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Rovema North America acquires Rovema Packaging Machines

Rovema North America which designs and supplies packaging machinery for the bakery, confectionary and coffee market, among others, has acquired Rovema Packaging Machines - all of its Rovema brand-related business. ...

UPM Raflatac topcoat has ‘higher temperature resistance than other films in the food industry’

UPM Raflatac has launched a PET Gloss White FTC 50 topcoat, which it claims has higher temperature resistance than other films in the food industry 

Beer bottle lights up on touch: Anheuser-Busch shows smart packaging potential

Tequila flavored beer brand Oculto has been demonstrating the possibilities of smart label technology, with a bottle which lights up when held by the consumer.

DuPont: Biopolymers must perform as well as petroleum-based equivalents

DuPont is converting petro-based plastics ingredients to renewables where it's technically feasible and developing new polymers but said replacement materials must offer better performance than those they would replace.

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DSM to expand production capacity for Akulon XS in 2016

Royal DSM is expanding its production capacity for Akulon XS at its facility in Emmen, the Netherlands, due for completion in Q1 2016.

Kerry Foods’ Yollies ‘yoghurt on a stick’ wins UK Packaging Award

Kerry Foods and Amcor is celebrating after its Yollies ‘yoghurt on a stick’ designed for children’s lunchboxes, wins Highly Commended in Best Packaging of a New Product at the UK...

LiquiGlide hires US litigator to protect its IP as ‘slippery coating’ grows globally

LiquiGlide, which is the first company to create permanently wet slippery surfaces to allow viscous liquids to move easily has hired a US commercial litigator to protect its intellectual property...

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Agro Sevilla and RPC create a multilayer plastic jar for olives

Agro Sevilla has partnered with RPC Promens Consumer Corby, to create a 2 litre multilayer plastic jar for olives.

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Circular Economy: Part I – What does the future hold now?

The European Commission has adopted a revised Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers - "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use. ...

Circular Economy: Part II – Serious concerns over long-term plans for investment

EuropaBio said it has ‘high hopes’ for the European Commission’s Circular Economy strategy, but serious, ongoing concerns about the long-term framework conditions in place to attract business investment. 

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Crediton Dairy launches single serve Moo Milk range

Crediton Dairy has expanded its 1litre Moo Milk range by launching 330ml single serve handheld packs in four flavours; strawberry, chocolate, banana and chocolate fudge (70p per pack).

Wageningen PickPack project to pack single foods in one packaging line becomes operational

Wageningen UR’s PicknPack project to pack single different foods in one packaging line has become operational following integration of all hardware modules provided by 12 research groups, companies and universities.

Organisers relocate Empack tradeshow after Brussels terrorism alert

Easyfairs has relocated its tradeshows Empack 2015 and Packaging Innovations from Brussels Expo (November 25-26) to the Nekkerhal in Mechelen, Belgium, today (December 1-2).

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Colbert Packaging installs Mark Andy label press at its Flexographic Facility

Colbert Packaging has installed a Mark Andy Performance Series P5 for pressure-sensitive roll label applications at its flexographic printing facility, in Illinois, US.

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Stora Enso opens packaging Innovation Centre as it celebrates four sustainability awards

Stora Enso has opened an Innovation Centre for packaging at its head office in Helsinki, targeting converters, manufacturers, brand owners and retailers.

MAP packaging evaluated to identify cost savings

A market study by Fraunhofer IVV has evaluated modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) in the retail sector and identified potential cost savings.

Parx Plastics and Erze Ambalaj partner on antimicrobial packaging

Erze Ambalaj has incorporated Parx Plastics’ antimicrobial technology into its expanding foam packaging.

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Arla Foods’ tactile lacquer packaging for cheese scoops award

Wipak Walsrode has won an innovation award for its tactile lacquer packaging, used to package cheese products for Arla Foods.

EU Commission evaluating options to legislate BPA in packaging

The European Commission will propose new regulations on bisphenol A (BPA) next year due to uncertainty created by individual Member State laws and negative effect on consumer confidence.

Start-up firm uses eco-friendly sheep’s wool packaging to insulate its juice drinks

University friends Charlie Lee-Cook and Rich Goldsmith have set up MOJU juice brand, targeting health conscious consumers with their cold-pressed juices that use more nutrient-rich vegetables than sugary fruit.

UNI Packaging and Oui3 ‘MyFlex’ to bring personalization and interactive design closer together

UNI Packaging and Oui3 brand communication agency are working on a project to make the personalization and client interactive aspect of Digiflex (digital flexible printing) more accessible to clients.

Brau Beviale: Interview with Rexam's Europe Sector Director

High definition prints and glow in the dark inks: Advanced graphic capabilities of cans need to be emphasized, says Rexam

Brand owners are often unaware of the graphic capabilities of today’s cans; and the choices in design and finishes need to be better emphasized, says manufacturer Rexam.

Trade shows, conferences, direct sales: SmartSeal’s strategy for growing active closures

SmartSeal – a spill-proof closure system which draws its inspiration from scuba diving – says a ‘systematic and assiduous’ strategy has been the secret to its growth.

UNI Packaging invests in 2nd HP Indigo 20000 digital press following demand for personalization and regional promotions

UNI Packaging has further increased its capacity by investing in a second HP Indigo 20000 digital press providing a 30-inch (750mm) wide-web technology for flexible packaging and sleeves.

Brau Beviale: Interview with Rexam's sector director, Europe

‘There’s lots of potential for us to explore’: Rexam on cans in new beverage categories

Water, dairy drinks, iced coffee and functional drinks all offer exciting growth potential for beverage cans, according to Rexam.  

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