New food packaging robots at Pack Expo
New robots, customized for the food industry, are being launched this week at leading industry packaging show, Pack Expo in Chicago.
WRAP to fund waste reducing packaging and processing projects
The UK government-funded Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is inviting proposals for projects to design, develop and trial innovative processes and approaches to reduce waste in the food supply chain.
Spider web nano-machine could spin new packaging opportunities
Electrospinning, an emerging technology that forms a mat of fine fibres, could deliver new packaging materials, potentially produced from waste streams, for bakers and snacks makers.
Saimo aims for less of the same in European sweet packaging
A China-based manufacturer of weighing and packaging products is looking for greater collaboration with confectioners and other food manufacturers to establish itself on the European market.
Low cost texture analyser can measure food and packaging, says firm
A new easy-to-operate texture tool is a cost effective way for processors to measure the texture of food products as well as their packaging, says developer Brookfield Engineering.
Cinnamon-based packaging could prevent food spoilage
Active paper packaging containing a cinnamon-based coating inhibits black bread mould on white bread, claims a new study.
Biodegradable packaging makes UK cereal debut
A new compostable laminate is making its UK market debut with the
re-launch of a popular cereal brand.
New technology launched for delicate product packaging
Packaging firm Bosch has designed a new range of packaging and
processing solutions designed specifically for handling delicate
products such as tray baked goods, biscuits and chocolate
Heinz uses Sealed Air vertical packaging in Russia
Vertical packaging technology from Sealed Air has helped Heinz's
Russian operation meet increasing demand for packaged goods, the
firm has said.
Secure cake packaging launched
A new packaging box for muffins and cupcakes features a unique
insert tray to hold the cakes in a secure position, and help reduce
the risk of damage during transportation, the manufacturer claims.
Packaging mark to authenticate Chinese food
A new mark required on the packaging of Chinese food exports from
next month will allow importers to tell certified products from
fakes, according to food safety officials.
Final stages of Bradman Lake's new packaging machinery facility
The finishing touches are being added to the new Bradman Lake
Group's packaging machinery facility in Norwich, Norfolk, as the
company continues on its global expansion plan.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 to Tetra Pak.
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 packaging costs caused by higher
global oil prices.
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
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
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
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
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 laws on baked goods
in shops, writes Chris Mercer.
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
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 systems costs.
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
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
changing trends if they wish to stay ahead...
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 metals have...
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
put European companies ahead...
PPI packaging solution
Packaging Progressions, manufacturers of a full range of stainless
steel food packaging and processing equipment have revealed a new
solution for the bakery packaging industry.
Frito-Lay has new packaging partner
Graham Packaging is making its first entry into the salty snack
food market,supplying high-density polyethylene rigid canisters for
Frito-Lay's new Staxpotato crisps. The new Stax went into
nationwide distributon in the US inAugust...
Ilapak upgrades flow-wrapper
Ilapak has completely redesigned its Astra inverted flow-wrapper to
offer what is claimed to be a more efficient method of packaging
irregularly shaped products.
Snacks to drive packaging market
A recently published report suggests that the overall share of
consumer spending is falling for food and drink manufacturers and
retailers in Europe.
Spicing up packaging
Ilapak has supplied McCormick Foodswith a Vegatronic 2000 vertical,
form, fill and seal machine designed to produce pyramid packs for
its new Shotz range of seasonings.
Innovations in snack food packaging
Rovema has unveiled its Vertical Intermittent Pouch Machine
(VVI-200), a new vertical form, fill, seal machine designed for
applications typically associated with horizontal machines.