PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Sep. 12, 2012

Winemakers keep diversifying types of packaging
Packaging Digest
In a recent issue of the trade publication Wines & Vines, the editor drew a parallel between politics and packaging: wineries are either liberal or conservative. The conservatives think inside the box, the liberals try anything. More

Is it possible to build a robust 'green' pharmaceutical cold chain?
Greener Package
The pharmaceutical industry is facing pressure from the public and governments to reduce its environmental impact. As focus shifts toward reducing carbon emissions, the pharmaceutical industry finds itself facing a dilemma in maintaining strict safety standards while improving its environmental credentials. More

Flexible OTC packs deliver an 'UrgentRx'
Packaging World
A credit card-sized flexible packet containing flavored, powdered medication delivers perhaps the ultimate dose of consumer convenience and portability for six different UrgentRx products, including UrgentRx® Critical Care/Aspirin to Go, a product that has already demonstrated that it has helped save lives during apparent heart attacks. More

Get your kegs on, you're picked
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Plastic keg manufacturer Petainer is helping UK-based Brewster's brewery manage its transport costs, reverse-logistics and waste management as well as ensuring the overall quality of its products. The plastics company is supplying its 30-liter PET kegs, which Petainer claims are resistant to oxygen pick-up, ensuring that the beer doesn't lose its taste.More

Package design missing the mark?
Brand Packaging
As the global recession continues to challenge profit margins and cap the extravagance of marketing and advertising campaigns, brand owners are seeking out alternative, affordable means of executing their brand strategies. Packaging should be one of them. Why? Because, for every product category, the pack pretty much is the brand. More

Osprey launches bioplastic PE drinks bottle
European Plastics News
Wirral-based Osprey U.K. supplies plastic sports bottles and drinking bottles manufactured in the U.K. to the education and promotional sectors. The company's Activ-R recyclable bottle is intended "to help today's children care for tomorrow's world."More

Carbon Trust backs Amcor environmental management system
Packaging News
Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas has achieved Carbon Trust certification for its environmental management system known as Asset. The flexibles multinational's sustainability toolkit, called the Advanced Sustainability Stewardship Evaluation Tool, allows the company to measure how it can improve the sustainability performance of its products using a life-cycle analysis. More

Bemis Co. to close 2 Minnesota Curwood flexible packaging plants
Flexible Packaging
Packaging giant Bemis Co., a firm with a 130-year history in the Twin Cities, is closing a plant in St. Louis Park, and will close one in Minneapolis by year's end, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The closings will leave 158 people looking for work - 96 employees at the Minneapolis operation and 62 at the St. Louis Park plant. Both factories make flexible packaging for food under the Curwood brand, a division of Bemis.More

Global packaging market expected to reach $329 billion in 2012
Food Magazine
New research indicates that the global food and drink packaging market will have a value of $329 billion in 2012, according to a new report from Visiongain. The main driving forces behind this growth are increasing environmental awareness amongst consumers, gentrifying societies and consumer's busy lifestyles. More

Manufacturers positive about second half of 2012
Packaging Digest
Prime Advantage, the leading buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, announced the findings of its tenth semi-annual Group Outlook Survey, revealing financial projections and top concerns of its member companies for the second half of 2012. More

Amcor announces record profit results for year ended June 30, 2012
Flexible Packaging
Amcor's managing director and CEO, Ken MacKenzie says, "The full year result represented a record underlying profit, record returns and a record dividend for the company. This strong performance is particularly pleasing given that economic conditions are likely to remain subdued in the developed markets." More

Heaven-sent flex pack for Manna popcorn
Packaging World
The newest addition to the snack-food aisle started as a simple family recipe for popcorn. Its flavor was a mixture of sweet and salty, with a subtle, spicy kick at the end. For decades, this recipe remained a secret; the delicacy was reserved for friends and family only. However, its growing popularity encouraged one family member, Demar Mills, to consider taking the popcorn to the public. More

Monadnock Paper Mills launches 'un-plastic' portfolio of packaging and decorative graphics
Brand Packaging
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the U.S., officially launches the Envi Portfolio, a full complement of fiber-based solutions designed to provide eco-savvy brand owners with high-quality alternatives to plastics across a broad range of applications and end-uses. More

Packaging disposal? Just eat it, says MonoSol
European Plastics News
Water soluble films company MonoSol has manufactured pouches made from edible film which disappear and release their contents when exposed to hot or cold liquids. The U.S. company said in a statement its new Vivos film is made from "a proprietary blend of food grade ingredients." The dissolved film can be consumed along with the food contained in the pouch. More

Geeta's Food marks 150 signatories for on-pack recycling label
Packaging News
The British Retail Consortium's on-pack recycling logo has hit a new milestone after signing up its 150th user, the Indian food business Geeta's Foods. The milestone comes three and a half years after the BRC officially launched the logo in March 2009. It was first trialled by Asda in late 2007. More

APR and SpotOn! Press Introduce a new Client-Server version of SpotOn! Flexo
Flexible Packaging
All Printing Resources, Inc. (APR), working in conjunction with SpotOn! Press, is proud to announce a client-server version of SpotOn! Flexo. SpotOn! Flexo is a leading-edge technology that makes it possible to get optimum color reproduction and density information for any spot color, including C,M,Y,K, right at your fingertips. More

Biopolymer tray for refrigerated ready meals
Greener Package
Excelline Foods launched its new ready meals by installing a thermoforming machine and feeding it a forming web lamination whose core layer is a corn-based biopolymer. More

Coca-Cola Amatil to highlight warm-fill closure technology
Plastics News
A new closure technology being used by Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd. (CCA) of Sydney, Australia, will be the focal point of a presentation during Plastics News Caps & Closures conference, which takes place next week in Chicago. The warm-fill closure system technology has been developed by Krones in conjunction with CCA but the closure is an adaptation of the Sylon range developed with CCA by Universal Closures Ltd. (UCL) of Tewkesbury, England. More

Plastic packaging booms in Washington's Yakima Valley
Packaging Digest
Two months ago, the former ACE Hardware distribution center in Yakima, Wash., saw some of its first business activity in years. Peninsula Packaging, a California-based plastics manufacturer that expanded to the Yakima Valley late last year, began operations in the massive building. More

Snap Pac pouch makes lawn spreading simple
Packaging World
The Scotts Co. has stirred up a stagnant lawn-care product category with a new lawn spreader system featuring a custom pouch with fitment that becomes an integral part of the product-dispensing process. The Scotts Snap cartridge spreader system, designed in-house with complementary Scotts Snap-Pac pouches, provides a no-mess, no-guesswork lawn-care option for consumers with smaller lawn sizes - 4,000 sq ft or less. More

Plasticum supplies spray actuator to Revlon
European Plastics News
Cosmetics giant Revlon is now using the Jessica spray actuator from Plasticum for its Charlie brand of fragrance. Jessica is a horizontal spray actuator that comes with Plasticum's patented Integrated Spray (IS) technology. The IS products consist of only one piece because the insert - usually a separate part - has been completely integrated in the actuator, says Plasticum. More

Waitrose to roll out digitally printed packs from Ultimate Packaging
Packaging News
Digitally printed flexible packaging is set to go into Waitrose stores by the end of the month. The packs, including ready meals and salads, are being printed at Ultimate Packaging's digital print division Shere Print. The company bought a HP Indigo WS6600 digital web press in May, and was the first U.K. printer to use the machine for flexible packaging. More

Edible packaging encases food in skin-like substance
Food Magazine
Cambridge-based company Wikicell Designs have created a nutritious, edible, skin-like packaging that encases and protects food in the same way that a grape is protected by its skin. More

Energizer charges into child-resistant packaging
Packaging Digest
Energizer announced a significant packaging improvement designed to reduce the occurrence of ingestions of coin-sized button batteries by children and the associated medical complications. The innovative new packaging, coming soon to store shelves nationwide, is made from more durable and flexible materials that make it very difficult for young children to open. More

DaMar Plastics adding equipment in new location
Plastics News
Custom blow molder and injection molder DaMar Plastics Inc. is investing more than $500,000 for equipment and infrastructure in a new location. DaMar placed a June order with a domestic supplier for a complete system to fill blow molded bottles of one to three liters with commercial chemicals. The system including conveyor lines should be operational in January, said Sal Acampora, vice president of sales for DaMar. More