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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.

Pull the perfect pint…at home

Interbrew, the giant Belgium brewer, has teamed up with electronics group Philips to create a new dispensing system which it claims will allow consumers to enjoy the taste and experience...

The next step in banana packaging

Landec Corporation, a US-based developer and marketer of technology-based polymer products for fresh foods has been given patenting from the European Patent Office for its banana packaging technology - a...

UK market leading the way in convenience packaging

Packaging provider Superfos has gained hygiene standard approval from the Institute of Packaging and the British Retail Consortium. With the UK public being the leading per capita consumers of convenience...

More label space

Canadian company, IdeaPacked Communications, has developed new labelling technology for the nutraceutical and dietary supplements industry. It is said to provide a more efficient and cost-effective means of multi-functional labelling...

Spreads and fats diversify

The market for fats and spreads in eastern Europe is rapidly diversifying, whilst rapidly expanding. Furthermore the latest product launches from the Mintel databases in this segment indicate that functionality...

Cooking sauces show increasing diversity

Cooking sauces have been identified as one of the main driving forces behind the rapid growth of the sauces and condiments market in central and eastern Europe in recent years....

Scientists create healthy edible packaging

US scientists have designed an edible film made from natural ingredients that protects foods coated in the material from spoiling. The film can also hold vitamins and other nutrients within...

Krones pushes packaging technology

Packaging and bottling systems provider Krones has developed a new high-speed packing tray capable of running at up to 100 cycles per minute and a new PET-Asept Filling System for...

Teikoku revolutionises counterfeit-proof packaging

Japan-based engineering firm Teikoku Piston Ring has developed a hologram identification label that brings anti-counterfeiting packaging to new levels.

Co-op launches 100% degradable wrapping

The Co-op is launching the UK's first ever 100 per cent degradable plastic bread wrappers after a survey suggested six out of 10 retailers should use only degradable or bio-degradable materials.

Moldflow launches plastic packaging design software

Plastic packaging specialist Moldflow has launched design analysis software that it claims will help manufacturers achieve more advanced packaging designs in less time.

The new generation of engraving laser filters

The advent of smaller, less expensive marking and engraving lasers means that packaging firms can expect better performances, claims Purex marketing manager Jon Young. But in all cases, some form...

Ciba launches improved labelling solutions

Swiss-based Ciba Specialty Chemicals has developed two new solutions for the label industry, designed to improve both adhesion and printing quality.

NorthStar extends Miller Brewing labelling contract

NorthStar Print Group has signed an extension of its existing label contract to remain Miller Brewing Company's sole label supplier.

Moulin adpots Cadcam software for packaging design

French glass mould manufacturer Moulin is using Delcam Power Solution Cadcam software to develop new bottle designs and increase production capacity.

Growth for ready meals in eastern Europe

A lack of time and increasing incomes levels are the main reasons for the huge increase in the ready meals and chilled food sectors in eastern Europe. This week's product...

Toray Plastics develops cutting edge packaging films

Toray Plastics has developed what it describes as a new line of technologically advanced, value-added OPP and PET packaging films, designed to achieve longer shelf life and easier handling.

CCL creates Europe's largest contract packaging manufacturer

Global packaging and labelling firm CCL Industries has finalised the agreement that will create the largest contract packaging manufacturer in Europe.

Baby Chef installs PA sealing plant

UK baby food manufacturer Baby Chef has installed Packaging Automation sealing equipment at its Portsmouth plant to ensure that the lids on its new baby food pots are strong and...

Multisorb launches oxygen absorber for better shelf life

Active packaging solutions specialist Multisorb Technologies has launched the FreshMax, an oxygen absorber that reduces the need for additives and preservatives in food products.

Rockwood UK subsidiary acquires pigment business

Rockwood Pigments, the UK subsidiary of printing technology group Rockwood, is set to acquire the pigments and dispersions business of chemicals group Johnson Matthey.

Rexam completes energy efficient glass packaging plant

Rexam Glass' recent €15 million investment in its glassworks at Dongen, the Netherlands, means that energy consumption (per tonne of glass) from the improved furnace will be within 10 per...

Sherwood printing concept wins food processing award

Sherwood Technology new DataLase has been voted as one of the best products in the Technological Development of the Year category at the Food Processing Awards 2004.

Krones to unveil latest innovations

Integrated bottling and packaging systems manufacturer Krones is launching a number of new products including a PET-Asept system featuring Isolator technology and a new VO-DM-PET volumetric filling system for water.

Earthshell licences green packaging technology

US-based environmental packaging developer EarthShell has licensed out its technology to Meridian Business Solutions (MBS), in a move that further underlines the growing importance of green packaging.