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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...

Dairygold invests in £300k packaging line

Dairygold Food Ingredients UK has invested £300,000 in a new packaging line for its soft cheese products at its Leeds site.

News in brief

Nestlé’s Kit Kat name change angers food industry

Nestlé’s decision to change the name of its Kit Kat brand to YouTube Break has been described as “nonsense” and “stupid” by readers of this website.

Nestlé changes Kit Kat name to YouTube Break

Food manufacturer Nestlé has changed the name of its iconic Kit Kat to YouTube Break, its biggest redesign in its 80-year history.

Digital design takes a large step into the future

Packaging design and production software specialist Esko’s acquisition of US-based digital asset management (DAM) system provider MediaBeacon has been billed as a “big step forward” and “quite a differentiator” by...

Plastic bottle recycling under threat

The tribulations suffered by at least two major UK plastic bottle recyclers in recent months highlight the larger-scale crisis gripping the UK's bottle-to-bottle food-grade plastics recycling sector, with rock-bottom prices...

Aldi launches chicken in self-venting packs

Aldi's new range of flavoured/added value roast in the bag chickens is the first to feature FFP's Estercook SV laminate, a new self-venting version.

Label dispenser rated for IP69K

The latest LD label dispensers from Multivac Marking & Inspection are optionally available for use under strict hygiene requirements, or for use in low-risk areas.

Pots for easy snacking on display at Italian show

Extended shelf-life, effective product protection, maximum convenience and optimum brand display are some of the benefits claimed for the variety of packs that will be on display by the RPC...

Industry won't 'swallow' this book

Food and drink manufacturers have been unfairly attacked by a recently published book that tried to shame the sector for allegedly misleading consumers about clean labels, one industry expert has...

Oxo-biodegradables come under fire again

New research from Michigan State University (MSU) has reignited the heated debate between advocates of compostable and oxo-biodegradable plastics.

Barrier properties for bottle use

Evidence from testing activity suggests that coating specialists are developing barriers with selective gas permeability in order to tailor in-bottle atmospheres to suit different beverages, rather as product-specific modified atmosphere...


Why many heads make light work of packaging needs

Multihead weighers are being fine-tuned to the needs of specific products, as Paul Gander discovers

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Bosch launches speedy carton machine

Breakfast cereal manufacturers and frozen pizza suppliers have access to cartoning technology that can slash changeover times and maintain consistently high yields, courtesy of Bosch Packaging Technology.

Defect detector checks 100% of modified packs

A technology to detect defects in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) has been developed by Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group. The Mapax LD is a high-speed, non-destructive, in-line...

Cryogenic freezing gets on with MAP

Food processors can now extend shelf-life and boost the quality of fresh produce, thanks to a new procedure which combines the best of cryogenic freezing with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP).

Tray sealers ensure speedy processing of soft fruit

Soft fruit packer S&A Produce of Marden near Hereford is using Proseal tray sealers to pack a range of products at speeds of up to 115 packs per minute (ppm)....

Visibility of shelf-ready raised

Brand visibility on supermarket shelves is claimed to be boosted by as much as 50%, thanks to a new development in shelf-ready packaging (SRP). Smurfit Kappa’s Shelf-Facer pulls products to...