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Switching to starch-based packaging for Mars and Snickers

File photo of Mars & Snickers bars
EUROPE -
Mars is in the final stages of launching a bio-based packaging material for its Snickers and Mars chocolate lines to reduce the carbon footprint of existing packaging materials, according to Thijs Rodenburg, CEO of Rodenburg Biopolymers, a producer of starch-based products that has been working with the confectionary company through the development process.

Mondelez launches China e-commerce partnership with Alibaba Group

Mondelez launches China e-commerce partnership with Alibaba Group
CHINA -
Chinese consumers will now be able to purchase a range ofMondelēz International products, including Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, belVita, Toblerone, Cadbury and Trident, through its flagship store onAlibaba’sTmall.com platform, following the signing of a strategic e-commerce partnership betweenMondelēz International and theAlibaba Group.

Tetra Pak redesigns ice cream line in response to Southeast Asian demand

Tetra Pak redesigns ice cream line in response to Southeast Asian demand
ASIA –
In response to increasing demand from customers in Southeast Asia, Tetra Pak has redesigned its A3 Ice Cream Filler.

Fonterra exists Australian yoghurt and dairy desserts market

Fonterra exists Australian yoghurt and dairy desserts market
AUSTRALIA –
Italian dairy company Parmalat has completed the acquisition of Fonterra Brands (Australia) Pty Ltd’s yogurt and dairy dessert business in Australia.

Blommer expands in China with factory acquisition

Blommer expands in China with factory acquisition
CHINA -
Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America, has acquired a manufacturing plant in China’s Jinshan district of Shanghai.

Glico considers expanding presence in Thailand

Glico's new ice crean brands in Thailand
THAILAND –
Japanese confectionery giant Ezaki Glico Co is considering increasing its investment in Thailand, following the start of local manufacturing and launch of its ice cream brands in the country in January 2016.

SCG Packaging-Rengo unit acquires Vietnam packaging giant Batico

Batico plant operations
VIETNAM –
Thailand’s Siam Cement Group (SCG) has acquired a 80% stake in Vietnam-based Tin Thanh Packing Joint Stock Company (Batico).

China now the world’s largest ice cream market

China now the world’s largest ice cream market
CHINA –
In 2014, China overtook the US to become the world’s largest ice cream market for the first time, according to new research from Mintel.

New robotic packaging portfolio for easy line automation

New robotic packaging portfolio for easy line automation
GERMANY -
To give food producers more versatility and performance, Bosch Packaging Technology has fully redesigned its Delta robotic packaging portfolio, basing it on an open frame platform that features the latest GD series Delta robot to offer modular and standardized robotic solutions with application-specific options.

Bosch Packaging Technology estimates strong growth with high order intake

Bosch Sigpack LDF feedplacer
GLOBAL –
Bosch Packaging Technology says it remained on a growth path in 2014, with sales revenue for the fiscal year up by a nominal growth rate of 6.3% to around EUR 1.18 billion. Meanwhile, order intake for 2014 was 11% higher than the previous year, hitting EUR 1.23 billion.

Nestlé invests US$16m in Chinese ice cream production expansion

Nestlé 8Cubes packaging
CHINA –
Nestlé is strengthening its ice cream business in China with a RMB 100 million (US$16.12 million) investment in its factories in Tianjin and Guangzhou.

Philippines offers labelling and packaging assistance to small businesses

Philippines offers labelling and packaging assistance to small businesses
PHILIPPINES –
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is offering labelling and packaging assistance to micro-enterprises in Negros Occidental to help them grow their businesses.

Ferrero plans for first confectionery plant in China

Ferrero plans for first confectionery plant in China
CHINA –
Italian chocolate and confectionery brand owner Ferrero intends to construct its first plant in China in the first half of 2015.

Show Report: Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair

Shenzhen From Green Material Co Ltd exhibition booth
HONG KONG –
The Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair opened on 27 May 2015 at AsiaWorld-Expo with a large number of domestic and international buyers descending on the exhibition in search of packaging and printing solutions for their brands.

Wacker starts up PVAc plant in China

Wacker starts up PVAc plant in China
CHINA -
Wacker Chemie AG has inaugurated its new production plant for food-grade polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) solid resins at its Nanjing site in Jiangsu province, China.

Heinz and Krafts merger to form fifth largest food and beverage group globally

Some of Krafts' brands
GLOBAL –
H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest in the world.

Universal Robina to absorb its flexible packaging supplier

URC products group
PHILIPPINES –
Universal Robina Corporation (URC) has announced plans to absorb its wholly owned flexible packaging supplier CFC Clubhouse Property Inc (CCPI).

Indian confectionery market to hit US$2.2bn in 2018

Indian confectionery market to hit US$2.2bn in 2018
INDIA –
The Indian confectionery market is expected to grow by 71% in the next four years, as the growing Indian middle-class consumes more gums and jellies and chocolate continues to be high in demand among children, according to Canadean.

Virgin fibre a necessity in chocolate packaging

Du Caju box
BELGIUM –
The paperboard used to manufacture chocolate has to be carefully chosen to ensure taste and odour neutrality, said Tom Du Caju and his colleagues at Du Caju Printing & Packaging in Belgium when describing their experiences in food packaging.

URC to expand food and beverage production across Southeast Asia

URC products
SE ASIA –
Universal Robina Corp (URC) intends to invest US$147.3 million (P6.5 billion) to expand snack food, confectionery and beverage production across Southeast Asia.