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‘Big fight in a Mini business’: Super Bock glosses Portuguese beer battle with Sagres

Unicer’s innovation head explains how adding pull-off caps to 200ml ‘Mini’ beer bottles allowed the Super Bock brand to win back market share from Portuguese rival Sagres in the late...

Weetabix packaging subsidiary Vibixa to close

Weetabix carton printing subsidiary Vibixa, which makes cardboard packaging in Cheltenham, UK, has announced plans to close its factory next year axing 105 jobs.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

tna keeps up to speed with Middle East packaged food demand

tna says it has seen an increased emphasis on automation and system integration in the Middle East over recent years. 

Did imPACKED make an impact?

Simionato, which was acquired by HayssenSandiacre in 2011, part of Barry-Wehmiller Company, held its first factory open day in Italy recently called imPACKED 2014.

Shanghai company creates barrier material for MAP and skin packaging

Ming Yue Packaging has launched APET/EVOH high barrier composite soft sheets.

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VTT develops bio-based 3-layer film for MAP

VTT the Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a bio-based 3-layer film for MAP (modified atmosphere packaging) applications and is looking for industrial partners and collaborators for commercializing the...

Special Edition Shelf Life

Kuraray and Plantic to distribute high barrier films in East Asia

Kuraray and Plantic have joined forces to distribute Plantic high barrier films in Japan and South Korea.

News in brief

Swiss retailer Migros apologizes for Hitler, Mussolini coffee creamers

Swiss retailer Migros has apologized for an “unforgivable blunder” that resulted in the distribution of coffee creamers adorned with images of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

dispatches from empack 2014, stockholm

'Research needs to move fast:' Where are we going wrong with packaging design?

Designing and re-launching packaging is a process that needs to move fast – otherwise products risk being irrelevant, attendees at Empack 2014 in Stockholm heard last week.

Heinz Beanz in microwavable pots, John West tuna in pouches: challenges to tins

Pouches go fishing in the tinned food market: Ambient fish pouch category to double

Demand for pouches in the ambient fish category will grow from 8.7m packs in 2013 to 15.1m packs by 2018 – illustrating the dent newer, easy-to-open, packaging formats are making...

Down in 1 (or 2 or 3): Resealable energy drink newbie encourages ‘responsible’ consumption

Grenade Energy says it is taking a leaf out of the confectionery industry’s book by offering the option of controlled portion cans.

dispatches from sial, paris

Down in 1 (or 2 or 3): Resealable energy drink newbie encourages ‘responsible’ consumption

Grenade Energy says it is taking a leaf out of the confectionery industry’s book by offering the option of controlled portion cans.

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Coveris claims new 38mm beverage cap ‘lightest on market’

Coveris claims its new 38mm closure for PET bottles is the lightest on the market as it enters a size segment it says is Europe's most popular for non-carbonated soft...

dispatches from Empack 2014, Stockholm

How to be a successful woman in the packaging industry

Passion, determination and ambition: all top tips for aspiring businesswomen, say three senior Swedish packaging industry figures. 

Pack Expo 2014

HayssenSandiacre to launch Merlin Blu at Pack Expo

HayssenSandiacre has redesigned its Merlin, Minerva and Integra machines launching the entry level Merlin Blu at Pack Expo in Chicago.

Pack Expo 2014

High Barrier/Dunnage Free Bags on show for packaging dairy products

Black Forest Container Systems (BFCS) has launched High Barrier/Dunnage Free Bags for packaging dairy products, edible oils, sauces, liquid eggs, wine, fruits and vegetables and aseptic products.  

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Oystar sells secondary packaging division A+F to Mutares

Oystar has sold its secondary packaging division A+F (Automation + Fördertechnik), which mainly operated in the dairy market, to Mutares.

Pack Expo 2014

RPA seeks members for its End User Committee

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), which promotes the value and expansion of reusable packaging systems, is staging its education forum – the Reusables Learning Centre (RLC) again this year at...

'530,000 people work for's like selling into Luxembourg': Paul Earnshaw

‘Packaging is a Cinderella discipline’: Tesco packaging manager

Tesco packaging manager Paul Earnshaw insists the retailer is keen to banish the perception that packaging is a Cinderella discipline given its importance in the overall consumer ‘brand experience’.

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Simionato: ‘We lost touch with the market with the previous ownership’

Simionato is celebrating after achieving double sales figures since it was acquired by HayssenSandiacre, part of Barry-Wehmiller Company in 2011, its 50th anniversary last year and its first imPACKED show...


‘Technology transfer cost’ hinders aseptic filling uptake in India

An experienced engineering project manager who has completed projects for the likes of PepsiCo and Coca-Cola tells us that technology transfer costs are to blame for slow Indian uptake of...


Tetra Pak unleashes plant power with ‘world’s first’ 100% bio-based carton

Tetra Pak claims to have harnessed the power of plants by launching the world’s first milk carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials.

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Schib Packaging talks openly about Hayssen acquisition

Schib Packaging exhibited at Simionato imPACKED for the first time this week following the announcement it has been bought out by Hayssen Flexible Systems.

dispatches from Empack 2014, Stockholm

It’s getting emotional: Packaging must be more than informative and attractive

Food packaging is heralding an ‘age of emotion’ with brands tapping into the trend of personalization, attendees at Empack 2014 in Stockholm heard this week.  

Simionato launches imPACKED 2014 as Hayssen Flexible Systems acquires Schib Packaging

Simionato, a HayssenSandiacre company, which develops and produces linear and multihead weighers and vertical packaging machines, opened its doors to food processors and distributors this week.