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Coming soon: Red Tractor logo on branded ready-meals

Branded ready-meal manufacturers are likely to adopt the Red Tractor quality assurance scheme logo over the next few months, according to the boss of the scheme.

Coca-Cola changes face of digital print

Few can have failed to notice last summer’s Share a Coke campaign, with its apparently endless roster of first names staring out hopefully from chiller cabinets. And if it caught...

Shoppers urged not to demonise packaging

Consumers should not demonise food packaging, because it could prolong shelf-life, reducing the amount of products needlessly binned, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Thermal transfer for traceability

A new 53XL80 thermal transfer coder is helping bakery ingredients supplier Puratos to improve traceability and fulfil 24-hour production requirements.

On form to meet vending machine soup demand

Newly-established supplier to the vending industry, Gloucestershire-based Maxpax, is investing in a second TFS 400 Thermoformer from Ulma Packaging. The machine will vacuum wrap paper cups to meet the growing...

Flexible packaging enables range’s diverse design

FFP Packaging Solutions has supplied flexible packaging for Whitworths’ latest dried fruit, nut and seed latest product launch - a breakfast range consisting of 30 new products with 13 film...

'Second skin' film has natural appeal

Film and foil packaging firm Clondalkin Wentus has introduced a new skin-tight film for the food processing industry. It has a long shelf-life and high barrier properties, which makes it...

New checkweighers give the right response

Universal Flexible Packaging (UFP) has installed three new Ishida DACS-W checkweighers at its Leicester factory. It now has five Ishida multihead weighers and 12 checkweighers.

Ainsley Harriet’s soup in a tub

The Ainsley Harriott brand has expanded its product range, made by Symington’s, with what is claimed to be the first-ever soup stored at ambient temperature and packaged in a tub....

The latest technology in the bag

This month’s Packaging Innovations show, which takes place at Birmingham’s Nationals Exhibition Centre (February 26 and 27), promises to introduce visitors to some exciting new developments in food and drink...

Direct network links help to manage data proliferation

With the growing amount of data being generated for - and on - packaging lines, particularly around printers, readers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), cameras and other peripherals, food and drink...


Letter to Editor: Why we have really made a mess of things in Britain?

Sir, I am writing about Paul Gander’s article (‘Make the FIR fly ’), published in Food Manufacture, October 2013, p47.

Fight against food waste gets political

The Fresher for Longer (FFL) initiative – which brings together key industry bodies, environmental groups and politicians – is helping to forge a consensus on packaging’s role in reducing the UK’s high...

Meat processors battle mandatory labels

Meat processors in the UK are set against the mandatory origin labelling of meat used as an ingredient, according to the director of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) Stephen...

Analyser offers better control and traceability

An online gas analyser for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) equipped thermoforming and tray-sealing machines has been designed to offer better process control and traceability.

‘Quantum leap’ in food packaging

A peelable lidding film has been introduced for ready meals that removes the need for cardboard sleeves, while delivering cost savings and reducing packaging.

Tea packager prints to envelop point of difference

Gloucester-based tea packager Infusion GB is printing directly on to enveloped tea bags for the first time, following its investment in three Domino G220i thermal ink jet printers.

Installation triples snack output

The installation of Ishida’s latest snacks packing solution - 18-head multi-head weighers and Atlas bagmakers with advanced Ishida integrated Total Packaging Systems (iTPS) software - at Kolak Snack Foods in...

'Belt and braces' barrier extends shelf-life on plastics

The possibility of doubling up oxygen barrier in in-mould labels with the same barrier in the pot itself has enabled a Scandinavian seafood firm to move from metal packaging to...

Absolut Vodka makes pack-to-pack difference

For premium brands looking for a point of difference, Absolut Vodka has blazed a trail with a second range of unique bottles, providing pack-to-pack as well as brand-to-brand differentiation.

Food promotional coding gets mobile boost

Digital promotions driven by on-pack coding are providing brands with security, the ability to market test concepts and, when combined with mobile technology, even the option of reacting to where...

Supermarkets praised for clearer pricing by government

Britain’s top 10 supermarkets have been praised by a government minister for making pricing clearer and simpler for consumers, less than a month after consumer watchdog Which? accused them of “dodgy...

Film: a day in the life of a fish box

A film showing ‘A day in the life of a fish box’ – from port to plate – has proved a surprise hit on YouTube, according to its producers, the British...

Robots help meet growth in demand for plastics

Færch Plast, which makes plastic containers for the food industry, has reported significant growth in demand for products made at its UK manufacturing facility since it was first opened in...

High-temperature film cooks the bird in the bag

Asda has introduced a range of prepared ready to be roasted whole chicken in a bag.

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