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Canned water offers an alternative packaging option – but will consumers always associate water with plastic bottles?

Rexam says canned water is a growing trend, as Noah’s Spring Water adds a re-sealable aluminum can to its packaging mix.

Anti-counterfeit technologies widely adopted in developed regions such as US, Germany

Top 10 companies providing anti-counterfeit products for the F&B industry

RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags represent the fastest growing F&B anti-counterfeit products at 20.4% CAGR from 2015-2020, according to Allied Market Research (AMR), an Oregon, US based market Intelligence company.

Nestlé to open Digital Innovation Office in Silicon Valley in 2016

Nestlé: ‘Technology is fundamentally changing the way consumers buy our products and engage with our brands’

Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the company’s marketing and technology groups, moving into an office in Silicon Valley co-located with swissnex, in 2016.

SIG Combibloc: ‘Growing importance of aseptic carton packs in North America’

Steuben Foods has installed a CFA1224-36 filling machine from SIG Combibloc, which can aseptically fill 24,000 small-format carton packs combiblocXSlim per hour.

Kellogg US files international patent for food cup packaging assembly

Kellogg has filed an international patent in the US for a food cup packaging assembly that makes it easier to stack and store food products.

Tetra Pak expands its Hungary plant, increasing its product variants from 55 to 105

Tetra Pak has expanded its Budaörs factory in Hungary, investing in a production line for Tetra Brik Aseptic packaging material and a line for Tetra Recart.

Diageo sells Gleneagles, Spanish wine warfare, and more beverage bites

Diageo announces the sale of luxury hotel and golf resort Gleneagles, while Heineken and Ball Packaging launch ‘groovy’ cans. Meanwhile, Spain’s annual wine fight takes place… read on for more...

Inaugural Sleeve Label Awards 2015

Eye-popping designs as Smirnoff, Gatorade & Minute Maid win prizes for their bottle packaging

Smirnoff, Gatorade and Minute Maid have been recognised in the inaugural AWA Alexander Watson Associates Sleeve Label Awards at the International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhibition 2015 in Miami, Florida.

Coca-Cola creates PET bottle made entirely from plants – but when will we see it on shelves?

The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled a PET bottle made completely from plant materials, but says there is still some work to do before it reaches a commercial scale. 

Ball eyes RTD tea and kids' drinks categories for in-can straw technology

Just weeks after its integrated straw solution landed in the Polish market, Ball Packaging Europe has revealed that it has a broader target audience in mind than flavored alcoholic beverages...

Keurig brings back My K-Cup reusable pods even though they conflict with DMR technology

Coffee company Keurig Green Mountain will bring back the reusable My K-Cup pod at the behest of a small, but passionate group of consumers in a move that ostensibly undermines...

Corbion reaches next milestone to enter PLA market

Corbion claims to have reached the next milestone of entering the PLA (polylactic acid or polylactide) market by signing letters of intent for one-third of the volume of a 75...

Smurfit Kappa launches double head filling machine for bag-in-box liquids sensible to oxygen, such as wine

Smurfit Kappa has launched an automatic bag-in-box (BIB) filling machine, as an addition to an existing range, which includes the BIB 700 Evolutive and the BIB 700 SUP machines.

Guilt-free coffee: Compostable pods will appeal to many consumers, says Copper Moon Coffee

The amount of waste created by used coffee pods worries not just the die-hard eco-friendly, but coffee lovers at large, says US coffee roaster and packager Copper Moon Coffee. 

Dispatches from Hispack 2015

Nestlé Monster Smarties and Caja Roja chocolates ‘sweet’ choice at Hispack 2015 Líderpack Awards

Nestlé Monster Smarties and Nestlé Caja Roja chocolates picked up awards in the Food Packaging category of The Liderpack Awards at Hispack 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, last week (April 21-24).

When companies try to be cool: A lesson in 'wackaging'

Wackaging – using cute and quirky language on a product’s packaging – seems to be everywhere. But with consumers becoming increasingly cynical, should manufacturers stop trying to be cool?

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Pepsi invites consumers to recreate its iconic can

Pepsi is inviting consumers to re-create the design of its iconic can as part of its 2015 #PepsiChallenge.

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Ardagh Group launches wine bottles with Stelvin closures

Ardagh Glass Group North America has launched two 750ml wine bottles with Stelvin closures for its Claret Regal and Burgundy Inspiration brands.

‘Consumers have an insatiable appetite for new experiences’

Message on a bottle: Personalized text lights up Medea Vodka bottles

Consumers can use their phones to programme personalized messages on bottles, with Bluetooth technology and an app launched by Medea Vodka. 

Anuga FoodTech 2015 preview

Ecolean to debut EL4+ filling machine reaching speeds up to 33% faster than its current technology

Ecolean will debut its EL4+ filling machine at Anuga FoodTec next week claiming it can reach speeds up to 33% faster than its existing EL1, EL2, EL3 and EL4 technology.

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To Drinkfinity – and way beyond! Technology evolves to meet demand for personalized drinks

Personalised beverage hydration systems, one-of-a-kind bottles, and capsules which can transform a plain glass of water into something else entirely - the marriage of technology and personalisation is changing the...

‘We are not on an anti-Tetra Pak mission’

Ecolean: 'European dairy consumption is going down replaced by water and juice'

Ecolean is expanding and will open an office in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, this year as part of its expansion in Southeast Asia.

Patent-pending technology on Johnnie Walker Blue Label goes beyond QR codes

Not just any old bottle: Diageo ‘smart bottle’ thwarts counterfeiters and boosts consumer experience

Diageo and Thin Film Electronics have released a prototype Johnnie Walker Blue Label ‘smart bottle,’ which can assure consumers of authenticity, help the industry track the product, and ‘completely change...

AYS slams Capri Sun-style flexibles as ‘biggest challenge’ to package recyclability

Environmental organization As You Sow has urged Kraft Foods to follow the example set by rival Honest Kids, and shift licensed brand Capri Sun from pouches into ‘more recyclable’ forms...

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Sidel and Nestlé Waters celebrate 50-year partnership

Sidel, PET provider and Nestlé Waters have celebrated a 50-year milestone working together.

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