Alan Scharfstein
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The contract packager’s dilemma: Do I sell or do I grow?

The economy is changing, and standing still is not an option. Co-packers must choose between several financial paths, including investment in growth, M&A activity and cashing in.
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Pack Expo preparations and the new industry report lead the Summer CPA news

Following last year’s enhanced presence at Pack Expo, the association announces a further expanded presence for the upcoming 2014 expo. Also, the CPA’s eagerly awaited research report is now available. Here’s what you need to know…
Christopher L. Nutley, CPA President
Column/Opinion
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Successful entrepreneurs run their businesses with a combination of artfulness and hard data

For more than twenty years, I’ve had the good fortune to grow a business from a startup into a well-established, one-location, small contract packaging firm.
Feature Article
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Packaging materials: Who 'owns' your co-pack supply chain?

There are three scenarios to manage material purchasing functions in a contract-packaging partnership. Experts in the field discuss best practices and tips to protect the brand as well as manage innovation and profitability.
Lisa M. Shambro
Column/Opinion
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What happens when suppliers grade customers with Two-Way Scorecards?

Contract manufacturing and packaging of consumer packaged goods (CPG) can be seen as having “been born” about 10 or so years ago.
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Logistics firm improves supply chain connections with videoconferencing

Conferencing technologies—teleconferencing, video conferencing, and web conferencing—have proven beneficial to supply chain companies. Competitors including GoToMeeting, Polycon and Google Hangouts and Zoom, offer varying features and benefits.
Feature Article
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Co-packer ‘Demo Day’ stresses trend toward machine customization

In late June, an event dubbed “CPA & CO-PACKER Demo Day” brought together leaders from more than a dozen firms, all contract packagers and all members of the Contract Packaging Association.
Column/Opinion
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Specialization vs. diversification

Contract packaging companies may serve a vital role, but the packaging function is still just a blip in a much larger chain of value creation.
Standing out on shelf was all important as Oxy Bump went retail.
Package Case Study
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Packaging takes Oxy Bump retail

Oxy Bump, a nasal spray that uses an infusion of essential plant minerals and oxygenated saline to fight bacteria and allergens while moisturizing nasal tissues, recently went retail in an award-winning package.
Secure seal and great shelf impact.
Package Case Study
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Packaging sets antacid product apart

With an estimated 25 million people in the United States suffering from heartburn and indigestion daily, Relief OTC™ set out to create a fast-acting liquid antacid to help these consumers.
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U.S. demand for pet food packaging to reach $2.5B

Pet food packaging growth will be spurred by a rebound in the pet population as well as pet owners’ growing desire to give their animals more nutritious, healthier food options.
VERSATILE EOAT. The specially designed vacuum EOAT for the empty-can depalletizer can handle a range of surfaces, including slip-sheets, plastic pallets, and steel cans without cross contamination.
Machine Case Study
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Integrated controls ease programming, troubleshooting

Coating Systems company adds palletizing equipment that integrates PLC and robot controls for ease of operation.
MULTIFUNCTION EOAT. The robot not only picks and places lay-flat flexible pouches into the stainless-steel trays, but it also transfers empty trays onto the stack for filling.
Machine Case Study
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From zero to 10 robots in 2.5 years

Olive producer adds robot to transfer pouched product to trays for delivery to retort system. Success leads to further investments in robotics.
The Model R700 ADABOT-LV, used at Great Lakes Cheese to case-pack pouched product, is designed for retail-ready applications as well as conventional lay-flat and horizontal formats.
Machine Case Study
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Robots meet special needs of sliced cheese

Ohio’s Great Lakes Cheese adds pick-and-place robots for its shingled cheese packs and for pouched cheese placed in retail-ready cases.
Machine Case Study
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Gummi 'burgers' assembled, packaged at 540/min

German candy maker Trolli GmbH installs fully automated packaging line equipped with multiple robots for its mini gummi-burger line.

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