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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.

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).

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.

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