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Innovative corrugated is the material of the future Packaging Europe Corrugated plays a pivotal role in supply chain sustainability by protecting goods in transit and now its cushioning qualities are also being put to equally effective use helping to safeguard cyclists from head injuries on the U.K.’s busy roads. The material has been engineered into a cycling safety helmet launched by a designer as a sustainable alternative to polystyrene. With a design that mimics the woodpecker, corrugated “tiny little airbags” absorb the energy of a collision preventing the helmet from cracking. The design has been tested to European standards and when compared to standard polystyrene, the results are impressive.
Flexible packaging demand Confectionary Production In a new study, PCI Films Consulting has analyzed 15 emerging flexible packaging markets, which currently account for more than 20 percent of global demand and concluded that collectively in the past five years they had grown twice as fast as the world average. Many companies have successfully gained from this market growth and have identified many new opportunities for growth in the coming years.
PVDC-coated film targets resealable food packaging applications Thomasnet.com By providing barrier against moisture, optiFLEX® RESEAL™ BARRIER Clear helps preserve food freshness as well as wet wipe product moistness. Polypropylene imparts tear resistance and durability for repeated opening/reclosure of flexible packaging substrates, while film conformability maximizes label and graphic coverage.
Packaging waste: Creating value by doing good Packaging Digest The recyclability of any piece of product packaging is dependent on its manufacturer. Consumers don’t make the decision to use a metallized pouch over a highly recyclable rigid plastic, or to substitute non-recyclable plastic for a bioplastic resin. Even so, the disposal method for packaging ends up being determined by consumers who ultimately need to decide if the fate of that packaging is resigned to the blue bin, or the garbage.
Fully Automated WVTR and OTR testing MOCON has virtually reinvented permeation testing with its fully automated oxygen and water vapor permeation systems. Faster testing, easier to use, increased accuracy, lower cost.
German packaging industry says there is cause for cautious confidence for 2015 Plastics Today This year, the German IK Association for Plastics Packaging forecast for the economic development in the first quarter of 2015 is considerably lower key than that of early 2014. Nonetheless, says the IK, "a positive expectation for 2015 prevails in the German plastic packaging industry, even though in many European countries the economic crisis is far from over." About 31 percent of the surveyed companies reported that they were cautiously looking forward to an increase in turnover, compared to only 7 percent in the last quarter of 2014.
Women in packaging: Taking the lead Packaging Digest More women are rising to the highest levels of leadership within packaging departments, and the trend promises to change how the packaging industry does business. The percentage of women in top leadership roles continues to grow, in industries ranging from automobile manufacturing to social media, and the packaging industry is mirroring the trend.
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Yumbutter presents new GO-Anywhere multi-serving pouches Brand Packaging In a hyper-productive society, consumer demand for convenience is on the rise as more Americans eat alone and on the go. Although eating alone is less experiential and more necessity, flavor is still a driving factor in purchasing decisions. Fortunately, both portability and gooey goodness are now available from Yumbutter, a brand of delicious, organic nut and seed butters offered in three handy GO-Anywhere multi-serving pouches.
German packaging industry says there is cause for cautious confidence for 2015 Plastics Today This year in 2015, the German IK Association for Plastics Packaging forecast for the economic development in the first quarter of 2015 is considerably lower key than that of early 2014. Nonetheless, says the IK, "a positive expectation for 2015 prevails in the German plastic packaging industry, even though in many European countries the economic crisis is far from over." About 31 percent of the surveyed companies reported that they were cautiously looking forward to an increase in turnover, compared to only 7 percent in the last quarter of 2014.
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Researcher uses crustaceans to make bio-food packaging Manufacturing.net It can take 100 to 400 years for petroleum-based plastic bottles and films to biodegrade. It’s an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways — one study estimates that there could be 270,000 tons of everyday plastics floating in the world’s oceans — and has helped accelerate a push towards more eco-friendly alternatives. According to a researcher working with the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque County in Spain, a potential answer could be also out in the deep blue.
Packaging: Groomed for global expansion Packaging Today Pressure on pricing is driving demand for cost savings in packaging. Packaging is a key area for health & beauty marketers to target reducing costs, as pressure on health & beauty retail pricing, driven by the poorer economic circumstances and restricted consumer spending generally, is creating an intensification of competition in the marketplace. A Canadean survey of key packaging industry experts found that 91 percent of respondents ranked product price as an important factor in influencing consumer choice when buying health & beauty products, with 55 percent citing this as very important.
Business reviews now available on the TAPPI Buyer's Guide MultiView Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our TAPPI Buyer's Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. Visit the TAPPI Buyer's Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.
Our understanding of sustainable packaging remains disconnected Packaging Digest Things would be different if we all thought about packaging sustainability the same way. That's what you, the Packaging Digest readers, told us when we asked what stands in the way of making packaging more sustainable. More than the challenges of inadequate recycling and composting infrastructure, more than your inability to charge a premium for more sustainable packaging options, the enemy number one is the lack of a common understanding of what exactly "sustainable packaging" means.
OXO starts 2015 with new look and feel Packaging Europe "OXO and OXO Cubes are iconic, but over time the packaging had become overly complicated and fussy. We stripped all this away and enlarged the OXO letters as they stand for so much, we wanted to reinstate a boldness and confidence along with great shelf impact," said Stephen Bell, Executive Creative Director at Coley Porter Bell
Aseptic packaging stirs up the beverage business Packaging Digest A major contract/private label packager installs new high-acid aseptic packaging lines to produce the “package of the future” — and expects to revolutionize the beverage aisle. LiDestri Food & Beverage wants to change the face of the beverage aisle from the ho-hum round bottle to what it sees as the stand-out package of the future: Aseptic cartons.
Brazilian lab turns fruits, veggies into edible plastic Environment News Service Imagine putting a pizza in the oven without having to remove the plastic casing that protects the pizza from contamination. The plastic film consists of tomatoes and, when heated, it will become part of the pizza. This edible plastic has been developed by researchers at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa Instrumentation, a state-owned company affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture.
Designing packaging from the outside in Plant Engineering Rethinking packaging design revolutionizes logistics costs and delivery quality. According to packaging guru Professor Diana Twede at Michigan State, packaging engineer Kevin Howard earned a bucket of gold stars when in a breakthrough creativity moment he dreamed up a new way for HP to ship Deskjet printers - pallet-less. Not only did his concept reduce the weight, and therefore shipping costs for HP and its customers, but it took logistics and packaging on a whole new path toward "self-packing" designs.
NestFresh Eggs gets packaging refresh Packaging Digest Previous NestFresh packaging showed the iconic mountains home to Colorado, the company's birthplace. Several of the new labels showcase photos taken at NestFresh farms across the country, incorporating cage free barns and the natural living conditions the hens enjoy every day. Further, organic labels show the free range hens in the beautiful outdoor area provided on the farm. This not only helps to tell the company's story, but also establishes NestFresh's place as an advocate in the movement for animal welfare.
RPC look to shake up ready meals market Packaging News The range brings the principle of the shaker pack – where ingredients are shaken and mixed together immediately before eating – to pasta dishes. The thermoformed PP/EVOH/PP 590ml multilayer pot from RPC Bebo Plastik delivers an ambient shelf life of 18 months. The injection moulded PP lid is manufactured by RPC Bramlage and provides a tight hermetic seal with the pot to prevent leakage of the sauce.
New Fresha packaging extends shelf life of fruit and veg The Grocer A food packaging company has developed a new food bag which uses minerals contained in the material of the bag itself to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit and veg. Producer Fresh 'n'Smart said that the bags would keep common household fruit like bananas fresh for up to 11 days.
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