As 2021 draws to a close, we look back at the most popular stories of the year, as determined by our readers. Plastic waste escape routes dominated reader appetite, notably circular plastics economy solutions, fiber-based innovation and bioplastics proliferation. However, readers were also hot on greenwashing concerns, checking in to see where environmental sustainability initiatives were failing to deliver.
Packaging Innovations & Empack 2022 in Birmingham, UK, brought the packaging industry together shortly after the introduction of the UK Plastic Packaging Tax, and for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence of increased recycled content in plastic food packaging and innovation in fiber-based alternatives was apparent, although we came to understand that many...View More
The IFFA – Technology for Meat and Alternative Proteins trade fair held in Frankfurt, Germany (May 14-19) spotlighted sustainable food production, protein innovation, flavor development, automated processes, packaging trends and digitalization. At this traditionally meat-focused event, a high interest in plant-based proteins pointed to the significant growth potential of...View More
Automation, AI and augmented reality technologies were among the innovations on display at Anuga FoodTec 2022. Hosted in Cologne, Germany, from April 26-29, companies showcased a huge range of food processing and packaging equipment, with a focus on recyclable, monomaterial packaging designs.
Plastic reductions, monomaterial designs, automation and AI were among the latest packaging innovations displayed at Empack 2022. The show was hosted in Gorinchem, Netherlands, from 5-7 April. Among design advances and environmental sustainability, stakeholders called for more government intervention in building recycling infrastructure and aiding the paper industry, which is...View More
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