PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Jan. 30, 2013

Chicken company converts all packaging to recyclable, wax-free boxes
Brand Packaging
Gerber Poultry Inc., a family-owned producer and processor of all-natural and antibiotic-free chicken products, partners with Interstate Container to convert 100 percent of operations entirely to Greencoat recyclable packaging. More

Coca-Cola backs packaging recycling grant program
Packaging Digest
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation today announced a call for applications for the 2013 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program, a program designed to expand and support recycling in communities across America. The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is funded through a $300,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. More

PFE Rolls offers geared pull rolls
PFFC
Geared Pull Rolls from PFE Rolls are designed to pull scrap web material or trim into awaiting scrap bins or recycling containers. These rolls are often used for this application with heavier or more rigid material that cannot be adequately handled by conventional air conveyance systems. More

Petainer harnesses Husky for £2.1 million Swedish expansion
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Czech packaging group Petainer is investing £2.1 million in expanding its plant in Lidköping, Sweden, with new Husky equipment. The company is looking to lower energy consumption while increasing capacity. Once the expansion work is completed, the plant will be able to produce more than one billion finished products per year, said spokesperson Philip Sanner. More

Freshness extension for fresh produce
Packaging World
Laser film perforation technology helps control oxygen transmission rates in bean sprout bags, protecting product color and odor. Based in Kangwon Province, South Korea, ADD FARM, Ltd., supplies and packages bean sprout products for CJ Foods, one of the largest food companies in South Korea.More

Holfeld launches new sustainable packaging
European Plastics News
U.K.-based Holfeld Plastics is launching a new range of sustainable packaging for poultry and fish products across Europe. The pluS range is comes in an rPET material with a PE sealing film. In mainland Europe, the packaging comes in a foamed rPET/PE mix. More

Canadian pack rule changes could lead to job losses, warns industry expert
Packaging News
Thousands of jobs could be lost in the food processing industry in Canada if the Canadian government passes a law that would force changes to food packaging regulation, warned an industry expert. More

Webex acquired by Bertram Capital
Flexible Packaging
Webex, Inc., a leading manufacturer of precision engineered rolls and custom converting machinery used in web converting, packaging and printing applications has been acquired by Bertram Capital, a private equity firm based in San Mateo, Calif. The acquisition marks Bertram's second platform investment and third transaction in the plastic processing and web handling equipment industry. More

Perrigo launches innovative infant formula packaging
Packaging Digest
Store Brand Infant Formulas are debuting a new look with innovative plastic tub packaging that makes it even more convenient to provide quality nutrition for babies. More

Innovative Handling provides overhead systems
PFFC
Innovative Handling offers overhead systems for a variety of applications from winder unload to roll sortation systems. Each system is custom designed and manufactured to customer specifications. J-Hook lifting systems, commonly used for rewinder unload applications, are typically rack and pinion but can be designed with a variety of other mechanisms. More

Crewe cuts Nexus Packaging supply lines
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Glasgow-based Nexus Packaging has opened a new warehouse and distribution center at Weston Interchange in Crewe, England, close to the M6 motorway. "Our new facility will help us to provide additional stocking levels for existing customers and offer our superb range of packaging to businesses that require to up-lift or be supplied in pallet quantities," said Nexus Packaging director, Mark Ferguson. More

Nonrecycled plastics present huge energy potential for Canada, says study
Packaging World
A new study, "Energy and Economic Values of Non-Recycled Plastics (NRP) Currently Landfilled in Canada," has determined that if all of the nonrecycled plastics that are put into Canadian landfills each year were converted to energy, using technologies currently available, the energy would be sufficient to provide fuel for more than 600,000 automobiles annually. The study was carried out by the School of Planning of the University of Waterloo on behalf of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA). More

PLA tableware launched in Asia
European Plastics News
A new range of tableware, based on Puralact lactides from Purac, has been launched in Singapore. The packaging is biodegradable and compliant with food contact regulations in the U.S. and Europe. More

Retail giants join new industry group to prevent surplus food going to waste
Packaging News
Big names such as Asda, Boots and Kellogg's have joined forces with other retailers and manufacturers to help prevent the amount of surplus food being wasted. The new industry working group met Jan. 24 for the first time to discuss the current systems, and assess possible solutions that could increase the U.K.'s food redistribution, in order to start building a plan of action. More

Norway bioplastic maker enters joint venture in Thailand
Plastics News
Norwegian bioplastics maker BioBag International AS and Thailand's Thantawan Industry Public Co. Ltd. are setting up a partnership to manufacture BioBag products in Thailand, which will be the Scandinavian company's first production base in Asia. More

Drink Chia increases PET bottle size and distribution
Packaging Digest
In an effort to offer a greater value to consumers, Drink Chia, LLC, Altamonte Springs, Fla., makers of the all-natural omega-3 superfood drink, is increasing its packaging size from eight oz to 10 oz for all four flavors - Strawberry Citrus, Honeysuckle Pear, Mango Tangerine, and "B Meyer" Lemon. More

Freebox produces customized boxes on demand
PFFC
System Packaging has announced that Matik Inc. will be the distributor of its new corrugated box machine, Freebox, for packaging applications in the U.S. and Canada. Freebox can produce fully erected, customized cartons on demand with efficiency and flexibility, lower raw material costs, higher carton strength, lower transportation costs, lower storage costs, and less impact on the environment, the company reports. More

SIG sees spectrum of opportunity in Brazil
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Packaging carton manufacturer SIG Combiblock is investing £30 million in a new extrusion line, to laminate cardboard with a polymer coating, at its Brazilian plant. The investment will allow the firm to laminate unprocessed cardboard for its own brand aseptic carton packs on-site. The polymer layer will build a liquid barrier for the product, keeping moisture out, says the company. More

Pepsi invests $35,000 to generate an added $300,000 annually
Packaging World
On a 2-L PET line at a Pepsi plant in Cheverly, Md., an optimized conveyor connection between case packer and palletizer is helping to generate about $300,000 more in revenue per year. That was one of the things learned at a Jan. 22 press conference held by Emerson Industrial Automation at Automate/ProMat 2013 in Chicago. More

Amcor invests $20 million in Florida expansion
European Plastics News
Packaging giant Amcor Rigid Plastics is investing $20 million in expanding its southeastern US bottle manufacturing operation in Florida. Amcor says it is investing in expansion in response to strong market demand for beverage and pharmaceutical packaging.More

Clear-felling and replanting in certified forests aids biodiversity, study finds
Packaging News
Forestry practices, such as clear-felling, replanting, coppicing, and widening roads can help improve biodiversity, according to a new study commissioned by the Alliance of Beverage Cartons and the Environment UK (Ace UK).More

California to consider banning plastic grocery bags, again
Plastics News
California Assemblyman Marc Levine introduced a bill that would ban single-use plastic grocery bags throughout the state beginning in 2015. Levine, D-San Rafael, modeled Bill 158 after a similar bill was held up in a Senate committee last year after facing criticism from plastic bag manufacturers and grocers.More