Consumer insights drive new packaging innovation Flexible Packaging Big packaging ideas are born out of three small words: A better way. When developing new solutions in the packaging world, we need to ask ourselves, "Is there a better way?" Flexible packaging has exploded in recent years, and for good reasons: Lower distribution costs, accessibility of customizable solutions and less waste. But, we’ve also seen a “sea of sameness” at retail, particularly evident in the spouted pouch category.
Upping the ante on luxury packaging Brand Packaging Luxury market trends reflect the concept and imagery of feel-good indulgence, but luxury itself is a state of mind: The perception of pleasure derived from the visual and physical experience of a product. To create a state of mind that’s receptive to a brand’s luxury cues, use tools that heighten sensory perceptions including packaging structure, visual cues, color associations, package size and finishes. How a consumer responds to and interprets what he or she sees about a product on first contact is all in the presentation and the context in which it's presented.
Blow molding demand for PP, HDPE should grow Plastics News U.S. blow molding demand for polypropylene and high density polyethylene should grow this year over the 2013 levels, Joel Morales, polyolefins director at IHS Chemical said at the SPE Blow Molding Conference. Morales said PP will grow 9.9 percent in 2014 for blow molding. HDPE will increase 3.2 percent.
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Imagination at the core of branding Brand Packaging Having worked with Bombay Sapphire for a number of years on a variety of product innovations, strategic brand design agency Webb deVlam was ready for the company’s next business challenge. While Webb deVlam’s previous work with the gin brand had included hallmark branding and the luminescent Electro pack, this time the Bacardi team representing Bombay Sapphire came bearing an exciting new opportunity for the agency.
2 promising new developments in bioplastics for packaging Packaging Digest These two news stories point to the continued expansion of bioplastics in conventional and atypical ways including a material from Sweden that provides added functionality to polymer blends across a broad range of biopolymers and a second for a polyamide formulation for use in food packaging from chilled temperatures and up to 100°C.
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Evonik's biobased polyamide PA1010 FDA approved for food contact Plastics Today Evonik Industries has announced that it has received FDA approval for a food contact substance notification for its family of PA1010 polyamides. Its VESTAMID Terra DS16 natural may be used as a basic polymer in the production of articles intended for food contact. Further details on the approved applications can be found in the FCN#001439, however, in main, the material may be come in contact with all types of food at chilled to elevated room temperatures for single use, as well as all types of food in repeated use application up to 100°C.
Creating emotional lightning to drive brand desire Brand Packaging Most great catalysts for change start with an inquisitive question. For brand marketers and retailers, the fundamental question that keeps them up at night is rooted in how some brands defy the law of commoditization, being able to charge more for their product in a competitive marketplace. The question they ask themselves is "Why do consumers desire certain brands to the point that they are willing to wait overnight in line in front of a store to be able to purchase them?"
Fully automated WVTR testing Following on MOCON’s fully automated oxygen permeation system, the PERMATRAN-W Model 3/34, the world first fully automated WVTR system will be shown for the first time at PackExpo in Chicago, November 2nd to 5th, Booth 7753.
RPA looks to build its base Plastics News For the past five years or so, the Reusable Packaging Association has been concentrating on getting its feet underneath itself. It's been part of RPA President Jerry Welcome's job to help organize the Linden, Virginia-based group and help put the association on the map.
How strong will your label redesign be? Brand Packaging The FDA's proposal to update the Nutrition Facts label on food and beverage packaging means there’s a golden opportunity to refresh or completely revamp a brand’s packaging design. Everyone will be headed to the printer, and there's no good reason not to come away with a package design that communicates a clear, compelling, premium-quality and impactful image.
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New acquisition will create a $1.9 billion flexible packaging company Plastics Today Novolex (formerly known as Hilex Poly) and Packaging Dynamics Corp. have combined to offer a broad and complementary range of paper and plastic flexible packaging products across foodservice, grocery, retail, food manufacturing, industrial and distribution end markets. The $1.9 billion revenue company will operate under the Novolex name and will be comprised of 35 manufacturing locations in North America, a plastic recycling facility, and more than 5,100 employees. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014 after required regulatory approvals are received.
Why country of origin needs to be considered Packaging News Country of origin matters to consumers. Recent research carried out by Perception Research Services found that the perceptions of a country in consumers’ eyes can have a significant influence on consumer behavior towards a product originating in that country. People are increasingly interested in the provenance of FMCG. The study found that most half of shoppers, (47 percent), say that they check the country of origin of products more than they did two years ago. This could be influenced by the current period of economic austerity, amongst other things, causing shoppers to be more discerning in their choices.
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Beverage pouch uptake impacted by shampoo, cereal association Beverage Technology & Markets The uptake of flexible pouch packaging by shampoo, breakfast cereal and laundry detergent manufacturers has hampered the growth of the format in the beverage sector, a PMMI report claims. The Association of Packaging and Processing Manufacturers said the “most surprising find” of its latest study, Beverage Packaging Market Assessment 2014, was the slower-than-expected uptake of flexible pouches by beverage manufacturers.
Digital cutting and creasing technology Brand Packaging Highcon seeks to deliver differentiation for printers, converters, brand owners and retailers. By bringing the advantages of digital technology to post-print, Highcon turns finishing into a value-adding process. The award-winning Euclid is a fully digital cutting and creasing machine for converting paper, labels, folding carton and microflute.
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A true passion for flexible packaging Flexible Packaging Vertically integrated flexible packaging manufacturer ColorMasters offers its insight into the company’s strengths, its fit within the industry, what other companies can learn from them, and what’s around the bend.
Carolina Color learns lessons from failures Plastics News Carolina Color Corp. embraces its failures as much as its successes. As CEO of the Salisbury, North Carolina-based and family-owned company, Matt Barr sees value in the firm's missteps because they ultimately help lead to victories. "We look at every failure as a lesson learned in terms of the journey to success," Barr said at Pack Expo in Chicago. "You're not going to have a straight line 100 percent of the time to get from A to Z and have a home run."
Ampac launches new reclosable standup pouch for Italian olives Flexible Packaging Ampac has brought about packaging innovation through its new reclosable standup pouch for Verdi, a brand of Italian olives. The new package includes fresh graphics for brand enhancements, and provides a good barrier for refrigeration.
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Improved vacuum skin packaging targets food in trays Packaging Digest Darfresh vacuum skin packaging has been refreshed by Sealed Air Cryovac Food Packaging with "Darfresh on Tray" packaging. Although Darfresh technology has been around for many years, this new and improved version launched at Pack Expo eliminates film scrap, is done at higher rates, provides a more even, tighter vacuum fit — and has applications in the U.S.
Starch technology yields eco-friendly pack for pasta Greener Package Plantic Technologies Ltd., an international supplier of performance biopolymers, announces that its ultra-high gas barrier, renewably sourced Plantic eco Plastic™ rollstock is being used by Valley Fine to package its "Three Bridges line of 100%" natural chef-crafted pasta products. This premium offering includes both organic and gluten-free products.
Integrated robots pack pouches into cases at high speeds Packaging Digest With flexible packages continuing to penetrate into new product categories, efficient secondary packaging systems need to keep up — figuratively and literally. The new HSP-400 robotic case packer from Delkor Systems rocks at 60 cases per minute, giving it the capacity to keep up with many of today’s high-speed stand-up pouch fillers.
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