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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.

Managing Inventory Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST

Mondi Develops Packaging for COVID-19 Test Kit

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Mondi Develops Packaging for COVID-19 Test Kit
Mondi is committed to playing its part in the supply of essential products during the COVID-19 outbreak and has recently developed packaging for QIAGEN's SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus test kit.
Two Brands Support Front Line Workers, Communities Hit by COVID-19
Two food brands, Krusteaz, known for its pancake and premium baking mixes, and Jelly Belly Candy Company, have offered donations to Feeding America and Operation Gratitude. These are just a couple of the many companies supporting front line workers and communities hard hit by COVID-19.
Have Single-Use Plastics Become Heroes of the Fight Against COVID-19?
In 2019 there was a strong, quite single-minded push against plastics in general from several places in activism and the media. Now, these plastics are both protecting the dedicated men and women on the front line of the pandemic and protecting the very patients whose lives they are trying to save.
Flexible Packaging Association Issues Covid19 Update
The FPA issued letters to the White House, all Governors and Capitol Hill leadership with regard to the need for essential packaging manufacturing during this time of uncertainty, particularly food insecurity and access to pharmaceutical and medical supplies.
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.
Temporary Partitions Help Businesses Stay Operational During Coronavirus
Packaging and material handling specialist GWP Correx® has branched out into manufacturing a new product – temporary partitions to help protect staff at critical businesses.
Two Brands Support Front Line Workers, Communities Hit by COVID-19
Two food brands, Krusteaz, known for its pancake and premium baking mixes, and Jelly Belly Candy Company, have offered donations to Feeding America and Operation Gratitude. These are just a couple of the many companies supporting front line workers and communities hard hit by COVID-19.

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.  

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.

Top Cleaning Companies In NW Indiana Named

Thu, 2 Jul 2020 00:00:00 CST

'Custodians Are Key' Contest Winner Named

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST
Brands Redesign Logos to Signify Social Distancing
Broken Golden Arches, unconnected Audi rings, spaced-out Coca-Cola typography, brands with missing on-pack personalities and more are showing the public that yes, we are ALL in this together. See who's joined the charge.
Better with Less – Design Challenge Winners Announced
Metsä Board has announced the winners of its international packaging design competition. This year, sustainability and the dual role of packaging played a strong role among the participating designs. 
Packaging Outlook 2020: Paperboard and Corrugated
Steady, stable, sustainable and innovative. These four words describe the paperboard packaging market today and, we forecast, for many years to come. As part of the Paperboard Packaging Council’s (PPC’s) industry data offering, we keep a pulse on economic trends that will affect the folding carton market. Following are just a few of the developments to expect in 2020.

Fabri-Kal Launches New Line of Dairy Containers

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Fabri-Kal Launches New Line of Dairy Containers
Fabri-Kal has launched a new line of Dairy Containers. Made from white polypropylene, the recyclable containers are available in two popular designs.  
Zanders Launches 100% Natural Barrier Paper for Food Packaging
Zanders has enhanced Zanbarrier NGR ("Natural Grease Resistant") with 100% natural barrier against oil and grease without the use of any chemicals and with an even higher density. 
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.
U.S. Plastic Bag Manufacturers Set Goal of 95% of Bags Reused or Recycled by 2025
U.S. plastic bag manufacturers and recyclers just signed a wide-ranging sustainability commitment for the industry and renamed their 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.

Novolex Earns Inaugural System-First Award

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Novolex Earns Inaugural System-First Award
HAVI honors Novolex for ‘raising the bar’ in strategic customer support and innovation.
Genera Launches Earthable Non-Wood Fiber and Fiber Products
Genera develops, produces and supplies molded fiber products made from agricultural feedstocks, including switchgrass and biomass sorghum.

New Dips Packed in Single-Serve Cups

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500
New Dips Packed in Single-Serve Cups
Tessemae’s, the nationally recognized #1 organic fresh food company, is excited to introduce to-go cups for its dips, available in Classic Ranch, Buffalo Ranch and Cilantro Lime Ranch. Great for school lunches, at home or on the go the cups the dips are 100% organic and dairy- and gluten-free.

SM March Products

Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 CST

Jan/San Employee Combats Child Maltreatment

Fri, 6 Mar 2020 00:00:00 CST

Take a Picture, You'll Eat Better?

Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Take a Picture, You'll Eat Better?
Foodvisor, a new Health Tech app, was created to help people eat smart so that they can feel better and live healthier and better lives. It is a highly advanced AI-powered food diary that provides automatic photo recognition and personalized nutritional coaching.

SOMIC Appoints David Young as Operations Manager

Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500
SOMIC Appoints David Young as Operations Manager
Handling SOMIC’s aftermarket services, Young will engage customer involvement with oversight of customer technical support and the spare parts division.
Shelf-Ready Food Tray Packaging Eliminates Outer Carton
Pathway Solutions Inc. has launched new shelf-ready packaging, called the Advantage Plus™, that eliminates the use of an outer retail carton.

2020 WorldStar Packaging Award Winners Announced

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500
2020 WorldStar Packaging Award Winners Announced
World Packaging Organisation has announced the 214 winners of the WorldStar Packaging Awards 2020. The judging session was held in Bali in November, during the 2nd WPO Board Meeting of 2019. 

JLS Strengthens Sales Team

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500
JLS Strengthens Sales Team
Packaging industry veteran Ken Harding joins JLS as Director of Applications Engineering and Special Projects.
World Centric Awarded for Best Environmentally Responsible Packaging
The NoTree™ line of hot cups, cold cups and bowls from compostable products company World Centric® has been selected as the 2019 NEXTY award winner in the Best Environmentally Responsible Packaging category.

The Transformation of Food Service Packaging

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0500
The Transformation of Food Service Packaging
The food service industry is in the midst of a major transformation. Digital technology is increasingly interwoven into the food service experience. A whopping 45% of QSRs now provide a pick-up in store feature on their mobile apps.1
FMCG Packaging Market to Grow at 4.2% CAGR to 2024
According to the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students, 84% of professionals working for fast-moving consumer goods are under more pressure to quickly bring new products to the market than they were five or 10 years ago. 
INX International Names Shane Bertsch VP of Strategic Planning & Innovation
Shane Bertsch is the new vice president of Strategic Planning & Innovation for INX International Ink Co. Bertsch joins INX after spending the last 13 years at HAVI, a global supply chain and packaging service provider for leading food service brands.
Hot Food Containers Launch for Food Takeout and Delivery
Waddington NorthAmerica (WNA), a Novolex brand, introduces Blaze, hot food containers that make takeout and deliveries better than ever. The containers come in a variety of sizes and styles, with hinged or two-piece options.
Recyclable PE Bag for Food Delivery and Specialty Retail Products
ProAmpac has debuted CurbSafe, a recyclable, polyethylene bag for food service and retail.

Reducing HAI's Wth Touchpoint Disinfecting

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST
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.

Ready-to-Heat Dishes: The New Regular Food

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Ready-to-Heat Dishes: The New Regular Food
With the rise in plant-based diets and healthy foods, companies are starting to focus on providing foods that make consumers physically feel good. And Upton’s Naturals dishes, alone or added as a meal, are just what consumers have been craving in variety.
Companies Partner to Donate Hand Sanitizer Packets
The hand sanitizer pack has a 2.25 mil lamination with moisture and oxygen barrier properties designed to seal through contamination.
Communication is Key to Successful Form, Fill & Seal Projects
Due diligence goes a long way toward ensuring a proper match between your new form fill seal equipment and your production and sales goals. This was my own firsthand experience for many years while I was on the purchasing side, specifying packaging equipment for a global food manufacturer.
Amcor Joins World Wildlife Fund-Led Activation Hub, ReSource: Plastic
Launched last year, ReSource aims to help accelerate large-scale plastic commitments by organizations. By 2030, Resource has a target to prevent at least 50 million metric tons of plastic waste from entering nature. 
New Dog Treat Line Packaged in Resealable Stand-Up Pouches
Honey I’m Home! is a range of dog treats that, in just 16 months, has transformed the by-products of India’s village buffalo farmers into a range that has taken the pet food market by storm.
Mondelez International and Berry Global Collaborate on Advanced Recycling Technology Project
Mondelez International is collaborating with longtime supplier Berry Global Group Inc. to supply packaging containing recycled plastic for Philadelphia cream cheese.
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.

The Importance of Flexible Packaging

Mon, 11 May 2020 00:00:00 -0400
The Importance of Flexible Packaging
As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. In the packaging world, flexible packaging is considered by many to be the optimal way for a company to put its best foot forward.
Back to the Basics: When and How to Automate Your Packaging Line
You’ve worked hard to grow your business, starting out as a small company where you packed a few boxes per day to growing into one that requires packing a few boxes per second. While you’ve been able to keep up with the busy pace of change, you’re wondering, “how long can I keep this up?”

Facility Cleaning-Focused Trade Show Returns

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST
Country Archer Updates Recipe and Branding of Beef Jerky Portfolio
Country Archer Jerky Company recently rebranded its entire catalog of products and changed the name to Country Archer Provisions.

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.
Massman Pouch Packaging Machine Appeals to Cannabis Packers
Massman Automation Designs LLC's GP-M3000 pouch filling system, with its precise capabilities, have made it especially attractive to packagers of cannabis flowers in the growing cannabis industry, which requires precision pouch filling and handling.
Amcor ULTRA Pouches Certified for Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization
Amcor’s ULTRA pouches are now certified for vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization as well as steam sterilization at 134°C. This means that ULTRA pouches can provide a one-stop solution for the sterilization of all reusable medical devices.
Aptar Waits for FDA OK to Use ActiveShield to Decontaminate N95 Masks
AptarGroup Inc. is seeking U.S. FDA Emergency Use Authorization for a solution that allows easy disinfecting of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (N95 masks). These masks are desperately needed by healthcare personnel due to the shortage of disposable masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editor’s Note: The Ghosted Generation

Sun, 12 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Editor’s Note: The Ghosted Generation
Consumer trends constantly cover Baby Boomers, skip Gen X and then cover millennials (Generation Y) and Generation Z. Why?
Solid Waste Assn. of North America Publishes Guidance on Disposing of Gloves, Masks
As the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) grows to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the amount of litter and trash has increased. SWANA urges Americans to dispose of these materials properly and recycle right during this pandemic.

Trolls Take Over Lay's Poppables Snacks

Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Trolls Take Over Lay's Poppables Snacks
Lay's® Poppables™ launches limited-edition bags featuring five characters from upcoming "Trolls World Tour" film and bags also feature on-pack code as part of sweepstakes in which fans can win free pair of movie tickets.

Reconnecting At The Virtual Cleaning Summit

Mon, 8 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST

June FCD Products

Wed, 3 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST

Tips For Employee Succession Plans

Thu, 7 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

Repurposing During the Pandemic

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Repurposing During the Pandemic
As we adjust to life in lockdown due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, people are finding more time and motivation than ever before to clear out their cupboards and get creative with their findings. And, with restrictions on shopping habits set to essential items only, consumers are now coming to realize the worth of their old goods.
Sun-Maid Updates Logo, Graphics for Modern Packaging Design
Sun-Maid, the whole fruit snack brand, is unveiling a new look and feel through its packaging to reflect simplicity and transparency. Sun-Maid's iconography has been one of the most recognizable brand visuals for the last 100+ years with its bright sun and Sun-Maid girl.
ProAmpac to Build Collaboration & Innovation Center
ProAmpac plans to build a Collaboration & Innovation Center (CIC) at its manufacturing facility near Rochester, New York. The CIC will help accelerate product development, application testing and analytical capabilities.
New Packaging for Paleo and Gluten-Free Baked Goods
Base Culture is launching all-new, refreshed packaging this spring, but will also reduce the sugar in their popular Almond Butter Brownies and Cashew Butter Blondies by 40% to 15 grams. 
GoGo squeeZ Sets 2022 Date to Create Recyclable Packaging
GoGo squeeZ®, the leading brand in healthy portable fruit pouches for kids, plans to unveil 100% recyclable packaging in the market by 2022. The recyclable packaging will have no aluminum layer in the pouch.

Big Excitement for Skittles Launch

Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Big Excitement for Skittles Launch
Mars Wrigley has launched Skittles Giants — a larger-than-life, softer-centered version of its much-loved original fruit candies — with brand and packaging identity by Straight Forward Design.
Global Redesign Focuses on Authentically Inspired Snacks
Off the Eaten Path is targeted to women ages 40-50, who take on new experiences with honesty, enthusiasm and authenticity. It was a collaboration between internal Pepsico Design team at Frito Lay and creative agency, Chase Design Group. 
Improve Seal Quality with Hot Melt Dot Sealing Applicator
Meler’s micro-precision adhesive applicator uses advanced technology to accurately apply hot melt dots at high speed with top repeatability and long term reliability.
Kellogg's Introduces Limited Edition MASHUPS Cereal
For the first time ever, dynamic duo Tony the Tiger® and Toucan Sam® is teaming up to give breakfast lovers the best of both cereal worlds with new Kellogg 's® MASHUPS Cereal.
Seven 2019 AmeriStar Winners Receive 2020 WorldStar Awards
Seven 2019 AmeriStar Award winners earned the prestigious WorldStar Award produced by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO).

Flush Water Before Reopening

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST

Chemical Mfg. Hires New District Manager

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST

Ready-to-Heat Dishes: The New Regular Food

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Ready-to-Heat Dishes: The New Regular Food
With the rise in plant-based diets and healthy foods, companies are starting to focus on providing foods that make consumers physically feel good. And Upton’s Naturals dishes, alone or added as a meal, are just what consumers have been craving in variety.

The Story Behind the Packaging: Midol

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400
The Story Behind the Packaging: Midol
Since 1939 the packaging described the product as a cure for “periodic pain.” Although the name was familiar with young women, the brand lacked relevance with Gen Z and was losing market share due to the increase of new female-focused start-ups.

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.
Healist Advanced Naturals CBD Range Balances Science and Nature
Wellness startup Present Life launches Healist Advanced Naturals, a clinically supported CBD range, with a cut-through brand strategy that marries science and nature by Robot Food.
Non-Dairy Frozen Bar Brand Now Sells Direct to Consumers
Chloe’s, a leading innovator of non-dairy frozen novelties, has launched its direct-to-consumer ecommerce capabilities. Customers now can purchase Chloe’s Pops from the website and have them delivered to their door with two-day shipping.
Hands-Free Forehead Thermometers for Workplace Safety
SpotSee, a global leader in supply chain temperature indicators used to monitor test specimens in the SARS and H1N1 virus outbreaks, is providing hands-off forehead thermometers for essential businesses and companies to help ensure workplace safety.
Botta Packaging with Esselunga to Substitute Bubble Wrap with Paper
Botta Packaging flanked the leading Italian supermarkets chain Esselunga to develop an innovative envelope, entirely lined with corrugated paper, to protect bottles and eggs during online shopping deliveries.

Smurfit Kappa Cuts CO2 Emission by 32%

Mon, 18 May 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Smurfit Kappa Cuts CO2 Emission by 32%
Smurfit Kappa is making significant progress in reducing its relative CO2 emissions, according to its 13th annual Sustainable Development Report (SDR) which was published earlier this month. The paper-based packaging provider reported a 32.9% reduction in fossil CO2 emission intensity between 2005 and 2019.
Our Daily Wine Now Available in Eco-Friendly 1.5-Liter Box
Our Daily Wines, the #1 USDA certified organic wine in the U.S., has released Our Daily Cabernet Sauvignon in a convenient, eco-friendly 1.5-liter bag-in-box package. On shelves this month, the new offering joins the Our Daily Red Blend, already available in the box.

Using Data To Determine Dispenser Setups

Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00:00 CST

Industry Finally Seen For What It Is

Mon, 20 Apr 2020 00:00:00 CST

SM April Products

Mon, 13 Apr 2020 00:00:00 CST
Great Northern Packaging Wins Big at 2020 Excellence in Flexography Awards
Great Northern Packaging has received The Best in Show Award and a Gold Award in the Combined Corrugated category in the 2020 Excellence in Flexography Awards competition.
Back to the Basics: When and How to Automate Your Packaging Line
You’ve worked hard to grow your business, starting out as a small company where you packed a few boxes per day to growing into one that requires packing a few boxes per second. While you’ve been able to keep up with the busy pace of change, you’re wondering, “how long can I keep this up?”
Land O' Lakes Celebrates Farmers with New Packaging
Farmer-owned cooperative Land O’Lakes, Inc. has unveiled new packaging for the company’s consumer-facing LAND O LAKES® products featuring the farmers who are the foundation of the cooperative’s membership.

P&G Expands Eco-Box Line for Laundry Products

Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400
P&G Expands Eco-Box Line for Laundry Products
The Eco-Box portfolio now includes more of the same fabric care brands in smarter packaging, including Tide Original, Downy, Gain, Tide purclean, Tide Free & Gentle and Dreft.  
PTG Launches Dual-Temperature Pharmaceutical Shipper
Packaging Technology Group, Inc (PTG), a leading provider of thermal packaging solutions for the biopharmaceutical and life sciences sector, has launched a dual temperature pharmaceutical shipper made with sustainable materials. 
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.
Aptar Waits for FDA OK to Use ActiveShield to Decontaminate N95 Masks
AptarGroup Inc. is seeking U.S. FDA Emergency Use Authorization for a solution that allows easy disinfecting of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (N95 masks). These masks are desperately needed by healthcare personnel due to the shortage of disposable masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Smurfit Kappa Launches Corrugated Workplace Dividers
Smurfit Kappa has launched a new ‘Design for Help’ portfolio of products to help alleviate some of the current challenges being experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

APIC Awards Memphis Healthcare Executive

Thu, 2 Jul 2020 00:00:00 CST

BRAVO! Joins NSA

Thu, 2 Jul 2020 00:00:00 CST
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.

Reducing Loss in the Medical Supply Chain

Sun, 12 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Reducing Loss in the Medical Supply Chain
In 2020, the goal of reducing supply chain inefficiencies has become especially true for the healthcare industry, as hospitals and healthcare systems work to reduce the billions of dollars spent on unnecessary supply chain operations every year.
Fire Department Coffee Gets New Look for Spirit-Infused Varieties
Fire Department Coffee has revealed a bold, new look for its signature Spirit Infused Coffee. The veteran and firefighter owned coffee company launched its signature line of Bourbon, Rum, Tequila and Irish Whiskey infused coffees in 2016.

Repurposing During the Pandemic

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400
Repurposing During the Pandemic
As we adjust to life in lockdown due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, people are finding more time and motivation than ever before to clear out their cupboards and get creative with their findings. And, with restrictions on shopping habits set to essential items only, consumers are now coming to realize the worth of their old goods.
Dalston's Soda Secondary Packaging Offers Soda with Soul
Dalston’s Soda worked with B&B studio to design outer boxes for shipping that reinforce its ‘soda with soul’ brand positioning. The delivery boxes help create further brand love from existing online buyers, while introducing new consumers to the brand’s values and personality.  

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.
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.

Office Closed For Holiday

Fri, 3 Jul 2020 00:00:00 CST

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.

Sustainability Plays a Part in Packaging Success

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Sustainability Plays a Part in Packaging Success
Today’s consumers demand sustainability in their products and packaging. Recycling may be languishing, but there are other paths to packaging sustainability. Labels can play a major role.

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.

Pure Michigan, Bottled & Canned

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Pure Michigan, Bottled & Canned
Short’s Brewery in Northern Michigan was established in 2002 by Joe Short. Short had gained significant brewing experience at other Michigan breweries and realized that his style of brewing was best suited to his own business model.

The Future of Cannabis Packaging

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500
The Future of Cannabis Packaging
To find out what’s in store for cannabis packaging by 2025, I delved into the subject with a group of packaging experts. Why 2025 you ask? It’s the year many brands such as Nestlé, Aldi and even Pepsi are targeting for their packaging to be 100% recyclable or reusable, so it’ll be a milestone year for packaging.
Alcoholic Kombucha Brings Together Branding & Packaging Identity
New hand-brewed alcoholic kombucha brand Brewhaha launches with category-defining brand and packaging identity by drinks design specialist Denomination.
Store Brands Could Change the Game in Retail and CPG Investing
Investors should pay close attention to the potential for store brands to create new winners and losers in retail and CPG, advised Todd Maute, a partner at brand strategy and design agency CBX, during a recent analyst conference organized by Stifel Financial Corp. 

Digitalized Data Is Sustaining the Supply Chain

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Digitalized Data Is Sustaining the Supply Chain
From fragmented thinking, to out of date infrastructures and poor processes, there is a long list of reasons why supply chains can become unsustainable. But, according to a luxury packaging provider, digitalized data is set to transform the industry in a big way.
5 Packaging Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Poor packaging leads to lost sales and revenue. And, it’s no mystery why. As awesome as your product might be, it’s the packaging that does the selling. So, don’t let poor packaging undermine your sales.

10 Ways to Maximize Food Sales with Packaging

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500
10 Ways to Maximize Food Sales with Packaging
Having partnered with specialty food brands for nearly two decades, I've learned more than a few things along the way. Specializing in only food CPG brands has allowed me to finely hone in on best practices that can transform packaging into a workhorse to sell itself, be it on the shelf or online.

America's Best Restroom Competition Returns

Wed, 1 Jul 2020 00:00:00 CST

Georgia Facilities Earn GBAC STAR

Wed, 1 Jul 2020 00:00:00 CST

Call for Entries: Marking Awards

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Call for Entries: Marking Awards
MA2020 is now calling for entries in label design, structure and material design, product design and brand full case design. Entry submission ends January 17, 2020. Seize the last period to enter!

Neenah Packaging Introduces Hemp Fiber Papers

Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Neenah Packaging Introduces Hemp Fiber Papers
Neenah Packaging introduction of new hemp fiber papers, a new color, and new finishes into its recently expanded line of Neenah Folding Board papers.
How Experiential Marketing and Packaging Can Bring the Ethos of a Brand to Life
Experiential marketing is key to bringing your brand to life. By exploring dimensions that aren’t possible in standard packaging, you can truly display your brand’s ethos with experiential marketing and packaging.

New Wash-Off Adhesive Optimizes PET Recycling

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500
New Wash-Off Adhesive Optimizes PET Recycling
The special wash-off adhesive for labels 62Rpw, which HERMA will be introducing, will allow recycling operators to produce high-purity PET pellets that do not contain any detrimental residues – no remains of paper or film labels, and no residual adhesive. 

Understanding the Role of Inks in Sustainability

Mon, 16 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500
Understanding the Role of Inks in Sustainability
The word “sustainability” is all the rage these days. On the one hand, 56% of U.S. consumers want more sustainable packaging, according to Asia Pulp & Paper. On the other hand, consumers are hesitant to simply trust a brand claiming to be “green.”

The Journey Toward Digitalization in Labeling

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500
The Journey Toward Digitalization in Labeling
Supply chains and the solutions used for managing them have become increasingly important as businesses become more global and interconnected. Globalization and digital technologies are changing business, especially as companies look to accelerate growth and expand into new markets.

How to Reduce Product Damage During Shipping

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500
How to Reduce Product Damage During Shipping
Every product that is shipped is handled myriad times from the production line to the final destination. Each instance of handling increases the possibility of mishandling. While you can’t reduce the number of times a package is handled, you can help to ensure that all goods are packed as securely as possible.

A Culture Of Safety Helps Business

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST

Combat Odors With Distributor Guidance

Thu, 2 Jul 2020 00:00:00 CST

Distributors Name Top Jan/San Products

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST

Program Helps Save Thousands In Waste Removal

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 00:00:00 CST

Five Steps To Sales Transformation

Fri, 1 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

April FCD Products

Thu, 2 Apr 2020 00:00:00 CST
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.
Corrugated Packaging: An Extraordinary Recycling Success Story
Corrugated packaging is an increasingly noticeable part of daily life, especially in today’s new age of e-commerce. With a business philosophy dedicated to responsibility, the corrugated packaging industry’s recycling track record is miles ahead of any other packaging material.

Operational Solution for Contract Packagers

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0400
Operational Solution for Contract Packagers
Nulogy’s agile WMS and co-pack solution helps contract packagers manage the complexity of short-order runs, reduced lead times, rising labor costs, and increased regulatory requirements. The world’s most agile and fastest-growing co-packers run on Nulogy. 

Case Study: MSL Packaging & Fulfillment

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0400
Case Study: MSL Packaging & Fulfillment
MSL Packaging & Fulfillment is a contract packaging company with sights on improving visibility of its operations and improving the costs of materials and labor. After attempting to leverage a WMS to run their business, they turned to Nulogy’s agile WMS and co-pack solution and experienced a 15% increase of profit margins. 
4 Things You Need to Know About Recruiting Top Talent in Packaging
Passing the torch to the next generation. Opening new doors as an industry. Coping with the rapid pace of technology. Growing your brand to ensure it remains relevant. We believe four forces will shape your ability to recruit top talent in the years to come.

Corrugated Containers or RPCs

Sat, 01 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0400
Corrugated Containers or RPCs
The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) has released a new life cycle assessment (LCA) comparing the environmental impact from extraction of raw materials to end-of-life for corrugated containers and reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for transport and display of fresh produce.