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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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Gebo Cermex embraces the ‘Factory of the Future’ with AQFlex

Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group, has reinvented the design of packaging lines with AQFlex.

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Graphic Packaging to close US Paperboard Mill, axing 120 jobs

Graphic Packaging will close its coated recycled paperboard mill in Santa Clara, California, at the end of 2017.

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Hobgoblin beer expands mini keg format

Hobgoblin beer has partnered with Ardagh Group to launch its Ruby and Gold beer in a 5L format, taking advantage of growth in off-trade mini keg.

Constantia Flexibles to meet demand for specialty laminates in coffee, confectionery & snacks

Constantia Flexibles has invested €6m ($7m) to meet a growing demand for specialty laminates in high property barriers, for confectionery, coffee and snacks.

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Aptar: ‘Flexible stand-up pouches are one of the fastest-growing formats in F&B packaging’

On-the-go consumption, lightweight packaging and tamper evident closures are some of the highlights Aptar will exhibit at drinktec.

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Ardagh Group debuts ‘Matte & Mirror Impact’ can finishing at drinktec

Ardagh Group has expanded its can finishing portfolio with ‘Matte & Mirror Impact,’ which combines matte and glossy surfaces.

SternMaid expands into ready-made stand-up pouches for beverages

Contract manufacturer SternMaid has invested in a Doypack line to fill products including dry beverage bases, superfoods, dietetic drinks in powder form or products for athletes into ready-made stand-up pouches.

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How to market beverages to a ‘hipster demographic’ in China

‘"Hipsters" in Chinese has a special meaning. The closest approximation, 文艺青年, literally translates to “young people into literature and art.”

Multivac invests $2.9m to expand production capacity in Germany

Multivac Marking & Inspection has invested €2.5m ($2.9m) to expand its production capacity at its factory in Enger, Germany.

Amcor Rigid Plastics expands extrusion blow molded PP bottle capacity

Amcor Rigid Plastics has expanded its extrusion blow molded PP bottle capacity in the Midwest, Southwest, and Canada in response to strong market demand for packaging for food and nutritional...

McDonald's turns cup holder into limited edition Boombox

McDonald's Canada, the University of Waterloo's Audio Research Group and Stacklab have created McBoombox, which doubles up as a drinks tray and amplifier/speaker for a smartphone.

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Smurfit Kappa expands in Russia acquiring Soyuz

Smurfit Kappa has acquired the Russian corrugated packaging company Soyuz, in Moscow.

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Former Nestlé packaging expert joins PTI

Former rigid packaging specialist for Nestlé’s Nestec Product Technology Center, Thierry Fabozzi has been named president of Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI).

Australian start-up wins funding to make coffee cups from coffee husks

Australian start-up company Huskee has raised more than $114k via a Kickstarter campaign to produce coffee cups and lids made from coffee husks, the layer of cells that coat a...

Ardagh takes ‘sensory experience’ to the next level with thermo ink tailored messages

Ardagh Group is expanding its thermochromic ink portfolio with the launch of Reveal Impact cans which change color and reveal a hidden message for promotional activities.

Pretium Packaging launches PET container with integrated handle

Pretium Packaging has launched the SureHandle, a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container with an integrated handle. 

Bramley & Gage launch ‘ultra-premium’ gin in sleek black bottle

Bramley & Gage has launched an ultra-premium 6 O’Clock Gin in a black limited edition bottle.

RPC opens foam modelling studio to test packaging

RPC Design team has opened a purpose-built foam modelling studio for designers to make mock-ups of packs to test and modify them before they are released on the market. 

PPC top paperboard packaging trends

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has revealed its top trends in folding carton and rigid box design, following entries for the 2017 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition.

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WaveGrip launches multi-colored carriers for shelf-appeal and brand differentiation

WaveGrip has launched multi-colored carriers in Noir (Black), Tangerine (Orange), Envy (Green) and Fury (Red) to create further on-shelf impact and brand differentiation. 

Sonoco to close one of its US factories this year

Sonoco will close its Boone, South Carolina factory in October, axing 35 jobs.

Thinfilm partners with Barbadillo to deploy NFC tags on Spanish wine bottles

Thinfilm has partnered with Barbadillo to deploy near field communication (NFC) tags on 126,000 bottles of Spanish white wine brand, Castillo de San Diego.

Schubert 3D camera ‘one step closer to long-term goal of optical 3D recognition’

Schubert has developed a 3D camera which can pick up ‘disorganized products’ from a storage bin.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters launches single-use ground coffee in a can

La Colombe Coffee Roasters and Crown Beverage Packaging have launched the MiniVault, pre-portioned ground coffee in a single-use can.

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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.

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