Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez has announced his intentions to take over the local unit of US bottler Owens-Illinois (O-I), as part of ongoing attempts by the government to nationalise parts of the country’s food processing sector.
Improved processability, higher purity and greater heat resistance are benefits claimed by Topas Advanced Polymers for its new resin technology for cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) material for the food industry.
A new $20m winery, brewery and food-processing centre at the University of California (UC) Davis aims to become carbon neutral over the next two years, with plans to also become self sustainable in its energy and water use.
Greater hygiene, improved consistency of operation and greater productivity are all key advantages to be realised from using robotics in meat processing and packaging, said the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL).
A novel technology that uses air instead of gallons of water and cleaning agents to clean process pipe work is being installed at a UK whisky manufacturer this week and will shortly be tested by a UK dairy manufacturer.
Robot-based product packaging and palletizing remain the areas for quick wins in the confectionery sector but robots, albeit in the leading EU based confectioners, are gradually taking on more tasks a step earlier at the processing stage.
Take up of robotic technology in the food sector is set to steadily increase as processors are forced to seek further efficiency gains and demand could challenge that of the automotive industry within a decade, said the head of a leading trade body.
Sweden, Denmark and Belgium are the latest targets in leading beverage carton supplier Tetra Pak’s deployment plan to have all its markets eventually covered by paperboard sourced directly from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests.
A new two-step, reheat stretch-blow molding machine could speed the industry’s transition from glass to light-weight PET for wide-mouth, hot-fill food containers, claims to its manufacturer, Atlanta-based Nissei ASB.
A leading glass packaging trade body said its complete life cycle analysis (LCA) of the material represents a pioneering step forward for the packing sector as it called on other industries to follow its lead.
Leading glass manufacturer Ardagh Glass is adding a £1.95m Regional Selective Assistance Award (RSA) from the Scottish Government to its £16m investment programme for container glass manufacturing plant at Irvine, Scotland.
A new polymer coating suitable for use as a lining in food and beverage cans is free from bisphenol A (BPA) and is produced using around 60 per less energy than traditional epoxy materials, said the US company behind the product.
EuPR, the professional body representing plastic recyclers across Europe, has condemned a recent report advising countries without adequate recycling infrastructure to send PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles to landfill.
Factors such as faster filling speed and reduction of beer waste have accelerated the take up over the past 18 months of optical technology for oxygen measurement by leading breweries in the US and Europe over the well established amperometric systems,...