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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 countries which suffer from droughts and global warming,” according to Dr Morgaine Gaye, Food Futurologist who spoke at the F&B Innovation Conference, at Gulfood Manufacturing, in Dubai last month.

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 irradiation.

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.

Bonds Confectionery launches limited own-brand confectionery for Christmas

Bonds Confectionery has released a limited range of own-brand Christmas confectionery gifting range on the back of its overwhelming private label success during the festive period last year.

Seasonal Packaging: Is it Really Worth It?

Seasonal and holiday packaging has seen a huge growth since 2012, but it is not always worth the investment, according to Grimes Packaging Services based in Florida, US.

R&D Insider - From Nestlé's lab in Lausanne

Foiling over-packing: Nestlé project aims to reduce environmental impact of chocolate wrappers

Nestlé has begun a project to explore whether it is over-packing chocolate and can move to lighter packaging options.

Constantia Flexibles opens film R&D center

Constantia Flexibles has opened a center for R&D of polymer films and film laminates for flexible packaging.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

PepsiCo, Mars, Mondelēz and Fonterra throw spotlight on Middle East

PepsiCo, Mars, Mondelēz and Fonterra will focus their efforts on the Middle East at Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai next week (October 27-29) with two conferences entitled Next Generation Manufacturing and F&B Innovation.

Pack Expo 2015

Photochromic packaging ink, which is only visible in sunlight, to revolutionize intelligent packaging industry

Printpack has developed a photochromic ink which claims to revolutionize the packaging industry in the intelligent, interactive market segment.

Mars targets healthier, on-the-go crowd with Snickers Crsiper and other c-store launches

Mars announced the November launch of its portion-controlled Snickers Crisper at this year’s National Association of Convenience Stores Show.

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API Foils to expand across Europe

API which makes foils, laminates and holographs for brand enhancement and packaging protection for the snacks, beverage and confectionEry industry, has expanded its management team in the UK and Poland.

Bonds Confectionery creates bigger sharing bags for Flying Saucers

Bonds Confectionery has launched a bigger standalone pack for its Flying Saucers for sharing.

Pack Expo 2015

Consumer trends changing the world of packaging

Consumer trends are actively changing how food items are packaged, according to a report released at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas and Pharma Expo 2015.

News in brief

Videojet launches Ultra Grade black ribbon for confectionery & bakery flexible packaging

Videojet Technologies has launched an Ultra Grade black ribbon for its DataFlex and 6X00 thermal transfer overprinter (TTO) products used in a variety of applications including the snack, bakery, confectionery and candy markets.


Even a small bit of peanut can cause a recall: Why you must fight allergens in baking

There’s no one size fits all approach to stopping allergens from making their way into baked goods, but one researcher says manufacturers must put many safeguards, including training, in place to help mitigate risk.


Collaborative robot reaches out to dairy industry

Universal Robots has reached out to dairy manufacturers at this year’s International Dairy Show in Chicago with its line of collaborative robots.

Mondelēz to lean on healthy snacks and digital media to expand margins

Mondelēz International hopes to “significantly expand margins” through healthier versions of its products, product innovation and more reliance on digital media.

ECMA Congress 2015, Bucharest, Romania

Revealed: F&B winners from the Pro Carton ECMA Awards 2015

From a wedge of cheese sold in a carton pack, to Swiss chocolate for special occasions, this year’s Pro Carton ECMA Awards focused on the sustainability of cartonboard as a replacement for other types of packaging material.

Legal Watch

Ferrara Candy files lawsuit over rice weevils found in Red Vines licorice

Ferrara Candy Company filed a lawsuit against American Licorice Company, claiming the company sold them Red Vines licorice invested with rice weevils.

Sonoco launches first of its kind DivvyPack combining a thermoformed pack with sliding lid

Sonoco Alloyd, part of Sonoco Display and Packaging, has created DivvyPack that dispenses products and acts as a storage pack. 

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