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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.

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.

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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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Coveris’s Imagenet acquires Rivendell Europe

Imagenet, the graphics services division of Coveris, has acquired Rivendell Europe for an undisclosed sum.

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Pizza Hut box turns into a movie projector

Ogilvy & Mather Group Hong Kong has partnered with Pizza Hut to create a box that turns into a movie projector using a smartphone.

Oval Eco Street Bowl and Coconut LOVO vodka scoop Innovation Challenge Gold

Tri-Star Packaging's Oval Eco Street Bowl, which is made from unbleached bagasse – compostable sugar cane pulp – has won Gold in the Casual Dining Show Innovation Challenge 2016.

Graphic Packaging on organic growth and developing a two pack carton for Kellogg’s

New product development remains an essential component of Graphic Packaging’s organic growth strategy, according to Michael Doss, president and CEO, discussing the company’s Q4 2015 financial results.

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Parmentine and Greiner Packaging launch on-the-go potato snack

Parmentine has partnered with Greiner Packaging to launch an on-the-go potato snack in France.

Graphic Packaging to invest $20m in US folding carton plant

Graphic Packaging International will invest $20m to expand its manufacturing facility in the City of Staunton, Virginia, US, creating 43 jobs.  

Dow and Nordmeccanica to launch several packaging technologies in 2016

Dow Chemical Company has partnered with Nordmeccanica to bring several technologies to market in 2016, for faster commercialization of adhesive systems.

Færch Plast launches ‘Modular Packaging’ food containers

Færch Plast has launched a ‘Modular Packaging’ range of lightweight, stackable containers for the airline industry.

Sirane launches self-seal steam-cooking bags in the US

Sirane has partnered with distributor, Elkay Plastics, to launch its Ready. Chef. Go! bags in the US, following success of its ‘grab and go’ over-the-counter cooking bag programme.

Nestlé to join AIPIA Advisory Board

The Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) and its new president Dick de Koning of PACKZ, has made changes to its Advisory Board.