PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Mar. 28, 2012

Wine producers serving greener packaging
Packaging Digest
Perhaps more than any other alcoholic beverage, the packaging used for wine was often viewed as an indicator of quality. Heavy, glass bottles were the norm and served the wine industry for hundreds of years. However, environmental and economic concerns have encouraged some in the industry to shed some packaging weight. More

EC could rule against free carrier bags this summer
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The European Commission (EC) looks set to recommend the banning of the free distribution of so-called single use carrier bags. A Green Paper is expected next month that will lay out the details of the plan. The proposal to charge for all carrier bags could be law within two years, claim insiders. More

Nestlé's 100 percent recyclable packs
Packaging World
Nestlé UK & Ireland has replaced the 48 tonnes of rigid plastic used in its mug eggs with FSC-approved paperboard, meaning its entire Easter collection is now recyclable. Compostable film is also being used for the windows resulting in a 30 percent reduction in packaging across the mug egg range. More

Budget 2012: Disappointment for plastics industry
Packaging News
The government's decision to increase plastic recycling targets is a blow to the plastics industry in the U.K., according to the British Plastics Federation. In the recent budget, the government confirmed that it will increase plastic packaging recycling by 5 percent a year to reach a business target of 57 percent in 2017. More

Danone to use bio-based PEF water bottles
European Plastics News
Avantium, a research and development firm based in Amsterdam, is partnering with Group Danone to produce bio-sourced water bottles. Danone Research and Avantium have entered into a joint development agreement to produce bottles made from polyethylene furanoate - a furanic polyester developed by Avantium to be a 100 percent bio-based, recyclable alternative to PET. More

Selection, quality of store brands improving
The Associated Press via Packaging Digest
Once stigmatized as a second-rate alternative, store brands are taking on their name-brand counterparts with splashier packaging and a growing number of organic, all-natural and higher-end products. The push is part of a broader expansion of store brands into every corner of the supermarket; shoppers can now find cheaper versions of Greek yogurt, organic frozen pizzas, gelato and even specialty chocolates. More

Acquisition boosts Amcor's Indian presence
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Australian packaging manufacturer Amcor has bought the Indian flexible packaging business Uniglobe Packaging for $20.8 million. With the acquisition, Melbourne-based Amcor now owns five manufacturing sites in India. An Amcor statement said Uniglobe generates about $21 million in annual sales and serves large multi-national customers in the food, personal care and health care end markets. More

China's packaging presence growing
Packaging World
President Obama's late-March trip to the Far East put China in the media spotlight as a potential partner in pressuring North Korea on matters of international security. But for those in the packaging community, China was, is, and will continue to be a major factor. Case in point: "China is aiming to become the world's largest packaging producer by the end of 2012, according to research by financial advisory firm Catalyst Corporate Finance," said a Sept. 11, 2011 Packaging News article. More

Wagon Wheels drop Wild West look in redesign by Bloom
Packaging News
Design agency Bloom has redesigned the Wagon Wheels brand in a revamp that drops the biscuit's well-known Wild West look. The London agency has designed a new logotype in a bid to make the brand more relevant to today's children. Ed Hayes, Bloom Planning Director, said: "We knew that nowadays kids don't get as excited about cowboys and indians as their parents' generation." More

US-based Dart Container buying Solo Cup for $1 billion
European Plastics News
Solo Cup has announced it is being purchased by fellow U.S. group Dart Container. Solo and Dart said they have an agreement for Solo to be sold in a $1 billion transaction. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and expected to close in the third quarter. Dart is the country's largest maker of foam cups.More

Grippable large bottles
Packaging Digest
New DeepGrip bottles allow the manufacture of large size PET containers - with a deep recess for easy handling - as an alternative to traditional extrusion blow-molded HDPE bottles with integrated handles. More

RPC wins out with innovative IML projects
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Packaging specialist RPC has exploited the functional and aesthetic advantages of in-mold labeling for several new or relaunched plastic products. In-mold labeling and decoration featured strongly at the Brau Beviale 2011 fair in Nuremburg, Germany, in November. Brau Beviale is a major capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry. More

Balancing risk with innovation
Packaging World
One of the major roles of the packaging R&D function is to identify and address all the risk areas in a project, one by one. A willingness to try new materials and package formats - even at the risk of commercial failure - can be a price worth paying for innovation. More

Slovakia faces legal action over packaging waste failures
Packaging News
Slovakia is failing to comply with EU legislation on packaging waste and faces being brought before the European Court, Brussels said. In a recent statement, the European Commission said it was concerned over Slovakia's failure to comply with the Packaging Waste Directive and issued a reasoned opinion to the country. More

German plastic champagne cork maker sold
European Plastics News
Wine packaging manufacturer Phillip Schneider recently purchased Pfefferkron, a German injection molder known for its plastic champagne corks and caps. Schneider acquired 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Pfefferkron in the transaction. Schneider, based in Ebernburg, Germany, manufactures wine and champagne products like bottle wire hoods, capsules, screw caps and Secco Cords - a natural fiber closure used in the presentation of sparkling wines, vinegar and oils. The company also manufactures machinery and shipping trays, crates and cartons. More

Venture brands
Brand Packaging
Have challenger brands inspired a new opportunity for retailers in venture brands? The retailer's quest for sustainable margins is tougher than ever as price wars squeeze margins from all sides. To compete, retailers are forced to sell leading brands on heavy promotion - it's not unusual for 80 percent volume to be sold on deal - and drop prices on private label. Price match guarantees and price comparison sites only add to the problem. More

Amcor bids $252 million for flexible packaging supplier
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Amcor has formally announced it has reached an agreement to buy flexible packaging supplier Aperio Group Australia for $252.5 million, even though Australia's competition watchdog is yet to approve the proposed sale. More

Chevler boosts color offer in foil baking case range
Packaging Europe
In response to customer demand Chevler, the UK's leading manufacturer of baking cases and tulip muffin wraps, is adding a number of exciting new colors to it range of paper lined foil cases. The move follows hard on the heels of Chevler's highly successful introduction last year of coloured cupcake cases in a convenient pack size and which sees the company now offering 15 separate colors. More

Huhtamäki Oyj to acquire a major foodservice packaging supplier in Asia
Huhtamäki has entered into an agreement to acquire Josco (Holdings) Limited ("Josco"), a manufacturer and distributor of paper and plastic disposable packaging products headquartered in Hong Kong and with manufacturing in China. With the acquisition Huhtamäki continues to implement its strategy of quality growth and significantly strengthens its position as a global provider of high quality food service packaging products. More

Tetra Pak net sales reach €10.36 billion in 2011
Packaging Europe
Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, has announced net sales of €10.36 billion in 2011 - up five percent from 2010 in comparable terms. The company's Packaging Solutions businesses achieved net sales of €9.2 billion for the year, three percent higher (comparable terms) than in 2010, driven by strong growth in South and Southeast Asia, Central and South America, China and Sub-Sahara Africa. More