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Top 5 reasons for label and packaging errors
Packaging Europe
Wayne Johnson has worked in the food industry for over 20 years, with experience on both sides of the retail fence as a technical manager for First Milk and a supermarket auditor for Somerfield. He now works for Olympus Automation helping manufacturers eliminate label and date code errors with OAL's market leading Autocoding system. Here are his top five reasons for label and packaging errors in food manufacturing.
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Report predicts growth for flexible packaging
Plastics News
Flexible packaging in the United States grew in 2013 and is expected to continue to grow in 2014, according to a new report by the Flexible Packaging Association. The industry grew by 2.8 percent in 2013 to become a $27.2 billion industry, and 2014's forecasted growth is expected to be 3.8 percent, the Linthicum, Maryland-based trade group said. That would bring revenue to $28.2 billion for 2014.
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Q&A with Michael Hendrix from IDEO: The future of package design
The Dieline
As an IDEO partner, Michael Hendrix leads the Boston studio and guides the firm's East Coast-based Design Directors. Michael shares his thoughts on the future of packaging, package design and how he uses design as a transformative tool.
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Stefano Farris: Food packaging chemistry
Royal Society of Chemistry
Stefano Farris is an assistant professor in the department of food, environmental and nutritional sciences at the University of Milan, Italy. His research group designs and develops high-performance materials. Currently, they are researching how to develop new materials for food packaging applications, particularly in the form of coatings to improve and enhance plastic substrates.
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Can holds snack serving of hummus and chips
Packaging World
According to the 2013 "Healthy Snacking" study from Mintel, 65 percent of snackers are interested in healthy snacks, with 36 percent of snackers eating their snacks on the go. Addressing this market, as well as the spectacular spike in sales of hummus snacks — up 77 percent this year (2014) in units sold — Tribe Mediterranean Foods, has introduced a handy, backpack- and cup holder-friendly Hummus & Pita Chips snack pack in two varieties.
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Packaging trends and demands: new study available
Food Processing
North America's beverage packaging industry is expected to reach $26.3 billion dollars by 2015 — and plastic bottles are set to lead the way in popularity. The trends have been outlined in a new study by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies entitled "Beverage Packaging — An Industry Assessment."
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Plastics continue to dominate the caps and closures market
Plastics Today
The U.S. demand for caps and closures is projected to advance 4 percent per year to $11.1 billion in 2018, with unit demand exceeding 300 billion, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group. Gains will be driven by an acceleration in container unit growth relative to that of the 2008-2013 period, the continued popularity of single serving containers, and greater use of costlier product types, such as dispensing and child-resistant closures. Preventing faster growth will be the maturity of several large beverage applications and competition from closureless packaging options such as aluminum cans, most stand-up pouches, blister packs and peelable lidding.
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5 trends driving folding carton growth
Food Processing & Packaging
From cereal boxes to ready meals to pharmaceutical packaging, folding cartons are a key product in the global packaging market. This market, valued at $140,000 million in 2012, continues to grow and is forecast to be worth $184,000 million in 2018. This growth will be fed mainly by the continued and growing demand for health care products, as well as cigarettes, dry foods and frozen/chilled foods, especially in emerging economies, while demand in the developed regions is like to be somewhat muted in comparison.
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  Putting Innovations on Paper

From the discovery of hollow sphere pigments to the development of high-strength binders, Dow has been putting innovations on paper and paperboard for more than 50 years. MORE
 


New portable package shakes up powdered beverages category
Flexible Packaging
Perimeter Brand Packaging has announced the launch of BlenderPak, an on-the-go pouch for consumers who use powder drink mix products. Based on extensive consumer research, BlenderPak is designed to increase new usage occasions and invite more users to the powder category. BlenderPak is a patent pending single-serve, just-add-water package with a rigid fitment inside that acts both as a gripping structure and mixing ball.
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Mr Kipling overhauls brand and packaging
Design Week
The entire Mr Kipling portfolio of products is undergoing a packaging refresh and has been given a "modern feel using an uplifting color palette of pastel colors," according to Premier Foods. They have been designed to give "strong appetite appeal without feeling artificial" and to increase shelf visibility, according to Premier Foods.
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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
 


5 astonishing new facts about packaging
Packaging Digest
Incredibly, the contract packaging business has more than doubled since 2008 — even through the Great Recession — according to the Third Edition of The State of the Contract Packaging Industry report conducted by independent research firm SAI Industrial LLC on behalf of the Contract Packaging Association. Consistent demand for their services and a healthy profit margin in 2013 (26 percent to 31 percent on average) contributed to the exponential growth.
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  Reduce TiO2 Costs with Vinyl Binders

Use PVAc or VAE binders to achieve brightness and opacity while reducing expensive TiO2. Learn how BrightCoat can help you meet your optical and strength goals. 
 


Monty Bojangles offers consumers a 'new adventure in taste' with refreshed brand packaging
The Drum
Chocolate truffle range Monty Bojangles has worked with Springetts Brand Design Consultants to refresh its packaging ahead of a relaunch this month (August). Charged with reassessing Monty Bojangles existing range of six products and creating a new coherent brand story and engaging philosophy, Springetts set about creating a challenger brand that was unique to the category while also communicating the brand's quality.
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4 ways to enhance your packaging design
Packaging Digest
Packaging has become far more than just a container or carrier of a product. In today's competitive marketplace, cosmetic, personal care, food and other consumer product manufacturers depend on packaging to grab shoppers' attention and differentiate their brand from others on the shelf. But, beyond the "wow factor," modern packaging must also be functional and ergonomic, as consumers have begun to demand more from their bottles, lids, caps and closures.
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Frozen yogurt in a shell, no packaging required
Fast Company
For years, Harvard University professor David Edwards has worked to create edible food packaging designed to mimic the way nature creates fruit and vegetables inside edible skins. One of his creations, the WikiPearl, is now available for public consumption. In 2012, Edwards turned his passion into a company, called WikiFoods. One of his nature-inspired food technologies, WikiPearl, has been a major focus. At a basic level, WikiPearl is a skin — a protective coating for food that prevents contamination and water loss.
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Inventive tray-style display package is reclosable
Packaging Digest
This packaging alternative to sealed thermoform, clamshell or blister packages from Display Pack uses a top portion that slides along a channel in the package to provide reclosure. This invention seems to be from the "Why didn’t I think of that?" school of thought. Instead, it was Display Pack Inc., that saw a need for a more stable, reclosable and economical package as an alternative to sealed thermoform, clamshell or blister packages that may be damaged when opening the package.
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4 ways to enhance your packaging design
Packaging Digest
Packaging has become far more than just a container or carrier of a product. In today's competitive marketplace, cosmetic, personal care, food and other consumer product manufacturers depend on packaging to grab shoppers' attention and differentiate their brand from others on the shelf. But, beyond the "wow factor," modern packaging must also be functional and ergonomic, as consumers have begun to demand more from their bottles, lids, caps and closures.

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Stand-up pouches: The power of convenience
Brand Packaging
The stand-up pouch is positioned to be the packaging of choice for more consumer products, with billions of items expected to transition to SUP packaging in the next four years. Pouch popularity has been steadily progressing over the past decade as manufacturers and retailers have enticed consumers with innovative SUP product packaging, especially in the food, beverage and pet food categories.

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4 key questions about 2 sustainable packaging paths
Packaging Digest
Eco-efficiency or circular economy model? Both strategies have merit. Which choice is right for you? At the Sustainability in Packaging event sponsored by Smithers Pira in March 2014, several conference sessions ended with a debate about preferable end of life treatment — such as the recovery of flexible packaging, the issue of marine debris and more.

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Emerging food-packaging barrier applications to watch
By Don Rosato
Barrier developments in food packaging are expected to greatly help reduce food waste to better feed a growing world population. Approximately 1.3 billion tons — or one-third of the food produced around the world each year — is lost or wasted on its way from the farm to the fork. In industrialized countries, 210 to 255 pounds of food still fit for consumption per person is simply thrown away each year.
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Block-cheese bag adopts easy-seal system
Packaging World
Dairy company Arla Foods of Denmark is hooked on a new easy-open/reclose system for bags of its U.K. Anchor-brand Cheddar cheese blocks. The system — the Easy-Lock by Aplix — uses self-mating micro CD (cross-direction) hooks that eliminate the need for precise mechanism alignment. The system also provides consumers with sensory feedback to indicate when the package is closed, does not fail when contaminated with product, and works in freezer conditions.
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Cooking sauces satisfy in IML thin-wall containers
Packaging World
U.K. dairy company First Milk has launched its Lake District Dairy Co. brand Cooking Sauces in recyclable, thin-wall thermoformed packaging from Coveris Rigid U.K. Meeting First Milk's requirements, the container is decorated with an in-mold label (IML) that cannot be removed, peeled away, or damaged by the sauce itself, and is 100 percent recyclable.
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Cartons are a perfect example of the circular economy
Packaging Europe
Paper can be recycled up to six or seven times in theory, with an average rate of five times. Good recyclability depends on good eco-design of paper and board products and auxiliary materials. For example: Ink manufacturers are increasingly using renewable and recyclable resources such as soy, vegetable oil and starch. They are also helping printers to recover and recycle inks and solvents. Eco-design aims to reinforce the recyclability of cartonboard packaging, and leads to environmental benefits including optimizing the use of resources and reducing waste and unrecyclable components.
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Digital disruption
Packaging World
"It's a massive opportunity to manufacture short runs cost effectively and manage SKU proliferation to our advantage." That's what one respondent had to say about the impact of digital printing in packaging when asked this question in a recent survey: "Pick one of the following technologies and tell us what you think about its usefulness in packaging."
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