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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.

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.

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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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i2r launches tulip muffin and greaseproof papers for the bakery industry

i2r Packaging Solutions has launched a range of tulip muffin wraps and greaseproof papers to expand its bakery offering. 

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Vermont Smoke & Cure secures Target listing with smaller meat sticks

Vermont Smoke & Cure has extended its range with a smaller meat stick and secured a nationwide listing with Target.

In-house show for bars, buns, wafers, tortillas and cakes

Bosch Packaging: ‘Lean production is the key driver of short throughput time’

Lean production is the key driver of short throughput time, according to Bosch Packaging Technology, following its first in-house show at its Schiedam factory in the Netherlands.

Peter Kölln expands oat flake range after Ishida upgrade

Peter Kölln & Co, which produces oat flakes and muesli, has expanded its oat flake range after partnering with Ishida to upgrade its packing line.

6 NGOs file lawsuit against US FDA over perchlorate in plastic packaging

Six public health and environmental organizations have filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a petition restricting the use of perchlorate in food packaging.

Hot on the heels of Campbell Soup Company non-BPA liners for cans

‘Significant progression’ as Del Monte Foods converts to non-BPA packaging

Hot on the heels of Campbell Soup Company’s announcement that it is switching to BPA-free lined cans by 2017, Del Monte Foods, has revealed this week it is converting to...

Campbell Soup Company BPA Reaction

‘It should not come as a surprise consumer activists are growing impatient with brands’

Comments have been flooding in from consumer groups and industry associations following the announcement that Campbell Soup Company will switch to BPA-free lined cans by 2017.

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Solegear to acquire Ex-Tech Plastics’ bioplastics division for $1.33m

Solegear Bioplastic Technologies (Solegear) has agreed to acquire Ex-Tech Plastics for $1.33m.

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CSP Technologies to acquire Maxwell Chase Technologies

CSP Technologies will acquire Maxwell Chase Technologies, a producer of absorbent and non-absorbent packaging for the food industry. 

Ashland to debut FDA approved coating for packaging

Ashland will debut its Purekote 23589 coating that can be used safely in food packaging applications regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at Dscoop, Texas, (April 14-16).

European Commission approves RPC Global Closure Systems acquisition

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Global Closure Systems (GCS) by RPC Group for €650m ($714.6m).

‘We must ensure 'force majeure' tensions are not repeated’

The plastic packaging industry must close ranks to avoid the ‘force majeure’ tensions in 2015 says Roland Roth, president, German Plastics Packaging Association (IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen).

Fresh-Pak and the University of Leicester launch centre of excellence for food technology

Fresh-Pak Chilled Foods has partnered with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester to set up a centre of excellence for food technology.

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Matrix Design to open second facility in Illinois

Matrix Design, which develops, builds and installs robotic automation systems, will open a factory in South Elgin, Illinois.

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