Processing & Packaging

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Functional drink manufacturing requires specific considerations

By Natasha Spencer

As consumers today want health, immunity and digestive benefits from their beverage formulations, we explore with leading brands and industry experts the key considerations, conditions and techniques for manufacturing functional drinks.

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Collaborate to accelerate a circular economy for plastics: CGF

By Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Sustainability, Consumer Goods Forum

There are times when the challenge of plastic waste seems so immense and so intractable that solutions feel difficult to find. More than 60 percent of plastics end up in a landfill or the natural environment. Millions of tonnes of plastic waste spill...

The Ferd Group, which owns Elopak, intends to remain an active and committed shareholder after the IPO. Pic: Elopak

Elopak aims for IPO in June

By Jim Cornall

Norwegian packaging company Elopak is preparing to apply for listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, with the goal of being listed this June.

The Roadmap highlights the industry’s commitment to having 90% of all beverage cartons collected for recycling, and to have at least 70% of all beverage cartons recycled by 2030. Pic: Getty Images/curtoicurto

Advancement for beverage carton recycling

By Jim Cornall

EXTR:ACT, the European platform to improve and increase the recycling of beverage cartons and similar fiber-based multi-material packaging in Europe, has announced four projects allow roughly 50,000 tonnes of non-fiber components of beverage cartons to...

The new OmyaPET is an opacifier for the production of white opaque PET bottles or white opaque BOPET film and ensures a lower environmental footprint in, for example, UHT milk bottles.

Omya launches OmyaPET

By Jim Cornall

Swiss industrial mineral provider Omya International AG has launched OmyaPET, a new product family of functionalized calcium carbonates for PET applications.

Compatible with existing filling machines, SIG’s tethered caps are designed to prevent litter and ensure caps are recycled along with cartons. They will be launched in the second half of 2021, ahead of the July 2024 deadline set by EU regulations.  Pic: SIG

SIG launching tethered caps for cartons

By Jim Cornall

SIG has announced tethered caps will be launched for its beverage cartons in Europe in the second half of 2021, ahead of the July 2024 deadline set by EU regulations.

The new roadmap includes 10 commitments.

Beverage carton industry reveals ten-year roadmap

By Jim Cornall

ACE, The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, and its members SIG Combibloc, BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak, have set the industry’s vision for the future, aiming to deliver the most sustainable packaging for resilient...

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Europe pledges to make beverage packaging fully circular by 2030

By Rachel Arthur

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, a trade organization representing the non-alcoholic beverage sector, has set targets for European beverage packaging to be fully circular by 2030. This will be achieved by using rPET, refillable bottles, and boosting collection...

Tetra Pak's carton packages integrating attributed recycled polymers are now available for food and beverage manufacturers. Pic: Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak introduces certified recycled polymers

By Jim Cornall

Tetra Pak has introduced certified recycled polymers, becoming the first company in the food and beverage packaging industry to be awarded Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Advanced Products certification.

The new 100% rPET bottle will debut in Florida, California and some Northeast states in the US this month. Pic:Coca-Cola

Coke launches 100% rPET bottles in the US

By Rachel Arthur

Trademark Coca-Cola will roll out 100% rPET bottles in a 13.2oz size across the US this summer, following the launch of the bottles in select states this month.

Anheuser-Busch eyes up a post-pandemic recovery for the US. Pic:getty/lankin

Anheuser-Busch invests $1bn in US facilities

By Rachel Arthur

Anheuser-Busch will invest more than $1bn in its US facilities across the next two years: targeted at expanding its operations, supporting job creation and retention, and investing in sustainable innovations.

Absolut vodka debuts paper bottle

Absolut vodka debuts paper bottle

By Rachel Arthur

Absolut has launched its paper bottle prototype in the UK and Sweden this week: testing the design as part of its journey to create a fully bio-based bottle for spirits.

Using pectin-containing waste streams opens up new possibilities for the circular economy of plastics.  Pic: Getty Images/ligora

VTT creates recyclable plastic bottles from citrus peel

By Jim Cornall

New technology developed at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland enables the use of pectin-containing agricultural waste, such as citrus peel and sugar beet pulp, as raw material for bio-based polyethylene furanoate (PEF) plastics for replacing...