PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Feb. 22, 2012

Non-bottle rigid plastics recycling up 72 percent
Greener Package
In 2010, nearly 820 million pounds of post-consumer rigid plastics were collected for recycling nationwide, an increase of 72 percent from 2009 and 154 percent since 2007. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has released a new report showing a significant increase in the collection and recycling of non-bottle rigid plastics in the U.S. The report, prepared by Moore Recycling Associates, Inc., found that in 2010, nearly 820 million pounds of post-consumer rigid plastics were collected for recycling nationwide, an increase of 72 percent from 2009 and 154 percent since 2007. More

Mars to package slimmed-down candy portions
Packaging Digest
Mars Inc., the company behind Snickers, Twix, Skittles and other popular candy brands, has announced it will stop selling chocolate products more than 250 calories in them by the end of next year. While the move means the King Size Snickers, long a convenience store staple, will be phased out, the company will continue to offer 2toGo, 4toGo and Tear 'n Share multi-serving packages.More

Amcor H1 profit down as it eyes emerging markets
Packaging News
Amcor has reported that first-half profit fell 9.4 percent to $204.9 million year-on-year and said it continues to pursue growth opportunities in emerging markets. Net profit dropped to $204.9 million in the six months to Dec. 31, down from $226.1 million, the packaging giant said in a recent statement. More

Huhtamaki is pleased with sales growth, but profits fell in 2011
European Plastics News
Plastics packaging group Huhtamaki posted a 10 percent fall in profits to €121 million in 2011, but the Finnish group has expressed its pleasure at its sales growth. The group's net sales increased by nearly 5 percent from €1.95 billion in 2010 to €2.04 billion in 2011.More

Beyond the cold chain: Tips for protecting CRT health care products
Packaging World
A supply chain topic high on the priority list of many health care manufacturers today is the fast-growing area of cold chain transportation. With the exponential growth of temperature-sensitive biologics and high-value vaccines, ensuring protection of cold chain products is vital. More

Coca-Cola gives itself a B+ in sustainability
Greener Package
Following GRI reporting requirements, The Coca-Cola Company releases its eighth system-wide sustainability report, focusing on economic, environmental, and social performance. The Coca-Cola Company has released its eighth system-wide sustainability report, titled Reasons to Believe. In the company's effort to increase transparency across its sustainability platform, this year's report was created using stakeholder feedback and, for the first time, follows the disclosure and reporting requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to achieve a self-declared grade level "B+."More

PetSmart pays $15,000 for packaging violation
Packaging Digest
The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse provided test data that led to a $15,000 settlement between the State of New Hampshire and PetSmart Inc. TPCH testing discovered cadmium above limits set by state regulation in flexible PVC packaging of several PetSmart products. Test data was shared with NH state officials, who subsequently collected additional data to support the enforcement action. More

UAE mandates oxo-bio additives for disposable plastics
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) has said that all suppliers and manufacturers of bags to the country will need to be using oxo-biodegradable additives from next year. The official notice covers not just plastic bags, but also a range of packaging and disposable items such as semi-rigid plastic packaging for food and consumer-durables, waste bags and bin-liners, and shrink and pallet wrap amongst other items. More

Lactalis uses bioplastics for its cheese snacks
Packaging World
Buffalo, N.Y.-based cheese maker Lactalis American Group, Inc., notes on its website that the company has "always been green way before it was the popular thing to do." The latest example is the renewable packaging it is using for its Precious® Sticksters® snack cheeses. More

Call for pack firms to take notice of HSE charging regime
Packaging News
Packaging firms need to make sure that they are clued up about the HSE's forthcoming Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme to avoid costly fines, according to legal experts. More

Wheaties unveils retro cereal boxes
Packaging Digest
In its continued celebration of championship performance, Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions, is releasing three new Wheaties boxes featuring retro images of former Wheaties Champions Muhammad Ali, Bruce Jenner and Mary Lou Retton. Since achieving their world champion status, these three athletic legends have continued to inspire America's future athletes. Each has also maintained a deep appreciation for the role nutrition played - and continues to play - in their performances. More

French BPA ban may harm US food exports - USDA
European Plastics News
The proposed French ban on Bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging would jeopardize exports of food products to France, according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report says the ban, which is waiting to be examined by the French senate, would affect sales of beverage products such as beer and juice. France is the second largest market for Florida juices, with sales totaling $21 million, says the USDA. More

WD-40 Specialist
Brand Packaging
While packaging for the brand's "Specialist" line extension features the trademark WD-40 shield, it breaks away from the iconic blue and red and is instead "professionally" dressed in black and silver - a design cue that should resonate with the new product's audience. More

Cautious optimism in the packaging job market
Packaging World
The April issue of Packaging World will feature results from the Institute of Packaging Professionals' annual salary survey. This definitive survey will look beyond financial numbers, reporting on how the 2011 economy made an impact on packaging careers. Here's a sneak peak from two survey respondents. More

Report analyzes role of nanotechnology in food and drinks packaging
Research and Markets has included a new report titled "The Nanotechnology Opportunity in Food and Drinks Packaging" to its portfolio. Nanotechnology has several prospective applications in drinks and food packaging, especially in fruit, vegetables, poultry, meat and beverages. The novel technology delivers additional barrier properties to help in preventing spoilage for a longer period. New advancements are also optimizing the capability of the innovative technology to develop packaging capable of detecting when food has been contaminated or spoiled. More

Plymouth, UK, food sachet firm goes into administration
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
A plant that produces dairy products in individual laminated plastic sachets and containers has gone into administration after hitting financial difficulties. The Quadra Foods plant in Plymouth, U.K., part of the Farmright Group, is now in the hands of administrators Grant Thornton. Eighty of the 120-strong workforce have been laid off as the administrators search for a buyer for the company.More

Sustainability report highlights eco-efficient projects at Sun Chemical
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Sun Chemical released its 2011 sustainability report, which expands on its established data-driven metrics by showcasing how the company's leadership in sustainability is helping customers adapt and be more eco-efficient. While Sun Chemical continues to be data-driven in its sustainability efforts by reporting the performance measurement for seven key sustainability metrics as outlined in its previous reports, the 2011 sustainability report expands on this commitment by citing specific examples of how its products, services and projects are helping customers improve their environmental impact.More