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3 Packaging Mistakes Newbies Make (But Shouldn’t)

The food market is bustling with innovation and fresh food ideas — from reinventing favorite comfort classics to exploring alternative protein sources. With such diversity and choice, how do you distinguish your product and effectively...

How Can Smart Packaging Best Add Value?

What is packaging for? From its initial purpose of simply protecting the product to driving sales via consumer engagement, the role of packaging has substantially evolved. Smart/intelligent packaging continues this trend towards greater functionality, employing...

What Does the Digital Transformation Mean to Packaging Manufacturing?

As with many other industries, packaging manufacturers are seeking to digitise their operations. Although not an entirely new concept, it is yet to be adopted across all operations in packaging manufacturing as organisations look to...

Packages Grab Award Spotlight: A Closer Look at More Gold Award Winners

The white plastic package is plain. No graphics. No slogans. No eye-catching colors. But the judges looked beyond the surface and saw properties worth noting. “This eliminates the use of aluminum foil,” says Charles Marshall,...

High Achievers: Innovation and Sustainability Efforts Garner Gold in Annual Contest

As the judges finish assigning the last awards for the 67th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition, they immediately consider which of the 2023 contest’s 31 winning entries would receive the top honor—the Highest Achievement...

A Look Through 2023: Paul Harencak of LPS Industries Sees Economic Trends Continuing

U.S. companies approached 2023 with some trepidation. They were still working through challenges with supply chains and recruitment when economic forecasters began eyeing the potential for a recession. The U.S. economy has proven more resilient...

Overview of FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition

Since 1956, the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has conducted the annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition to showcase the industry’s innovation and the advances that have changed packaging. The competition is among the most respected...

Packaging Company Identifies 5 Food Packaging Trends for 2023

Waldner North America (WNA) Packaging Technologies, which specializes in automated filling and sealing machinery, sees opportunities for packaging companies as the pandemic fades and new trends emerge, including looking at ways to address consumer concerns...

How Sustainability is Shaping Packaging of the Future

Packaging, marketing, and sustainability thought leaders share their opinions with Fast Company about what consumer goods packaging will look like in the future. Fast Company brings together an all-star panel of consumer packaged goods companies...

Entering A Collaborative Age in Packaging

In recent months, collaborations are evolving from time-limited, two-party partnerships into perpetual, multi-stakeholder coalitions that look like microcosms of entire supply chains. These are also morphing from what once were linear, downstream efforts into circular,...

Can Paper Packaging Outperform Plastic for Foods?

The impact of plastic waste on the environment has become a pressing global issue, and the food industry has been a significant contributor to the problem. In recent years, there has been a growing interest...

ELC Seminar Shows Where Each Player Fits In

Early in my career, I was fortunate to have strong mentors. These men and women—primarily my editors and publishers—instilled in me that my job as a reporter was one small but important part of a...

5 Benefits of the Connected Packaging Worker

The connected worker model combines the human element with applications or software integrated into a company’s environment and connects them to various departments — such as operators and maintenance teams. Tablets and smartphones connected to...

Experts: Education Remains Key to Flexible Packaging Sales and Marketing

When it comes to selling and marketing flexible packaging, the efforts must include showing end consumers and policymakers the benefits, as well, several experts point out. To that end, Alana Carr, inside sales and marketing...

Marijuana Laws Open Packaging Opportunities

When marijuana was illegal under state and federal laws, it was sold stereotypically in small plastic baggies. But now that nearly 40 U.S. states have given a green light to cannabis use, whether for medical...

Obstacles Surround Sales and Marketing Trends

After taking a back seat to supply constraints during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainability has returned to the driver’s seat with sales and marketing efforts. However, agility is an essential element in an...

How to Succeed With Packaging Innovations at Your Company

The process of developing new packaging ideas in a large corporation—the road to innovation—never has been easy. But the journey still can be fun, suggests William A. Singleton III, global packaging director at Mars Wrigley...

3 Ways to Recruit Gen Z to the Manufacturing Workforce

I’ve lost count of the number of conversations I’ve had surrounding the skills gap and what companies can do to attract the next-generation workforce (Generation Z). With 2.1 million manufacturing jobs predicted to be unfilled...

Packaging Pet Peeves of Ecommerce Shippers

With ecommerce sales continuing to grow, shipping companies like FedEx, DHL, United Parcel Service (UPS), and the US Postal Service (USPS) have a depth of knowledge about ecommerce packaging, including what works and what doesn’t....

Four Packaging Design Trends for 2023

No matter what lies ahead for your brand in 2023, whether you’re launching a product line or looking to spruce up your visual presentation, here are some of the approaches you can take to better...

Loss of Jobs to Offshore Manufacturers Likely Considering Additional Proposed Aluminum Tariffs

Suppliers and manufacturers to the U.S. cosmetics and personal beauty care products industry at risk of higher import costs, reduction in operations, and more. Flexible aluminum foil packaging is an essential component of most cosmetic...

6 Trends About Recycled-Content Packaging

The key to success for recycled-content packaging lies in meeting various state regulatory demands, along with sustainability initiatives such as those developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF). Let’s be honest, though: There are costs...

How to Save Energy on Your Packaging Line

As the cost of energy skyrockets and sustainability concerns stay strong, manufacturers need to conserve consumption without compromising on performance. Here’s how. COVID, triple pandemic, war, supply chain disruption, maybe a recession — all of...

How Smart Will Your Packaging Be in 2023?

Extended producer responsibility, track and trace, and deposit return schemes will all undoubtedly be key drivers of innovation throughout the next year and beyond. But what role could smart packaging play to facilitate these new...

4 Sustainable Packaging Predictions for 2023

A look at what’s likely ahead triggers that déjà vu feeling. But we still have to be prepared and, in many ways, we are not. It’s that time to think about what’s coming and why...

AMERIPEN Leader Reviews Packing Issues for 2023

State policymakers will have a busy year in 2023 as they seek to regulate the packaging industry, with measures expected on extended producer responsibility (EPR), labeling requirements, and recycled-content mandates, says Dan Felton, executive director...

Our Future Workforce: Schools and Companies Tout Training Programs at PACK EXPO International

Two college undergraduates approach a display created by high school students who are competing in the PACK Challenge, an effort by organizers at PACK EXPO International to raise awareness about the packaging industry and appeal...

5 Food Packaging Science Breakthroughs to Use in 2023

Food packaging science responded in 2022 as supply chains were strained and food and packaging costs increased. This resulted in a renewed emphasis on using packaging to protect and ensure the authenticity of food ingredients...

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