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HCPC accepting entries for compliance packaging competition

Compliance Package of the Year Awards recognizes compliance/patient reminder pharmaceutical packaging.
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Forecast from PACK EXPO

PACK EXPO always provides immediate feedback on current market developments and presciently indicates where the packaging market will be in the near future.
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PACK EXPO East makes its debut in the city of brotherly love

After in-depth research of PACK EXPO attendees, PMMI launches a brand new show running February 16-18 at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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A show is born

Having to travel long distances to reach a bona fide packaging and processing exhibition is no fun.
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Healthy eating cues abound on new CVS brand packaging

CVS’ new Gold Emblem Abound brand uses packaging graphics that call out health benefits and focus on ingredients and taste to make it easier for consumers to eat healthy.
CROSS-GENERATIONAL. With its bright, sunny colors and modern ‘Meta’ font, a redesign for the Metamucil brand feels totally of-the-moment and makes fiber a cross-generational product.
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Ageless and timeless: packaging for boomers

As the Baby Boomer population grows, brands relevant to their demographic use youthful packaging that highlights health and wellness, without emphasizing age.
INGREDIENT STORY. In redesigning its tortilla packaging in 2011, Garden of Eaten’ used an enhanced ingredient story and non-GMO claims to dial up its clean positioning.
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The clean movement: beyond the label

Consumers today expect something better when it comes to product ingredients, product delivery, and brand experience. Does your packaging convey clean label transparency?
Alignment conveyor. The ARB alignment conveyor segment uses 16 ERD electric actuators to activate rollers on the belt to align moving packages in pallet layers.
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Electric actuators add speed, precision to pallet-layer former

A prototype development project for a maker of conveying and pallet-forming equipment has led to a whole new line of electric actuators for applications in food and beverage industries.
Dr. Mehmood Khan, Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, and head of Global Research and Development, PepsiCo.
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View from the top

PepsiCo’s R&D transformation began about seven years ago with a leadership change, and now the firm is reaping the benefits of ‘growing the R&D investment.’
HIGH-VOLUME PRECISION. Touch-panel control makes it easy for operators to view and edit print messages.
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Improving egg carton printing efficiencies

Non-contact inkjet printers enhance print quality and consistency, while saving time and money.
FREE ADVERTISING. For e-commerce retailers such as Amazon and Zappos, branding on the outside of the shipper extends their marketing message throughout the supply chain.
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E-commerce packaging pitfalls & opportunities

Two studies look at those aspects of e-commerce retail packaging—product fit, package quality, and incidence of damage—that shape a consumer’s experience with the brand.
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Take the stress out of machine maintenance, cleaning

This freshly designed bottom loading vertical case packer from Schneider Packaging Equipment features an open structure, plus a 30 percent reduction in part count from previous models.
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Finding leaks with heat

Production of retort pouches, film-sealed trays, and other types of glued and fused structures is fraught with problems when taken to the production stage.
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Packaging and its partners

When packagers speak of packaging, frequently they are referring to the physical structure holding a product.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administartion, “Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Final Rule,” 12/3/14
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FDA updates drugs/biologics labeling system

Includes major revisions on pregnancy and breastfeeding, with labeling changes taking effect June 30, 2015. Prescription drugs and biologic products approved after June 30, 2015, will use the new format immediately, while labeling for prescription drugs approved on or after June 30, 2001, will be phased in gradually.

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