Lego to invest $152m in sustainable raw materials development

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.

The proposed centre will be established between 2015 and 2016, and will employ 100 people.

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This facility will conduct research, development and implementation of sustainable raw materials for manufacturing its products and packaging materials.

The company has partnered with firms and experts to find ways to sustainable alternatives.

Coca-Cola Femsa opens $500m bottling plants in Brazil and Colombia

cocaCoca-Cola Femsa, the franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products, launched new bottling facilities in Brazil and Colombia, which saw a combined investment of approximately $500m.

The $258m bottling plant in Itabirito, Minas Gerais, Brazil, has a capacity to manufacture close to 370 million unit cases annually.

The company invested $219m in its plant in Tocancipa, Colombia, which has an annual production capacity of approximately 130 million unit cases.

Coca-Cola Femsa CEO John Santa Maria said: "Through these investments, we reaffirm our commitment with the continuous generation of economic, social and environmental value in Brazil and Colombia.

EU fines ten firms €115m for food packaging cartels

The European Commission imposed fines of more than €115m on ten companies for fixing prices in retail food packaging.

Eight manufacturers, namely Coopbox, Huhtamäki, Linpac, Magic Pack, Nespak, Silver Plastics, Sirap-Gema and Vitembal, and distributors Ovarpack and Propack have been found to be involved in at least one of five cartels between 2000 and 2008.

The cartels were formed for polystyrene foam trays utilised in retail packaging of food such as cheese, meat, fish and cakes in France, Italy, Central and Eastern Europe (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), north-western Europe (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden) and south-western Europe (Spain and Portugal).

Saint-Gobain in talks to divest glass-packaging unit to Apollo Global Management

saint gobainSaint-Gobain entered into exclusive talks with private equity firm Apollo Global Management to divest its glass-packaging unit Verallia in a $3.3bn deal.

This comes after the company received a purchase offer from Apollo, as part of a competitive bidding process.

Apollo was in talks with Banque Publique d’Investissement (BPI) about BPI’s potential acquisition of a minority stake in Verallia.

As reported in Reuters, Bpifrance now confirms plans to acquire 10% stake in Verallia.

Amcor and Kezzler partner to offer packaging serialisation with unique identification codes

Rigid plastics packaging specialist Amcor and serialisation business services provider Kezzler partnered to provide advanced packaging serialisation for anti-counterfeiting solutions.

Under the partnership, the companies will develop new MaXQ solution that offers unique identification codes to brand owners.

Kezzler generates more than one billion MaXQ codes in QR, alphanumeric or barcode formats every minute and Amcor prints the codes at industrial speed.

The dynamic codes are activated by brand owners and can be managed using Kezzler’s technology platform.

Four companies agree to sell nicotine in child-resistant packaging in New York

e-cigaretteFour liquid nicotine companies have agreed to sell nicotine in child-resistant packaging across the US state of New York.

The companies, which have been violating a state law requiring nicotine to be sold in child-resistant packaging, include Henley Vaporium and Beyond Vape with retail outlets in New York City, besides two other firms that sell their product online or through local retailers.

Attorney General Eric T Schneiderman said: "New York law is clear: liquid nicotine is highly toxic and must be sold in child-resistant packaging.

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Ukraine suspends tobacco plain packaging lawsuit against Australia in WTO

Ukraine has suspended lawsuit against Australia’s plain-packaging law for tobacco products.

The country filed a lawsuit against Australia with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2012, which claimed that the law would result in restrictive trade. Indonesia, Cuba, Honduras and Dominican Republic have also filed similar lawsuits to challenge Australia’s packaging law.

Australia’s law enforced in 2011 requires that cigarettes be sold in plain, drab packaging, without featuring colourful logos and other branding that encourages tobacco use.

Tetra Pak introduces Tetra Evero Aseptic carton bottle for dairy packaging

tetra pakTetra Pak introduced an improved version of Tetra Evero Aseptic carton bottle to package oxygen-sensitive enrichments.

Said to be the first aseptic carton bottle, Tetra Evero Aseptic now has a new barrier material that is made of high-density polyethylene in the package top.

The Tetra Evero Aseptic with flat side panels on an otherwise cylindrical carton body makes it easy to hold, while an injection-moulded plastic top allows convenient pouring.