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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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Ardagh Poland redesigns Łomża Brewery beer bottle

Ardagh Group Poland has created a sleek bottle for Łomża Brewery’s Jasne beer.

Bevi aims to make bottles and cans obsolete through data-driven beverage dispenser

Custom beverage machine startup Bevi has raised $16.5m in funding to launch its counter-top beverage dispenser model and expand its North American footprint with the ultimate goal of making packaged...

International Paper agrees to pay $354m settlement to Kleen Products

International Paper has agreed to pay $354m to Kleen Products in an antitrust lawsuit settlement, but denies the allegations.

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Nestlé and Crown launch limited-edition Nescafé Azera tins

Nestlé has partnered with Crown Aerosols & Specialty Packaging Europe, part of Crown Holdings, to launch a series of limited-edition tins for Nescafé Azera coffee.

API launches Holonique Boutique for custom decorative packaging

API has launched a custom decorative holography service called Holonique Boutique.

Guest article

Is the IoT ever going to bring a breakthrough in the beverage sector?

There have been countless articles, discussions, exhibitions and presentations about the Internet of Things, and yet I think it is fair to say that it really hasn’t had any significant...

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API creates cold foil visual for SnowFox vodka

API has created a cold foil visual for SnowFox vodka, owned by Port Royal Distillers.

Synvina PEF bottle gets green light for recyclability

The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) has given interim approval for the recyclability of polyethylenefuranoate (PEF), produced by Synvina, a joint venture between BASF and Avantium.

Sonoco expands ClearGuard packaging for liquid and viscous product pouches

Sonoco has expanded its ClearGuard portfolio of flexible packaging to include pouches for liquid or more viscous products.

Apple iPhone iOS 11 available to the public in September

Talkin’ Things NFC Smart Packaging System integrates iPhone and Android

Talkin’ Things has created a Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled Smart Packaging System that integrates iPhone and Android users.

Push to change ‘misleading’ Canadian wine labels moves forward

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is set to alter its ‘Cellared in Canada’ wine label designation after receiving complaints from consumers and the Canadian wine industry that the description...

BASF and HP Indigo launch water-based adhesives for flexible packaging

BASF has partnered with HP Indigo to develop a water-based adhesive for flexible packaging using its HP Indigo ElectroInk process.

LiquiGlide expands its CPG portfolio in condiments and dairy

LiquiGlide has taken on a general manager as it commercializes its first applications in packaging with coatings for condiments (mayonnaise, dressings and dips) and dairy (cream cheese, sour cream and yogurt), among...

Klear Can founder to delay factory transfer from Germany to Czech Republic

Milacron Holdings, founder of Klear Can - an alternative to metal cans - has delayed plans to transfer its Ferromatik injection molding machines from Malterdigen, Germany to the Czech Republic...

Jindal Poly Films rumoured to buy European assets of DuPont Teijin Films

India's largest polyester-based packaging film company Jindal Poly Films Ltd (JPFL) is allegedly in talks to buy the European production assets of DuPont Teijin Films (DTF) for an estimated $300m.

Lucozade bottles use contactless tech to give free tube journeys

Lucozade has created bottles that offer commuters a free journey on the London Underground, thanks to a chip in the base that works like a contactless payment card at barriers. ...

Innovia creates Propafilm REF BOPP film for biscuits, bakery, confectionery & tea

Innovia has launched a Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) film called Propafilm REF for biscuits, bakery, confectionery, dried foods and tea.

BeatBox Beverages shifts to more age-inclusive marketing and expands distribution of single-serve format

BeatBox Beverages has grown from $230,000 in revenue (over 14 months) to more than $2m in sales, helped by a $1m investment from entrepreneur Mark Cuban, which the company has...

API completes holographic and embossing site

API has increased its holographic foil and film manufacturing capabilities after completing a £0.5m ($642k) investment at its Livingston facility in Scotland.

Berner Food and Beverage triples production space to offer ‘endless’ RTD beverage capabilities

Berner Food and Beverage has expanded its ready-to-drink beverage manufacturing capabilities with an investment of over $100m, adding 200,000 additional square feet to its production warehouse in Dakota, Illinois. 

Rapidly expanding Vermont syrup maker launches line of 'enhanced' maple waters

A new major player in the field of maple ingredients has entered the increasingly crowded plant waters field with a line of ‘enhanced’ maple waters.

Coors Light beer cans ‘come to life’ when exposed to sunlight

Coors Light has launched six limited edition beer cans with sun activated ink technology in Canada.

Crown opens greenfield plant in New York

Crown has opened a greenfield plant in New York claiming demand for specialty can sizes is flourishing in the US as brand owners seek to refresh their packaging mix.

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Treofan turns to phthalate-free packaging films and mineral oil barriers

Treofan has started to offer its customers phthalate-free packaging films on request using phthalate-free base polymers in the extrusion process.

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‘Cows head’ sliced cheese packs, small pouch formats and paper packaging take centre stage at Mondi

Mondi has expanded its packaging portfolio based on current trends, differentiating its products at the point of sale.

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