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Mondi stretches potential of packaging flexibility

Austrian packaging giant Mondi is promoting a new range of flexible packaging that it believes reflects current consumer trends in Northern Europe.

Klöckner launches new freezer grade films

A new line of Pentafood vinyl films offering what is claimed to be exceptional cold crack properties for food packaging applications has been launched by Klöckner Pentaplast.

Barriquand launches world's largest rotary steriliser

French sterilisation firm Barriquand has unveiled the world's largest rotary machine, capable of sterilising up to five cubic metres of product.

Crown Zeller makes beverage dispensing acquisition

Crown Zeller USA has purchased a 49 per cent stake in Torres & Towers, a privately held enterprise manufacturing beverage closures. The move will help add economies of scales to...

Scholle boosts presence in European boxed wine

US-based Scholle has acquired all of the shares of Flextainer, aFrench packaging company. The move is expected to increase Scholle's presence in the European boxed-wine packaging category.

Multivac launches cutting edge traysealer

Multivac has unveiled a comprehensive new range of packaging machines at Emballage 2004 in Paris, France. The star of the show, according to Multivac spokeswoman Sandrine Lettelier, is the T350,...

Plastic bag bill promises to clean up Scotland

Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Pringle tells how his private bill to place a levy on plastic bags in Scotland will benefit retailers, consumers and the environment. Anthony Fletcher reports....

Herma joins RFID alliance

German self-adhesive label specialist Herma has joined the internationally active RFID working group Licon Logistics asa new member. The move taps into the growing alliance between packaging providers created by...

Recyclable moisture barrier packaging developed

Appleton has introduced a linerboard for food packaging that features a moisture barrier coating.

Are biodegradable plastic bags the answer to cutting waste?

Biodegradable plastic bags have been developed in Canada, but evidence from Ireland suggests that the most effective means of cutting down on plastic bag pollution is to introduce a tax....

Elopak develops carton for South African market

Elopak, the Norwegian-based packaging group, has designed a carton which it hopes will allow it to exploit the growing opportunity for dairy-based beverages in the South African market, Tom Armitage...

Starbucks joins recycled packaging revolution

Starbucks has promised to use beverage packaging containing 10 per cent recycled material from 2005, though environmentalists have criticised the corporation's commitment.

Tetra Prisma - the future of wine packaging?

A US wine maker is packaging its Vendange product in 500ml Tetra Prisma containers, in a bid to break out of the confines of traditional wine packaging.

Brand protected through packaging coding system

UK snack manufacturer Ginsters has installed a package coding management system (PCMS) in order to increase packaging and coding accuracy and protect its lucrative brand name.

Brand awareness driven by natural packaging

Two beverage companies in the US have adopted natural biodegradable packaging to help them differentiate their new products in what is a highly competitive marketplace. Anthony Fletcher reports.

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.