Tesco begins trial for reverse vending machines to reduce plastic wastes

UK - Tesco shoppers can now claim 10p for every plastic bottle they return to selected stores, under a new trial announced by the supermarket giant as part of its efforts to reduce plastic waste, using the reverse vending machines at the stores. The in-store recycling machines, which are already in place at some rival…

Union of European Soft Drinks Association sets new sustainability packaging goals

EU - The Union of European Soft Drinks Associations (Unesda) has set new sustainable packaging goals, including a commitment to ensure that 100% of soft drinks plastic packaging across the EU will be recyclable by 2025. According to FoodBev, other commitments made by the Union include a target to ensure that PET bottles used for…

Nampak shares rise after securing US$894m fund package

SOUTH AFRICA - Africa’s leading packaging company Nampak has released a trading update showing it had secured US$894.04 million long-term funding package in the 11-month period ended August, sending its share price 2.02% higher at $1.06 on bourse, reports IOL Business Report. The period was characterized by a strong first-half growth as volumes at Bevcan…

Calibre Foods, Squishy Drinks and Bio Foods win the most innovative packaging awards

KENYA – Calibre Foods, Squishy Drinks and Bio Foods Ltd were the winners of the most sought after most innovative packaging application in a new product at the just concluded Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards. The category, which was introduced at this year’s Awards, saw the three companies walk away with the packaging award for…

Industry associations, Govt agencies confirm AFMASS Southern Africa partnership

ZAMBIA– The southern Africa edition of Africa’s food, beverage and milling industry conference and exhibition, AFMASS has received a number of confirmations from high profile individuals, industry associations and Government agencies , with expectations that it will change the face of the industry in the region. Planned to take place on October 3-5, 2018 at…

Cosmo Films introduces BOPP-based heat resistant films for packaging applications

INDIA - Cosmo Films, a global leader in speciality films for flexible packaging, lamination and labeling applications as well as synthetic paper introduces BOPP based heat resistant (HR) films. According to the company, the films have been engineered to work as printing layer replacing BOPET film in multilayer laminates for various packaging applications in both…

UK water and soft drinks manufacturers to eliminate packaging wastes by 2030

UK - Several leading bottled water and soft drinks manufacturers have lodged a report to the UK House of Commons, which outlines their ambition to eliminate packaging waste in the bottled water and soft drinks value chain by 2030. The roadmap was developed with input from companies such as Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Danone Waters (UK…

Coca Cola Great Britain redesigns the Coca-Cola packaging range

UK - Coca-Cola Great Britain has revealed a new design for the Coca-Cola range featuring new look packaging for Coca-Cola original taste and Coca-Cola zero sugar. According to the company, the changes unify both variants with the iconic Coca-Cola red and form part of the company’s commercial strategy to encourage more people to try Coca-Cola…

France to introduce penalty system for packaging made of non-recycled plastics

FRANCE - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic. The project is part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official told Euractiv. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said…

Indorama Ventures acquires PET recycler Sorepla Industrie

FRANCE - Indorama Ventures, one of the world's leading producers in the intermediate petrochemicals industry, has enhanced its PET recycling capabilities with the acquisition of France-based Sorepla Industrie for an undisclosed fee. According to FoodBev, Sorepla Industrie operates a single recycling facility in France which boasts three production lines; one for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET),…