• Majority support calls for deposit return scheme

    Majority support calls for deposit return scheme

    Almost three-quarters of Britons back a national deposit return scheme (DRS) for drink containers, a survey has found. The results followed an announcement last month by Michael Gove, then environment secretary, in which he expressed support for a comprehensive DRS. In his speech, Gove said an ‘all-in’ model would give consumers the greatest possible incentive

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  • Goodbye packaging, hello refill zones

    Goodbye packaging, hello refill zones

    Pasta, washing up liquid and wine are being sold through dispensers at Waitrose as part of a pioneering, packaging-free trial. Shoppers will be able to fill up their own containers in a special “refill zone” of the supermarket which also includes a “pick-and-mix” for various frozen fruits that work out cheaper than the packaged equivalent.

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  • New edible coating keeps fruit fresh

    New edible coating keeps fruit fresh

    The European Commission has given safety approval for the use of a revolutionary new food coating that prolongs the life of fruit and vegetables. Apeel is a plant-derived coating applied post-harvest that creates a second edible ‘peel’ which prevents water loss and oxidation – the two primary causes of spoilage. Applied by spray, dip or

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  • “Eureka moment for recycling”

    “Eureka moment for recycling”

    Unilever has pioneered a new black plastic bottle pigment that means previous hard-to-recycle vessels can be detected by recycling plant scanners and sorted for recycling. According to the Anglo-Dutch consumer giant, the breakthrough means a further 2,500 tonnes of plastic bottles could now potentially be sent for recycling annually – the equivalent of 200 London

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  • Loop trial launch

    Loop trial launch

    The highly anticipated ‘Loop’ launch has lift off – in Paris. French retailer Carrefour and US waste recycling company TerraCycle have started testing the online platform which allow shoppers to buy selected products in reusable containers. The order is then delivered directly to their doorstep and once used, the containers are collected and cleaned for

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  • WorldStar winners revealed

    WorldStar winners revealed

    Historic Prague provided the perfect backdrop for the 2019 WorldStar Awards which attracted – and celebrated – packaging innovators from across the globe The winners of the 2019 WorldStar Awards have been revealed at a glittering presentation and gala dinner in Prague, Czech republic, with more than 350 industry professionals from across the globe attending

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  • Arrivals and Departures

    Arrivals and Departures

    Boardroom ShuffleKimberly Nelson will join the Tate & Lyle Board as non-executive director from July. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the food and beverage industry, having held numerous senior brand and general management roles at General Mills, over 30 years. Douglas Hurt will retire from the Board, having served as a

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  • Clearmark receive double award shortlisting for ‘Excellence In Industry’ and ‘Employer Of The Year’

    Clearmark receive double award shortlisting for ‘Excellence In Industry’ and ‘Employer Of The Year’

    Clearmark Solutions (ICE), experts in coding and labelling, was recently shortlisted for two business performance accolades by the Nottingham Post, recognising an ongoing commitment to business improvement.   After several weeks of consideration, the Nottingham Post Business Award committee and its sponsors announced Clearmark as double finalists in the ‘Excellence in Industry’ and ‘Employer of the

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  • International confectionery manufacturer completes seven year project to bring all production in-house

    International confectionery manufacturer completes seven year project to bring all production in-house

    A SEVEN year relationship between international toppings and inclusions supplier Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) Ltd and Dawsongroup Temperature Control Solutions (DGTCS) has culminated in the completion of a £3million investment in custom-built production facilities, streamlining processes and bringing everything in-house for the first time. With the objective of adding value to Pecan Deluxe and its

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