• ADVENT CALENDARS DELIVER IDEAL TRIAL AND GIFT COMBINATION

    ADVENT CALENDARS DELIVER IDEAL TRIAL AND GIFT COMBINATION

    The growth in popularity of advent calendars for the beauty sector is being demonstrated by the huge increase in sales at a rigid box specialist’s group of companies. From just 300 units produced for one customer in 2010, Leicester-based Pollard Boxes and its sister company Clarke Rubicon in Coalville will this year produce in excess

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  • Intelligent, innovative, ecological

    Intelligent, innovative, ecological

    The new sensors for roller conveyor systems offer everything required for modern warehousing and transport technology: Mountable underneath the transport level of raceway conveyors, the inventor of this extraordinary design format is now presenting intelligent, multitalented sensors which are not only setting new standards where environmental protection is concerned. Together with a broad range of

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  • Helping serve up a competitive advantage

    Helping serve up a competitive advantage

    Reach Food Systems in Somerset, which manufactures specialist food processing equipment for baked goods producers to help them keep a steady supply of creamy confections on shop shelves, turned to SMC when it needed to redesign its depositor machine. SMC supplied complete kits containing everything needed for each individual machine – from air preparation equipment

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  • Filling machine manufacturer aids Guinness world record achievement

    Filling machine manufacturer aids Guinness world record achievement

    The Spar Group Ltd, South Africa, recently achieved a Guinness World Record by producing 35,000 cupcakes for the world’s largest cupcake mosaic. This record was achieved by using a Riggs Autopack Series 1 micro-fill depositor supplied by their South Africa agent, John Pelucci of NPS Ltd (National Packaging Systems). Riggs Autopack has recently received their

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  • Times they are a Changing

    Times they are a Changing

    National Flexible Chairman Barry Twigg reviews 2016 merger and acquisition activity in flexible “When Bob Dylan wrote these prophetic words in 1964 he could well have been referring to the flexible packaging market in 2016, for this has truly been a year of monumental changes in the structure and ownership of many of the most

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  • Cross-market study shows ‘food comes first’ at parties

    Cross-market study shows ‘food comes first’ at parties

    Food is universally key to a great birthday party, a new study by leading market research consultancy firm Kadence International suggests. This month, Kadence International celebrates its 25th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, Kadence conducted a study across 12 markets to explore the ingredients of a perfect celebration. The countries sampled were Hong Kong,

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  • Silver award for new Lidl beer range design

    Silver award for new Lidl beer range design

    Bristol-based Design Activity has won a silver Pentaward in international packaging and design for its re-design and range extension of Lidl’s craft beer range under the brand Hatherwood. Lidl took a strategic decision in mid-2015 to invest more seriously in design after recognising that using packaging design to align closely to brand leaders might confuse

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  • Winning re-close pack praised for functionality

    Winning re-close pack praised for functionality

    Global packaging manufacturer Coveris, has again secured victory at the UK Packaging Awards, taking home the prize for Flexible Pack of the Year. The company, which won Label of the Year two years ago, received the award for its re-close VFFS packs for Waitrose’s dried nuts, fruits and berries. The win marks a major triumph

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  • Bottling plant calls for a cool breeze

    Bottling plant calls for a cool breeze

    Andrews Chiller Hire has come to the aid of a drinks company that was unable to maintain a constant cool temperature within a number of bottling areas. The problem arose because of lack of ventilation during planned staged replacement of its air conditioning system at the Gloucester production facility. Minimal air movement left the whole

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