Americas: Metabolix launches certified compostable film grade resin for transparent film, bag applications

Metabolix, Inc. has launched Mvera B5011, a new film grade resin that allows for the production of compostable, and highly transparent, film and bags. The resin is designed to meet international industrial standards for compostability, while also enabling customers to produce films for compostable bags and packaging applications with exceptional transparency compared to competing products. It is certified for compostability by...

Americas: Ball Receives award at 2013 Canmaker Summit

Ball Corporation has received the Can of the Year honors for three packaging innovations at the 2013 Canmaker Summit that held in December in Edinburgh, Scotland. In the beverage two-piece category, the Coors Light World's Most Refreshing Can won a gold award and the Coca-Cola Dynamark can won a silver award. In the aerosol category, the Fa Sport Ultimate Dry impact...

Europe: Krones buys German company

Krones has purchased 100% of the stock in HST Maschinenbau GmbH, a German company located in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania that designs and manufactures homogenizers and reciprocating pumps for the food and beverage industries. In 2012, HST Maschinenbau GmbH achieved a turnover of almost €5 million ($6.88 million) with 25 employees. The price for the stock is in the mid-single-figure-million range. With this strategic...

Europe: Flint Group Flexographic Products expands equipment range

Flint Group Flexographic Products has further developed its equipment portfolio with the nyloflex Dryer FIII and the nyloflex Light Finisher FIII. These two premium quality systems have been specifically designed to deliver productivity, consistency and quality for processing flexographic printing plates – particularly when used in combination with the nyloflex NExT Exposure FIII. The three chamber design of the nyloflex Dryer...

Europe: Renmatix, Virent collaborate on bio-based packaging

At ICIS Innovation Awards in London, UK on December 6, 2013, winners Renmatix and Virent announced their collaboration to convert affordable cellulosic sugars to renewable chemicals and bio-based packaging materials. Under the terms of the multi-phase development project, Renmatix’s Plantrose platform will be evaluated and potentially optimized to provide an affordable sugar stream for Virent’s Bioforming process for the large-scale...

Europe: Chesapeake wins award at Spirits Design Masters

Chesapeake Scotland has won a Gold Award at Spirits Design Masters 2013. The award was presented for a spirally-wound tube produced to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of Bacardi Rum. “This limited edition tube was largely produced for the travel retail market but was also shipped to Germany, USA and Japan,” says James Clark, global sales director – drinks. “The tube’s outer...

Europe: SIG Combibloc’s carton pack combisafe offers fresh look for canned products

'Retro' is not always the right way to go. While retro design continues to be a trend for cars, clothes and furniture, it is a different story when it comes to food, says SIG Combibloc. Consumers love a fresh look, and this applies for preserved products as well. So more of the products typically sold in food metal cans or glass jars...

Americas: Coca-Cola Consolidated, MUSC to raise awareness, promote health and wellness in South Carolina

As part of Coca-Cola Consolidated’s ongoing commitment to health and wellness, the company is expanding its partnership with South Carolina hospitals to encourage people to make beverage choices that fit their lifestyles. “Coca-Cola Consolidated is excited to have a partnership with South Carolina hospitals to raise awareness and educate consumers around beverage choice and the importance of physical activity,” said...

Europe: Rose Forgrove introduces wrapper for packaging larger, difficult-to-handle products

Rose Forgrove has introduced the Integra 601, which is designed to package soft, sticky or wet products. This wrapper boasts fast pack size changeover with one part change, gas flushing, easy-open packages and long-dwell sealing for hermetic packs. The inverted unwind design is sanitation-friendly with reduced contact surface area. The machine can wrap cheeses in the form of chunks and slices for...

Europe: MM Karton introduces cartonboard grade for food safety

The new cartonboard grade FOODBOARD has been designed as to further protect cartonboard packed foodstuff, says MM Karton. Its core component includes an ecologically sensitive and consumer-friendly barrier concept, thereby shielding packaged food from unintended substances in the packaging environment. The company says long-term series tests have been successfully completed and a capital investment in a mid-double-digit million euro amount has...