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With its third edition, the trade fair for the food, beverage and packaging industry in South Africa has established itself on the market. As a networking event, food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) offered a platform for the industry to exchange views on current and future trends. 111 exhibitors and around 1,600 participants from 81 countries took part in the international trade fair which took place in Johannesburg on September 4–6. National and international exhibitors represented the entire process chain of the food, beverage and liquid food industry.

September 17, 2018 | Tokyo Pack 2018

The international packaging technology, materials and design show Tokyo Pack returns to Tokyo Big Sight International Exhibition Center from Tuesday, 2 October to Friday, 5 October. This year's theme is “Let's create packaging for all our tomorrows”. The seminar series will cover eco-design trends and packaging initiatives that are making headlines around the world, and much more. Key presentations will be given in Japanese and English.

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Petcore Europe announced the first speakers and the draft programme of its annual conference in Brussels from 6-7 February 2019 in the Renaissance Brussels Hotel. The first day is dedicated to the perspectives and strategy of the PET value chain followed by a networking drink and dinner. The second day focuses on the latest developments in EU legislation as well as challenges, trends and solutions in collection, sorting & recycling as well as circularity & sustainability issues.

According to a newspaper article in the Rhein Neckar Zeitung (RNZ), the recycling machinery manufacturer Herbold Meckesheim, Germany, has been hit by a fire that broke out on the site on Monday night, September 10. Werner Herbold, one of the two managing directors, estimated the damage at five to ten million euros, reports the RNZ.

September 12, 2018 | Gas barrier simulator

Norway-based company Norner launched an upgraded version of their gas barrier simulators with new functionality to calculate CO2 transmissions and gas transmission at dynamic conditions for O2, H2O and CO2. A web-based calculator for barrier properties was developed by a team of Norner experts and is a tool for making simulations in the packaging design phase. By using this calculator, the developer can investigate changes in design and layer structures without expensive testing in a screening phase. It will also be possible to reduce instrumented testing of permeability and actual testing of shelf life in the development phase.

PepsiCo announced its goal to achieve 50% recycled plastic (rPET) in its bottles by 2030 across the European Union, with an interim target of 45% by 2025. Through this target, the company will more than triple the amount of recycled plastic it uses, equating to over 50,000t of rPET. The announcement comes in support of the European Commission’s voluntary recycled plastics pledging campaign to ensure that by 2025, ten million tonnes of recycled plastics are used to make new products in the EU market.

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a group of leading bottled water and soft drink manufacturers have launched a report at the House of Commons, which sets out an ambitious roadmap to eliminate plastic packaging waste from the bottled water and soft drinks value chain by 2030. The report, the first of its kind, is set out to enable and encourage other industries and countries to create their own systemic roadmaps and visions to eliminate plastic packaging waste.

Global reverse vending leader Tomra Collection Solutions has been named as one of the container refund point operators for the upcoming container deposit scheme in Queensland, set to launch on November 1. The initiative will contribute to the state’s goal to increase the rate of recycling and reduce the impact of drink container litter in the natural environment, by incentivising consumers to return their empty containers.

Universal Dynamics, Inc., a company of the Piovan Group, completed its move from Woodbridge to Fredericksburg Virginia, USA in July of 2018. The newly outfitted structure, which occupies 110,000 square feet (10,000 square meters), was designed with lean manufacturing practices in mind, and will allow the company to double its production capacity.

DEMETO (Modular, scalable and high-performance DE-polymerization by MicrowavE TechnolOgy) is a European Project financed by the European Community into the framework of the Horizon 2020. The partners of the consortium are working to bring to reality a revolutionary new way to chemically recycle PET, invented by gr3n, which is both sustainable and profitable.

The outlook for the blow moulded bottle market is positive with further output growth, increasing demand for added value products and for the use of recyclates shaping the landscape, according to a newly published report from industry consultants, Ami Consulting. Blow moulded bottle demand in Europe was 189 billion units in 2017, up from 176 billion in 2013, with the fastest growing market segments have been sweet and savoury spreads and still water.

In an effort to provide a consistent metric to guide the efforts of sustainability for plastics in the Circular Economy, two of the leading global international recycling organizations have developed a global definition governing the use of the term “recyclable” as is relates to plastics packaging and products. In the joint announcement, Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recycling Europe, and Steve Alexander, President and CEO of The Association of Plastic Recyclers, pointed to the onslaught of recent announcements around commitments to package sustainability and recyclability.

A Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP)-developed complex PET plastic bottle based on functional film that is claimed to boast superior light blocking and gas barrier properties, has been adopted for use in the Japanese rice wine Awanama, promoted by the High Pressure Sterilized Draft Sake Consortium.

drink technology India (dti) continues to grow significantly. The most important event for the Indian beverage, dairy and liquid food industry will be even bigger this year, underlining its importance for the Indian market. The extensive supporting program, consisting of forum, round table talks and the new place2beer, will shed light on what is moving the industry today and tomorrow. The exhibition will take place from October 24 to 26 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

August 29, 2018 | Coconut milk in PET

Huanlejia, well-known as a Chinese producer of food and beverages, recently started producing its coconut milk – formerly packaged in HDPE – in PET bottles. Its main objectives in this change were to reinforce its brand image and increase production speed. The new coconut milk PET bottle is produced on two Sidel complete aseptic PET packaging lines, running at 48,000bph.

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