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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.
Toppan Printing Co., is investing 27bn Yen (US$292m) in what it described as the “mother factory” in Japan in anticipation of flexible packaging growth overseas.
Scotland is attempting to boost recycling rates by offering “recycle and reward” pilot schemes for empty bottles and cans.
The Coca-Cola Company revealed yesterday that City of Atlanta regulatory authorities may seek monetary or other sanctions against it due to potential inaccuracies in wastewater reports submitted by its Atlanta...
Sidel says it has created the first triangular PET bottle for the water market, and the only mineral water bottle without a label, where product information is engraved in to...
Linpac has recently completed a €9m investment in two German facilities to drive the market change in the country from polypropylene (PP) to polyethylene terephthalate (PET).FoodProductionDaily.com was invited along to see...
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...
Packaging suppliers and manufacturers must address water use and preserve the protective role of packaging when approaching the issue of packaging sustainability, DuPont’s sustainability director told FoodProductionDaily.com.
Cereplast’s new venture Algaeplast aims to develop 100% algae-based packaging within five years, Frederic Scheer, managing director of the subsidiary, told FoodProductionDaily.com.
Food and drink packaging’s sustainability could be improved through more developed analytical software, wider use of consumer communication tools and more varied and detailed information, according to one leading academic...
The horse meat controversy has rocked Europe and even spread as far as Hong Kong with firms including Nestlé, Ikea and Findus all finding horse DNA in their products.
Consumers are willing to pay more for foods that are grown and produced locally rather than having travelled extensively during production, according to new research.
Sales of frozen burgers have plunged by 43% amid a consumer confidence crisis brought on by the on-going horse meat scandal.
Donkey, goat and water buffalo have been found unlabelled in meat products in South Africa raising “significant concern” on the functioning of the supply chain, according to a study.
Closed loop recycling is the “holy grail” of sustainable packaging, according to Andrew Streeter, packaging innovation director at market analyst Datamonitor.
Sometimes the most interesting information comes from the most unlikely sources.
A total plant assurance approach has enabled Ecolab to win new business and offset slow conditions in the beverage and protein markets.
FoodProductionDaily.com takes a look at the key moves that have taken place in the industry this past month. Husky, Mocon and Eriez are some of the firms involved in the...
Scientists from across the globe have questioned the conclusions of an ‘in vitro’ US study on rats, mice and humans that claims bisphenol A (BPA) may cause brain damage.
Ingredion’s new clean label starch technology offers fresh opportunities in tough markets, Cathrin Kurz, marketing manager, wholesome ingredients, for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), told FoodProductionDaily.com.
Nestle has dropped a second, Spanish supplier in connection with discovering the presence of horse DNA in samples taken from chilled pasta products.
Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the...
Arla Foods has initiated a recall in Canada for an imported brand of gorgonzola cheese over concerns the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Gast Group is previewing its GAST and JUN-AIR ranges of air moving equipment and launching three oil-less rocking piston air compressors and vacuum pumps at ComVac, Hannover in April.
An EU project is aiming to produce cellulose-based materials to be used in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), to replace traditional oil-based substances.
The metal tin packaging market has gone ‘back to basics’ – to what is good for the environment and good for Europe, marketing manager for Crown says.
Frozen food manufacturers can now create inexpensive ice cream desserts with toppings that can be heated in a microwave without melting the ice cream thanks to another breakthrough from Shieltron.
Recent breakthroughs in pathogen detection include a new rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method from Thermo Fisher Scientific and quicker and a more accurate way to pinpoint types of microbes.
UK juice and smoothie company Fruitapeel has installed the UK's first gable-top carton aseptic filling line for juice, enabling British-based production for the first time, using an Elopak machine.
Food manufacturers can access more economical pick and place systems thanks to the launch of UK automated packing specialist Pacepacker Services' second hand Blu-Robot solutions.
Pregis has implemented its predictive tech support system to try and prevent downtime before it occurs.
O-I has partnered with a US university to provide support at its R&D innovation center due to open later this year.
A retired meat inspector has called the audit system a “disgrace” and said it is in need of a “total review” in evidence given to a UK government committee dealing...
UK food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group is investing in an extension to its factory in Newport, south Wales and alterations to two chicken processing plants in England.
The Netherlands has turned away a shipment of E.coli-contaminated beef from Brazil just days after an unconnected major beef-related E.coli scare began in Canada.
Ahlstrom’s proposed combination of its Label and Processing business with Munksjö has taken a blow after the European Commission raised competition concerns.
In this special guest article, UPM Raflatac explain to FoodProductionDaily.com the key concerns, now that the EU 10/2011 regulation has come into force.
Kawasaki Robotics UK has supplied a palletising robot to a beer bottling company to boost competitiveness.
Global packaging giant Mondi will concentrate on higher growth products such as consumer packaging, and business integration following its 2012 €1.2bn acquisition spree, it reported in its full-year results.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is trying to establish if there is a link between a current E.coli outbreak from burgers produced at the same facility it investigated in...
Temperature and its duration have the biggest impact on the browning of cocoa beans during roasting, but air velocity also indirectly influences the process, a study finds.
A UK confectionery manufacturer has been fined for safety breaches after a worker's hand was crushed in machinery, another case in which inadequate machine guard measures proved a factor.
The consumption of paper and board decreased by 4%-5% compared to 2011, according to preliminary statistics from the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).
SIG Combibloc is supplying Del Monte with 1000ml carton packs for its new fruit-based drink range Del Monte Occasions in the UK.
In a technology demonstration, EnWave, based in Vancouver, BC, has used its used its proprietary Radiant Energy Vacuum dehydration technology to enrich dried fruit with the enzyme B-galactosidase; an enzyme responsible...
The head of a UK charity has said “enough is enough” on the back of a UN report published yesterday calling for more research on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
Food processors seeking rapid solutions in the war against pathogens have access to a fresh weapon in the form of the DuPont BAX System for detecting Salmonella.
Meat solutions in the Americas helped Sealed Air Corporation offset struggles in tough markets during its fourth financial quarter (Q4), according to president and chief executive officer Jerome Peribere.
Illinois Tool Works may sell or spin-off their Industrial Packaging business in a strategic review, according to the firm.
Rexam says it will build on its already strong relationship with Red Bull by building a new £115m ($175m) specialty can plant with a 2.2bn capacity for the energy drinks...
Royal Duyvis Wiener and Lehmann’s new continuous liquid conch saves time, energy and space for chocolate manufacturers, its international sales manager says.
Paccor Netherlands has sold its injection-moulding foodservice business to Proplast subsidiary Nutripack Benelux for an undisclosed sum, freeing itself up to focus on developing its core foodservice thermoforming capabilities.
Nestlé has become the latest company to be dragged in to the horse meat scandal with the firm recalling two products due to traces of horse DNA.
More research is needed on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to assess potential effects on health, according to a UN report.
Manufacturers must rethink production of sandwich creams for bakery fillings and biscuits after a trend to remove trans fatty acids and reduce saturated fatty acids has affected the consistency of...
Texture analysis specialist Stable Micro Systems has launched a rice extrusion rig conforming to the newly-released International Standard (ISO 11747) for rice testing.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has backed a method used to recycle post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for use in food contact materials.
Fears about food contact material anthraquinone’s carcinogenic properties have prompted Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) to drop it from its recommended list for food packaging substances.
French meat processing firm Spanghero will be allowed to produce certain types of meat after the French government partially lifted its licence suspension.
The European Commission (EC) has approved the use of pork and poultry meal for fish feed, flying in the face of UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommendations.
Short term delivery requests are continuing to affect production and planning of European manufacturers, according to the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
A meta-analysis of bisphenol A (BPA) studies has shown human exposure is likely to be too low for estrogenic effects, according to a US toxicologist.
Industrial cores are not packaging, according to the Confederation of the European Paper Industries (CEPI) after an amendment to EU packaging legislation.
Loyalty. It is the lynchpin of all commercial success. One regular, loyal customer is more valuable to an entrepreneur than 10 new ones.
Confectioners’ innovative products are being ruined by unimaginative pack styles, according to a packaging expert at Datamonitor.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has vowed to clean up the streets of his city in more ways than one – proposing to slash food waste and ban Styrofoam packaging.
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed it has nearly a thousand more tests to conduct but so far has not found any new cases of horse meat in...
A €1.26m project examining food packaging coatings made from seaweed has been launched by several stakeholder groups across the supply chain.
Metsä Board has confirmed that a fire has broken out today at one of its mills in Germany.
O-I said heavy investment in glass-filling capabilities in South America is ensuring they are well positioned for continued growth in the region.
Amcor Rigid Plastics has claimed to have developed the lightest 64oz hot fill polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle.
GreenBlue has confirmed the appointment of Katherine O’Dea as director of innovation.
The chief executive of the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK said everything was on track for the country’s first beverage carton reprocessing facility to come online from...
Demand for testing services due to the horse meat controversy has increased “several hundred percent” from all across Europe according to Eurofins.
Sonoco identified self-inflicted operating issues that increased costs and reduced productivity as being behind “worse than expected” full year results and pointed to “contingency plans to reduce costs” until the...
GEA Food Solutions has devised an ultrasonic bag sealing machine that gives consistent results for films as thin as 30 microns.
A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel has backed the use of an active substance used as a liquid absorber in food packaging under certain conditions.
Ardagh Group says its new ‘ultra lightweight’ 275ml beer bottle produced for Anheuser Busch InBev brand Beck’s weighs 11% less than the original while retaining the same container strength.
Sealed Air Diversey is working on a project enabling beef processors to apply lactic acid as an anti-microbial to carcasses, following its approval for such use within the EU.
China’s foodservice packaging market will become bigger than that of the US by 2020 at current annual growth rates, according to a report just issued by Smithers Pira.
Portola Packaging is to shut one site while expanding two others as part of a $12m investment in its closure business.
Novelis has said it is undergoing a “heavy investment period” but added that the focus on key end markets will enable continued growth.
Ball Corporation is to close a food and aerosol packaging manufacturing facility with the loss of 245 jobs by the end of the year.
Milacron has bought Mold-Masters for CAD$975m (€714m) and said the deal opens up greater opportunities for global expansion.
Fonterra Brands Australia is pulling batches of CalciYum yogurt from supermarket shelves across Australia over concerns that the product's “weakened” plastic cap could present a choking hazard.
James Johnson has told FoodProductionDaily.com that the key to staying at the top of the plastics industry is to “keep innovating”, especially when it comes to the engineering of equipment....
Rapid diagnosis tools to identify germs on the production line are being developed by scientists at the Basque CIC microGUNE cooperative research centre.
A crisp manufacturer has been fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs after a man lost his thumb in an unguarded machine at its factory in Crumlin, Newport, Wales.
EU ministers will hold a meeting in Brussels tomorrow (13 February) to take “whatever steps may be necessary” to address the implications of horse meat in beef products.
Nampak is to invest in equipment to boost its bottle and can producing business to meet growing market demand.
Brillopak has unveiled a robotic palletiser aimed at solving the challenges of supplying the retail sector for the fruit and vegetable packers.
Infrared ovens, reflective coatings and phase-change materials for freezing hold promise for improved energy efficiency in the baking industry, says the American Bakers Association (ABA).
An EU project has successfully developed a semi-industrial pilot line for the production of biodegradable 3D-shaped packaging from renewable raw materials such as starch and water.
Tri-Star Packaging has launched a range of tamper-resistant containers designed to offer consumers complete confidence when buying salad and deli items out-of-home.
Food processors can zap harmful organisms in packaged products using plasma power, thanks to a method just discovered by scientists at Glasgow University in Scotland.
Rigid packaging’s green credentials are mixed, according to the latest report from US consulting and publishing firm Allied Development.
German equipment supplier Rasch claims that its new wrapping machine for chocolate novelties is capable of rapid changeovers and can accommodate a variety of different shapes.
The UK’s largest private brewer, Wells & Young’s, says that investing in new coding and marking technology from Domino has enabled it to significantly cut costs and increase productivity....
Systems Labelling has extended its Ecoplas recyclable labels to squeezy bottles, dramatically improving the recycling of these containers for manufacturers of, for example, ketchup and sauces.
Nestlé is implementing Ecodex, a web tool analyzing the environmental impact of its business across all its global operations, claiming it is more effective than standard life cycle analysis.
The ongoing horse meat scandal in the UK and Ireland is very likely to prompt more and stricter legislation to ensure traceability, according to partner at UK law firm Roythornes...
The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has ordered all British companies to test their beef products after it found beef lasagne from Findus contained up to 100% horse meat.
Joan Pierce, the inaugural executive director of the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN), is to retire at the end of March.
Plastics Recyclers Europe has called for more polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to be collected to make use of industry resources.
Graphic Packaging’s CEO and president has revealed he would like the firm “to be bigger” in Latin America but said there are no immediate acquisition plans.
Emballator Lagan Plast has acquired Bra Plast in Vittsjö AB, Sweden to offer a broader product portfolio and faster to market development.
Three German government agencies have developed a proposal for amending European chemical regulation for nanomaterials.
The American Bakers Association (ABA) has produced a guide to energy saving for industrial bakers that says costs can be significantly cut by making the right lighting choices.
The food and drink industry is tackling risks associated with volatile supply chains, such as recalls, through innovation, according to a joint research paper from Campden BRI and JLT Specialty....
Despite a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning that a sibutramine-laced ‘Brazilian Slimming Coffee’ may pose a 'significant risk' to some US consumers, the product is still widely available online.
The desperate need to improve supply chain efficiency was the core message of the Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco in the US, which ran from January 22-23.
Adept has said food packing has continued to be one of the strongest markets for its robotic components, as part of its Q2 2013 results.
A US not-for-profit organisation has slammed the “murky issue” around potential risks of nanomaterial use and pledged to test products to assess their safety.
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has reported strong sales and profit growth in its full-year results, with the increasingly difficult economic situation failing to dent customer demand.
Russia has extended its ban on US pork and beef imports to include turkey, in connection with the continued dispute over product contamination by the growth chemical ractopamine.
More than three-quarters of Europeans believe that food and drinks contain chemical substances, according to a survey.
There is potential in hot extrusion processing to enhance the nutritional profile of ready-to-eat (RTE) snack products enabling health demands to be plugged in a booming sector, a new review...
Flexibility was the aim behind Carle&Montanari-OPM’s new launches for chocolate preparation and primary packaging that it showcased at ProSweets, its sales and marketing manager said.
Stora Enso has recorded increased sales in its Renewable Packaging segment in the quarter as it continues to streamline operations.
Integrated Packaging Group (IPG) has completed the acquisition of three sites from Amcor Flexibles Packaging.
Netzsch has claimed that it offers an energy efficient chocolate production process as its grinding and liquid-conching processes run simultaneously in different equipment.
Using citral is better than oregano essential oil (OEO) as an active agent on ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) coated polypropylene (PP) film at reducing microorganisms on salad, according to research.
Crown Holdings has signed a deal with Austin-based HeatGenie to accelerate efforts to bring the latter’s self-heating for beverage and ‘sippable soup’ packaging technology to market in 2013.
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is holding an urgent meeting of retailers and suppliers today (Monday) following the discovery or pork DNA in halal meat supplied to prisons in England...
FoodProductionDaily.com takes a look at the latest financial results from MWV, Berry, O-I and Ball Corporation to see which are the key market trends.
An EU project group is to host a workshop showcasing its results of finding more advanced ways to control food processing in different sectors in Paris this month.
SunOpta is to more than double its flexible re-sealable pouch capacity in response to demand for the packaging.
India's agriculture sector must be reformed if it is to double food production over the next five years, India’s president has told a conference in Delhi.
The food industry should urgently address food access, food safety and food waste as its core priorities, according to Sealed Air Corporation president and chief executive officer Jerome Peribere.
Studies tackling pathogens and contaminants, both organic and inorganic, are highlighted in the UK’s Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) list of 2013 research priorities.
Burger King has dropped supplier Silvercrest Foods as a beef patty supplier to its UK restaurants after it emerged that meat samples testing positive for horse DNA had come from...
Canada Bread Company will close two fresh bakeries in Canada in a bid to improve efficiency and reduce overheads as it reacts to food inflation and rising costs, its CEO...
SIG Combibloc has unveiled its latest beverage packaging innovation - a paperboard bottle that combines the “best features” of a carton pack with the best features of a bottle....
Thermo Fisher Scientific has added upgraded its X-ray source, drum motors and line configuration time on one of its detection systems.
Crown predicted strong unit volumes in beverage and Bemis expects to push ahead after a year of re-organising the business, as both firms reported their Q4 and full year results.
Huhtamaki has purchased a manufacturing facility in the US to produce paperboard packaging.
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