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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.

Valio continues use of 100% renewable Tetra Pak carton following trial

Finnish dairy Valio will continue use of Tetra Pak's 100% renewable carton, but not with the lactose-free milk it was trialled with.

Guilt-free coffee: Compostable pods will appeal to many consumers, says Copper Moon Coffee

The amount of waste created by used coffee pods worries not just the die-hard eco-friendly, but coffee lovers at large, says US coffee roaster and packager Copper Moon Coffee. 

Dispatches from Hispack 2015

Nestlé Monster Smarties and Caja Roja chocolates ‘sweet’ choice at Hispack 2015 Líderpack Awards

Nestlé Monster Smarties and Nestlé Caja Roja chocolates picked up awards in the Food Packaging category of The Liderpack Awards at Hispack 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, last week (April 21-24).

IMA and Senoble create proprietary shapes for cups and bottles to rival standard dairy molds

IMA Dairy & Food USA (formerly OYSTAR USA) has developed a thermoforming technology for its Erca EF Series of Form-Fill-Seal Machines to create proprietary shapes for cups and bottles at...

Firm looking to develop printing inks and food quality assurance testing equipment

Tetra Pak launches Hot-Melt Adhesives and Lubricants

Tetra Pak has launched a range of hot-melt adhesives and lubricants, called Tetra Pak hot melt adhesives, in partnership with Henkel, for its own filling machines. 

When companies try to be cool: A lesson in 'wackaging'

Wackaging – using cute and quirky language on a product’s packaging – seems to be everywhere. But with consumers becoming increasingly cynical, should manufacturers stop trying to be cool?

Company will hire up to 200 people at the facility

Ball Corporation to build first beverage packaging plant in Mexico

Ball Corporation has announced plans to build a two-line beverage can manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico, with construction starting in the coming months.

Sidel on Share a Coke, beverage personalisation, and adaptable printing runs

Consumers want product personalisation: How must packaging processes adapt?

Beverage brands are constantly looking for ways to personalise products for consumers – placing new demands on packaging, says Sidel.

Firm is looking to expand outside the US and build partnerships in Europe

Icebox has a spring in its step with 250ml Elopak Mini Pure-Pak Diamond cartons

Icebox is launching its Canadian Spring water in Elopak 250ml Mini Pure-Pak Diamond cartons this month.

Barrier properties for bottle use

Evidence from testing activity suggests that coating specialists are developing barriers with selective gas permeability in order to tailor in-bottle atmospheres to suit different beverages, rather as product-specific modified atmosphere...

News in brief

Pepsi invites consumers to recreate its iconic can

Pepsi is inviting consumers to re-create the design of its iconic can as part of its 2015 #PepsiChallenge.

Sidel kickstarts spare parts service global launch, improving on-time deliveries by 6%

‘Spare parts have always been and still remain a critical part of beverage bottling line management’

Sidel Spare Parts & Logistics team is rolling out its spare parts service globally after initially introducing the service to various regions last year.

Arla adopts 100% renewable Tetra Pak carton for Swedish organic milk brand

Arla Foods has followed Valio's lead and adopted Tetra Pak’s 100% renewable carton for its Swedish organic milk brand, Eko.

Coffee roasting firm invests £2.5M to grow capacity

A coffee roaster has invested £2.5M to boost capacity at its Dartford facility in Kent.

CPIA sees plastic packaging recycling rise by 9%

‘Plastics recycling industry in North America is an important element in the circular economy’

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has seen a 9% rise in plastic packaging recycling in 2013 compared to 2012, collecting over 311 million kg of post-consumer packaging.

Coffee power: Nestlé Waters announces Swiss biogas plant – with a little help from Nespresso

Nestlé Waters will use coffee grounds from Nespresso and Nescafé to produce energy, at a new agricultural biogas facility in Switzerland. 

News in brief

Ardagh Group launches wine bottles with Stelvin closures

Ardagh Glass Group North America has launched two 750ml wine bottles with Stelvin closures for its Claret Regal and Burgundy Inspiration brands.

Indonesia

New Java plant shows first fruits from $500m Indonesian investment

The Coca-Cola Company’s chief executive has branded Indonesia “one of the most dynamic countries in the world”, as he opened Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia’s Cikekodan plant in Bekasi, West Java....

‘Consumers have an insatiable appetite for new experiences’

Message on a bottle: Personalized text lights up Medea Vodka bottles

Consumers can use their phones to programme personalized messages on bottles, with Bluetooth technology and an app launched by Medea Vodka. 

Nestlé Spain invests €102m in energy efficient Nescafé line to lower resource consumption

Nestlé Spain will boost production of Nescafé soluble coffee at its factory in Girona by 30%, with an investment of €102m ($110m) on an energy efficient line. 

News in brief

Senators want mandatory BPA labelling

Two US senators have introduced an act that would require food packaging to be labelled if it contains Bisphenol A (BPA).

Anuga FoodTech 2015 preview

Ecolean to debut EL4+ filling machine reaching speeds up to 33% faster than its current technology

Ecolean will debut its EL4+ filling machine at Anuga FoodTec next week claiming it can reach speeds up to 33% faster than its existing EL1, EL2, EL3 and EL4 technology.

Tetra Pak turns recyclable cartons into fireworks

Tetra Pak is working on a number of initiatives to reach its goal of 40% recycling rates by 2020 including the continued development of Hangzhou Fulun Ecology Technology company in China.

India

'Reduce drinks packs, not price, and target the bottom of the pyramid'

Beverage brands must appreciate how perceived packaging wisdom in a mature market may be inappropriate if it is applied in emerging markets like India.

Elopak lifts the lid on its PE beverage carton supplier

Elopak has finally revealed who it has partnered with to launch a beverage carton with certified renewable polyethylene (PE).

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