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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.

EU funds nano packaging research

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

Gas sensor speeds up packaging tests

A modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) sensor just introduced in the UK market speeds up the process of testing that the correct mix of gasses have been used in a product.

Coatings protect bake-in packaging

US based packaging firm Michelman is set to unveil a raft of bake-in coating solutions for the bakery industry at trade fairs this year.

Project aims to tear strips off packaging problems

The effectiveness of tear strips used in cardboard packaging is being tested as part of a new project, which aims to market the findings later this year.

New easy open seals close packaging dilemma

Two different packaging seals offer easier opening with security -- while one is designed for industrial and commercial use, the other meets increasing consumer demand, the manufacturer claims.

Pizza flowrapper reduces packaging size and costs

A new modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) system for pizzas reduces the need for two machines.

Nano project aims to reduce packaging waste

Danone, the French food and beverage giant, is taking part in a research project into nanotechnology that could result in stronger plastic packing that also reduces waste.

Double wall packaging extends bakery shelf-life

A French inventor has developed an innovative new way to ensure bread is kept fresher for longer, while safeguarding quality and taste.

Pizza packaging prolongs shelf-life

European firm Sealed Air Cryovac has developed a new shelf-life extending overwrap packaging system for manufacturers of pizza and pasta.

MAP packaging ensures fresh bread

A new Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) system has been developed by Italian firm PFM to prolong bread freshness.

Vertical wrapper upgrades packaging technology

BG Pack has modified its line of packaging equipment to incorporate sealing and pocket bagging technology such as modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) suitable for a range of fresh bakery products.

Packaging system cuts costs and time

A new packaging system which can process up to 1,000 cereal bars per minute and cut changeover times in half has been launched by packaging firm Bradman Lake.

Machine wraps up bakery packaging

A new operator-friendly flow-wrapper has been launched by packaging firm PFM - providing bakers with an easy-to-use system for producing pillow-style packs.

New Tetra Pak cereal packaging could boost product appeal

Ready-to-pour cereal products in packaging that has until now been associated with juice cartons could be the new way to improve the appeal of products and add consumer value, according...

Scented food packaging could improve product appeal

A major cereal brand is set to be re-launched in the US with new scented fruity packaging that the manufacturer hopes will increase the appeal of its product.

Handy packaging drives snacking mega-trend

Manufacturers must adapt an innovative packaging design and marketing approach to tap burgeoning consumer demand for on-the-go snacking, says report.

Kraft feels the pressure of rising energy and packaging costs

Kraft Foods has confirmed that it is increasing prices of many of its products in the United States by an average of 3.9 per cent because of rising energy and...

Bioplastics event signals dawning of new packaging era

Bioplastics trade association IBAW claims that the inaugural special exhibition Bioplastics in Packaging was a major success at Interpack 2005.

Scientists raise spectre of cancer-causing packaging

Compounds found in plastic food packaging could be possible cancer-causing agents, according to a worrying new study from the US.

Microwave packaging browns bakery

Graphic Packaging has developed a new line of functional microwaveable packaging in answer to increasing demands for more choice and greater cooking flexibility from consumers, writes Simon Pitman.

Exhibition highlights growth in biodegradable packaging

An upcoming exhibition on bioplastics and biopackaging aims to show that environmentally friendly packaging has a strong future.

EC vows to streamline packaging regulations

The European Commission has launched a bid to streamline labelling laws in order to simplify life for both consumers and manufacturers.

Huhtamaki develops kids snack packaging

Finnish packaging giant Huhtamaki is providing Andros with a range of packaging solutions for its latest children's fruit-based snack line, that includes a new bottling technology.

Packaging breakthrough promises to replace foil

A new, technologically advanced heat-sealable metallised OPP film, designed to replace the foil and sealant in traditional paper-polyethylene-foil-polyethylene (PPFP) structures, has been developed.

UK drives to cut down packaging waste

A groundbreaking £8 million initiative to stimulate innovative packaging design and at the same time significantly reduce food and packaging waste has been launched in the UK.

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