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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.

Can-do attitude: Recycling of steel food containers on the rise

Steel recycling rates in North America have rocketed from 15% in 1988 to 71% in 2012, according to Crown.

Top five flexible packaging trends

A leader from packaging provider Zip-Pak has offered his views on what trends are driving the flexible field.

Patent Watch

Squeeze me! Wrigley creates squeezable chewing gum dispenser

Wrigley has filed a patent for a novel flexible chewing gum packet that can be squeezed to release the product.

Special edition: Sustainable packaging

TerraCycle’s packaging sustainability drive lands a starring role on TV

The company’s efforts to boost packaging recycling rates, and increase packaging and manufacturing sustainability, will be the center of a program on the Pivot network.

Special edition: Sustainable packaging

Smurfit Kappa on board with sustainable packaging

The packaging giant, specializing in board and other paper-based materials, has announced it is ahead of the game for 2020 sustainability goals but has raised the bar in several areas.

Antioxidant gets FDA thumbs up for food packaging

Addivant’s WESTON 705 liquid antioxidant has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for food contact applications.

Bowl me over: MWV launches brandable ready-meal packaging

SmartFare, a package geared toward chilled ready meals, is designed to offer producers a sturdy, sustainable packaging with shelf appeal.

IFT 2014

Date-label confusion fuels food waste

Inconsistencies in food packaging date labeling leads to unnecessary waste, according to one former Trader Joe’s leader.

Exclusive interview

FEVE: Health benefits of glass are not known

Glass is more relevant than ever and offers benefits in terms of health, sustainability and a circular economy but according to FEVE (the European Container Glass federation), these attributes go...

Weight reduction in packaging set to be a growing trend over next five years

ColorMatrix, which specialises in liquid colour and additive technology for thermoplastic applications, said the biggest trend over the next five years will be the reduction in packaging weight and improving...

Smaller confectioners moving to robotics, says PWR Pack

More small-scale confectionery companies are using pick and place robots to package delicate products as technology becomes more affordable, according to PWR Pack.

The fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the fruit: Draco and TRU join on aseptically packaged ingredients

Draco Natural Products and TRU Aseptics are joining forces to produce a line of whole fruit and vegetable ingredients, housed in aseptic packaging.

Recycle Week 2014 'your questions answered'

RPC: Why are polymers more complex to recycle?

RPC took part in a Twitter debate this week as part of Recycle Week 2014 (June 16-22) in partnership with recycling organisation Recoup.

Cascades launches eco-friendly ready-meal packaging

Respak is designed to give food producers a sustainable alternative to polycoated packaging material.

Ready, set, go: Retail-ready packaging on the rise

PMMI reports the market for shelf-ready food and beverage packaging is growing, thanks to retailers hungry for presentable products and simple stocking.

‘Are you buying scab beer cans?’ Union warns Canadian consumers off Coors Light in Crown cans

A Toronto labor dispute that began nine months ago at Crown Holdings is escalating with strike leaders now urging the Canadian public not to drink beer brands in cans from...

Pasta sauce label gets up front with ingredients

Premium pasta sauce purveyor Victoria Fine Foods has revamped its label, putting its all-natural ingredients list front and center.

Dow and Ampac square up flexible packaging partnership

The two packaging powerhouses are joining to produce and sell flexible containers promising shelf presence and sustainability.

News in brief

Forbes names Krones one of Europe's Top 50 trustworthy companies

Krones is celebrating after US business publication Forbes named it among Western Europe's 50 most trustworthy companies.

O-I bottles up packaging ideas at Innovation Center

The glass packaging giant has opened the doors on a facility combining an R&D center and pilot plant to connect customers with containers and technology.

Berry Plastics lands honors from Hormel and Yum Brands

The packaging specialist has been recognized from two high-profile food customers.

Dressing package takes a shot at healthy eating

Saladshots has launched a line of salad dressings, housed in recloseable flexible pouches, to encourage kids and adults to eat their veggies.

World Cup 2014 fever: Nobody else can seriously compete against snacks, says ESA

Savory snacks are a perfect fit for the World Cup and industry has injected huge efforts into flavor development, pack design and marketing campaigns to draw the punters in, says...

News in brief

Pop top lids return to Chef Boyardee pasta

Chef Boyardee, a brand from ConAgra Foods, is returning to ‘pop top’ lids on all canned pasta dishes.

Food stars in US packaging awards

Packaging created by Pepsico, HB Fuller, Clear Lam, and other companies has taken top honors in the 2014 AmeriStar awards—now, onto the WorldStar competition.