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Poll shows consumer preference for paper packaging

More than half of the UK’s consumers visiting their local supermarket or food retailer would prefer their groceries and fresh produce packaged in paper-based material, reveals new research commissioned by the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI). Of the 2,289 people surveyed in a nationwide poll conducted by YouGov, 57% of respondents preferred their grocery and […]

Sidel involved in LiquiForm development

Sidel has announced its early participation in the development of LiquiForm technology. LiquiForm is a patented blow moulding and filling manufacturing technology that uses consumable liquid instead of compressed air to hydraulically form and fill plastic containers on one machine simultaneously, reducing cost and waste. It has the potential to be employed for a wide […]


Pizza box concept from Faerch Plast

Faerch Plast, a European manufacturer of plastic containers for the food industry, has launched a new pizza box concept. The base of the pack is produced from CPET for use in ovens (max 220°C) or microwaves whilst the lid is made from clear APET. The pizza box was awarded the Snack d’Or trophy at the […]

New absorber for meat and fish trays

As part of a new sales agreement with Paper Pak Industries (PPI), Faerch Plast – a producer of plastic containers for the food industry – is now offering a new type of absorber for use in its trays for fresh meat and fish. The PPI UltraZap XtendaPak, placed underneath the packaged meat, limits bacteria growth […]

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No need to change BPA guidelines, says EFSA

Following a comprehensive review of recent scientific literature and studies on the toxicity of bisphenol A at low doses, EU food safety watchdog EFSA says it sees no need to cut the official limit on accepted exposure to bisphenol A, a chemical in plastic containers which some experts believe may harm human health. Some European […]

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Food container demand set to soar

US demand for food containers is set to rise by 2.5 per cent a year to reach more than 300billion units – valued at $25billion -within four years, according to a new study from research firm The Freedonia Group. The report Food Containers: Rigid & Flexible predicts that the growth in demand will be fuelled […]


‘Chemical threat persists in food and beverage packaging’

Fourteen of the largest public packaged food and beverage companies still use the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their packaging despite studies linking the synthetic sex hormone to developmental problems, heart disease, and diabetes, according to the authors of Seeking Safer Packaging, a new report by investors Green Century Capital Management and As You […]


Meltdown in UK packaging manufacturing

Alcan is proposing to close its UK factory based in Somerset with the loss of 220 jobs. The company has fourteen sites based in the UK. The Somerset site produces paper, foil and plastic film for cartons and pouches. Peter Ellis Amicus national officer for the paper and packaging sector said,“We are extremely disappointed that […]

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