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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.

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.

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).

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.

Baby ‘beer’ bottle: Hilarious or irresponsible?

A baby bottle which mimics a beer bottle will be launched in the US next month, but alcohol concern organisations warn the bottle could send the wrong message to children. ...

Gallo Glass Company slams California EPA arsenic lawsuit: 'We look forward to our day in court!'

Gallo Glass Company, which is facing a lawsuit filed by California's Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly using hazardous dust waste containing arsenic and lead in the manufacture of wine bottles...

‘We are not on an anti-Tetra Pak mission’

Ecolean: 'European dairy consumption is going down replaced by water and juice'

Ecolean is expanding and will open an office in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, this year as part of its expansion in Southeast Asia.

News in brief

Innovia Films partners with Carrington Company to launch a line of teas using NatureFlex packaging

Carrington Tea has launched its organics tea line using Innovia Films NatureFlex packaging film.

'As close to raw juice as possible': Fruitapeel Juice invests $3.5m in HPP

Fruitapeel Juice is investing £2.3m ($3.5m) in HPP technology, and says the processing technique will help meet consumers’ enthusiasm for natural, nutrient-rich juices and smoothies. 

DVFA: No basis for BPA legal action

There is no basis for individual legal action on BPA according to The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) after researchers in the country said the safe level recommended by...

How Coke got its curves: Coca-Cola's contour bottle celebrates 100 years

Coca-Cola has launched a global campaign featuring icons such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Ray Charles, as it celebrates the 100th birthday of its bottle. 

Resealable cans: Is there a gap in the market between plastic bottles and cans?

With plastic bottles under fire for environmental concerns, German company Xolution believes there is room in the market for resealable cans to find a gap between bottles and cans.  

Cantastic! Ball Corp to buy Rexam for $6.6bn

Ball Corporation has announced it is to acquire Rexam for $6.6bn (£4.3bn) ending weeks of speculation.

News in brief

Onex's deal to buy SIG for $4.66bn cleared by EU

Onex Corporation’s deal to buy SIG Combibloc for €3.75bn ($4.66bn) has been cleared by the European Commission.

Rexam to build two Indian beverage can plants

Rexam will build two beverage can plants in India, starting with an initial investment of £50m ($77m) in Sri City.  

Tetra Pak to develop its patent pending sensors to ‘see’ what is happening inside a plant when cleaning

Tetra Pak has published a guide to cleaning in place (CIP) for production, quality managers, technical engineers and equipment operators, to promote best practice and has launched a consulting service...

Challenges include low bale yield

PET supply chain must innovate to boost recycling, meet demand: NAPCOR

With demand for clean recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) outpacing supply, the plastics industry needs to innovate now to solve its challenges and improve utilization, according to a PET trade group.

Coldpress sees HPP potential in dairy and ‘dairy alternative’ drinks

The MD of pioneering HPP juice brand Coldpress says he sees potential for dairy and dairy alternative drinks manufactured using the technology.

Dispatches from The Packaging Conference

Niche categories bring the action in beverages

In the beverage industry, niche categories are outperforming the rest of the market, wine and spirits are on the upswing, and beer has rebounded slightly, mainly thanks to craft beer’s...

Innovations

From goon sack to cask: Australia’s wine box celebrates 50 years

One of South Australia’s best-loved inventions—alongside the Stobie termite-proof telegraph pole, the Hills Hoist clothesline and the Jump plough that doesn’t get stuck on rocks—the so-called “goon sack” was the...

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