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Active and intelligent packaging regs - evolution and innovation

New active and intelligent packaging rules and guidelines introduced last year across Europe should bring much-needed clarity to the sector and pave the way for innovation, said one expert as...

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Spotlight on new packaging regulation at Foodex

Foodex this year sees a series of seminars on the latest regulation pertaining to third party inspection certification and packaging aswell as new food hygiene initiatives, research and innovation developments...

New peelable packaging standard on horizon

A German research institute is seeking heat sealed packaging formats including confectionery wrapping from packaging producers or food manufactures for a round robin test to develop a standardized testing method...

Free advice on clean design in packaging

Packaging and product designers are to be offered free advice on how to adopt cleaner design principles, become more eco-literate, and avoid charges of greenwashing.

Bemis sees upturn in flexible packaging demand

Bemis said a gradual improvement in demand for flexible packaging, especially for shelf-life extension products, was a major factor in it posting better than expected Q4 and year end results.

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Nestle joins group to sponsor bioplastics research for food packaging

Nestle has signed up to a joint venture to sponsor research into bioplastics with the aim of developing materials adapted to the food packaging segment on a large scale

Companies urged to do more as UK unveils new packaging strategy

A major reduction in food packaging, a rethink on how it is measured and a call for greater investment by packing companies to increase recycling are part of a strategy...

Weighty answers from new packaging research

Weight and packaging material are the key factors influencing the environmental impact of ambient food packaging systems, according to new research from German carton manufacturer SIG Combibloc.

Cautious optimism for food and drink packaging sector

Packaging converters trying to pass on recent polymer price hikes to their food and drink manufacturing customer base may feel less resistance to such moves in the coming months with...

New crisp packaging design from PepsiCo targets women

The maker of Fritos, Doritos and Lay's crisps continues efforts to attract women consumers, unveiling a new redesign and package for its Frito-Lay Baked! product lines.

Metal packaging innovation confers eco-friendly opportunities for premium biscuits

A raft of new container designs from US firm Crown speciality packaging target premium biscuit makers with an eye on eco-friendly packaging materials.

New food packaging robots at Pack Expo

New robots, customized for the food industry, are being launched this week at leading industry packaging show, Pack Expo in Chicago.

WRAP to fund waste reducing packaging and processing projects

The UK government-funded Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is inviting proposals for projects to design, develop and trial innovative processes and approaches to reduce waste in the food supply chain.

Spider web nano-machine could spin new packaging opportunities

Electrospinning, an emerging technology that forms a mat of fine fibres, could deliver new packaging materials, potentially produced from waste streams, for bakers and snacks makers.

Saimo aims for less of the same in European sweet packaging

A China-based manufacturer of weighing and packaging products is looking for greater collaboration with confectioners and other food manufacturers to establish itself on the European market.

Low cost texture analyser can measure food and packaging, says firm

A new easy-to-operate texture tool is a cost effective way for processors to measure the texture of food products as well as their packaging, says developer Brookfield Engineering.

Cinnamon-based packaging could prevent food spoilage

Active paper packaging containing a cinnamon-based coating inhibits black bread mould on white bread, claims a new study.

Biodegradable packaging makes UK cereal debut

A new compostable laminate is making its UK market debut with the re-launch of a popular cereal brand.

New technology launched for delicate product packaging

Packaging firm Bosch has designed a new range of packaging and processing solutions designed specifically for handling delicate products such as tray baked goods, biscuits and chocolate confectionery.

Heinz uses Sealed Air vertical packaging in Russia

Vertical packaging technology from Sealed Air has helped Heinz's Russian operation meet increasing demand for packaged goods, the firm has said.

Secure cake packaging launched

A new packaging box for muffins and cupcakes features a unique insert tray to hold the cakes in a secure position, and help reduce the risk of damage during transportation,...

Packaging mark to authenticate Chinese food

A new mark required on the packaging of Chinese food exports from next month will allow importers to tell certified products from fakes, according to food safety officials.

Final stages of Bradman Lake's new packaging machinery facility

The finishing touches are being added to the new Bradman Lake Group's packaging machinery facility in Norwich, Norfolk, as the company continues on its global expansion plan.

Packaging alliance cuts sourcing times

Packaging firm tna has joined forces with potato snack processing group Kiremko to broaden the remit of both firms and turn the businesses into a single processing and packaging powerhouse...

EU funds nano packaging research

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's is part of an EU-funded project to develop biodegradable packaging using nanotechnology.

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