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IoPP Quick Poll — August 4 Edition
This edition of the IoPP Update's Quick Poll asks: "What percentage of the packaging materials for your product(s) are bio resins?" Find out how your fellow packaging professionals answered in the next issue of the IoPP Update.
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IoPP's Packaging Machinery: Basics seminar is Oct. 6-8
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 — or whether it can even function efficiently without going "back to the drawing board." IoPP's Packaging Machinery: Basics seminar provides working knowledge to navigate these challenges successfully. At an introductory level, the class discusses common packaging machinery and costly "do-overs" that delay time to shelf and picks up tips to improve efficiency. Packaging Machinery: Basics is taking place at Frain Industries near Chicago.
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Fundamentals, 5th Edition among new arrivals in IoPP bookstore
IoPP's Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, 5th Edition is now available in the IoPP bookstore. The new edition was updated by nearly 100 subject matter experts, adding chapters on packaging law and sustainability, voluminous updates, new topic discussions and an answer key for the chapter review questions. Also new in the bookstore: the Manufacturing Workforce Development Playbook from Summit Media and Better Packaging, Better World from Instituto de Embalagens.
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Webinar to explore areas where packaging can further reduce costs
IoPP's next quarterly standard webinar, "The Secrets of Package Optimization," presented by Terry Harris and Jeff Haushalter of Chicago Consulting, is taking place Aug. 19 from 1-2 p.m. CST. This webinar will show you where and how to uncover cost-saving ideas you may not be thinking about. You also will get insights for how to improve your package optimization, which can pay potentially huge dividends in reducing warehouse storage and handling, and transportation costs.
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US demand for pet food packaging to reach $2.5 billion
U.S. demand for pet food packaging is expected to rise 4.8 percent annually to $2.5 billion in 2018. Growth will be based on the use of higher-value, more sophisticated packaging and continued strength in pet food shipments fueled by an expected rebound in the pet population.
The underappreciated world of food packaging
National Public Radio
Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system. While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable. And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.
Green plastic barrier packaging material and process advances
By Don Rosato
Modern innovations have made it possible to keep food fresh for a much longer time without changing the taste or aroma. While proven barrier materials extend product shelf life by impeding oxygen ingress into a package, oxygen scavengers "capture" oxygen within a sealed package to ensure that oxygen does not react with the food product. Nanotechnology is increasingly used to enhance packaging barrier properties. But let's start off by taking a closer look at recyclable plastic barrier material.
Looking to share you expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of IOPP Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of IOPP, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
Bug-busting packaging to help poultry industry
As three of the UK's leading supermarkets launch investigations into their chicken supplies after a national newspaper uncovered a catalog of alleged hygiene failings within the poultry industry, LINPAC Packaging is urging manufacturers and processors to consider its bug busting antimicrobial solution to help protect consumers.
PEF will not oust PET for beverage bottles anytime soon
In early June, Avantium secured additional funding to complete its development and commercialization of polyethylene furanoate from plant-based, second-generation feedstock. Shortly after that news broke, the Container Recycling Institute asked in its newsletter: "Will Coke no longer use PET for its bottles?" It's a great question — with potential reverberations throughout the plastics packaging markets, and most specifically for the popular polyethylene terephthalate.
Packaging materials: Who 'owns' your co-pack supply chain?
Of the many decisions contract packaging suppliers must make, one of the most important in the life cycle of a contract is the ongoing and repeated purchase of packaging materials — from labels, films, containers and closures to corrugated cases and displays. There are a few primary arrangements the customer — that is, the co-packer's customer, such as a brand owner or manufacturer — can manage with their co-packers.
Growth and fragmentation in flexibles gives brands food for thought
From shortbreads to nibble during a relaxing afternoon tea to jellied snacks for tots, flexible packaging — and specifically pouches and sachets — are currying favor among diverse global consumers. By offering unique shapes, functional components and general conveniences that address use, pouches are literally and figuratively bending over backwards to find new applications and please a growing consumer constituency.
Chicken farmer's daughter calling for better labeling in Europe
Food Production Daily
A chicken farmer's daughter is calling for clear and mandatory "method of production" labeling on poultry meat — by dressing up as a chicken called Rosa and touring Europe for 39 days.
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