Plastics News Look out baby boomers, millennials are gaining. “This year in the U.S., millennials will overtake baby boomers in population,” said Mike Flood of Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. “At the end of the day, millennials do value smart packaging, efficient packaging,” he said. And “efficient” certainly describes PET bottles and their closures. Each year, they reduce weight by 5 to 6 percent. And good design helps. “That first moment of truth. It’s the first impression where the consumer decides whether to purchase or not,” Flood said.READ MORE
PFFC Heidelberg reports the Diana Smart Series of folding carton gluing machines features new options, as well as a new model in a 45-in. format size. The machine features a compact footprint and what company says is the same commitment to quality that characterizes the Diana X folding carton gluers. Elements such as the feeder and pre-fold section are identical to the X Series.READ MORE
Packaging Europe The well-known UK tea producer R. Twining & Company Limited was looking for new and different ideas to position itself as an innovative supplier. Mondi convinced the company of packaging tea in stand-up pouches having a special structure that allows the product to be partially seen through the packaging. To achieve visibility of the product on the shelf with the help of a transparent window, an EVOH barrier with high foil opacity was applied. The new pouches are used for tea bags in pyramid form as well as for loose leaf tea and can be easily opened and reclosed.READ MORE
Packaging Digest When people queue, the popular adage is “age before beauty.” But among consumers at retail, functionality, freshness and, foremost, the ability to dispense 100 percent of beauty and personal care products are the packaging attributes for which they stand in line. In many cases, consumers are also seeking BPC products that perform multiple functions, and often times that means packaging must do double duty as well.READ MORE
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Plastics News Silgan Holdings Inc., is working on tomorrow’s pouch closures, and closures marketing manager A.J. Miller said the segment is growing broadly. Miller, speaking at the Plastics Caps & Closures Conference, showed data on pouches of 5 ounces or less, with a closure. “Shelf-stable fruit is driving the unit volume right now and also driving the growth. But the growth is being driven across all segments and it’s still got a ways to go,” he said.READ MORE
Packaging Business Review Flexible packaging supplier Mondi Consumer Packaging has created a new paper packaging with an adjustable transparent window, in order to cater to the increasing demand for sustainable packaging. The new window paper packaging is laminated with a plastic film, which acts as a barrier while improving the resistance of the final packaging.READ MORE
Plastics News Plastics manufacturers and their customers in the European Union are under constant pressure to reduce the volume of plastics used in packaging, not least by the 2004 EU packaging and packaging waste directive. However, new research from Denkstatt, an Austrian environmental sustainability solutions think tank, has indicated that increasing the use of plastic in food packaging in a smart way can reduce spoilage in food and drink products, reducing waste.READ MORE
Food Production Daily The Kirin Group F&B company in Tokyo has partnered with WHITE design agency to create the World’s first Internet of Things (IoT) LED bottle cap. The plastic cap has a built-in wireless system that sense and reacts to music and movement through a smartphone and illuminates the whole bottle in various colors.READ MORE
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.
Packaging World Now, from Pine Valley Foods — “likely one of the largest food manufacturers you’ve never head of,” according to its CEO Joe Giildenzopf — comes the new Crazy About Cookies cookie dough line in a resealable stand-up pouch. From the beginning, Giildenzopf says the company knew it wanted to use flexible, resealable packaging, for a number of reasons. Among them, flexible packaging allows for high-resolution graphics and a low cube in storage (versus rigid containers), and resealability lets the consumer use as little product as they wish and then reseal the bag. “Our packaging is innovative and wonderfully disruptive in a category that has become complacent,” he says.READ MORE
Flexible Packaging Magazine For the flexible package printer or converter who works with extensible films and materials, the fight to prevent defect-rendering process deviations never ends. The key to reliable defect prevention is the production staff’s ability to measure and make web machine or press adjustments that eliminate unwelcome deviations, including tension transients.READ MORE
Forbes The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, cloud, and consumer-based technologies are changing how companies drive more value and new revenue opportunities. No industry, segment, or market is immune. Even the food packaging market is evolving to become interactive, aware, and intelligent. The industry calls this evolution “smart packaging.”READ MORE
Packaging Europe The quality of a bottle, its aesthetic appearance and its mechanical performance, also passes through the quality of the material with which it is achieved. Often, in fact, a good design collides with an improper use of materials that turn out not to be suitable to the liquid or interfere with the barrier properties that the liquid inside needs to maintain unchanged. Badly chosen materials may even react unexpectedly when combined with a certain colorant.READ MORE
Greener Package Europe has led the charge when it comes to embracing bio-based packaging. But new and intriguing applications are surfacing in other parts of the world, including Asia and North and South America. We’ve seen some pretty notable and innovative bio-based applications in packaging lately. Last year, Nofima released a new bioplastic that was made of shrimp shells, using the chitin to produce a degradable material.READ MORE
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