Packaging

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.

Agostini: calling for more chemical recycling facilities for PET

Nestlé UK boss calls for more plastics recycling

By Rick Pendrous

Nestlé UK’s chief executive Stefano Agostini has called for the UK plastics recycling infrastructure to be dramatically improved to help food and drink brand owners meet challenging new recycling targets.

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.

Sleaford Quality Foods is to switch all its black plastic packaging for white

Ingredients supplier ditches black plastic

By James Ridler

Ingredients supplier Sleaford Quality Foods (SQF), named ambient manufacturer of the year at 2018’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, is to convert all its plastic packaging from black to white, as part of its sustainability pledge.

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...

Marks & Spencer said there was growing demand for protein-based drinks that offered added vitamins and benefits

Supermarket review after fruit juice backlash

By Noli Dinkovski

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to review how to make the contents of its products clearer for vegans and vegetarians after it was revealed that some of its fruit juices contained beef-derived collagen.

The inquiry will explore the potential of a tax on packaging containing less than 30% recycled materials

Plastic packaging inquiry launched

By Rod Addy

An inquiry into plastic packaging for food and drink is being launched by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee, aiming to track progress on developing eco-friendly alternatives and how they perform.

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.