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Visibility and portion control loom large for cartonboard

Manufacturers, which in the past avoided making processed foods visible to shoppers, are increasingly tending to use windowed packs, especially for premium products – even on frozen lines – says...

Investment in new packaging kit is picking up

The willingness of food and drink companies, especially start-ups, to invest in equipment for new product and packaging started to grow in 2015 for the first time since 2007, according...

Food manufacturers should adopt ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labels

Food and drink manufacturers should adopt ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labelling on their products which show how much activity is needed to burn off the calories in them, according to the...

Flowrapper meets growing demand for cook-in-the-bag chickens

Ulma Packaging is targeting poultry processors with equipment that enables cook-in-the-bag chickens to be manufactured.

Tray sealer raises spud packing productivity

The installation of a tray sealer at potato supplier Branston’s Lincoln factory has dramatically improved efficiency and reduced the cost of production.

Film prevents mineral oil migration

An online petition launched late last year in Europe by lobby group FoodWatch, which called for action to be taken against the use of mineral oils in food, has been...

Yollies feature easy peel and release technology

Global packaging producer Amcor has worked with Kerry Foods to introduce an innovative yogurt on a stick specifically designed for children’s lunchboxes.

Nesquik bunny ad banned for ‘same old tricks’

A Nesquik bunny advert has been banned for claiming that hot chocolate gives children a “great start to the day”.

Six top trends to drive food and drink packaging

The inexorable rise of digital printing is the first of six key trends set to influence the global food and drink packaging industry next year, according to a new report...

Bio-based materials grow market share

Packaging continues to dominate end uses for bioplastics – snapping up around 70% of 2014 production – but food packaging is likely to stay focused on biodegradable options rather than...

Shingle tray loader overcomes vertical pack problems

Pacepacker Services has designed a shingle tray loader (STL) to solve the problem of how you get the last pack into a tray when automating vertical tray packing.

Aluminium foil recycling rates rise in Europe

Data released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) confirms that recycling rates in Europe for aluminium foil (alufoil) trays and semi-rigid containers in 2013 reached 55% – but the...

End-of-line automation on the up

Automation of end-of-line packaging is increasing as food firms try to cut costs by cutting manual labour and improving product quality and consistency, says Interfood Technology.

Seafood packing trays that extend product shelf-life

A new seafood packing system that gives logistical and sustainability benefits compared with more traditional packs, has been introduced by RPC Bebo Kristiansand Food Packaging Systems (formally Promens Kristiansand).

EU machine compliance fears

Companies purchasing packaging machinery on the assumption that it meets CE-marking and other EU regulations should go through a rigorous pre-acceptance checklist with the supplier, according to one machine safety...

Market for transit returnables growing fast in protein sectors

The use of plastic returnable transit packaging (RTP) in UK food is growing, says supplier PPS, notably in the meat, poultry and fish sectors, though there is little evidence that...

Easy open flexible package agreement covers ‘bubble in the seal’

Flexible barrier packaging specialist Flextrus has announced a cooperation agreement with PopPack, under which new ‘bubble in the seal’ stechnologies will be introduced to easy open flexible packages. The innovation...

PA tray sealers adopt SkinPAC technology

Packaging Automation (PA) has extended its range of tray sealing machines and developed SkinPAC, the novel pack format for enhanced presentation, preservation and protection of fresh meat and fish products.

Thermal transfer overprinters cut packaging costs

Family-owned fresh produce business S&A Group is using Zodiac thermal transfer overprinters from Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE) to help reduce packaging costs and increase coding efficiency across its two production...

Bespoke line for IQF ready meals

German frozen food manufacturer Jütro Tiefkühlkost has installed a bespoke packing line from Ishida to handle the weighing, sealing and checkweighing of individually quick frozen (IQF) ready meals.

Fresh produce packer Elision opens second site

Fresh produce packer Elision UK has more than doubled its site capacity by opening a second facility.

Factory closure plans put 245 jobs at risk: union

The proposed closure of a food packaging factory puts nearly 250 jobs at risk and has been described as a “body blow” for Welsh manufacturing.

Digital temperature-check labels still blocked by their cost

Printed electronic labels allowing item-level digital temperature monitoring are still being held back by cost and, in some cases, technical considerations, an active and intelligent (A&I) packaging seminar will hear...

The Cheese Warehouse upgrades its labellers

The Cheese Warehouse, based at Whitchurch, Shropshire, has installed advanced printer applicators with high-performance printers on its production lines to replace inefficient labelling equipment, which no longer met its needs...

Ishida adds leak detector to its range of kit

A new leak detector for fresh foods was unveiled by Ishida Europe at the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association show, which was staged at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham...