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US demand for beverage containers to reach 265 billion units in 2017
Packaging Digest
U.S. demand for beverage containers is expected to increase 1.7 percent annually through 2017 to 265 billion units, valued at $29.1 billion. Unit gains will be driven by ongoing consumer preference for single-serving containers in many markets, increasing interest in alternatives to carbonated soft drinks, and a proliferation of new product introductions accompanied by aggressive marketing campaigns.
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Impact of 3-D printing on the converting industry
PFFC
"What impact do you think 3-D printing will have on the converting industry — if at all?" PFFC Editorial Director Yolanda Simonsis asked this question on her blog recently.
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RPC predicts growth in recovering Europe
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Northampton, U.K., packaging manufacturer RPC Group has said it expected revenues in the first half to increase on the back of growth across its products and a more favorable euro exchange rate.
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Snack bar packaging at 500 products/min
Packaging World
Food producer Nature's Path installs an automatic packaging line for its organic rice and granola bars that provides up to six times the output of its previous system.
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Call for EU to stop funding landfilling and incineration of plastic
Packaging News
Respondents to the European Commission's Green Paper on Plastic Waste have called for the EU to stop funding landfilling and incineration for plastic.
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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
 


A "fresh" approach to meat packaging
Flexible Packaging
Perception is a powerful force — powerful enough to influence retail grocers and protein processors to slow their adoption of flexible next-generation vacuum packaging formats. After all, it seems like a virtual lock that companies would rush to utilize flexible packaging technology with the potential to save millions of dollars by reducing unsold, spoiled and wasted product.
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Taco Bell open to new packaging ideas
Plastics News
Taco Bell's head of packaging is encouraging thermoformers to move faster and use creativity to grab business at the Mexico fast-food giant. "A lot of times speed and cost is what keeps plastic out of our business," Taco Bell packaging manager Matthew Voigt, who spoke Sept. 10 at the SPE Thermoforming Conference in Atlanta.
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FSC-labeled Tetra Pak packages now adopted in 53 countries
Packaging Digest
Tetra Pak reports a significant rise in the number of countries selling products in Tetra Pak packages bearing the FSC label, up about 40 percent since last year. Marking FSC, the company announced that customers in 53 countries now adopt the responsible forest management label, compared with 38 a year ago. During that time, more than 27 billion Tetra Pak packages bearing the prestigious mark have appeared on retail shelves worldwide.
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Kodak and Bobst collaborate on packaging solutions
PFFC
Kodak and Bobst have formed a strategic development agreement to integrate Kodak technology into the Bobst portfolio of packaging production equipment, reportedly in response to increasing demand for new solutions addressing flexible, folding carton, and corrugated applications.
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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
 


Bag tax plan to stay if Tories win 2015 general election
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
A majority Conservative government would press ahead with a bag tax after the next election, Lord de Mauley, the parliamentary under secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), told PRW.
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Consumer confusion over food expiration dates causes massive waste food
Packaging World
U.S. consumers and businesses needlessly trash billions of pounds of food every year as a result of America's dizzying array of food expiration date labeling practices, which need to be standardized and clarified, according to a new report co-authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic.
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Food tray adds color to meal times, says Faerch
European Plastics News
Faerch Plast has launched a range of dual-color PET containers primarily aimed at the premium convenience food market, particularly "oven to table" lines. Developed by Faerch Plast's in-house design department, the containers feature one color on the outside surface and another on the inside, offering food retailers and manufacturers "a major point of difference, as well as maximum on-shelf impact and brand appeal," according to the company.
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EU and Indonesia sign agreement to stop illegal timber exports
Packaging News
The European Union and Indonesia have signed a historic trade agreement which will contribute to halting the trade in illegal timber. Under the agreement, only verified legal timber and timber products will be exported to the EU. Indonesia is the first Asian country to enter into such an agreement, and by far the largest Asian timber exporter to the EU.
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OSHA regulations affecting the printing ink, graphic arts and flexible packaging industries
Flexible Packaging
OSHA's recent enforcement efforts have moderately targeted the printing ink industry. In calendar year 2012, OSHA conducted at least 38 inspections of employers classified under SIC 2893 (printing ink) and NAICS 325130 (synthetic dye and pigment manufacturing) and 325190 (printing ink manufacturing).
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Asia's plastics associations see progress in bag ban battles
Plastics News
Some of Asia's national plastics associations believe they're starting to turn the tide in their battles against bag bans and other restrictions on plastic packaging. They're crediting advertising campaigns and grassroots outreach with playing a big role.
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McDonald's to phase out polystyrene hot beverage cups
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
McDonald's aims to eliminate the use of millions of polystyrene hot beverage cups in the U.S. following a successful large scale test of paper cups. With more than 14,000 restaurants around the country, the decision is huge.

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Eco Friendly vodka goes from glass to PET
Greener Package
Custom 1.75-L PET bottle for McCormick's Eco Friendly 360 Vodka offers lighter weight with glass-like appearance, and is first to feature a swing-top closure.

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US making a new push to recycle plastic caps
European Plastics News
Consumers, for years, were told to take the caps off their plastic bottles before recycling. While that made sense back in the day, that approach also led to countless plastic caps finding their way into landfills and the environment.

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FDA rolls out series of training videos on electronic submissions
Packaging Digest
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a series of training videos to help industry with their electronic submissions to the Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS). The training videos complement the agency's 2010 draft guidance on electronic submissions. FDA is encouraging the use electronic submissions because of the many advantages for both stakeholders and the agency. For OFAS, electronic submissions facilitate the review of the safety of food ingredients and packaging.
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Switch United offers interactive packaging solution
PFFC
Switch United, a digital innovation studio, announces StoryTrigger, an interactive packaging solution dedicated to health and personal care products. Through object recognition technology, the system allows smart phone users to access a content channel directly from packaging. In-depth product knowledge, how-to videos, coupons, text enlargement, or audible screen readers will be available to the consumer.
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Vegware wins 'green' award for its packaging
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Edinburgh-based packaging firm, Vegware, scooped two awards at the Scottish Business Insider's Green Awards 2013, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Scottish Environment award.
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12 best practices for retail-ready packaging
Packaging World
The specific type of retail-ready package for the job depends on the specific retail environment where the products will live, but there are many factors to consider.
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Foaming innovation shakes up Aerosols
European Plastics News
A new foaming technology could see aluminum aerosol cans replaced by PET containers, and could do away with environmentally-hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In conventional aerosols, a VOC — typically propane and/or butane — is liquefied under pressure inside an aerosol can, together with a foaming agent and the solution to be dispensed.
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Peers contrive to revive plain tobacco pack plans
Packaging News
MPs and cross-party groups of peers are laying plans that could force the government to revive its plans to introduce plain tobacco packaging.
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Chicken packaging is something to cluck about, says AMERIPEN
Greener Package
AMERIPEN (American Institute for Packaging and the Environment) has completed a detailed study of the effects of packaging on the value chain for the chicken industry, and has released a brochure describing those findings.
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Compostable plastics may help boost cities' food-waste programs
Plastics News
Composting food waste is the next step for cities hungry to reach recycling goals and reroute organic matter back to the soil instead of landfills and incinerators.
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