In brief: Launches and releases
ProAmpac introduced its ProActive PCR Retort pouches containing PCR material. ProActive PCR Retort pouches offer “uncompromised” performance and are specifically designed for products requiring ultra-high barrier and high-heat resistance, such as shelf-stable ready-to-eat proteins. The innovative technology ensures the pouches consistently uphold functionality, durability and food safety throughout the retort and distribution processes.
Dutch company IPL Brands released “Beaujolais Nouveau” wine in the South Korean market. IPL Brands packaged the French wine in 200 mL wine cans from Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP). IPL Brands says cans are the “perfect” packaging for freight transport — shatterproof, lightweight and stackable, easy to handle making optimal use of space during transit. AMP’s Wine Cans offer convenience and practicality for all consumption occasions. The cans are filled by ICT Drinks (In Can we Trust), which runs specialist canning operations in France. ICT Drinks specializes in packing sensitive and precious beverages. This enables winemakers, cooperatives or merchants to sell their wine in cans, meeting changing consumer demand and expanding their reach to a younger generation
In brief: Facility updates
LyondellBasell announced it made the final investment decision to build the company’s first industrial-scale catalytic advanced recycling demonstration plant at its Wesseling, Germany, site. Using LyondellBasell’s proprietary MoReTec technology, this plant will be the first commercial-scale, single-train advanced recycling plant to convert post-consumer plastic waste into feedstock to produce new plastic materials that can be run at net zero GHG emissions. The new plant is expected to have an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tons annually. It is designed to recycle the plastic packaging waste generated by over 1.2 million German citizens yearly. Construction is planned to be completed by the end of 2025.
The LEGO Group announced it is expanding its factory in Monterrey, Mexico, creating additional packing and warehousing capacity that sets the company up for long-term growth in the Americas. The expansion will include a new packing building, a warehouse extension and other miscellaneous facilities, adding 59,000 square meters of operational space to the current site. The Monterrey factory employs more than 5,000 people, with an additional 900 expected to be added throughout the expansion.