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IoPP-AIP partnership elevates Certified Packaging Professional to an internationally recognized mark of individual packaging competency
The Certified Packaging Professional designation will become the leading mark of excellence internationally and a must-have recognition of industry proficiency and achievement for packaging professionals under a new partnership announced by IoPP in the U.S. and the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP). IoPP and AIP will mutually recognize CPP as the gold standard of broad packaging proficiency under a program in which AIP members will join qualifying IoPP members as being eligible for certification. CPP is a designation some of the leading packaging companies in the world want their influential team members to have because it demonstrates broad competency in all major areas of packaging.
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IoPP, Juice Products Association announce training partnership
Juice Products Association members will be able to enroll in IoPP's Fundamentals of Packaging Technology and Packaging360 Leadership online courses from a special portal and at discount pricing under a partnership agreement with IoPP. The agreement provides JPA members access to complete courses, individual lessons and lesson bundles. To find out how an education training partnership might work for your organization, contact Jim George, Director of Education at email@example.com.
CPPs make huge impact at HealthPack 2015
IoPP Certified Packaging Professionals were well-represented on the podium at HealthPack March 3-5 in Norfolk, Virginia. HealthPack is the leading annual U.S. conference for the medical device packaging industry. Brian Farison, CPP, Manager, Execution Excellence at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, delivered the keynote address "How to Avoid 'Mathematical Malpractice' in Sealing Process Validations." Jennifer Goff, CPP, Associate Manager, Packaging R&D at Stryker Instruments, talked on the topic "Medical Device Packaging's Story Told Through Design Control." John Derek Thompson, CPP, Lead Sterile Packaging Operations Engineer at DePuy Synthes, discussed "Controlled Environments and Sterile Packaging: From Concept to Compliance." Jennifer Griffin, CPP, Principal Packaging Engineer at Medtronic Vascular, led a panel of OR nurses and technicians and then a Q&A session with attendees as they reviewed new medical device packages.
IoPP Scholarship Fund is open until April 10
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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Fundamentals face-to-face classes in June, July
If you prefer face-to-face training with your peers, Fundamentals of Packaging Technology in-person classes are drawing near! Semesters 1-2 will be June 15-19 and Semesters 3-4 are scheduled for July 27-31. All classes will be in suburban Chicago, with plenty of package samples and discussion with IoPP's certified instructors. If you plan to attend, register soon, as these will be the only face-to-face Fundamentals sessions in 2015, and space is limited. IoPP members qualify for discounts on the course fees. View the course outline. Register for individual semesters, in any order, or the complete course. Register for all four semesters and receive a complimentary copy of "Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, 5th Edition!"
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.
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5 amazing innovative processes in food packaging
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Food packaging has been long been a concern for scientists and the food-and-beverage industry alike. With growing consumer awareness and health concerns, these packages have become even more of a focus, particularly when present-day food habits include more refrigeration and preservation than ever before. The latest developments in the food-packaging industry show how far we have come since then, and how these innovative developments promise to uphold both product and human safety in unison. A quick look at the latest solutions.
Looks matter: A century of iconic food packaging
National Public Radio
We take the packaging our food comes in for granted. Yet many of the boxes, bags and bottles that protect our edibles were once groundbreaking — both in their design and in how they changed our perception of what's inside. Sometimes, packaging is so distinctive, it transforms food from mere consumer product to cultural icon.
Are refill stations the answer to packaging waste?
Sometimes sustainable packaging has less to do with eco-friendly packaging materials and more to do with how we actually distribute product. The bottled water industry, for instances, gets hit with quite a bit of criticism for how much unnecessary bottle waste is generated when most people have access to perfectly clean tap water. However, some communities and several universities have been working toward the elimination of plastic water bottle waste by implementing water refilling stations.
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Apple Watch in-box charger heralds new packaging era
Apple recently confirmed that luxury editions of the Apple Watch will arrive in leather boxes that will retain function as magnetic charging docks. Apple isn't the only brand grappling with customers' aversions to the unsightly, inconvenient cables currently charging devices. As Apple explores smart packaging, here are some other solutions untethering our charging conventions.
10 beverage packaging breakthroughs that get touchy-feely with consumers
Beverage packaging designs that elicit an emotional response from their target audience tend to do quite well in the marketplace. It could be a millennial-favored new-age aseptic carton or an electrifying label that pulses to the beat at a club. The first three months of 2015 has seen a bevy of beverage packaging debuts. Here's a list of the top 10.
Tetra Pak to launch 100 percent renewable carton worldwide
Food Production Daily
Tetra Pak's 100 percent renewable Tetra Rex Bio-based carton will be rolled out globally after a successful trial with Finnish dairy Valio.
Evolving recycling stream is subject of new report
A new report provides insights into recent and anticipated changes in municipal solid waste streams and what those changes could mean for the recycling industry. The report focuses mainly on plastics, to promote greater understanding among government, materials recovery facilities and waste management firms that are working to generate value from post-use materials.
FDA's pharmaceutical quality focus continues to expand globally
Going back to the early 1980s when deaths from tainted Tylenol capsules led to the Federal Anti-Tampering Act to the New England Compounding Center crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has and continues to address health issues. Beyond their tragic consequences, such events can also be viewed as problem-solving opportunities for public health in the pharmaceutical community, said Duane Satzger, the FDA's Forensic Chemistry Center director.
Egg whites in plastic can be alternative for petroleum-based food packaging
Food Production Daily
Egg whites in plastic can be used as an alternative for petroleum-based food packaging, according to researchers at the University of Georgia. The study was two-fold: to find ways to reduce the amount of petroleum used in traditional plastic production and to find a fully biodegradable plastic.
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