PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Oct. 9, 2013

Pet food packaging gets real
Packaging Digest
Once upon a time, if you were shopping for pet food, you'd immediately be overwhelmed by a case of "cute overload." It seemed every bag (with the exception of the always clinical Science Diet brand) featured a photo of a ridiculously adorable pooch or pussycat, looking out at you with soft, adoring eyes and fur you wanted to reach out and stroke. More

Brand owner trends: Consumer packaging to 2018
PFFC
Smithers PIRA has just published a new market intelligence report that addresses consumer packaging. "Brand Owner Trends: Consumer Packaging to 2018" assesses 30 end-use categories, providing a guide to the relationship between brands and packaging, the impact of new technologies, changing consumer attitudes, and opportunities for brand owners, converters, and suppliers.More

Recycler calls for charity bag ban
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
More than 500 million unused plastic charity collection bags are thrown away each year, according to waste and recycling company BusinessWaste.More

Real-time monitoring in the cold chain
Packaging World
While a number of new tools exist that provide real-time monitoring of the cold chain, how much data is too much? And, what can be done when excursions are identified?More

Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of TAPPI 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 expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics. More

Brazilian juice firm opts for SIG packs
European Plastics News
Empresa Brasileira de Bebidas e Alimentos (Ebba), a Brazilian juice company, is using packaging from Sig Combiblock, including the combiSwift screw cap.More

Pack and food waste in grocery sector worth £6.9 billion
Packaging News
Food and packaging waste that occurs in the grocery retail supply chain has a value of £6.9 billion, according to research by Wrap.More

New casing strategy cultivates economy and ecology
Greener Package
Organic grower reinvents its shipper packing operations to minimize material usage and waste byproducts.More

Sigma Plastics buys Southern Film Extruders
Plastics News
North American film giant Sigma Plastics Group is growing again, this time by acquiring Southern Film Extruders Inc., a polyethylene film manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.More

Packaging innovation helps dairy cut cooling time, save energy
Packaging Digest
For Cabot Creamery Cooperative, fresh is best. That's why the company is using the new KwikCool Induction Unit developed by Delkor Systems, Inc. to shave off as much as 30 percent of the time required for its cultured dairy products to cool between packaging and shipping.More

Use labels to encourage user reviews
PFFC
Grassroots reviews via Google and other online sites are increasingly influencing product marketing. Companies receiving positive reviews consistently across a variety of platforms can integrate these into different PR channels. Conversely, negative review patterns can provide a blueprint for improving product and/or service quality.More

Oxo-biodegradable bags better than compostable, says Wells
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Wells Plastics welcomed the speech by Owen Paterson, minister in charge of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, at the Conservative Party conference regarding a new standard for biodegradable carrier bags and exempting them from the proposed 5p tax.More

Open automation solutions will change the packaging industry
Packaging World
PC-based control technology from Beckhoff can control and monitor individual packaging machines to complete packaging lines. Beckhoff industrial PCs and the TwinCAT automation software can be used to manage a wide range of packaging functions such as filling, forming, sealing, labeling, collecting, re-packing and palletizing. More

Paccor launches new film for dairy industry
European Plastics News
Paccor has launched a new sustainable film for dairy form-fill-seal applications. The new film, called Neocell, was developed at the group's FFS center of excellence in Mont-de-Marsan in France.More

Mondi unveils new polyethylene-based film
Packaging News
Mondi has launched a new polyethylene-based film called PerfoamPack. It recently launched its pack, which it claims combines sustainability with cost savings, at German trade fair FachPack.More

Europe to use 170 billion plastic bottles a year by 2020
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The importance of plastic in packaging means that that the volume of plastic bottles in Europe will increase to approximately 170 billion units, according to market analysts Ceresana.More

Chicken packaging is something to cluck about, says AMERIPEN
Greener Package
AMERIPEN (American Institute for Packaging and the Environment) has completed a detailed study of the effects of packaging on the value chain for the chicken industry, and has released a brochure describing those findings.More

US demand for beverage containers to reach 265 billion units in 2017
Packaging Digest
U.S. demand for beverage containers is expected to increase 1.7 percent annually through 2017 to 265 billion units, valued at $29.1 billion.More

1 billion tons of steel recycled in 25 years
Greener Package
The Steel Recycling Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary, highlighting achievements such as an 88 percent recycling rate, increased energy efficiency, and reduced CO2 emissions.More

New bag alliance leader ready to defend plastic
Plastics News
After retiring from Alcoa Inc., Lee Califf needed a hip replacement. And after his recovery was completed, he was itching to get back to work. "Once I recovered from that, I was ready to get back and do something else," he said. "I'm too young to be actually retired. I wanted to get back to work."More

PAC Food Waste initiative set to launch in November
Packaging Digest
In response to the recent Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Food Wastage Footprint Summary Report and call for action, the PAC board of directors announced the launch of the PAC Food Waste initiative.More

MAXStick Products offers platen roller
PFFC
MAXStick Products announces the development of a new compound platen roller that is designed to work with traditional linerless label printers to accommodate hot melt, rubber-based adhesives. This new compound platen roller is also certified to work with the complete line of MAXStick liner-free label products.More

EuPC criticizes bioplastic sector over bag claims
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
EuPC, the EU-level trade association representing European plastics converters, has come out in favor he European Commission's green paper on plastics waste while criticizing the bioplastic industry.More

Campbell launches large particulates in aseptic cartons
Packaging World
The vegetable side dishes under the sub-brand "Cuisinés al dente" are now available in the 500-g combiblocMidi carton pack from SIG Combibloc. In Mediterranean Ratatouille, Ratatouille with Yellow Vegetables, Aubergines Confit and Vegetable Hotpot variants, ready-to-serve vegetable side dishes are now on the supermarket shelf in carton packs — right next to similar canned products.More

Sidel places new focus on business in Africa
European Plastics News
Eastern Europe. Asia. South America. These are the regions exalted as being future areas of economic growth, thanks to cheaper labor, a growing middle class and more expendable income. But what about Africa? More

British Heart Foundation calls for government to introduce plain packs
Packaging News
The government should commit to introducing plain cigarette packaging to protect youngsters from "a deadly habit," the British Heart Foundation said.More

45 percent of US households have access to carton recycling
Greener Package
The Carton Council of North America has announced that 45 percent of U.S. households can now recycle cartons through their curbside recycling programs and other recycling venues, thanks to a unique voluntary private and public collaboration that includes industry, recycling facilities, and local governments.More

Homer, Alaska, voters overturn plastic bag ban
Plastics News
"Paper or plastic?" might become a common question again at retail stores in Homer, Alaska, as voters have likely overturned the city's plastic bag ban. Along with normal city elections, voters cast their vote in a ballot measure aimed at repealing Homer's plastic bag ban Oct. 1.More