May's top stories: Upcycled wheat straw packaging, Japan Tobacco's lawsuit in UK

Germany-based Zelfo Technology and Upgrading jointly produced an upcycled wheat straw-based packaging solution for the food industry, while Japan Tobacco International (JTI) filed a lawsuit against the UK Government's decision to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products. Packaging-gateway.com wraps up the key headlines from May 2015.


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Japan Tobacco files lawsuit against plain packaging law in UK

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The UK's second largest cigarette seller Japan Tobacco International (JTI) filed a lawsuit against the government's decision to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products.

The move follows the lawsuits filed by Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco.

The tobacco companies argued that the introduction of plain packaging could be a breach of trademark law in the UK and European Union.

If the tobacco sector succeeds in the legal battle, the government is expected to pay close to £11bn in compensation.

Zelfo and Upgrading develop upcycled food packaging from wheat straw

Germany-based Zelfo Technology and Upgrading jointly produced an upcycled wheat straw-based packaging solution for the food industry.

Made from lingo-cellulosic fibre, the new micro and nano-fibrillated cellulose (M/NFC) packaging material does not require additional binder.

The new packaging requires only residue or waste fibres available at food source, so it eliminates the need for new or recycled standard cellulose sources.

Nestlé to cut down on water usage in California bottling plants

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Nestlé is planning to reduce water usage in its bottling plants in California, amid protests against its operations in the drought-hit US state.

The company is investing in a inique technology at five water bottling plants and four food or petcare products manufacturing facilities to reduce water usage in a phased approach.

It will optimise the processes, reuse the water, deploy various methods to extract water from raw materials and then recycle it, as part of its strategy to reduce water usage.

Tomatin Distillery revamps Antiquary Scotch whisky packaging

The Tomatin Distillery redesigned the packaging of its Scotch whisky brand, The Antiquary, with new labels and secondary packaging.

Designed by Pocket Rocket Creative, the new label designs were tested in Chile last year, reported The Drinks report.

The diamond cut bottle of The Antiquary with unique facets will feature new bespoke label that follows the geometric shape of the front face and also improves standout.

Clondalkin Kirchberg develops aluminium-free foil for butter packaging

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Clondalkin Kirchberg, the Switzerland-based subsidiary of Clondalkin Group, developed an aluminium-free foil for butter packaging.

Printable in up to ten colours, the PE based foil provides dead-fold, which guarantees run ability on filling lines, the company claims.

Currently, flow packs for butter are traditionally wrapped in aluminium or aluminium based laminates, which have provided the best dead-fold required for application on filling lines.

In order to overcome environmental impacts caused by the existing flow packs, the company developed a film-based alternative.

BillerudKorsnäs AB develops world's first stretchable paper

BillerudKorsnäs AB, a leading producer and supplier of fibre-based packaging solutions, developed a cost-effective and environmentally sound alternative to plastic called FibreForm®, the first 3D formable (stretchable) paper.

FibreForm is made of 100% primary fibres that offer unqiue bending and stretching properties. The sides of the package can be macro-formed to change the intimate details of the body of the package and the paper lends itself to exciting 3D designs.

Owens-Illinois to acquire Mexican glass container producer for $2.15bn

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US glass packaging firm Owens-Illinois (O-I) agreed to acquire Mexico-based Vitro's food and beverage glass container business for $2.15bn.

Both the companies signed a definitive agreement to this effect.

The acquisition covers Vitro's five plants in Mexico and one in Bolivia where Vitro employs 4,700 people in total.

With this investment, O-I will be positioned in the growing glass segment of the packaging market in Mexico.

O-I chairman and CEO Al Stroucken said: "We have long-admired Vitro's business, and this transaction marks an important strategic step for O-I in that it allows us to establish a strong position in the attractive glass container segment in Mexico.

"Vitro's leading position, long-term customer relationships and proven record of innovation and new product development will enable us to capitalise on commercial opportunities in Mexico."