• PPMA 2019

    PPMA 2019

    PPMA Total is one of UK’s largest processing and packaging machinery exhibitions.  Building on the success of the PPMA Show in 2018, PPMA Total returns to the NEC, Birmingham, on 1-3 October 2019 for another show-stopping event. Due to high demand, PPMA Total will again incorporate three major exhibition brands of PPMA, Pakex and Interphex

  • Energy: What we need to lead at speed

    Energy: What we need to lead at speed

    Sophie Devonshire discusses why, in a rapidly changing, uncertain world, today’s business leaders need to accelerate performance innovatively and decisively. This world is moving fast. Superfast. It’s not just the ‘consumer goods’ that are fast-moving these days; everything requires those leading in business to be more responsive. Technological change in business is partly responsible for

  • UK’s Largest Packaging Show Welcomes Global Brands to Seminar Programme

    UK’s Largest Packaging Show Welcomes Global Brands to Seminar Programme

    Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer, Iceland and Innocent Drinks are just some of the major names taking to the stage as part of Packaging Innovations, Label&Print and Empack 2019’s exclusive seminar programme. The UK’s largest annual event for the whole packaging supply chain, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019, will host

  • Will consumer pressure spark the end of plastic in retail?

    Will consumer pressure spark the end of plastic in retail?

    Katie Vickery and Katrina Anderson discuss the use of plastic in packaging despite constant calls to remove it from the shelves. The use of plastics in food packaging has been a huge topic in the media over the past year. The interest has partly stemmed from the depiction of how plastic pollution is harming our

  • Stockpiling won’t prevent bumpy Brexit

    Stockpiling won’t prevent bumpy Brexit

    Some of the sector’s biggest names have invested millions on Brexit contingency plans. But supply chain upheaval is unavoidable, writes Shane Brennan. I began my new role as Chief Executive of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) in July. That same week we received our first call from a journalist asking us to confirm

  • The Rise of Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever

    The Rise of Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever

    In 1985, a fresh faced, 21-year-old Edinburgh University graduate ambled through the doors of Unilever’s London headquarters and began his first full day as a marketing trainee. More than three decades later, not only is he still with the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant, he has started 2019 as its new Chief Executive. Alan Jope’s one

  • Edible Insects: The Rise of Cricket Cuisine

    Edible Insects: The Rise of Cricket Cuisine

    Insects have been an essential source of nourishment for thousands of years. Eamonn Duff asks, has western food culture finally caught the bug? It’s Saturday morning in a Cambridgeshire Sainsbury’s store and a twenty-something shopper is suddenly stopped dead in her tracks by a food item she’s never seen before. The product packaging reads: “Smoky

  • ‘Brexit’ hardware rental offering

    ‘Brexit’ hardware rental offering

    Renovotec, which provides rugged hardware for warehousing and distribution, manufacturing and retail companies, is launching a ‘Brexit’ rugged hardware rental scheme that allows companies to delay capital expenditure. Its new offer covers a full range of handheld and mobile scanning and industrial printing products. The Brexit rental scheme gives users the option to continue renting

  • ‘Disaster recovery’ for Black Friday

    ‘Disaster recovery’ for Black Friday

    As retailers prepare for Black Friday (27th November), predicted to be the UK’s first £1bn online shopping day, Secured Mail is offering a ‘disaster recovery’ contingency to help online retailers whose delivery channels fail to cope with increased delivery demand.  Black Friday 2014 was bigger than the industry anticipated and as a result some retailers