PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Sept. 8, 2010

Beverage packaging: PepsiCo continues bottler integration
Packaging Digest
PepsiCo has announced a change of distribution for its Gatorade products in the key trade channels of Convenience, UDS (up and down the street) and Dollar from a warehouse-delivered go-to-market system to direct store delivery through both company-owned and independent bottlers in the United States and Canada. The company expects the change to become effective Jan. 1, 2011.More

Sibur buys films and tapes company Novatek-Polymer
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Russian petrochemicals group Sibur Holding has acquired the polymers business of the country's second ranked natural gas producer Novatek group. Moscow-based Sibur sees Novatek-Polymer, a manufacturer of plastics pipe insulating tape and packaging films, as a ready downstream outlet for its increasing polyolefins production. For Novatek, which operates in the gas-rich autonomous northern Siberian territory of Yamalo-Nenets, the deal will allow it to focus on its gas extraction and processing, it said.More

U.S. degradable plastic demand shows strong growth, study says
Packaging World
Increased interest in environmentally friendly products, along with greater availability of biodegradable plastics encourages commercial success of degradable plastic.More

Decade of design
Brand Packaging
When you work in packaging, you have a hand in shaping consumers' lives. In just the last 10 years, new technologies and innovative designs in the industry have made their lives noticeably better. Granted, we're not talking "polio vaccine" here, rather, package designs and formats that offer good solutions to everyday, universal problems.More

An inside look at the label industry
Flexible Packaging Magazine
In conjunction with this month's Labelexpo Americas 2010 trade show, Flexible Packaging solicited the perspective and insights of Frank Gerace, the chairman of the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI). More

Could carrots replace junk food if branded well? New packaging aims to find out
Packaging Digest
A new alliance of carrot growers dubbed 'A Bunch of Carrot Farmers' -- spearheaded by Bakersfield, Calif., based Bolthouse Farms -- has launched what it says is the first-ever advertising and marketing campaign for Baby Carrots.More

MeadWestvaco selling media packaging unit
European Plastics News
MeadWestvaco Corp is selling its media and entertainment packaging business to focus on its other consumer packaging operations, the company announced. The company expects to close the $68 million deal with US investment group Atlas Holdings by the end of September.More

Nestlé targets 5 percent increase in packaging recyclability by 2015
Packaging News UK
Nestlé is looking to make 95 percent of its packaging in the UK and Ireland recyclable in the next five years, up from 90 percent today. In its 2010 Creating Shared Value Report, Nestlé has introduced a raft of new sustainability targets for 2015 including a 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and a 10 percent increase in renewable energy usage.More

Pack Expo set to 'flex' its packaging muscle
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Manufacturing companies must contend with shrinking margins, globalization, and shifts in consumer needs. Remaining profitable requires delivering innovative and value-added products and reducing environmental impact. It also requires keeping aware of new options. Attendees at PACK EXPO International 2010 use packaging to accomplish these objectives.More

Food and Grocery Council say BPA in food packaging is safe
Packaging Magazine
Food regulators around the world have found no major health risks associated with the use of BPA in food packaging and closures, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC).More

Recoup puts plastic-bottle recycling rate at 45 percent
Packaging News UK
The UK has recorded 6 percent increase in plastic bottle recovery in the past year according to preliminary survey data from sector body Recoup. Recoup's 2010 UK Household Plastics Packaging Collection Survey will be published next month and is expected to show that 260,000 tons of plastic bottles were collected in 2009.More

Bottled water brouhaha exemplifies sustainability's challenges
Greener Package
The continuing flap over bottled water holds up a mirror to sustainability, from a number of angles. If there is a single packaged product that's a microcosm for the inconsistencies, contradictions, and misconceptions that plague the whole notion of sustainability, it is bottled water. That being the case, bottled water offers insights applicable to all packaged products.More

Reynolds Group acquires related company for $300 million
The Associated Press via Google
Food and beverage packaging company Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd., known as RGHL, said Wednesday that it has acquired a related company for $300 million. RGHL bought the Reynolds Food and Flexible Packaging group from Reynolds Packaging Ltd., a New Zealand company. Reynolds Packaging Ltd. and RGHL are both owned by Graeme Hart, New Zealand's wealthiest man.More

EFI unveils inkjet printer with UV LED curing system
Labels and Labeling
EFI has introduced a digital inkjet label printing system with full LED UV curing technology for printing on flexible packaging materials. EFI's Jetrion 4830 LED UV inkjet system and a newly developed flexible ink set allow printing on unsupported and heat sensitive materials, including shrink sleeve, opening up new opportunities for label converters in the flexible packaging market. Current and future Jetrion 4830 users can fully upgrade their presses to utilize the flexible ink set by retrofitting their systems with the new LED lamp technology. More