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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.

OSHA Announces New COVID-19 Policies

Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

SC Johnson Committing $15M To COVID-19 Relief

Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 CST
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.
Corrugated Box Industry Keeps Supply Chain Moving Amid COVID-19 Challenges
The manufacturers of corrugated cardboard boxes are working to keep transport packaging flowing to makers of essential products including packaging for food and other consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products, tissue and hygiene products and more amid the COVID-19 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.  
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.
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.

Father-Daughter Team Opens BSC Franchise

Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

4M Announces Important Hire

Wed, 27 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

Remembering America's Heroes

Mon, 25 May 2020 00:00:00 CST
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.

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

Superbugs Spreading From Soft Surfaces, Too

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 CST
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.
New Plastic-Free Eco-Barrier Paperboard for Food and Food Service
MetsäBoard's new Prime FBB EB features a medium barrier against moisture and grease, making it suitable for food and food service packaging. It also can be recycled in paper or paperboard waste streams.

6 Ways Businesses Can Ethically Adapt

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400
6 Ways Businesses Can Ethically Adapt
While brands fight to stay relevant in this age of rapidly increasing environmental awareness, a whole host of regulations and targets are driving change in almost every type of business.
Nominations Open for FPSA Women's Alliance Network Red Circle Honorees
The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) Women's Alliance Network has launched the Red Circle Honors program to recognize women and companies that have had a positive impact on women's careers and gender balance in the food and beverage industry. 

Powerful Pepper Company Heats Up the South

Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0400
Powerful Pepper Company Heats Up the South
There is a new contender in the spicy food world. The Powerful Pepper Company made its debut and brought its first product offerings to the greater Atlanta area and opened its online store to the public. 

Duo-Compartment Container for Snacks and More

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 08:46:00 -0400
Duo-Compartment Container for Snacks and More
The EasySnacking pot from RPC Superfos is providing a new way for brands to innovate and enhance images on their packaging solutions.
Twangerz Flavored Salts Redesign Features Unique Personality on Pack
Best known for Twang citrus-flavored beer salts,Twangerz Flavored Salts has refreshed packaging featuring a more animated design for each flavor of Twangerz as a fun way to pair consumers’ personalities with five of the Twangerz flavors.
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.

Zudonyi Introduces Herself As Editor-In-Chief

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 CST

SM Jan/Feb Products

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 CST

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?”
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?

Tips For Employee Succession Plans

Thu, 7 May 2020 00:00:00 CST
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.

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. 

April FCD Products

Thu, 2 Apr 2020 00:00:00 CST
New Real Touch Tactile Packaging for High-Impact Shelf Differentiation
Flair Flexible Packaging is introducing its latest Real Touch innovation, a tactile packaging solution for high-impact shelf differentiation. Real Touch supplements visual impact by adding a tactile dimension to brand packaging designs. 

A Tour to Remember

Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500
A Tour to Remember
Paper Converting Machine Company is offering a tour of its facility during Converters Expo in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Registered attendees attend free, with travel to and from the facility and Lambeau Field, just prior the Welcome Reception at the Green Bay Hall of Fame. 

New Orleans Chip Brand Design Reflects City

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500
New Orleans Chip Brand Design Reflects City
Born in the spirit of New Orleans and voodoo healer Marie Laveau, Zapp’s® Evil Eye™ potato chips peer into your soul with the reverie of a mysterious, intense stare. 
PepsiCo to Move to 100% Renewable Electricity in U.S. Plants
PepsiCo, Inc. recently announced plans to achieve 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. direct operations this year. The U.S. is the food and beverage company’s largest market and accounts for nearly half of its total global electricity consumption.
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.

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.

Flexible Insights: Materials

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500
Flexible Insights: Materials
As a longtime supplier of flexible packaging machinery, I have had the unique opportunity to work with a number of companies to help them solve their evolving packaging challenges and continue to evolve their packaging— from large companies to a growing number of entrepreneurial startups.
Entries Open for 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards by Dow
Does your package have what it takes to earn a Packaging Innovation Award? Dow is pleased to announce that once again the search for the world’s most innovative packages is on. This is the third year Dow is the title sponsor and will be assembling an international panel of independent judges from a range of industries. 
Fruit Snack Packaging Redesigned with Nostalgic Look
Opal Fruits was first launched in the U.K. in 1960, but were aligned with the global brand name Starburst in 1998. Since then there has been an increasing appetite for retro sweets — and a growing campaign on social media to bring back the popular fruity chews.
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.

ACI Launches New Cleaning Initiative

Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 CST
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.
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. 

SM April Products

Mon, 13 Apr 2020 00:00:00 CST

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
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.
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.  
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.
Non-Dairy Ice Cream Chooses Renewable Ice Cream Board Packaging
NadaMoo!, a plant-based ice cream brand has switched to Evergreen Packaging's Sentinel™ Fully Renewable Ice Cream Board. The coconut milk dairy-free frozen dessert will begin using the eco-friendly, paper-based packaging made with a renewable coating derived from sugarcane.
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: Collaboration, Innovation, Flexibility
Last year many companies collaborated on new materials, machinery compatibility and corporate initiatives, and joined recycling groups. It’s time to look forward, get inspired and realize that sometimes it is better to work with a partner or two.
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.

A Pit in the Stomach

Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0400
A Pit in the Stomach
It seems that the U.S-China trade war is slowing. According to National Public Radio, the president agreed to relax some of the tariffs he imposed on Chinese imports. In exchange, Beijing has agreed to buy more American products and make other changes.
The Recipe for Success with Plant-Based Beverages
Elimination diets, increasing scrutiny over the dairy industry and environmental concerns have all contributed to a monumental shift away from dairy. While some dairies have folded under the change in consumer demand, Henry Schwartz made the bold decision to close the doors to his family's 95-year-old dairy and shift to completely plant-based alternatives.
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. 
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.

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.

Improving An Employee Referral Program

Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

How To Safely Manage Workforce Re-Entry

Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

ASHE Conference Reschedule To The Fall

Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 CST
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.

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.

Testing Water Before Employees Return To Work

Wed, 27 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

Public Restrooms A Key To Re-Opening Efforts

Tue, 26 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

Global Surface Cleaner Market To Grow

Tue, 26 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

Facility Management Company Names New CEO

Tue, 26 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

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.

Why Branded Packaging in Ecommerce Matters

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500
Why Branded Packaging in Ecommerce Matters
The post-purchase experience is an area that is often neglected in ecommerce. Branded packaging is more costly than using stock shipping boxes. So many ecommerce businesses feel that it’s simply not worth the investment.
Exercise Information on Food & Beverage Labels Could Be Coming
A new study reveals that labeling food and drinks with how much walking or running is needed to burn them off could help tackle the obesity crisis. So how much exercise would it take to work off that 1/2 pizza or pint of Ben and Jerry's?
New Sustainable Label Material Based on Grass Paper
Grass — sun-dried hay, to be specific — is a major component of this eco-friendly paper by HERMA. 
Nestle Yogurt Container with Removeble Label for Easy Recycling
The yogurt container, made in Coexpan Chile, has a removable label manufactured by Emsur Argentina that can be pulled off the pot without leaving any residue, making it easier to recycle.
4 Reasons to Consider Linerless Labels for E-Commerce
Between labor shortages, customer expectations, automation quandaries and, of course, the high cost of doing business, challenges abound for e-commerce companies — and optimizing processes wherever possible is a priority for everyone.

Five Steps To Sales Transformation

Fri, 1 May 2020 00:00:00 CST

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

Prepare Indoor Matting For Outdoor Moisture

Fri, 28 Feb 2020 00:00:00 CST

Sam Mills Exudes Leadership Beyond The Job

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:00:00 CST

Promoting Hygiene To Minimize Infections

Fri, 14 Feb 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.
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.