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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...

Inert barriers extend shelf-life

An inert barrier technology to extend shelf-life is now available for the first time for plastic pots.


What people really, really want - or look for - on pack

Sir,Ask anyone whether they’d prefer food made from ‘natural’ or ‘artificial’ ingredients and the results will always favour the natural option (see article 'Demand for naturally-sweet rises ', Food Manufacture, October...

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Packaging firm appoints new commercial director

Food packaging machinery manufacturer Kliklok has appointed Simon Taylor as its new commercial director.

X-ray makes a very positive business case

Retailer demands for suppliers to use X-ray inspection remain important in driving uptake of the technology, but they are increasingly being superseded by a positive business case on the part...


Tomorrow’s packaging will involve sensory elements

The next generation of intelligent packaging could allow brand owners to give consumers totally new sensory experiences, Alyson Magee discovers

Make your modified atmosphere packaging more efficient

Many businesses using modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) on their food lines could do much more to make this part of the operation more efficient, according to an international supplier of...

DHL highlights four core packaging trends

Green materials including mushrooms and bamboo are being explored as one of four core packaging trends, according to Paul Young, director and head of packaging services DHL Supply Chain.

Better recyclate quality demanded

Caught between brand owners demanding more recycled material in their packs and local authorities reluctant to invest in better collection and sorting, packaging businesses are looking to technology to improve...

Food firms should look online for cost savings

Food and drink manufacturers should visit a free online database to find innovative packaging to save money and reduce their environmental impact, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme...

Entry level weigher/bagmaker combos launched

Ishida Europe has developed a range of entry-level weigher/bagmaker combination units which is claimed to offer an economic, medium-speed solution for food manufacturers. These units are said to deliver a...

Ink jet for harsh dairy environment

A new continuous ink jet (CIJ) printer - the A520i - has been launched by Domino, which can withstand the harsh dairy environment while delivering flexible, consistent and high quality...

Cook makes Faerch Plast its sole CPET supplier

Frozen ready meal manufacturer Cook has appointed Faerch Plast as its sole supplier of crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) trays

Renewable sensation for Hovis

Hovis has worked with Amcor Flexibles in the development of the new Hovis Seed Sensations bread bag made predominantly with renewable polyethylene (PE).

Safe and efficient transfer to and from packaging lines

Automation and linear motion specialist R A Rodriguez will exhibit a variety of products, ranging from automated programmable linear systems and flexible six-axis robots to precision bearings, gears, drives and...

Elite wraparound cartoning system to be launched at the show

Kliklok International will launch its new Certiwrap Elite wraparound cartoning system at the PPMA show.

Innovation is at the heart of Festo's packaging kit

Pneumatic and electric drive specialist Festo will showcase a number of its automated packaging systems. Visitors to Festo's stand will have the opportunity to discuss their packaging needs with its...

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