Trends and Issues

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Packaging and its partners

When packagers speak of packaging, frequently they are referring to the physical structure holding a product.
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Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administartion, “Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Final Rule,” 12/3/14
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FDA updates drugs/biologics labeling system

Includes major revisions on pregnancy and breastfeeding, with labeling changes taking effect June 30, 2015. Prescription drugs and biologic products approved after June 30, 2015, will use the new format immediately, while labeling for prescription drugs approved on or after June 30, 2001, will be phased in gradually.
Octapharma, an independent manufacturer of human protein products worldwide, added the PAS-X Track & Trace Serialization Aggregation to Werum’s PAS-X at their production site in Vienna.
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Octapharma adds track-and-trace serialization aggregation

Developer, producer, and seller of human proteins requires a flexible and validated system for marking, identifying, and tracking its products.
Kliklok-Woodman’s Ross Long, Vice President of Sales and Marketing (left); Big Heart Pet Brands’ Senior Manager of Packaging R&D Paul Baker (center); Charles Yuska, President, CEO, PMMI (right).
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PACK EXPO packs ‘em in

The 2014 installment of PACK EXPO International and the debut of Pharma EXPO 2014 ran November 2 to 5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, and attendance topped that of 2012 by 6.5%.
Pat Reynolds
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PACK EXPO recap

There’s nothing quite like PACK EXPO for getting a fix on where things in the packaging space might be headed. A few random observations, if I may.
Loma's Studwell at Pack Expo 2014
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Which GFSI-accepted food safety standard is right for you?

To help you decide, here's one expert's take on the similarities and differences between four of the most popular standards: FSSC 22000, SQF, IFS and BRC.
MG2's FlexiLAB capsule filler delivers for Hovione 100% low dosages and extreme precision in-process net weight control for specialty inhalation drug production.
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Hovione, MG2 partner to develop inhalation drugs

FlexiLAB capsule filler delivers 100% low dosages and extreme precision in-process net weight control for specialty inhalation drug production.
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AIOE Guidance Document on hygiene

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."
Fig. 1: ConAgra's Hock on OEE's relationship to labor costs
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Free tools for CPGs to calculate OEE benefits

ConAgra continuous improvement chief spearheads the introduction of the OEE Opportunity Calculator and the OEE Validation Calculator, free from AIOE.
How migration occurs
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The need for low migration packaging...and compliance

The definition, science and compliance requirements for low migration packaging are evolving to meet the needs of food brands and consumers, says one supplier's regulatory compliance chief.
Tracy Stout is named Vice President of Marketing and Communications at PMMI.
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PMMI welcomes VP, Marketing & Communications

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, is pleased to welcome Tracy Stout to the staff as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
R&D veteran Blake Hutzley, technical advisor, Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association (B&CMA),
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What's the secret to innovation?

One big-brand R&D veteran told a PACK EXPO audience the secret, in the form of his Three Cs. But first, he related a personal tale of all-too-common R&D woe to an empathetic group of nodding heads...
Sperber
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Gluing the virtual seams

It doesn’t matter whether the little black boxes of your supply chain are owned by a single company or spread across a network of outsourcing partners.
Bottling
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Co-packing for food safety

Food safety standards have become marketplace requirements, and new FDA mandates further raise the bar on compliance. How will your production outsourcing partnerships be affected?
DePuy Synthes, Stryker, Medtronic speakers highlight HealthPack 2015
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DePuy Synthes, Stryker, Medtronic speakers highlight HealthPack 2015

Topics to be covered March 3-5, in Virginia Beach will include technology for manufacturing innovation, package design, sealing process validation, and a local operating nurse panel.
Covering a wide range of certified pre-owned equipment
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Covering a wide range of certified pre-owned equipment

The Frain Group provides an overview of their certified pre-owned equipment dealership. The company specializes in a wide range of equipment, from pumps or small pieces of labeling equipment, up to completely integrated lines.
Schlegel presents status of guidelines for Factory Acceptance Tests
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Best practices for Factory Acceptance Testing to emerge in 2015

Will packaging and other machines be easier and more cost-effective to purchase and install in the future? More than 100 consumer packaged goods companies and 25 of their vendors are working with AIOE on new guidelines that could help make it happen.
The Amazing Packaging Race contestants.
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Winners of Amazing Packaging Race announced

The largest Amazing Packaging Race ever took over the PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 show floor on the last day, and five students from Team Five outlasted 27 other teams to win new iPads, courtesy of contest sponsor ASCO Numatics.

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