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McDonald's made drive-thru packaging for bikes Fast Company McDonald's may be best known for its suburban-friendly drive-thrus catering to minivans full of children, but in a promotion led by Tribal, the burger company has introduced a somewhat wild idea in the world of fast food: Bike-friendly packaging. The folding cardboard container looks to be inspired by hotel do-not-disturb signs as it dangles precariously from your handlebars. But inside, it’s a tiny feat of fast food engineering, with two compartments — one for a burger, one for a small fry — and a hole at the bottom that creates a cup holder for your drink.
Patented metal closure bridges glass-to-PET conversion Packaging Digest A patent from Silgan Closures allows manufacturers that switch to PET bottles to continue to use their existing metal closure equipment. Do you know the feeling when something new comes along that makes your old technology obsolete? You can imagine what that’s like for food packagers who wish to convert from glass containers to plastic containers only to find that their capping equipment only handles metal closures rather than plastic.
New Metalvac E LWS metallized paper Packaging Europe Metalvac E LWS is a light wet-strength metallized paper for glue-applied labeling of non-returnable and plastic containers such as PET bottles for water and beverages, and single-use glass bottles for water and beer. The technical properties of this new product means it can withstand the cool, moist conditions the container undergoes during the labelling process and subsequent conservation in ice buckets and refrigerators.
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.
Picking the right pouch machinery depends on the application Plastics News There are a couple of different ways to package goods in pouches. Companies can fill preformed pouches, or they can use what are called form-fill-seal machines that not only create pouches from roll stock but then also fill those pouches. So the question is which way is better?
Sun Chemical announces resistance coatings PFFC Sun Chemical reports the launch of SunSys resistance coatings, a series of water-based coatings formulated to impart or enhance resistance properties to paper and board substrates while at the same time being FDA compliant for direct food contact.
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Ready-to-mix U-Boot cocktail bottle packs a one-two punch Packaging Digest Beverage packaging, especially for spirits, is a perennial source of creative packaging design. One of the category’s more interesting structural innovations is a package from German company Getränke GmbH & Co. for U-Boot (which translates as U-boat or submarine). The U-Boot package, which features a small bottle inside a larger bottle, lets consumers create a mixed drink — specifically, a U-boat cocktail — by simply opening the package.
Growing demand for plastic containers in US market Plastics Today U.S. demand for plastic containers is forecast to increase 4.9 percent annually to $32.4 billion in 2016, consuming 14.2 billion pounds of resin, according to a recent study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. Growth will be driven by performance advantages over alternative packaging formats as well as a recovery in the broader economy following the 2007-2009 recession.
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Resin shortages leading to packaging price hikes in Europe Plastics News European plastics packaging companies have begun announcing that they are raising product prices due to high polymer costs and tight supplies in the wake of a series of force majeure declarations in the region. Linpac Group, headquartered in Featherstone, England, was the latest company to declare it was raising prices, releasing a statement June 11 that the “recent turbulence in its raw material supply chain and concluded that its rigid and flexible packaging prices will have to increase in the face of current sharp cost increases.”
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WaterBox growing in package size and market reach Packaging Digest The bag-in-box WaterBox that makes packaged water affordable in a sustainable format in two sizes is poised for bigger things, including entry into the U.S. Leading Brands, Inc., Vancouver, Canada, has filed patent applications in both the United States and Canada to protect its new WaterBox that uses 85 percent less plastic than conventional bottled water.
Speakers: Pouch makers must be proactive on end-of-life issues Plastics News Plastics provide advantages when compared with other packaging, but they also have a huge problem, according to a pair of environmental consultants. Pouches, which are being adopted more and more for a variety of consumer goods, use fewer resources compared with other packaging. They generate less waste. And they can help protect and save product better.
SPC: Role of sustainable packaging Food Production Daily The journey to being more sustainable as part of the circular economy is continuing with a number of important areas from a packaging perspective, according to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.
EAS protein powder gives consumers a scoop on convenience Packaging Digest A scoop in lid for the new Building Block container of EAS Sports Nutrition protein powder supplements is reminiscent of Abbott Labs’ award-winning Similac baby formula packaging. The packaging switched from the standard round containers and lid with scoop buried inside the powder to a category-differentiating rectangular container with the scoop affixed neatly inside the lid.
How TIPA's 100 percent biodegradable packaging plans to solve the food waste problem Geektime In a world that likes to eat, food packaging is the No. 1 contributor to waste. TIPA, founded in Israel in April 2010 by Daphna Nissenbaum and Tal Neuman, has developed a 100 percent biodegradable and compostable solution for the packaging of food – specifically in the realm of flexible packaging, an industry estimated to be worth $65 billion.
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13th TAPPI European PLACE Conference Proceedings
The 13th TAPPI European PLACE Conference (Polymers, lamination, Adhesives, Coating & Extrusions) was held May 30- June 1, 2011 in Bregenz, Austria. his event focused on the extrusion coating and laminating industry featuring the latest technology and developments in: • Raw materials • Processing • Inspection and applications These proceedings contain papers presented throughout the conference. Fully searchable CD-ROM.
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