Owens-Illinois (O-I) has announced a NZ$78 million expansion at its glass manufacturing facility in Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand.
Cadbury Schweppes has announced it will take over the remaining 55% stake in the Dr Pepper/Seven Up bottling group (BG) for the price of $353 million.
Alcan has acquired the capsules and closures distribution businesses of Classic Packaging and Nellie Products - both companies are subsidiaries of Foster's Group.
With the acquisitions of well-established ingredient specialists Bronson & Jacobs (B&J), Woods & Woods (W&W) and Keith Harris (KH) in the last 15 months, adding to the previous acquisition of Fernz, Orica has established a platform on which to grow their food ingredients business in the region.
The process of integration between the two former competitors Aarhus United and Karlshamn AB has been accelerating since the new company AarhusKarlshamn AB was established. The new company has the opportunity to combine deep knowledge of vegetable oils with extensive knowledge of the markets in Europe, Nafta, South America and Asia.
Cormack Packaging's annual Innovation Awards of 2005 are under way. The competition gives third year industrial design students from University of Technology Sydney and New South Wales University an opportunity to design an innovative closure suitable for the food and beverage industry.
Food packaging manufacturer, Confoil has sold its display cabinet business known as Confoil Equipment as part of a strategy that will see Confoil focus on its core business of food packaging.
The chairman of the Australian Packaging Machinery Association, Mr Jim Strang, in accepting an invitation to become chairperson of the World Confederation of Packaging Machinery Associations, said: "The invitation to lead COPAMA represents recognition by 14 other national packaging machinery organisations that Australia has a vibrant and very important packaging machinery industry and that it is able to provide leadership and support services that contribute to the work of COPAMA.
Dr Susan Nelle has been appointed as the new managing director of NFIS Ltd, following the resignation in February of Richard Brooks. Susan's strengths are in understanding and developing business strategy, managing change and working with boards in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors. She was instrumental in developing a strong and cohesive partnership between the food industry and government in South Australia.
Infor Global Solutions has acquired Mercia Software, a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmatica.
Ingredient Resources has been appointed master agent for Australia and New Zealand by Taiyo Kagaku Co Ltd of Japan.
The CSIRO has created business units to strengthen the organisation's food and nutrition, health and biotechnology, and marine and atmospheric research activities.
Brice Australia has signed an exclusive distributor agreement with Mainca SL, a Spanish meat processing equipment manufacturer.
OBS Equipment and Curtin Global Food Equipment have merged and will operate as Curtin OBS.
Australian chemicals and consumer products group Orica has announced the expansion of its Chemnet specialty distribution business through the acquisition of Keith Harris Flavours and Fragrances from KH Foods Limited.