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January: IoPP Spotlight focus on contract packaging
Throughout January, IoPP presents educational content on contract packaging through its recently launched "IoPP Spotlight" education initiative. If you're an IoPP member, you can opt in to receive this insightful educational content throughout the month. Simply update your member profile to receive the content you want. If you're not a member, join IoPP now as an individual member so you don't miss out on this and many other valuable member benefits — including frequent webinars — throughout the year. IoPP Spotlight months will provide tips and trends, insights and updates from various subject matter experts working in partnership with IoPP. And throughout January, much more about contract packaging. IoPP Spotlight in January is sponsored by MOCON and supported by the Contract Packaging Association and Contract Packaging magazine, the official publication for the Contract Packaging Association.
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Co-packing for food safety
Contract Packaging Magazine
Food and beverage companies have long relied on contract manufacturers and packagers to ensure that the quality and safety of products is true to their brands' promise. Since 2008 when Wal-Mart declared it would require suppliers to be certified by a safety program accepted by the Global Food Safety Initiative, brands, labels and co-packers have been required by market realities to comply with accepted standards.
Octapharma adds track-and-trace serialization aggregation
Octapharma, an independent manufacturer of human protein products worldwide, added the PAS-X Track & Trace Serialization Aggregation to Werum's PAS-X at their production site in Vienna. Octapharma employs strict in-process quality control systems to ensure traceability, providing the complete documentation of the origin of all plasma donations, their processing and distribution to countries worldwide.
Squeasy Pouch form-fill-seal combines exotic and conventional operations
Contract packager MaxPax reveals additional details about the one-of-a-kind, pouch-within-a-pouch Squeasy Pouch produced on "exotically" modified horizontal form-fill-seal equipment. Commercialized by brand owner EcoSierra and attached to a 24-ounce PET bottle of ready-to-use cleaner, the Squeasy Pouch is the patent-pending brainchild of contract packager MaxPax LLC.
IoPP Standard Webinar: Best Practices for Using Contract Packagers
This webinar, taking place from 10 to 11 a.m. CST on Jan. 20, and presented in partnership with the Contract Packaging Association, will offer tips and analysis for consumer goods manufacturers to get the most out of contract packaging services. Speakers are Chris Nutley, president, Contract Packaging Association and John Mazelin, executive director, Contract Packaging Association. Come prepared with your questions for two of the industry's leading authorities!
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IoPP AmeriStar Package Awards competition is now accepting entries
The AmeriStar recognizes the world's best packaging in multiple categories. We know how hard you and your team have worked to develop your company's outstanding packages. And for this you deserve widespread global recognition. Entry deadline is March 13, and judging will begin March 19. Winners will be honored June 9 at the annual AmeriStar/UBM Canon Visionary Awards Reception at EastPack in New York City.
Click here for entry details.
Achieving global standardization of package structures
Global consumer goods companies are increasingly focusing their resources on fewer brands and developing products that can be adapted globally. The goal is to leverage brand equity and squeeze more revenue from their brand, package and product development expenditures. A well-thought-out structural design that can be adapted globally unleashes the full power that a global brand possesses to support pan-regional brand strategies, increase consumer awareness and build long-term brand value. Steve Gibson, senior manager of Global Beverage Packaging R&D at PepsiCo, addresses how to achieve these goals in IoPP's January edition of Packaging World's Professional Perspective.
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HealthPack 2015 registration is open: IoPP member discount
HealthPack, the leading industry conference and exhibition focusing on medical device packaging, has opened registration for the 2015 event, which will be March 3-5 in Norfolk, Virginia. IoPP members receive a $100 discount on their registration.
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Make better packaging decisions — gain a working knowledge of machinery
Your package development team tweaks the shoulder slope on a bottle. Or, the team "finalizes" a package design and gets it to operations, only to make additional subsequent changes. These and other packaging scenarios all have implications for how well your package functions on the production line. IoPP's Packaging Machinery: Basics seminar provides introductory working knowledge to navigate these challenges successfully. It's coming up March 16-18 at Frain Industries, which for nearly 10 years has provided IoPP with its conference center and access to its expansive shop floor for hands-on learning for this seminar.
View the course outline and register today!
Fundamentals 2015 classes registration open; content to reflect 5th Edition
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology 2015 classes are right around the corner, and they're being updated to reflect IoPP's revised textbook, "Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, 5th Edition." The course covers all the major areas of packaging, reflects the contributions of numerous subject matter experts and can prepare you for certification — IoPP's CPP mark is becoming a preference at some consumer product companies. Semesters 1-2 will be June 15-19 and Semesters 3-4 are scheduled for July 27-31, taught by IoPP's staff of certified instructors. Take the complete course or semesters individually, in any order.
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ISTA's 2015 TransPack Forum taking place in Orlando
The ISTA TransPack Forum, taking place April 7-10 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, Florida, includes presentations from world-leading experts on the latest in packaged-product performance testing methodologies, load stability analysis, pallet design and valuable case studies along with opportunities to network and gain direct access to key people in the industry. IoPP members are eligible for a discounted rate! To receive the reduced Forum registration rate, choose "IoPP Member" at the end of the registration process. The member rate will be applied by ISTA before your payment is processed.
Click here for more information and registration.
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New York City to ban plastic foam packaging beginning July 1
The New York Times
Beginning on July 1, New York City food establishments will be barred from using plastic foam cups or containers, compelling purveyors of curbside cart fare and Chinese takeout, among others, to find alternatives. The sale of packing peanuts within the city limits will also be prohibited, though peanut-laden parcels can still be shipped to New Yorkers from elsewhere.
Global medical plastics device trends keep expanding
By Don Rosato
The medical device industry is making important contributions to advances in healthcare. The sector is characterized by a high level of innovation and intense competition. One of the interesting aspects of research and development within the medical devices field is the coupling of diverse biomedical and engineering disciplines. The medical devices industry involves the input of companies within the plastics and other advanced materials fields as well as microelectronics, software, telecommunications and biopharmaceutical, as outlined by the Advanced Medical Technology Association.
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Are Nutella's personalized labels a sign that digital printing is taking over?
Food Production Daily
The printing industry is increasingly turning to digital as conventional offset printing requires time-consuming steps such as making color proofs and plates. Diffractive optical element options are available from personalized printing to special effects, inline finishing and printing on a variety of substrates and formats.
A quarter-million tons of plastic pollution found in oceans
The first global estimate of plastic pollution of both micro- and macroplastic floating in every ocean on earth has led researchers to conclude that the smallest and most insidious particles are present throughout the world's oceans. The new report, published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal, culminates more than six years and 50,000 nautical miles of pelagic plastics research.
The 10 most challenging types of packaging to recover and recycle
One of the biggest sustainable packaging challenges that brand owners and the packaging industry face centers on recovering materials that don't fit into the major recycling streams of PET and HDPE containers, glass bottles, paperboard and corrugated boxes and aluminum and steel cans. In short, material recovery is complicated by less popular materials and by mixed material formats.
Convenience trend represents a challenge for packaging
What effect is the trend toward convenience having on food safety and household packaging? How can we protect food and guarantee its safety? How are packaging designers reacting to the trend? Are new materials available which meet the needs of these modern lifestyle trends? These were some of the questions discussed at the ninth Cofresco Forum Round Table on Nov. 27 in the UK.
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