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Sustainable snacks? Production success but packaging woes, says SFA

Most snack makers convert waste into animal feed or have water reduction programs, but efforts need to be sharpened in the plight to find truly green, consumer-friendly packaging, says the head of the Snack Food Association (SFA).

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Jindal claims first OPP sealant film for stand-up pouches

Jindal Films has claimed it has introduced the first biaxially orientated polypropylene (OPP)-based sealant film for stand-up pouches.

General Mills to shut and sell US cereal plant

General Mills will shut down and sell its first cereal manufacturing plant under the $40m cost-cutting program announced earlier this year. 

Patent Watch

General Mills files patent for cost-efficient flexible dough pack

General Mills has developed a flexible package for chemically-leavened refrigerated dough that it claims is considerably cheaper than market options and ensures better baking quality.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Too fast and furious? Ditch speed for efficiency, says CT USA

Snack manufacturers should run slower packaging speeds for improved efficiency, durability and product protection, says the sales director of CT USA.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

How will Nutrition Facts panel changes hit snacks?

Snack makers and suppliers will be under pressure to make fast changes across all packs once the FDA finalizes its ruling on the nutrition facts panel, but can suppliers keep up?

DISPATCHES: PACK EXPO 2014

Bakers are behind the food safety curve, claims tech expert

Food safety is important for bakers but use of technology is behind the curve and more could be done, says a technical expert.

Ilapak to build a production plant in the US following IMA 81% ownership

Ilapak has announced plans to build an 80,000sq ft production facility in North West Arkansas, starting operations in January 2016.

Sonoco focuses on European expansion after $360m WPG acquisition

Sonoco has completed its $360m acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG), a European provider of composite cans, drums and rigid plastic containers.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Corrugated packaging not going away in snacks

Snack makers need to protect fragile product and meet increasing e-commerce and promotional demands – good reasons to increase the use of corrugate in secondary packaging, says a business strategy expert.

Weetabix packaging subsidiary Vibixa to close

Weetabix carton printing subsidiary Vibixa, which makes cardboard packaging in Cheltenham, UK, has announced plans to close its factory next year axing 105 jobs.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

Sustainable baking now a ‘cradle to grave’ concept

Consumers expect manufacturers to take responsibility for baked goods far beyond the production gate, says a sustainability expert.

Diamond Foods to build innovation center

Diamond Foods will pool snack NPD efforts under one roof with its first dedicated innovation center.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

General Mills: Think globally; act local to tackle consumer problems

Bakery companies must have global strategies but act locally to solve consumer problems such as carb concerns and free from needs, says the innovation head of General Mills’ global bakery platform.

US tainted packaging incident saw recall of 28m boxes of cereal

Canadian wax supplier denied early exit from Kellogg v. Flexible Packaging Corp. court case

A US federal court has denied The International Group’s (IGI’s) motion for summary judgment in a case alleging the wax maker and FPC (Flexible Packaging Corp.) provided Kellogg with non-merchantable (not fit-for-sale) cereal bags.

EU snack sector: Origin labeling would be ‘really problematic’

Origin labeling for single ingredients would be a logistical nightmare for snack makers serving no value to consumers, says the European Snacks Association (ESA). 

Kix interactive cereal a double-win: Engages kids and appeals to parents

General Mills has launched special edition Kix cereal packs with cut-out characters to accompany a series of online stories for kids – a strategy that importantly holds parent appeal, says an analyst.

UK consumers lack knowledge on salt in foods, says Sainsbury’s

Less than 10% of UK adults say they monitor salt intake ‘strictly’, with almost half revealing they do not monitor salt intake at all, according to new data.

KP Snacks to leverage growth under Intersnack ‘powerhouse’

KP Snacks has big growth plans under the Intersnack umbrella with Christmas NPD investment and a push in healthy snacking, says its branded sales head.

Mooncakes and China: Think cosmopolitan, fat-free and green

Young Chinese consumers have adopted global ideals around health and sustainability, driving a cosmopolitan edge to the country’s traditional Mooncake Festival, Euromonitor says.

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