Another week, another round of tobacco stories. The plain packaging debate just won’t go away and now the tobacco giants have dragged their lawyers into the arena.
The PN View
Just after I joined Packaging News, I was tasked with coming up with an angle for a luxury packaging feature.
A few months ago environmental officers were out in force in Croydon, home to Packaging News Towers.
Philip Chadwick | No silly season this summer. Packaging is facing some serious issues, good and bad
It’s summer and that usually means it’s the silly season; the big news stories take a break for a few months before returning with a bang in autumn.
Lovers of the beautiful game, are in for a treat in June.
Philip Chadwick | Plain pack law presents further upheaval but elsewhere the industry still innovates
The publication of the Chantler report effectively gives the government a clear signal to press ahead with standardised packaging for tobacco products.
There has been a lot of merger and acquisition activity in the last month with news that Matthews is buying Schawk, Berry has bought part of Rexam’s plastics business, and in the contract packing sector, Laleham has bought UPL.
Back in January, there was a headline in that most divisive of newspapers, the Daily Mail, declaring that sugar “is the new tobacco”.
Philip Chadwick | Credit where it’s due on wrap rage but this is one issue that won’t be going away soon
Last month I took to the airwaves to defend packaging.
There is plenty of great work going on to tackle the litter problem, but is it the packaging supply chain's problem? Josh Brooks looked for the answers at last week's Foodservice Packaging Association Litter Summit.
So here we are in 2014. Food waste is again hitting the headlines and, in Simon Creasey’s food feature, it’s clear that packaging designers are creating innovations that will help tackle the problem.
It’s been a pretty breathless end to 2013. Merger and acquisition activity has been frantic with several convertors under new ownership across a wide range of sectors.
Josh Brooks | Now the single-use carrier bag is a healthy choice: but that’s the first of many twists
Outspoken blog The Huffington Post this month ordered users of bags for life to “wipe that smug grin off your face”. They are, you see, a health risk (the bags, not the people), at least according to a group of experts who last month warned that germs could easily transfer between products bought on different occasions.
Josh Brooks | Don’t cry victory on plain cigarette packs; they are likely to come into force in the end
Will July 2013 go down in this industry’s history as the month when packaging brought down the government? I suspect not, but it has been a fascinating and at times entertaining spectacle to see the Prime Minister on the ropes over the ‘plain’ (note the quote marks; as we know, it’s not plain at all) tobacco packaging issue.
Packaging News brand director Josh Brooks applauds Coca-Cola's popular campaign