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Report calls out food/beverage brands for poor sustainability policies

A new report analyzes the sustainable packaging practices of 47 fast-food chains, beverage companies, and consumer goods companies, highlighting leaders and laggards.
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Contract Packaging Association offers technical scholarship

CPA, in partnership with IoPP, announces a $2,500 scholarship to a student specializing in packaging machinery or systems.
PMMI announces launch of PMMI Media Group.
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PMMI announces launch of PMMI Media Group

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announced the launch of PMMI Media Group (PMG) — a market-leading B2B media company with print and digital offerings that produce business intelligence and connect processing and packaging customers with solution providers every day.
GreenShield Organic sugarcane-based HDPE bottle
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Sugarcane-based bottle aligns with organic cleaners

Organic cleaning products company Greenology switches to sugarcane-based HDPE bottles that provide the same functionality as petroleum-based packaging in a renewable material.
Renewably sourced barrier tray.
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Renewably sourced barrier tray for meat

Sutton, MA-based J&G Foods has begun using an ultra high-barrier renewably sourced thermoformed tray for its vacuum packaged line of fresh red meats.
(l. to r.) Ann O'Hara, President, Amcor Rigid Plastics; Luc Desoutter, Sustainability Officer, Sidel; and Tod Eberle, VP, Amcor.
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One-step bottle forming & filling ‘on the precipice of commercialization’

Presenters from Amcor and Sidel advise attendees at The Packaging Conference on their one-step form-fill LiquiForm technology, said to be a step-change in efficiency and flexibility.
Ben Miyares, Packaging Sherpa
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Bans don’t work, but they do prompt change

Over the years, numerous bans have been proposed to address problems blamed on various packaging materials.
Sleek and compact. The sleek, hygienic design of the RoboLoader (shown) is complemented by the compact, multi-axis servo drives
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Simplifying the integration of machine and robotic control

This robotic case packer has a sleek, hygienic design that appeals to producers of packaged salads. But it’s the controls package that brings the most tangible benefits.
Kim Holmes, Senior Director, Recycling and Diversion, SPI: the Plastics Industry Trade Association
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Managing material decisions: The benefits of PCR

Increasing pressure for more sustainable packaging is driving brands to look at the trade-offs of using PCR material for their products. Here are some of those considerations.
REDESIGNED OVENS. The new 16-station blow-molding machine uses fewer oven modules and fewer lamps per module to decrease oven po
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Blow molder cuts energy use 45%

A new blow molder with an energy-saving oven configuration enables German beverage company to decrease energy use while boosting productivity, efficiency, and quality.
INBOUND CARTONS. As cartons visible in the lower right corner are conveyed into a case packer, a camera reads all 100 unique car
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Serialization to meet Turkey’s requirements

A massive serialization project is completed in an impossibly tight timeframe by taking a modular approach across 24 packaging lines and by assembling a tight-knit team.
New Weiman floor cleaner package design
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New floor cleaning bottle triples Weiman’s sales

Replacing a lime-green oblong bottle with a clean, soft-edged, ergonomic container that clearly communicates the product’s use, Weiman’s new floor cleaner bottle triples sales.
This guidance document from PMMI's AIOE is all about hygienic machine design.
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AIOE guidance document facilitates hygienic machine design

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), founded by PMMI in 2011, recently released “One Voice for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods.”
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Cal Poly program attracts tech startup

Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business has teamed upwith Specright LLC, a packaging specification management startup based in Irvine, CA., to offer part-time work year round to Cal Poly packaging students.
COMPONENTS & ASSEMBLY. The ‘slide-out’ packages are primarily assembled on line with some semi-automatic and manual work. Each o
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Easy-open mobile phone packaging

Especially targeted to seniors, multi-component package incorporates easy-lift tabs with no cutting utensils required.

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