Packaging

New launches, rebrands and developments in materials feature in this packaging round-up

Packaging round-up: Rebrands and new developments

By Gwen Ridler

New recyclable packaging at TruffleHunter, the development of paper-based bags at Bauck and a ‘first of its kind’ integrated bottle cap all feature in this round-up of food and drink packaging developments.

reducing plastic has been the biggest trend in food packaging this month

Food and drink packaging round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From plastic reduction in processed meat packaging, to the world’s first Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certified beverage cans, we run down some of the latest developments in food and drink packaging from around the world.

Eco-friendly packaging, space saving and gentle robots are new developments in packaging machinery

Packaging machinery: space saving and eco-friendly

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers are constantly having to boost production to meet an ever-growing demand for their products, prompting a need for developers of packaging machinery to keep up.

Supply chain operators could soon be hit but a massive packaging shortage, warns Antalis

Packaging shortages to hit supply chains

By Gwen Ridler

As packaging demand swells, driven by an accelerated switch to online purchasing, supply chain operators should consider alternatives to paper and card to maintain the flow of materials, according to Antalis.

Extended Producer Responsibility for plastic packaging could significantly increase costs for manufacturers

Pack waste rule change may hike cost

By Paul Gander

Moving to a single compliance point for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regarding local authority-collected packaging waste could hugely increase costs for food and drink brand-owners, according to sustainability experts.

Tetra Pak's new digital marketplace will make product purchasing more accessible for manufacturers

Tetra Pak opens virtual marketplace

By Michelle Perrett

Food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has launched an “industry first” with a full-scale virtual marketplace for the food and beverage (F&B) industry.

Food manufacturers are at the risk of running out of packaging and need to plan accordingly, warns Lloyd's Register

Coronavirus sparks food packaging shortage risks

By Gwen Ridler

Shortages in packaging supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the coronavirus could spark compliance issues for food and drink manufacturers, according to food safety assurance specialist Lloyd’s Register.

Four of the world's biggest food manufacturers have been accused of excessive plastic pollution

Top brands named worst offenders for plastic pollution

By Gwen Ridler

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo are responsible for half a million tonnes of plastic pollution burnt or dumped in just six developing countries, according to a report from non-governmental organisation Tearfund.

The report, entitled Branded Volume II: Identifying the World’s Top Corporate Plastic Polluters, was carried out by the Break Free From Plastic movement in September

Food and drink firms among 2019 worst plastic polluters

By Dan Colombini

Nestlé and PepsiCo have responded to claims in a recent report that they were the biggest contributors to plastic environmental waste in 2019, with Unilever and Mondelēz International also making the top ten.

RFID tags could see a major rollout across the food sector soon, according to PragmatIC

Lower-cost RFID rollout on horizon

By Paul Gander

A future role for lower-cost, item-level tags in areas as diverse as materials recognition for reverse vending, odour detection for in-pack freshness indicators and wider consumer engagement, is being predicted by radio frequency identification (RFID)...

Manufacturers have voiced their criticisms for Michael Gove's deposit return scheme

Challenges posed by an ‘all-in’ DRS

By Paul Gander

Former environment secretary Michael Gove has been accused of attempting to rush through an ‘all-in’ model for a UK deposit return scheme (DRS), with powers to set up such a scheme now widely expected to form part of the imminent Environment Bill.

Gastro Star has introduced a new fresh produce packaging line

Gastro Star introduces new Itech packaging line

By Gwen Ridler

Switzerland-based vegetable processor Gastro Star has minimised product giveaway using fixed weight packs, thanks to a new packaging line installed by Ishida Europe and its Swiss distributor, Itech.

RAP’s modified atmosphere Carton Food-tray is now appearing on UK supermarket shelves

A secondary role for plastics

By Paul Gander

‘Eliminate plastics’ may be the new battle, but one UK company has been working to minimise their role for two decades.

Oil migration is prevented with food packaging

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Oil migration is prevented with food packaging

By Rick Pendrous

A food packaging system that prevents the migration of oils while retaining food aroma and taste, is said to be proving popular with brand owners.

Headspace gas analyser for MAP is launched

Headspace gas analyser for MAP is launched

By Rick Pendrous

A rugged headspace gas analyser that can be conveniently transported between packing lines and factory locations, which is targeted at modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) testing of headspace in gas-flushed food, has been introduced by Systech Illinois,

The packaging industry will continue to give consumers exactly what they want, Waterhouse said

Food Manufacture’s 90th birthday

Food packaging ‘must mirror changing society’

By Matt Atherton

Packaging will continue to mirror the changing needs of society as it has over the past 90 years, says the Packaging Society’s chairman Chris Waterhouse.

Darfresh using board as the rigid substrate is expected by the end of this year

Portion packs can reduce food waste

By Paul Gander

How can meat primal cut packaging help to reduce food waste? Simply by keeping products fresher and more appetising for longer might be the obvious answer to this question. 

Marks & Spencer’s new smaller packaging for its popcorn (left) compared to its previous packaging (right)

M&S slashes plastic used in snack packaging

By Gwen Ridler

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to slash to amount of plastic used in food packaging for more than 140 of its products, in a move that would save 75t of packaging each year.

Consumers are often unaware of packaging’s role in reducing waste

Packaging’s role in cutting food losses

By Paul Gander

Alongside its vast array of machinery and materials, May’s Interpack show in Germany intensified the focus on the human and environmental impacts of food waste and the vital role that packaging plays in reducing losses post-harvest, in the supply chain...

How much supply chain information from intelligent packaging should be in consumers’ hands?

Food packaging and the Internet of Things

By Paul Gander

Can food packaging tap into the Internet of Things (IoT), or will cost and perceived risks restrict it to the periphery? We look at current trends in intelligent technology.

Inline modified atmosphere pack checks

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Inline modified atmosphere pack checks

By Rick Pendrous

An automated leak testing system, which helps food processors ensure that modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) does not have undetected micro leaks, is now available globally.

Ulma Packaging to display it range at Interpack

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Interpack to feature a wealth of packaging kit

By Rick Pendrous

A range of traysealers, flow wrappers, thermoformers and vertical form-fill-seal bagmakers, together with the Galaxy stretch film wrapper, will be shown by Ulma Packaging at this year’s Interpack exhibition, which takes place at the Messe Düsseldorf in...

Food and drink packaging innovation will be on show at Pro2Pac

Packaging innovation on show at Pro2Pac

By Rick Pendrous

Innovation in food and drink packaging continues apace and this year’s Pro2Pac show will highlight some of the latest developments.

Seafood shelf-life gets a boost with vacuum skin packs

Seafood shelf-life gets a boost with vacuum skin packs

By Rick Pendrous

Extending the shelf-life of seafood using vacuum skin packs will be one of Mutlivac’s focuses at the forthcoming Seafood Processing Global trade fair, which takes place in Brussels from April 25 to 27.

Ring pull problems get analysed

Ring pull problems get analysed

By Rick Pendrous

An end could be in sight to consumer frustration when trying to open metal packaging that is too stiff, or where the ring pull detaches from the lid, thanks to a new development from texture analysis experts at Stable Micro Systems.

Easy pack opening for snack foods

Easy pack opening for snack foods

Easy pack opening and enhanced shelf appeal of snacks on-the-go were the highlights of flexible packaging supplier Mondi’s exhibits at the Packaging Innovations show, which took place in Amsterdam from November 23–24 2016.

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