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Consumer attitudes fostering new trends in packaging and labeling Flexible Packaging Consumer behavior has undergone several changes in recent years. Some of these changes were driven by the global recession, some by the expansion of the Internet and others are a result of the increased emphasis on health and nutrition globally. This evolution of consumer behavior, however, has impacted the expectations from products on the retail shelf significantly.
5 simple, yet effective, savings in plastic caps Packaging Digest With increasing raw material costs, it is becoming ever so difficult to maintain the same retail price of products. One of the integral parts of any consumables is packaging and the departments have been pressing efforts on how to cut down on the amount of materials used. Caps and closures are a main component of many product packages. Here are five ways designers, specifiers and procurement agents can shave costs by playing with the closure design, process or grade of material.
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Nestlé Waters brand introduces 100 percent rPET bottle Greener Package resource Natural Spring Water, part of the Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) portfolio of bottled waters, has launched a new bottle made with 100 percent rPET, excluding the label and cap. According to resource, it is one of the first premium natural spring water brands to offer a 100 percent rPET bottle nationwide. With its move to a 100 percent rPET bottle, the company says it hopes to focus attention on the uses of rPET, while reinforcing the importance of bottle-to-bottle recycling and increasing awareness and demand for recycled plastic.
Demystifying millennials for packaging designers Packaging Digest When you understand what drives most millennials, you can design packages that reflect their values and gain their business. Mackenzie King, director of design research and insight translation, Lextant, explained the psyche of the millennial generation in a presentation at the Global Food & Beverage Packaging Summit.
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Packaging containers made of petroleum-based materials Refrigerated & Frozen Foods St. Louis-based Anchor Packaging launched the WAVE series of containers, which incorporates an ergonomic design, reduction of petroleum-based materials and an upscale presentation with smooth, clean lines and wide viewing panels. These containers are available in 16, 24 and 32 ounce sizes.
BPF slams Selfridges plastic water bottle ban Packaging News Selfridges, the department store, announced the ban on plastic water bottles as an attempt to tackle marine litter. It said it would install water fountains for customers to refill their own containers. Alannah Weston, deputy chairman of Selfridges Group, said: “We aim to drive awareness of the serious threat plastic poses to our oceans.” Philip Law, the BPF’s director general said, “The availability of water in portable, lightweight bottles promotes good health and can be critical in emergency situations. Plastic products do not litter themselves onto our streets or into our oceans, people do.”
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4 hot trends inspiring food and beverage packaging Packaging Digest Many packaging departments grapple with how to innovate during a time when the pace of change keeps accelerating. With new technologies materializing all the time, how can you discern the best direction for the future? One way is to concentrate on emerging trends that hold the most promise for your business.
P&G latest to join the recycling partnership Plastics Today Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble Co. has joined The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit group which aims to increase curbside recycling in the U.S. The company is the latest member to join the partnership and is among the ranks of Amcor, Coca-Cola Co., Sonoco Products Co., American Chemistry Council, Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers and the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
Tiny plankton snacking on plastic is a big problem for the food chain CNET The effect of plastic microbeads – found in toothpaste and exfoliants – on microscopic marine life is unknown. But thanks to filmmaker Verity White, we can clearly see that zooplankton are ingesting the microbeads along with their normal diet of phytoplankton. The footage is part of a six-minute film from Five Films called "Ren Kyst - Got a Spare Afternoon?" about litter and coastal cleanups that late last month won the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management in the U.K..
What TSCA modernization means for food packaging Food Chemical News Following the U.S. House’s recent passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act Modernization Act of 2015, Tom Berger, a partner at Keller and Heckman LLP specializing in TSCA and TSCA reform matters, spoke with Food Chemicals News about what the bill means for the food packaging industry if it becomes law.
Packaging has big shoulders: The weight it carries for brands Brand Packaging Unless a package is particularly hard to open, such as the plastic clamshells that imprison electronics, the first time most consumers consciously consider packaging is when it’s empty. But by the time they toss it away (hopefully into a recycling bin), the package has served myriad roles — most underappreciated — in the food and beverage value chain.
'D'-shaped bottle differentiates custom motor oils Packaging World Driven Racing Oil of Huntersville, North Carolina, manufactures high-technology lubricants to optimize the engine performance of racing cars, from hot rods to NASCAR and Indy cars, whether driven by professionals or weekend amateur racers. Its products are also used to protect the valuable vintage engines of collectors’ classic cars. Recently the company realized it needed to rev up its packaging to distinguish it from other motor oil products on the retail shelf.
Why are the food and beverage industries being reinvented? Packaging Digest Mega-shifts in the food and beverage industries, driven by consumer and business forces, have the potential to disrupt a company’s DNA and its very purpose. Being aware of these overarching trends can help packaging departments better serve their company’s fluctuating business needs.
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