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PMMI launches report on global trends

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies has revealed the latest trends in global packaging in its 2017 Global Packaging Trends report, produced by Euromonitor.
Consumer focus on wellness, environmental impact and macroeconomic factors such as the growth of the middle class creating more disposable income are shaping the global packaging market, said Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI.  Yuska cited global consumer demand for healthier foods as the impetus towards fresher food, clean labeling and organic products becoming center stage.
In particular, clean labels are becoming critical, according to PMMI’s recently released Trends in Food Processing Operations report.
“Thirty seven percent of U.S. consumers find it

Industry experts welcome food waste report but point to omissions

The cross party Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) has issued its report into food waste in England. The report said the government should establish a national food waste reduction target to drive efforts to reduce the food waste costing the average person in the UK £200 per year.
EFRA also said that supermarkets should publicly report data on the amount of food they bin and relax rules that prevent the sale of ‘wonky vegetables’ to combat food waste.
Committee chair Neil Parish

Fashion fabrics present boom opportunity: Smithers Pira

Leveraging inkjet technology into the textile industry is presenting an increasingly compelling opportunity for mainstream print equipment and consumable suppliers, according to the latest research from Smithers Pira.
As this happens it is creating new value-adding business opportunities for fabric printers and material suppliers, as the capabilities of the latest generation of digital textile presses dovetails with evolving priorities for end users, like fashion designers.
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UPM’s initiative gets sustainability award

UPM’s Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative received the Gold Award in the Midwest Region Sustainability competition challenged by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Chicago.
UPM’s Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative, launched in 2016, is one of the ways in which UPM contributes to the United Nations sustainable development goals for the year 2030.
The initiative focuses on five production side streams to recycle, starting in UPM’s home country, Finland. The waste fractions are ash

Intec launches updated ColorFlare to save turnaround times

Intec has launched its updated ColorFlare CF1000LX foiler and laminator, an upgrade on the CF1000, with an additional arm and roller station to save on turnaround times.
The new machine can foil, laminate (matt, gloss and soft-touch) and produce holographic special effects. It is intended for short runs of products such as greetings cards, wedding stationery, business cards and packaging. It also has an easily installable premium finish flaring assembly, which Intec said has a mirror finish