Traceable polymer additives and those that create subtle defects in plastic bakery trays should clamp down on the huge and costly issue of theft, their developer says.
Packaging polymers are growing in the developed and developing world, driven by the constant demand for more food to feed the world’s expanding population, according to PlasticsEurope.
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The latest European packaging manufacturer to announce it would be passing on raw material cost increases is UK company Paccor, which makes rigid plastic food packaging.
Demand for fresh, everyday consumables is fuelling growth in the active, intelligent and controlled food and drink packaging market, the latest report from BCC Research claims.
France and Germany have teamed up to work on improving polymer sourcing for plastic packaging and address environmental challenges.
A new packaging line engineering firm can make an “immediate impact” on the market, according to the firm’s president and managing director.
Packaging firm Mondi overcame weak European demand to post first quarter strong profit figures, boosted by recent acquisitions, and strong performances in South Africa and its Packaging Paper division.
Food manufacturers are avoiding printer maintenance and facing higher waste and even recall costs as a consequence, according to Martyn Lynch, managing director and chief executive at Abington auditors.
HB Fuller has launched two adhesives to help customers get food products packaged and shipped faster.
Nordson Corporation and Henkel have unveiled hot melt dispensing equipment after extensive consultation to address industry issues such as packaging costs, complexity and operating costs.
ConAgra Foods saved $22m in 2012 through sustainability initiatives, such as cutting landfill waste and carbon emissions and optimising packaging.
German meat processing machinery exports are shifting to developing markets such as South America and Asia, according to German food processing and packaging machinery association VDMA.
Cereplast can expand its eco-friendly packaging activities for customers including food processors, having secured a US patent for biodegradable nanopolymer compositions.
Bosch Packaging Technology invested in rapid growth in emerging markets in 2012, according to the firm.
DS Smith Packaging will reap €100m of annual cost savings and €130m in cash savings expected from its integration of SCA Packaging, which it acquired last year, ahead of schedule.
Belmont Packaging claims to have established the UK's first on-demand digital sheet packaging plant, responding to demand for more eye-catching packs to help brands stand out from retailers' labels on shelf.
Arla Sverige - Arla Foods’ Swedish dairy business - has cited consumer demand as the driving force behind its recent switch to screw cap gable top cartons.
Nestle is cracking down on food contact materials in recycled paper as it addresses some of the challenges of reducing its environmental impact, according to head of packaging Anne Roulin.
While cost reduction is fuelling packaging reduction, the high cost of environmentally-friendly packaging relative to oil remains a barrier to widespread adoption by the food industry, according to Datamonitor packaging innovation director Andrew Streeter.