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As 2013 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. 2.




Chocolate paper could mark bio-recycling breakthrough
Packaging News
From Oct. 23: Paper manufacturer James Cropper is claiming a breakthrough bio-recycling solution; the production of a versatile paper from the remnants of the chocolate production process.
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BPA: Is it a complex story? Oh, baby.
Greener Package
From Sept. 4: The drama over bisphenol A has already been so complex and weird, we should have expected the latest odd chapters.
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The public wants 'magic' packaging
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
From Aug. 21: According to Which? (the self-styled consumer champion) the public's up in arms about the state of the nation's packaging. Apparently, it's too difficult to open; so difficult in fact that people end up in A&E as a result of struggling with recalcitrant pack designs.
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US government warns on 'compostable' plastic
Packaging Europe
From Feb. 20: The US Federal Trade Commission has issued a revised version of its "Green Guide" which warns against making deceptive environmental claims.  The FTC has power to prosecute in such cases. The FTC says at 260.7(a) that "It is deceptive to misrepresent, directly or by implication, that a product or package is compostable."
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Misconceptions about plastics alive and well
Plastics Today
From March 6: Plastic bags, BPA - it's all the same thing, right? If you work in the plastics industry, you know the answer is no. But it's no secret that some politicians, journalists and consumers do not understand the distinction between all the different types of plastics.
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New barrier plastic packaging materials advancing rapidly
By Don Rosato
From July 3: It is important for food packaging to provide good protection against factors crucial to product quality to ensure product shelf life. Depending on product sensitivity, it is vital to provide food packaging protection with proper barrier components. Barrier films often consist of multilayers or coated films designed to be impervious to gas and moisture migration, as single-layer films are in general quite permeable to most gases. Various approaches can be taken to improve barrier properties in the plastics packaging sector.
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Packaging has consumers feeling wrapped with rage
Plastics Today
From Aug. 28: Packaging does so much good. It enables the distribution of goods in a durable way and it might even help to solve some food waste issues around the world. But that doesn't mean it's a perfect solution.
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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
 


New paper/foil/polymer can debuts
Packaging World
From Aug. 7: Developed by Austrian dairy company Ennstal Milch, the Cartocan is described by foodproductiondaily.com as a seven-layer construction consisting of, from the outside in, PE/adhesive resin/foil/PE/carton board/metallized film/PE.
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Spanish dairy debuts first aseptic 'carton bottle'
Packaging World
From July 3: Innovation-driven dairy CAPSA is the first to launch a new combination carton bottle package for its new line of value-added, functional aseptic milk products.
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Canadian pack rule changes could lead to job losses, warns industry expert
Packaging News
From Jan. 30: Thousands of jobs could be lost in the food processing industry in Canada if the Canadian government passes a law that would force changes to food packaging regulation, warned an industry expert.
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Barrier packaging applications — the road ahead
By Don Rosato
From July 31: Food packaging barrier developments 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 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. With limited natural resources, it is more effective to reduce food losses than to increase global food production.
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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
 


Market forecast: Paper industry outlook for 2013
PFFC
From April 10: Market and demographic trends bode well for the global paper products industry in 2013. Demand for paper products is steadily rising throughout Asia. Older mills are being replaced by new, state-of-the-art facilities that promise more efficiency, cleaner production, and improved balance between capacity and demand.
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EPA makes public comprehensive information on use of chemicals in the US
Packaging Digest
From Feb. 20: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2012 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) information on more than 7,600 chemicals in commerce. The CDR database contains comprehensive use and exposure information on the most widely used chemicals in the United States.
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5 top global packaging trends
Packaging Digest
From May 8: With the first quarter of 2013 behind us, where lies the greatest potential for packaging? These top shopper/consumer trends are not predictions, but rather opportunities for packaging in the remainder of 2013 and beyond. Each of these opportunities is based on providing consumers with something that is useful or valuable. With that in mind, we look at five areas with positive potential.
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Pulp and paper chemicals could aid bioplastics
Packaging News
From April 17: Organic chemicals derived from a waste product from the pulp and paper industry could be used in the manufacture of high performance bioplastics.
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Merak - for precise and effortless cutting


Merak safety knife for cutting paper, corrugated and plastic; fully automatic blade retraction. Incorporates a squeeze-grip in an ergonomic shape; ensures low-fatigue and high productivity.

 


US demand for beverage containers to reach 265 billion units in 2017
Packaging Digest
From Oct. 2: 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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5 food safety hazards...and how to prevent them
Packaging Digest
From Sept. 4: ConAgra's engineering department is rewriting its packaging machinery specifications to better ensure food safety for systems operating in the "Product Zone."
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The fundamentals of coating
PFFC
From May 1: If you are trying to create, coat, and solidify fluids, coating expert Mark Miller offers some fundamentals that you simply must know.
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SPI and ACC to work together on rigid packaging issues
Plastics News
Two of the heavyweight U.S. plastics industry associations are joining forces to tackle rigid packaging issues like recycling and growth opportunities.


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T.O. Plastics obtains AIB compliance rating for food packaging
Plastics Today
T.O. Plastics, a U.S. manufacturer of thermoformed packaging and parts in food and other markets, recently announced that its Otsego, Minn., thermoforming facility has achieved a certificate of compliance from the American Institute of Baking (AIB).

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EU to launch tool for testing migration of packaging materials into food
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The results of a four year European Commission project which impact heavily on the food packaging industry are to be unveiled at the Smithers Pira conference from Dec. 9-12 in London.

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Is food residue a barrier to recycling foodservice packaging?
Packaging World
From Dec. 4: The Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) has completed a study on the levels of food residue on foodservice packaging in the recycling stream, which overall, found that there was no appreciable difference in the amount of contamination between foodservice packaging and broader types of food packaging typically accepted in curbside recycling programs.
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11 trends shaping flexible packaging
Packaging World
From April 10: Trends often come and go before you notice them. Flexible packaging trends seem to have a longer life span than most, signaling that the format is here to stay.
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Pepsi bottles get a makeover after 17 years
The Associated Press via NBCNews.com
From March 27: Pepsi is rolling out a new shape for its 20-ounce bottle for the first time in about 17 years. The new bottle has a contoured bottom half that appears easier to grip, and the wraparound label is shorter so that more of the drink is exposed.
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Battle of the bottle: Opposing sides talk bottled water views
Plastics Today
From April 24: You already know that talk of politics or religion brings about spirited and emotional debates. Would you be surprised to know that bottled water has a similar effect? Yes, the package, typically made out of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), has received quite a bit of attention in recent years, both positive and negative. 
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First bags, now foam; what's up next in California
Plastics Today
From Sept. 4: California communities spend nearly half a billion dollars annually in preventing trash from polluting the state's beaches, rivers and coastal waters, according to a new report from Natural Resources Defense Council.
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Top 12 factors in the digital printing equation
Packaging World
From Sept. 4: Digital printing for packaging is poised to move to new categories and substrates, including folding cartons and flexibles. Use these tips to evaluate digital opportunities.
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