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Kate Bertrand Connolly

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The packaging education and training opportunities at WestPack 2020 (Feb. 11-13; Anaheim, CA) will be numerous and diverse, with much to offer packaging production engineers interested in the smart manufacturing tier of automation.

WestPack’s expansive conference...

A digital printing technology that adds a haptic effect to labels is opening the door to high-end, texturized packaging designs for products in a range of consumer goods categories, including food, beverage, beer, and health and beauty.

Developed in Belgium by...

The Coca-Cola Co. has announced yet another sustainable packaging launch for non-alcohol canned drinks in Europe. The company, together with Coca-Cola HBC and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), plans to roll out a streamlined paperboard “topper” for can multipacks in...

Flow wrappers are evolving with the times. Driving the many improvements in this area of packaging automation are the marketplace demand for more sustainable flexible packaging materials, high operator turnover, and food processors’ emphasis on product quality and...

The Coca-Cola Co., as part of its sustainable packaging focus, recently proved that plastic fished from waterways and plucked from beaches can be recycled into bottles suitable for soft drinks.

The company last month announced production of a sample quantity of...

Healthy demand for unit-dose pharmaceutical packaging, particularly for aseptically filled liquid medications, is creating an opportunity for blow-fill-seal (BFS) technology suppliers and their customers.

Used for the aseptic packaging of ophthalmic products,...

Recognizing light’s damaging effect on the aromas in sparkling wine, Slovenia’s Radgonske Gorice winery is producing its new Untouched by Light sparkling wine in the dark—and using light-proof beverage packaging to protect the product from light during distribution. The...

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced that it’s switching the carriers on its multipacks from shrink wrap to paperboard to reduce packaging waste. CCEP estimates this change in its beverage packaging will remove about 4,000 metric tons of single-use plastic...

Companies that sell medical devices face far more stringent packaging requirements than the average consumer packaged goods (CPG) brand owner. To meet the needs of medical device manufacturers, family-owned Dordan Manufacturing Inc. has expanded its thermoforming plant...

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America is modernizing the look of Lay’s potato chips with a new packaging design—the brands’ first pack redesign in 12 years. The new look debuted in September 2019, rolling out first in the United States and China. Other countries will follow...

The crusade to reduce plastic in beverage and food packaging continues, with PepsiCo Inc. announcing this month (September 2019) that it aims to reduce use of virgin plastic by 35%—essentially eliminating 2.5 million metric tons of cumulative virgin plastic—by 2025....

When biopharmaceutical company Bilthoven Biologicals (BBio) in the Netherlands recently implemented a label management system (LMS), its pharmaceutical packaging operation reaped myriad benefits, including lower labeling costs; reduced downtime; and streamlined IT...

The context in which a package is used should always be a consideration in packaging design—and never more so than when the product in question is designed for emergency medical care in an ambulance or other prehospital setting.

Jiyon...

Today’s shopper expects multiple choices—in products and in type of packaging. That’s one of the reasons a brand’s number of stock-keeping units is...

Six trends are shaping the future of global pharmaceutical packaging, according to research and analysis from researchers at Pharmapack Europe. Their results, summarized below, are contained in “The Golden Age of Innovation Is Beginning: Drug Delivery and Packaging...