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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FlexaPac has fruit packing ap-peel

The packing of netted citrus fruits into trays, crates and cartons has become fully automated with the launch of a tray-loading machine. The patented FlexaPac technology is in response to a request made by a food process troubleshooting consultant who wanted a system that would almost entirely eliminate product waste and increase netted fruit packing […]

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Cargill expands sustainable cocoa scheme

Cargill’s cocoa & chocolate business – in cooperation with the Ghana Cocoa Board – is expanding its sustainable cocoa program with the launch of a four-year commitment to farmer training in Ghana. The training will be delivered in partnership with Ghanaian-licensed cocoa buying company Akuafo Adamfo and the non-governmental organization Solidaridad West Africa. The aim […]

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Innocent tops environmental packaging poll

Packaging professionals have named ‘Innocent’ their most admired brand for its environmental approach to packaging, according to a new survey. Put together by packaging trade show firm easyFairs, the survey questioned 289 packaging professionals, asking them a number of questions – one of which was to name a brand that they really admired for its […]


Otter sustainability rewarded

The UK-based Otter Brewery in Luppitt, near Honiton, has scooped a prestigious industry award for its ‘market leading green ethos and unrivalled environmental commitment to producing quality beer’. The company won the ‘Best Sustainability’ category at the 2011 Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Business Awards in London, having been praised for a range of green […]

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