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Graphic Packaging International to acquire Colorpak for $60m

Graphic Packaging International, part of Graphic Packaging Holding Company, has agreed to buy Colorpak, a folding carton supplier in Australia and New Zealand for $60m, with the deal expected to...

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KraussMaffei Group to expand in China

ChemChina, one of China’s largest chemicals group, is set to acquire KraussMaffei Group and its brands KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal, for €925m.

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Goss International expands into South Korea

Goss International has appointed Alles International as its agent for South Korea to get a foothold in the market.

Top three packaging F&B manufacturer concerns; Convenience, Design and Recyclability

Convenience and ease of use of packaging continues to lead the field of criteria for manufacturers in France, according to the Observatoire de l’Emballage (Packaging Observatory).

EquipNet opens office in Brazil after surge of international firms moving to the region buying pre-owned equipment

EquipNet has opened an office in Sao Paulo because it says it has seen an increase in the use of pre-owned F&B manufacturing equipment, due to an increasing number of...

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Dematic considering US plant closure, with up to 300 job losses

Dematic, which works with Cadbury Schweppes, Nestlè Australia, and JTM Food Group, is considering plans to close its manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, with up to 300 job losses.

Reaction: Smurfit Kappa enters Brazilian packaging market with $200m double acquisition

Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) has acquired two privately owned integrated paper-based packaging businesses, Industria de Embalagens Santana (INPA) and Paema Embalagens (Paema), for €186m ($200m) in Brazil.

Amcor acquires Deluxe Packages for $45m

Amcor has acquired Deluxe Packages, for $45m which will form part of the firm’s Flexibles Americas business group.

‘The force is with’ magnet manufacturer as it launches ‘super strong’ magnet to extract iron particles from dairy and chocolate

Goudsmit Magnetic Group, which works with Heinz, Nestlè and Barry Callebaut, has launched a  EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group) approved magnet called Hydrohansu, which extracts tiny iron (Fe),...

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Big in 2016: Products ‘revealed gradually’ create sense of excitement and anticipation

Designs that maximize the ‘opening experience’ for consumers will be the key theme of rigid box specialist Pollard Boxes’ stand at Packaging Innovations 2016.

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Stora Enso opens Innovation Centre for biomaterials

Stora Enso has opened a 4,900m2 Innovation Centre for biomaterials in Stockholm, Sweden, housing research, application, business development and strategic marketing.

Top F&B picks - WorldStar Awards 2016

PepsiCo Drinkfinity pods; Tetra Evero Aseptic & Coca Cola Contour PET glass gain world class recognition

From an E-Z SnackPak by Ampac, Drinkfinity pods by PepsiCo US, Coca Cola’s Contour PET glass and Cadbury Glow by Mondelēz International – We round up the best F&B entries...

Mixed feelings from PRE, APEAL, EuPC, BPF

Debate rages on over revised Circular Economy Package

The debate surrounding the revised Circular Economy Package rages on as some associations are not happy with the decisions announced while others welcome the changes.

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Rovema North America acquires Rovema Packaging Machines

Rovema North America which designs and supplies packaging machinery for the bakery, confectionary and coffee market, among others, has acquired Rovema Packaging Machines - all of its Rovema brand-related business. ...

Biscuiterie Thijs increases its waffle production by over 30% with FANUC M-2iA robots

Belgian waffle house, Biscuiterie Thijs, has increased production by over 30% after installing six FANUC  M-2iA robots to automate its packing line.

Allboxes Direct launches bio based polymer packaging

‘Consumers are becoming more sensitive to packaging and its impact on the environment’

Allboxes Direct, which works with Baked By Melissa, Milkbar, Farmigo, and Jacques Torres Chocolates, has launched a bio based polymer packaging to replace petroleum based polymers for the manufacture and...

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With shelf ready packaging on the rise, the ability to mark-up secondary packaging offline meets a growing need in today’s grocery market

‘Sustainable manufacturing is taking centre stage, driven by both the market and regulation.

Reaction from ACE, EuropaBio, European Bioplastics, CEPI, EUROPEN

Circular Economy: Part I – What does the future hold now?

The European Commission has adopted a revised Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers - "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use. ...

Circular Economy: Part II – Serious concerns over long-term plans for investment

EuropaBio said it has ‘high hopes’ for the European Commission’s Circular Economy strategy, but serious, ongoing concerns about the long-term framework conditions in place to attract business investment. 

Organisers relocate Empack tradeshow after Brussels terrorism alert

Easyfairs has relocated its tradeshows Empack 2015 and Packaging Innovations from Brussels Expo (November 25-26) to the Nekkerhal in Mechelen, Belgium, today (December 1-2).

Top five global F&B trends, Gulfood Manufacturing 2015

‘Sweetshop of the Future’ Part II: Cupcake vending machines, black water, edible packaging, & disruptive chocolate

“There are lots of questions about the quality of our water and where it comes from, the plastic packaging used to transport it, plus the shortage of water due to...

Pixie Dust to ‘magically’ sterilize stand-up pouches and bag-in-box

Performance Packaging has launched an alternative aseptic process to sterilize flexible packaging and its contents, avoiding hot-filling, retort processing, peroxide or peracetic baths and sprays, irradiation, pulsed light or electron-beam...

Top five global F&B trends, Gulfood Manufacturing 2015

‘Sweetshop of the Future’ Part I: Cupcake vending machines, black water, edible packaging & disruptive chocolate

‘One of the interesting things about food and why it is so important is because it calls upon our identity and our culture and what we eat and who we...

UNI Packaging invests in 2nd HP Indigo 20000 digital press following demand for personalization and regional promotions

UNI Packaging has further increased its capacity by investing in a second HP Indigo 20000 digital press providing a 30-inch (750mm) wide-web technology for flexible packaging and sleeves.

Cryogenic freezing aids cookie manufacturing, says Linde exec

An executive at Linde claims cryogenic freezing is allows cookie manufacturers to produce a more consistent product.

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