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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...

Weetabix reduces its motor failures

Weetabix has saved thousands of pounds in maintenance costs by eliminating motor failures at its factory in Corby, following the installation of Marlin stainless steel AC motors from Lafert. These...

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Innovative food packaging to end sell-by-date labels

Innovative new food and drink packaging could kill off conventional ‘sell-by-date’ labels, according to innovation research firm Stylus.

Bespoke salami pot wins WorldStar 2015 award

A bespoke version of the SuperLock pot used for sliced salami has been honoured with a WorldStar 2015 award from the World Packaging Organisation. The pots were developed with Grilstad,...

Grape packer boosts efficiency

Evesham-based Valefresh, part of the Fresca Group, has improved the efficiency of its grape tray sealing line, while reducing costs, following the introduction of a Revolution tray sealer from Packaging...

Mackie’s Crisps installs new kit

Scottish crisp manufacturer Mackie’s Crisps is using three Ishida Integrated Total Packaging Systems (iTPSs) to produce snacks at its new factory at Inchcoonans in Errol, Perthshire.

Is it a lightbulb moment for printed electronics?

Organic and printed electronics technologies are gradually moving out of the lab and into production, says the organisation representing this sector in Europe, with packaging remaining an important (if cost-conscious)...

Better designs are in the hands of consumers

Brands should focus on broader, inclusive packaging design, rather than designing for the elderly - and might already be doing this, if consumers complained more often about the packs they...

Linear PET blowing line for dairy and beverages

A linear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) blowing module will be displayed by Bosch among its portfolio of packaging technologies.

Thermoformed packaging kit

A turnkey end-to-end line for packaging foods will be the highlight on Multivac's stand, which will showcase innovation in packaging, inspection and marking.

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Nutella jar fire torches family home and kills pet

A fire caused by the sun’s rays shining through a jar of Nutella chocolate spread has destroyed a family home in west London and killed a pet dog.

Scientists rubbish BPA safety levels

A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) has been rubbished by scientists in Denmark, who say consumers aren’t adequately protected.

Grappling with flexible film recycling

A project aiming to boost the volumes of packaging films recycled in the UK will encourage simpler (but not lower-performing) structures, help drive the development of barrier coatings and adhesives...

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Noble Foods constructs a new egg packing centre

Noble Foods has completed the construction of a £10M egg-packing centre in Oxfordshire, which is now providing up to 14.4M free-range eggs a week to the UK’s leading supermarkets.

Coding errors reduced at Greencore soup factory

Greencore Prepared Meals’s Kiveton site has reduced the risk of coding and packaging errors thanks to the expertise of systems integrator AutoCoding Systems.

Skin film extended for bulkier meat packs

Large products can now be securely packaged in TraySkin vacuum packs, which provide long shelf-life combined with an attractive presentation.

Better transparency for composites

Greater transparency is available in high barrier composite polypropylene (PP)/ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) /PP containers made by RPC Containers at Corby, thanks to its investment in new injection stretch blow...

Seabrook Crisps launches a new resealable pack

Yorkshire-based Seabrook Crisps has teamed up with Macfarlane Labels to launch an innovative, easy open and re-closeable labelling system for a new range of lattice hand-cooked crisps.

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