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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.

3-D software pushes packaging possibilities

UK-based design company TMB Patterns has adopted cutting edge software that enables it to add logos, pictures or other decorations to packaging, and by implication add value to a product.

Industry body prescribes aluminium foil image change

Bill Morris, the newly elected president of the European Aluminium FoilAssociation (EAFA), believes that the industry needs to better communicate to food packagers the benefits of using the material.

Sun Chemical price increase hits packagers

Sun Chemical has increased the price of all packaging inks and coatings by three to seven per cent this month, blaming rising petrochemical costs that could affect the entire packaging...

No end in sight for rising steel costs, claim analysts

Packagers can expect no relief, in the near term at least, from the upward pressure of steel raw material costs according to industry analyst MEPS.

Lighter, thinner packaging growing rapidly in Poland

Thin, flexible and easy to handle - that is the major food packaging trend emerging on the Polish market, helped along by rising sales of dairy products and new hygiene...

Pliant wins packaging research contracts

Packaging manufacturer Pliant has been awarded several significant R&D contracts worth $5.1 million from the US government to conduct leading edge research on food packaging.

Scientists push boundaries of bacteria-fighting film

Scientists in Germany have applied a medical profession technique to create bacteria-fighting packaging that can be applied to liquid products such as milk.

Confectionery 'drawer' wins packaging award

Field Packaging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Corporation, recently won the top award in the confectionery category at the 2004 Pro Carton/ECMA (European Carton Manufacturers Association) Carton Awards annual...

Aroma-measuring device for packaging developed

A unique measuring device capable of measuring how much aroma is penetrating a material is being developed at Iggesund Paperboard's laboratory for sensory and chemical analyses in Strömsbruk, Sweden.

Alcoa restructures global operations for increased efficiency

Alcoa has created a new aluminium and alumina division and a new global extruded products business in a move to better align itself with global packaging markets.

Del Monte uses packaging against commodification

Del Monte is to package fresh produce in containers made from the corn-based plastic NatureWorks PL, a move that is designed to portray fruit as a processed product rather than...

End in sight for Germany's deposit system

The EU Commission's announcement this week that Germany will be referred to the European Court of Justice unless it establishes an effective, simple and non-discriminatory deposit system for beverage packaging...

Huhtamaki European sales hit by rising costs

Finnish packaging giant Huhtamaki has reported flat sales figures in the third quarter of 2004 due to adverse currency translations and high raw material costs.

Art labels designed to shake up wine industry

A Californian wine producer is to package its products with labels designed by a contemporary artist as part of its strategy to change how the US wine industry operates.

Ciba plans plastic packaging innovations launch

Ciba has launched a number of innovative products for the plastics industry including environmentally friendly additives designed to increase the lifespan of plastic.

Superfos develops award-winning closing mechanism

Superfos has developed plastic packaging with a unique closure mechanism that it claims strengthens the competitive position of plastic over glass packaging solutions.

New Hueck lidding foil seals against Aclar

Hueck Folien, one of the largest European foil converters in the flexible packaging sector, has introduced an aluminium lidding foil which is sealable against Aclar, a widely used material in...

Rexam CEO gets the chop after just five months

Rexam, the world's largest drinks can maker, has sacked chief executive Stefan Angwald after just five months on the job.

European can makers fear knock-on effect of steel prices

EU fruit and vegetable canners are concerned that major European steel producing companies such as Arcelor, Corus, Rasselsein and US-steel could be about to increase steel prices by 20 to...

Nova launches high performance packaging resins

Nova Chemicals is launching several new high-performance packaging resins at a time when market prices are still very high.

Teknor builds single source for PET colour concentrates

A blow moulding pilot plant to offer manufacturers of polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), and polyester (PET) bottles a one-stop-shop has been established in the US.

Packaging machinery firms see potential in China

China has become the second largest importer of packaging machinery in the world, a topic that will be highlighted this week at Interfood Shanghai 2004.

Alcoa 3Q results hit by high energy costs

Aluminium and packaging giant Alcoa has reported flat third-quarter earnings, with a 20 per cent jump in primary metal prices offset by higher energy and raw material costs, and various...

LEMO launches Zip-Pak compatible bagger

Germany-based packaging equipment provider LEMO Maschinenbau has launched the CAPmat-Slider, a bag-maker that allows packagers to reduce changeover downtime by up to 25 per cent.

Tray sealers installed to meet ready meal demand

UK supplier Kettleby Foods has installed two Proseal F45 tray sealers to increase efficiency in order to satisfy growing retailer and consumer demand for ready meals.