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  • BPA Blues

    March 30, 2009 by Food in Canada

    In 2008 Canada made the bold move of designating bisphenol A, also known as BPA, a toxic agent. BPA is an industrial chemical mainly used to make polycarbonate plastic food and beverage containers, plastic food wrap and the epoxy resins

  • Expanding Options in Recycling

    February 23, 2009 by Food in Canada

    Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) have long since recognized the benefit in using automated sorting equipment to more accurately and more efficiently sort their plastic packaging waste streams. Until recently, this type of technology was used primarily for bottles, both PET

  • Bottled water: Prices dip, demand stalls

    January 26, 2009 by Food in Canada

    Growth in the half-billion dollar bottled water category flat lined in 2008 after double-digit annual sales gains since 2000. According to The Nielsen Company, flat water volume was unchanged at 1.98 billion units for the 52 weeks ended Nov. 22

  • Shifting Gears

    January 20, 2009 by Food in Canada

    Packaging has been taking a lot of heat lately. This has come from politicians, consumers and environmental groups for a multitude of sins, including its contribution to litter, its burden on landfills, the cost of collection and recycling, and even

  • The Comeback Kid

    January 20, 2009 by Food in Canada

    About 15 years ago, soft drink companies began switching from glass to PET bottles. They were cheaper, of course, and larger companies could even make the bottles themselves. For the glass industry, the shift hit hard, and some insiders thought

  • Colour it green

    January 20, 2009 by Food in Canada

    In 2006, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. unveiled a packaging scorecard in an effort to reduce packaging across its global supply chain by five per cent by 2013. Its suppliers were given a trial period of exactly one year before the company

  • A sea-to-sea guarantee

    December 22, 2008 by Food in Canada

    Canadian food retailers are being hit by a wave of activism over depleted seafood stocks, and in turn, they’re pressuring seafood producers to obtain certifications that show their fisheries are sustainably managed. In June, Greenpeace activists targeted eight leading Canadian

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