Essentra Packaging has been recognised in this year’s Pro Carton awards, clinching Gold in the Carton Excellence Awards for its cosmetics carton for exclusive online skincare brand Exentrique.

    The solution devised by Essentra for Exentrique’s Facial Cleanser met the requirements to reflect the brand’s unique positioning and identity, enhance appeal in the online sales channel and ensure the perfect at home opening experience, while at the same time satisfying its sustainability standards.

  • PepsiCo launches pep+ to promote planet, society, health, regenerative agriculture and circular packaging


    “Pep+ is the future of our company – a fundamental transformation of what we do and how we do it to create growth and shared value with sustainability and human capital at the center. It reflects a new business reality, where consumers are becoming more interested in the future of the planet and society,” says Ramon Laguarta, PepsiCo’s chairman and CEO.

    “Pep+ will change our brands and how they win in the market,” he continues. “For example, imagine Lay’s will start with a potato grown sustainably on a regenerative field, and then be cooked and delivered from a net-zero and net water-positive supply chain, sold in a bio-compostable bag, with the lowest sodium levels in the market.”

    “Now, imagine the scale and impact when applied to all 23 of our billion-dollar brands.”

    Positive agriculture
    Pep+ drives action and progress across three key pillars, bringing together several goals under a comprehensive framework.

    Under the first pillar, “Positive Agriculture,” PepsiCo is working to spread regenerative practices to restore the Earth across land equal to the company’s entire agricultural footprint (approximately seven million acres), while sustainably sourcing key crops and ingredients.

    These goals are currently being brought to life in Europe through the company’s use of precision agriculture technology and innovation in fertilizer.

    PepsiCo in the UK is trialing technology to convert waste potato peelings from making PepsiCo’s Walkers crisps into low-carbon, nutrient-rich fertilizer. An initial pilot resulted in a 70% reduction in emissions from growing potatoes and so in 2022, PepsiCo will broaden its trials across more European markets.

    Circular packaging
    Under PepsiCo’s second pillar, “Positive Value Chain,” the company aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, become net water-positive by 2030, and introduce more sustainable packaging into the value chain including a new global goal to cut virgin plastic per serving by 50% across its food & beverage portfolio by 2030.

    In line with this pillar, the company has introduced a new global workforce volunteering program, One Smile at a Time, to “encourage, support and empower” each of its 291,000 employees to make positive impacts in their local communities.

    A critical focus of driving a positive value chain has been on building a circular economy for packaging in Europe. Denmark and Finland recently announced they will join another nine Europe markets to switch to 100% recycled plastic bottles for brand Pepsi by 2022. 

    This follows a similar move for other brands last year, including Lipton Iced Tea and is backed by the company’s support for Deposit Return Schemes in many European markets, to enable over 90% collection of beverage packaging.

    PepsiCo is also continuing to drive toward a circular economy for flexible packaging through a series of collaborations and investments. This includes PepsiCo’s participation in various sorting and recycling technologies, including the next phase of the Holy Grail digital watermarks initiative, with trials taking place on PepsiCo’s food packaging in France and Germany in 2022.

    The company also continues to invest in flexible packaging recycling infrastructure through Extended Producer Responsibility schemes in different markets, as well as direct investment in schemes like the Flexible Packaging Fund in the UK.

    Reducing sugar and sodium
    Under its third pillar, “Positive Choices,” PepsiCo is evolving its portfolio of F&B products so that they incorporate more diverse ingredients in both new and existing food products, which are more sustainable and nutritious – prioritizing chickpeas, plant-based proteins and whole grains.

    The company is expanding its position in the nuts & seeds category, where PepsiCo holds leadership positions in Mexico, China and several Western European markets.

    PepsiCo is also accelerating its reduction of added sugars and sodium through the use of science-based targets across its portfolio and cooking its food offerings with healthier oils.

    In its beverage portfolio, PepsiCo Europe is reducing the average level of added sugars by 50% and to build a US$1 billion portfolio of foods rated Nutri-Score B or better by 2030.

    The F&B giant is also looking to scale new beverage business models that require little or no single-use packaging, including its global SodaStream business. SodaStream is bringing PepsiCo flavor options like Pepsi Zero Sugar, Lipton and bubly to 23 markets. Its new SodaStream Professional platform will expand into functional beverages and reach more than ten additional markets by the end of 2022.

    In other moves relevant to this third pillar, the company also recently announced its participation in the front-of-pack environmental scoring project led by Foundation Earth. The project is aimed at assessing the ability of different labeling schemes to promote more sustainable buying choices for consumers, as well as driving environmental progress for food producers.

    “This is a major transformation for our business. It is the right thing for our planet and for people as we evolve our portfolio and provide positive choices for consumers. This requires long-term investment, new ways of engaging across our value chain and a culture shift to do things differently,” says Silviu Popovici, PepsiCo Europe’s CEO.

    “However, making these changes alone won’t be enough. We need to collaborate with governments and other stakeholders to help us go faster and ensure we have the right infrastructure and eco-systems to succeed as we reimagine the way food is grown, made and enjoyed.”

  • ‘World first’ change for Aussie Cadbury bars


    Australian made Cadbury Dairy Milk Blocks will be among the first food products in the world to be available and wrapped in recycled soft plastic packaging, the confectionary brand has announced.

    Announcing the news today, Cadbury’s owner US firm Mondelez International said it had sourced the equivalent of 30 per cent of the plastic needed to wrap the brand’s famous blocks from recycled sources.

    “Not only is this a world first for Cadbury, but Cadbury in Australia will be among the first anywhere in the world to buy recycled content soft plastic packaging,” Mondelez International president for Australia, New Zealand and Japan, Darren O’Brien, said in a statement.

    “While we’ve accessed the very latest technology from overseas to source this recycled material, we know that demand for circular packaging will continue to grow and we’d love to see recycling technology built in Australia to meet local demand.”

    The volume of recycled plastic being used for the new packaging is enough for 50 million family blocks – which, laid end-to-end – would equate to distance from the Cadbury factory in Hobart, Tasmania to Mumbai in India.

    While soft plastic packaging has long been considered a single use material, accessing the latest recycling technology means fans of the chocolate (aka, all of us) can look forward to playing a role in the circular economy.

    “Today’s announcement is another step towards establishing a truly circular economy, one where all plastics are fully recycled which is good news for our environment and our economy, as well as for all Australians who want to eat Cadbury chocolate sustainably,” Assistant minister for waste reduction and environmental management, Trevor Evans welcomed the move.

    “This announcement gives the sector further confidence that their investments in domestic advanced recycling facilities can solve sustainability challenges and grow jobs in an exciting emerging industry.”

    The recycled content plastic material will be used for the Cadbury Dairy Milk family blocks range first, made at the brand’s Hobart factory.

    Mondelez International said it was “just the first step” to use recycled soft plastics as a circular material, with the company determined to increase the amount of recycled material in its packaging.

    The first blocks made with the recycled soft plastic in their packaging will hit supermarket shelves in September 2022.

  • HUL’s Surf Excel Switches To The Use of 50% Recycled Plastic Bottles


    These bottles will be made from 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and will use 100% biodegradable actives in their formulation.

    This move came after HUL saw a rise in the plastic footprint of its brand Surf Excel Matic Liquid, which was launched in 2016.

    As part of the initiative, HUL has partnered with Banyan Nation to reduce the net plastic generated and create bottles that are less dependent on virgin plastic.

    As part of the initiative, HUL has partnered with Banyan Nation to reduce the net plastic generated and create bottles that are less dependent on virgin plastic.

    The brand has stated that it will cross an annual consumption of 900 tonnes of recycled plastic by the end of this year.

    In addition to this, HUL has also set up a refill machine at a store in Mumbai to showcase its commitment to no-plastic innovations.

    Prabha Narasimhan, executive director and vice president, home care, Hindustan Unilever, said, “Every decision we make is evaluated, not just on its benefit to the consumers but also on its impact on the environment, now and in the long term, to ensure what is best for the consumer is also good for the larger world we inhabit. Why should the consumer be forced to make a choice between the two?”

    Sanjiv Mehta, chairman and MD, Hindustan Unilever, said, “All innovations have a scorecard on various parameters and its positive impact on our clean future agenda is a key criterion to meet for it to move ahead in the organisation’s innovation funnel. If we don’t set higher standards for ourselves, we will not be able to meet the needs of future generations. We take great pride in innovating to meet the consumers’ needs, some of these aren’t critical for the present but are key for the future. This innovation is yet another step in that direction.”

    Mani Kishore Vajipeyajula, CEO and co-founder of Banyan Nation, added, “Banyan Nation’s mission is to ensure that the use of safe and high-quality recycled plastic becomes the norm in mainstream consumer products and packaging. HUL’s alignment with our mission and unwavering commitment to sustainability has resulted in over 100 million bottles being made from Banyan Nation’s recycled granules and made available to consumers across India.”


    Wayne, PA, September 15, 2021 -- Tekni-Plex has named Eldon Schaffer as CEO of the company’s Consumer Products division, which services non-healthcare sectors including food & beverage, cosmetics & beauty and personal care. Schaffer will play a critical role in developing and executing business strategies that will enable the company to apply its materials science knowledge to customer product designs and challenges.

  • Sweden’s best-selling sausages now wrapped in renewable paper-based packaging by Mondi

    • HKScan’s leading Swedish sausage brand Scan Falukorv 800 g is now packed with Mondi’s renewable paper-based packaging
    • By switching from an unrecyclable plastic multi-layer material to paper-based packaging, the carbon footprint has been reduced significantly


    Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has worked with Nordic food manufacturer HKScan to provide renewable paper-based packaging for its best-selling Falukorv sausage.

  • V-Shapes to Present Innovative Print, Fill & Seal Converting/Packaging Machine at Fachpack

    See live on-demand production of unique single-dose sachets that can be opened with a single gesture using one hand with V-Shapes PRIME with in-line printing

  • Packaging solutions for sensitive products

    Wolfertschwenden, 14 September 2021 - At this year's Compamed MULTIVAC will be exhibiting packaging solutions for sensitive products. The highlight will be the RX 4.0 thermoforming packag-ing machine in GMP design, which will be presented to the visitors for the first time. In conjunction with an integrated handling mod-ule and an InteliJet HD digital printer from BELL-MARK, it forms an efficient solution for producing and printing combi packs containing a syringe, filter and vial.

  • Ocado moves to 100% recyclable packaging material for apples


    Double the packing speed and fully recyclable right on your doorstep...

    Ocado customers will start to receive three varieties of apples packaged in the new Pro-Produce linerless pack format. The move from bubble wrap and label to printed cardboard will prevent unnecessary waste to landfill.

    The launch is the result of a cross industry collaboration between the retailer, producers OrchardWorld and Peake fruit, Ravenwood Packaging and ProPrint group.

    The bubble wrap used in the existing Ocado apple packaging had the key function to protect the fruit to avoid food waste. It was important to maintain the quality of the product through the more demanding on-line process.

    The new pack will eliminate almost 12 tonnes of hard to recycle plastic annually. 

    Orchard World trialled several carton-board packaging alternatives, however, the linerless print and technology fundamental to this pack meant the packing speed has now doubled - bringing production efficiency as well as improved recyclability.

    The new Pro-Produce pack combines a food grade board printed ‘lid’ applied to a nested carton-board tray using a Ravenwood Linerless applicator giving the pack a premium look and Ocado branding.

    Trials showed that the pack supports and protects apples through their journey also delivering in recyclability as confirmed by OPRL. Customers recognise the pack as recyclable, and can easily dispose of both components together at their doorstep helping them recycle.

    "The Pro-Produce pack has enabled us to accomplish the two key design criteria we set ourselves when seeking to remove the hard to recycle plastic bag from our supply chain. The move to cardboard has enabled us to meet our target to use a 100% recyclable packaging material. The tray and lid design have also allowed us to maintain the required product protection throughout OrchardWorld and Ocado’s supply chain. With the improved packing speeds offered by the Ravenwood machine and the development skills of Peake Fruit, we are delighted with the improved production efficiencies and enhanced sustainability principals we can offer the Ocado consumer." - Mike Jobbins, OrchardWorld.

    Moving to 100% recyclable packaging
    As part of the overall strategy and as signatories of the UK Plastics Pact, Ocado have committed to reduce their dependence on plastic and use 100% recyclable packaging for all own label products by 2023. The Pro-Produce pack using Ravenwood linerless technology for fresh produce, enabled Ocado to move from a hard to recycle bubble wrap format to a fully recyclable cardboard pack. The pack will help to contribute significantly towards sustainability targets and embedding circularity. 

    "At Ocado, we are always looking for ways to reduce our waste and provide our customers with greener choices. We are delighted to be rolling out fully non-plastic packaging for three of our best selling varieties of own label apples. Our team is hard at work developing more packaging innovations for our extensive range. Ocado Retail is committed to being the most sustainable grocer and this further demonstrates our industry leading credentials."

  • Srichakra Polyplast commissions food-grade plastic recycling facility, invests $10 million


    Srichakra Polyplast has commissioned a food-grade quality recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pellet facility and a new polyolefins recycling facility to produce deodorised bottle-to-bottle grade quality polyolefin pellets.

    The Hyderabad-based plastic recycling and waste management company has invested $10 million to strengthen its recycling capabilities for high grade recycled plastic to customers in India and global markets such as Europe and the United States.

    The company’s new facility features US Food and Drug Administration-approved technology provided by Starlinger.

    PET pellets

    The company produces food-grade quality PET pellets, which can be used to produce food and beverage packaging such as water, carbonated soft drink and juice bottles as well as takeaway containers, and high quality deodorised polyolefin pellets, which can be used in home and personal care product packaging such as lotion, shampoo and detergent bottles.

    Ravindra Venkata, CEO and Co-founder of Srichakra, said, “The new facility enables us to produce food-grade quality recycled plastic for customers and also gives locally-sourced plastic a new life, preventing it from entering the environment.”

    Food-grade recycled plastic is close to virgin plastic in quality, allowing Srichakra to overcome one of the barriers to the development of the circular economy in India and positively impact the recycling value chain.

    Paul Niedl, Commercial Head of Starlinger, said, “With the new Starlinger PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line with SSP treatment, Srichakra has expanded its scope of products into the important field of food-grade rPET.”

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