• Advantages of Modified Atmospheric Packaging

    Step into any grocery store, and you see clear examples of how Modified Atmosphere Packaging is a part of our daily life. It is what helps businesses in the food and gas industries to keep costs down while ensuring quality, freshness, and long shelf life of products. The modified atmosphere packaging process is vital for consumable products.


    Introducing a new recyclable Kinder Joy paper spoon Made from high-quality virgin paper, that comes from sustainable certified supply chain, the spoon was developed from the innovative design ideas of the Ferrero in-house R&D team and realized in collaboration with selected suppliers. An ultra-sonic sealing technology seals the new spoon to the plastic film without using any additional substances or additives. In addition to passing third-party safety certifications and recyclability tests, the new Kinder Joy spoon also performed well in consumer research; parents and children like the spoon and find it easy to use. The new Kinder Joy spoon will be phased to all EU countries early 2021, and globally starting in 2022. Once the roll-out will be completed, the new paper spoon will deliver an estimated 45% reduction on our Kinder Joy spoon carbon footprint with a plastic reduction of over 1500 tonnes per year versus the current spoon. Our continuous approach to innovation Ferrero has a long-standing history of innovation to improve the sustainability of its packaging. In line with this approach, Ferrero is exploring opportunities in the development of chemical recycling by partnering with the Reciplast project and suppliers. Chemical recycling may be able to help recycle some complex structures used in plastic packaging where mechanical recycling is not an option. It also increases the availability of “clean” recycled plastic which can be used back in food packaging. In exploring the possibilities of chemical recycling, Ferrero is scouting future solutions that are not available today in practice and at scale. Partnering to develop common eco-design guidelines Making sure that every piece of packaging can be recyclable requires designers to choose and combine materials in a way that the final packaging can be successfully disposed, collected, sorted and fully recycled in practice and at scale. To achieve this ambitious goal, Ferrero is partnering with multiple stakeholders, including CEFLEX and RecyClass, to develop common eco-design guidelines that would be uniform across the industry. CEFLEX is a collaboration of EU companies and associations representing the entire flexible packaging value chain. This partnership will focus on the development and application of design guidelines for both flexible packaging and the infrastructures to collect, sort and recycle. RecyClass is an initiative promoted by Plastics Recyclers Europe, aiming to help the plastics value chain find the correct way to approach and evaluate the design for recycling of packaging products. Through this partnership, RecyClass is providing a recyclability assessment tool, which can be used to identify potential issues and points of improvement for the end-of-life of packaging, with the goal of improving recyclability. “In October 2019, Ferrero made a strong commitment to more sustainable packaging and signed The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Our most recent initiatives, including the 100% recyclable Kinder Joy spoon, our exploration of chemical recycling and our partnerships for eco-design guidelines, are important steps in that journey. We look forward to providing regular updates as we support the acceleration towards a circular economy,” said Fabio Mora, Global Packaging Director of the Ferrero Group. The Ferrero Group will continue to share announcements on these future milestones as part of the journey to make all packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

  • Nespresso® and Amcor win Alufoil Trophy in Resource Efficiency

    The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) organizes and presents the annual Alufoil Trophy in five categories: Consumer Convenience, Marketing and Design, Product Protection, Resource Efficiency and Technical Innovation. This year, Nestlé Nespresso and Amcor have been awarded the trophy in the resource efficiency category for their Aluminium Stewardship Initiiative (ASI) certified aluminium coffee capsule. Some features of the aluminium capsule include: • Recycling ready • Full compliance with international regulations • High seal integrity • Easy to use • High barrier properties The production, procurement, sourcing and processing of the metal used are all in accordance with ASI’s standards. The capsule uses only ASI approved aluminium which increases the sustainability performance of the capsule. As an ASI member, Amcor addresses sustainable practices along the full aluminium chain for its products. Nespresso is also an ASI member and commits to its objectives and standards. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Aluminium Stewardship Initiative The ASI is a global, non-profit organization that sets standards and provides certification for best practices in the aluminium supply and value chain. With the collaboration of producers, users and stakeholders, ASI aims to make the use of aluminium as sustainable as possible. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Other awardees of the AluFoil Trophy 2020 include: -CONSUMER CONVENIENCE Constantia Flexibles: Easy Dose Lid -MARKETING + DESIGN Guala Closures Group: Savin Prestige -RESOURCE EFFICIENCY Amcor: ASI aluminium for coffee capsules i2r Packaging Solutions: i2r Ultra -TECHNICAL INNOVATION Constantia Flexibles: 3D sidewall-embossing for Alufoilcontainer -DISCRETIONARY AWARD Contital: Aluminium Plates Wipf: Gasbag for E-Active Body Control

  • GoGo squeeZ® pouch packaging with the goal of being fully recyclable

    The result of three years of research and development, the company’s final recyclable packaging will have no aluminum layer in the pouch, the amount of plastic in the iconic GoGo squeeZ® helicopter cap will have been reduced by 40 percent (which is 80 percent overall less plastic compared to competitive pouch caps), and the recyclable, squeezable packaging will be made from a single type of BPA free plastic – polyethylene. The outer packaging on most of the GoGo squeeZ® varieties is currently made from 100 percent recycled paper that has been sourced responsibly and sustainably.

  • Premier Tech and Bühler joint venture evolves into a global partnership

    Strategic cooperation between Premier Tech and Bühler

    Joint venture evolves into a global partnership for bulk packaging in the grain and food markets

    Uzwil (Switzerland), May 14, 2020 – Swiss Bühler Group and Premier Tech from Canada are now taking their strategic cooperation two steps further. What started with a close collaboration in August 2019, evolved into a Joint Venture in China and ultimately grew to a global partnership for bulk packaging.
    This new global partnership will allow Bühler to access Premier Tech’s leading technologies in bagging and palletizing either through the newly created PT-Bühler joint venture in China, serving the world with cost-effective packaging, or directly through Premier Tech’s facilities for the high-end food feed and grain markets, worldwide.
    “The Global Partnership will serve customers worldwide by building on Premier Tech’s recognized know-how in the field of automated packaging technologies while making full use of Bühler’s strong international sales and service network,” says André Noreau, CEO of Premier Tech’s Systems and Automation business. Premier Tech and Bühler are bringing their cooperation to new heights by offering adapted state-of-the-art packaging solutions around the globe.
    Bühler will continue to service its existing installed base and will also focus on sales and service through its global customer service focus and total plant-solution expertise so that customers can rely on timely, qualified support throughout the life cycle of the product.

    PT-Bühler – Joint Venture covering needs in China and markets interested in cost-effective automation
    After entering their strategic cooperation last year, Bühler and Premier Tech have worked closely together in the interest of forming a 50/50 joint venture in China that will officially start on July 1, 2020. The aim of the joint venture is to develop and market new cost-effective packaging solutions based on Premier Tech’s bagging expertise. Operating in Wuxi, China, PT-Bühler will focus on serving the food and feed markets in China, and other markets moving towards cost-effective automation.
    “Customers will benefit from significantly more efficient, and even more accurate and food safe packaging solutions thanks to automation technologies developed by PT-Bühler,” says Johannes Wick, CEO of Bühler’s Grains & Food business.
    Attracting talents from both companies, PT-Bühler will benefit from Bühler’s know-how of high-quality manufacturing and supply chain management in China as well as its digital solutions, whereas Premier Tech contributes with its superior packaging expertise and technological leadership in this field. Both Bühler and Premier Tech will offer the joint venture’s solutions in their respective markets, with Bühler focusing on turnkey plants, and Premier Tech on standalone solutions. Both partners are committed to work together in order to make for the best the customer experiences while fully addressing their needs and complement each other in all cases where Bühler and Premier Tech will both be involved in any specific projects.

    Media contacts:

    Chakim Belrhali, Senior Marketing Director,
    Premier Tech, Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, Canada
    Phone: +1 418 867-8883, 16197
    E-mail: communications@premiertech.com

    About Premier Tech
    Premier Tech (PT) is among the largest packaging equipment manufacturers in the world and well-known in the flexible and the rigid packaging industries for its state-of-the-art packaging machines and its complete packaging lines for small- and large-scale production. Premier Tech integrate innovative and high-value systems leveraging the full potential of robotics. Making a difference, this is what Premier Tech is all about. One team driven by a shared passion to deliver solutions that will better the lives of people, businesses and communities. At Premier Tech, People and Technologies connect in lasting, transformative ways, giving life to products and services that help feed, protect and improve our world. Premier Tech is committed to creating sustainable solutions that help improve the efficiency of manufacturing facilities.
    While being a global company, Premier Tech believe the true value of our worldwide presence rests in the deep roots its teams have established locally. Being local translates into tailored offers, but most importantly, custom support throughout the life cycle of their products. More than 4600 team members support Premier Tech’s activities in 27 countries, with 46 manufacturing sites across the globe. www.ptsystemsautomation.com

    About Bühler
    Billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies as they cover their basic needs for food and mobility every day. Two billion people each day enjoy foods produced on Bühler equipment; and one billion people travel in vehicles manufactured using parts produced with Bühler machinery. Countless people wear eyeglasses, use smart phones, and read newspapers and magazines – all of which depend on Bühler process technologies and solutions. Having this global relevance, Bühler is in a unique position to turn today’s global challenges into sustainable business. Bühler contributes to safely feeding the world and is doing its part to protect the climate, producing machinery that makes cars, buildings, and machinery more energy efficient. Its aim is to reduce energy, waste, and water in its customers’ value chains by 50% by 2025. Bühler’s purpose is creating “innovations for a better world.”
    Bühler invests up to 5% of turnover into research and development. In 2019, some 12,800 employees generated a turnover of CHF 3.3 billion. As a Swiss family-owned company, Bühler is active in 140 countries around the world and operates a global network of 98 service stations, 32 manufacturing sites, and 25 application centers. In 2020, Bühler celebrates its 160th anniversary.

  • Unwrapping a new opening: Tetra Fino® Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM

    The new package allows dairy and juice drinks to be produced and distributed in small carton pouches at room temperature, and subsequently turned into frozen products in shops or in a consumer’s home. The package was recognised for its quality in design, materials and class. Over 319 packaging applications from 35 countries entered the award competition.

  • PepsiCo To Acquire Rockstar, Expanding Presence In Fast-Growing Energy Category

    "As we work to be more consumer-centric and capitalize on rising demand in the functional beverage space, this highly strategic acquisition will enable us to leverage PepsiCo's capabilities to both accelerate Rockstar's performance and unlock our ability to expand in the category with existing brands such as Mountain Dew," said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO, Ramon Laguarta. "Over time, we expect to capture our fair share of this fast-growing, highly profitable category and create meaningful new partnerships in the energy space." Rockstar, founded in 2001, produces beverages that are designed for those who lead active lifestyles from athletes to rock stars. Rockstar products are available in over 30 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries. PepsiCo has had a distribution agreement with Rockstar in North America since 2009. In addition to Rockstar, PepsiCo's energy portfolio includes Mountain Dew's Kickstart, GameFuel, and AMP. "We have had a strong partnership with PepsiCo for the last decade, and I'm happy to take that to the next level and join forces as one company," said Russ Weiner, Rockstar's founder and creator of the world's first 16oz energy drink. "PepsiCo shares our competitive spirit and will invest in growing our brand even further. I'm proud of what we built and how we've changed the game in the energy space." PepsiCo has also entered into an agreement, which will provide approximately $0.7 billion of payments related to future tax benefits associated with the transaction, payable over up to 15 years. PepsiCo does not expect the transaction to be material to its revenue or earnings per share in 2020. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the first half of 2020. Centerview Partners LLC acted as financial advisor to PepsiCo. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as lead counsel to PepsiCo, and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as U.S. tax and antitrust counsel. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as financial advisor to Rockstar, with King & Spalding acting as Rockstar's legal counsel. About PepsiCo

  • Coveris’ new Bag-in-Bag solution supports easy recycling

    Used mainly for food and pet food, the brand-new Bag-in-Bag solution combines an inner layer with strong barrier properties to protect the contents as well as an outer layer made of paper. Paper is perceived to be an eco-friendly packaging solution. Plastic, on the other hand, preserve the sensitive contents and also offers user-friendly closure options. After usage, the bag’s two components can be easily separated via a precut tape at the bottom of the bag. This special feature also makes the recycling advantage readily apparent to the consumer at the shelf. The new Bag-in-Bag solution is available in different formats and can be printed in flexography or rotogravure. Because the external paper layer is a printable surface, Coveris offers high-quality printing options that successfully draw attention to the packaging on the competitive supermarket shelf. “With this sustainable packaging solution, the team has developed a user-friendly eco-concept that retains the advantages of plastic bags while making recycling easy. We have conducted internal panel tests to measure the efficacy of easy separation and recyclability and we are now pleased to release this innovation to market,” said Eric Valette, Head of R&D Flexibles, commenting the launch of the new product.

  • Tablebox - Convenient Fast Food Packaging

    When seated the v-shape fits between the legs and the lid becomes a tray on the lap which ensures a safe eating experience with no stains on clothes and seat.


    Ideal for kids by activating them, making eating fun and increasing the likeliness of parents being willing to have kids eating in the car.


    Different sizes for different menus and target groups.


    Attractive positioning between the legs in a focused eating situation creates ideal advertisement opportunities with unique interaction possibilities such as ”tear of coupons, QR codes and the like


    Short assemble times and unflding in 2 seconds. The pack is also stackable. This is a patent pending product by the company. 

  • Marico Limited enters the vegetable and fruit hygiene category with Veggie Clean, made with 100% safe ingredients

    Increasingly, both personal and domestic hygiene is becoming priority top priority for consumers. While hand, body, home and kitchen hygiene is in practice and consumption habits are also evolving in tandem with the current situation, ensuring complete sanitation of our fresh produce is still limited to only rinsing them with water. To bridge this gap with an innovative solution, Marico Limited has launched a first-ofits-kind fruit and vegetable cleaner. Veggie Clean will be available across modern and ecommerce channels in two SKUs - 200 ml and 400 ml for INR 149 and INR 289 respectively. The solution does not contain any harmful preservative, is soapfree, chlorine-free and alcohol-free. It can be used to clean all kinds of vegetables and fruits except mushrooms. Veggie Clean is made from ingredients that are derived from natural sources. Simple to use, one is only required to soak and hand rub the fresh produce in a solution made of one capful of Veggie Clean and 2 litres of water followed by rinsing the soaked produce in running water 2-3 times for about 30 seconds. Speaking on the launch, Koshy George, Chief Marketing Officer, Marico Limited said, “We at Marico believe in innovation that makes a real difference and as a responsible organization, we continue to develop disruptive solutions that help address emerging consumer needs. We are witnessing a definite shift in consumer habit and consumption patterns are increasingly being centred on personal and domestic hygiene. Keeping this in mind, we have launched Veggie Clean made with 100% safe ingredients, an industry first innovation which will help consumers sanitize their fruits and vegetables by removing impurities that may be present on the surface. With this launch, we hope to fill an existing gap in the hygiene segment.” With an increased focus on health and hygiene products, Marico Limited has been innovating and intensifying its presence in the category. The company entered the hand hygiene segment with the launch of Mediker Hand Sanitizer in India and hand sanitizer and hand wash in Bangladesh. It aims to continue exploring newer avenues in the health, hygiene and foods sector in other geographies.

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