In numbers


In early October, Silgan spent US$237m on contract manufacturer and US peer Unicep Packaging.


Towards the end of September, Finland’s Huhtamaki closed on its near-$500m acquisition of Elif in Turkey.


Over in the UK, DS Smith targeted 2023 as the year by which all of its manufactured packaging will be either fully reusable or recyclable.


Loop unveiled plans in September to launch its reusable packaging platform in-store with five major retailers in five large markets.


Around 50 new jobs will be created as part of Ball Metalpack’s investment in upping capacity at its Milwaukee facility, the can manufacturer announced in October.

In brief

California Governor Newsom signs bill to reduce plastic waste
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a number of bills that prohibit the use of toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in disposable food packaging. Among the laws to take effect on 1 January is a ban on the use of misleading recycling labels, while other measures are being introduced in the state to reduce single-use waste pollution and support recycling goals.

Amcor partners with Alianza Team to develop recycled bottle for cooking oil
Amcor Rigid Packaging partnered with Colombian oil and fat producer Alianza Team to develop a sustainable bottle for the latter’s Gourmet cooking oil brand. The pack is the first cooking oil bottle introduced in the country to be made from fully recycled content.

TricorBraun buys Australia’s Cormack Packaging
US-based primary packaging distributor TricorBraun completed its acquisition of family-owned Cormack Packaging. The transaction, for an undisclosed sum, will see TricorBraun up its presence in Australia and New Zealand.

Pandora launches plastic-free packaging in stores and online
Denmark-based jewellery retailer and brand owner Pandora lined up the replacement of plastic carrier bags at its physical and online stores with more sustainable alternatives. The move is being backed by a reduction of the plastic content in Pandora’s jewellery boxes of around 75%.

In pictures

Dirty Cow and Parkside partner to develop compostable packaging

Chocolate producer Dirty Cow will use 100% compostable packaging for its namesake brand through a tie-up with UK peer Parkside Flexibles.

Coveris and Brigl & Bergmeister develop sealable paper packaging

Intended for food products, PaperBarrier Seal is the result of two years of testing by Coveris Group in partnership with Austria’s Brigl & Bergmeister.

Pip & Nut and Ardagh design glass jar with 50% recycled content

Nut butter brand Pip & Nut has abandoned plastic for glass, thanks to a tie-up with Ardagh Group’s Glass Packaging division.

Coles trials cardboard replacement to plastic bread tags

Australian multiple retailer Coles expects to make a 79-tonne plastic saving per year from the 2022 switch to cardboard tags for 254 varieties of own-brand bread.