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Special Edition: Sustainable packaging

United Biscuits to switch to rPET for all trays by end of 2010

United Biscuits is aiming to switch to rPET for all its thermoformed trays by the end of 2010 in a bid to scale up the amount of recycled packaging in...

Special edition: Drinks Ingredients

The science of beverage emulsions

Innovative ingredients and solutions are emerging to help formulators add flavours, colours and healthy ingredients and keep up with consumer demands for innovative beverages.

Single use PET may be as green as multi use glass

The green credentials of disposable PET bottles have improved in Germany over the past two years to such an extent that they now stand on a par with multi-use glass...

Special edition - sustainable packaging

Industry learns the limits of lightweighting

Lightweighting can be a win-win strategy, reducing the impact of packaging on both the environment and profit margins but food and drink companies are learning that it is not always...

PCA accused of ‘serious and wilful’ safety breaches

The Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) is facing fines of US$95,600 for a slew of alleged “serious and wilful” safety violations at its plant in Milwaukee.

British manufacturers unveil energy drink code

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has published a code of practice on energy drinks requiring additional labelling to protect children and other people sensitive to caffeine.

Noni firm wins third EU novel foods approval

The status of the noni plant as a novel food ingredient has been boosted with the manufacturer, Tahitian Noni, last week receiving its third European Union Novel Food approval for...

News in brief

Sensient invests in natural color capacity

Sensient Technologies Corporation has announced a $16m investment to extend its natural color production facilities in St. Louis, Missouri.

Omega-3-rich drink may affect omega-3 index

Consuming a convenience drink enriched with omega-3 fatty acids led to increases in blood levels of the beneficial fatty acids, and may enhance heart health, says a new study from...

Amcor claims lightest 16oz PET salad dressing bottle in North America

The development of a new 16oz PET salad dressing bottle that uses 20 per cent less material than the industry standard represents a major advance in lightweighting, said manufacturer Amcor...

Phosphate-ageing study dismissed by industry

A study linking phosphate to premature ageing has been dismissed by a leading trade association as having no relevance to foods and soft drinks.

Special Edition: Sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging - road map or road to nowhere?

Sustainable packaging is a buzzword on the lips of consumers and industry players alike. But what is sustainable packaging and how far has the sector come in developing a road...

Aloecorp hails GRAS for aloe vera as food/drink ingredient

Aloecorp claims that it has become the first aloe vera grower and supplier to affirm GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status for use of aloe vera as a food and...

Tetra Pak underlines cost saving potential of consulting service

Tetra Pak has claimed that its Operational Cost Reduction (OCR) programme for dairy and juice firms cuts the cost of running a packaging line by an average of 12 per cent.

Super Gum excels for beverage stabilisation: Study

The modified acacia gum product 'Super Gum' could enhance the stability of beverages like coconut milk, says a new study from Germany and Thailand.

Cermex unveils advanced product selection and batch prep system

An innovative product selection and batch preparation system for case packing lines is compact, effective, affordable and simple to operate, said manufacturer Cermex.

New TIC stabilisers target healthier dairy drinks

TIC Gums has developed three stabilisers to give a creamier, thicker texture to protein fortified beverages and dairy drinks.

Senomyx and Coca-Cola negotiate new collaboration deal

California-based flavor firm Senomyx has said it has signed a preliminary agreement to extend its research collaboration with the Coca-Cola Company.

Eastman considers PET sale as beverage demand weakens

Eastman is considering the possible sale of its PET business as weak demand from the beverage industry dampens growth figures.

Dietary Guidelines focus on sodium intake, sugary drinks, dairy alternatives

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are currently being revised, and sodium intake, sweetened drinks, and dairy alternatives are some of the topics of discussion, according to the American Society for...


Foods with artificial trans fats should be considered adulterated

There is a pile of evidence linking artificial trans fats with heart disease, so why is it still in our food? It’s time to get real and recognize that artificial...

New standardized PACs test could unite cranberry industry

A team of US, French and Chinese scientists have produced what they believe to be a standardized test for the proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberries, with hopes to unite the industry.

Goodbye milk fraud, hello origin tracking

A kit to test the authenticity of milk origin for use within the food and beverage industry can be used within the processing facility and has been developed by global...

News in brief

Louisiana rejects energy drink ban

The state of Louisiana will not ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s as had been proposed in a state Bill.

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