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Smart packaging multi-tasks to engage consumers and fight counterfeiting

Brand integrity and customer engagement are essential.
By Shane O'Halloran
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The demand for smart packaging is expected to grow by 8 percent annually, according to experts.


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PACK EXPO East to change dates to accommodate exhibitors

The inaugural event has drawn much more interest than organizers originally anticipated.
By Shane O'Halloran
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PMMI predicts over 400 companies will exhibit on the over 100,000 net sq. ft. of space.


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Food Packaging

Curve appeal

By Cindy Dubin
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Last year, some members of the dairy industry thought it hip to be in square packaging. But Dean Foods, Inc. is taking a more circuitous route. Its Land O’Lakes brand sour cream and cottage cheese products are appearing on retailer shelves throughout the upper Midwest in curved packaging.


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Food Packaging

Coffee stick makes a stir

By Cindy Dubin
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 Make a perfect cup of coffee—or tea—in about 30 seconds. Might sound too good to be true, but Australian inventor Dave Hopper may have enabled you to do just that with the development of Quikstix. 


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‘Bone’ appétit!: New advances for pet food industry

By Cindy Dubin
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 A pet peeve for some dog owners is not being able to feed their pets a warm meal. But that problem is being addressed with a heated, moist supplement for dry food in a package familiar to the world of single-serve soups, pastas and snacks. 


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Food Packaging

Pallet wrap reduces contamination threat

The wrap offers greater resiliency and is less likely to tear.
By Mikell Knights
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Detectamet, a UK-based manufacturer of food-safe detectable products, developed its new detectable pallet wrap to reduce the contamination of finished food products.
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Food Packaging

Lightweight hot-fill bottle a design winner

Coca-Cola Amatil CCA won the 2013 Australian Packaging Design Award for a 600ml Powerade Sports bottle.
By Mikell Knights
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Coca-Cola Amatil CCA won the 2013 Australian Packaging Design Award for a 600ml Powerade Sports bottle, an extremely lightweight, eco-friendly hot-fill bottle featuring a 38ml-wide neck closure.
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Food Packaging

Making renewable and recyclable cartons sustainable

Taking down the barriers to carton recycling helps to make cartons more recycle friendly for consumers.
By Mikell Knights
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 Sustainability is a consumer trend that is transforming the packaging industry. The top three concerns in relation to beverage packaging include recycling or landfilling, renewable resources and energy, said Erin Reynolds, marketing director at Evergreen Packaging, at last year’s Sustainable Packaging Forum in St. Petersburg, FL. 


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Packaging News

Fruits are the target for new integrated weighing and bagging unit

By Mikell Knights
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A fully integrated weigh scale and bag packaging system designed specifically for fresh and frozen fruit is a new development resulting from a partnership between Automated Packaging Systems and BBC Technologies.
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Packaging News

Sculpted butter moves to supportive packaging

By Mikell Knights
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Butter sculptures, holiday-themed products manufactured by Keller’s Creamery, which is owned by the Dairy Farmers of America, are now being offered in a new, advanced packaging design.
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The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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