PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Mar. 25, 2015

European PLACE early bird deadline approaching!
The European PLACE Conference, May 11-13 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nice, FRANCE is the premiere European event for the flexible packaging industry. Save on registration fees by registering before March 31, and while the dollar continues to outweigh the euro, it is a good time to also reserve your room at the Radisson Blu. The conference program is filled with everything new, exciting and different that the industry has to offer including the latest trends and technologies related to extrusion coating or lamination of web based materials.More

How to achieve the perfect seal for your boxes
Packaging Digest
Often you will attempt to open a package, a carton or corrugated cases and pull on it, and the entire major flap completely shreds in your hands. Most people aren't looking for that kind of bond. In most case and carton erecting and sealing, hot melt thermos plastic adhesives are used to achieve the proper final package. These adhesives are often applied in bead form from multi-orifice, high-speed automatic glue guns.More

Coating Matters | Membrane process technology
Like with everything else in the coating world, membranes perform better the thinner they are. Thin coatings or castings, in this case, require a level of understanding in fluid flow that may seem daunting. But don’t worry, the concepts can be boiled down to a level where a handful of theories can guide your process decision making!More

New easy-open packaging option pops up
Packaging Digest
Billed as one way to alleviating wrap rage, PopPack creates an air bubble in the seal of a flexible or semi-rigid package. Popping the bubble ruptures the seal, separating the layers, so users of any age and dexterity can then easily and quickly peel open the package.More

Archroma additive is FDA approved for food packaging
Archroma, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, announces FDA approval for the use of its new Cartaguard KST in the manufacture of paper and board for food packaging. The additive, said to be resistant to oil, grease, and water, is also compliant with the recommendations of the German BfR XXXVI for use as a surface refining and coating agent in paper and board intended for food contact applications.More

Regulations hinder new packaging for meat, poultry, seafood
Packaging World
A new report, "Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Packaging Market in the U.S. 2015-2019," from Research and Markets forecasts that the market will grow at a CAGR of 4.7 percent over the period 2014-2019. Says the report, the meat, poultry, and seafood industry is fast-paced. However, the market in the U.S. is stagnant because of increased consumption of meat and beef. Meat, poultry, and seafood dealers always look for vendors that can provide packaging solutions with aesthetic appeal. This is critical in increasing sales by enhancing visibility. More

The latest flexible packaging adhesives by H.B. Fuller
Packaging Europe
Elizabeth Staab, marketing manager, H.B. Fuller, explains, "The strong market trend for flexible packaging has generated great expansion opportunities for manufacturers, who can keep up with the changes in customer demand. In developing our two new flexible packaging adhesives, we have connected with the operational efficiency and sustainability drives of manufacturers, brand owners and consumers."More

Nestle's sustainable kitty-litter jug is the cat's meow
Packaging Digest
Sustainable packaging has come to the cat-litter category, thanks to a joint effort from Nestle Purina PetCare and Ecologic Brands Inc. The package is a rigid container made from recycled, recyclable molded paper pulp, with a closure made from the same material. The jug and friction-fit cap are made from 100 percent recycled paper and can be recycled in curbside programs; they contain no plastic. And although the pressure-sensitive paper labels and an adhesive used in the package are not made from recycled materials, they are recyclable.More

Amcor's lightweight hot-fill PET bottle wins WorldStar packaging award
Plastics Today
Amcor Rigid Plastics, one of the leading global manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal/home care and health care industries, has been recognized by the WorldStar 2015 Packaging Awards Competition, the global packaging industry's most prestigious award competition sponsored by the World Packaging Organization (WPO). The innovative 500 ml bottle sets a new benchmark for heat-set PET containers, says Amcor, enabling manufacturers to achieve aseptic filling packaging weights without a prohibitive investment, while offering a more eco-friendly option. More

Make packaging success a team effort
Packaging Digest
Amy Zettlemoyer-Lazar is the director of Quality Assurance, Sustainability and Process for HAVI Global Solutions (HGS) in Europe, with responsibility for leading packaging product development, innovation, quality assurance and sustainability to drive value and growth for customers across Europe. As part of the continuing coverage of the Leading Ladies of Packaging, Zettlemoyer-Lazar tells Packaging Digest about overcoming packaging challenges and enjoying achievements.More

Sanner launches packaging solution for effervescent tablets
Packaging Business Review
Germany-based plastic packaging company Sanner has developed Brilliance, a new packaging solution for effervescent tablets. Sanner specializes in manufacturing plastic packaging for pharmaceutical, medical and health care products. While the new packaging promises to offer photorealistic printing and a wide range of design options to customers, patients benefit from the easy handling. Owing to a convenience closure like the FOG from Sanner, the tubes remain tightly closed which protects tablets from light and moisture.More

The portable protein shake
Luminate Nutrition recently launched their latest brand and product called Zig, a portable whey protein shake. The idea is simple: 20 grams of whey protein in a portable pouch with an inner mixing mesh so all you need to do is fill it up to the 6 ounce water mark, shake and then drink it. The unique packaging is designed for the “on-the-go” athlete that can fuel anywhere (with a water source) and anytime without taking the extra time to measure out protein powder or lug around its container.More

Will interest in bio-materials boost compostable packaging in the US?
Packaging Digest
Decisions about which packaging materials to use for your products continue to be influenced by sustainable strategies and goals. Compared to recyclable and/or recycled-content materials, compostable packaging often seems to be dismissed before really being considered. But with a resurging interest in "bio" materials, packaging designers might want to take a second, closer look. Susanna Carson, president, BSI Biodegradable Solutions, remains optimistic on the future of compostable packaging and confronts the issue of certification head on.More

New flexible packaging recycling trials begin
The feasibility of including flexible laminated packaging in household recycling schemes is being investigated by a partnership of large brands across the production industry, led by sustainability consultancy Anthesis LRS. Use of flexible laminated packaging is growing, with Defra estimating that over 160,000 tons enter the U.K. marketplace each year, with a value of 1.6 billion dollars. But as this packaging often contains a mix of aluminum and various recyclable plastics, it is difficult to collect and separate for recycling.More

New mayo bottle designed to squeeze out the last drop
Packaging World
Last year in 2014, Hellmann's learned that Americans missed out on more than 1,000 pounds of its mayonnaise, which was trapped inside squeeze bottles. That’s 38,400 bites of 32,000 BLTs that were lost, emphasizes the brand. Now, says Hellmann's, the shaking, banging, and mess that comes from trying to squeeze out the last drops has finally come to an end. The brand is eradicating consumers' frustrations with a new-and-improved squeeze bottle designed to squeeze more out with less waste, less mess, and more control. As Hellmann's explains, the new bottle comes with three main improvements for a better squeeze experience.More

Looking to get published this year?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TAPPI, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More