EU food contact legislation: did we get lost on the roadmap?

In 2017, the European Commission (EC) published a roadmap for the ‘Evaluation of Food Contact Materials’. This was the start of an assessment of the current framework legislation for food contact materials (FCMs) and articles within the EU to identify potential areas for improvement.The assessment was carried out by an independent contractor. The contractor based the analysis of the...

Shrink-sleeving comes of age

The US canned craft beer market is vibrant, with brewers tapping into consumer demand for new tastes and experiences accompanied by attractive designs on their products. Since new beverages with fancy packaging designs are being introduced all the time, the sector has been increasingly using shrink-sleeve labels rather than lithographed cans because smaller economic batches are possible.It is a...

Lighter-weight cans without the wrinkles

Over the past decade, progress in the weight reduction of three-piece food cans has stalled, partly because of the problem of wrinkling of the seam during the canning process. This issue has tended to occur when the gauge of tinplate ends manufactured from higher-strength steels is reduced below a certain thickness.To resolve this, the Research Association for Steel Application...

Food cans sell out

Shipments in the US of cans used for food were record-setting in this year’s first quarter and continuing into the second as consumers responded to coronavirus lockdowns.For the first time in many years, production by canmakers of food cans rose sharply, by 5.2 per cent, led by cans for soup, a category that until recently was considered on the...

Digital flexibility in a world of customisation

If the designers of labels for cans could change one thing about how they get their ideas onto metal, it would probably be … everything.The process usually takes time – sometimes months – and because it’s labour intensive, it’s also expensive. It is also anathema to consumer markets that increasingly demand a fast turnover of customised and personalised products.Technology...

Energetic expansion

For a former bank clerk with no previous experience of canmaking Barnabas Csereklye has climbed a steep learning curve as manager of Hungary’s first beverage can plant.Csereklye – who subsequently worked in managerial roles in the banking sector – is the first to admit that he’s “an economist, not an engineer”. However, he has a passion for the business...

How the industry adopted a measured approach to colour

A ‘View from the Board’ is exactly that: a view. I have been in the two-piece can industry for 40 years now and have been delighted to participate in a business that is resilient and forward moving. During those years most of my focus was colour, which has left me with particular observations regarding the future and the potential...

Steriliser system reduces can damage

A technique for moving cans through the sterilisation stage of a filling line in a way that causes less damage and increases productivity has been devised by JBT Foodtech.The Gentle Can Handling (GCH) system is based on a redesign of the component that ejects sealed cans after they have passed through continuous rotary sterilisers. By almost halving the force...

Cans ginger up the mixer business

When Queensland’s Bundaberg Brewed Drinks wanted to use cans for the first time it chose a local firm to install the canning line. John Nutting reports

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