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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.

Nestlé seals 5-year deal with Netherlands logistics firm

Nestlé has partnered with Kuehne + Nagel logistics company to store its chocolate, coffee and culinary products over the next five years.

Schubert wins packaging contract with Belgian biscuit manufacturer

Belgian biscuit manufacturer Destrooper-Olivier has partnered with Gerhard Schubert after meeting them at the 2016 ProSweets trade fair in Cologne.

Snack makers moving beyond pure indulgence to functionality, says European Snacks Association

The sensible snacking concept is evolving at a rapid rate, said Sebastian Emig, director general of the European Snacks Association (ESA).

News in brief

DuPont’s bakery enzymes approved in Japan

DuPont has announced it has received “the go-ahead” by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for three bakery enzymes for use as processing aids in the country’s bakery industry....

Ishida unveils new Multihead Weigher design for easier cleaning

Ishida Europe has expanded its range of hygienic multihead weighers with a new open frame design that allows fast and easy access for cleaning and inspections.

Ingredion unveils texturizer series for baked snacks

Ingredion answers Asian consumer demands for wider range of textures in baked snacks

International Paper agrees to pay $354m settlement to Kleen Products

International Paper has agreed to pay $354m to Kleen Products in an antitrust lawsuit settlement, but denies the allegations.

Huhtamaki to acquire International Paper foodservice packaging operations in China for $17.1m

Finnish packaging company Huhtamäki Oyj is to acquire International Paper's foodservice packaging operations in China for €15m ($17.1m).

API launches Holonique Boutique for custom decorative packaging

API has launched a custom decorative holography service called Holonique Boutique.

French snack producer Vico launches Hula Hoops variants in Sonoco packaging

The Vic-sur-Aisne-based firm introduced its three-dimensional Hula Hoops to the French market last year and is now expanding the range with the launch of Bacon and Sour Cream & Onion...

Warbutons claims improved accuracy in forecasting with FuturMaster system

UK bakery giant Warburtons says it has increased the accuracy of its forecasts from 79% to 86% by moving to alternative software.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö expands Genuine Vegetable Parchment capacity for bakery

Ahlstrom-Munksjö will invest €6.7m ($7.5m) in production capacity at its Saint Severin plant in France, to be completed in Q4 2018.

Sonoco expands ClearGuard packaging for liquid and viscous product pouches

Sonoco has expanded its ClearGuard portfolio of flexible packaging to include pouches for liquid or more viscous products.

Proposed “benchmark” acrylamide levels set to impose further food firm limits

Measures to reduce acrylamide levels in food took a step forward as new draft proposals outline "benchmark" mandatory levels for the industry.

Apple iPhone iOS 11 available to the public in September

Talkin’ Things NFC Smart Packaging System integrates iPhone and Android

Talkin’ Things has created a Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled Smart Packaging System that integrates iPhone and Android users.

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