All articles by Michael Cushine

Michael Cushine

July’s top stories: UK to revamp drug labels, New York bans polystyrene items

A survey by Tetra Pak has revealed that environmental factors are influencing consumers to purchase beverage products with eco-friendly packaging, the UK is to revamp drugs labelling to reduce wastage and New York is implementing ban on the usage of single-service, expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam articles or polystyrene loose fill packaging. wraps up the key headlines from July 2015.

June’s top stories: Lego’s $152m sustainability plan, EU fines ten firms €115m

Lego Group will invest kr1bn ($152m) to set up the Lego Sustainable Materials Centre in Billund, Denmark, to explore sustainable alternatives by 2030 for the raw materials it currently uses, while The European Commission has imposed fines of more than €115m on ten companies for fixing prices in retail food packaging. wraps up the key headlines from June 2015.

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. wraps up the key headlines from May 2015.

2014: The year’s biggest Packaging Gateway stories

The British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) updated its Retail Liaison Group (RLG) about new changes in aerosol regulations and labelling, while the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed regulation affecting generic drug labelling may result in an estimated $4bn in additional US healthcare costs a year, according to an analysis by Matrix Global Advisors (MGA). wraps up the key headlines from 2014.

October’s top stories: IML installs Xeikon press, Rise in plain tobacco packaging

Canada-based IML Labels has installed a Xeikon 3500 digital colour press to print in-mould labels digitally, while global demand for the implementation of plain packaging for tobacco products is increasing, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. wraps up the key headlines from October 2014.

September’s top stories: SunOpta to increase US capacity, Universal Flexible’s new UK plant

DuPont is investing more than $100m at its Texas manufacturing facilities to increase production capacity, while figures from Petcore Europe reveal that Europe recycled approximately 65 billion PET bottles in 2013. Packaging Gateway wraps-up the key headlines from September 2014.

August’s top stories: Vitro secures $950m contract, Sonoco to acquire Weidenhammer

Philip Morris International plans to sue the UK Government if it goes ahead with the implementation of the proposed law that requires plain packaging for cigarettes, while the US FDA has tightened gluten-free labelling rules. Packaging Gateway wraps-up the key headlines from August 2014.

Crown to buy Mivisa Envases for €1.2bn

Global consumer packaging manufacturer Crown Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire Spanish food can manufacturer Mivisa Envases for approximately €1.2bn.

Time to find solutions to mineral oil contamination

Food packed in recycled paperboard has got a bad press over the risk of mineral oil contamination. Nick Kernoghan, UK director of Pira International, examines the facts behind the headlines and warns the industry to take the time to find the right solutions.

Green brewing: SABMiller’s sustainable strategy

What are the responsibilities that come with being one of the world’s largest brewers? Andy Wales, group head of sustainable development at SABMiller, discusses obligations such as finding local solutions that deal with water scarcity, and developing regionally viable packaging systems with the best environmental outcomes, including reducing its carbon footprint.