PCA accused of ‘serious and wilful’ safety breaches
29-Apr-2010 By Rory Harrington
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.
Sustainable packaging - road map or road to nowhere?
Special Edition: Sustainable packaging
28-Apr-2010 By Rory Harrington
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 map towards this most elusive of goals?
28-Apr-2010 By Rory Harrington
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 Rigid Plastics.
Cermex unveils advanced product selection and batch prep system
27-Apr-2010 By Rory Harrington
An innovative product selection and batch preparation system for case packing lines is compact, effective, affordable and simple to operate, said manufacturer Cermex.
Tetra Pak underlines cost saving potential of consulting service
27-Apr-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
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.
Eastman considers PET sale as beverage demand weakens
27-Apr-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Eastman is considering the possible sale of its PET business as weak demand from the beverage industry dampens growth figures.
23-Apr-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Bericap is going after the market for light weight packaging with a redesigned 38mm closure that it developed for a new dairy drink from Coca-Cola China.
Coca-Cola facing shareholder challenge over bisphenol A
21-Apr-2010 By Rory Harrington
Shareholders from Coca-Cola will vote today on a proposal urging the company to disclose how it is responding to public fears over bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in the linings of Coke’s beverage cans.
Krones acquires rights to elastic stretch-sleeves from CCL
20-Apr-2010 By staff reporter
Krones has acquired rights to the TripleS labelling technology – an unusually elastic stretch-sleeve film developed by CCL Industries for decorating contoured bottles.
Beverage industry publishes environmental reporting guidance
15-Apr-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Leading companies and trade groups in the beverage industry have clubbed together to draw up guidance for greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting.
Chesapeake eyes CEE expansion after Polish packaging takeover
13-Apr-2010 By Rory Harrington
Chesapeake has acquired a leading Polish label and carton operation in a bid to expand its share of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) market.
12-Apr-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
A tube may not be the most obvious packaging option that comes to mind for a drink product but some brands are testing out their potential to grab consumer imagination and even offer practical advantages.
Time for Europe to send bisphenol A into the sunset
Bisphenol A (BPA) is living on borrowed time. And not just in the United States but now in Europe too where mounting consumer hostility and scientific concern over its safety have combined to push the chemical towards the point of no return.
Glass and aluminium bodies reject PET study
08-Apr-2010 By Rory Harrington
The methodology used in a study that found PET plastic bottles are more eco-friendly than glass and aluminium containers is flawed, leading packaging bodies have told FoodProductionDaily.com.
Study finds HIPEF preserves soy beverage and its antioxidants
07-Apr-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
A new study suggests that high-intensity pulsed electric fields (HIPEF) treatment could be an effective way of preserving the vitamin C content and antioxidant capacity of drinks containing fruit juice and soy milk.
Graham Packaging poised to break into China
Graham Packaging Company Inc said it is poised to break into the China after signing an agreement to acquire a Chinese firm.
PET outperforms glass and aluminium in LCA study, claims PETRA
07-Apr-2010 By Jane Byrne
The results of a new study show PET plastic bottles outperform aluminium can and glass bottles in terms of environmental footprint by using less energy, generating less solid waste, and creating significantly fewer greenhouse gases, claims the PET Resin...
Aseptic processing and packaging to support ‘gentle juice’ growth
07-Apr-2010 By Rory Harrington
The aseptic processing and packaging of so-called ‘gentle juices’ has a key role to play in the expected growth in this part of the beverage sector, said SIG Combibloc.
New tap promises to cut filling costs for micro brewers
30-Mar-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Novosibirskprodmash is targeting micro brewers in Europe and the US with the commercial launch of the PEGAS CraftTap filling system.
TIA launches high-speed multipurpose layer gripper
25-Mar-2010 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
TIA Robotic Tooling Solutions has released a new layer gripper for use in distribution centres where it is necessary to handle layers of grocery products of many different shapes and sizes with the same tool.
Crown to expand capacity to meet rising Brazilian demand
24-Mar-2010 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Crown Holdings has announced that it intends to double capacity at two Brazilian beverage can plants on the back of growing demand for soft drink and beer cans in the region.
Mid tier bottlers target of Krones labelling technology
24-Mar-2010 By Jane Byrne
Optimum labelling quality, accurate reproducibility and high efficiency are claimed for new labelling technology designed for bottlers with small outputs.
New premium PET bottle alternative to glass, says Amcor
24-Mar-2010 By Rory Harrington
Amcor Rigid Plastics said its ground-breaking PET stock bottle is a glass replacement option that offers significant cost and performance advantages.
AB InBev pledges to slash water use at breweries
18-Mar-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Anheuser-Busch InBev has set new environmental targets for 2012 that include plans to reduce water use and cut carbon emissions.
New Crown can plant to meet rising Chinese demand
Crown Holdings is to build a new beverage can site in China to meet growing demand for two-piece cans in the country.
Upgraded PET stretch blow moulder offers multiple savings
17-Mar-2010 By Rory Harrington
Gentler PET bottle handling, cost savings and a smaller footprint are all benefits claimed by manufacturer KHS for its newly redesigned stretch blow moulder/filler monoblock system.
Labelling violations threaten bottle recycling system in the US
16-Mar-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Rogue bottles and bad labelling are threatening the entire system of plastic recycling in the US according to two leading trade associations.
Active and intelligent packaging regs - evolution and innovation
SPECIAL EDITION: DECONTAMINATION
15-Mar-2010 By Rory Harrington
New active and intelligent packaging rules and guidelines introduced last year across Europe should bring much-needed clarity to the sector and pave the way for innovation, said one expert as he set out how the system could work in practice.
Wonder catalysts key to creating infinitely recyclable PET
12-Mar-2010 By Rory Harrington
The development of “wonder catalysts” could significantly increase the ability to endlessly recycle and re-use PET and plant-based plastic in food packaging, US scientists have said.
Special Edition: Decontamination
12-Mar-2010 By Jane Byrne
Misinterpretation of fundamental criteria for the hygienic design of equipment by designers is resulting in incorrect installation of parts such as valves and sensors at the initial design stage of new food processing equipment and leaves processors exposed...
Krones targets demand for complete beverage factories
11-Mar-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Krones is looking to target demand for complete beverage factory planning that the equipment supplier says is on the rise as in-house engineering capacity weakens.
Ozone and vapour proving to be best in class for food pathogens
Special Edition: Decontamination
11-Mar-2010 By Jane Byrne
New research from the UK shows that whole room disinfection techniques are more effective that traditional chemical fogging, and while take up by food processors is relatively low, suppliers claim demand will accelerate based on industry recognition of...
SIG Combibloc blazes green trail in China
11-Mar-2010 By Rory Harrington
The first FSC-labelled cartons are to be launched onto the Chinese market, said SIG Combibloc as it seeks to raise awareness of sustainability issues in the global economic powerhouse.
Plant design and personal hygiene crucial to reducing listeria risk
10-Mar-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Cheese contamination has hit the headlines in recent weeks after Austrian authorities linked seven listerioisis deaths to Prolactal cheese. In light of this news, food safety expert Dr. Eleftherios H. Drosinos explains how risk of contamination from Listeria...
Tetra Pak banks on emerging markets for growth
09-Mar-2010 By Rory Harrington
Tetra Pak said stronger sales in the final quarter of 2009 and emerging markets offset declining demand in Eastern Europe and Central Asia as it posted an increase in net sales of 1.2 per cent for the year to almost €9bn.
Mettler-Toledo develops new inspection system for bottles
09-Mar-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Mettler-Toledo CI-Vision has developed a new 360 degree bottle inspection system to spot packaging and labelling defects.
Safety fears raised over carcinogen acetaldehyde in food
08-Mar-2010 By Rory Harrington
Latest research has raised concerns over the safety of foods containing the chemical acetaldehyde after it was declared to be a human carcinogen, said regulators in Finland.
Spotlight on new packaging regulation at Foodex
Foodex this year sees a series of seminars on the latest regulation pertaining to third party inspection certification and packaging aswell as new food hygiene initiatives, research and innovation developments in packaging and processing and shelf life...
Bisphenol A levels in cans triggers call for ban
01-Mar-2010 By Rory Harrington
Tests have revealed the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in the linings of beverage cans and some of the drinks themselves, including ones made by Nestle and Red Bull, said Friends of the Earth (FOE).
Lightweighting cuts PET water bottle weight by a third
New industry research suggests that the average gram weight of a 16.9 ounce single serve bottled water container has fallen by 32.6 per cent over the past 8 years.
New Krones system cuts blow-moulding change-over time
18-Feb-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Krones has developed a system called the MouldXpress Advanced to reduce change-over time for moulds in its Contiform stretch blow-moulding machine.
Crown expands can production in Vietnam
17-Feb-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Crown is planning to install a second beverage can line and double production at a recently acquired drinks container facility in Vietnam.
Bag-in-box specialist targets Russian market
16-Feb-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
DS Smith has set up a Russian subsidiary that will enable bag-in-box specialist Rapak to develop its position in the region.
Britvic and PepsiCo switch up to 600ml bottles
15-Feb-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Unlike Coca-Cola which has recently introduced a mini can in the US to encourage healthier drinking habits, Britvic and PepsiCo are increasing their bottle sizes in the UK for the same reason.
Resealable cans hit UK beverage aisles
11-Feb-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Resealable cans are making their debut on the UK market this month with the launch of No Fear Extreme Energy.
Combi checkweigher and metal detector saves cash and space
09-Feb-2010 By Rory Harrington
Low cost of ownership, significant space savings and versatility are benefits claimed by manufacturer Loma Systems for its new combination checkweighing and X-ray inspection system.
Krones builds new water efficient cellar concept
09-Feb-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Krones has launched a new cellar concept that the company claims connects pipes and tanks in a way that cuts down on water consumption, saves on energy use, and reduces cleaning times.
Europe depresses Pepsi Bottling Group sales
04-Feb-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
The Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG), which is being bought out by PepsiCo, has published flat full year sales figures as volumes declined sharply in Europe and Mexico.
Socoplas develops recyclable PET jars for jams and sauces
04-Feb-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Socoplas has developed new PET plastic jars for preserves and sauces that are suitable for recycling thanks to a monolayer oxygen barrier system.
Crown eyes acquisitions; forecasts demand rebound in US and Europe
03-Feb-2010 By Rory Harrington
Crown Holdings said it is looking to make acquisitions in emerging markets and expected demand in its North American and Western European packaging sectors to bounce back this year.