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Euro Foods packaging acquisition could lead to 200 jobs

16-Apr-2014 - Euro Foods’ acquisition of Welsh packaging firm Brown Bear Food is the first step to the frozen and fresh food firm’s aim of creating 200 jobs at the Cwmbran site, it claims.

Soft drinks group draws up roadmap for sustainability

04-Apr-2014 - The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) and Packaging Federation are leading a Sustainability Roadmap for the soft drinks industry following the example pursued by the dairy industry.

Call to shrink school juices causes headache

28-Mar-2014 - Proposals to downscale the size of pure juice products to 150ml in schools in England have sparked fears that the timescale for change is too tight.

Brand-specific personalisation portal for digital-print cartons

21-Mar-2014 - Visitors to last month’s Ipex show in London were able to design their own personalised or short-run digitally printed cartons via a brand-specific portal, able to play either a business or consumer-facing role.

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FIR your questions answered – in pictures

10-Mar-2014 - Last month the Food Manufacture Group assembled a crack-team of webinar speakers to help equip food and drink businesses with the information they need to prepare for the Food Information to Consumers Regulation, due to be enforced on December 13 2014.

Weigher/bagmaker with promise of fast payback

03-Mar-2014 - A range of entry-level weigher/bagmaker combination units has been developed by Ishida Europe. The units are said to offer an economic, medium-speed solution for food manufacturers, thus delivering a fast payback on a reduced investment cost while ensuring consistent weights, pack quality and seal integrity.

’Tis the season for a recipe campaign

03-Mar-2014 - A campaign of seasonal recipes by Premier Foods’s gravy brand Bisto has been assisted by the use of multi-page leaflet labels. The labels are called Fix-a-Form and were developed by packaging and promotion firm Denny Bros and digital packaging firm Pulse Media.

New ink addresses contamination risks

03-Mar-2014 - A mineral oil-free (MOF) black ink has been developed by Domino to address increasing concerns about the migration of printing inks and mineral oils onto the carton board and food packaging.

Get on top of the recycling game

03-Mar-2014 - It will be easier to recycle cartons in future, thanks to the launch of a new product from Tetra Pak, which lets consumers detach plastic tops from carton sleeves, enabling them to be recycled separately

Carlsberg: probably the best sustainable supplier rethink

03-Mar-2014 - Denmark’s Carlsberg Group is creating a new model for supply chain co-operation on sustainability, with targets for achieving ‘cradle-to-cradle’ certified packaging in different materials every year for the next three years.

‘We need leadership on food waste’

03-Mar-2014 - Ambitions to build on the UK’s 21% reduction in avoidable domestic food waste recorded since 2007, and recognition of packaging’s role in facilitating such change, are being undercut by lack of central government commitment, specific targets and funding, say packaging industry experts.

X-ray can spot specific invaders

03-Mar-2014 - Innovation in quality control and the ability to tailor equipment for a variety of food packing applications will be the key themes of Ishida Europe’s Foodex stand.

Heat sealer handles flexible tray formats

03-Mar-2014 - A brand new tray sealer and the latest in energy saving systems will be highlights of the Proseal stand at Foodex. For the first time in the UK, the heat sealing specialist will show its new GT5 tray sealer, which in twin configuration can achieve in excess of 200 trays a minute. It will also demonstrate the benefits of its E-Seal and Hot Rod systems.

Slideable labels give consumers a better view

03-Mar-2014 - Two new linerless labels will be exhibited by Ravenwood UK at Foodex 2014.

Low energy tray sealers can cut costs by 90%

03-Mar-2014 - Electric flexible tray sealers designed to seal film, foil or board lids to plastic, foil or board trays, will be shown by Packaging Automation (PA). Speeds ranging from 15 to 150 packs a minute mean that equipment can cater for the needs of the start-up to the multi-national manufacturer,

Labeller improves productivity

03-Mar-2014 - Desk-top jar and bottle labelling equipment that helps firms save money while satisfying demand for attractive and informative products will be on display on the Advanced Dynamics stand at Foodex.

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Firms face early adopters’ penalty for FIR label changes

28-Feb-2014 - Food and drink manufacturers who have taken early action to comply with the EU’s new food labelling legislation could face an early adopters’ penalty, if their label changes are superseded by new rules. 

News in brief

Singing lasagne hits the right note with Waitrose customers

21-Feb-2014 - A singing lasagne has proved a hit with Waitrose customers as sales of Charlie Bigham’s ready meals have more than tripled as a result of the novelty dish, according to the retailer.

Tesco and M&S reject Which?’s ‘dodgy discounts’ claim

19-Feb-2014 - Tesco and Marks & Spencer (M&S) have rejected claims from consumer watchdog Which? that consumers find some of their pricing policies as difficult to understand as “tackling an obstacle course”.

Coming soon: Red Tractor logo on branded ready-meals

14-Feb-2014 - Branded ready-meal manufacturers are likely to adopt the Red Tractor quality assurance scheme logo over the next few months, according to the boss of the scheme.

Coca-Cola changes face of digital print

13-Feb-2014 - Few can have failed to notice last summer’s Share a Coke campaign, with its apparently endless roster of first names staring out hopefully from chiller cabinets. And if it caught the consumer’s eye, it had a more profound impact on supply chain perceptions of digital print.

Shoppers urged not to demonise packaging

10-Feb-2014 - Consumers should not demonise food packaging, because it could prolong shelf-life, reducing the amount of products needlessly binned, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Thermal transfer for traceability

04-Feb-2014 - A new 53XL80 thermal transfer coder is helping bakery ingredients supplier Puratos to improve traceability and fulfil 24-hour production requirements.

On form to meet vending machine soup demand

04-Feb-2014 - Newly-established supplier to the vending industry, Gloucestershire-based Maxpax, is investing in a second TFS 400 Thermoformer from Ulma Packaging. The machine will vacuum wrap paper cups to meet the growing demand for its Incup range of drinks for Knorr Soups and Bovril savoury drinks.

Flexible packaging enables range’s diverse design

04-Feb-2014 - FFP Packaging Solutions has supplied flexible packaging for Whitworths’ latest dried fruit, nut and seed latest product launch - a breakfast range consisting of 30 new products with 13 film designs. The five sub-ranges of products include: Morning Munch, Shots, Sprinkles, Toppers and Flavours, which are available in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose stores.

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