Development of packaging materials and containers and the graphics that go on them are the functions most often outsourced, say Packaging World readers. However, packaging machinery selection, packaging line design and integration all make the Top Ten.
A first-of-its-kind rotary hf/f/s machine helps Indiana candy and snack maker Golden Stream introduce 30 products in stand-up pouches. Retailers like the ways pouches can be merchandised; consumers like the resealable zipper that's applied in-line.
UCB Films (Wigton, England) has introduced a cellulose confectionery film. Star-Twist(TM) is said to give up to three times the twist performance of existing materials for a tighter candy wrap, which can increase shelf life.