Huhtamaki opens new paper straw manufacturing facility in Ireland

IRELAND – Finnish food packaging specialist, Huhtamaki has inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art foodservice packaging manufacturing facility dedicated for producing paper straws in Northern Ireland. Located in Antrim, Belfast, the new facility is expected to employ approximately 100 people over the next few years. Huhtamaki said it plans to expand the range of products manufactured at…

Bühler opens Cubic innovation campus after investing US$49m

SWITZERLAND – Global technology company, Buhler Group has inaugurated its CUBIC innovation campus, featuring eight application centers at its headquarters in Uzwil, Switzerland. The group has invested approximately US$49.9 million (CHF 50 million) in the new facility which aims to drive innovation, training and development of new and sustainable solutions. The innovation campus looks to…

Food majors sign on WWF’s new activation hub to tackle plastic waste

SWITZERLAND - The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has launched a new activation hub called ReSource: Plastic that aims to offer guidelines in tackling plastic waste and pollution across the globe. Global food and beverage manufacturers including Keurig Dr Pepper, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Tetra Pak and The Coca-Cola Company are among the companies that have signed on…

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…

Kroger joins forces with private equity to invest in innovative brands

USA – The American retailing company, Kroger has announced a strategic partnership with Lindsay Goldberg, a private equity firm to invest and foster growth in innovative consumer brands. Through a newly formed platform called PearlRock Partners, the two are looking to help emerging consumer brands reach new customers and grow their business. PearlRock Partners will…

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…

Ingredion launches corn-based clean label starch for lower-fat products

USA – Ingredion has unveiled a new corn-based clean label starch suitable for production of indulgence textures in healthier foods such as lower-fat and lower-calorie products. NOVATION Indulge 2920 starch enables food producers to improve mouthfeel by offering the same functionality as a modified starch while replacing or reducing ingredients such as fat and oil,…

Global food firms commit to phase out industrial transfats by 2023

SWITZERLAND – Global food and beverage companies and members of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) have pledged to phase out industrially produced trans-fat from the global food supply by 2023. The twelve food and beverage giants have agreed to adopt enhanced worldwide commitment to phase out industrially produced trans fats (iTFAs) from their…

Corbion launches clean-label conditioner for high quality tortillas

NETHERLANDS – The Dutch food and biochemicals company, Corbion has unveiled new tortilla conditioner that improves the quality of tortillas while meeting the need for cleaner ingredient label. Called Tortilla Suave CL, the new range delivers high-end functionality without relying on conventional dough improvers. It can be added on top of existing tortilla formulas to…