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Frozen food carton packaging put through thawing tests

Freezing and thawing tests indicate that coated unbleached kraft paperboard packaging for the food industry stands up better than other products, Graphic Packaging claims.

Timestrip develops smart shelf-life label with Nestlé

A method of using smart labels to indicate remaining shelf life on food products is about to be launched commercially by UK-based Timestrip and Nestlé.

Demand rises for Sealed Air's packaging despite price hikes

Sealed Air is still finding a growth market for its Cryovac food packaging products, despite the price increases the company made to offset higher input costs.

Rexam to switch to aluminium cans in Germany

UK-based Rexam will switch to using aluminium instead of steel at its beverage can plant in Berlin in response to new recycling requirements.

Bottle filler features modular design

A new PET bottle filler from Krones features a modularised construction with no front table, a redesigned filling system and a new valve.

Frenzel packing line built for microwaved foods

A new packaging line at German frozen food manufacturer Frenzel will allow the company to produce a new range of trays that allow meals to be steamed cooked in the...

Tester provides optimal hot tack temperature

A new hot tack tester is aimed at food manufacturers who want to shorten form-fill-seal equipment cycle times.

Caps and closures use rises despite price hikes

The global increase in demand for caps and closures will be partially driven by their increased use in traditionally closureless food and drink packaging, research group Freedonia says in its...

Machine pummels crisp bags

A new machine pummels bags made for potato crisps to determine whether they stand up the the pressures of packing machines, transport and time.

Packing industry warns of price hikes

As a further sign that packing companies are about to hike prices in a big way, two of the industry's associations have told customers they should expect to pay more...

Companies search for alternates as polymer prices rise

Biodegradable and recycled packaging may soon become viable alternatives for more food companies as the increasing price of plastics begins to be passed on by suppliers, KPMG states in a...

Impress buys into UK food can market

Dutch company Impress Holdings said its acquisition of Alcan's can making and decorative tinplate container facility will give it a strategic foothold in the UK food can market.

Rexam expands plastic packaging business

Rexam is expanding its plastics packaging business in a tough market, announcing today it has agreed to purchase a US maker of injection-moulded jars and closures for £83m (€123m).

Submersible carton developed for hydrocooling

A company says it has developed a submersible carton that allows fruit and vegetables to remain fresher for a longer period.

Graham Packaging struggles with costs

While Graham Packaging reported sales and operating income rose in the second quarter due to the purchase of Owens-Illinois' plastics unit, the company has still not been able to bring...

Get cubed with side pouring package

Superfos is telling dairy companies to get cubed, as the company launches packaging it says saves palleting space when compared to round rivals.

Smurfit and Kappa close to merger, says report

The merger of Ireland-based Jefferson Smurfit and Dutch firm Kappa Packaging, two of Europe's largest paper packaging companies, is nearing its conclusion, the Irish Times reported.

Aseptic bag aimed at extended shelf life market

A new high-capacity aseptic plastic bag will help food processors meet the demand for extended shelf-life products in the wholesale market, according to the manufacturer.

Rexam passes on aluminium price increases

Rexam, which shed its UK glass unit for a £24m loss earlier this year, said today it has benefited in the first half of 2005 by successfully passing on aluminium...

Aseptic packing: Capitalise on benefits to beat high costs

To beat the high capital costs of converting to aseptic packaging food processors must first decide how to quickly capitalise on the technology's benefits.

UK to increase targets for recycling packaging waste

The UK's food processors will come under greater pressure to ship their products in environmentally-friendly materials after government announced a plan to increase minimum recycling targets for glass and plastics...

Industry to clamp down on organic labelling fraud

The food industry must rapidly stamp out any fraudulent claims for organic food, if integrity and consumer trust is to be maintained.

Investment firm sees opportunity in plastic closures

PAI Partners' purchase of Crown Holdings' international plastic closures business, most of which is based in Europe, could help food processors here if the investment firm is able to make...

Molecular tracer tags rigid, flexible packaging

US company Ampacet has developed molecular tracers that allow manufacturers to monitor flexible and rigid cosmetics plastic packaging - at any stage in the supply chain - to help resolve...

EU countries lax on following packaging waste rules

Although the EU's member states were due to impose tougher laws on recycling packaging waste, only five countries have completed the task, the European Commission said yesterday.

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