Food

Fresh produce packaging could help reduce the estimated $20bn worth of food that is lost or wasted in Australia per year.

Early bird tickets have just gone on sale for the Food & Drink Business + PKN LIVE breakfast forum on 11 October in Melbourne, which will explore what it takes to be a truly brave brand.

Nestlé has modified its existing equipment to package its new YES! confectionery bars in paper wrapping instead of plastic, without compromising the speed at which bars can be packaged.

Dairy firm Alpura has become the first Mexican company to use Ecolean’s aseptic flexible packaging for its products.

New Zealand’s Tatua Dairy Company has launched a new range of pouches for its specialty cream products using Ecolean film and pouch system – one of the first times this has been employed in the cream category in the region.

Meal kit giant HelloFresh has opted for Tetra Pak’s sustainable Recart carton packaging in Europe.

Waitrose in the UK has announced a world-first packaging move to fibre-based trays from Huhtamaki to replace black plastic for its Italian ready meal range. PKN asks Biopak's Richard Fine if this is an option local retailers are looking at.

With food waste one of the biggest sustainability challenges Australasia faces, the PIDA programme has set out to encourage design innovation in this area.

Manufacturer and retailer of handcrafted chocolates, Koko Black has brought a fresh Easter look to market with limited-edition packaging inspired by the Australian Autumn. PKN spoke to chief packaging guru Daryl Thompson about the designs.

Bega Cheese has launched a new peanut butter brand on the back of its Peanut Company of Australia (PCA) acquisition last year.

Cama Group has installed a new “break-through generation” (BTG) flow wrapping solution into a packaging company, which it says helps the customer increase output and improve flexibility.

Pic’s Peanut Butter has partnered with Coles to launch its Peanut Butter Slugs – single-serve tubes of peanut butter designed for customer convenience.

Jet Technologies has released a new aseptic packaging solution designed to lengthen the lifespan of foods, especially liquids such as fruit puree, dairy, wine, and jams.

Marks & Spencer, the UK-based multinational retailer, is replacing packaging on 90 lines of loose fruit and vegetables with no packaging at all - but there are opportunities in the trend away from excess packaging, writes Laurel Brunner.

With the holiday season underway, more than 150 million chocolate Santas are expected to be manufactured in Europe alone this year – and almost all wrapped in aluminium foil.