PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Oct. 22, 2014

Where package meets person: 3 ways to improve the relationship
Packaging Digest
Demographic, lifestyle and healthcare trends are driving demand for better human-package interaction. When consumers encounter a package in what Procter & Gamble calls the second moment of truth, the point of use, a special relationship emerges. In that moment, product success aligns with how well the consumer interacts with the package.More

Package drives customer loyalty
Packaging World
The re-launch of Norwegian Mills's margarine products in a custom packaging solution from RPC Superfos recognises the fact that the margarine business is a competitive one that also demands continuous development in terms of its packaging, as Ole Kristian Vestbekken, Senior Packaging Consultant at Mills, explains.More

Packaging lab encourages medical professionals to speak their minds
Packaging Digest
Intuitive, user-friendly packaging is essential in health care settings, where quick, confident access to treatment devices and diagnostic products can make a life-changing difference for patients. To improve the user experience for health care professionals using its cardiac catheters, Boston Scientific created a unique packaging lab, where it hosts catheterization-lab technicians, nurses and managers. Called the User Experience Research Lab, the facility is laid out like a working “cath lab,” right down to shelving systems and lighting.More

US demand for rigid bulk packaging to reach $7.3 billion in 2018
Packaging World
Demand for rigid bulk packaging is projected to increase 4 percent annually to $7.3 billion in 2018. The projected growth represents an improvement from the performance of the 2008-2013 period as manufacturing output and construction activity recover further from post-recession troughs. These and other trends are presented in Rigid Bulk Packaging, a new study from market research firm, The Freedonia Group, Inc.More

Tetra Pak to make 1st all plant-based package
European Plastics News
Packaging giant Tetra Pak International SA is rolling out what it said will be the industry's first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials. The Switzerland-headquartered firm said its new Tetra Rex carton, which will be commercially available in 2015, would be the first on the market to feature bio-based low density polyethylene films and bio-based high density PE caps, both being derived from sugar cane.More

Highlights of bioplastic material and process building blocks
By Don Rosato
The chemical industry relies heavily on traditional sources of carbon — oil, natural gas, coal and biomass. These four substances are the starting point for around 40 basic chemicals and more than 40,000 chemical products. With its low cost and low toxicity, carbon dioxide is an attractive carbon feedstock for the synthesis of polymers, especially polycarbonates and polyurethanes that are primarily based on the condensation of highly toxic phosgene and aromatic or aliphatic diols.More

Supermarket sweep: Packaging trends from the shop floor
Packaging News
Packaging Innovations Show and saw just what the big brands and retailers are doing to grab an increasingly sophisticated consumer base. There are a number of trends driving the changes in packaging – and they provide a useful and rather intriguing glimpse into the future.More

Halo foods announces multi-million pound investment in Honey Monster Brand
Packaging Europe
Halo is launching a reformulated, re-branded version of its iconic cereal, which will see the introduction of a new name, Honey Monster Puffs. The new product features a revised recipe with less sugar and more honey, as well as a reinvigorated packaging design with traffic light nutritionals on front of pack – making it one of the first branded cereals in the U.K. to proactively display this information to consumers.More

How 3-D printing empowers packaging operations
Packaging Digest
3-D printers have been used for years to make packaging prototypes. But the new frontier for 3-D printing is a bit more industrious, as packaging engineers figure out how to use it to help their manufacturing operations.More

Food packaging safety: Risk identification, prioritization and response
Packaging Digest
Identifying, analyzing, and understanding risk can be a daunting task. Here are the basics: Assume that what you don’t know and/or don't control will eventually hurt you. Whether you purchase raw materials, intermediate goods, or finished ready-to-ship products, the professionals in charge of regulatory affairs and food safety need to have a full understanding of and confidence that every item coming in the door of the facility and/or passing through external and contract facilities, is suitable for its intended purpose and safe for consumer use.More

Multi-functional packaging: Levi's Basics
The Dieline
MAD Projects Industries has stripped down Levi's Basics to a bare minimium. Undergarments are packaged in a multi-functional packaging. The boxer brief is pouched in kraft paper, slipped into a cardboard box and embellished with a polka-dotted match-strike. The "Truck" is stored in a tray box, printed with wood grain and finished with the garment logo. Finally, rediscovered Long Socks of Mr. Strauss are hipsterified and tucked inside a mason jar with a bonus needle and thread.More

Halloween-themed packaging sparks spending
Packaging Digest
It's that time of year where summer is behind us and Thanksgiving steadily approaching which can only mean one thing — trick or treat! This year's (2014) Halloween season is poised to be bigger than ever as the National Retail Federation predicts total Halloween sales will reach $7.4 billion this year as Americans gear up for the holiday.More

Bird-friendly coffee brand earns street credibility with compostable pouch
Packaging World
Dorset, U.K.-based organic coffee company Bird & Wild has expanded its product distribution through the use of renewable, compostable packaging films. Bird & Wild produces certified Bird Friendly coffees, which means the coffee has been grown in a way that protects important migratory bird habitats in equatorial coffee growing regions. To enhance their environmental credentials, they chose Econic flexible pouch packaging, developed by New Zealand converter Convex Plastics.More

Dyson's 20 best inventions of the year include packaging innovations
The Dieline
Every year, the James Dyson Foundation holds a worldwide competition for the best inventions of the year that answer a simple brief: Design something that solves a problem. Before the announcement of the big winner on Nov.6, Dyson has unveiled the top 20 inventions.More

An inside look at how we can grow sustainable recycling programs in the US
Packaging Digest
Consumers have made their interest in recycling abundantly clear: They will recycle when recycling is convenient and cost effective. Thanks to the growth of cart-based single-stream recycling over the past decade, we have seen growth in curbside recycling programs in communities across the nation.More

Will sustainability and convenience make resealable packaging big in cosmetics?
CosmeticsDesign.com
Zip-Pak has been successfully marketing its resealable packaging in the food and household sectors for years, but now the company says sustainability and convenience could sway personal care consumers. The company recently unveiled two packaging solutions that specifically target the personal care and cosmetics at the recent Pack Expo event in Chicago.More

Americans continue to recycle more plastic bottles
Packaging World
Plastic bottle recycling grew 120 million pounds in 2013, edging up 4.3 percent, to top 2.9 billion pounds for the year, according to figures released jointly by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers and the American Chemistry Council. The recycling rate for plastic bottles climbed 0.4 percent to 30.9 percent for the year.More

Supermarket sweep: Packaging trends from the shop floor
Packaging News
Packaging Innovations Show and saw just what the big brands and retailers are doing to grab an increasingly sophisticated consumer base. There are a number of trends driving the changes in packaging – and they provide a useful and rather intriguing glimpse into the future.More

Packaging manufacturer sues Frito-Lay over Doritos Gamer Pack
Plastics Today
Packaging is big business, and for brand owners it is a major differentiator when their products hit store shelves. Packaging design also involves patented intellectual property. Recently, Clear Lam Packaging Inc., filed suit against Frito-Lay in Chicago's federal court, accusing the snack-food giant of stealing a packaging design for its promotional boxes of Doritos.More

Increasing shelf life in fruit and vegetables
Food Processing & Packaging
A recent development in food packaging technology can delay the ripening of fruits and vegetables, offering a way to tackle the huge volumes of food waste, according to Cellresin Technologies. Ethylene is responsible for the ripening of fruit. The ethylene inhibitor, 1-MCP, has been used to stop ripening in cold storage facilities for some time, but Cellresin believes its technology is the first time it has been used in packaging.More

Africa emerging as 'exciting' polymer market
European Plastics News
Large-scale investment in African countries makes the region "one of the most exciting markets for polymers in the world today," says Applied Market Information, the U.K.-based research consultancy. It has published a study into the African polymers market, in which it forecasts 8 percent per year average annual increases in African polymer demand over the next five years, with diverse levels of annual growth varying from 5 percent in South Africa to 15 percent in Ivory Coast.More

All roads lead to accelerated M&A frenzy
Packaging News
The pace of change in the packaging market has been breathtaking affecting pretty much every sector, from plastics to cartons. The value of 2013's deals hit 13 billion euros – at this rate, 2014 could smash that barrier. So what’s the story behind these deals – what's the appeal of packaging at this moment in time and who are the key players in the M&A arena?More

Bioplastics market to reach $3.94 billion in 2014
Packaging World
The bioplastics market will reach a value of $3.94 billion in 2014, according to a new report, "Bioplastics Market Forecast 2014-2024," from Visiongain. Notes the report, the global bioplastics market is a small but significant sub-sector of the plastics industry. Bioplastics are an environment-friendly material that does not occupy landfills. Moreover, plants provide a cheap and sustainable alternative to their petroleum counterparts.More

Shake, rattle and roll: Cutting-edge label pops on shelf
Packaging Digest
Bright and lightweight aluminum cans are also called "naked" in the labeling industry, explains Sean Keeney, president/CEO of Walle Corp. The company is a leading label supplier to the beverage, food and household-goods industries — including ANSI. "We recommended a roll-applied shrink label for ANSI's Flurry Protein Shake as an alternative to a pre-printed can," Keeney says. "The cost is justified because there is likely to be less surplus inventory of obsolete preprinted cans with label messages constantly changing or becoming irrelevant."More