PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Aug. 8, 2012

New cooking bags aid food service industry
Packaging Digest
Plascon Food Solutions announces the introduction of Cook Chill Handle Bags and Cook Chill Bags on a Roll. Both products are additions to the company's line of flexible food packaging products used by the foodservice and food processing industries and are used in the Cook Chill method of food preparation. More

Tetra Pak expands industrial performance business
Food Production Daily
Tetra Pak has acquired a Brazilian control systems specialist to strengthen their manufacturing monitoring technology. More

Malaysia's plastics industry makes stand against bag ban
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
As more places around the world seek to ban or limit plastic bags, Malaysia's plastics industry association believes it's persuaded the national government to look at alternatives beyond more bans. The Southeast Asian nation of 27 million people last year enacted a one-day-a-week ban on free bags in stores, and one state government has gone further and prohibited free bags at retailers seven days a week. More

The new 'pour-tastic,' 'store-mazing' square bottle from SunnyD
Packaging World
New easier-to-pour, easier-to-store, more supply chain-efficient bottle for SunnyD gallon positions packaging as a value-added asset for both the consumer and brand owner. More

RPC creates PET bottles for creamed vegetables
Packaging News
RPC Containers Corby is providing plastic bottles to a well-known Italian manufacturer of creamed vegetables. The company has selected the 670ml top down Orion bottle from RPC Corby with a 38mm valveless cap from RPC Halstead. More

Daelim Industrial to install new Atlas CW1040 Series primary film slitter early in 2013
Flexible Packaging
Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. is pleased to confirm an order from Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. of South Korea for a new 8.7 meters wide Atlas CW1040 Series primary slitter rewinder. The film slitter will be installed in conjunction with a new BOPP film production line at the company's extensive production facility in the city of Jeonju, approx. 100 km south of the capital, Seoul. More

Pouch scores sustainable packaging points
Greener Package
For its Horse Quenchers product, Equatic Solutions of Flemington, N.J., pulled off a nice bit of source reduction recently when it switched out of a rigid plastic container plus snap-on lid to a pouch made of flexible film. Horse Quenchers is a popular mix of all-natural grains and flavorings that, when added to water, make horses eagerly drink the water. More

Tipa launches 100 percent biodegradable flexible packaging film
Tipa, an Israeli start-up focused on the development of green packaging, has announced a 100 percent biodegradable, multi-layered film designed to produce liquid-carrying pouches. More

Packaging innovations mix up the liquor market
Packaging Digest
Flavors like fluffed marshmallow, sweet tea and blueberry are no longer relegated to grocery store shelves. Liquor stores have seen an explosion of flavored spirits and ready-to-drink concoctions as manufacturers try to outdo each other and appeal to consumers' changing tastes. Alternative packaging, like foil pouches once used for children's juice and unbreakable plastic bottles that float, are also entering the marketplace. More

EFSA rules in favor of food-contact rPET processes
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has received its first tranche of scientific advice on the use of recycled PET (rPET) for use in food-contact applications. The ten rPET processes so far covered do not give rise to safety concerns if operated under controlled conditions, claimed the authority. More

Pour-spout pouch lends Truvia sweet market distinction
Packaging World
The 1.5-lb package gives the Cargill sugar substitute brand a category first, lends a clean look, and makes it easy for consumers to use in baking. More

Scottish government calls upon SMEs to reduce packaging waste
Packaging News
The Scottish government has called for small and medium-sized enterprises to think of new ways to reduce product and packaging waste in supply chains. The government-funded Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new £100,000 support fund to support this aim. More

Accredo Packaging places large press and extrusion machinery order with Windmoeller & Hoelscher
Flexible Packaging
Accredo Packaging, located in Sugar Land, Texas, has placed a large order for flexographic printing and film extrusion equipment from Windmoeller & Hoelscher. Commercialized in 2009, Accredo specializes in the manufacture of coextruded barrier films, towel & tissue overwrap film, shrink-bundling film, laminated, printed and unprinted roll stock, pouches and wicketed bags. "We're expanding in all the segments we identified as our target markets and need to add significant capacity to keep up with growth," states Rex Varn, executive vice president of Accredo. More

Can Coles and Woollies change public perception of private label impacts?
Food Magazine
Despite apprehension about the impact of supermarket private labels and forecasts showing they will dominate shelves in the next five years, Woolworths has attempted to calm the market by releasing information on its range on its website. More

A view of biopolymers
Greener Package
Packaging R&D technologist Greg Roskos of Heinz talks about what he sees coming in the world of biopolymers. More

Innovative #50 wine brand embraces Eastman packaging resin
Packaging Europe
Eastman Embrace™ HY copolyester shrink sleeve facilitates enhanced 360-degree distortion-free graphics on a white film for complex bottle shapes. To continue Baarsma Wine Group's new take on contemporary wine branding for the 94Wines range, Rivièra Product Decorations selected Eastman Embrace™ HY copolyester for shrink film for its white wine #50. Its packaging now reflects 94Wines' eye-catching design values. More

Biomass packaging
Packaging Digest
NPulp straw-pulp technology uses a chemical process that converts a naturally abundant resource (straw) into pulp for paper making, a process that reportedly requires less energy and reduces the amount of greenhouse gases produced, according to its manufacturer. More

Rexam's encouraging half year underpinned by beverage cans
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Multinational consumer packaging company Rexam has announced its results for the first half of 2012. Underlying profit before tax (including the personal care division which Rexam intends to sell) was £225 million. The healthcare division's underlying operating profit was down from £36 million to £27 million. Total beverage can volume was up 6 percent, producing an operating profit for this division up by 9 percent. More

Science informs design to perfect gelato pack
Packaging World
How do you take an award-winning package and make it better? That was the dilemma facing Florham Park, N.J.-based Ciao Bella Gelato in 2009, when it sought to redesign the graphics for its 16-oz ice-cream containers for greater consumer appeal. More

Cost and standout are 2012's top innovation drivers, easyFairs/PN survey finds
Packaging News
Cost reduction is the key driver for packaging innovations in 2012, according to the annual Packaging News/easyFairs survey on buying trends. The survey of more than 300 packaging buyers showed that 51.5 percent saw cost reduction as one of their two biggest drivers for innovation, ahead of differentiation, selected by 36 percent, and quality enhancement, cited by 34.6 percent of respondents. More

APPE on target with Polish packing plant
European Plastics News
Wrexham-headquartered APPE, the packaging division of La Seda de Barcelona (LSB), claims it is on schedule to open its new Polish factory. Commercial production due to commence in December. More

PaperlinX to acquire Canterbury Packaging NZ for $2 million
Food Magazine
Paper and packaging company PaperlinX has announced it will acquire Canterbury Packaging NZ. The New Zealand company has an annual turnover of about $2.9 million as a distributor of industrial packaging consumables, hygiene, safety, and hospitality products. More

Bizerba thermal label for harsh industrial environments
Packaging Europe
The Bizerba label factory in Bochum produces thermal labels that are designed for use in particularly harsh environments. This is because many producers face the problem of labels that come unstuck in wet and cold conditions as well as the problem that printed text and barcodes quickly fade or become scratched during transport. More