PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
March 2, 2011

Frito-Lay hopes new SunChips bag quiets critics
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Frito-Lay hopes to make some big noise with a quieter version of its biodegradable SunChips bag. The company introduced a biodegradable bag for the snacks in April of 2009 with a big marketing effort to play up its environmentally friendly nature as it was made from plants and not plastic and could break down in compost.More

High-performance eye shadow launches in technically sophisticated package
Packaging Digest
L'Oréal Paris debuts a high-performance eye shadow for its Infallible product range, which promises to "fight the signs of make-up melt down" for up to 16 hours of wear, in a transparent 40- by 40-mm jar, injection-molded in PETG using a small but complex mold. The key feature of the jar is a perfectly flat exterior, achieved thanks to a special cooling system.More

Clondalkin reorganizes its European packaging operation
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Packaging producer Clondalkin Group said it has reorganized its European flexible packaging division to streamline the operation of its eight separate businesses located in seven different countries.More

Heinz to launch its ketchup in Coca-Cola's PlantBottle this summer
Greener Package
The iconic ketchup company estimates that it will introduce 120 million 20-oz PlantBottle packages in 2011 into the U.S.The Coca-Cola Co. and H.J. Heinz Co. have announced a strategic partnership that enables Heinz to produce its ketchup bottles using Coca-Cola's breakthrough PlantBottle™ packaging. The PET plastic bottles are made partially from plants and have a lower reliance on nonrenewable resources compared with traditional PET plastic bottles. The partnership is an industry-first, and one that both companies say they hope others will follow to transform how food is packaged around the world.More

Department of Defense to convert landfill gases into sustainable energy
Packaging Digest
The Depart of Defense's Fort Benning, Ga., base will convert its landfill gas into renewable energy, using technology that creates clean energy with near-zero emissions from harmful greenhouse gases, says the supplier of the "powerstations" used for the conversion.More

Alpla-Werke closes Spanish preform plant
European Plastics News
Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner has closed its PET bottle preforms plant La Carolina, Spain, blaming the closure on decreasing sales volume for bottled water in Spain. According to a Feb. 25 e-mail from spokeswoman Sabrina Ortner, machinery and some of employees of the La Carolina facility were transferred to other Alpla plants in Spain. The building is for sale.More

Plastic strapping and sustainability
Packaging World
For many CPG companies, plastic strapping is an overlooked opportunity to improve the company's sustainability profile. That's true, even though most consumer packaged goods (especially non-durables) are delivered to retail unitized in stretch wrap. Plastic strapping can't provide the full-enclosure protection of stretch wrap, nor can it match the strength of steel strapping (routinely associated with industrial use, anyway). But in those applications suited to plastic strapping, its ease-of-disposal, compared to stretch wrap and steel, gives it sustainability points.More

Welsh Assembly attacked on 'scaremongering' bag tax
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Leeds-based Cromwell Polythene has welcomed the draft Environment Agency report Life Cycle Assessment of Supermarket Carrier Bags, obtained by the Independent on Sunday and said to portray plastic carrier bags in a favorable light.More

Nampak claims 15 percent weight saving with new bottle
European Plastics News
Nampak Plastics says its new plastic milk bottle range -- Infini -- provides a weight saving of 15-21 percent. The company says it reduced the weight by coming up with a design which does not force the material far into each of the bottles corners. By doing this much less material is required during the manufacturing process, it adds. More

105 jobs saved as Novelis finds buyer for foils arm
Packaging News
Novelis has announced that it has sold its printed confectionery foil packaging business at Bridgnorth, Shropshire, U.K., to Discovery Foils for an undisclosed amount. A total of 105 employees will transfer to, printing confectionery foil firm, Discovery Foils along with the assets of the business. The business produces multi-coloured printed foil used as packaging for confectionary products.More

Italian court throws out objections to plastics bag ban
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Italian plastics processor association Unionplast has failed in an attempt to have new legislation banning non-biodegradable plastics shopping bags declared illegal. Unionplast, together with several processing companies, took their case to the country's highest administrative tribunal, the TAR of Lazio (the region covering Rome). They complained that the legislation, introduced at the beginning of the year, had been introduced "without respite" and was damaging the sector. More

PET packaging company eyes Middle East market
European Plastics News
New company CrystalPack is aiming to become the largest supplier of PET packaging in the Middle East after making its debut at the Gulfood 2011 show in Dubai. The company says demand for PET packaging in the region is growing 30-40 percent each year and that the market is worth more than $100 million.More

Pharmaceutical company acquires US packaging site from Amcor for $10 million
Packaging Magazine
U.S.-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, Daiichi Sankyo Inc. (DSI), has acquired a packaging manufacturing facility in Bethlehem, Penn., from Amcor. Vice President of Operations at DSI Jeff Lane said the company's new 140,000 square foot facility, which was purchased for $10.25 million, will create 80 new jobs and help to package a range of the DSI's products including Benicar, Welchol and Azor.More

Del Monte bananas get second packaging skin
Packaging News
Food producer Del Monte will package its bananas in a plastic wrapper to sell to customers at petrol stations, convenience stories and gyms. The Del Monte individually-wrapped bananas will be marketed under the slogan "Natural Energy Snack on the Go," according to the Daily Mail.More

Hip FLASQ is first US wine brand in a can
Greener Package
With "convenient" and "green" top of mind, St. Helena, Calif.-based JT Wines is the first in the U.S. to launch its wine brand in a shatterproof, quick-chilling aluminum bottle. FLASQ Wines, in 2009 Chardonnay and 2009 Merlot varieties, were launched in January in sleek 375-mL resealable aluminum bottles from Exal.More