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Sustainability

The days are gone when beverage firms could simply pay lip service to the word sustainability. There's clear ethical, political and public pressure to act, by reducing one's CO2 emissions, cutting energy and water use, and working with local communities to lessen the impact of production. Then there's packaging - lightweighting, recyclability and bio-based options such as Coca-Cola's PlantBottle are trending.

ACE tree huggers: Carton kings boost sustainable wood fiber use

Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc boosted their use of wood fiber from Forest Stewardship Council-certified or controlled sources by 5% to 93% in 2013, according to an independent report.

Ball, Coke, and General Mills rank on ‘green’ list

Newsweek’s list of the US’s most sustainable companies names packaging firms like Ball, beverage producers like Coca-Cola, and food manufacturers such as General Mills rank among the green giants....

Tetra Pak: ‘We can’t sit back and say there will always be paper available’

Food and packaging businesses need to look beyond their own factories and work to improve sustainability across all parts of the supply chain, according to Tetra Pak. 

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Coke gives back 108.5bn liters of water

Coca-Cola is boosting its sustainability profile by returning as much as 68% of the water it uses to the communities it was sipped from.

Nestlé claims credit for ‘major advance’ in beverage powder solubility

Nestlé says its scientists played a central role in developing a new physical mechanism that it is already using to improve the nutritional quality and pleasantness of powdered beverages.

Sidel revamps PET bottle bases for soft drinks, claims $1m line cost savings

Sidel claims its StarLite PET bottle base can unlock cost savings on 2-liter CSD lines of up to $900,000/year due to material savings, and insists it can unlock real value...

O-I launches touch of glass at $20bn spirits market

Glass packaging specialist Owens-Illinois has launched two bottles for liquor brand owners looking to pour into premium-looking containers.

Bio-based packaging material lands award

A line of high-impact, heat-resistant PLA compounds has landed honors for combining sustainability and performance.

Kids’ carton contest highlights packaging sustainability

Evergreen Packaging has crowned the 2014 winner in its Made by Milk carton creativity contest, designed to bring home the green benefits of cartons as a food and beverage package.

News in brief

Symphony Environmental Technologies opens lab facilities

Symphony Environmental has officially opened its lab in the UK during the company’s international distributors’ conference.

Coca-Cola Hellenic: 'Sedex deal closes supply chain transparency gaps'

Coca-Cola Hellenic has signed a deal with Sedex to share and manage its supply chain data and ensure ethical and responsible sourcing standards.

In depth: Packaging associations comment on environmental performance pilots

Packaging to be addressed in EU environmental footprint projects

Packaging will form part of 11 food and beverage-based pilot projects starting next month to measure and communicate a products environmental performance.

INDUSTRY VOICES: VEZIO BERNARDI, SACMI GENERAL BEVERAGE MANAGER

‘Our bespoke cap printing machine can change beverage marketing’: SACMI

SACMI insists its machine to produce limited run bespoke plastic beverage caps via digital direct printing will change the way brands can market products.

Oxfam: Kellogg, Gen Mills, Pepsico not doing ‘nearly enough’ to tackle climate change

In a report published today, Oxfam accuses the “Big 10” food and beverage companies of doing far too little to cut greenhouse gas emissions, singling out Kellogg Co. and General...

‘Good beverage entrepreneurs? Give me paranoid overachievers!’ Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

“One question I like to ask an entrepreneur – usually when they’re really tired after presenting for an hour and a half, is ‘what keeps you awake at night?’ A...

ZENITH INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS 2014, LISBON

‘Coke, Pepsi…These guys aren’t cracking beverage innovation’: Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

The executive director of one of Europe’s biggest investment funds managing $1bn in assets insists that big brands like Pepsi and Coke are not cracking innovation and lag behind young...

INTERPACK 2014: LIVE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR

‘Digital direct printing has a bright beverage future, when ink prices fall’: Krones

Krones explains that digital direct printing removes the need for labels and unlocks limitless bespoke bottle design opportunities, but admits ink costs are now a barrier to beverage uptake.

Latino beverage bottles ready for summer fiestas

Aguas frescas from Califia Farms are geared toward consumers looking for low-calorie refreshment with a Latin flair.

INTERPACK 2014: LIVE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR

GEA Procomac trials breakthrough White & Safe milk bottle in Italy

Paolo Ventrelli from GEA Procomac tells us that the firm’s White & Safe bottle now on trial in Italy will overcome light barrier problems that have hampered PET uptake in...

‘Self-cooling beverage cans? Perhaps they’re a niche product’: Consultant

Sainsbury’s former environmental affairs manager Alison Austin says she is skeptical about a mainstream future for self-cooling beverage cans with mainstream brands such as Coke.

Jens Winkler, business development manager, CCL Label

Coca-Cola launch will fire US shrink sleeve growth: CCL Label

CCL Label tells BeverageDaily.com that Coke’s successful Christmas holiday promotion using its sustainable TD shrink sleeve material will spur the market still further and assist hard-pressed recyclers.

'Like so many others he is completely ignorant about the truth of Palcohol': Mark Phillips

Powdered alcohol creator blasts Sen. Schumer’s ‘completely ignorant’ attack

The colourful creator of Palcohol powdered alcohol has hit out at New York senator Charles Schumer after the politician wrote to the US FDA calling on it to ban controversial...

EDITOR'S COMMENT: ZENITH & BSDA UK SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS 2014

Super-strength squash won’t wash! Overpriced Mio copycats won’t break Britain

Skeptical Englishman and former schoolboy squash drinker Ben Bouckley predicts that Vimto’s super-concentrated squash won’t wash in a market saturated with budget options, despite Mio’s US success.

Interpack in Pictures: The BeverageDaily.com Top 10

We turn shoe leather into snaps, with this synopsis of Interpack 2014 in pictures, framed by a beverage angle!

INTERPACK 2014: DUSSELDORF,GERMANY (MAY 8-14)

‘Packaging is necessary…Packaging is not bad!’ Interpack show director

In this video shot at the show – May 8-14 in Dusseldorf, Germany – Jablonowski explains that it features 2,700 exhibitors across industries as varied...

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