• World News Roundup – September 2019

    World News Roundup – September 2019

    Chile: Walmart strike endsWalmart workers in Chile have ended a six-day strike after trade unionists won their demand for a pay rise. More than 17,000 employees had walked off the job, triggering the largest-ever strike in the country’s private sector history. The stand-off ended when salary increases, bonuses, training, and other benefits were agreed to

  • Arrivals and Departures

    Arrivals and Departures

    McGuigan resigns from wine postAustralian Vintage has announced its Chief Executive Neil McGuigan will stand down in November. McGuigan has been named International Winemaker of the Year a record four times at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. He will remain a technical advisor to the company he has been with since 2004.Australian Vintage said

  • Packaging merger on watchdog radar

    Packaging merger on watchdog radar

    The competition watchdog has warned that the merger of two of the UK’s biggest food and drink packaging companies could lead to a rise in prices for customers. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has demanded assurances that Liqui-Box’s proposed takeover of DS Smith’s rigid and flexible packaging division will not reduce competition. There is

  • Exal merges with Ardagh business in $2.5 billion deal

    Exal merges with Ardagh business in $2.5 billion deal

    Ardagh Group has agreed to merge part of its food tin business with Exal Corporation in a deal that paves the way for one of the largest metal packaging companies in the world.  The new entity, named Trivium, will be based in the Netherlands and operate 57 production facilities, predominantly across Europe and the Americas,

  • Food waste spotlight falls firmly on farms

    Food waste spotlight falls firmly on farms

    More than £1 billion of food surplus occurs in primary production every year, according to a study highlighting the scale of the country’s waste problem. Crops rejected by retailers because they do not meet quality standards, fluctuations in demand or problems during storage or packing all contribute to 3.6m tonnes of waste that never ends

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • “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