UK government to ban plastic straws, stirrers from April 2020

UK – The UK government has announced a ban on plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds across England, which will take effect starting April 2020. The ban which has received overwhelming support from the public, will include exemptions to ensure that those with medical needs or a disability are able to continue to access plastic…

EU Council adopts directive banning single-use plastics

EU – Council of the European Union has adopted a new directive banning the use of certain single-use plastics most attributed to marine pollution. The new measures proposed by the commission introduces restrictions on certain single-use plastic products in line with EU’s existing waste legislation and guidelines to promote a circular economy. The products include…

Heineken Russia launches new bottles using PET Engineering technology

RUSSIA – Global beer brewer, Heineken has launched two new PET bottles developed using PET Engineering's interchangeable insert system technology. The new bottle designs have been used for brands Tri Medvedya, Okhota and Okckoe by utilizing ITM solution- interchangeable inserts with a single mold. The bottles are simple, eye catching and are said to offer…

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…

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…

Sealed Air to acquire Automated Packaging Systems for US$510m

USA – American packaging company, Sealed Air has reached an agreement to acquire Automated Packaging Systems, Inc. (APS), a leading manufacturer of flexible bag packaging systems. The transaction is valued at US$510 million on a cash and debt free basis and will see Sealed Air expand its capabilities in protective packaging. Founded in 1962 and…

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) –…

Amcor develops ‘glass-like’ PET bottles for transparent dairy packaging

USA – Global packaging company, Amcor has developed ‘glass-look-a-like’ clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles to address the growing demand for transparent dairy packaging in Latin America. The first company to adopt the new packaging was leading Brazilian dairy company Letti for its Lettico A2 fermented milk products. The one-litter PET bottles use a screw cap…

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…