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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.

Indulgent and personalized packaging is key to food gifting success, says analyst

There are clear opportunities for bakery and snack firms amid a soaring US food gifting trend but investments must focus on indulgence and personalization in these products, an analyst says.

Innovia’s BOPP packaging film trumps biodegradable option for shelf-life of granola, finds study

Innovia Films’ regular biaxially orientated polypropylene (BOPP) film promoted better shelf-life in granola cereal than its renewable and compostable film, a study finds.

Weetabix packaging transformed in pragmatic redesign

Weetabix has replaced the plastic inner wrap around its biscuits with an easier to open paper alternative and redesigned its cereal packs to reflect this.

Bakery and snacks firms: The packaging innovators

Investment in packaging developments is especially apparent among bakery and snacks manufacturers and it is a trend predominantly fuelled by retail demands, according to a new report.

US packaging firm tilts new carafe towards chilled drinks

Graham Packaging hopes to tap US growth in refrigerated juice and drinks with a new carafe-style PET bottle pitched as an alternative to gable-top cartons, traditional plastic bottles and glass.

Fears that ‘plain packaging’ proposal for tobacco may spread to food

Proposals to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products in the UK could open the door to extend the initiative to a raft of food and drink products - a move...

Mineral oil exposure in packaging and food possible cause for concern, says EFSA

Exposure to mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH) via packaging and some foods may pose a human health hazard, said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) - as it called for an overhaul...

Europen unveils new European packaging legislation guide

Industry body Europen has released a new guide to European packaging legislation.

Brand owners and converters adapt to new realities of European flexible packaging market - analyst

The fallout from the growing consolidation in European flexible packaging market – spearheaded by Amcor’s takeover of Alcan's European packaging operations – has transformed the trading landscape for convertors and...

Antimicrobial packaging will reduce food waste - LINPAC

Linpac Packaging has unveiled a range of trays and films that can use additives to make the product inside last longer.

Edible food packaging dissolves in water – developer

A US company has developed a food packaging technology that dissolves when exposed to water and said it is ready for commercial roll-out as soon as individual customers’ needs are satisfied.  ...

Packaging counts but taste trumps health in biscuit study

Consumers are reluctant to sacrifice taste for health but brand and product familiarity does help, a new study suggests.

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Food Safety Modernization Act a game changer for packaging machinery design - PMMI

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has changed the game for US packaging machinery manufacturers by obliging them to rethink their design strategies, PMMI’s Jim Pittas told FoodProductionDaily.com from Anuga FoodTec....

Unilever open innovation platform targets sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging has been highlighted as a key priority for Unilever as it launched an online innovation platform in a bid to uncover a raft of technical solutions to boost growth...

Processing and packaging sectors urged to tap £15m innovation fund

Projects aimed at boosting operational efficiency and sustainability in the food processing and packaging sectors are being urged to apply for a share of a £15m (€18m) fund by the...

Active and intelligent packaging public database launches

The first public version of a new database for active and intelligent packaging (AIP) innovations that aims to give small and medium enterprises (SME) free access to the groundbreaking technology...

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Peninsula Packaging snaps up thermoforming division

US Bakery packaging provider Peninsula Packaging has acquired the agricultural thermoforming division of Packaging Plus, previously held by Berkley Operations.

Moisture-absorbing microwave packaging will boost industry standard - developer

A grease and moisture absorbing flexible packaging will give new food applications access to the microwave market and ‘extend’ the industry standard, said its developer.

High-speed bread packaging machine enters Russia and Americas

Canadian-based packaging firm Technopac International has secured distribution rights to North, Central and South America and Russia for a high speed bread packaging machine it say can improve productivity by...

Flexible packaging – demand, growth and corporate trends unpicked

The global market for flexible packaging is projected to be worth more than US$71bn with worldwide consumption set for annual growth of more than 4 per cent to reach almost...

Interactive packaging brings Kellogg closer to the customer, says technology supplier

Over the next year Kellogg and US-based Augme Technologies will be working on optimising interactive packaging technology with the aim of acquiring data about the cereal maker’s customer base.

Bio-partnerships boosting ‘compatible layers’ in flexible packaging - Innovia

While flexible packaging has always scored highly on lightweighting in terms of green metrics, its use of incompatible laminate layers has presented problems in terms of end of life disposability,...

Nordson to buy Verbruggen to tap global flexible packaging potential

Nordson Corp has reached an agreement to buy Belgian company Verbruggen as part of a strategy to enter the flexible packaging sector.

Packaging revamp set to help Slavyanka grab shelf space from multinationals

In a bid to stave off the competition from Nestle and other confectionery giants, Russian biscuit, cake and jelly maker Slavyanka has engaged a UK agency to revitalize its packaging...

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