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As 2014 comes to a close, TAPPI would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.

P&G to merge or divest more than half of brands
Plastics and Rubber Weekly
From Aug. 6: Procter & Gamble plans to divest, discontinue or merge more than half of its brands globally as it restructures to focus on its top 70 to 80 brands, according to chairman and chief executive Alan Lafley. The move comes more than 14 months after Lafley returned as chief executive and at the end of a fiscal year he described as meeting P&G's financial commitments but falling well short of what it should have done.
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Beer in a bag, now making it easier to share your homebrew with friends
Fast Company
From July 10: In the craft brewing movement, packaging is a sticking point. Bottling and canning equipment is expensive, after all, and growlers don't last long enough to be useful in many cases. Steve Young, an inventor and financial industry veteran, thinks he has a solution: Boxed beer. Just don't call it the next Franzia.
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Packaging manufacturer sues Frito-Lay over Doritos Gamer Pack
Plastics Today
From Oct. 8: Packaging is big business, and for brand owners it is a major differentiator when their products hit store shelves. Packaging design also involves patented intellectual property. Recently, Clear Lam Packaging Inc., filed suit against Frito-Lay in Chicago's federal court, accusing the snack-food giant of stealing a packaging design for its promotional boxes of Doritos.
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The top 3 functional additives in plastic packaging
Packaging World
From Oct. 1: Packaging is big business, and for brand owners it is a major differentiator when their products hit store shelves. Packaging design also involves patented intellectual property. Recently, Clear Lam Packaging Inc., filed suit against Frito-Lay in Chicago's federal court, accusing the snack-food giant of stealing a packaging design for its promotional boxes of Doritos.
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  Fully Automated WVTR and OTR testing

MOCON has virtually reinvented permeation testing with its fully automated oxygen and water vapor permeation systems. Faster testing, easier to use, increased accuracy, lower cost.
 


SeaWorld uses Coca-Cola's PlantBottle technology for new packaging
Plastics Today
From July 23: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment recently debuted what it calls the "first refillable plastic cup made from plant-based materials." Now available in all SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks across the U.S., the reusable, 100 percent recyclable plastic cup is manufactured using proprietary PlantBottle packaging technology from the company's beverage partner, Coca-Cola.
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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
 


The 8 drivers of today's packaging trends
Packaging World
From June 4: When looking at opportunities for new products and packaging, brand owners tend to speak of "trends." But what's behind those trends? What causes them to become part of the consumer's lifestyle? What motivates those trends? According to Jocelyne Ehret, Director of Packaging Consulting Services for PTIS in Europe, part of HAVI Global Solutions, propelling those trends are "packaging drivers."
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Stand-up pouches: The power of convenience
Brand Packaging
From Aug. 13: 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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  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. 
 


EU project to develop new food packaging barriers
European Plastics News
From Oct. 29: Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, Spain, has highlighted its involvement in Banus, a research project which has the primary objective of ensuring the safety of functional barriers in food packaging, regardless of the quality of the recycled material. The Banus project, which is funded under the EU's 7th Framework Programme, began last July with a planned duration of 24 months and a budget of 1.1 million euros. The project is composed of nine organizations, including Aimplas, from six different countries.
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Lignin-derived compound to replace potentially harmful Bisphenol-A in plastics
Plastics Today
From March 19: A waste product from the papermaking industry could yield a safer and greener alternative to the petroleum-based chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), which is used in many products, including plastics. The new BPA alternative is made from a renewable source: lignin, the compound that gives wood its strength.
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The future of sustainable packaging is beautiful — and edible
The Washington Post
From Sept. 24: The recently-opened Original Unverpackt store in Berlin's hip Kreuzberg district should look vaguely familiar to many. Desired quantities of rice, pasta and other dry goods, kept in overhead gravity bins, are dispensed with a simple push of a lever. Spices are scooped out from smaller bulk containers and weighed. The set-up isn't unlike what you’d find in many candy shops, actually.
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