Packaging freedom

Suppliers could be free to sell products in whatever size they choose after the EU approved draft legislation to scrap mandatory packaging sizes. The move must be approved by the European Parliament.

Bags turn orange

Sainsbury's said that its new orange recyclable bags, introduced next month, will have replaced all its white carrier bags by February.

Tax stamp rules

From 1 October drinks manufacturers and suppliers will have to comply will new tax stamping legislation, by order of Customs & Excise, which requires all wines and spirits with an alcohol strength of 30% or more to display a duty stamp before they are released on to the market.