MWV releases second annual study on impacts of packaging in consumer shopping behavior


US-based packaging solutions provider MeadWestvaco (MWV) released its second annual study, Packaging Matters, on the impacts of packaging in consumer shopping behaviour, brand loyalty and overall product satisfaction globally.

In order to understand the impact of packaging across the world, the company expanded its study in 2014 among 7,665 consumers to ten markets, including Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US.

The study revealed that packaging plays a major role in brick-and-mortar retail purchasing behaviours.

Tetra Pak launches new carton with removable top


Switzerland-based food packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak launched a new carton package with a separable top for easier recycling.

The new Tetra Top packaging allows consumers to easily separate the plastic top from the carton sleeve at no additional cost, without affecting the pack’s functionality.

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The Tetra Top carton package was developed to meet the rising demand of consumers for better solutions to facilitate recycling, especially when required by waste management infrastructure.

Study finds that drug labelling change may add $4bn to US health care costs

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed regulation affecting generic drug labelling may result in an estimated $4bn in additional US health care costs a year, according to an analysis by economic consulting firm Matrix Global Advisors (MGA).

Once implemented, the labelling regulation will allow generic drug producers to make changes to their labels, which they are not currently allowed to do.

The MGA study found that the rule would leave generic drug makers open to product liability lawsuits and force them to overwarn about side effects in their labels to protect themselves from any litigation.

Tri-Star unveils new cloud-based labelling division


UK-based packaging and disposables provider Tri-Star Packaging unveiled a dedicated cloud-based labelling business division called Tri-Label.

The new division aims to help foodservice operators, caterers and retailers produce labels from any PC and printer.

Tri-Label Online is a secure web portal through which users can change and self-print their labels in accordance with the law.

Ardagh launches lightweight Coca Cola bottle

Coke bottle

Glass container producer Ardagh UK reduced the weight of the 330ml Coca Cola bottle with the launch of a new 190g bottle.

Ardagh has added a series of incremental design improvements since 2005 that have reduced the bottle’s weight from 240g.

During the lightweighting process, the company was able to retain the bottle’s trademark dimensions, and maintain strength while improving environmental performance.

Graphic Packaging to acquire Benson

The European subsidiary of US-based packaging solutions provider Graphic Packaging agreed a $165m deal to buy UK-based food and healthcare packaging manufacturer Benson Group.

Benson recorded twelve-month sales revenues of approximately $200m and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of nearly $25m.

With the transaction Graphic Packaging aims to enhance its packaging offerings for food and consumer products in the European market and also extend its business into the store brand segment in Europe.

Scientists warn over chemicals in food packaging

In a paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, environmental scientists warned that the use of synthetic chemicals in the processing, packaging and storing of food products may lead to long-term health damage for consumers.

According to the scientists, small amounts of synthetic chemicals can leach into food or drink bottles, resulting in health issues.

The scientists noted that some chemicals, which are regulated for health and safety concerns, are still widely used in food packaging. One of the chemicals is formaldehyde, which causes cancer.

Nampak opens new plastic lids line in Nigeria


Packaging products manufacturer Nampak commissioned a new production line in Lagos, Nigeria, to produce lids for still water and carbonated soft drinks.

The company previously signed a long-term partnership with Bericap to extend its manufacturing licence to include Nampak Nigeria.

Under the greenfield project, two Netstal 48 cavity injection moulders have been installed at the site located in the Ikeja industrial area of the Lagos state.