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June 2024

A Packaging Perspective: Why Biodegradable Packaging?

June 24, 2024

By Michael Laurier, CEO of Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc Packaging is essential to keep our food and other goods safe from contamination and damage while in transit, and plastic is very often the best material for the job — and with the best life cycle assessments (LCA). However, plastiphobia is causing people to switch unnecessarily…

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The Pros and Cons of Flexible Packaging

June 5, 2024

Benefits, Trends and Challenges Impacting Flexible Packaging By Moira Stein, Insights & Strategy at Berlin Packaging Flexible packaging is the second largest pack type in the United States, holding a 30% volume share (following rigid plastics). It is commonly used for both primary and secondary packaging and includes bags/sachets, stand-up pouches, films, wrappers, tubes, and…

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Bark as underutilized material. Prospects of its application in active packaging.

June 5, 2024

By Nikolay Semenov, Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder of Bpacks and Aleksandra Nešić, Head of Innovations at Bpacks Nature is the best creator. So why do people always strive towards artificial solutions when nature has it all? The wood industry is witnessing steady annual growth, since the demand for wood-based products has increased in recent years. This is driven…

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What Are Bioplastics and How Can They Help You Reach Your Sustainability Goals?

June 5, 2024

By Zach Muscato, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Plastic Ingenuity First off, what are bioplastics? Bioplastics are an option to reduce the use of virgin plastics derived from fossil fuels. They’re an emerging technology with a lot of interest but also a lot of confusion. Many who’ve heard the term “bioplastics” think only of biodegradable packaging, but…

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From Waste to Nutrition

June 5, 2024

Edible Food Packages Redefine Sustainability By Swapna Gawale, a Project Manager at Towards Packaging Food packaging plays a crucial role in packaged food items’ overall hygiene, safety and quality, providing a protective barrier that ensures the preservation of freshness, color, odor, and other characteristics over an extended time. However, food packaging also comprises a significant…

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Removing Barriers to Automation Adoption

June 5, 2024

‘No Coding’ Robot Deployment Technology Simplifies Deployment By Kristian Hulgard, General Manager – Americas, OnRobot Collaborative automation — a term that encompasses collaborative robot (‘cobot’) and lightweight industrial robot arms and peripherals such as grippers — has transformed the way humans interact with robots. Manual packaging and palletizing tasks are ideal candidates for collaborative automation…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Recyclable Retortable Pouches

June 5, 2024

Understanding Three Key Concepts By Adriana Farris, Product Manager at Surdry North America Lightweight, compact and heat-resistant retort pouches are a smart choice for food products requiring retort sterilization to ensure extended shelf lives. This includes baby food, ready-to-eat meals and pet food. Despite consumers’ growing concerns about the environmental impact of packaging waste, limited…

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Reconsidering Rigid Packaging?

June 5, 2024

Take a Deep Dive Into the Future With Flexible Packaging By Leslie Gurland, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Premium Labels & Packaging Solutions Lifestyle changes, societal shifts, security concerns, economic factors, and a global pandemic have all led to the growing importance of product packaging. Over the last few years, there have been…

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The Production Game-Changer

June 5, 2024

Robot Controller Programming Simplifies Automation By Chris Caldwell is Product Manager at Yaskawa America Inc. – Motoman Robotics Division A critical component for increasing efficiency and improving quality for optimal profitability, robotic automation continues to permeate manufacturing and warehousing operations. This is especially true for assembly, picking, packing, palletizing, part transfer and machine tending tasks.…

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An Introduction to Poultry Science

May 29, 2024

Auburn University Researchers Develop Innovative Packaging Technology By Stacie McCormick, Marketing Manager for Flexibles and Trays at ProMach The famous saying may not go “what came first, the chicken, the egg or the 4-pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts,” but all these stages (and everything in between) are first priorities to the faculty at Auburn…

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The Benefits of Digital Printing in the Factory

May 29, 2024

An Overview of Late-stage Customization By Jim Orford, Product Manager at Domino Printing Sciences Recent years have seen a marked change in how brands approach their product packaging design and manufacturing. Consumer trends and demands and market challenges like continued supply chain disruption have led to a drive for greater control and increased autonomy and…

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Sustainable Packaging is No Longer a Nice-to-have—it’s a Necessity

May 29, 2024

How CPG Brands Can Embrace Sustainability With Bio-based Flexible Packaging Solutions Byline: Todd Meussling, Senior Manager of Market Development at Fresh-Lock® As demand from eco-conscious consumers continues to grow alongside emerging regulatory requirements, sustainable packaging is no longer a nice-to-have—it’s a necessity. In response to the demand, many consumer-packaged goods (CPG) brands have transitioned from…

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Industry 5.0: the Packaging Paradigm Shift

May 29, 2024

The Technology Empowering Today’s Workforce By Jorge Izquierdo, Vice President Market Development at PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies The packaging industry is experiencing a pivotal evolution, transitioning from automation and efficiency toward customization and deep data analysis. This transition underscores technological advancements and reflects a broader change and consumer expectations. As we…

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Changing Food Safety Expectations Impact Suppliers to Big Box Retailing

May 29, 2024

How to Respond to New Foreign Material Inspection Requirements By Geri Foley, Business Manager, X-Ray Inspection with Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection Many food processors are currently struggling to understand how best to respond to a notice they recently received from an important customer – a prominent big box retailer – about its changing requirements regarding foreign…

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