A diagram from Mango Materials on how the process works

Mango Materials moves on methane gas for bioplastics

19-Dec-2014 - Methane gas could be used as a feedstock to produce affordable PHA bioplastic, according to the CEO of a US-based start-up.

Jari Latvanen

Stora Enso reorganises Renewable Packaging Division

19-Dec-2014 - Stora Enso will split its Renewable Packaging Division into two segments; the Consumer Board and Packaging Solutions, from January 1, 2015. 

Saint-Gobain Verallia France Sika

‘Uncertainty over successful execution sale’ of Saint-Gobain’s Verallia France

19-Dec-2014 - Moody's Investors Service in New York has spoken out about Saint-Gobain’s sale of Verallia France and its plans to acquire a controlling interest in Sika, to be finalized in the second half of 2015.

Jody Horner is leaving Cargill to become president of Midland University.

Horner departs Cargill Meat Solutions to head Midland University

19-Dec-2014 - Jody Horner, president of Cargill Meat Solutions, is leaving the company to become president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska.

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is implementing stricter standards for poultry safety.

Walmart leads the charge toward improved poultry safety (Part 1)

19-Dec-2014 - To better protect its customers against foodborne illnesses, Walmart announced it is beefing up its poultry safety guidelines for US suppliers. 

W. R. Grace and Milliken resin portfolios

W. R. Grace and Milliken combine to deliver differentiated resin portfolios

19-Dec-2014 - W. R. Grace & Co. and Milliken & Company are partnering to enable polypropylene (PP) manufacturers to develop differentiated resin portfolios.

Sealing the deal at The Saint Louis Brewery (l-r): Clint Gawart, Ardagh; Jeremy Balko, Schlafly Beer; and Ron Laiben, Ardagh.

Ardagh Group inks long-term bottle supply agreement with Schlafly Beer

18-Dec-2014 - As part of its commitment to remain local and sustainable even as its business grows, The Saint Louis Brewery has signed an exclusive, long-term bottle supply agreement with Ardagh Group.

William Reed Business Media Holiday video

Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

18-Dec-2014 - The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’ for you – enjoy. Happy Holidays!

SurePure begins commercial photopurification trials at Indian dairies

SurePure initiates commercial photopurification trials at Indian dairies

18-Dec-2014 - SurePure has initiated commercial trials of its photopurification technology with "key dairy producers" in India.

President Obama delivers a statement on his plan to ease the US embargo against Cuba.

US food industry welcomes President Obama’s plan to normalize US-Cuba relations

18-Dec-2014 - President Obama has announced he is updating US policies on Cuba, including reestablishing diplomatic relations and promoting travel and trade opportunities between the two countries. Both Cargill and the USA Rice Federation immediately issued statements applauding the move.

Amcor to acquire Chinese flexible packaging business for $33M

Amcor to acquire Chinese flexible packaging business for $33M

18-Dec-2014 - Amcor has signed an agreement to acquire Zhongshan Tian Cai Packaging Company, a Chinese flexible packaging business for $33m (RMB 211m) The purchase price represents 7.1 times EBITDA.

L to R: Robert Holliger, president, EPAL, Karl Kern, chairman, the Pallet Pool (Federal Chamber of Economy Austria [WKÖ]), Thomas Metlich, chairman, UIC

Seasonal goodwill as EPAL and UIC end two year pallet conflict

18-Dec-2014 - EPAL (the European Pallet Association), and UIC, a European Pallet Exchange Group (managed by Rail Cargo Group/OBB, on behalf of UIC), has ended a two year conflict and forged a mutual agreement on load carriers.

Cold plasma chemical and heat-resistant spores on food packaging

Cold plasma a weapon for inactivating chemical and heat-resistant spores on food packaging

18-Dec-2014 - Cold plasma on the basis of nitrogen gas can inactivate chemical-resistant and heat-resistant spores on food and packaging, according to researchers at Wageningen UR (University and Research Centre).

Before the fire: the AMPI cheese packaging plant in Portage, Wisconsin.

Fire at Wisconsin cheese packaging plant breaks link in supply chain

17-Dec-2014 - A fire at a Portage, Wisconsin cheese processing and packaging facility is creating distribution headaches for the 2,600 members of a regional dairy cooperative.

Frans Timmermans

European Commission drops Circular Economy package for a ‘more ambitious proposal’ in 2015

17-Dec-2014 - The European Commission has announced plans to withdraw from the Circular Economy package leading to widespread disappointment from industry bodies.

Photo credit: Bo Cheng / ETH Zurich

Demand for PLA degradable plastic to reach one megaton per year by 2020

17-Dec-2014 - Researchers at ETH Zurich, an international university for technology and the natural sciences, have come up an alternative method to produce lactic acid, as demand for biodegradable plastic packaging from PLA (polylactic acid) grows.

Ecolean’s SnapQuick Alquería Colombia

Ecolean’s SnapQuick adopted by South American dairy manufacturer

16-Dec-2014 - Ecolean has entered the South American market by partnering with dairy manufacturer, Alquería in Colombia.

The Lynx Conveyor robot  in action

Adept targets food and packaging growth

16-Dec-2014 - Adept has said it wants to grow its mobile robot business in food and packaging to make a new type of industry.

The Tofurky Company's nearly completed facility in Hood River, Oregon, boasts a host of sustainability features.

Vegan visionaries build plant to LEED Platinum standards

16-Dec-2014 - Only a handful of food processors worldwide are so committed to sustainability as to have built a facility that qualifies for the highest level of certification in the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program. The Tofurky Company is one of them.

Johan Nilsson

Tetra Pak launches Environmental Benchmarking Service

16-Dec-2014 - Tetra Pak has launched an Environmental Benchmarking Service, with one of its first customers being Pacific Foods in the US, saving 31m litres of water a year.