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‘Fake’ farm brands spark complaint from NFU

Retailers’ use of “fake” farm brands has sparked a formal complaint from the National Farmers Union (NFU) to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Halal wholesaler fined £25,000 over controlled waste

A Birmingham halal meat wholesaler has been ordered to pay more than £25,000 after being found guilty of failing to prevent controlled waste escaping from its premises.

Paper vertical form-fill-seal system aims for higher speeds

A new paper-only vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) technology for dry goods, able to produce both gable-top and ‘brick’-type sachets with dust-tight seals, is likely to expand further into windowed options and...

Collaboration optimises Xaar printheads

Industrial inkjet technology specialist Xaar used the Drupa show in Germany last month to announce its collaboration with Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) to deliver and sell drive electronics and ink...

Continuous inkjet printers get enhanced features

Linx Printing Technologies has extended its recently-launched Linx 8900 CIJ (continuous inkjet) printer range with the introduction of two models, which further enhance their capabilities in the food and drink sectors.

Labeller can wrap around corners

Industrial printer supplier Videojet has launched a Corner Wrap applicator for its 9550 ‘print and apply’ labeller.

Photoelectric sensors raise packaging machine safety

An automated safety solution to solve a common problem on packaging machines has been developed by industrial safety specialist Sick.

Combination 'food-to-go' packs now in smaller sizes

Packaging supplier Colpac has expanded its range of Combione packaging in direct response to foodservice and retail demand for more varied packaging sizes for the ‘food-to-go’ market.

Semi-automatic sealer launched for skin-deep packs

What is claimed to be the world’s first semi-automatic tray sealer for skin-deep packs, has been introduced by Proseal.

World's lightest aluminium seafood can

Pioneering development work at Ardagh Group’s specialist aluminium can plant in Cuxhaven, north Germany, has resulted in the production of the world’s lightest aluminium seafood can.

Integrated printers give cost savings

The Cercle Vert group, a distributor of food and non-food products in the Paris area, has integrated Printronix line matrix printers into the heart of its IT system, saving it €1M...

Packaging distributor creates jobs

A new food packaging distribution centre has created 15 jobs at Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire, with further recruitment planned for later this year, according to Taylor Davis, which opened it.

Canned drinks: product differentiation more affordable

Various options for making a beverage can distinctive in terms of graphics, structure and additional features are becoming more affordable and will change the way brands differentiate themselves over the...

Rise in multi-sensory packaging in the food and drink sector

Apart from the visual, the role of the senses tends to be underplayed and underexploited in food and drink packaging, as Paul Gander sniffs out.

Food packaging plant accident severs fingers

A London-based food packaging company has been fined £7,000 for safety failings, after an employee lost two fingers in an accident.

Scots ‘bottle tax’ fears for UK drinks industry

Drinks companies would suffer “very significant financial implications” if the Scottish government were to implement a ‘bottle tax’ through a nationwide deposit return system on beverage containers, the head of...

Chemicals in plastic food containers could damage children’s teeth

Chemicals commonly found in plastic food containers may be weakening children’s teeth, new research has claimed.

Coca-Cola Enterprises ploughs £14M into Morpeth factory

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has opened a new water-processing and bottling line at its Morpeth site, in Northumberland, following a £14M spend.

Condition monitoring needs hands-on diagnostic expertise

An overreliance on collecting condition monitoring (CM) data could be hampering maintenance teams in their quest to improve plant operational efficiency, industrial service provider Eriks UK has warned.

Multi-page labels add more space

Food labelling will become more complex from December 2016 when the latest requirements of the EU’s Food Information for Consumers Regulation come into force, making it mandatory for products to...

Flow-wrapper for field packaging of produce

A flow-wrapper has been launched by Paramount Packaging Systems that has been adapted for high-speed operation on the mobile field harvesting rigs widely used by fresh produce growers.

Heritage redesign for bakery packs

Brand marketing specialist The Market Creative has brought the GH Sheldon family back on to the packaging of some of the nation’s best-loved baked goods.

Entry-level sleeve and carton coder is launched

The Celtic Bakers, a north London baker of hand-crafted breads, cakes and patisserie, has become one of the first users of Rotech’s new RF-Lite sleeve and carton coder.

Activity-based labels are on the move

A proposal to introduce activity-equivalent calorie labels from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), has been met with a cautious welcome from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)....

Metal market ‘well-placed’ on innovation and environment

Metal’s ‘endlessly recyclable’ credentials, along with continued structural innovation, will become more important over the next few years according to director and chief executive of the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA) William Boyd....