PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
May. 16, 2012

Product and packaging can create brand harmony
Packaging Digest
Today's consumers want their foods to be as pure and unprocessed as they can possibly be. A package design that is clear, pure and self-explanatory makes it possible for buyers to take in the product concept at a single glance. Modern, minimalist package designs attract the consumer's attention on the sales shelf, and at the same time are able to convey the vital first impression of the conceptual approach of the food or beverage inside the package. And they persuade the consumer to buy the product. More

Eco Plastics calls for a green message in a bottle
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Jonathan Short, boss of Eco Plastics, has stressed the need to focus on recycling the 300,000 tonnes of plastic bottles which go to landfill every year and for the industry to communicate the recycling message more effectively. More

Vacuum packaging that keeps meat red
Packaging World
FreshCase technology, which involves the use of sodium nitrite in the food contact layer of the film, is an award-winning way of using vacuum packaging without causing the fresh red meat to darken. More

Wipak launches Spanish packaging films plant
European Plastics News
European multi-layer films specialist Wipak has continued expansion across the region with the formal launch of its recently completed Spanish packaging films plant located in Llinars del Valle, north of Barcelona. More

Asda switches Chosen By You salad dressings from glass to plastic
Packaging News
Asda is to launch its Chosen By You salad dressing range in new 250ml PET bottles to replace an existing glass container. The new bottle, made by APPE, is reported to represent a 90 percent saving in weight compared to the previous glass bottle. More

Poultry in plastics provides hygienic solution for Forresters
Packaging Europe
When Forresters Chicken decided to make the switch from cardboard to plastic containers for its poultry,, the U.K.'s leading independent supplier of plastic pallets and containers, held the hygienic advantage. More

Packaging changes having big impact at Walmart
Packaging Digest
Small changes can have a big impact, especially when those changes are scaled across Walmart's global supply chain. In a parade of success stories told at Walmart's seventh annual Sustainability Expo held this week in Rogers, Ark., representatives of the retailing giant and its suppliers related the impact that minor changes have made, especially in such areas as material usage and reduced transportation costs. More

Paccor wins packaging order from Autobar
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The food service division of pan-European packaging group Paccor has signed a contract to supply four billion disposable cups to the international vending machine supplier Autobar Group. More

DuPont Award winners
Packaging World
FreshCase technology that keeps fresh red meat red after being vacuum packaged - that's the Diamond Award winner in this year's DuPont Awards; PODS from P&G and the YES Pack from Kraft are also intriguing. More

Germany boosts plastics packaging production
Packaging News
New figures show that Germany increased its plastics packaging production by 5 percent to 4.3 million tonnes in 2011 in response to rising demand for its materials. Research from trade association IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen highlighted a rising demand for plastics. It also showed that there was an increase in turnover by 9 percent in 2011. More

Advancing sustainability in a complex value chain
Packaging Europe
Self-adhesive labels have contributed significant benefits to packaging; and their versatility, cleanliness, and variability have made them firm favorites in many key fmcg market sectors - on foods (both as primary and secondary product labels and for priceweigh applications and other variable information print); on personal and homecare products; and, particularly, on beverages. More

Lack of traceability can damage product integrity
Packaging Digest
With the growing number of product recalls, industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceutical and consumer goods, have all been under intense scrutiny like never before. Recent years have involved a number of serious - and even deadly - safety incidents, which means the need to protect your supply chain is the key for survival. Any weak link in the supply chain, no matter how obscure and (seemingly) insignificant, can inflict million-dollar damage, not to mention threaten public health. More

Petainer - refreshing the beers that other kegs can't reach
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Shropshire's Ironbridge Brewery is using Petainer's PET kegs for the distribution of a new high-quality English lager. The company is targeting sales in the keg beer market through mail order deliveries. More

UPS delivers $9 million of flu vaccine to Laos
Packaging World
Walgreens donates 375,000 doses that UPS air-ships more than 9,000 miles in five days through five countries, maintaining mandatory 2° to 8°C temperatures through a range of climates. More

Best choice in corona treater rolls, according to science
Flexible Packaging
Glassteel Coatings (formerly known as Empire Treater Rolls) announces the development of three new coating formulations to be applied to both roller and non-roller products. These new Glassteel coatings have been formulated to substantially improve corrosion resistance, release and heat transfer qualities while maintaining the durability and longevity that are the hallmarks of Glassteel coatings. More

Russkaya Trapeza to introduce complex packaging lines at Rosupak 2012
Packaging Europe
Russian Trapeza, a leading manufacturer of packing equipment in Russia and CIS countries, will be demonstrating end-to-end solutions for the packaging of various types of products at the Rosupak exhibition from June 18-22 in Moscow. More

UK retailer keeping tomatoes fresh longer
Packaging Digest
U.K. retailer Tesco's tomatoes will now stay fresher for longer following the roll-out of It'sFresh!, with Tesco Finest tomatoes being the first to benefit, and many other tomato varieties to follow in due course. More

BRIC PET patterns predict decade-long growth
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The global demand for PET-based flexible packaging saw compound growth of 7 percent during last decade due to application in the FMCG and food sectors, according to GBI Research. GBI Research analysis indicates that fast-growing economies will lead Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) to become dominant forces in the global PET market. More

Chesapeake ramps up carton production with new Komori press
Packaging News
Chesapeake has bolstered its printing press arsenal with the purchase of a Komori Lithrone GLX640 litho machine. The press will be installed at its Leicester site, which prints cartons for the pharmaceutical sector. It's understood that Chesapeake is the first European company to buy the Lithrone GLX640, which was premiered at print exhibition Drupa in Düsseldorf. More

Ilip launches new range of rPET punnets
European Plastics News
Italy-based Ilip has created a new range of heat sealing TS punnets made of r-PET, designed for delicate products such as strawberries. The company designed the punnets with Cooperativa Sant'Orsola, an Italian cooperative which focuses on the berry sector. More

SPS 2012: Tackling food waste through packaging innovation
Greener Package
For food manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and consumers, food waste is a pervasive and unavoidable reality. Or is it? At the 2012 Sustainable Packaging Symposium held in Houston in March, Michael Hewett, director of environmental and sustainability programs for Publix Super Markets, Inc., outlined the scope of the food-waste problem and offered examples of how packaging can be used to address the food-waste crisis. More