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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.

Huhtamaki joins green revolution with recyclable packaging

Huhtamaki's Chinet range of moulded fibre foodservice plates has just been certified for biodegradability - the latest step in an industry-wide trend towards greener packaging.

Premium alcoholic drinks

The market for alcoholic beverages has changed beyond all recognition in eastern Europe during the course of the last ten years. Where there was once nothing but state controlled beer...

Crown launches salmon cans fit for global distribution

Crown Food Packaging has developed a new steel can that it claims will enable salmon processors to use the same packaging for global distribution.

Kurz: Cold stamping the future of packaging

As the decision to purchase a product is frequently made on the appeal and attractiveness of its packaging, more and more firms are choosing to process packaging twice to achieve...

Steel coffee packaging from JJ Darboven

German group JJ Darboven has designed a new steel coffee can for its Warca brand. The product is the result of a joint partnership between JJ Darboven, French canmaker Corepe...

Owens-Illinois acquisition receives EC approval

Owens-Illinois (OI) has received approval from the European Commission for its previously announced acquisition of BSN Glasspack, a move that will make the firm the largest glass container manufacturer in...

Crown launches tamper-proof bottled water closure

Crown Holdings has introduced a plastic closure for bottled water that combines economic 26.7-mm sizing with tamper-proof technology and a triple thread bottle finish.

Tetra Pak becomes a work of art

Two Tetra Pak beverage cartons, Tetra classic and Tetra Brik, have been included in an exhibition of everyday "inspired designs that help make life easier, safer and more fulfilling" at...

Recyclable barrier technologies results revealed

PET industry organisation Petcore has published the first test results for recyclable barrier technologies. The barrier materials Glaskin and Bestpet passed the tests with flying colours, but oriented polystyrene (OPS)...

Lantech unveils non-stop shrink-wrap technology

Technology firm Lantech is launching two new continuous-motion shrink-wrap machines designed to cut processing time and limit the need for line stoppage.

Stora Enso opens second Russian packaging mill

Stora Enso's Russian subsidiary Stora Enso Packaging VR has inaugurated its second Russian corrugated packaging mill at Arzamas in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, situated some 400 kilometres east from Moscow....

Breakfast cereals take-off

This week's product launches from Mintel's GNPD database cover a raft of new offerings for the breakfast cereals sectors, which is currently experiencing strong growth throughout eastern Europe, in stark...

G3 Enterprises adopts label design software

G3 Enterprises, a wine and beverage label producer for the E&J Gallo Winery, recently selected Belgian pre-press software expert Artwork Systems Group as its new workflow provider.

Tamper-proof security seals from Millipore

A new tamper-proof security seal for ensuring product integrity on filtration products has been launched. The seals are one component in a series of quality and security enhancements developed by...

Tetra Pak aseptic packaging for milk

A brand of flavoured milks and milkshakes has been packaged in Tetra Brik Aseptic and Tetra Prisma Aseptic cartons for the school foodservice market in the US.

Growth in flexible packaging boosts aluminium sales

Shipments of aluminium foil for the first quarter of 2004 have been promising, with sales increasing by nearly one per cent compared with the first three months of 2003, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Biscuit launches

This week's product launches from Mintel's GNPD is a selection of premium biscuits debuting across the region.

New Flexopack film launched

A range of multilayer barrier films that are claimed to provide the stiffness, transparency and thermal resistance needed in lidding and flow packs for fresh and processed meat, cheese and...

Kerry adopts heat sealer from Packaging Automation

Kerry Foods, a leading supplier of value-added foods to major supermarket chains, has installed a PA2016 heat-sealing machine, equipped with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) capability, at its production plant in...

Meat range with innovative packaging launched

UK meat processor ABP, packaging firm Cryovac and supermarket chain Sainsbury's have launched a new range of meat packs under the high quality "Taste the Difference" range. The idea is...

GE thermoplastic alloy for ready meal packaging

A new thermoplastic alloy, designed for use in large retort packaging sterilisation trays, is said to offer ready-meal manufacturers increased rack/surge capacity for higher output, double service life, and lower...

Colour sorting boosts yields

Colour sorting is not always the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to increasing yields from dried ingredients, but UK firm Radix says that its unique equipment...

Rexam completes Latasa acquisition

UK-based consumer packaging company Rexam has completed its acquisition of Latasa, Brazil's largest beverage can maker. Just over 5 million shares of Latasa common stock and 80,000 preferred shares have...

Foiling the counterfeiters

Coating solutions firm Appleton has formed a partnership with packaging manufacturer Rock-Tenn to develop a paperboard-based package with brand protection capabilities.

Protective packaging market to increase steadily

Protective packaging demand in the US will grow 5.2 per cent annually through 2008, according to research analyst Freedonia Group. Gains will be driven by accelerating Internet and mail order...