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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.

Lighter, thinner packaging growing rapidly in Poland

Thin, flexible and easy to handle - that is the major food packaging trend emerging on the Polish market, helped along by rising sales of dairy products and new hygiene...

Safety first in the packaging supply chain

US-based packaging distributor Hughes Enterprises argues that attention to packaging is vital in ensuring total supply chain safety, reports Anthony Fletcher.

Researchers uncover benefits of wheat-based packaging

Could environmentally-friendly biodegradable containers made from wheat starch eventually replace traditional polystyrene-based products? Only if the price is right, reports Anthony Fletcher.

Toray Plastics develops cutting edge packaging films

Toray Plastics has developed what it describes as a new line of technologically advanced, value-added OPP and PET packaging films, designed to achieve longer shelf life and easier handling.

GE thermoplastic alloy for ready meal packaging

A new thermoplastic alloy, designed for use in large retort packaging sterilisation trays, is said to offer ready-meal manufacturers increased rack/surge capacity for higher output, double service life, and lower...

Packaging innovation gathers momentum

As the global trend towards the breakdown of traditional eating habits gathers pace, packaging innovation has become an increasingly important aspect in bakery products, as manufacturers seek to adapt to...

Detection for protective gas atmosphere packaging

A highly flexible automatic measuring device capable of detecting the tiniest leaks of CO2 from protective gas atmosphere packaging has been developed.

New report uncovers trends in convenience packaging

A new report examining convenience packaging and serving size trends, from prepared meals to snacks and beverages, has been published.

Be future focused, says packaging expert

Most food companies are too short-term focused when it comes to adopting new technology, claims a packaging expert. They need to adopt long-term strategic planning and pay closer attention to...

Detecting metal through packaging

A high frequency metal detector designed to offer food manufacturers and packers heightened sensitivity for non-ferrous and stainless steel metals has been launched. Pure, high resistance non-ferrous and stainless steel...

Coating process could revolutionise food packaging

A nano-composite coating process to improve food packaging has been developed. This innovation, which is designed to interact with food to reduce oxygen levels or add flavourings and preservatives, could...

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