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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Bisphenol A levels in cans triggers call for ban
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Beverage firms complain of poor servicing and support from suppliers
Beverage manufacturers have complained of poor service and support from packaging and processing equipment suppliers in a recent survey.
Bemis sees upturn in flexible packaging demand
Bemis said a gradual improvement in demand for flexible packaging, especially for shelf-life extension products, was a major factor in it posting better than expected Q4 and year end results.
X-ray machines boost detection and throughput for can lines
Enhanced detection, faster throughput and lower total cost of ownership are the benefits of upgrades to two X-ray inspection machines for use on can production lines, said Mettler Toledo Safeline.
Bericap launches new aseptic friendly sports cap
Bericap has launched a new sports drink closure that claims to combine suitability for aseptic filling with high flow rates.
Appletiser cans go for a Rexam matt finish
Appletiser has begun using a matt over varnish technique from Rexam in the UK as the packaging firm continues to work on improving the impact of its can finishes.
MillerCoors misleads with “special” packaging claims, says watchdog
MillerCoors has come under fire from a US advertising watchdog for allegedly misleading claims made about its “Taste Protector” packaging.
Carton sector highlights UK packaging strategy flaw
A leading carton trade body has criticised the UK’s packaging strategy for failing to recognise the significance of renewable materials after a study found 90 per cent of consumers said packing should contain them.
Eastman brings 360-degree shrink label material to Europe
Eastman has launched its Embrace LV copolyester in Europe for use as shrink film labels that can deliver 360-degree graphics.
Food sector boosting 100 per cent rPET demand
Phoenix Technologies has received a letter of no objection from Canadian authorities at a level up to 100 per cent for production of its food grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) resin.
Study tips pouches to double beverage market share
Pouches are tipped to more than double their share of the US beverage packaging market over the next decade as manufacturers look for greener options.
Food packaging sector responds to nanotech criticism
Experts have questioned the conclusions of a UK parliamentary report that the food packaging industry is too secretive about advances in nanotechnology.
New machine promises improved pomegranate juice
Hefestus is launching a processing machine for pomegranate fruit that allows firms to squeeze a juice at a reduced cost without the bitter tasting peel.
High time for easier access to high pressure processing
Processors could soon have access to a cheaper way to test high pressure processing (HPP) technology – so-called ‘cold pasteurisation’ – as interest in the technique returns to the industry, reports sister title Food Manufacture.
Martens China picks Bericap scavenging closure for PET beers
Bericap has signed a new deal with Martens China to supply the brewer with a SuperShorty scavenging closure for its PET beer bottles.
Glass packaging best for the environment
Glass packaging is a fully sustainable resource said a leading European trade body as it announced more than 25 billion jars and bottles weighing over 11 million tonnes had been recycled in 2008.
Ball and Rexam outline executive appointments
Can makers Ball Corporation and Rexam have both announced new appointments at the top of their packaging operations.
Sidel helps Nestle Waters remove grease
In partnership with Nestle Waters, Sidel has developed two grease-free parts for blow molds using its new thermo composite material Kohlox.
Godfather film director sues wine packaging supplier
A company created by film director Francis Ford Coppola is suing Suberus-owned packaging supplier Vinocor USA over allegations its wine bottles and screwcaps were faulty.
Nestle launches lightweight PET bottle
Nestle Waters has launched a new version of its Eco-Shape PET bottle which the company claims is one of the world’s lightest half-litre bottles.
N.Ireland's £10m boost for food processing and packaging
Plans to invest almost £10m in Northern Ireland’s food processing and packaging sectors have been announced.
BPA decision soon, says FDA
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would issue its overdue decision of the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) soon but refused to set a date or say why it failed to meet its own deadline for publication.
Naya launches world-first 100 per cent rPET bottle
Naya Spring Water said it is the first bottled water company to use 100 per cent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) in its containers, as it prepares to roll out the product in the United States.
Krones launches compact brewhouse
Krones subsidiary Steinecker has developed a new compact brewhouse that claims to offer brewers flexibility at a comparatively low investment level.
Australian food processors to get cash for eco scheme
Australia’s food processing sector has hailed a government move to grant a A$150m aid package to help it implement a national carbon footprint reduction scheme.
Hot-fill PET container sets new standards, says company
Enhanced heat resistance leading to less shrinkage, improved barrier performance and superior clarity are claims made for a new hot-fill PET container soon to hit the market.