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Coming Nov. 1 — IoPP Spotlight: content customized for you
In November, IoPP will launch a new educational initiative called "IoPP Spotlight," designating selected months to focus on different product packaging segments with carefully selected content, from webinars to articles to white papers, that is important to IoPP members. November will kick off with a focus on drug/pharmaceutical/medical device packaging. You can receive only the information you want, as a benefit of your membership at any level. Just tell us what you want. Simply log into and update your member profile, and choose the segments you would like to receive. (NOTE: When updating your profile, click on the "Custom" link to choose your segments.) IoPP Spotlight adds value to your membership and enables you to further customize your IoPP member experience!
IoPP announces new North Carolina Chapter
IoPP members and packaging professionals in the North Carolina area will now be able to network with their local peers! IoPP's North Carolina Chapter will have their first local meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you are in that area and have any feedback and ideas, or if you'd like to volunteer, please contact Kevin White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Power up at Pack Expo! For IoPP Elite Members only!
Pack Expo, taking place Nov. 2-5 at McCormick Place in Chicago, can be exhilarating and grueling for any packaging professional attending North America's largest packaging trade show. Pack Expo attendees also know how tough it is to find a secluded spot to recharge their batteries — physically and electronically! IoPP will be hosting the IoPP Elite Member VIP Lounge at Pack Expo, a private and exclusive area where you can relax, charge your electronics, enjoy a beverage and catch up on some work. The IoPP Elite VIP Lounge will be located in Room S-106A at McCormick Place. But the VIP Lounge is available to IoPP Elite members ONLY, so if you aren't already an Elite member, now is your opportunity to renew/upgrade your membership to the highest level and find respite at Pack Expo this fall!
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AmeriStar winner Butterball's butter sculpture breaks the mold in design
The 2014 AmeriStar Design Excellence Award winner went to Display Pack's packaging design for the Butterball Farms Butter Sculptures packaging. Butterball Farms looked to Display Pack for a solution to its butter sculptures and what they got was an innovative and appealing design — a package that is also a mold for the butter sculpture. The packaging structure lets Butterball mold the butter directly into the clamshell, process the product, and then place the clamshell in a die-cut, un-windowed carton. The molded butter is encased in the clamshell from the time it is molded until the clamshell is opened to serve the butter. Packaging Digest caught up with Andrew Blackmore, Director of Sales and Marketing, Display Pack, to find out more about this innovative packaging design.
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Encounter Inspiration at PACK EXPO International 2014
Only PACK EXPO focuses on processing and packaging solutions while at the same time introducing you to technologies and ideas from all different industries. It's the one place you can discover innovations you didn't know existed and truly see what is possible. When you need to meet efficiency targets, launch a new product, automate or streamline your operations, start by exploring PACK EXPO International 2014. IOPP is a valued Platinum level partner with the PACK EXPO Partner Program and will be at booth N-4523. Watch the two-minute video from PMMI to see why PACK EXPO International is the ideal setting for professional engagement and advancement for IoPP members. Make sure to visit IoPP at booth N-4523. IoPP members — you can go to PACK EXPO for free! When registering, use this promo code: 35H54.
Oct. 21 IoPP webinar: Tips to influence your packaging line's performance
The next presentation in IoPP's Premium Webinar Series will be "21 Tips, Tricks and Techniques to Boost Your Packaging Line." John Henry, CPP, will discuss how seemingly insignificant package design decisions made upstream can impact package performance on the production line, and how many times and how long the line needs to stop and start. For high-volume products, the effects can mean millions of dollars out of the budget each year, so you won't want to miss these money-saving suggestions! This members-only presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. CDT on Oct. 21. The presentation and access to the presentation on-demand are free to Elite and Premium members. Regular members and IoPP Affiliates, upgrade/renew your membership now to receive all webinars at no additional cost. Or, you may register for the live broadcast only; the fee is $99.
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Registration open for 2015 Fundamentals course in-person classes
IoPP has scheduled 2015 Fundamentals of Packaging Technology in-person classes, and registration is open. Semesters 1-2 will be June 15-19 and Semesters 3-4 will be July 27-31 in suburban Chicago. These are the only scheduled 2015 in-person classroom dates. The course, taught by IoPP's certified instructors, covers all the major areas of packaging, with emphasis on materials, design, printing, distribution and much more! You can register for single semesters of 2 1/2 days each, in any order, or for all four semesters (10 days) in a discounted bundled package. With a registration for the complete course, you get a copy of "Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, 5th Edition" at no extra charge! Click here for an outline of each semester. Click here to register and for class information. Click here for fee information. Join IoPP or upgrade/renew your membership.
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5 shifts in shopper attitudes and behaviors
Five major shifts in how U.S. consumers feel and act are revealed in the U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends 2014 report and shown in this infographic.
Tetra Pak predicts dairy processors face challenge in surging market
The global food processing and packaging company said producers in both developed and emerging dairy markets need to address the careful balancing act required to ensure sustainable business success. Tetra Pak's Dairy Index reveals that global demand for milk is set to surge by 36 percent in the next decade, largely due to population growth, rising prosperity and urbanization in Africa, Asia and Latin America — also creating opportunities and challenges for the packaging sector.
Steady growth forecast for US flexible packaging
The total flexible packaging industry is estimated to be about $27.2 billion in annual sales for 2013. This includes packaging for retail and institutional food and non-food (including medical and pharmaceutical), industrial materials, shrink and stretch films, retail shopping bags and consumer storage bags, as well as wraps and trash bags.
APR looks to solve full wrap shrink sleeve label issues
Food Production Daily
The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, a trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry in North America, has released the Final Report of its Sleeve Label Working Group with recommendations on what the packaging industry can use to mitigate the impact of sleeve labels on recycled PET bottles.
Saudi Arabian water bottler to employ 'fastest PET line in the world'
To meet the growing demand for bottled water in the Saudi Arabian market, Health Water Bottling Company has recently acquired a complete PET line from Sidel that will boast one of the fastest turnover rates in the world, according to the equipment supplier. With the new line, which embraces the last generation of Sidel Matrix equipment, HWB will be producing PET water bottles in 330- and 600-millileter formats at a speed of 134,000 bottles per hour by February 2015.
Plastic caps essential to health, beauty end market
When it comes to discussing caps and closures, beverage is usually king, but it isn't the only segment. Health and beauty also generates plenty of buzz across the caps universe. Sushil Raghupathy, executive director of global supplier technical excellence for Estee Lauder Cos., discussed current trends in health and beauty closures during a keynote address Sept. 12 at Plastics Caps & Closures 2014.
New bioplastic set to accelerate 3-D printing market
One of the UK's leading bioplastics developers, Biome Bioplastics, has launched a new material for the 3-D printing industry. Made from plant starches, Biome3D is a biodegradable plastic that combines easy processing and a superior print finish, while offering much higher print speeds. Developed in partnership with 3Dom Filaments, the new material was recently unveiled at the TCT Show 2014, the leading event dedicated to 3-D printing, additive manufacturing and product development.
3 packaging trends grow into sweet spots for candy makers
The growing use of stand-up pouches, demand for portion control and the growing popularity of shareable packages drive growth in the candy and confections category. In a 2013 research study conducted by PMMI, "stand-up pouches, with or without zippers, were mentioned as one of the fastest growing types of packaging."
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