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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.

Berry Plastics film keeps edibles high and dry

The packaging producer has engineered a nine-layer film material designed to protect cereals, snacks, and other against moisture, reportedly with lighter weight than conventional films.

Carton Council: Partnerships boost carton recycling

A leader at carton giant Tetra Pak says partnering on recycling efforts with cities, and producers like WhiteWave Foods, benefits the food/beverage and packaging industries.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SUSTAINABILITY

Earth Day is an annual global celebration highlighting the importance of sustainability, recycling, water conservation, and other ways to save the planet. Here are some examples of food packaging that...

Carton recycling access grows by 1m US households

Just in time for Earth Day, the Carton Council of North America has announced the number of US households with access to carton recycling jumped by 1m in the first...

Game changer Novelis debuts Red Hare evercan

Novelis will launch what it claims to be ‘the world's first commercial use of evercan’, a recycled content aluminum sheet for beverage cans. 

Creating packaging that connects with consumers

Successful food packaging requires more than just good looks; here, one design expert shares his advice on combining structure, function, and aesthetics to create containers that entice consumers to buy.

Siemens: Cost considerations move conveyor technology

Food firms are demanding cost efficiency, operational sustainability, and flexibility from their conveyors, according to Siemens.


Academic puts smart money on smart dairy packaging

Smart packaging will play a pivotal role in the future of FMCG including dairy as companies cut waste with higher quality, longer lasting products and new technology drives material prices...

Olympus Automation wins £30k for Steam Infusion

Olympus Automation’s Steam Infusion has won a £30k award by Shell Springboard a competition sponsored by industry giant Shell for reducing carbon emissions.

Eco-friendly labels give foods a natural face

Lightning Labels says putting natural-leaning food and beverage products inside sustainable packaging and labels can turn shoppers into customers.


Beverage Bauhaus: Could home design revolution spur recycling?

A Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) funded study insists that design principles in the home are as important as behavioural change in encouraging European consumers to recycle more.

Gluten-free granola sticks with Velcro packaging

Gypsy Crunch has launched its line of gluten-free, artisanal granolas in flexible pouches with Velcro closures, extending product shelf life.

News in brief

McDonald’s USA joins How2Recycle

GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has announced McDonald’s USA has joined its How2Recycle program.

Ocean-derived packaging material fights microbes

US Aragonite Enterprises has launched renewable plastic, made from materials culled from the ocean, imbued with anti-microbial properties.

Do consumers trust your food products?

US consumers feel they don’t know enough about where their food comes from, and how it’s grown and produced—and that knowledge gap could be creating mistrust of retail food products....

Tray chic: Poultry packaging trumps EPS on sustainability

Poultry giant Exceldor has upped the sustainability profile of its fresh poultry products by switching to trays made from recycled-content polystyrene.

Does your food packaging grab consumers?

PMMI and the Food Marketing Institute are partnering on an event designed to give food firms and retailers ways to harness the power of packaging to succeed on store shelves.

Ardagh Glass reheats Denmark homes

Ardagh glass melting operation has partnered with SE Big Blue Danish energy group to capture excess heat from its factory and use it to warm more than 1,000 homes in...

Manjushree Technopack to open PRIC in March 2015

Coca-Cola PET preform partner to open plastics recycling centre

Manjushree Technopack, which manufactures PET preforms for Coca-Cola and PepsiCo in India, is setting up a Plastics Recycling Innovation Centre (PRIC).

MWV snack packs stack up

MeadWestvaco has launched Evertain, a resealable paperboard container to protect snacks, boost sustainability, and drive shelf appeal.

EPA: 51.5% of US packaging gets recycled

Lightweighted containers, reduced material use, improved recycling awareness—many shifts in the US waste stream points toward food packaging having a better impact on the environment than ever before.

Johannesburg, South Africa March 18-19 2014

‘Not just a drinktec carbon copy!’ food & drink technology Africa

With the inaugural food & drink technology Africa trade show only days away, show organisers Messe München insist the continent is the ‘market of the future’ but presents distinct challenges....

EUROPEN: EU framework ‘right’ for tackling packaging waste

Increased recovery and recycling targets mooted in an EU review have been backed by EUROPEN, providing they look at existing waste management infrastructure, capacity in member states and disparate performances....

Packaging design inspiration gallery: KID'S FOOD

Children are the smallest consumers, yet they can carry big power in terms of a household's food purchases. Here are some kid's food packages that tout the taste, convenience, and...

Beverage shakes up natural drink market with aluminum Ball bottles

Beverage brand Rumble is shaking up the nutritional drink category by launching in aluminum bottles from Ball Corp.

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