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Grupo Bimbo makes green strides with Mexican wind energy

Grupo Bimbo will power most of its Mexican operations with renewable wind energy generated from a new farm in the south of Mexico.

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Kellogg donates $500,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief

The Kellogg Company has committed a cash and food donation of $500,000 to relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

Phase down of HFCs would offer much needed flexibility, says industry group

A phase down of HFCs in refrigerants is better than an outright ban that could cost the industry billions, according to the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE).

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Clear clamshell wins consumer packaging vote

Clear plastic clamshell packaging won the consumer vote in a recent eye tracking survey conducted for materials manufacturer Klockner Pentaplast, results of which  it revealed at Pack Expo 2012 in...

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Kapstone results boosted by acquisition

Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation reported positive Q3 results despite unplanned disruptions at two sites.

Wheat price spikes will protect manufacturers in the long-run: Analyst

Sky-high wheat prices will deter use of the grain for feed and thus secure supplies for bakery and snack manufacturers in the long-run, according to an analyst.

Takeaway message from plastic conference ‘frustrating’, says NatureWorks

The full message of a speech by a European Commissioner was missed and led to bioplastics being misrepresented, according to NatureWorks. 

Dow upgrades film testing facility

Dow Chemical Company has added an ultrasonic welder and a feedblock to produce nanolayer films to its US Film Application Development Centre (FADC).


Bosch launches flow wrapper at Pack Expo

Bosch Packaging Technology is slashing waste and boosting shelf life with the introduction of a new flow wrapper at Pack Expo 2012 in Chicago.

Greenpeace urges food companies to check palm oil suppliers' sustainability score

Greenpeace has published a scorecard rating palm oil producers’ sustainability efforts, in order to provide food and other consumer goods companies with better information about how their palm oil is...

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USDA issues Hurricane Sandy food safety warning

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has urged people to take immediate steps to ensure their food is kept safe as Hurricane Sandy approaches....

Nutrition runs up front in the US snack bar race: Rabobank

Nutrition and energy bars head up the soaring $6bn US snack bar market, according to a new report.

Energy-saving mist technology available on industrial scale

A novel baking process using a climate chamber that produces mist can now be used on an industrial scale to half energy savings in the fermentation process compared to conventional...


PTI showcases packaging solutions at Pack Expo

PTI Inspection Systems is displaying a range of packaging solutions, including packaging machinery and testing systems, at trade show Pack Expo in Chicago.

Beige apocalypse: Why have bread volumes nosedived in the past five years in the FDMx channel?

Pound volumes of bread & rolls, ready-to eat breakfast cereals and wheat-based cereal bars have plummeted in the past five years in the US food, drug and mass channel as...

ExxonMobil sells BOPP films business

ExxonMobil Chemical has sold its global film packaging business to Jindal Poly Films saying it didn't fit in with their future plans.

Amcor reports ‘consistent’ start to Q1 trading

Amcor reported a solid start in its first quarter trading in line with expectations and said it was interested in further acquisitions.

Flowers Foods expands its bakery empire in the West Coast with Sara Lee/Earthgrains licensing deal

Flowers Foods has expanded its bakery empire with the acquisition of certain Sara Lee and Earthgrains assets and trademarks in California and Oklahoma City from Grupo Bimbo subsidiary BBU, Inc,...

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PepsiCo revamps Quaker snack

PepsiCo has revamped its Quaker Quakes snacks with a new name and new look.

IOI Loders Croklaan opens new oils and fats refinery

IOI Loders Croklaan has opened a new oils and fats refinery in Wormerveer in the Netherlands, with a particular focus on sustainably sourced oils.

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We hit the ‘Windy City’ – in Chicago

Next week will be reporting from Pack Expo International in Chicago, the yearly show bringing together packaging and processing expertise from across the globe.

EFSA approves recycling method for re-use as food contact crates

A method of recycling re-useable food-contact polypropylene crates (RPC) into new PP crates has been approved by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).

‘Relocalization’ of the US wheat industry: Opportunities and challenges

US bakers are keen to source wheat locally but consistent high quality and supply would need to be guaranteed, a study finds.

Grupo Bimbo net profit slumps 83% for Q3

High raw material prices and costly integration of Sara Lee operations led to a sharp net profit slump for Mexican bread titan Grupo Bimbo in the third quarter (Q3).

Differing factors produce positive results for paper packaging heavyweights

International Paper and Graphic Packaging have cited strategic expansion and product innovation as the drivers behind strong Q3 results.

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