PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
May. 23, 2012

Washington State students win PLACE Student Packaging Design Competition
A team of five students from Washington State University's packaging program won first place in the 2012 PLACE Student Packaging Design Competition for their boteFlex design. Ofero Caparino, Sumeet Dhawan, Fermin Resurreccion, Roopesh Syamaladevi, and Wenjia Zhang were awarded $350 for the innovative design. More

Coffee alternative launched in Rexam cans
Packaging Digest
Yerba Mate, the caffeine alternative with the "strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate" is now available in a sparkling beverage. Guayaki Sparkling Yerba Mate beverages - which are sold in 12 oz. SLEEK cans from Rexam - help stimulate focus and clarity and boost physical energy. These lightly carbonated drinks are USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified, and feature a delicious and refreshing taste that is available in cola-flavored Classic Gold, Cranberry Pomegranate and Grapefruit Ginger. More

Best practices for selecting case packing equipment
Packaging World
The following are things to look out for when selecting case packing equipment. More

Sone sets its designs on a product revolution
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
North east-based medical and technical packaging specialist Sone Products has acquired Product Revolution, a design and packaging development consultancy. This latest development has enhanced the company's existing design capabilities and increase the range of products it can supply to customer such as Boots, Procter & Gamble and Chanel. More

Corn-based meat trays
Greener Package
One of the leading supermarket chains in Australia will use some 95 million trays eco Plastic trays in calendar year 2012.Coles, a leading Australian supermarket chain, is shifting to Plantic eco Plastic for its own-brand beef, veal, lamb, and sausage products. Made from a plant and 80 percent certified renewable material, Plantic eco Plastic is said to minimize the carbon footprint of fresh food packaging. More

Help Remedies launches cause marketing campaign
Brand Packaging
Help Remedies announces the launch of "help I've cut myself & I want to save a life," which supplements Help's standard adhesive bandages with a bone marrow donor registry kit. By linking registry to a simple action, the brand hopes to reduce barriers to donation and find matches for some of the 10,000 people in the US who need bone marrow transplants each year. More

Students ask public to bury polystyrene in degradable study
Packaging News
A team of students is calling for volunteers to take part in a mass experiment aimed at finding ways to make polystyrene biodegrade. The Leicester University students are working on a project to genetically engineer a new organism that will quickly break down polystyrene waste. More

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box at the International London Wine Fair
Flexible Packaging
Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box will be present at the London International Wine Fair. Very active in the field of the wine, Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box will meet the customers, the future customers and the visitors at the show May 22 to 24. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box will exhibit all of its packaging solutions: bag-in-box, particularly appreciated by the consumers; Vitop Original, leading tap on the wine market; Pouch-Up, innovative and modern packaging, as well as the new Intuitive Bag-in-Box, practical and user-friendly. More

Sealed Air selects Cardia Biohybrid™ sustainable resin
Packaging Europe
Leading global protective packaging manufacturer Sealed Air has selected Cardia Biohybrid™ sustainable resin for its new Fill-Air R5® inflatable packaging film. International sustainable resins supplier Cardia Bioplastics was selected as development partner to help Sealed Air bring break through environmental performance to customers with its innovative Fill-Air® inflatable packaging. More

Investment firm helps fuel packaging innovations
Packaging Digest
For more than 40 years, Indiana-based Mullinix Packages Inc. has designed and developed thermoformed products that help companies solve their packaging challenges. Under the leadership and creativity of its founder, George Lueken, Mullinix was often the first to achieve many thermoformed packaging innovations. Through continually investing in state-of-the-art equipment and production technology, Mullinix has become recognized as an innovative leader in the thermoformed packaging industry. More

Conference tackles food contact plastics regulation
European Plastics News
Manufacturers, designers, scientists, lawyers and trade association executives pooled their expertise at the Food Contact Plastics Conference 2012, organized by European Plastics News and held in Brussels from May 9-10. More

Frito-Lay announces initiative to validate and label products as gluten-free
Packaging World
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division announced a multi-year initiative to validate many of their products as gluten-free, with package labeling to follow. Since many of the company's snacks are made from corn or potatoes, they are made without gluten ingredients. More

Method expands recycling program to all cleaner packaging
Greener Package
The household cleaning products company expands its collection program to include pumps, triggers, refill pouches, and other packaging, regardless of brand. After launching the Method Refill Brigade® in 2011, environmentally conscious household cleaner products company Method Home, along with upcycler/recycler TerraCycle, Inc., has expanded the program to accept pumps, triggers, refill pouches, and almost any cleaner product packaging, regardless of brand. More

Marks & Spencer profits fall for first time in three years
Packaging News
Retail giant Marks & Spencer has posted a fall in profits, and scaled back its plans to substantially increase its sales, blaming the "increasingly challenging consumer backdrop." The company made an underlying pre-tax profit of £706 million, down from last year £714 million. This was slightly better than analysts expected, with the company saying it had cut costs ruthlessly, reducing the amount of food it had to throw out because it was damaged or out of date, for instance. More

Crystal Farms Cheese and InContext Solutions partner to ensure a successful launch of revolutionary new package
Flexible Packaging
Crystal Farms, the third-largest cheese company in the U.S., announces new stand-up packaging for its 8-ounce shredded cheese line. The new pouch uses 20 percent less packaging, but still contains the same two cups of cheese as the previous package. Crystal Farms' packaging technology produces the right size bag for the amount of cheese inside. More

G.E.T launches new generation of re-usable 'to go' containers
Packaging Europe
A new generation of re-usable, eco-friendly take-out food containers has been launched by G.E.T., the global leader in melamine and plastic foodservice table top and display dinnerware. More

Student-designed pillow packaging impresses Wal-Mart
Packaging Digest
For six Homestead High School seniors, one of the first assignments for their product development class in September was to go shopping at Sam's Club. They weren't strolling the aisles looking at stuffed animals and light bulbs for themselves but rather at the boxes they were packaged in. The students zeroed in on how the store packaged its pillows. More

KWH launches new PP lidding film
European Plastics News
Finland-based KWH Plast has created a new PP-based lidding film for food packaging using multi-layer cast co-extrusion technology. More

Common flexible packaging performance descriptions
Packaging World
In this construct, a package protects a product (and itself) from the rigors of shipping, distribution, storage and use, with the objective of minimizing waste through the entire chain of production and use of a product. A consumer pays for a product and expects to receive full value - packages play a crucial role in delivering that value. More

Mars Drinks debuts 100 percent recyclable Freshpack
Greener Package
Single-serve brewing system gets first two drink pouches in recyclable material, said to reduce the package footprint from 40 percent to 44 percent, depending on method of disposal. Single-serve hot drinks in the office have just got more sustainable, thanks to the new recyclable Freshpacks from Mars Drinks North America for the Flavia single-serve brewing system. More

Kellogg's finds inspiration from the past for limited edition Jubilee packs
Packaging News
Kellogg's has gone down the retro route to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with the launch of a series of limited edition collectors' boxes. The designs have been inspired by authentic Kellogg's drawings dating back to the 1950s when the Queen ascended the throne. This includes the first Coco the monkey design and original Snap, Crackle and Pop characters. More

Infinity Foils, Inc. named exclusive North American distributor for Nakai
Flexible Packaging
Infinity Foils will distribute Nakai foils for both graphics arts and plastics industries. Jim Hutchison, president of Infinity Foils, Inc., UEI Group Company, released that Nakai has appointed Infinity Foils as its exclusive North American distributor. The appointment became effective immediately, according to Naoyuki Shigeta, senior executive vice president of Nakai International Corp. More

Thermo Fisher Scientific designs one-of-a-kind robotic workflow solution
Packaging Europe
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, has supplied a revolutionary robotic system at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. Researchers will use the Yeast 1 Hybrid solution to automate the interactions of plant genomes with their transcription factors.More