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Coca-Cola Plans Big Celebration of Centennial of its Iconic Bottle

February 26, 2015 12:40 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The curvy Coca-Cola bottle is celebrating its 100th birthday, and an art museum is exploring the origins and influence of a bottle design that's so recognizable, you'd know the brand if you held it in the dark.

Coffee Lover? Cookie Fanatic? Now You Can Have Both in One!

February 26, 2015 9:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

KFC restaurants in Britain are soon rolling out the Scoff-ee Cup, an edible coffee cup made from...

Sizing Up Success: Consumers Crave Packaging Size Variety

February 26, 2015 8:50 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Suley Muratoglu, vice president, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc., explains...

Agriculture Secretary: Smartphones Could End Debate Over GMO Labeling

February 26, 2015 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture...

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Pic-N-Place Tandem Case Packer

February 26, 2015 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 949 Pic-N-Place packer is a high-speed “soft-case” solution for precise, gentle handling of product with a proprietary technology that eliminates breakage.

Calif. Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

Vertical Form-Fill-Seal Bagging Machine

February 24, 2015 7:45 am | by Rovema North America | Product Releases | Comments

The dual-axis servo packaging machine can produce up to 260 bags per minute, and is equipped with real-time control technology that is fully programmable and highly user-friendly. 

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Helping Stock Food Banks With Milk

February 23, 2015 9:57 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Milk is one of the food bank items most in demand by Americans living in food-insecure households. Suley Muratoglu, vice president of Tetra Pak, examines how shelf-safe milk can help fill in the gaps for food banks, while providing supply chain and environmental benefits for manufacturers.

World's Most 'Famous' Frank Unveils New Product, New Look in 2015

February 18, 2015 7:00 am | by Nathan's Famous | News | Comments

Nathan's Famous is now making it easier for health-conscious consumers to enjoy the great taste of its original frankfurters by introducing a new 50-percent reduced-fat variety. The company unveiled the new product this week along with a first look at updated packaging featuring bold, high-impact graphics and easy-to-read product labeling.

InvisiPac GM100 Hot Melt Applicator

February 17, 2015 5:45 am | by Graco Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The InvisiPac GM100 Plug-Free Hot Melt Applicator offers all the benefits of plug-free adhesive dispensing in a compact design, and is ideal for both original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and end user packaging equipment for the food and beverage industry.

Ice Cream...With Skin?

February 13, 2015 9:40 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Inventor David Edwards is trying to change the way we take in nutrition. His best known creation is wikicells, an edible skin meant to replace traditional food packaging. Edwards' biggest problem isn't creating these alternatives, but selling the public on them.

New Packaging Laws Hit Marijuana Edibles Market

February 11, 2015 9:35 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

After many incidents where kids accidentally ate edible marijuana products led to a string of emergency room visits, new laws were put in place to mitigate these risks. The laws affect how much THC — the active chemical in pot — are allowed in edible marjiuana products and how they're packaged so that it's not as easy to take too much.

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PACK EXPO East Brings Manufacturing Innovation to Philadelphia

February 10, 2015 1:35 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

PACK EXPO East will be a resource for food brands, processors, and packagers seeking the latest solutions and insights to improve the sustainability, efficiency productivity and security of the manufacturing supply chain.    

Photo of the Day: Kikkoman Bottle Symbolizes Soy Sauce Worldwide

February 10, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Kenji Ekuan, the Japanese industrial designer who crafted the soy sauce dispenser, passed away at 85 last Saturday. The Kikkoman bottle has become a symbol of soy sauce not just in Japan, but around the entire world.         

Red Bull Challenges Va. Craft Brewery Over Use of 'Ox' in Name

February 9, 2015 12:40 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The maker of Red Bull energy drinks is challenging a Virginia craft brewery's use of the word "ox" in its brand name. Red Bull has filed an opposition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against trademark applications from Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia.

Think Twice Before Putting That Word on Your Product's Label

February 5, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jennifer L. Naeger | Articles | Comments

It may be tempting for food and beverage manufacturers to play up the best qualities of their products on the labeling, but if manufacturers let one small word slip onto a label, the consequences could be very costly.         

How Businesses Can Fight Food Waste

February 5, 2015 8:00 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Research shows that proper packaging helps food last longer and lessens food waste. There are many ways manufacturers can help combat food waste while limiting the environmental impact of packaging. Here are three of the most important.

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VIDEO: Colorado Edibles Get New Warning Labels

February 4, 2015 10:30 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

New rules in Colorado require warnings about the effects of edible marijuana. The snacks already pack a financial punch, as they make up approximately 45 percent of the state's cannabis market. Fortunately, the edibles industry seems to be welcoming the new regulations.

As Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Efforts Fall Behind

February 4, 2015 9:40 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

While plastics boast numerous benefits, such as extending the shelf life of food, efforts to keep it from impacting the environment have failed to keep pace with its use. It’s estimated that in the U.S., only 9 percent of post-consumer plastic was recycled in 2012.

VIDEO: Should Americans Be Drinking More Milk?

February 3, 2015 11:45 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Milk sales in the U.S. have dropped to a 30-year low, a trend the dairy industry describes as devastating. Industry executives say it's because their products and packaging are old fashioned and in need of innovation, but some families also have health concerns. 

5 Best Practices for Using Robotics in Your Food Processing Plant

January 30, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Roffers, Packaging Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food and beverage processors are increasingly turning towards robotics for the technology’s slew of benefits including reduced costs, upped throughput and increased food and worker safety. While robotics does boast various benefits to food manufacturing, it’s important to follow some best practices during your own implementation.

Earlier Assumption About BPA Exposure Confirmed

January 28, 2015 2:35 pm | by DOE/PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY | News | Comments

Coating the mouth with BPA-containing food, like soup, does not lead to higher than expected levels of BPA in blood, a new study in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology shows. The study authors conclude that oral exposure does not create a risk for high exposures.

What Can We Learn From EU's New INCO Regulation and its Impact on Business?

January 28, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jean-Christophe Calmejane, VP, Lascom Solutions | Articles | Comments

The U.S. is in the process of establishing its own changes to labeling laws. While the the FDA and European labels are different, both are focused on better legibility, more comprehensive information, and specific nutrient information (fats and added sugars, etc.).

Happy Birthday, Beer Can! Cheers to 80 Years

January 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

On Jan. 24, 1935, Krueger Brewing of Richmond, Virginia sold the very first beer can. While the beer cans of 80 years ago don't look too different from the cans of today, consumers had to actually crack open a cold one by using a can opener. 

Water Wars: Nestle, Cascade Locks Try New Tack For Bottling Plant

January 27, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cascade Locks City Council voted to seek the Oregon Water Resources Department's permission to swap a portion of its well water right for .5 cubic feet per second of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's right to draw 10 cubic feet per second from Oxbow Springs.

Automatic Film Splicer

January 27, 2015 8:10 am | by Butler Automatic | Product Releases | Comments

The SP1 Automatic Film Splicer increases efficiency in packaging operations by eliminating the packaging line downtime caused by manual film roll changes. 

Nitrogen Generators For Modified Atmosphere Packaging

January 23, 2015 8:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Packaging with nitrogen displaces the air inside a package to keep oxygen at controlled levels (less than 2 percent). An in-house nitrogen generator is the most efficient and economical source of nitrogen and it can extend food product shelf life.

Report Says BPA is Safe, But Will This Change the Game?

January 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

In a recent report, the EFSA has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age. This is just the latest in an ongoing back and forth between scientists, government officials and industry insiders on just how dangerous BPA might be.

Elder Boom: How Food Makers Can Appeal to the Senior Demographic

January 22, 2015 8:20 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

An unparalleled demographic shift is taking place worldwide as record numbers of people are living longer — sometimes much longer. For food and beverage makers and retailers, this change opens up huge and exciting opportunities.   

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