ProPac set for 2013 return

The UK processing and packaging exhibition dedicated entirely to the food and drink sector, Pro2Pac, is set to make its return next March. And, say organisers, it will be the biggest and best yet. The biennial event will be back with a brand new layout that reflects its ‘focus on visitor experience’. “Incorporating a host […]

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April 2012

The pressure’s on (HPP, that is) The need for new processing and preservation techniques has never been greater. Campden BRI experts Craig Leadley and Edyta Margas explain. Time to lighten up What does the future hold for plastic milk bottle packaging? James Crick, business development director at Nampak Plastics, reveals all. Good health Vitafoods Europe […]

Coca-Cola’s Olympic recycling effort

Coca-Cola has announced that it has recycled 10.5 million bottles collected from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, returning them to GB shelves as part of new bottles. This has resulted in 42 million bottles, each containing 25 per cent rPET. “The success of this large-scale bottle-to-bottle recycling process is part of Coca-Cola’s commitment […]


Desto destined for success

A new ready meal packaging format is attracting interest from leading supermarkets, thanks to a unique design that offers greater convenience and has environmental credentials, says its UK manufacturer Intelligent Packaging Solutions. The firm has already landed a contract with Tesco for its Desto cup, which is to be used in the retailer’s Tesco’s Piing […]

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Firms team up for bacteria-busting packaging

Multi-material packaging firm Linpac Packaging has teamed up with Addmaster to develop a range of trays and films with built-in antimicrobial technology designed to reduce bacteria growth on the outer packaging of fresh meat. Addmaster say its Biomaster antimicrobial technology is a silver-based additive that can be added into any plastic, paper, textile, paint or […]

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New Faerch Plast facility ‘investment in future’

Færch Plast A/S – a European producer of plastics trays and containers for the food industry – has opened a new manufacturing facility in the north of England. Commissioned in November last year, the new plant has ‘cutting edge’ equipment –including two extruders, six thermoforming machines and the latest robot packing systems – and has […]


‘Greenest ever’ refillable bottle

Plastics packaging firm Petainer has developed what it’s calling its ‘greenest ever’ refillable bottle. The new bottle is manufactured using more than 25 per cent post-consumer ‘one-way’ recycled PET plastic but has the same performance characteristics as a refillable bottle made entirely from virgin material, according to Petainer. "This is a very exciting development,” says […]


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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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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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 […]


TempTRIP system bears fruit

UK fresh fruit firm Blue Skies is using a time/temperature monitoring system from TempTRIP to help make sure that its products retain their quality as they travel from African fields to UK tables in as little as 48 hours. Blue Skies employs more than 2,000 people in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa and Brazil, and supplies […]


Sauce of inspiration

Plastics packaging technology firm Petainer has chosen a design by students at Birmingham City University in the UK as winner of the company’s second international student design competition. The competition challenged students to develop innovative new ideas for a PET container for juices and food. The winning design by students Chan Yung Khang, Yoan Dahan […]


Faerch Plast expands trivet container range

Plastics packaging manufacturer Færch Plast is expanding its range of Steam/It PP trivet containers, with the addition of new sizes and styles. Specially designed for premium ready meals, the pack design separates sauce from the main product for optimum taste and quality, says the firm. Færch Plast’s trivet trays, which are being expanded following increasing […]

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