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Packaging Outlook 2020: Flexible Plastic Packaging

The outlook for flexible packaging in the U.S. remains positive, despite the continued pressure that persists around packaging waste in general, and single-use plastic packaging specifically. The industry was estimated at approximately $31.8 billion...

Digital Innovations Signal Bright Future For Color

The power of color is well known, and brand owners use color to engage with customers in many ways. Indeed, research shows that up to 85 per cent of customers’ first impression is based...

AeroFlexx Named Top FPA Award Winner

Described as the “perfect e-commerce package” yet perfectly suitable for brick-and-mortar channels as well, the winner of the Highest Achievement Award in the 64th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition is AeroFlexx. The technology...

Liquibox Awarded for Bag-in-Box Water Cooler Refill Alternative to Rigid Bottles

Liquibox received a silver award from the Flexible Packaging Association for Waterspout, a specialized bag-in-box refill system for home and office water coolers. This is the company’s eighth win since first entering the annual...

Covid-19 Outbreak Could Spur Flexible Packaging Use In China

The outbreak of the coronavirus in China could spur increased usage of flexible packaging to improve food safety, according to Brendan Connell-French, Wood Mackenzie research associate. "While efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19...

Plastics Market Outlook: Conflicting Calls to Action

Despite a public and legislative outcry against plastics, the market outlook is strong for plastic film, flexible plastic and rigid plastic applications. Led by increasing use in construction, automotive and electronics, “the global plastics...

5 Sustainable Packaging Trends to Look Out for in 2020

For sustainable packaging, 2020 is set to be a year of action and reaction, building on the fast-growing trends we have seen in the last two years, as subject matter expert Nina Goodrich laid...

5 Trends That Are Driving Packaging Updates

As the global food packaging market approaches $400 billion by 2025, consumer desires and modern lifestyles continue to facilitate a shift in how people perceive food, according to “Trends and Advances in Food Packaging...

Delving Into the Drivers of Flexible Packaging

Tom Egan, PMMI vice president of industry services, examines the status of this growing packaging segment and the factors that are influencing its advancement.

The Quickly Disappearing Corrugated Box: How Packaging is Changing

As in many things e-commerce, Amazon has been one of the driving forces in changes to packaging, namely less of it and with sustainable materials. The company announced in September 2018 its “Frustration-Free Packaging...

Executive Forecast: The Path Forward in 2020

Push back on use of plastics is a major challenge for flexible packaging. Going forward, suppliers look to find eco-friendly alternatives, while educating consumers on the many benefits of this growing packaging segment. To...

What Responsibilities do Packagers Have to Our Society?

As we enter 2020, corporations are facing increasing public scrutiny and being held accountable for their products and actions as a business. This has given rise to the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR),...

Keeping Up with the Ecommerce Expansion

As consumers demand greater convenience, ecommerce sales continue to rise. According to the 2019 Internet Retailer Top 1000 Report, consumers spent $517.36 billion online with U.S. merchants in 2018, up from $449.88 billion spent...

Flexible Packaging Presents Challenges for Automated Case Packing

Flexible packaging is used as primary packaging in a wide range of sectors, like the beverage, food, home and personal care industries. Due to the opportunities it provides –from a marketing, profitability and logistics...

Delving Into The Drivers of Flexible Packaging's Growth

Tom Egan, PMMI vice president of industry services, examines the status of this growing packaging segment and the factors that are influencing its advancement.

New International Guidance Set to Improve Social Responsibility in the Global Food Chain

Social responsibility is not only good for business, it is everyone’s business. New international guidance for the agri-food sector has just been published. From ending hunger and obesity to protecting our natural resources, the...

Digitalized Data Is Sustaining the Supply Chain

From fragmented thinking, to out of date infrastructures and poor processes, there is a long list of reasons why supply chains can become unsustainable. But, according to a luxury packaging provider, digitalized data is...

RFP Process Challenges and Solutions

Having upfront clarity into needs and establishing standards for what to use (and why), are the two biggest shortcomings cited by Vision 2025 participants in the Request for Proposal process. Companies who participated in...

Progressive Disclosure: The Full-Course Meal of Packaging

Progressive disclosure of information about a product through on-pack labels and instructions contained within the packaging enhances the consumer’s experience one action at a time. At a potluck, everyone brings their favorite dish to...

10 Ways to Maximize Food Sales with Packaging

Having partnered with specialty food brands for nearly two decades to create strategic design that gets results, I’ve learned more than a few things along the way. Specializing in only food CPG brands ...

5 Packaging Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

We all enjoy a good meme poking fun at embarrassing mistakes online. But, it’s far less funny when your product or package is the butt of those jokes. Poor packaging leads to worse things...

CPGs Need to Adapt to Meet Growing Food Demand

The global food packaging market will approach $400 billion by 2025, making operational improvements and new equipment critical for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to keep pace, according to the newly released "Trends and...

UV Flexo Printing Can Bring Out the Best In Brand Colors

Brand owners, their marketing departments and designers devote much time and effort through the creative use of packaging, labeling and other P.O.S material to ensure that the brand image projected is both positive and...

Color Trends for 2020 and Beyond: Cold or Hot?

Each year, companies in the color business announce their predictions on those colors that most exemplify, or capture, current societal trends and therefore will capture the consumer’s eye as well. These predictions are based...

Disrupting Trends Add to Pressure on Converters

If converters feel gobsmacked by the pace of change in today’s packaging world, they should get ready to shift into overdrive. In a recent study entitled “No Ordinary Disruption,” consulting firm McKinsey & Company...

Flexible Packages Standing Out in 2019

Currently flexible packaging represents approximately 19 percent of the total $170 billion U.S. packaging industry and is the second largest packaging segment behind corrugated paper. According to the recent Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) 2019 State...

How to Combat the Workforce Crisis

The good news: Food and beverage manufacturing is booming. The bad news: A lack of skilled workers is threatening the industry. According to the 2018 skills gap and workforce study from Deloitte and The...

The Path to Private Label Innovation

U.S. private label brands have seen $143.4 billion in sales over the year, a figure up nearly $14 billion since 2015, according to Nielsen. In comparison, store brands have grown 3.7% since one year...

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