PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
March 10, 2010

U.S. scientists say a multi-year study involving polymers could lead to the development of new types of biodegradable, biocompatible plastics
Packaging Digest
U.S. scientists say a multi-year study involving polymers could lead to the development of new types of biodegradable, biocompatible plastics. IBM and Stanford University researchers said their findings might also lead to a new recycling process that has the potential to significantly increase the ability to recycle and reuse common petroleum and plant-based plastics.More

He ain't heavy: IRN-BRU maker commits to less plastic
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Scottish soft drinks company AG Barr, maker of the IRN-BRU carbonated drink, is planning to cut the amount of PET it uses in bottles across all its product ranges. Working with Zero Waste Scotland, AG Barr will aim to reduce PET plastic use in bottles produced at its Cumbernauld factory by 8 percent, representing a saving of 375 tons of PET a year. By the end of this month, all bottles of Strathmore Spring Water will contain 25 percent recycled PET, the company said.More

World food-container demand up 3.9 percent a year, says new study
Converting Magazine
World demand for food containers is forecast to increase 3.9 percent per year to $124 billion in 2013. Factors contributing to rising demand include growth in global food output and trends toward convenience-oriented food options as a result of fast-paced lifestyles. Products made from biodegradable materials will post robust advances, albeit from a low base. This is due to increased pressure on packaging producers to reduce their environmental footprint.More

Booze in a bag? You bet!
Packaging Digest
Multilayer barrier pouches are entering food and beverage markets that were never before penetrated. Spirits are the latest application, specifically ShotPak, a 50 ml flask-shaped pouch filled with ready-to-drink cocktails that can go where glass containers can't. Beverage Pouch Group (BPG) LLC, Sarasota, Fla., markets the pouches in boxed multipacks of six and 12 pouches, and the product is racking up sales with distributors in nearly a dozen states.More

Searching for a cure
Packaging World
How laminating adhesives are cured carries a variety of consequences. Those consequences used to be of passing concern to end-users, as long as the laminations: were acceptably priced; ran efficiently on filling machinery; and, effectively fulfilled the functions of packaging. The materials, equipment, processes, and procedures necessary to produce the laminations were regarded as the concerns of the converter. These days, end-users can't separate themselves from the operations of their converters. The two groups having been joined at the hip by regulatory and environmental issues.More

Heat Sealers: Lean can be green
Packaging News UK
In 2008, before the economy went into meltdown, it looked as though ready-meal heat sealers were on the cusp of a green revolution. The key players in the market had diverted their R&D efforts from new sealing technologies, like radio frequency and laser sealing, to making their heat sealers more economical on film usage and energy consumption.More

Frozen veggies more nutritious than fresh, says study
Flexible Packaging Magazine
In recent years, flexible packaging has flourished in the frozen aisles as consumers realize the benefits of convenience, resealability and improved shelf life. Consumers can now add improved nutrition to that impressive bevy of benefits as frozen vegetables often contain more nutrients than fresh vegetables says a report by the U.K.-based Institute of Food Research (IFR).More

Buffalo Rock Company test drives Lantech's No Film Break wrapping machine
Packaging Magazine
Buffalo Rock Company, a Pepsi and Cadbury Schweppes bottler took up the offer to trial an alpha model of Lantech's patent-pending No Film Break (NFB) stretch wrapping machine in 2008. The decision to trial the machine came as a result of Buffalo Rock expansion into full-line vending, catering and food services.More

Compostable wrapper for chocolate supports company's eco-vision
Greener Package
Amigos International, a Dutch company offering organic, Fair Trade coffee and chocolates, has selected Innovia Films' high-barrier compostable material, NatureFlex NK, to wrap its new range of Ananda dark chocolate from Ecuador.More