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Innovative food packaging to end sell-by-date labels

Innovative new food and drink packaging could kill off conventional ‘sell-by-date’ labels, according to innovation research firm Stylus.

Bespoke salami pot wins WorldStar 2015 award

A bespoke version of the SuperLock pot used for sliced salami has been honoured with a WorldStar 2015 award from the World Packaging Organisation. The pots were developed with Grilstad,...

Grape packer boosts efficiency

Evesham-based Valefresh, part of the Fresca Group, has improved the efficiency of its grape tray sealing line, while reducing costs, following the introduction of a Revolution tray sealer from Packaging...

Mackie’s Crisps installs new kit

Scottish crisp manufacturer Mackie’s Crisps is using three Ishida Integrated Total Packaging Systems (iTPSs) to produce snacks at its new factory at Inchcoonans in Errol, Perthshire.

Is it a lightbulb moment for printed electronics?

Organic and printed electronics technologies are gradually moving out of the lab and into production, says the organisation representing this sector in Europe, with packaging remaining an important (if cost-conscious)...

Better designs are in the hands of consumers

Brands should focus on broader, inclusive packaging design, rather than designing for the elderly - and might already be doing this, if consumers complained more often about the packs they...

Linear PET blowing line for dairy and beverages

A linear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) blowing module will be displayed by Bosch among its portfolio of packaging technologies.

Thermoformed packaging kit

A turnkey end-to-end line for packaging foods will be the highlight on Multivac's stand, which will showcase innovation in packaging, inspection and marking.

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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...