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Register now for OMAC PackML training

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:39:08 +0000

OMAC Training
Registration is open for the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) 2019 PackML Workshop (May 16; Chicago Marriott O’Hare), produced in partnership with PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

Immediately following the ninth annual Automation World Conference & Expo (May 14-15; Chicago Marriott O’Hare), the workshop extends the automation education an additional full day withhands-on PackML training from experts including B&R Automation, Bosch-Rexroth, Rockwell Automation and Siemens. The small-class style training will include basic and advanced PackML coding and programming sessions.

“OMAC is pleased this year to take our workshop to the next level by offering an advanced training course for the first time,” says Paul Redwood, OMAC Chairperson and R&D Engineering Manager for Church & Dwight.“Our technology provider members have stepped up to make sure there is a training solution for all attendees.”

Basic Training and Programming

  • History and development of PackML
  • PackML benefits
  • Understanding and applying the PackML State Model
  • Basic coding and programming with a PackML Library
  • Using PackTags
  • Introduction to using OPC-UA and PackML together

Advanced Coding and Programming Training

  • Best practices for identifying modes and states for your application
  • PackML coding and programming best practices
  • PackML module development, code reuse
  • Guided advanced coding and programming practice
  • Guided advanced practice using PackTags
  • Practical experience using OPC-UA and PackML together

Important note: To register for the Advanced Coding and Programming Training you must have prior knowledge about PackML Modes, States, and PackTags—what they are, their role, and basic application. The primary focus will be on PackML coding and programming. Prior participation in PackML basic training is advantageous, but not required.

Registration for OMAC members is $200 for Basic Training and $250 for Advanced Training before Feb. 27 when it increases to $250 and $300. The non-member registration fee is $300 for Basic Training and $350 for Advanced Training before Feb. 27 when it rises to $350 and $400.

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Registration Opens for Largest Ever EXPO PACK Guadalajara

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:04:33 +0000

Registration Opens for Largest Ever EXPO PACK Guadalajara
International event debuts new exhibitors and additional education programs.

Attendee registration is open for the largest packaging and processing event in Latin America in 2019, EXPO PACK Guadalajara (June 11-13, 2019; Guadalajara, Mexico), reports show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

The fourth edition of the trade show projects to be the biggest yet, convening more than 16,000 professionals from across Mexico and Latin America with over 800 exhibitors covering 160,000 plus net square feet of exhibition space. Nearly 110 new exhibitors will participate, and international pavilions will once again host global representation fromArgentina, Canada, China, France, Italy, Spain and the U.S.

The PMMI pavilion is projecting nearly six percent larger than in 2017, exceeding 24,810 net square feet and approaching 90 exhibitors.

In addition to world-class exhibitors and the return of EXPO PACK Verde, the program that supports and promotes sustainable packaging and processing technologies, diverse education and training offerings are once again scheduled. The returning Innovation Stage provides free daily sessions on the show-floor of real-world examples of applicable solutions while the Association for Advancing Automationwill once again offer a full day of A3 Robotics training on Wednesday from 8-5. Registration is $2,500 MXN for A3 Mexico members, $3,000 MXN for non-members at

New to EXPO PACK Guadalajara in 2019 is the Keynote speaker series daily at 10 a.m., immediately before the show opens each day. On June 11, David Luttenberger will address best-in-class examples of successful packaging development for e-commerce, June 12 will feature a consumer packaged goods (CPG) panel focused on successfully navigating current challenges in packaging and processing operations and June 13 will conclude the keynotes with Alejandro Salgado’s discussion on how CPGs can meet the challenges of the circular economy.

For more information or to register for free visit until May 31, when the price increases to $100 MXN.

Sr. Director, Media & Industry Communications

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Environmental reporting gains priority for pharmaceutical industry

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:45:23 +0000

Lorax Compliance COO Michelle Carvell
During Pharmapack Europe 2019, Lorax Compliance COO Michelle Carvell urged the pharmaceutical industry to prioritize its environmental reporting obligations for packaging or risk high financial penalties.

The Lorax Compliance COO addressed the issue Feb. 6 at Pharmapack, saying that businesses in this sector may not be aware of the full extent of environmental Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation and the changes that will be implemented from the E.U.’s Circular Economy package.

“The pharmaceutical industry has many regulatory hoops to jump through, so it’s perhaps understandable that environmental reporting has been as less of a priority,” said Carvell. “Nevertheless, many pharmaceutical companies are highly globalized and export and import into numerous markets. As more E.U. countries focus on improving their packaging collection, sorting and separating capabilities, this industry, like many others, will need to prepare for these changes and consider how they will impact their operations.”

Carvell explained the recent legislation changes in both the E.U. and internationally, including Germany’s VerpackG scheme, which requires businesses to register to a dual reporting system, and carries a maximum fine of €200,000 for non-compliance.

“The industry should expect further reforms over the next two years in line with the E.U.’s 2018 Circular Economy package,” she said. “Planning for these changes is not something to leave until the last minute. The VerpackG scheme, for example, caught many businesses unawares when it was implemented January 1, 2019. A number of other EPR programs are changing and if businesses that are unable to source the necessary data they will automatically be subject to higher default fees.”

Read the following exclusive reports from Pharmapack 2019:

Case Study: The Emotional Side of Pediatric Infusion

New Pharmapack Awards Include Patient-Centric and Eco Designs

Should My Device Be Connected?

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Linx Printing Technologies: Returnable bottle ink

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:00:45 +0000

Linx Black bottling ink 1068
Linx Printing Technologies launches the returnable Linx Black bottling ink 1068 that enables the reuse of glass bottles used in the beverage industry. When bottles are returned after use, the ink is removed in the bottle-washing process, enabling new codes to be printed onto them ahead of reuse.

The ability to reuse glass bottles has significant environmental benefits. When glass bottles can be collected and reused, as already happens in the UK with milk bottles, far fewer bottles need to be manufactured. This saves significant amounts of energy and resources – over and above even the benefits of recycling.

The demand for a solution that enables the widespread reuse of glass drinks bottles is emphatically underlined by Linx’s recent consumer research. The survey found that 89% of those questioned were concerned about the impact of soft drink packaging on the environment – and that 91% would welcome a scheme to enable the reuse of glass drinks bottles. This strongly underlines the need for a coding ink that will enable such a scheme.

The quality of Linx Black bottling ink 1068 is shown by its ability to print clearly onto glass in cold-fill bottling and in humid environments. The ink has also been designed to cope with the challenges of providing clear, legible codes for bottled drinks – for example, by resisting removal when subjected to pasteurisation, immersed in ice water, stored in a warehouse for long periods, or refrigerated. This reduces the likelihood of drinks companies facing product recalls.

There is no compromise on the quality of the code – the ink delivers high-quality, durable coding so that customers can meet the regulations and protect their brands.

John Tierney, Marketing Director at Linx, comments: “Consumers are looking for solutions that minimise the impact of drinks packaging on the environment. The opportunity exists for brands to introduce effective solutions for the reuse of bottles – and by ensuring the latest coding inks can be removed as part of the process, we are helping to enable the creation of these schemes.”

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Flower-patterned labels appeal to the senses

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:23:53 +0000

Love Beauty 1
A new line of hair and skincare products that seeks to deliver beauty while protecting the planet uses packaging decorated with a profusion of colorful flower illustrations.

Bunches of delicate pink roses, soft lavender, bright yellow ylang ylang, and a tangle of tea tree leaves: These are just some of the sumptuous illustrations used as backgrounds on packaging for Unilever’s new Love Beauty and Planet line of hair and skincare products. Under development for a year and introduced in January 2018, the brand was built on the interconnectedness of beauty and its environmental impact.

“Today’s young consumers are looking for companies and brands to do more than simply sell them a great product,” says the Love Beauty and Planet team. “They expect them to be more responsible and aware, and they want them to create brands that share their values and make the world a more beautiful place. That’s at the heart of what Love Beauty and Planet is all about.”

The line includes six fragrances/formulations of shampoos, conditioners, body washes, and hair and body treatments, for a total of 26 SKUs. Among their beauty- and planet-conscious features, the products use scents infused with ethically-sourced extracts as well as organic coconut oil, are vegan, contain no silicones or parabens, and were developed without animal testing.

Unilever also worked to minimize the environmental impact of the brand’s packaging as well. Love Beauty and Planet products are packaged in custom bottles made from 100% transparent rPET. “The use of some recycled content in PET bottles for personal care is common, but using 100-percent recycled PET increased the technical challenge,” explains Matthew Seal, R&D Partner, Love Beauty and Planet. “We had to ensure the bottle met our high standard of functional performance. Recycled PET has a greater level of variability than virgin resins, and therefore we had to ensure this variability did not impact the final packaging quality.”

Seal adds that the inherent color variation of 100% rPET was another consideration—but one the brand decided to embrace: “We actually realized that just because the bottle isn’t the perfect transparency you get from virgin PET, it doesn’t mean it isn’t as beautiful or unique.”

The recyclability of the wraparound-labeled bottle was also taken into account. For this, the brand chose a proprietary adhesive designed by one of its label partners that, when used with a polypropylene label, ensures the label stays put during use, but peels off easily during the recycling wash process. To encourage recycling of the bottle by consumers, the label includes the How2Recycle logo.

The personal beauty delivered by the product is conveyed through its product ingredient-inspired package graphics, designed by Jones Knowles Ritchie. For example, the blushing roses are used for Murumuru Butter & Rose formulations, shea nuts decorate Shea Butter & Sandalwood product packages, and illustrations of coconuts make up the background of the Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower bottles.

The logo, which is front and center on a colored panel on the front of the bottle, speaks to the brand’s purpose—“Love for your body and the beauty of it. Love for our planet and all it provides.”—in an uncomplicated yet bold manner, says the brand team. “By pairing a handwritten script with a geometric sans-serif, we complement the elegance of beauty with the spirit of action. They dynamic identity can be used to start conversations on an emotional level, personalize the experience for consumers, and potentially extend outside of the category in the future.”

Senior Editor, Packaging World

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Starbucks proves out closed-loop system for coffee cups

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:12:31 +0000

Starbucks has proven that a closed-loop recycling system for PE-lined fiber hot cups is achievable.
Working with a fiber recovery company, a papermaker, and a cup converter, Starbucks proves that a closed-loop recycling system for PE-lined fiber hot cups is achievable.

Are you among those who believe paper coffee cups can’t be recycled? It’s a common misconception. But they can be—and cost-effectively too. The fact is, the inconsistent collection of used coffee cups across municipalities, a lack of resources to extract them at sorting centers, and a dearth of specialized equipment at MRFs have resulted in nearly 60 billion single-use coffee cups that could have been recycled ending up in landfills each year in the U.S. The challenge with hot cups versus other fiber products—and one reason that’s led to the belief that they are non-recyclable—is that the polyethylene liner inside the cup needs to be removed during the recycling process so the fiber can be recovered.

In January 2018, Starbucks formed the Cup-to-Cup: Closing the Loop partnership project to prove that recycling its single-use paper cups and using the recycled fiber to create new Starbucks cups is possible. Its partners included recycled-fiber provider Sustana, papermaker WestRock, and package supplier Seda North America, the latter two of which have been working with Starbucks since 2006 to provide cups with 10% recycled content.

Explains Jay Hunsberger, Sustana’s Vice President of Sales for North America, “With Cup-to-Cup, Starbucks wanted to demonstrate in a specific moment in time to their shareholders that they could in fact recover cups, put the cups back into the system, and put the content back into a cup.”

Says Rebecca Zimmer, Global Director of the Environment for Starbucks Coffee Co., “At Starbucks, so much care and attention has gone into the sourcing of our coffee, the roasting of that coffee, the brewing of that coffee, and the handover of that coffee in a cup from barista to customer. It’s about that cup now.”

During the eight-week project, Starbucks provided 18 truckloads of cups, 25 million in all, from excess inventory to Sustana’s recycled fibers facility in De Pere, WI. There, the cups were mixed with water and went through a high-consistency pulping process where they were ground into a pulp by a corkscrew rotor. During pulping, the PE liners began to separate from the cup. The fibers were then screened and washed to remove impurities and ink, and to separate the interior plastic lining.

Next the fibers were thickened in a de-watering process after which they were cut into sheets, which were baled and transported to WestRock’s paper mill in Evadale, TX, to be turned into paperboard. That paperboard was then used by Seda to create new Starbucks cups with 10% recycled content that behaved exactly the same as those Seda has been producing for Starbucks.

The trial was a success in proving that a closed-loop system for coffee cups is achievable, but the underlying challenges that have prevented them from being recycled will need to be addressed before such a system is put in place. According to Hunsberger, a study from WestRock shows that 60% of food packaging goes home with the consumer, making collection a huge barrier. “There are very different models that have been built organically in each particular locality,” he says. “So when you think about how these things are fragmented, there is no common solution to waste management. That’s really the crux of it.”

However, Hunsberger says he does see momentum building, as municipalities begin to understand that if they tell their residents to put the cups into their recycling bins, there are companies that will take the items from them. Sustana has a history of accepting multilayer packaging comprising fiber and polyethylene, having worked with aseptic cartons, while WestRock has announced they will take coffee cups in their MRF system.

Through the NextGen Cup Consortium, Starbucks is continuing to work with brand owners such as McDonald’s and The Coca-Cola Co. and with others across the supply chain to find a solution for the recovery and reuse of fiber-based hot and cold cups on a global scale.

Watch a video on the project.

Senior Editor, Packaging World

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Report: ‘2018 was a very good year for bio-based polymers’

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 06:12:31 +0000

Figure 1
The most important market drivers in 2018 were brands that wanted to offer their customers environmentally-friendly solutions and critical consumers looking for alternatives to petrochemicals.

A new market and trend report, Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2018-2023, from the German nova-Institute shows capacities and production data for all bio-based polymers. In 2018, the report says, the total production volume reached 7.5 million tonnes—these are already 2% of the production volume of petrochemical polymers. The potential is much higher, but it is currently hampered by low oil prices and a lack of political support.

The production of bio-based polymers has become much more professional and differentiated in recent years. By now, there is a bio-based alternative for practically every application. The capacities and production of bio-based polymers will continue to grow with an expected CAGR of about 4% until 2023, almost at about the same rate as petrochemical polymers and plastics Therefore, the market share of bio-based polymers in the total polymer and plastics market remains constant at around 2% (Figure 1).

The increase in production capacity is mainly based on the expansion of the polylactic acid (PLA) production in Thailand and the polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) and starch blends production expansion in U.S. Especially PLA and starch blends will continue to grow significantly until 2023. Also, new capacities of bio-based polyamides, polyethylene, and, for the first time, polypropylene and poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT) will also be added in Europe in this period. The great hopeful, polyethylene furanoate (PEF), will presumably only be able to offer commercial capacities after 2023. Overall, the market environment remains challenging with low crude oil prices and little political support.

So far, the two major advantages of bio-based polymers have not been politically rewarded. The first advantage is that bio-based polymers replace fossil carbon in the production process with renewable carbon from biomass. This is indispensable for a sustainable, climate-friendly plastics industry, but it is not yet politically rewarded.

The second advantage is offered by about a quarter of bio-based polymer production: They are biodegradable (depending on the environment) and can therefore be a solution for plastics that cannot be collected and enter the environment where they can biodegrade without leaving behind microplastics. Only a few countries such as Italy, France, and in the future, probably Spain will politically support this additional disposal path.

The most important market drivers in 2018 were brands that wanted to offer their customers environmentally-friendly solutions and critical consumers looking for alternatives to petrochemicals. If bio-based polymers were to be accepted as a solution and promoted in a similar way as biofuels, annual growth rates of 10% to 20% could be expected. The same applies as soon as the price of oil rises significantly. Based on the already existing technical maturity of bio-based polymers, considerable market shares can then be gained.

The 380-page market report is updated every year and the update for the year 2018 offers very special highlights: It contains comprehensive information on capacity development from 2018 to 2023, per bio-based building block and polymer and for the first time production data for the year 2018, per bio-based polymer. A total of 17 bio-based building blocks and 16 polymers are covered in the report. In addition, the new issue includes analyses of market developments and producers per building block and polymer, so that readers can quickly gain an overview of developments that go far beyond capacity and production figures. For the first time, a detailed research, calculation, and explanation of the market development of cellulose acetate (CA), bio-based epoxy resins, and bio-based polyurethanes was made possible through a cooperation with the main experts in this area. The deep dive into the producing companies was comprehensively updated and now shows 175 detailed company profiles—from startups to multinational corporations.

The data published annually by European Bioplastics are taken from the market report of the nova-Institute, but with a reduced selection of bio-based polymers.

Senior Editor, Packaging World

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Factores que impulsan al mercado mexicano de comidas listas para el consumo

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 03:04:44 +0000

La elección de alternativas alimenticias de baja preparación resultan fundamentales factores en el mercado mexicano.
En 2018, en las principales categorías de comidas preparadas, la compañía Sigma Alimentos lideró las ventas en el mercado, con una participación del 22% del total, seguida por Kraft Foods de México con un 10,5%, El Trébol S. A. de C. V., con un 7,6%, y otras cuatro empresas que cubren más de la mitad de la oferta total en el país, según informe de Euromonitor International.

Los cambiantes estilos de vida impulsan el crecimiento de este segmento del mercado de alimentos. Los habitantes de las grandes ciudades ocupan gran parte de sus días en actividades laborales y dedican muchas horas a otras ocupaciones, relaciones e interacciones con los medios sociales, razón por la que cada vez disponen de menos tiempo para la preparación de sus alimentos. Pero, a la par con esta forma de vida, los afanados citadinos tienen una mayor conciencia sobre la calidad de los alimentos que consumen, sus propiedades y el impacto que tienen sobre la salud y el bienestar. Por esto, en la elección de alternativas alimenticias de baja preparación resultan fundamentales factores como el nivel nutricional, la conveniencia y la comodidad en el consumo lo mismo que, en muchos casos, la inocuidad de sus empaques.

Estos factores llevaron a los productores de comidas preparadas a desarrollar una oferta en la que son cada vez más comunes ingredientes y preparaciones con bajos contenidos de azúcar, sal o grasa, presentados en empaques resellables, envases fáciles de abrir y desechar y contenedores compatibles con hornos microondas u otras alternativas que permitan calentarlos rápidamente antes de consumirlos.

En el informe de mercado Ready Meals in Mexico, publicado por Euromonitor International en noviembre del año pasado, se advierte el dinámico comportamiento que este tipo de productos tuvo durante 2018, con porcentajes de crecimiento que alcanzaron un 3% en el volumen de ventas minoristas y de 9% en el valor, lo que se traduce en 69.000 toneladas y 8.900 millones de pesos mexicanos, respectivamente. Las proyecciones del estudio hasta 2023 predicen un crecimiento sostenido del 3%, para llegar ese año a un valor del mercado de 10.600 millones de pesos.

Un menú variado

La amplia oferta de comidas preparadas que pueden adquirirse en los puntos de venta de las ciudades mexicanas incluye alimentos congelados y refrigerados, estos últimos, de acuerdo con el estudio, con pronósticos muy favorables de crecimiento frente a otras alternativas, dada la percepción de frescura que crean en los consumidores. Se destaca en el estudio el papel que tienen al dinámico desempeño del segmento productos como las ensaladas preparadas, que cumplen con los requisitos de ser alimentos sanos, ligeros y fáciles de consumir, y cuya elaborada preparación supondría para los consumidores un tiempo del que no pueden disponer.

Los pronósticos del estudio para el período indicado apuntan a la innovación en productos impulsada por el ingreso de nuevas marcas y compañías, con alternativas variadas en sabores y formatos. También contribuirán a la ampliación de la oferta la expansión de vendedores minoristas que han modernizado sus puntos de venta y cuentan ahora con más espacios para refrigerar.

Una oferta concentrada

En 2018, en las principales categorías de comidas preparadas, la compañía Sigma Alimentos lideró las ventas en el mercado, con una participación del 22% del total, seguida por Kraft Foods de México con un 10,5%, El Trébol S. A. de C. V., con un 7,6%, y otras cuatro empresas que cubren más de la mitad de la oferta total en el país.

A pesar del predominio de Sigma, sustentado en buena parte por su sólida red de distribución y por el desarrollo constante de nuevos productos, y de la concentración de cerca de una tercera parte del mercado en tres empresas principales, la categoría se encuentra segmentada en muchas marcas y se espera que ingrese en ella un alto número de nuevas referencias y productos durante el período cubierto por el estudio.

El saludable comportamiento del sector de comidas preparadas en México se ve comprometido, sin embargo, por la competencia que representan los minimercados, que conforman hoy un canal de distribución muy activo y que han expandido su oferta de productos y servicios. En estos establecimientos ahora es posible encontrar para consumo inmediato café fresco, donas, pizzas, burritos y tacos, que son alternativas asequibles para las comidas preparadas. Como no necesitan preservación, los consumidores perciben en ocasiones este tipo de productos como frescos y saludables.

Vea las tendencias en tecnologías para envasado de comidas listas en la próxima feria EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2019, del 11 al 13 de junio, en Expo Guadalajara. Este evento es cita obligada en América Latina para estar a la vanguardia en tecnología de envasado y procesamiento.

Directora de Medios para América Latina de PMMI

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Envasadora vertical con acceso de 360 grados

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 02:46:28 +0000

Formadora, llenadora y selladora vertical MFT-540.
Nueva envasadora se integra con diversos sistemas de dosificación y funciona con distintos tipos de bolsas, que incluyen almohadillas, bolsas con fuelle y con fondo de bloque.

El control de su funcionamiento se realiza desde un controlador PLC con pantalla táctil y la máquina opera con un motor servo que garantiza un movimiento rápido y preciso de la película.

UCM Holdings, LLC - Maxpack exhibirá y demostrará en EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2019 la formadora, llenadora y selladora vertical MFT-540, que cuenta entre sus atributos principales la capacidad que tienen los trabajadores de acceder a su operación desde cualquier punto de su instalación. Este modelo, diseñado para el envase de pasabocas, productos de confitería, productos alimenticios para animales, polvos vitamínicos y aceites, entre muchos otros, se caracteriza por su operación amigable y la facilidad de realizar en ella tareas de mantenimiento y limpieza.

El modelo MFT-540 se integra con diversos sistemas de dosificación y funciona con distintos tipos de bolsas, que incluyen almohadillas, bolsas con fuelle y con fondo de bloque. El control de su funcionamiento se realiza desde un controlador PLC con pantalla táctil y la máquina opera con un motor servo que garantiza un movimiento rápido y preciso de la película. La calidad en la formación de las bolsas lo garantiza un sistema de seguimiento automático del material y el cambio de tamaños de las bolsas se realiza de manera sencilla y ágil mediante un mecanismo de conformación de una sola pieza. El modelo que se presentará en EXPO PACK Guadalajara forma bolsas con anchos entre 40 y 200 milímetros, y largos entre 20 y 280 milímetros.

Vea este equipo en EXPO PACK Guadalajara, feria internacional enfocada en envasado y procesamiento que tendrá lugar del 11 al 13 de junio próximos en Expo Guadalajara. No se lo pierda.

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Cadenas resistentes e inoxidables sin comprometer capacidad de líneas de producción

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 18:06:07 +0000

Cadena de acero inoxidable que reúne la resistencia al óxido con la consistencia de una referencia ANSI.
Cadena de acero inoxidable que reúne la resistencia al óxido con la consistencia de una referencia ANSI.

En operaciones bajo condiciones extremas ha existido siempre el dilema de escoger entre materiales resistentes a la corrosión y aquellos que ofrezcan la dureza del acero al carbono. En EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2019, el fabricante U.S. TSUBAKI ofrecerá una solución que combina ambas propiedades: la cadena de acero inoxidable Super Stainless, que reúne la resistencia al óxido de su serie 600 (AS) con la consistencia de una referencia ANSI. Esta innovación puede integrarse con aditamentos y piñones para construir un sistema confiable y duradero.

Con la cadena Super Stainless pueden remplazarse las de acero al carbono, lo cual ayuda a reducir los costos sin comprometer la capacidad de la línea de operar con las mismas cargas habituales. Como resultado de una mayor capacidad de resistir la fatiga y de la inclusión en su fabricación de pines y bujes endurecidos, la nueva cadena de U.S. TSUBAKI cumple con los requerimientos de la norma ASME B29.1.

U.S. TSUBAKI destaca de este nuevo producto el empleo que se ha hecho en su fabricación de acero inoxidable, caracterizado por su capacidad de resistir químicos fuertes, temperaturas extremas y niveles de alta humedad comunes a los entornos de producción de alimentos. El fabricante destaca la oportunidad que ofrece la cadena de sustituir las alternativas tradicionales, señalando que una referencia Super Stainless número 50 brinda la misma capacidad de carga de una referencia igual en acero al carbono.

Directora de Medios para América Latina de PMMI

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Paletizado móvil y eficiente

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 17:26:19 +0000

Nueva solución de paletizado con robot colaborativo.
De la unión entre el fabricante mexicano de sistemas de transporte DCF Mexicana y Universal Robots ha surgido un nuevo sistema de paletizado móvil que se presentará al público en junio en EXPO PACK Guadalajara.

La solución consta de un robot colaborativo y una banda transportadora modular, que puede llevarse a cualquier línea de producción para realizar con eficiencia las labores de paletizado de producto.

El nuevo sistema se destaca por su construcción compacta y la facilidad que ofrece en su configuración e instalación. DCF Mexicana resalta además la seguridad que ofrece en su operación y la posibilidad que brinda de realizar trabajo continuo, ya que el operario puede intervenir en el proceso sin necesidad de que el robot se detenga. La instalación de solución de transporte y paletizado proporciona, de acuerdo con su fabricante, un rápido retorno sobre la inversión y aumentos significativos en la productividad de las empresas.

Vea este sistema de paletizado móvil en EXPO PACK Guadalajara, que tendrá lugar del 11 al 13 de junio próximos en Expo Guadalajara. No se lo pierda.

Directora de Medios para América Latina de PMMI

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Lámina de plástico con características de aluminio para termoformado

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:11:04 +0000

Nuevas películas de Klöckner Pentaplast con aspecto de aluminio plateado.
Un lanzamiento de Klöckner Pentaplast en EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2019 suprimirá la necesidad de formatos grandes en blíster, costosos diseños de herramientas y operaciones lentas de las líneas de producción de empaques con aplicación con foil en frío.

Las nuevas películas Pentapharm® kpSilver se han diseñado con la opción de ser termoformadas y presentan una apariencia de aluminio plateado. La nueva referencia se encuentra disponible en películas para laminación o pueden integrarse también en estructuras de barrera, para ofrecer una alta protección contra factores como la humedad.

En aplicaciones de medicamentos y productos farmacéuticos, las películas Pentapharm® kpSilver igualan las características visuales del foil de aplicación en frío y garantizan una larga vida del producto en las estanterías. Cuando se trabaja en la producción de empaques, estas nuevas referencias proporcionan todas las ventajas de los materiales convencionales de termoformado y pueden trabajarse en equipos convencionales, lo que suprime la necesidad de contar con estaciones costosas de formación en frío.

Estas nuevas referencias ofrecen protección frente a la radiación UV y la luz visible y cuentan con propiedades especiales que facilitan su dispensación durante la producción, sin necesidad de contar con alimentadores dedicados; además, gracias a un bajo coeficiente de fricción, pueden almacenarse de una manera segura. Debido a que se laminan con adhesivos de base acuosa, estas películas de Klöckner Pentaplast brindan alta seguridad para empaques de alimentos y medicamentos y son a la vez amigables con el medio ambiente.

En el estand 2504 de EXPO PACK Guadalajara, que tendrá lugar del 11 al 13 de junio próximos en Expo Guadalajara, usted podrá ver en vivo y en directo esta innovación de Klöckner Pentaplast.

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Metal detectors speeds date-paste inspection, reduces product waste

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 06:12:31 +0000

The new metal detector saves time, labor, and utilities and is twice as sensitive as former metal detector, brand owner says.
A new metal detector at The Jewel Date Company inspects hot date paste, eliminating the need to freeze and package product first, and reduces the amount of product rejected.

The Jewel Date Company is in a sweet spot, with health-conscious consumers driving the popularity of dates as an alternative to refined sugar. Founded in 1995, Jewel Date manufactures whole dates, date butters, date sugars, and date pastes for energy bars and more. To protect their product quality while meeting rising demand, they selected Mettler-Toledo Safeline’s Profile Advantage metal detector and installed one pipeline system and two conveyorized systems.

“When we decided to replace our aging metal detectors, we knew we needed world-class equipment. Dates are high in moisture and natural minerals, so they’re difficult for most metal detectors to accurately inspect,” says Steve Luicci, Operations Manager at Jewel Date. “We gave samples of our products to several suppliers, and they sent back reports about their capabilities. The Profile Advantage, which offers multi-simultaneous frequency operation, had the best results. I know from past experience that Safeline equipment is extremely rugged and dependable. Their great test results and a glowing recommendation from our sales rep, Kirk Isham of Pacific Packaging & Inspection, simply sealed our decision to go with them.

“Before we got the new metal detectors, our date paste was especially challenging to inspect,” explained Luicci. “Our old system couldn’t handle hot product, so we had to freeze the date paste in bulk packages before inspecting it. Not only did this waste five days of time and cost a lot in energy use, we also had to move the product between two buildings. Plus, the old metal detector had a lot of false positives.

“The pipeline Profile Advantage has completely transformed our operations. Since it handles hot date paste, we no longer need to freeze it. On top of that, the pipeline structure improves our yield—previously, a reject meant an entire 40-pound bulk package of frozen date paste was lost. Now, the efficiency of the pipeline’s diverter valve means only a pound or two of date paste is rejected when the detector is triggered. This Profile Advantage system saves us an enormous amount of time, labor, and utilities. Most importantly, it’s twice as sensitive as our previous system and has almost no false rejects.”

According to Mettler-Toledo Safeline, Metal detectors featuring multi-simultaneous frequencies are ideal for more challenging products, such as those packaged in metallized film or with high variations in temperature, moisture, or mineral content. By creating a reference point to better discern changes due to the presence of metal versus changes within the product itself, multi-simultaneous frequency operation virtually eliminates false rejects to increase yield while improving metal sensitivity.

In addition to their pipeline system, Jewel Date has two conveyorized Profile Advantage metal detectors for inspecting date sugars, date butters, and table-grade Medjool dates. Packages include plastic cups, trays, pails, bags, and coated paperboard cartons, ranging from retail packs as small as 10 oz to bulk packages as large as 50 lb. One of the metal detectors is mounted on castor wheels and easily moves around their facility between three different lines, as needed.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is our Profile Advantage metal detectors from Mettler-Toledo Safeline have the high level of metal sensitivity that our customers count on,” concludes Luicci. “Additionally, our pipeline system in particular has given us massive productivity gains and cost savings. I can’t begin to imagine how much time and money it has saved us.”

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Rebrand for Deschutes Brewery

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:06:14 +0000

New look for Deschutes Brewery cuts through the craft brew clutter.
When Deschutes Brewery was founded 30 years ago in Bend, OR, fewer than 100 craft breweries dotted the U.S. landscape; today, more than 7,000 craft breweries are in business.

Needless to say, the craft beer landscape has changed dramatically, and the huge increase in competition, along with concerns of oversaturation and slowing overall consumption trends, has made growth difficult and innovation essential. That’s why Deschutes is rebranding with a simple and bold look aimed at recapturing its market and appealing to millennials who may not be familiar with Deschutes.

“If you look at the craft beer category now, it’s a sea of overwhelming visual noise,” says Simon Thorneycroft, Founder/CEO, of San Francisco‐based Perspective: Branding, the agency tapped for the rebrand. “The category is flooded by products and styles, all looking the same by trying so hard to look different. We saw an opportunity to create clarity at the shelf by putting the brand and style first, then layering in a bit of mystery through hidden stories.” These begin on the paperboard carriers with characters and illustrations that continue on the bottles depicting longevity, authenticity, and innovation, while also surprising and delighting consumers. “Elements of these stories start on one product, overlap, and continue onto the next product on shelf,” adds Thorneycroft.

“For clarity, we shortened the name on packaging to just Deschutes, which gives the name a bigger, bolder, and more iconic presence that equates with its heritage and legacy as a true pioneer. The new packaging design is a striking red and fresh blue, reflecting the colors of the soil and sky of Oregon, while also communicating refreshment, which is something often overlooked in most craft beer branding,” says Thorneycroft.

The new Deschutes packaging design system is rolling out now beginning with seasonal, Red Chair NWPA. The story on the new Red Chair packaging comes from the curious characters you meet while riding a chair lift at the mountain. These are unique moments when you connect with someone you might not otherwise meet – something that epitomizes the soul of Deschutes. Four different variations feature a skier or snowboarder with a person in flipflops, another in diving gear (a nod to their Mirror Pond packaging), a child in wellies, and Big Foot.

According to Michael LaLonde, President & CEO, Deschutes Brewery, “This packaging is much more visible, bolder, and has a deeper story connecting with the consumer. Our heritage brands look new and should lead to additional sampling and a lift for those brands as well.”

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Posital: Inclinometers

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000

TILTIX inclinometers
Posital’s TILTIX inclinometers are available with the Modbus RTU communication interface.

Modbus RTU protocols, which are openly published and royalty-free, have emerged as a de-facto standard for simple, robust and cost-efficient data acquisition and control systems built around standard PLCs. Modbus RTU nodes can be connected together through RS-485 serial connections with up to 32 devices connected to the bus.

• Full 360° single axis or dual axis ±80°

• Shock immunity up to 100 g

• Tough fiber-reinforced PBT and heavy duty die-cast aluminum housings available.

• Programmable measurement resolution, zero setting and direction via AP


TILTIX inclinometers with Modbus RTU interface are ideal for solar energy systems where it is necessary to monitor the spatial orientation of multiple collectors or reflectors. They can also be used in production machineries like textile manufacturing, paper manufacturing, or for material handling equipment and in many other applications where a practical, low-cost position control solution is required.

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Halal shampoo label inspired by batik art

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 06:21:36 +0000

Chain store Watsons Personal Care in Asia creates a line of all-natural, halal shampoo products packaged in bottles adorned with handcrafted floral artwork inspired by Indonesian batik art.

A new line of natural-ingredient halal shampoos targeted at the Muslim market in Southeast Asia summons sophistication, culture, nature, and beauty through packaging adorned with delicate floral artwork inspired by Indonesian batik art. The new haircare brand was launched by Watsons Personal Care Stores, the largest healthcare and beauty chain store in Asia, in Malaysia in October 2016 and the Philippines in August 2017, designed to appeal to younger consumers (18+) in particular.

The line includes three shampoos and one conditioner, packaged in stock bottles and in a tube, respectively. What differentiates the products from other haircare brands is its use of all-botanical ingredients, such as black seed oil and jasmine extract. While marketed as halal, the product’s natural ingredients make it an attractive option for all consumers.

The graphic design for the haircare packaging was done by Brandimage China. Says Aaron Song, Account Director for the firm, “The client wanted the range to pop out on shelf using color as an appeal for younger consumers. Emphasizing art and culture, it needed to reinforce sophistication, while elevating beauty as an aspiration.”

Inspiration for the design came from careful research on the Southeast Asian Muslim culture as well as input from one of the firm’s creative colleagues from the region who was familiar with the batik style and how it could be used to appeal to a niche market.

The end result is a design with uniquely ownable visual elements. To convey natural beauty, Brandimage China created handcrafted illustrations of flowers made from dots, drops, and lines to suggest oil and floral extracts. The flowers and their leaves trail across a white background, with each of the four varieties having a different color scheme and artwork pattern. The center panel of the design is framed using variety-specific bars of color to focus the eye on the product information within. Says Song, “The colors provide subtle hints on each product’s key functions. For instance, green is used for the Ice Cool Shampoo.”

Together, the bottles create a family of design with a clear and strong product identity. Concludes Song, “With the bold visual solution balanced with culture and art, the design stands out against traditional competitors and brings beauty into the lives of consumers.”

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Dr. Pharm: High speed tablet press

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000

Dr. Pharm’s GZPS-83 is designed for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications. It is capable of bi-layer tablets, different colors, annular as well as well as round, engraved, and even irregularly shaped tablets at speeds up to 796,000 tablets/hr.

The GZPS-83’s filling system is powered by powerful and accurate servo motors via the Siemens touch HMI control display.

Other key features included double force feeding, double discharge, two powder filling hoppers, dosing, pre-pressing, main pressing and ejection. In addition to 304 stainless-steel contact parts, the GZPS-83 is cGMP- and FDA-compliant. Advanced technology includes an infrared safety system, auto diagnostics systems and Siemens PLC controls.

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México renueva su compromiso con el manejo racional del plástico

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:55:11 +0000

Aldimir Torres Arenas, presidente de ANIPAC, México.
Industriales del plástico mexicanos ratificaron su voluntad de proteger el medio ambiente.

Compromiso de afiliados a la Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico de México con el programa Cero Pérdida de Pellets (CPP).

Desde 2013, la Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico de México (ANIPAC) viene impulsando una iniciativa desarrollada por la organización Operation Clean Sweep (OCS), que busca eliminar por completo la pérdida de pellets plásticos que tiene lugar durante los procesos industriales. Mediante la realización de talleres y la promoción de mejores prácticas de gestión, ANIPAC busca que el sector contribuya al avance hacia una nueva economía del plástico y a evitar la contaminación de ríos y mares con la presencia de residuos plásticos.

El pasado 7 de febrero, Aldimir Torres Arenas, presidente de ANIPAC, destacó la participación y el compromiso de los afiliados con el programa Cero Pérdida de Pellets (CPP), como se conoce el programa en México, que ha contado desde su creación con la participación de cincuenta empresas del sector. Como parte de las actividades se creó un Manual de Operación que orienta a las empresas sobre acciones y medidas que contribuyen a evitar la generación de residuos. “Nuestro compromiso es triplicar la realización de talleres y extender el programa a más empresas que se comprometan a desarrollar mejores prácticas dentro de sus operaciones”, dijo el presidente de ANIPAC durante un acto de ratificación de los compromisos de la Asociación con el programa y con los esfuerzos adelantados por Operation Clean Sweep (OCS), un emprendimiento internacional diseñado para evitar la llegada de materiales plásticos a los océanos.

Durante el evento se hizo un reconocimiento a Anguiplast, Arpema Plásticos, Braskem Idesa, Carredana de Empaques, Distribución y Servicios Logísticos, Dow Química Mexicana, Katoen Natie Mexicana, Logística Integral en Transportación, Organización Brenn y Radici Plastics, empresas que se han destacado por su activa participación en el programa Cero Pérdida de Pellets (CPP). “La nueva situación mundial, nos impone la obligación de ser eficientes en el uso de los recursos y a proteger y cuidar el medio ambiente”, señaló el presidente de ANIPAC y exaltó el trabajo de las empresas distinguidas por el cumplimiento de los objetivos que la OCS se ha propuesto en México, y en el mundo entero, a desarrollar operaciones limpias y suprimir la pérdida de materiales de plástico.

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Brands redesign packaging for e-commerce shipping

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:14:43 +0000

A new bottle for The Honest Co.’s laundry products includes a dosing cap that eliminates product leakage during shipping.
CPGs make changes to existing packages to provide greater product protection, eliminate product leakage, reduce the amount of dunnage needed to secure the product, or solve other shipping-related issues.

Ever since consumers began ordering household staples and groceries online, CPGs have questioned whether selling products through this channel will require a change in their retail package design. How will graphics designed to stand out on shelf translate to the digital world? If a package is made more functional for shipping, can it still convey the brand experience? Will all the work done to establish brand shapes, labels, etc., be diluted? Is it worth the cost to stock different SKUs for different channels?

So far, the changes have come primarily in the form of structural improvements to existing packages to provide greater product protection, eliminate product leakage, reduce the amount of dunnage needed to secure the product, or solve other shipping-related issues. One such example comes from The Honest Co., well-known for its baby, personal care, cleaning, vitamin, and other products made from safe ingredients. It all began with a new laundry product, explains Tien Nguyen, Senior Industrial Designer for Berlin Packaging’s Studio One Eleven—the firm involved with the project.

“Liking the basic structure of an existing Califia Farms’ almond milk bottle, The Honest Co. wanted to create a packaging solution for their new baby fabric softener,” Nguyen says. “When leaking challenges arose with their existing 70-ounce detergent bottle, the project focus shifted to a redesign of the entire household laundry line for the burgeoning e-commerce environment.”

Studio One Eleven quickly recognized that the dosing-cap closure would play a critical role in reducing product leakage. The firm’s solution was to design a new polypropylene closure with a thick, high-density polyethylene foam liner that minimizes the assembly gap. Says Nguyen, “It is the thickness that distinguishes it from typical cap liners.”

The closure sits level with the bottle, marrying the two components. The cap is easily removable while maintaining an air-tight seal. To stop the “glugging” that occurred with the old spout, the new design has a longer cut-out spout that increases airflow and provides controlled pouring.

As for the bottle, the new design has a softer, rounder shoulder that improves top load, while its heavier weight improves drop resistance and creates a premium feel. An ergonomic handle allows for easy, one-handed gripping and pouring.The bottle is used for all of The Honest Co.’s laundry detergent and softener products, in 35-, 70-, and 100-oz sizes.

Another example of a package redesigned to withstand the rigors of e-commerce is a salsa jar from Houston-based contract packager Consolidated Mills, which produces its own line of products under the Alamo Red Foods brand. A redesign of its glass salsa jar to Amcor’s Apex™ PET jar with metal lug closure was undertaken when owners/brothers Keith and Scott Vrana decided they wanted more control over the distribution process than was afforded by the retail model.

“Our ultimate goal was to control our brand, including how we supply the product to our consumers,” says Keith. So Consolidated added a “shop” feature to their Alamo Red Foods website to allow consumers to purchase their three varieties of salsa online.

Consolidated Mills’ existing salsa package was a standard glass jar. To provide a better e-commerce solution, the company needed a more durable and lighter-weight alternative. Says Keith, “After seeing a sample of the new Apex jar, I knew this would be a game changer for the e-commerce industry.”

To facilitate the commercialization of the Apex jar, Consolidated Mills enlisted TricorBraun Design & Engineering Group, which worked with Consolidated Mills and Amcor to trial the new package. One of the goals of the trial was to determine if the jar could be capped with the redesigned lug closure, supplied by Crown and Massilly North America Inc., with minimal changes to the line. Says Keith, “We couldn’t have done this if a large financial investment was needed to change the setup and the equipment.” Luckily, the only modification required for the Massilly-supplied steam-injected capper was an adjustment in the height.

Another goal was to learn how Consolidated Mills’ existing package label would work with the new PET jar. “Because we do not have a cooling tunnel, we allow the jars to naturally cool in the shipper box after being filled and labeled, so our main concern was how the labels would react to the PET material,” says Keith. “We did see some problems initially, but our label supplier [Alliance Graphics & Printing] recommended a new material that corrected the issue.” The new label material, PrimeScan® from Spinnaker Coating, is a clay-coated polyolefin that is waterproof, tear- and grease-resistant, and resists temperature fluctuations.

Says Keith, the advantages of the new PET jar versus glass are numerous: “Using the PET jars greatly reduces the decibel levels during production, and we don’t have to worry about broken glass shutting down the line. Our cases weigh three pounds less now, reducing our freight cost, and because we are now shipping plastic containers, we are able to eliminate the extra packaging costs needed for e-commerce.” When shipping glass, Consolidated had to wrap the jars in bubble wrap before placing them in the case.

“Our goal is to get all of our salsas plus our other Alamo Red products, including Bloody Mary mixes and barbeque sauces, into hot-fill PET jars,” says Keith. “We will also encourage our private-label customers to switch to PET as well.”

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CPA to participate in 2019 ProFood Tech Partner Program

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:32:07 +0000

CPA to participate in 2019 ProFood Tech Partner Program
CPA’s Sourcing Center booth will provide information to attendees on CPA members’ packaging and manufacturing services and how to engage these service providers.

CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers & Manufacturers, will be participating in the ProFood Tech Partner Program (March 26-28; McCormick Place, Chicago), exhibiting in Booth 211.

CPA’s Sourcing Center booth is the place where brand owners, retailers, and entrepreneurs who are interested in contract packaging and manufacturing services can learn about CPA members’ capabilities and how to engage these service providers. Visitors will experience innovative and cost-effective examples of contract packaged and manufactured goods from CPA members. The Sourcing Center is designed to allow visitors the opportunity to ask questions, interact with industry experts, and learn about the value of using contract packagers/manufacturers.

“Our Sourcing Center experienced tremendous success at other industry trade shows, such as PACK EXPO International, and our members always look forward to representing CPA at this opportunity,” says Ron Puvak, Managing Director, CPA.“Year after year, we find the need for contract packaging and manufacturing services remains high.”

Now in its second edition, ProFood Tech is powered by three of the world’s trade show leaders: PACK EXPO, Koelnmesse (organizer of Anuga), and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).

“Participation by leading food and beverage processing associations in the ProFood Tech Partner Program is a truly unique feature of the event,” says Jim Pittas, President and CEO of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of tradeshows. “Not only is it an extremely valuable resource for the attendees looking for specific solutions and information—the participating associations experience the value of being an official partner with the show, supporting their members and the processing industry.”

PMMI Senior Director of Expositions, Laura Thompson, echoes his statement. “The Association Partner Pavilion features leading industry associations offering unique insights into the latest challenges facing the processing industry,” she says. “As the most comprehensive food and beverage processing show in North America, ProFood Tech is a can’t miss event for these partner associations in order to foster industry connections and support their membership.”

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Cold Pressure Council to share high pressure processing insights at Natural Products West

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:08:22 +0000

Cold Pressure Council logo
The Cold Pressure Council, in support of growing High Pressure Processing (HPP) solutions, will be at Natural Products West, March 5-9 in Anaheim.

Two Cold Pressure Council members, Evolution Fresh and Lineage Logistics are exhibiting at the expo, which features the newest products and trends in health, organic, natural, and specialty foods.

Members can also stop by the Association for Contract Packagers & Manufacturers' (CPA) Booth 7109 to learn more about HPP and visit Evolution Fresh and Lineage Logistics representatives.

“The Cold Pressure Council and its members are excited to expand awareness of High Pressure Processing technologies with Natural Products West attendees,” says Joyce Longfield, vice president, product innovation, Good Foods Group LLC and chairperson, Cold Pressure Council. “Our goal is to encourage growth of HPP for numerous food and beverage products. The benefits for taste and nutrition – key drivers for consumers – are outstanding.”

With a growing membership of 30+ companies, the Cold Pressure Council leads, facilitates and promotes industry standardization, user education and consumer awareness of HPP. Managed by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the council addresses questions about HPP while developing and formalizing industry best practices.

In addition, the Cold Pressure Council offers its High Pressure Certified® mark to members who verify that they properly use HPP in their food production operations.

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Form, function define ice cream pack

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:34:51 +0000

In-mold labeled package includes an on-pack spoon.
The high quality, user-friendliness, and eye-catching decoration of this new ice cream package were key factors in its selection for a new range of ice-creams from Russian manufacturer Taice.

Thanks to In-Mould Labeling by package supplier RPC Superfos, it is possible to show the texture of the ice cream in razor-sharp photo quality on the injection-molded polypropylene package. This is complemented by the striking blue colour of the lid that catches the consumer’s attention. Overall this smart look of the EasySnackingTMcontainer makes the product stand out on shelf.

In addition to these powerful colours and smooth design lines, the integral spoon ofthe handy packageis a keyfeature for Taice. The spoon is neatly separated from the ice cream, and easy to grasp under a tear-off label in the lid.Taice made the vital packaging decision in collaboration with Denis Komarov, the company representative at UnipakCentr.

“The Taice ice cream is of excellent quality so it was important to find a packaging solution on a matching quality level,” he explains. “In the EasySnackingTMpot, we found what we were looking for. We value the entire packaging solution, but the spoon deserves a special mention. It is sturdy, convenient and perfectly in tune with consumer demand for an easy sweet treat.”

A new player in the Russian ice-cream market, Taice sells its product through food markets, cinemas, pizzerias, and gas stations.

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Turnkey line for PET

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:05:12 +0000

New PET line for water runs at 20,000 bph.
Tousnina Sarl, a water bottler in Algeria, recently installed a turnkey line for PET bottles that runs at 20,000/hr.

Turnkey responsibility was in the hands of SMI. The solution installed consists of an ECOBLOC ERGON Series integrated system for stretch-blow molding, filling, and capping of PET bottles; an SK ERGON Series shrink wrapper for secondary packaging; an HA 80 handle applicator; a PACKSORTER pack divider/sorter; and an APS ERGON Series palletizer. The entire plant is equipped with an automation and control system of the latest generation incorporating the best technologies for the management of a “smart factory.”

All the machines installed in the new line are part of the ERGON range, which uses the most innovative technologies in the field of Industry 4.0 solutions, says SMI. The new installations respond completely to the growth expectations of this Algerian company, which has invested exclusively in latest generation systems to increase its production capacity.

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Ball Corp.: 360° aerosol can

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000

360° aerosol can
Ball introduces its 360° aerosol can. The newly developed technology brings another dimension to can contouring, using a process that allows custom shaping, symmetrically or asymmetrically, up to the full circumference of the can, with graphics and embossing oriented to the recessed area for dynamic detail.

360° Can Demands to be Seen and Touched

Ball paired its graphics expertise with innovative shaping to produce a can that is visually engaging from every angle. 360° offers brands a new advantage, delivering an aerosol package that communicates their story, stands out on the shelf, and consumers will want to examine more closely.

The true value of the 360° is found where graphics and embossing intersect. Artwork oriented to the recessed area complements the shaping and allows for dynamic detail. For brands that embrace a clean and simple aesthetic, this new dimension can add drama without clutter.

Global Innovations Director, Jason Galley says: "360° brings can design to the next level, as varied shaping is available around the entire circumference of the can. The recessed area goes beyond visual engagement: It also provides ergonomic benefits to the customer. The shaped area can be oriented in a way that provides the consumer with grip, a feature that comes in handy with products where slippage is a usability concern."

The Most Sustainable Aerosol Pack

Aluminum aerosol cans provide the perfect packaging format for personal care and household products, presenting the look and feel the brand owner intended while also protecting the product during transit, whilst remaining lightweight. In addition, aluminum aerosol packaging has a unique sustainability profile and many advantages when compared with other packaging materials, such as plastic. When an aluminum aerosol package is empty, the materials are collected and can be recycled, again and again, with no loss of quality, making aluminum cans the most valuable containers in the recycling stream.

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Ardagh Group: 500 mL beer bottle

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000

Celebration beer bottle
Ardagh Group launches the 500 mL Celebration beer bottle that can be used with either a crown/pry-off or a cork closure. It is made of 100% recyclable amber glass.

The bottle is available for purchase on Ardagh Group’s BOBTM for beer site (, or by contacting Ardagh Group directly.

The 500 mL format provides a single serving size to beer consumers at a lower price point.

Alex Robertson, Chief Commercial Officer for Ardagh Group’s North American Glass division, says that the rising popularity of sour beers and barrel-aged beers are driving the demand for the 500ml Celebration bottle. “Breweries are packaging limited-edition, single serving craft beer styles in 500ml bottles because they deliver great shelf appeal and brand differentiation in a premium, sustainable package.”

For brewers, of equal importance to the premium package is the glass bottle’s sustainability. Since glass bottles are made of all-natural ingredients, and are 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity, choosing glass packaging supports a brand’s sustainability message.

“Glass bottles not only express to consumers that they are purchasing a premium product, its inherent sustainability – from its raw materials to its recyclability – is yet another reason why glass bottles are the preferred choice for craft brewers wanting to build their brand and stay true to their sustainability promise,” said Robertson.

The BOB site portfolio now includes 12 unique beer bottles, all manufactured in the U.S.

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Albertsons Companies makes environmental switch for pharmacy shipments

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:00:32 +0000

Albertsons Companies Makes Environmental Switch for Pharmacy Shipments
Food and drug retailer to begin using paper-based containers for its temperature-sensitive shipments in late February, with the goal of diverting up to 75,000 lb of packaging from landfills every year.

Albertsons Companies, Inc., considered one of the largest food and drug retailers in the U.S., will begin swapping out traditional expanded polystyrene coolers for its pharmacy shipments in favor of TemperPack’s paper-based insulator, ClimaCell™. ClimaCell allows companies to protect temperature-sensitive shipments for up to 80 hours while reducing packaging waste.

Boise-based Albertsons plans to ship products in the new packaging to nearly 50,000 specialty care patients, physician offices, and clients in late February, with a full rollout expected over the next year. Albertsons reportedly made the switch as part of its overall mission to make its operations more efficient and reduce the environmental footprint of its business.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be the first retailer to make the move from Styrofoam to ClimaCell,” says Erin Shaal, Director of Albertsons Companies Specialty Care. “We are proud to have a 100% curbside-recyclable product in our packaging portfolio and know it will benefit our customers and our planet.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Albertsons Companies pharmacies to assist in reducing the environmental impact of their packaging,” adds Rob Hazelton, Senior Vice President of Sales, TemperPack. “As one of the most highly respected industry and consumer brands, Albertsons Companies’ move to ClimaCell™ leads the way for other pharmacy and life science companies to switch without sacrificing the efficacy of their temperature-sensitive products.”

Albertsons Cos. operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 names including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City.

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Bud Light first beer to add on-pack ingredient label

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:07:29 +0000

Bud Light ingredient list
Bud Light became the first beer in the U.S. to add a comprehensive on-pack serving facts and ingredient label, with the unveiling of a new secondary packaging design that hit stores in February.

In every aspect of their lives, people are demanding more and more transparency, and Bud Light wants beer drinkers to have more information when it comes to choosing their brew, right at their fingertips on the packaging.

Bud Light says its aim to elevate the beer category with this move toward more transparency. In addition to listing the ingredients, the packaging will also include: serving size, calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrates, sugars and protein.

“While ingredient labels are not required, consumers deserve to know more about their beer. We brew Bud Light with the finest ingredients and we’re happy to proudly display them on our packaging,” says Andy Goeler, VP of Marketing, Bud Light. “When people walk through a store, they are used to seeing ingredient labels on products in every aisle, except for the beer, wine and spirits aisle. As the lead brand in the category, we believe increasing on-pack transparency will benefit the entire beer category and provide our consumers with the information they expect to see.”

Bud Light brewmasters take pride in using four essential ingredients to brew the light lager: hops, barley, water and rice – the ingredients the company been using since 1982. Beer drinkers trust that every time they reach for a Bud Light, they know what ingredients are inside and will get the crisp, refreshing taste they know and love. Now, Bud Light is putting that information on packaging for everyone to see.


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Caps collection program gets kids thinking sustainably early

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:45:58 +0000

Green Tree Plastics has quietly amassed an army of children across America who recycle plastics for a good cause.
We’ve all seen increased sustainability activity with CPGs commitments to the environment, but there is a small company in Evansville, IN that created a grass roots recycling effort eight years ago and it continues to grow.

Green Tree Plastics has quietly amassed an army of children across America who recycle plastics for a good cause and in turn remove plastic waste from the environment. Their initiative, called the ABC Partnership Program, provides a vehicle to assist youth organizations in collecting plastics closures for recycling and eventual reuse in the manufacture of various outdoor bench products.

“The ABC Partnership was started by kids for kids and is meant to be an educational tool for any adults managing youth organizations,” says Cara Bernfeld, Vice President of Green Tree. “It offers the opportunity to learn the value of recycling and being a good caretaker of the environment”.

To facilitate this effort, Green Tree’s web site has a complete guide to assist the organizations in starting up a project, outlining acceptable cap types, and ordering/delivery instructions. They also use social media to highlight and showcase successful projects.

By collecting and sorting enough discarded plastic caps, the kids can purchase various bench products, like picnic benches, park benches, buddy benches, and more from Green Tree at discounted prices. Participating groups can include day cares, Sunday schools, elementary/middle/high schools, YMCAs and YWCAs, Scout groups, Boys and Girls Clubs, sports teams, choirs, and more.

“Our program is not just about gathering caps and making benches,” Bernfeld says. “At the core of the program is the process of children learning to manage a project with specific goals, working with adult mentors, networking within their neighborhoods and community, and finally instilling an energy and spirit about their role as a steward of the environment.”

To date, Green Tree has worked with more than 5,000 youth organizations across 33 states and have made over 15,000 benches over the last eight years.


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Omron: Smart camera

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000

Omron Automation Americas launches the FHV7-series smart camera featuring a multi-color light and high-resolution image sensor for advanced vision inspections on high-mix production lines.

Consumers’ quality and safety expectations are becoming increasingly strict, and corporate social responsibility is growing in importance. Manufacturers face the need for stricter quality control checks in order to maintain and improve product quality and safety while promptly identifying the causes of defects. The need to produce different products on a single production line is also increasing, and this in particular requires quality inspections of products in different colors, shapes and sizes. The FHV7 smart camera is designed to help manufacturers meet these inspection needs while minimizing downtime for product changeover.

High-performance smart cameras like the FHV7 make it possible to easily adopt vision inspection into flexible manufacturing processes. Equipped with a multi-color light and an autofocus lens, the FHV7 can respond flexibly to changes in the color and size of objects to be inspected. This eliminates the need for multiple cameras or manual lens adjustments and ensures compatibility with wide-ranging inspection criteria on lines producing many different types of products in varying quantities.

The smart camera’s image processing reaches industry-leading speeds, while its camera delivers industry-leading resolution for achieving higher precision in inspections and maintaining quality without slowing production down. Added to these features is a high-speed image compression algorithm that compresses data at double the typical speed, enabling all image data to be saved while in parallel inspecting a second image. This facilitates complete traceability in production processes where quality control is paramount.

Features of the FHV7 include:

• Multi-color light that solves the issue of changing lighting when product designs are changed or new products are added to the production mix

• High-resolution image sensor that enable high-precision inspections for wider areas of view, eliminating the need for installing multiple cameras or a mechanism to move a camera to capture different inspection points on different products within the same production line

• Autofocus lens that covers a focal distance between 59 and 2,000 mm, ensuring that even when differently sized products are created, the focal range can be changed easily by altering parameters rather than moving the camera

• Modular structure that allows the user to freely combine the lens and lighting variants available for use with the camera

• Dual-core CPU that provides the fastest image processing speed among smart cameras (four times faster than the previous generation)

• High-speed image logging that enables image inspection to be conducted while image data is being saved

• High-speed image data compressionthat facilitates data storage enabling complete traceability

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Quirky, playful cartons dazzle for Harvey Nichols’ Valentine’s Day truffles

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:34:08 +0000

Quirky, playful cartons dazzle for Harvey Nichols’ Valentine’s Day truffles
Fashion-focused U.K. consumers can purchase five different boxes of luxury truffles with cheeky one-liners such as ‘I heart emoji u.’

Harvey Nichols characterizes itself as the U.K.’s premier luxury fashion retailer, with its stores including food markets, restaurants, cafes, bars, and brasseries. For last-minute gifting, the stores carry a line of five boxes of Valentine’s Day truffles, designed by creative and strategic branding partnership Smith&+Village.

The boxes build on the high-fashion identity developed for the Harvey Nichols food collection by Smith&+Village in 2018. A press release announcing the truffles packaging explains that the wit and playfulness of the core food collection follows through into the Valentine’s range, with the traditional “heart” icon replaced by phrases such as “I heart emoji u” and “hearts and kisses.” Each pack is adorned with bold graphic patterns that more closely resemble cosmetics or jewelry boxes than chocolate.

Shirley Aubrey, Food Development Manager at Harvey Nichols, says, “We are thrilled to have launched such bold, quirky, and playful seasonal products that are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for our fashion-focused consumers and have already been a hit in our stores and online.”

Richard Village, Director, Smith&+Village, says, “With the witty, stylish, and highly visual new food collection quickly accepted by its loyal following, Harvey Nichols was in the perfect position to deliver a high-impact, fun take on Valentine’s Day. Bright, stackable boxes of delicious treats with cheeky one-liners guaranteed to raise a smile from whoever is on the receiving end.”

Three smaller, square-shaped boxes contain 40g of truffles and cost £6.95. The two larger, rectangular-shaped boxes hold 115g of candy and retail for £17.95. The range is seasonal and available through the Valentine’s Day period at Harvey Nichols stores in the U.K.

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