Thai Union forges Morocco partnership

Canned tuna giant Thai Union Frozen Products has started a partnership with Moroccan sardine cannery Oceanic Laayoune, reports Undercurrent News.  The facility at Laayoune on the north-west coast of Africa will co-pack sardines for sale on the European market under the John West and Parmentier brands, owned by Thai Union’s MW Brands business.Oceamic Laayoune, which is owned by Sarma Food, says...

Coca-Cola Femsa opens filling plant in Brazil

Latin American bottler Coca-Cola Femsa has opened a US$258 million filling plant in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.The company’s ninth facility in Brazil is located about 25 miles south of the city of Belo Horizonte in Itabirito. The 65,000sqm site will initially house eight production lines, including canning operations and have an annual production capacity for around 2.1...

Campbell Soup buys Garden Fresh Gourmet

New Jersey-based food and beverage company Campbell Soup has announced a deal for salsa maker Garden Fresh Gourmet worth US$231 million, as it expands into the fresh packaged foods business. The purchase follows similar moves by a number of key US food manufacturers into the fresh and organic segments. Hormel Foods paid $775m for organic meat processor Applegate Farms last...

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...