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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.

Moulin adpots Cadcam software for packaging design

French glass mould manufacturer Moulin is using Delcam Power Solution Cadcam software to develop new bottle designs and increase production capacity.

Growth for ready meals in eastern Europe

A lack of time and increasing incomes levels are the main reasons for the huge increase in the ready meals and chilled food sectors in eastern Europe. This week's product...

Toray Plastics develops cutting edge packaging films

Toray Plastics has developed what it describes as a new line of technologically advanced, value-added OPP and PET packaging films, designed to achieve longer shelf life and easier handling.

CCL creates Europe's largest contract packaging manufacturer

Global packaging and labelling firm CCL Industries has finalised the agreement that will create the largest contract packaging manufacturer in Europe.

Baby Chef installs PA sealing plant

UK baby food manufacturer Baby Chef has installed Packaging Automation sealing equipment at its Portsmouth plant to ensure that the lids on its new baby food pots are strong and...

Multisorb launches oxygen absorber for better shelf life

Active packaging solutions specialist Multisorb Technologies has launched the FreshMax, an oxygen absorber that reduces the need for additives and preservatives in food products.

Rockwood UK subsidiary acquires pigment business

Rockwood Pigments, the UK subsidiary of printing technology group Rockwood, is set to acquire the pigments and dispersions business of chemicals group Johnson Matthey.

Rexam completes energy efficient glass packaging plant

Rexam Glass' recent €15 million investment in its glassworks at Dongen, the Netherlands, means that energy consumption (per tonne of glass) from the improved furnace will be within 10 per...

Sherwood printing concept wins food processing award

Sherwood Technology new DataLase has been voted as one of the best products in the Technological Development of the Year category at the Food Processing Awards 2004.

Krones to unveil latest innovations

Integrated bottling and packaging systems manufacturer Krones is launching a number of new products including a PET-Asept system featuring Isolator technology and a new VO-DM-PET volumetric filling system for water.

Earthshell licences green packaging technology

US-based environmental packaging developer EarthShell has licensed out its technology to Meridian Business Solutions (MBS), in a move that further underlines the growing importance of green packaging.

Ready meals from the US military - just add urine

Food scientists working for the US military have come up with a dried food ration that can be rehydrated by adding dirty water - or even urine.

Nestlé adopts Alcoa shrink labels for Canadian market

Nestlé has launched a range of milk products in Canada, packaged in Alcoa Flexible Packaging shrink labels.

Cargill Dow corn packaging achieves Japanese approval

A plastic made from corn has been given food contact approval in Japan, suggesting that environmentally responsive packaging now has global reach.

Cheese launches reflect growth and diversity

Accession has sparked significant growth for the accession states of Central Europe, a fact that is reflected by a rash of product launches for the sector highlighted by this week's...

UCB films division to be sold

The films business of the Belgium-based UCB Group is to be bought for €320 million by a consortium led by the former managing director of Hays Chemical Distribution and Candover Partners.

Crown Holdings produces 25 billionth SuperEnd

Crown Holdings' shipment of the 25 billionth SuperEnd beverage end in North America underlines the current key concerns of beverage packagers and manufacturers - cost effectiveness, waste reduction and processing efficiency.

Alcoa opens second China plant

US-based Alcoa has completed construction of a new plant in Hangzhou, China, for its Closure Systems International (CSI) business, feeding growing demand for closures in both the domestic and Japanese...

Tetra Pak goes large with new aseptic packaging

Tetra Pak has released Tetra Brik Aseptic 1890 ml Slim and Tetra Brik Aseptic 2000 ml Slim packages, the largest packages to be launched in the Tetra Brik Aseptic range.

Supreme Plastics invests in gearless packaging technology

Demand for ever-more sophisticated process printing, and the flexibility to handle a multitude of short-run jobs quickly has led to the installation of a new Bielloni 10-colour flexographic printing press...

Salted snacks grow in diversity

Growing income levels and less time for eating are contributing to the growth of the snacking industry in central and eastern Europe. And savoury snacks have played a major part...

Graham Packaging makes plastic more flexible

Graham Packaging has developed a new technology that could herald a significant move away from glass packaging and towards plastic.

Arla close to developing intelligent milk cartons

Swedish dairy giant Arla Foods is close to starting work on the development of new sensory dairy packaging that can monitor its own shelf life.

Scientists uncover behaviour of aluminium

Scientists at Risø National Laboratory in Denmark and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in France have made an important discovery that could change the way aluminium is manufactured.

Schneider unveils end-of-line packing solution

Schneider Packaging Equipment has unveiled its new robotic case packer-palletiser. The company believes that this all-in-one concept, which combines a case packer and a palletiser, offers manufacturers a cost-effective end-of-line...