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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

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...

Notable breakthroughs from Packaging Innovation Awards 2019 winners drawn from nearly 250 submissions around the world.

 

One of the premier annual global packaging competition programs is the Packaging Innovation Awards that honor innovations in packaging...

Coca-Cola European Partners commits to 100% recycled plastic bottles for Honest teas, Glacéau Smartwater and Chaudfontaine brands—and to trialing refillable glass bottles.

 

Different continents, different tactics.

In August, Packaging Digest...

The 20-oz aluminum cup will be tested with major venues and concessionaires across the U.S. starting September 2019 at Colorado University.

 

The ongoing displeasure with plastic packaging sustainability opens opportunities for alternative materials to...

Straw-free plastic sippy cups for adults, PET growlers, BPA issues, leveraging Instagram, compostable coffee bags, digitally printed pouches and more all made news this summer.

 

Readers turn to Packaging Digest when they want to know what’s going...

You can purchase your own heat sealer that runs on AA batteries and fits in your hand for just $39.95 plus shipping from The Grommet.

 

Tiny is big these days. Consider the popularity of programs including Tiny House, Big Living on HGTV, Little...

The water brand unveils a quintet of initiatives to align with parent company Coca-Cola’s goal of packaging containing 50% recycled material by 2030 as part of a circular economy.

 

August 13 was a watershed day for Dasani when the water brand unveiled a...

Coconut Bliss’s redesigned, sustainable paperboard-cup packaging is a category-first material protected by a biopolymer made from sugarcane husks.

 

Family-owned Coconut Bliss of Eugene, OR, artfully and sustainably redesigned the packaging from the inside...

An infographic of the top sustainable companies from each state includes those familiar to packaging professionals as either brands or vendors.

 

There are any number of ways to view the sustainable packaging market including by market, material type and a...

Decades after being tossed into the Atlantic, a beer bottle transformed in a unique way ends up on display 1,500 miles away in a Wisconsin museum.

 

Packaging Digest debuts an informal series highlighting an assortment of unusual, even freaky things...

Our mid-year review of what articles are trending shows that sustainable packaging dominates the top-read features, two of which involved Nestlé.

 

We depart from the regular monthly reviews of the top-read articles to assess the top-read food and beverage...

We drill down into the details of the efficient and unique Platformer inline rigid tray former from Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC.

 

There’s such a thing as boasting, but as my dad, a former multisport all-state athlete says, “son, it ain’t bragging if you can...

According to a new survey of 250 consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies by L.E.K. Consulting, 75% of brand owners say they're going to spend significantly more on packaging—and one-third of them will increase spending by more than 10%. In fact, 90% of...

Mayo brand company plans to spread the use of recycled plastic packaging to more than 200 million bottles and jars by 2020 with a goal of 100% recyclable, 100% PCR-content packaging.

 

Major food and beverage brands continue an industry-wide movement into...