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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.

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From self-heating packaging to hand-painted grocery bags, the world of food packaging is seeing some exciting trends

‘Consumer expectations are getting higher and higher,” according to Justin Shimek, chief technology officer at Mattson, based near San Francisco, US.

Contractor dies on NOVA Chemicals polyethylene expansion plant

Investigations have begun after a contract worker suffered a ‘severe trauma’ and died while working on a stationary crane on NOVA Chemicals PE1 (polyethylene) expansion plant in Joffre, Alberta, Canada.

Plans to build a 4th bottling line in 2017

Maison Johanès Boubée partners with Smurfit Kappa to extend Bag-in-Box shelf life of wine

Smurfit Kappa has partnered with 
Maison Johanès Boubée, one of the largest wholesalers in France, with a filling and Bag-in-Box line to extend the shelf life of its wine at...

Flavor simplicity, functional ingredients & clean label: Imbibe on beverage trends

Consumer demands are trending towards simplicity and authenticity in flavors, packaging, and ingredients, according to Andy Dratt, executive vice president of Illinois-based Imbibe (a full-service beverage development company). 

Tetra Pak debuts bio-based plastic carton water bottle in the US

Tetra Pak has debuted its latest version of its Tetra Top package, more than 80% of which comes from plant-based materials, in the US with JUST Water.

'The wine industry has been slow to innovate beyond the glass bottle and cork'

‘An end to the red versus white battle’: Could smart wine bottle herald a new way to drink wine?

Smart wine bottle Kuvée says the success of craft beer proves that today’s consumers seek variety, convenience and authentic products, which is what it hopes to offer consumers when it...

Join the debate on first prototype of PHB packaging for juices

AINIA Technological Centre and the European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN) has organised an event including information on the first prototype of packaging for juices made ​​from PHB, a biodegradable bioplastic...

Smithers Pira: ‘Slowest growing packaging type for 2015-2020 is glass’

Champagne houses are looking to pioneer isothermal packaging

The slowest growing packaging type for 2015-2020 is glass, according to Smithers Pira.

Americk Packaging develops paper reel-fed label

‘Brand owners are looking for a ‘point of difference’ in their packaging’

Americk Packaging has developed a paper reel-fed label for beverages as an alternative to standard synthetic substrates, claiming it has seen a resurgence for paper stocks in the last 18 months.

Coca-Cola is ‘Relentless’ as it redesigns energy drink

Coca-Cola has redesigned its Relentless energy drink, launching an additional flavour called Passion Punch and a 4 x 500ml multi pack in the brand’s best-selling Origin flavour.

PouchPop re-launched after design fault

Performance Packaging has redesigned and relaunched PouchPop after a design fault led to the packaging material splitting at the curve of the feeding straw.

The factory of the future: Coca-Cola Enterprises sets out a vision for sustainable manufacturing

Emerging technology, big data, and innovations like smart labels and smart kitchens can help transform the food and drink industry for a sustainable future, according to a Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE)...

Spectra Packaging launches Illuminate invisible print to tackle fraud

Spectra Packaging has developed a print technique to tackle brand counterfeiting, according to the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA).

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Origo Glass launches a range of bottles for the craft beer industry

Origo Glass, part of Ardagh Group, has launched a product range for the craft beer industry.

European Commission approves RPC Global Closure Systems acquisition

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Global Closure Systems (GCS) by RPC Group for €650m ($714.6m).

Clondalkin Kirchberg breakthrough in ultra-thin shrink sleeves

Clondalkin Flexible Packaging, Kirchberg, has reached a breakthrough in thinner sleeves after a two year R&D investment.

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Sakatama packages beverages in combiblocXSlim carton packs

Sarana Karya Utama, (Sakatama) in Indonesia, has installed a CFA1224-36 high-speed filling machine from SIG Combibloc for beverages.

BASF and Avantium to produce FDCA and PEF to improve food packaging films and plastic bottles

BASF and Avantium have signed a letter of intent to establish a joint venture (JV) for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylenefuranoate (PEF).

‘We must ensure 'force majeure' tensions are not repeated’

The plastic packaging industry must close ranks to avoid the ‘force majeure’ tensions in 2015 says Roland Roth, president, German Plastics Packaging Association (IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen).

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Kiefel to acquire Mould & Matic

Kiefel, part of the Brückner Group, will acquire Mould & Matic Solutions, part of Haidlmair Group.

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Coveris’s Imagenet acquires Rivendell Europe

Imagenet, the graphics services division of Coveris, has acquired Rivendell Europe for an undisclosed sum.

Futuristic HologramCap expected to be a big hit with F&B manufacturers

KISICO has partnered with Morphotonix to develop a hologram topped cap called the HologramCap.

Oval Eco Street Bowl and Coconut LOVO vodka scoop Innovation Challenge Gold

Tri-Star Packaging's Oval Eco Street Bowl, which is made from unbleached bagasse – compostable sugar cane pulp – has won Gold in the Casual Dining Show Innovation Challenge 2016.

Graphic Packaging to invest $20m in US folding carton plant

Graphic Packaging International will invest $20m to expand its manufacturing facility in the City of Staunton, Virginia, US, creating 43 jobs.  

OCME launches ‘Advance range’ palletisers and shrink wrapping machines

OCME, which works with Heineken and Coca-Cola, has launched the Advance range - faster palletizers and shrink wrapping machines.

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