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Diverse packaging topics star in July 2019
The packaging community was interested in a variety of topics last month.

Diverse packaging topics star in July 2019

Popular articles on PackagingDigest.com in the month of July 2019 were among the most diverse in recent memory, as far as topics go. Besides the ever-present interest in sustainability, readers explored packaging for #SpaceWeek, innovative snack packages, “chemicals of concern” and packaging proliferation.

Here are the top five articles you were reading last month, based on page views:

Top sustainable companies by state

5. Top sustainable companies by state

Data-driven content always does well as a way of “proving” out a point or identifying a trend. So I’m not surprised this infographic of the top sustainable companies from each state got plenty of clicks in July.

Many companies on this list are familiar to packaging professionals as either brands (users) or vendors (suppliers) they’ve heard about already. But now that you know about these 50 leading companies in sustainability, you can learn what they’re doing, why and how.

Then take the lessons that fit with your company, brand or team and run with them!

NEXT: Innovative packages that are out of this world!

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MinnPack 2019 (Oct. 23-24; Minneapolis) is where serious packaging professionals find technologies, education and connections needed to thrive in today’s advanced manufacturing community. See solutions in labeling, food packaging, package design and beyond. Attend free expert-led sessions at multiple theaters around the expo.

Packages in space

4. Packaging in space!

To celebrate #SpaceWeek and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Packaging Digest presented more than a dozen packages designed and/or used for space travel, along with entertaining comments about packaging challenges from astronaut Captain Jim Lovell of Apollo 13 fame.

Our takeaway: You, the global audience of Packaging Digest, make packaging things happen all the time on this good earth that benefit the world, too. Thank you!

NEXT: BPA twist

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MinnPack 2019 (Oct. 23-24; Minneapolis) is where serious packaging professionals find technologies, education and connections needed to thrive in today’s advanced manufacturing community. See solutions in labeling, food packaging, package design and beyond. Attend free expert-led sessions at multiple theaters around the expo.

No-BPA-can-linings

3. Most food cans no longer use BPA in their linings

Our top article of the year so far (as of mid-year 2019) dips a bit, but still shows up in this month’s top five list. “Chemicals of concern” that leach from packaging materials continue to be in the sights of consumers and the general media, which is why packaging professionals need to pay attention.

A relatively recent twist in the BPA-in-packaging saga is a critical review of replacement materials. Which leads me to believe this will remain a hot issue for a while yet. What say you?

NEXT: Snack on this

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MinnPack 2019 (Oct. 23-24; Minneapolis) is where serious packaging professionals find technologies, education and connections needed to thrive in today’s advanced manufacturing community. See solutions in labeling, food packaging, package design and beyond. Attend free expert-led sessions at multiple theaters around the expo.

Trendy snack packs

2. 12 trendy snack packs

Snacking is quick becoming one of America’s favorite past-times across all generations. Food companies answer with a flurry of products in packaging that addresses consumers’ needs for eat-me-anywhere and/or healthy options. Here are a dozen new products that showcase product/packaging innovation in a flourishing category.

NEXT: SKUs exploding

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MinnPack 2019 (Oct. 23-24; Minneapolis) is where serious packaging professionals find technologies, education and connections needed to thrive in today’s advanced manufacturing community. See solutions in labeling, food packaging, package design and beyond. Attend free expert-led sessions at multiple theaters around the expo.

SKU proliferation 

1. 6 packaging reasons SKUs are exploding

Consumers want so much product choice and sellers are making sure their products can be found/bought in as many places as possible. Is it any wonder that product manufacturers produce so many stock-keeping units (SKUs)?

In fact, 90% of brand owners say packaging is critical to their brand's success as they seek to adapt to an increasingly competitive landscape and rapidly changing consumer tastes, according to a survey by L.E.K. Consulting. Additionally, 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%.

Packaging is contributing to the explosion of SKUs in product portfolios because of these key themes:

1. Convenience.

2. Premiumization.

3. Customization.

4. Healthy.

5. Green.

6. Ecommerce.

As veteran packaging professionals know, SKUs live a cycle of proliferation and optimization. Let’s see how long the growth will last before the inevitable consolidation happens. Anyone care to take a guess?

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MinnPack 2019 (Oct. 23-24; Minneapolis) is where serious packaging professionals find technologies, education and connections needed to thrive in today’s advanced manufacturing community. See solutions in labeling, food packaging, package design and beyond. Attend free expert-led sessions at multiple theaters around the expo.

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