Price differentials will be a key factor influencing the use of compostable and biodegradable films in mainstream food

Compostable and biodegradable films face up to challenges

By Paul Gander

The future of compostable and biodegradable films in mainstream food is partly dependent on price differentials with oil-derived alternatives, partly on consumer education and end-of-life infrastructure, and partly on the longer-term acceptability of...

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...

ABP will move operations to Shropshire to become more sustainable

ABP to close Blackburn plant

By Laurence Gibbons

ABP Food Group will close its Blackburn manufacturing plant and move operations to its newly-opened Ellesmere site in Shropshire, the firm has confirmed.

Aluminium foil recycling rates rise in Europe

Aluminium foil recycling rates rise in Europe

Data released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) confirms that recycling rates in Europe for aluminium foil (alufoil) trays and semi-rigid containers in 2013 reached 55% – but the UK only achieved just above 40%.

Nick Vermont, McCain’s chief executive in Britain, spoke at a sustainability convention this month

Treat climate change like health and safety: McCain boss

By Alice Foster

Food manufacturers must treat climate change as seriously as health and safety to protect the planet and ensure profitability, according to McCain boss Nick Vermont ahead of climate change talks in Paris.  

Consumers don't understand date labels, according to Approved Foods

‘Fundamental lack of awareness’ over date labels

By Laurence Gibbons

The food and drink industry must do more to educate people over a “fundamental lack of awareness” about the difference between best-before and use-by-dates in a bid to tackle food waste, according to the boss of online grocer selling best-before products...

Progress in flexible pack design

Progress in flexible pack design

Significant progress has been made in new designs of flexible packaging with improved recyclability, according to resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting, which is leading a collaborative research and development project involving some global brands.

Resfood plans more efficient processes for veg washing and disinfection

Green revolution for veg processing

By Rick Pendrous

Better use of precious raw material resources during food processing are the main expected outcome of a euro 6M pan-European research project which comes to an end in October.

Falling oil prices have undermined the economics of recycled plastics

Plastic bottle recycling under threat

By Paul Gander

The tribulations suffered by at least two major UK plastic bottle recyclers in recent months highlight the larger-scale crisis gripping the UK's bottle-to-bottle food-grade plastics recycling sector, with rock-bottom prices for oil and virgin polymer...

UK commercial food waste amounts to 7Mt a year, says

Election 2015

Waste firm calls for food waste crack down

By Rod Addy

The new government should make recycling compulsory under law as Britain’s increasingly full landfill sites reach crisis point, according to one waste management business.

The Reflex project aims to raise the amount of recycled flexible packaging

Grappling with flexible film recycling

By Paul Gander

A project aiming to boost the volumes of packaging films recycled in the UK will encourage simpler (but not lower-performing) structures, help drive the development of barrier coatings and adhesives and seek to establish the use of machine-readable marks...

Labour's policy reversal on food waste has been slammed

Labour does a u-turn on landfill ban for food waste

By Rick Pendrous

The Labour Party’s decision to drop plans to make a ban on food waste being sent to landfill part of its 2015 election manifesto has been slammed by companies that convert food waste into reusable energy, fertiliser and animal feed.


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