Top Italian tomato canners dumped exports in Australia

Australia’s canned tomato industry is celebrating after the Anti-Dumping Commission and Federal Government ruled that Italian packers La Doria and Feger were guilty of dumping product in the domestic market.Duties of 8.4 percent will be applied to Feger and 4.5 percent to La Doria tomato products.Dumping is when an exporter sells produce in Australia at margins lower than in...

Record profits for Thai canned seafood giant

Strong sales of its canned seafood products in Europe helped the world-leading packaged fish producer Thai Union Group (TU) to record sales in 2015 of THB125.2 billion (US$3.5 billion), up 3.1 percent year-on-year.TU is behind such leading brands such as John West, Petit Navire, Mareblu, Chicken of the Sea and Hyancinthe Parmentier.Acquisitions in the year also added to the...

Scientists give food a protective shell

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed an environmentally-friendly food packaging material that is free from chemical additives, by fortifying natural chitosan-based composite film with grapefruit seed extract (GFSE). The NUS says that the material can slow down fungal growth, doubling the shelf-life of perishable food such as bread.Chitosan, a natural and biodegradable polymer derived from...

Colombia’s $400m brewery project

A new brewery is being built in Colombia by Chile’s leading drinks firm Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU), say local reports.The $400 million investment will create at least 1,000 jobs when it is completed in two years’ time. CCU says that the brewery will improve its distribution of Heineken and Coors Light beers on the Colombian market. CCU is collaborating with...

Klear Can passes food safety tests

The Klear Can has moved a step closer to full production after passing critical food safety tests, said its producer Milacron Co-injection, which hopes to give brands an alternative to metal cans by providing a shelf-life of more than two years using clear polypropylene. Revealed exclusively in Plastics in Packaging's May 2014 edition, Milacron's Klear Can uses the same filling, seaming...

OPA hits back at ‘greenwashing’ claims

The Oxobiodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has responded to 'greenwashing' claims made by European Bioplastics earlier this week, calling the EN13432 standard irrelevant to its plastics.European Bioplastics had accused other sectors of the plastics industry of claiming compliance for their products with EN13432, but the OPA added that the standard applies to the testing of biodegradation in the special conditions...

Recycling: High stakes and cash plays

The chief executive of UK-based recycling organisation Recoup has stated that "the unnecessary annual game of plastics PRN (Packaging Recovery Notes) poker between the sellers and buyers will commence now that third quarter 2015 data has been published". Stuart Foster's comments come as the latest packaging recycling data shows that 197,249 tonnes of plastics packaging were recycled in the third...

Cool investment by Frigel

A $7 million manufacturing facility has been constructed by process cooling technology producer Frigel in Bangkok, Thailand.The Italian company has built the 97,000sqft plant in order to service customers across the Asia Pacific region, and it makes the company's existing 10,764sqft plant in the city surplus to requirements. The $7m investment includes costs for land, construction and production machinery.Frigel's...

US complex primed for redevelopment

The growth in natural gas liquids (NGLs) production from the US shale plays and pipeline capacity additions has created an environment suited to the redevelopment of the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex (MHIC) in Pennsylvania, US, which would make it a key link in the global NGLs market, claims a report by IHS. The site also benefits from its close proximity...