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Videojet: Global beverage sales to grow 3.9% in 2016

Videojet Technologies, which supplies coding, marking and printing technology, has launched a Beverage Hub for manufacturers to keep up-to-date on changing coding and labelling requirements. 

Hologram trade body claims 86% of US counterfeit goods now come from China

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) is calling for an urgent review after a US Chamber of Commerce report claims four fifths (86%) of all counterfeit goods now come from China.

IoT connected products to increase from 5bn to 21bn by 2020

‘Now is the time for brands to experiment with connected packaging in a structured way’

Gartner predicts the number of connected products in existence will increase from five billion to 21 billion by 2020, which means take up of the Internet of Things (IoT) will be rapid, according to Mindshare media agency.

From Uganda to Borneo: Elopak ramps up its sustainable efforts to become CarbonNeutral

Elopak is celebrating after becoming a CarbonNeutral company as part of its environmental strategy; FutureProof 2020.

EU Commission to investigate if ‘AB InBev has abused its position’ on Belgian beer market

The European Commission has opened an investigation to assess whether AB InBev has abused its ‘dominant position on the Belgian beer market’ by hindering imports of its beer from neighboring countries, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

SHS Drinks targets on-the-go consumers with 50ml Bottlegreen PET bottles

SHS Drinks, which produces WKD, Shloer, and Woody’s, has partnered with M&H Plastics to produce a 50ml version of its Bottlegreen cordials, sparkling pressé and mixers.

UK launch for plastic packaging that can be 'thrown away like an orange peel'

Biodegradable plastic packaging designed to behave like an orange peel when it is thrown away is launching in the UK next month.

FTC approves Ball's acquisition of Rexam in the US

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved Ball Corporation’s proposed acquisition of Rexam, granting final regulatory clearance.

Closure affects 265 permanent and temporary employees

Aptar Group turns to its network of suppliers following blaze

A fire broke out at one of three production units belonging to Aptar Group at its facility in Annecy, France on Saturday (June 25).

EFSA begins new BPA review process

Work on another evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has started with a final scientific opinion scheduled for 2018.

Lassonde partners with SIG Combibloc for its ready-to-drink thickened beverages

Canadian food manufacturer Lassonde has expanded its product range with recloseable carton packs from SIG Combibloc for its Oasis NutriSolution Hydra+ for people with difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

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RPC deal ‘emulates Berry and Coveris acquisition strategy’

RPC, which makes rigid plastic packaging for the food, dairy and beverage market among others, is set to acquire British Polythene Industries (BPI) for £261m ($379m), in August, subject to regulatory clearance.

Prik & Tik launch BPA-free PetainerCooler for water ‘amid growing health concerns’

Prik & Tik has partnered with Petainer to launch a BPA-free (bisphenol A) reusable PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) water cooler with Evidel (Ginstberg Brand).

News in brief

Soy-based BPA alternative coating wins award

A coating technology which could be used to replace Bisphenol A (BPA) in a variety of applications has been awarded second place in a category at the 2016 Bio-Based Innovation Awards.

CCE launches sports cap packaging for Glacéau Smartwater

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has launched a sports cap for its bottled water brand, Glacéau Smartwater, following a £14m ($20m) investment at its Morpeth, Northumberland site.

Canadean: Packaging innovation should target on-the-go hot beverage connoisseurs

Packaging innovation should target on-the-go hot beverage connoisseurs because the increasing demand for time-saving versions of these products presents an exciting opportunity to benefit from the enduring lack of time consumers face, says Canadean.

RPC launches Modul milk bottle made from sugar cane

Swedish dairy company Skånemejerier has partnered with RPC on its Modul bottle for non-homogenized milk, made from a non oil-based bio polymer produced from sugar cane.

Standard Knapp targets craft brewers with its ‘soft catch’ packer

Standard Knapp has launched a 939S Versatron Soft Catch Servo Case Packer, for case packing in the craft beer industry.

Gondi to buy Constantia Flexibles folding carton business

‘Mexico experiencing growth in high value-added packaging market’

Constantia Flexibles Group, which makes flexible packaging and labels for the food, beverage, dairy and confectionery market, is selling its non-core folding carton business in Mexico, Aluprint Plegadizos, to Grupo Gondi for an undisclosed amount.

Rising demand for different carton sizes as household numbers decline

Evergreen Packaging has launched a line of SmartPak cartons in four sizes of 40oz, 48oz, 52oz and 59oz to meet a rising demand for different sizes.

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