Australian tobacco sales rise despite plain packaging

The latest industrial sales report revealed that sales of tobacco increased in Australia in 2013 despite the introduction of plain packaging in December 2012.

Based on data provided by Philip Morris International, Australian firms sold approximately 21 billion cigarettes in plain packages last year, representing a 0.3% increase against 2012.

The plain packaging prohibits the use of logos, brand imagery and promotional text on tobacco products and packaging. The packs also contain new and expanded health warnings.

NiceLabel develops EU-compliant smart label solution

NiceLabel developed a smart label solution that will help food suppliers and producers comply with new EU food labelling regulations.

Effective 13 December, all manufacturers, sellers and importers of food products in the European market need to comply with a new EU food regulation that calls for the mandatory information on food packages or labels. The information includes food name, ingredients details and net quantity.

One of the major challenges faced by the firms is the labelling of certain substances or products that cause allergies or intolerances. The regulation will require food suppliers to clearly mention allergens in the ingredients list, emphasising the font, style or background colour.

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Sick UK introduces new photoelectric sensor for packaging applications


Industrial sensors producer Sick UK introduced new photoelectric sensor DeltaPac to detect individual packs in the production process that do not have gaps between them.

DeltaPac will help to achieve high levels of accuracy and throughput speeds, while reducing the risk of pile-ups and stoppages.

The sensor detects changes in outline contours of the packs at speeds of up to 3m/s and 200,000 units per hour, which results in a more reliable upstream control process and downstream accuracy for printing, labelling and palletisation.

New technologies may stop incineration and dumping of plastics

Waste processing consultancy Axion Consulting predicted that the large-scale incineration or dumping of plastic films in landfills may soon be replaced by converting them into fuels and other useful products.

The recycling of plastic films is still in the early stages of development due to difficulties and economic factors. By contrast, dense rigid plastics including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that are used in the drinks sector are currently recycled widely.

Policies such as charges on single-use plastic bags have been introduced to adopt alternative solutions in an effort to minimise the impact of plastic films and plastic bags on the environment.

Researchers develop tags that change colour when food has spoiled


Consumers could soon know whether a carton of milk has turned sour without opening the container, using a new colour-coded smart tag developed by Chinese researchers.

The report on the food deterioration tags was presented as part of the 247th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). It revealed that tags appearing on packaging could also be used to determine if medications and other perishable products were still suitable for consumption.

If food comes in contact with higher temperatures then the tag will indicate possible spoilage to manufacturers, grocery-store owners and consumers.

CMB Engineering opens UK academy of canmaking and seaming

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UK-based designer, developer and manufacturer of canmaking equipment CMB Engineering unveiled the new CMB Academy of Canmaking and Seaming in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

The academy will focus on training the company’s existing customer base with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of seaming and canmaking.

It aims to provide its customers with the knowledge and benefit of using its latest equipment on-site, and intends to further expand its full line of equipment.

Essentra Packaging launches moisture-controlling label technology

Global packaging products provider Essentra Packaging unveiled new AquaSense label technology to control the moisture content in packs after opening.

The label prevents contents in packs from dryness with an absorbent pad that is activated when opening the pack or tub. This soaks up water, which it releases to keep pack contents fresh and to control humidity.

The pad is available in various formats and sizes to cope with the specific needs of each individual product’s protection.

Vetter to implement packaging serialisation to reduce drug counterfeiting


Germany-based pharmaceutical packaging solutions provider Vetter will enable track-and-trace packaging in order to mitigate drug counterfeiting.

Expected to be offered by the end of the year, the packaging serialisation will allow pharmaceutical and biotech firms to clearly identify pharmaceuticals on packaging.

According to Vetter, several nations have considered serialisation as a solution to prevent counterfeiting problems, with the US, South Korea, Brazil and several European nations set to implement it.