January's top stories: Packaging tray for Mercadona, New personalised packaging brand

Linpac, along with Norway’s Leroy Seafood Group, is set to produce a range of new food packaging trays for Mercadona, and Nosco, along with Akavit and LCP Complete, has introduced a new brand Sonder. Packaging-gateway wraps-up the key headlines from January, 2017.


Linpac and Leroy Seafood Group to create new packaging tray for Mercadona

Linpac, along with Norway’s Leroy Seafood Group, was set to produce a range of new food packaging trays for Spanish retailer Mercadona.

Featuring single, double-portion and family sized packs, the trays will be manufactured from laminated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and incorporate a printed film base tray and a clear anti-fog PET lid.

The packaging will also offer internal spaces for wooden chopsticks and condiments, and be suitable for packing ready-to-eat food, raw fish, non-fish sushi and sashimi.

Nosco, Akavit and LCP Complete launch new personalised packaging brand

US-based Nosco, along with Akavit and LCP Complete, introduced a new brand, Sonder, to provide a complete range of personalised and customised products and packaging.

The newly formed conglomerate will also help brands build, launch and promote hyper-customised products and packaging systems for their customers.

Offering a single point of contact, Sonder will provide printed packaging, e-commerce solutions and order fulfilment solutions.

Japan’s Toyo Ink develops new VOC-free EB-curable flexo inks

Japan-based Toyo Ink developed a new range of electron beam (EB) curable and volatile organic compound (VOC) free flexo inks.

Suitable for flexible and carton packaging applications, the new Elex-one inks were designed to address environmental and safety issues, as well as regulatory requirements.

According to Toyo Ink, the newly developed inks do not evaporate or volatilise on the printing press and remain consistent during processing.

Sidel develops new StarLite bottle bases for carbonated soft drinks

Sidel developed a new range of bottle bases, under its StarLite portfolio, for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) carbonated soft drinks (CSD) bottle manufacturers.

Developed to cater to different packaging sizes ranging from 0.25l to 3l, the new Sidel StarLite Tropical base was designed to endure harsh production and environmental conditions.

The new base can be applied to various standard levels of carbonation and offers improved resistance capabilities in terms of stress cracking and creeping.

WestRock to buy Multi Packaging Solutions for $2.28bn

US-based packaging firm WestRock Company entered a definitive agreement to acquire Multi Packaging Solutions International (MPS) for an enterprise value of $2.28bn.

The deal's value includes MPS's outstanding shares for $18.00 per share in cash and the assumption of an estimated $873m in net debt.

Subject to a vote by MPS’s shareholders, necessary regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, the deal is expected to be completed by the third quarter of the current fiscal year.

NanoPack secures EU funding to develop new nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging

NanoPack consortium, led by Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, received funding from the European Union (EU) to develop a new nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging solution that helps extend food shelf life.

The €7.7m EU fund will be used to demonstrate, validate and test food-packaging products with antimicrobial surfaces based on natural materials for a three-year period.

As part of the new project, NanoPack will use nanotechnology to develop polymer composites based on natural halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) as reliable and safe carriers, which can tailor-release bioactive payloads.

Amerplast and Ekokem develop new circular bag for Finnish market

Finland-based flexible packaging provider Amerplast, in collaboration with Ekokem, developed ESSI, a new circular economy-based carrier bag.

Available across K-Group stores in Finland, the newly developed bags were made from post-consumer materials and feature more than 90% recycled materials.

ESSI also offers a lower carbon footprint than traditional carrier bags, including plastic, paper, cotton, biodegradable plastic bags or recycled plastic bags.

UK’s Simply Cups to recover and recycle SPT’s paper cup for hot beverages

UK-based cup recycling scheme Simply Cups collaborated with Smart Planet Technologies (SPT) to recover and recycle its reCUP range of paper cups for hot beverages.

Designed by SPT in California, US, reCUP can be recycled at traditional paper mills. Minerals are used as coating inside the cup in order to reduce their plastic content by up to 50%.

Simply Cups co-founder Peter Goodwin said: “SPT has rightly recognised that, for its products to be recycled, they first need to be collected separately at source and then forwarded to a paper reprocessing plant.

MDARD develops new regulations for smoked fish packaging

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) in the US developed new regulations for packaging smoked fish, in a bid to mitigate the risk of hazards and enhance food safety.

The regulations aimed to enhance operators' understanding of packaging requirements for commercial fish smoking processes.

Under the new norms, an operator or an individual who intends to start up a commercial seafood business has to demonstrate their packaging processes in a facility meeting safety requirements.

Germany’s Loick Biowertstoffe selects SuperLift pail from RPC Superfos

Germany-based Loick Biowertstoffe chose RPC Superfos’ SuperLift pail to pack its PlayMais range of craft material.

Consisting of maize, water and food colouring, the PlayMais material allows children to create colourful collages, 3D shapes and figures.

The SuperLift pail is a semi-transparent, reusable, injection-moulded polypropylene container, which can be decorated using an in-mould labelling technique.