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Kyle Nielsen from KHS USA tells Ben Bouckley why his firm is keen to attract the increasingly important craft brewing segment with its new Innofill Glass Micro DPG bottle filler.
Grupo Bimbo will power most of its Mexican operations with renewable wind energy generated from a new farm in the south of Mexico.
A phase down of HFCs in refrigerants is better than an outright ban that could cost the industry billions, according to the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE).
Clear plastic clamshell packaging won the consumer vote in a recent eye tracking survey conducted for materials manufacturer Klockner Pentaplast, results of which it revealed at Pack Expo 2012 in...
Mark Nease from Oystar North America shows Ben Bouckley the world’s first high-speed pouching machine that forms, fills, seals pouches of virtually any size containing free-flowing and non free-flowing dried-...
A UK charity has launched a petition urging the country’s government to ‘take the lead’ and ban bisphenol A (BPA) and endocrine disrupting chemicals in food and drink packaging....
Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation reported positive Q3 results despite unplanned disruptions at two sites.
Sales of private label food and beverage products in the United States topped $98 billion 2011, according to a new report from market research firm Packaged Facts. Products in this...
The full message of a speech by a European Commissioner was missed and led to bioplastics being misrepresented, according to NatureWorks.
Dow Chemical Company has added an ultrasonic welder and a feedblock to produce nanolayer films to its US Film Application Development Centre (FADC).
Bosch Packaging Technology is slashing waste and boosting shelf life with the introduction of a new flow wrapper at Pack Expo 2012 in Chicago.
Sealed Air has sold Diversey Japan to The Carlyle Group for ¥30bn (US$377m) to focus on higher growth markets.
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has urged people to take immediate steps to ensure their food is kept safe as Hurricane Sandy approaches....
Meech International has launched two devices designed to eradicate contamination of food processing equipment.
A novel baking process using a climate chamber that produces mist can now be used on an industrial scale to half energy savings in the fermentation process compared to conventional...
PTI Inspection Systems is displaying a range of packaging solutions, including packaging machinery and testing systems, at trade show Pack Expo in Chicago.
Tetra Pak claims to have cut the development time of its recently launched Tetra Evero Aseptic carton bottle by years through the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and experimental...
ExxonMobil Chemical has sold its global film packaging business to Jindal Poly Films saying it didn't fit in with their future plans.
Amcor reported a solid start in its first quarter trading in line with expectations and said it was interested in further acquisitions.
Coesia Group has signed a deal to buy Oystar North America (NA), from Oystar Group for an undisclosed amount.
Optima is citing the increasing world popularity of coffee in portion packs, as it launches an easy-use pod filling machine aimed at small-scale producers.
ExxonMobil Chemical has launched a new film specially designed to assist the flotation separation of labels from PET bottles to assist their recycling, which also offers up to 50% on-bottle shrinkage.
The agri-food sector in Australia and New Zealand will have to overcome a host of barriers if it is to tap the opportunities presented by rapidly developing Asian countries, and...
Next week FoodProductionDaily.com will be reporting from Pack Expo International in Chicago, the yearly show bringing together packaging and processing expertise from across the globe.
A method of recycling re-useable food-contact polypropylene crates (RPC) into new PP crates has been approved by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).
Equipment supplier TNA has launched what it claims is the world’s first vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) rotary polyethylene packaging system.
International Paper and Graphic Packaging have cited strategic expansion and product innovation as the drivers behind strong Q3 results.
A number of US law firms are investigating PolyOne’s $246m takeover of Spartech Corporation after claims the board of Spartech failed to obtain the optimum value for the shares.
Ball Corporation and Silgan Holdings reported solid Q3 results for the three months ending 30 September but both were affected by weak European conditions.
Placon has expanded its range of food packaging available with up to 100% post-consumer recycled content.
Ultra-high temperature (UHT) milk manufacturers can limit the frequency of cleaning cycles, reduce production downtime and cut their costs through the addition of a new enzyme, ingredients manufacturer DuPont has...
A revolutionary technology that enables the recovery of aluminium from laminated pouches will be demonstrated for the first time on a commercial scale by the end of the year.
The Sustainable Packaging Coaltion (SPC) is key to get everyone's voice at the table to address problems throughout the chain, according to its director.
The UK government has said it will roll out a new voluntary front-of-pack nutrition labelling scheme by next summer to standardise labels across retailers and food manufacturers.
Warburtons and UK grain cooperative Openfield have created two new roles to drive standards and connections throughout their joint supply chain in a volatile and challenging wheat market.
Tap The Cap is a universal dosing and dispensing cap pre-filled with powder that offers firms a branding platform, since consumers can use it to 'enhance' their favorite bottled water...
European food and drink manufacturers are making a "bold gamble" on research and development (R&D) investment in the tough economic climate, according to results from the latest IPA 2012 survey....
Novelis has opened an aluminium recycling and casting center in South Korea as part of a $400m expansion project.
MWV and Alfa Laval both reported positive results in food and beverage despite tough conditions elsewhere.
AEP Industries has acquired Transco Plastics Industries for $53m and targeted expansion of their presence in plastic packaging.
Stora Enso has announced a raft of restructuring efforts to reduce costs including the closure of a Finland plant and reductions in all the Swedish sites that have corrugated packaging...
Innovia Films’ NatureFlex film offers the highest moisture, gas and aroma barrier of any compostable, renewable packaging on the market, its product manager says.
Researchers have created a thin-film polymer metamaterial that can be incorporated inside packaging and that changes colour if the conditions inside the package alter.
MOCON has unveiled a system which provides greater throughput for oxygen permeation testing for rigid packages.
Crown Holdings tells BeverageDaily.com that it hopes to introduce a new full aperture end just launched in China for use with 150ml Budweiser cans to other geographies in future.
The food industry could be approaching a time when packaging will be completely eliminated from the supply chain, according to Olivia Milan-Grobois, business unit director, Sial Group.
MeadWestvaco (MWV) has acquired an Indian corrugated packaging material producer and said it will tap into the experience of its presence in Brazil to accelerate growth through the deal.
The development of eco-friendly production at the Agropole science park is the keynote event of the IPA 2012 trade show, which is running alongside Sial 2012 at Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition centre.
Ralf Spettmann has been appointed as the head of BASF’s Pigments & Resins Europe business unit serving the packaging industry.
EFSA has concluded a decontamination technology used to obtain recycled post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for use in food contact materials poses no safety concerns.
Patented technology that allows microwave meals to be cooked more evenly and can even deliver hot and cold food in the same tray is taking off in the US as...
Frozen food firm Findus has implemented several supply chain efficiencies in partnership with logistics service provider Sofrilog.
Iron (II) modified bentonite does not raise a safety concern when used as an oxygen absorber in food packaging, according to EFSA.
Sonoco has said a negative change in the mix of business, higher maintenance, labor, pension, interest and other expenses hit hard in their Q3 results.
Innovia Films’ regular biaxially orientated polypropylene (BOPP) film promoted better shelf-life in granola cereal than its renewable and compostable film, a study finds.
Profamo VP Chris Nimptsch tells Ben Bouckley why consistency - and true readings of CO2, Brix and organic acid levels - is king for beverage producers, as he unveils VitalSensors'...
Food processing giant Kraft Foods was forced to order the evacuation of around 1,800 people after a mixing error at a cream cheese factory in Germany created a cloud of...
The trend towards energy-saving x-ray equipment for the food industry continues to increase momentum, with Eagle Product Inspection’s Pack 400 HC being the latest launch in the area.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched software for gas and liquid chromatography analysis that simplifies the process and makes it more user-friendly.
The leaves of the carob plant contain antibacterial substances that can help in the fight against Listeria, according to new research.
Crown Holdings has postponed plans to build two new plants in China as it continues to face sluggish economic conditions and unfavourable weather in its key markets.
Resource efficiency will be even more crucial for the food industry in the coming year as it fights to prevent production costs from being passed on to consumers.
Researchers have found green additives can improve the environmental profile of thermoplastic packaging materials and reduce oxygen transmission.
The PET Resin Association (PETRA) has launched a model to evaluate resin variations in terms of likely market presence and impact on the quality of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG) has introduced a new composite can with hinged lid and integrated membrane seal for German chocolate milk powder brand Goody Cao.
Hillenbrand has agreed to acquire processing equipment firm Coperion Capital for €408m.
Pearson Packaging Systems has acquired Moen Industries and said it plans to grow the tray former product line by expanding the options available.
Bioplastics replacing petro-olefin based plastics seems ‘fairly unrealistic’ in the ‘mid and long term’, according to the European Commissioner for Environment.
Uflex is to begin production at its first US polyester film plant later this year as it continues plans for global expansion.
SternMaid has invested €14m in its Wittenburg factory to enlarge capacity and extend the range of its products and services, involving the introduction of new fluid bed technology.
The prospect of lasting peace in the southern Philippines will make it easier for the government to boost agricultural production by 3.5% to 5% next year, a senior government official has revealed.
The French ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging is sending out ‘contradictory’ messages with regulatory bodies still ruling that the chemical is safe, according to the BPA Coalition. ...
Xylophane has said a €1.7m EU project grant has put it ‘one step closer’ to commercial production of its eco-friendly packaging barrier material.
Mondi is working on a three-year project that could lead to a breakthrough in the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in the grocery supply chain.
Amcor has announced the sale of three flexible packaging plants in Australasia to Integrated Packaging for A$22m.
The UK and Ireland claim the highest number of eco-friendly packaging launches in the past year, according to Benjamin Punchard, senior packaging analyst at Mintel.
DS Smith is making better than expected progress on its integration of SCA Packaging, it has reported.
Sirane has opened a manufacturing facility in Turkey and described it as the ‘perfect location’ to penetrate the Russian and North African markets.
Sonoco has appointed Marty F. Pignone as vice president, Paper North America overlooking 12 uncoated recycled paperboard mills in the US, Canada and Mexico.
Kellogg’s recent recall of two cereal products following a metal mesh contamination scare will cost the firm between $20-30m and will hit consumer trust in the short-term, an analyst says....
A US food professor has called on the peanut industry to take action against foodborne illness as the latest Salmonella outbreak has now spread to Canada.
European Bioplastics has predicted fivefold growth of bioplastics by 2016 but warned South America and Asia are favoured for new manufacturing sites.
Supply chain efficiency and lean manufacturing will be integral to slashing UK food and drink refuse, according to Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the organisation spearheading the cause.
The food industry must address fundamental issues behind reducing packaging’s environmental impact, according to Benjamin Punchard, senior global packaging analyst for Mintel.
Vitiva is offering food, beverage and ingredient manufacturers the use of a new analytical services centre it has set up at its recently inaugurated innovation centre in Slovenia.
The postconsumer PET recycling industry has noted lightweighting, reclamation capacity, contamination and thermoformed packaging as big challenges, according to an industry report.
An EU project involving 15 partners from 10 countries is to develop a robot that can package fresh food products.
German food safety chiefs have said that a norovirus outbreak that sickened more than 11,000 people is over.
Collaboration and new technologies offer growing opportunities for food processors and producers seeking to turn waste streams into revenue.
The origin of packaging materials is rising in importance, according to the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre, commenting on emerging packaging trends.
A faulty manufacturing part may have caused metal mesh to be present in some Kellogg cereal products, prompting the firm to issue a voluntary recall yesterday.
Alcoa has reported a Q3 loss of $143m relating to a settlement of a civil lawsuit and a payout to clean a river polluted by one of its aluminium plants.
Food manufacturers can slash their electricity bills thanks to the launch of an energy-saving x-ray machine from Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray.
Croda Polymer Additives has unveiled an anti-fog concentrate that it claims prevent droplet formation on plastic surfaces leading to an extended shelf life of food.
Irish food ingredients company Kerry Group has said it will invest €100m in a new global technology and innovation centre in Ireland, due to open in 2016 to serve its...
Ten projects aimed at answering critical food safety questions have been selected for grants by the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) at the University of California, Davis.
Kraft Foods has initiated a recall for a batch of its Jalapeno variety String Cheese product over concerns that a packaging error could present a choking hazard.
SIG Combibloc has launched a range of extra-slim, small-format beverage cartons in an effort to meet demand for smaller, more convenient packaging from emerging market consumers.
Stable Micro Systems has boosted its texture analysis capabilities for the food and supplement industries with the introduction of its Automated Linear Indexing System (ALIS).
The founding director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Health has said that Americans are playing a ‘food lottery’ with the current food safety system and called for more stringent regulation.
A conference aimed at highlighting and preventing deficiencies in food processing safety is being held next month.
BASF and Purac, a subsidiary of CSM, have created a joint venture (JV) to produce succinic acid for packaging that will be operational next year.
Arla Foods UK hopes to cut the distance it travels to collect raw milk and deliver finished products through the introduction of a half milk tanker, half refrigerated container hybrid.
Bosch Packaging Technology launched multiple machines for the food and drink industry designed to cater for manufacturers’ demand for speed and versatility at trade show FachPack 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany.
Intelligent packaging is not just about tracking products from factory floor to consumers’ cupboards, according to Mondi marketing and communication director Albert Klinkhammer.
Toppan Printing Co has developed a laminated packaging material using biomass polyethylene (PE) film with a thickness of less than 40µm.
AkzoNobel’s merger deal with Metlac Holdings, which is being reviewed by the UK Competition Commission (CC), is still on hold after the report was delayed by eight weeks to 1...
Mocon has updated its oxygen analyser with three enhancements based on industry feedback.
The European Commission (EC) has said the safety of nanomaterials needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis in its latest review.
China and India will lead the way in retail ready packaging (RRP) sales growth over the next five years, according to the latest report from Smithers Pira.
Food and drink manufacturers with restricted space issues can turn to the latest generation automation FANUC M-710iC robot palletiser from Pacepacker Services for help.
Berry Plastics Group has appointed David B. Heller to its Board of Directors as the firm pushes ahead with strategic plans to develop new products.
Technology firm Bühler claims that its new Sanimix mixer improves sanitation compared to its previous machines.
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has invested €6.5m in a joint venture with APPE, France's leader in recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), to increase the rate of recycling plastic bottles in France.
Ecolab has acquired a Mexico-based manufacturer and provider of cleaning, sanitizing and water treatment products and services to strengthen its position in Latin America.
Researchers have found packaging with an oxygen scavenger or carbon dioxide generator can inhibit the growth of listeria on ready-to-eat (RTE) meat.
Asian packaging firm Scientex (SB Group) has launched a bid for Great Wall Plastic and Great Wall Packaging for 283.2m Malaysian Ringgits (RM) (€71.6m).
Eurofins Scientific has opened the doors of a food testing laboratory designed using lean thinking at Wolverhampton in the UK.
The French Agency for Food Health Safety (ANSES) has called on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to propose a more stringent classification level for BPA as a reprotoxic substance.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) bottler the American Bottling Company after an inspection revealed serious HACCP failings at a Texas plant.
Pressure is mounting for food manufacturers to move further into sustainable packaging and automation, according to Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology.
Marel claims its latest portion cutter delivers increased automation and reduces manual handling to a greater degree than previous models at the same levels of efficiency and consistency.
Researchers in New Zealand have discovered potential anti-fungal properties in harakeke, or native flax, that could see the fibres used in food packaging but admitted more funding is need to...
Nampak has joined forces with Alternapak and has targeted growth in its long life offering throughout Africa.
Health Canada has reaffirmed the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) and said current dietary exposure through food packaging is not expected to pose a health risk.
O-I is to build an R&D innovation center in the US that it claims could revolutionize glass melting and forming.
BASF has announced immediate price increases in Europe, Africa and Western Asia for some resins and powders for the packaging, coating and printing industries.
Romer Labs has taken a leap forward in its pathogen detection services by purchasing US biotech firm Strategic Diagnostics’ (SDIX’s) food safety and genetically modified organism (GMO) businesses for $13.5m,...
Faerch Plast has made a breakthrough by developing a range of aluminium-look Crystalline Polyethylene Terephthalate (CPET) containers for the UK premium ready to cook sector.
Husky Injection Molding Systems has updated its beverage closure operations with the first product to take advantage of the addition of closure moldmaker KTW.
Two Spanish research bodies have organised a conference in November aimed at the optimum selection of packaging materials and the latest trends and innovations for food contact materials.
Ardagh Group is claiming packaging history after modifying bottle decorating machinery to produce 4m different bottles for Pernod Ricard's Swedish brand Absolut Vodka.
Rondo has developed a machine for twisted dough pastries that it says is more accurate and intricate than others already on the market.
Vemag displayed its latest vacuum filler upgrade at the FachPack trade show in Nuremberg, Germany, last week: the HP30E.
Duo Plast’s new freight security testing laboratory has opened its doors to German manufacturers and distributors seeking to safeguard lorry loads against the rigours of transportation.
The European Commission (EC) has informed 13 firms supplying packaging for meat, fish and cheese products that they may have participated in a cartel for up to eight years.
An Australian food policy unit yesterday branded the country’s food system as “broken”, and blamed it for contributing to a raft of issues currently affecting society.
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