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UK Packaging Awards 2014: Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Unilever and more join star-studded judging panel

UK Packaging Awards 2014: Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Unilever and more join star-studded judging panel

A host of big-name brands and retailers including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Mondelez and Nestlé have signed up to judge this year’s UK Packaging Awards

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YouGov survey highlights preference for plastic amongst Britons

YouGov survey highlights preference for plastic amongst Britons

Seventy-seven percent of Britons would rather squeeze their tomato ketchup out of a plastic container than shake it out of a glass bottle, according to a new survey commissioned by...

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Sandland Packaging swoops for local rival

Sandland Packaging, the West Midlands-based cardboard box manufacturer, has completed the acquisition of local competitor Conyers Packaging through administrators Nationwide Acquisitions, for an undisclosed fee

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RKW Group acquires Hyplast

Agricultural and plastic films producer RKW Group has acquired Belgian plastics manufacturer Hyplast, after approval by the German Anti-Trust Commission

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Brown Bear packaging firm snapped up by EuroFoods

Brown Bear packaging firm snapped up by EuroFoods

Cwmbran-based food packaging firm Brown Bear Food has been acquired by Newport-based Euro Foods, saving 40 jobs

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Glenroy supplies flexible packaging for Haitian aid project

Glenroy supplies flexible packaging for Haitian aid project

Wisconsin-based Glenroy, manufacturer of flexible packaging, is providing packaging material for HopeGel - a nutrient and calorie-dense protein gel designed to aid children suffering from severe acute malnutrition

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GWP Packaging to support Swindon Foodbank through 2014

Protective Packaging firm GWP Packaging has adopted Swindon Foodbank as its chosen charity for the

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Benson Group adds to children’s hospice Easter egg collection

Benson Group is donating Easter eggs to the Rainbow Children’s Hospice nearby Loughborough

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Copackers grow in tough market | Supplier Analysis – contract packing

Copackers grow in tough market | Supplier Analysis – contract packing

A snapshot of the contract packing sector suggests that while many are growing, expansion is being checked by tough market conditions. By Jez Abbott

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Getting ready to strike back | Category Focus – chilled and frozen food

Getting ready to strike back | Category Focus – chilled and frozen food

Market conditions for ready meals were tough even before the horse meat scandal of 2013. So does innovative packaging hold the key for an upturn in fortunes? By Simon Creasey

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Plain talking: how plain tobacco packaging will affect the packaging supply chain | Roundtable and video

Plain talking: how plain tobacco packaging will affect the packaging supply chain | Roundtable and video

In the first of a new series of round table events, held in association with Essentra Packaging, PN and a panel of experts look at the future for tobacco packaging...

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Analysis | Augmented reality – Power of technology brings opportunity

Analysis | Augmented reality – Power of technology brings opportunity

Brands have siezed upon the possibilities of augmented reality and with smartphone use in the UK set to grow expect more high-tech campaigns. But, finds Waqas Qureshi, not all embrace...

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John Scarrott: In design pitches, free is never a magic number

John Scarrott: In design pitches, free is never a magic number

John Scarrott of the Design Business Association on why one designer has vowed never to take part in a free pitch again

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Raj Bhardwaj: Box prices now likely to be stable through to the summer

Raj Bhardwaj: Box prices now likely to be stable through to the summer

Raj Bhardwaj takes a look at how the corrugated market is performing and what to look out for in the future

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Michaela Stachini: Top tips for phone interviews

Mercury Search and Selection's Michaela Stachini looks at how to get the best out of a telephone interview with a future employer

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Addressing the challenges of an ageing population with functional packaging

Addressing the challenges of an ageing population with functional packaging

Simon Ellis, group account director for brand agency Tayburn, discusses the challenges an ageing population creates for packaging design

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RKW Group acquires Hyplast

Agricultural and plastic films producer RKW Group has acquired Belgian plastics manufacturer Hyplast, after approval...

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