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Innovative technology drives barrier packaging trends
By Don Rosato
Despite being costly, plastic barrier packaging has established itself in the food and beverage sector because it can prevent oxygenation and thus degradation of contents. It is being used to increase shelf life, protect flavor profiles and maintain food appearance without adding preservatives. Knowing what the next "green" sustainable trends are in the packaging world is a must in order for companies to enhance their environmental credentials. Let's take a look at some key sustainable plastics barrier packaging trends.
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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.

How to balance easy package opening with secure sealing
Packaging Digest
Consumers clamor for easy-open packages in research report after research report — many times appearing as the No.1 complaint when it is not a feature of the packaging. Yet, in today’s safety-conscious environment, the need to assure customers that your product is safe to consume or use is ever present. Adhesives expert Pierce Covert, president of Glue Machinery Corp., shares advice about balancing secure package sealing and tamper-evident/theft-prevention packaging with easy-open convenience.
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BerryFresh introduces the resealable top-seal and a new shaker
Fresh Plaza
Special Fruit has taken another look at the packaging requirements. New labels, top-seals, shakers and punnets were developed, to reflect a unique twist in the market. Better functionality and customer satisfaction not only come with resealable top-seals and shakers, but also the flexibility to include new varieties when these appear on the market.
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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

Smart sensors improve packaging machinery performance
Packaging Digest
Big Data and the industrial "Internet of Things" can improve the operation of packaging systems, but it all starts with small data from smart sensors. Continuing developments in sensing technology have fueled user expectations in nearly every industry, and packaging is no exception. Intelligent sensors are allowing packaging machinery manufacturers and their customers to get more data from individual sensors via a variety of interfaces, resulting in operational improvements.
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Business reviews now available on the TAPPI Buyer's Guide
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.

Ceresana issues study on polyamides
Market research institute Ceresana announced a new study on polyamides, said to be among the most versatile plastics. The study expects sales growth for polyamides from 3.1 percent per year to approximately $31.2 billion dollars in 2022. According to Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana, especially important are polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 are important. “In 2014, global revenues of $24.4 billion dollars were achieved with these two polyamide types." Synthetic fibers made of polyamide, colloquially called "nylon," are said to be very tear- and abrasion-resistant. They have a very high elasticity and shape stability. Polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 are mainly used for the production of textile and industrial filaments.
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FLEXcon launches green glow-in-the-dark packaging film
Flexible Packaging
FLEXcon, an innovator in adhesive coating and laminating, has announced an extension to its Phosphorescent product line with Phosphorescent PP 600 Lt. Green V-58 94 PFW. This light green glow-in-the-dark novelty grade film offers more flexibility — wider width, lower-cost alternative to phosphorescent vinyl, and is able to be customized with a variety of adhesives and release liners for specific application and converting methods. For brands and converters looking to be more sustainable, this 6 mil light green glow-in-the-dark polypropylene film is ideal for indoor novelty stickers and decals, P-O-P displays, and promotional graphics.
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The need for flexible technology in packaging
European Plastics News
Packaging trends, electric machines and understanding the sustainability needs of converters: These were key talking points in February, when Plastics News Europe attended a roundtable on plastics packaging organized by Engel at its Schwertberg headquarters, with experts from the Austrian molding machine group and Swiss moldmaking and automation companies. Christoph Steger, Engel’s managing director sales, referred to Engel with its 4,800 employees being close to achieving 1 billion euros annual turnover, of which packaging applications account for 100 million euros.
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All-natural cocktail mixers adopt aseptic carton packaging
Greener Package
Salem, Massachusetts-based vintage cocktail mixer producer Powell & Mahoney, Ltd., in collaboration co-packer Leahy-IFP Co., is now offering premium specialty cocktail mixers in aseptic carton packs from SIG Combibloc. According to SIG Combibloc, the strengths of carton packs include their convenience and their product protection qualities. Using the gentle aseptic filling and packaging technology, the products retain their natural flavors and color, and no preservatives are necessary. If left unopened, they have a long shelf life, and require no refrigeration.
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Mini and single-serve packs prove less is more
Packaging Digest
Small packages deliver big value for food, beverage, health care and personal care products. Single-serve and miniaturized packaging is hot and getting hotter, for food and beverage as well as health and beauty products. Consumer lifestyles are driving the trend toward smaller packs, with numerous factors playing a role. For food and drinks, issues like convenience, dietary awareness, freshness and reducing waste are core drivers. A growing range of eating and drinking occasions — at home, work, school and in-transit — is part of the mix, too.
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What's behind rising cap and closure demand?
Packaging World
World demand for caps and closures is projected to increase 5.6 percent per year to $58 billion in 2019 according to Cleveland-based industry research firm The Freedonia Group, Inc. In its new study, "World Caps & Closures," Freedonia notes that in unit terms, demand is expected to rise 4 percent annually to 2.2 trillion. It says that although the majority of cap and closure demand in unit terms is for low-cost commodity types such as plastic screw caps and metal crowns, market value growth will be driven by the growing use of more sophisticated closure products in packaging for pharmaceuticals and beauty products.
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The power of packaging at the doorstep
Packaging Digest
Brands need to explore new packaging strategies in the era of online delivery to keep consumers coming back for more. Packaging offers a way to establish brand identity and create personalized consumer experiences. But in the era of online delivery, shouldn’t brands do a lot more to give online shoppers more compelling and on brand packaging experiences — right on the consumer’s doorstep? In today’s economic environment, after all, brands are competing as much on the experiences they offer as the products they sell.
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