Earth Day study: Most shoppers won't pay more for green packaging Packaging Digest Share It's gotten a lot harder to be "green." RetailMeNot.com, an online coupon site, revealed in an Earth Day-inspired edition of the Shoppers Trend Report that while 46 percent of respondents are more inclined to buy a product if it is eco-friendly, the majority of respondents (59 percent) are unwilling to pay more money for that eco-friendly product or service. This Shoppers Trend Report includes data from a survey jointly conducted with Ipsos Public Affairs. More
FDA unveils rules for food and cosmetic packs containing nanoparticles Packaging News Share U.S. regulators are proposing that food companies that want to use tiny engineered particles in their packaging will have to provide extra testing data to show the products are safe. The U.S.-based Food and Drug Administration issued tentative guidelines on April 20 for food and cosmetic companies interested in using nanoparticles, which are measured in billionths of a meter. More
SteadyWeb™5 Tension Controller Machine operators learn to control the web tension on production lines in less time with the new SteadyWeb™5 Tension Controller. A streamlined menu system, scroll knob and intuitive graphic user interface make setup a breeze on the large 4.3-inch color graphic display. MORE
Alpla to supply dairy with 50 percent recycled content Plastics & Rubber Weekly Share Arla Foods has appointed plastic packaging company, Alpla, to manufacture bottles on site at its new one billion-liter dairy in Aylesbury, U.K. The Leeds-based firm's aim is to use bottles containing 50 percent recycled HDPE.More
Microanalysis of packaging ink points to problem in manufacturing process Packaging World Share Pharmaceutical packaging is designed to keep the product free from damage and contamination; however, occasionally the packaging itself is the source of product contamination. A pharmaceutical company noticed a problem with several white tablets that displayed small blue defects at random locations on all faces of the tablets. The defects were less than 0.1mm in size, as shown in the photograph here.More
Biopac part of £3.2 million packaging project to cut food waste Packaging News Share Plastic packaging group Biopac has revealed its involvement in a multi-million pound EU-funded project to develop a new material to extend the shelf life of food. Worcestershire, U.K.-based Biopac is taking part in ISA-Pack, an international project that has secured a €3 million grant from the European Commission and will investigate areas such as new packaging materials, indicator systems and cost benefits. More
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Farmers and grocers think outside the wax box Packaging Digest Share Farmers and grocers are thinking outside the box - the wax-lined box, that is. The produce industry - which uses tons of the nonrecyclable paraffin-coated cardboard boxes each year to ship fresh fruits and vegetables all over the world - is weighing a greener, wax-free option. More
EuPR has designs on HDPE bottle recycling Plastics & Rubber Weekly Share EuPR, the Brussels-based organisation representing Europe's plastics recyclers, has developed new guidelines for HDPE bottles with the aim of increasing HDPE recycling. According to Christian-Yves Crépet, EuPR HDPE working group chairman: "HDPE is a very easily recyclable material." But only 300,000 tonnes of HDPE bottles are being recycled annually in Europe - just 10 percent to 15 percent of the total HDPE waste stream. More
Pouches make turkey sales fly Packaging World Share Increased visibility, high perceived value, and greater customer convenience all come together in this vibrant turkey carry pouch developed for Mr. Pavo brand turkeys of Ecuadorian food marketer Pronaca. More
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Gloucester Engineering sells 2 complete system processing lines to Scientex packaging film Flexible Packaging Share Gloucester Engineering Co. (GEC) announces that they have sold two new 8 up cast stretch film lines to Scientex in Malaysia. It will be their highest output stretch film line ever sold in the Asia-Pacific region. This is the third time in five years that Scientex has expanded their production capacity, and each time they have used GEC equipment. Scientex now will now have 5 complete GEC lines in their facility, believed to now have the most stretch film capacity under one roof in the world. Their production is expected to reach over 150,000 mt/year. More
Mondi's new MG paper grade enhances flexible packaging offering Packaging Europe Share In 2012, Mondi Kraft Paper is adding a new paper grade, Advantage MG White Cote Print, to its flexible packaging portfolio. "Cote Print has ideal base paper properties owing to a totally new coating recipe and optimized calendering. As a multifunctional product, it is suitable for a variety of printing and converting processes," explains Clemens Stockreiter, CEO Mondi Kraft Paper. More
Mirel-based biodegradable plant packaging launched Packaging Digest Share Metabolix, Inc., a bioscience company focused on developing clean, sustainable solutions for plastics, chemicals and energy, Ball Horticultural Company and Floral Plant Growers announces that the Mirel-based biodegradable SoilWrap plant containers are now available at Home Depot and Shopko stores located across the Midwest and Northwest. More
Pafa: Plastic industry to see more price pressure Packaging News Share Pafa has warned of a growing inflationary pressure on converted plastic packs in the retail supply chain. The warning follows increases of all the key commodity virgin polymer types used in plastic packaging as well as a tightening supply situation in recycled polymers which are increasingly used in plastic packaging. More
Earth Day sees launch of coalition to push EPR Greener Package Share New coalition seeks to make manufacturers responsible for collecting and recycling the products and packaging they produce. Forty-two years after the recycling movement began on the first Earth Day, a new coalition has been launched to "bring recycling into the 21st century" by making manufacturers responsible for collecting and recycling the products and packaging they produce. More
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New Vision Packaging working with Asda Packaging Europe Share Working in close conjunction with Asda and their suppliers, New Vision Packaging have recently produced unique packaging for the Asda Collection range. The range consists of six lines, all of which utilize printed cartons, vacuum formed inserts, swing tickets and ribbons. More
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New printing press capabilities will satisfy market demand - company Food Production Daily Share A new offset printing press will "provide market changing products that customers have been waiting for," said the president of a US packaging and label producer. Precision Press will be the world's first company to install Goss International's Sunday Vpak 500 web offset printing system after working with the machinery developer over the past year in its configuration. More
13th TAPPI European PLACE Conference Proceedings
The 13th TAPPI European PLACE Conference (Polymers, lamination, Adhesives, Coating & Extrusions) was held May 30- June 1, 2011 in Bregenz, Austria. his event focused on the extrusion coating and laminating industry featuring the latest technology and developments in: • Raw materials • Processing • Inspection and applications These proceedings contain papers presented throughout the conference. Fully searchable CD-ROM.
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