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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.

Arcwise creates soft drink ‘ice hockey’ tray using technology to bend corrugated board

For the first time, Arcwise has developed a technology that bends corrugated board, creating an ‘ice hockey rink’ tray for 50 cl beverage bottles.

Smurfit Kappa and YéO launch Pouch-Up strawberry yogurt drink

Smurfit Kappa has partnered with YéO, a subsidiary of the French dairy group Sodiaal, to create a Pouch-Up packaging for yogurt drinks.  

Are ‘zapcodes’ the next big thing for AR cartons? SIG Combibloc thinks so

SIG Combibloc has partnered with Zappar to launch its first carton packs with ‘zapcodes’, which use augmented reality (AR) to engage consumers in ‘real time’ with interactive experiences such as...

DuPont Packaging Awards 2016

The results are in: Blow-molded PET container beats Coca Cola Christmas Bow label & Tetra Pak’s Tetra Rex

Graham Packaging has beaten Coca Cola’s Christmas Bow label and Tetra Pak’s Tetra Rex bio-based carton to take Diamond place in this year’s DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation....

Elopak enters Japanese market with Pure-Pak carton

Elopak has partnered with Nippon Paper Industries to launch its Pure-Pak carton in Japan.

Pressade ‘re-transforms’ packaging as ‘fruit juice consumption is stagnating’

Smurfit Kappa launches first aseptic pouch for fruit juice

Smurfit Kappa has partnered with Pressade to launch an aseptic pouch called Pouch-Up for fruit juice.

Gebo extends its cap feeding applications for plastic tops and glass bottles

Gebo has expanded its Aidlin brand optimizing its performance with OptiFeed, which handles up to 80,000 caps per hour in the food, dairy and beverage sector.

SABMiller packaging shows when beer is at the perfect drinking temperature

SABMiller has launched a ‘smart sensor’ technology that tells consumers when their beer is at the perfect drinking temperature.

Targeting consumers looking for healthier, non-alcoholic drinks

Orangina 'Shakes' up soft drinks industry debuting Orangina Light 250ml bottle

Orangina has launched an Orangina Light 250ml glass bottle for the first time, ‘to appeal to a growing number of consumers who are looking for healthier, non-alcoholic drinks’.

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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).

News in brief

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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