Packaging

Packaging

Creative support for craft brewers

European and major domestic breweries have been using metalized paper labels for years. US craft brewers are now picking up on the trend.

While mainstream beer makers wrestle with a market in decline, craft breweries continue to enjoy double digit growth.


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Seriously committed

An infant formula manufacturer makes a big commitment to its new container with a highly automated and state-of-the-art packaging line.

Most manufacturers are involved with packages. Perrigo Nutritionals, on the other hand, is firmly committed to its new infant formula container.


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Graphical shape, orientation and alignment: What do customers want?

If you’re not paying attention to packaging preferences, you could be leaving profits on the shelf.

Research into consumer preference shows inclinations toward certain graphical elements.


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Packaging

Can cozies up to bottles

Brick Brewing offers a bonus beer can in 12 packs.

Cajuns call it lagniappe: a little something extra, added for good measure. Donut makers do it with a baker’s dozen.


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Packaging

Rice-A-Roni in a cup

The San Francisco treat's first new product in half a century is on shelves.

It took half a century, but the San Francisco treat’s first truly new product hit national distribution in late 2012 when PepsiCo’s Quaker division rolled out microwavable instant rice in single-serve cups.


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Packaging

Recession? What recession?

At November’s PACK EXPO trade show, food and beverage equipment buyers came, they saw, they purchased.

If market share numbers are indicative of trade show attendance, 27,000 packaging machinery buyers from food and beverage companies prowled the aisles at the 2012 PACK EXPO event, and they had the kind of checkbook balances that make equipment fabricators’ eyes water.


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McDonald’s fish will be labeled ‘sustainable’

Certification will come from the Marine Stewardship Council
Certification will come from the Marine Stewardship Council.
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Food Packaging

Uptick in consumer suits over labeling

‘All-natural’ and good-for-you claims on food packages are fueling a growing number of class action suits.


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Food Packaging

Tea time for connoisseurs

The tea bag’s image can use some polishing, and what better way than to create a championship competition where the winners use an alternative to the standard flat-pack tea bag?


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Food Packaging

Customized packages find a niche

What Mars did for M&Ms, digital printing is doing for beer and other products in customizing and personalizing products, though US converters are just beginning to tap those capabilities.


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Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

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