Stabilisers to reduce formulation costs in cheese slices

Spanish organiation Premium Ingredients, a company specialising in the design, production and marketing of blended functional food ingredients, has launched a new range of stabilisers. Based on modified starch and hydrocolloids, they are specially designed to reduce formulation costs in the IWS cheese slices manufacture process. Its new products, Premitex XLK-13023, Premitex XLK-13024 and Premitex […]

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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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Multilayer pot for multiple uses

A new 250ml multilayer pot from RPC Verpackungen Kutenholz is delivering convenience, safety and extended shelf life for a variety of food products from Dutch manufacturer Van der Kroon Food Products. The plastic jar and lid offer numerous benefits that make it ideal for many different products such as sauces, dips, fish and meat. Its […]

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Coca-Cola launches 250ml ‘slimline’ can

Coca-Cola is introducing a new slimline 250ml can across its Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Zero ranges (pictured far left). An addition to the existing 330ml size, the move seeks to offer consumers greater choice and the company believes it now has a product to suit ‘all lifestyles’. The new 250ml can will be widely available […]

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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Space technology launches food detection system

Earlier this week I learned that the UK Technology Strategy Board is currently running its Space Launchpad initiative – a competition rewarding innovative early stage companies with funding to help harness space technologies for their innovative designs. Amongst the 11 companies chosen was Intersight, which has come up with an innovative concept of using space […]

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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New lightweight packaging for frozen ready meals

Intelligent Packaging Solutions (IPS) has recently launched Desto cup, a lightweight packaging format for frozen ready meals. In addition, the company has also secured a contract to manufacture and supply packaging for an own-label frozen ready meal range, which is available in stores across the UK. Although the pack was successfully launched into the chilled […]


Packaging innovation bears fruit for apple growers

Apple growers are seeing better returns for their products thanks to savings being made by a leading fruit packing company using Ulma Packaging’s bespoke Atlanta tray-less flowrapper solution to wrap apples in numerous formats – 2 x 2, 3 x 2, 4 x 2 and importantly 4 x 1 with or without trays all on […]


Waitrose vows to halve packaging by 2016

UK retailer Waitrose has announced plans to cut its packaging in half by 2016. It has also revealed three major changes to its product ranges that it says will save nearly 100 tonnes of packaging each year. The Menu from Waitrose range of prepared meals has been relaunched with a full redesign and packaging update […]

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