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Smart Packaging

Demands on packaging are mounting. Shelf-life, sustainability, usability, consumer appeal are a handful of many demands on manufacturers. Technologies and new materials are constantly coming to the fore as R&D efforts step up to make 'smart' packaging.

Cibus Tec 2016

Now there’s an I.DEA – tray sealing machine for pasta targets ready meal market

Consumers are buying more ready meals, because they don’t want to spend long hours preparing food at home, according to I.DEA Pack.

SIAL, Paris 2016

Micvac, famous for its ‘whistling’ ready-meal trays expands porridge range

Micvac, famous for its ‘whistling’ ready-meal trays has seen huge success with its porridge range in Norway, launching smaller pack sizes to meet consumer demand.

Turning a new leaf: Dos Pinos launches dairy, nectars & oatmeal in Tetra Pak Slim leaf cartons

Dos Pinos in Costa Rica has partnered with Tetra Pak to launch its dairy, nectars and oatmeal brands in Tetra Brik Aseptic 200 Slim Leaf carton packs.

Packaging news roundup October: JBT Corporation; Flexicon; Ball; Sacmi

Johnson Matthey has partnered with Cranfield University to develop modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for prolonged storage and improved management of fresh produce through the supply chain.

Linx ‘breaks new ground’ with first portable Continuous Ink Jet for SMEs

Linx Printing Technologies, whose customers include drinks manufacturer Fruitapeel, The Gourmet Nut Company and Thorntons chocolate, claims to be ‘breaking new ground’ by launching a portable entry-level CIJ (Continuous Ink...

Barrier-coated packaging demand rises in candy and bakery

Demand for packaging materials that provide greater protection to their contents such as confectionery and baked goods is growing, according to Smithers Pira.


The future of packaging knows no bounds, says CDP

There are some exciting opportunities ahead as the future of packaging knows no bounds, according to Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP), but how can manufacturers tap into this space while taking...

James Cropper launches luxury food paper packaging

Papermaker James Cropper has launched a food contact-approved range of luxury papers for dry, moist and fatty foodstuffs for the food packaging industry.

Expo East 2016

Expo East 2016 sneak peak: Some of the contenders for Best of East award

Forty-eight natural products are competing to be winner of the Best of East Awards at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland this year.

Sonoco: ‘SquareCan opens up new possibilities in packaging design and brand management’

Sonoco Consumer Products Europe has created its first rigid paper container with a nearly square layout.

ÅR Packaging to hold renewable packaging factory tour as it enters ‘next stage of development’

Cereal and confectionery packaging manufacturer ÅR Packaging says its recently announced acquisition by CVC Capital Partners will move the business into the 'next stage of its development'.

Amazing Grass unveils organic 'superfood' bars

Plant-based powered nutrition company, Amazing Grass, has added two flavors to its organic 'superfood' bar line with a new packaging that highlights its whole-food ingredients.

IBIE 2016

Bosch biscuits packaging system keeps up with consumers’ ‘growing appetite’

Germany-based Bosch Packaging Technology will debut its biscuit on edge packaging system at the upcoming IBIE and Pack Expo this year in the US.

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Duke’s rolls out new look and flavors for its meat snacks as sales double

Meat snacks brand Duke's has unveiled new packaging for its Shorty Sausages and Steak Strips to highlight the premium positioning of the range.

Berry Plastics to close New York packaging plant in line with business restructure

Berry Plastics Group has announced it will close a consumer packaging manufacturing site in Dunkirk, New York, axing 50 jobs.

IoT connected products to increase from 5bn to 21bn by 2020

‘Now is the time for brands to experiment with connected packaging in a structured way’

Gartner predicts the number of connected products in existence will increase from five billion to 21 billion by 2020, which means take up of the Internet of Things (IoT) will...

MonoSol develops film pouch that releases F&B ingredients when exposed to water

MonoSol has partnered with food-grade film customer Dicoisa to package F&B ingredients in pouches that dissolve and release their contents when exposed to water.

Closure affects 265 permanent and temporary employees

Aptar Group turns to its network of suppliers following blaze

A fire broke out at one of three production units belonging to Aptar Group at its facility in Annecy, France on Saturday (June 25).

Bosch creates dust-tight packaging for sugar, grains, flour and powders

Bosch Packaging Technology has partnered with BillerudKorsnäs to create a Sealed Paper Packaging for dry products such as sugar, grains, flour and powders.

‘Some manufacturers uneasy with effects of PVdC-coated films for snacks’ says PPC

Packaging Products Corporation (PPC) has spoken out about potential downsides of PVdC (polyvinylidene chloride) coated films for snacks as it partners with Toray Plastics America on its PVdC-free version for...

Smurfit Kappa cracks the market with 'first' liquid egg in Pouch-Up format

Smurfit Kappa has partnered with Domaine du Tauzia to launch what it believes is the first Pouch-Up for liquid eggs.

GEA claims higher packing speeds with top-filled Doy-style bags

GEA has launched a Doy-style bag filled from the top instead of the side, which it claims can enable a higher fill rate.


From self-heating packaging to hand-painted grocery bags, the world of food packaging is seeing some exciting trends

‘Consumer expectations are getting higher and higher,” according to Justin Shimek, chief technology officer at Mattson, based near San Francisco, US.

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Researchers develop thin-film temperature sensor to reduce the amount of incorrectly sealed packaging

‘“Three gummy bears, a licorice twist, and two lollipops please.” That was how children used to spend their pocket money at the candy store.

Treofan sees rise in specialty film for biscuits and chocolate packaging

BOPP film specialist Treofan has seen a rise in specialty film for biscuits and chocolate packaging, as it announces its Q1, 2016 results.

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