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Chem-Trend’s Ultra Purge PO extracts the material residues that can build-up in hot runner systems and cause hang up spots in injection moulded parts weeks after a colour change. A recent trial demonstrated that Ultra Purge PO purging compound can pull carbon chunks from injection moulders’ hot runner systems. Chem-Trend – a developer of release agents, mould maintenance products and purging compounds – said switching to Ultra Purge can boost efficiency in industrial packaging injection moulding processes and reduce costs.

The amount of materials used to make polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, and glass bottled water containers has been reduced by 42.8 percent between 2007 and 2015, according to a new study. The Quantis Life Cycle Inventory and Environmental Footprint of Bottled Water for the North American Market study found the total grams of bottle material per gallon of bottled water (excluding labels and caps) has been reduced from 129 grams in 2007 to just 73.9 grams in 2015.

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With its “Sweet Solutions”, Sensient Flavors supports sugar reduction concepts in various beverage, bakery and dairy applications. The range helps to maintain the full sensorial perception in the end product, even if sugar is significantly reduced. Without the need to change the labelling, Sensient Sweet Solutions can help to create pleasant sugar reduced still or carbonated drinks, from tea-based to fruit-based and many more, as well as a wide range of sweet products such as cookies, wafers and biscuits and yoghurt.

Italian company ACMI installed a complete packaging line for PET bottles able to handle round and square bottles at Ferrarelle SpA. The rated filling speed is 40,000 bottles per hour for round formats and 36,000 for two litre square formats.

On 6th July, Her Majesty The Queen visited Highland Spring Group to open its new factory building and state-of-the-art production line. Les Montgomery, Chief Executive at Highland Spring Group, commented: “Her Majesty The Queen’s visit commemorates the opening of our £30m factory extension project, the biggest investment in the history of Highland Spring Group and one that we are proud to celebrate with over half of our 500 staff members on site today.

Sidel has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Aseptic Combi Predis FMa blow fill seal filler following tests run at a dairy customer in North America. This means that the Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis FMa PET filler is validated for low acid manufacturing and commercial distribution in the United States market. The Sidel Aseptic blow fill seal solution is the world’s first aseptic PET filling equipment with dry preform sterilisation approved by FDA.

According to a research from Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), bottled water passed a major milestone in 2016, when it surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States. Total bottled water volume grew from 11.8 billion gallons in 2015 to 12.8 billion gallons in 2016, an increase of nearly 9%, which marked the third year in a row of accelerating growth.

This year, Vipoll, the Slovenian specialist for filling plants is presenting the new Vistron VK-EID-DN 30 can filler. The volumetric filling plant features 30 filling valves and is ideal for the production of all kinds of still beverages (with or without pulp) and carbonated drinks. The second focus lies on filling systems and solutions for non-alcoholic drinks without preservatives in PET bottles.

With the 21st edition of Birkner’s Beverage World 2016/2017, the publishing house continues its successful book series with regard to companies of the international beverage industry. In this new edition you may professionally research for company developments in the international beverage market in more than 20.000 updated company profiles from 197 countries.

Lightweight Containers is opening a new production plant in Grossbreitenbach, Germany. The fully automated production line has a capacity of 400 KeyKeg Slimlines per hour and will be operational in the third quarter of this year. The line can produce all the members of the KeyKeg Slimline family of kegs. PET-Verpackungen Deutschland is the production partner and will manage the day-to-day production.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), in conjunction with Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), has released 2015 bottled water statistics, which show that U.S. Americans’ consumption of bottled water increased by 7.9% and bottled water sales are up 8.9% since the previous year.

Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (ADM) Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business unit (WFSI) is expanding its portfolio to include new concepts featuring nuances of mint. Well-established options on the beverage shelves as well as tablets can enhance their profile by including the characteristic kick of minty freshness. It is no exaggeration to describe mint as one of the few flavors that is truly a phenomenon.

For the makers of Organic HairSpa, a new range of organic hair care products from Denmark, the packaging had to be as carefully considered as the organic formulas inside. Quadpack Group's Body Care Collection, together with wooden caps from Technotraf, provided the solution in the form of PET jars.

Nigerian Breweries (Heineken Operating Company in Nigeria) commissioned PET Engineering’s team for the extension of their Climax, Amstel Malta and Maltina brands packaging to PET. The order involved a number of restrictions which included the need to use a preform that was readily available on the market to create unique shapes that would stand out on the shelf.

Nongfu Spring a well known Chinese bottled water producer has invested in a second Sidel bottling line to extend its production capacity. In addition to the regular 380ml, 550ml and 1.5l PET bottle formats, the company’s bottled water is also available in a four liter family size, which was only available in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).

Petainer has expanded its distribution and manufacturing footprint in the US, following its partnership with G3 Enterprises, who offers wine and spirits industry packaging and supply chain solutions across the US. The partnership leverages Petainer’s expanding customer base, and the growing popularity of wine-on-tap as a viable alternative to bottled wine for the retail trade.

UK-based Montgomery Waters has acquired an additional complete PET line from Sidel. The line is bottling still and sparkling water with the latest generation of Sidel Matrix equipment. The company from Wales has several spring and mineral water sources dedicated to the supply of still, sparkling, flavoured and vitamin-enriched water under its Aquaroma, Celtic Spring and Aquavit brands, along with an operation bottling brands for other manufacturers. Among Montgomery Waters’ customers in the competitive €2bn UK bottled water market are several leading nationwide retailers, sports club chains and hotels.