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US PET container recycling rate holds firm

The PET container recycling rate held at 31 per cent in the US in 2014, according to the 'Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2014' conducted by the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR).Consistent with the 2013 rate, the figure reflects increases in US PET bottle collection volumes...

Top security targeted by partnership

Converter Innovia Group has secured a technology partnership with Swedish high-tech business Rolling Optics, which will see the latter's 3D micro-optical designs and effects applied to Innovia Films' Rayoface BOPP films to provide anti-counterfeiting protection for premium goods industries.The partnership will focus on maximising global opportunities utilising Rolling Optics’ technology combined with Innovia’s worldwide production, sales and distribution channels. Mark...

European Bioplastics slams greenwashing

The European association representing the bioplastics value chain has asked all producers of additives claiming to make conventional plastics biodegradable to fully comply with the standard EN 13432, or to cease misleading references. European Bioplastics (EUBP) has found an increasing malpractice by producers of fragmentation additives for conventional plastics referring to the European standard for industrial composting, EN 13432, when...

ORKLA TO ADOPT LIQUIGLIDE TECHNOLOGY

July 2nd:US-based LiquiGlide Inc has licenced its LiquiGlide technology to Norwegian foods and beverages company Orkla ASA, for use with mayonnaise products in the Nordics, Germany, Benelux and the Baltics. Described as a slippery coating, LiquiGlide is a permanently wet, liquid-impregnated surface which is designed to be hyper-slippery, allowing the product sitting directly on a layer of liquid. It uses...

CMA considers dairy proposal

The UK governments Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it is considering the undertakings offered by Müller relating to the German company's proposed acquisition of UK dairy manufacturer Dairy Crest. The CMA previously declared that it would refer the acquisition for an in-depth investigation unless acceptable undertakings were offered to address concerns about the loss of competition in...

More US investment for Anheuser-Busch InBev

The world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev says it will be investing more than US$1.5 billion in its US brewing, agriculture, packaging and distributing operations by 2018. It is planning to spend an estimated $850 million on brewery and packaging expansion projects, $220 million on product innovation initiatives and $720 million in sustaining and increasing efficiency of its existing operations. “Our beers...

Energy savings for Kirin’s Mt Fuji water bottling line

Substantial energy savings have been made on Kirin’s water-bottling line at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan during an upgrade by Sidel, the French-based manufacturer.The line uses PET bottles, and changes to heating lamps on the blow moulder have resulted in an 18 percent saving in electricity. The water bottling line is at the same Gotemba distillery where Kirin...

Production halted at Latvian fish cannery

Russia’s embargo on Latvian fish produce has led to the partial closure of the Kolumbija-owned fish cannery at Liepaja on the west coast of the country.  Around 225 of the 300 employees at the site have lost their jobs, reports the Latvian Information Agency.One of the largest fish processing companies in Latvia, Kolumbija said some staff would remain at the...

Coca-Cola Enterprises commits to cut calories

Leading European Coke filler Coca-Cola Enterprises says it will cut the calories in its drinks by 10 percent over the next five years as it takes a leadership position for the soft drinks industry amid growing concerns about calorie intake and obesity.  The bottler says in its tenth annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report that it is making its most...