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PET bottles greener than glass or aluminium - Study

PET bottles are a greener alternative to glass or aluminium cans, according to a new study into the environmental impact of single use packaging.

Dispatches from Drinktec

Sustainability shines at Beverage Innovation Awards caught up with the hosts of the 2009 Beverage Innovation Awards at Drinktec this week to pick out the highlights and uncover the trends behind the winning entries.

New York court approves expanded green bottle bill

A federal judge has unblocked the passage of the expanded New York State bottle bill following a legal challenge from beverage companies.

Lowest-income shoppers embrace green product claims

Low-income shoppers are most likely to be willing to pay a premium for ‘green’ products, according to a new study from retail design and strategy firm Miller Zell.

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Tetra Pak inaugurates green Chinese plant

Tetra Pak has announced the inauguration of its €60m packaging plant in China that operates entirely on green electricity.

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PepsiCo opens its first green plant in China

Beverage and food giant PepsiCo has pledged to invest $1bn in China and has opened its first eco-friendly plant in the western city of Chongqing. 

Industry says creativity key to ensuring soft drink-sustainability

Representatives of the UK soft drink industry claim that ‘creative’ innovation across the industry is keeping manufacturers on track to meet their sustainability goals, though more must be done in...


Different shades of green: Looking beyond carbon footprints

You can try your best to avoid it, but when it comes to measuring carbon footprint, almost everything we do these days, either as a business or individuals, is likely...

Wine makers claim elephantine sustainability success

A haul of glass equal in weight to 36,000 African elephants has been cut across the global wine supply chain as part of a new scheme to improve the environmental...

Flexibility and sustainability dictate sports cap development

Greater flexibility in the application and sustainability of sports caps for use on beverage packs remains at the heart of ongoing development in the segment, according to one product supplier.

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Sodastream plays up gas-it-yourself green benefits

Sodastream, a supplier of drink making machines that allow consumers to gas their own carbonated beverages at leisure, is kicking off a new promotion suggesting it may hold the answer...

Green tea may protect gums against disease

Consuming green tea may offer protection against gum disease, a condition that may affect over 30 per cent of the population, suggests a new study from Japan.

Industry must look beyond 'non-green' pack notion - INCPEN

The food and beverage industry must move away from the notion of green and non-green packaging and accept that various materials, be they bio- or oil-based plastics, can have unique...

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Unit could drive food and drink industry sustainability

A new winery, brewery and food processing teaching and research facility will serve as a model for what the industries can achieve in environmental and energy efficiency, claims University of...

Greener package design could cut costs

An updated guide on the recyclability of plastic packaging can ensure savings for companies and includes chapters on recent developments in bioplastics and mixed plastics, say the publishers.

Can steel meet the sustainability challenge?

Philippe Wolper, managing director, APEAL, outlines the green properties of steel for food and drink packaging.

Packagers should go green to keep profits in the black

Food packaging companies must implement sustainable environmental strategies or risk income falls of more than 30 per cent by 2013 and nearly 50 per cent by 2018, warns a new...

Spotlight on UK food and drink firms' green initiatives

UK food and drink manufacturers have reduced their CO2 emissions by 17 per cent since 1990, which translates as an average of 58,000 tonnes less carbon dixoide (CO2) annually, claims the FDF. 

Metallic compostable pack may herald green drink development

Recent developments in ‘metallised’ compostable packaging, developed in cooperation with a US drinks group, may lead to further advances for global use in beverage products like coffees and tea, claims...

Europe looking beyond recycling in drink sustainability push

As groups like Coca-Cola push ahead with new consumer-targeted recycling schemes in the US, their European counterparts claim to favour a different approach to help ensure environmental sustainability.

Light-weighting is key sustainability driver for Sonoco

Light-weight packaging is one of a number of initiatives global packager Sonoco is employing to cut its environmental footprint and production costs, claims the company in its first annual sustainability...

Ball gets rolling on pack sustainability

Global packager Ball has outlined a number of initiatives designed to slash the environmental impacts and production costs of its operations as part of its first annual sustainability report.

Value of sustainability to be studied as emissions cuts rewarded

As the UK's Carbon Trust initiates a scheme to reward companies for genuine carbon emission reduction, a new study will determine how influential a company's sustainability image is in terms...

Sidel initiative to help processor sustainability, says firm

French equipment and packaging supplier, Sidel, said it has created the new post of sustainable development officer within the company to help its customers reach their individual sustainability targets.

Sustainability key to bottling line design, says Sidel

Sustainability issues are the drivers behind the new lightweight PET bottling line and robotic palletizing equipment from Sidel, claims the company.

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