Packaging

Attitudes to rPET have changes since 2016

News in brief

Renewed focus for recycled PET

By Paul Gander

Attitudes among retailers and brand-owners towards the use of recycled plastics, and particularly recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), have shifted significantly since the troubled times for plastics recycling back in 2016, an energy and renewables...

WRAP has launched a roadmap to help achieve its UK Plastic Pact targets

WRAP launches Plastics Pact roadmap

By James Ridler

Targets and deadlines for efficient plastic packaging use have been launched by The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) for members of the UK Plastics Pact.

The new budget offered benefits to small and medium sized food firms

Small food firms benefit from 2018 Budget

By James Ridler

Small and medium-sized food and drink firms are set to benefit from several features of Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s autumn budget, including support for investment, exports and construction.

MuscleFood is to rebrand its entire range

MuscleFood to rebrand range

By Aidan Fortune

Online food retailer MuscleFood is to rebrand its entire range to reflect the company’s move towards health and wellness as it hopes to attract new customers.

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones (right) is invited by Radnor Hills owner William Watkin to formally open the £6m line

Radnor Hills unveils £6m PET reduction line

By Noli Dinkovski

Welsh soft drinks producer Radnor Hills has ploughed £6m into a new production line that enables it to reduce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) content in bottles.

Sealpac claims a service contact can reduce downtime by up to 80%

PACKAGING MACHINERY

How a focus on downtime can reduce costs

By Paul Gander

It may no longer be fashionable to look at downtime in isolation, but many packaging equipment suppliers believe this metric still offers some easy wins for manufacturers keen to reduce unnecessary costs.

Working with Endoline has improved production efficiency for Marshfield

News in brief

Ice cream firm slashes packing time

By Rod Addy

Marshfield Farm has slashed packing times for its ice cream by 80% thanks to work with Endoline Machinery.

ABB Robotics’ YuMi dual-arm collaborative robot is being joined next month by a single-arm version

SHOW REVIEW

PPMA Show 2018: between the bigger exhibits

By Paul Gander

Not all of the news from last week’s PPMA Show at Birmingham NEC was about major announcements and unmissably-large pieces of equipment.

Could reverse vending be the final piece in the circular economy puzzle?

Opinion

How reverse vending could benefit a brand

By Paul Gander

It seems unlikely that perceptions of packaging, in particular plastics, will ever return to what they were just a year ago – nor should they. But companies are reporting less ‘demonisation’ and point-blank rejection of plastics among consumers. Instead,...

EU proposals to restrict plastic packaging could lead to outbreaks of food borne viruses, claimed an expert

Food safety expert criticises EU packaging proposal

By James Ridler

Proposals by the EU to restrict packaging and other items for serving food would lead to the spread of a number of foodborne virus and bacteria, such as salmonella and campylobacter, an expert in food science has claimed.

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