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Self-heating packaging hits ready meals sector

A self-heating pouch that would enable consumers to drink hot soup on the go could soon be on European shelves, according to a packaging industry report.

Ukranian vodka, by Paco Rabanne

Fashion designer Paco Rabanne is to create new haute couture bottles for vodka brand Nemiroff LEX, as the drink continues to build on its luxury image writes Angela Drujinina.

Anheuser-Busch introduces aluminium bottles

Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer, has introduced aluminium beer bottles for its Michelob, Michelob Light and Anheuser World Select brands in certain bars and clubs across the United States, writes...

Tight rules on food contact materials enforced

Food packaging firms enter 2005 facing tough new rules on materials used that entered into force in December 2004. Repealing the former framework Directive 89.109/EEC, the new regulation ((EC) No...

Keeping wine fresh over the festive period

A hi-tech way of preserving open bottles of wine from oxygen contact could prevent consumers and restaurants from being afraid to open better bottles of wine.

Anheuser signals move to aluminium packaging

Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer, has introduced aluminium beer bottles for its Michelob, Michelob Light and Anheuser World Select brands in certain bars and clubs across the United States, writes...

Crown consolidates position in Middle East can market

Crown Holdings is set to substantially increase beverage can production capacity in the Middle East, following fast in the steps of Alcoa Closure Systems.

Raw material price hike forces PBG profit warning

The rising cost of aluminium, oil-derived chemicals and other raw materials has lead to major soft drink packager Pepsi Bottling (PBG) to issue a profit warning, illustrating the increasing impact...

Alcoa opens plastic closures plant for beverage industry

Alcoa Closure Systems International (CSI) has opened a new plant outside of Cairo, Egypt to support beverage customers in North Africa.

Engineers develop cheap biodegradable baking pan

A team of ex-aerospace engineers and geologists in the United States claim to have developed a pioneering biodegradable packaging for ovenable and freezable baked goods which is cheaper than aluminium...

Virtual labelling solves dairy packaging problem

A UK company claims it has found a solution which eliminates the need for costly, adhesive labelling on dairy product packaging, Tom Armitage reports.

Superfos drives alternatives to glass packaging

Packaging manufacturer Superfos has won a WorldStar Award for a new plastic alternative to the glass jar, confirming the current trend towards more flexible forms of packaging.

Iggesund targets paperboard products at premium sector

Iggesund Paperboard has launched a number of paperboard packaging products designed not only to protect products, but also to add value and shelf appeal.

German packaging regulations ruling meets with EC approval

The European Court of Justice (ECJ)'s ruling on Germany's packaging regulations has been welcomed by both the EC and firms that import packaged beverages into the country.

Taskforce looks on the bright side of steel packaging

A development programme to enhance the appearance of steel for packaging has been carried out by Arcelor Packaging International, Corus Packaging Plus and Rasselstein.

Perdue adopts zip packaging to enhance consumer appeal

Meat manufacturer Perdue Farms has incorporated a new zipper into packaging for its carved chicken and turkey strip products in order to enhance convenience and improve overall appearance.

Arcelor launches new steel for modern food packaging

Arcelor Packaging International (API) has launched Creasteel, a new steel for food packaging that could revolutionise the sector by opening up a whole new world of design possibilities.

Serac develops compact accurate PET filling system

Equipment supplier Serac has developed a machine with a neck transfer system specifically developed for the filling of vegetable oil into PET containers.

Unilever enters olive oil market with clever packaging

Unilever explains the processing and packaging considerations that need to be taken into account before a top-end olive oil product can be launched.

Alcas adopts corn-based ice cream packaging

Italian packaging firm Alcas has developed natural ice cream cups made from Dow Cargill's corn-based plastic NatureWorks PLA.

Tetra Pak develops new leak-proof material

Tetra Pak has launched TB Wide, a new packaging material that promises greater security against leakage.

Square barrels could triple oaked wine capacities

After seven years of development, Swiss company Cybox unveiled its square oak barrel, which triples barrel storage capacity, at the Vinitech exhibition in Bordeaux last week, reports Kim Hunter Gordon.

Self-heating containers expand ready meal innovation

Food processor Lakeside has adopted revolutionary self-heating containers from OnTech for coffee, tea, cocoa and soup in a bid to dominate the innovative on-the-go food market.

Soluble label promises to improve food quality

A soluble label that decomposes to indicate whether the product inside has been exposed to damaging conditions is currently being developed.

Alcoa fills gap between cork and synthetic closures

Alcoa Closure Systems International has begun commercial production of Vino-Lok, its 'glass on glass' closure system for wine bottles that it developed as an alternative to corks and synthetic stoppers.

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