ROLE MODEL. Recent movies such as The Hunger Games and its heroine, Katniss Everdeen, have helped shift gender stereotypes, resulting in the introduction of new weapon-like toy products for girls.
Feature Article
|

Ready, (re)aim, fire: Targeting new audiences through package design

Mom is no longer the only consumer shopping the retail aisle. Changing consumer demographics mean brand owners must rethink their packaging to hit a new bull’s-eye.
E-BOOK SPECIAL REPORT
42 Best Package Designs
Sign up to receive timely updates from our editors and download this e-book consisting of our editors' picks of most notable package designs. Updated for 2014!
REAL-TIME INTERACTION. In today’s 24/7, connected environment, retailers and brand owners are using new technologies, such as QR codes, to interact with consumers in real time. Shown here is a QR code used on bags of coffee from Ethical Bean Coffee Co.
Feature Article
|

The eight drivers of today’s packaging trends

There are eight global drivers guiding the trends in today’s packaging that brand owners need to know in order to develop actionable insights for packaging.
Package Case Study
|

Beech-Nut becomes a disruptive force in baby food

Totally reformulating its products and packaging, Beech-Nut launches a 100% natural baby food in custom glass jars that let the fresh product recipes speak for themselves.
SHELF IMPACT. The 3-D effect on the pressure-sensitive label draws attention and helps cut through the sea of sameness  on the store shelf.
Package Case Study
|

Packaging printed micro optically

A patented new printing technology produces an appearance of three dimensionality so convincing that consumers can’t help but be drawn to this most unusual label.
CONSISTENT LOOK. The new packaging equipment produces a hermetically sealed package that resembles the traditional packet seal well known among Traviata consumers
Machine Case Study
|

New flow-wrap system doubles cracker-packing speeds

A new horizontal flow-wrap system for growing Argentinian cracker producer Bagley gently handles product while increasing packaging speeds from 80 to 212 packs/min.
Successful suction.  The programmable dense-cup-population tooling uses a total of 128 vacuum cups to pick freshly baked buns and other products from primary packaging lines to bread trays
OEM Application Note
|

Vacuum tooling reduces changeover time

The system was so successful at boosting speed on an end-of-line packaging solution for bread products that the OEM applied for and received a patent.
Feature Article
|

Cool Chain Europe: Quality, cost, compliance

More than 400 pharmaceutical and healthcare logistics professionals share best practices in Luxembourg.
News
|

Unilever’s aluminum container snags DuPont Diamond Award for 2014

While six of this year’s Gold Awards involved plastic packaging, the winner of the Diamond Award is an impact-extruded aluminum can for a Unilever aerosol product.
Green Water Cooler Bottle Made From 100% Recycled Material
Feature Article
|

2014 DuPont Awards—Silver Winners

The following are the 2014 DuPont Silver Award winners.
NO SUBSTITUTE. FCB co-owner Tom Peters says, “When your business begins to grow, there is no substitute for well-engineered automation.”
Machine Case Study
|

Craft beer maker implements automated bottle packing

Fort Collins Brewery saves time, labor, and worker tedium, while increasing production capacity to better serve growing markets.
STRIKING APPEARANCE. For flawless shrinkability on the globe-shaped bottles, that’s a function of the PETG film specified for the job.
Package Case Study
|

Shrink-sleeve label is a hit with kids

New line of zero-calorie beverages aimed at kids takes full advantage of Disney-licensed graphics, which spring to life thanks to special PETG label material and VSOP offset printing.
Column/Opinion
|

Food reports still here, getting tougher

Let’s say you package food, and you suspect contamination of food by dangerous bacteria has occurred.
Column/Opinion
|

Your line is watching you

You’re co-packing drink mix stick-packs in sixteen different flavors.
Wood Turner
Column/Opinion
|

The end of packaging?

In March, “obsessively organic” yogurt company Stonyfield Farm launched in limited markets a product that it hopes will pave the way for a future without packaging—Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt Pearls in an all-natural edible skin. So what’s driving this desire to eliminate packaging? Wood Turner, VP of Sustainability Innovation for Stonyfield, and Eric Freedman, VP of technology provider WikiFoods, Inc., explain.
Package Case Study
|

A 20-year-old Diamond Award

Described at the time as the first retail aseptic package for processed baby food with particulates in a thermoform/fill/seal container, this package for Bledichef baby food was featured as the winner of the Diamond Award in the Dupont Awards competition for 1994.

Pages

Newsletters

Don't miss intelligence crucial to your job and business!
Click on any newsletter to view a sample. Enter your email address below to sign up!
GENERAL INTEREST
PACKAGE DESIGN/DEVELOPMENT
Each newsletter ranges in frequency from once per month to a few times per month at most.