Key Technology has updated its vibratory conveyors with a contamination-resistant stainless-steel finish.

Smooth sailing: Key conveyors add contaminant-resistant stainless steel

30-Jul-2014 - Key Technology has reworked its vibratory conveyors with a stainless-steel rotary finish to resist bacterial attachment.

Tamsin French will dress as a chicken called Rosa

Why did the chicken cross Europe? To call for better labelling

30-Jul-2014 - A chicken farmer’s daughter is calling for clear and mandatory ‘method of production’ labelling on poultry meat – by dressing up as a chicken called ‘Rosa’ and touring Europe for 39 days. 

Unearthed Mars correspondence with UK Department of Health reveals firms concern that mandatory plain packaging in the tobacco industry would set a "key precedent" for the application of similar legislation to other industries including  food.

Plain packaging pay out to Mars would ‘certainly not be trivial’, says Institute of Economic Affairs

30-Jul-2014 - Mars in 2012 wrote to the UK’s Department of Health to express concern over the potential impact on branding and intellectual property rights should tobacco plain packaging policy be extended to food – something the Institute of Economic Affairs said could cost the government big bucks should a mega-confectionery brand take legal action.

Jimmy Anklesaria

Corporate v decentralized procurement

30-Jul-2014 - The food and beverage industry today is faced with the question of whether corporate procurement is more effective than decentralized procurement. While its challenges set it apart from other industries, F&B organizations share common procurement practices with those in other industry sectors. 

Terry Cross

Delta Packaging to open production plant in Poland

30-Jul-2014 - Delta Packaging will open a 10,000m² production plant in Poland in June next year, to expand its services across Europe.

Vacuum-skin packaging, modified-atmosphere containers, and other technologies can provide meat companies with greater market reach and profitability, according to Rabobank.

Meat market: Active packaging boosts shelf life and profits

29-Jul-2014 - Recent market intelligence indicates use of active and intelligent packaging for meat products extends the useful life of the foods, while expanding the potential for profit.

Kellogg's Columbus plant manufacturers a range of snack brands, including Cheez-It

Kellogg to close Georgia snack plant

29-Jul-2014 - Kellogg will close a snack plant in Georgia by the end of 2015 as part of its restructuring program, Project K.

Printpack, which produces flexible packaging for food and other markets, is moving to a larger facility.

Printpack opens 203,400-square-foot packaging plant

29-Jul-2014 - With the opening of its expanded and updated flexible packaging plant, the company is stepping up efforts to boost efficiency.

CMS Technology and the University of Georgia are partnering to address contamination in secondary poultry processing.

Bird is the word: CMS and UGA tackle poultry processing safety

29-Jul-2014 - The antimicrobial specialist is teaming up with scientists at the University of Georgia on technology to increase the safety of secondary poultry processing environments.

Ardagh on track to complete US IPO in 2015

Ardagh on track to complete US IPO in 2015

29-Jul-2014 - Ardagh Group looks set to proceed with its long-awaited stock market launch in the second half of next year, according to Moody’s Investor Service.

SIG Combibloc's facility in Paraná state, Brazil

RGHL confirms 'approach' to buy SIG Combibloc: $5bn price tag rumored

29-Jul-2014 - Reynolds Group says it will perform a strategic review of the world’s second-largest carton producer SIG Combibloc after an approach by an unnamed suitor looking to buy the business.

rigid packaging flexible packaging

Rigid v Flexibles: How big a bite can flexibles take?

29-Jul-2014 - Rigid packaging will remain a necessity for some food and pharmaceutical applications, according to Transparency Market Research (TMR) – but Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) believes the door is wide open for flexibles to take a big bite out of rigid packs. 

ABB opens robotics hub Singapore

ABB opens robotics hub to drive productivity in Southeast Asia

29-Jul-2014 - ABB has opened a Regional Robotics Packaging Application Hub in Singapore.

Solegear Bioplastics has landed $1.6m in funding from the Canadian government to encourage development of bioplastics for packaging and other applications.

Oh, Canada! Solegear lands $1.6m for bioplastic development

28-Jul-2014 - The developer of plant-based plastics for packaging and other applications has landed $1.6m in funding from a Canadian government program.

Vonco Products flexible packaging has been certified for food-contact applications by the American Institute of Baking.

Making contact: Vonco flexible packaging approved for food

28-Jul-2014 - The flexible packaging manufacturer has received the go-ahead from the American Institute of Baking for its products to be used in food-contact applications.

Amcor Rigid Plastics is joining Coke, Ball, Sonoco, and other organizations in The Recycling Partnership to increase US recycling rates.

Amcor joins Coke, Ball, and Sonoco in packaging recycling group

28-Jul-2014 - The packaging giant has signed onto The Recycling Partnership, a group of food, beverage, and package firms dedicated to increase US recycling rates.

2 Sisters Food Group reveals results of FSA audits

2 Sisters Food Group announces audit all-clear

28-Jul-2014 - The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants have given the sites the all-clear.

Picture copyright: The Guardian. A still from the video as part of the investigation

FSA audits 2 Sisters Food Group after Campylobacter concerns

28-Jul-2014 - The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has started audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants after hygiene standard concerns at the poultry processor.

P.E.T Engineering wins Devin water deal

P.E.T Engineering wins Devin water deal

28-Jul-2014 - P.E.T Engineering has designed packaging for Devin, mineral water in Bulgaria, made from Glasstar resin, which looks like glass.

Graham Clements meets the Queen

Ishida Europe recognised by the Queen as Russia now accounts for 20% of sales

28-Jul-2014 - Ishida Europe met the Queen at Buckingham Palace recently to celebrate winning this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.