Asia Pacific: Fonterra to cut jobs at Canpac site due to business realignment

Fonterra is looking at realigning its packing operations at Canpac, in the Waikato, New Zealand, to focus more on paediatric nutritionals. This would mean Canpac would move to operating 24 hours a day, Monday-to-Friday, instead of the current seven days a week operation. The proposed changes could mean around 110 roles may not be required at the site that currently employs...

Americas: Landaal Packaging Systems expands US facility with more than US$5M

Landaal Packaging Systems is planning a major expansion of its Delta Containers Division in Bay City, Michigan, US. The company offering corrugated, point of purchase displays, contract packaging, sustainable products and fulfillment services will also celebrate its 50-year partnership with the City of Bay City, Michigan. “We’re excited to renew our commitment to the Bay City area with this expansion in...

Europe: Mettler Toledo releases on-demand webinar on operational efficiency

Mettler Toledo has released an on-demand webinar that shows how food and beverage manufacturers can create greater operational efficiency while ensuring regulatory compliance, providing satisfaction to customers and protecting their profit margins. Entitled “Increasing Operational Efficiency with High Performance Weighing, Measuring and Inspection Solutions and Services”, the webinar emphasizes that accurate process assessment and automation help manufacturers increase throughput, meet...

Asia Pacific: Investment-friendly policies, mega food parks in India to drive cold chain activities, says report

The retail industry in India is getting more organized and an increase in demand for processed food is contributing to the growth of food processing industry, according to Research and Markets report entitled Cold Chain Market in India 2014-2018. The outlook for the cold chain market in India looks promising with government-friendly policies pertaining to foreign direct investment and the...

Europe: GEA receives major dairy processing orders worth more than €60M

German-based engineering group GEA received various major orders from the dairy processing industry in the second quarter of 2014. The orders, under which GEA will in particular be supplying and installing equipment for the production of dairy powder, total more than €60 million (US$80.9 million) and were placed by companies in North America and Western Europe. The company says the orders...

Americas: Amcor Flexibles develops bread bag made of renewable PE

Amcor Flexibles has partnered with Hovis to develop the new Hovis Seed Sensations bread bag made with predominantly renewable polyethylene (PE). These bread bags are made with renewable plastic with 75% lower product carbon footprint than the former traditional bread bags made with plastic from non-renewable fossil sources. Seed Sensations, the most premium product in the Hovis range, is the first...

Americas: Productivity, smaller case counts, urbanization to drive retail ready packaging, PMMI tells FNI

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPGs) manufacturers interviewed in a report generally expressed willingness invest in specialized packaging machinery for retail ready packaging (RRP) — if it would mean reduced costs in the long run, according to PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. The respondents said they prefer limiting investments to components that simplify and streamline particular points on the...

Americas: US FDA approves spirulina for use in more applications

Spirulina is now approved in the US for use in a wider range of applications for food and beverage as a naturally derived blue color, says Chr. Hansen. Spirulina is a concentrated extract from blue-algae and is widely recognized as a dietary supplement. Purification of the extract results in a colorant that provides bright blue shades in foods. The United States Food...

Europe: Pâté in resealable packaging

Greiner Packaging International develops a resealable barrier packaging for meat and fish pâté for Southeastern Europe markets. "Previously, Patelina meat and fish pâtés were packaged in aluminum containers or cans. They had to be consumed very soon after opening the packaging. Our new packaging makes it possible to reseal, preserve, and enjoy it in several stages," says Kenneth Boldog, head...

Americas: Federal Mfg. introduces pressure/gravity filling machine for food applications

Federal Mfg., powered by Pro Mach, introduces a hygienic pressure/gravity filling machine for food applications including sauces, syrups, edible oils, and other viscous foods with speeds up to 300 bottles per minute. Unlike other pressure/gravity filling machines, the new Federal is designed to utilize a sanitary overfill bowl that captures any product overflow so that it can be used without...