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Smart packaging, shelf standout and sustainability - we cover these key issues across the universe of beverage cans, PET bottles, cartons and glass, looking at the likes of Ball Packaging, Tetra Pak and Ardagh. We also cover drinks processing, filling and packaging innovations from the likes of Krones, GEA Procomac and KHS.

Third time’s a charm as Sidel wins US IP protection on its spindle chain technology

Sidel has succeeded for the third time in protecting its intellectual property (IP) for its spindle chain technology and patent US 6,125,996, in the US.

PATENT WATCH

Mars functional beverage capsule patent application hints at new single-serve trend?

Mars recently applied to patent a special single-serve beverage capsule it said would give more consistent dosing and less wastage of functional ingredients – from flavonoids and vitamins to minerals, antioxidants.

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Zen and the Art of Japanese Beverage Packaging...

As EP Resources reports on a changing Japanese beverage landscape marked by a C-store surge, report author Stuart Hoggard talks trends including taller, slimmer bottles, and a willingness among global...

Drinks industry should strive for better supplier collaboration: Crimson & Co

The drinks industry needs to strive for greater supplier collaboration, says supply chain consultancy firm Crimson & Co, as product portfolios become increasingly varied and complicated. 

NESPRESSO 'CONFIDENT' IT HAS NOT INFRINGED PATENT

Coffee capsule maker sues Nestlé Nespresso for €150m

A manufacturer of third-party capsules designed to work on Nestlé’s Nespresso coffee machines today sued the firm for €150m in a French court claiming patent infringement and damages.

Vidrala acquires Encirc (formerly Quinn Glass) for $476m

Encirc: 'No job losses and contracts with Diageo and Britvic continue as normal'

Vidrala, through its subsidiary Inverbeira Sociedad de Promoción de Empresas, has acquired Encirc (formerly Quinn Glass) whose clients include Diageo and Britvic, for €408.6m ($476m).

Aseptic packaging systems trump hot fill for environmental impact

Aseptic Packaging systems generally have a lower environmental impact than hot fill systems – mainly due to the latter’s use of heavier PET bottles.

Valio and Tetra Pak hit retail shelves with ‘World first’ 100% renewable carton this week

Valio is the first company to sell Tetra Pak’s 100% renewable carton, Tetra Rex Bio-based made from a combination of plastics derived from plants and paperboard, produced by biopolymer manufacturer...

‘Ho, ho, ho and a lighter bottle of rum!’ Ardagh R&D trims Sailor Jerry bottle weight 20%

Ardagh Group claims to have broken new technical ground by producing a cork-mouthed bottle for William Grant & Sons brand Sailor Jerry that uses a special process to help cut...

Aussie lawyers predict Pepsi v. Coke 'contour bottle' shape scrap will continue

The Federal Court of Australia recently dismissed trademark infringement claims brought by Coke against Pepsi over the former’s iconic ‘Contour Bottle’, but lawyers tip the soda scrap to continue.

Meiji, Refresco Gerber to speak at Beverage and Dairy Treatment 2015

Do processing technology suppliers inspire new drink trends? Or are they more reactive? That’s one question experts from Meiji and Refresco Gerber will explore at this month’s free Beverage and Dairy...

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Turbo Charge Your Liquid Technology: Beverage & Dairy Treatment 2015

On January 29 we’ll broadcast our free-to-access online event on Beverage & Dairy Treatment technology, which will include speakers from big names Zenith, Meiji, KHS and Refresco-Gerber.

Wendel to acquire Constantia Flexibles for €2.3bn

‘Most significant deal in flexible packaging since Amcor’s Alcan bid’

The acquisition of Constantia by Wendel for €2.3bn is ‘the most significant deal in the flexible packaging industry since Amcor’s acquisition of Alcan assets in 2009 ($2.8bn)’, according to Moorgate...

Canadean top trends for 2015

Brands in danger of fading into the background on supermarket shelves

Canadean research organisation has released its top trends for 2015 claiming due to the large number of products available on the supermarket shelves many brands are in danger of fading...

Part of brewer's 'local, sustainable' promise

Ardagh Group inks long-term bottle supply agreement with Schlafly Beer

As part of its commitment to remain local and sustainable even as its business grows, The Saint Louis Brewery has signed an exclusive, long-term bottle supply agreement with Ardagh Group.

SurePure initiates commercial photopurification trials at Indian dairies

SurePure has initiated commercial trials of its photopurification technology with "key dairy producers" in India.

News in brief

Amcor to acquire Chinese flexible packaging business for $33M

Amcor has signed an agreement to acquire Zhongshan Tian Cai Packaging Company, a Chinese flexible packaging business for $33m (RMB 211m) The purchase price represents 7.1 times EBITDA.

Firm spends €50m to triple production capacity in China

Ecolean’s SnapQuick adopted by South American dairy manufacturer

Ecolean has entered the South American market by partnering with dairy manufacturer, Alquería in Colombia.

Coca-Cola Enterprises ends British PET bottle recycling JV

Coca-Cola Enterprises has brought an end to its British polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle recycling joint venture with recently acquired ECO Plastics.

Tetra Pak launches Environmental Benchmarking Service

Tetra Pak has launched an Environmental Benchmarking Service, with one of its first customers being Pacific Foods in the US, saving 31m litres of water a year.

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Sleever targets shrink sleeve packaging boost

Sleever International has said it worked with food and beverage manufacturers over a period of five years when creating two turnkey systems to boost recycling and reduce carbon footprint.

Easing material evaluation for brand owners and converters

PTI-Hematek partnership expands PET bottle testing access for South Asian customers

Brand owners in Southeast Asia who have sought locally based testing services for their polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preforms and bottles will soon get their wish, thanks to an international partnership.

Ardagh responds to Saint-Gobain plans to sell Verallia France

Saint-Gobain is looking to sell Verallia France glass packaging company after selling Verallia North America to Ardagh.

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Bruni Glass plans ‘antique green’ stackable bottle

Bruni Glass has revealed it plans to produce its stackable bottle in 'antique green' in the future.

Elopak claims to beat Tetra Pak to the punch with its sustainable carton

Elopak has launched a beverage carton with certified renewable polyethylene (PE), claiming to have beaten Tetra Pak by being the first company to offer the coating to the European market.