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EU machine compliance fears

Companies purchasing packaging machinery on the assumption that it meets CE-marking and other EU regulations should go through a rigorous pre-acceptance checklist with the supplier, according to one machine safety...

Market for transit returnables growing fast in protein sectors

The use of plastic returnable transit packaging (RTP) in UK food is growing, says supplier PPS, notably in the meat, poultry and fish sectors, though there is little evidence that...

Easy open flexible package agreement covers ‘bubble in the seal’

Flexible barrier packaging specialist Flextrus has announced a cooperation agreement with PopPack, under which new ‘bubble in the seal’ stechnologies will be introduced to easy open flexible packages. The innovation...

PA tray sealers adopt SkinPAC technology

Packaging Automation (PA) has extended its range of tray sealing machines and developed SkinPAC, the novel pack format for enhanced presentation, preservation and protection of fresh meat and fish products.

Thermal transfer overprinters cut packaging costs

Family-owned fresh produce business S&A Group is using Zodiac thermal transfer overprinters from Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE) to help reduce packaging costs and increase coding efficiency across its two production...

Bespoke line for IQF ready meals

German frozen food manufacturer Jütro Tiefkühlkost has installed a bespoke packing line from Ishida to handle the weighing, sealing and checkweighing of individually quick frozen (IQF) ready meals.

Fresh produce packer Elision opens second site

Fresh produce packer Elision UK has more than doubled its site capacity by opening a second facility.

Factory closure plans put 245 jobs at risk: union

The proposed closure of a food packaging factory puts nearly 250 jobs at risk and has been described as a “body blow” for Welsh manufacturing.

Digital temperature-check labels still blocked by their cost

Printed electronic labels allowing item-level digital temperature monitoring are still being held back by cost and, in some cases, technical considerations, an active and intelligent (A&I) packaging seminar will hear...

The Cheese Warehouse upgrades its labellers

The Cheese Warehouse, based at Whitchurch, Shropshire, has installed advanced printer applicators with high-performance printers on its production lines to replace inefficient labelling equipment, which no longer met its needs...

Ishida adds leak detector to its range of kit

A new leak detector for fresh foods was unveiled by Ishida Europe at the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association show, which was staged at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham...

Ulma displays line automation skills

Visitors to Ulma’s stand at the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association show, which was staged at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham earlier this month (September 29 to October 1),...

Permeability kit tests packs for barrier properties

Coveris, the manufacturer of flexible and rigid packaging, is using the Systech 8001 oxygen permeability analyser to validate the barrier performance of its packaging films.

Ovenable board makes new converts

By Paul GanderThe creator of a children's frozen meal range now selling in over 320 Sainsbury stores says that sourcing sustainable - and particularly recyclable - packaging was an early...

Urgent action need on food portion sizes: charity

The government should update its advice on food portion sizes urgently, warns a leading charity, after researchers advised smaller food packages could help to cut Britain’s obesity crisis. 

Smaller food and drink packages can 'beat obesity'

Smaller food and drink packages sold in supermarkets and smaller portions served at home and in restaurants could help beat Britain’s obesity crisis, claims news research from the University of...

What’s the canned food capital of Britain?

Any idea which city is the canned food capital of Britain? The answer is Birmingham, with its residents eating a whopping 640,000 cans a day, according to new research from...

Modified atmosphere pack leak testing inline

Ineffective inline testing for leaks in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) can have any number of negative impacts, making a new high-speed system based on infra-red (IR) spectrometry one of the...

Linking food and drink packs to social media

Drinks brands, and particularly premium brands, illustrate many of the ways in which packaging can interact more effectively with social media messaging and link with integrated marketing, according to one...

CMB canmaking Academy extends its training kit

Canmaking machinery provider CMB Engineering has installed one of its 3400 Die Necker multi-stage machines into its Academy based in Shipley, West Yorkshire. This will allow CMB to provide its...

Polyester lids for Weetabix pots

Weetabix’s new single serving breakfast pot range, launched last February, features polyester lids supplied by Bury-based Clondalkin Flexible Packaging, formerly known as Chadwicks Lids.

Tamper-evident closure for food tubs and trays

A novel tamper-evident closure is available from Waddington Europe (Par-Pak) which prevents tampering and includes a ‘flag’ to indicate when products have been interfered with.

Russian tastes for snacks grows

Four twin Ishida Atlas economy range ECO (Integrated Packaging Systems) are being used at KDV Group , Russia’s largest snack producer, to handle its growing production requirements.

Lower-costX-ray detection

A range of metal detection, checkweighing and X-ray inspection equipment will be shown by Loma Systems.

Simulation proves automation

Simulation to ensure that automated production systems are fit for purpose when installed, will be the focus of power and control specialist The Automated Technology Group (TATG).