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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.

SIG Combibloc confirms $70m investment to expand carton packaging capacity by 40% in Brazil

SIG Combibloc has confirmed it will spend $70m to expand its carton packaging capacity by 40% in Brazil.

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Hilton Head Brewing Company raises a can with Novelis

Hilton Head Brewing Company has chosen Novelis’ evercan to package its beer.

Remote tech: Nestlé sharpens competitive edge for out-of-home coffee

Nestlé has developed coffee machines with more interactive interfaces that can also be adjusted remotely, enabling better control on tailored drinks for food service.

Tetra Pak launches eBeam to replace hydrogen peroxide sterlization of its packaging material

Tetra Pak claims it is the first company to use electron beams (eBeams) to replace hydrogen peroxide H₂O₂, in its carton filling machines.

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Exclusive interview: Tetra Pak on why eBeam is a breakthrough technology in the beverage carton industry

Tetra Pak announced the launch of its E3 filling machine with eBeam technology at Fispal Technologia this week.

Innovation and communication 'revitalise the relevance of milk': Tetra Pak

Dairies around the world must innovate and communicate to "revitalise the relevance of milk" among consumers, says Tetra Pak. 

PepsiCo: ‘More than half of the bottles and cans consumed in the US aren’t recycled’

Studies show more than half of the bottles and cans consumed in the US aren’t recycled, with only 33% of plastic bottles recycled, says PepsiCo.

Inaugural Sleeve Label Awards 2015

Eye-popping designs as Smirnoff, Gatorade & Minute Maid win prizes for their bottle packaging

Smirnoff, Gatorade and Minute Maid have been recognised in the inaugural AWA Alexander Watson Associates Sleeve Label Awards at the International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhibition 2015 in Miami, Florida.

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Suntory upgrades Coleford Lucozade plant

A multi-million pound contract to undertake infrastructure and good manufacturing practice improvements at the Lucozade, Ribena and Suntory factory at Coleford in Gloucestershire has been won by design, engineering, construction...

Coca-Cola creates PET bottle made entirely from plants – but when will we see it on shelves?

The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled a PET bottle made completely from plant materials, but says there is still some work to do before it reaches a commercial scale. 

AG Barr invests £11M at Milton Keynes

AG Barr has confirmed a further £11M investment at its new £41M Milton Keynes manufacturing facility in its interim results today.

Neenah shows paper packaging options

Neenah Packaging has released two swatchbooks with colours, textures, weights and custom make options for premium packaging.

Rockwell Automation to demonstrate PlantPAx system update at Achema

Rockwell Automation has updated its PlantPAx distributed control system (DCS) with virtualisation, batch management and integrated motor control capabilities and will showcase the system at Achema (Frankfurt, June 15-19 2015).

Vitro to go ahead with Monterrey expansion

O-I speaks out about its $2.15bn Vitro F&B glass container acquisition

Owens-Illinois (OI) has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Vitro, the largest supplier of glass containers in Mexico, expected to close within 12 months.

Ball eyes RTD tea and kids' drinks categories for in-can straw technology

Just weeks after its integrated straw solution landed in the Polish market, Ball Packaging Europe has revealed that it has a broader target audience in mind than flavored alcoholic beverages...

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag partners with second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Chile

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has installed two high-speed El-Exis SP injection moulding machines at Chilean plastics processor Envases CMF production facility in Pudahuel, Chile.

Single serve tea capsules could account for 10% of dry tea sales in 2015, predicts expert

One out of every 10 dollars (10%) spent on dry loose or bagged tea leaves in the US will be spent on single-serve capsules such as K-Cups in 2015, compared...

Keurig brings back My K-Cup reusable pods even though they conflict with DMR technology

Coffee company Keurig Green Mountain will bring back the reusable My K-Cup pod at the behest of a small, but passionate group of consumers in a move that ostensibly undermines...

NAMPA and ACC hit out at BPA decision

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA) have slammed a decision by a Californian committee to list bisphenol A (BPA) on Proposition 65.

Corbion reaches next milestone to enter PLA market

Corbion claims to have reached the next milestone of entering the PLA (polylactic acid or polylactide) market by signing letters of intent for one-third of the volume of a 75...

Smurfit Kappa launches double head filling machine for bag-in-box liquids sensible to oxygen, such as wine

Smurfit Kappa has launched an automatic bag-in-box (BIB) filling machine, as an addition to an existing range, which includes the BIB 700 Evolutive and the BIB 700 SUP machines.

Coca-Cola and Danone take the lead on biobased packaging

Wageningen UR to launch public-private partnership on biobased food packaging

Wageningen UR is looking for companies to jointly launch a public-private partnership to answer questions about what consumers want in terms of biobased packaging of food products and how this...

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).

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