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The Flexible Packaging Association is the U.S. association of the manufacturers of flexible packaging; and, material or equipment suppliers to the industry. Flexible packaging is produced from paper, plastic, film, aluminum foil, or any combination of those materials, and includes bags, pouches, labels, liners, wraps, rollstock, and other flexible products.

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Trends in Packaging

  • Flexible Packaging Growth Takes Hold

    Aug 07, 2018 04:15 PM

    Developing countries are leading the way in packaging consumption, according to the latest Flexible Packaging Association’s (F.P.A.) research. By 2021, overall retail packaging is projected to expand by 23% in Africa, 18% in Asia, 8% in South...

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  • Digital Printing for Flexible Packaging: How and Why Decisions are Made

    Aug 03, 2018 04:18 PM

    SGIA and Karstedt Partners recently completed a research study that focuses on the decision-making and evaluation processes flexible packaging converters go through to make their digital investment. What value does digital bring to the flexible...

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  • Digital Print for Packaging - A Broad View

    Aug 03, 2018 04:16 PM

    New developments in digital printing and finishing as it relates to packaging are unfolding at such a rapid clip these days that anything resembling a comprehensive overview would be difficult at best. But here are a few highlights in the main...

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  • Robots More Vital Than Ever

    Jul 28, 2018 04:19 PM

    Automation is thriving in packaging environments. That’s according to a study from PMMI Business Intelligence, The Evolution of Automation (download the executive summary), which reveals that a staggering nine out of 10 food processing and...

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  • Data Mining Can Inform and Improve Packaging Design

    Jul 19, 2018 04:20 PM

    Throughout the business, marketing and insights industries, there’s increasing excitement and buzz around the potential for data to transform our world. But what do terms such as big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence really mean...

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  • How to Leverage Connected Packaging to Improve Consumer Experience

    Jul 12, 2018 04:21 PM

    Brand leaders know the power of connection. A consumer’s connection to a brand is a powerful driver of trial, purchase, loyalty and advocacy. Connection is maintained through consistency and relevance. For consumer goods, retail and pharma...

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  • New Study Identifies Online and In-Store Shopper Behaviors in Food and Beverage

    Jun 29, 2018 03:02 PM

    Data and insights on what shoppers like helps fuel innovative product designs with strong value propositions, but knowing how shoppers want to receive products is also a critical piece of the story. For example, shoppers are constantly gathering...

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  • Internet Connected Packaging

    Jun 22, 2018 03:04 PM

    Today’s consumers want more information at their fingertips. They want to know if the milk in their chocolate bar is organic or if the fruit juice they’re about to purchase contains allergens. Meanwhile, brands face much higher levels of scrutiny...

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  • IoT and Consumer Packaged Goods Packaging

    Jun 18, 2018 03:05 PM

    IoT (internet of things) technology is changing the retail shopping experience. Amazon Go allows consumers to walk out the door with merchandise, unhindered by the age-old checkout process we’ve come to accept. The grocery chain Wegmans uses...

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  • A New Culture in Snacking

    Jun 15, 2018 04:22 PM

    Many well-known brands and start-ups are introducing snack products to take advantage of consumers’ burgeoning hunger for foods and beverages that are consumed between their regular meals. The accelerating pace of product introductions is creating...

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  • Product Transparency Driving Sales Growth in Consumer Goods

    Jun 14, 2018 03:07 PM

    In the past, shoppers might have based purchases solely on price, convenience or taste. But in today's digital information age, consumers want access to the story behind the foods they are buying and the companies they are buying from...

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  • How Label Transparency Builds Consumer Trust

    Jun 14, 2018 03:06 PM

    A recent study by Label Insight found that nearly all consumers (94 percent) are more likely to be loyal to a brand that offers full transparency about its products. That means food and beverage manufacturers must deliver with every label and...

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  • Packaging Materials Affect Perceived Value of E-Commerce Shipments

    Jun 11, 2018 03:09 PM

    A new study conducted by Pregis ( and the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison shows that the value perception of e-commerce shipments is significantly impacted by the materials chosen to protect them. Even a small increase in...

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  • Personal Care Packaging Must Reflect Consumer Needs & Desires

    Jun 08, 2018 03:10 PM

    Personal care represents a wide gamut of the consumer packaged goods market, with products ranging from diapers and soaps to high-end beauty products. Consequently, it’s difficult to generalize about the packaging that must fulfill demands for...

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  • Disruptive Technology: Digital Print Finds Its Niche

    Jun 07, 2018 10:21 AM

    From dog treat pouches that feature a picture of your pooch to a personalized bottle of vodka celebrating your 21-year old daughter’s birthday, customizable messaging on packaging is driving bold brand owners to embrace digital printing...

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  • How to Balance Function and Design in Liquid Packaging

    Jun 05, 2018 03:12 PM

    Successful packaging is a balance of both functionality and appealing design. Compromising one for the other could create an imbalance that impacts sales, which is why it’s crucial that every aspect of your packaging is ideal and recognizable to...

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  • Teenage Dream: Young Consumers Spend 1,000 Hours Thinking About Food

    Jun 04, 2018 04:24 PM

    This survey reveals some intriguing statistics for food manufacturers who may wonder how they can influence purchasing decisions where teens are concerned. A majority of teens (7 in 10) say they get their main food knowledge from their parents...

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  • Snacking Appetite Grows to Take a Bigger Bite of US Food Consumption

    May 21, 2018 04:25 PM

    Consumers are snacking more that ever before. Once viewed largely as a way to indulge or ease short-term hunger, snacking often replaces the traditional three meals a day that dominated American food consumption for decades, with shoppers now...

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  • Frozen Food Fan? As Sales Rise, Studies Show Frozen Produce Is As Healthy As Fresh

    May 17, 2018 03:13 PM

    Americans are rediscovering the coldest aisle in the supermarket. According to a new report, sales of frozen foods, including vegetables and prepared foods, are now on the rise following a multi-year slump. The uptick is new — and modest...

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  • The Importance of Research in Packaging Design

    May 17, 2018 10:24 AM

    As a forward-thinking company with your eyes set on growth, you’re likely assessing every factor that drives your revenue and bottom line. Every year, you’re brainstorming ways to improve in the coming year, and that should include your packaging...

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  • Creative Packaging that Tells a Compelling Visual Story

    May 17, 2018 10:22 AM

    Almost everything you encounter in life tells a story. An inscription inside a book, an old medal in your grandfather’s drawer, even an old movie ticket. These objects all have a story to tell—and packaging is no different. You don’t need to tell...

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  • Half of Brand Managers Plan to Spend More on Packaging, Survey Finds

    May 16, 2018 04:26 PM

    It’s clear food companies see great value in packaging, as many brands are increasing spending to improve their look and message despite tight margins. It makes sense that many of these packaging initiatives are centered around sustainability...

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  • Creating Competitive Advantage in e-Commerce

    May 15, 2018 10:25 AM

    Throughout the world and across every product category, our studies have consistently confirmed an underlying universal reality: The e-commerce shopping experience is not well suited for packaged goods products. In physical stores, consumers...

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  • Four Drivers for Luxury Packaging Markets

    May 13, 2018 10:26 AM

    The distinction between mass-market and luxury products is becoming blurred, prompting luxury brands to turn to innovative technologies and strategies to attract customers to their high-end goods. According to the Smithers Pira report...

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  • How to Design Packaging to Reduce Risk in Transit

    May 12, 2018 10:28 AM

    These days, your medical devices could be in for quite an adventure. “Medical device supply chains are getting more rigorous by the year,” says Sarah Rosenblum, director of business development and marketing at Packaging Compliance Labs. “With the...

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  • Grocery Store Fruits and Vegetables in Flexible Packaging Pouches

    May 10, 2018 04:28 PM

    Increasingly, consumers are shopping the perimeter of the grocery stores, as they seek foods they believe are healthier and fresher with minimal additives and packaging. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the produce sections. However, with...

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  • New Packaging Methods Counteract Clean Label Flaws

    May 10, 2018 04:28 PM

    Long-term freshness is typically thought of as a formulation challenge. But today’s clean label and free-from movements have food manufacturers looking elsewhere to extend or preserve the shelf life of baked foods. While change is slow to come in...

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  • The 5 Trends Driving the Rapid Evolution of Packaging

    May 08, 2018 03:14 PM

    "Packaging is one of the only growth areas in graphic communications," Harvey Levenson, professor emeritus at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), said during a recent packagePRINTING webinar. "The supplement of television, online...

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  • Five Trends Boosting Intelligent Packaging Adoption

    May 06, 2018 03:16 PM

    According to new Smithers Pira research, The Future of Active & Intelligent Packaging to 2023, the combined active and intelligent packaging market value will reach $5.68 billion in 2018, with the active packaging market valued at $4.62 billion...

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  • Six Rules for Creating Iconic Packaging

    May 04, 2018 10:30 AM

    When I started The Biondo Group in the 1960s, the prevailing sentiment was to reject elitism and materialism in favor of conservative consumption. Name brands were pure, and product lines were focused. From a packaging perspective, this meant we...

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  • How to Trigger Emotional Engagement with Your Product Packaging

    May 02, 2018 10:31 AM

    You may not be a scientist, but as the decision maker for packaging designs of your consumer goods, did you know that you can utilize science in your product packaging designs to drive consumer purchasing decisions? A consumer is more likely to...

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  • As Millennials Grow Up, Snack Packaging Evolves

    May 01, 2018 10:32 AM

    Gone are the days of the structured, three-a-day meals and the unhealthy reputation of snacks. Hectic, on-the-go routines have people looking for ways to get some sustenance during the day in a quick and convenient way. Nutritious snacks fit the...

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  • Flexible Packaging Evolves to Meet Brand and Consumer Needs

    Apr 30, 2018 04:30 PM

    Flexible packaging has been a consistent growth segment in recent years, as new innovations have made it a strong solution for a wide range of products, and increasingly attractive to a variety of brands. As consumers laud its convenience and...

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  • Strong Demand for Flexible Packaging Industry in Europe

    Apr 26, 2018 10:58 AM

    Flexible packaging consumption in Europe grew by 2% to around €14bn in 2017, with about the same growth rates in both Western and Eastern Europe, according to research by PCI Wood Mackenzie. Total annual production exceeded €15bn, of which 75%...

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  • Marijuana Goes Mainstream: The Packaging of Pot

    Apr 24, 2018 10:59 AM

    Cannabis has been used—in varying degrees of legality—for millennia, but is now slowly becoming a fully legalized industry in the U.S. for the first time in the 21st century. We have noticed the rise in cannabis-related businesses on the 99designs...

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  • Harnessing Market Opportunities for Flat Pouches

    Apr 23, 2018 11:01 AM

    With consumers increasingly preferring small and convenient packages that are easy to transport and whose content can be consumed at any time, flat pouches continue to grow in popularity. Why? They are small, convenient, easy to open and can be...

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  • Storytelling Through Packaging

    Apr 19, 2018 11:37 AM

    Almost everything you encounter in life tells a story. An inscription inside a book, an old medal in your grandfather’s drawer, even an old movie ticket. These objects all have a story to tell, and packaging is no different. You don’t need to tell...

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  • Packaging Innovations Move Quickly to Keep up with Millennial Preferences

    Apr 16, 2018 03:17 PM

    100% of beverage industry respondents to Beverage Trends in Packaging and Processing Operations, a new report by PMMI Business Intelligence, say millennials are much more aware and conscientious regarding health, wellness, and the environment than...

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  • Online Grocery Shopping Reshaping Package Design

    Apr 12, 2018 03:23 PM

    The journey a product takes to get to a consumer is very different from what it was 10 or even five years ago. Click-and-pickup options at grocery stores are becoming more popular, meaning some people may soon see it as strange or overwhelming to...

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  • Digital Print Continues to Disrupt the Packaging

    Apr 06, 2018 11:02 AM

    According to “The Future of Digital Print for Packaging to 2022,” a new report by Smithers Pira (, digitally printed labels and packaging is worth $13.4 billion in 2017. While the label sector has been the early adopter and is...

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  • Packaging Trends on Fire This Year

    Apr 05, 2018 11:04 AM

    Sustainability, ecommerce, flexible packaging, and plastic packaging advancements and waste challenges continue to capture the attention of packaging professionals, as the list of top articles on from March 2018 clearly shows...

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  • Can Your Current Package Navigate the e-Commerce Supply Chain?

    Apr 05, 2018 11:03 AM

    While a growing number of people order household products and groceries on-line and wait for Amazon (or another carrier) to deliver, the growth in packaging for e-commerce is still largely about shippers, void fill, and protective packaging. And...

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  • The Times They'll Keep A-Changing

    Apr 03, 2018 02:59 PM

    In retrospect, the era that constituted my early years as president and CEO of PMMI feels like a tipping point for an evolution in the packaging industry. I’ve seen countless trends come and go over the years, as consumers became more of a force...

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  • Taking a Look at 2018's Packaging Trends

    Apr 02, 2018 11:10 AM

    With 2018 right around the corner, Mintel, a market intelligence agency, has revealed its five global packaging trends for the new year. David Luttenberger, Mintel's global packaging director, shares why these trends will play a major role in 2018...

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  • Study: Kid-Targeted Food Gets Into Health Trends

    Mar 28, 2018 10:36 AM

    Analysts have been trying to crack the millennial consumer code for years, and for good reason. According to population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials are expected to surpass baby boomers as the nation's largest living adult...

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  • Fast Food Chains, e-Commerce Revolutionizing Foodservice Packaging

    Mar 27, 2018 10:33 AM

    New Persistence Market Research says the level of smartphone and Internet subscriptions have increased the e-commerce business, making almost every commercial food product available online, bringing “significant revolution in online food delivery...

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  • How to Capitalise on the Street Food Movement

    Mar 26, 2018 03:00 PM

    Colpac shares some tips on how packaging can help make the most of the growing street food movement. From vegan style battered tofu and barbecued jackfruit, to pulled pork brioche baps, there’s no denying the British Street Food revolution is in...

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  • Meeting Retail & Consumer Demand for Food Packaging Conformity

    Mar 24, 2018 03:02 PM

    Daniela Verhaeg, a Product Inspection specialist with Mettler Toledo (, explains how advanced detection technologies can meet retailer and consumer demand for packaging conformity in the food sector. Why is packaging conformity so...

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  • How to Package Online, Lifestyle Phenomena into a Brand Poised for Success on Shelf

    Mar 15, 2018 03:03 PM

    Many of today’s successful new brands are created by upstart innovators and built on engagement with millions online. They catch the eye of big-box retailers looking to translate the online following into in-store traffic and sales. Tone it Up...

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  • Designing for Millennials

    Mar 12, 2018 03:04 PM

    Like most of you, I’ve read many articles about millennials, each one describing how this generation differs from previous ones. Being the first generation to be brought up in an environment that promotes “instant gratification” through technology...

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  • How Manufacturers Can Develop Packaging for the Health-Conscious Consumer:

    Mar 06, 2018 03:05 PM

    There are two ways manufacturers can leverage packaging to meet the busy, health-conscious consumers’ time sensitivity needs: Communicating nutritional value and designing it to complement the on-the-go person. Consumers who want a healthy snack...

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  • Five Key Business Opportunities in the Packaging Services Sector

    Mar 05, 2018 11:14 AM

    According to a new Smithers Pira report, “The Future of Business Models and Services in Packaging to 2020,” the market for packaging services in 2017 was worth $33.7 billion, and by 2022 will be worth $50 billion—an annual growth rate of 9.5%...

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  • Snacking Happens

    Mar 01, 2018 11:20 AM

    It’s official. We are a nation of snackers. Snacks take the place of meals. Snacking takes place anytime and anywhere. And most Americans say any food can be a snack. Meals have generally been defined by time, cultural traditions, the appropriate...

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  • Ingredion CEO: 'Food Anywhere' Trend is Putting Pressure on Ingredients Makers

    Mar 01, 2018 11:19 AM

    As consumer schedules become increasingly hectic, demand for convenient, ready-to-eat meal solutions — or "food anywhere" — shows no sign of slowing down. The rapid shift has not only challenged manufacturers, restaurants and grocery retailers to...

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  • Q&A on Medical Marijuana: Key Opportunities for Flexible Packaging

    Feb 26, 2018 04:20 PM

    While medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, there is still much to be determined in the packaging realm. We talk with Todd Meussling, National Accounts Manager for Presto’s Fresh-Lock® Slider Zipper, about how...

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  • Facing e-Commerce Packaging Challenges

    Feb 26, 2018 10:35 AM

    It’s no secret that E-commerce has expanded rapidly in recent years — everyone knows at least one person who has an Amazon Prime account they can use to get free two-day shipping, and even your mom is ordering K-Cups on her phone. But it’s also...

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  • Pop! Snapple Now in PET, But It still Looks and Sounds Like the Original

    Feb 22, 2018 04:22 PM

    The well-known Snapple beverage bottle is now plastic, and it still has the metal cap that makes the distinctive “pop” sound when you open it. A metal cap on a PET bottle is big deal, Snapple officials said. “As far as we know, it’s the first...

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  • Packaging Design Opportunities Abound in the 4th Dimension

    Feb 20, 2018 03:08 PM

    Digital technologies like artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual reality are transforming companies and their relationships with consumers. Applying these and other technologies to the business of packaging offers myriad...

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  • Innovation and Technology in Products a Key Factor to Fuel Industry Growth

    Feb 20, 2018 03:07 PM

    As mentioned in my last blog post for ICE USA, steady growth and expansion of the flexible packaging industry is going to rely on three growth factors: Innovation and technology in products; Growth in new and existing markets; and the ability...

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  • The Shift from Traditional Materials to Flexible Packaging

    Feb 17, 2018 03:09 PM

    Consumer trends have contributed to a gradual replacement of rigid pack formats by flexible packaging during the last decade or so. This trend is outlined in Smithers Pira’s new report, “The Future of Flexible Packaging to 2022,” which values...

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  • Whats Cooking in Food Packaging?

    Feb 12, 2018 04:25 PM

    Just as food is required to sustain life, packaging might be considered the lifeblood of the food industry. Consumers have become accustomed to having a wide variety of foods available to them from all corners of the world, no matter what season...

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  • Steep Demand from Packaging Industry to Propel Printing Inks Market

    Feb 12, 2018 04:24 PM

    Printing inks, mostly present in a liquid state or paste, are widely used to color surfaces such as books and magazines, cardboard, printed circuit boards and ceramic tiles to produce an image, text or design. These inks contain pigments or dyes...

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  • The Power of Packaging: 2018 State of Industry Report

    Feb 08, 2018 03:11 PM

    Now more than ever packaging plays a vital role in determining the success of a brand. According to a recent survey of BRANDPackaging readers, companies plan to invest more resources in packaging-related design, marketing and materials this...

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  • 5 Building Blocks for Winning at the Digital Shelf

    Feb 08, 2018 03:10 PM

    By 2022, e-commerce will claim an average 10 percent of all CPG sales, according to the data analytics firm IRI. CPG companies can seize this growth opportunity, but the industry will need to evolve in order to excel. [1] At a time when physical...

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  • From Home Delivery Meal Kit Competition to Greater Distribution Challenges, CPGs Reveal Pain Points in Vision 2025

    Feb 05, 2018 03:12 PM

    Fifty CPGs and OEMS participated in Vision 2025, conducted last Fall at Pack Expo LAS VEGAS. CPGs report that there is a disconnect between what consumers say and their purchasing behaviors. For instance, most consumer polls show they want less...

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  • Growth in New and Existing Markets to Boost Growth in Flexible Packaging Industry:

    Jan 31, 2018 04:26 PM

    According to our Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) 2017 State of the Industry Report, the worldwide flexible packaging market was $86B in 2016 and projected to reach $1,39B by 2021. Where is this growth coming from? Based on data from that same...

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  • Merchandising Tricks Can Help Boost Better-for-You Snack Sales, Studies Show

    Jan 23, 2018 04:28 PM

    Manufacturers have gone back to the drawing board over the past several years to reformulate popular snacks and redesign packaging to reflect growing demand for cleaner, healthier offerings. But retailers need to complete the equation by...

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  • 5 Tech Trends That Will Shape Grocery in 2018

    Jan 16, 2018 04:29 PM

    From aisle-wandering robots to artificial intelligence, there's no shortage of eye-catching technology available to retailers right now. But what are the trends to watch? After a year that saw many grocers expand their e-commerce presence...

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  • When Its Time to Snack, Americans Prefer the Pouch

    “Snackification” of America is presenting opportunities for flexible packaging, a packaging official at one of the nation’s largest food company says. Busy people are increasingly relying on snacks to replace formal meals, said Tom Miller...

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