Americas: CROWN says cans help specialty drinks brands expand reach in Brazil

Brazilian Packaging Association ABRE in December 2013 said the average number of beverage cans used in 2012 per consumer in Brazil rose to 103, a 12% increase from 91 cans used the year before. While many of these cans are for beer or soft drink applications, it says an increasing number of brands that produce specialty drinks, such as juices,...

Americas: Pro Mach to acquire capping equipment company Andre Zalkin

Pro Mach, Inc. has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares of Ets. Andre´ Zalkin & Cie, a global capping machinery manufacturer based in France. The completion of the transaction is expected in early 2014, pending antitrust approval. The current Zalkin management team and employees will continue to operate from their facilities in Montreuil L’Argille´ and Rueil-Malmaison, France. Zalkin, founded in 1932,...

Europe: RPC Containers’ festive packaging for confectionery company

RPC Containers’ Blackburn facility has been packaging products of Mondelez International confectionery for the Christmas season. The facility has developed five gift packs for the Maynards and Bassetts ranges, which are designed to give maximum on-shelf impact in the lucrative and highly-competitive seasonal confectionery market. The custom molded polyethylene terephthalate candy jars, which will be available in the UK only, come...

Europe: SIPA unveils refurbishing and conversion services for molds, launches X-Mould technology

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preform technology specialist SIPA has added refurbishing and conversion services to its total PET preform mound offering. The new services will enable companies to optimize production, either by refurbishing molds — replacing some components by new ones in order to improve preform quality — or, via mound conversion, replacing parts in order to produce a completely new...

Europe: Tetra Pak wins WorldStar Award

Tetra Pak has won a 2014 WorldStar Award for the Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge carton package. An innovation based on the familiar shape of the Tetra Brik Aseptic package, the product was commended by World Star’s panel of 25 industry experts for delivering superior ease of handling, pouring, opening and reclosing for consumers. In addition, the environmental credentials, graphic design...

Americas: Brian Clarke bottle design elevates premium craft spirits category

A bottle developed by Owens-Illinois, Inc. for cachaça spirit maker Yaguara has debuted in Brazil. It was created for the new ultra-premium spirit through a design partnership between renowned UK artist Brian Clarke, the O-I Covet team and Yaguara. The new bottle creates a differentiated shelf presence to support Yaguara's high-end positioning for its cachaça brand in the global market. Cachaça is...

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...