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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.

Interpack 2017

‘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.

Liepaja and Amcor debut Konigstern coffee packaging with built-in vent control

Liepaja Coffee Factory has partnered with Amcor to debut its Vento packaging to debut its Konigstern premium ground coffee with built-in vent control.

Interpack 2017

Braskem packaging changes color if a product is unfit for consumption

Thermoplastic resin producer Braskem has partnered with Clemson University in the US and Rio Grande do Sul Federal University (UFRGS) in Brazil to create intelligent packaging which can change color if...

Peet’s Coffee rides third-wave coffee trend with expansion of RTD cold brew to rest of California

Peet’s Coffee is expanding distribution of its RTD cold brew coffee to the rest of California through a new DSD (direct store delivery) network called Coldcraft.

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Cosmo Films showcases BOPP Black Velvet Lamination film for premium F&B

Cosmo Films is exhibiting its BOPP Black Velvet Lamination film and speciality films for PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) labeling applications at Interpack.

Icelandic Glacial taps into sparkling PET bottle market with new packaging launch

Icelandic Glacial has launched its premium sparkling water in PET bottles, resembling its glass packaging counterpart, to capture on-the-go usage occasions and tapping into the fast-growing premium PET bottle market.

Chilean craft beer Rothhammer launches in the UK

Trilogy Beverage Brands has partnered with Petainer to launch its Chilean craft beer Rothhammer in the UK.

Scientists create printed transistors for interactive smart food labels

Scientists at AMBER (Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research) at Trinity College Dublin have created printed transistors from 2-dimensional nanomaterials for the first time. 

Euromonitor: Keurig’s supremacy hinders coffee pod market expansion

Keurig’s dominance of the North American coffee pod market will likely persist even as annual pod sales slow, according to a recent report by Euromonitor. 

Interpack 2017

Palcut POS concept ensures visibility as retail chains ‘limit in-store promotions’

Palcut, which works with Kellogg’s, Mondelēz and Arla Foods cutting custom-sized paper from rolls for palletization, has launched a Point-of-Sale (POS) concept; the Antim intermediate sheet.

Silgan Holdings completes $1bn WestRock acquisition

Silgan Holdings has completed its $1bn acquisition of WestRock Company specialty closures and dispensing systems business.

Synerlink expands into milk, desserts, yogurts and juice sector

Food packaging technology supplier Synerlink has acquired Ermi, which manufactures aseptic fill-seal bottle and cup fillers for milk, desserts, yogurts and juices.

Crown Europe president: ‘I don’t believe in complicated structures, or complex decision-making processes’

Crown Europe has elected president Didier Sourisseau who takes over from predecessor, Jerry Gifford this year.

Two become one: Two metal packaging associations merge to become Metal Packaging Europe

Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and European Metal Packaging (Empac) have merged to become one, called Metal Packaging Europe.

Bottled water surpasses soda in consumption with 86% purchase rate among Americans

Americans are drinking more bottled water than any other packaged beverage, outselling carbonated soft drinks by volume for the first time, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) and International...

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Former PepsiCo exec among angel investors helping Shaka Tea strategically expand

Since launching one year ago, ready-to-drink (RTD) brand Shaka Tea now has plans for targeted national expansion in the US after closing its first round of seed investment.

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