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Europe: Consumers want the real thing, report

Authenticity is a standout consumer value in 2017, heralded by changemakers, celebrities, supermarkets and chefs, according to Euromonitor International. In the conscious debate about what actually counts as authentic, companies make the effort to ensure authenticity is part of this reach for the real. Examples vary from Airbnb’s Guidebooks feature, which lets owners share local information, to food apps helping...

Americas: Avery Dennison highlights RFID solutions at event

Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions hosted an Exhibitor Insights discussion at the 2017 National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention and Expo in January 15-17 in New York, US. The company spoke of performance brands lululemon and adidas on how radio frequency identification (RFID) is a key enabler in omnichannel success. It showcased its latest innovations in RFID solutions, Janela Smart...

Americas: Crown company launches microsite on metal packaging

Crown Aerosols and Specialty Packaging Europe has launched a dedicated microsite to help brand owners experience the various design possibilities offered by metal packaging. The new site that is available in English, French and German, highlights the company’s extensive portfolio of tin shapes and sizes along with a variety of decorative finishes, inks, varnishes and effects that can be used...

Europe: Unilever commits to 100% recycling plastic packaging by 2025

Unilever says it will ensure that all of its plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 as it called on the entire fast-moving consumer goods industry to accelerate progress towards the circular economy. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), 14% of the plastic packaging used globally makes its way to recycling plants, while 40% ends up...

Europe: Lloyd’s Register buys food safety service provider

Lloyd’s Register (LR), the global engineering, technical and business services organization, has acquired Acoura, the UK’s leading compliance and safety specialists for the food and drink industry, to strengthen the market-leading position of LRQA’s food safety assurance services. LRQA is a member of the LR group and a leading provider of professional assurance services. With over 28,000 customers in the...

Europe: Superfoods to go beyond F&B, beauty sectors, report

Superfoods, typically of high demand in the food, drink and beauty sectors, will soon see a distinct shift towards more diverse categories, driven by increasing health-consciousness, says Canadean. The company’s latest report finds that consumers are more conscious of their health than ever before and aim to improve it proactively through healthy living rather than reactively through the use of...

Europe: Wacker buys plant to produce cysteine

Wacker Biosolutions is acquiring a large-scale fermentation plant from Antibióticos de León SLU in Spain to produce cysteine by fermentation for use in food and pharmaceutical products. Through the acquisition, Wacker is obtaining a production line with a fermentation capacity of 800 m3 from Antibióticos de León SLU in León (northern Spain). The Munich-based chemical company intends to invest €30...

Europe: Apple varieties for juice processing

People who like wine usually develop a preference for a particular grape variety. A similar thing could soon happen with juice drinkers. ‘Variety’ is the current catchword for fruit juice specialists such as Amecke GmbH & Co. KG and the Maspex Group with their brand Tymbark. Because all apples are not the same. Both companies are bringing out juices made...

Europe: DuPont Nutrition & Health spends US$60M on European sites

DuPont Nutrition & Health will invest US$60 million expanding three European cultures production sites to produce frozen and freeze-dried starter cultures for the global yogurt, fresh fermented and cheese markets. The company has in November 2016 announced major expansion plans for its probiotics production facilities located in the US. “These initiatives for European cultures plants will further increase our ability to...

Americas: Pregis releases on-demand protective packaging system

Pregis' patent-pending inflatable protective packaging system, Pregis AirSpeed Fit, which produces both air pillows and wrappable void-fill, was designed to address the fulfillment needs of the omni-channel retailer. The 11- x 13- x 9-inch AirSpeed Fit weighs 15 pounds, making it ideal for even the smallest 'ship-from-store' spaces. It can produce 8- x 4-inch or 8- x 8-inch air pillows,...