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14 Jan 2019 --- Family-owned Bavarian mustard producers Mari-Senf has launched a new Bag-in-Box dispensing system which has “huge plastic waste reduction potential.” Designed by DS Smith’s UK Rapak division in collaboration with Swedish dispensing specialists Asept, the Bag-in-Box design aims to minimize serving and clean-up time for street food kiosks, making it ideal for events such as Germany’s Oktoberfest.
10 Jan 2019 --- Family-owned The Wilkinson Baking Company has unveiled The BreadBot – the world’s first fully automated bread making machine – at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas (CES). The BreadBot turns flour into loaves all on its own, producing bread which is fresh, healthy, preservative-free and eco-friendly in comparison to center aisle bread. The system is aimed at re-establishing an “emotional connection with the shopper” that has been lost in an age of industrial food production.
09 Jan 2019 --- Sealpac has collaborated with Norwegian company MatBørsen for its foray into the ready meal sector. The companies launched a click-on soup tray that has been stocked at Norwegian retailers Meny since 2017, for which MatBørsen invested in a line solution primary based on Sealpac equipment. The concept delivers an extension in shelf-life for the soup, as well as a convenient for on-the-go end product for the consumer.
07 Jan 2019 --- US-based light protection specialists Noluma International has released new evidence highlighting the rapid degradation of nutrients in dairy as a result of light exposure. In some instances, nutritional degradation can be as high as 51 percent. Noluma has launched state-of-the-art, patented technology which efficiently tests the viability of packaging against light exposure while advising CPGs on how to design-in more effective barrier protection.
04 Jan 2019 --- Bioplastic innovators Bio-On and Italian fruit producers Rivoira have signed a strategic agreement to develop new bioplastic materials made from fruit and vegetable waste for the packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables. The ZEROPACK project, founded by Bio-On and now co-owned by Rivoria, will see the partnership produce 100 percent natural and biodegradable films, crates, small and large containers, fruit supports and labels.
19 Dec 2018 --- Fresh produce packaging supplier StePac has developed proprietary, polyamide-based packaging technology for ensuring long-lasting freshness in long-distance bulk deliveries of blueberries. The new multi-layered packaging, coined Xtend, is the result of several years of R&D and ensures that the high value fruit arrives in wholesome condition, with its natural protective bloom intact – the natural powdery white wax on the surface of the fruit which innately protects the fruit and reduces evaporation. Earlier this year, the manufacturer also launched Xflow, a flowpack solution for blueberries as a cost-saving alternative to traditional preformed bulk packaging.
18 Dec 2018 --- A biodegradable, edible film made with plant starch and antimicrobial compounds may control the growth of foodborne pathogens on seafood, according to a group of international researchers. The innovative finding could help prevent food poisoning, as well as support the seafood industry’s transition away from its reliance on plastic packaging.
12 Dec 2018 --- A UK-based food technology company has created an innovative film packaging solution which significantly prolongs the life of fresh fruit and vegetables. As the latest addition to the It’s Fresh! product portfolio, the new Infinite “purposeful packaging” technology reduces food waste in supermarkets, in the supply chain and in the home. After three years in development, Infinite will soon be trialed on packs of berries in UK supermarket Morrisons.
11 Dec 2018 --- Pladis UK & Ireland, the snacking company behind the McVitie’s, Jacob’s and go ahead! brands, has extended its partnership with TerraCycle by six-and-a-half-years to ensure that all plastic packaging across its portfolio can now be recycled through the initiative.
10 Dec 2018 --- The a2 Milk Company has launched its fresh milk brand in 1 liter Pure-Pak cartons in the UK, as part of a new processing deal with Elopak customer Crediton Dairy. The UK fresh milk market has been dominated by plastic packaging with millions of bottles disposed of daily, but now the industry is seeing a high-rate of suppliers switching to carton packaging, notes Tim Smiddy, Managing Director of Crediton Dairy.
23 Nov 2018 --- Australian dairy company Big River Milk is seeking funding in order to discontinue the use of plastic bottles and revert back to glass bottles to package its milk. The milk industry produces billions of single-use plastic bottles every year and the New South Wales company says it wants to start delivering fresh milk in rewashable and refillable glass bottles to help prevent the scourge of plastic pollution.
09 Nov 2018 --- Ardagh Group has collaborated with Norway seafood brand Stabburet to deliver a revamped, lively design for its classic aluminum seafood cans. The project targeted Stabburet’s mackerel fillet range – a national dish in Norway – and presented sixty different designs on the Hansa shaped seafood can – the typical aluminum can with rounded edges used for seafood.
06 Nov 2018 --- The UK Recycling Association has criticized Kellogg’s Pringles can recycling scheme, referring to it as a “fudge that doesn’t solve any issues.” Kellogg’s announced last month that it had entered an agreement with recycling company TerraCycle, enabling consumers to recycle Pringles cans using Freepost labels, with the sender rewarded with a charitable donation for each can which can be redeemed at a school, charity or non-profit of choice. The cans are then recycled and the resulting pellets used to create new products such as benches and fence posts.
06 Nov 2018 --- A new and innovative atmospheric cold plasma (CP)-based antimicrobial packaging system has been shown to significantly increase shelf-life and safety in poultry breast meat. The US Department of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) developed the packaging system which uses high electrical voltages to generate plasma with ozone and other bactericidal components within sealed food packages. There are a number of advantages with this packaging system compared to alternative treatments, such as eliminating pre-packaging treatment requirements, adaptability for use with any size and type of package and treatment time, having no chemical residues after treatment, and cost-effectiveness.
01 Nov 2018 --- Gerhard Schubert has aided Italian, family-owned company, San Giorgio Dolce & Salato, in its ambitions to be the first manufacturer to introduce pre-baked, filled and frozen croissants to the gastronomic market, with a purpose-built automated processing system. Schubert’s system gently injects different fillings into the baked goods and efficiently combines this operation with the final packaging process via sophisticated pick-and-place robots attached with gentle grippers. Thanks to this automation solution, San Giorgio Dolce & Salato can fill and package 160 croissants per minute.
26 Oct 2018 --- Mr. Kipling, a Premier Foods brand, revamped its packaging design to appeal to new international markets. In order to appeal to fresh consumers, UK design agency Robot Foods focused on a transmitting “just baked” feeling through the packaging. Despite being a household name in the UK, it’s unknown in markets such as Australia and the US.
26 Oct 2018 --- Kellogg’s is implementing increased sustainability throughout its UK operations with the launch of several new packaging measures, most notably, a new solution to allow people to recycle Pringles cans and the introduction of recycle-ready cereal pouches. Such measures make up part of the cereal and snack giants’ ambitions to achieve 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2025. This goal, which is being rolled out to all Kellogg’s global markets including the UK, builds on its current sustainable packaging commitment to continue to ensure 100 percent of all timber-based packaging is either recycled or certified as sustainably sourced.
24 Oct 2018 --- Coveris has combined sustainable sourcing, plastics reduction and improved recyclability to deliver a fully-circular skinboard tray for UK supermarket Morrisons’ fresh meat products. The 50 percent plastic reduction supports both the retailer’s sustainability goals and the manufacturer’s UK Plastics Pact commitments. More sustainable from source, the packs offer a significantly lower carbon footprint as they are made from over 75 percent renewable materials.
22 Oct 2018 --- Nestlé has partnered with Sainsbury’s to launch a personalized tin for Quality Street chocolates this Christmas. The partnership has cited the success of last year’s launch of a personalized tin and said that this year’s offer is even bigger and better as the promotion will run in over ten times more locations than last year, making it easier than ever for consumers to pick up the bespoke Christmas tin.
19 Oct 2018 --- Coveris has launched a fully recyclable PE film that delivers the same protective, functional and shelf-life benefits as existing non-recyclable solutions, marking a major step forward in supporting the packaging manufacturer’s pledge to deliver 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025. The new fully recyclable PE film was developed in collaboration with Co-op and Freshtime which are using the solution to package vegetable products.