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Fox's launches new sharing containers

A new range of Chunkie cookies from Fox’s Biscuits, part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, has been specially packed to be easy to share, thanks to their custom-designed container developed...

Electric tray sealer reduces costs

Packaging Automation (PA) has extended its Eclipse range with the launch of the Eclipse 240, a fully-electric high-speed linear conveyor platen machine, ideal for sealing sandwich skillets.

Partnership brings near-field communications closer

Stora Enso says its decision to team up with electronics specialist NXP Semiconductors will allow the paper and board company to be first into the market for integrated ultra-high frequency...

Continuous ink jet printer provides flexible coding

New standards in performance and flexibility for coding and marking are said to be set by Domino’s latest i-Tech range of continuous ink jet systems.

Ink jet gives perfect print with minimal mistakes

The enhanced Linx 7900 continuous ink jet printer now comes with added capabilities to help food and drink customers print perfectly, minimise mistakes and measure production output.

Thermal printer for packaged foods

A thermal ink jet coder, which is suitable for packaged foods and able to print high-resolution codes on hard-to-print surfaces, has been launched by Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE).

Offline sleeve coder for Pots & Co

A new RF2 offline sleeve coding system from Rotech has given growing artisan desserts producer Pots & Co a flexible coding solution, enabling it to take on and fulfil major...

Holograms overlooked for security

The hologram may have gone out of fashion as a security feature in the face of higher-tech security technologies but still offers an essential layer of visible brand protection, in...

Porn ketchup link leaves Heinz red faced

Heinz has been left red faced after a promotional quick response (QR) code on a bottle of ketchup sent a customer to a hardcore pornography website.

'Roll-and-blow' for thin-walled polypropylene bottles

The Roll N Blow container-forming technology, which rolls sheet into a tube, heats and blows it in a mould, can be used for polypropylene (including barrier structures) and allows new...


Testing the temperature could boost safety

Smart labels could help consumers spotfood that's not safe to eat. But, retailers fear problems in their wider use, reports Paul Gander

Protection against mineral oil

Protection for one and a half years against mineral oil migration is claimed for the first biaxially oriented polypropylene film developed by Innovia Films.

Laila’s Fine Foods seals the deal

Ready meal supplier Laila’s Fine Foods has acquired two SL4 tray sealers from Packaging Automation’s Eclipse range to meet its growing throughput.

Swizzels revamps its share bags

Sweet manufacturer Swizzels has transformed the packaging of its bestselling Loadsa share bag range to ensure the £1 price-marked packaging stands out on shelf.

Fast and gentle packaging of biscuits

One of the Balkans’ largest confectionery companies, Evropa based in Macedonia, has purchased a ‘Gentle Slope’ CCW multi-head weigher from Ishida Europe to handle the fragile biscuit products the firm...

Dairygold invests in £300k packaging line

Dairygold Food Ingredients UK has invested £300,000 in a new packaging line for its soft cheese products at its Leeds site.

News in brief

Nestlé’s Kit Kat name change angers food industry

Nestlé’s decision to change the name of its Kit Kat brand to YouTube Break has been described as “nonsense” and “stupid” by readers of this website.

Nestlé changes Kit Kat name to YouTube Break

Food manufacturer Nestlé has changed the name of its iconic Kit Kat to YouTube Break, its biggest redesign in its 80-year history.

Digital design takes a large step into the future

Packaging design and production software specialist Esko’s acquisition of US-based digital asset management (DAM) system provider MediaBeacon has been billed as a “big step forward” and “quite a differentiator” by...

Plastic bottle recycling under threat

The tribulations suffered by at least two major UK plastic bottle recyclers in recent months highlight the larger-scale crisis gripping the UK's bottle-to-bottle food-grade plastics recycling sector, with rock-bottom prices...

Aldi launches chicken in self-venting packs

Aldi's new range of flavoured/added value roast in the bag chickens is the first to feature FFP's Estercook SV laminate, a new self-venting version.

Label dispenser rated for IP69K

The latest LD label dispensers from Multivac Marking & Inspection are optionally available for use under strict hygiene requirements, or for use in low-risk areas.

Pots for easy snacking on display at Italian show

Extended shelf-life, effective product protection, maximum convenience and optimum brand display are some of the benefits claimed for the variety of packs that will be on display by the RPC...

Industry won't 'swallow' this book

Food and drink manufacturers have been unfairly attacked by a recently published book that tried to shame the sector for allegedly misleading consumers about clean labels, one industry expert has...

Oxo-biodegradables come under fire again

New research from Michigan State University (MSU) has reignited the heated debate between advocates of compostable and oxo-biodegradable plastics.

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