium bottles

Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer, has introduced aluminium beer bottles for its Michelob, Michelob Light and Anheuser World Select brands in certain bars and clubs across the United States, writes...

Tight rules on food contact materials enforced

Food packaging firms enter 2005 facing tough new rules on materials used that entered into force in December 2004. Repealing the former framework Directive 89.109/EEC, the new regulation ((EC) No...

Keeping wine fresh over the festive period

A hi-tech way of preserving open bottles of wine from oxygen contact could prevent consumers and restaurants from being afraid to open better bottles of wine.

Anheuser signals move to aluminium packaging

Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer, has introduced aluminium beer bottles for its Michelob, Michelob Light and Anheuser World Select brands in certain bars and clubs across the United States, writes...

Crown consolidates position in Middle East can market

Crown Holdings is set to substantially increase beverage can production capacity in the Middle East, following fast in the steps of Alcoa Closure Systems.

Raw material price hike forces PBG profit warning

The rising cost of aluminium, oil-derived chemicals and other raw materials has lead to major soft drink packager Pepsi Bottling (PBG) to issue a profit warning, illustrating the increasing impact...

Alcoa opens plastic closures plant for beverage industry

Alcoa Closure Systems International (CSI) has opened a new plant outside of Cairo, Egypt to support beverage customers in North Africa.

Engineers develop cheap biodegradable baking pan

A team of ex-aerospace engineers and geologists in the United States claim to have developed a pioneering biodegradable packaging for ovenable and freezable baked goods which is cheaper than aluminium...

Virtual labelling solves dairy packaging problem

A UK company claims it has found a solution which eliminates the need for costly, adhesive labelling on dairy product packaging, Tom Armitage reports.

Superfos drives alternatives to glass packaging

Packaging manufacturer Superfos has won a WorldStar Award for a new plastic alternative to the glass jar, confirming the current trend towards more flexible forms of packaging.