Packaging & Technology News

Smurfit Kappa’s new MB12 carton finds sustainable solution to mineral oil migration

24 May 2018 --- Paper-based packaging giants, Smurfit Kappa, has launched a pioneering new carton designed to prevent the migration of mineral oil into packaged food. Now available to customers for primary packaging, the MB12 technology used to produce the carton guarantees the highest levels of food safety.

Iceland becomes first supermarket to embrace UK Government’s Deposit Return Scheme

23 May 2018 --- Iceland has become the first UK supermarket to install a reverse vending machine in store in support of the government’s recently announced intention to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme in England. The move comes as part of Iceland’s wider strategy to reduce the impact of plastic packaging on the environment.

Plastic pollution crisis requires “holistic” approach, advises expert group

22 May 2018 --- The food and beverage industry can minimize the high levels of plastic pollution generated through single-use packaging by adopting a cohesive approach that openly acknowledges the complexity of the issue, according to Sagentia, a Science Group company. The company has released a white paper, “Breaking up with plastic”, outlining a three-phase technical framework to facilitate the reduction of plastic packaging.

FrieslandCampina launches “innovative plant material” cardboard liter pack

21 May 2018 --- FrieslandCampina’s long-keeping chocolate milk brand, Chocomel, is set to be packaged in a new, innovative cardboard liter pack made up of 80 percent raw plant material from Tetra Pak. The move places Chocomel as the first product to be packed in the liter pack, of which wood and sugar are the parent materials.

Tetra Pak doubles ice cream production speeds with large-sized inclusions

18 May 2018 --- Liquid packaging specialists, Tetra Pak, has launched an Extrusion Wheel that produces stick ice cream products with large-sized inclusions, such as whole nuts, real fruit segments, or cookie dough chunks at the highest capacity on the market.

Tipa innovates compostable solutions to flexible packaging's sustainability problem

17 May 2018 --- Israeli-based company Tipa asked, what if flexible packaging could behave just like organic material? Amid large-scale headlines around plastic, such as Nestle committing to 100 percent renewable packaging by 2025 and major UK players forming the UK Plastics Pact, this question has become even more relevant. FoodIngredientsFirst speaks to Daphna Nissenbaum, Founder of Tipa, who deliver fully compostable flexible packaging for the food industry. 

Iceland first retailer to adopt plastic-free Trust Mark on packaging

16 May 2018 --- UK supermarket chain, Iceland, will this month become the first retailer to use a plastic-free Trust Mark on its product labels. The Trust Mark is a world first, pioneered by anti-plastic campaigner group, A Plastic Planet, and will be used on Iceland’s home brand products in order to give a clear indication of eco-friendly packaging.

Recyclable and compostable pouches extend shelf-life with Sirane’s new range

15 May 2018 --- UK-based absorbent food packaging specialists, Sirane, launches Earthpouch – the first plastic-free compostable food pouch which shelf-life extending capabilities. Made from paper, the pouch is both compostable and recyclable, meeting the demand for more environmentally-friendly packaging solutions.

Food waste (Part 2): Retailers, innovation & technology – the impact on the crisis

10 May 2018 --- Over the last couple of years, moves have been made to crack down on huge waste within the retail industry. Supermarkets now frequently donate food to local charity organizations through organized programs rather than dump it.

World first: Arla’s organic dairy in aseptic, plant-based carton pack from SIG

10 May 2018 --- Arla Food Germany is the first company to opt for the innovative Signature pack – the world’s first aseptic carton pack that is 100 percent linked to plant-based renewable material – from SIG, the carton pack and filling technology specialist. The Signature pack offers a fully renewable package, including the plastic closure fittings which are obtained through a strict certified traceability system in the manufacturing of the polymers. 

Food waste (Part 1): EU steps up the fight with “landmark” laws, while suppliers work towards a circular economy

08 May 2018 --- Food waste is an environmental, economic and ethical problem of global proportions. With large regions of the world still suffering from food shortage, and a growing global population, there is an urgent need for more effective food production, transportation and consumption. Economically, businesses are suffering substantially from loss of yield and wasted energy, while food left to rot is known to release methane into the atmosphere, a gas estimated to be 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

SIG exec: Consumers demand high-quality, authentic and convenient packaging

03 May 2018 --- Carton packs and filling technology specialist, SIG, is refocusing its product development strategy to create unique packaging solutions that meet the modern consumer trends of “health, increased quality and user experience.” Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer (CMO) at SIG, speaks to FoodIngredientsFirst about how consumers are no longer driven by price and the increasing significance of product novelty in generating new market growth.

Garçon Wines achieves the “impossible” with postable PET bottles

02 May 2018 --- In collaboration with M&H Plastics UK, Garçon Wines has reimagined wine retailing, logistics and delivery with the invention of a full-sized, letterbox-friendly 750ml wine bottle made from 100 percent recyclable PET. As the granted IP holder of the invention, Garçon Wines commercializes these unique, slimline and lightweight wine bottles, operating as both a drinks packaging provider and wine wholesale supplier.

US metal tariffs: Trump delays on EU, Canada, Mexico, permanently excludes others

01 May 2018 --- US President Donald Trump has delayed the implication of aluminum and steel tariffs on the EU, Canada and Mexico until June 1, while agreements to permanently exclude Argentina, Australia and Brazil have been reached. The tariffs – and news of continued uncertainty around them – are sparking concern for metal packaging suppliers within the industry.

Less is more: The future of lightweighting and source reduction

27 Apr 2018 --- Lightweighting and source reduction has always been a focused area of the packaging industry because it has easily-defined benefits through the minimization of material, production and transport costs. Food and beverage producers, retailers and restaurants now have more ambitious goals than ever in terms of sustainability which has increased the pressure on suppliers to create more effective and diversified eco-friendly packaging.

Plastic in a circular economy: Major players form UK Plastics Pact

26 Apr 2018 --- The UK Plastics Pact plans to eradicate single-use plastic from the supply chain and has been signed by more than 40 major players in the food and non-food industry. Leading UK retailers, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Waitrose are among the businesses supporting the pledge.

Plastic recycling: Canary Wharf launches UK’s first deposit return machine

24 Apr 2018 --- East London commercial district, Canary Wharf, has unveiled the first UK on-site Deposit Return Scheme machine as part of its “breaking the plastic habit” strategy. The move coincides with the UK Government’s strategy to tackle plastic waste by introducing a European-style nation-wide Deposit Return Scheme on all plastic, glass and metal drink containers.

Earth Day 2018: Plastic pollution tops the agenda

23 Apr 2018 --- The major theme of yesterday’s Earth Day was the global issue of plastic pollution. Earth Day focused its attention on fundamentally changing human attitudes and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution across the world. The move comes as an ever-increasing number of nations establish strategies for dealing with plastic pollution.

Industry 4.0: Tetra Pak benefits from digital technology boost

20 Apr 2018 --- The food and beverage industry is embarking on its biggest transformation in decades, leveraging new technology to improve food quality, increase plant efficiency and boost productivity. Tetra Pak has undergone its own digital transformation over the past few years and is now working with other companies to help them navigate the complex systems and technology.

The war on plastic: UK to ban sale of plastic straws among new measures

19 Apr 2018 --- The UK government has promised to ban the sale of plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds, as the country steps up its efforts in the battle against plastic pollution. Prime Minister Theresa May announced the new plans before a meeting of the Commonwealth leaders in London, urging those nations to sign-up to the newly-formed Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance. It has been suggested that the ban will come into effect later this year.