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Impact of COVID-19 on the Packaging Industry

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Impact of COVID-19 on the Packaging Industry
When the global COVID-19 pandemic hit, PMMI used its position as the convener of the makers of goods along with their packaging and processing suppliers to consistently monitor the effects on the industry and provide avenues to keep parties informed.
No Evidence of Contracting COVID-19 from Food Packaging Say FDA and USDA
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, and FDA Commissioner, Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., issued a statement regarding food export restrictions pertaining to COVID-19.
Canadian Printer Creates Lunchboxes for COVID-19 Frontline Workers
I chatted with Ellis to find out about a new project the team has been working on for Canadians Care, providing lunchboxes for lunches to COVID-19 healthcare workers in Canada.

Graphic Materials Demand Grows Due to COVID-19

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Graphic Materials Demand Grows Due to COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses in both North America and Europe, Avery Dennison's label and packaging materials segment has seen orders jump 40% to 80% from the last week of March through the third week of April, driven by demand for food, hygiene and pharmaceutical products as well as variable information labeling related to e-commerce.

Packaging Safety in the Age of COVID-19

Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Packaging Safety in the Age of COVID-19
Despite the fact that the U.S. and the rest of the world has been dealing with the impact of coronavirus since March 2020, food safety and cleanliness in packaging must still be upheld.

Graphic Materials Demand Grows Due to COVID-19

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Graphic Materials Demand Grows Due to COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses in both North America and Europe, Avery Dennison's label and packaging materials segment has seen orders jump 40% to 80% from the last week of March through the third week of April, driven by demand for food, hygiene and pharmaceutical products as well as variable information labeling related to e-commerce.
Increase in Extended Content Label Orders Due to Coronavirus-Related Clinical Trials
Luminer, a labeling solutions provider specializing in extended content labels, has seen a significant rise in demand for extended content labels for clinical trials – several of which are for drugs related to the pandemic.
Label Production Increases Due to Issues Surrounding COVID-19
Overnight Labels’ presses have been running non-stop during the current Covid-19 crisis. Because their materials are sourced in the US, the label manufacturer has been able to help many companies experiencing supply chain issues or production increases.  

The Dark Side

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 09:00:00 -0500
The Dark Side
No matter where you live around the world, you might have seen “dark” stores — retail giants that have moved from selling products in-store to creating a fulfillment center in the physical store space.
Next-Gen Packaging Market to Surpass U.S. $4.4 Mil by 2027
The global next-generation packaging market was estimated to be valued at more than U.S. $3.3 billion in revenue in 2019 and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 3.7% during 2020 to 2027, reports a new market study by Coherent Market Insights.
Food Label Trends Deliver Safety And Security for 2021
Restaurants, grocers and meal delivery services prioritize tamper proof seals, pressure and temperature-sensitive design, increased traceability, waste reduction and responsible sourcing.
The Future of the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Sector
From nearly 100 global and local reports, case studies and insights from experts including McKinsey, Mintel and Nielsen, a report by Davidson Branding highlights seven key drivers of consumer behavior that define successful modern-day fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands. These are the things that actually impact what people buy in store and whether they will repurchase it.
El Pollo Loco Moves Toward New Modern Packaging Design
El Pollo Loco is bringing the design-forward vision to life at every touchpoint of the customer experience, from packaging to in-store merchandising and gift cards. The focus on design is consistent with the company’s ongoing commitment to match its high-quality food and service.
Mantrose-Haeuser Expands Range of Certified Compostable Barrier Coatings
The leading VerdeCoat line of certified compostable barrier coatings are for sustainable food packaging.
EDL Launches Improved Double Tight Wrap DTW 25 Shrink Bundling System
The DTW 25 shrink-wrapping machine applies two perpendicular bands of LDPE film to tightly unitize and totally enclose multipacks of packaged products. The new system uses servo controls to manage the sealing of up to 25 bundles per minute. 
IoPP Announces 2020 AmeriStar Package Award Winners
There were 27 winners, including six student award winners, selected as recipients of a 2020 AmeriStar Package Award, one of the packaging industry’s most prestigious design awards programs,produced by IoPP, The Institute of Packaging Professionals.
Nestlé USA Acquires Freshly, a Meal Delivery Service
Nestlé has acquired Freshly, a fresh-prepared meal delivery service in the U.S. Founded in 2015, Freshly delivers fresh, chef-cooked meals to customers across the country, breaking down the barriers to healthy eating by delivering nutrition and convenience at scale.

CVS Moves to Digital, Non-Toxic Sales Receipts

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0400
CVS Moves to Digital, Non-Toxic Sales Receipts
As paper receipt usage sees a dramatic reduction because of the COVID-19 pandemic, CVS, the largest U.S. pharmacy chain, is responding to pressure from Green America and thousands of consumers and stopped using thermal receipt paper coated in Bisphenol S (BPS), an endocrine-disrupting chemical linked to health issues. 

Sodexo Names New SVP Of Business Development

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:00:00 CST

BSC Hires Regional Manager, Promotes Others

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:00:00 CST
Novolex Senior Director Earns First 'Women in Supply Chain' Award
Amy Barnes, senior director at Novolex®, a leader in packaging choice, sustainability and innovation, has earned the inaugural Women in Supply Chain Award.
GreenTek Packaging Launches Disposable Utensils Made from Hemp
Made from all natural elements, including U.S.-grown industrial hemp, the new Hemptensils™ is the first in-kind brand of plant-based disposable utensils that won't harm the environment. 
Automated Inspection Protects Brand Quality for Syrup Manufacturer
A? popular bottled syrup company recently partnered with EPIC Systems to launch newly designed bottles and labels for the its evolving breakfast food portfolio. This partnership resulted in a robust packaging inspection system that helped the syrup company bring new products to market quickly, without exposing the brand to undue risks.
Harpak-ULMA Launches PaperSeal® Sustainable Food Packaging Solution
Harpak-ULMA has launched its PaperSeal® packaging technology as part of the company’s initiative to fundamentally rethink packaging systems to promote green packaging alternatives across the food industry.
Better With Less: The Jury Sounds Off on Sustainability & Innovation
The Better With Less – Design Challenge had an international jury including packaging design experts from various fields related to packaging, design, brand strategy and innovation. After the judging concluded and the finalists chosen, a roundtable panel discussed what they saw as well as the challenges facing the packaging community.

Takeout Packaging in Big Demand, Short Supply

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Takeout Packaging in Big Demand, Short Supply
Good packaging is always in demand but even more so during the pandemic, as more foodservice providers offer takeout and delivery. Acquiring adequate supplies at a reasonable price is challenging, reports Restaurant Hospitality.
Mondi Supports Youth Start-Up That Turns Food Waste into Compostable Plastic
Mondi is partnering with One Young World as a sponsor of Lead2030. Lead2030 was launched by One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, in November 2018 to support youth-led innovation to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Staying Competitive in Challenging Times

Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Staying Competitive in Challenging Times
As COVID-19 reshapes the international manufacturing landscape, food and beverage companies are looking at ways to optimize their production efficiencies.
Composite Materials Reduce Plastics on Tray Packaging
Packaging buyers concerned about the climate should consider the existing alternatives and move to composite materials.

November SM 2020 Products

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 00:00:00 CST

ISSA President Makes Time For Fitness

Mon, 9 Nov 2020 00:00:00 CST

How Jan/San Sales Reps Are Paid

Thu, 5 Nov 2020 00:00:00 CST

Heat and Control Celebrates 70 Years

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Heat and Control Celebrates 70 Years
Founded in 1950, Heat and Control Inc., a world-leading equipment manufacturer and food processing industry supplier, celebrates its 70th anniversary on June 27, 2020. 
Recyclable PE Bag for Food Delivery and Specialty Retail Products
ProAmpac has debuted CurbSafe, a recyclable, polyethylene bag for food service and retail.
Conscious Consumerism to Keep Sustainability Top Concern
A new survey by Smurfit Kappa has provided insights into how Conscious Consumerism is continuing to drive the need for U.K. organizations to embed sustainability into business operations.
Dispelling 3 Common Myths about Sustainable Packaging
The demand for sustainable products and packaging is only growing. With continuous innovations to packaging technologies, brands have many options for improving their packaging and reaching sustainably minded consumers.
Meeting the Increased Demand for Takeout and Delivery with Sustainable Packaging
As Americans isolate in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a definitive surge in the demand for food delivery. Apps like Uber Eats and Grubhub have seen a significant uptake in orders placed and have become a lifeline for struggling restaurants.
Clear Seas Releases Data From Food, Beverage Manufacturers’ Perspective
Food and beverage manufacturing professional address industry concern related to the pandemic and the impact on business and the economy; the impact of the pandemic on industries targeted for this research; measures being taken to keep employees, customers and others healthy/safe; and more.
100% Recyclable Lidding Film Makes Food Packaging Easier to Recycle
CPPeel® polypropylene lidding film from Profol is an alternative to lidding films containing aluminum, metallized PET or paper/polyethylene. Used in conjunction with a cup made of polypropylene makes the entire package 100% recyclable.

Assessing Top Products For Hand Hygiene

Tue, 3 Nov 2020 00:00:00 CST

Color Coding Simplifies Infection Prevention

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CST

More Than A Sales Process Is Needed

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CST

Virtual Events Helping Distributors

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CST

Morancé Soudure Acquires Second Comexi Machine

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:29:00 -0500
Morancé Soudure Acquires Second Comexi Machine
The company says the short setup time of the Comexi F2 MC 10-color flexographic press will allow the it to reduce costs by changing multiple SKUs.
The Metalized Flexible Packaging Market Worth $5.8 Billion by 2025
Pouches is estimated to be the largest segment in the metalized flexible packaging market.
FPA Publishes ‘Sustainability Life Cycle and Economic Impacts of Flexible Packaging in E-commerce Report’
The report says five LCA case studies quantify the environmental impact of different flexible and non-flexible e-commerce packaging options, as well as the economic shipping impacts.

ProAmpac Debuts Recycle Ready Retort Pouches

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0500
ProAmpac Debuts Recycle Ready Retort Pouches
ProAmpac's patent-pending innovation, ProActive Recycle Ready Retort RT-3000, is suited for pet and human food. RT-3000 pouches are available in stand-up and three-side seal configurations and are EU and FDA compliant for food contact in retort applications.
How Sustainability Can Amplify Marketing Resiliency for CPGs
Fulfilling short-term needs while maintaining long-term priorities has been an ongoing challenge for organizations since the onset of the pandemic. The global response to COVID-19 has slowed the day-to-day operations of many companies but amplified the progression of transformations that were already brewing before the outbreak.
TricorBraun to be Acquired by Ares Management and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board
TricorBraun has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with funds managed by Ares Management Corporation’s Private Equity Group and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, both of which will acquire a majority interest in the Company.
Amcor Partners with 35 Consumer Goods Companies on Sustainability
Amcor, in partnership with 35 leading companies in the consumer goods industry, will take measures to significantly reduce plastic waste. They will be enforcing two new design rules to deliver packaging that is easier and more cost-effective to recycle. 
Clorox Plans Increased Production on Flat Wipes Packs
After its best year since 1998, according to Bloomberg, Clorox Company is planning on rolling out more pocket-sized packs of disinfecting wipes. With the plastic tubs of 35 to 75 wet wipes being a coveted item during the Covid-19 pandemic, more flat packets of are being added for on-the-go travel.
Bumble Bee Tuna Named Best New Packaging Redesign of 2020
Bumble Bee Seafoods has been recognized by NOSH.com’s annual “Best Of” Awards for the bold and fresh redesign of the brand’s iconic tuna cans, pouches and snack kits.
Direct-to-Consumer Laundry Brand Refreshes Packaging
Dropps, a direct-to-consumer challenger brand, is now marked by the introduction of an updated brand identity that emphasizes powerful cleaning from nature. 

SM October Products

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CST

Vacant Facilities Make Legionella A Concern

Thu, 3 Dec 2020 00:00:00 CST
Water Sachet Packaging Found a Recycle Source in West African Country
By the end of this century, our planet will be home to another four billion people, with Africa’s population nearly tripling and making up almost half the world’s population. 

The Retail Reset: Private Label Brands

Wed, 09 Dec 2020 07:00:00 -0500
The Retail Reset: Private Label Brands
Sales of private brands jumped by double digits in the first quarter of 2020 as U.S. consumers stocked up on groceries and daily essentials during the initial phase of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) and Nielsen.
FPA and PSI Agree on Legislative Elements of EPR Bill for Packaging and Paper Products
The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) have agreed on eight legislative elements of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill for packaging and paper products (PPP).

Free Meat Packaging Webinar

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Free Meat Packaging Webinar
Do you need to reduce labor and achieve lower total cost? Do you face tough competition in this increasingly cost-sensitive world? Can you keep your production volumes up if social-distancing rules become the norm?
FPA Publishes 2020 State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report
The Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) 2020 State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report provides industry converters, suppliers, investors and analysts with insight into the performance (i.e. growth, revenue/volume expectations, profitability and capital spending) of the U.S. flexible packaging industry over the past year.
Viking Masek Doubles Production Capacity with Expansion of US Headquarters
The major expansion of its US headquarters in Oostburg, WI is underway; the project officially broke ground early this month with expected completion in July 2021.

Dow Announces Packaging Innovation Award Winners

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Dow Announces Packaging Innovation Award Winners
Dow has announced the winners of the 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards recognizing breakthrough packaging achievements in design, technology, sustainability and user experience.
Kashi's Bear Naked Granola Moves to Flexible Packaging
Packaging Strategies spoke with Jeff Wooster, global sustainability director for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, on the transition to a pouch for Kellogg's sub-brand Kashi and its Bear Naked Granola line.

A Taste of the Iconic Cadbury’s Redesign

Wed, 04 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500
A Taste of the Iconic Cadbury’s Redesign
Iconic brands require exceptional marketing performance, and achieving exceptional marketing performance requires a well-designed, efficient marketing ecosystem. So how does a brand achieve this level of efficiency across its marketing ecosystem? Let’s look at SGK’s partnership with Mondelēz International to deploy the redesigned Cadbury brand in APAC to highlight a few key strategies.

Sanitary Equipment Design for the Times

Mon, 02 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Sanitary Equipment Design for the Times
Sanitary equipment is used in food, pharmaceutical, meat and dairy packaging applications religiously. In times like these — during a pandemic or other situations that threaten food safety — it is of utmost important to know what you need.

Managerial Multitasking

Tue, 1 Dec 2020 00:00:00 CST

Machine Cleaning Programs Minimize Pathogens

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 00:00:00 CST

Steps For Implementing PPE

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 CST

German Chocolate Factory Gets Turned Upside Down

Mon, 02 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500
German Chocolate Factory Gets Turned Upside Down
Colorful variety is what the most famous chocolate bar in the 100g format from Ritter Sport stands for. Its dimensions are just as varied as the many different types of chocolate offered.
Hazel Technologies Launches Sachet to Extend Shelf Life of Produce
Hazel Technologies, a USDA-funded company providing new technologies to extend the quality shelf life of produce and fight food waste, announces the launch of a new organic compatible product line, Hazel™ O, with Miami, FL-based WP Produce, a grower of tropical avocados.

Cold Cereal Heats Up Breakfast Foods Sector

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Cold Cereal Heats Up Breakfast Foods Sector
Most schools are offering online schooling this year, as the pandemic hasn’t slowed to a halt just yet. What it means for kids is a little more lag in breakfast time and a little more snack time. Cereal fits the bill for both.

Hemp Packaging for Cannabis — and Beyond

Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Hemp Packaging for Cannabis — and Beyond
While FDA is still assessing the safety of CBD in foods and beverages, cannabis-infused products are widely available on the market — particularly in states that have fully legalized cannabis products.

PMMI Presents: PACK EXPO Connects

Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0400
PMMI Presents: PACK EXPO Connects
For the first time in 60 years, PACK EXPO International has cancelled. However, if you thought that a pandemic would stop the global packaging event, you would be mistaken.
Recyclable Retort Pouch for Pet Food Now Available
Amcor, a global leader in packaging, collaborated with Nestlé to launch the world’s first recyclable flexible retort pouch. The new high-barrier pouch, using Amcor’s AmLite HeatFlex Recyclable solution, will first appear in stores in the Netherlands this month.
Syntegon Technology and SABIC Launch Packaging Concept for Frozen Foods
Syntegon Technology and SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, have developed a sustainable packaging concept for the frozen food industry with a substantial material reduction potential. 
Hong Kong Startup Launches Plastic Bag that Dissolves in Hot Water
The enviro-friendly Invisible Bag is a plastic bag that dissolves in hot water and leaves no microplastics behind. It's made of polyvinyl alcohol, plant-based starch, glycerin and water and can easily dissolve in hot water (above 80 degrees Celsius).
Klockner Pentaplast to Expand Post-Consumer rPET Extrusion Capacity
The expansion significantly increases its capacity for thermoformed recyclable protein trays in North America.

Beauty and the Mask

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:00:00 -0500
Beauty and the Mask
Masks are changing the way Americans use makeup, with an interest in bold eye makeup prompting a rise in sales of products like eye shadow. So ditch the lipstick and focus on the eyes.

Bradley’s Washbar Wins Good Design Award

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:00:00 CST

CDC: Flu Activity Still Low

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 CST
Automating Coding Changeovers to Drive Efficiency and Reduce Scrap and Rework
Coding on packaging is a process most manufacturers aim to accomplish seamlessly but with minimal effort and attention. When trying to move product out the door, you want to avoid using coding equipment that can cause restraints, whether it’s slowing down a line changeover or having to adjust incorrect, missing or unreadable codes.
Cardbox Packaging Receives Carton Austria Award for Confectionery Packaging
The jury award was given to the Manner Mini Mix gift box which was made by Cardbox Packaging Wolfsberg and also by Metsä Board as the cardboard manufacturer. The construction was designed at Cardbox Packaging Pinkafeld.
Why Customizable E-commerce Kits Make the Ultimate Unboxing Brand Experience
Today’s customers are constantly bombarded with ads and brand messaging. When it comes to high-end products like cosmetics, liquor or consumer electronics, premium packaging is not just nice to have — it’s an expectation.

Top Packaging Innovations of 2020

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 09:00:00 -0500
Top Packaging Innovations of 2020
When it comes to packaging, design options are endless with various material choices, substrates and graphics. Sustainability is a top concern of consumers and packagers alike, as is new designs, when warranted, for ecommerce shipping. Some of the products on-shelf last year in new packaging caught our eyes.
Metsä Board Partners on Corrugated Waste Receptacle Designed for Hygienic Disposal of Face Masks
Metsä Board partnered with packaging design agency, Futupack, and corrugated board converter, Capertum, to manufacture a corrugated mask bin for the disposal of face masks. The design focuses on the materials, usability and disposability of the bin.
Pringles Highlights Stackability Amid Bright Colors for New Packaging Design
For the first time in 20 years, Pringles has updated its unmistakable can with a fresh, new look that features bold hues and a clean design, highlighting the snack's flavors and stackable shape.
Mondi Debuts Paper-Based Diaper Packaging for Drylock
Mondi has launched a paper EcoWicketBag for Drylock Technologies’ baby diaper ranges, bringing sustainable paper-based packaging to the hygiene market globally.
U.S. Clamshell Packaging Market Expected to Grow at 3.2% CAGR to 2028
In the recent report, “Global Clamshell Packaging Market: Industry Analysis 2013-2017 and Opportunity Assessment 2018–2028,” Future Market Insights (FMI) reveals that the global clamshell packaging market is likely to expand at a CAGR of 4.3% over the forecast period. 
Packaging Methodologies for a Record-Breaking Holiday Season and Beyond
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a year like no other. As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, Americans had to adjust to a new reality: wearing masks, social distancing and staying home as much as possible. 
Reimagining the “E” in OEE in the Packaging Industry
Few companies have been immune to the turbulence of global disruptions and business evolution over the decades. Back in 1964, the expected lifetime of the typical S&P corporation was 33 years1, but by 2016 it had dropped to 24 years. Looking ahead to 2027, the projection for longevity is just 12 years. 

Green-Friendly Infection Control Practices

Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 CST

Planning For Post-Pandemic Sales

Fri, 4 Dec 2020 00:00:00 CST

Plant-Based Food Deserves a Plant-Based Package

Mon, 07 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Plant-Based Food Deserves a Plant-Based Package
The plant-based food trend has been building for a few years. In 2020, its appeal broadened to a larger audience, reflecting consumers’ amplified health concerns. Recognizing this movement, grocers and CPGs are introducing programs to capitalize on the market potential. Those efforts will expand as consumers continue looking for ways to incorporate more plant-based foods in their diets.  
FPA and PSI Agree on Legislative Elements of EPR Bill for Packaging and Paper Products
The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) have agreed on eight legislative elements of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill for packaging and paper products (PPP).
Vericool to Launch Vaccine Recyclable and Compostable Shipping Cooler
Vericool, the inventors of the world’s first recyclable/biodegradable cooler, has developed a worldwide sustainable thermal solution for shipping COVID-19 vaccines that is both recyclable and compostable.  
El Pollo Loco Moves Toward New Modern Packaging Design
El Pollo Loco is bringing the design-forward vision to life at every touchpoint of the customer experience, from packaging to in-store merchandising and gift cards. The focus on design is consistent with the company’s ongoing commitment to match its high-quality food and service.
Manufacturers Must Brace for Online Holiday Shopping Boom, Sustainable Packaging Demand
With the pandemic upending holiday trends, DS Smith released a new survey that shows retailers and supply chains need to be prepared for a rush of online shopping and high consumer demand for effective packaging. 
The Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association Announces Safety Awards Program Winners
The Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association (PSSMA) has announced the winners of its Safety Awards Program for 2019.
Metsä Board’s New Pharma Packaging Offers Tamper-Evident Features
In order to demonstrate different tamper-evident features, Metsä Board’s packaging design team produced two samples using MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright folding boxboard. 

Dow Announces Packaging Innovation Award Winners

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Dow Announces Packaging Innovation Award Winners
Dow has announced the winners of the 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards recognizing breakthrough packaging achievements in design, technology, sustainability and user experience.
PPC Welcomes New Board Chair, Introduces 2021 Strategic Initiatives
The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) welcomes the new Chair of its Board of Directors, Brian Hunt, COO of Southern Champion Tray LP. With 30 years in the packaging industry, Hunt has a breadth of industry experience to help him lead the North American association for paperboard packaging manufacturers over the next two years.

Coca-Cola Working on First Paper Bottle

Thu, 05 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Coca-Cola Working on First Paper Bottle
Coca-Cola is working to create a bottle made 100% from paper — an innovative packaging technology that may help the beverage brand to achieve a World Without Waste. The goal is to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell by 2030, while also substantially reducing its use of virgin packaging materials and only using packaging materials that are 100% recyclable.

Top Risks For Business In 2021

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:00:00 CST

60,000 PPP Loans Approved Last Week

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:00:00 CST
IoPP Announces 2020 AmeriStar Package Award Winners
There were 27 winners, including six student award winners, selected as recipients of a 2020 AmeriStar Package Award, one of the packaging industry’s most prestigious design awards programs,produced by IoPP, The Institute of Packaging Professionals.

Sanitary Equipment Design for the Times

Mon, 02 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Sanitary Equipment Design for the Times
Sanitary equipment is used in food, pharmaceutical, meat and dairy packaging applications religiously. In times like these — during a pandemic or other situations that threaten food safety — it is of utmost important to know what you need.

German Chocolate Factory Gets Turned Upside Down

Mon, 02 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500
German Chocolate Factory Gets Turned Upside Down
Colorful variety is what the most famous chocolate bar in the 100g format from Ritter Sport stands for. Its dimensions are just as varied as the many different types of chocolate offered.
Reliable Packaging Tape Is More Critical Due to the Increase of Ecommerce
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eCommerce and online shopping have been on the rise and is expected to grow by 18% by the end of 2020.  As stores have been forced to close due to economic conditions and social distancing orders have been put into place, more consumers are making their purchases online.  

Exhibitor Products

Sun, 01 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Exhibitor Products
The products below will be shown at PACK EXPO Connects in Virtual Showrooms. These only touch the surface, as to-date there are more than 2,500 demos to view. Visit the Live Demo section on PACK EXPO Connects.

Tips for Thriving in an Ecommerce Marketplace

Sun, 01 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Tips for Thriving in an Ecommerce Marketplace
Let’s face it: The ecommerce revolution has not only changed the rules for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, it has created a whole new game in which COVID-19 has only cemented the need for brands to adapt.

The Rising Role of Automation

Sun, 01 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0400
The Rising Role of Automation
Food and beverage processors have been hit by a number of challenges in recent years, and they only continue to grow.

Advancing Snack Sustainability

Sun, 01 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Advancing Snack Sustainability
According to research from the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), 82% of U.S. consumers think we live in a wasteful society.

Cannabis Gets Ready for Its Close-Up

Sun, 01 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Cannabis Gets Ready for Its Close-Up
It’s safe to say that within the next decade, the everyday routine of millions of American consumers will integrate some type of cannabis, whether as a functional food and beverage ingredient, a beauty product, or as a health or mood aid.
Automating Coding Changeovers to Drive Efficiency and Reduce Scrap and Rework
Coding on packaging is a process most manufacturers aim to accomplish seamlessly but with minimal effort and attention. When trying to move product out the door, you want to avoid using coding equipment that can cause restraints, whether it’s slowing down a line changeover or having to adjust incorrect, missing or unreadable codes.
Food Label Trends Deliver Safety And Security for 2021
Restaurants, grocers and meal delivery services prioritize tamper proof seals, pressure and temperature-sensitive design, increased traceability, waste reduction and responsible sourcing.
COCOYO Yogurt Stands Out with New Colorful Labels
GT's COCOYO, from the maker of the Kombucha brand, GT's Living Foods, debuted refreshed labels with a brighter and bolder look to the stark white yogurt aisle. 
Packaging Methodologies for a Record-Breaking Holiday Season and Beyond
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a year like no other. As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, Americans had to adjust to a new reality: wearing masks, social distancing and staying home as much as possible. 
New Interactive Holographic Labels Offer Provenance, Counterfeit Protection
The National Office of Vine and Vitivinicultural Products (ONVPV) in Romania, is using the latest in holographic labels from specialist security printer Eltronis, to promote the provenance of its regional wines and protect drinkers from potential counterfeits.
New GS1 Digital Link Guideline Helps Retail Industry Quickly Provide Product Data to Consumers
The new GS1 US guideline helps the retail industry implement GS1 Digital Link, a standard that allows brands to web-enable barcodes and provide consumers with rich product information with a single scan. 
Metsä Board’s New Pharma Packaging Offers Tamper-Evident Features
In order to demonstrate different tamper-evident features, Metsä Board’s packaging design team produced two samples using MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright folding boxboard. 

A Taste of the Iconic Cadbury’s Redesign

Wed, 04 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500
A Taste of the Iconic Cadbury’s Redesign
Iconic brands require exceptional marketing performance, and achieving exceptional marketing performance requires a well-designed, efficient marketing ecosystem. So how does a brand achieve this level of efficiency across its marketing ecosystem? Let’s look at SGK’s partnership with Mondelēz International to deploy the redesigned Cadbury brand in APAC to highlight a few key strategies.
Opportunities and Challenges for Brands Under 2020 Labeling Regulations
As food and beverage manufacturers navigate a consumer audience that has changed its attitudes and behaviors completely, they must also address changing the Nutrition Facts on their labels. Changes to labels like those required under the current regulations can have wider-reaching implications for some brands.

Scam Targeting Small Business Owners

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:00:00 CST
Make Your Product Packaging Your Best Marketing Tool
Product packaging’s sole purpose originally was to protect the product inside. Over the years, packaging has also doubled as a marketing tool — packaging design now plays a vital role in consumers buying decisions.
Why the Future of Packaging Hinges on Inclusivity
While a stubborn clamshell container or vacuum-sealed jar lid might serve as a minor inconvenience to some, it can be a major struggle for others. 

Innovations in Paper Labels

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Innovations in Paper Labels
Sustainability is an important topic for brands and converters, and this applies to paper, film, plastic and any product on the market. Pressure-sensitive labels play a big part in sustainability. Although over the years there has been a reduction in paper use, companies are still looking for ways to better enable recycling.
New Wash-Off Adhesive from Acucote Provides Debonding
Acucote, a solutions-oriented pressure-sensitive adhesive coating manufacturer, has introduced WOff, a Wash Off Adhesive, a water-based formula that provides debonding of non-recyclable label materials from PET and glass containers, making them recoverable. 
Automated Inspection Protects Brand Quality for Syrup Manufacturer
A? popular bottled syrup company recently partnered with EPIC Systems to launch newly designed bottles and labels for the its evolving breakfast food portfolio. This partnership resulted in a robust packaging inspection system that helped the syrup company bring new products to market quickly, without exposing the brand to undue risks.

What Does Your Labeling Say?

Fri, 04 Sep 2020 08:00:00 -0400
What Does Your Labeling Say?
We look at the total package, including the label, to identify problems with consumer engagement. Recyclability and sustainability paired with a nice design at low cost are just a few benefits brands and converters look for. Below, we find a few recent label offerings that just might fit the bill for the future of labels.

Innovations in Package Printing Automation

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Innovations in Package Printing Automation
The discriminating eye and mechanical knowledge of a seasoned press operator have been indispensable for achieving maximum press performance. However, over the last 20 years or so, the printing industry has seen declining numbers of experienced press operators as they age and retire with too few replacements for them.

Planning and Executing Label Qualification

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Planning and Executing Label Qualification
Brand owners need to ensure their labeling process complies with all applicable regulations and meets a high bar for quality to ensure reliable labeling throughout the lifecycle of the product.
New Bottle with In-Mold Label Capability Launches from Berry Global
Berry Global Group Inc. introduces a new 128 oz. bottle intended for a variety of industrial products that has compatibility with in-mold label (IML) decoration. The new bottle is designed in the familiar F-style with a handle and can endure harsh conditions during use.

5 Health Risks Of Bad Handwashing

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:00:00 CST
Campbell Announces New Sustainable Packaging Goals
Campbell Soup Company's four sustainability goals are designed to address all phases of the packaging lifecycle, from sourcing to end-of-life, including recycling or composting.

5 Things to Do Before Selling CBD Products

Tue, 05 May 2020 00:00:00 -0400
5 Things to Do Before Selling CBD Products
Before you begin adding products with a CBD boost, it’s important to do your homework and understand the market landscape. Here are just a few of the things you may not have known should be part of creating and selling CBD products.
Colgate-Palmolive Donates Bars of Soap for WHO Campaign
Colgate-Palmolive to ramp up soap production at five factories to donate 25 million bars of soap in special packaging with proper hand-washing instructions as part of WHO's #SafeHands campaign. The brand will also donate US $20 million in products to nonprofits.
HCPC Celebrates 30 Years of Improving Pharma Packaging
In 2020 the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council celebrates its 30th anniversary. In that time, HCPC has witnessed dramatic changes in the pharmaceutical market, and our mission has evolved to meet the changing landscape of the healthcare industry.

5 Trend Predictions for Labeling

Mon, 09 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0400
5 Trend Predictions for Labeling
Emerging technology and evolving consumer demands mean labeling must evolve in the coming years. Here is NiceLabel’s take on how the industry will evolve this year and beyond.

Retailers OK with Change from UPC to 2D Barcode

Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Retailers OK with Change from UPC to 2D Barcode
A GS1 US research study revealed that 82% of retailers and 92% of brand owners support transitioning from the universal product code (U.P.C.) to a data-rich two-dimensional (2D) barcode. It is one way to meet changing consumer needs for more product information.

Advances in Packaging Sustainability

Sun, 01 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Advances in Packaging Sustainability
In January, U.S. plastic bag manufacturers and recyclers signed a sustainability commitment for the industry and renamed its coalition the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA). The agreement by ARPBA members includes a target that 95% of plastic retail bags be reused or recycled by 2025.

Challenger Brands: Bridging Ecommerce and Retail

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 14:40:00 -0500
Challenger Brands: Bridging Ecommerce and Retail
Challenger brands, which set themselves apart with an intent to bring change to an industry, are driving massive change across the fast-moving consumer goods industry. At the same time, in order to grow their sales these brands are bridging the gap between selling exclusively online and building an in-store presence.
Batch Versus Continuous and Aseptic Sterilization
Understanding the typical pros and cons of batch versus continuous and aseptic sterilization of low-acid shelf-stable food and beverage products helps organizations make an informed purchasing decision.

GCJ Facility Services Launches New Website

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 CST

Six Package Design Trends For 2021

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:00:00 CST

Happy Stetsgiving And Merry Stetsmas

Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 CST

Tips For An Organized Cleaning Department

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 CST

Reducing Occupant Complaints

Mon, 16 Nov 2020 00:00:00 CST

Nov-Dec FCD Products

Mon, 9 Nov 2020 00:00:00 CST

Tips To Prevent Slip-And-Fall Injuries

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CST

Finding That Clean Scent

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CST

Teaching Cleaning Fundamentals

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CST

Robotic Cleaning Boosts Daily Efficiency

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CST

Establishing Sustainability Programs

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CST

FCD Oct Products

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CST

Top 5 Tips for Great Product Coding

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Top 5 Tips for Great Product Coding
Whatever your industry, you need to code your products to enable safe usage. Examples include best-before-expiry dates on food or wattage on wires.

Plant-Based Packaging

Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:47:00 -0400
Plant-Based Packaging
To us, it seems only natural to put a plant-based product in a plant-based package. Trees are perennial plants. With a harvest to planting ratio of 1 to 7 trees and a recovery rate of 92 percent, corrugated boxes are made to be remade using both new and recycled plant fibers.
A Slice of Goodness – The Importance of Recycling Pizza Boxes
Pizza night is a great tradition in many American households – and this year, an especially popular option for consumers staying home or scaling back on restaurant dining.
The Promise of Connected Packaging: From brand protection to consumer engagement
It is now well accepted that virtually all brands, from the utmost recognized to the newly eager, face an unprecedented onslaught of counterfeiting and gray market trading. In emerging countries, this menace is bold and audacious, with outright fakes appearing in the open marketplace. In developed countries, the problem is equally insidious due to online propagation of counterfeit products through e-commerce platforms.
Best Practices to Combat Product Counterfeiting and Diversion
The brand protection company presents peer-based research compiled from 100 interviews with brand protection professionals best practices to combat product counterfeiting. Based on 100 interviews with brand protection execs In highly regulated industries with complex operating environments: Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Pharmaceuticals, and Wine & Spirits.
What shipping container system is best for the environment?
The corrugated industry regularly evaluates its environmental footprint by commissioning third-party, peer-reviewed, ISO-compliant life cycle assessments (LCAs) to objectively assess corrugated packaging’s impact on the environment.
Boxes deliver on branding, protection and sustainability for eCommerce
Online shopping has proven essential in supporting continued commerce and public health over the past months, helping consumers obtain necessary supplies without ever leaving the safety and comfort of their homes.
Corrugated packaging – an extraordinary recycling success story
Corrugated “cardboard” boxes are used to deliver products everywhere – they are essential to keeping our supply chains moving. Consumers can help the corrugated industry continue to provide high-quality, sustainable boxes simply by placing used boxes in their recycling bins for recovery.
The Promise of Connected Packaging: From brand protection to consumer engagement
It is now well accepted that virtually all brands, from the utmost recognized to the newly eager, face an unprecedented onslaught of counterfeiting and gray market trading. In emerging countries, this menace is bold and audacious, with outright fakes appearing in the open marketplace. In developed countries, the problem is equally insidious due to online propagation of counterfeit products through e-commerce platforms.
2020 Food and Beverage Sustainable Packaging Trends
What Millennials think, say and do will dominate all aspects of businesses for many years to come. The reason? Millennials are putting a significantly higher priority on sustainability than have the generations before them. That is the finding of EcoFocus Worldwide's 2019 U.S. Trends Survey.