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Bottled Up Frustration for PET
06.17.2020

One of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic is that consumer behaviour in terms of buying and consuming goods has changed in line with restricted supplies and access to retail sites. Alongside this, typical trends...

Is It Time to Outsource?
06.12.2020

Although many consumer goods manufacturers (CGMs) and packaging suppliers have comprehensive, fully integrated packaging operations, there are strong arguments that favor outsourcing certain printing, slitting and winding activities to contractors specializing in these areas. Outsourcing’s...

Recycling Explained: Designing Packaging for Recyclability
06.08.2020

When designing packaging for products, manufacturers have a plethora of variables to manage and balance. It is crucial to understand the entirety of the value chain, particularly the role of recyclers or Materials Recovery Facilities...

The Changes & Challenges Facing Frozen Food Packaging
06.08.2020

Frozen food packaging began in the 1920s when Clarence Birdseye developed methods for quick-freezing foods. Through my 37 years in the packaging industry, I have witnessed many changes in the frozen food industry, including the...

Pharmaceutical Packaging Trends
06.02.2020

The pharmaceutical and packaging industries in many ways have a symbiotic relationship, each spurring and inspiring innovation and advances of the other, in addition to being heavily influenced by related external factors. Currently, market growth...

Packaging Trends in Pet Food Production
05.28.2020

Packaging has a key role in the pet food industry’s robust growth, especially for premium products. The bag or container enables manufacturers to stand out with cat and dog owners who want sustainable options, personalized...

Shaping the Next Normal of Packaging Beyond COVID-19
05.26.2020

As packaging companies emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, they need to readjust their focus and raise their game—while negotiating ongoing shifts in the industry. While people were adjusting their lives in response to the coronavirus...

Economic Outlook: 2020 and Beyond
05.18.2020

Discussing the current economic outlook amidst a “double black swan event,” Alex Chausovsky of ITR Economics presented “Guidance in an Uncertain Economy” last week as part of PMMI’s Executive Leadership Conference. What is a black...

EXPO PACK 2020 Webinar Series: Opportunities for Packaging Innovation in the “New Normal”
05.11.2020

Anti-pathogenic packaging, disruptive structural formats and graphic design that responds to the exponential growth of e-commerce in Latin America, and new approaches to sustainability in packaging will drive the future post-pandemic. According to five expert...

The Importance of Flexible Packaging
05.11.2020

As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. In the packaging world, flexible packaging is considered by many to be the optimal way for a company to put its...

Euromonitor International: Understanding the Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
05.06.2020

Euromonitor International's research analysts and analytics teams are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 to better assess the short and long term effects on economic scenarios, product categories, pricing, stock availability and consumer behavior. They developed...

Keeping Up with E-commerce Expansion
05.05.2020

As consumers demand greater convenience, e-commerce 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 the...

COVID-19 Spurs Wave of Changes in Consumer Shopping Behavior
05.05.2020

Consumer survey documents quickly shifting food shopping behaviors in response to COVID-19 and explores whether these habits will continue post-pandemic. Since early March, when the COVID-19 pandemic first began affecting consumers’ shopping habits, Consumer Packaged...

Is Safety the New Sustainability for Food Packaging?
05.05.2020

Is leading with safety the new norm for the food packaging supply chain? That’s probably a pretty provocative question to anyone working in the packaging space. And yes, I admit, I am trying to get...

Designing Flexible Packaging in the Digital Age
05.04.2020

Today’s packaging films are rapidly evolving from simple mono or three-layer films to complex multilayer structures that use many different materials. While the move toward more layers is accelerating, there are three trends making the...

Will Coronavirus Be the Death or Salvation of Big Plastic?
05.04.2020

It was supposed to be a blockbuster moment for the U.S. plastic industry. With an abundance of cheap natural gas at hand, thanks to the country’s fracking boom, U.S. energy giants were pouring billions of...

Why Color Management is Important in Packaging
05.01.2020

Each of these roles has distinctly different goals in the journey to getting packaging on the shelf. These goals can sometimes seemingly conflict with one another. The best color management strategies are both effective and...

The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management
04.30.2020

Many digital innovations address the growing pressure to increase overall efficiencies and minimize risks within a rapidly evolving supply chain. Supply chain risks have been making headlines recently with the disruptions caused by the coronavirus....

4 Inevitable Packaging Changes After COVID-19
04.28.2020

The global pandemic has had a dramatic impact on perceptions of packaging. At the beginning of the year, concerns around ocean plastics, environmental tradeoffs, and challenging recycling economics dominated headlines and created a general skepticism...

How the Pandemic is Creating a Plastic Boom
04.28.2020

Instead of taking CSA members’ cloth bags and returning them filled with fresh vegetables, farmers Jesse Frost and Hannah Crabtree delivered mid-April shares in plastic bags. And for the weekly farmers’ market in Lexington, Kentucky,...

Consumers Voice Concerns about Food Safety
04.27.2020

As the global pandemic continues to elevate both business pressures and public scrutiny on every industry – from healthcare, to retail operations, to personal care services – it has also transformed American attitudes toward an...

A Global Look at Business in the Days of COVID-19
04.27.2020

Three CEOs of leading manufacturers of packaging and processing machinery and equipment met virtually with PMMI to discuss strategies in conducting their operations amid the pandemic affecting today's world.

How Flexo Printers Can Help Brands With Green Initiatives
04.23.2020

With increased concerns about the environment, consumers are now pushing brands to use sustainable practices more than ever. In fact, 66 percent of consumers and 73 percent of millennials are willing to pay more for...

Three Ink Market Trends Helping to Achieve Sustainability Goals
04.17.2020

With the world becoming more environmentally conscientious, consumers are focusing more than ever on the products they’re purchasing and how the packaging of those products could potentially impact the ecosystem. Brand owners are now responsible...

Trends In Pet Food Packaging and Their Impact on Packaging Machinery Design
04.16.2020

A new study from PMMI Business Intelligence details next generation processing and packaging equipment needs for pet food manufacturers responding to consumer trends like sustainability, the humanization of pet food, and e-commerce. The 30-page study,...

Owning Your Digital Transformation Journey in Flexible Packaging Converting
04.11.2020

Driving excellence in business performance in today’s printing and converting sector is the key to remaining competitive and profitable. Improving operational processes, lowering costs and delivering client loyalty can only come if the entire organization...

Pouches Offer Unique Attributes to eCommerce Market
04.11.2020

Flexible packaging refers to package made of flexible materials that can be easily molded into various shapes. It is one of the rapidly growing sectors of the packaging industry, which includes merging the highest qualities...

New Technologies Set Pace in Label and Packaging Industry
03.31.2020

The packaging business community is dealing with the unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) situation with both urgency and a deep sense of care. With many people working from home, Bobst is providing an in-depth look at the...

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