Healthy snacks brand Graze adopts a ‘Test & Learn’ approach when it introduces new retail packaging formats

Graze reveals strategy for launching new products

By Paul Gander

As better-for-you-snacks brand Graze prepares to rollout new sharing bag formats, extending its reach from the checkout to central aisles of the supermarket, the company has revealed the ‘Test & Learn’ strategy it follows when introducing new packaging...

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to cut all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years

Food leaders hail Prime Minister’s environmental plan

By Mike Stones

Food and farming leaders have welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s new 25-year environmental plan, which sets out proposals for sustainable economic growth, including measures to curb the use of plastics.

There has been a ‘redefinition’ of portion sizes, says Mars director Rob Verhagen

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Halt portion-size ‘super-inflation’ to curb obesity

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers need to halt the “super-inflation” of portion sizes if the global obesity epidemic is to be addressed, a senior innovation director at confectionery giant Mars has claimed.

Flowpacker provides shelf-appeal for chocs

Flowpacker provides shelf-appeal for chocs

By Rick Pendrous

A new horizontal flowpacker has been developed by German processing equipment company Hugo Beck to meet the demanding shelf display requirements of the chocolate and confectionery sector.

Coke's Fanta bottle gets a new twist

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Coke's Fanta bottle gets a new twist

By Rick Pendrous

Equipment supplier Sidel has collaborated in the new ‘Spiral’ polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle project from The Coca-Cola Company designed to ‘rejuvenate’ the Fanta brand.

Compostable film from Futamura (formerly known as Innovia Films)

Call for oxodegradable plastics ban wins support

By Paul Gander

More than 150 organisations, including leading UK brand-owners, have backed a November call by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) for a ban on oxodegradable plastics in packaging, including carrier bags.

Products of depolymerisation: EG on the left and PTA on the right

Microwave catalyst in recycling PET

By Paul Gander

A new EU project aims to construct a demonstration plant for the depolymerisation of polyesters, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET), applying microwave technology.

At least 50% of CCEP’s bottles will be made from recycled PET by 2025

Coca-Cola sets higher green targets

By Rick Pendrous

A new sustainability action plan covering drinks, packaging and society has been jointly launched by The Coca-Cola Company in western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), in a move that is claimed to be the first initiative of its kind.

A complaint about the packaging of Quorn’s sausage rolls sparked a social media storm on Twitter

Quorn packaging sparks Twitter storm

By James Ridler

Packaging for Quorn’s meat-free sausage rolls sparked a social media storm on blogging site Twitter, after a user complained it was misleading.

The EC has yet to authorise recycling processes for food-contact plastics

Plastics recycling suffers from a lack of regulation in the EU

By Paul Gander

European plastics recycling bodies have criticised the European Commission’s (EC’s) delay in conferring legal authorisation on recycling processes for food-contact plastics, nine years on from the initial regulation and despite more than 140 positive...

The precise rate of UK beverage carton recycling remains unclear

UK drinks carton recycling is still low

By Paul Gander

A decade after the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) began setting up a network of ‘bring’ sites across the UK and persuading local authorities to introduce kerbside collection, neither Tetra Pak nor ACE UK is disclosing the national...

How can UK plastic bottles end up in the Pacific Ocean? asks Lucozade boss

Soft drinks boss argues for more action on waste plastics

By Noli Dinkovski

The boss of a leading soft drinks company has called on both industry and government to do more to tackle plastic packaging waste, after acknowledging its impact on the marine environment was not sustainable.

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