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Nutella jar fire torches family home and kills pet

A fire caused by the sun’s rays shining through a jar of Nutella chocolate spread has destroyed a family home in west London and killed a pet dog.

Scientists rubbish BPA safety levels

A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) has been rubbished by scientists in Denmark, who say consumers aren’t adequately protected.

Grappling with flexible film recycling

A project aiming to boost the volumes of packaging films recycled in the UK will encourage simpler (but not lower-performing) structures, help drive the development of barrier coatings and adhesives...

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Noble Foods constructs a new egg packing centre

Noble Foods has completed the construction of a £10M egg-packing centre in Oxfordshire, which is now providing up to 14.4M free-range eggs a week to the UK’s leading supermarkets.

Coding errors reduced at Greencore soup factory

Greencore Prepared Meals’s Kiveton site has reduced the risk of coding and packaging errors thanks to the expertise of systems integrator AutoCoding Systems.

Skin film extended for bulkier meat packs

Large products can now be securely packaged in TraySkin vacuum packs, which provide long shelf-life combined with an attractive presentation.

Better transparency for composites

Greater transparency is available in high barrier composite polypropylene (PP)/ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) /PP containers made by RPC Containers at Corby, thanks to its investment in new injection stretch blow...

Seabrook Crisps launches a new resealable pack

Yorkshire-based Seabrook Crisps has teamed up with Macfarlane Labels to launch an innovative, easy open and re-closeable labelling system for a new range of lattice hand-cooked crisps.

M&S moves to 100% double-bagging of whole chickens

With the November test report on campylobacter highlighting levels of contamination on whole chickens in UK retail averaging 70% over six months, at least one retailer said it was on-track...

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Shelf-life extension advances help to reduce food waste

Extending the shelf-life of food would help reduce huge amounts of unnecessary food waste - both in supermarkets and once people get food home - according to experts in the...

Shelf-ready is a missed opportunity

Many brand-owners are missing out on a huge opportunity to market their products at point-of-sale (POS), where branding can have the strongest influence on purchase decisions, says paper and board...

Portion packs with easy-open lids for water, yogurt or pastes

A packaging system for filling water beakers has been developed by Multivac, which is designed for the portion packing of drinking water, producing up to 160 beakers a minute with...

Easier emptying with new carton

Packaging specialist Elopak has launched its latest carton innovation for fresh products, the Pure-Pak Sense carton. This is said to be a contemporary pack with improved appearance and functionality.

Advice on the use of printing inks on food and packs

Printing equipment specialist Domino has produced advice for companies in the food supply chain to clarify the regulations and guidelines that govern use of inks for food packaging as well...

Off-line printing of sleeve codes

Sophisticated new shapes of ready meal trays such as tubs, ‘bowl’ trays and compartmentalised trays are causing headaches for the sleeve coding operation, according to Rotech, an offline coding and...

Packaging firm gets £14.6k fork lift injury bill

A south Wales packaging firm has been ordered to pay £14,600, after a delivery driver was hit by a fork lift truck at its Ebbw Vale site.

Additives in packaging is a growing area of interest

Speciality chemicals supplier Perstorp is among those investing in the bioplastics sector, where interest is growing in additives which are able to improve the performance of polymers such as polylactide...

Benchmarking ease-of-opening

A draft standard on packaging openability is allowing brand-owners and retailers, including Marks & Spencer (M&S), to compare and improve pack designs for less dextrous people.

Recycling of beverage cartons by local authorities hits 91%

A whopping 91% of UK local authorities now collect beverage cartons for recycling, the Alliance of Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) has revealed.

100 set to strike at Sharpak packaging site

Workers at a Sharpak food packaging site at Yate in Bristol are poised to take part in two 24-hour strikes this week over alleged changes to working hours.

Better hygiene compliance for food packing-line robots

Robotics suppliers have made a strong case for food industry acceptance with a new generation of hygiene and washdown-compliant pick-and-place systems, but the jury is still out as to whether...

Oxygen absorbers to extend shelf-life

In-pack oxygen absorber labels are able to provide valuable additional days of shelf-life for baked goods, in particular, where manufacturers are keen to eliminate preservatives from their recipes, says a...

Flexible approach to meat packaging

Three companies have joined forces to develop a trio of flexible packaging approaches for meat products, which help minimise the opportunities for cross contamination of pathogens and reduce food and...

Box labeller for wet and dry food applications

A box and crate labeller from Marel has been upgraded to extend its use to wet seafood processing environments. A waterproof chassis and indicator has been added to the OCM9500...

Recloseable screw cap packs for soups and sauces

A recloseable screw cap is now being used to provide greater convenience when opening carton packs, and when pouring and portioning out long-life foods such as soups, sauces, tomato products...