• Illegal HFCs: why the value chain’s to blame

    Illegal HFCs: why the value chain’s to blame

    A thriving black market has emerged for smuggled HFC refrigerants. Dave Smith shines a light on the underground trade and why it’s hampering efforts to combat climate change Why is there a thriving black market for illegally imported HFC gases?Illegally smuggled refrigerants are often a key source of revenue for organised criminal organisations and unfortunately

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  • Brands twist it up with social distancing logos

    Brands twist it up with social distancing logos

    Coca-Cola and Guinness were among a host of leading brands that reimagined their iconic logos and marketing to underpin the importance of social distancing.Coca Cola tweaked what is possibly the most famous logo in the world by distancing all the letters from one another. They put the modified logo up on several major billboards, one

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  • Food firms fined for health and safety failings

    Food firms fined for health and safety failings

    A yoghurt manufacturer has been fined £600,000 after two staff suffered serious injuries following the release of an acidic cleaning solution.Telford Magistrates heard that, in January 2016, one of the employees at T M Telford Dairy Ltd suffered serious burns from contact with a nitric acid cleaner, with an estimated temperature of 650C, whilst working

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  • Hygiene giant thrives in storm

    Hygiene giant thrives in storm

    While many multinationals were assessing the carnage and cost caused by the coronavirus, Reckitt Benckiser was one of the few companies left standing in the FTSE when the UK went into lockdown.A quick glance at supermarket shelves explains why.The company’s top brand, antiseptic Dettol, has vanished as quickly toilet rolls, as has its bleach cleaner

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  • British meat crisis looms without leeway

    British meat crisis looms without leeway

    The CEO of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has pleaded for ‘regulatory flexibility’ so the UK can avoid a major meat supply crisis.According to Nick Allen, there’s been a “dramatic shift” in demand for meat products as consumers stockpile for a prolonged period indoors. “We are calling for some regulatory flexibility in areas such

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  • Prepare now for cold chain challenges

    Prepare now for cold chain challenges

    The food cold chain could prove a key player in the logistics strategy that delivers a future coronavirus vaccine to every citizen in the world, writes Pawanexh Kohli

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  • Jaffabox rebrands following acquisition

    Jaffabox rebrands following acquisition

    One of the UK’s leading cardboard box manufacturers has rebranded following its acquisition by the Schumacher Packaging Group. Birmingham based Jaffabox has officially been renamed Schumacher Packaging Ltd, a move that has been welcomed by its former owners, the Aymes family, who will continue to lead the firm forward. Following the retirement of the Aymes

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  • About PPMA Show 2020

    About PPMA Show 2020

    PPMA Show 2020 returns to the NEC, Birmingham, on 29 September to 1 October 2020 in what is the UK’s biggest processing and packaging event. Building on the success of PPMA Show 2018 and PPMA Total Show 2019, this year’s exhibition will again showcase the latest innovations in materials, labelling, coding, mixing, filling and packaging

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  • The Great British Recycling Confusion

    The Great British Recycling Confusion

    A new study has shed light on UK recycling perceptions – and the work still required to advance the circular economy, writes Eamonn Duff More than half of UK adults are unsure how to recycle plastic according to new international research which also reveals them to be the most active recyclers overall. The findings of

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