Technical

From industry speakers, packaging innovations and awards, this year's PPMA will have something for everyone

PPMA Total Show 2019

Enthusiasm high in run-up to PPMA Total Show 2019

By Noli Dinkovski

Despite many challenges facing the processing and packaging industry, enthusiasm for this year’s PPMA Total Show remains high and organisers are upbeat.

Lab Connect will debut at Lab Innovations at the National Exhibition Centre on 30 October

Spotlight – Laboratory testing

Networking tool set to speed event meetings

By Ellie Woollven

The UK’s only show dedicated to the laboratory industry has launched a new free networking tool to help visitors and exhibitors set up meetings in advance, in order to optimise their visit.

A cavalcade of packaging and labelling technology will be on display at this year’s PPMA Total show

PPMA Total Show 2019

PPMA Total Show preview

By Noli Dinkovski

From robotics to baggers to boot washers, we take a look at some of the new items on display at the PPMA Total Show this year.

Becoming greener can help grow a company’s reputation, as well as reap a number of operational benefits

In-depth: The Green Factory

A lighter footprint: going green in manufacturing

By Michelle Knott

There are many ways for food manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint – and not all of the actions need to involve sweeping changes or massive investment.

An artificial tongue that can detect the differences between whiskies has been developed by scientists in Scotland

Artificial tongue detects counterfeit whisky

By James Ridler

An artificial ‘tongue’ that can detect the differences between real and counterfeit whisky has been developed by scientists from the University of Glasgow.

QR code scanning technology is being increasingly adopted by the drink industry

QR code label growth led by drinks firms

By Ellie Woollven

Seafood and drinks firms are leading a food manufacturing trend in QR code labels, a report from Future Market Insights (FMI) has found.

The rise in recruitment for regulatory roles has been sparked by consumer demand for more transparency

Regulatory compliance feature

Keen to comply: the rise in regulatory recruitment

By James Ridler

Despite the growing threat posed by Brexit, the recent rise in recruitment for food manufacture regulatory compliance roles is down to other pressures.

Better technology and reporting techniques have led to a recall rise in the UK

In-depth: food safety

Rise of the recall

By Nick Hughes

While opinions are divided on the reason for the recent surge in food recalls, businesses are advised to have a clear system to mitigate the impact of such incidents.

Lendrum (pictured) called for mandatory recycling labels on products that were easier to understand

Call for mandatory recycling labels on food packs

By James Ridler

The food and drinks packaging industry should move towards a mandatory labelling system that makes it clear whether a product can or cannot be recycled, the head of packaging at frozen food retailer Iceland has urged.

Hall: ‘To replace plastics there are many hurdles to overcome and issues to consider’

Opinion

Why replacing plastics is a complicated task

By Dan Hall

Campden BRI product technologist Dan Hall weighs up the environmental impact of plastic packaging with the practical benefits it has for keeping food fresh and safe.

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