Snacks and candy packaging stole the show at ISM and ProSweets 2020, hosted in Cologne, Germany, February 2-5. Packaging suppliers exhibited the latest in machinery, materials and decorative techniques needed to bring confectionery safely, hygienically and attractively to retail shelves. A labyrinth of large-scale, fully and semi-automatic machinery gave visitors a closer look at the detailed procedures of candy and chocolate packaging processing. Novel front-of-pack designs also drew event attendees closer to the stands, while convincing messages of corporate sustainability held them compelled.
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...View More
FachPack made its long-awaited return after COVID-19 restrictions, once again bringing together the European packaging, technology and processing industry for three days of innovation showcasing and networking. This year’s event attracted 788 exhibitors from 33 countries and approximately 24,000 visitors. The event was dominated by environmental sustainability trends,...View More
Customization, robotization and material reduction were three central themes highlighted at Empack 2021, hosted September 8-9 in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. As Europe begins to regain some pre-pandemic networking normalcy, advances in packaging machinery, coding and labeling stood out at the show. Thinning plastic films, using recyclable mono-materials, and operating...View More
In an unprecedented year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced major changes in the packaging industry. Plastics packaging proved vital in preserving food freshness amid disrupted supply chains and heightened hygiene concerns. Meanwhile, e-commerce sales went through the roof, driving demand for corrugated packaging solutions, particularly in home food delivery. Manufacturers turned...View More
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