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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.

'Lunch time bites': Encore Packaging Solutions

Encore’s Laura Croisdale ‘climbs every mountain’

In the first of a series of podcasts called ‘lunch time bites’, FoodProductionDaily catches up with Laura Croisdale, environmental officer, Encore Packaging Solutions, to talk about her Three Peaks Challenge...

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Hood: Sky’s the limit with aseptic beverage packaging

HP Hood, a processor specializing in extended-shelf-life dairy and non-dairy beverages, is seeing demand for aseptically packaged products increase.

Guest article

Marketing to Millennials, Unisex Sells

‘It has been decades since expectant parents felt compelled to paint the nursery walls baby blue for boys and cotton candy pink for girls.

Fancy packaging shapes create coding challenges

Packaging is coming in more sophisticated shapes and sizes, particularly when it comes to ready meals or dessert items, according to UK feeding systems manufacturer Rotech Machines. 

Videojet: Downtime is deadly in package printing

Because operational efficiency is king in food packaging and processing companies, equipment must minimize downtime and boost accuracy, according to Videojet.

BioGaia drives niche market for newborns with colic

TwoPac €1.7m packaging plant expansion for baby probiotics

TwoPac, a wholly owned subsidiary of BioGaia healthcare company, will invest €1.7m in a factory expansion in Eslöv, Sweden.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SINGLE SERVE

Snacks, drinks, condiments, and other food and beverage favorites are fueling consumer demand for convenience with single-serve packaging. Here are some notable examples of one-shot containers seen on retail shelves.

PACK EXPO plays matchmaker for food firms and contract packagers

The annual packaging exposition is adding a resource center to match up food and beverage companies with the right contract packaging connections.

Seaweed compound boosts oxygen indicating films

A UV-activated oxygen indicator which has resistance to dye-leaching and quickly recovers its colour has been created by researchers.

New Zealand

Experts at loggerheads over NZ's decision to join star rating system

Health groups and nutritional experts are at loggerheads over a decision by New Zealand’s government to join Australia’s star rating system, with some criticising it for having ignored research on...

Packaging insights

Chocolate to follow cheese in sealed hygienic pack move

All chocolate will one day be packaged in fully-sealed wrappers like those used in the cheese industry, according to Theegarten Pactec.

Stora Enso postpones Renewable Packaging Division start date

Stora Enso is postponing the reorganisation of its Renewable Packaging Division after CEO Jouko Karvinen announced he will leave the company.

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.

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Date-label confusion fuels food waste

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

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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.