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Rick Lingle

Rick Lingle is senior technical editor of Packaging Digest. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

Articles

Qualifying as recyclable, reusable and refillable, the freshly patented, low-cost Barrier Bottle insulates the drink inside.

 

David Fussell, president of VenturSource Consulting, is a...

Created to be sustainably optimized, the world’s first printed—and waterless in shipment—beverages are energized for new products, packaging and markets.

Chris Kanik’s career path is, as everyone’s, a unique one, but his is singularly remarkable. For one thing, he...

Giftpack bus of holiday cocktail mixers is decked out with an impressive amount of packaging design details.

 

Giftpacks appear annually on store shelves all decked out in classy, festive or other appropriate attention-getting holiday designs in the weeks...

Exploding SKUs, ecommerce, an American propensity for snacking and three other industry drivers enable brands to leverage the power of packaging design to their advantage. 

 

Knowing what trends are in...

Whiskies of the Season is an impressive packaging of 12 days of 50mL gift bottles that’s worth toasting.

When out and about doing any kind of shopping this time of year, you can’t help but notice the eye-catching displays of limited-edition products and especially...

Packaging Digest toasts the five top-read beverage articles of 2019 that include two brand owner’s sustainability plans, a roundup of global innovations, a game-changing cup and juiced market trends.

 

People like to know ratings, whether that be top-watched...

Augmented reality, moldable paper, smart caps, inverted pouches, better date codes, sustainable meal kits and other innovations were featured these past months.

 

As with most fans of college football, I like to watch my favorite team on TV and read how...

The brewer talks sustainable packaging strategies and tactics including 3-layer plastic bottles, paper sleeve cartons, fiber-based multipack rings and more.

 

Molson Coors Brewing Co. introduced in August a set of new global packaging goals to reduce...

Nestlé USA packaging specialist details the highly engineered bottle and innovative sleeve label that enabled the development of 100% recyclable sleeve-labeled bottles.

 

Time can deliver a whole new perspective on things.

In July, Nestlé and Starbucks...

100% of the packaging for Nestlé Pure Life’s new DC Collection of four superhero-themed sleeve-labeled 330-mL rPET bottles is recyclable…and boasts a special interactive ability.

 

Who says bottled water can’t be a super beverage? Not Nestlé Waters North...

Jar opening is now as easy as pushing a button, which reduces the required torque by 40%the new Eeasy Lid debuts with Darci's brand pasta sauce.

 

Ever have a problem opening a jar because a lid’s on so tight that it requires a tool, rubber...

A showcase of Pabst Blue Ribbon Art Can winners through 2019 coincides with the launch of the 2020 contest to celebrate the brand’s 175th year.

Launched in 2014, the Pabst Blue Ribbon Art Can Contest has placed original art on more than 300 million 16-ounce cans...

What can you wear on your head that dispenses beer and other beverages and looks exactly like a motorcycle or futbol or any of 150 different designs? Whatever it is, inventor Randall Flann likely has it covered.

Flann is a revved-up kind of Renaissance man, an art...

A category-first application of the inverted pouch aims to have retail and ecommerce consumers abuzz about the no-mess convenience of Chico Honey’s new packaging.

 

Thriving packaging segments draw brand owners like blossoms draw bees.

For example,...

TC Transcontinental Packaging helps brands rewrite their flexible packaging story using recyclable and compostable materials.

 

Packaging professionals and many more millions of people outside this dynamic market know well the importance of sustainability in...