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Coca-Cola Enterprise’s holy trinity for health

04-Jun-2013 - Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will focus on reformulation, pack sizes and advertising messaging in order to meet its Public Health Responsibility Deal obligations, in a move bosses no doubt hope will stave off the lingering threat of statutory intervention.

Drawstring bag keeps bread fresher

04-Jun-2013 - The 32% of bread that UK households ditch adds up to 680,000t/year, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme. That's why Flexico UK has designed the Cordogrip double drawstring bag to keep bread fresher for longer.

Flexible flow wrapper makes fruit and veg packing easy

04-Jun-2013 - A horizontal flow wrapper has been designed for packaging fruit and vegetables, bakery, confectionery, snacks and general foods.

Technology tackles theft of transit packaging

04-Jun-2013 - Allied Bakeries is addressing the growing problem of transit packaging theft and loss with plastics recycler Luxus.

Can is the colour of consumption

04-Jun-2013 - Beverage can maker Rexam is laying claim to being the first company in the market to offer thermochromic printed ends to its customers. It has also introduced a range of photochromic ink.


Cracking codes

04-Jun-2013 - Far from 'quick response', some have dubbed QR codes 'quite rubbish'. But will the joke turn out to be on those manufacturers that choose to ignore them? Paul Gander scans the evidence and reports on his findings

Call for mandatory regimes to raise recycling input quality

04-Jun-2013 - There is an unusually wide consensus across the recycling value chain that materials recovery facilities (MRFs) should be subject to mandatory, rather than voluntary, quality requirements and testing regimes when it comes to their sorted output streams.

Less metal and a smooth wall for can

04-Jun-2013 - A new specification for continental canned vegetable brand Bonduelle combines a nitrogen-dosed, pressurised steel food can with a 15% overall reduction in can weight, thanks to a significantly thinner wall, no requirement for beading, but also - critically - a heavier easy-open end.

Food packaging firm unveils £2.2M investment

04-Jun-2013 - A Northern Ireland food packaging manufacturer is investing £2.2M to create 10 new jobs at its Dungannon site.

Consumer recycling key to carbon footprint: CCE

30-May-2013 - Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has launched a study with 10 British households to understand why recycling rates are so low despite people claiming they frequently recycle.

UK’s first dedicated beverage carton recycling plant to open

13-May-2013 - Half of UK local authorities now offer kerbside recycling of beverage cartons – a 12-fold increase from 2006, new figures reveal.

Partners convey new ideas

30-Apr-2013 - Conveying and palletising manufacturer Kensal Handling Systems will display a selection from its product range, including a stainless steel conveyor at The Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition.

Mix up the materials in the laboratory

30-Apr-2013 - Winkworth will unveil a laboratory mixer, the compact Lab Zc, which is designed for mixing, kneading and blending materials for product research and development and easy cleaning.

Servo-driven tray bake portioning

30-Apr-2013 - Automation specialist Quasar Automation will be launching the Soni-Cut tray bake cutting and portioning system at the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition.

Second chance for Blu-Robots

30-Apr-2013 - Packing equipment specialist Pacepacker Services will launch its Blu-Robot pick and place range of second user automation systems, at this year's Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition. The reconditioned equipment, which is ideal for seasonal packers or low volume product producers, can be used to handle primary and secondary packaging including punnets, netted produce, cartons, retailer trays and sacks.

It's time for teacakes to be picked and placed

30-Apr-2013 - Schubert, the automated packaging system specialist, will be presenting an F44 picker line at this year's Total show.

Two companies show their metal

30-Apr-2013 - Two of industry's detection specialists: Loma Systems which focuses on the food sector and Lock Inspection, on pharmaceuticals, will debut their new collaboration at the Total show.

Universal Robot makes light of automation

30-Apr-2013 - R A Rodriguez will be showing the Universal Robot, a lightweight robotic arm that provides easy automation, at The Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition. It will demonstrate how complementary technology can now add intelligence and even greater scope to its application.

Automation and integration mean productivity

30-Apr-2013 - Ishida Europe will demonstrate how automation and integration can deliver improved efficiencies, maximum throughput and fast return on investment, at The Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition.

Think small when it comes to print

30-Apr-2013 - Videojet will present its new 50 series (1550/1650) small character inkjet printers as part of its 1000 series range, at The Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition. The 1650 and 1550 are designed to minimise planned and unplanned downtime and maximise printer availability for daily and multi-shift applications with line speeds of up to 293m/min and 278.6m/min respectively.

Faster, more efficient changeovers

30-Apr-2013 - Improving the speed and efficiency of product changeovers on multi-product lines is what Sick UK's new RapCo system, launched at Total 2013, is all about. It is claimed to offer a reliable, automated solution to protect product quality while boosting productivity.

A case for shelf-ready packs

30-Apr-2013 - The centrepiece of Endoline's stand will be its latest case erector for shelf-ready packaging (SRP). The 248 is a servo-driven automatic high-speed case erector, which has a glueing system to seal the bottom of each case as it's formed.

Pack a punch

30-Apr-2013 - The Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition , which incorporates packaging show Pakex, The Processing & Packaging Machinery Association show and Interphex, for the pharmaceuticals sector, takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from June 4 to 6

Rental service could be small firms' route to automation

30-Apr-2013 - For firms seeking to reduce labour costs and improve efficiency, packaging automation is a logical step. But with many smaller companies strapped for cash and starved of loans, could equipment rental prove to be the rational route to avoid capital expenditure?

UK base cuts cost of carton recycling

30-Apr-2013 - Combined with the latest 12.5% hike in landfill tax, the availability of UK beverage carton recycling capacity for the first time in seven years from July will doubtless spur more local authorities to launch kerbside collections.

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