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Thanet Earth gets LEAN thanks to training with Remit Group

    Thanet Earth gets LEAN thanks to training with Remit Group

Thanet Earth is celebrating some serious productivity benefits as its latest cohort of apprentices achieve their national qualification through Remit Food.
As the UK’s largest, most high-tech greenhouse complex, growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, and distributing them to major retailers and farm shops across the UK; Thanet Earth, based in Birchington Kent, is a leading light […]

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€172 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products In and Outside the EU

    €172 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products In and Outside the EU

The European Commission will provide funding of €172.5 million from the EU agricultural budget to promote EU agri-food products in Europe and across the world. 79 campaigns, covering a wide range of products such as dairy products, olives and olive oil, and fruit and vegetables, will be rolled out over the next three years.

Agriculture and […]

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€40 Million VistaMilk SFI Research Centre Launched in Ireland

    €40 Million VistaMilk SFI Research Centre Launched in Ireland

The Irish Government has launched the new VistaMilk SFI Research Centre which is jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The VistaMilk Centre will be hosted by Teagasc Moorepark, in partnership with a number of research performing organisations. Multinational and SME companies in the food and ICT […]

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Autumn Chill Puts Sunday Lunch Back on the Menu For UK Shoppers

    Autumn Chill Puts Sunday Lunch Back on the Menu For UK Shoppers

UK shoppers have returned to seasonal favourites as supermarket spending cools off, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 7 October 2018. Overall sales grew 3.2% compared to the same 12 weeks last year. Though this is a slight slowdown from the highs reached during 2018’s hot summer, sales […]

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Kerry Group Commits €1 Million to Bring RAIN Programme to West Africa

    Kerry Group Commits €1 Million to Bring RAIN Programme to West Africa

Kerry Group has extended its partnership with Concern Worldwide through a 4-year project to improve food security and nutrition in Niger. The Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) programme will make lasting improvements to food security, nutrition and the overall livelihoods in the Tahoua Region of Niger. This second phase of the RAIN programme will […]

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Greencore to Divest US Business in $1 Billion Deal

    Greencore to Divest US Business in $1 Billion Deal

Greencore Group, the Irish and UK convenience food business, has agreed to sell its entire US business to an affiliate of Hearthside Food Solutions for US$1.075 billion (£817 million) on a cash and debt-free basis. Hearthside is a major US contract food manufacturer with a heritage in US food industry outsourcing. The disposal will leave […]

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The Macallan’s Pioneering New Distillery Installs Flowcrete UK Flooring

    The Macallan’s Pioneering New Distillery Installs Flowcrete UK Flooring

The new distillery for luxury whisky brand The Macallan has installed a variety of Flowcrete UK floors to create surfaces that would reflect its visual identity and maintain the functional properties required to produce this iconic Scottish spirit.
When Edrington, the international spirits group that owns The Macallan, decided to build a £140 million facility to meet increasing global […]

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UK minister rejects calls for 5p coffee cup levy

    UK minister rejects calls for 5p coffee cup levy

The UK Government’s environment minister, Theresa Coffey, has indicated that a 5p levy on coffee cups proposed by the Liberal Democrats would not be implemented, saying that coffee chains are “already doing enough” to combat waste.
Although the Lib Dems had suggested that a charge would result in over 2 billion fewer cups in the UK, […]

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Plenish drinks get plush new bottle design

    Plenish drinks get plush new bottle design

RPC Promens Consumer Llantrisant has provided a new custom-moulded 330ml bottle for London-based Plenish that will pack three flavours of their Water+ range.
The clear bottle creates an enhanced on-shelf impression, with a svelte and imposing aura, according to RPC. They also indicate that the bottle’s understated curves merge into a large area, which is ideal […]

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Innovia create new “easy open” packaging range

    Innovia create new “easy open” packaging range

Innovia Films has expanded its range of easy-to-open food packaging film range to include heavy duty, high barrier and snap wrap options.
The portfolio of peelable Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) films with the 52 and 60 microns Propafilm RCP.
The packaging makes it easier for consumers of all ages and abilities to open them easily to access […]

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Ball collaborates with Ovidias to create drinks can with chocolate inside

    Ball collaborates with Ovidias to create drinks can with chocolate inside

An unlikely collaboration between can-maker, Ball, and Belgian chocolate brand, Ovidias, will see the latter bringing its novel packaging concept to the commercial market.
Ovidias are set to package its chocolate in drinks cans, maintaining freshness and flavour as well as protecting the product during transit, whilst remaining lightweight.
Storing chocolate in a can also preserves the […]

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Crown Food Europe launches new product for dry food market

    Crown Food Europe launches new product for dry food market

Peelfit, a new proprietary metal can designed specifically for the dry food market, has been launched by Crown Food Europe.
Manufactured in the UK, Peelfit addresses demands for greater convenience, lightweighting and product protection in the sector.
The product is fully printable, provides sustainability benefits and utilises direct heat sealing technology to seal a peelable foil directly […]

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New packaging machinery for grapes cuts costs and reduces environmental impact

    New packaging machinery for grapes cuts costs and reduces environmental impact

South African grape supplier Karsten Group has introduced new heat-sealing equipment that will keep costs down while protecting the environment.
The twin lane machine is capable of sealing up to 200 packs a minute, upgrading from low wrapping to heat-sealed punnets.
Manufactured by Packaging Automation (PA), the new packaging will be more widely recyclable. The machinery, meanwhile, […]

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Portugal to bring in sugar tax

    Portugal to bring in sugar tax

Portugal has become the latest country to introduce a tax on sugary soft drinks, as its Government unveiled plans to bring in the levy next year.
While plans for a sugar tax were announced in last week’s Budget here in Ireland, it will be several years before it takes effect.
The Portuguese sugar tax will see the […]

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UNICEF calls for stricter controls on infant food marketing

    UNICEF calls for stricter controls on infant food marketing

Five in six children are not fed enough nutritious food for their age, depriving them of energy and nutrients at a critical time in their development, according to a new UNICEF report.
Poor nutritional practices, including the delayed introduction of solid foods, infrequent meals and the lack of food variety, are widespread. The UNICEF report suggests […]

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PepsiCo sets sugar reduction targets

    PepsiCo sets sugar reduction targets

PepsiCo has announced ambitious plans to dramatically reduce the sugar content in its drinks as part of its sustainable growth strategy for 2025.
These goals aim to continue “transforming PepsiCo’s food and beverage product portfolio”.
Its goals include: At least two-thirds of its global beverage portfolio volume will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugars per […]

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Food and drink manufacturers to reduce emissions by 55% in 10 years

    Food and drink manufacturers to reduce emissions by 55% in 10 years

The Food and Drink Federation has pledged to reduce the carbon emissions of manufacturers in the industry by 55% by 2025.
The group, which has hailed its previous sustainability efforts, has issued a set of commitments that industry plans to follow to decrease its carbon footprint even further.
As well as the proposed 55% reduction, which is […]

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Packaging firm warns of rising prices if pound continues to fall

    Packaging firm warns of rising prices if pound continues to fall

As the pound continues to weaken following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, fears are spreading that the price of packaging could rise significantly.
South African paper packaging giant Mondi has indicated that many of its UK contracts, on products such as Twinings Tea, contained clauses that meant they could be recalculated in light of […]

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Saica Group to acquire Americk Packaging

    Saica Group to acquire Americk Packaging

The news has emerged that Spanish giant Saica Group are set to acquire Irish-owned Americk Packaging Group for an undisclosed fee.
Americk consists of six manufacturing sites across Ireland and the UK. It employs 691 staff as well as additional operations with separate brands PP Global and Starfish Brand Solution. The group achieved a combined turnover […]

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Cepac to double size of packaging operation in Doncaster

    Cepac to double size of packaging operation in Doncaster

Packaging supplier Cepac are investing £1 million on expanding its site and digital operation in Doncaster, England.
The project is due to begin in early 2017, following the installation of a new digital printing press in April of this year. This will allow the production of innovative packaging with outstanding graphics with very short customer lead […]

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JDO gives Baltika beer a new bottle design

    JDO gives Baltika beer a new bottle design

One of Russia’s most popular beer brands, Baltika 3, is set to get a facelift with a new bottle design from JDO Brand & Design.
The Carlsberg-owned beer was aiming to elevate its position among international premium beers, while countering the threat of counterfeit beer products.
JDO was tasked with creating a more premium and modern design […]

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Irish pack firm enters coffee cup partnership with Frugalpac

    Irish pack firm enters coffee cup partnership with Frugalpac

Clare-based Cup Print has entered into a deal with Frugalpac to install a new packaging machine to produce the UK company’s paper coffee cup.
Frugalpac, whose clients include Starbucks, will use Cup Print’s machine to meet increasingly high demand for its recyclable cups.
Cup Print, based in Ennis, already produces 150 million cups a year for clients […]

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Head office Expansion for Direct Food Ingredients

Direct Food Ingredients, located on Waters Green in the centre of Macclesfield, is consolidating its investment in the town by taking an additional lease on an adjacent office building.
 
The business which forms the sole occupant of the Bull & Gate building, will also occupy the top floor of neighbouring premises on Short Street, located on […]

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Yoghurt brand reduces sugar content in kids’ products by 40%

  Yoghurt brand reduces sugar content in kids’ products by 40%

Anchor Uno, a New Zealand-based yoghurt brand owned by dairy giant Fonterra, has re-launched its children’s yoghurts with 40% less sugar than the original product.
Brand manager Nicola Carroll said: “We are always working on our product formulations, fine-tuning, reviewing and improving our products, prioritising ones that deliver the goodness of dairy nutrition to kids.”
The fine […]

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Ohly unveils “powerful natural solution” to make Stevia less bitter

  Ohly unveils “powerful natural solution” to make Stevia less bitter

Ingredients company Ohly has announced the unveiling of a new product they say acts as an effective sugar replacement, but effectively masks the off-taste of Stevia.
Sav-R-Sweet is described as a “clean tasting, natural solution”, that targets the loss of taste in food and drinks where the sugar content is reduced, while effectively nullifying the high […]

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Unilever to build new global foods innovation centre in the Netherlands

  Unilever to build new global foods innovation centre in the Netherlands

FMCG giant Unilever has announced plans to build a new global foods innovation centre in Wageningen, the Netherlands.
This new centre will centralise their Food R&D organisations, currently in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands, Heilbronn in Germany and Poznan in Poland, on one site. All the roles across these sites will now be based in the Wageningen site.
When […]

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Coca-Cola HBC sets new sustainability targets

  Coca-Cola HBC sets new sustainability targets

Coca-Cola HBC has published a series of seven targets to build on their initial sustainability commitments for 2020.
One of the aims to recover for recycling 40% on average of total packaging placed on their markets. Furthermore, they intend to source 20% of the total PET (polyethylene terephthalate) from recycled PET and/or PET from renewable material, […]

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New limited edition Absolut bottle designed by Ardagh Group

  New limited edition Absolut bottle designed by Ardagh Group

Luxembourg-based glass container manufacturer Ardagh Group has designed and produced a new limited edition bottle for vodka brand, Absolut.
The new range, Absolut Facet, will be launched at a global event in Amsterdam on the 19th October. Around two and a half million bottles of Absolut Facet, featuring an asymmetric design and new colour, were produced […]

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New snack packaging decomposes like orange peel after just 24 weeks

  New snack packaging decomposes like orange peel after just 24 weeks

The packaging for UK-based Snact’s range of fruit jerky snacks has been redesigned by TIPA, with the orange peel-like decomposition taking only six months.
The new fully compostable, flexible packaging becomes fertiliser for soil after its 24-week biologically decomposition.
The packaging for the fruit jerky snacks range is among TIPA’s laminate series, which is designed to package […]

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Northern Irish packaging firm to capitalise on growth with £2 million investment

  Northern Irish packaging firm to capitalise on growth with £2 million investment

Food packaging manufacturer Boran-Mopack has created 10 new jobs with their £2.4 million investment as part of an export growth drive in Strabane, Co. Tyrone.
Boosted by Invest NI funding of £250,000, the company aims to double exports over the next couple of years after significant investment in machinery and equipment.
Boran-Mopack is part of the Boran […]

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PepsiCo faces US lawsuit over misleading packaging

  PepsiCo faces US lawsuit over misleading packaging

PepsiCo are set to face a lawsuit in the US relating to its marketing of its Naked Juice range. They complainants allege that PepsiCo “misleadingly markets Naked Juice as predominantly containing high-value ingredients such as acai berry and kale, when the predominant ingredient is usually cheap, nutrient-poor apple juice.”
The Center for Science in the Public […]

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The most flexible, space-saving solution ever for horizontal flow wrap packaging

At the FachPack 2016, Schubert unveiled its new Flowmodul solution. The eighth system component in the packaging machinery manufacturer’s portfolio enables the seamless packaging of products, for the food, confectionery, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry into flowpacks with its proven top-loading packaging machines. The Flowmodul sets all-new standards in primary packaging with regards to quality control, […]

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New Research Shows Tomato Extract Effectively Inhibits LDL Oxidation and Improves Metabolic Response

Lycored, an international wellness company at the forefront of ingredient and nutrition supplements, announced the publication of its paper in the international peer-reviewed journal, Food & Nutrition Research. Within the paper, scientists show that taking the carotenoid-rich tomato extract (CRTE), CardiomatoTM, supplement for only two weeks inhibits the oxidation of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), the cholesterol […]

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Health & Nutrition Week will make Frankfurt the hotspot of modern nutrition

Conscious nutrition nowadays is a huge trend in the United States, Europe and especially in Germany. Consumers are more and more conscious of what they eat and are looking for healthy, natural and functional foods, making it impossible to imagine German supermarkets without terms like “free from”, “made with natural ingredients”, “vegan” etc. In addition […]

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Direct Food Ingredients Names its Employee of the Year

Leading distributor Direct Food Ingredients has crowned Tracey Aynsley as its Employee of the Year.
Customer service administrator Tracey, who is also from the town, has been awarded the prestigious title after receiving an influx of nominations from her colleagues.
Over the past year, Tracey came first and second six times in DFI’s Employee of the Month […]

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Sacmi to provide labelling solutions for US bottler

Italian company Sacmi is to provide its labelling solution to an undisclosed multinational bottler from the US.
As part of the deal, Sacmi will provide two of its Opera 300 24T automated labellers for the customer’s soft drink production facility.
Equipped with an automatic reel splicing system, both labellers are designed to help reduce maintenance requirements and offer downtime-free operation.
Capable of handling 30,000-60,000 bottles […]

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Snact choose Tipa to roll out fully compostable flexible packaging

Sustainable packaging developer Tipa has announced its exclusive UK brand partnership with Snact, a social enterprise making snacks from surplus product.
Snact’s collaboration with Tipa is said to ensure its packaging promotes sustainability and tackling the causes of food waste.
Daphna Nissenbaum chief executive officer and co-Founder of Tipa said: “Our partnership with Snact marks a first step in […]

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Mondi Expands Flexible Pouch Capabilities in Europe

Mondi, the international packaging and paper group, has enhanced its European consumer goods packaging capabilities through upgrades to its innovative plant in Solec, Poland. A capital investment in machinery has now enabled the company to produce spouted flexible pouches from this plant for the European market, at a time when flexible packaging is seeing a […]

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ACE: EU beverage carton recycling rate shows growth

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment UK has reported that beverage carton recycling is continuing to grow across the EU member states.
According to industry-wide figures, Europe recycled 44% of its beverage cartons in 2015.
The figure is equivalent to around 400,000t, or more than 16 billion used beverage cartons recycled in more than 20 paper mills […]

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Vegan cheese launched at Sainsbury’s

Milk-free cheese has hit Sainsbury’s shelves across the UK appealing to vegans and people with allergies and food intolerances by swapping in coconut-based alternatives.
The supermarket is selling seven coconut-based cheese alternatives in its ‘Deliciously Freefrom’ range, including a cheddar style in both block and grates, Wensleydale-Style with cranberries, Greek-style as an alternative to feta, cheddar-style […]

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Frutarom presents CitrOlive

Frutarom Health has presented CitrOlive, a patented natural ingredient which the company says combines a synergistic action of a unique formulation of olive and citrus extracts backed by extensive research of key phytochemicals, polyphenols and flavonoids.
CitrOlive is said to support overall cardiovascular health and protectsagainst the hardening of the arteries, the underlying cause of most heart […]

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Arjuna to launch 90% omega-3

Omega 3 text, brown linseed
Arjuna Natural Extracts is to launch a high-concentrate —90% — omega-3 PUFA ingredient for dietary supplements and functional foods and beverages.
Innova Market Insights reports an increase in the use of omega-3 in brain health supplements in the US market. In 2015, 18% of brain health supplement launches tracked with omega-3 as […]

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DeutscheBack announces Saltase

DeutscheBack is to announce new and enhanced products that it says enable manufacturers of baked goods to respond to current consumer trends in nutrition. Saltase, an enzyme system, is said to make it possible to reduce the salt content of bakery products.
The exhibition stand (Hall 1, Stand H38) will also show products made from ancient, […]

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Planinka selects Sidel Matrix bottling equipment for Prolom Voda facility

Serbia-based bottler Planinka has selected a complete polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottling line from Sidel for its Prolom Voda mineral water production facility.
Planned to be installed by October, the new 13,200bph line will be added to Planinka’s existing PET bottling manufacturing line for its Prolom brand.
The compact Sidel Matrix Combi features a Matrix blower SBO 6 and […]

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Novamont calls on to invest in biodegradable

Italian bioplastics company Novamont is calling on the foodservice industry to invest in compostable biodegradable bioplastics.
Adding to the recent media debate around paper cup recycling, the company is promoting it’s Mater-Bi family of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics which use renewable resources.
Paul Darby, area manager UK & Ireland, Novamont, told Packaging News the material has already been […]

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Hain’s non-dairy yogurt gets Non-GMO verification

Hain Celestial has announced that all flavours of Dream Non-Dairy Yogurt have earned verification from the Non-GMO Project. These products include Almond Dream and Coconut Dream refrigerated non-dairy yogurts that contain live and active cultures. Available in a wide range of flavours including vanilla, strawberry and mixed berry, Hain says they provide a solution for […]

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Highlights on the agenda in 2016

At its 2016 edition, ALL4PACK Paris, the international reference trade event for the packaging and intralogistics sector, will be offering an unprecedented range of content, addressing today’s most pressing themes for industry professionals: connected and ultra-smart packaging, health, safety and transparency issues, eco-design and zero waste, and e-commerce.
With a programme packed with exciting and insightful features and events, […]

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Toasted Muesli product range by Maria Lucia Bakes

Maria Lucia Bakes is an award-winning, specialist producer of gluten-free and wheat-free luxury granolas and mueslis. A No Added Sugar Granola was recently added to the range, and a new Toasted Muesli product range was launched at end-May 2016. Even newer to the range are single portion Maria Lucia Bakes ‘On-The-Go’ Pots, which received a […]

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Exclusive findings of a major European survey commissioned by ALL4PACK Paris and conducted by ObSoCo

With 4 months to go before its opening, ALL4PACK Paris – the leading tradeshow for the EMEA zone in the packaging and intralogistics markets – publishes the findings of an exclusive survey into the “packaging experience” of European consumers.
Conducted with the support of ObSoCo in four countries (Germany, Spain, France and Italy), this survey reveals in particular that […]

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Crown gives packages a unique identity with new system

Packaging specialists Crown have developed a new scanning system that assigns every package a unique and singular identity quick response code.
The new system, CrownSecure, ensures that during manufacturing and distribution, product information is stored in a central, reliable cloud datamatrix database and can be accessed at any time by brands, retailers or consumers by scanning a […]

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Parkside’s Steam microwavable packaging aiming to reduce portion sizes

Packaging manufacturer Parkside (Normanton, UK) took home bronze in the food category of the Starpack Industry Awards for its flexible self-venting steam bag, Parkscribe Steam, for frozen vegetables.
Rivaling existing packaging formats in the convenience foods market, the novel pack is a hassle-free, flexible microwavable pack taps into the consumer demand for convenient cooking solutions. The […]

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KM Packaging Services extend range of pre-made pouches

KM Packaging Services Ltd has extended its range of market-leading pre-made pouches in response to the growing demand within both food and non-food sectors.
Pre-made stand-up pouches and 3-sided sealed flat bags are suitable for a wide range of hot and cold fill food applications, processed for ambient, chilled or frozen supply chain. Pouches offer a […]

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Clondalkin Flexible Packaging to launch tactile packaging solutions

Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Kirchberg is set to launch new tactile packaging solutions at the FachPack trade show to be held in Nuremberg, Germany this month.
In order to develop the new solutions, Clondalkin has added various tactile features,  including relief and soft touch, to their printing technology for flexible packaging.
The tactile elements can be used partially or across the entire […]

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Beverage packages: the perfect blend of individuality and efficiency

In the beverage sector, the packaging industry has to kill two birds with one stone. Firstly, consumers expect individually designed packages, if possible with supplementary functions. And secondly, increasingly eco-minded drinks consumers are showing a growing thirst for resource-conserving containers manufactured with environmentally compatible methods. The industry achieves this balancing act with new packaging strategies […]

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