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Silgan CEO says Can Vision 2020 is not ‘defensive reaction’

Silgan has identified a “couple of hundred million dollars of opportunities” as part of a project aimed at reducing systems costs of canned food products from steel to store.

Nestlé Waters enrages US shock jock Glenn Beck

Nestlé Waters North America is under fire from high-profile US shock jock Glenn Beck, who rubbished the company’s Pure Life water and its PET bottle on his radio show Monday....

Global adoption of Shieltron microwave packaging

Global adoption of groundbreaking Shieltron microwave packaging is happening across the course of 2013, according to Shieltronics, the company behind it.

Focus on temperature control for Praxair

Praxair will focus on developing its temperature controlled systems in the coming year in response to US customer demand, according to Phil Davis, associate director, marketing and communications.

Russia moves to ban US meat

Russia is moving to ban US meat imports in the row over instances of contamination with ractopamine, a growth promoting chemical banned in Russia, with more contaminated consignments detected....

Rinco Ultrasonics claims breakthrough in pouch sealing tech

Rinco Ultrasonics has claimed a breakthrough for ultrasonic film sealing of flexible packaging aimed at dry and liquid foods.

CCL Label ditches takeover of Scottish spirits labeler John Watson

Canadian beverage labeling giant CCL Industries has pulled out of a deal to acquire John Watson & Co., a Scottish producer of labels for Scotch whisky and other spirits.

Rexam’s first Finnish site inspired by better beer pack mix

Rexam today opened a new can manufacturing plant in Southern Finland, and claims the £68m ($107m) investment is partly inspired by a pack mix shift in beer sales from glass...

Energy use halved with grassroots tempering, says Aasted

Danish equipment supplier Aasted has been exhibiting a chocolate tempering machine at ProSweets in Germany that it claims uses an old process consuming 50% less energy than conventional tempering.

Titanium dioxide, UVA combo battles germs

Incorporating titanium dioxide (TiO2) onto a thin low density polyethylene (LDPE) film and exposing it to UVA light can reduce microorganisms, according to researchers.

GEA launches speedy freezer concept

GEA Refrigeration Technology is offering manufacturers better quality food quality, longer shelf life and improved capacity with the launch of a High Velocity Freezer (HVF) unit.

Eurofins acquisition boosts Dutch food testing capabilities

Eurofins has bought Dutch food testing centre Laboratorium Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (LZV) in a move that shores up its food and feed testing prowess in The Netherlands.

International Paper ‘not an M&A story’, says CEO

International Paper is “through the transformation plan”, according to its CEO who said the company has been rebuilt and has performance potential with existing assets.

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EnWave dehydration technology for fruit and veg

EnWave has signed an additional agreement with Milne Fruit Products for its Radiant Energy Vaccum (REV) technology to test and develop dried peas and corn.

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Ecological aspects and special effects to drive the cardboard packaging market, says CEO of PAWI Packaging

The cardboard packaging market will continue to be driven by ecological aspects for 2013 but also increased interest in special effects, the CEO of PAWI Packaging says.

Nanotech concerns highlight core research needs

Public concerns about nanotechnology in food processing highlight important areas for further research, according to a US paper just published in the journal Nanobiotechnology.

Crown reviewing UK plant after decline in food packaging sales

Crown Food Europe has launched a consultation process with staff at its Worcester, UK site due to declining food packaging sales.

Water jet technology extends celery shelf life

A fresh produce firm claims its adoption of an automated water jet machine for topping and tailing celery has enabled it to extend the shelf life of the product.

Pathogens, foodborne viruses and pesticide residues key issues for produce safety, says study

Pathogens, foodborne viruses and pesticide residues are the three most important concerns for the safety of fresh produce, according to the results of a European workshop.

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Tea-rrific cans supplied by Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation has delivered 11.5-ounce cans to AriZona for its line of teas and beverages to provide a size option to consumers.

Chemical contaminant linked to obesity in mice

Food chain contaminant tributyltin (TBT) causes transgenerational obesity in mice, according to researchers in California, suggesting it could raise similar concerns to Bisphenol A (BPA).

‘Time to market’ will be future key for Indian clients: Sidel

Swiss-based PET packaging specialist Sidel has opened a dedicated packaging and tooling center in Pune, India to offer customers improved regional service and boost time to market. 

Fakin’ it: fighting Listeria through simulation

Manufacturers can test the Listeria-killing potential of heat treatments in factories by using the enzyme amylase to simulate the behavior of the pathogen, scientists have discovered.

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Specialty Food Ingredients given validation for pathogen reduction system

Specialty Food Ingredients (SFI) has received 5 log validation for its steam pasteurization system on certain products.

Horse meat from Poland didn't come from our site, says ABP Food Group

ABP Food Group has stressed that the horse meat identified in beef burgers, which has been found to come from Poland, did not come from its plant in the country as the...

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