PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Sept. 16, 2009

A Breakthrough in Shelf-life Evaluation and Quality Assurance
from Packaging World
A new white paper from MOCON demonstrates it is now possible for the first time to determine actual shelf-life for oxygen sensitive products at time of production. Multilayer flexible polymers and semi-rigid plastics offer significant life-cycle cost savings over heavier materials such as glass, steel and aluminum in many retail packaging applications. Polymers and semi-rigid plastics, however, are more prone than denser materials to oxygen (O2) ingress from both permeation and leakage due to pin holes and improperly sealed seams. More

Applesauce on the Go
from Brand Packaging
Gone are the days of sticky fingers and messy snacking, thanks to new GoGo squeeZ applesauce. Originally created for NASA astronauts, GoGo squeeZ has been repositioned for kids with a squeezable, resealable pouch design for on-the-go snacking. More

Packaging Redesign Spices Up Salt Brand
from Packaging Digest
Cerebos, a leading Australian-New Zealand manufacturer of sauce, spice and coffee, harvests sea salt from the Pacific Ocean and distributes them under the SAXA and Skellerup brands. When Cerebos decided to revamp the packaging for SAXA and Skellerup, it had three objectives: offer consumers greater opening, closing and storage convenience; minimize moisture entry and clogging; and increase brand prominence on retail shelves. More

EC Details Scope of PET Dumping Investigation
from European Plastics News
The European Commission has confirmed details of its anti-dumping investigation into alleged cut-priced exports to the European Union (EU) of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from Iran, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). More

Copol International Ltd. Sharpens Competitive Edge in Nova Scotia
from The Gov Monitor
A North Sydney-based packaging and manufacturing firm is improving productivity, exploring new international markets and maintaining jobs in the province. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is partnering with Copol International Ltd., through a payroll rebate of up to $280,000. More

NatureflexTM Selected for Canadian 'Superfood' Products
from Packaging Magazine
A Canadian company, Dr Vie Inc, has chosen sustainable and compostable NatureFlex™ from Innovia Films to wrap its entire range of nutritional "superfood" products. More

Adhesive Sleeves Speed the Flexo Press Makeready Process
from Converting Magazine
Flexible-packaging printer/converter Clear Lam Packaging gains efficiencies with a Polymount Twinlock flexographic-platemounting option that also improves final print quality. More

Packaging Gains Importance for Candy Brands
from Packaging Digest
The global economy may look dark and dreary, but the confection/snack sector is holding steady—and candy companies hope that new package designs will keep the industry tasting sweet. "Chocolate and confections are treats that consumers can count on to be affordable luxuries," says Larry Graham, president of Washington, D.C.-based National Confectioners Association (NCA). More