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A New Phase

May 29, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has revealed a critical need for the packaging industry. Factories along with distribution and fulfillment centers continue to be challenged daily by COVID-19, as it has caused an unexpected increase in demand with limited supplies and laborers. According to Business Insider, as May kicked off, the state and city populations affected by…


A Label Update, or Not

May 26, 2020

By Joan Mantini As more countries begin to find their new normal after facing temporary shutdowns brought on by the global pandemic caused by the Cornona virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a temporary flexibility policy regarding certain labeling requirements for foods for humans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The issued guidance document…


A World of Change

April 1, 2020

By Joan Mantini Although the world as we know it has been rapidly changing these last few weeks (longer for some), and we are faced with more unknows and uncertainties than ever before, in Michigan, one thing remains constant… the toilet paper shortage! As an unforeseen factor in the 2020 industry growth prospects, the outbreak…


eCommerce Remains Prominent

January 30, 2020

By Joan Mantini The eCommerce packaging market was valued at $27.04 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $61.55 billion by 2025 over the forecast period 2020 – 2025. A recent report from Mordor Intelligence notes that eCommerce has emerged as a prominent choice for purchasing goods since the turn of the century, demanding robust packaging solutions to…


Labeling 2020 Smart

January 12, 2020

By Joan Mantini The use of connected packaging solutions such as smart labels has been gaining popularity with the substantial growth of eCommerce, and the new technologies associated with connected packaging is enabling end-users to gain access to all traceable information across the supply chain and allowing for the journey of the package from conception…


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Driving eCommerce Trends

November 7, 2019

By Joan Mantini Sparking a number or packing innovations is Amazon’s new standard which is pushing the phase-out of corrugated boxes in eCommerce globally. This standard is also helping with the company’s environmental profile, reducing operating costs, all while creating convenience for its continuously growing customer base.  Could this be the start of a new…


All bottled up…

October 1, 2019

By Joan Mantini No waste, no problem? How many days do you think you could go without throwing any trash away?  Considering the average American reportedly throws out around 4.4 lbs per day, every effort taken can benefit the planet. Not a day goes by that I am not seeing some form of push toward cutting…


The Journey

August 30, 2019

If I were to ask someone if they “tracked” their food, chances are they would immediately think of an app that allows them to input what they ate for the day (some even by scanning the QR code on the package), and then the app would provide them with a tallied count of their daily…


Food for thought…

August 1, 2019

An increasing number of consumers are turning to frozen food options for the convenience they provide, opening up much opportunity for growth in the frozen food packaging market – a market that was valued at $39.48 million in 2018 and is expected to reach a value of $53.43 million by 2024. Although we are seeing…


Being Resourceful

July 8, 2019

Have you seen the July issue of Packaging Technology Today where we debuted to you the companies that chose to take part in our print version of our 2019 Buyer’s Guide?  We take pride in our ability to advise our reader base on all things packaging related, and what a great resource to be able…


stackable cans

That’s Twisted: Corona Unveils Stackable Cans That Can Be Twisted Together

June 21, 2019

Corona Fit Packs are specially designed to allow cans to interlock together.


Pharma Packaging: Saving Lives

June 20, 2019

By Joan Mantini The pharmaceutical packaging market continues to advance; however, we are still seeing areas that need to be addressed more closely due to the life or death situations they can create. According to the non-profit organization Safe Kids Worldwide, some 59,000 children in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms for accidental poisoning…


Stretching it Out

June 3, 2019

Flexible packaging is best known for its design properties that are tailored to fit any product being packaged, solving the one-size-fits-all approach taken previously. This type of packaging allows for a variety of innovative shapes, sizes and appearances. With such innovation it is not a surprise that flexible packaging is on the rise. In fact,…


Innovating the Packaging Process

May 30, 2019

A new innovation center has been opened by Pretium Packaging who is pioneering a new innovative hands-on approach for private label and independent brand companies. The new center is housed in an existing Pretium manufacturing facility in Auroa, Ill where is was designed with separate rooms, with each room being dedicated to a different part…


2019 Food and Beverage Trends: Grocery Shoppers Expect More from Packaging

December 20, 2018

Study by EcoFocus Worldwide identifies four opportunities for brands to leverage packaging in their innovation process. MEMPHIS, TN | Evergreen Packaging released a white paper, “2019 Food and Beverage Packaging Trends,” based on data from the annual EcoFocus Trend Study, which forecasts key trends that will shape the U.S. food and beverage industries in the…


SHOW PREVIEW: WestPack 2019 Conference

December 14, 2018

West Pack 2019 Conference is being held February 5-7, at the Anaheim Convention Center. No doubt, you are planning to attend because it offers exclusive educational sessions addressing the industry’s sustainability perceptions, trends and challenges. Its education schedule highlights the latest trends and developments in the packaging industry, including 3D printing, food packaging, automation technologies…


STUDY: E-commerce Shoppers Return Health and Beauty Products Because of Packaging

November 13, 2018

GENT, BELGIUM | Esko, a global provider of software and hardware for packaging management and collaboration, design, workflow automation and production, released a new study, “Packaging and the Digital Shopper: Meeting Expectations in Health & Beauty,” along with sister companies Pantone, X-Rite and AVT. This new study reveals what 3,000 shoppers in North America, Western Europe…


Packaging Satisfaction Increases Nearly 50 Percent as Brands Respond to Consumer Preferences

November 13, 2018

By: Alison Kim, senior director of strategic marketing, WestRock The relationship between brands, retailers and consumers has evolved significantly since WestRock began tracking consumer satisfaction with packaging in 2013.  While plenty has changed over the past six year in how consumers shop – consider the rise in e-commerce – our research shows that Packaging Matters…


Recent Research: Beverage Cartoners Market is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 4.8 Percent By 2027

November 8, 2018

Future Market Insights (FMI) delivers key insights on the global beverage cartoners market in its published report, titled “Beverage Cartoners Market: Global Industry Analysis 2013 – 2017 and Opportunity Assessment 2018 – 2027.” In terms of revenue, the global beverage cartoners market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period, owing to numerous factors, about which FMR offers…


Are You Ready for the “Snack Revolution”?

November 5, 2018

Unprecedented configuration flexibility for biscuit pile packs from Bosch By Kelly Meer, product manager, Bosch Packaging Technology The concept of ‘three meals a day’ is fading away as modern consumers shift to snacking and on-the-go consumption. While this trend is particularly apparent among millennials, other age groups also enjoy the convenience and instant availability of…