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Elopak partners with Arla Foods on its first Naturally Pure-Pak carton

Elopak has partnered with Arla Foods in Sweden launching several organic EKO products using Naturally Pure-Pak cartons made of natural brown paperboard.

McDonald's turns cup holder into limited edition Boombox

McDonald's Canada, the University of Waterloo's Audio Research Group and Stacklab have created McBoombox, which doubles up as a drinks tray and amplifier/speaker for a smartphone.

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Smurfit Kappa expands in Russia acquiring Soyuz

Smurfit Kappa has acquired the Russian corrugated packaging company Soyuz, in Moscow.

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Former Nestlé packaging expert joins PTI

Former rigid packaging specialist for Nestlé’s Nestec Product Technology Center, Thierry Fabozzi has been named president of Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI).

Australian start-up wins funding to make coffee cups from coffee husks

Australian start-up company Huskee has raised more than $114k via a Kickstarter campaign to produce coffee cups and lids made from coffee husks, the layer of cells that coat a...

Krones responds to EN ISO 14119 standard with Schmersal safety sensors

Krones has partnered with Schmersal to equip its machines with safety sensors RSS36 and safety interlock AZM300.

ACE UK looks back at 10 year recycling milestone

From uniting big name packaging manufacturers to setting up standardized collection regimes and opening a reprocessing plant in 2013, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) is...

Ardagh takes ‘sensory experience’ to the next level with thermo ink tailored messages

Ardagh Group is expanding its thermochromic ink portfolio with the launch of Reveal Impact cans which change color and reveal a hidden message for promotional activities.

Pretium Packaging launches PET container with integrated handle

Pretium Packaging has launched the SureHandle, a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container with an integrated handle. 

Bramley & Gage launch ‘ultra-premium’ gin in sleek black bottle

Bramley & Gage has launched an ultra-premium 6 O’Clock Gin in a black limited edition bottle.

RPC opens foam modelling studio to test packaging

RPC Design team has opened a purpose-built foam modelling studio for designers to make mock-ups of packs to test and modify them before they are released on the market. 

PPC top paperboard packaging trends

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has revealed its top trends in folding carton and rigid box design, following entries for the 2017 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition.

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WaveGrip launches multi-colored carriers for shelf-appeal and brand differentiation

WaveGrip has launched multi-colored carriers in Noir (Black), Tangerine (Orange), Envy (Green) and Fury (Red) to create further on-shelf impact and brand differentiation. 

Avitae partners with CVS Health to distribute caffeine water brand

Avitae USA has partnered with CVS Health to distribute its carbonated caffeine water brand Sparkling Avitae in Black Cherry and Raspberry Lime. 

Sonoco to close one of its US factories this year

Sonoco will close its Boone, South Carolina factory in October, axing 35 jobs.

SunOpta to sell packaging machinery to Skjodt-Barrett for $2m

SunOpta has signed an agreement to sell equipment used in the production of flexible, re-sealable pouches to Skjodt-Barrett for $2m.

Flavored milk set to rise in India with ‘innovation’ at its core

Flavored milk is on the rise, accounting for 39% of India’s dairy drink launches during the first half of 2017, says Mintel.

PepsiCo goes one step further to improve recycling rates across the US

PepsiCo has joined The Recycling Partnership to address a continued shortfall in US recycling rates. 

JBT Corporation acquires powder filling machine manufacturer for $37m

JBT Corporation has acquired PLF International for £28m ($37m), which designs and manufactures powder filling machines for the food and beverage industry.

Aventics PET bottle tech adjusts pre-blow molding in real time

Aventics is responding to a trend towards more complex PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottle shapes and smaller batches with a PET bottle formation that can be controlled and adjusted during the...

Thinfilm partners with Barbadillo to deploy NFC tags on Spanish wine bottles

Thinfilm has partnered with Barbadillo to deploy near field communication (NFC) tags on 126,000 bottles of Spanish white wine brand, Castillo de San Diego.

Essentra Packaging to consider plant closure after $4.4m operating loss

Essentra, which makes beverage, dry foods and dairy packaging, has entered a consultation process to close a factory in Newport, Wales, affecting 150 jobs.

Cork wine closures associated with a premium drinking experience in the US and Europe

Wine stoppered with cork is seen as more premium by US consumers partly because it gives them the traditional ritualistic experience of opening the bottle, according to a study conducted...

Nestlé seals 5-year deal with Netherlands logistics firm

Nestlé has partnered with Kuehne + Nagel logistics company to store its chocolate, coffee and culinary products over the next five years.

Aussie wine firms turn to AI to streamline manufacturing

The Australian wine industry is turning to artificial intelligence to streamline its manufacturing and significantly increase production efficiency by optimising machine use.

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