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LPS Industries launches new packaging films

 

US-based flexible packaging materials manufacturer LPS Industries has extended its product portfolio with the launch of new packaging films ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) and nanoparticles-based ultrathin.
Both of the two new films are environmentally friendly and offer oxygen barrier properties. Compliant with global regulatory guidelines, the films can be used in place of PVDC (Saran-coated) films […]

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Asda adopts solution for consistent colour on packaging

UK Walmart subsidiary Asda is adopting cloud-based colour solution PantoneLIVE to standardise the company’s brand colours across its global packaging supply chain.
PantoneLIVE features a centralised colour management system that allows Asda to slash product development and manufacturing costs.
The solution provides Asda with a secure repository for its precise colour data, enabling brand managers to communicate […]

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Viridor to build new UK glass recycling plant

UK-based recycling services provider Viridor is set to invest £25m in a new glass recycling plant in Newhouse, Lanarkshire.
To be located adjacent to the M8 motorway, the new plant will have a recycling capacity of 200,000t of glass a year.
Once completed, the plant will recycle packaging glass collected in Scotland. In this way, it will […]

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Food packaging found to influence taste preferences for infants

A new study has found that packaging aesthetics play a stronger role than branding in influencing the taste preferences of infants in the US.

University of Calgary professor Charlene Elliott asked 65 children to choose between food pairs that were presented in McDonald’s, Starbucks, non-branded white and non-branded colourful wrapping.
The children were asked to choose between […]

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AG Barr On Course to Meet Expectations

  AG Barr On Course to Meet Expectations

UK soft drinks group AG Barr has maintained its strong momentum across the final quarter and expects revenue of about £252 million for the full year ending 26 January 2014, reflecting a year on year growth of 6.1%. This performance is particularly impressive given the tough prior year comparatives which saw near double digit growth […]

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SABMiller to Expand Production Capacity in Nigeria

  SABMiller to Expand Production Capacity in Nigeria

SABMiller‘s Nigerian subsidiary, Intafact Beverages, is to expand its brewery in Onitsha, South Eastern Nigeria.
SABMiller made an initial investment of over US$100 million in the Onitsha brewery, which was originally commissioned in August 2012, making it the largest single investment in Anambra State for almost 20 years.
Due to growth and in particular the success of […]

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Sensient Launches Attractive New Colour Shades With Clean Label Option

  Sensient Launches Attractive New Colour Shades With Clean Label Option

Sensient Food Colors Europe has extended its Cardea range with an even wider choice of bright new colour shades. Sensient’s Cardea product line is completely composed of natural ingredients and concentrates meeting growing clean labelling demands and fits perfectly with the new EU guidance notes on colouring food.
The Cardea concept unlocks nature’s full colour potential […]

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Nestlé Signs Research Agreement With Singapore

  Nestlé Signs Research Agreement With Singapore

Nestlé has entered a strategic partnership with the Singapore government’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research, A*STAR, with the goal of setting up global research programmes in food science and technology.
The agreement will focus on areas such as nutrition, packaging, data analytics and also biotransformation – the use of natural processes, such as fermentation, to […]

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Stevia to Steal Intense Sweetener Market Share by 2017, Reports Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research

  Stevia to Steal Intense Sweetener Market Share by 2017, Reports Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research

Post EU regulations, improved tastes and textures and increased consumer buy in and demand, stevia has been quietly gaining traction with consumers – and alongside that, usurping the traditional pecking order of more established sweeteners. A new report from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research highlights the opportunity for such plant-based sweeteners. Indeed, while the value […]

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Specialist Resin Flooring For Walkers Snacks

  Specialist Resin Flooring For Walkers Snacks

In different food and drink environments it is vital that the correct flooring is chosen for maximum safety and efficiency around the workplace. The main flooring requirements in the food and drink industry are a balance of durability, cleanability, chemical resistance and anti-slip profile, which all contribute to a safe and hygienic environment.
Recently, John Lord […]

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Further Progress by Unilever in 2013

  Further Progress by Unilever in 2013

Although turnover fell by 3% to Eur49.8 billion, due to adverse currency exchange factors and divestments, Unilever has reported underlying sales growth of 4.3% with volume sales up 2.5% for 2013. Emerging markets, with underlying sales growth of 8.7%, drove the performance. Operating profit rose 8% to 7.5 billion and net profit was up 9% […]

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Carlsberg Joins With Suppliers to Eliminate Waste by Developing Next Generation of Packaging

  Carlsberg Joins With Suppliers to Eliminate Waste by Developing Next Generation of Packaging

Carlsberg and selected global suppliers have joined forces to rethink the design and production of packaging material, to develop the next generation of packaging products that are optimised for recycling and reuse, while, at the same time, retaining or improving their quality and value. The approach is increasingly referred to as ‘up-cycling’. The cooperation has […]

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Nelson Peltz Joins Mondelez Board

  Nelson Peltz Joins Mondelez Board

Mondelez International has added Nelson Peltz, chief executive and a founding partner of investment group Trian Fund Management, to its board of directors. With the addition of Nelson Peltz, the Mondelez International board expands to twelve members.
“We believe that Nelson will be a valuable addition to our board,” says Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and chief executive […]

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The Big Print Debate Presses the Key Industry Questions

  The Big Print Debate Presses the Key Industry Questions

‘The latest print technologies: gimmick or sound ROI?’ is the hot topic being addressed at this year’s BIG Print Debate, taking place on 27th February 2014, at Packaging Innovations NEC.
Print technologies are making packaged products more creative and vivid than ever before, but with 40,000 plus products on sale in an average supermarket, shelf appeal […]

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Exhibitions & Events 2014

 

Month
Date
Exhibitions 2014
web
Sector
Location

February
4th – 6th
Food & Packaging
www.messe.no/en/
Food & Packaging
Norway

February
5th – 7th 
Fruit Logistica
www.fruitlogistica.de/en/
Fruit Handling & Processing
Berlin

February 
11th – 13th 
Tea & Coffee World Cup
www.tcworldcup.com/warsaw/
Tea & Coffee Processing
Warsaw

February
11th – 13th 
CFIA 
www.cfiaexpo.com
Ingredients & Processing
Rennes

February
12th – 14th
Packaging & Converting
www.paceforum.com
Packaging 
Prague

February
12th – 13th 
Southern Manufacturing
www.industry.co.uk
Manufacturing
Farnborough

February
23rd – 27th
Gulf Food
www.golffood.com
Food
Dubai

February
25th – 26th
European Food Manufacturing
www.foodmanufacturingevent.com
Food Manufacturing
Noordwijk

February 
26th – 27th
Packaging Innovations
www.easyfairs.com
Packaging
Birmingham

March
3th – 4th
Food Technology & Innovation
www.foodinnovate.com
Food Innovation
London 

March
8th – 12th 
Europain Intersuc
www.europain.com
Bakery
Paris

March
11th […]

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World’s First Ever KitKat Boutique Opens

  World’s First Ever KitKat Boutique Opens

One of Nestlé’s ‘billionaire’ brands, KitKat, is launching its first ever stand-alone boutique, in Japan. Globally, 650 KitKat fingers are consumed every second and, in Japan, the brand has been the country’s favourite chocolate since 2012.
Its success has been fuelled by the launch of hundreds of unusual and innovative special edition flavours to meet Japanese […]

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Anheuser-Busch InBev Strengthening its Position in Fast-Growing Asia Pacific Region

  Anheuser-Busch InBev Strengthening its Position in Fast-Growing Asia Pacific Region

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to reacquire Oriental Brewery, the leading brewer in South Korea, from KKR and Affinity Equity Partners for $5.8 billion. The transaction returns OB to the AB InBev portfolio, after AB InBev sold the company in July 2009, following the combination of InBev and Anheuser-Busch, in support of the company’s deleveraging target.
AB InBev […]

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CHEP – Building Better Supply Chains

  CHEP – Building Better Supply Chains

CHEP, the global leader in pallet and container pooling services, has revealed that its Collaborative Transportation program removed 2.9 million kilometres of truck haulage from Europe’s roads in 2012, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2,340 metric tons – the equivalent of CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 350 homes for one year – while […]

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Mondelez International Achieves 100% Palm Oil Sustainability Milestone Two Years Early

  Mondelez International Achieves 100% Palm Oil Sustainability Milestone Two Years Early

Mondelez International has achieved Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) coverage for 100% of the palm oil it bought in 2013. This is two years ahead of the company’s existing commitment to cover all requirements by 2015 through a combination of RSPO-certified oil and Greenpalm certificates that support sustainable production.
“Achieving 100 percent RSPO is an […]

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Sweet Memories – Nestlé UK Launches Reminiscence Pack

  Sweet Memories – Nestlé UK Launches Reminiscence Pack

Nestlé UK has created a ‘reminiscence pack’ featuring wrappers and packaging from its confectionary archive to help trigger happy recollections among those with dementia or memory problems. The project was sparked by a flurry of queries from care groups convinced that seeing such packaging may help revive positive recollections from the long-term memory.
The pack includes […]

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Russell Finex Helps Nestlé Safeguard Product Quality at New 26,000 Tonnes/year Milk Powder Processing Plant in Chile

  Russell Finex Helps Nestlé Safeguard Product Quality at New 26,000 Tonnes/year Milk Powder Processing Plant in Chile

Six Russell Compact Sieve® units enable Nestlé to screen milk powder on finer meshes without compromising flow rates.
With factories or operations in almost every country, Nestlé is the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company. Since Nestlé first began selling in Chilein 1934, the country now provides one of the highest per capita consumption and sales […]

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Demonstrating Excellence With the Great British Bounce Back

  Demonstrating Excellence With the Great British Bounce Back

Food and drink manufacturers that, through excellence and innovation, have helped to lead the UK economy out of the recession will be recognised at Foodex 2014 (NEC, Birmingham, 24–26 March) with the return of the Great British Bounce Back.
The competition will showcase best practice examples from across the industry in a bid to identify those […]

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Mintel Expands Portfolio into Poland

  Mintel Expands Portfolio into Poland

Mintel has announced its expansion into consumer research and trends in Poland and the appointment of two key lead analysts for the region as Honorata Jarocka and Regina Maiseviciute join Mintel’s wider global food and drink expert analyst team. Both analysts join Mintel with extensive professional consumer research backgrounds, including most recently Euromonitor.
Honorata Jarocka joins […]

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New Sales Manager at Marel GB

  New Sales Manager at Marel GB

Marel, the leading global provider of advanced equipment, systems and services to the fish, meat and poultry industries, has promoted Ross Layton to Sales Manager for Great Britain. Heading a team of 6, he will be responsible for sales of all Marel products and systems in the meat, fish and poultry processing industries. Ross has worked in […]

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New Milestone in Diageo Scotch Investment

  New Milestone in Diageo Scotch Investment

Diageo has announced plans for a £30 million expansion of its Clynelish Distillery in Sutherland, Scotland. In the latest major milestone in Diageo’s £1 billion programme to increase Scotch whisky production, plans have been submitted to Highland Council for the major expansion of Diageo’s most northerly Scotch whisky distillery.
The Clynelish expansion will take the on-going […]

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Senior Management Changes at Bakkavor

  Senior Management Changes at Bakkavor

Bakkavor, the UK’s leading fresh prepared foods manufacturer, has appointed Mike Edwards as chief operating officer, UK. He will report to Agust Gudmundsson, group chief executive officer, and will have overall management responsibility for the UK operations.
Mike Edwards, formerly managing director of Meal Solutions, joined Bakkavor in 2001 and became a member of its management […]

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Food Fraud – MEPs Call For Measures to Fix Weak Links in the Production Chain

  Food Fraud – MEPs Call For Measures to Fix Weak Links in the Production Chain

Recent food fraud cases, including the sale of horse meat as beef, should prompt the EU to review the functioning of the food production chain, step up checks and revise labelling legislation, says a non-legislative resolution approved by the European Parliament.
The European Parliament voices concern at the growth in food fraud, which it says exploits […]

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Unilever Sells Pasta Brand in the Philippines

  Unilever Sells Pasta Brand in the Philippines

Unilever has agreed to sell its Royal pasta brand in the Philippines to RFM Corporation, one of the biggest diversified food and beverage companies in the Philippines, for US$47.8 million.
Rohit Jawa, chairman and chief executive of Unilever Philippines, says: “Royal pasta is a high quality brand which I am confident will do well under RFM’s […]

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Aspera Solutions Sees Growth Opportunities For ERP in the Food and Drink Sector

Aspera Solutions specialises in supplying, implementing and supporting ERP and business software solutions for the manufacturing and distribution sectors, with particular focus on the food and beverage industry in Ireland and the UK.
Established in 1987, the Irish privately owned company has been operating in the UK for the past five years. The UK office is […]

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New Global Brand Director For Tullamore DEW

  New Global Brand Director For Tullamore DEW

William Grant & Sons has appointed Caspar MacRae as the new global brand director for Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. Tullamore D.E.W. is the second largest Irish whiskey brand in the world, selling more than 850,000 cases annually worldwide.
The brand has achieved significant growth worldwide in recent years with growth of over 20% per annum in […]

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