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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.

Rexam completes Latasa acquisition

UK-based consumer packaging company Rexam has completed its acquisition of Latasa, Brazil's largest beverage can maker. Just over 5 million shares of Latasa common stock and 80,000 preferred shares have...

Foiling the counterfeiters

Coating solutions firm Appleton has formed a partnership with packaging manufacturer Rock-Tenn to develop a paperboard-based package with brand protection capabilities.

Protective packaging market to increase steadily

Protective packaging demand in the US will grow 5.2 per cent annually through 2008, according to research analyst Freedonia Group. Gains will be driven by accelerating Internet and mail order...

Alfred Wolff makes honey safer

German ingredients manufacturer Alfred Wolff claims it has made improvements to honey that will make if safer for confectionery manufacturers to use.

Detection for protective gas atmosphere packaging

A highly flexible automatic measuring device capable of detecting the tiniest leaks of CO2 from protective gas atmosphere packaging has been developed.

Intelligent packaging must be regulated, says FSAI

Imminent changes to EU law could result in a flood of intelligent packaging, says Alan Reilly, acting chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). But he warns...

Fruit juice launches

RTD fruit launches appear to be flooding the market at the moment, with a series of innovative launches for the Polish and Hungarian markets.

New report uncovers trends in convenience packaging

A new report examining convenience packaging and serving size trends, from prepared meals to snacks and beverages, has been published.

Tekni-Films develops high-barrier packaging film

A new ultra high-barrier thermoformable PCTFE film laminate has been developed. Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, has described its new product as the highest-barrier clear film currently available.

Emerging packaging markets to be discussed

A conference to address the future of central & eastern Europe's packaging markets is to be held in Bologna, Italy next month. The event will attempt to evaluate the investment...

Nestlé Poland cranks up ice cream production

Nestlé has launched a new ice cream production line at its Namyslów facility in south-east Poland. The extension aims to meet an extensive broadening of its ice cream product portfolio...

Czech brewer launches malt RTD

Plzenskly Prazdroj, part of the SABMiller group, has launched a low alcohol lemon-apple flavoured malt drink onto the Czech market, the first of its kind.

European can makers applaud EU recycling ruling

The Beverage Can Makers in Europe (BCME) has welcomed the advocate general's conclusions in the EU Court cases regarding the German packaging regime. He found that the discriminatory elements of...

New Amcor fruit packaging

UK snack company Sundora Foods has relaunched its range of dried fruit in innovative new packaging. The company chose Amcor Flexible's patented new FlexCan as the concept offers consumers an...

Largest wine producer in the US adopts screw tops

Corbett Canyon, the largest US wine brand, is converting all its 750ml bottles to Stelvin screw top closures in order to protect them from cork taint. But with many consumers...

J.O.Sims looks east for fruit ingredient supplies

On the back of rising sales for frozen fruits UK ingredients firm J.O.Sims has linked up with German supplier Dinter Trading, which will provide the UK firm with a range...

German deposit system reverses packaging trend

The mandatory deposit system on non-reusable packaging has had a significant impact on the bottled water and cooler sector in Germany, according to a new report. Since the introduction of...

How to turn old garbage into brand new packaging

A scientist at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has demonstrated how manufacturers can make environmentally-friendly packing out of garbage.

Foil protection for food packaging

Food manufacturers are increasingly turning to solutions that combine multiple security elements to protect products against counterfeiting, according to French foil manufacturer Kurz.

Massive profit growth boosts biodegradable sector

BioEnvelop Technologies has reported a massive 1,486 per cent increase in sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2005 compared to the same quarter ended 30 April 2003. This underlines...

Crown launches cost-effective air-tight closures

New pre-designed metal closures for European manufacturers of jams and honey have been developed by Crown Holdings. The company claims that the concept will help companies achieve greater cost-effectiveness while...

A glimpse of food packaging in the future

A new sachet that contains no air and flat cardboard on one side has been developed in New Zealand. The new-style packaging, which offers consumers easier opening and businesses the...

Oxygen-active packaging

Packaging that reacts to its environment could help food manufacturers preserve food for longer and help consumers to recognise when a particular product has reached its sell-by date. This, says...

Steel packaging recycling in an expanded Europe

The ten new Member States of the EU have had to work flat out to ensure that their legal systems are brought into line with the rest of Europe's, and...

Packaging waste still a problem

The UK government looks set to miss one of its key recyclingtargets after new government figures published today reveal thatonly 14.5 per cent of household waste in England was recycled...