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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.

Does see-through packaging really boost sales?
Adweek
From Aug. 20: Products like tortilla chips, granola bars and yogurt are increasingly showing up in clear packaging showcasing their ingredients. But transparent packaging is difficult to make and many foods are degraded by light, affecting how long it stays fresh. Plus, as The Wall Street Journal pointed out, "Food makers also need to adjust recipes with visibility in mind, making sure fruit pieces are big enough to be seen in yogurt and tortilla chips remain intact."
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  GO PITLESS: X12 CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

The X12 Lift Conveyor (patent pending) is A.G. Stacker’s flagship series of hydraulic lift tables. 12" to top of mesh & NO PIT REQUIRED for installation. The standard is 72" long, unlike other lift conveyors on the market, which are only 60" long. This revolutionary system is able to handle virtually any integrated stacker application with capacities up to 3,000 lbs.
 


Standup pouches: The game-changing flexible packaging format
Flexible Packaging Magazine
From April 30: Over the last few years the standup pouch has emerged as one of the most versatile and rapidly growing flexible packaging formats that is being adopted worldwide for an increasingly wide variety of end-use applications.
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Top 5 reasons for label and packaging errors
Packaging Europe
From Aug. 27: Wayne Johnson has worked in the food industry for over 20 years, with experience on both sides of the retail fence as a technical manager for First Milk and a supermarket auditor for Somerfield. He now works for Olympus Automation helping manufacturers eliminate label and date code errors with OAL's market leading Autocoding system. Here are his top five reasons for label and packaging errors in food manufacturing.
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Top trends in fresh food packaging
Food Processing & Packaging
From June 18: The food and packaging exhibits at FMI Connect and United Fresh offered a glimpse at the hot products and packages that will be in shoppers’ carts in coming months. Mesh bags have been used for multi-unit produce purchases for years. While mesh is still a popular option, an increasing number of fruit and vegetable firms are housing their products in plastic film, rather than the fishnet-like mesh bags.
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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.
 


Measuring print quality within and across platforms
PFFC
From Feb. 26: "If you can't measure it, you can't control it" is a basic manufacturing axiom, applied to many components of a modern printing facility. But when it comes to print appearance, only the density of primary colors over a range of screen levels is tracked numerically, although registration is mostly by closed loop control.
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Increasing shelf life in fruit and vegetables
Food Processing & Packaging
From Oct. 15: A recent development in food packaging technology can delay the ripening of fruits and vegetables, offering a way to tackle the huge volumes of food waste, according to Cellresin Technologies. Ethylene is responsible for the ripening of fruit. The ethylene inhibitor, 1-MCP, has been used to stop ripening in cold storage facilities for some time, but Cellresin believes its technology is the first time it has been used in packaging.
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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
 


Consumers confused by lookalike own-brand packaging, survey shows
Design Week
From Nov. 19: Many consumers cannot tell the difference between own-brand and branded products when the two have similar packaging, a new survey shows. The Which? research, based on answers from 7,855 Which? members, found that a quarter of those surveyed have difficulty differentiating between the two in supermarkets and shops, accidentally buying own-labels as a result.
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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. 
 


Want to know the plastics industry 2014 color(s) of choice?
Plastics Today
From Feb. 19: In 2013, those in the fashion industry were either appalled or thrilled by the announcement that the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year was Radiant Orchid. For more than a decade, Pantone's Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.
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Shrink-sleeve labels create a huge expense for PET recyclers
Plastics News
From March 26: Dealing with shrink-sleeve labels, new research shows, is an expensive proposition for plastic bottle recyclers. Members of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers are on the front line of this issue as they are increasingly being challenged to process an ever-growing number of plastic bottles utilizing the full-sleeve labels known to provide additional visual pizzazz on the shelf.
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Business reviews now available on the TAPPI Buyer's Guide
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Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our TAPPI Buyer's Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. Visit the TAPPI Buyer's Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.


Revealing key trends driving the global packaging market
Packaging World
From Jan. 2: Dealing with shrink-sleeve labels, new research shows, is an expensive proposition for plastic bottle recyclers. Members of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers are on the front line of this issue as they are increasingly being challenged to process an ever-growing number of plastic bottles utilizing the full-sleeve labels known to provide additional visual pizzazz on the shelf.
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