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IoPP AmeriStar winner ZIPZ Inc. featured on ABC's Shark Tank
ZIPZ, a 2014 AmeriStar winner in the Beverages, Alcoholic category, was awarded $2.5 million funding on the Dec. 5 episode of the ABC series Shark Tank. The ZIPZ product is an easy-to-open wine glass made from PET resin allowing single serve consumption of wine. The wine glass shaped package includes a zippered outer shrink sleeve that provides easy access to the wine glass and helps to protect the product inside, a key factor when it comes to wine packaging. While show host shark Kevin O'Leary liked the product and appreciated the technology, he insisted the product was overpriced at $3 a glass/serving. However, he stated that he could get the ZIPZ branded wine into Costco but only if ZIPZ would agree to sell it at $1.49 per serving retail. And if ZIPZ agreed to that price point, O'Leary would pay $2.5 million for 10 percent equity with the opportunity to do the same deal again at any point in the future — basically buying a one-way bet that the brand will take off based on the fact that ZIPZ got into Costco.
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Coming in January: IoPP Spotlight focus on contract packaging
Throughout January, IoPP will focus 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. Watch for details to be announced shortly on a special industry focused webinar in January, presented to you courtesy of IoPP and the Contract Packaging Association. Any IoPP or CPA members may attend this webinar at no charge. 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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IoPP AmeriStar winners top WorldStar Awards for 2015
Representatives from 17 packaging associations, all members of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), judged 264 packaging projects entered into the 2015 WorldStar Awards program. Packages entered came from 37 countries. The judging session took place on Nov. 19, the third day of WPO's Board Meeting program, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The country that received the most awards was the US with a total of 21 WorldStar winners. Of those, 14 were IoPP AmeriStar winners, including: PepsiCo and Amcor's Gatorade Oliva Packaging; Planet Canit's Magneflex Tea Dispenser & Storage System; PepsiCo's Pepsi Proprietary Glass Bottle; Berry Plastics' Target ClearRX V2Z; Rohrer Corporation's (in support of Chattem/Sanofi) Nasacort Allergy 24 Hr; Unisource Global Solutions' Vizio M2.1 Speakerbar; Clear Lam Packaging's Fisher Party Peanut PrimaPak Package; Printpack's Wonka Chocolate Bar with Printpack's Full Access Reseal-it; Procter & Gamble's Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle; Sonoco Alloyd's Whirlpool Water EveryDrop Portable Water Filter; Ampac's Ecolab Oasis Pro 2L Pouch; Boston Scientific's ACUITY Pro Lead Delivery System; Prent Corporation's Verrata Tray; and The Clorox Company's Brita Pitcher Open-Sided Carton.
Click here to read more about 2015 WorldStar.
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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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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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, 2015 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!
ISTA's 2015 TransPack Forum taking place in Orlando
The ISTA TransPack Forum, taking place April 7-10, 2015 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.
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Thinking outside the box: Unwrapping a massive packaging problem
As the holiday season approaches, more and more purchases are happening online. As a result, mail packing is a burgeoning sustainability concern. Aside from the plastic and cardboard wrapping the products come in, there are the boxes, the labeling and the paper wrapping or foam packing meant to protect what is nestled inside. It's not unusual to end up with far more packaging than stuff, and the sheer amount of waste that results is staggering.
Survey shows consumers switch brands for packaging that isn't 'sticky'
Food Production Daily
LiquiGlide has surveyed more than 1,000 consumers to ask about their attitudes towards packaging, use, waste and disposal of sticky consumer goods (including foods like ketchup and mayo).
Startup boom sparks budget packaging demand
Food Production Daily
The flurry of startup companies in baking and bars has sparked business demand for entry-level packaging machines, says the marketing head of PAC Machinery Group.
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Less corrugated to landfill as wax coating usage drops
A new study from the Corrugated Packaging Alliance shows that the corrugated industry continues to dramatically decrease its use of wax coatings. In 2013, the industry used 39 percent less wax than in 2002, when wax usage was first measured. The reduction brings the total waxed corrugated volume to just below 3 percent of total corrugated volume produced in 2013, compared to 5 percent of total volume in 2002.
Large producers and retailers cutting back on packaging
The New York Times
Across the business world, more companies, mindful of the environment and their bottom lines, are scrutinizing their packaging and cutting the excess. Less packaging means fewer raw materials to buy and lower shipping costs. The changes can also add up to fewer climate-warming carbon emissions and less garbage in landfills.
Integrating enterprise and control systems in pharma
As regulatory requirements around the world make it increasingly important for drug makers to have in place robust serialization and track and trace capabilities, a number of questions have surfaced regarding automation control. How should data be exchanged from network and enterprise levels down to packaging lines, and how should data make its way back up into the network and enterprise levels?
2014 food service packaging trends
This year's Trends Report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute, which is based on the association's annual survey, examined the ever-evolving foods ervice supply chain. Among the industry shifts uncovered by the survey were the following.
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