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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.

Handy packaging drives snacking mega-trend

Manufacturers must adapt an innovative packaging design and marketing approach to tap burgeoning consumer demand for on-the-go snacking, says report.

Growth in convenience foods drives use of barrier films

The growth in the grab-and-go food market is pushing processors toward using more barrier film packaging, according to a US study.

Machine automates confectionery bar packing

An automated machine for packing cereal and confectionery bars into cartons helps manufacturers speed up their production lines and cuts down on labour costs, its manufacturer claims.

Variable barcode printer meets demand for high speed processing

A variable-data barcode label printer can run at a top speed of 15 inches per second, making it one of the fastest such machines available in the market.

Roundup: Food packaging innovation driven by social trends

New food packaging indicates that innovation in the industry continues to be driven by fast changing social trends and the increasing consumer demand for convenience and safety.

Tough polyethylene resin developed for frozen food packaging

A new polyethylene resin provides a tough packaging while being able to be easily processed, its manufacturer claims.

Biodegradable plasticiser developed as phthalate replacement

A biodegradable plasticiser can be be used in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) packaging as a replacement for for phthalates, a chemical linked with infertility in men.

Grants boost UK research into less wasteful packaging

H J Heinz, Northern Foods, Geest Mariner Foods and International Food Partners (IFP) are among those granted UK public funds yesterday to develop less wasteful packaging.

Plastic packaging additive cuts out taste and odors

A new plastics additive removes taste and odor molecules as they pass through food packaging, its developer claims.

Container aimed at reusable packaging market

A new lighter reusable container from Linpac is designed for blow molded bottles, PET preforms, snack foods and vacuum formed trays.

Machine sorts the packages from the pallets

A new machine automates the assembly and delivery of mixed pallet loads, regardless of the size, shape, layer pattern or weight, according to its Netherlands-based manufacturer.

New technique allows photo-realistic printing on plastic containers

A Netherlands-based company claims to have developed a breakthrough technique for printing containers used for spreads, fats and edible oils.

Tetra Pak launches clear, aseptic package for beverages

Tetra Pak has launched what it calls the world's first clear aseptic package.

Multi-head thermal printer built for high speed lines

A multi-head thermal transfer printer has been designed to meet the high throughput of a variety of multi-lane packaging machines.

Microwavable sleeve designed to absorb oil

Graphics Packaging has designed a microwavable sleeve to absorb the oil exuded as fatty foods are cooked.

Ink prices to rise by six to ten per cent

Sun Chemical will increase the prices in Europe for it inks by between six to 10 per cent, marking another rise in packaging imput costs for processors.

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.

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