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Demand for sustainable packaging solutions boosting rPET

Post consumer recycled material (PCR) derived from recycled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles is fast replacing the polymer polypropylene in the rigid plastics packaging market, claims Finnish packaging firm Huhtamaki.

News focus: The sustainable future of packaging

Labels still a sticking point for bioplastics

In the second part of our look back series on major developments at this year's Interpack trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany, examines the importance of reforming labelling on bio-packaging...

EU sugar set for leaner and fitter future, Fischer Boel

The ambitious EU sugar reforms is on track and progressing at good speed, says Mariann Fisher Boel, confirming the positive outlook expressed by firms presently planning next steps for their...

Major HFCS users unlikely to ditch it for sugar, expert

Some food and beverage manufacturers may switch from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to sugar as a result of high corn prices, but this is only likely to be the...

MEPs vote for ban on unnecessary colours for kids

Sweeteners and colourings in food aimed at children should be banned, while additives ought to be used in other products only if they provide an advantage to the consumer, said...

News focus: The sustainable future of packaging

The coming of age for bio-based plastics

In the first part of a look back at major developments at this year's Interpack trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany, examines the challenges facing the emergence of bioplastics in...

Pregnancy group call for BPA labels over bottle fears

The use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in bottles and other food packaging continues to stir controversy, with calls this week from a UK-based pregnancy charity for mandatory labelling of the...

Ajinomoto and Asda draw battle lines over aspartame

Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe has launched a defamation law suit against US supermarket Asda over labelling on own-brand products that calls aspartame a 'nasty'.

Green tea extract may counter fatigue for workaholics

Supplements of the green tea compound EGCG may offset the signs of physical and mental fatigue associated with modern stressful lives, suggests research from Japan.

Whisky makers call for government support to maintain growth

Scotch whisky exports reached record heights in 2007 as shipment volumes rose eight per cent to 1,135 million bottles, though government support is required to ensure further industry growth, claims...

EFSA to review BPA advice on the back of US, Canadian concerns

EFSA has undertaken to review its previous advice on safe levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging and provide updates on its deliberations, following new assessments from Canada and...

Fruit drinks squeeze UK soft drink growth potential

The growing prevalence of smoothies and other fruit based-beverages in Britain's soft drinks market failed to prevent overall sales volumes declines within the industry during 2007, according to the British...

Weekly comment

No quick fix to the food price crisis

The food crisis is neither new nor sudden. The several underlying causes have been independently, steadily gathering speed and have collided in a perfect storm not seen for generations. It...

Safer, smarter, simpler: the future of packaging

Food packaging will in the future have to offer more protection, greater flexibility and be simpler to produce, according to trends identified by Oman-based packaging group Octal.

News briefs: PepsiAmericas, Adnams and InnoBev US

This week, PepsiAmericas reports profit success following developments in emerging markets, Adnams launches a green beer in the UK, and InnoBev US forum plans to open its doors.

Is the UK functional foods boom over?

Functional foods have been one of the strongest sectors within the broader food industry for more than a decade but the good times may be coming to an end -...

Health awareness boosts US soy market, report

The US market for soy foods and beverages is poised for strong growth as consumer awareness of the health benefits of soy increases, according to a new report.

Drink makers behind in natural colours search

Soft drink makers and confectioners remain someway behind rival industries in finding natural additives for their product formulations, a leading global ingredient supplier has said.

Additive-free tops beverage claim list

Preservative and additive free knocked low sugar off the top spot of leading beverage claims in 2007, according to the Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD).

Green packaging still facing barriers to growth, report

Food companies wanting to swap plastic packaging for biomass polymer-based alternatives to stress their green credentials still face a number of barriers, according to a new report.

Weekly Comment

The dangers of selective science

Antioxidants are back under the microscope for all the wrong reasons. But the use of meta-analyses to pool data is controversial, and scientists need to keep perspective before publishing conclusions.

New BPA evidence piles pressure on FDA to set exposure limits

Pressure is growing on the US Food and Drug Administration to set new restrictions on the use of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging following a new safety...

Bill Bryson's deposit plan fails to sway drink makers

Soft drink manufacturers have branded calls for the adoption of a nationwide deposit scheme on bottles and beverage cans by a UK-based environmental charity as unworkable.

Anti-acne spring water makes UK debut

Works With Water is this week launching a new spring water product claimed to be the UK's first to contain clinically-proven ingredients to counter acne.

Italian wine protection questioned, says report

A scandal has engulfed the manufacturers of one of Italy's most prestigious wine varieties over claims that it is failing to meet its own strict production guidelines, the US department...

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