• DataLase coding & marking technology helps increase supply chain efficiencies

    In helping brands, manufacturers and logistics businesses keep pace with this uplift in intensity, global coding and marking specialists, DataLase, has responded to the situation with its highly acclaimed Case Coding Solution. Enabling hard pressed supply chains to be responsive and flexible to consumer demand, the solution uses laser to provide a fast and highly efficient method of applying variable information, such as barcodes, date & lot codes, QR codes, graphics and sequential batch numbers, onto corrugated boxes and shelf ready packaging (SRP).

  • Cosmo Films launches Transparent Antifog Film for fresh fruits & vegetables


    The newly launched transparent antifog film has an excellent cold and hot antifogging property, superior fusion sealing strength of 1226-3498 g/inch, has an excellent hot tack ranging from 280 to 530 g/inch for a temperature range of 130-140 degree C and comes with a wide thickness rage of 25, 30 & 35µ. The film is designed for varied applications like Food Packaging, Fresh vegetables, fruits and salad, meat products and dairy products. Commenting on Cosmo Film’s commitment to consistently deliver products to meet industries expectations, Mr. Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films said: “Across our entire product portfolio, we intend to create thoughtfully designed products to meet the needs of the industries around the world. This film is designed to fit the growing fresh food packaging market with its antifog properties and exceptional seal strength.”

  • Subaru, TerraCycle team up on PPE recycling initiative


    The Camden-based carmaker said the new program, created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related use of items like disposable masks and gloves, expands on its current partnership with the Trenton-based firm. The goal, Subaru said in a news release, is to keep improperly discarded PPE out of landfills and incinerators. The automaker will collect PPE at more than 20 offices nationwide, including ports, training centers and its Camden headquarters. “At Subaru, our commitment to maintaining a safe work environment is as strong as our dedication to protecting and preserving our environment by keeping it clean,” Alan Bethke, senior vice president, marketing, said in a prepared statement. “This expansion of our years-long work with TerraCycle allows us to responsibly wear PPE while furthering the Subaru Love Promise commitment to reduce landfill trash and engage in smart environmental practices, simply because it is the right thing to do.” PPE are not recyclable through conventional facilities. The Zero Waste Boxes will be filled and returned to TerraCycle for processing and eventual conversion into other products, from plastic shipping pallets to low-rubber matting. “At TerraCycle, our mission has always been to eliminate waste, recycle the unrecyclable and use our innovative business solutions to minimize human impact on the planet,” Tom Szaky, founder and CEO, said in a statement. “By spearheading this initiative to reduce the impact of PPE waste on the environment, Subaru continues to demonstrate their shared commitment to a greener future.”

  • Finally! A ‘Smart Packaging’ Solution for Poor Medication Adherence

    There are many factors that contribute to low adherence, such as poor communication between doctors and patients and unwanted side effects. But according to ExpressScripts, 69% of nonadherence is behavioral, caused by forgetfulness or procrastination. Low adherence is a pain point for Pharma Clearly, these numbers are very concerning in terms of negative patient health outcomes, but what does this mean for the pharmaceutical industry? Pharma companies are losing hundreds of billions of dollars every year due to non-adherence.

  • Multi-pack carriers deliver multi benefits for canned drinks


    Now, by incorporating over 50% Sustane NXG post-consumer recycled (PCR) polymer, each carrier not only minimises material use but also supports a circular economy through the use of recycled plastic and a reduced dependency on fossil-fuel derived polymers. The company is also continuing to increase the use of PCR within WaveGrip carriers, aiming for it to be 100% by 2021. In addition to the improved sustainability benefits, incorporating a handle within the carrier design improves functionality, making it easier for consumers to grab a pack off the shelf and carry home. Also, by creating an additional surface on the pack, brand messages and promotions can be added via a custom printed label, delivering greater shelf impact and direct communication possibilities with customers. As labels are made from PE they do not impact on the carriers’ recyclability, maintaining its sustainability credentials. Darryl Roadnight, Business Director at WaveGrip said: “The combination of efficient material use, recycled content and recyclability already make our new carriers a sustainable choice for multi-packs. “And with our development plans to increase the use of PCR content even further, we will continue to improve its sustainability profile for beverage producers.” Stocked in both North American and Europe, the carriers are available for quick delivery to customers for use as four, six and eight packs across a range of can sizes including 12oz, 16oz and 19.2oz.They can be applied across the range of WaveGrip applicators, all of which can be easily integrated into production lines. Darryl concluded: “We know how important sustainability is to our customers and it is integral to the development of WaveGrip products. We are delighted that our latest carriers further increase our contribution to the circular economy, while also providing an added benefit to customers through their enhanced branding and marketing opportunities all in one product.”

  • Fekkai Utilizes Mushroom Packaging


    To further reduce plastic, this Earth Day Fekkai is introducing limited-edition Mushroom Packaging. Starting April 20, while supplies last, orders will be shipped in mushroom packaging made from 100% compostable and biodegradable ingredients (mycelium and hemp hurds) which means less plastic in shipping products. Once products are safely delivered, soil can be added to the packaging in a garden or compost to biodegrade in 45 days. Mushroom Packaging has been awarded the globally-recognized Cradle-to-Cradle Gold Certification for sustainability and safety. This past January, Fekkai relaunched a collection of shampoo, conditioner, and treatments packaged in 95% high-grade repurposed plastic that are 100% recyclable, as reported in Happi. In 2020, Fekkai will repurpose 64 million grams of plastic—that is roughly 7 million plastic bottles, and they are just getting started, said the company. Each product is free of parabens, sulfates, silicones, phthalates and 100% vegan and gluten-free.


    Some 65 percent of all packaging for food, pet food, and beverages is made from plastic. But currently only about 39 percent of packaging in Europe is recycled, with an additional 40 percent used to generate energy. In response, the EU and national governments have set ambitious targets for the volumes and percentages of packaging material that should go into a closed-loop system in the packaging industry. The targets demand a volume of 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new packaging by 2025.

  • Labelexpo India: International exhibition and conference for the labeling & converting industry

    Labelexpo India is the largest event for the label and package printing industry in South Asia. The event will showcases products like RFID, multi process ink systems, label materials, wraps and sleeves are some of the important products which will be at display in this show.
  • Paper cup printers can now add thermochromic/photochromic effects


    CTI has invented a new suite of colour-change technologies using solvent inks, including thermochromic (temperature-activated), photochromic (sunlight-activated), glow-in-the-dark and reveal technology (which reveals a message after product consumption). Previously, solvent-ink printers were forced to use water-based inks that slowed down manufacturing operations. The new solvent-specialty inks eliminate the operational hurdles of water-based inks. The company’s consumer research has found that the colour-change technology is an effective tool for brands to drive content on their social media platforms. When brands do a great job of creating ‘wow’ experiences on their packaging, consumers turn and share that story with their friends on social media, it discovered, resulting in increased sales as friends try the new technology and share their own experiences. “Consumers have their phone in their right hand and a Starbucks, Coke or Coors Light in their left hand,” explained Patrick Edson, former vice-president of consumer insights for Coors Brewing Company and, since 2012, the chief marketing officer for CTI. “In brand mapping exercises, we call this challenge ‘getting the right hand to talk to the left hand.’ If you can create an experience or start a story with your product in the consumer’s left hand they, in turn, will share that experience on their phone in the right hand. “Brands realize that the colour-change technology is more than just creating an experience on a cup, it’s a new form of content for digital marketing,” Edson added. Lyle Small, founder of CTI, continued, “Colour-change technology is now affordable for cup printers and they offer a tremendous innovation tool for them to help drive new margins for their customers in quick-serve restaurants and convenience stores.” For over a decade, brands such as Coors Light have used thermochromic inks to turn their mountains blue to deliver on the promise of Rocky Mountain Cold Refreshment. Coca-Cola ensured a cold promise for 7-Eleven consumers with its “Ice Cube” 16-oz. can. Cheetos used photochromic technology in Mexico for their “Where’s Chester?” promotion on chip bags. Oreo supported the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with Glow-in-the-Dark packaging. CTI can now offer in-house design services to help cup printers and brand owners develop concepts that can be quickly tested with consumers.

  • EU Project YPACK Develops Innovative Biodegradable Food Packaging Extending Food Shelf Life

    Dr. José María Lagarón, from The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), YPACK project coordinator, said: “The ideal packaging involves lower carbon and water footprints, is biodegradable and/or compostable, makes use of wastes or by-products, is properly eco-designed, safe and has the right preservation properties to minimize food waste. YPACK is delivering on this vision.” Active packaging breakthrough The biopolymer PHBV was used to create very thin “bio-paper” from food industry by-products. Zinc oxide and oregano essential oil, two active ingredients, were incorporated into the bio-papers. These compounds have good antimicrobial activity against two bacteria that can cause food poisoning: Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli (E.coli). Researchers discovered an optimal ratio of the active ingredients that showed successful short-term (15 days) and medium-term (up to 48 days) anti-bacterial effects in ‘open’ and ‘closed’ systems. This means the formula could be used for food products where the packaging is opened and closed several times, for example to package ham slices or bread. The active components could be used in both trays and flow films as an active layer. These promising laboratory results show the potential of bio-based active packaging to increase the shelf life of fresh products like meat, fruits & vegetables and fresh pasta. However, due to regulatory restrictions within the EU, the final YPACK packaging will not, in the first instance, contain an active layer but will be made purely from biodegradable PHBV.
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