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Dear friends, Happy New Year to you. An important phase of our journey is nearing: the New Year. It is a particular moment in our lives, a moment of transformation and deep introspection. We begin to ask, what is truly important to us? We realize that endings are beginnings as they lay the soil for plants of new opportunities to sprout and grow. Our spirits are high and we look ahead with faith and enthusiasm. We had a great 2023 with lots of actions in every vertical of ours, lots of learnings, and many obstacles to overcome. So rather than enumerating what we achieved I would ask what is going to be our focus in 2024? Some of the areas that we planned to focus on are:   Innovation webinars Our partners' webinars Actively promoting packagingBraings.com for more job opportunities Awareness around the Big Book of Packaging for better packaging education Packaging surveys on key topics   With this, I wish you once again a great year as the journey continues and we look forward to keep walking together in this!   Sandeep Kumar Goyal LATEST NEWS SPMC to Spearhead Sterile Packaging Day Celebration on February 7, 2024 This year's celebration theme of "Opening Possibilities" salutes the nurses and clinicians who work tirelessly to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients with illnesses. Whether they're administering routine medical care or performing a life-saving procedure, each time a sterile pouch is opened, a life-enhancing possibility is created.  The in-person celebration will center around
LATEST NEWS Romania launches “world’s largest centralized DRS” The Romanian DRS system uses a software solution from Sensoneo, a technology company based in Slovakia. The software forms the backbone of the entire system, says Sensoneo, as it integrates all stakeholders and gathers data from all sources within the process chain. Deposit Return Schemes increase the purity of material collected, leading to materials circularity and reduction of CO2 emissions. Th Read More Lindum Packaging launches Innovation Centre to cut pallet stability issues It provides an offsite solution to solve the pallet stability issues that cause goods to get damaged in transit, costing companies thousands of pounds in lost sales every year.The Innovation Centre provides a facility that is designed to replicate its customers packaging operations and in-transit conditions without disrupting their day-to-day operations.Lindum Packaging said early customer trials Read More Government approves 100% packaging of food grains in diversified jute bags
LATEST NEWS Kellanova launches Cheez-It® Snap'd®, Cheez-It® Puff'd® and Club® Crisps with reduced plastic packaging This innovative packaging design is in line with Kellanova Better Days Promise commitment to work towards packaging that is 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2030. Additionally, as a signatory to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Pledge, Kellanova has a goal to reduce virgin plastic by 5%.Kellanova's framework to ensure packaging is innovative and sustainable Read More Premium cheeses from Fromagerie Milleret wrapped in paper by Amcor The Le Baron Brie and lOrtolan Bio cheeses are making use of Amcors AmFiber Matrix breathable wrap. As well as being designed for recycling in existing paper streams, it is said to facilitate control over moisture levels within the product regulating air exchange to prevent sogginess while avoiding excessive porousness, which can cause dryness.According to Amcors ASSET Life Cycle Assessment, the Read More Epara switches to refillable airless
LATEST NEWS Kraft Heinz Introduces First Fully Recyclable Ketchup Cap with help from Berry Global Historically, Heinz sauce bottles used a flexible silicone valve to deliver a consistent portion of sauce per squeeze, but this was -often challenging to recycle. Together with Berry Global Heinz has now switched to a mono-material cap, manufactured in PP. This means it meets requirements for recyclability. The project has been eight years, 45 prototypes and more than 185,000 hours in develop Read More Ball Beverage Packaging and Coca-Cola launch HVO trial A 12-month trial began in October which could reduce supply chain CO2e emissions by around 300 tonnes per year.Approximately 5,000 deliveries will be powered by a blend of HVO and diesel fuel which will supply the CCEP site in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK.The partnership is supported by Menzies Distribution, one of Balls UK logistics partners.The benefit of using HVO is that, if fully implemented Read More India: SIG’s filling technology enables Milky Mist to meet diverse consumer demands
  ​   LATEST NEWS Paper cup recycling pioneers return to ‘complete unfinished business’ Peter Goodwin, managing director of co-cre8, and James Capel, the chairman, helped establish the UK's first nationwide paper cup collection and recycling service in 2014.Says Peter: Our pioneering service kick-started paper cup recycling in 2014 yet, despite the media furore and consumer outrage over the billions of paper cups that are disposed of each year, still less than 1% of all cups are curr ​ Read More Weleda has received two Sustainable Beauty Awards for using PCR Aluminium tube By Linhardt . At the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit 2023 industry event in Paris this week, Weleda received a double award: as a Sustainability Pioneer for the new Weleda Logistics Campus, which impressively shows how the circular economy works. Weleda also achieved first place in the New Sustainable Product category for the Skin Food Nourishing Cleansing Balm in a tube made from 100% recycled aluminum made
LATEST NEWS AkzoNobel launches varnishes giving can makers more Bisphenol-free solutions Accelstyle 100 and Accelstyle 200 both have high abrasion resistance for conventional two-piece aluminum beer and beverage cans and can be seamlessly introduced into existing production processes.AkzoNobel said this allows can makers to transition to coatings that are free from materials of concern and remain as commercially viable as possible.Accelstyle 100, matches the performance of AkzoNobels Read More Hydropac addresses pharmaceutical packaging challenges with new PharmaPac range With its PharmaPac range of products, Hydropac will address the unique transportation issues the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors face, including "last mile" delivery challenges and increasing regulatory requirements. Hydropacs cutting-edge series of thermal packaging solutions has been developed to ensure that temperature-sensitive medications and vaccines are delivered in optima Read More Mondi gives the functional packaging solution from Coca-Cola HBC Austria a special touch
LATEST NEWS AkzoNobel launches varnishes giving can makers more Bisphenol-free solutions Accelstyle 100 and Accelstyle 200 both have high abrasion resistance for conventional two-piece aluminum beer and beverage cans and can be seamlessly introduced into existing production processes.AkzoNobel said this allows can makers to transition to coatings that are free from materials of concern and remain as commercially viable as possible.Accelstyle 100, matches the performance of AkzoNobels Read More Hydropac addresses pharmaceutical packaging challenges with new PharmaPac range With its PharmaPac range of products, Hydropac will address the unique transportation issues the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors face, including "last mile" delivery challenges and increasing regulatory requirements. Hydropacs cutting-edge series of thermal packaging solutions has been developed to ensure that temperature-sensitive medications and vaccines are delivered in optima Read More Mondi gives the functional packaging solution from Coca-Cola HBC Austria a special touch
LATEST NEWS Adherence Monitoring: Digitally Enhanced and Child-Resistant Key-Pak is a flexible and versatile blister pack solution from Keystone Folding Box Company that is suitable for a variety of tablet forms, dosing regimens, and blisters. It has a special feature for opening the cavities ensuring a high level of child resistance as well as seniorfriendly use. Since its introduction in 2003, Key-Pak has established itself as the clinical packaging standard and has Read More Bengaluru-based Bambrew develops unique recycled paper with better strength Bengaluru-based sustainability-based packaging solutions start-up Bambrew has developed a unique recycled paper whose strength has been increased at least six times by infusing cotton fabric in between and can recycled more than once, said Vaibhav Anant, the companys founder. The paper, which is recycled, has been developed through a proprietary process and Bambrew has filed for a patent for Read More LATEST PRESS RELEASES
LATEST NEWS PET tray-to-tray: Greiner Packaging processes material from yellow bags into beverage trays for Rauch Fruchtsäfte Together with its partners, Greiner Packaging is taking yet another step towards a circular economy: In future, Rauch brand beverages will also be presented in supermarkets in trays made of 70% PCR (post-consumer recycled) r-PET material.In addition to bottles made from 100% r-PET, Rauch now also uses trays made from 70% recycled PETTray-to-tray recycling reduces dependence on the PET bottle Read More Lenovo's new flaxseed laptop is a big step forward for sustainability One of the big themes in tech at the moment is the push toward sustainability, and theres a bunch of that on display at MWC 2023. For instance, Lenovo has introduced a few new measures to try and lessen the environmental impact of buying a brand new laptop.The most interesting of these is the new Flax Fiber Cover launching as an optional extra for the new ThinkPad Z13. Rather than making the Read More Element Beauty Group Now Offers AI Solutions
LATEST NEWS Element Beauty Group Now Offers AI Solutions Miami-based Element Beauty Group has announced the release of its service Element AI, designed to improve and accelerate the development process of new beauty solutions. Known for its turnkey solutions for niche and indie beauty brands in North America, Element designers are now working with Element AI software that the supplier says can create designs faster and more economically d Read More Domino sets out digital strategy with cloud and QR codes This includes the Oracle Cloud project, scannable 2D / QR codes which it says are crucial for e-commerce platforms, and supply chain systems.The company said current international trading conditions are very challenging, but demand for its products has remained strong, with total sales growing in 2022.While its top sectors remain food, beverages, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, Carl Haycock, UK Read More Nomadic and Greiner Packaging roll out new format for yoghurt range The new packs coincide with Nomadics 25th anniversary. According to Nomadic marketing manager Bethan Miles, the new design is an upside-down version of its Yogurt & Oat Clusters range.Miles saidL Just like our hero Yogurt & Oat Clusters range, Protein+ Granola is taste prioritised with accessible flavours and is designed to be eaten on the go with no preparation. The packaging is therefore