Coca-Cola commits to renewable plastics

Plans to increase its use of recycled PET (rPET) or renewable plastics to 40 per cent from the current 34 per cent form part of Coca-Cola's newly launched Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2014/15. The news comes just a week after the US-headquartered beverage giant announced that it had cracked the code for the other key molecular component of PlantBottle...

Kraft-Heinz deal gets green light

The planned merger of US food giants Kraft Foods and Heinz is still set to go ahead after the Canadian Competition Bureau issued a 'no action' letter indicating that it does not intend to challenge the companies' proposed deal.The contract remains subject to approval by Kraft shareholders, who will hold a vote on the merger on July 1 2015. The...

Zimbabwe tomato cannery could be revived

A multi-million dollar tomato canning plant could be revived in Zimbabwe if talks between Schweppes and a domestic development authority are successful. The plant is at Arda Balu Estate in Umguza district and has been idle since the 1980s, according to the local Zimbabwe Independent news service. Schweppes managing director Charles Msipa said that the company was in preliminary talks with...

Petainer launches PET keg rental option

Plastics keg manufacturer Petainer has launched a rental scheme for its range of one-way PET containers. The system is said to enable brewers and beverage manufacturers the option of adding PET kegs to their portfolio of packaging materials with no up-front capital expenditure. The packaging from Czech Republic-based Petainer is said to benefit from being fully recyclable and provide extended...

Coca-Cola launches first 100% plant-based PET bottle

The world’s first 100 percent plant-based PET bottle has been unveiled by Coca-Cola, ending the beverage giant's six-year pursuit of a fully recyclable plastics bottle made from renewable plant-derived materials.Since the 2009 launch, Coca-Cola has distributed more than 35 billion PlantBottles in nearly 40 countries using its current version of the packaging, which is made from up to 30...

Aptar develops closure for small format bottle

Dutch drinks manufacturer The Better Bottle Company and Aptar Food+Beverage have collaborated to launch a new water enhancer solution in a small format polypropylene bottle.The container incorporates Micro, a dispensing closure solution from Aptar that is said to provide a spill-proof package and a straight directional dispense thanks to the flip-top closure and its internal flow control SimpliSqueeze silicone...

Rain talks for Ball’s 8oz slim cans

US-based Talking Rain Beverage Company has launched fridge 8-packs of its Sparkling Ice drinks in 8oz aluminium cans from Ball Corporation.“We are constantly looking for new ways to add value for our dedicated consumers, retailers and distribution partners," said Kevin Klock, chief executive of Talking Rain. “With the addition of these grab-and-go fridge packs, we are responding directly to...

Italy’s IPI launches aseptic carton

Based in Perugia, Italy, IPI says that Caliz is available in a range of sizes from 20cl to 1-litre, and is suitable for application with products including added-value beverages such as nectars, enriched milk for infants, drinking yogurt and energy drinks.“Caliz offers a premium shape with unique features, creating a strong visual impact from all angles and offering more...

Anheuser-Busch supports flood victims

With lethal storms and deadly flooding wracking the nearby states of Texas and Oklahoma, Anheuser-Busch temporarily converted one of its breweries so that it churned out cans of water rather than its trademark beers. The May floods have led to 25 deaths, with additional people missing. One of the world’s beer giants, Anheuser-Busch stopped producing beer at its brewery in...