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5 best-read packaging stories this summer
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5 best-read packaging stories this summer

Summer reading lists are fun to create, and it’s always interesting to see what’s on someone else’s list. Do you know what your peers have been perusing this season?

In a suspenseful countdown, here’s what our global packaging community is reading this summer, based on page views of articles on PackagingDigest.com throughout the month of July 2018:

5. 5 top packaging developments in May 2018

What a difference a day makes. Until the last day of the month, our fifth highest article according to page views was “Clean packaging: The next step in consumer transparency.” But in a final surge, our review of the top packaging developments published in May squeaked into the slot.

There were definitely some amazing packaging developments posted in the month of May:

1. Chew on this: Packaging trends for new sweets and snacks

Veteran packaging reporter Jenni Spinner attended the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo and noticed these trends.

2. 7-Eleven tests self-chilling can for new cold coffee

The new package appeared on 7-Eleven shelves on May 8.

3. 8 sustainable packaging hits of 2017

Top sustainable packaging trends, developments and news from last year still resonates with packaging professionals.

4. 5 packaging design trends on the way out in 2018

Lots of experts identify the trends for a new year, so we decided to tell you what not to do anymore.

5. L’Oréal’s paper bottle: Easy on the earth but tough in showers

A paper package that’s water-proof made a splash.

NEXT: A sustainable packaging blitz

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4. 8 sustainable packaging hits of 2017

Sustainability is more important than ever, according to the Packaging Digest 2017 Sustainable Packaging Study, and our packaging community eagerly consumes (reads) info about it, including these top related articles from the entire year of 2017. (Did you happen to notice that this also appeared in the top articles from May 2018 list, which we itemized on the previous page? We love that you find it so useful!)

1. 5 exciting, emerging sustainable packaging materials to watch in 2016

2. How sustainable are biodegradable and plant-based plastics?

3. Are refill stations the answer to packaging waste?

4. Ahh…Coke refreshes its sustainable packaging strategy

5. Sustainable packaging is more important than ever

6. Is 100% recyclable flexible packaging possible?

7. McCormick’s recipe for packaging that’s more sustainable

8. First fully recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic points to New Plastics Economy

NEXT: Amazon + ecommerce packaging = Success!

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Packaging solutions come to Minneapolis: As part of the region’s largest advanced design and manufacturing event, MinnPack 2018—and the five related shows taking place alongside it—brings 500+ suppliers, 5,000+ peers and 60+ hours of education together under one roof. Register for free today.

3. How Amazon developed a leak-free trigger sprayer

Brands selling through Amazon’s ecommerce marketplace may have experienced some painful profit losses due to repacking fees to prep a product for distribution within the rough-and-tumble small-parcel environment. Changing your primary and/or secondary package to better survive direct-to-consumer shipping might be an option.

Amazon has been busy helping brands with just this challenge, and here’s an example of a success for liquids sold in trigger-spray bottles. It’s a win-win-win for the leading etailer, brands and consumers.

NEXT: A half-year assessment

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Packaging solutions come to Minneapolis: As part of the region’s largest advanced design and manufacturing event, MinnPack 2018—and the five related shows taking place alongside it—brings 500+ suppliers, 5,000+ peers and 60+ hours of education together under one roof. Register for free today.

2. 10 packaging trends and news rockin’ 2018 (so far)

At the beginning of July 2018, instead of taking a look back at just the previous month, we decided to review the packaging issues and key topics you’ve found especially relevant since the calendar flipped over to a new year. You’ll recognize a few of the articles from this month’s list, too.

1. 5 packaging design trends on the way out in 2018

2. 8 sustainable packaging hits of 2017

3. Chew on this: Packaging trends for new sweets and snacks

4. Decadent Delici dessert packaging designed for Costco

5. How sustainable are biodegradable and plant-based plastics?

6. Chill-Can presents a new twist in on-demand cold beverages

7. 166 new packages to inspire you—Get your free copy of our searchable, sortable database of new packages published on PackagingDigest.com in 2017.

8. 5 top packaging developments in May 2018

9. Amazon on creating ecommerce packaging that’s great for all: Customers, companies and the environment

10. Nestlé Waters’ sparkling new packaging signals major rebranding

NEXT: Let’s celebrate being a packaging engineer!

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Packaging solutions come to Minneapolis: As part of the region’s largest advanced design and manufacturing event, MinnPack 2018—and the five related shows taking place alongside it—brings 500+ suppliers, 5,000+ peers and 60+ hours of education together under one roof. Register for free today.

1. You know you’re a packaging engineer if…

The packaging community’s response to our fun poll—which asks you to explain how you know you’re a packaging engineer—vaulted into outer space! Page views for this quick-reading and entertaining slideshow were four times the number of the second best-read article for the month.

Calling something “cardboard,” torn-open reclosable packs and lack of respect (or, quite frankly, even just recognition) for the job you do were among the pet peeves. But you also know things other people don’t—like what a Charlotte flap is and what crazing is.

The best part, though? Packaging engineers around the world continue to come up with new ways to describe themselves. I sense a “Part II” slideshow in our future…

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Packaging solutions come to Minneapolis: As part of the region’s largest advanced design and manufacturing event, MinnPack 2018—and the five related shows taking place alongside it—brings 500+ suppliers, 5,000+ peers and 60+ hours of education together under one roof. Register for free today.

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