Registrations open for Vitafoods Europe 2024 in Geneva

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Registrations are open for Vitafoods Europe 2024 (14-16 May), the leading global platform for the nutraceutical, functional food and beverage, and dietary supplement industries. After 26 highly successful years in Geneva, the 2024 edition of the world’s nutraceutical event is anticipated to be the biggest yet, featuring the debut of a Technology & Equipment Area and a R&D Pavilion, as well as an expanded Finished Products Area. Over 20,000 visitors and 1,100 exhibitors are expected to attend the Palexpo exhibition centre this May before the event’s relocation in 2025. The event’s returning and new features will offer even more opportunities for collaboration across the full supply chain – including suppliers, retailers, distributors and brand owners, like Arla, P&G and Coca-Cola. Plus, back by popular demand, the Future of Nutrition Summit (13 May, Marriott Hotel) and Vitafoods Europe Conference (14-15 May) return for 2024. To celebrate the event’s last year in Geneva and to thank the nutraceutical community for its continued support over the years, the Vitafoods Europe Conference will be free to attend on the show floor, providing access to industry-leading content for all. From humble beginnings to a global community Vitafoods Europe launched in 1997 with just 100 exhibitors, 1,200 attendees and a mission to create a platform that meets the growing demands of the emerging nutraceutical industry. The event has since grown to be the leading global event for nutraceutical, functional food and beverage, and dietary supplement professionals, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors and more than 1,100 exhibitors each year. Reflecting on the brand’s journey, Julien Bonvallet, Group Brand Director at Informa Markets remarks: “We could never have imagined all those years ago that our small corner of the Palexpo exhibition centre would grow to the bustling hub of the industry we see today. Our success is not only measured in the size or scale of the event, but also the astounding love and loyalty shown to the event by the nutraceutical community that continues to this day. As always, we’re committed to growing and evolving our offering in line with market developments and community needs, to keep us at the heart of the nutraceutical industry for many years to come.” Go discover Designed to inspire connection, innovation and positive change across all corners of the supply chain, Vitafoods Europe has established itself as the go-to annual event for the nutraceutical industry. The 2024 edition will balance new features and content with all-time favourites, making it an event not to be missed. Highlights include:
  • The Future of Nutrition Summit (13 May, Marriott Hotel, Geneva) – designed for independent futurist thinkers throughout the industry and beyond, this exclusive paid-for one-day summit will offer a snapshot of the nutrition industry in 5+ years’ time, diving deep into the future of health, product development and retail. It will also provide opportunities to network with C-level experts from a range of diverse disciplines, including food science, sustainability, retail, nutrition and public health, as well as start-ups, scale-ups and investors.
  • The Vitafoods Europe Conference (14-15 May) – free to attend in 2024, this two-day conference will see experts from across the field present data-driven and evidence-based solutions, the latest research, ingredient insights, innovations and formulation strategies within the biggest trends in nutrition today. Visitors can discover expert insights across a range of health benefit areas, including sports nutrition, immune and gut health, cognitive and emotional health, and healthy ageing.
  • The NEW Technology & Equipment Area and R&D Pavilion – this year, Vitafoods Europe introduces its first ever area exclusively dedicated to the technology and equipment innovations driving the industry forward. Created in response to visitor demand, it will bring together leading players in technology innovation – such as IMA, OMAG and Marchesini Group – to showcase their cutting-edge solutions in action.
  • The Finished Products Area – back and bigger than ever, the expanded 2024 Finished Products Area provides even more opportunities for manufacturers to connect with leading brands, retailers and distributors. With the likes of Nestlé, Mars, Holland & Barrett and Wholefoods visiting the event each year, the Finished Products Area is the go-to place to discover the latest innovative concepts and market-ready products on offer.
  • The Vitafoods Insights Theatre – this renowned theatre returns to the show floor, hosting a range of free expert-led content. Attendees from all sectors can discover insights to help their businesses overcome the real-world challenges facing the industry today, with sessions on sustainability, regulatory, market challenges and more.
An invitation not to be missedOver the last two decades, Vitafoods Europe has become the go-to annual event in the nutraceutical calendar – and this year is no exception. Vitafoods Europe 2024 not only marks our final chapter in Geneva, but also the next step in our commitment to serve the needs of businesses and professionals across the nutraceutical industry,” says Julien Bonvallet.To mark the occasion, the 2024 event will be our best yet. This year, we have introduced new show features dedicated to pushing the boundaries of innovation, for example the new Technology & Equipment Area. Vitafoods Europe is the only nutraceutical event to bring together the entire supply chain. This means suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and everyone in between are represented – helping key players reach new audiences and make meaningful connections to help take their business to the next level.These past 26 years, particularly those at Geneva’s Palexpo, have been a privilege and we’re excited to invite everyone to join us here for one last time to discover what’s next for the nutraceutical industry and to celebrate the wonderful journey we’ve been on together.” Registrations for Vitafoods Europe 2024 are now open – to secure your place or learn more about what’s on offer, visit www.vitafoods.eu.com

PPMA Show, the UK’s largest processing and packaging machinery exhibition, will be back in September

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The PPMA Show is gearing up for another tremendous processing and packaging machinery event when it returns to the NEC in Birmingham on 24-26 September 2024. Established over 35 years ago, this is the UK’s largest event of its kind, bringing together well-known brands to showcase their innovative cutting-edge processing equipment, packaging machinery, industrial robotics and machine vision systems. The PPMA Show is organised by Automate UK, comprising of the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA), British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) and UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA). The three associations combine under the banner of Automate UK and have a total membership of over 550 member companies. This annual event is renowned for representing a thriving industry made up of a vast array of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, food, beverages, household products and toiletries, micro-breweries and distilleries, pet care, FMCG, and building materials and supplies. The show attracts buyers and key-decision makers including CEOs, MDs, Directors, Managers, and other key staff members who play vital roles within their companies, including engineers, production specialists, designers, buyers, processing specialists, and project managers. The PPMA Show furnishes visitors with industry knowledge such as trends and insights which they can take away and use to improve their businesses. There are exciting opportunities for existing processing and packaging machinery users to discover the latest innovative processing and packaging machinery technology and solutions. The show also provides, for those new to the industry, an abundance of opportunities to learn and explore what this fascinating industry has to offer. The PPMA Show delivers a number of reasons to visit the show. Over 350 big brands from the full spectrum of the industry will be showcasing their latest state-of-the-art technologies to visitors so they can see how incorporating these solutions can improve and boost their business. Visitors can also network and engage with a variety of impressive exhibitors in person. This is an opportunity for visitors to see a complete production line in action from start to finish, from labelling, filling and packaging to processing, robotics, automation and industrial vision systems. The show boasts an impressive seminar programme led by leading industry experts. This provides a unique opportunity to not only absorb their wealth of knowledge and expertise, but also to stay informed about the latest industry developments. There are unparalleled opportunities to make valuable business connections, expand professional networks, establish new business contacts and develop existing relationships. The PPMA Show represents an ever evolving and fast-growing processing and packaging industry that has plenty to offer to everyone, whatever their level of expertise. Start planning your visit and register for your free ticket, please visit: https://www.ppmashow.co.uk/visit

The Label Makers work with Dà Mhìle Distillery to redefine spirit branding

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Award-winning label manufacturer, The Label Makers, has once again demonstrated their unparalleled expertise in label design and production through their latest collaboration with Dà Mhìle, a pioneering Welsh distillery, for the launch of their Millennium Cask Reserve MM20 – a 20-year-old single-grain scotch whisky bottled by the distiller. The Label Makers and Dà Mhìle began working together in June 2020, starting with a rebranding of Dà Mhìle’s gin range. The partnership gained momentum with the creation of the ‘Dark Skies’ rum label, leading to the development of the exquisite multilayered label for the new Millennium Cask Reserve. The Label Makers’ ability to translate complex designs into tangible art has been a cornerstone of this successful relationship. The whisky’s label, a creation that blends artistry with technical precision, showcases The Label Makers’ expertise in producing visually stunning and intricate labels. The research and development within the digital colour gamut made sure the spectrum of colours set the product apart on shelves. The addition of gold foiling and high-build spot varnish detailing were expertly handled by the company in collaboration with creative agency, Seven Seren Design. Commenting on working with The Label Makers, Dà Mhìle’s Jenny McClelland said: “The service provided by Rachel and her team is exceptional. Their prompt communication, technical expertise and ability to simplify complex processes have been invaluable. Additionally, their proactive approach to presenting problems with solutions has been pivotal in the seamless execution of each project.” The Label Makers’ Ben Robinson added: “We have established a great working relationship with the Dà Mhìle Distillery and we are delighted to have been part of this particular project and their ongoing success.” The Label Makers and Dà Mhìle are looking forward to working on their next project, which is anticipated to be another demonstration of the creative collaboration between both parties. For more information on The Label Makers click here.

AMP and AHS strengthen European sales teams with new appointments

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In a significant move to drive strategic growth within the European market, global leaders in material handling and processing equipment, Advanced Material Processing (AMP) – which incorporates the expertise of Kason Corporation and Marion Process Solutions – and Automated Handling Solutions (AHS), comprising Spiroflow and Cablevey Conveyors, have announced the addition of three new regional managers to their European sales teams. The appointments underpin AMP and AHS’s ongoing commitment to delivering innovative solutions to their customers. With extensive experience as a pre-project engineer, sales manager for powder handling, and a project manager for liquid processes at a leading carton packaging company, Marc LeMeut brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the AMP and AHS sales teams. As a regional sales manager, his main objective is to further develop the sales pipeline for AMP and AHS equipment and processes in France and Benelux, leveraging his skills and experience to spearhead growth in the region. Covering Spain, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta, Jan Pohl assumes the role of regional sales manager for South Europe. Jan’s background as a managing director for a German subsidiary in Spain and Portugal, coupled with his specialisation in the sales of high-tech solutions and automation, positions him as a key asset in understanding the South European markets and consultancy sales processes. Motivated by AMP and AHS’s technological edge and their vision for market and sales development, he is committed to building trusted commercial relationships within his territory. Bringing nearly two decades of B2B sales experience, along with insights from his roles in purchasing and production departments, Andrzej Maj is the new regional sales manager for Central-East Europe, covering regions from Estonia to Croatia. Andrzej’s background in management and marketing, combined with his passion for robotisation and automation, equips him with a unique understanding of the daily challenges production managers face. Andrzej’s goal is to ensure that AMP and AHS are the first point of contact for customers in his region seeking solutions for conveying or processing challenges. Commenting on the appointments, Tom Finnegan, director of sales – AMP/AHS, said: “Bringing Marc, Jan and Andrzej on board is a testament to our strategic focus on growth and our dedication to serving the EMEA market with innovative and tailored solutions. Their diverse experiences and unique perspectives are invaluable as we continue to expand our reach and deliver excellence. We are confident that their contributions will not only enhance our sales strategies but also strengthen our relationships with customers and partners across Europe.” For more information on AMP and AHS visit amp-ahs.com.

Peter Williamson takes his seat as the new chair of Make UK Affiliate Partner Board

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Automate UK CEO, Peter Williamson has been appointed as the new chair of the Make UK affiliate partner board. He will also represent the affiliate partner programme on Make UK’s national membership board. Peter, who recently stepped down from his managing director role at RARUK Automation in order to focus on Automate UK, is passionate about the need for the UK manufacturing sector to adopt more Automation, to empower small businesses, as well as upskilling and increasing the country’s workforce. Peter said: “Being appointed to the Make UK affiliate partner board is a huge honour. Following on from the previous chair, Steve Brambley who was a fantastic chair will be a challenge but one that I welcome as we continue to be the voice of our industry.” By welcoming Peter onto the board, the reach of both organisations has been extended to the benefit of all their members. Not only will communication between these sector leaders become smoother; they will be able to share ideas and best practices, not to mention access a wide base of resources. Chris Corkan, Region Director – Midlands & East of England & Affiliate Partnerships at Make UK, said: “I am delighted that Peter Williamson, CEO, Automate UK (previously known as PPMA) has accepted the role of Affiliate Partner Board Chair. Peter and I look forward to continuing to work with you all moving forwards. “I would also like to take the opportunity to re-iterate thanks on behalf of Make UK to Steve Brambley, CEO, GAMBICA who has been an excellent Chair and supporter to our collective work on behalf of manufacturing in recent years. Particularly guiding the voice of the affiliate partner programme during covid-19. Steve remains a welcome and active participant in this group moving forwards.”

Brown‑Forman sells Alabama cooperage

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Brown‑Forman Corporation has sold its cooperage in Trinity, Alabama, to Independent Stave Company (ISCO).

The cooperage will continue to make barrels for the Jack Daniel Distillery as part of a strategic relationship between the companies. ISCO will rename the cooperage from the Jack Daniel Cooperage to the Alabama Cooperage upon closing, expected by May 1, 2024.

“We believe that barrels are more than a container for our whiskey, they’re an important ingredient. This agreement helps ensure a steady supply of the same high quality barrels at a competitive price to Brown‑Forman and Jack Daniel’s,” said Tim Nall, Chief Global Supply Chain and Technology Officer.

“ISCO will continue to craft American White Oak barrels using the same meticulous process that we have for generations, keeping the quality and taste of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey consistent around the world.”

“We are grateful to Brown‑Forman for the opportunity to craft barrels of the highest quality for their iconic brand, Jack Daniel’s. Alabama Cooperage will be a great addition to our existing network of mills and cooperages,” said Independent Stave Company CEO Brad Boswell.

“We will utilize our 112 years of industry experience to manufacture barrels to the exacting standards they have been adhering to in Trinity, Alabama, since it opened in 2014. Our team looks forward to welcoming the employees in Trinity to the Independent Stave Company family.”

Previously, Brown‑Forman sold stave mills in Alabama, Ohio, and Tennessee, to ISCO. Like these prior transitions, current cooperage employees will be offered employment by Independent Stave Company.

Brown‑Forman will maintain ownership and operation of the long-standing Brown‑Forman Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. The Cooperage produces approximately half of the barrels for the Brown‑Forman portfolio of brands and enables ongoing barrel research, development, and innovation for brands and new expressions.

First Milk acquires BV Dairy

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First Milk has acquired BV Dairy (Blackmore Vale Farm Cream Limited), a manufacturer of specialist chilled dairy products based in Dorset.

It services customers throughout England, Wales and Scotland, offering a comprehensive end-to-end solution to customers across food manufacturing and food service, as well as offering co-manufacturing to exciting growth markets such as the home meal solutions and gut health sectors, offering considerable opportunities for the future.

Shelagh Hancock, Chief Executive of First Milk, said: “I am delighted to complete the acquisition of BV Dairy, a successful family-owned business, which shares many common values with First Milk – a focus on people and community, environmental performance, exceptional quality and long-term value creation. We look forward to welcoming the wider BV Dairy family into our First Milk family. “The BV Dairy business has strong customer relationships and a reputation for quality and service across food manufacture and food service. This provides a genuine extension to our business, extending our manufacturing and market reach, offering a platform for the further growth and development of our business.” Farmer director and vice-chairman, Mike Smith, added: “This purchase builds on the existing strengths of First Milk and will bring wider benefits, adding value for our members whilst creating opportunities for our colleagues and enabling us to extend our regenerative positioning into a broader range of dairy products and customers. This is a great step forward as we work together to secure the future.” Jim Highnam, Managing Director of BV Dairy, added: “Having made the decision to sell the business, we wanted to ensure that the new owners would provide a secure future for our customers, colleagues, farmers and suppliers. “As such, I’m pleased to finalise this transaction and see BV Dairy become part of First Milk, as both businesses share a down-to-earth, pragmatic approach, balancing the needs of all stakeholders. I look forward to working with our new First Milk colleagues to continue to grow and develop BV Dairy.”

Cargill and ENOUGH expand partnership

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Cargill and food tech leader ENOUGH, which produces fermented protein sustainably, are expanding their current partnership to further innovate nutritious and sustainable alternative meat and dairy solutions. Cargill is investing in ENOUGH’s most recent (Series C) growth funding campaign and has signed a commercial agreement to use and market its fermented protein. ENOUGH uses a technology that enables large-scale sustainable protein production of its signature ABUNDA® mycoprotein. ABUNDA is grown by feeding fungi with sugars from sustainably sourced grain that is then fermented in a natural production process like making beer, wine or yogurt. This creates ABUNDA mycoprotein, a complete food ingredient that contains essential amino acids and is high in dietary fiber. ABUNDA is produced through a zero-waste fermentation process, with Cargill’s glucose syrup as a main source. “Cargill is strengthening its partnership with ENOUGH because the world needs more protein that is grown more sustainably to keep pace with global population growth. Mycoprotein is an emerging ingredient with a disruptive role to play due to its many benefits including a meat-like texture, protein profile, scalability and sustainability,” explains Belgin Kose, managing director, Cargill Meat and Dairy Alternatives. “We remain committed to bringing alternative and traditional protein source options to the table, and our collaboration with ENOUGH is one of the ways we can realize our purpose to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.” Cargill and ENOUGH already have a multi-faceted partnership. ENOUGH’s first-of-its-kind 160,000 square foot (15,000 square metre) production facility, built in 2022, is co-located alongside a Cargill facility in Sas van Gent, The Netherlands. Cargill provides ENOUGH with glucose syrup and utilities as well as partnering with ENOUGH in the EU-funded PLENITUDE consortium project. With the expanded strategic partnership, Cargill will co-create with customers tasty and nutritious protein alternative foods containing ABUNDA mycoprotein by leveraging its broad portfolio of plant-based proteins, texturizers and fats, as well as its formulations and applications capabilities. ENOUGH will continue to benefit from Cargill’s global footprint and feedstock technology expertise to scale up faster in Europe and beyond. “Expanding our partnership with Cargill is an exciting step to accelerate the great strides we’ve already made through the co-location of our Sas van Gent facility,” adds Jim Laird, CEO, ENOUGH. “The alternative protein market is a multi-billion-dollar opportunity, and efficiency will come from collaboration with partners such as Cargill to leverage existing demand and supply chain to gain scale.”

Food supply chain thefts rise in 2023

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Food continues to be the commodity most at risk of theft in the global supply chain and now accounts for a third of all hijacking incidents – up 29% on 2022. Amidst the ongoing impact of inflation globally, these data suggest thieves are increasingly targeting basic goods that have experienced significant price increases.  The analysis, from global provider of supply chain intelligence, BSI, finds that food and beverage items now represent 22% of all thefts (up from 17% in 2022 and 14% in 2021). Theft of agricultural food products has also risen to 10% and now accounts for one in ten hijacking incidents. The number of electronic thefts has remained steady, highlighting the continued targeting of high-value goods for theft.  Thefts of food in transit is often relatively easy in comparison to higher-value commodities, as these commodities tend not to be shipped with tracking devices and anti-theft technologies – notable incidents from 2023 include one involving the theft of more than 52 tons of olive oil in Greece and the theft of 200 hams in Spain before Christmas. With regard to higher-value commodities, the last year has seen a number of notable incidents, including a group in Egypt using false paperwork to purchase pharmaceutical shipments for fake pharmacies, fraudulently diverting $9.7 million (USD) worth of drugs.   Types of thefts have changed, with cargo theft remaining notably high, indicating the importance of leveraging smart technology solutions to mitigate this risk. There has been a drop in thefts from facilities (26% to 21%) but a rise in theft of containers or trailers (4% to 14%), and of employee belongings, truck parts or cash (7% to 10%). Thefts are highest in Europe (37%) and North America (23%). Nearly seven in ten (68%) thefts in 2023 affected trucks, although this varies by region, with violent hijackings more common in North and South America, and thieves more commonly targeting parked trucks in Europe, linked to a lack of secured parking as well as rest requirements for drivers.   Susan Taylor Martin, Chief Executive, BSI, said: “It’s been another remarkable 12 months in the global supply chain. In addition to recent events in the Red Sea, we have seen everything from geopolitical tensions to economic uncertainty, and from extreme weather events to technology-powered digital disruption. “The convergence of these powerful factors provides a volatile and complex backdrop for organizations seeking to accelerate progress to a fair society and sustainable world by reducing their environmental impact and improving social responsibility in their supply chain. “Ensuring smooth global trade can bring key benefits across society, helping to keep costs down for individuals and organizations. In 2024, collaboration can empower organizations seeking to open up the opportunity presented by today’s supply chain challenges and respond to everything from rising theft to climate related disruption.”  Jim Yarbrough, Global Director, Supply Chain Solutions, BSI, said: “Food and beverage continue to be the top commodities stolen in transit throughout the supply chain. Such products are always in high demand, and inflationary factors have resulted in sharp price increases over the past few years. “To better navigate the challenges of the modern global supply chain landscape, supply chain leaders can make the most of supply chain intelligence solutions to help them implement proactive and robust supply chain risk management strategies. “Equally, the shared experience of the global pandemic and subsequent geopolitical and economic challenges has taught us that no single organization can handle supply chain management on their own – collaboration is absolutely critical.”

What to look out for at Packaging Innovations & Empack 2024

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With a bumper attendance expected for Packaging Innovations & Empack 2024, here’s what visitors should look out for as they navigate over 400 exhibitors. With a record-breaking edition of Packaging Innovations & Empack now just days away, more than 400 exhibitors are making their final preparations for the UK’s flagship packaging exhibition. The two-day essential packaging showpiece is set to get underway on February 21, with organisers Easyfairs expecting a bumper crowd of over 7,000 visitors, and dozens of representatives from top brands filing past some of the world’s biggest suppliers, who will be waiting to showcase the latest innovations on offer. Exhibitors are preparing to network with brands such as Aldi, Asda, Britvic, Boots, Cadburys, Costa Coffee, Diageo, DHL, Heinz, Holland & Barrett, Hovis, Iceland, KFC, M&S, Molson Coors, Nestle, Oh Polly, Sainsbury’s, Sky, Superdrug, TATA, Tesco, Unilever, and Waitrose. And with so much to see and do, we’re here to help you pick your way through the capacity of over 400 exhibitors who will pack every square foot of Birmingham’s NEC. TIPA Compostable Packaging (K86) – a global packaging developer, will showcase its pioneering portfolio of solutions at Packaging Innovations. TIPA’s compostable packaging offers the ultimate alternative to conventional flexible plastic packaging, boasting the same durability, shelf-life, barrier protection and transparency without the detrimental impact on the environment. TIPA has worked tirelessly over the past decade to chip away at the global plastic pollution crisis, developing materials and products that fully decompose into nutrient-rich soil when composted after use and leave behind zero waste. Its solutions, which are fully certified to biodegrade in home and industrial composting environments, have already been adopted by notable brands worldwide and are fully certified to biodegrade in home and industrial composting environments. TIPA is actively involved in the Compostable Coalition UK, working towards integrating compostable packaging into the UK’s bio-waste recycling infrastructure. TIPA CEO & Co-Founder Daphna Nissenbaum said: “At Packaging Innovations, we look forward to connecting with brands who want to meet the growing consumer demand for eco-conscious packaging and develop a plastic-free world.” Packaging Company of the Year, Kite Packaging (A60), will be available to discuss a wide range of products and services covering various industries and sectors. There will be a specific focus on cartoning and case erecting, pallet handling and wrapping, and printing and labelling, with an array of void fill and palletisation solutions displayed. This includes shredded papers, a range of SpeedMan dispensers, and Robopac Masterplat for attendees wanting to test and trial packaging solutions. ProAmpac (N92), a global leader in flexible packaging and material science, is set to showcase its full ProActive Sustainability product portfolio and comprehensive RAP Packaging line of fibre-based food-to-go solutions. “With the introduction of these innovative solutions, we’re pushing the boundaries of flexible packaging and leading the industry toward a more sustainable future,” stated Ali McNulty, Market Manager for ProAmpac. ProAmpac’s all-fibre food-to-go solution RecycAll range has expanded to include food trays and grab bags tailored for high-end sandwiches and bakery delicacies. Their ProActive Recyclable® FibreSculpt, a high-barrier fibre-based solution for shallow-draw thermoforming tray applications, aligns with the OPRL guidelines and boasts over 90% fibre content, rendering it kerbside recyclable in the UK and Ireland. ProAmpac’s Recycle Ready Retort RT-4000 is an ultra-high barrier polypropylene-based platform available as reel stock or premade pouches in stand-up and 3-side seals, while its ProActive Intelligence Moisture Protect MP-1000 features state-of-the-art moisture-adsorbing technology that eliminates the need for desiccant packets. Among other solutions from its comprehensive product offering on show at booth N92 are the MP-1000 platforms that use Aptar’s CSP Technologies’ 3-Phase Activ-Polymer™ platform technology. This lowers the moisture level in the packaging headspace, making it ideal for applications that require optimal moisture control, such as point-of-care diagnostic kits, live culture probiotics, and hygroscopic powdery food products. UKRI’s Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge will showcase all 88 funded projects, from reuse and refill trials with major UK retailers and brands to advanced recycling technologies and novel polymers to reduce single-use plastics. The £60m Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge is the largest, most ambitious UK government investment in sustainable plastics research and innovation, driving cleaner growth across the UK’s plastics, packaging and retail supply chains. Prevented Ocean Plastic™ (T22), the largest high-quality, chain-of-custody certified recycled ocean-bound plastic programme of its kind, will showcase its programme along with the recycled plastic material it sells. Brands investing in their recycled material will help to keep the circular economy going and support the infrastructure in at-risk coastal communities that don’t have a formal waste sector. The Sherwood Group (R114), an award-winning food packaging manufacturer based in Nottingham, will present Puracoat®, an eco-friendly packaging suitable for direct food contact. Developed in response to the growing problem of single-use plastic, Puracoat® is a broad range of paperboard and coating combinations that can be tailored to individual customer requirements. Fully recyclable and biodegradable in line with BS EN 13432 – no separation of paperboard and barrier material is necessary. Elopak (K116), a leading supplier of carton packaging and liquid filling equipment, will be showcasing D-PAK™ cartons, a new solution for the home and personal care categories that can not only attract the more environmentally conscious shoppers through plastic reduction but also deliver on convenience and recyclability. The Elopak team will also have their portfolio of food and beverage cartons on the stand, including the Pure-Pak® eSense carton, an aseptic carton for low and high-acid food and beverages, which is aluminium-free, resulting in up to 50% lower carbon footprint compared to a standard aseptic carton. Skymark/InterFlex Group (Q50), a TOPPAN Inc subsidiary that specialises in innovative, flexible packaging solutions, will showcase their SKYMAX range, offering diverse PE materials ideal for the personal care, technical, and food sectors, as well as highlighting SKYMAX R, their environmentally conscious line featuring up to 50% Post Consumer Recyclate. Another key highlight will be their SKYLENE CPP materials, known for exceptional temperature resistance and functionality. Enercon Industries (E60), a global leader in induction cap sealing systems whose machines seal over 35 billion containers in Europe annually, will present the Super Seal™ Junior manual induction cap sealer that offers the benefits of high-quality induction sealing to start-up operations, product validation and short production runs. The Enercon hand-held cap sealer delivers reliable, repeatable induction sealing and features quality aids such as batch counters and no-foil indicators, often only found on inline production machines. On Ranpak’s stand (P72), you’ll find the award-winning Geami Wrap’ n Go™, the new void fill solution Fillpak Trident Mini™, their paper-based insulating RecyCold™ climaliner together with the highly sustainable RecyCold™ cool packs and other innovative packaging solutions. Ranpak experts will be on hand to assist you and demonstrate their solutions. Elsewhere, a leading global manufacturer of innovative food packaging products and solutions, Sabert (D82) will display its soon-to-be-launched Hot2Go and Tray2Go ranges, alongside its established Snap2Go, and Deli2Go ranges, Vestro Ltd (T90) will highlight sustainable materials and smart designs in unveiling its solutions from industrial heavyweights to the food and catering scene, and Wipak UK will show its GreenChoice sustainable product portfolio, which incorporates solutions incorporating renewable, recyclable, and recycled materials. If you’ve never experienced the show before, there’s no better time to jump in than 2024. Complimentary visitor passes will remain available throughout the event; you can register by clicking here.