PepsiCo joins circular shopping platform Loop in reusable packaging pilot

USA – Food and beverages giant, PepsiCo has joined the grocery platform Loop launched by global recycling organisation, Terracycle to promote reusable packaging and reduce plastic waste. PepsiCo said it will be offering Paris consumers two of its brands, Tropicana Orange Juice and Quaker Cruesli Chocolat Noir, in reusable containers, as part of a market…

Mars Petcare, Carrefour join Loop initiative to reduce single-use packaging

FRANCE – Mars Petcare has joined the Loop initiative, a new initiative launched by TerraCycle in collaboration with Carrefour to reduce single-use packaging. Loop™ Initiative is said to be the first e-commerce platform that aims to reduce plastic waste by offering shoppers with durable, functional and reusable packaging. The launch has been backed by over…

Schur Flexibles appoints Michael Schernthaner as new CEO

EUROPE - Schur Flexibles Group, Europe’s leading provider of flexible packaging has appointed Michael Schernthaner as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company. Michael Schernthaner, 41 has been appointed to the helms after serving two years as Schur’s CFO and will work together with COO Juan Luís Martínez Arteaga and Chief Sales Officer Friedrich…

JBT Corporation acquires sealing technology firm Proseal for US$284.5m

UK - JBT Corporation, an American food processing machinery company has agreed to acquire UK’s leading provider of tray sealing technology, Proseal UK Limited for US$284.5 million (£220 million). Headquartered in Adlington, UK, Proseal manufactures manual, semi-automatic, and fully-automatic tray sealing machines for the food and pharmaceutical industries. It has additional production facilities in Richmond,…

Packaging firm Ball commits to 100% renewable energy in N. America by 2021

USA – Ball Corporation, a provider of sustainable packaging solutions for beverage and food industry has announced that it is committed move to 100% renewable electricity in its North American operations by 2021. The company has reached an agreement with global energy and infrastructure group, Eversheds Sutherland for two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) –…

Packaging firm BillerudKorsnäs partners Alpla for sustainable paper bottle

SWEDEN - Swedish packaging materials provider BillerudKorsnäs has joined forces with Alpla, an Austrian plastics manufacturer in a joint venture to develop a sustainable paper bottle. The joint venture will be formed in the Danish paper bottle company Ecoxpac, which is majorly-owned by BillerudKorsnäs. According to the terms of the agreement, both Alpla and BillerudKorsnäs…

Berlin Packaging to acquire French firm Verrerie Calvet

FRANCE – The American supplier of packaging services, Berlin Packaging has reached an agreement to acquire French packaging manufacturer Verrerie Calvet with a goal to expand its operations in the European region. Berlin Packaging, which supplies glass, plastic and metal containers and closures is looking to leverage on Verrerie Calvet’s extensive experience in packaging for…

Tetra Pak partners Microsoft  to develop ‘factory of the future’ in food processing

SWITZERLAND – Tetra Pak in collaboration with global technology firms Microsoft, ABB, SAP and logistics solutions provider Elettric80 has developed “factory of the future” for the digitization of food manufacturing Tetra Pak is set to unveil its “factory of the future” at Hannover Messe 2019 in Germany, where it will showcase how digital technologies are…

O-I buys glass packaging facility in Mexico from Grupo Modelo for US$188m

USA – The glass packaging manufacturer, Owens-Illinois, Inc. has agreed to acquire glass packaging manufacturing facility, Nueva located in Mexico from Grupo Modelo, a wholly owned affiliate of Anheuser-Busch InBev. With four furnaces, the facility has the capacity to produce and supply approximately 300,000 tons of glass containers annually for Grupo Modelo brands, which include…

EU parliament approves ban on single-use plastics to fight pollution

EU – The European Union legislators have approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastic products in renewed efforts to tackle plastic waste and micro plastic pollution. The European Parliament has voted in favor of ‘The Single Use Plastics Directive’ (SUDP) which criminalizes the use of ten single-use plastics that are most commonly found across European…