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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.

Sainsbury buys into new cork technology

UK retailer Sainsbury is to launch a range of wines that feature specially treated corks. The new technology, which is said to protect the product from cork taint, is being...

Making packaging sexy

Avery Dennison Roll Materials Europe has unveiled Fasson Iridescent, a multi-layered film that the company claims gives designers a creative means of achieving dazzling multi-colour shelf impact, without the use...

The missing link in meat processing?

A new concept, described by the manufacturer as the 'missing link' between ERP systems and shop-floor data collection systems, is soon to be launched. Will the technology be able to...

China faces fake baby milk scandal

Leading producers of baby food in China are continuing efforts to reassure consumers as the scandal over fake baby food that is said to have killed dozens of babies continues...

Czech snacks

The Czech Republic witnesses a cross section of new product launches from the Mintel database this week. The products are from both the dairy and confectionery sectors and are all...

Slovak juice producers self-regulate

A group of Slovakian fruit juice producers has taken it upon themselves to implement a voluntary system to help sustain levels of quality for their products.

Corking idea from Sabaté

French closures company Sabaté has developed a new wine cork that has been treated with a TCA-extraction process. The technology is designed to solve the problem of corkage, while avoiding...

Space-efficient packaging

A new rectangular PET (polyethylene terephthalate) hot-fill bottle, which allows for more efficient shipping, has been launched in the US. This could prove to be a blessing for suppliers, as...

New resins challenge established order

Competition between lower-priced resins and higher-performance variants is set to intensify, according to a soon-to-be-released report. The development of upgraded commodity thermoplastics is challenging established higher-performance resins in a variety...

Print with less power

Technology firm Trident has developed a printing system that uses only a third of the cure power of traditional printers. The company claims that the system is therefore ideal for...

Estonian drinks push

The Baltic drinks market is awash with activity at the moment, with both Coca-Cola and A. Le Coq making new soft drink launches and Saku signing a co-operative agreement enabling...

Nestlé to start coffee processing in Russia

Nestle Russia has started construction of a €100 million coffee processing plant in the Krasnodar Territory. The full-cycle facility is Nestle's first processing for coffee in the region and is...

The new generation of food and drink packaging

The active, controlled and intelligent packaging sector in the US has experienced significant growth over the past few years, according to a new report published this month. Does this signify...

Olive packaging investigated

Packaging olives with a stated shelf life of two to three years can be 'unacceptable' long before their sell-by date, and those packed in ordinary air may have a true...

Hungary rises to EU organic demands

Hungarian company Master Good has become the first in the country to establish an organic poultry processing plant, which will largely serve the EU export market.

Wine packaging revolutionised

A brand of wine packaged in Tetra Prisma 500ml packaging has been launched in the US. This is the first wine to packaged in this way, and the company behind...

Cadcam in food packaging

Cadcam developer Delcam has reported that sales for the year to 31st December 2003 were £20.5 million, an increase of 8.5 per cent on the previous best annual sales of...

Label technology from Alcoa

A prototype label for PET bottles has been developed by packaging giant Alcoa. The label features cutting edge technology that could open up a number of new packaging design possibilities.

Computer-aided packaging

Modern computer-based design and manufacturing techniques are revolutionising food packaging, says UK-based firm Delcam. The technology is claimed to produce complex designs quicker and with a higher degree of quality.

Canned fruit gets a 'clear' advantage

Retailers often place their fresh produce ranges close to the entrance of the store to take advantage of the smell, colour and variety to attract customers into the shop. Achieving...

How to make sense of packaging regulations

European and national legislation on packaging is changing, and a great deal of confusion exists in the industry. Anthony Fletcher talked to Europen's regulatory affairs committee chairman Dr Steve Anderson...

Diagnostic packaging potential expands

One third of total wastage in the supply chain is caused by temperature abuse, according to a Swedish survey in 2002. As a result, diagnostic packaging has become increasingly popular,...

Hot seal of approval

A sealing hot melt adhesive has been developed that can be applied at only 90°C. Combine this with automated equipment and you have a safer, more efficient plant, claims National...

Snack away!

As the eastern European food industry develops at a hitherto unknown pace, snacking is starting to make it big in the region, as the latest product launches from the Mintel...

Retort pouch industry looks to the future

The retort pouch industry needs to adopt better sealing technology and improved systems to identify seal defects if it is to challenge metal cans as a viable and safe means...