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Major boom in plastics packaging
Packaging Today
Increasing demand in the health care industry and expansion into food beverages are expected to fuel a major boom in plastics packaging over the next five years. Barry Mansfield looks at the roles likely to be played by innovations, trends and new regulations, as well the urgent need to address environmental waste.
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Tetra Pak launches new consumables to improve food production efficiency
Food Safety Magazine
Tetra Pak has launched a range of hot-melt adhesives and lubricants specifically formulated for use with its own filling machines. The adhesives, developed in partnership with adhesive producer Henkel, offer improved bonding, lower adhesive consumption and reduced maintenance costs for cap, straw and secondary packaging applications. The products were recently trialled by Al Buheira Lacnor Dairies LLP (Lacnor), the United Arab Emirates' category leader in fruit juice and dairy, with impressive results.
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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.

Jack Link's jerky and packaging changed from the inside out
Packaging Digest
Over the past five years, segment leader Jack Link’s Protein Snacks has spearheaded the 40 percent growth of the multi-billion dollar meat snacks category. The company reports that it has added more dollar growth every year than all competitors combined. To keep that front-running momentum going, the company is introducing a multifaceted brand refresh that includes an updated logo, package design and product formulation to create an even more compelling choice for consumers.
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KHS cuts packaging with direct printing on PET
European Plastics News
KHS has been pouring a lot of time into solving issues related to direct printing on PET bottles, and after eight years of work, everyone involved in the effort soon could be toasting to their success. The German company with roots going back 145 years to filtration devices for bottled beer has a business unit called NMP Systems that has been working on go-to-market strategies for direct-print labels as well as a new adhesive system to bond multi-packs of containers.
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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

Foodservice Packaging Institute issues annual survey
The Foodservice Packaging Institute has announced its annual survey, reporting that industry growth and sales in 2014 has led the foodservice packaging industry to forecast even greater optimism for 2015 than last year. Nearly 85 percent of foodservice packaging manufacturers and suppliers experienced growth in volume, and more than 60 percent reported profit growth in 2014. That’s up from 60 percent and 50 percent, respectively, in the 2014 survey. This year, nearly three quarters of the industry expect both volume expansion and profit growth.
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Is your brand packaging properly aimed at a moving target?
Packaging Digest
Consumers can't be pigeon-holed any longer. Large numbers of them are responding to packaging that feels personal, fits their lifestyles and inspires them. The secret? Speak to and be in sync with your audience, while making each person within the group feel like they are the only person you are speaking to. It seems that the nature of marketers is to try to appeal to as broad an audience as possible, to the detriment of the brand in the eyes of their target audience.
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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.

Dietary supplement packaging: Pouch power
Nutritional Outlook
Any observant consumer can attest to the fact that flexible pouch packaging, especially stand-up-pouch packaging, continues to grow in popularity. For foods sold in grocery stores and other retail outlets, and, just recently, for some nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals, brand companies are turning to this type of packaging for reasons including its protective properties, its novel and contemporary appearance, portability, custom-printability, shipping and warehousing cost savings, seemingly endless closure/fitment/spout choices, and its contribution to a reduced carbon footprint.
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New bale grading specs seek to improve recycled PET quality
Plastics Today
The National Association for PET Container Resources has developed new bale quality grading specifications for postconsumer polyethylene terephthalate (EPT) bales. Designed to provide incentives to suppliers to improve recycled PET quality, the "grades" are defined based on the PET fraction of an incoming material load. To accompany the gradings, NAPCOR has also developed a PET material test audit; both have been passed on to the Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers where they are expected to undergo final review prior to integration into the model bale specification for PET.
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Clondalkin develops new generation packaging
Packaging Europe
The multi-layer film can be used as a "bag in box" liner for a wide variety of dry foods, including rice, dry pasta, dry noodles, baby food and cereal products. As well as possessing a high moisture barrier, the WENTOPRO® film provides a barrier against mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons. The German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection recommends that migration of MOSH should not exceed 2 mg/kg and MOAH levels should be no higher than 0.5mg/kg.
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Co-packer's bright shrink sleeve idea saves the day for Coke/Fuze-owned energy drinks
Packaging World
Recently, Fuze Beverage, owned by The Coca-Cola Company, found itself stuck with more than one million 12-oz. cans of its carbonated NOS brand energy drink in storage. The product, valued above $2 million and targeted as "fuel" to NASCAR race fans, couldn't be sold as-is because it was out of compliance with updated nutritional labeling regulations. There was no practical way to repackage the drink inside the cans, so labeling seemed an option.
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The case for flexible packaging
Packaging Today
Flexible packaging is highly prized for its suitability for a range of products and scope for cost-effective innovation. It is predicted to maintain its current rate of growth, and, perhaps even increase its market share. A study of trends by market research firm, Canadean, suggests that flexible packaging will be the fastest-growing sector of the packaging between 2013 and 2018. A projected 4.5 percent rise in global volumes in that period would outstrip increases of 4.2 percent and 3.3 percent for rigid plastics and glass respectively.
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The many factors to consider when deciding the best packaging for your food product
A study published at the University of Delaware found that the color of the packaging accounts for close to 85 percent of the reason why someone purchases a product. Would you buy an organic food item if its container box was black and not white or green? Perhaps not. While color plays a very important part in purchasing decisions, there are other equally significant factors that contribute to successful packaging.
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An obligation to excellence
Packaging Today
Contract packaging serves many different functions across the consumer sector. As a result, it reflects a range of influences, from personal consumer preferences, to larger economic forces like free-market competition and mass marketing. In order to stay one step ahead of demand, companies respond to shifting consumer behavior by continually striving to meet the needs of producers, retailers and users. The key to successful contract packaging in 2015 is innovation, while remaining strictly economical.
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