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Going green

The challenge for the food and drink industry and others throughout the sector is to continue to achieve economic success while reducing carbon emissions, waste and water and energy consumption.

dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

Zip-Pak targets India and emerging market growth

Zip-Pak is putting its efforts towards emerging markets such as India and revealed it has just picked up two major customers in the country.

Clearfleau ‘chocolate soup’ cuts Nestlé electricity bill by 8%

Clearfleau has built an on-site industrial anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Nestlé's Fawdon confectionery factory, near Newcastle in the UK, which makes gums, pastilles and Rolo chocolates.

Special edition: Track & Trace

UPM Raflatac tracks label footprint

Treatment at the end of life is one key factor in the environmental performance of self-adhesive label materials, according to UPM Raflatac. 

Action in Images! Show floor at Brau Beviale 2014

Can't make it to Brau Beviale this year? Here's a taste of the action with innovations and news form KHS, GEA, SACMI and WILD Flavors.

Graphic Packaging: Soft drinks brands can cut glass breakage with Tite-Pak

In late 2013 US beer brand Yuengling started shipping bottles in Tite-Pak, a solid fiber carton designed to reduce glass breakage, and Graphic Packaging says soft drinks brands could also benefit.

News in brief

Anchor Packaging launches three-compartment 9” RPET Container

Anchor Packaging has launched a three-compartment 9” to its Gourmet Classics line of hinged RPET Containers.  

BI-AX International says its Evlon film is now close in price to petroleum-based products

The time is now: decreasing price and an eco-conscious generation opens doors for biodegradable packaging

BI-AX International is eyeing up opportunities for its Evlon biodegradable plastic film, which is made from corn, claiming the product is now comparably priced with petroleum-based products.

Water challenges could restrict business growth, major companies predict

More than four-fifths of food and consumer goods companies say that water poses a fundamental risk to their business, according to a new report from CDP.

Provides molded fiber for Grafcor Packaging - supplier to vineyards

UFP Technologies opens molded fiber packaging plant in Texas

UFP Technologies has expanded its North American operations for molded fiber packaging by opening a 130,000 sq ft plant in El Paso, Texas, employing 80 staff.

EXCLUSIVE GALLERY: LIVE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR

Pack Expo 2014 in Pictures: 10 Snapshots from the Windy City!

Didn't make it to Pack Expo in Chicago this week? Get a taster of the action with our exclusive gallery, which takes in technology and trends from processing and packaging...

CANADEAN BEVERAGE PACKAGING 2014, BRUSSELS

SAB Miller promises ’next generation’ PET beer bottles...in around five years

SAB Miller says research to date on a new type of PET to keep bottled beer fresher for longer 'looks promising', but the brewer says commercialization of the technology is...

Jumps from B to A rating in Carbon Disclosure Project

Coca-Cola HBC to rebrand its cold drink equipment in 2015

HFC-free coolers, investing €3m in energy saving programmes, such as installing LED lighting across plants in nine countries and expanding the Russian sugar beet industry, to avoid sugar imports, are...

CANADEAN BEVERAGE PACKAGING 2014, BRUSSELS

Danone Waters warns EU bottled water PEF rules could cost struggling SMEs

Danone Waters has warned that EU plans to introduce rules obliging bottled water brands to assess their product environmental footprint risks discriminating against hard-pressed SMEs.

Redesigns packaging for Hovis Seed Sensations bread bag

Amcor sustainability report highlights first non-refrigerated yoghurt

Shelf life extension, portion control, microwavable materials, re-closing features, moisture absorbing layers and built-in security are some of packaging highlights in The Amcor 2014 Sustainability Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

'530,000 people work for Tesco...it'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’.

PPMA SHOW 2014, BIRMINGHAM, UK

‘Last year around 5bn PET bottles went to landfill, amazing isn’t it?’ Coca-Cola Enterprises GB

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Great Britain warns that more consumer education is needed to reduce the number of PET bottles being sent to landfill, while the company is researching the reasons...

‘Leave your cap on!’ Initiatives boost aluminium closure recycling rate to 45%

The average aluminium closure recycling rate in Europe has hit 45% thanks to improved collection and recycling, according to the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). 

Coca Cola and Activia are advocates of bioplastics

Wageningen UR launches Biobased Packaging catalogue

The first edition of a Biobased Packaging catalogue, compiled by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research has been launched by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to the NVC Netherlands...

Nestlé and Kellogg acknowledge risks of carbon pollution from power plants

Nestlé and Kellogg have partnered with companies including General Mills and Unilever by joining Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

Finished coils of aluminium sheet will be used in beverage can markets

Novelis opens ‘World first’ $258m aluminium recycling plant

Novelis has opened a $258m aluminium recycling centre next to its rolling mill in Nachterstedt, Germany.

Partnership with 3Dom Filaments marks first step into 3D printing industry

Biome Bioplastics creates biodegradeable plastic with higher 3D print speeds

Biome Bioplastics has launched Biome3D, a biodegradable plastic made from plant starches for the 3D printing industry.

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

EuroPack Summit 2014

The Coca-Cola Company, Carlsberg Group and Henkel close EuroPack 10th anniversary

The Coca-Cola Company, Carlsberg Group and Henkel were some of the companies who attended this year’s EuroPack Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, this month.

India

Research: India’s eco-confidence higher than US, Canada and China

Indian consumers have greater confidence in green products being better than the environment than those in Canada, the United States and China, and also believe that bio-based ingredients enhance the...

Forget ‘Horsegate’ – How to avoid ‘Packaging Gate’

The ‘Horsegate’ scandal in 2013, where horsemeat was found in prepared frozen meat products and ready meals allegedly containing beef, was not a food safety but a food integrity issue...