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New rules governing the placement and promotion of HFSS foods (high in fat, sugar and salt) will come into force in the UK in October 2022, changing the way these products can be sold and promoted in-store. This will impact manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and packaging producers. Elisabeth Skoda speaks to Mark Patterson, who is Vice President Global Packaging Solutions at DHL, to get his take on how this might affect the industry.
UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe represents the interests of consumers and producers of non-alcoholic beverages across Europe and has also set itself ambitious sustainability targets with its Circular Packaging Vision 2030.Elisabeth Skoda discusses progress made towards this vision, the state of the market today as well as plans and goals with UNESDA’s director general Nicholas Hodac.
Certified B Corporation Mr Green Africa sets out to have a sustainable, long-term social, environmental and economic impact through the collection, conversion and selling of post-consumer waste. Dow recently invested in the company to enable further diversion of plastic waste and to help close the loop. Elisabeth Skoda speaks to Dow's Adwoa Coleman and Mr Green Africa's Keiran Smith to learn more. 
The success of initiatives set out to boost recycling rates hinges on recycling capacities and the availability of recycled plastics, so recyclers play a key role. Elisabeth Skoda discusses industry challenges, trends and solutions with Ton Emans, president at Plastics Recyclers Europe, and Paolo Glerean, chairman at RecyClass.
The German packaging institute dvi sets out to connect players from across the packaging value chain with the aim to initiate innovative and sustainable approaches for creating what it describes as "good packaging". Managing director Kim Cheng discusses notable industry developments in the last year and takes a look ahead to the coming year with Elisabeth Skoda.
How can packaging sustainability be increased, and plastic leakage be addressed? Elisabeth Skoda discusses this and much more with Erin Simon, who is head of plastic waste and business at WWF.
Like many major brands, Nestlé Waters has worked to adapt to changing consumer requirements and market pressures around packaging, and to cater for the biggest challenge – sustainability. Philippe Gallard, who is Global Innovation Director at Nestlé Waters, discusses trends and recent developments from recyclability, reusability to different packaging materials with Elisabeth Skoda.
Flexible packaging is lightweight and offers good barrier properties. However,  currently only around 17% of flexible packaging is being collected and recycled in the EU. To address this problem, CEFLEX has developed a Quality Recycling Process (QRP) which sets out to capture the possibilities of existing technologies to drive the circular economy. Elisabeth Skoda speaks to CEFLEX’s Dana Mosora and Alec Walker-Love to find out more. 
Seven Fraunhofer Institutes have recently announced that they are pooling their expertise in the lighthouse project "Waste4Future", which aims to increase energy and resource efficiency in the use of plastics and thus pave the way for a chemical industry that requires fewer fossil raw materials and produces fewer emissions. Elisabeth Skoda talks to professor Peter Michel, who is Head of the Polymer Applications Business Unit at Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, to find out more. 
Classic glass bottles have been the go-to packaging for wine for centuries. But in recent years, alternative formats such as bag-in-box, cans and flat plastic bottles have emerged. Elisabeth Skoda speaks to Rob Malin, CEO at When in Rome Wine, to take a closer look at these alternative formats. 
EXTR:ACT, the European platform to improve and increase the recycling of beverage cartons and similar fibre-based multi-material packaging in Europe, recently reported that its various projects across the continent now allow roughly 50,000 tonnes of non-fibre components of beverage cartons to be recycled annually.Elisabeth Skoda speaks to Annick Carpentier, Director General at ACE, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, and Michael Brandl, Director General at EXTR:ACT, and discusses beverage carton recycling challenges, recent developments and opportunities. 
According to some statistics, up to a third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. In this edition, we take a closer look at the issue of food waste and role packaging can play to prevent it. Elisabeth Skoda speaks to Helén Williams, who is an associate professor for environmental and energy systems at Karlstad University in Sweden. Her research focuses on creating knowledge for innovative packaging development that contributes to sustainable development.Sponsored by: Smurfit Kappa No.1 company in Europe producing corrugated packaging, container board and ‘bag in box'
Over two years after its introduction, what have been the effects of the German Packaging Act on the industry? Dr. Bettina Sunderdiek, head of communication and press at Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister, shares  insights and  into the nuts and bolts of the Act as well as recent developments.Sponsored by: Smurfit Kappa No.1 company in Europe producing corrugated packaging, container board and ‘bag in box'
Innovation in plastic packaging has made great leaps forward in recent years. Elisabeth Skoda gains insights into key developments and challenges from Lorena Rodríguez Garrido who is Packaging Group Leader at Spain-based technology centre  AIMPLAS, and Rosa Matilde González Leyba, who is Senior Researcher of the Packaging Group. Sponsored by: Smurfit Kappa No.1 company in Europe producing corrugated packaging, container board and ‘bag in box'
The term smart packaging covers a wide field, from antimicrobial packaging, nanotechnology to NFC and RFID technology and printed electronics. In the latest edition of the Packaging Europe podcast, we explore this dynamic industry with  AIPIA - the Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association. Elisabeth Skoda speaks to the recently appointed new Advisory Board chair Stéphane Piqué, and the outgoing chair Dick de Koning. Sponsored by: Smurfit Kappa No.1 company in Europe producing corrugated packaging, container board and ‘bag in box'
The 4evergreen alliance was set up by CEPI, the European association representing the paper industry to further boost the circularity of fibre-based packaging.  Elisabeth Skoda speaks to Eija Hietavuo, who is 4evergreen chair and also SVP sustainability and environment at Stora Enso, Jori Ringman, director General, CEPI and Alexey Vishtal, senior fibre-based packaging specialist at 4evergreen member Nestlé, to delve deep into the alliance’s work and the challenges and opportunities for fibre-based packaging on the way to a circular economy.Sponsored by: Smurfit Kappa No.1 company in Europe producing corrugated packaging, container board and ‘bag in box'
Competition around new packaging formats and pack designs can be fierce in the packaging world. But when does it make sense to protect these by trademark, and what are the challenges along the way? Elisabeth Skoda talks to Dr. Eckhard Ratjen, who is  a certified IP lawyer focusing on trade mark law and copyright at the legal firm Boehmert & Boehmert to find out more. Sponsored by: Smurfit Kappa No.1 company in Europe producing corrugated packaging, container board and ‘bag in box'
The problem of ocean plastics remains a crucial sustainability challenge for the plastics packaging industry. Elisabeth Skoda takes a closer look at Project STOP, which aims to address the challenge at the source, and gains insights from project founders SYSTEMIQ and Borealis.Sponsored by: Smurfit Kappa No.1 company in Europe producing corrugated packaging, container board and ‘bag in box'
In the context of the ongoing debate about plastics packaging and sustainability, Elisabeth Skoda discusses recycling and recyclate goals and challenges, bioplastics, consumer behaviour and much more with Dr. Isabell Schmidt, the managing director at IK,  the German plastic packaging industry association.Sponsored by: Smurfit Kappa No.1 company in Europe producing corrugated packaging, container board and ‘bag in box'
What are the potential benefits of digital watermarking for recycling and beyond? On the occasion of the launch of  the HolyGrail 2.0 project, Elisabeth Skoda speak to Michelle Gibbons, Director General at AIM, and to Gareth Callan, Sustainability Packaging Manager at PepsiCo and member of the HolyGrail leadership team to find out more. Sponsored by: Smurfit Kappa No.1 company in Europe producing corrugated packaging, container board and ‘bag in box'
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