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Quick Poll results — package structure proliferation
Some consumer product companies are making a concerted effort to simplify packaging complexity, which among other things means efforts aimed at reducing the number of SKUs, thereby making life easier in their packaging operations department. However, IoPP's Quick Poll indicates such efforts are far from universal — in fact, the total number of package structures is on the rise at some companies. For those who answered IoPP's last Quick Poll question ("During the past 12 months, have you increased or reduced the number of total package structures for your products?"), 56 percent indicated that they have increased the number of total package structures for their products; 26 percent decreased the total number of package structures; 19 percent indicated that there has been no change in their total package structures for their products. The poll results are not scientific.
AmeriStar award-winning pouch excels for Ecolab
Coextruded pouch structure from Ampac replaces laminated version, yielding multiple benefits for this provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. Packaging plays a central role in Ecolab's sustainability efforts, recognized recently when IoPP announced that the Ecolab Oasis Pro 2L Pouch was a 2014 AmeriStar award winner in the Industrial/Commercial category. Healthcare Packaging magazine takes a close look at this package.
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Take IoPP's new Quick Poll
Has your team assessed the impact of package design on your production line and calculated how much your company spends annually, in hours and dollars, on production line changeovers?
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IoPP at PACK EXPO International!
IoPP is partnering with one of the largest trade shows in North America for processing and packaging professionals — PACK EXPO International. As a Platinum Member of the PACK EXPO Partner Program, IoPP joins associations who are leading forces in collaboration. Owned and managed by PMMI, the trade show is co-located with the new Pharma EXPO, takes place at McCormick Place in Chicago and runs Nov. 2-5. Watch the two-minute video from PMMI to learn about the networking opportunities IoPP members will have with 50,000+ industry professionals and 2,200+ suppliers. Make sure to visit IoPP at booth N-4523. IoPP members — you can go to PACK EXPO for free! When registering, use this promo code: 35H54.
Power up at Pack Expo! For IoPP Elite Members only!
Pack Expo, taking place Nov. 2-5 at McCormick Place in Chicago, can be exhilarating and grueling for any packaging professional attending North America's largest packaging trade show. Pack Expo attendees also know how tough it is to find a secluded spot to recharge their batteries — physically and electronically! IoPP will be hosting the IoPP Elite Member VIP Lounge at Pack Expo, a private and exclusive area where you can relax, charge your electronics, enjoy a beverage and catch up on some work. The IoPP Elite VIP Lounge will be located in Room S-106A at McCormick Place. But the VIP Lounge is available to IoPP Elite members ONLY, so if you aren't already an Elite member, now is your opportunity to renew/upgrade your membership to the highest level and find respite at Pack Expo this fall!
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Oct. 21 IoPP webinar: Tips to influence your packaging line's performance
The next presentation in IoPP's Premium Webinar Series will be "21 Tips, Tricks and Techniques to Boost Your Packaging Line." John Henry, CPP, will discuss how seemingly insignificant package design decisions made upstream can impact package performance on the production line, and how many times and how long the line needs to stop and start. For high-volume products, the effects can mean millions of dollars out of the budget each year, so you won't want to miss these money-saving suggestions! This members-only presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. CDT on Oct. 21. The presentation and access to the presentation on-demand are free to Elite and Premium members. Regular members and IoPP Affiliates, upgrade/renew your membership now to receive all webinars at no additional cost. Or, you may register for the live broadcast only; the fee is $99.
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Fundamentals, 4th Edition is sold out!
IoPP has sold out of Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, 4th Edition, and it no longer will be printed. The 5th Edition only is now available in the IoPP bookstore — expanded and updated! An updated certification test that correlates to the 5th Edition is being finalized, and will become available soon. For a limited time, those going for IoPP certification will be able to test to either the 4th Edition or the 5th Edition. Watch the newsletter for further details.
Make better packaging decisions — gain a working knowledge of machinery
Your package development team tweaks the shoulder slope on a bottle. Or, the team "finalizes" a package design and gets it to operations, only to make additional subsequent changes. These and other packaging scenarios all have implications for how well your package functions on the production line. IoPP's Packaging Machinery: Basics seminar provides introductory working knowledge to navigate these challenges successfully. It’s coming up Oct. 6-8 at Frain Industries, which for nearly 10 years has provided IoPP with its conference center and access to its expansive shop floor for hands-on learning for this seminar.
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2015 dates for in-person Fundamentals of Packaging Technology course announced
IoPP's in-person Fundamentals of Packaging Technology course will take place June 15-31, 2015 at the Hyatt Place Chicago/Schaumburg in Schaumburg, Illinois. If you don't have a packaging degree or if you need more knowledge to deliver solutions drawn from an increasingly complex number of options, then IoPP's Fundamentals of Packaging Technology course helps span the gap. Registration now available.
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The future of sustainable packaging is beautiful — and edible
The Washington Post
Rather than scratching off packaging altogether, a new wave of eco-conscious designers have started to experiment with the novel notion of putting food in packaging and containers that you can, well, eat. Some concepts have already shown to work surprisingly well, as you will now see.
The 6 most popular packaging patents of 2014
Inventions by PepsiCo, P&G and Abbott captured your attention, as well as new flexible packaging and an ingenious why-didn't-we-think-of-that-before metering device. Here are the promising patents readers have found most interesting in 2014. The tally is based upon page views per PackagingDigest.com online analytics through the first eight months of the year as of Sept. 1.
Getting a feel for multi-sensory packaging
Brands today are tapping into the personalization of packaging to reach the masses one consumer at a time. But standing apart from the it's-all-about-me package decoration crowd, tactility is an underused multi-sensory element that draws shoppers in, often with visual cues first, and then closes the deal with what may be the most personal of the all the senses — touch.
Corrugated packaging helps discount supermarkets
Supermarket discounters are the fastest growing European retail sector. That growth is down to a number of significant factors: one such factor is corrugated Shelf Ready Packaging, according to the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers.
Edible packaging? Retailers not quite ready to ditch the wrapper
National Public Radio
A handful of companies are trying to take an idea straight out of Willy Wonka and turn it into reality: edible packaging. Why dump tons of waste into landfills when the container your food comes in could be a part of the snack? One company called WikiFoods has taken inspiration from fruit to create a frozen yogurt ball surrounded by an edible skin. But marketing glitz aside, this product shows that duplicating nature is no easy feat.
65 percent of consumers confused over plastics recycling
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and Earth911 have released the results of an online poll illustrating the reasons for confusion over plastics recycling and the need for municipalities to better educate consumers on how to treat recyclables. The results indicate that 65 percent of people do not understand what is acceptable when recycling plastics.
Convenience food spurs Asia-Pacific sales growth in packaging technology
Food Production Daily
Asia-Pacific is driving global growth in food packaging technology due to the rising popularity of convenience foods and branded products, according to research and consultancy firm MarketsandMarkets.
3 examples of aligning food safety risk and packaging safety
Targeted food safety programs, when well-thought out and situationally matched, are intended to manage risk and protect against hazards. It is important for both sponsor and partner to understand how and why the requirements, linked to the chosen scheme or program, are appropriately matched to the saleable product within its supply chain.
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