Packaging materials

Snowdon (pictured): 'The most obvious intangible cost is the unpaid labour to make the whole system work'

Hidden £1.7bn cost of deposit return schemes

By James Ridler

Deposit return schemes for plastic drinks bottles could cost the UK economy £1.7bn in unpaid labour, outweighing the yearly fee for running the scheme, an industry expert has claimed.

New advances in modified atmosphere packaging highlights research into barrier board options

Sorting the board from the plastic

By Paul Gander

The launch of a plastics-containing pressed paperboard tray that can be gas-flushed as modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) has highlighted the high level of current research and development around composites and other barrier board options – and the recycling...

BCMPA chief executive Rodney Steel explained how co-packers are reaping the benefits of Brexit

Co-packers benefit from Brexit doubt

By Paul Gander

Food industry uncertainties both around Brexit and the acceptability of different packaging materials are strengthening the position of co-packers, the boss of the trade body representing the sector has suggested.

The FSA's guidance on the shelf-life of meat products has been questioned by BMPA and MLA research

Shelf-life guidance comes under fire

By Aidan Fortune

Research into the shelf-life of meat products has found that the ’10-day rule’ may no longer be appropriate for the industry.

Glass manufacturers are focusing on recycling over green production (Photo credit: I-O)

Glass firms eye major recycling boost

By Paul Gander

Market forces are incentivising glass manufacturers to prioritise recycling rates over greener glass production, an industry body has claimed.

Quinn's new Detecta range has already generated major interest from retailers

Retailers adopt new recyclable black PET

By James Ridler

A new black polyethylene terephthalate (PET) food tray that is able to be picked up by recycling equipment will soon to be adopted by UK retailers, according to Ireland-based creator Quinn Packaging.

Veolia has defended delays in the Government's Resources and Waste Strategy

Veolia stands by strategy on waste delay

By Paul Gander

Waste management firm Veolia has defended expected delays in the implementation of the Government’s new Resources and Waste Strategy (RWS) for England, despite the pressure on users of plastics packaging, in particular, to demonstrate sustainability to...

Vegan diets and climate change will be key drivers for innovation in food and drink manufacturing

Big food brands slow to innovate

By James Ridler

Food and drink brands are failing to cater to changing consumer preferences for plant-based products and less packaging, according to an environmental pressure group.

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Packaging Machinery Report

Food manufacturers investing in new equipment and in a given specification of packaging materials will naturally expect both to be fit-for-purpose and...