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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.

Green packs mean more sales growth

Greener packaging targets are the catalyst behind plastics firm Re Pet's 40% year-on-year growth as demand rockets for its food-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Lightweight yet robust solution for mince

An innovative lightweighting project has enabled multi-material packaging manufacturer Linpac Packaging to compete against the inline thermoforming (form, fill, seal) market for the first time and offer packers a more...

Robotic loader gets on the case

A new case erecting and robotic loading station at Nairn's Oatcakes in Scotland has automated a labour-intensive job, improved efficiency, and overcome limitations to meet retailer expectations on shelf-ready applications.


Costly sledgehammer to crack an EC nut

The European Commission (EC) is calling for tenders for a study on mandatory origin labelling of milk, milk used as an ingredient and unprocessed meat other than beef, pig, poultry,...

News in brief

Sale rescues jobs at confectionery packaging firm

Bridgnorth-based company Discovery Foils, which supplies foil packaging to dairy processors and confectionery brands such as Cadbury, has been bought out of administration by Slovakian business Moneta Packaging.

Pallet project to slash food industry costs

Pallet specialist CHEP is to lead a campaign to bring manufacturers and retailers into agreement on a standard pallet size, which it claims offers huge potential cost savings.