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Fancy driving an F1 car? Visit Food Manufacture at PPMA Show

Fancy yourself behind the wheel of a Formula One race car? Then, pull in for a pit stop at the Food Manufacture Group’s stand during your visit to the Processing...

Drinktec 2017 features inline, direct digital inkjet printers

Major equipment companies are putting their weight behind inline, direct-to-container digital inkjet printing, especially for beverages in polyethylene terephthalate (PET), with systems set to feature at this week’s Drinktec show...

Food Manufacture’s 90th birthday

Food packaging has ‘massively improved’ safety

Food and drink packaging has massively improved food safety over the past 90 years, according to iDi Pac md Chris Waterhouse.

Non-invasive test of modified atmosphere packs is introduced

Food processing equipment supplier GEA used last month’s Interpack show in Düsseldorf to launch a novel non-destructive inline test for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) integrity.

Food firms ‘hamstrung’ by date labels

Newly-consolidated date-labelling guidelines aim to help reduce food waste, but do nothing to allay the fear of prosecution which makes manufacturers more, rather than less, cautious in this area, according to...

Consolidation to continue in European corrugated market

A new report forecasts that Europe’s fragmented corrugated industry will follow the US through a trajectory of consolidation and vertical integration, matching processes that have taken place with other packaging...

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Innovation from Sidel on display at Drinktec show

A number of innovative launches are promised by beverage packaging kit supplier Sidel Group at next month’s Drinktec show, which takes place in Munich, Germany from September 11–15.

Green & Black’s launch prompts ‘ethical scheme’ confusion fears

The Co-op has voiced concerns about the introduction of ‘ethical’ schemes that could be confused with Fairtrade, after chocolate maker Green & Black’s unveiled a new non-organic chocolate range that...

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Digital print meets Innate's needs

Healthy snacks brand Innate is using digitally printed pouches from Uni Packaging for its growing product range. 

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Bradburys uses flowrapper for MAP cheese packs

Bradburys Cheese, based at Buxton in Derbyshire, has launched a new range of mini-portion cheeses with the help of customised, high-speed Artic flowrapping technology from Ulma Packaging. 

Reclosable frozen pack launched

Packaging supplier Parkside has collaborated with Northcoast Seafoods in what it claims is the ‘first to market’ reclosable pack for frozen foods. The pack uses the firm’s Parkscribe laser scribe...

European flexibles project stakes a claim in circular economy

A consortium of European businesses across the flexible packaging supply chain has set up a new project to “advance better system design solutions” to facilitate recycling, while also developing tools to...

Trump’s US budget cuts raise food-contact regulation fears

A reduction in both the regulatory burden on business and the cost of government in the US could have significant impacts on food-contact regulation and how it is implemented, a...

Caution over consumer insight tests

Most brands would agree that some sort of consumer research is necessary when exploring structural packaging choices, but the jury is out on how much importance to attach to different...

Healthier snacks now eaten by more than half of consumers

More than half of UK consumers now eat healthier packaged snacks – such as rice cakes, cereal bars and nuts – at least once a day, a survey has found.

M&S slashes plastic used in snack packaging

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to slash to amount of plastic used in food packaging for more than 140 of its products, in a move that would save 75t of...

Coke boss gives packaging sustainability advice

Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP’s) head of sustainability Nick Brown is urging food and drink manufacturers to reform recycled packaging collection systems, as his business steps up its recycling programme.

Forklift accident costs packaging firm £80k

A company that makes packaging for the food and drink industry has been fined £80,000 for health and safety failings, after a forklift truck struck a worker.

Coca-Cola launches sustainable packaging strategy

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is to double the amount of recycled plastic in all of its bottles by 2020, as part of a new sustainable packaging strategy revealed Wednesday (July 12).

Packaging’s role in cutting food losses

Alongside its vast array of machinery and materials, May’s Interpack show in Germany intensified the focus on the human and environmental impacts of food waste and the vital role that...

Queen opens £30M water bottling plant extension

The Queen has officially opened a £30M extension to the Highland Spring bottling plant in Blackford, Perthshire.

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Tyrrells rebrands popcorn shelf-ready packaging

Snack maker Tyrrells has rebranded the shelf-ready packaging (SRP) used for its entire portfolio of Poshcorn popcorn.

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Vertical form, fill and seal advances

GEA’s latest vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) packaging systems were on display at the recent Interpack show in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

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Dual-lane biscuit packer launch

Innovation in biscuit packaging was a highlight of Bosch’s stand at the recent Interpack show held in Düsseldorf. It came in the form of a dual-lane version of its ‘two-in-one’...

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Thermal transfer overprinting solves Irwin's Bakery bottlenecks

Irwin’s Bakery, based at Portadown in Northern Ireland, which makes a variety of loaves, biscuits and other baked goods, has overcome a coding system production bottleneck, thanks to the installation...