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Police probe explosion at food packaging plant

An explosion at a food packaging factory in Scotland is currently under investigation by police.

Why it pays to keep circular economy options open

As the EU’s Circular Economy Plan progresses towards full scrutiny by the European Parliament, and food and drink manufacturers ask what precisely the implications will be for their choice of...

FDF launches packaging sustainability checklist

A new food and drink packaging checklist has been launched by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), to help producers optimise their packaging systems.

Packaging innovation on show at Pro2Pac

Innovation in food and drink packaging continues apace and this year’s Pro2Pac show will highlight some of the latest developments.

Food label changes ‘could save £1bn a year’

Household food waste could be cut by £1bn a year by improving food packaging and labelling, says the Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP).

New PET bottle bases launched for 'extreme' production environments

A new range of bottle bases is claimed to ensure better performance of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles for carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) produced and distributed in extreme environmental conditions.

Sushi convenience packs for Spanish retailer

Fresh food packaging manufacturer Linpac has collaborated with Norway’s Leroy Seafood Group to produce a range of resource-efficient sushi convenience packs, which will be supplied exclusively to Spanish retailer Mercadona....

Wet and dry food-to-go combined

An innovative microwaveable food packaging concept was launched by Colpac at the Packaging Innovations Show, which took place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham earlier this month (March 1–2).

Seafood shelf-life gets a boost with vacuum skin packs

Extending the shelf-life of seafood using vacuum skin packs will be one of Mutlivac’s focuses at the forthcoming Seafood Processing Global trade fair, which takes place in Brussels from April...

Food polythene firm fined after agency worker injury

A polythene film manufacturer, which supplies the food and agricultural industries, has been fined £6,000 after an agency worker’s hand was trapped in machinery.

News in brief

Fancy packs make better-for-you foods more appealing

Branding and pack graphics are helping to build positive consumer associations around better-for-you and free-from products, claims design agency Pearlfisher. New categories, such as non-alcoholic distilled drinks, now benefit from...

Asda accused of Slimming World trade mark breach

Asda is to face a legal challenge from Slimming World over the “unlawful” use of trade marks on its new diet food range.

Morrisons acquires potato packaging plant

Morrisons has acquired a potato packaging business in Angus, Scotland, from producer Farmcare, as part of a supply agreement.

Thatchers Cider installs its first canning line at Myrtle Farm facility

Somerset cidermaker Thatchers Cider has commissioned its first canning line at its Myrtle Farm production facility, which means it is now able to press and package all of its ciders...

Ring pull problems get analysed

An end could be in sight to consumer frustration when trying to open metal packaging that is too stiff, or where the ring pull detaches from the lid, thanks to...

Quick pulse heat sealing unit cuts film use

Potato processor Albert Bartlett has retrofitted Ceetak’s quick pulse heat (QPH) sealing technology onto the vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) machines at its Norfolk production facility.

Novel Bute Island Foods cheese lid causes challenges

A set of distinctively-shaped lids for a new range of dairy-free cheese from Bute Island Foods has been produced by Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury (formerly Chadwicks).

Meat shelf-life gets EU project focus

A new EU-funded project into fresh meat and the relationship between quality, shelf-life and packaging is examining the impact that product history and handling – as much as packaging systems...

Single-serve PET bottles are now 'small and affordable'

One reason why single-serve polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) have not tended to go below a certain size threshold is the ratio of volume to surface...

Counterfeiting to grow by 3% a year

Counterfeiting across the world is predicted to increase by 3% a year as globalisation creates increasingly complex and lengthy supply chains, according to new research from PMMI, the US Association...

Thermal transfer printers drive improved efficiency

Country Products, a packer of dried food and snacks, has reported a significant increase in production efficiency following the replacement of its old printers with new thermal transfer equipment.

Management tools for tray sealing equipment

Three new production management and fault diagnosis tools are now available from Packaging Automation (PA) to install on high speed tray sealing lines. 

Skin pack range is launched for meat and fish products

A new range of skin films for packs of meat, fish and other fresh foods has been introduced by food packaging and lidding supplier KM Packaging Services.

Easy pack opening for snack foods

Easy pack opening and enhanced shelf appeal of snacks on-the-go were the highlights of flexible packaging supplier Mondi’s exhibits at the Packaging Innovations show, which took place in Amsterdam from...

Glass effects support craft alcohol growth

The latest bottles to join the busy beer category, in particular, demonstrate how special effects and new options with glass are allowing brand-owners in the growing craft alcohol segment to...