Processing & Packaging

Solvay expands plant

Solvay expands plant

Solvay Advanced Polymers, the US-based provider of high-performance
polymers to the food service industry, will expand the production
capacity of its polyamide-imide plant in South Carolina, during the
next nine months

Bulbous HDPE containers

Bulbous HDPE containers

With food marketers constantly on the look out for more flexible
packaging to achieve eye-catching aesthetics, it seems that the
future of blow-moulded high-density polyethylene containers looks
sealed.

Battle for Brazil can market

Battle for Brazil can market

CSN, the Brazil-based flat steelmaker, and Canadian aluminium
manufacturer Alcan are on a head-on collision course over which
will dominate the metal packaging market, reported Brazilian
business daily Gazeta Mercantil.

Rift over Smurfit offer

Rift over Smurfit offer

Irish investors have sharply criticised Jefferson Smurfit, the
Dublin-based paperboard and packaging company, for its willingness
to accept a €3.7 billion takeover bid from Madison Dearborn
Partners, the US private equity firm.

Unilever to invest in Mexico

Unilever to invest in Mexico

Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever has confirmed that it
is to invest $230 million (€239m) in its Mexico operations this
year, a proportion of which will be spent to upgrade and increase
production capacity.

Rexam completes sale

Rexam completes sale

Rexam, the global consumer packaging company, has completed the
disposal, announced in April 2002, of its Image Products business
to Sun Capital, a leading US private investment firm.

Baldwin expands

Baldwin expands

Baldwin Richardson Foods, one of the largest African-American owned
food companies in the United States, has won a multi-million euro
contract to supply Kellogg's Nutri-grain fruit fillings, which
comes on the back of a big investment...

Cool flour

Cool flour

BOC, the worldwide provider of gases and vacuums to the food and
beverage industry, has found a significant market for its newly
launched flour chilling equipment for the bakery industry.

Packaging price increase

Packaging price increase

Sonoco, the global provider of packaging products for the food and
beverage industry, has announced that it will increase prices for
all coreboard grades manufactured in and shipped to continental
Europe by €50 per metric tonne.

Firmer fruit

Firmer fruit

Processors seeking an alternative approach to mechanical and heat
treatment of fruit pieces could benefit from the latest research
findings from the Dutch-based DSM group.

New Tetra CEO

New Tetra CEO

Larry Pillard is to leave his job as chief executive of Tate &
Lyle to take over the executive chairmanship of Tetra Laval, the
privately owned Swedish packaging group.

Cork industry gets royal seal

Cork industry gets royal seal

The Prince of Wales has issued an attack on the environmental
impact of using synthetic wine closures, boosting the cause of
consumers and conservationists who have been fighting producers'
increasing use of wine closures other...

Tuna cannery expands

Tuna cannery expands

The only remaining tuna cannery in Australia has received a
prestigious international food service award for the second year
running, according to a report from FIS.