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KHS targets craft brewers with small yet perfectly formed filler

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 makes green strides with Mexican wind energy

Grupo Bimbo will power most of its Mexican operations with renewable wind energy generated from a new farm in the south of Mexico.

Phase down of HFCs would offer much needed flexibility, says industry group

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).

Dispatches from Pack Expo

Clear clamshell wins consumer packaging vote

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...


Enter the Pouch King…Oystar hails ‘breakthrough’ machine

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-...

UK charity urges government to ban BPA in food and drinks packaging

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....

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Kapstone results boosted by acquisition

Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation reported positive Q3 results despite unplanned disruptions at two sites.

Private label sales hit $98 billion on 6% growth, report says

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...

Takeaway message from plastic conference ‘frustrating’, says NatureWorks

The full message of a speech by a European Commissioner was missed and led to bioplastics being misrepresented, according to NatureWorks. 

Dow upgrades film testing facility

Dow Chemical Company has added an ultrasonic welder and a feedblock to produce nanolayer films to its US Film Application Development Centre (FADC).


Bosch launches flow wrapper at Pack Expo

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 sells Diversey Japan for $377m

Sealed Air has sold Diversey Japan to The Carlyle Group for ¥30bn (US$377m) to focus on higher growth markets.

News in brief

USDA issues Hurricane Sandy food safety warning

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....

Dispatches from Pack Expo 2012

New cleaning systems from Meech International

Meech International has launched two devices designed to eradicate contamination of food processing equipment.

Energy-saving mist technology available on industrial scale

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 showcases packaging solutions at Pack Expo

PTI Inspection Systems is displaying a range of packaging solutions, including packaging machinery and testing systems, at trade show Pack Expo in Chicago.


Fluid dynamics cut Evero Aseptic development by years – Tetra Pak

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 sells BOPP films business

ExxonMobil Chemical has sold its global film packaging business to Jindal Poly Films saying it didn't fit in with their future plans.

Amcor reports ‘consistent’ start to Q1 trading

Amcor reported a solid start in its first quarter trading in line with expectations and said it was interested in further acquisitions.

News in brief

Coesia Group to acquire Oystar North America

Coesia Group has signed a deal to buy Oystar North America (NA), from Oystar Group for an undisclosed amount.


Optima fills gap for ‘important’ small-scale coffee pod producers

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.


New film hits Chicago: ExxonMobil debuts PET ‘flotation separation’ solution

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.

Foreign funds needed for Oceania to become Asia’s food bowl

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...

News in brief

We hit the ‘Windy City’ – in Chicago

Next week will be reporting from Pack Expo International in Chicago, the yearly show bringing together packaging and processing expertise from across the globe.

EFSA approves recycling method for re-use as food contact crates

A method of recycling re-useable food-contact polypropylene crates (RPC) into new PP crates has been approved by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).

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