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Blow moulders help to cut costs

German packaging machinery specialist Krones has developed a blow moulder that can produce 81,000 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) beverage containers an hour, which are then filled with product and labelled in...

Chippindale Foods’ £4.2M investment to increase output

Yorkshire-based egg producer Chippindale Foods has invested £4.2M in a new 55,000m2 production facility in Flaxby, North Yorkshire, to boost output, following growing demand for its products.

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Diageo plugs ‘packaging line in a box’

Drinks giant Diageo is using a “packaging line in a box”, which it can ship overseas to set up production runs swiftly.

Voluntary allergen labelling could be allowed by law

Controversial provisions for voluntary allergen labelling could become legally incorporated within the Food Information for Consumers Regulations (FIC), according to a leading expert in the field.

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Labelling scheme faces European challenge

The UK's voluntary Front-of-Pack (FoP) nutrition labelling scheme could yet fail to be approved as other EU Member States seek to challenge its use – particularly for food placed on their...

Testing times in water vapour transmission

Absence of an ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) layer in board pot packaging has been found not to adversely affect water vapour transmission rates (WVTR) in tests carried out by food...

Automatic accurate weighing in sticky situations

The positioning of fresh meat and poultry in trays is said to be optimised with a new weigh batcher from Ishida Europe

Tray erector is a flexible friend

Müller Dairy at Market Drayton in Shropshire has installed a Linkx A3 carton tray erector in a project to increase the level of automation in its repack area.

Join the chilled food 'revolution'

Greencore Prepared Meals claims to have revolutionised chilled ready meals with the development of retorted meals with peelable film. The firm makes retorted chilled meals for customers such as Weight...

Will Mushroom Packaging run rings round the competition?

In May this year, Sealed Air announced the “immediate” launch of mycelium-based Mushroom Packaging cushioning in Europe. In October, it was still not commercially available in the UK. Some suspect...

Alliance aims to fill skills gap in packaging

An alliance of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) in the UK, the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) and Food and Drink Federation (FDF) aims to have a new...

Eco-friendly packaging from cocoa waste

Cocoa waste could help make chocolate wrappers and other food packaging, thanks to a pioneering process devised by UK paper manufacturer James Cropper.

Second bite of the grape for wine in pouches

After a false start in the three years to 2010, it looks as if wine in pouches could be back for a second ‘bite of the grape’, with retailer Asda...

Packaging for the changing face of retail

The changing face of retail is forcing food and drink manufacturers to reconsider their packaging options, according to the Faraday Centre for Retail Excellence.


Keen to be green

Are sustainable options in packaging still as much in demand as they were before the recession hit the UK? asks Paul Gander

Film seals in the flavour at high-temperatures

Multivac’s thermoformable Mylar Cook films were developed to prepare food in the high temperature range up to 218°C. Products are cooked in an oven or microwave in a sealed pack....

Lighter-weight bottles offer hot-fill flexibility

An enhanced range of bottles for hot-fill food and beverages, which uses a technology for improved filling, greater design flexibility, lighter weight and smoother walls, has been introduced by polyethylene...

Packs are 'the peak of flexographic print'

The premium ‘Menu From’ Waitrose salad packs have been described as “the current peak of flexographic print” by the company that prints the packs.

More flexibility, less downtime

Contract packer Thomas Hardy Brewing and Packaging, which packs beers, ciders and soft drinks, as well as offering brewing, blending and contract filling for many leading household brands, has upgraded...


Make the FIR fly

When it comes to the EU’s Food Information Regulation (FIR), little seems to be set in stone except the compliance deadlines, as Paul Gander reports

‘Training gap limits hygiene standards’

The full potential of packaging quality and hygiene standards in the supply chain is not being realised because of limited training options, a leading paper and board supplier has claimed.

Exhibitions have to stay small but add sparkle

UK packaging industry shows are striking a difficult balance between staying compact and cost-efficient for exhibitors while working harder to attract ever more elusive visitors.

Packaging breakthrough hikes fruit shelf-life

Retailers and fresh produce processors can obliterate rubbish and extend the time packaged fruit can be displayed in shops by two days, according to research unveiled this week.

New centre to recycle 40% of UK food and drink cartons

The UK’s only dedicated beverage carton recycling plant – capable of handling up to 40% (25,000t) of the cartons manufactured each year for the UK food and drink market –...

Stricter sterilising for sealing stand-up pouches

The new Cryovac Pro-A2 from Sealed Air is an aseptic horizontal form, fill and seal machine for aseptically filled liquid and viscous products.

03:43 pm 16 September 2014