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Allen Field Mini Brochure

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Filler designed for horizontal vacuum formers and tray sealers

Filler designed for horizontal vacuum formers and tray sealers

The 10P-02 Filler from Hinds-Bock is suitable for conveyors, horizontal vacuum formers and tray sealers. Intended for high speed accurate filling of numerous portion control products in the food  and bakery sectors, the Ten Piston Filling Machine employs an agitated hopper that works to maintain accurate suspension of the product and to help feed sticky product.

Options that are available are servo piston movement and self-contained heat controls. Also, to ensure accurate, hygienic filling, there are positive shut off spouts with an adjustable blow off control.

Hinds-Bock Corp., (425) 885-1183

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Craft beer brews up label innovation

According to Mintel's new research, more than one in five (23%) respondents drink craft beer.

Craft beer continues to rise in popularity as sales are up 110%, according to a recent report by Mintel. Millennia’s are to account for the largest piece of the consumer pie with a resounding 70% saying that the brand of beer says a lot about them and 66% says the style does the same. This robust sense of self has crossed over into record-breaking sales for the craft beer industry, as Mintel estimates sales of craft beer (including craft-style offerings) will reach $20 billion in 2014, more than doubling sales of five years ago.

The study also reflected that some 13% of craft beer drinkers say they select a product that looks cool when the kind of beer they typically drink is not available and 8% of craft drinkers say label or packaging design is important in their purchasing decision.

To celebrate this craft phenomenon, I’ve captured several exciting label designs that standout on the shelves as the increase of craft sales have led to an influx of imaginative and original beer label designs.

An 8-pack of new packaging and designs that draw in consumers

Angel Soft

This slideshow spotlights eight new package introductions or packaging redesigns that were seen in Free Standing Insert ads found in weekend newspaper editions throughout July.

What you’ll find in this presentation are packaging redesigns and new packaging launches for brands from Fisher nuts and Rachael Ray cat food to POM juice and Starbucks bottled ice coffee along with four other introductions of note.

An 8-pack of new packaging and designs that draw in consumers

An 8-pack of new packaging and designs that draw in consumers
Angel Soft

This slideshow gallery spotlights eight new package introductions or packaging redesigns that were seen in Free Standing Insert ads found in weekend newspaper editions throughout July.

What you’ll find in this presentation are packaging redesigns and new packaging launches for brands from the launch of Rachael Ray cat food to a new larger size of POM juice to Starbucks new plastic-bottled ice coffee along with five other packaging introductions of note.

PET bottle engineered for crystal glass-like effect

PET bottle engineered for crystal glass-like effect

Intended for the hotel-restaurant-catering market, this water from Bulgaria makes a classy debut in a crystal-glass-like 330-mL PET bottle.

Devin, the best-selling and best-known mineral water brand in Bulgaria, chose the P.E.T. Engineering design team to develop its new packaging for the launch of its Devin - Crystal Line, bottled water intended for the hotel-restaurant-catering (ho-re-ca) segments that imparts a premium imagery at a low cost. The bottled water launched about a month ago.

The sophisticated design and a glass effect finish capable combine the unbreakability, lightweight and low-cost advantages of PET with the elegance, character and refined simplicity in the package design that define a premium water.

P.E.T Engineering’s designers took their cues from crystal glass and repeated those elements in a  three-dimensional space to create an elaborate design that runs from the bottle base to the top.

Crucial to the net effect is the use of a specific resin, Novapet's Glasstar polymer, that mimics the transparency of glass and with refractive properties that enable the bottle to shines like crystal in light.

The blue and silver label and color-matched closure complete a unified design effort.

 Packaging Digest solicited Elisa Zanellato, P.E.T. Engineering’s marketing & communication manager, who provided the following additional information:

  • Including prototyping, lab test and molds, the bottle was in development for four months.
  • One special consideration was that we tested Novapet’s material in our lab to satisfy the customer’s technical requirements. [Click here for more information on the Glasstar polymer.]
  • These bottles are lighter than corresponding glass bottles, but I cannot confirm the thickness or if they are as thick as a glass bottle.

Automated palletizers are optimized for dry bagged goods

Automated palletizers are optimized for dry bagged goods

Fully automated Series 1800 palletizers precisely stack bags made of various materials and filled with dry bulk products to form compact, stable bag stacks.

Manufactured by Newtec Bag Palletizing, the high-level, end-of-line Haver Filling Systems Series 1800 machines are intended primarily for handling bags filled with food and pet food products, building materials and chemical compounds at rates of 1,500-2,000 bags per hour, depending on several factors.

Highlights:

  • Machines handle bags made of paper, polyethylene and polypropylene;
  • Bags can be 11- to 110 pounds;
  • Bag styles applicable include valve and open-mouth bags, as well as form-fill-seal bags;
  • Fully automatic pallet infeed offers step-by-step layer preparation;
  • An intuitive Human Machine Interface (HMI) permits quick product changes and fast switchover to maintenance mode;
  • Specialists can be reached via remote maintenance and support through a VPN connection.

Systems also provide a bag-pressing belt and air-removal rollers to effectively and safely compact the bags.

The machines will be featured at PACK EXPO.

Haver Filling Systems

888-96-HAVER (888-964-2837)

info@haverusa.com

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Advice on implementing a food packaging safety program

Advice on implementing a food packaging safety program
Gary Kestenbaum of EHA Consulting Group

Beginning the process for understanding and implementing best food packaging safety practices requires clear communication, risk level determination and identification of expectations.

Best practices and their application are highly dependent on the position of the user. One is either a customer, requiring food packaging suppliers and vendors to apply and prove satisfactory conformance with current best food safety practices, or a recipient of said requirements by a customer or their representative. Regardless of whether you are the initiator of compliance or a supporter thereof, you need to understand the definitions and reasonable expectations of the programs, processes, and steps you are instructed to use within said context. Discussions with your direct (either upwards or downwards) supply chain partner will help illuminate, clarify, and confirm your understandings and interpretations of the required best practices.

Like everything else in a business relationship, agreement and effectiveness evolve from cooperative and meaningful two-way communication.  While typical GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and other comprehensive food packaging safety expectation manuals are written in detail, some objectives may be open to interpretation. It is entirely possible that your partner has an understanding of the meaning of one or more specific precepts within the targeted expectations manual (assuming the initiator has defined a particular program target) that is inconsistent with your understanding, interpretation or perspective. It is also possible that each of you is basing your performance on guidance from qualified, but disagreeing subject matter experts or that a step or objective is partially but not fully attainable in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Reach an agreement on risk level

Before getting into the details of complying with individual expectations, supplier, customer and/or supply chain partners are well-advised to come to an agreement on a risk level. Often, the customer assigns a risk level (high, for example), which the supplier finds unreasonably onerous and unnecessary to ensure food safety. The supplier may have concluded that his/her components and related supply chain are low or medium risk, not high. In that case, the onus is on the supplier to research broadly accepted definitions for “high, medium, and low risk” materials and provide the customer or initiating party with a written report describing how and why their assessment of the risk level is incorrect. Naturally, that report needs to be compelling, with the situation-analysis accurately described, researched and justified, containing arguments and contentions that are supported with facts, examples, and validated conclusions.   

A two-step arbitration

In cases of disagreement, I suggest that the subservient or aggrieved party initiate a two-step responsive approach. Begin by creating a list of sponsor requirements that you judge onerous, unnecessary, inapplicable or unclear. Request clarifications, additional explanations, examples or detail from the sponsor representative.  After considering all pertinent sponsor information and guidance, create a written list of requirements or expectations with which you disagree. Utilize qualified internal and external resources to comprehensively research and explore each item individually. Next to each one, add a short description of the overall purpose and objective and, separately, a summary narrative of the execution that your organization is capable of performing and how it satisfies the requirement’s broader objective.

Trained, responsible quality professionals are taught to listen to auditees and take reasonable mitigating hardships and circumstances into consideration before rendering arbitrary (negative) decisions on non-conformance. Creating, providing and explaining your specific plan to meet the broader objective sends a message to the sponsor that you take the issues seriously, have thought them through, commenced implementation and are providing evidence to demonstrate or prove effectiveness. Sponsor and partner disagreement based on arbitrary requirements, undeveloped detail and an intended or perceived unwillingness to compromise is an expensive, resource-draining and ill-advised pursuit which benefits neither.

Once sponsor and customers or partner(s) are on the same or similar page regarding risk, expectations and mitigation, performance strategies become easier to create. Alternatively and obviously, moving forward in secrecy and disagreement without cooperative communication culminates in the probability of misalignment with the program and acrimony between the affected parties. 

Next month: Considering and Categorizing Risk and Its Relationship to Food Packaging Safety Expectations    

Gary Kestenbaum has 40 years’ experience in the food and packaging industries, six as a supplier with National Starch, 18 as a product developer with General/Kraft Foods and 15 as a packaging engineer and developer with Kraft. In his current position as Senior Food Packaging Safety Consultant with EHA Consulting Group, Kestenbaum provides guidance on packaging safety and suitability-related projects for raw material manufacturers, converters and associated supporting professionals. He can be reached at gkestenbaum@ehagroup.com or 410-484-9133. The website is www.ehagroup.com.

Solving the packaging waste problem at sports competitions

Solving the packaging waste problem at sports competitions
TerraCycle has partnered with Clif Bar & Co. to collect and recycle energy bar wrappers, shots and packets.

Marathons, triathlons, mud runs and Ironman competitions—these are just a few of the popular races and events you’ll find popping up in every state around the U.S. today. Americans are becoming increasingly more health conscious, and participation in these events rises every year; the Tough Mudder mud run alone has seen over 1.3 million participants since its inception in 2010. But these high intensity events have one particularly unanticipated problem: energy bar and other performance product packaging waste.

Meal replacement bars, energy shots and gel chews have skyrocketed in popularity, in part due to the surge in the number of endurance events. In 2011 for example, U.S. retail sales for nutrition and energy bars was estimated to be around $1.7 billion, 71% higher than in 2006. As the sales of these energy products increase, trails of packaging are left to accumulate on event grounds.

Competitions and races each have their own set of volunteers who sign up to help run events. With hundreds, sometimes thousands of volunteers at each competition, cleaning up can be completed quickly—but how efficiently? As volunteers go through the effort to clean up massive amounts of litter, separation becomes especially difficult as countless pieces of trash and packaging are thrown into the wrong waste streams, inevitably ending up in landfill.

Thankfully, there are organizations that help manage and arrange waste-reduction efforts for event staff. One association, called The Council for Responsible Sport, is looking to make a change in the way competitions handle all of their sustainability efforts. The Council evaluates what efforts are being made by the event to become eco-friendly, and when specific criteria are met, the event is awarded a certification for their achievements. The certifications range based on the number of criterion met, from “Basic” to “Gold” Certification.

A number of marathons have already taken impressive steps to clean up streets from packaging waste and other race debris. The Philadelphia Marathon, for example, achieved a Gold Certification from The Council for Responsible Sport after using the both the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Office of Civic Engagement to help educate race attendees about recycling, as well drive forth the goal to divert 75% of marathon waste from landfills.

The Chevron Houston Marathon, also with Gold Certification, bans vendors from using Styrofoam packaging and food containers, also ensuring that a majority of all event-related waste is diverted from the landfill by taking both pre and post-race measures to educate attendees, and direct waste into its proper stream

Organizations and government services do their fair share to help maintain the streets at the conclusion of the race, but how are consumer product companies themselves getting involved? TerraCycle, for example, partnered with energy bar producer Clif Bar & Company to collect and recycle energy bar wrappers, shots and packets, even repurposing the waste material into products such as recycling bins and bike racks. All of the waste gets diverted from a landfill, while subsequently being turned into useful, reusable products.

Poland Springs is another good example, using its “RECYCLE 4 Humanity” campaign to help eliminate some of their own bottled water packaging waste. Before race weekend begins, Poland Springs sets up large clear bins throughout the course and Athletic Village so people can properly recycle their plastic bottles throughout the day. It doesn’t address the issue of consumption that leads to the issue in the first place, but at least it shows that consumer product companies are beginning to take responsibility for the packaging waste their products generate, “greening” these exciting and popular sporting events in the process.

These races and city-run marathons are great for our increasingly health-conscious culture, but can strain resources and promote wastefulness if not managed properly. This is exactly why organizations like the Council for Responsible Sport are critical, and why sustainability efforts like TerraCycle and Clif’s are important to integrate into existing events to ensure that they aren’t just stewards of health and exercise, but of environmental responsibility and proper recycling practices as well.

Author Tom Szaky, founder/CEO of TerraCycle, has won more than 50 awards for entrepreneurship, also writes blogs for Treehugger and The New York Times, recently published a book called "Revolution in a Bottle" and is the star of a National Geographic Channel special, "Garbage Moguls."

The bioplastic revolution: 6 key areas to watch

Nina Goodrich

Bioplastics are emerging as viable alternatives to petroleum-based polymers. This quiet revolution goes well beyond the standard drivers for sustainably sourced and/or compostable materials. I attended the 2013 BioPlastek conference in San Francisco this June and was inspired by the progress. The ability to capture carbon and create materials through sustainable manufacturing pathways provides a glimmer of hope in our ability to build a regenerative economy. 


To illustrate this progress, I have outlined six key areas to watch in bioplastic development and identified key drivers for new bioplastic recovery strategies.


1. New sourcing options for plant-based raw materials


Sources for plant-based raw materials can come from traditional crops like corn and sugarcane, but are increasingly being derived from non-food sources. Cellulosic sugars can be derived from inexpensive feedstocks like agricultural waste, forest waste, and municipal waste. Cheap DNA sequencing technology has enabled the identification of biomass deconstruction genes that have led to patentable enzymes to extract cellulosic sugars from these alternative feedstocks. Technologies have emerged to concentrate the sugars from these feedstocks locally before shipping for additional processing. These technologies are enabling significant cost reductions in bringing these new feedstock opportunities to market. Once extracted and concentrated, these non-food carbon sugars can be converted to C5 and C6 carbon monomers. These biomonomers are suited to produce higher value plastics versus fuels. One company, Micromidas (www.micromidas.com), is producing p-Xylene from post-consumer corrugated containers.


2. Drop-in biopolymers and chemical intermediates


We have already seen simple drop-in polymers like ethylene made from sugar cane. Watch for new chemicals and intermediates that take advantage of biological pathways and sugars to create C4 and C6 carbon intermediates and drop-in chemicals from new feedstock sources. Targets include MEG (mono-ethylene glycol) and PTA (purified terephthalic acid) for PET, and adipic acid and HMD for Nylon-6,6. 


Investment in shale gas extraction has significantly increased ethylene supply. This increased reliance on shale gas has resulted in a scarcity of some of the traditional by-products from naphtha cracking, such as polypropylene. Drop-in biomonomers and intermediates can help bridge the supply gap.


3. New polymers, new functionality


Avantium (www.avantium.com) is working on combining biobased FDCA (furan-dicarboxylic acid) with biobased MEG to create a new polymer, PEF (polyethylene furanoate). This new biobased material is reported to have a 10x oxygen barrier improvement, a 3x carbon dioxide barrier improvement, a 2x water barrier and an increase in thermal performance of 12 deg Celsius over PET.


Current biopolymers like PLA (polylactic acid) are also being improved. Heat resistance can be improved in PLA through the selection of specific isomers.


4. Hybrid polymers, improved functionality


New functionality is being created based on blends of biopolymers with traditional fossil fuel polymers. Advances have been made in performance fabrics and flexible material blends. This is driven by a desire for converters to create films with new unique properties and create proprietary blends of functional films.


One example of this is the combination of algae with traditional polymers to create a hybrid polymer. Algae contain natural proteins and carbohydrate-based polymers that can be blended with additives to create a new polymeric material. Algae can be harvested from waste water treatment facilities and fish farms. It is a non-food feedstock that can reduce dependence of fossil fuels. 


5. Climate mitigation through carbon and methane production technologies


Capturing atmospheric carbon and methane presents an exciting climate mitigation strategy for the bioplastic industry. Newlight Technologies (www.newlight.com) is creating PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) from air carbon. A recent breakthrough increasing the efficiency of the reaction has significantly reduced the cost of converting carbon captured from the air into PHA. Methane can also be used as a feedstock to make plastics, alcohols and olefins. Burning methane ignores this huge opportunity to turn it into value-added chemical commodities. 


6. Recovery strategy drivers


Biopolymer recovery strategies will continue to shift away from composting and towards collection and re-use. A number of emerging drivers reinforce this. 


For example, the China Green Fence (a campaign that bans foreign soiled and unsorted recyclables) will force North Americans to learn how to separate our materials and create new local reprocessing markets. This will open the door for the collection and sortation of new bio-based materials. To aid this process, marker technologies will emerge to help with sortation and recovery of new and existing materials. The ASTM Resin Identification Codes will be expanded to include many new materials. Biopolymers need to be included in this expansion.


In addition, food waste and fiberboard can be used as feedstock for biopolymers. The digesters may be able to reprocess recycled biopolymers by adding them as additional feedstock for new biopolymer materials.


In conclusion, we in the packaging industry tend to think of polymers in terms of finished materials. As we continue to explore biopolymer opportunities, we need to expand our thinking to include chemical intermediates used to make the final polymers and intermediates used in many products and processes. Biological routes of manufacture offer huge opportunities to use renewable plant based waste materials, capture carbon, create new markets for materials and develop a transformative path to a sustainable future.

 

Nina Goodrich is Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Executive Director of GreenBlue. For additional information about GreenBlue's Sustainable Packaging Coalition, please visit www.sustainablepackaging.org.

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