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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

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...

If plastics had its own Facebook page, it would see a lot of Unfriend responses reflective of the ongoing backlash against petrochemical-based polymers in general that’s primarily centered on straws, ocean debris, one-way plastics and microplastics.

Some companies...

Global packaged spirits company concentrates on recycling, waste reduction and other sustainable improvements for glass bottles and more.

 

Formed in 1975 when two French companies merged—Pernod was founded in 1805 and Ricard in 1932—Pernod Ricard has built...

Long-time packaging editor James (Jim) Butschli (left) died at home in Kenosha, WI, early Tues., May 21, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

I was fortunate to work with Jim for about a dozen years when our paths first crossed at Packaging Digest in...

With How2Recycle label acceptance and expected to be on-shelf next month, the grocery-store-bin recyclable #2 packaging available in pouch and roll form will be shown during PackEx Toronto June 4-6.

 

Providing flexible packaging for nearly 50 years, Tempo...

The intermittent-motion BVM Compacta 5022 is a mid-range overwrapping machine in a fully automatic platform with auto-adjust operation that covers a wide range of applications thanks to its dynamic flexibility. The Compacta 5022 adapts easily to a wide range of package...

Novolex product lines are seamlessly aligned with the ongoing foodservice packaging shift toward sustainable solutions.

 

Consumers’ appetite for foodservice convenience at restaurants of all types—casual, quick-serve and takeaway—and for catering services...

Line of semi-automatic units use film rolls and can also produce an innovative new air-filled paper pillow pack set to debut at PackEx Toronto.

 

The increase in ecommerce is putting more demands on companies and on the amount and type of products and...