McDonald’s switches to environmentally friendly packaging by 2025

USA - McDonald’s, a leading fast food company, has announced plans to switch to environmentally friendly packaging alternatives to help reduce the impacts of industrial packaging wastes on the environment and the community at large. In its vision 2025, the company has resolved to use renewable, recyclable packaging or alternatives from certified sources with a…

Major UK retail chain Iceland to eliminate plastic packaging in 5 years

UK - Leading U.K. supermarket Iceland, which specializes in frozen food, has made a commitment to eliminate plastic packaging from its own brand products by the end of 2023. In an announcement Tuesday, the retailer said it had already removed disposable plastic straws from its own label range. It added that its new food ranges…

EU fails to ban bisphenol A, lowers limits on food packaging

EU - A draft European Commission regulation that lowers the amount of bisphenol A (BPA) allowed to migrate into or onto food from packaging materials is expected to be finalized in the coming months. Members of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health, & Food Safety Committee voted on Jan. 11 to reject a proposal to ban BPA…

EU sets 2030 deadline for recyclable plastics packaging in new strategy

EU - The EU plans to make all plastic packaging across Europe recyclable or reusable by 2030. The pledge forms part of a wider plastic strategy to tackle the issue of plastic waste. Other commitments include a reduction in consumption of single-use plastics and restrictions on the use of microplastics, such as microbeads found in some cosmetics. “If…

Graphic Packaging Company reports third-quarter sales increase

USA - Graphic Packaging Holding Company, a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and consumer product companies, has reported net income for third quarter 2017 of US$47.3 million, or US$0.15 per share, based on 310.9 million weighted average diluted shares. This is an improvement compared to the third quarter 2016 net Income of…

India to introduce new food packaging regulations

INDIA - India’s food regulator will soon set new norms for pouches, foil containers, bottles and boxes that are used to package food and beverages to address concerns over contamination arising from sub-standard material and the printing on them. “There will be separate regulations for packaging, for which draft regulations will be out soon,” said…

Sonoco Packaging reports third-quarter sales increase

USA – American packaging company Sonoco has reported record third-quarter sales of US$1.32 billion, a 9.6% increase from US$1.21 billion for the same period in 2016 with gross profit 6.6% higher at US$250.9 million. The company reported a net income amounting to US$73.4 million, also 11.3% increase on the same quarter last year. According to…