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Unilever wins top honours at DuPont packaging awards

British-Dutch consumer goods group Unilever received the highest accolade at a prestigious packaging excellence award ceremony, flexpackmag.com reports. The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation recognised 16 brands out of a record 200 international entrants. The independent judges gave the night’s top prize, the Diamond Award, to Unilever for its line in compressed deodorant cans. Unilever’s… Read more

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Almost three-quarters of steel packaging in Europe is recycled

Nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of all steel packaging in Europe is recycled on average, making it the most reused packaging material in the continent. According to packagingeurope.com, 2.7 million tonnes of steel packaging were recycled in 2012 to make new products. Over the last 20 years the recycling rate for steel has increased threefold,… Read more

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Packaging injunction could lead to tighter restrictions for food firms

The food industry could soon be governed by more stringent packaging legislation after supermarket giant Aldi was hit with legal action over design imitation, dailymail.co.uk reports. Earlier this week, Icelandic Seachill, which has its UK headquarters in Grimsby, secured a high court interim injunction against Aldi after claiming that the supermarket chain had unlawfully copied… Read more

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Nearly half of marketers believe gender-specific packaging increases sales

Some 42 per cent of marketing and packaging professionals think products with gender cues on them increase sales, a new report finds. According to thedrum.com, the research from easyFairs shows that although 29 per cent believe gender-neutral packaging would lead to a decline in sales, it seems a change could be on the cards for… Read more

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UK parents slam Tesco for needless allergy warnings on packaging

Over 12,500 people have signed a petition urging Tesco to reduce its overly cautious approach to allergy warnings on food packaging. Shoppers have grown irate at seeing everyday items like orange juice, butternut squash and potatoes carrying the words ‘may contain nuts’ despite appearing to contain no traces of the ingredient at all. Parents have… Read more

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Sainsbury’s cracks down on recycling Easter Egg boxes

In an attempt to cut down on landfill waste, Sainsbury’s is highlighting the recyclability of its Easter egg packaging, businessgreen.com reports. The seasonal chocolate goodies have received much criticism over the years due to the sheer amount of packaging they comprise. Research published in 2012 by Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson discovered that Easter eggs… Read more

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Packaging efficiency offers financial benefits, expert notes

Businesses that embrace efficient packaging could boost their finances while helping the environment, according to one waste expert. Andy Dawe, the head of food and drink at the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), made the claims after his organisation released the results of a study which show that manufacturers have managed to cut the… Read more

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Food packaging could be linked to obesity

More research needs to be carried out into the links between food packaging and issues like obesity and diabetes, experts say. Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, a group of scientists pointed out that the plastics used to make drinks bottles and even tableware could contain as many as 4,000 chemicals, with… Read more

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New eco-friendly challenge to be included at this year’s Packaging Innovations show

Those who are attending this year’s Packaging Innovations show will be able to take part in an eco-friendly challenge that is new for this year, according to packagingnews.co.uk. The Ecopack Challenge, which is sponsored by Marks & Spencer, will allow a selection of visitors to put forward their idea for new eco-friendly packaging solutions in… Read more

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Drug delivery advancements fueling pharmaceutical packaging market

The pharmaceutical packaging market is performing well and is expected to grow dramatically over the next few years, mostly due to advancements in drug delivery technology. According to packagingnews.co.uk, a report published by MarketsandMarkets estimates that the pharmaceutical packaging market will grow from $4.5 billion (around £2.74 billion) to $6.2 billion (£3.77 billion) by 2018…. Read more

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