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Smart Packaging

Smart Packaging

Demands on packaging are mounting. Shelf-life, sustainability, usability, consumer appeal are a handful of many demands on manufacturers. Technologies and new materials are constantly coming to the fore as R&D efforts step up to make 'smart' packaging.

RPC opens foam modelling studio to test packaging

RPC Design team has opened a purpose-built foam modelling studio for designers to make mock-ups of packs to test and modify them before they are released on the market. 

PPC top paperboard packaging trends

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has revealed its top trends in folding carton and rigid box design, following entries for the 2017 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition.

Sonoco to close one of its US factories this year

Sonoco will close its Boone, South Carolina factory in October, axing 35 jobs.

Schubert 3D camera ‘one step closer to long-term goal of optical 3D recognition’

Schubert has developed a 3D camera which can pick up ‘disorganized products’ from a storage bin.

DuPont blends allows bakers to meet clean label challenges

DuPont Nutrition & Health’s Grinsted Freedom blends gives food producers the freedom to create their own optimized blend from clean label ingredients.

Schubert wins packaging contract with Belgian biscuit manufacturer

Belgian biscuit manufacturer Destrooper-Olivier has partnered with Gerhard Schubert after meeting them at the 2016 ProSweets trade fair in Cologne.

International Paper agrees to pay $354m settlement to Kleen Products

International Paper has agreed to pay $354m to Kleen Products in an antitrust lawsuit settlement, but denies the allegations.

API launches Holonique Boutique for custom decorative packaging

API has launched a custom decorative holography service called Holonique Boutique.

Canadian breakfast brand Oatbox uses seed funding to cement standing in meal kit market

Subscription-based delivery company Oatbox has raised C$1.55m ($1.17m) to strengthen its position in the competitive North American home delivered meal kit market.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö expands Genuine Vegetable Parchment capacity for bakery

Ahlstrom-Munksjö will invest €6.7m ($7.5m) in production capacity at its Saint Severin plant in France, to be completed in Q4 2018.

Sonoco expands ClearGuard packaging for liquid and viscous product pouches

Sonoco has expanded its ClearGuard portfolio of flexible packaging to include pouches for liquid or more viscous products.

Apple iPhone iOS 11 available to the public in September

Talkin’ Things NFC Smart Packaging System integrates iPhone and Android

Talkin’ Things has created a Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled Smart Packaging System that integrates iPhone and Android users.

BASF and HP Indigo launch water-based adhesives for flexible packaging

BASF has partnered with HP Indigo to develop a water-based adhesive for flexible packaging using its HP Indigo ElectroInk process.

LiquiGlide expands its CPG portfolio in condiments and dairy

LiquiGlide has taken on a general manager as it commercializes its first applications in packaging with coatings for condiments (mayonnaise, dressings and dips) and dairy (cream cheese, sour cream and yogurt), among...

Smaller size trend accelerates volume growth for flexible packaging

Portion control through smaller pack sizes is increasingly apparent across confectionery and snacks, according to Euromonitor International.

Goupie launches five bespoke snack-packs to target impulse-buy consumers

Hand-made chewy chocolate manufacturer Simpson’s of Hawkhurst has launched five bespoke Goupie snack-packs in Original, Mint, Orange, Espresso and Salted Sticky Toffee flavors. 

Innovia creates Propafilm REF BOPP film for biscuits, bakery, confectionery & tea

Innovia has launched a Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) film called Propafilm REF for biscuits, bakery, confectionery, dried foods and tea.

API completes holographic and embossing site

API has increased its holographic foil and film manufacturing capabilities after completing a £0.5m ($642k) investment at its Livingston facility in Scotland.

Interpack 2017

Pladis appoints Bosch as favored technology supplier

United Biscuits owner Pladis signed a preferred supplier agreement with Bosch Packaging Technology at Interpack 2017.

Sweets & Snacks 2017

Meat snacks continue explosive growth with new flavors and portability

Meat snack manufacturers come to the fore with new flavors and on-the-go packaging as the category continues to gain momentum among US consumers.

Interpack 2017

Bosch: Biscuit makers face production challenges in portion control packs

Flexible packaging, sufficient product protection, gentle packaging processes for crackers and cookies, are just some of the concerns manufacturers face, according to Bosch Packaging Technology.

Interpack 2017

Battle of the sustainable packs: Germany Vs France

Germany and France have been recognized for their sustainable products at the ‘PackTheFuture’ Sustainable Plastic Packaging Awards at Interpack.

Interpack 2017

Treofan turns to phthalate-free packaging films and mineral oil barriers

Treofan has started to offer its customers phthalate-free packaging films on request using phthalate-free base polymers in the extrusion process.

Interpack 2017

‘Cows head’ sliced cheese packs, small pouch formats and paper packaging take centre stage at Mondi

Mondi has expanded its packaging portfolio based on current trends, differentiating its products at the point of sale.

Kezzler partners with SGS to market serialization technology

Norwegian serialization service provider Kezzler and certification company SGS have signed a strategic alliance agreement to jointly market a global serialization and tracking and tracing services solution.

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