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TWO POUCHES. Two unoriented pouches are picked up by an AFA Delta 3 robot, which then places them into a loading funnel.
Machine Case Study
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Robotic cartoning adds efficiency, subtracts labor costs

Robotic cartoning replaces manual operations, alleviating labor shortages, costs, and increasing line efficiency for contract manufacturer Pharmalab Inc.
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Brand owners may recommend equipment, but when the  co-packer pays, the co-packer decides. Aaron Thomas Inc., recently installed this new  RF Sealer in Memphis.
Feature Article
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Three-Tier Deals: How to keep your balance during multi-party machinery installations

When a new machine is needed for a co-packing plant, the machinery supplier, co-packer and brand owner must balance their roles and responsibilities for the project to succeed, according to experts on the supply side...
Lisa M. Shambro
Column/Opinion
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What can we learn from Subaru of Indiana?

In September, through my work with the Foundation for Strategic Sourcing, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to tour the Subaru of Indiana (SIA) facility, and learn from its leaders.
David Stoklosa
Column/Opinion
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Sauce, dip, salsa, and spirits maker/co-packer discusses expansion and staffing

David Stoklosa, Director, Corporate Business Development, LiDestri Foods, Inc., discusses facility and equipment investment, staffing, and business development issues.
Column/Opinion
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How your growing sophistication will fuel the contract packaging transformation

In recent weeks and months, I have become increasingly more aware of a significant shift that has been occurring for quite some time now in the Contract Packaging/Manufacturing industry.
Column/Opinion
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How to survive co-pack industry consolidation

Over time, the ownership of suppliers in the contract packaging, as well as contract manufacturing industry, has evolved.
Column/Opinion
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Redefining the outsourced supply chain

To state the obvious, contract packaging is rapidly evolving. Perhaps the hardest aspect of a co-pack partnership is finding the right fit in the first place.
Nulogy’s Tham moderated a lively session with McGee (far left) and Kretschmer. Huessner was also present via Skype video.
Feature Article
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CPG leaders tell co-packers what it takes to win

ConAgra, Florida’s Natural and Mars Canada veterans reveal their tips on how to establish and sustain successful—and mutually profitable—co-packing partnerships.
News
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CPA Annual Meeting Feb 21-24 touts big CPG names, great games

Agenda features CPG Town Hall with ConAgra and Florida's Natural; keynote on 'Great Game of Business' and much more.
Fig. 1: The rise of three business models.
Feature Article
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What many brands don't understand about today's co-packing business

This is not your father's contract packaging industry; Coregistics' CEO Eric Wilhelm explains how evolving business models help brands unlock top-line growth opportunities.

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