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Nestlé changes Kit Kat name to YouTube Break

Food manufacturer Nestlé has changed the name of its iconic Kit Kat to YouTube Break, its biggest redesign in its 80-year history.

Digital design takes a large step into the future

Packaging design and production software specialist Esko’s acquisition of US-based digital asset management (DAM) system provider MediaBeacon has been billed as a “big step forward” and “quite a differentiator” by...

Plastic bottle recycling under threat

The tribulations suffered by at least two major UK plastic bottle recyclers in recent months highlight the larger-scale crisis gripping the UK's bottle-to-bottle food-grade plastics recycling sector, with rock-bottom prices...

Aldi launches chicken in self-venting packs

Aldi's new range of flavoured/added value roast in the bag chickens is the first to feature FFP's Estercook SV laminate, a new self-venting version.

Label dispenser rated for IP69K

The latest LD label dispensers from Multivac Marking & Inspection are optionally available for use under strict hygiene requirements, or for use in low-risk areas.

Pots for easy snacking on display at Italian show

Extended shelf-life, effective product protection, maximum convenience and optimum brand display are some of the benefits claimed for the variety of packs that will be on display by the RPC...

Industry won't 'swallow' this book

Food and drink manufacturers have been unfairly attacked by a recently published book that tried to shame the sector for allegedly misleading consumers about clean labels, one industry expert has...

Oxo-biodegradables come under fire again

New research from Michigan State University (MSU) has reignited the heated debate between advocates of compostable and oxo-biodegradable plastics.

Barrier properties for bottle use

Evidence from testing activity suggests that coating specialists are developing barriers with selective gas permeability in order to tailor in-bottle atmospheres to suit different beverages, rather as product-specific modified atmosphere...

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Why many heads make light work of packaging needs

Multihead weighers are being fine-tuned to the needs of specific products, as Paul Gander discovers

Anuga FoodTec 2015

Bosch launches speedy carton machine

Breakfast cereal manufacturers and frozen pizza suppliers have access to cartoning technology that can slash changeover times and maintain consistently high yields, courtesy of Bosch Packaging Technology.

Defect detector checks 100% of modified packs

A technology to detect defects in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) has been developed by Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group. The Mapax LD is a high-speed, non-destructive, in-line...

Cryogenic freezing gets on with MAP

Food processors can now extend shelf-life and boost the quality of fresh produce, thanks to a new procedure which combines the best of cryogenic freezing with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP).

Tray sealers ensure speedy processing of soft fruit

Soft fruit packer S&A Produce of Marden near Hereford is using Proseal tray sealers to pack a range of products at speeds of up to 115 packs per minute (ppm)....

Visibility of shelf-ready raised

Brand visibility on supermarket shelves is claimed to be boosted by as much as 50%, thanks to a new development in shelf-ready packaging (SRP). Smurfit Kappa’s Shelf-Facer pulls products to...

Weetabix reduces its motor failures

Weetabix has saved thousands of pounds in maintenance costs by eliminating motor failures at its factory in Corby, following the installation of Marlin stainless steel AC motors from Lafert. These...

Food Vision 2015

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.