Planned food engineering centre will help skills gap

Earlier this week, news broke regarding a funding boost for the planned National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering – a move that was more than welcomed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has granted Sheffield Hallam University […]


Nampak unveils new UK site

Nampak Plastics, a UK-based producer of plastic milk bottles, has opened its new fully operational plant at its Dove Valley Industrial Park in Foston, South Derbyshire. Mark Allen, CEO of Dairy Crest and Eric Collins, MD of Nampak Plastics unveiled a plaque to celebrate the venture, which will create new jobs at the plant. The […]

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Natural extraction method ready for next step

Phytonext, a technology company based in the Netherlands, has been able to achieve natural extracts in a more economical manner courtesy of its innovative extraction technology. Also satisfied that optimal quality and activity of the phytonutrients is retained, the organisation is now looking to progress from its initial pilot trials to a full industrial set-up. […]

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New 100°C hotmelt adhesive for packaging

With an application temperature of 100°C, Technomelt Supra 100 Cool from Henkel is believed to be the new record-holder among hotmelt adhesives used in the packaging industry. Combined with the benefits of the Supra product range, this innovation delivers higher efficiency in packaging production while also promoting sustainability in customer operations. The ongoing drive toward […]

Discount retailers to thrive, even after recession

The recession has made a huge impact on consumer shopping habits, not least in grocery retail – evidenced by the fact that just under half (46%) of all shoppers now use discount retailers such as Aldi, Lidl and high-street pound shops. However, findings this week suggest that is by no means a short-term trend, and […]


Can alternative offers extended shelf life

RPC Containers Corby has launched a modern plastic alternative to the traditional tin can.  The new 380ml Apollo container combines extended ambient shelf life with all the established lightweight, easy handling and safety benefits of plastics and also offers the convenience of re-closing. The high barrier Apollo features a PP/EVOH/PP multilayer structure for the effective […]

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Boundaries pushed for snack packing speeds

Ishida Europe is introducing an enhancement to its Atlas range of snack food bagmakers which, the company says, will increase its already-high speeds on potato chips by a further 35% to 150 bags per minute, on a single packaging machine. The new Ishida Charge Transfer Control (CTC) system can be retrofitted to existing Atlas systems, […]

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New labelling application for cool wine bottles

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has introduced an Aqua Stick portfolio, designed to ease the process of applying labels to wine and sparkling wine bottles when they are cooler than their surroundings and slick with surface condensation. The new portfolio seeks to avoid the time-consuming and costly practices required to prevent condensation during labelling. […]

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Hygienic zoning app for food production environments

Vikan, a provider of cleaning tools, has introduced a Hygienic Zone Planner, a visual self-auditing tool and checklist for managing HACCP-compliant segregated food production environments. Populating this new app with specific constraints and requirements during a site visit by Vikan’s team produces a visual picture of the factory divided into distinct zones and promptly provides […]

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Printers for flexible packaging and labelling

Videojet Technologies, a manufacturer of coding, marking, and printing products, has introduced two new Thermal Transfer Overprinters (TTO) to its DataFlex product line. The new DataFlex 6320 and 6420 products are designed to address a range of flexible packaging and labelling applications in the snack foods, bakery, meat and poultry, confectionery and other markets.  The […]

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Bio-based plastic for carbon packaging

In what is believed to be a first for the carton packaging industry, Tetra Pak has announced that it plans to sign an agreement with Braskem, a thermoplastic resins producer, for the supply of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) made from sugar cane to its packaging material factories in Brazil. The initiative, which will be limited in […]

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