Cascades rolls out eco-friendly basket for fresh fruits and vegetables

CANADA – Québec-based sustainable packaging company Cascades has launched a new eco-friendly closed basket made of recycled and recyclable corrugated cardboard for the fresh produce sector. The company says this addition has been created utilizing eco-design principles and adheres to a circular economy philosophy. The introduction of the basket is expected to help its clients to lessen their environmental impact…

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Coffee pods emit lower GHG compared to filter coffee, study reveals

CANADA – A study by researchers at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi has revealed that coffee pods result in fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout their life cycle than those of filter, French press, and instant coffees. The findings, which were originally revealed in The Conversation, are derived from calculations tracking the greenhouse gases emitted throughout the life cycle…

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Supremex bolsters portfolio with acquisition Impression Paragraph

CANADA – North American leading manufacturer and provider of paper-based packaging solutions, Supremex has announced the acquisition of shares of Impression Paragraph Inc., establishing its presence in North America. Impression Paragraph is an integrated provider of paper-based packaging, print and point-of-sale products for a broad range of commercial markets. The transaction was concluded for a total consideration of approximately US$26.6…

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Matrix contracts MD Packaging for its distribution services in Canada

CANADA – Matrix Packaging Machinery has named MD Packaging as its exclusive distributor partner providing sales, parts, and service throughout Canada. Founded in 1989, MD Packaging is a leading distributor of product inspection and packaging-automation solutions for the manufacturing sectors of food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and industrial products industries. This new partnership positions MD Packaging to sell, service, and…

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Canada imposes strict deadline on single-use plastic products elimination

CANADA – The government of Canada has laid out a mandatory timeline for industries to phase out and ultimately eradicate single-use plastic products throughout the country. According to the authorities, six items are being prohibited: checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware made from hard-to-recycle plastics, ring carriers, stir sticks and straws. Each item has been selected because they are commonly found…

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Canada’s ban on certain harmful single-use plastics takes effect

CANADA – The Government of Canada has advanced its commitment to ban harmful single-use plastics in the country. Starting 20 December 2022, the government will ban the manufacture and import for sale of single-use plastic including checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware made from, or containing hard-to-recycle plastic, stir sticks and straws. This will be followed by the ban on the…

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TC Transcontinental records 11.8% growth in revenue for FY22

CANADA – Canadian flexible packaging manufacturer TC Transcontinental recorded US$2.17 billion (C$2.95bn) in full-year revenue for fiscal 2022 (FY22). The figure represents an 11.8% increase of US$228.89 million (C$312.7m) from US$1.93 billion (C$2.64bn) in the previous fiscal year (FY21). The company’s revenue growth in the year was driven by a rise in raw material prices and higher volume in its…

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Polykar expands operations into Western Canada with new facility

CANADA – Canadian plastic filmmaker and recycler Polykar has opened its new 50,000 ft2 state-of-the-art plant in Edmonton, Alberta. The plant complements the company’s Montreal facility and is designed to serve customers in Western Canada and parts of the US. The inauguration ceremony of the facility was attended by approximately 200 guests, including local officials, community members, suppliers, customers and…

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TricorBraun wraps up acquisition of Canada-based company Merlot Packaging

CANADA – US-based packaging company TricorBraun has completed the acquisition of Canada-based rigid packaging provider Merlot Packaging for an undisclosed sum. Based in Vancouver, Merlot Packaging supplies injection-molded packaging components across North America. The company specializes in closure systems such as child-resistant closures, continuous thread caps, dispensing closure systems and liner selection seals. It has been serving customers in the…

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