UK FOOD SHORTAGES WARNING

British supplies of some fresh food, mainly fruit and vegetables, are at risk of running out until a backlog of trucks at the port of Dover is cleared and links with France return to normal, the UK retail industry said on Wednesday. A partial blockade by France to try to contain a new highly infectious coronavirus variant has left thousands of trucks stranded in Dover, Britain’s main gateway to Europe, in the run-up to Christmas. SOURCE: Reuters

BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS COMPANY SUES EU

Oxo-bioodegradable plastic technology company Symphony Environmental Technologies has begun legal proceedings to sue the EU for damages due to confusion over the Single Use Plastics Directive. Symphony said it’s d2w technology is oxo-biodegradable, causing ordinary plastic to biodegrade if it gets into the open environment, and can be re-used and recycled if collected during its service-life. READ MORE: https://www.packagingnews.co.uk/news/environment/biodegradable-compostable/symphony-environmental-threatens-eu-legal-action-damage-business-22-12-2020

MORE FUNDING FOR SMEs

A London embedded business finance platform has announced £70m of funding to help SMEs in the face of Covid-19. Liberis has aligned with Silicon Valley Bank, British Business Investments, BCI Europe, and Paragon Bank to drive further expansion and support SMEs with its API powered tech platform. New funds will be put towards company growth, launching new products and markets, and providing additional customer financing solutions. READ MORE: https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2020/12/22/london-embedded-business-finance-platform-announces-70m-funding

BERLIN PACKAGING IN NEW ACQUISITION

Berlin Packaging, the world’s largest hybrid packaging supplier, announced today the acquisition of Newpack, a leading glass packaging company based in Savona, Italy. Newpack was founded by a team of entrepreneurs experienced in glass packaging and the food and beverage markets, particularly the Italian wine sector.  Newpack has a strong distribution network throughout Northern Italy, including the Liguria, Piedmont, and Veneto regions. Newpack is Berlin Packaging’s tenth European acquisition since 2016… READ MORE: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/berlin-packagings-expansion-in-europe-continues-with-the-acquisition-of-newpack-301197589.html

FILE PHOTO: A lorry blocks M20 motorway where trucks queue to port Dover, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, near Ashford, Britain, December 23, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls