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PMMI highlights key US processing and packaging trends caught up with Tom Egan, of PMMI, at the recent Interpack trade show to discuss key trends in the North American sector.

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Active and intelligent packaging: the future

What role will active and intelligent components play in future food and drink packaging? We caught up with Chip Tonkin, director of the US based Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design...


Biopackaging breaking new ground, claims Innovia Films

Collaboration with other biopolymer producers on material development has resulted in bioplastics that can compare to conventional packaging materials in terms of barrier properties and functionality, said Innovia Films.

New coatings provide effective solution to mineral oil migration in packaging - BASF

BASF has unveiled a range of barrier coatings which it said offers a highly effective solution to the migration of mineral oil residues from all packaging types into foods.

Special Edition: Dry Food Packaging

Innovation in dry food packaging

A flour product adapted especially for its resealable plastic flour pouch and a vacuum packed chocolate bar are two products that stand out above the raft of new dry food...

Abar uses robot to load shelf ready packaging

Abar Automation has launched a new robotic loading system for shelf ready food packaging lines that the company claims offers greater flexibility.

General Mills falls short of energy goals, sets packaging targets

Breakfast cereal manufacturer, General Mills, admits it fell far short of goals for 2010 in terms of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) but has flagged up a...

Kellogg sues flexible packaging supplier over tainted cereal liners

Kellogg Company has launched legal action against a Canadian firm over allegations its tainted packaging cost the food giant millions of dollars and forced it to issue a nationwide recall...

Industry and regulators taking steps to tackle mineral oil risk from packaging

The paper and packaging industries are taking a hands-on role in exploring ways to curb the presence of mineral oils in the manufacture of their products, said a leading trade...

Food companies changing packaging on mineral oil migration risk

Major food manufacturers are revamping their packaging amid concerns over the long term health hazards posed by mineral oils leaching from recycled cardboard into foods.

New polymer modifier could drive greater PLA take up in packaging - DuPont

An advanced polymer modifier that tackles a host of limitations linked with polylactic acid (PLA) could boost its take up in packaging, said DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers.

Linpac launches protective packaging for bakery products

Linpac has launched a new transport tray for bakery goods which reduces the risk of damage and storage problems during transit, claims the company.

UB aims to drive snack growth with packaging revamp and saturated fat reduction

Britain's biggest biscuit producer, United Biscuits, is aiming to drive growth across the biscuit and cake categories in 2011 through reformulation of products for a stronger health positioning as well...

Stretchable paper could revolutionise thermoformed packaging

A new stretchable paper may signal the beginning of the end for thermoform plastic trays, Billerud told at the Emballage show in Paris last week.

Dispatches from Emballage in Paris

Prototype system promises significant energy savings in packaging process

Sustainability and energy saving are two of the major trends driving current development in packaging and processing technology.

PepsiCo aims to convert potato waste into crisp packaging

PepsiCo UK is researching the feasibility of converting potato peel waste into crisp packaging and estimates a two year timeframe before market introduction.

New sealing system to significantly cut packaging and costs - company

An innovative sealing technology for flexible packaging could save food processors thousands of tonnes of film annually, provide greater seal integrity, increase product shelf life and cut operating costs,...

Biodegradable and compostable food packaging overview

Shifting opinions on sustainability means that biodegradable and compostable plastics are no longer seen as destined to replace all traditional packaging – but are now viewed as one option among...


Let’s hear it for the sound of compostable packaging

The world’s first 100 percent biodegradable chip packet attracted a lot of noise last week, but not the buzz that SunChips’ maker FritoLay had been hoping for.

News in brief

Upgrade to eco-packaging measurement tool

An upgraded version of a computer programme that measures the carbon footprint of packaging has been released.

Bosch unveils flexible and integrated packaging system on market demand

Increasing customer demand for integrated and flexible systems were the drivers behind developing new vertical flat pouch equipment for packing a range of free-flowing goods including granulates and powders, said...

New eco-coating to replace plastic packaging films

Developers of an eco-friendly packaging coating made from starch and clay designed to replace plastic films are seeking partners for commercialisation of the innovation.

'Virtually unlimited applications' for unique packaging design - Mondi

Convenience and versatility are two benefits of a “unique” easy-to-open and resealable packaging design for use across a range of materials and sectors, said Mondi Consumer Bags and Films.

Inventor seeks partner to commercialise novel packaging concept

An inventor behind a novel packaging concept that would enable food manufacturers to package multiple snack bars, coffee granules and other products at up to 12 times the speed of...

Oxo-bio bread packaging is biodegradable – ads body

Oxo-bio company Symphony has hailed a ruling by the South African Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that bread bags made with its d2w additive can be advertised as biodegradable.

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