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Smart Packaging

Packaging choices make or mar a brand, and it's vital to chose cans, glass bottles, cartons or PET packages that are beautiful, functional and cost-effective. Aside from sustainability, smart packaging is also emerging that increases product quality and consumer engagement. Large firms we cover include Tetra Pak, Ardagh and Ball Packaging.

Crown Europe president: ‘I don’t believe in complicated structures, or complex decision-making processes’

Crown Europe has elected president Didier Sourisseau who takes over from predecessor, Jerry Gifford this year.

Two become one: Two metal packaging associations merge to become Metal Packaging Europe

Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and European Metal Packaging (Empac) have merged to become one, called Metal Packaging Europe.

Bottled water surpasses soda in consumption with 86% purchase rate among Americans

Americans are drinking more bottled water than any other packaged beverage, outselling carbonated soft drinks by volume for the first time, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) and International...

'We've learned how much fun it is to embrace competition'

Former PepsiCo exec among angel investors helping Shaka Tea strategically expand

Since launching one year ago, ready-to-drink (RTD) brand Shaka Tea now has plans for targeted national expansion in the US after closing its first round of seed investment.

Henkel to acquire Darex Packaging Technologies for $1.05bn

Henkel has entered into an agreement with GCP Applied Technologies to acquire its Darex Packaging Technologies business for $1.05bn, expected to close mid-2017.

Tetra Pak sets sustainability targets, but says concept still has to ‘catch on’ with some consumers

Sustainable packaging is not a new subject for Tetra Pak, but it may not be a top of mind concern for consumers when making beverage purchases.

UPM Raflatac launches premium no-label look for beverages

UPM Raflatac is launching a thinner film product for clear labeling in beverage applications, focusing on beer bottle labeling. 

SqueezyStraw stand up pouch expands into beverages and desserts

The Barton Group has expanded the applications for its patented dispensing pouch technology called SqueezyStraw.

TINE and Tetra Pak investigated by Norwegian crime unit

Dairy cooperative TINE SA has contacted the Norwegian authorities after a report in a local newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) claimed to have exposed an improper supplier relationship between TINE and...

Premiumization will drive limited edition and special beverage packs

Pollard Boxes which specializes in premium, intelligent packaging, including a tea box with QR code which ‘whistles’ when a brew is done, is investing £300k ($373k) in its design, manufacturing...

Lucozade to launch Lucozade Zero Original

Lucozade Energy will launch Lucozade Zero Original low-calorie drink next month.

Tetra Pak to open $25m closures plant for carton packaging in 2018

Tetra Pak is investing €24m ($25m) in its first factory for packaging closures in Thailand, creating 60 jobs.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group sees 1% growth in Q4, remains bullish on 2017 outlook

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) experienced modest volume growth of 1% for the full-year ending December 31, 2016, largely due to positive performance of the company’s water portfolio, which was...

RPC Group to acquire North American plastic packaging firm for £552m

RPC Group has announced plans to acquire Letica, a North American manufacturer and distributor of rigid plastic packaging, for £552m ($691m).

O-I to close container glass manufacturing plant, axing 230 jobs

Owens-Illinois (O-I) will close a container glass manufacturing plant in Schiedam, The Netherlands, in August, axing 230 jobs.

Mondi Group expands its consumer packaging business

Mondi Group, which makes food and beverage packaging, has acquired Excelsior Technologies for $40m, to further grow its consumer packaging business. 

Children’s drink choices influenced by personalized labels, study finds

Personalized marketing of soft drinks influences and increases the choice of those drinks among children, according to a study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

Liqui-Box innovates bag-in-box wine packaging as demand for boxed wine grows

The bag-in-box wine packaging market is expected to gain 4% growth by 2020, according to Euromonitor, which may mean flexible liquid packaging manufacturer Liqui-Box has innovated its bag-in-box packaging at...

Orangina to launch first price marked pack

Orangina, part of Schweppes International, will launch its first price marked pack (PMP) next month.

EEB: Labelling bioplastics ‘eco’, ‘green’ or ‘bio’ misleads consumers

The European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) voted to amend its Waste Legislative Package this week (January 24) with more ambitious EU targets for 2030.

Taza Agua to partner with K-cup coffee makers with new water bottle design

Taza Agua has spent the last six months developing its new bottle design that will hold a K-cup pod within the bottle, to better distinguish itself as a water specifically...

Trend towards ‘micro processors’ with innovative products and processing technologies

Liquid foods companies need to differentiate themselves to be more competitive

Carlos Fernandez, president/MD, JBT Liquid Foods, explains why middle class acquisitive power is becoming increasingly important for food and drink processors and reflects on a busy 12 months at JBT.

BillerudKorsnäs expands into the Internet of Packaging

BillerudKorsnäs, which manufactures beverage, snacks and confectionery packaging, is further expanding into the Internet of Packaging by investing in a minority holding in UK technology firm Hanhaa.

Washington state pushes for expansion of wine growler laws

A proposed bill in Washington state would allow businesses to sell wine in growlers and let consumers fill the reusable containers with wine from taps at places like grocery stores...

Uflex first company to launch its own aseptic carton packaging in India

Uflex has launched its own aseptic carton packaging called Asepto in India, investing approximately $100m in a purpose-built factory to start production in April 2017.

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