October's top stories: WHO's report on meat packaging, Nestle’s plan to increase recycled content use in bottles

WHO releases new report regarding warning labels on meat packaging, Nestlé Waters proposes to increase the use of recycled content in its bottles, Green Technology's new child-resistant packaging for cannabis edibles. Packaging-gateway.com wraps up the key headlines from October 2015.


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WHO report may trigger warning labels on processed and red meat packaging

A report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) classifying consumption of red and processed meats as carcinogenic to humans may lead to new warning labels being featured on packaged meat products.

Similar to those found on tobacco products, warning labels will enable food companies to alleviate consumer concerns and allow the latter to make informed choices.

Transparency of information on processed meat used in food products will become even important for food companies than ever before to allay consumer concerns.

Nestle's Arrowhead Water brand to increase recycled content for its bottles

Nestlé Waters North America will increase the use of recycled content in many of its popular sized bottles of its Arrowhead brand 100% Mountain Spring Water in 2016.

The decision was in accordance with the firm's commitment to support recycling in California, US.

The brand will have a 38% increase of recycled content usage in its products, and will make sure that most of its bottle sizes contain up to 50% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET).

Green Technology Solutions to develop child-resistant packaging for cannabis edibles

Green Technology Solutions (GTSO) is working on new packaging ideas to keep cannabis-infused products safe from children.

The firm is developing a range of edibles to satisfy demand in US markets, in addition to childproof packaging designs.

The packaging solutions will also be marked to help both children and parents highlight which items contain cannabis, in order to prevent confusion and/or accidental ingestion.

Tobacco firms cause plain packaging law setbacks through Better Regulation misuse, says UK university

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Four global tobacco companies misused Better Regulation to undermine public health in the UK, according to a report from the University of Bath's Institute for Policy Research (IPR).

The firms, including British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International, are suspected to have tried to delay the plain packaging law in the country by using the framework.

The Better Regulation framework requires the government to assess the impact on businesses while drafting new laws, taking company interests under consideration.

International Paper signs agreement to exit from Chinese coated board joint venture

US-based paper and packaging company International Paper announced its exit from Chinese coated board joint venture to focus on its Asian corrugated box business.

The company signed a definitive agreement with Shandong Sun Holding Group, which is its Chinese joint venture partner, to sell its 55% equity stake in the combined business entity, known as IP-Sun JV.

The stake sale entails that International Paper will receive CNY149m ($23m) in cash proceeds. The company will also be able to reduce its outstanding debt of $400m, following the completion of the transaction.

Food pack sizes can fool consumers about portion sizes, says research

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A study conducted by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) and the University of Surrey in the UK revealed that the size of food packs can affect a consumer's perception about portion sizes, with larger packs convincing them about increased quantities.

Published in the journal Appetite, the research indicates that larger pack sizes of crisps, chocolate, lasagne and cola type drinks, when presented to people, led all of them to believe in increased portion size estimates.

A similar reaction was also observed with other food items, including chicken nuggets, sweets and biscuits when participants were questioned about the number of items in a portion.

Sonoco announces business contractions in France and US

Packaging firm Sonoco announced plans to sell its uncoated recycled coreboard mill in France, which was previously operated by its subsidiary Sonoco-Alcore.

Located in Schweighouse-sur-Moder commune, the facility has been operational since 1878 and is one of the 20 paper mills owned by Sonoco worldwide.

Equipped with two machines, the production unit has a cumulative capacity of 95,000t.

UK to experience 250 job cuts as Crown Packaging plans Neath facility shut down

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Industrial packaging firm Crown Packaging planned to close its production facility in Neath Port Talbot due to overcapacity, which may leave 250 of its UK employees without job.

The production unit, known locally as 'The Box' and 'Metalbox', is used for manufacturing lids for cans.

The facility has been one of the largest local employers for 75 years, reports BBC.