04-Dec-2013 - Britain’s top 10 supermarkets have been praised by a government minister for making pricing clearer and simpler for consumers, less than a month after consumer watchdog Which? accused them of “dodgy discounts and misleading multi-buys”.
02-Dec-2013 - A film showing ‘A day in the life of a fish box’ – from port to plate – has proved a surprise hit on YouTube, according to its producers, the British Plastics Federation (BPF).
02-Dec-2013 - Færch Plast, which makes plastic containers for the food industry, has reported significant growth in demand for products made at its UK manufacturing facility since it was first opened in June 2012.
02-Dec-2013 - Asda has introduced a range of prepared ready to be roasted whole chicken in a bag.
02-Dec-2013 - German packaging machinery specialist Krones has developed a blow moulder that can produce 81,000 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) beverage containers an hour, which are then filled with product and labelled in a single operation. The equipment is already in use in four drinks bottling plants within the US. Another bottler has also ordered two machines.
02-Dec-2013 - Yorkshire-based egg producer Chippindale Foods has invested £4.2M in a new 55,000m2 production facility in Flaxby, North Yorkshire, to boost output, following growing demand for its products.
15-Nov-2013 - Drinks giant Diageo is using a “packaging line in a box”, which it can ship overseas to set up production runs swiftly.
11-Nov-2013 - Controversial provisions for voluntary allergen labelling could become legally incorporated within the Food Information for Consumers Regulations (FIC), according to a leading expert in the field.
06-Nov-2013 - The UK's voluntary Front-of-Pack (FoP) nutrition labelling scheme could yet fail to be approved as other EU Member States seek to challenge its use – particularly for food placed on their home markets.
05-Nov-2013 - Absence of an ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) layer in board pot packaging has been found not to adversely affect water vapour transmission rates (WVTR) in tests carried out by food research organisation Campden BRI.
05-Nov-2013 - The positioning of fresh meat and poultry in trays is said to be optimised with a new weigh batcher from Ishida Europe
05-Nov-2013 - Müller Dairy at Market Drayton in Shropshire has installed a Linkx A3 carton tray erector in a project to increase the level of automation in its repack area.
05-Nov-2013 - Greencore Prepared Meals claims to have revolutionised chilled ready meals with the development of retorted meals with peelable film. The firm makes retorted chilled meals for customers such as Weight Watchers and retailer own-label.
05-Nov-2013 - In May this year, Sealed Air announced the “immediate” launch of mycelium-based Mushroom Packaging cushioning in Europe. In October, it was still not commercially available in the UK. Some suspect that, despite the eco–and media–friendliness of its message, there may be a similar gap between its real and projected physical performance.
05-Nov-2013 - An alliance of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) in the UK, the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) and Food and Drink Federation (FDF) aims to have a new apprenticeship scheme with a packaging technology focus in place by January.
17-Oct-2013 - Cocoa waste could help make chocolate wrappers and other food packaging, thanks to a pioneering process devised by UK paper manufacturer James Cropper.
11-Oct-2013 - After a false start in the three years to 2010, it looks as if wine in pouches could be back for a second ‘bite of the grape’, with retailer Asda and brands Echo Falls and Arniston Bay championing the format.
08-Oct-2013 - The changing face of retail is forcing food and drink manufacturers to reconsider their packaging options, according to the Faraday Centre for Retail Excellence.
08-Oct-2013 - Are sustainable options in packaging still as much in demand as they were before the recession hit the UK? asks Paul Gander
30-Sep-2013 - Multivac’s thermoformable Mylar Cook films were developed to prepare food in the high temperature range up to 218°C. Products are cooked in an oven or microwave in a sealed pack. The product's aromas, vitamins, minerals and inherent moisture are largely retained during cooking. The use of salt and spices can be reduced by up to 20%, it is claimed.
30-Sep-2013 - An enhanced range of bottles for hot-fill food and beverages, which uses a technology for improved filling, greater design flexibility, lighter weight and smoother walls, has been introduced by polyethylene terephthalate packaging specialist APPE.
30-Sep-2013 - The premium ‘Menu From’ Waitrose salad packs have been described as “the current peak of flexographic print” by the company that prints the packs.
30-Sep-2013 - Contract packer Thomas Hardy Brewing and Packaging, which packs beers, ciders and soft drinks, as well as offering brewing, blending and contract filling for many leading household brands, has upgraded its end-of-line facilities to provide customers with increased flexibility of options.
30-Sep-2013 - When it comes to the EU’s Food Information Regulation (FIR), little seems to be set in stone except the compliance deadlines, as Paul Gander reports
20-Sep-2013 - The full potential of packaging quality and hygiene standards in the supply chain is not being realised because of limited training options, a leading paper and board supplier has claimed.