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Packaging will play key role in food sustainability

Packaging’s role in food chain sustainability needs to be better understood, says Alyson Magee.

CCE to change 300,000 festival-goers recycling habits

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will attempt to change the recycling habits of over 300,000 people at UK music festivals this summer, according to the firm’s director for recycling.

Pizza box concept permits flexibility in use

A new pizza box concept has been introduced by plastic packaging specialist Faerch Plast, in which the base is produced from crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) for use in ovens -...

Ragú first to use new barrier pack

The latest addition to the range of one of Britain’s oldest pasta sauces, Ragú, has become the first UK product to go on-shelf in a new type of oxygen barrier...

Yeo Valley adopts unique lid coding system

Chadwicks has developed a lidding system for a range of Yeo Valley dairy products that applies a unique code. The code, which is only revealed when the polyester lid is...

Chocs and biscuits get wrapped

Chocolate, confectionery and biscuit makers in the UK are being targeted with new flowrapping equipment from Ulma Packaging.

Recycle-friendly label stock makes a splash in Europe

In a boost for beverage brand owners wanting to increase the recyclability of their plastics and recyclers wanting to maximise their yields, new pressure-sensitive label materials which disengage at the...

Food firms slam local government labelling criticism

Food and drink manufacturers have rejected claims from the Local Government Association (LGA) that they are contributing to Britain’s obesity crisis by failing to back traffic light labelling.

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CCE’s tartan bottle a ‘fantastic endorsement’ for Scotland

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) new tartan bottle is a “fantastic endorsement” for Homecoming Year for Scotland, according to first minister Alex Salmond.


Traffic light labels: 'not the answer to obesity'

Now that common sense has been confirmed by a consumer survey that traffic light labelling is confusing and misleading, maybe the Department of Health (DH) should sit up, take stock...

Concerns rise over inks on ovenable films

The fledgling market for printed ovenable and microwaveable food-contact films is at risk from companies choosing to use or specify inks which can indirectly form carcinogens in food at high...

Women drawn to personalised food products

Women are more than four times as likely to purchase food and drink products with personalised or gender-specific packaging as men, according to a study of over 500 marketing and...

Paper packaging has a bright future, say Swedish researchers

In a new report, Swedish researchers have suggested what the industry for paper packaging and other pulp-derived products, including bio-based barrier and shaping, might look in 15 years’ time.

Rise in red labels will discourage consumers

Consumers need to be “trained” by brands and retailers to understand nutrition label changes, following increased pressure to reduce fat, salt and sugar, new research has shown.

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Food packaging firm appoints Sainsbury’s buyer

Shropshire food packaging firm TCL Packaging has appointed Kay Culley as its new purchasing manager.

Euro Foods packaging acquisition could lead to 200 jobs

Euro Foods’ acquisition of Welsh packaging firm Brown Bear Food is the first step to the frozen and fresh food firm’s aim of creating 200 jobs at the Cwmbran site,...

Soft drinks group draws up roadmap for sustainability

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) and Packaging Federation are leading a Sustainability Roadmap for the soft drinks industry following the example pursued by the dairy industry.

Call to shrink school juices causes headache

Proposals to downscale the size of pure juice products to 150ml in schools in England have sparked fears that the timescale for change is too tight.

Kit ensures cereals come with a consistent crunch

Cereal manufacturers can ensure the consistent crunchiness of their products, thanks to a piece of test kit that assesses the permeability of packaging.

Stand out and deliver more sales

Food packaging giant Tetra Pak has launched the Tetra Brik Aseptic 250 Base Crystal. Two crystal-shaped panels on the front side offer specifiers more graphic design possibilities, thus helping their...

Convitray opens doors in premium market

The new Convitray, which has a shelf-life of up to four weeks for fresh products and is ovenable up to 240°C, is expected to expand premium opportunities for the European...

PET walks over breakable glass

Converter of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) Esterform Packaging is helping a number of retailers and brand owners with beverage and food packaging in a move away from breakable glass.

More ways to form, fill and seal packs

An expanding range of vertical and horizontal form, fill and seal (VFFS and HFFS) packaging on show from US firm HayssenSandiacre will include the Novus continuous motion VFFS bagger.

View the latest track and trace technology

To address food manufacturers' quality and process control needs, Mettler-Toledo will present its portfolio of product inspection, quality assurance and track and trace systems at the show.

High speed VFFS machines on show

Australian firm TNA has designed flexible spraying, distribution, seasoning and bagging systems to increase productivity and flexibility while reducing costs.