Smurfit Kappa supports prestigious international wine contest

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has supported the prestigious wine contest since it began in 2015 when a strategic partnership was born. The innovative concept of this contest has proved to be a real success as it has become a benchmark for consumers from all over the world, bringing together over 100 producers from different countries. The event involves a thorough blind wine tasting by a panel of professionals and amateurs with only the best receiving the unique “Best Wine in Box” gold award label. Last year, the event attracted professionals from 12 different countries and nearly 350 wines were tasted in total. The wine sector has seen a sharp increase in the number of premium wines available in Bag-in-Box® packaging.
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Berry Global to Expand Its North American Capacity for Sustainable, Breathable Films

Berry Global Group, Inc. announced the plans to expand its hygiene, healthcare, and specialty films platform in North America. The Company’s investment addresses both extrusion and printing capabilities, in support of growing breathable film and sustainable product market demands in the North American region. The investment will include added capacity for Berry’s proprietary Sof-Flex™ technology and the addition of the newest flexographic printing equipment. The Sof-Flex technology allows for the sustainable, down-weighting of breathable films while maintaining best-in-class performance. “As a global leader in films and nonwovens, we are continuing to invest around the world. Our focus on serving the North American market with advanced technology remains a high priority for our business,” said Curt Begle, President of Berry’s Health, Hygiene, and Specialties Division.
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Chocolate producer Kultasuklaa chose Metsä Board’s eco-barrier paperboard

Kultasuklaa is a Finnish family enterprise, that has been making hand-finished chocolates at its factory in Finland since 1990. The company had one important wish for its new luxury ‘It’s all about love’ praline box: it had to have less plastic. In order to achieve its objective Kultasuklaa collaborated with Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of the Metsä Group. The new eco-barrier paperboard MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB was selected for the package due to it being plastic-free and providing suitable grease and moisture resistance. The paperboard is safe for direct food contact and provides high brightness, as well as a smooth surface with excellent printability. As the paperboard is plastic-free, it does not require plastic separation and can be easily recycled. The packaging was designed to reflect the pure and fresh paperboard. Its surface provides a pleasant touch and feel through the use of a soft touch varnish and hot foil.
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Peter Oswald appointed new CEO of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG

The Supervisory Board of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG has appointed Peter Oswald (57) as new Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of the company with a contract for a period of five years. Peter Oswald will become member of the Management Board as of 01 April 2020. Wilhelm Hörmanseder (65), CEO of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG for the past 18 years will hand over to Peter Oswald on 01 May 2020 after 30 years with the MM Group and 25 years thereof on the Management Board.
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BillerudKorsnäs Number One in Global Sustainability Rating

For the sixth consecutive year, BillerudKorsnäs receives the highest rating level in EcoVadis, thus continuing to be in the top of the companies being evaluated. This is one of several sustainability assessments, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, that confirms that BillerudKorsnäs is one of the leading companies in sustainability within the industry. “We are proud to receive the Platinum medal by EcoVadis, which reflects BillerudKorsnäs’ commitment to sustainability. Sustainability is at the core of our business and we believe in a future where 100 percent of packaging is recyclable, renewable and fossil-free. We still have a lot of work to do, and it is crucial that we succeed to involve our suppliers and customers on this journey.” - Malin Ljung Eiborn, EVP Sustainability, BillerudKorsnäs.
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Willamette Falls Paper develops kraft paper made with agricultural waste fibres (pulpandpapercanada.com)

Initially, Willamette Falls Paper will be producing natural kraft paper using a minimum of 30 per cent agricultural fibres – in this case, wheat straw. Natural kraft paper uses include flexible packaging applications such as paper bags, pouches and poly-coating basestocks. The reHARVEST natural kraft paper met typical bag strength tests and has been successfully converted and printed in trials. The bags are a bright golden colour with no fibre bleaching, which the mill says is a unique attribute of straw fibre. The natural kraft paper is FDA compliant and will be available in 30# to 70# basis weights (49 to 114 GSM).
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Mondi to cease UK manufacturing (printweek.com)

Mondi is set to bring an end to its UK manufacturing with the planned closure of its two remaining UK production plants, putting 208 jobs at risk. Union Unite said the workforce has been told that the work from the two sites, which produce a wide variety of flexible packaging, bags and pouches, will now be transferred to other locations within Mondi’s global business.
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Berry Global Commercializes and Begins Shipment of Innovative Nonwoven Product for the Hygiene Market From Its New State-of-the-Art Asset in Nanhai, China

Berry Global Group, Inc. announced that it has commercialized and started shipping product from its Reicofil R5 asset in Nanhai, China. With bi-component and high-loft soft capabilities, Berry’s is only the third R5 start-up in the world. “The Asia region, and China in particular, has historically set the global standard for high-loft, soft materials for the hygiene market,” said Berry’s Chairman and CEO Tom Salmon. “Investing in a state-of-the-art Reicofil R5 asset in China allows us to maximize innovation and provide differentiated capabilities, to ultimately enhance performance and comfort for consumers.”
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Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of the assets and operations of Mohan Mutha Polytech

Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of the assets and operations of Mohan Mutha Polytech Private Limited (MMPPL), a privately-owned flexible packaging manufacturer located in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, India. MMPPL has approximately 160 employees and its net sales in 2018 were approximately EUR 9 million. The debt-free purchase price was approximately EUR 10 million. The business will be reported as part of the Flexible Packaging business segment as of January 10, 2020.
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Clearwater Paper Announces Ratification of Labor Contracts

Clearwater Paper Corporation announces the ratification of its labor contracts with the United Steelworkers and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at its Lewiston, Idaho facility. “We are pleased to announce we have a newly ratified agreement with our employees represented by both the United Steelworkers and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Lewiston, which will continue through August 2025,” said Steve Bowden, senior vice president, general manager – pulp and paperboard division. “Thank you to our employees and managers for their unwavering commitment to working safely and meeting our commitments, both internally and externally during the negotiations process. We will continue to focus on delivering on our customers’ expectations and supporting their success.”
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