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‘Digital direct printing has a bright beverage future, when ink prices fall’: Krones

Krones explains that digital direct printing removes the need for labels and unlocks limitless bespoke bottle design opportunities, but admits ink costs are now a barrier to beverage uptake.

Latino beverage bottles ready for summer fiestas

Aguas frescas from Califia Farms are geared toward consumers looking for low-calorie refreshment with a Latin flair.


GEA Procomac trials breakthrough White & Safe milk bottle in Italy

Paolo Ventrelli from GEA Procomac tells us that the firm’s White & Safe bottle now on trial in Italy will overcome light barrier problems that have hampered PET uptake in ESL/UHT white milk.

Packaging’s role in EU food safety worries revealed

Spanish, Italian and Croatian consumers worry most about food safety, according to a survey from Friends of Glass.

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Soft drinks growth drives Coke system investment in Nigeria

Robust volume and value sales growth for soft drinks in Nigeria has led Coca-Cola Hellenic (CCE) to invest in a 42,000 bottle/hour Sidel line for PET bottles.

‘Self-cooling beverage cans? Perhaps they’re a niche product’: Consultant

Sainsbury’s former environmental affairs manager Alison Austin says she is skeptical about a mainstream future for self-cooling beverage cans with mainstream brands such as Coke.

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Coca-Cola launch will fire US shrink sleeve growth: CCL Label

CCL Label tells that Coke’s successful Christmas holiday promotion using its sustainable TD shrink sleeve material will spur the market still further and assist hard-pressed recyclers.

'Like so many others he is completely ignorant about the truth of Palcohol': Mark Phillips

Powdered alcohol creator blasts Sen. Schumer’s ‘completely ignorant’ attack

The colourful creator of Palcohol powdered alcohol has hit out at New York senator Charles Schumer after the politician wrote to the US FDA calling on it to ban controversial product Palcohol before the prospect of US sales by autumn 2014.


Super-strength squash won’t wash! Overpriced Mio copycats won’t break Britain

Skeptical Englishman and former schoolboy squash drinker Ben Bouckley predicts that Vimto’s super-concentrated squash won’t wash in a market saturated with budget options, despite Mio’s US success.

Interpack in Pictures: The Top 10

We turn shoe leather into snaps, with this synopsis of Interpack 2014 in pictures, framed by a beverage angle!


‘Packaging is necessary…Packaging is not bad!’ Interpack show director

In this video shot at the show – May 8-14 in Dusseldorf, Germany – Jablonowski explains that it features 2,700 exhibitors across industries as varied...

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Amcor boosts flexible packaging in Indonesia

Amcor has acquired Bella Prima Packaging, an Indonesian flexible packaging business, for A$27m.

Laser-like focus: Domino at Interpack 2014

Domino Printing Sciences will showcase a new fiber laser printer at Interpack that it claims gives beverage manufacturers sharper contrast when marking plastics and metals.

‘Keurig Cold will be a second disruptive global platform for our company’, says Keurig Green Mountain CEO

While some analysts still need convincing that the much-anticipated Keurig Cold at-home carbonation system will revolutionize the soft drinks market, Keurig Green Mountain CEO Brian Kelley says he has no doubt it will prove to be “disruptive” technology.

Ball kicks into World Cup with personalized beer cans

Croatian beer brand Ožujsko Pivo is fueling football fever with variable-printed Ball cans saluting the national team.

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Ball Packaging 1 – 0 Competitors with Croatian beer can

Ball Packaging Europe’s printing technology has been used to create twelve can collectibles featuring Croatian national football team names ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

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Sidel: Customised products are the future of packaging

Consumers will be able to customise products according to their own tastes in five years’ time, according to Sidel.

Coca-Cola Brazil pilot sees Tetra Pak LDPE roll out

Tetra Pak has announced it will use bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) on all of its packages produced in Brazil as of April 22.


Was it worth it? InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress 2014

We're starting up a new slot at called 'Was it worth it?' to review beverage conferences and trade shows. First up is Zenith International's Innobev Global Soft Drinks Congress in Lisbon. The sun was shining there on April 5-7, but did the event sparkle?

Sensitive dairy drive: GEA Procomac’s big push at Interpack 2014

GEA Procomac insists its main focus at Interpack 2014 will be sensitive dairy products, with machines and packaging on show designed to handle milks, milk-based drinks, drinkable yogurt and probiotics.

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