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Transparent packs require more research

Transparent packaging for ready meals must meet consumer expectations or risk failure, warns a market research specialist.

Aluminium lids replaced with plastic at dairy

Dairy firm Stapleton has switched from using aluminium to pre-cut plastic lids across its entire range of yogurts to meet changing supermarket requirements.

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Food packaging firm appoints new manager

Food and drink packaging firm Clondalkin Group has appointed Rob Moore as its new key account manager.

Food packaging firm gets £33k bill for severed finger

A food packaging firm has been ordered to pay more than £33,000 after one of its workers suffered a severed finger and other hand injuries while trying to unblock a...

Diving into ovenable board for premium ready meals

The imminent start to UK production of MeadWestvaco’s (MWV’s) SmartFare ovenable and printable board packaging highlights the barriers to launching a new format in a high-volume category, even for a...

Europeans challenge UK traffic light scheme

The European Commission (EC) is investigating the UK's voluntary front-of-pack traffic light nutrition labelling scheme, following complaints from Member States (MS), which argued it influenced consumer choice and was an...

Quick changes for FIR compliance

Coding specialist Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE) is offering kit which it claims will help food companies prepare for the new EU Food information for Consumers regulation (FIR), which comes into...

'On-the-go' rosé in pouches for ease of use

French wine maker Vignerons Catalans has launched its Ville Soleil rosé in 1.5 litre pouches as well as bottles and bag-in-boxes

Ishida gets high visitor interest at Interpack show

Ishida Europe is celebrating what it claims is the most successful Interpack ever, including orders of over €3M secured at the show for its snack systems, multihead weighers and checkweighers.

Electric tray sealers cut pneumatic costs by 98%

When its retail customer Tesco requested a pack format change from flow wrapping to heat-sealed punnets, APS Salads took the opportunity to install electric tray sealers at its production sites...

Fast reactions in primary packs

Response times in industrial automation applications on primary packaging equipment have been reduced to just one microsecond (1µs) with Bernecker + Rainer’s (B&R’s) Reaction technology.

Control speed and quality in bagging

Vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) for light product, whether crisps or salad, is one of those areas where line speed, handling and quality control have to be balanced against each other. In...


Vast majority of food firms unprepared for FIR

The vast majority (80%) of food manufacturers are not prepared for the labelling changes needed before the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR) takes effect on December 13 2014, according to Campden BRI.

£73,000 bill for ‘appalling’ safety at packaging firm

A firm that makes plastic food packaging has been ordered to pay more than £73,000, after its “appalling” safety standards led to a worker’s injury.

Man packaging: not for girls?

From Yorkie bars to Coke Zero, the food industry has shown itself to be sceptical about the role of gender-orientated packaging – particularly where it targets men. But a new...

Food and drink brands catch World Cup fever

A nationwide World Cup BBQ party beckons, with shoppers set to stock up on food and drink ahead of the England football team’s opening match with Italy on Saturday, Tesco...

Think before you shoot with World Cup branding

Food and drink manufacturers should think before they shoot before rushing to jump on the World Cup bandwagon or they might risk scoring an own-goal, warns MMR Research Worldwide (MMR).

Packaging will play key role in food sustainability

Packaging’s role in food chain sustainability needs to be better understood, says Alyson Magee.

CCE to change 300,000 festival-goers recycling habits

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will attempt to change the recycling habits of over 300,000 people at UK music festivals this summer, according to the firm’s director for recycling.

Pizza box concept permits flexibility in use

A new pizza box concept has been introduced by plastic packaging specialist Faerch Plast, in which the base is produced from crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) for use in ovens -...

Ragú first to use new barrier pack

The latest addition to the range of one of Britain’s oldest pasta sauces, Ragú, has become the first UK product to go on-shelf in a new type of oxygen barrier...

Yeo Valley adopts unique lid coding system

Chadwicks has developed a lidding system for a range of Yeo Valley dairy products that applies a unique code. The code, which is only revealed when the polyester lid is...

Chocs and biscuits get wrapped

Chocolate, confectionery and biscuit makers in the UK are being targeted with new flowrapping equipment from Ulma Packaging.

Recycle-friendly label stock makes a splash in Europe

In a boost for beverage brand owners wanting to increase the recyclability of their plastics and recyclers wanting to maximise their yields, new pressure-sensitive label materials which disengage at the...

Food firms slam local government labelling criticism

Food and drink manufacturers have rejected claims from the Local Government Association (LGA) that they are contributing to Britain’s obesity crisis by failing to back traffic light labelling.