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Packaging Corp. acquires container firm for $2bn

Packaging Corp. of America (PCA) has expanded its cartonboard capacity with the acquisition of Boise Inc.

Frito-Lay’s green buzz: Snack major boosts electric van fleet

Frito-Lay has added 20 electric vehicles to its New York distribution fleet just two months after it announced plans to shift 20% of vans from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG).

Ishida sticky meat Roto-Batcher delivers 55 trays/minute

Ishida Europe has launched a screw feeder weigher for sticky, difficult-to-handle fresh products.

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FDA center outlines priorities for road ahead

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s priorities for the coming year include cutting foodborne illness and speeding up recalls.

Traceability fuels $2bn machine vision market

With an eye on cost-cutting and safety, processors are increasingly turning to firms like Microscan for high-tech inspection tools.

Kraft export market management firm streamlines logistics ops

Tudor Rose International, which works with The Jordan Ryvita Company, Kraft Foods, Unilever and The Burton Biscuit Company, will switch from paper-based processes to standardised, automated management of its logistics...

TruTag launches incredible, edible food tracing

TruTag Technologies has launched tiny sensors that let food firms add security features to food packaging, and to the food itself.

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Future of the food industry at stake

A future-looking conference calls upon leaders from every aspect of the food supply chain to tackle issues with long-term impact on the industry.

Prebiotics market to hit $4.8 billion by 2018

With the global prebiotics market growing exponentially, smart processing firms stand to profit by taking advantage of the surge.

Citres to replace tinplate with PP jars

With a focus on turnover in Northern Europe, Citres has partnered with RPC to produce polypropylene jars (PP) jars for its pesto, sauces, olives and vegetables.

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More than half of post-consumer PET bottles collected, says Petcore

More than 52% of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles available were collected in the EU27 countries plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey last year.

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Simplot food processing gets $1.5m grant

Simplot food processing plant has been given a $1.5 million federal grant from the $840 million Clean Technology Investment Programs to upgrade its freezing tunnels at a vegetable production site.

Growing trend towards larger and wider packaging machines says Multivac

Multivac Marking & Inspection will unveil its automated print monitoring directly at the label dispenser of its cross web labellers at Fachpack 2013.

Adept turns 30 and says: “We are just getting started"

Adept Technology are marking their 30th year in business and took through the timeline of their robots working with food products.

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Fraunhofer aids recycling of composite plastic materials

Fraunhofer is to introduce ways of recycling composite plastic materials using its CreaSolv process.

UN group calls for pesticide ban

In the wake of contaminated lunches killing 23 children in India, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is calling for countries to step up efforts to ban use of...

Grupo Bimbo to deepen ‘green’ footprint with $1.5m distribution center

Grupo Bimbo will pump 20 million pesos ($1.5m) into a new eco-friendly distribution center in Mexico City as part of its drive towards a fully sustainable supply chain.

Dessicant keeps food cargo high and dry

Dessicare Inc has launched Cargo Dry Plus, a device that helps protect food products and packaging during shipment and storage.

Poor quality rPET limits use in packaging, finds WRAP

Poor recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) quality is limiting its use in new food and beverage packaging, according to Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Unilever honors pallet partner

Consumer packaged goods giant Unilever has honored CHEP USA, an Atlanta-based pallet pooling outfit, with its 2013 Winning Through Business Integration award.

Low-ammonia cold front to hit US

Star Refrigeration is poised to bring its eco-friendly low-ammonia chillers and freezers to US food firms.

Salmon production hit by poor sanitation

Chilean Atlantic salmon production is expected to increase by more than 20% in 2013, but its growth will fall due to challenges in production, sanitation and finance.

Plastic Recyclers Europe demands separate PET recycling streams

Plastics Recyclers Europe has warned that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and trays must be recycled separately due to potential contamination.

Dispatches from IFT 2013

Sensor helps food firms keep their cool

Lizard Monitoring showcased its affordable remote temperature monitoring technology in its IFT 2013 booth (4576).

Biobased future for Europe with €3.8bn backing

An industry consortium has joined forces with the European Commission to form a partnership worth €3.8bn to accelerate the deployment of biobased products.

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