Packaging & Technology News

Greenpeace reveals world’s worst plastic polluting companies: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé respond

11 Oct 2018 --- Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé were the most frequent companies identified in 239 cleanups and brand audits spanning 42 countries and six continents, the Break Free From Plastic movement has announced. Over 187,000 pieces of plastic trash were audited, identifying thousands of brands whose packaging relies on the single-use plastics that pollute our oceans and waterways globally. Coca-Cola was the top polluter in the global audit, with Coke-branded plastic pollution found in 40 of the 42 participating countries. This brand audit effort is the most comprehensive snapshot of the worst plastic polluting companies around the world, according to Greenpeace. PackagingInsights speaks to Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé about Greenpeace's latest report.

Welcome to the future? Coca-Cola China integrates retail, recycling and AI technology in vending machine 

03 Oct 2018 --- The Coca-Cola Company has launched a new vending machine concept in China where consumers can purchase beverages, as well as return and recycle used bottles and cans, marking the first concept equipment to combine beverage sales and packaging recycling by Coca-Cola China. The vending machine also uses AI technology such as facial recognition and sound interaction to provide an interactive experience to the consumers.

Schubert Lightline series lights up FachPack 2018 with compact automated efficiency

26 Sep 2018 --- Gerhard Schubert’s new Lightline series consisting of The CartonPacker, The Flowpacker and The Pickerline has attracted much attention at the ongoing FachPack 2018 show in Nuremberg. The preconfigured machine range boasts compact design, targeting customers looking for improved efficiency in automated food and beverage package processing involving reduced formats and packaging variants. PackagingInsights speaks with Marcel Kiessling, Managing Director Sales and Service for Schubert, on the show floor.

Plastic-free compostable Futamura crisp bag lights up Packaging Innovations 2018

17 Sep 2018 --- Compostable and renewable packaging film specialists Futamura grabbed headlines at Packaging Innovations 2018 in London with its 100 percent plastic-free, compostable crisp bag made from barrier film NatureFlex. The bag is the first of its kind on the European market, originally launched in Germany. Futamura collaborated with packaging manufacturer Bio4Pack to create the pack for German organic crisps producer, myCHIPSBOX. The bag was displayed on the Packaging Innovations Showcase as well as the Futamura stand.

Sustainable packaging targets: European soft drinks industry’s 2025 plastic packaging plan

14 Sep 2018 --- By 2025, 100 percent of plastic packaging from soft drinks is to be recyclable with PET bottles containing a minimum of 25 percent recycled content on average – that is the pledge by UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, which has announced a package of EU-wide ambitions to make the sector’s plastic packaging more sustainable. The ambitions aim to contribute towards building a circular model for plastic packaging by improving its recyclability, recycled content, collection and reuse.

Cheers to that: Carlsberg achieves a 76 percent reduction in multi-pack plastic

07 Sep 2018 --- This week, in its home of Copenhagen, the Carlsberg Group unveiled the new Snap Pack: an innovation that replaces the traditional, bulky plastic rings that accompany multi-packs of beer with a pioneering solution that instead bonds beer cans together with recyclable glue. The technology is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1200 tons a year – the equivalent to 60 million plastic bags, according to the Danish brewery.

PepsiCo targets 50 percent rPET in plastic bottles across EU by 2030

05 Sep 2018 --- PepsiCo has announced ambitions to achieve 50 percent recycled plastic (rPET) in its bottles by 2030 across the European Union (EU), with an interim target of 45 percent by 2025. The move will see the multinational food, snack and beverage giant more than triple the amount of recycled plastic it uses, equating to over 50,000 tons of rPET.

European Bioplastics: Challenging misconceptions and building platforms

27 Aug 2018 --- Bioplastic packaging is gaining popularity in a global market driven by sustainability demands. Yet the inherent difficulties in finding mainstream definitions for the many complex variations in bio-based materials means that bioplastics do not always get the attention from regulatory bodies that they deserve. PackagingInsights speaks exclusively to Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics (EUBP), about the message his organization is working to promote.

Asda removes plastic wrapping from swedes while maintaining shelf-life

21 Aug 2018 --- UK supermarket chain Asda has announced that it will be removing plastic wrapping from its swedes as of this week. Each year, the retailer sells almost six million of the root vegetable, with the removal of their wraps expected to result in a reduction of 14 tons of plastic. The removal of the packaging is expected to have no effect on shelf-life and comes as part of the supermarket’s sustainability goal to achieve 100 percent recyclable packaging across all own brand products by 2025.

Cutting banana waste: Convenient packaging solution launched in Korea

17 Aug 2018 --- In light of recent findings from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) which revealed that EU households generate roughly 35kg of fresh fruit and vegetable waste per person, per year, “lifestyle hacks” to prevent avoidable waste are high in demand. Notably, Korean grocery store E-Mart has presented a clever packaging concept designed to reduce the number of bananas which are wasted by consumers once purchased.

Penalty! Unrecyclable plastic faces 10 percent tax increase in France

15 Aug 2018 --- A French Environment Ministry official has unveiled plans to introduce a penalty system for consumer goods packaged in unrecyclable plastic. Speaking with French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, Brune Poirson, Secretary of State for Ecological Transition, said that from 2019 products sold in unrecyclable plastic packaging would cost up to 10 percent more. Meanwhile, plastic packaging which is recyclable could cost up to 10 percent less. The introduction of the penalty system is designed to help transition France to a 100 percent plastic recyclable society by 2025.

Sealpac’s new FlatSkin “hanging” pack achieves 75 percent plastic reduction

13 Aug 2018 --- Sealpac’s FlatSkin pack combines extended shelf-life and enhanced design appeal with a plastic reduction of up to 75 percent. Danish seafood processor Vega Salmon A/S is one of the early adopters of the FlatSkin packaging system for its hot-smoked salmon products. The products are manufactured on a Sealpac A10 traysealer with 8-impression tooling for cardboard carriers measuring 260 x 130 mm. Each carrier has a double-sided print and hanger hole, which, combined with Sealpac’s unique OnTrayCut system, allow for an attractive vertical presentation at retail.

Plastic waste question goes global: China-EU sign Circular Economy Cooperation

10 Aug 2018 --- China and the EU have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Circular Economy Cooperation at the 20th EU-China Summit taking place in the Chinese capital on July 16-17. The world’s two biggest economies stand to gain from aligning on policies that support the transition to a circular economy, which can unlock new sources of economic growth and innovation while benefiting people and the environment. PackagingInsights explores the significance of the China-EU MoU for the packaging industry.

Analysis: Amcor-Bemis merger signals “offensive” global plastics expansion

08 Aug 2018 --- Earlier this week Amcor and Bemis revealed a US$6.8 billion merger in one of the biggest packaging business stories of the year. Subject to the timing of shareholder meetings and regulatory approval, the transaction will be closed in the first quarter of the calendar year 2019. As a result, Amcor and Bemis shareholders will each own 71 percent and 29 percent of the combined company respectively. Amcor CEO Ron Delia and Bemis CEO Bill Austen described the merger as an “offensive” strategy to combine and expand the global footprint, particularly in the flexible and rigid plastics packaging markets within the Americas.

Amcor and Bemis reveal landmark US$6.8 billion merger

07 Aug 2018 --- Amcor and Bemis have announced a US$6.8 billion all-stock transaction which will combine two of the world’s leading global packaging suppliers. Uniting these two complementary companies will create what they are calling “the global leader in consumer packaging,” with the footprint, scale and capabilities to drive significant value for shareholders, offer customers and employees the most compelling value proposition and deliver the most sustainable innovations for the environment.

Plastic Free City: London urges big business to minimize single-use plastics dependency

06 Aug 2018 --- The City Corporation of London has launched its Plastic Free City campaign in an attempt to reduce single-use plastics across the Square Mile. The campaign is targeting both big businesses as well as individuals, with the City Corporation itself, including the Barbican Centre and the Bank of England, along with financial services group Nomura and banking and asset management group Investec already signed-up. The pledge is wide-ranging, from stopping the use of plastic straws, cups or cutlery to registering as a water refill site. The move comes after research found four in five Generation Z workers expect employers to proactively tackle single-use plastics.

“Slippery” packaging: Virginia Tech researchers find novel way to minimize food waste

06 Aug 2018 -- Researches at Virginia Tech have created innovative “slippery” plastic packaging designed to minimize the food waste commonly left behind in condiment, dairy and beverage packaging. The study, which was published in Scientific Reports and has yielded a provisional patent, establishes a method for wicking chemically compatible vegetable oils into the surfaces of common extruded plastics. While cutting down on food waste, the “slippery” packaging also helps combat the frustration felt by consumers when they are unable to squeeze the last drop of sauce from small packets.

Are recycling symbols confusing UK consumers?

02 Aug 2018 --- The wide array of symbols on household and food packaging is leaving British consumers feeling confused about what can and cannot be recycled, a Which? survey has identified. The UK has made strides in cutting back on plastic waste, and in increasing the recycling rates of the public, however, the new Which? survey notes some surprising figures illustrating a landscape of confusion.

Kraft Heinz pledges 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging globally by 2025

01 Aug 2018 --- Kraft Heinz has committed to making 100 percent of its packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025, while setting science-based goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The move comes as the company looks to up its efforts to reduce natural resource dependency and create a more sustainable environmental footprint in line with the circular economy concept. The announcement was made as an addition to the Heinz’s “Growing a Better World” strategy which was released in last year’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.

UK Government: Plastic bag sales down 86 percent across “big seven” supermarkets

30 Jul 2018 --- Plastic bag sales in England’s “big seven” supermarkets have dropped by 86 percent since the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge in 2015 according to the UK Government. New figures compiled by the UK Government reveal customers of the country’s biggest supermarkets bought nearly a quarter fewer plastic bags last year compared to 2016/17 – a decrease of nearly 300 million bags. The charge was introduced to help tackle the impacts of plastic waste pollution in the environment.

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