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Packaging Trailblazers Had Much to Say in 2021
12.03.2021

From sustainability gurus and ecommerce experts to creative designers and productivity watchdogs, your packaging peers spoke eloquently on topics vital to the industry. “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where...

Brand Owners Spending More on Packaging — and Don’t Plan To Stop
11.23.2021

Spending on packaging by consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands has grown over the past two years — and will continue to do so over the next two years, according to a recent study of CPG...

Applying Modern Technology to Pharmaceutical Production Facilities
11.16.2021

Since the FDA released its current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) and 21st century initiative that includes promoting industry modernization, the majority of industries—including pharma—have gotten onboard the digitalization and Industry 4.0 train. Though cost and...

Retailers, Brands Ride the Wave of Ocean-Bound Plastic
11.02.2021

Ocean-bound plastic is gaining small but significant traction within the packaging sector, particularly from those in the rPET market. The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the biggest global disrupters of a generation. In addition...

Shaping the Future of Flexible Packaging
11.01.2021

The flexible packaging landscape is evolving fast, powered by an increase in demand for shorter runs, just-in-time delivery, greater agility, high quality, lower costs and more sustainable manufacturing processes and materials. In order to respond...

Protective Packaging a Must in an E-commerce Era
11.01.2021

Extended travel and competitive demand for goods across the globe has posed a significant risk to the potential for damage, lost profits and return of goods in the retail sector, particularly where perishables and delicate...

Sudden Storms: Turbulence Defined 2021
10.29.2021

Craig Curran expected prices to rise faster than normal in 2021, but the rapid pace at which price increases advanced caught him off guard. The president of Midwest-based Nosco, Inc., a full-service packaging solutions provider,...

The Sweet Taste of Packaging
10.28.2021

Taste test-like consumer studies show that when designing your product’s packaging, you should consider not just how much it will cost, but how materiality and design strategy influence consumer behavior as well. I tell my...

How Your Flexible Packaging Operation Can Be More Productive
10.26.2021

Packaging companies are required to do more with fewer resources — in addition to offering greater product variety and demonstrating environmental sustainability to an increasingly discriminating consumer base. Fortunately, flexible packaging can help companies meet...

Active and Intelligent Packaging as a Pathway to Sustainability
10.26.2021

It’s hard to believe that 40% of food produced in the United States goes from “farm to fork to landfill*” What if packaging could reduce food waste so there was more food on the shelves...

New Packaging Formats Affect Secondary Packaging Process
10.25.2021

Package configurations are changing due to retailer and consumer demands, with significant implications for secondary packaging. Recent consumer trends such as demand for sustainable packaging options, convenience packaging, and SKU proliferation, mean more package variety...

Software | Taking Machinery to the Next Level
10.12.2021

2020 changed everything. As a result, many manufacturers found themselves playing at an entirely new ballpark, and needed to adjust fast. For some, such as those dealing with liquid soap, wipes, and other hygiene consumer...

Be Ready for Gen Z
10.01.2021

Brands and CPGs reinventing themselves and their packaging isn't just window dressing. It's essential to stay relevant to Gen Z, with its unique set of behaviors and wants. I’ve frequently opined on what I think...

Reusable Packaging Is the Latest Eco-Friendly Trend. But Does It Actually Make a Difference?
09.28.2021

When you toss a plastic bottle into your recycling bin, there’s no guarantee it actually gets recycled. In fact, odds are, it doesn’t. According to the World Economic Forum, just 14% of plastic packaging is...

What is the Future of Packaging Automation?
09.20.2021

Packaging is of utmost importance in today’s commercial world, leading manufacturers to find the best solutions to respond to customers’ needs. The latest Industry 4.0 technologies allow producers to move a step further in digitalizing...

What is the Future of Packaging Automation?
09.20.2021

Packaging is of utmost importance in today’s commercial world, leading manufacturers to find the best solutions to respond to customers’ needs. The latest Industry 4.0 technologies allow producers to move a step further in digitalizing...

Global Economy Passes Pre-COVID GDP as Business Investments Pick Up; Risks Remain
09.08.2021

In the second quarter of 2021, the global economy surpassed the pre-pandemic GDP from fourth quarter 2019, according to “PMMI State of the Industry US Packaging Machinery Report” by PMMI Business Intelligence. The Asia-Pacific region...

Finding Workers
09.02.2021

Openings at American Packaging Corp. run the gamut from entry-level production jobs to engineering positions, says Jeff Fuller, the Columbus, Ohio-based company’s manager of organizational development. The company has steadily expanded over the years by...

Exploring Automation
09.02.2021

In the post-pandemic age, automation is more than a solution for labor shortages. It’s the future in a quest for efficiencies, agility, and competitiveness. For packagers, they are wrestling with questions of costs—searching for a...

Tapping Tech Schools
09.02.2021

After an FPA Emerging Leadership Council (ELC) committee on recruitment was formed last year, its members quickly determined that they would need to branch out beyond traditional internship programs. The top packaging schools nationwide, including...

Top Seven U.S. Packaging Machinery Trends in 2021
08.31.2021

The 2021 State of the Industry U.S. Packaging Machinery reports U.S. packaging machinery production total shipments increased 14.7% between 2015 and 2020, with a packaging order backlog increase of 22.3%, and a converting order backlog...

Top Seven U.S. Packaging Machinery Trends in 2021
08.31.2021

The 2021 State of the Industry U.S. Packaging Machinery reports U.S. packaging machinery production total shipments increased 14.7% between 2015 and 2020, with a packaging order backlog increase of 22.3%, and a converting order backlog...

LPS Industries' CEO Madeleine D. Robinson Explains Why Relationships Matter in a Pandemic
08.17.2021

LPS Industries, Moonachie NJ, a vertically integrated flexible packaging manufacturer, announced that its CEO Madeleine D. Robinson recently addressed members of the NJ District Export Council, discussing why relationships matter in a pandemic. Ms. Robinson...

How and Why Flexible Packaging Trends are Changing
08.12.2021

Nicola Bucchioni, Atlantic team leader at UBE Europe’s engineering plastics business unit, presents an overview of flexible packaging trends through the ages, and what the future holds for the category. From wooden boxes to glass,...

CPG Companies Pilot New Packaging Formats with Help from Packaging Suppliers
08.12.2021

For consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, 2020 was all about surviving, while this year is about piloting new packaging formats and sourcing alternative materials for these products. The hope is to connect with young and...

Trends in Future-Ready Flexible Food Packaging
08.11.2021

A global supplier of multilayer plastic packaging shows that circularity in packaging sustainability is possible now — without sacrificing food quality or shelf life. Packaging sustainability starts with companies on the front lines of the...

5 E-Comm Packaging Graphic Design Trends Headed for Your Doorstep
07.30.2021

On a recent Take Five with Packaging World: The rise in e-commerce in 2020 led to brands rethinking package design to connect with consumers outside the retail environment. Here are five major design trends that...

Digital Printing is on the Rise
07.21.2021

Digital printing is enjoying strong growth. Whether it is packaging, textile, wide format graphics or other segments, the use of digital printing is expanding. According to Allied Market Research’s report, “Global Digital Ink Market by...

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