Clearmark unveils new labeling system for net and weave packaging

UK – UK’s leading supplier of digital coding solutions, Clearmark has unveiled a new Overprinting Watchstrap Labeler (OWL) system to apply watchstrap labels to net and weave packaging applications., The Zodiac OWL aims to overcome the challenge of watchstrap labels snapping under stress when they are applied to textured surfaces, reports Packaging Europe. To prevent the snap from occurring, the…

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Henkel, cyclos-HTP collaborates to boost access to sustainable packaging

GERMANY – German multinational chemical and consumer goods company, Henkel has partnered with cyclos-HTP to boost access to sustainable packaging and consumer goods products. The partnership will give customers a more comprehensive and aligned service offering through the combined knowledge of the two companies. This includes access to in-house testing and certification, joint material science R&D as well as consultation…

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FSA publishes insights into coronavirus on packaging and foods

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA), a non-ministerial department of the UK Government, has published research on the survival of coronavirus (Covid-19) on food packaging and foods. The research, conducted by the University of Southampton, was commissioned by the FSA following the publication of its risk assessment in 2020 which concluded it was very unlikely that humans could catch…

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Novvia Group bolsters portfolio with acquisition of Innovative Container

US – Kelso -backed Novvia Group has completed the acquisition of plastic, metal, glass, and corrugated containers distributor Innovative Container. Founded in 2009, Innovative Container has been serving the Southern California market with a line of rigid packaging solutions such as pails, drums, bottles, jugs, jars, and cans. Operating out of a 20,000-square-foot distribution facility in La Mirada, Innovative provides…

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Mereo and Hyperion wrap up acquisition of packaging manufacturer Algus

US – US-based investment firms Mereo Capital Partners and Hyperion Capital Partners have acquired Algus Packaging, a packaging company based in Illinois. Algus supplies thermoformed blister and clamshell packaging solutions to a portfolio of blue-chip customers across various end markets. These include the medical, health and beauty, electronics and food markets. The company also manufactures automated and semi-automated blister seal…

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Macfarlane reports 11% year-to-date growth in sales revenue

UK – Glasgow-based protective packaging provider Macfarlane Group has reported that its sales revenue rose by 11% between 1 January and 31 October this year. The company’s board anticipates its performance for the year to be ahead of last year and in line with its full-year expectations. Macfarlane made strategic progress in Europe during the ten-month period, including its acquisition…

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Mars NZ introduces paper-based wrappers for its chocolate bars

AUSTRALASIA – Confectionery giant Mars has announced plans to switch to new recyclable packaging for its chocolate bars in Australia and New Zealand. Mars, Snickers and Milky Way chocolate bars will have biodegradable brown paper packaging, designed to be more environmentally friendly, in Australia in April and in New Zealand the following month. Mars said the wrappers on its chocolates…

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Low prices and convenience drive online shopping, reveals Mondi

EUROPE – Mondi has released its fourth annual consumer trend survey on e-commerce, online shopping and consumer attitudes toward packaging. The survey, conducted by RetailX, drew responses from 1,000 consumers each in France, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Turkey. The survey also includes the first data on generational differences in online shopping patterns. “This research has revealed five macro trends shaping…

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PepsiCo rolls out 100% recycled plastic bottles for Diet Pepsi in Kuwait

KUWAIT – American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation, PepsiCo has launched 100% recycled plastic bottles for its Diet Pepsi product in Kuwait. The launch is part of PepsiCo’s efforts to increase alternatives for sustainable packaging in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Pepsi is the first beverage brand in Kuwait to introduce locally manufactured, 100% recycled plastic bottles through its…

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