PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Jun. 12, 2013

EPA and USDA join forces over food waste
Packaging Digest
Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on June 4 to announce the launch of a challenge that asks farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities and government agencies to reduce wasted food. The U.S. Food Waste Challenge builds upon the success of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge to help more Americans do their part to reduce food waste. More

Italy passes plastic bag ban despite UK opposition
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The Italian government has passed a law banning the sale of non-biodegradable plastic bags, despite a legal challenge by the U.K. government, which claims Rome is breaching E.U. internal market rules.More

Despite roadblocks, Cereplast sees opportunity in bag bans
Plastics Today
Back in April, after passing a nationwide plastic bag ban, the Italian government published a plastic bag decree in the Official Journal, with enforcement planned to begin on May 27, 2013.More

Market update on IML and sleeve technologies
PFFC
Two relatively recent extensions to the world’s portfolio of packaging technologies were the subject of back-to-back events in Amsterdam recently, hosted by AWA Alexander Watson Associates: in-mold labeling and sleeve labeling.More

IML packaging gives United Biscuits shelf impact
Packaging World
Plastic packaging for the United Biscuits Family Circle brand biscuits stands out from the competition thanks to in-mold labeling. Weidenhammer UK, the British subsidiary of Weidenhammer Packaging Group, supplies the packaging. It's the first plastic packaging produced by the WPG in its British factory located in Bradford.More

2013 Brand Innovators
Brand Packaging
Supposedly, behind every great man is a great woman, and certainly, behind every great leader is a great team. Just as inspiration is no respecter of time, it also does not care what title a person holds. More

Tetra Pak claims new speed record
European Plastics News
Packaging giant Tetra Pak says it has created the world's fastest injection moulding machine. The company developed the machine to manufacture an aseptic carton bottle, the Tetra Evero Aseptic, with a cycle time of 1.44s.More

Bottled water giants report 12 plastics drop in plastic use
Packaging News
Members of the Natural Hydration Council (NHC), including Nestlé and Danone, have claimed that the amount of plastic in bottles has reduced by an average of 12 percent in the last five years.More

Website launches to oppose proposed PS ban in New York City
Plastics News
The American Chemistry Council announced the launch of a new coalition website to raise awareness about the possible negative impacts of the proposed ban on polystyrene foam in New York City.More

10 key trends in global retail packaging
Packaging Digest
A cross-functional team of 10 managers from resealable-closure company Zip-Pak recently completed an intensive 18-month global packaging study. Zip-Pak's goal in conducting the study was to openly observe the packaging landscape and the global consumer to better understand and identify prevailing trends, and the drivers behind them. More

Meech expands static control line
PFFC
Meech expands the Hyperion 971 line of static control systems with the Hyperion 971IPS and Hyperion 929IPS, both said to be well suited for converting, packaging, and labeling applications.More

Coca-Cola to build on its PlantBottle success
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
More than 15 billion drinks across 25 countries have been sold in the PlantBottle, Coca-Cola's bio-based PET alternative. The material made up about 8 percent of Coke's plastic bottles last year.More

Flexible film report takes a close look at post-use collection and processing
Plastics Today
Plastic films currently represent around 35 percent of the plastics packaging stream in Ontario, Canada, with some types of flexible films growing at rates of more than 5 percent annually. Due to the volume and growth, there is an increased interest and need to ensure this packaging stream is effectively managed after use.More

Brand champions: A retrospective
Brand Packaging
Package design has evolved over the past 40 years, but it always remains a brand's anchor.More

Coffee makers wrestle with recyclability of single-serve pods
Plastics News
As America's culture of convenience continues to flourish, single-cup coffee makers have become increasingly popular among coffee drinkers. But beneath those expedient one-cup coffee pods lies a growing environmental problem.More

Reaching Millenials through packaging
Packaging World
Eighty million consumers make up the Millennial generation, making it a highly influential and desirable demographic for CPGs. But what makes this elusive group tick? More

OMG! GMOs are a challenge to packaging
Packaging World
Regardless of whether the epithet "Frankenfoods" is justified for edibles containing GMOs, the packaging-related issues might prove to be monstrous in size. There is no federal mandate that foods containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms) be labeled to that effect. Furthermore, in recent days the U.S. Senate voted against giving individual states that authority. More

Can simple package design be too simplistic?
Brand Packaging
A prominent trend has been to contemporize packaging by making it simple. Clutter isn't desirable, but in the haste to keep it clean, is packaging being oversimplified? To the point that it's starting to look generic? Is this causing more problems than it solves? More

Hungarian moulder builds egg packaging plant
European Plastics News
The Hungarian plastics processor Jász-Plasztik laid the foundation cornerstone at the end of May for a €6.4 million packaging plant in Nagyréde, north east of the Hungarian capital Budapest. The company, based in the central Hungary city of Jászberény, plans to produce moulded egg cartons from recycled plastics at the new 1,000-square-meter production and warehousing facility. More

Symphony backs government over Italian plastic bag initiative
Packaging News
Symphony has backed the U.K. government and E.U. for preventing Italy from introducing a law banning supermarket plastic bags. The Italian government has recently criticized Britain for this stance. More

Pallet supplier iGPS files for bankruptcy, sells assets
Plastics News
Plastic pallet supplier iGPS Co. LLC has filed for bankruptcy and agreed to sell its assets to a newly-formed joint venture company. The Orlando, Fla.-based iGPS Co. will be sold to iGPS Logistics LLC, a joint venture formed by private equity firms Balmoral Funds LLC and One Equity Partners, a shareholder of pallet manufacturer Schoeller Arca Systems, and Jeff and Robert Liebesman, according to a June 5 Chapter 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del.More

AC/DC can holds key to attractive prizes
Packaging Digest
Fans of Australian heavy metal band AC/DC get ready to rock: Karlsberg Brauerei has completed the launch its newly designed cans for AC/DC Premium Pils. Under each tab is an individual code that fans can use to buy attractive devotionalia or bid for prizes. The precision-targeted promotion cans are manufactured by Ball Packaging Europe, one of Europe's biggest beverage can producers, and they are now on sale in Germany.More

Deal to boost bio-based PET alternative
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Bio-based plastics and chemicals company, Netherland's Avantium, has signed development deal with plastics converter Germany's Alpla to jointly develop polyethylene furanoate bottles. More

5 tips to ensuring product integrity in temperature-sensitive distribution
Packaging World
UPS points to risk management planning, limiting supply chain handoffs, and quality agreements among five vital tips for temperature-sensitive product packaging and distribution. By 2016, eight of the top 10 and 27 of the top 50 best-selling global pharmaceutical products will be biotechnology-derived temperature-sensitive products (according to Cold Chain Biopharma Logistics Sourcebook 2012) which means many factors need to be addressed to ensure product integrity.More

Package review: method designed for good
Brand Packaging
Laura Zielinski writes, "While I don't consider myself a very emotional person, nothing chokes me up faster than an animal story. Those shows where a soldier comes home to his dog, a animal rescue commercial or even a cardboard box will get me teary eyed in seconds. I just love pets. So method's Designed For Good gel hand wash definitely pleased me once I saw the bug-eyed bunnies, deer and turtles gracing the packaging."More

Wipak in performance talks with staff at two plants in Finland
European Plastics News
Flexible packaging group Wipak has started negotiations with staff at two plants in Finland in an effort to improve competitiveness. The plants in Nastola and Valkeakoski serve the food and medical packaging markets. Wipak said plants need to improve their performance due to poor market conditions in Europe and high material costs.More

AB InBev debuts formal packaging reduction
Packaging News
Beer giant AB InBev has announced seven new global environmental targets, which includes setting a formal reduction for packaging for the first time.More

Thermoforming IML pioneer Tech II now extrudes its own sheet
Plastics News
Tech II Inc., which has pioneered in-mold labeling for thermoforming in North America, is now extruding its own polypropylene sheet on a new coextrusion line from Welex Inc.More