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Coveris talks about ‘turbulent economy’ as it decides to invest in Ukraine

Coveris Rigid Poland has launched its DuoSmart cups in Ukraine to target the dairy and processed foods sector, but admits it was a courageous decision to invest there given the turbulent economy.

Petainer speaks out after failed bid to acquire APPE

Petainer has spoken out about its growth ambitions after being named the ‘reserve’ bidder on the purchase of APPE Packaging Division, owned by La Seda de Barcelona Group, losing out to Plastipak Packaging .

Packaging to become more 'theatrical'

Heineken's Ignite bottles which illuminate when clinked with another bottle, and Ballantine's graphic equaliser, which adjusts its lighting with loud music, are some of the ways brands have added 'theatrical' technology to products.

FEVE: Health benefits of glass are not known

Glass is more relevant than ever and offers benefits in terms of health, sustainability and a circular economy but according to FEVE (the European Container Glass federation), these attributes go unrecognised. 

Sidel: Customised products are the future of packaging

Consumers will be able to customise products according to their own tastes in five years’ time, according to Sidel.

Tetra Pak comes clean about its biggest recycling ‘headache’

Tetra Pak doesn’t believe it will be the first company to launch a 100% renewable carton and claims its biggest recycling challenge is working with countries that have a poor economy.

Avantium to file food contact PEF claim by end of year

Avantium is to file a food contact application for the use of its biobased polymer in the next step of its partnership with Coca-Cola, Danone and ALPLA.  

X-ray inspection demand continues for glass packaging

X-ray inspection adoption is increasing with it being an accepted process but finer and more contaminants remain the target to increase its use, according to Eagle Product Inspection.

All-natural and 'responsibly caffeinated'. How Bai hit the sweet spot in the functional beverages market

From four years of navigating the unpredictable terrain of the highly competitive functional beverage market (plus 20 in the coffee business), Ben Weiss, CEO and founder of Princeton, N.J.-based Bai, had a few insights into how to build a sustainable brand in an already crowded marketplace. 

Zola Fruits of the World: The ‘12-year overnight success story’

In the increasingly crowded marketplace of functional beverages, what kind of impact can one more manufacturer of acai juice and coconut water expect to have? 

Does Callebaut's EU flavanol claim add health bite or bark to dark choc's image?

Barry Callebaut's R&D department talks to ConfectioneryNews after winning a blood flow health claim for cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate and cocoa beverages.

AIPIA charts food, beverage packaging trends

Printed Electronics, shelf life and smartphone applications are among the latest active and intelligent packaging developments trends with future potential, according to the Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA).

New RPC chief sets out future strategy

Lightweighting will remain a big trend influencing RPC Group's business strategy, according to Pim Vervaat, the packaging firm's new boss.

Datamonitor’s Streeter: recycling is “holy grail” of sustainable packaging

Closed loop recycling is the “holy grail” of sustainable packaging, according to Andrew Streeter, packaging innovation director at market analyst Datamonitor.

Manjushree Technopack sets out growth plans

Packaging firm Manjushree Technopack aims to double sales by 2015, driven by the growth of the middle class in India, and is poised to start construction on a fourth factory.

Food shoppers are women, marketers are men: Houston, we have a problem…

It is well known that most food shoppers are women, but does the food industry get that in its marketing? Not really, says female marketing expert, author and CEO of The Female Factor, Bridget Brennan.

Dow Chemical pinpoints packaging trends

Demand for flexible packaging, consumer convenience and food preservation are the main trends in packaging development exhibited by customers, according to Dow Chemical.

Saint-Gobain tackles phthalate fears

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has responded to perceived health risks surrounding phthalate use in the food and drink industry with the launch of Tygon S3 pthalate-free flexible tubing.

Ocean Spray backed research reveals cranberry polyphenols in human urine

New research identifying type-A proanthocyanidins (PACs) from cranberry juice in human urine could help to take future clinical trials to the next level, say researchers.

Krones spots new Asian horizons in teas blended with fruit juices and milks

In this exclusive video shot at Anuga FoodTec 2012, Hans Hiendl from Krones explained the principles behind the firm's Twin-Flow concept launch to, and identified an interesting new Asian mixed-drinks trend.

Stop monsters in their tracks with our 'unique' food safety technology: Swedish firm

Sven Bodell, president, Food Radar Systems, told Ben Bouckley that the firm's unique microwave technology was the only show in town to detect previously invisible foreign bodies in pumpable foods, and that the system might also appeal to producers of beverages with pulp or other pieces in.

Tetra Evero Aseptic offers ultimate 'functionality' but we also address need for affordability: Tetra Pak

Last May Tetra Pak launched the world's first 'carton bottle' called Tetra Evero Aseptic. Michael Grosse, executive vice president of development and engineering, told Ben Bouckley how it was performing in key markets and what the future held for a product designed with 'ultimate functionality' in mind.

Food Safety Modernization Act a game changer for packaging machinery design - PMMI

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has changed the game for US packaging machinery manufacturers by obliging them to rethink their design strategies, PMMI’s Jim Pittas told from Anuga FoodTec.

(Usain) Bolt from the blue: Tetra Pak's 'Hyperspeed' concept takes carton-filling world by storm

Tetra Pak sprung a major surprise at Anuga FoodTec 2012, whipping the covers off a modified A3 Speed filling machine called 'Hyperspeed Concept', which can process an incredible 11 cartons per second. Executive Roberto Franchitti justified the 'need for speed' to

New preservation technique could fuel fruit juice boom by radically extending shelf life: Coolwave Processing

A new preservation technology for fresh juices that destroys spoilage bacteria without loss of organoleptic qualities can unlock barriers to growth in the market due to its radical extension of product shelf life of up to around 21 days, Dutch firm Coolwave Processing told

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