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Food polythene firm fined after agency worker injury

A polythene film manufacturer, which supplies the food and agricultural industries, has been fined £6,000 after an agency worker’s hand was trapped in machinery.

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Fancy packs make better-for-you foods more appealing

Branding and pack graphics are helping to build positive consumer associations around better-for-you and free-from products, claims design agency Pearlfisher. New categories, such as non-alcoholic distilled drinks, now benefit from...

Asda accused of Slimming World trade mark breach

Asda is to face a legal challenge from Slimming World over the “unlawful” use of trade marks on its new diet food range.

Morrisons acquires potato packaging plant

Morrisons has acquired a potato packaging business in Angus, Scotland, from producer Farmcare, as part of a supply agreement.

Thatchers Cider installs its first canning line at Myrtle Farm facility

Somerset cidermaker Thatchers Cider has commissioned its first canning line at its Myrtle Farm production facility, which means it is now able to press and package all of its ciders...

Ring pull problems get analysed

An end could be in sight to consumer frustration when trying to open metal packaging that is too stiff, or where the ring pull detaches from the lid, thanks to...

Quick pulse heat sealing unit cuts film use

Potato processor Albert Bartlett has retrofitted Ceetak’s quick pulse heat (QPH) sealing technology onto the vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) machines at its Norfolk production facility.

Novel Bute Island Foods cheese lid causes challenges

A set of distinctively-shaped lids for a new range of dairy-free cheese from Bute Island Foods has been produced by Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury (formerly Chadwicks).

Meat shelf-life gets EU project focus

A new EU-funded project into fresh meat and the relationship between quality, shelf-life and packaging is examining the impact that product history and handling – as much as packaging systems...

Single-serve PET bottles are now 'small and affordable'

One reason why single-serve polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) have not tended to go below a certain size threshold is the ratio of volume to surface...

Counterfeiting to grow by 3% a year

Counterfeiting across the world is predicted to increase by 3% a year as globalisation creates increasingly complex and lengthy supply chains, according to new research from PMMI, the US Association...

Thermal transfer printers drive improved efficiency

Country Products, a packer of dried food and snacks, has reported a significant increase in production efficiency following the replacement of its old printers with new thermal transfer equipment.

Management tools for tray sealing equipment

Three new production management and fault diagnosis tools are now available from Packaging Automation (PA) to install on high speed tray sealing lines. 

Skin pack range is launched for meat and fish products

A new range of skin films for packs of meat, fish and other fresh foods has been introduced by food packaging and lidding supplier KM Packaging Services.

Easy pack opening for snack foods

Easy pack opening and enhanced shelf appeal of snacks on-the-go were the highlights of flexible packaging supplier Mondi’s exhibits at the Packaging Innovations show, which took place in Amsterdam from...

Glass effects support craft alcohol growth

The latest bottles to join the busy beer category, in particular, demonstrate how special effects and new options with glass are allowing brand-owners in the growing craft alcohol segment to...

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Food packaging: options open up for in-line forming and sealing of cup lids

New options have opened up for dairy and other cup-and-lid combination products with the introduction of a system that thermoforms a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) snap-shut lid in-line with cup forming,...

FoodDrinkEurope welcomes new EU nutrition labelling rule

New mandatory nutrition labelling rules of prepacked food have been welcomed by FoodDrinkEurope, after they came into effect this week (December 13), under the EU’s Food Information to Consumers Regulation...

Red meat sales may be boosted by innovative labels

Food manufacturers could boost sales by including more information about nutrition and recipes on red meat packaging labels, claims the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

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Autocoding system ensures correct labelling and coding

Sushi manufacturer Ichiban UK has invested in a labelling and coding automation system to ensure compliance with retailers’ codes of practice.

High-speed heat sealing of grape punnets

As part of a supermarket packaging change, seedless grape supplier Karsten UK has installed a high-speed heat sealing machine that works with the company’s existing pre-printed film, avoiding the need...

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Young's opts for simulated newspaper fish packs

Young’s Seafood has unveiled an innovative printed fish pack, launched in Asda stores, after collaborating with fresh food packaging maker Linpac.

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VFFS with labeller and inserter

Tna launched what it claimed was the first high-speed vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) packaging system with integrated labeller and inserter at Pack Expo in Chicago last month (November 6–9).

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Ovenable film handles high heat

A new ovenable high definition printed packaging film suitable for ultra-high cooking temperatures has been added to TCL Packaging’s product range. 

Extension of welfare labelling presents ‘practical challenges’

Calls for a mandatory ‘method of production’ label on meat and dairy products could be fraught with challenges, according to a leading food industry lawyer.