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PMMI outlines operational efficiency tool

A special PMMI group has hammered out the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Opportunity Calculator, giving processing and packaging firms a tool to pinpoint problem areas and improve their businesses.

Leno adds star power to PACK EXPO

Former late-night TV host Jay Leno will entertain the crowd at PACK EXPO, PMMI’s international packaging and processing conference, with a lively lecture.

WEBINAR: One day to go Beverage & Dairy Treatment 2014

Battle Royale: Liquid cartons versus PET bottles

CPS International is exploring the way aseptic and other processes have a mutual reliance on packaging and the impact it has in the market.

PMMI drives to fill 600K-job gap in manufacturing

PMMI is calling for processing and packaging leaders to reaching out to young people, get them excited about manufacturing, and ensure the future of the industry.

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

I can’t get inside! Easy-to-open confectionery wrappers

Hard to open wrappers have been cited as the largest consumer packaging frustration. How can confectioners make life a little easier without overpaying for elaborate opening features?

Mona’s Granola: Big cereal brands have overlooked sensual packaging

Big cereal players haven’t worked out the concept of sensual packaging, sticking instead to rigid boxes and thick plastics but Mona’s Granola is one step ahead, says its founder....

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

Getting portion controlled packaging under control

Consumer demand is rising for portion controlled packs, but do existing packaging machines have everything under control?

Majority of Singaporeans unable to understand labelling info

Even though Singapore’s obesity rate is steadily rising, a recent poll there has shown the majority of its residents do not read or understand the information printed on food packaging. ...

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Ritter Sport injunction impacts Ishida sales

Ritter Sport has delayed buying a second piece of machinery from Ishida following a legal battle with German consumer group, Stiftung Warentest.

Finnish dairy Valio ‘wanted something new’: Tetra Pak

Finnish dairy giant Valio has adopted Tetra Pak's Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge carton in the hope of revitalizing three established dairy brands.

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Craft brewer opts for Ball cans

SweetWater Brewing Company will launch two beers in 12- and 16-ounce aluminum cans from Ball Corporation.

MWV snack packs stack up

MeadWestvaco has launched Evertain, a resealable paperboard container to protect snacks, boost sustainability, and drive shelf appeal.

Launch of bio-based TwistCap OSO 34

Tetra Pak reports boom in bio-based caps

Tetra Pak has extended use of its bio-based cap, calling it ‘another step forward’ towards its ambition to make fully renewable packages. 

Daisy cottage cheese package spotlights simplicity

Daisy has launched redesigned cottage cheese packaging that draws attention to the dairy dish’s short list of natural, quality ingredients.

EPA: 51.5% of US packaging gets recycled

Lightweighted containers, reduced material use, improved recycling awareness—many shifts in the US waste stream points toward food packaging having a better impact on the environment than ever before.

Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards 2014

And the Oscar for best pack goes to...

The 2014 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards were presented this month at the annual meeting of the Flexible Packaging Association in Arizona. 

Prepare your packaging for nutrition label changes

March is National Nutrition Month—the ideal time, according to one US label manufacturer—to take stock and get ready for the new label requirements on the horizon.

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PACK EXPO 2014 to span 1.1m square feet

PACK EXPO, the international processing and packaging industry exposition, is expected to draw 50,000 attendees, feature 2,000 exhibits, and stretch over 1.1m square feet.

APPLICATION AREAS REMAIN A MYSTERY

‘Pulp fact not fiction!’ PepsiCo files global paper bottle patent

PepsiCo recently filed a patent describing a method for making beverage bottles from paper fibers, although it does not reveal which beverage applications might suit the package.

FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 2014: RISING DAIRY BAG-IN-BOX DEMAND

Dairy bag-in-box demand ‘growing steadily’: Smurfit Kappa

Demand for bag-in-box packaging from the dairy industry for foodservice products is increasing "steadily" but potential for growth still lies in the retail sector, says Smurfit Kappa....

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Heinz recalls infant food due to packaging defect

Heinz is withdrawing six varieties of infant food sold in pouch and spout packaging in Canada due to a potential packaging defect.

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Tetra Pak comes clean about its biggest recycling ‘headache’

Tetra Pak doesn’t believe it will be the first company to launch a 100% renewable carton and claims its biggest recycling challenge is working with countries that have a poor...

Packaging design inspiration gallery: KID'S FOOD

Children are the smallest consumers, yet they can carry big power in terms of a household's food purchases. Here are some kid's food packages that tout the taste, convenience, and...

FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 2014: TRANSPARENCY BREAKTHROUGH, CLOSURE ADVANCES

Should RTD teas pounce on pouches? Analyst says ‘Yes!’

RTD teas provide undeveloped opportunities for flexible packaging, but brand owners must look long term rather than expect short-term penetration, one analyst believes.

General Mills hopes comic books will invigorate cereal

General Mills hopes to influence purchase decisions in the cereal aisle with a limited edition comic book series across selected Big G brands.

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