Packaging, labelling & coding

Success for Australian EPC/RFID pilot

12 July, 2007

Radio frequency identification (RFID) using GS1 global standards can improve productivity, reduce delivery processing times and open up visibility throughout the supply chain for the benefit of all trading partners, according to a multi-industry Australian consortium.

Collaboration to apply RFID technologies in New Zealand

09 July, 2007

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies can make a major contribution to New Zealand’s economic development, according to Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the New Zealand RFID Pathfinder Group.

Benefits of bulk aseptic packaging recognised

20 June, 2007

Philip E Nelson, president of the Institute of Food Technologists in 2002 and food science professor at Purdue University, has been recognised as the 2007 recipient of the World Food Prize.

UNIVERSAL top load case packer for difficult-to-handle products

13 June, 2007 | Supplied by:

Goodman Packaging Equipment from Chicago, USA is one the global leaders for top load case packing machinery.

Blow-moulded retort containers

13 June, 2007 | Supplied by: Gilpin and Co

Gilpin and Company has been awarded exclusive distribution rights in Asia-Pacific for Silgan Plastics Corporation's OMNI injection blow-moulded retort containers. The multilayer, high-barrier plastic bowls and cylinders (cups) are designed for shelf stable processed foods that can be heated in a microwave oven and served. Silgan's OMNI retort containers are suitable for categories like soup and prepared entrees because they are lightweight, portable and, above all, microwaveable. Consumers have embraced the convenience this packaging format offers.

A label for 'Australian Grown'

05 June, 2007

The ‘Australian Grown’ logo has now been launched, allowing consumers to identify packaged food that has been grown on Australian farms.

Paper innovation holds promise for improved global health

27 May, 2007

A Canadian-invented bioactive paper has been developed that contains the ingredients to detect and ward off life-threatening bacteria and viruses like E.coli, salmonella and SARS.

No more warm beer

23 May, 2007

An American brewing company, Coors, has released a beer bottle that changes colour when the beer is at the optimal drinking temperature.

Wet and steamy coding

21 May, 2007 | Supplied by: Tronics NZ Ltd

Coding plastic pouches in a wet steamy environment has proved no problem for the latest small character ink jet printer from Videojet

Bag-in-box for beer

18 May, 2007 | Supplied by: DS Smith Plastics Rapak

Working in partnership with Bavarian brewer Ankerbrä, from Nördlingen, Rapak has pioneered a bag-in-box system for the beer market. The technology, which is suitable for all types of beers, offers a low-cost alternative to the traditional keg and is especially beneficial for export.

Empty-bottle inspection for the low output segment

18 May, 2007 | Supplied by: JL Lennard Pty Ltd

Since the smaller breweries and beverage producers also need a high degree of dependability in their bottling operations, Krones has come up with an empty-bottle inspector designed specifically for mid-tier applications. The Smartronic K 714 has a machine rating of maximum 18,000 containers an hour. It features high-resolution DART (distributed architecture for real time) camera technology and is operated from a 12.5 cm touch screen. Its space-saving dimensions, moreover, enable it to be easily integrated into existing lines.

Dimensioning unit

18 May, 2007 | Supplied by: Mettler-Toledo Ltd

Cargoscan is a versatile solution for precise, static or in-motion measuring of various objects and shapes.

Bag-in-box beer

18 May, 2007

In a partnership with Bavarian brewer Ankerbrau, Rapak has launched a bag-in-box system for the keg beer market

Front of package nutritional labelling

14 May, 2007

A new nutritional food and beverage labelling scheme is set to aid Australians in the fight against the country's current overweight and obesity epidemic

Alternative to wine bottle

09 May, 2007

The Western Australian winemaker, Palandri Wine, has revealed the 'Cheer Pack' - an innovative wine product designed to suit modern lifestyles and address environmental issues

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