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FPA is partnering with the YGS Group for the development and distribution of the publication.
The magazine includes FPA news specific to the association; industry news that focuses on the industry, including the supply chain, at large; as well as showcase member achievements in sustainable flexible packaging and technical innovations that address product protection, e-commerce, food waste, and medical safety.
Five feature sections anchor the issues: “Advocacy Corner,” describes FPA ‘s advocacy efforts and what it is doing to be heard at the Federal and state levels to forward the interests of members; “FlexAppeal™,” which highlights the benefits of flexible packaging; “FlexForward™,” which focuses on industry breakthroughs and trends; “FlexFocus™,” which features FPA members’ specific achievements in flexible packaging; and “Above & Beyond,” that features members work in their communities and their awards.
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FPA and the YGS Group also developed a dedicated website for FlexPack VOICE®, FPA’s magazine, www.flexpackvoice.com. It includes additional original articles; breaking news (a curated news feed from the e-newsletters); follow-up and expanded coverage of select articles from the print publication; video and/or audio; additional photo galleries to complement magazine content such as FlexAppeal™; key upcoming events; and a social media feed.
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Sustainability and innovation guided the decision-making of the judges for the 67th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition as they selected the top winners. The winning entries used materials that are recyclable and lighter in weight and use less water during production. More about these submissions can be found in the May/June 2023 issue.
This issue also dives into the merits of the other winners from the FPA contest, which included 87 package entries, some of which were entered into multiple categories for a total of 230 entries. In addition, the "Compass Report" examines trends that could be useful to recyclers as they plan ahead for their place in the flexible packaging industry.
From post-consumer resin to mono-materials to downgauging, converters and brands are responding in various ways to consumer demand for sustainability. This trend is expected to advance with changes in science and technology, presenting fresh challenges in marketing and sales for companies, as further explained in the March/April 2023 issue of FlexPack VOICE ®.
This issue also dives into cannabis packaging, a fast-growing market now that nearly 40 U.S. states have legalized its use for medical and/or recreational use. In addition, judges examine nearly 90 entries in the annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition and explain how and why the entries are moving the industry forward in design and sustainability.
Pressure has been intensifying for federal officials to coordinate and lead on various issues where states are passing legislation resulting in confusion in the flexible packaging industry. in the January/February 2023 issue of FlexPack VOICE®, FPA leaders and industry lobbyists discuss aluminum tariffs, extended producer responsibility, and post-consumer recycled content, among other issues, and their impact on the industry.
This issue also explores how PACK EXPO’s focus on workforce development with its PACK Challenge and training programs appealed to and inspired older teens through mid-career workers to consider employment in the flexible packaging industry. In addition, the FlexPack Crash Course—for individuals who just got a job in the industry or have less than five years of industry experience—encouraged networking while presenting information on the production process.
Leaders throughout the packaging value chain respond to a survey about the future of the industry and the technologies and trends impacting packaging by 2032. Read about the results of the “Packaging Thought Leadership Survey 2032” by packaging consultant PTIS, LLC in the November/December issue of FlexPack VOICE ®.
This issue also shares the approaches some companies are taking to create a robust circular economy for their products. Plus, FPA recognizes members who have milestone membership anniversaries and explores how FPA’s resources have helped them stay strong over the years.
As the manufacturing workforce seeks significant recovery, flexible packaging companies are turning to automation to fill in the gaps. Read about technology’s increasing role in hiring, training, and scheduling workers in the September/October issue of FlexPack VOICE ®.
This issue also explores the process and inspirations of participants in FPA’s Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge. Plus, see how an innovative recycling facility is bringing the circular economy to life in the Upper Midwest—through both collaboration and a vision to do better.
As the push toward better recycling practices continues to grow, private investors are getting skin in the game. In the July/August issue of FlexPack VOICE®, read how private-equity firms can help to broaden recycling efforts and create new, innovative recycling solutions nationwide.
This issue also covers the aluminum foil shortage and why several barriers are preventing a supply recovery. Plus, read all about trends in manufacturing cybercrime and get expert insight into how to protect your business.