South African packaging manufacturers Consol, Mpact expand production capacities to meet demand

SOUTH AFRICA – South African glass packaging manufacturer, Consol Glass is set to re-embark on its R1.5 billion (US$106.69m) investment in a new factory which was indefinitely put on hold last year, due to the reduction in demand for glass products driven by the Covid-19 pandemic and government’s ban on the sale of alcohol. The glass maker has revealed that it is reviewing the decision after production and the sale of glass bottles returned to pre-Covid levels. To this end, CEO Mike Arnold told Business Live, that the company is…

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Turning plastics into food: UK scientists convert post-consumer PET into edible vanillin

UK – A team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom have developed a novel solution of addressing post-consumer PET, converting it into human food. To create human food, Vanillin in particular, the researcher’s lab-engineered E. coli to transform terephthalic acid – a molecule derived from PET – into the molecule known for giving vanilla its characteristic taste and smell. Known as the “Queen of Flavors,” vanilla is the second most sought-after flavor in food and beverages after mint.  The classic and versatile taste continues to…

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Kenya Association of Manufacturers launch body to address post-consumer waste

KENYA – The Kenya Association of Manufactures (KAM), has launched the Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO) to promote collaboration, seek commitment by waste value chain players and support the achievement of a circular economy. The organization brings together players in the value chain to help increase awareness and promote sustainable capacity building in Kenya’s recycling and circular economy. The establishment of KEPRO is timely since it has come at a time when the government is gearing up to implement the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations. Its launch is also…

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Tanzania Breweries Limited eliminates use of PET packaging in production lines, shifts to aluminium cans

TANZANIA – Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), a subsidiary of AB InBev, has completely eliminated the use of polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) bottles in packaging of its non-alcoholic malt beverage Grand Malt, to exclusively use aluminium cans. The new packaging is in line with the company’s shift from the use of polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) bottles in its production lines, keeping with its commitment to promoting sustainable and circular packaging. This change also takes the parent company one step closer to achieving its 2025 Sustainability Goal of having 100% of its…

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South Africa, Rwanda up game in reducing plastic waste pollution promoting circular economy

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has made significant strides in boosting recycling of plastic bottles with the launch of a new novel labelling technique, as Rwanda’s private sector is set to plough in huge amount of funds to facilitate collection, transportation, disposal and recycling of single-use plastics in the next five years. South African PET plastic bottle recyclers Extrupet and PETCO, in partnership with drinking water bottler Oasis Water, label manufacturer UPM Raflatac and label printers Java Print, have unveiled a new wash-off label adhesive placed on bottles. The ground-breaking…

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SIG to launch tethered caps for carton packs to help manufacturers meat sustainable packaging goals

EUROPE – SIG, a leading manufacturer of aseptic packaging, has announced plans to launch tethered caps for its beverage cartons in Europe in the second half of 2021 in an effort to help manufacturers improve the sustainability profile of their packaging. According to a statement from the company, the redesigned caps do not compromise on convenience and will be compatible with existing filling machines and closure applicators. This will save food manufacturers from major capital expenditures in the transition to the new packaging format. Additionally, SIG’s new tethered caps are…

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Mondi completes acquisition of Turkish corrugated packaging company Olmuksan

TURKEY – Mondi, a leading British multinational packaging and paper group, has completed the acquisition of a 90.38% stake in Olmuksan International Paper from International Paper. The acquisition culminates a process which started earlier this year when International Paper announced that it had reached an agreement to sell its 90.38% interest in its corrugated packaging business in Turkey to Mondi, for approximately €66 million. The Olmuksan business includes five corrugated packaging plants, which supply a diverse customer base with packaging for food, beverage, agriculture and industrial applications. For the 12…

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Nampak turns to profitability courtesy of business restructuring move

SOUTH AFRICA – Nampak, Africa’s largest diversified packaging manufacturer, has recorded impressive results in the six months ended March 31, despite the ongoing restrictions on trading caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The can maker’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the first half year period, has jump significantly to 17.6c, from 0.3c registered in the corresponding period in 2020. Growth in the group profitability was driven by its strategy to simplify and optimise operations, coupled with working capital management and prudent capital expenditure, which resulted in substantially improved cash generation.…

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Huhtamaki to boost fibre packaging capacity with new facility in South Africa, eyes East African market

SOUTH AFRICA – Huhtamaki, a global food packaging specialist, has announced that it is establishing a new manufacturing facility in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in a bid to boost its capacity. Due to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2021, the facility will serve its existing and new egg packaging customers in the province, with a broad range of locally produced packaging solutions. Employing around 30 people when fully operational, the facility will be located close to one of South Africa’s main export ports, enabling competitive exports of egg packaging…

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Graphic Packaging takes full ownership of US$6Bn partnership with International Paper

US – Graphic Packaging, a leading provider of sustainable fiber-based packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, has acquired the remaining shares of the partnership that it hard formed with International paper in 2018. During the formative years, Graphic Packaging owned a 79.5% of the partnership and become the sole manager, while International Paper held a 20.5% stake. Over the last year, International Paper has reduced its interest in the partnership company, with Graphic Packaging upping its ownership stake to 82.5% following two transactions, each at US$250…

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