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Heat sealer handles flexible tray formats

A brand new tray sealer and the latest in energy saving systems will be highlights of the Proseal stand at Foodex. For the first time in the UK, the heat...

Slideable labels give consumers a better view

Two new linerless labels will be exhibited by Ravenwood UK at Foodex 2014.

Low energy tray sealers can cut costs by 90%

Electric flexible tray sealers designed to seal film, foil or board lids to plastic, foil or board trays, will be shown by Packaging Automation (PA). Speeds ranging from 15 to...

Labeller improves productivity

Desk-top jar and bottle labelling equipment that helps firms save money while satisfying demand for attractive and informative products will be on display on the Advanced Dynamics stand at Foodex.

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Firms face early adopters’ penalty for FIR label changes

Food and drink manufacturers who have taken early action to comply with the EU’s new food labelling legislation could face an early adopters’ penalty, if their label changes are superseded...

News in brief

Singing lasagne hits the right note with Waitrose customers

A singing lasagne has proved a hit with Waitrose customers as sales of Charlie Bigham’s ready meals have more than tripled as a result of the novelty dish, according to...

Tesco and M&S reject Which?’s ‘dodgy discounts’ claim

Tesco and Marks & Spencer (M&S) have rejected claims from consumer watchdog Which? that consumers find some of their pricing policies as difficult to understand as “tackling an obstacle course”....

Coming soon: Red Tractor logo on branded ready-meals

Branded ready-meal manufacturers are likely to adopt the Red Tractor quality assurance scheme logo over the next few months, according to the boss of the scheme.

Coca-Cola changes face of digital print

Few can have failed to notice last summer’s Share a Coke campaign, with its apparently endless roster of first names staring out hopefully from chiller cabinets. And if it caught...

Shoppers urged not to demonise packaging

Consumers should not demonise food packaging, because it could prolong shelf-life, reducing the amount of products needlessly binned, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Thermal transfer for traceability

A new 53XL80 thermal transfer coder is helping bakery ingredients supplier Puratos to improve traceability and fulfil 24-hour production requirements.

On form to meet vending machine soup demand

Newly-established supplier to the vending industry, Gloucestershire-based Maxpax, is investing in a second TFS 400 Thermoformer from Ulma Packaging. The machine will vacuum wrap paper cups to meet the growing...

Flexible packaging enables range’s diverse design

FFP Packaging Solutions has supplied flexible packaging for Whitworths’ latest dried fruit, nut and seed latest product launch - a breakfast range consisting of 30 new products with 13 film...

'Second skin' film has natural appeal

Film and foil packaging firm Clondalkin Wentus has introduced a new skin-tight film for the food processing industry. It has a long shelf-life and high barrier properties, which makes it...

New checkweighers give the right response

Universal Flexible Packaging (UFP) has installed three new Ishida DACS-W checkweighers at its Leicester factory. It now has five Ishida multihead weighers and 12 checkweighers.

Ainsley Harriet’s soup in a tub

The Ainsley Harriott brand has expanded its product range, made by Symington’s, with what is claimed to be the first-ever soup stored at ambient temperature and packaged in a tub....

The latest technology in the bag

This month’s Packaging Innovations show, which takes place at Birmingham’s Nationals Exhibition Centre (February 26 and 27), promises to introduce visitors to some exciting new developments in food and drink...

Direct network links help to manage data proliferation

With the growing amount of data being generated for - and on - packaging lines, particularly around printers, readers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), cameras and other peripherals, food and drink...

Opinion

Letter to Editor: Why we have really made a mess of things in Britain?

Sir, I am writing about Paul Gander’s article (‘Make the FIR fly ’), published in Food Manufacture, October 2013, p47.

Fight against food waste gets political

The Fresher for Longer (FFL) initiative – which brings together key industry bodies, environmental groups and politicians – is helping to forge a consensus on packaging’s role in reducing the UK’s high...

Meat processors battle mandatory labels

Meat processors in the UK are set against the mandatory origin labelling of meat used as an ingredient, according to the director of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) Stephen...

Analyser offers better control and traceability

An online gas analyser for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) equipped thermoforming and tray-sealing machines has been designed to offer better process control and traceability.

‘Quantum leap’ in food packaging

A peelable lidding film has been introduced for ready meals that removes the need for cardboard sleeves, while delivering cost savings and reducing packaging.

Tea packager prints to envelop point of difference

Gloucester-based tea packager Infusion GB is printing directly on to enveloped tea bags for the first time, following its investment in three Domino G220i thermal ink jet printers.

Installation triples snack output

The installation of Ishida’s latest snacks packing solution - 18-head multi-head weighers and Atlas bagmakers with advanced Ishida integrated Total Packaging Systems (iTPS) software - at Kolak Snack Foods in...

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