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Patisserie cartons offer stylish presentation on-shelf

Two leading food packaging manufacturers have teamed up to create a premium range of patisserie cartons ideal for cakes, cream buns, gateaux and pastries.

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Speciality Breads installs turnkey pack line

Artisan baker Speciality Breads has opened a new £3M 3,000m2 factory in Margate, which features a fully automated turnkey packaging line producing around 1,000 cases of product a day.

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Sealer launched for very large trays

Heat sealing specialist Proseal has introduced a new tray sealer specifically designed to handle very large food trays. The GT5exSD can seal trays up to 400mm wide, making it ideal...

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Permeability meter checks for pack degradation

It's no secret that the flow of oxygen and water vapour through the walls of snack or confectionery packs is the main causes of product degradation and quality loss. It...

Smoothing the way for recycled trays

Despite the recent turbulence in recycling markets, recycled content in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) trays for meat and chilled foods remains as important as ever, reinforced by clearer regulatory status and...

Novel packaging suppliers are becoming ‘brand champions’

Innovative proposals from packaging suppliers are now more likely to be welcomed by customers, especially where those suppliers act as well-informed ‘brand champions’, tailoring their proposals, one drinks industry insider...

Bagging machine accident costs salad firm £61k

A salad manufacturing firm has been ordered to pay more than £61,000, after one of its workers lost the tips of two fingers in a bagging machine accident.

Glass bottle range to launch at packaging show

Creative packaging specialist Aegg will be launching its new glass bottle product range at the Packaging Innovations show, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from February 24–25.

Integrated systems are reducing coding errors

Integrated marking and vision systems are helping food and drink manufacturers to reduce product recalls and cut costs, according to coding and marking specialist Markem-Imaje.

Composite bag for chilled and frozen

Swedish start-up company iFoodbag has signed a global production agreement with packaging specialist Mondi to enable easy online shopping for temperature-controlled goods.

Bottling comes out of the blocks

Krones subsidiary Kosme, based in Italy, has unveiled a ‘block configuration’ bottling line called the 3Bloc, which comes in two different variants for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene...

Brewing giant AB InBev to add calorie labels to its beers

AB InBev UK has responded to the call for calorie labelling on alcohol by pledging to provide full ingredient and nutritional information on all of its beers.

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.