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March: IoPP Spotlight focus on beverage packaging
Throughout March, IoPP presents educational content on beverage packaging through its "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 March, much more about beverage packaging. IoPP Spotlight in March is sponsored by MOCON and supported by the Juice Products Association and Packaging Digest.
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KFC's edible cookie cups probably won't end packaging waste
KFC recently announced it will serve coffee in edible cups in its U.K. stores. No, the news here isn't that the fried-chicken fast-food chain sells coffee (though coffee isn't sold at most U.S. locations), it's that KFC has partnered with food scientists to create edible cups made from biscuits, wrapped in sugar paper and lined with a layer of white chocolate, Metro UK reported.
How Coke got its curves: Coca-Cola's contour bottle celebrates 100 years
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Coca-Cola has launched a global campaign featuring icons such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Ray Charles as it celebrates the 100th birthday of its bottle.
Recyclable pressure-sensitive labels
Constantia Flexibles Labels Division has introduced SpearRC a proprietary, industry-first technology developed to allow the 400 billion global PET bottles to take advantage of the benefits of pressure sensitive labels without the recycling contamination of traditional materials.
Diageo 'smart bottle' thwarts counterfeiters, boosts consumer experience
Diageo and Thin Film Electronics have released a prototype Johnnie Walker Blue Label "smart bottle," which can assure consumers of authenticity, help the industry track the product and "completely change the role of a bottle in the consumer experience."
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.
IoPP scholarship fund growing
IoPP is pleased to offer six academic scholarships to exceptional students headed for careers in the packaging field. Through PepsiCo R&D, the Contract Packaging Association and IoPP Benefactor, Chapter and Technical Committee support, these scholarships have been created to elevate packaging education by raising awareness of packaging as a career choice. As an added bonus, the talent identified through this program will be shared with IoPP Benefactor companies as a recruiting tool for their organizations. This could be that post-graduation foot in the door that jump-starts careers! Applications are now being accepted.
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IoPP Standard Webinar: Big-picture thinking for smart beverage packaging
In this March 17 webinar, Berlin Packaging executives Jeremy Lagomarsino and Scott Jost will help you understand macro trends as they relate to beverage packaging and beyond. Every day, there is another headline about packaging trends. Your company and your consumers will get whiplash if you are continually pivoting to react to the idea of the day. Rather than succumbing to distraction and inefficiency, learn how to focus on the true fundamentals of the market — the megatrends — and the essence of your brand. This webinar, presented by two packaging veterans with decades of experience in strategy, design and more, is about big-picture thinking. Don't miss out on this insightful presentation, which part of IoPP Spotlight's focus on beverage packaging throughout March, sponsored by Mocon and supported by the Juice Products Association and Packaging Digest. The webinar is open at no extra charge to all IoPP members. The nonmember fee is $99.
Click here for details and registration.
Latest Professional Perspective focused on vacuum packaging's versatility
An excellent method to stabilize product within flexible packaging is the application of vacuum packaging in combination with a paperboard tray or insert for stabilization within an outer carton. Writes Glenn Whiteside, CPP, MSIE, Packaging/Manufacturing Engineer in the Sterile Pack Department for DePuy Synthes USA, in the March edition of the Packaging World/IoPP Professional Perspective, "Vacuum packaging is very versatile and can accommodate many product sizes and configurations, from long tubular bent parts to flat and contoured plates to screws." Glenn's article addresses the many advantages of vacuum packaging particularly when using flexible packaging for your products.
Click here to read more.
Seats still available for Packaging Machinery: Basics seminar
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!
IoPP benefactor PMMI announces launch of PMMI Media Group
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announced the launch of PMMI Media Group (PMG) — a market-leading B2B media company with print and digital offerings that produce business intelligence and connect processing and packaging customers with solution providers every day. The creation of PMG includes the integration of the staff of the former Summit Media Group and their decades of knowledge and experience into the PMMI family, with PMG's editorial department continuing to operate independently out of its current Chicago home. In addition to its world-class publications — Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging and the newly launched Packaging + Processing OEM — PMG offers playbooks and interactive media to engage audiences and foster communication throughout the industry. Says Joe Angel, president, PMMI Media Group, "We have made tremendous progress since the Nov. 1 acquisition and we have only scratched the surface in aligning the PMG products and services to offer year-round engagement for the packaging community."
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ISTA's 2015 TransPack Forum includes e-commerce segment
The ISTA TransPack Forum, taking place April 7-10 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, Florida, includes an afternoon dedicated to e-commerce. The special sustainability segment and panel discussion from the 2014 TransPack Forum were a big success. This year's special segment will focus on the evolving E-Commerce supply chain and its impact on packaging. The presentations will provide insight on E-Commerce packaging from the perspective of manufacturers, CPGs, retailers, carriers and test laboratories and will culminate in a panel discussion with questions from the audience. Click here for complete TransPack Forum agenda. 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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Packaging with a repurpose for the greater good
What can you do with 5,000 plastic whiskey bottles or 288,000 unused 10-millileter glass pharmaceutical vials? RepurposedMaterials founder and president Damon Carson debriefs us on the packaging component of his operations that find a home for unwanted but usable items.
4 design trends in e-commerce packaging
In the past, retailers have treated shipping cases as an afterthought. Over the past several years, that has started to change as packaging has been elevated past the plain poly bag or brown box. More brands are putting greater emphasis on their packaging, and that's an important trend to note. What's even more interesting is how much consumers care about the specialized packaging.
Plastic bag and wrap recycling up 11 percent up in 2013
The recycling of postconsumer plastic film packaging surged 116 million pounds, or 11 percent, in 2013 to reach a reported 1.14 billion pounds, according to a national report released at the 2015 Plastics Recycling Conference. This marks the highest annual collection of plastic film — a category that includes product wraps, bags and commercial stretch film made primarily from polyethylene — for recycling, since the survey began in 2005.
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Legislator proposes tougher packaging law for laundry detergent pods
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) is set to introduce the tougher laws surrounding the packaging of liquid laundry detergent pods after a child ended up in intensive care after biting into one of the packets. The Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act would direct the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission to require safer, child-resistant packaging for liquid detergent packets.
Healthcare will be major driver of plastic packaging
The global plastic packaging market — defined as bags, pouches, films, containers and envelopes made from plastic — was valued at $259.65 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach $370.25 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 5.2 percent over the forecast period between 2014 and 2020. In terms of volume, the plastic packaging market was worth 78,400.2 kilo tons in 2013.
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