PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Aug. 4, 2010

Too much choice
Brand Packaging
It's often said that package design should start with the shopper, but what exactly does that mean? Focus on a specific shopper segment? Highlight a feature that tested well? We believe that design should focus on the reality of the shopping experience: There are too many choices.More

Del Monte Foods releases sustainability report
Packaging Digest
Recognizing the importance of protecting the environment, and as part of its ongoing commitment to support the communities in which it operates, Del Monte Foods announced formalized environmental sustainability goals.More

EPA publishes 2009 data on industrial/toxics releases in US
Greener Package
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the latest data on industrial releases and transfers of toxic chemicals in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009. EPA is making the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data available within weeks of the reporting deadline through its website and in the tools TRI Explorer and Envirofacts. The database contains environmental release and transfer data on nearly 650 chemicals and chemical categories reported to EPA by more than 21,000 industrial and other facilities.More

Interfilm achieves AIB 'superior' rating
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Interfilm Holdings Inc., a national distributor of thin-gauge plastic films, recently received its first-ever audit from the American Institute of Baking (AIB) at the company's headquarters facility in Greenville, S.C. The company scored 900 out of a possible 1,000 points to place in the 'superior' category, the highest of AIB's audit categories.More

Business Development Advisory announces a new industry report
Business Development Advisory (BDA), a specialized management consulting firm focused on the paper and packaging industries, has completed a new study on the North American packaging paper market.  The focus of this study is on identifying, quantifying, and evaluating the over 100 individual segments that make up this overall market of about 3.9 million tons and over $4.0 billion in paper sales.More

Ball sells US plastic packaging business to Amcor
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Ball has completed the sale of its plastic packaging, Americas, business to Amcor for approximately $280 million. The sale includes five US plants that manufacture PET bottles and preforms and polypropylene bottles, as well as associated customer contracts and other related assets.More

Coconut-fiber based packaging to be developed by new collaboration
Packaging Digest
Compadre, an Austin-based packaging design and engineering company, announces a collaboration with Whole Tree, Inc., a green materials company founded by researchers at Baylor University. Together, the companies will develop packaging applications using Whole Tree's composite material made in part from coconut fiber.More

Uflex to sell AKC Developers stake to Hanjer for 98 crore
The Economic Times
Uflex is exiting the solid waste processing business by selling 70 percent stake in AKC Developers to its joint venture partner Hanjer Biotech for 98 crore, a top company executive said.More

Weight saving drives barrier PET in Europe
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
European demand for enhanced barrier PET bottles is set to grow from 3.94 billion bottles in 2009 to 6.3 billion bottles in 2014, according to figures from Jörg D Schönwald, managing director of packaging industry research group Schönwald Consulting.More

Plenty of potential for PET bottle growth, says AMI
European Plastics News
There are still considerable opportunities for plastic bottles to penetrate packaging markets, says UK research firm AMI. In its report on "Growth opportunities for blow moulded bottles in Europe", AMI says the latent potential for PET barrier bottles in beer, wine and milk is estimated to be a similar size to the carbonated soft drinks market for PET bottles, which was just under 1 million tons in 2009.More

SIG opens 'new chapter' as it targets UK food market
Packaging News
Liquid carton giant SIG Combibloc has revealed plans to target the UK food market with a new mid-sized carton format. The business is set to launch the CombiblocMidi, a new format that is specifically designed for products such as soups and cooking sauces, onto the UK market in the coming weeks.More

Novomer gets funding to commercialize carbon-dioxide feedstocks
Plastics News
An $18.4 million federal stimulus award will help technology firm Novomer Inc. to commercialize its line of plastic materials based on renewable carbon-dioxide feedstocks. "This is the culmination of a lot of hard work," Novomer's Peter Shepard said by phone July 26. "Our goal is to take and scale up our polyol and polymer products."More

Bemis enhancing package research facility
A new Bemis Innovation Center is taking shape in the former technical center of Alcan Packaging Food Americas, which Bemis acquired in March from mining giant Rio Tinto. "We're going to be moving the 'legacy' R&D Bemis people in there with the Alcan people so we can start to have better exchanges of technology," said Henry Theisen, president and chief executive officer.More

Invista gains regulatory approval for OxyClear
European Plastics News
Polymer producer Invista has received regulatory approval for its OxyClear material in Europe and the US for food and beverage packaging. The OxyClear barrier resin is aimed at packaging for products such as juice, wine, beer and condiments such as ketchup.More

Alufoil output jumps in H1 2010
Food Production Daily
Production of aluminum foil in Europe climbed by more than 16 percent during the first half of 2010 as confidence continued to return to the market, said a leading trade association. The European Aluminum Foil Association (EAFA) announced an alufoil output of 432 Kt for the year to the end of June, which represents a year-on-year jump of 16.4 percent. The production figure is also slightly higher than pre-recession levels in the same period in 2008.More