Barcode-blocker breakthrough

A brand new packaging material that its manufacturer says will stop the widespread problem of ‘double scanning’ in multipacks is about to hit the market. The new material is the brainchild of Hi-Cone – a firm specialising in multi-packaging for beverage, food and consumer goods – and is the result of ten years’ development. It […]


Valpre to be bottled at new green plant

Coca-Cola South Africa has announced the opening of its new Valpré plant and the introduction of PlantBottle packaging to Africa. The new state-of-the-art facility will fill Valpré Spring Water in Heidelberg, south-east of Johannesburg. Selected for its close proximity to markets and distribution sites in the Guateng Region and a similar source water profile as […]


New frozen food packaging from Faerch Plast

Denmark-based company Færch Plast says it has developed a high strength ‘frost’ CPET (Crystalline Polyethylene Terephthalate) material for the packaging of frozen food products. It says it has also developed a new ‘real life’ test environment ‘to ensure unrivalled impact and crush resistance at low temperatures’. Impact resistance of plastics packaging materials is normally tested […]

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AG Barr does business with Bevan

In a continued drive to reduce its carbon footprint, a UK soft drinks manufacturer has invested in an environmentally friendly Bevan21 truck body. Fitted to a 26-tonne chassis, the aerodynamic buckleless curtain-sider is part of the first order placed by AG Barr with dry freight bodybuilder Bevan Group. The Bevan21 is designed to reduce wind […]


WRAP unveils ambitious new waste prevention plan

Plans to save seven million tonnes of CO2, prevent three million tonnes of waste and save the UK economy almost £2 billion (€2.26bn) have been unveiled by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). According to chief executive Liz Goodwin, the focus will be on preventing waste occurring in the first place, with continuing emphasis on […]


IFT addresses sustainability challenge

Feeding an estimated nine billion people by the year 2050 will require a sustainable food system that makes the most of limited resources while protecting the world’s fragile ecosystem, according to a symposium at the 2011 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo. “What we do in the next 10 years will […]

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Thermo Fisher responds to E.coli crisis

Thermo Fisher Scientific says it has responded to the E.coli O104 crisis in Europe by increasing production and distribution of its Brilliance ESBL Agar plate, a chromogenic screening plate for the detection of Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase-producing (ESBL) organisms, such as the outbreak strain, within 24 hours. “With worldwide concern over E.coli O104, food microbiologists need […]

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Algatechnologies expands astaxanthin facilities

Natural astaxanthin manufacturer Algatechnologies has announced that it’s expanding the production capacity of its AstaPure brand. “This expansion is a result of the growing global demand for our AstaPure products, and of the several long-term agreements we secured with leading companies in the dietary supplement and nutrition industries,” explains Efrat Kat, director of marketing and […]

Danisco unveils new weapon in war on cholesterol

Danisco says its new brand of sterols derived from a sustainable pine source is ‘a pure and effective way to keep the heart and arteries in shape’ by lowering levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood through a reduction in cholesterol absorption. According to the firm, PinVita is easy to formulate and provides food manufacturers […]


Tetra Pak reveals ambitious environmental targets

Tetra Pak has announced plans to cap carbon emissions at 2010 levels by the end of 2020, and increase efforts to double the recycling rate for used beverage cartons by the end of the decade. The 10-year targets are part of an ambitious new environmental programme that, says the company, is designed to deliver on […]