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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 for eye-catching labels.

The new bottle will be used for Plenish’s cucumber, pineapple ginger and blueberry pear ranges.

Plenish operations and supply chain manager Amanda Grace says: “We designed this bottle shape to fit in with our existing range of cold press juices that come in 250ml and 500ml, and we’re really happy that RPC could turn it into a reality.

“They were even able to work with their tooling partner to reduce our lead-time and provide the bottles ready for our nationwide launch. We wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again in the future.”

RPC Promens provides packaging solutions for markets including food and drink, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

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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 full and creamy taste of the chocolates, delivering on taste without the need for additives. It also combines a longer shelf life with reduced impact on the environment, making this form of packaging an attractive, if unusual, concept.

The chocolates are individually wrapped before going into the can, before being filled with a small amount of nitrogen to protect it in transit.

Marco Turcatto, Marketing Manager at Ovidias, says: “We decided to make the move to the beverage can format when our founder was inspired by snacks and drinks in a hotel mini-bar, which were served in cans. After careful research, we contacted Ball and through close collaboration we have been able to realise a truly unique product.”

Arjen van Zurk, Ball’s Marketing Manager, comments: “The fact that manufacturers outside of the beverage sector are now looking to the aluminium beverage can as a packaging solution affirms the clear advantages and benefits of this format. Be it the quality and consistency of product delivery, flexible and extensive branding potential, or environmental advantages, the credentials of the beverage can are clear.”

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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, will also reduce unplanned downtime by up to 90% through continued operation during repairs, routine maintenance and breakdowns.

The group, through Karsten UK, supplies a range of seedless table grape varieties to major UK retailers.

Bernie Niehaus, packaging and equipment manager from Karsten UK, says: “Choosing PA was an easy decision, we had to make our film work. The machine is very easy to use and PA went out of their way to get us the setup we needed to make it simple.”

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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 currency fluctuations. The result could see the price of packaging continue to rise as the pound continues to decrease in value.

Mondi’s chief executive David Hathorn said: “We export many of our products from Europe to the UK and most these contracts have currency agreements in place, so they have been repriced to take in the currency movements.”

The company, which has a presence North and South of the border in Ireland, expects prices for its products to improve worldwide after tougher trading conditions this year.

If sterling continues to devalue, then the expectation is that these higher packaging costs may be passed onto the customer.

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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 for the brand, retaining existing elements such as the label style and Baltika crest.

The result is described as a more contemporary, cleaner representation of Baltika 3. A deeper blue, an enlarged crest and a larger red hotspot all offer “a bold, confident and modern expression.”

JDO also added medal embossing around the neck to communicate brewing credentials and a strong ingredient story for the brand.

Paul Drake, JDO co-founder and executive creative director, commented: “The more defined structural profile delivers power, strength and masculinity to the brand, while the medal embossing and graphic detail cue authenticity and naturalness.”

Tatyana Chernaia, brand manager at Baltika, said: “JDO’s new design has succeeded in appealing to our existing loyal consumers as well as to a younger audience which will help establish opportunities for growth.”

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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 such as Mars, Kraft and Bunzl. The company is excited to partner with Frugalpac on bringing this product to market.

Terry Fox, MD at Cup Print, says: “We’re thrilled that Cup Print has been chosen to mass produce the first Frugalpac. Cup Print is the world’s fastest paper cup manufacturer and produces single wall and double wall cups.

“We already supply independent cafés and marketing companies all over Europe and we look forward to being able to offer the Frugalpac cup to them, following the forthcoming tests and trials with several potential customers. The interest and excitement we’ve seen for this innovative and easier-to-recycle coffee cup has been remarkable and we look forward to playing our part in taking it to market.”

Frugalpac hopes that their new paper coffee cup could solve the problem that only 1 in 400 cups are currently recycled, with most ending up in landfill.

Its founder, Martin Myerscough, comments: “It’s a big step for Frugalpac and a signal of our confidence not only in the cup but also in the market for it. We have received interest from around the world for the Frugalpac, including from Starbucks. Our new facility at Cup Print will allow us to start to meet this demand.

“Ultimately we will build even larger Frugalpac machines for cup producers by licensing the technology to them. But we’re really pleased that Cup Print is our first partner.”

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Optima Introduces Entry-Level Solution to Turnkey Technologies


optimaOptima Packaging has widened its machine range to incorporate new entry-level solutions. These solutions currently include the flexible and wholly attuned filling and closing machines OPTIMA FM1 and CM1. These new systems can also be utilized as stand-alone units. Turnkey solutions such as the MODULINE, fashioned and manufactured by Optima Consumer, are leading technology. Optima’s presentation at FachPack will also include the InlineCan – the cardboard can that is produced on site.

The new OPTIMA FM1 for liquid to pasty products is ideal for the food, cosmetics and chemical industries. Two different pump systems ensure a wide range of applications, high filling accuracy and very gentle product handling. The OPTIMA FM1 processes a filling volume capacity of up to 1,000 ml, at a maximum output of 90 containers/min.

The OPTIMA CM1 pairs perfectly with the FM1 in terms of closing technology, with the flexibility to be configured or expanded for a range of closure types, such as stoppers, droppers, screw caps, snap-on caps and crimp seals. The machine can be expanded with a second workstation. All controls are located beneath the machine plate in accordance with GMP compliance. The output is up to 45 containers/min. Installation, format change and operation via the HMI is quick and easy. The entry-level machines are built in serial production, to minimize lead-time while maintaining the highest quality standards.

Taking flexibility to a new level: At FachPack, the Optima Moduline is equipped with the multi-carrier transport system from Siemens. Transport systems driven by linear motors move adaptably to the individual process steps such as filling, closing, labelling and more. The carriers are loaded and unloaded from the system on demand, and can be fitted with magnetically connected format pucks. The system is excellent for small batches as it can be quickly converted for different formats, product types or seasonal requirements. The Moduline platform offers a wide range of functions: using a tablet, visitors at FachPack are able to personalise labels for individual bottles; these will then be applied directly by the Moduline.

Optima will also present the new InlineCans. These cardboard cans are manufactured, filled, closed and, if required, processed through final packaging, all in one continuous process and therefore, have substantial storage and logistic benefits. The high quality and custom design present a prestige package at the point of sale. The InlineCan, a unique and innovative machine concept, was designed in cooperation with Hörauf. The SoftCan also follows a similar principle. For this film can, the package is also produced and filled directly “inline”, i.e. from roll-stock.

The OPTIMA SD €co auger doser is the company’s semi-automatic entry-level solution for powder products, with a dosing range of 50 g to 5,000 g. The machine achieves very accurate dosing results using shut-off scales.

Optima Consumer will also be at FachPack to provide detailed conversations regarding packaging solutions for food, cosmetics and chemicals.

Optima Packaging is headquartered in Germany. The company functions to design and build packaging equipment for pharmaceutical, consumer, nonwoven and life science products.

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Jack Link’s Revises Updates Jerky Recipe and Packaging


jack-links-logoJack Link’s, the brand  the produces meat snacks, has revised the recipe of its beef jerky and debuted a brand new pack design.

The new recipe contains no added MSG or artificial colours and uses natural spices, enabling the brand to maintain high levels of protein. The snacks are made from lean cuts of 100% beef and are available in four flavours: original, teriyaki, peppered beef, and sweet and hot.

The beef jerky, available in 25g packs, is currently stocked by UK supermarkets Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda, with the brand seeking to further penetrate the ambient meat snacks category and further boost its presence in the UK after the acquisition of Peperami in 2014.

Pavan Chandra, senior marketer for Jack Link’s, said: “With consumers becoming increasingly conscious about their health, they can now enjoy the great taste of premium lean beef with the knowledge that it’s a great source of protein.”

“Updating our packaging in line with the new recipe has really boosted the promotion of the product and highlighted its benefits while ensuring it stands out on shelf.”

As well as the reformulation and packaging update, Jack Link’s has combined its production and packaging functions into one facility – a move that, it said, would significantly reduce its carbon footprint.

The foundation of Jack’s Link’s began in 1880 and originated from Wisconsin. To this day, the company is family owned and operated.

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Clariant Creates Blow-moulding Equipment for PET Bottles


Clariant Logo neuSwitzerland-located Clariant has created new blow-moulding tools that allow consumers to assess colour and additive masterbatches performance in real-world applications.

The new single-cavity tool can also be used on full-size production blow-moulding machines located in the company’s technical centre in West Chicago, Illinois, US.

Designed to reheat stretch blow-moulding of clear or colour polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polyester resins, the new tool can produce a 355ml round bottle with a long neck and curved sides.

The new tool can also be used to produce food and beverage containers, as well as assess performance-enhancing additives and barrier properties.

Clariant Masterbatches North America marketing head Peter Prusak said: “This new mould includes the details that customers told us they wanted in prototype tooling.

“The tooling we’ve had in the past produced flask-shaped bottles and the broad, flat panels were not as representative of the shapes that producers of liquor bottles and other beverage containers are looking for today.”

Prusak also stated that the way plastic materials stretch to create a bottle’s shape could change depending on the colour and other ingredients in the compound.

A mix of resin and masterbatch that work perfectly in one shape can create cosmetic flaws or unacceptable physical properties in another.

Therefore, the shapes of end-product containers need to be produced in a precise way.

Clariant is one of the world’s top specialty chemical companies. The business contributes to value creation with innovative and sustainable solutions for consumers from various industries.

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Checkweigher Line by Thermo Scientific Versa Flex Designed for Dry Applications


ThermoFisherScientific1The Thermo Fisher Scientific Versa platform has a new checkweigher line for dry applications. The Thermo Scientific Versa Flex (fixed height) and Versa Flex GP (height-adjustable cantilever) checkweighers are designed to improve accuracy and reliability, while decreasing product giveaway, maintenance and total cost of ownership.

The line targets dry applications such as baked goods, snack foods, prepared foods, condiments, pastas/rice/beans, baking ingredients (flour, sugar, etc.); personal care products such as diapers, soaps and creams, as well as pharmaceuticals.

“Our existing Versa checkweighers have been built to accommodate IP65 washdown for wet product applications. However, the washdown capability was an unused feature for companies packaging dry products. We developed the Versa Flex models to make precision checkweighing more affordable for companies that previously couldn’t justify the expenditure,” said Rick Cash, product manager, checkweighers, Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Checkweigher models that target dry products are easy to integrate into operations that already run wet products. Because the entire Versa line shares a large percentage of common parts and maintenance procedures, companies can benefit from deploying the platform throughout the plant.

The Versa Flex and Versa Flex GP checkweighers offer easy-to-read touch screens with multiple language options. Frames have been designed to minimize food build-up, and rapid-release conveyors and belts also help simplify maintenance.

The units meet or exceed a variety of regional and international standards. Proprietary software with advanced automatic-zero algorithms has been designed to facilitate accuracy over time, regardless of environmental conditions.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is a leader in serving science, with approximately 50,000 employees in 50 countries. The company’s goal is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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The SAES Group Obtains Italian Films Manufacturer Metalvuoto


SAESSAES Group, an Italy-baseed company, has signed an agreement to obtain a 70% stake in Metalvuoto, a Lombardy-based manufacturer of plastic films for food storage applications, with an engagement to widen its shareholding to 100% within the following two years.

SAES already cooperates with Metalvuoto in the testing of their functional polymer composites, it said, and the acquisition will allow it to compete in the intelligent packaging industry by developing active plastics that improve performance, and are characterised by their biocompatibility and low environmental impact.

The provisional value of the deal is approximately €6 million, to be paid in cash in three instalments: the first, amounting to €1.5 million, on the signing of the contract; a second, worth €2 million, when the deal closes; and the remaining €2.5 million within one month of completion.

The deal also provides the option for SAES Group to bring its purchase of the remaining 30% stake in Metalvuoto forward by as much as a year.

Massimo della Porta, president of the SAES Group, said: “I am very pleased with the acquisition of Metalvuoto, which will contribute to the group’s continued revenue growth, by developing innovative products for markets that broaden the scope of our activities. With this acquisition, we will utilise our knowhow in the active materials, nano and micro structures, as well as organic chemistry expertise developed for OLED displays.”

And Giovanni Ronchi, founder and CEO of Metalvuoto, added: “I am proud of the agreement reached with SAES, whose technologies are complementary to ours; the combination enables the development of high-performance polymer films, which will allow Metalvuoto to strengthen its leading position in the packaging market and enter into that of active packaging.”

The SAES Group is an advanced functional materials company that develops and produces specifically engineered solutions. SAES solutions is based on getter technology and has been around for over seventy years.

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Boyne Brewhouse Partners with Beatson Clark to Supply Embossed Bottles


BBCraft brewery, Boyne Brewhouse has contracted Beatson Clark to supply new embossed bottles for the packaging of its variety of craft beers.

Beatson Clark’s 500ml and 330ml amber tapered beer bottles feature ‘Boyne Brewhouse’ embossed near the top and ‘Brewed in the Boyne Valley’ around the base.

Boyne Brewhouse has been using Beatson Clark’s 500ml beer bottles since November 2015.

Na Cuana, parent company of Boyne Brewhouse, export sales director Peter Cooney said: “We launched our brewery last November and we’ve installed a bottling line and canning line.”

“We liked the shape of Beatson Clark’s stock bottle so we started using the Tapered Beer bottle before deciding to emboss that bottle in order to put our stamp on it.

“We then asked Beatson Clark for a 330ml bottle in the same shape with similar embossing. We currently use two plain Beatson Clark bottles for our Devil’s Bit Mountain Cider and Four Keepers Craft Cider but we will soon be embossing these too, and more of our brands will follow suit in the future.”

Boyne Brewhouse aims to sell its products in the US and 14 other overseas markets this year.

With a production capacity of around 88,000t, Beatson Clark, provides glass packaging solutions for various brands in the food, drink and pharmaceutical markets.

Last month, the company supplied new embossed beer bottles for Hurns Brewing Company’s Tomos Watkin brand of beers.

Boyne Brewhouse is Ireland-based, in the province of Leinster. The company’s name stems from Celtic Mythology and is named after Boann, the Irish goddess of the River Boyne.

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Parkside Packaging Debuts Reclosable Share bag for Seabrook Crisps


parkside-packaging-logo1Parkside Packaging Ltd, a UK-base speciality packaging manufacturer, has created a new reclosable share bag for crisps producer Seabrook Crisps.

The new bag is designed to be peeled open and re-closed to keep produce fresh for longer.

Suitable for the snack market, the new packs will be available on Seabrook’s Lattice Cut range.

The bag was manufactured using laser-scribing technology, which can create integral openings of any size, shape or position for packaging applications.

Seabrook Crisps has also partnered with Parkside’s ‘advanced packaging expertise’ (APEX) innovation team, which addresses packaging issues and creates functional, fully printed prototypes on-site.

Parkside sales director Paula Birch said: “The APEX innovation team, based at our site in Normanton, West Yorkshire, manages projects from concept to consumer.

“The creative suite allows us to demonstrate our capabilities whilst working closely with our customers to ensure we have clearly understood their needs and the problems they face in taking a product to market. The brands that have visited the suite already have been very impressed with the approach that we take.

“It opened October 2015 and already we have had around 30 brands visit us and created more than 3,000 samples since January.”

Parkside Packaging has been in business for over 20 years. The company manufactures products that include both standard and bespoke packaging solutions.

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New SIG Combibloc Tray Capable of Utilization in both Transit and Retail


SIG-Combibloc-HERO-Tray-620x330A new display tray has been developed by SIG Combibloc, to be utilized for tall, slim beverage cartons. Its Combidome carton bottle that offers “industry first” benefits both in transit and at point of purchase.

The smart design of the Hero tray ensures that carton packs are evenly stacked and safely protected during transport, SIG said, but they can also be used on shelf by retailers and allow consumers to remove cartons easily.

Georg Schulte, project manager downstream/secondary packaging for SIG Combibloc, said: “Sometimes it’s difficult to accommodate both of these requirements. While a completely enclosed type of secondary packaging is ideally used for transport to protect the carton packs, a very shallow tray offers the best solution for presenting the cartons and makes them easier to remove from the packaging. With our new Hero tray, we’ve developed a solution that meets both requirements.”

The trays are the first in the market not to be the same height as the beverage cartons stored inside, the Swiss-headquartered company said.

Schulte continued: “Using the new tray lowers costs for beverage manufacturers, because less corrugated board is used than in trays that are the same height as the carton packs. The bottom line: these savings don’t have to be offset by higher logistics costs.”

The trays are shallow at the front, meaning virtually the entire front communication panel of the carton pack is visible, and the carton packs can be lifted out of the tray effortlessly – even from higher shelves. The tray back, which is the same height as the carton packs, ensures the carton packs are not crushed during transport, and pallets can be loaded with the maximum number of layers. In the tray formation of two by four carton packs (stacked in five layers), 800 carton packs of 1 litre each fit on a Euro pallet without overhang. For slim carton packs, this is a unique solution in the market, SIG said.

Georg Schulte reiterated: “For beverage manufacturers, the Hero tray means lower costs for secondary packaging material, while logistics costs remain unchanged. For the retail market, handling costs go down, because the carton packs can be sold straight from the tray, and even straight from the pallet. There’s also less packaging to dispose of. And the consumer also benefits from the new SIG Hero tray, thanks to attractive product presentation and effortless removal of the products from the tray.”

The rise of discount retailers such as Aldi and Lidl has brought the integration of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging to the fore, as many discount retailers present products on shelf in their original cases or pallets to save on labour costs.

Having launched the trays in Germany’s convenience channel, the company plans further market launches in the near future.

Sig Combibloc is globally one of the top system providers of carton packaging and filling machines for drinks food. The company provides complete systems including both the packaging materials and the corresponding filling machines.

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Qualvis Obtains BRC ‘AA’ Grading Certificate for Carton Packaging


qualvisThe Qualvis Print and Packaging company has been awarded a BRC ‘AA’ grading high hygiene level certificate for its carton manufacturing.

The company achieved the highest accolade awarded by the British Retail Consortium for packaging and packaging materials for the manufacture of litho-printed cartons for food and non-food packaging applications.

It is one of a few carton manufacturers in the UK to hold such a high level certification.

Retaining this certificate streamlines the supplier approval process and makes it is easier for food companies to meet the requirements of the BRC Food Standard while also helping retailers and food manufacturers to adhere to their legal obligations.

The standard specifies HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point), good manufacturing practices, plus the hygiene, safety and quality requirements for packaging manufacturers who supply the food and consumer products industries.
Jason Short managing director of Qualvis, said: “Gaining a ‘AA’ grade shows that we are resolute in delivering the highest possible standards in all that we do. It is vitally important for us to ensure that our processes and procedures meet the highest standards and achieving an ‘AA’ grading only serves to reinforce that commitment.”

Qualvis supplies well-known brands in the UK in various industries such as food, cosmetics, publishing and confectionary.

Qualvis Print & Packaging are a top manufacturer of printed cartons. The company has been supplying brands with top-notch packaging for more than 30 years. It is a family owned and operated company.

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Levissima Introduces New 750ml bottle


acqua-levissima-naturale-15-litri-petItalian bottling company, Levissima, part of the Sanpellegrino Group, has debuted its new #LA75 bottle, which is a product of the partnership between the brand and PET Engineering.

The Italian packaging manufacturer was tasked with creating a bottle that could easily be carried around every day, and which could also visibly express the unspoilt purity of Levissima water as it is sourced from the Valtellina glacier, in the north of the country.

PET Engineering had previously helped Levissima with the development of its 0.5 litre bottle, launched in 2009, as well as that of Levissima LaLitro – or 1 litre bottle.

The bottle features “a slender and clean shape with an ergonomic and functional grip”. The decorations around the grip work together with the push-and-pull top, allowing the bottle to return to its initial shape after use. The cone-shaped neck has a raised feature showing the Valtellina mountains, keeping the theme of the other Levissima-branded bottles, such as the 750ml glass container for the horeca channel.

“The new #LA75 bottle is transparent and represents the absolute purity of Levissima water,” PET Engineering said. “It is also very light, making it easy to slide inside your handbag, gym bag or computer backpack; it is easy to handle and ergonomic – perfect for both indoor and outdoor activities – guaranteeing the right amount of hydration for a busy life in the city, rushing from one work engagement to the next.”

Levissima watwe was once known only in a small hamlet in the Valtellina. The company’s mineral water is born in the heart of the Central Alps.

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Bosch Introduces New Biscuit with US Packaging System


boschBosch Packaging Technology, head-quartered in Germany, has released its new biscuit on edge packaging system in the US, which is fashioned to assist biscuit wrapping manufacturers.

The modular system includes a loader, a transfer unit, a feeder, and a horizontal flow wrapper called the Pack 301 length slug (LS).

The Pack 301 LS has been developed as an addition to Bosch’s pack series of horizontal flow wrappers, which can be used in entry-level, hand-fed machines and fully automated solutions.

Bosch Packaging Technology sales and marketing director Paul Jenks said: “Due to the strong industry demand for flow-wrapped biscuits on edge, Bosch offers a system that enables biscuit producers to get ahead of the competition and enhance flexibility.

“The highly versatile system allows for fast changeovers and easy maintenance to help manufacturers increase adaptability and increase their competitive advantage.”

The measuring loader included in the biscuit wrapping system provides gentle handling for delicate and brittle biscuits at higher speeds.

It also enables smooth placement of the portioned biscuits into the cross chain.

The new biscuit wrapping system’s transfer unit features pre-acceleration for optimal synchronisation with the infeed chain, as well as prevents damage to the product when bringing it from the cross chain into the machine infeed.

The narrow design of the system’s cutting head offers enhanced sealing performance.

Bosch’s new biscuit on edge packaging system can pack rectangular, square and round products and sandwich biscuits.

The system can also be customised to add up to ten vibratory channels.

Bosch plans to unveil the technology at the upcoming International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) and PACK EXPO International 2016, to be held in the US in October.

Bosch Packaging Technology is one of the top suppliers of packaging technology. The company has more than 30 locations in over 15 countries worldwide. Bosch employs pproximately 6,200 associates.

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Refresco Aquires Whitlock Packaging


refresco_logoThe Refresco Group, which is Europe’s largest soft drinks bottler, is set to acquire US-based bottler company, Whitlock Packaging for approximately £98m.

The Dutch-based soft drinks and fruit juices bottler for A-brands and retailers agreed the deal which represents an EV/adjusted EBITDA multiple of 7.3x and is in line with the average multiple paid by Refresco on previous transactions.

Refresco has established its leading position in Europe over the past 16 years through the successful execution of its buy and build strategy, and this acquisition sees the bottler enter the North American market for the first time.

The acquisition of Whitlock Packaging significantly expands Refresco’s addressable market and substantially grows its co-packing to 34% of total group volume.

The US soft drink bottling market is still fairly fragmented with a limited number of players offering nationwide coverage. At the same time, more brand owners are looking to outsource production to co-packing partners.
Eric Kang, analyst at ratings agency Moodys, explained that smaller brands, which have been gaining market share, tend to have an asset-light model and therefore do not want to operate manufacturing facilities. Concurrently, larger brands have increased the pace of innovation in order to protect their market share and typically outsource production of new product launches.

“However, Refresco will likely face competition from North American players such as Cott Corporation, which are also increasingly focusing on co-packing.”

He added: “The acquisition is credit positive for Refresco because it will not only strengthen its scale and geographic and product diversification, but also provide future consolidation opportunities in a fragmented US market, despite a modest increase in leverage and limited merger synergies.”

Whitlock Packaging is a leading bottler in co-packing services, headquartered in Oklahoma, and employing more than 550 people across three sites.

The company operates in the soft drink categories of juices, RTD teas, sports, energy and still drinks. In 2015 Whitlock Packaging’s volume amounted to approximately 900 million liters, split between CoPacking (98%) and Private Label (2%). The company’s annual revenue, mainly related to filling fees, amounted to approximately £96m.

Whitlock Packaging can produce all major packaging formats and was one of the first US bottlers to produce aseptic beverage cartons.

Refresco has developed a successful private label business in Europe and intends to leverage its experience to further develop Whitlock Packaging’s private label capabilities.

Hans Roelofs, chief executive of Refresco, said the company had been carefully exploring opportunities to enter the North American market for some time.

“Whitlock Packaging provides a perfect strategic fit, as it is a market-leading player focused primarily on co-packing – an area of our business that we actively want to grow. Whitlock Packaging adds a new and exciting platform for growth for Refresco in North America. About 80% of the customers of Whitlock Packaging are already customers of Refresco in Europe. As such, Whitlock Packaging offers the opportunity to grow in a new market alongside existing customers, while offering them similar and reliable supply chain solutions as we do in Europe.”

David Moller, chief executive of Whitlock Packaging, added: “Joining an international independent bottler like Refresco fits our company ambitions well and substantially increases our scale and innovation power. Together we can pursue opportunities in the fragmented US market and offer customers high quality beverages and the widest range of possibilities in both North America and Europe.”

Refresco is the top European bottling company of soft drinks and fruit juices, which are produced for retailers and branded customers. The company has several production locations in the Benelux, Finland, France, Germany, Iberia, Italy, Poland and the UK.

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Bart Ingredients Purchases Automatic Sleeve Wrapping Machine by Adpak


bartBart Ingredients, a Bristol-based herb and spice manufacturer, has invested in a sleeving kit produced by Adpak Machinery Systems.

Bart Ingredients was founded in 1963 and now sources and supplies herbs and spices to many leading major retailers including Waitrose and Ocado.

The machine purchased, an Adpak BP600 sleeve wrapper, provides space saving benefits as well as saving time and labour required to pack products.

It will be used to wrap collations of spices ready for despatch to the company’s retail customers.

This is the third Adpak machine bought by Bart. John Woodhouse from Bart Ingredients said: “This investment will enable us to ship more products faster by automating the packaging process – allowing us to keep up with ever increasing customer demand.”

Amanda Jenkins, sales office manager at Adpak, said: “For food manufacturers like Bart Ingredients, secure, well presented product packaging is vital but must be achieved at a minimal cost.

“The reliable automated options we offer provide quality packs at high throughput rates, whilst completely removing the need for manual collation or labour intensive end of line packing. The payback from the machines is very quickly realised by our customers.”

Bart Ingredients originated as Bart Spices in 1963. The company’s current location is in Bristol, England an has been there since the 1970s’. Bart Ingredients has introduced baking ingredients since 2010.

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New Inquiry of the Impact of Food Waste Released by EFRA


ImageVaultHandler.aspxA new inquiry has been released by the UK Government’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee, focusing on the economic, environmental and social impact of food waste.

Under the inquiry, an EFRA committee will investigate the impact of initiatives intended to reduce food waste and look into the possibility of formulating legislation if required.

The committee will also look at useful measures provided by retailers, the hospitality sector, local councils and consumers.

According to the committee, 85% of food waste comes from homes, with families spending an average of £700 a year on unconsumed food.

Fresh food packaging manufacturer Linpac marketing and innovation director Helene Roberts said: “I believe packaging is one of the most effective technologies invented, due to its protective and preserving qualities.

“For food and drink products, shelf life is a requirement to create low wastage rates between the packer filler and consumer.

“In the context of overall sustainability, it is evident that, contrary to popular misconception, packaging should be regarded as part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

The company further noted that packaging should be improved to reduce food waste.

WRAP has estimated that the UK wastes 110,000t of poultry meat each year.

The EFRA is a committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament in the United Kingdom. The Committee examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Snap & Squeeze sachets Launched by Rowse


rowse-footer-logoRowse, a honey brand company, will launch Snap & Squeeze sachets to play a hand in the carried-out breakfast market.

The new format, available to retailers from this month, is intended for a younger, busier demographic looking for a natural topping for their porridge, toast or yogurt when away from home. Available in a convenient single-serve 15g sachet, the new Rowse Honey Snap & Squeeze pouch contains 100% pure and natural honey.

The launch will aim to drive incremental growth for the honey category by offering consumers individual portions of honey that snap open cleanly to dispense all the natural honey, with no waste and in a perfectly controlled portion, Rowse said.

Kirstie Jamieson, Rowse Honey marketing director, said: “The launch of Rowse Honey Snap & Squeeze will enable us to drive incremental sales by tapping into a new younger audience that might otherwise avoid honey in their out-of-home breakfast as it can be messy and difficult to control the portion size.

“Consumption of Rowse Honey and porridge is growing rapidly at breakfast, with year-on-year growth of 50% to 36 million occasions. However, honey overall only features in 2.4% of breakfast occasions, so there is a huge opportunity to grow the category.”

Designed by BrandOpus, the packaging features cues to highlight the convenient sachet format. Its vibrant colours, coupled with Rowse Honey’s high brand awareness amongst consumers, will aid standout on shelf, the brand said.

A box of eight 15g sachets will have a recommended retail price of £2.59.

Rowse was founded in 1938 by beekeeper, Tony Rowse. The company sells one of the top honey brands in the UK today. Rowse has more than 25 honeys with their own unique flavour.

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Co Yo Designs New Product Lids and Increases Production Premises Size


RUVeqW-AThe Co Yo company has created a new design for their pot lids and has increased the size of its production premises in order to widen sales at the business.

This production expansion has been implemented to meet increased demand for Co Yo, which already dominates the market with over 75% share of the sector. The facilities in Kent have increased capacity by 100% following a £500,000 investment, which has significantly added to the workforce and delivered a complete refit of the premises with state-of-the-art equipment.

Co Yo is said to be the only coconut milk yoghurt brand to produce its product on its own premises. With a number of new product launches planned for 2016 and beyond, the expansion and capability will allow the business to continue its drive for innovation in the category.

To increase rate of sale and improve on-shelf presence, Co Yo has also redesigned the pot lid on its entire range. With a cleaner look and feel, the new packaging reflects the ethos of the brand and the pure and all-natural ingredient profile of the product with 99% of each yoghurt made from nothing but pure coconut.

Bethany Eaton, founder of Co Yo, said: “To meet the increased demand for our all-natural coconut milk yoghurt, we have doubled the size of our production facilities in Kent and invested in state-of-the-art equipment so we can further drive innovation in the category.
“Our fresh redesigned pot lid ensures CO YO has greater brand presence on the shelf, while highlighting the quality ingredients that make up the yoghurt. Indeed, a whole coconut goes into every 100g of CO YO and the product is free from dairy, lactose, gluten and soya.”

The Co Yo varieties are available nationwide at Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco, Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic, Selfridges and over 1000 independents.

Co Yo was founded by Henry Gosling and Bethany Eaton. The company distributes yogurt and ice cream products that have coconut flavorings, as well as a range of other type of flavors.

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New Injection-moulded Bottle Handles Produced by Roberts PolyPro


roberts-polypro-logo-thumb (1)Roberts PolyPro, located in the United States, has revealed new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) injection-moulded bottle handles, which are able to save up to 25% of source materials.

The fully recyclable handles are designed to provide comfort and strength to the users.

Available in two, three, and multipack configurations, the new handles can be found in any pantone matching system (PMS) colour and are labelled with universal product code (UPC) stickers.

Roberts PolyPro vice-president and general manager Roy Tetreault said: “As volumes rise with the success of a packaged product, Roberts PolyPro has the capability to seamlessly and cost effectively transition a customer from injection-moulded prototype tooling to production tooling and then to flat sheet HDPE handles, the ultimate in cost-effectiveness at high volumes.

“The goal of providing a 360° handle and applicator solution inspired the development of our new next-generation injection-moulded handles.

“Roberts PolyPro is the only manufacturer today that offers both injection-moulded and flat sheet handles as well as applicators.”

The company also provides custom design and prototyping for non-standard handles.

Roberts PolyPro, which is a Pro Mach brand, makes applicators for various level of production, such as semi-automatic, automatic, and high-speed robotic machines.

Pro Mach provides integrated packaging and processing solutions for companies in the food, beverage, consumer goods and pharmaceutical sectors.

Last month, Roberts PolyPro launched a new automatic single bottle-handle applicator, which has the capacity to handle up to 20 bottles per minute.

Roberts PolyPro designs and produces plastic fixtures to improve the function of customer packaging. The company has a range of paperboard packaging solutions, custom plastic solutions, as well as plastic handle fixtures.

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Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury Celebrates 70 years in Business


JohnChadwickandMartinHardman smlClondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury, formerly  Chadwicks of Bury, is celebrating 70 years in flexible packaging.

Today CFP Bury is the world’s leading manufacturer of pre-cut lids and its success can  be traced back to the humble milk bottle top.

In 1935 Ronald Chadwick began work as a general supplier to the farming community around Bury offering local farmers everything they needed for their businesses. In time this included tops to cover the bottles of milk filled on the farms. Later, when aluminium became the material of choice for this closure, Ronald invested in a punching machine to produce the metal lids quickly and easily and, unwittingly, he began CFP Bury’s journey as the world’s leading producer of pre-cut lids.

In the late 1990’s Chadwicks of Bury became part of the global Clondalkin group and CFP Bury now boasts the largest bank of cutting presses and cutting tools in Europe. In addition, it offers state of the art flexo printing and the latest lidding technology, including SMARTembossing, both laser and mechanical perforations and unique coding capability. Customers have access to an extensive range of lidding materials, produced at the company’s sister site in The Netherlands, CFP Vaassen.

John Chadwick, Managing Director at CFP Bury has been with the company for 30 years. Commenting on the company’s anniversary he said: “To reach such a significant milestone is a huge achievement. Decades of manufacturing lids has created a huge wealth of knowledge and expertise, all of  which current and potential customers benefit from, as we draw on the experience gained to provide new solutions. It has also meant overcoming many challenges including economic instability, increased global competition, and advancement in technologies.  Thanks to our talented team and our commitment to innovation and investment, we have kept ahead of these changes to become the successful company we are today. We are proud to celebrate 70 years.

“Our development has been built on a belief in taking progressive steps whilst maintaining our reputation for innovation, high standards, world class service and technical support. With 50 cutting presses and over 300 cutting tools at our disposal we’re able to offer customers very high levels of flexibility and responsiveness.”

CFP Bury has developed a reputation for leading the way in pre-cut lid solutions in the dairy, food and beverage sectors.

John Chadwick continued: “Six years ago we expanded our capability and offering  by investing in equipment to produce shrink sleeves and transferring expertise from our sister site in Switzerland, CFP Kirchberg. Today, through the Clondalkin group of companies, we can offer an even wider product range, from printed laminates and stand up pouches to barrier films and printed bundlewrap.”

The company is one of 11 production facilities operating throughout Europe and North America under Clondalkin Flexible Packaging.

Across its 11 manufacturing operations, in the UK, Europe and North America, the Clondalkin Flexible Packaging group  covers all aspects of flexible packaging from extrusion of raw materials, flexo & gravure print, lidding, biodegradable products, skin films, film lamination, coating, metalising & conversion into bags of all types and sizes.

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Organic Agave Nectar Released by The Groovy Food Company


groovyfoodcompanyThe Groovy Food Company has released a new 750ml bottle specifically for their organic light amber & mild agave nectar, which will be utilized in both bars and restaurants.

The company’s light amber & mild agave nectar has a low viscosity consistency, making it ideal to include in hot and cold beverages.

The Groovy Food Company founder Rosie Hayward said: “We launched the 750ml bottle of our bestselling nectar to meet growing demand for natural and organic alternatives to refined sugar.

“The bottles are designed specifically for use in hospitality outlets, including bars and restaurants and they have an ergonomic pouring spout for ease of use in an array of catering occasions from cocktails, to cold pressed juices and smoothies.”

The Groovy Food Company’s range of agave nectars are also available for retail purchase in 250ml bottles and 5ml single serve sachets.

The Groovy Food Company produces several types of products including, oils, dressings, glazes and marinades. All products developed by the company has been created with natural ingredients.

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Frugalpac’s Recyclable Paper Cups to be Tested by Starbucks


frugalpacRecyclable paper coffee cups produced by the packaging technology company Frugalpac will be used for a test-run by Starbucks.

The new coffee cup has been developed from reused paper and can be recycled in paper mills.

A Starbucks spokesperson said: “We are very interested in finding out more about the Frugalpac cup and we will be testing it to see if it meets our standards for safety and quality with a view to trialling its recyclability.”

The new cups are made by forming paper into a cup and applying a thin plastic liner to the inside.

In order to give the look, feel and performance of a traditional cup, the top of the liner is allowed to roll over the lip of the cup.

The lightly pasted plastic liner is separated when the cups undergo the recycling process at paper mills.

Frugalpac chief executive Martin Myerscough said: “We’ve spent the last two years developing our cup and we hope now that coffee chains and cup producers will see Frugalpac as an answer to this issue.

“The unique way we make our cups allows us to use recycled paper and not virgin cardboard from mature trees.

“It also means we don’t have to add waterproofing agents to the paper. Our cups are acceptable to all normal paper mills.”

Last month, the packaging industry and major coffee retailers started a Paper Cup Manifesto with an aim to increase paper cup recovery and recycling rates by 2020.

The manifesto has been signed by Starbucks, McDonald’s and Costa, as well as companies including raw material suppliers, cup manufacturers, waste and recovery operators.

When recycled, the Frugalpac cup’s carbon footprint was found to be 24.6g of CO², whereas, the existing cup disposed to landfill produce 39.4g of CO².

It is estimated that more than 2.5 billion coffee cups are disposed of in the UK every year.

Frugalpac develops products that are environmental friendly. The Frugalpac coffee cup will be launched on July 21st of this year.

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Caps Cases Expansion with HP Digital Printer


capsCaps Cases, a packaging company,  has increased printing efficiency with the new HP digital technology.

The machine is capable of printing at 500sqm per hour in full colour, housed in the company’s new purpose-built digital suite at its Newmarket headquarters.

With the ability to print onto various stocks of corrugated and display board with an array of different finishes, the new printer will enable the company to offer high quality single pass four colour process work.

The investment is designed to reduce lead times on flexographic printing and as there are no print plates involved, there are no additional setup charges.

“The introduction of the new HP digital printer means we can now deliver high quality printed packaging quicker and more efficiently across the UK,” said managing director Trevor Bissett. “The key benefit is the faster turnaround times, but material wastage is also reduced during the production process. We are also able to offer customers printed samples prior to a production run, and late stage customisation of artwork is now an option”
The addition of the brand new digital suite at the Newmarket HQ means that the structural design, production, fulfilment and delivery of orders can all be carried out at one site.

Bissett added: “This is a huge step forward for us and we are excited to be at the forefront of digital printing technology within the corrugated sector. Customers are more than welcome to come and view the digital suite and see the new printer in action.”

Caps Cases is a corrugated packaging business. The company offers several services including, trade, package design, delivery and high-quality print.

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Filtec Releases Auratec Pressure Detection Unit


filtecFiltec, an Inline inspection technology manufacturer, has recently released Auratec, a new pressure detection unit for can containers products that are made from glass and aluminium material.

The Auratec is a laser-based inspection system that detects pressure inconsistencies in glass and can containers. Using multi-point laser scanning technology, it is able to generate 3D maps of container surfaces, detecting pressure variations with extremely high accuracy, the US-based company said.

“Beneath its compact profile, the Auratec packs the powerful punch of a high intelligence machine,” said Leon Coetzee, VP product marketing for Filtec. “The Auratec stands out for its ability to produce powerful 3D assessments of the container’s pressure profile, at inspection speeds exceeding 1,200 containers per minute. The system is not affected by container positioning variances on the X, Y, or Z axis, thus being very tolerant to normal production line conditions. The Auratec obsoletes traditional analogue or acoustic based technologies, replacing them with an ultra-high resolution 3D vision solution that also excels in robustness and longevity.”

The Auratec is available immediately for purchase, with first deliveries in the fourth quarter of this year. Auratec’s advanced pressure detection system can be used as as a standalone inspection unit or easily integrated with existing Filtec products.

Filtec was founded in 1968. The company is a top provider of in-line inspection solutions for the beverage, food, and pharmaceutical industries. Filtec has offices in more than twenty international locations.

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Irplast Creates Sticky Food-grade Tape for Fresh Produce Products


irplast-banner-logoA new sticky tape has been developed by the company, Irplast, to meet “specific demand from the fruit and vegetable market” for a secure and adaptable band for labeling and wrapping particular servings of singular produce.

The solution allows producers to label and group together fruit and vegetables such as bunches of bananas and carrots, and the manufacturer’s brand and product information can be printed on the tape. Irplast’s food-grade tape offers the industry an alternative to straps and elastic bands, as well as trays and transparent wraps, and will safeguard the food’s sensory properties and significantly decrease the quantity of secondary packaging required.

The inks used for the creation of Irplast’s food-contact tape are all formulated in accordance with the EuPia CEPE Exclusion List, and the adhesive part is formulated exclusively with the raw materials included in the XIV BfR recommendation.

The tape has been declared eligible for direct contact with fruit and vegetables with peel, following a meticulous analysis carried out by the commissioned laboratory CSI. They have shown the absence of any kind of contamination or organoleptic alteration from the tape to the food product and, from a technical point of view, the tape can stick to various types of fruit and vegetables without leaving any residue once removed.

“We are dealing with a major innovative element for the fruit and vegetables market, especially in terms of increased functionality and significant environmental benefits, thanks to the reduction in secondary packaging,” explained Luca de Bartolo, Irplast’s chief operating officer. “Following this new project, Irplast plans to continue providing support to its customers, designing more expert and efficient solutions to support business projects that improve their collective affluence.”

Irplast is an Italian industrial group. The company offers  specific packaging solutions for beverage, food and tobacco products. Some of the solutions include, pre-glued shrink labels and high-tech films, printed adhesive tapes and adhesive multipack bundles.

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Parkside Produces Pliable Packaging for Poultry Products


parkside-packaging-logo1Parkside has produced a new pliable packaging to decrease bacteria growth on the outer packaging of fresh poultry products.

The new packaging has an inbuilt antimicrobial technology, and incorporates a silver-based additive that can be applied into coatings used on the outer side of packaging.

The additive kills various micro-organisms, including campylobacter, which are known to be a major risk for the poultry packing industry.

Campylobacter is recognised as the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK.

The risk to consumers can be avoided by checking for cross-contamination during preparation, processing, packing and distribution.

Parkside sales director Paula Birch said: “The demand for ready-to-eat, fresh and easily prepared food is increasing. Initially the packaging of these foods was simply to provide protective and barrier functions.

“However, the growth of bacteria on packaged foodstuffs continues to cause problems regarding consumer food safety and of course, product quality.

“To deal with this issue, Parkside has designed and developed a range of flexible packaging solutions which incorporate antimicrobial technology to improve pack functionality.”

So far, Parkside’s anti microbial solution has been tested in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging.

The company recently designed new printed lidding film for Burton’s Biscuits Cadbury Chocolate Fingers range.

Parkside was founded more than 2o years ago. The company is apart of the global Antalis. Parkside has a range of packaging products from corrugated cartons, to tape, stretch film and polythene, protective products, postal packaging and palletised containers.

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Pollard Boxes Manufactures New Box for Hotel Chocolat


Pollard-Boxes-Logo1A premium presentation box is being produced by Pollard Boxes for the brand new variety from Hotel Chocolat.

Designed for an air of luxury indulgence and luxury gifting, the box is being used for the brand’s Cabinet range, and is designed to offer consumers a memorable opening experience, while reflecting the brand’s reputation for being fresh, creative and innovative.

The pack makes use of two separate opening devices.

A ribbon-pull drawer houses the bottom layer of chocolates while the fixed tray for the top layer features a jacket style magnetic lid closure.

The drawer has a high quality ribbon-pull and the closure delivers an audible click, both features contributing to the ‘reveal’ of the chocolates and generating a sense of excitement and anticipation for the consumer.

The premium quality image of Hotel Chocolat is conveyed through the use of a heavy coverage deboss repeat pattern of the jacket lid, while the logo is foiled in black, white and clear foil onto two different shades of grey colourplan, one for each of the classic and dark pack varieties. Contrasting black gloss foil is used on the two box sides to further enhance the luxury positioning.

Kelly Laverick, product developer at Hotel Chocolat, said: “We are delighted with the pack and the service we have received from Pollard. Our brief was to make this box sleek, elegant and designed to give as a truly luxurious gift – this was fully met by Pollard, from the construction through to design and finishing.”

Pollard Boxes has been in business for more than 35 years. The company employs over 200 employees. Pollard Boxes designs, produces and provides luxury packaging solutions.

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Bell Launches New Food Packaging Business


Bell-Packaging-logoBell Packaging have issued that they can now provide Jetran® packaging acceptable for presenting food products.

Traditionally Jetran® has been used for non-food items and the only opportunity for food and confectionery producers to use this unique packaging is for pre-wrapped items.

Commenting on this announcement Director Peter Lennie stated “For many years Bell have worked in the non-food sector and established a network of agents and distributors. Our plant in Luton operates the world’s largest production of clear tubing and with over 300 standard sizes we have excess capacity and are looking for new markets.

“When we introduced the new flat top design of end cap in 2015 more than half the enquiries we received were from food companies. Having consulted with them alongside our High Street customers it is clear that Jetran® is wanted in the food sector.”

Jetran® packaging has been used by many of the world’s leading confectionery brands for gift sets.

Both designs have received international success and the Cadbury’s Éclair pack won the prestigious Indiastar packaging innovation award.

With a track record of nearly 40 years and exports to 17 countries the company are well positioned to deliver exciting new packaging solutions throughout Europe.

Bell have recently completed trial orders for presenting citrus fruits and other specialist fruit and vegetables. Feedback from customers is very positive. The packaging protects the product but also can be used as storage and is a useful container for other purposes after the product has been consumed.

Another area of interest is drink and liquor – traditionally these products are presented in glass bottles – but why hide them in a board box? The new presentation can transform a simple bottle into a gift and have a secondary function as a storage tube when the bottle has been consumed.

The packaging provides excellent visibility for the decorated bottles that are housed inside and has maximum impact when on display in store.

Bell Packaging is the top international recycled plastic packaging manufacturers. The company has been in business for more than 35 years. Bell Packaging works internationally and has production facilities in the United Kingdom, India as well as the United States.

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Aimplas Creates New Biopolymers to Produce Special Packaging


aimplas_perfil02_400x400Aimplas, a Spanish research institute, has created new biopolymers for the production of biodegradable packaging that is resistant to sterilisation and pasteurisation.

The new biopolymers will be used to produce biodegradable bottles, bags and caps that are resistant to thermal power, making the packaging suitable for dairy products, such as fresh milk, shakes and yoghurts with probiotics.

Developed within the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, Aimplas’s new Biobottle project has a budget of €1m, and has been executed by seven companies and technology centres from five different countries.

The seven participants are VLB Berlin in Germany, CNR in Italy, Vizelpas and Espaçoplas in Portugal, OWS in Belgium, and Almuplas and Aljuan in Spain.

The major aim of the project was to create new biodegradable packages that comply with mechanical and thermal requirements.

The biodegradable products also succeeded in passing microbiological tests without affecting the product’s organoleptic properties.

Monolayer bottles and caps were developed following the tests, as well as multilayer bags that are capable of resisting temperatures up to 95ºC.

The project uses a reactive extrusion process to modify existing commercial material, which can be processed by conventional methods to obtain the different packaging formats.

Aimplas’ research and technology centre is head-quartered in Spain. The company has been around for over 25 years. Aimplas offers various solutions to businesses within the plastics industry.

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Easypack Releases the Packstation


easypack_logo_topThe Packstation, an adaptable packaging worskpace, has just been released by Easypack.

Built with user comfort, safety and efficiency in mind, the new Packstation offers a multi-functional workspace alternative for businesses looking to streamline their packaging processes.

It has been designed to accommodate a wide range of packaging needs, being completely adjustable and practical, not to mention robust.

The Packstation features a generously sized workspace, manufactured with a strong, welded steel construction along with a laminated, hardwearing worktop, providing users with a highly durable packing station.

Packstation is available in single or double worktop options, the latter allowing up to two operators to work on opposite sides for increased packaging.

Easypack was founded in 1992, located in Hertfordshire, UK. The company is a family owned business. Easypack develops a variety of environmentally friendly, quality, high performance cushion void fill systems, fashioned specifically for industrial consumption.

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New Plastic Packaging Creates Longer Shelf-life for Pasta and Cheese Products


Aimplas-itdpAimplas, a plastics research institute, has produced a new type of tenable packaging that considerably stretches the shelf-life of cheese and fresh pasta.

Conducted within the framework of the European project Bio4Map, the result of the research has been a new generation of barrier, multi-layer and transparent packages with a cost 25% lower than conventional pack types, and with an environmental impact and carbon footprint reduced by up to 29%.

The material uses PLA, an easily recyclable material with excellent mechanical properties, as well as PVOH, which provides barrier to gases and is water-soluble so it disappears in the washing process. Both layers are joined by innovative biodegradable adhesives, while a wax coating made from olive leaves provides water vapour barrier. This coating, Aimplas said, which does not disappear in the washing process, acts like a plasticiser for PLA, thus improving its flexibility. They are materials that, together, have a carbon footprint 57% lower than the footprint of materials traditionally used in packaging manufacturing to contain this kind of food.

The packaging innovation has been developed as part of a €1.5 million research project, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme and managed by the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency, based in Brussels.

“The role of Aimplas in this project, besides coordinating it, has been focused on developing the biodegradable and oxygen-barrier material, needed to comply with the final requirements of the food to be packaged, as well as being responsible for processing the new materials developed to obtain the new multilayer packaging,” explained Nuria López, main researcher of the project for Aimplas.

Aimplas’ research and technology centre is head-quartered in Spain. The company has been around for over 25 years. Aimplas offers various solutions to businesses within the plastics industry.

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Sabert Purchases US Firm Mullinix


sabertSabert Corporation, a New Jersey-established global food packaging company, recently secured Mullinix Packages, a US supplier of plastic packaging solutions to food processors and the food service industry, from private equity investment firm Mason Wells.

Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, but Sabert’s annual sales are expected to exceed $500m with the addition of Mullinix.

Sabert founder and chief executive officer Albert Salama said: “Mullinix has an experienced and talented team with superior technical capabilities.

“Their market-leading position with food processors combined with Sabert’s product offerings, global presence and resources will allow the new organisation to deliver even greater value to the market.”

Mullinix carries out its operations primarily out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, US, and provides more than 200 customers with packaging solutions and advanced technology..

The company uses a range of materials including polypropylene (PP), amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (APET), crystallising polyethylene terephthalate (CPET), polylactic acid (PLA) and barrier materials to extrude and thermoform products.

It is a leading provider in the solid case-ready meat tray market.

Mullinix chief executive officer Gene Gentili said: “We look forward to working with the Sabert team to build a powerful packaging company on the strengths of the combined organisations.”

Mesirow Financial and Gibbons acted as Sabert’s exclusive financial advisor and legal advisor respectively, while Mullinix was advised by William Blair & Co. and Quarles & Brady.

Sabert Corporation was founded in 1983, selling five different plastic food trays. The company is head-quartered in Sayreville, New Jersey and operates in New Jersey, California and Kentucky.

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New 3000 Compact by Buhrs to Wrapping System Range


fiThe brand new Buhrs 3000 Compact Poly & Paper Wrapping System is now being promoted by Friedheim International.

The system has a smaller footprint and is lowered for more ergonomic loading of the feeders, and is equipped with servo-feeders which have a standard selective function.

The Servo-feeders are quickly interchangeable from the left, to the right, or an in-line position on the gathering section.

The Buhrs 3000 Compact offers the unique combination of being able to run with both poly and paper on one system. Depending on the job requirements, changeovers only take between 10-30 minutes to perform.
Paper wrapping offers users the opportunity of making your own personalised envelope independent of the size. This way you can be more creative in making a unique DM product.  It also saves storage and handling costs with envelopes.

Friedheim said low maintenance costs, together with a long life cycle, provides an ‘excellent price-performance ratio’.

Friedheim International is more than a hundred years old and is the top supplier of finishing, converting and packaging machinery to the printing, graphic arts, and highly varied packaging industries in the UK and Ireland.

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Anchor Packaging Launches New 7.25” Bowls


anchorHeaderAnchor Packaging, Inc. released the current addition to the accomplished Incredi-Bowls® line of microwavable bowls and lids. The new, round 7.25” polypropylene (PP) bowls are fashioned to improve the operator’s bottom line and are the suitable choice for a large individual serving or a family-size portion. Available in 20, 24, 32 and 40oz depths, the bowls share a common, polypropylene, vented lid. This new size joins the current 5”, 6”, and 8.5” bowls ranging from 5oz to 48oz for a total offering of 16 bowls in four footprints.

Current trends continue toward smaller portions and healthier options. The consumer is looking for choices and not always willing to give up their favorite foods. This “new look of large” bowl size is the perfect answer. Not only is the smaller footprint more cost effective than larger diameters, these new microwavable bowls are made with a natural mineral additive, reducing the use of petroleum-based resin by 40%. The use of less PP resin allows Anchor to pass on the savings to their customers as a more sustainable option. One lid to fit four bowls eliminates confusion, saves space in the prep area and reduces inventory storage costs.

The attractive black bowls provide a table-ready presentation in a durable, cut-resistant material. The leak-resistant closure eliminates messy spills. The vented lid includes integral Clear Guard™ anti-fog technology to prevent condensation or “fogging” of the lid. This maximizes hot-case merchandising opportunities for retailers and eliminates takeout order errors for foodservice operators, while keeping hot foods looking fresh and appealing. The four bowls and lid will withstand temperatures to 230°F in warming units, under heat lamps, or in the microwave. No need to re-plate chilled, prepared foods, when reheated in the microwave.

In addition to hot cases, the Incredi-Bowls and lids can be used in refrigerated or ambient displays. All are dishwasher safe providing consumer-convenient reusability and are recyclable curbside.

Anchor Packaging’s products include affordable, upscale to-go packaging to merchandising prepared, ready-to-heat meals in supermarkets, and for takeout meals offered by restaurants. Anchor’s unique products are found in most foodservice operations and include stock and custom rigid packaging, as well as a broad line of cling film wraps.

Anchor Packaging, Inc. was founded in 1963 and originally handled converting of plastic film. The company expanded and handled other operations such and expanded operations in 197.to include thermoforming, sheet extrusion, and blown film. In 1985, a new manufacturing facility was constructed in Paragould, Arkansas to accommodate the thriving thermoforming business. Anchor Packaging is a top manufacturer of containers and cling film for the food service industry.

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New ‘Bourbon and Burger’ Promotion from Jim Beam


jim-beam-1-75__40221.1336079329.1280.1280The Bourbon brand Jim Beam plans to celebrate the summer by launching a “bourbon and burger box promotion” for the United Kingdom on-trade throughout the months of July and August.

Point-of-sales materials to support the promotion will be available through wholesalers and direct from distributor Maxxium UK, and will encourage bars to invest in the continuing growth of American cuisine in the UK.

Customers who purchase four or more bottles of either Jim Beam honey, Red Stag by Jim Beam or Jim Beam apple will receive a “stars and stripes summer pack” to turn their venue into an American-style diner and offer the ultimate bourbon and burger experience. Contents include colourful posters, tent cards, burger boxes, bunting and four bottles of both Jim Beam cherry bourbon and Jim Beam original sauces ideal for marinating or complementing burgers.

There are three signature serves – Jim Beam apple splash, Jim Beam honey and ginger ale, and Jim Beam Red Stag and ginger ale – to help foodservice operators further capitalise on the opportunity.

Maxxium UK’s marketing controller for imported whiskey, Janice McIntosh, said: “We’ve developed this Jim Beam summer activation to reflect the increasing popularity of American-style summer events in the on-trade calendar. Jim Beam is an authentic Kentucky bourbon and this promotion celebrates its heritage as well as the British love affair with American food.

1,800 packs are available direct from field sales as well as through wholesalers including Matthew Clark, Booker, Molson Coors, Tenants, Greene King and Martons.

Jim Beam is a brand of bourbon whiskey that is developed in Clermont, Kentucky. The brand is best selling and is one of the top bourbon brands in the world. The Jim Beam Bourbon brand is currently owned and produced by Beam Suntory.

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KernPack Develops Increase in the Free From Markets


kernpack-logoThe owner of Wheat Free Direct Bakery, Colin Sneddon, turned to KernPack, concluding he could present high quality products to the market and spread them to a wider consumer base in the UK and Canada. This would be accomplished by modernising its equipment and introducing the FP016 evo flowing wrapping machine, which has the capability to process 150 baked goods per hour, at a consistent high quality and has the adaptability to add to the system in the future.

Colin added “we are now able to sell our products to wider discerning customer, and to know that the flow wrapper can cater for additional volumes in the future is a big plus for us. I am delighted with our new system and the results it has achieved, as I’m always looking to move my business forward”.

“Another key benefit in choosing to work with KernPack was its people, as the customer service has been fantastic from KernPack and the packaging experience they have has been invaluable to us.

KernPack handles packaging machinery solutions and automation. Their packaging products range from hot cross buns, to magazines and mail. The company has been in production for more than 60 years. KernPack is constantly developing new technologies, goods and services for the market.

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Hartley’s Launches New Back-to-school Jelly Campaign


hartleys-jelly-pot-nas-raspberryHartley’s is set to release a new campaign, Hartley’s Your Lunchbox, during the back-to-school period, to promote its jelly pots.

The campaign will seek to raise awareness among parents of the convenience and wide range of flavours of Hartley’s jelly pots.

In store from July onwards, Hartley’s will offer consumers the chance to collect 12 special-edition green lids from across the no-added-sugar 115g pots and original 125g pots to claim a free Hartley’s lunchbox and stickers.

To help busy parents stock up for lunch times, Hartley’s will also introduce its top flavours in a multipack in both no-added-sugar and original pot varieties.

David Atkinson, managing director of grocery for brand owner The Hain Daniels Group, said: “We’re really excited to be launching the Hartley’s Your Lunchbox campaign for the back to school period. The campaign will provide parents with great tips and advice to ease them into the new term. The lunchbox collector scheme also gives children the opportunity to personalise and play, making lunchtimes and going back to school a bit more fun for them too.”

A Hartley’s TV campaign will run during August and September, alongside PR and social activity.

The Hartley’s no-added-sugar 115g jelly pots are available in strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, orange, apple and tropical flavours, while the 125g Jelly Pots are additionally available in lemon and lime, and pineapple.

They are available in supermarkets throughout the UK with a recommended retail price of £0.50.

Hartley’s has been producing products for more than 140 years. The company has range of products from jam to jelly. Hartley’s products have been produced in Histon, Cambridgeshire since 1962.

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Solidus Solutions Wins Sustainability Award for Bio-Based


ssThe proficient team of product engineers behind Solidus Solutions has created fully-sustainable solid board packaging that is enhanced with the recycled fibres of tomato plants. This results in tomatoes now able to be packaged for retail using their ‘own’ plant fibres, a highly appealing notion for both customers and growers.

Every year, 85 million kilos of tomato plants are grown on approximately 1800 hectares in the Netherlands. Usually the life cycle of these plants ends when they are composted, resulting in the loss of the valuable elements contained in the plants such as protein and cellulose. Solidus however has pioneered an innovative method of applying this plant residue in a highly efficient manner to produce solid board which can itself later be recycled. Every hectare of tomato plants can produce 100,000 tomato boxes (trays of 6kg), which is exactly the amount of packaging needed for the 600 tonnes of tomatoes that are grown on the same hectare. This means that this year’s crop can provide next year’s packaging – a perfect example of maximum use.

The tomato board packaging has yielded quantifiable environmental gains, since waste paper and tomato plants become recyclable sources for solid board, and the board can later be collected as waste paper. Compared with the old situation, this innovation enables a reduction of CO2 emissions between 250 and 54,500g CO2 eq. for 1000kg board, or approximately 200 boxes for 6kg of tomatoes (depending on whether a limited or broad process scenario is used). This equals up to 420 kilometres by car.

This innovative bio-based solid board has been used in packaging for Silky Pink cocktail tomatoes for Duijvestijn Tomaten, a producer of sustainably-grown tomatoes, and to produce consumer packaging for 0.7 to 1kg vine tomatoes for Harvest House. Harvest House supplies a range of retailers including HelloFresh, the international online ordering service for fresh ingredients. The very first packaging enriched with tomato plant fibres, a 6kg tomato tray was produced for The Greenery by SOLIDUS SOLUTIONS. The Greenery supported the idea of producing board from tomato plants from the very first beginning.

The solid board packaging enriched with tomato plant fibres is fully recyclable, and at least as strong as regular solid board, meaning that tomatoes packed in the tomato plant board are well protected during packing, storage, cooling, and transport to the consumer.

Solidus Solutions was founded in 2015 and has nearly 1000 employees. The company has four board mills as well as four converting plants. Their mills, plants and offices are located in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France and Norway.

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Advancement in Customer Outlook Toward Paper-based Packaging


PPBThe US Paper and Packaging Board has a year-old national promotional campaign, which has observed an advancement in the outlook of customers toward paper-based product packaging.

The campaign, known as ‘Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds’, has been created to increase awareness and use of paper and paper-based packaging products.

Between August 2015 and May 2016, the campaign’s findings has demonstrated better perceptions of paper and packaging products among the targeted audience.

During the campaign, a wave-over-wave attitude and usage survey was conducted among consumers.

The Paper and Packaging Board compared the initial 2015 data to this year’s survey responses.

Among the target audience who recall seeing campaign adverts, 86% of survey responses agree that even as technology becomes more advanced, paper continues to play an important role in people’s lives.

The percentage in this category has increased from 73% in 2015.

Around 66% of survey participants stated that products in paper-based packaging tend to have a more premium feel, an increase over 52% of participants sharing this view last year.

The survey also found that the percentage of consumers who think more highly of companies that package their products in paper-based packaging has increased to 63% from last year’s 44%.

The consumer’s attitude toward the quality of corrugated boxes remained around the same, with 84% agreeing to the high quality of corrugated packaging.

Paper and Packaging Board currently establishes and guides promotions, which are designed to uplift the use of paper and increase demand for paper-based packaging products.

Nearly 60 US manufacturers and importers of paper-based products collectively fund the company’s efforts including the campaign.

The Paper & Packaging: How Life Unfolds campaign was formed in July of 2015. The campaign’s mission is to expand awareness and the application of paper and paper-based packaging products.

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SABIC Establishes new Flowpact PP


sabiclogoSABIC, head-quartered in Saudi Arabia  has produced the new Flowpact polypropylene (PP) impact copolymers, which will help in the manufacture of injection-moulded rigid packaging.

Known as SABIC PP FPC45, Flowpact PP has been developed to produce rigid packaging, with volumes ranging between 200ml and around 10l.

SABIC PP FPC45 can be used to manufacture caps, closures and houseware, as well as containers used for packaging foods and products.

The new Flowpact PP provides rigid packaging with improved stacking capabilities, as well as more economical transport and storage.

SABIC polypropylene business manager Bert Claessens said: “We saw a need in the market for a material capable of delivering higher top load strength and superior stiffness in hot filling applications, what we have achieved is significant.

“SABIC PP FPC45 delivers a top load strength that is some 17% higher than current benchmark materials commercially available today.”

The flow properties of the newly developed product facilitate thin walling and fast injection.

Its higher crystallisation temperature allows parts to be demoulded faster, as well as reduces energy consumption and helps increase productivity at the processor.

SABIC is upgrading its portfolio to meet market requirements, and plans to launch more rigid packaging and products by the end of 2016.

SABIC, which stands for Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation, is a manufacturing company, operating chemicals, fertilizers,  metals and many more compounds. It is the largest company situated in the Middle East.

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ThermoShape Technology to be Commercialized US by Plastipak and AriZona


Arizona_TeaPlastipak, a plastic packaging manufacturer,  has coproduced with AriZona Beverages to commercialise the very first ThermoShape lightweight hot-fill technology in the United States.

Plastipak’s proprietary ThermoShape and DiamondClear barrier technologies were used to develop a lightweight, recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container, which features a smooth wall, hot fill capabilities, and an extended shelf life.

The collaboration was formed after AriZona challenged Plastipak to provide a hot fill PET package, while maintaining the appearance of the company’s existing glass packaging design.

Plastipak food and beverage category global vice-president Tim Eppinga said: “Over the last several year Plastipak has devoted resources to broadening our hot fill and barrier capabilities, so when AriZona came to us with this challenge, we were confident that we had the right combination of solutions to be successful.”

The company’s ThermoShape technology enables food and beverage producers to use existing hot-fill process lines, which can also be converted to create lighter weight, unbreakable PET packaging.

The technology also eliminates the need for vacuum panels and other vacuum-resistant features required by traditional PET hot-fill processes.

Plastipak Packaging was founded in 1967. It was an innovation by Bill Young. AriZona Beverages was originally founded in 1971, but the very first product was sold in 1992.

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LVF Plans to Expand the Packaging Market for Larger Slices of Cake


LFVA new variety of  two part domes for cake packaging has been released by Leeds Vacuum Formers (LVF) and will soon be on supermarket shelves.

The West Yorkshire-based thermoformed packaging firm already supplies cake domes directly into Morrisons’ in-store bakery, and said the flexibility of the extended range will enable it to significantly grow its share of the UK’s retail cake business.

LVF is now offering packs that are suitable for cakes ranging from six through to ten inches in diameter, which covers the standard sizes of product available in most leading supermarkets.

The firm is also planning to extend the new range so that it includes packs sized to suit Meringues, Pavlovas and square cakes.

Nigel Coates, managing director of LVF, said: “Our ultimate goal is to be the first name people in the bakery and confectionary sectors think of when they are seeking a packaging specialist to  create innovative and bespoke packaging solutions. Creativity in these markets is extremely high and we need to match it in order to stand out from the competition.”

LVF’s new cake dome range comes on the back of a series of major investments that saw the company spend heavily on both machinery and facilities as it aims to double its turnover by 2020.

A significant factor in the creation of the range was the expansion of the company’s tool room in 2015, which enabled LVF to remain self-sufficient in an area that can often cause significant delays in new product development.

“Without the investment and the expansion of the tool room we simply wouldn’t have been in a position to develop the tooling needed for this new range,” said Coates. “In this business you need to spend to grow and I’m confident that we have spent wisely and that our ambitious plans for growth will follow.”

Leeds Vacuum Formers is a family owned business that manufacture of first-rate thermoformed packaging. The inception of the company was created in 1987. LVF has also worked with brands such as Mailway Packaging Solutions, Border Biscuits and Aunt Bessie’s.

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Mondi Purchases the Turkish Packaging Firm Kalenobel


mondiTwo production facilities will combine into one as Kalenobel will become part of Mondi’s consumer goods packaging business. The combined company willl be renamed Mondi Kalenobel.

Established in 1955, Kalenobel is a Turkish consumer packaging company that produces flexible consumer packaging for ice cream and other applications as well as aseptic cartons.

Its products include ice cream cone sleeves and lids, push up tubes, squeeze-ups and paper cups.

The global ice cream market is growing with an estimated retail sales value in 2015 of EUR70 billion according to Euromonitor. Kalenobel exports approximately half of its production, mainly to Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Kalenobel will be integrated into Mondi’s Consumer Goods Packaging business segment, which serves some of the world’s biggest consumer brands in categories as diverse as pet care, food, home and personal care.

Peter J Oswald, chief executive of Mondi Europe & International, said: “We are delighted that Kalenobel is joining Mondi and adding to our existing presence in Turkey. It allows us to offer customers a broader range of products and is in line with our strategy to grow Mondi’s consumer packaging business”.

Mondi already has experience in the Turkish market through its established network of corrugated packaging, containerboard and industrial bags plants.

Mondi is an international packaging and paper group that has connections and operates in over 30 countries. Kalenobel is a packaging firm head-quarted in Istanbul, Turkey.

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110-Plus Pallet Launched by Plasgad


plasgadCreated for bulky loads, the durable 110-Plus Pallet can be utilized for various functions extending agriculture to food industry applications.

Iftah Poran, VP R&D explained the versatility of the 110-Plus: “In intensive environments light and nestable plastic pallets deliver a versatile and reliable business advantage. Our recently launched latest version offers diverse benefits over other wood or light plastic pallets. The new 110-Plus meets custom aviation safety requirements and is fully optimized to fit air pallets. The innovative leg-structure design enables better support of goods, with increased resistance. There is also the option to add skid function.”

The 110-Plus Pallet’s lightweight structure measures 1,200 mm (L) x 1,000 mm (W) x 132 mm (H) and weighs just 5.7 kg. For a nestable pallet of this size, the 110-Plus is extremely robust, accommodating loads of 1,800 kg when static or 1000 kg when dynamic.

Leveraging the full benefit of plastic means the 110-Plus Pallet can be easily washed when required to remove any dirt. Additionally, there are no concerns regarding contaminants, which can often get trapped in the crevasses of wooden pallets. This clear hygienic advantage makes nestable plastic pallets particularly desirable for food and pharmaceutical applications.

The 110 Plus Pallet is available in recycled or virgin material form and at the end of its working life it remains fully recyclable.

Plasgad has was formed for over 30 years. It has been a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing reusable plastic packaging, storage and transport solutions. The company continues to produce new products and advancements for new opportunities in Reusable Transport Items.

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Ardagh Group Broadens Horizon with Wine Miniatures


AGArdagh Group, a glass packaging business,  has widened its variety of wine bottles with the extension of a range of 187ml wine bottles to please growing customer demand for wine miniatures.

Responding to the needs of customers, Ardagh has developed the new miniatures as wine producers throughout Europe continue to seek novel ways of distinguishing their brands from the competition, achieving on-shelf stand out and promoting their provenance. The global wine market is predicted to see growth in glass bottles of 2.5 billion units by 2019, the company claimed.

Ardagh customers in Europe can now choose from over 150 standard wine bottle designs in a range of over 12 different colours to suit the type of wine.

“We follow consumer trends very carefully and have built a degree of flexibility into our plants that allows us to respond to specific developments and customer requests,” said Mike Dick, UK sales director for glass for Ardagh Group.

“For instance, several customers have asked us to include 187ml single serves in our portfolio of wine, reporting an increase in consumer demand from singles, health-conscious under-35s and older consumers.

“There is evidence to suggest that the 187ml wine bottle is being favoured alongside chocolates as an occasional indulgence, and, as well as on railways and airlines, is becoming a more common site on supermarket shelves.”

Ardagh Group  manufactures packaging for some of the biggest brand names in the world. The company operates 110 glass and metal manufacturing facilities in over 20 countries and employs more than 23,000 people. An average household will approximately have at least six products in packaged by Ardagh Group.

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Korozo Releases New Spout Pouches


KorozoThe Korozo company has released bendable spout pouches for liquid goods, constructed for secure movement of fluids.

There’s a variety of distinct designs and a prospect to print 11 colours, available with a circular or square base, and a collection of material combinations can be used with PET, OPA, Alu, PP and PE.

The pouches are used in various sectors including food, beverages, non food products, household products, industrial products, pet food, beauty and personal care products, and pharmaceuticals.

Korozo joined the packaging industry in 1973. The company is head-quartered in Istanbul and has become one of the major production plant in both the Middle East and Europe. Korozo also supplies worldwide and has several offices in the United Kingdom, Germany and France as well.

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Revolutionary Product Developed: No More Tea Bags, Tea in a Can


NMTBA brand new technology created by Guy Woodall, the man responsible for Thorncroft Drinks and the Yum Cha range of cordial-style iced teas, brings a new type of tea to the table. One that “could revolutionise the way we drink tea”.

No More Tea Bags, is stationed on a patent-pending technology that permits for tip-top liquid teas to be held an aerosol-like recyclable can. The tea can be doled out into a mug, with hot water and milk combined and soon a splendid cup of tea has been created without the urgency to wait for the drink to infuse.

Since 1904, the standard teabag has been in distribution and reports for over 96% of brewed teas in the United Kingdom, signifying there is a lot of space for No More Tea Bags to stir up the country’s tea division.

And despite its simple serviceability, Woodall is most delighted by the flavour benefits that the packaging structure offers.

“The convenience of not having to sit around and wait for your tea to brew is a major USP, but the technology we’ve used enables us to produce a tea with what we believe is a far superior taste to an ordinary teabag. According to research the average teabag is brewed for just 13 seconds, which isn’t anywhere near long enough to appreciate the flavour of real tea. The tea we use in No More Tea Bags is brewed for a full five minutes such that a fuller flavour is achieved. All you have to do to get the strength or size of tea you want is add more or less No More Tea Bags as required. Whether you want a strong but small mug of tea or a weaker large mug, NMTB caters for your exact needs, producing the perfect cuppa each and every time.”

It’s not just the traditional tea market that No More Tea Bags is tapping into. Alongside original and Earl Grey assortments, Guy is hoping to attract to the expanding green tea market with a jasmine offering. The drink captures the taste of the finest jasmine green tea in this convenient and easy format and, as with the Earl Grey version, is developed using leaf tea, alternative to fannings.

Guy Woodall graduated from Edinburgh University in 1983 with PHD, before becoming the owner of Thorncroft Drinks in 1984. He remained with company for twenty-four years before becoming the owner of Yum Cha instant iced tea.

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ACMA and the machines for edible products: different fields, same commitment


WM600CC_overviewACMA, a company of Coesia group, is an entity specialized in the design, manufacture and commercialization of automatic machines for packaging of daily consumer goods. In the last months ACMA has reinforced its commitment in all these fields, where it is a protagonist, among which the
one of tea coffee and confectionery by presenting new models and taking part to exhibition events.

When tradition goes hand-in-hand with change Year 2016 opened under the banner of a great dynamism for the Bolognese company, since it is always dedicated to the research of cutting edge solutions and attentive to the market evolutions. ACMA, on one side reconfirms its commitment to improve its machine technology, aiming – besides the performance – at aspects like energetic efficiency and sustainability; on the other hand it works to increase its solution portfolio so as to fully meet with the various requirements of the markets where it operates.

Concerning the field of the liquid and solid edible products, characterized by several and very different sectors, ACMA is present with proposals for the confectionery, for tea and coffee. At the beginning of the year, the company took part in ProSweets in Cologne, Germany, where it presented in world premiere the new Wm600 CC for the Confectionery sector. In the month of May ACMA was present at the Tea&Coffee World Cup forum in Krakow, Poland, reaffirming its position in the tea field.

Moreover, it continues the commitment in the coffee and soluble in capsule, to which the Bolognese company offers now a solution portfolio able to cover different phases of the packaging. Whatever the reference field, ACMA works to be more and more close to the customer, standing beside him from the line design to the after-sales phases, thanks also to technologies like ARA (Advanced Remote Assistance), a tool to control in remote the machine functionality by the specialized ACMA engineers that permits a “virtual” juxtaposition during the assistance phases.

Confectionery – a new medium speed machine to meet the sector needs in the best possible way

WM600CC_01ACMA has an experience unique in the world in the specific field of packaging of candies, sweets and bakery products, where since over ninety years ago, it started its activities and now is one of the most important players on the market. At the beginning of the year it presented in world premiere the Wm60o CC, an alternate movement machine for the multi-style packaging of products like chocolates,
taffies and plane-base candies.

It is a unit designed to meet the specific demands of the markets that require medium speed solutions (the machine can reach 600 strokes per minute) characterized by high flexibility and easy use. In fact, the Wm600 CC permits realizing various shapes, like bunch, double ribbon, cherry cordials, wallet and fantasy, ensuring a perfect package also in case of products with inner and outer wraps with different dimensions.

The compact layout enables it to integrate perfectly inside various production environments, while the balconytype shape and the use of brushless motors make easier the operating, maintenance, and cleaning activities.

The offer is completed by the possibility to work with all main wrapping materials and the standard equipment of the ARA system. The Confectionery portfolio is enriched by solutions that go from the M888, a multi-style high-speed machine to the flowpackers of the SP series, up to a wide range of horizontal packers.

Tea: T2, T4 and T10, three winning solutions

ACMA, with its Tecnomeccanica brand, continues to point to the development of solutions for packaging the tea bags, with a portfolio complete of machines able to meet the requirements of the main word producers. The recent participation to the Tea&Coffee World Cup forum intended to reconfirm the commitment of the Bolognese reality in one of the leading sectors of its activities.

T4_MODULA_overviewACMA’s offer includes the T4 Modula, the solution for the packaging in double-chamber bags that was recently technologically upgraded to increase the performances and is now able to reach a speed of 300 strokes per minute. The characteristics that made it a unique solution on the market: specifically, the capacity to make doublechamber bags , without using glue and staple putting the tied tag on the front part of the package to the benefit of the esthetic and practical use.

Moreover, T4 is equipped with advanced motors with energy recycle as completion of a project born keeping into maximum consideration the aspects tied to the environmental sustainability and to saving. Finally, T4 is an extremely flexible and modular machine, able to be configured to cover different packaging phases. In fact, besides packing the tea leaf, the machine can include units to package the bags inside cardboard boxes, having different formats and types.

Moreover, the portfolio includes the T10 Continua, top of the line, also dedicated to the packaging of double chamber bags, characterized by continuous movements able to produce 500 products per minute. To meet with the requirements of packing in chamber, there is the T2, one of the machines more appreciated on the market that can be configured in different variations, from “Prima” – the base version – to “Full Leaf” for packaging the entire tea leaf up to the “High Speed”, unit able to produce up to
320 bags per minute , that could offer to the top players of the sector, a remarkable reduction of the labor costs and increase of the production efficiency.

Coffee and soluble: from the machine for packing in capsules to the secondary packaging 

WM600CC_02The commitment in the coffee sector continues, the last field that ACMA entered in 2013 with the presentation of the Qi 350 model, dedicated to the filling in capsule and characterized by technologically advanced solutions, among which the design of the dispenser located on independent stations (that guarantees the maximum precision in the weight check in the filling phase) and the presetting for the vacuum directly on the machine, to increase the product shelf life.

During the last three years the company has widened the solution range: the Qi family has in fact enlarged with the arrival of the 500 module, that shares with the 350 the general setup, increasing the production performances and of Qi 800, that with respect to Qi 350 and 500 is characterized by a more traditional line layout. The Qi 800 and is considered as a solution able to combine excellent production performances with high reliability and strength.

The last arrival in the family of solutions for coffee and soluble products is Miniwrap, “green” and “cost saving” machine for packing the capsules in flowpack: ideal solution for the completion of production lines. Developed according to principles aimed at reducing the material consumption and limit the costs, Miniwrap, with respect to the solutions traditionally in use on the market, permits saving 30% of the wrapping material and 50% on the packing volume. This translates in an optimization of all logistic expenses which are downstream the production chain: from the transport costs to the storing ones, up to the product placement in the sale points.

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Report: Little to Fear from Nanoparticles in Food & Packaging


mangoes-1466878059Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has just released two long-awaited reports on thesafety of nanoparticles in food, one on additives and one on packaging. Both reports were based on comprehensive surveys of the scientific literature and relevant patents.

The reports were commissioned in 2015 and were written by one of Australia’s leading toxicologists, Dr Roger Drew, and his colleague Tarah Hagen.

The conclusions of both reports is that the most common nanoscale materials likely to be present in food or food packaging – silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide and metallic silver – do not pose significant health risks.

In terms of food, many common foods already contain natural nanoparticles, but FSNAZ was specifically interested in “engineered” or manufactured nanoparticles and their effects. Wheras the packaging studies – where nanomaterials are used in packaging – have shown that nanomaterials can migrate from the packaging into the food inside.

Ingested nanoparticles can, and do, get into the body in places where bulk materials cannot, but there is no evidence that mere size is responsible for the effects observed in laboratory studies. Any impact is caused by soluble materials or colloids, such as gels, that are formed by interaction of the nanomaterials with aggressive components, such as food acids or body fluids.

However, it was noted that there have been few studies of the effects of nanoparticles on large populations of people. That said, nanomaterials have been used for many years, and there has been no evidence of harm.

While there is no sign that nanomaterials are used in food packaging in Australia or New Zealand, they are being used overseas. Some applications are adding nanoparticles of clay to make packaging more robust, or adding nanosilver as a disinfectant. Some future developments could involve nanoparticles that act as indicators, by changing colour for instance, if the contents deteriorate in quality over time.

These reports should reassure us that the scientific and empirical evidence to date suggests nanoparticles in food or food packaging pose low risk.

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Plastics are Future will meet in Valencia


plastics are futureAIMPLAS is holding on 26 and 27 April an international meeting, where they will be tackled the future of plastic materials and the latest innovations of sectors such as medicine, packaging, automotive, water supply and lighting.

Since their inception in the last century, these polymers have extended their applications to almost all the sectors of economic activity to the extent that the current society cannot be understood without them. But the future is also theirs. Automobiles, new energy sources, intelligent and high-barrier packages, respect for the environment, curing of diseases, sustainable production challenges, are only a small sample of the infinite number of applications that will be further developed and will demand a constant and endless evolution of these materials.

For companies, the exploration of the polymeric materials that are coming is really important to promote and generate new market strategies. For this purpose, this meeting must be an unavoidable event for them. Moreover, sharing new realities on plastic materials must be a breeding ground to create new start-ups and small technology-based companies. For social agents, Plastics are Future will also raise the awareness of investing in the future and supporting new solutions that innovation in materials makes possible.

jeydee-1549235Plastics are Future will be a bridge and a meeting point between different sectorial realities, whose result will be the enrichment in new ideas and opportunities. Enhancing the knowledge in innovative materials is a fundamental objective to be able to forecast the market opportunities. Intelligent nanomaterials, sensors, supermaterials for extreme applications, new-generation foams, aerogels, shape-memory materials, biomaterials with active properties and many other possibilities on polymers will be the protagonists in this event.

From floating containers to medicine

During the two-days meeting, experts from companies and entities, such as Aurburg, Ava Biochem, CDTI, Centexbel, Comher, the Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Novamont, Stratasys and the Universities of Alicante, Valencia and Warwick, will tackle exciting topics.

From the presentation of new high-performance composites, such as those based in recycled carbon fibres, to those who are flame-retardant and their applications in extreme situations, or reinforcement-shaped ones for fabrics that allow the transportation of thousands of fresh water tonnes by sea.

At the same time, it will be tackled the application of biopolymers in so different sectors as packaging (replacing PET) and medicine, thanks to 3D printing applied to cardiology or bio-based elastomers with shape memory for biomedical applications. They will be presented biocomposites reinforced from PLA and new biodegradable and compostable bioplastics.

optical-microscope-5-1413633Tools and innovative processes, such as electronic microscopy, additive manufacturing and examples of the emergent 4.0 industry will be also disclosed, as well as self-repairing materials and conductive plastic solutions to produce smart LED systems.

AIMPLAS is a non-profit research association with the object to operate as a technological partner for enterprises from the plastics industry and thus offering them integral and customized solutions by coordinating research, development and innovation projects as well as technology services (analysis and testing, technical assistance, formation as well as competitive and strategic intelligence).

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