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‘Drinks carton first’ uses electrons for hygiene

In what is being claimed to be a first for the beverage carton industry, Tetra Pak has launched a filling machine that uses electron beams, rather than hydrogen peroxide, to...


Birds get bagged

Pre-wrapped roast-in-the-bag chickens have been a success story of the past couple of years. Paul Gander hears from Asda and its key supplier

BRC packaging update pressures print

The cover design for Issue 5 of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials may make a simple egg box look like something out of...

Stretching the processes of packaging product innovation

A research project at Portsmouth University is compiling a picture of how UK product innovation relates to investment in process, including packaging equipment.

‘Abuse resistent’ bags for hard food

A new generation of multilayer coextruded bags is available from Cryovac to pack hard and very hard product segments in fresh red meat, cheese and smoked and processed meats.

A wide range of packaging machinery for bakers

Multivac will be exhibiting a wide range of packaging equipment for bakery products, cakes, pastries and snacks at the iba show, which takes place in Munich from September 12 to 17.

Progress in flexible pack design

Significant progress has been made in new designs of flexible packaging with improved recyclability, according to resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting, which is leading a collaborative research and development project...

Nestlé questions its shelf-life needs

Nestlé has suggested that its packaging for shelf-stable products may in many cases be overspecified, and that a more sustainable use of materials could go hand-in-hand with reduced shelf-life.

Flowrapper handles fresh food in pillow packs

A flowrapper for packaging fresh food in pillow packs with three seals in a modified atmosphere (MAP) has been introduced by Ulma Packaging.

Packs give Finnebrogue’s sausages an artisan look

Northern Ireland sausage maker Finnebrogue has worked closely with Holfeld Plastics, part of Waddington Europe, to give an artisan presentational style to its grand sausages.

Fox's launches new sharing containers

A new range of Chunkie cookies from Fox’s Biscuits, part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, has been specially packed to be easy to share, thanks to their custom-designed container developed...

Electric tray sealer reduces costs

Packaging Automation (PA) has extended its Eclipse range with the launch of the Eclipse 240, a fully-electric high-speed linear conveyor platen machine, ideal for sealing sandwich skillets.

Partnership brings near-field communications closer

Stora Enso says its decision to team up with electronics specialist NXP Semiconductors will allow the paper and board company to be first into the market for integrated ultra-high frequency...

Continuous ink jet printer provides flexible coding

New standards in performance and flexibility for coding and marking are said to be set by Domino’s latest i-Tech range of continuous ink jet systems.

Ink jet gives perfect print with minimal mistakes

The enhanced Linx 7900 continuous ink jet printer now comes with added capabilities to help food and drink customers print perfectly, minimise mistakes and measure production output.

Thermal printer for packaged foods

A thermal ink jet coder, which is suitable for packaged foods and able to print high-resolution codes on hard-to-print surfaces, has been launched by Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE).

Offline sleeve coder for Pots & Co

A new RF2 offline sleeve coding system from Rotech has given growing artisan desserts producer Pots & Co a flexible coding solution, enabling it to take on and fulfil major...

Holograms overlooked for security

The hologram may have gone out of fashion as a security feature in the face of higher-tech security technologies but still offers an essential layer of visible brand protection, in...

Porn ketchup link leaves Heinz red faced

Heinz has been left red faced after a promotional quick response (QR) code on a bottle of ketchup sent a customer to a hardcore pornography website.

'Roll-and-blow' for thin-walled polypropylene bottles

The Roll N Blow container-forming technology, which rolls sheet into a tube, heats and blows it in a mould, can be used for polypropylene (including barrier structures) and allows new...


Testing the temperature could boost safety

Smart labels could help consumers spotfood that's not safe to eat. But, retailers fear problems in their wider use, reports Paul Gander

Protection against mineral oil

Protection for one and a half years against mineral oil migration is claimed for the first biaxially oriented polypropylene film developed by Innovia Films.

Laila’s Fine Foods seals the deal

Ready meal supplier Laila’s Fine Foods has acquired two SL4 tray sealers from Packaging Automation’s Eclipse range to meet its growing throughput.

Swizzels revamps its share bags

Sweet manufacturer Swizzels has transformed the packaging of its bestselling Loadsa share bag range to ensure the £1 price-marked packaging stands out on shelf.

Fast and gentle packaging of biscuits

One of the Balkans’ largest confectionery companies, Evropa based in Macedonia, has purchased a ‘Gentle Slope’ CCW multi-head weigher from Ishida Europe to handle the fragile biscuit products the firm...