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Schenck Process to expand its international footprint

Schenck Process is entering an ‘exciting new chapter’ and expanding its international footprint following an agreement with Blackstone.

‘Product blending is becoming increasingly popular’ says tna as it launches VMBS for snacks and gummies

tna has launched a vibratory motion blending system (VMBS) called roflo 3 to mix multiple dry or wet products.

Gluten-free green banana flour high in RS2 could cut down waste

US ingredient technology company, International Agriculture Group (IAG), has launched a clean label green banana flour that contains a high level of resistant starch to capitalize on the growing demand...

Bühler acquires Haas to add biscuit capabilities

The Bühler Group has acquired Austrian-based confectionery, biscuits and wafer equipment supplier Haas for an undisclosed sum.

Nigeria producer Sona Agro educates its VIP consumers on biscuit production

Sona Agro Allied Foods, one of Nigeria’s biggest biscuit companies, opened its factory in Ota, Ogun State to students to raise the standards of education in the African country.

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Graphic Packaging to close US Paperboard Mill, axing 120 jobs

Graphic Packaging will close its coated recycled paperboard mill in Santa Clara, California, at the end of 2017.

Shanying Paper International to acquire Nordic Paper

Shanying Paper International has agreed to acquire Nordic Paper, which produces kraft and greaseproof paper for the food and bakery industry.

Constantia Flexibles to meet demand for specialty laminates in coffee, confectionery & snacks

Constantia Flexibles has invested €6m ($7m) to meet a growing demand for specialty laminates in high property barriers, for confectionery, coffee and snacks.

BillerudKorsnäs expands into alternative polystyrene packaging

BillerudKorsnäs has acquired a minority holding in Vericool in California.

Arkema evacuation zone lifted after hurricane disaster

The US fire department has lifted a 1.5 mile evacuation zone around Arkema, Crosby plant in Texas.

Treofan to expand in the Americas and Turkey

Treofan is expanding its biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film for packaging in the Americas and Turkey.

FriPura ‘revolutionary’ filter reduces calories in fried food by 25%

FriPura says manufacturers don’t need to change portion sizes and ingredients in snacks because its ‘revolutionary’ filter can reduce calories in fried food by 25%. 

UPDATE: Two explosions at Arkema plastic resin facility

Arkema suffered two explosions at its Crosby, Texas, plant today warning there was a risk of further explosions at the site.

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Linx Printing Technologies meets challenge of coding on oily packaging

Linx Printing Technologies has expanded its range of specialist inks with the introduction of a formula that meets the challenges of coding onto oily surfaces, such as butter packaging. 

Multivac invests $2.9m to expand production capacity in Germany

Multivac Marking & Inspection has invested €2.5m ($2.9m) to expand its production capacity at its factory in Enger, Germany.

RPC opens foam modelling studio to test packaging

RPC Design team has opened a purpose-built foam modelling studio for designers to make mock-ups of packs to test and modify them before they are released on the market. 

PPC top paperboard packaging trends

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has revealed its top trends in folding carton and rigid box design, following entries for the 2017 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition.

Aptean’s ‘Factory suite’ streamlines snack food factory floor operations

Aptean has developed the Factory Manufacturing Execution System (MES) suite of wireless automation programs for the food and beverage industry to follow and improve shop floor activity in real time...

Petrow sees demand rise for ‘free-from’ ingredients as its invests $131k in powder fill machine

Petrow Food Group has invested £100k ($131k) on an Auger powder fill machine for dry mixes.

Sonoco to close one of its US factories this year

Sonoco will close its Boone, South Carolina factory in October, axing 35 jobs.

SunOpta to sell packaging machinery to Skjodt-Barrett for $2m

SunOpta has signed an agreement to sell equipment used in the production of flexible, re-sealable pouches to Skjodt-Barrett for $2m.

pladis and Unite advance UK government’s apprenticeship plan

McVitie’s maker pladis and Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union, have signed an Engineering Apprenticeship Agreement to facilitate the recruitment of 50 apprentices into engineering roles at pladis by...

JBT Corporation acquires powder filling machine manufacturer for $37m

JBT Corporation has acquired PLF International for £28m ($37m), which designs and manufactures powder filling machines for the food and beverage industry.

Essentra Packaging to consider plant closure after $4.4m operating loss

Essentra, which makes beverage, dry foods and dairy packaging, has entered a consultation process to close a factory in Newport, Wales, affecting 150 jobs.

Witte dryers safeguard gluten-free foods from cross-contamination

The Witte Company has developed a range of dryers and coolers that eliminate the need for a dedicated, gluten-free drying system.

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