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European Commission clears Verallia glass acquisition by Apollo

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Verallia by Apollo Management of the US. Verallia is formed by a group of companies that manufactures and supplies glass bottles and jars for the food and beverage industries worldwide.

‘Demand for standard 12oz can has been declining for several years’

Ball Corporation to close one of its oldest US plants as it admits: ‘We compete against plastic, glass and metal packaging in a highly competitive market’

Ball Corporation says it is closing one of its oldest North American beverage packaging plants because it ‘competes against plastic, glass and metal packaging in a highly competitive market’.

Tekni-Plex launches aluminum/foam liner for screwcaps to ‘support wine industry’s conversion to ROPP closures’

Tri-Seal, a division of Tekni-Plex has developed a laminated aluminum foil/foam barrier liner to replace tin/Saran barrier liners commonly used for ROPP (roll-on, pilfer-proof) screwcaps for wine.

Four former CTI employees found guilty of stealing ‘trade secrets’ from firm that makes cans turn blue when beverage is cold

Four former Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) employees have been found guilty by a Colorado jury of stealing trade secrets from the company, which makes cans turn blue when a beverage is cold.

Capri-Sun pouch design trademark owner takes US firm to court

Deutsche SiSi-Werke Betriebs (SiSi), which owns the pouch shape design trademark of Capri-Sun juice, has filed a lawsuit against Faribault Foods in the US for allegedly selling and distributing flavored drinks in similar pouches.

Developing markets show more concern for environmentally sound packs than developed ones: Tetra Pak

Consumers demonstrate growing interest in environmentally sound packaging, with shoppers in developing countries wishing to secure a cleaner environment for their children, according to Tetra Pak. 

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CideRoad and Berlin Packaging launch organic flavored drink

CideRoad and Berlin Packaging have partnered to re-launch one of America’s oldest drinks, Switchel, an organic drink, in blueberry, cherry and original flavors.

Coca-Cola sees success with small pack sizes, celebrating ‘a tremendous amount of positive growth’

Smaller pack sizes are fuelling growth and winning the approval of customers, says Coca-Cola, with sales of such formats up 17%. 

Beer boost: Crown eyes up beverage can growth markets

Crown Holdings says good ties with craft brewers bodes well for the future, as more companies look to cans for their products.

Nestlé Waters North America debuts its first 100% rPET bottle in the US

Resource Natural Spring Water has announced the debut of its 100% recycled plastic (rPET) bottle, excluding the cap and label, to decrease post-consumer waste.   

Ball’s bid for Rexam hits EU competition hurdle

Ball Corporation’s $6.6bn (£4.3bn) proposed deal for Rexam is to be investigated by the European Commission after the agency said it had concerns it may reduce competition in the beverage can and aluminium bottle manufacturing industry.

Canned water offers an alternative packaging option – but will consumers always associate water with plastic bottles?

Rexam says canned water is a growing trend, as Noah’s Spring Water adds a re-sealable aluminum can to its packaging mix.

Anti-counterfeit technologies widely adopted in developed regions such as US, Germany

Top 10 companies providing anti-counterfeit products for the F&B industry

RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags represent the fastest growing F&B anti-counterfeit products at 20.4% CAGR from 2015-2020, according to Allied Market Research (AMR), an Oregon, US based market Intelligence company.

Nestlé to open Digital Innovation Office in Silicon Valley in 2016

Nestlé: ‘Technology is fundamentally changing the way consumers buy our products and engage with our brands’

Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the company’s marketing and technology groups, moving into an office in Silicon Valley co-located with swissnex, in 2016.

VitHit vitamin drink takes simple health message global

Simple health branding and attractive flavours are what will take vitamin drink VitHit global, its founder and director says.

Kellogg US files international patent for food cup packaging assembly

Kellogg has filed an international patent in the US for a food cup packaging assembly that makes it easier to stack and store food products.

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.

French BPA ban referred to Constitutional Court

PlasticsEurope has welcomed the Conseil d´État’s decision to refer the case around the French law suspending the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials to the Constitutional Court.

‘Despite the fact nearly all of our packaging is recyclable, it is often not recycled’

CCE will have all cardboard and corrugated packaging FSC certified by the end of 2015

‘Despite the fact nearly all of our packaging is recyclable, it is often not recycled’, says Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) in its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report.

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