‘Greenest ever’ refillable bottle

Plastics packaging firm Petainer has developed what it’s calling its ‘greenest ever’ refillable bottle. The new bottle is manufactured using more than 25 per cent post-consumer ‘one-way’ recycled PET plastic but has the same performance characteristics as a refillable bottle made entirely from virgin material, according to Petainer. "This is a very exciting development,” says […]


Firms use loaf in sticky situation

Stable Micro Systems and UK bakery brand Warburtons have announced the launch of new testing equipment for the bakery industry. Called the Warburtons Dough Stickiness System, the testing rig enables ‘more realistic assessment of dough stickiness’ as it minimises the dough’s exposure to atmospheric variables by testing under controlled conditions, according to a spokesman for […]

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DSM hooks Canadian fish oil firm

DSM has revealed a deal to acquire Ocean Nutrition Canada for a total enterprise value of £336 million (€415m). Ocean Nutrition Canada is a supplier of fish-oil derived omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) to the dietary supplement and food and beverage markets. The company – founded in 1997 – is headquartered in Halifax, Nova […]


Fresh approach to packaging

Tesco tomatoes will now stay fresher for longer following the roll-out of It’sFresh! in all UK stores this week. Tesco says it’s the first retailer to use It’sFresh! on tomatoes, with those in its Finest range being the first to benefit. The roll-out follows successful trials on UK Sunstream tomato varieties from greenhouse growers Thanet […]


Top news for recycling

The Co-operative has reduced the tint in all of its own-brand plastic coloured milk bottle tops, to make it easier for them to be recycled into new bottles. The food retailer sells 202 million bottles of milk every year, and says that, previously, the amount of recycled plastic that could be used to make new […]

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Research call on norovirus in foods

The UK Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to carry out a systematic review on the survival of norovirus in foods and on food contact surfaces. Human enteric viruses are a major cause of infectious intestinal disease (IID) in the UK, and foodborne transmission is thought to be an important route of infection, says the […]

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Kerry opens doors to new Netherlands emulsifier plant

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours has announced the opening of a new emulsifier plant in Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands. The new facility will double the installed capacity for emulsifiers in The Netherlands and broaden Kerry’s European technology offering to include distilled product types. It will also absorb volumes currently produced in Kerry’s emulsifier plant in Port Klang, […]


Anuga FoodTec ‘best ever’ say organisers

The sixth Anuga FoodTec 2012, which closed its doors after four intensive days in Cologne’s Koelnmesse, posted its best event result to date, according to organisers. Visitor numbers grew by around 25 per cent, totalling more than 42,000 trade visitors from 131 countries. “Anuga FoodTec was a complete success for the participating sectors,” says Katharina […]

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Smurfit Kappa bags Baguin

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has acquired Argentinian company Baguin, specialising in bag-in-box solutions across Latin America. European firm Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box now has six facilities in France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Canada and now Argentina. Baguin was founded in 1992 in Buenos Aires. The factory is equipped with several modern production lines for the manufacture of bags, […]

Nestle reveals cracking progress on packaging

Nestlé UK & Ireland has announced that its Easter egg packaging is 100 per cent recyclable now that it has replaced rigid plastic with cardboard in its mug eggs. With Easter eggs creating 3,000 tonnes of UK waste each year, the manufacturer says it’s now the first major confectioner to remove plastic packaging from all […]

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