Polyethylene Terephthalate

MOre and more suppliers are steering away from using plastics in their packaging

Glass and can boost in beverages

By Paul Gander

Beverage brand-owners and contract packers are steering away from new launches in plastics, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET), as investment in equipment for can and glass filling grows, suppliers claim.

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.

Printed PET bottles can be recycled

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Printed PET bottles can be recycled

By Rick Pendrous

A process for making recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles onto which designs have been digitally printed has been developed by KHS and its subsidiary NMP Systems.

KHS’s FormFill system fills liquids directly into heated PET preforms

Pressurised drinks used to form bottles containing them

By Rick Pendrous

Single-operation beverage forming and filling into polyethylene terephthalate (PET) at commercial speeds has come a step closer with the unveiling by KHS of a system for filling liquids directly into heated preforms, using the pressurised liquid itself...

Innovation from Sidel on display at Drinktec show

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Innovation from Sidel on display at Drinktec show

By Rick Pendrous

A number of innovative launches are promised by beverage packaging kit supplier Sidel Group at next month’s Drinktec show, which takes place in Munich, Germany from September 11–15.

Reclosable frozen pack launched

Reclosable frozen pack launched

By Frederick Dawson

Packaging supplier Parkside has collaborated with Northcoast Seafoods in what it claims is the ‘first to market’ reclosable pack for frozen foods. The pack uses the firm’s Parkscribe laser scribe technology, which creates an easy to open and close pack...

Virgin polymer prices have fallen, making recycling less competitive

Food and drink industry plastics recycling ‘needs more support’

By Paul Gander

The plastics packaging supply chain should not only commit to using food-grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) in its containers, as some brand-owners already do, but even be required to take a direct financial stake in collection and recycling...

Wiese: carbonated drinks fillers are looking for new markets and formats

Single-serve PET bottles are now 'small and affordable'

By Paul Gander

One reason why single-serve polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) have not tended to go below a certain size threshold is the ratio of volume to surface area, which makes it difficult to retain carbonation and achieve...

Sharding of plastic film on packs is overcome

Sharding of plastic film on packs is overcome

By Rick Pendrous

The problem of ‘sharding’, where the plastic film covering packs of prepared fruit and salads tears apart upon opening, has been overcome by Sealed Air using its Cryovac Sealappeal product.

Resealable film for food trays

Resealable film for food trays

By Rick Pendrous

The range of lidding films from KM Packaging Services has been extended with an innovative new resealing film called K Reseal that can be opened and reclosed multiple times.

Tesco has unveiled new pots for its food-to-go products

New pots for food-to-go at Tesco

By Rick Pendrous

Food packaging suppliers Faerch Plast and Colpac recently joined forces to develop a new pack design in conjunction with fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor for a new Tesco food-to-go range.

Linpac's Elite rPET food tray has been one of its most successful projects

Smoothing the way for recycled trays

By Paul Gander

Despite the recent turbulence in recycling markets, recycled content in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) trays for meat and chilled foods remains as important as ever, reinforced by clearer regulatory status and by materials innovation, according to one...

Bottling comes out of the blocks

Bottling comes out of the blocks

Krones subsidiary Kosme, based in Italy, has unveiled a ‘block configuration’ bottling line called the 3Bloc, which comes in two different variants for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) containers.

Kiddyum used ovenable board rather than CPET

Ovenable board makes new converts

By Paul GanderThe creator of a children's frozen meal range now selling in over 320 Sainsbury stores says that sourcing sustainable - and particularly recyclable - packaging was an early priority, with brightly-coloured dual-ovenable fibreboard trays...

Tamper-evident closure for food tubs and trays

Tamper-evident closure for food tubs and trays

A novel tamper-evident closure is available from Waddington Europe (Par-Pak) which prevents tampering and includes a ‘flag’ to indicate when products have been interfered with.

CCE boss Den Hollander: 'With Life ... no reason we cannot go beyond 50%'

Coke to increase low- and no-calorie options

By Rick Pendrous

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) plans to drive up the proportion of low- or no calorie soft drinks its sells in the UK to well above 50% over the next few years.

Drinks firms can benefit from new labelling line

Makro now offers Matrix and All Glass

Makro Labelling UK is now able to supply complete lines for the drinks market, having secured agency agreements to represent Italian companies Matrix, which supplies bottling technology, and All Glass, which makes air conveyors, palletiser and depalletisers...

SmartFare ovenable packaging can handle temperatures of up to 220°C

Diving into ovenable board for premium ready meals

By Paul Gander

The imminent start to UK production of MeadWestvaco’s (MWV’s) SmartFare ovenable and printable board packaging highlights the barriers to launching a new format in a high-volume category, even for a major international supplier.

Food and drink firms could benefit from transparent-object sensor

A sense for see-through bottles

A transparent-object sensor has been introduced, which is specifically designed for the food and beverage industry. It is said to offer better detection of objects such as glass bottles, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, transparent trays or packaging...

German packaging firm can produce 81,000 PET containers an hour

Blow moulders help to cut costs

German packaging machinery specialist Krones has developed a blow moulder that can produce 81,000 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) beverage containers an hour, which are then filled with product and labelled in a single operation. The equipment is already...

Demand in plastics aided by robots

Robots help meet growth in demand for plastics

Færch Plast, which makes plastic containers for the food industry, has reported significant growth in demand for products made at its UK manufacturing facility since it was first opened in June 2012.

Greencore 'revolutionises' chilled ready meals

Join the chilled food 'revolution'

Greencore Prepared Meals claims to have revolutionised chilled ready meals with the development of retorted meals with peelable film. The firm makes retorted chilled meals for customers such as Weight Watchers and retailer own-label.

Bottles that can handle the heat

Lighter-weight bottles offer hot-fill flexibility

An enhanced range of bottles for hot-fill food and beverages, which uses a technology for improved filling, greater design flexibility, lighter weight and smoother walls, has been introduced by polyethylene terephthalate packaging specialist APPE.

Packaging firm's lightweighting helps it compete

Lightweight yet robust solution for mince

An innovative lightweighting project has enabled multi-material packaging manufacturer Linpac Packaging to compete against the inline thermoforming (form, fill, seal) market for the first time and offer packers a more robust solution, particularly for...

New packs will reduce waste for poultry and fish

Stronger seal for poultry and fish

Poultry and fish products can now take advantage of the new pluS range of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (r-PET)/ polyethylene (PE) packs from rigid plastic packaging manufacturer Holfeld Plastics.

Shelf-life breakthrough for ready meals

New film offers longer shelf-life

A breakthrough in packaging for ambient ready meals that contain raw meat, vegetables and sauces is being claimed. It involves the use of a film technology that can extend shelf-life from eight weeks to up to 12 months.

Lidding divides multi-component dishes

Lidding divides multi-component dishes

With interest in 'ready-to-cook' food growing, compartmentalised trays with differentiated barriers for various meal components might be a recipe for the future.

Thinking outside the lunch box

Thinking outside the lunch box

On-the-go dining is set to witness some big changes, thanks to a range of packaging innovations that will be on display at the Lunch! exhibition at the Business Design Centre in London this month.

Concerns surround additives' PET recycling impact

Concerns surround additives' PET recycling impact

By Paul Gander

As ministers consider a significant increase in the recycling target for plastics, the role of additives in compromising the single most successful stream of post-consumer recyclate (PCR) is becoming clearer.

Avantium hopes other firms will partner its developments

New partners in bio-based bottles

By Paul Gander

Coca-Cola is partnering Dutch-based technology firm Avantium in the production of bottles made from an, as yet, uncommercialised bio-based polyester.

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