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Niagara Bottling to open $95m manufacturing and bottling plant

Niagara Bottling is to open a $95m manufacturing and bottling plant in Virginia, US, creating 76 jobs.

Total creates virgin ‘booster resin’ for HDPE beverages

Total has developed a range of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Circular Compounds, which it claims outperforms virgin resins for beverages.

PE Labellers partners with Nestlé on Nescafé packaging machine

PE Labellers has partnered with Nestlé to install a 24,000 bottle per hour glass jar packaging machine at its plant in Orbe, Switzerland.

Uflex fights war on counterfeiting with 3D Nescafé tamper-proof seal

Uflex has created a ‘Seal of Authenticity’ tamper-proof 3D seal for Nescafé Classic manufactured by Nestlé India.

LiquiForm partners with Krones to commercialize its liquid forming and filling process

The LiquiForm Group has partnered with Krones, which makes filling and packaging equipment, to develop and commercialize its liquid forming and filling process.

Refresco makes first North American acquisition in the soft drinks sector

European-based Refresco Group has agreed to acquire Whitlock Packaging, in the US, for $129m.

AptarGroup celebrates Nestlé partnership deals despite ‘financially challenging’ Q2

AptarGroup is celebrating product launches with Nestle Canada on its Nestea liquid tea concentrate and development of a custom jar lid for Nescafe Taster’s Choice ground coffee, but admits the F&B sector was challenging this year.

Metal packaging sees big shift in smaller volume, higher value craft beers and ales

Challenging recycling targets and an increase in domestic products in countries such as China, India and Brazil, has led to a 'new freedom in the beverage can market', according to Smithers Pira.

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.

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