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Packaging Innovations show preview
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 packaging. The show will include more than 350 exhibitors and a seminar programme, with presentations from the likes of Marks & Spencer, Iceland Foods, Recoup, Procter & Gamble and Mintel, plus packaging guru Lars Wallentin.

Schur Star Systems will launch its Fresh ‘n’ Go bags designed to keep fruit and vegetables fresher for longer, while providing convenience for the consumer. At the same time, the company's dual or multi-chamber stand-up bags and ready meal bags will be on show. These have been developed for the convenience food market with the trend for smaller single-servings very much in mind.

Also hoping to make consumer life easier is Silgan, with its plastic food containers that provide alternatives to the traditional metal can. Silgan will be demonstrating this with Bentos re-launched meat puddings using its new light-weight plastic bowl. Hormel ‘Stagg Chili’ high-barrier plastic containers decorated with a carton-board sleeve will also be on show, together with Hormel 200g Spam now designed in a high-barrier rectangular plastic cup.

Plenty of expertise

Those looking to outsource their food manufacturing and filling projects will find plenty of expertise at the show with new exhibitor, Kapak Foods, joining the ranks of Alexir Co-Packers and Unette.

Paramount Packaging Systems, UK and Ireland distributor for Fuji Wrapping, will be showcasing its flow-wrapping and tray wrapping systems with two innovative options, a resealable system for product freshness and Freshcare for shelf-life extension.

Also looking to help the food sector will be ILPRA Systems UK with its new Foodpack line model FP1485. This is the latest in-lane tray sealing machine which includes innovative features incorporated for the end user.

Meanwhile, those looking to invest in the latest labelling solutions will also find plenty of expertise at the show. Epson will be demonstrating the Epson TM-C3500 colour label printer and the GP-C831 inkjet, tractor feed label printer. HP will transform its stand into a ‘digitally printed supermarket’. It will showcase the many consumer items that feature digitally printed labels and packaging that have been printed on HP Indigo digital presses. Also on display will be secondary packaging that has been printed on HP Scitex industrial presses.


Elsewhere, Campden BRI will highlight the use of ‘eye-tracking technology’, providing the opportunity to see through the eye of the consumer and understand what drives their spending behaviour and store navigation.

The 2014 event will feature seven co-located shows in total: Packaging Innovations, Ecopack, Contract Pack, Packtech, Print Innovations, Labelling Innovations and, new for 2014, Converting Innovations.

Contact: Packaging Innovations

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