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Recloseable screw cap packs for soups and sauces

A recloseable screw cap is now being used to provide greater convenience when opening carton packs, and when pouring and portioning out long-life foods such as soups, sauces, tomato products...

Inert barriers extend shelf-life

An inert barrier technology to extend shelf-life is now available for the first time for plastic pots.


What people really, really want - or look for - on pack

Sir,Ask anyone whether they’d prefer food made from ‘natural’ or ‘artificial’ ingredients and the results will always favour the natural option (see article 'Demand for naturally-sweet rises ', Food Manufacture, October...

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Packaging firm appoints new commercial director

Food packaging machinery manufacturer Kliklok has appointed Simon Taylor as its new commercial director.

X-ray makes a very positive business case

Retailer demands for suppliers to use X-ray inspection remain important in driving uptake of the technology, but they are increasingly being superseded by a positive business case on the part...


Tomorrow’s packaging will involve sensory elements

The next generation of intelligent packaging could allow brand owners to give consumers totally new sensory experiences, Alyson Magee discovers

Make your modified atmosphere packaging more efficient

Many businesses using modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) on their food lines could do much more to make this part of the operation more efficient, according to an international supplier of...

DHL highlights four core packaging trends

Green materials including mushrooms and bamboo are being explored as one of four core packaging trends, according to Paul Young, director and head of packaging services DHL Supply Chain.

Better recyclate quality demanded

Caught between brand owners demanding more recycled material in their packs and local authorities reluctant to invest in better collection and sorting, packaging businesses are looking to technology to improve...

Food firms should look online for cost savings

Food and drink manufacturers should visit a free online database to find innovative packaging to save money and reduce their environmental impact, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme...

Entry level weigher/bagmaker combos launched

Ishida Europe has developed a range of entry-level weigher/bagmaker combination units which is claimed to offer an economic, medium-speed solution for food manufacturers. These units are said to deliver a...

Ink jet for harsh dairy environment

A new continuous ink jet (CIJ) printer - the A520i - has been launched by Domino, which can withstand the harsh dairy environment while delivering flexible, consistent and high quality...

Cook makes Faerch Plast its sole CPET supplier

Frozen ready meal manufacturer Cook has appointed Faerch Plast as its sole supplier of crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) trays

Renewable sensation for Hovis

Hovis has worked with Amcor Flexibles in the development of the new Hovis Seed Sensations bread bag made predominantly with renewable polyethylene (PE).

Safe and efficient transfer to and from packaging lines

Automation and linear motion specialist R A Rodriguez will exhibit a variety of products, ranging from automated programmable linear systems and flexible six-axis robots to precision bearings, gears, drives and...

Elite wraparound cartoning system to be launched at the show

Kliklok International will launch its new Certiwrap Elite wraparound cartoning system at the PPMA show.

Innovation is at the heart of Festo's packaging kit

Pneumatic and electric drive specialist Festo will showcase a number of its automated packaging systems. Visitors to Festo's stand will have the opportunity to discuss their packaging needs with its...

Robots for packaging and palletising

Five different food handling robots will be showcased by Fanuc, including clean-down protected IP67 and IP69K certified robots performing palletising and food packing assembly tasks.

Smart case packing speed and flexibility

End of line automation specialist Endoline Machinery will address the need for higher packing speeds and greater flexibility at this year's PPMA show with the launch of its latest Smart...

Adhesives in the dock for causing reproductive failures

New research into the potential reprotoxic impact of chemicals migrating from multilayer plastics has thrown the spotlight on adhesives, guidance on ‘non-intentionally added substances’ (NIAS), and the synergistic effects of...

Eco-friendly plan blooms at Tulip

Meat processor Tulip has launched a packaging overhaul in an effort to slash waste and greenhouse gas emissions, signalling its commitment to the Waste & Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP’s) Courtauld...

Seaweed provides environmentally-friendly grease barrier

A commercialised grease-resistant coating for paper and board, which is based on seaweed extract, is ticking all of the environmental boxes and should be available in less than three years,...

App lets designers share ideas

A development tool, which allows packaging designers to create artwork on three-dimensional (3D) digital models of their chosen container, is now also available on mobile devices.

Food contact risk software sparks debate

How soon EU regulators and the supply chain start to take realistic exposure levels into account in assessing risk in food-contact packaging could depend on the European Food Safety Authority’s...

Bagmakers adopt ultrasonic sealing technology

Ultrasonic technology has been introduced into Ishida Europe’s Atlas range of bagmakers. The new Atlas 203-USS offers significant reductions in film and energy consumption to deliver cost savings and sustainability...