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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.

New film options for the Easy-opening of packaged food

Film technology is increasingly being deployed to resolve problems of pack openability and inclusivity, with brand-owners keen not to exclude the growing proportion of consumers with limited strength and dexterity.

Fibre bottle barrier poses questions

Carlsberg’s September unveiling of its latest Green Fibre Bottle design made much of its potential contribution towards sustainability, but little emerged about the technical challenges involved in engineering adequate levels...

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Food packaging firm fined £160k for hand injuries

A company that makes packaging for food and drink manufacturers has been fined £160,000 for health and safety failures which led to a worker injuring his hand.

Circular approach to cutting packaging waste recycling costs

How can manufacturers best contribute to packaging waste recycling costs? One compliance scheme believes it has the answer. Paul Gander reports

Cancer and diet leads top 10 media story list

Food waste, meat substitutes and gut bacteria all feature in the top 10 most mentioned food terms in the media over the past 12 months – but stories about cancer...

Food packaging firm to pay £100k for thumb rip

A food packaging firm has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 for safety failings last week (November 4), after a worker’s thumb was severed.

Leak detection in modified atmosphere packs

An inline system for detecting leaks in modified atmosphere packs (MAP), AirScan from Ishida, has improved the quality control procedures and cut labour costs for a new snack product made...

Tamper-evident seals and liners upgraded

A range of two-piece wax laminated induction liners has been developed by tamper-evident cap and closure lining materials manufacturer Selig.

Village Bakery installs flow wrappers

The Village Bakery in Wrexham has recently installed two additional Fuji Alpha VII box motion flow-wrapping systems from Paramount Packaging Systems in a move designed to increase efficiencies, reduce labour...

Domino signs up to code of practice for printing inks

As a supplier of inks to the food industry and a member of the European Printing Inks Association (EuPIA), Domino Printing Sciences has signed up to the code of Good...