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Frozen Food Packaging Trends and Consumer Insights

February 7, 2022

Demand is growing for frozen foods, and more consumers value convenient and sustainable packaging By Nathan Klettlinger, Global Marketing Director for ProAmpac Frozen food is one of the fastest growing market segments for healthy food options and overall convenience. According to the American Frozen Food Institute, FMI Study, “The Power of Frozen in Retail 2021,”…


Questions & Answers: Moving from Labels to Direct Carton Marking Pays Off

January 24, 2022

Direct carton marking delivers cost savings, improves line speed and reduces errors In this interview, Packaging Technology Today explores the benefits of direct carton marking with Matthews Marking Systems. 1. What are the benefits of switching from carton labeling to direct printing? Carton labels can be replaced with a print-on-demand system, which has line speed…


What to Expect from Packaging in 2022

January 17, 2022

By: Sean Riley, Senior Director, Media and Industry Communications at PMMI: The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies The value of U.S. domestic shipments of packaging machinery is estimated to have been worth $9.4 billion in 2020, according to the 2021 State of the Industry – U.S. Packaging Machinery Report produced by PMMI Business Intelligence,…


Automating Production with In-Line Inspection

January 11, 2022

By Victor Gomez, director of Industrial Label Products at Epson America, Inc. Automation is a hot topic in the label converting industry. It addresses labor constraints, reduces costs and simplifies label printing, inspection and finishing. Printing and finishing solutions can help make a print shop more efficient and ease the burden of some of the…


The Role of Product Samples in Contract Packaging

November 24, 2021

By George J. Newton, Contributing Writer Investing in the manufacturing infrastructure required to handle the largescale packaging of your products is expensive and unnecessary. For many companies, the cost-effective solution is contract packaging. Experienced co-packers offer companies their infrastructure, knowledge, expertise, and scalability to ensure the finished products are successfully distributed. The outsourcing of supply…


Popping the Bubble on Protective Plastic Shipping Packaging

November 24, 2021

As eCommerce explodes, protective plastic packing materials must decline, and fast. By Lorne Herszkowicz, Partner at HexcelPack As eCommerce continues to escalate, we must wrap our hands around product shipping wrap to ensure optimal sustainability and eco-friendliness into the future. While environmentalists were already bracing for the glut of padded mailers, corrugated fiberboard, shrink wrap,…


The Benefits of Lightweighting

November 24, 2021

By John Brown, Vice President of Global Marketing at Selig Group Reducing plastic impact With less than 10 percent of plastic packaging at present recycled[i], many companies are looking for ways to reduce the amount of plastic used in their product packaging. Lightweighting – the reduction of the overall amount of any material in a…


A Guide To Pet Food Labelling

November 22, 2021

By Brindha, Contributing Writer Many people adore pets, and give more importance to them by treating them more or like an extended family member. With the rising craze for pets in every home, the pet food industry is experiencing vast growth by producing unique pet foods and supplying it to the pet owners or retailers…


How the Pandemic Changed Packaging Forever What We Can Expect to See More of in the Future

November 15, 2021

By Fernando Pires and Sam Moses The coronavirus pandemic resulted in a mad rush for packaging. As people remained at home, there was a boom in demand tied to food and pharmaceuticals in particular, ranging from packaging for frozen vegetables to insulin. Now that restrictions have been easing, it’s clear that new purchasing habits are…


Cannabis Labels Warrant the Right Attention, Talent and Time

November 8, 2021

By Gary Paulin and Mark Lusky After a do-it-yourself, homespun start, cannabis companies have upped their game in both professionalism and pizzazz when it comes to labels. Product labels are essentially a company’s “front door.” To compete effectively, cannabis companies need to ensure that their custom cannabis labels look good, stand out from the competition,…


Adding Efficiencies to Your Packaging Starting with the End-of-Line

October 25, 2021

By Naomi Holdvogt, Director of Marketing, Robotics and End of Line at ProMach While end-of-line packaging is the last in a series of steps your products undergo before leaving your facility, many would argue they’re the most important. That’s because the manner in which products are packed and arrive to your customers is the first…


Surviving the Perfect Storm Impacting Packaging and Shipping Operations

October 18, 2021

By Peter Schwoerer, Vice President at CMES Robotics Inc. Packaging and shipping operations across all market segments were already being squeezed prior to 2020 by tight labor markets and cost pressures. The pandemic created the perfect storm in 2020 by not only intensifying an already tight labor market, but also by the exponential growth in…


Today’s Checkweighers’ Expanded Capabilities Are Making Them Essential Productivity Tools

October 11, 2021

Modern checkweighers have evolved far beyond being simply weighing devices to also being interactive productivity control devices able to monitor their own and other systems’ performance. By Keri Klein, Checkweighing Product Manager at Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection Many years ago, product inspections were carried out by employees who viewed packaged products as they passed by on…


Looking Ahead to a Post-Pandemic Future

October 5, 2021

By Zaid Bunni, Founding Partner and Director at Swedbrand This past year has been difficult around the world. The pandemic descended upon us with no warning and disrupted so many things! For many companies future plans were put on hold since no one was really sure how this thing would turn out. We decided to…


Considerations for Choosing the Right Conveyors for Packaging Lines

October 4, 2021

By: Justin Quattlebaum, Product Manager for VarioFlow plus Conveyors It’s really no cliché to say that change is nearly the only constant in the packaging industry. Whether a packaging line is filling bottled water, liquid hand soap, battery packs or picnic plates, consumer packaged goods operations are constantly faced with the need to be agile…


Addressing Imminent Environmental Concerns for Cannabis Packaging

September 23, 2021

By Cherlene Erauda, Marketing Coordinator at Calyx Containers 2021 will be a groundbreaking year in U.S. cannabis legalization, with key states such as New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, and Virginia ratifying adult-use and decriminalized possession. As the industry scales, it is now more important than ever to address the imminent environmental concerns associated with…


6 Trends in Liquid Filling

September 20, 2021

By Devin Partida, Contributing Writer Liquid filling is an essential step in many production lines. Food and drink manufacturers, cosmetics companies, and more all rely on automated liquid filling machines to maintain precision and efficiency. As such, changes in the liquid filling market have far-reaching impacts across multiple industries. Like many other industries, liquid filling…


Plug-and-Produce: New Concept in Smart Mechatronics Platforms for Packaging Automation

August 24, 2021

By Richard Vaughn, Automation Engineering Manager at Bosch Rexroth Corp. Consumer packaging companies are always looking for new technology and approaches that can lead to more productive operations, faster changeovers, reduced footprints and sustainable production. These companies are also starting to leverage the intelligence, connectivity and productivity enhancements that Industry 4.0 technologies can add from…


How Vaccine Distribution Is Changing the Way We Think About Food Packaging

August 9, 2021

Gary Barter, project director, food division at VAI The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has highlighted the importance of efficient packaging technology, especially where cold chain logistics are involved. The high demand for vaccines has brought unique challenges for packaging experts, from sand and glass shortages to the need for cold chain-appropriate packaging. These hurdles…


Flexible Pouch Packaging: Disrupting the Status Quo

July 21, 2021

By Dennis Calamusa, President and CEO at ALLIEDFLEX Technologies, Inc We hear a lot of negative press regarding “plastic packaging” and its reportedly adverse environmentally impact. There is a constant buzz in the press and by advocacy groups as to how plastic packaging is destroying the planet. Unfortunately, we do not hear enough about the…