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Hassle-free user-friendly packs for on-the-go eating

Hassle-free user-friendly packs for on-the-go eating

A new type of pack designed for hassle-free on-the-go eating was launched by Graphic Packaging International (GPI) at the Packaging Innovations Show, which took place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from February 28 to March 1.

Coder helps prevent incorrect dates

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Coder helps prevent incorrect dates

By Rick Pendrous

Yorkshire butcher and meat supplier Sykes House Farm has eliminated a problem of incorrect date codes being applied to its products after replacing a manual hand-stamping operation with an RF-Lite offline thermal inkjet coder from Rotech.

Irregular-sized carrots get processed

Irregular-sized carrots get processed

By Rick Pendrous

Irish vegetable grower Leo Dunne has expanded its production operations, thanks in part to the installation of a new multi-head weigher. This has helped it to handle processed carrots that were oversized or irregular and not suitable for sale whole.

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...

The first paper-only vertical form-fill-seal is claimed to boost processing speeds

Paper vertical form-fill-seal system aims for higher speeds

By Paul Gander

A new paper-only vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) technology for dry goods, able to produce both gable-top and ‘brick’-type sachets with dust-tight seals, is likely to expand further into windowed options and higher-speed machine versions.

New technology can cut energy use

Bagmakers adopt ultrasonic sealing technology

Ultrasonic technology has been introduced into Ishida Europe’s Atlas range of bagmakers. The new Atlas 203-USS offers significant reductions in film and energy consumption to deliver cost savings and sustainability benefits.

The line between in-store and online sales is becoming more blurred

Packaging for the changing face of retail

By Paul Gander

The changing face of retail is forcing food and drink manufacturers to reconsider their packaging options, according to the Faraday Centre for Retail Excellence.

Board is increasingly being used as alternative to tinplates

Board talk

By Paul Gander

Board packaging is manoeuvring its way into new food markets. Paul Gander looks at the routes it is taking

Control at critical control points

Control at critical control points

Mettler-Toledo Safeline has launched a new due diligence enhancement for its metal detection systems to strengthen control and security at critical control points (CCP) on food processing and packing lines.

Micro-wave or macro-trend?

Micro-wave or macro-trend?

By Paul Gander

What role is in-pack industrial microwave processing likely to play in the future chilled ready meals market? Paul Gander talks to experts for and against this technology about the likelihood of its adoption in the UK.

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