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Would you like to hear what companies like Dow, Exxon, DuPont, Tetrapak, Leprino Foods, Davis Standard and others have to say about the latest trends in packaging? Attend the 15th Biennial TAPPI European PLACE Conference May 11-13 in Nice, France and take advantage of the opportunity to meet with many industry experts under one roof. Plenty of networking and a tour to CEMEF MINES Paris Tech will complete this extraordinary event. Seats are still available so register now!
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ExxonMobil polymer is for cast power pre-stretch films
PFFC
ExxonMobil Chemical announced a Vistamaxx 6000 performance polymer for high-performance cast power pre-stretch (PPS) films. Using Vistamaxx 6000 in the functional layer of cast PPS films reportedly provides outstanding ultimate stretch, excellent holding force, and tear propagation resistance even at thin gauge. The company says this can contribute to the secure and safe transportation of goods, while helping to reduce waste and cost from damaged products.
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  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.
 


Reliability comes to palletizing
Packaging World
Even companies whose names are recognized worldwide must periodically re-evaluate equipment in order to maintain market dominance. When one such manufacturer learned that an outdated palletizing robot gripper had to be replaced, they turned to Premier Tech Chronos for a retrofit.
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High performance packaging
Confectionery Production
ARA Food Corporation has increased capacity, improved efficiency and reduced overheads with the installation of the third packaging system. The investment is part of the company’s drive to expand production and grow its business. Located in Florida, snacks manufacturer ARA manufactures different varieties of snacks and chips, including tropical snacks such as plantain, yuca root and cassava chips, as well as white sweet potato chips, pork rinds and pork cracklings, which increases the need for production capacity.
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Quality doctor blades and end-seals


In addition to being a manufacturer of quality metal, composite, and plastic doctor blades, Allison Systems now offers OEM and custom design chamber end seals. MORE
 


Hygienic design: Keeping foods clean
Packaging Europe
Food manufacturers face increasing pressure to enhance the safety of the supply chain. Recent reports of hygiene failures in the U.K.'s food industry have raised concerns about safety and contamination. Increased consumer awareness of product contamination is driving changes in the industry, specifically the need for hygienic manufacturing practices to mitigate risks and avoid future scandals. Manufacturers need to ensure that they have thorough processes in place, well-trained personnel and superior equipment to minimize the possibility of cross contamination.
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PET sports beverage container is a winner
Packaging World
Amcor Rigid Plastics was the supplier behind the award-winning bottle, which is an injection stretch blow molded PET. The 350-mL and 500-mL bottles feature a sport-infused look with a highly reflective and clean label with ghosted attributes. These are tied together with a hexagonal texturing feature on both the label and the container.
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Business reviews now available on the TAPPI Buyer's Guide
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Snappier packaging for Fritos snacks
Media Update
Fritos, the popular corn chip brand, has received a packaging makeover in an attempt to draw more attention in the snack aisle. The packaging re-launch is focused on refreshing the look of the range of corn chips and to address consumer needs, while also boosting brand exposure in retail outlets. The revamped Fritos range now features a clean, clear and distinguished design with a more prominent logo.
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Experts to examine critical issues in food and beverage packaging
Packaging Digest
Did you know that PepsiCo doesn't want "monster machines" for its packaging lines; e-commerce economics are transforming the food and beverage markets. For example, direct-to-consumer sales let wine makers keep the entire margin instead of having to share it with distributors; elderly consumers find water bottles and cereal boxes among the most frustrating to open; smaller packs that are easy to carry and store are key to unlocking sales in mega-cities. These were just some of the many insights revealed at the 2014 Global Food & Beverage Packaging Summit.
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Plastic packaging recycling rises 9 percent in Canada
Plastics Today
Canada recycles, big time! An additional 9 percent of plastic packaging was recycled in 2013 compared with 2012, reports Moore Recycling Associates Inc., in a press release issued by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. This increase is the result of more material collected for recycling as well as more companies providing recycling information, says the news release. In total, more than 311 million kilograms of postconsumer plastic packaging were collected in Canada for recycling.
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Ampac almond pouch has QuickZip closure
PFFC
Ampac introduces its first commercial stand-up pouch with customer Select Harvest, utilizing the QuickZip closure featuring the Aplix fastener system. QuickZip is an alternative closure to the traditional press-to-close zipper. The innovation utilizes a zipper closure method with hook and loop technology that is easy to open and reseal for those that struggle with traditional closures.
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Scientists design lotus leaf-inspired packaging that repels liquids
Daily Mail
When it comes to yogurt lids there are typically three types of people: The "licker," the "spooner" who scrapes the remaining yogurt back into the pot, and the "waster" who throws it away. But a new kind of lid will unite these groups. Called Toyal Lotus, the technology is inspired by the water-repellent nature of a lotus leaf and uses microscopic bumps to stop liquids from sticking.
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There is a lot of horsing around in this box pouch
Packaging Digest
Dr. Thornley's Hay Balancer from Equine Health Sciences repackages from a 50-lb "no frills" woven feed bag to a 20-lb netweight stand-up "box pouch" that aims to corral the horse feed market in the West. According to Todd Christensen, EHS president, the original packaging was a 50-lb poly-woven feed bag that was filled and sown-closed at the pelleting plant. He says that the bag was not water-resistant, was hard to open and store and included a sewn-on paper label with only the legally required information.
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Packaging design has kids in mind
The Packer
Leading grower-shippers are using the winning concept of smaller fruit in high-graphic bags to introduce kids and their parents to new varieties of fresh fruit. "Our Lil Snappers line has really focused on getting different flavors and combinations of apples like Honeycrisp, gala, fuji, Piñata and Pink Lady into kids' hands so they can try something beyond what they’re fed at school or beyond the family staple at home," said Brianna Shales, communications manager for Wenatchee, Washington-based Stemilt Growers.
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Polystyrene will remain the resin of choice for trays in meat, poultry and seafood packaging
Packaging Digest
Atlas Holdings has launched Novipax operating company, following its acquisition of Sealed Air's North American foam trays and absorbent pads business. The sale includes Sealed Air’s five manufacturing facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana; Paxinos and Reading, Pennsylvania; Rockingham, North Caroline; and Grenada, Mississippi and will produce absorbent pads and expanded polystyrene foam trays.
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