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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.

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.

New waxed cheese labelling method launched

Direct labelling on to whole waxed cheeses has always presented a particularly challenging set of requirements for the labeling sector.

New rice carton targets premium-end market

Designer packaging for staple foods such as rice may still be a novel idea, but could catch on following the success of Riseria Taverne.

Oxygen scavenging packaging cuts spoilage

A new range of oxygen absorbents promises to help dairy processors and cheese manufacturers better protect their products from spoilage.

Rexam buys out China can manufacturer

Rexam, the UK-based global packaging company, has reached an agreement to acquire the 40 per cent shareholding it does not own in the Chinese beverage can business, Rexam Beverage Can...

Russia: Niche packaging markets showing growth

A number of lucrative niche markets are opening up in the Russian food packaging industry, nestling alongside broader trends towards convenient, lighter packaging, as Chris Mercer finds out.

Russia: Flexible packaging set to dominate

Consumers and producers are united in their desire for lighter, functional packaging on the Russian food market, driving the development of plastics and paper in the dairy, bakery and confectionery...

Advanced terpolymers developed for better packaging

Borealis has developed new advanced Borseal terpolymers to improve biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), a raw material used in clear film packaging.

New product hits growing protective packaging sector

Automated Packaging Systems has launched a third-generation protective packaging system to take advantage of a sector that is predicted to grow by 5.2 per cent annually through to 2008.

Ice cream packaging concept to lure impulsive UK consumers

A UK firm has come up with an innovative packaging and processing solution that will allow smaller retailers to create their own branded ice-cream products at the point of sale...

German dairy modernises curd cheese operations

A German dairy processor has attempted to shake up the complacency of the sector by investing in more innovative packaging and aggressively seeking to modernise its production operations.

Non-PVC stretch wrap to shake up US film market

The distributor of a non-PVC stretch wrap believes that its innovation could shake up the $700 million North American stretch film market and beyond.

Stora Enso moves into Polish packaging

Swedish-Finnish packaging giant, Stora Enso, has bought it way into the increasingly lucrative Polish market by taking a majority stake in one of the country's leading pulp and paper suppliers.

Report predicts boom in premium packaging

Western Europe's frozen food packaging sector is predicted to grow strongly, and there will be greater emphasis on both environmentally-friendly and premium packaging in the future, according to a new...

RPC launches biodegradable packaging range

A range of biodegradable Polylactide (PLA) containers targeted at environmentally-conscious food packagers has been launched.

UK drives to cut down packaging waste

A groundbreaking £8 million initiative to stimulate innovative packaging design and at the same time significantly reduce food and packaging waste has been launched in the UK.

EVAL completes world's largest EVOH resin plant

EVAL Europe's ethylene vinyl-alcohol (EVOH) copolymer resin plant in Antwerp has become the largest EVOH manufacturing plant in the world.

Avery Dennison develops thermal labelstock

Avery Dennison Roll Materials Europe has launched a direct thermal self-adhesive paper labelstock that it claims offers the same characteristics as more robust thermal transfer labelstocks.

Microwaves driving Polish packaging revolution

Fast-living Poles are continuing to drive a ready meal revolution across their country as the invasion of microwaves into consumer homes grows - bringing plastic trays and cartons to the...

Borealis develops clear freezable packaging

Packaging firm Borealis has introduced Borpact SG930MO, a clarified polypropylene (PP) plastic, to satisfy growing consumer demand for transparent packaging that is deep freeze resistant.

Beer bottle filler promises top quality performance

KHS has launched a computer-controlled, short-tube beer bottle filler that it claims offers packagers some of the best results possible.

Amcor heralds PET beer bottle revolution

A new PET beer bottle for the German market may suggest increasing acceptance of the material as a viable beer-packaging format, but some still have environmental concerns, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Europe deregulates packaging sizes

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to deregulate pack sizes for a whole range of consumer products such as ice cream, frozen food, low alcoholic drinks and soft drinks.

Tetra Pak launches filler for emerging drinks markets

Tetra Pak has launched what it describes as a low investment carton packaging solution ideal for manufacturers looking to penetrate lucrative new chilled beverage markets.