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Understand your outsourcing options

With so many outsourcing options available, understanding them clearly is critical to leveraging them to further your organizational objectives.
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Industry watch

 
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Quick-changeover packaging: Both an essential and a bane

Market drivers are making fast line changeovers a get-ahead packaging strategy. But an exclusive CP/PTIS survey finds that communication and project management deficiencies are creating headaches.
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Packaging Summit to address topics across the value chain

If you are a contract packager or responsible for contract packaging services for your brand, and have responsibility for anything from concept to shelf, Packaging Summit 2010 is for you.
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Economy aside, packaging salaries thrive

Yes, there were layoffs, job security worries, and fewer bonuses, but this IoPP/Packaging World salary survey reveals that packaging incomes stood up to 2009’s economic gut punch.
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Does perceived product blandness owe to the value chain or a poor understanding of customization?

One author makes the case that economies of scale largely are to blame for the lack of remarkable products. But an educator who’s been in the trenches has another view.
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Contract packager's blister machine delivers flexibility

New blister-packaging machine helps Contract Packaging Resources meet the demands of its pharmaceutical customers, reduce labor costs, and improve efficiency.
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Validation processes and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Serving the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry, what challenges did Contract Packaging Resources face in its acquisition of the new blister-thermoforming machine?
BLISTER MACHINE. Contract packager CPR produces blister packs in-house on  this new machine, which includes a color vision syste
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Contract packer flexes its flexibility

New blister packaging machine helps Contract Packaging Resources meet the demands of its pharmaceutical customers, reduce labor costs, and improve efficiency.
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HBA Global Expo to introduce Private Label/Contract Manufacturing Pavilion

Consumers are paying closer attention to price, and 45% of companies in the health and beauty segment are looking for resources in private label and also in contract packaging and manufacturing.
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Areas of challenge remain

 
FLEXIBILITY IS CRUCIAL. Survey respondents say that achieving flexibility in outsourced secondary packaging operations is import
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Secondary packaging: CPG companies that are in it plan to do more of it

 25% of survey respondents who already use co-packers for work such as display cartons and sleeved multipacks will increase their volume. But quality, cost, and timeliness challenges remain.
FOCUS ON STRATEGIC. The Estée Lauder Companies prefers a strategic approach to contract packaging, in which long-term relatio
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Estée Lauder strives to simplify the complex

New directives include sharing information between brands. This integration of ideas will improve contract manufacturing and packaging for the beauty care giant.
CREATING ORDER. One project, for a powdered household cleanser, begins on APCO Packaging's U-shaped packaging line with manual d
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Packer/manufacturer blends quality into every service

Testing and analysis are hallmarks of the approach at APCO Packaging. ‘The decision is theirs to make,’ the company president says of his customers. ‘But the process is ours.’
PERFECT MATCH. By finding a contract packager that meets its exacting requirements, Clear Beverage takes extraneous costs out of
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Stepping up for the 'little guys'

Small manufacturers are driving a lot of innovation in beverage aisles. They’re leaning on co-packers to provide the ‘value-addeds’ that make their brands financially viable.
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Companies

 
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Alliance opens plant in Iowa

 
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Anderson notes expansion

Anderson Packaging (www.andersonpackaging.com), a Rockford, IL-based pharmaceutical contract packager, has completed the expansion of its refrigerated storage facility.
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Expanding into package design? Workshops to examine trends

For contract packagers who are branching into package-design services, success requires two things: an understanding of how packaging can influence purchase decisions and the savvy to create packages that are on-trend with today’s marketplace.
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CP Webcast on semiautomated repacking

Contract Packaging and Packaging World magazines present a Webcast on September 9th on customized contract packaging services.
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Contract packager crafts portable, flexible solution

 As consumer preferences continue to drive a greater need for variety in products and packaging, most packagers look for flexibility when selecting new machinery and systems.
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Advice from CPs

Contract packagers offer advice about working with consumer packaged goods companies and CPs.
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Selecting a contract packager

More than 150 packaging professionals shared their advice about selecting a contract packager (CP), aka a co-packer or private-label manufacturer, in a 2009 Packworld.com online survey.
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Where there is a downturn, there is opportunity

Where there is a downturn, there is opportunity I am fortunate that occasionally I can catch up on paperwork while working in my office at home.
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Marketing rollout begins for industry report

The Contract Packaging Association’s (CPA) “State of the Contract Packaging Industry” report is now available.
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Harvesting intellectual capital and maintaining accountability

Consolidation is becoming a fact of life on both the product manufacturer and packager sides in matters relative to the maturing contract packaging industry.
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CP 08 paints paths to innovation

It takes a planned strategy, Quaker Foods VP says. Conference gives direction to assembling the right team, and where and how contract packaging enters the mix.
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The rest of the 'story'

Because Esio Beverage didn’t have an actual product when qualifying contract packagers, the company had to sell potential partners on other aspects of its new beverage system.
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Pouch particulars

Converted pouches for the Esio Beverage System are provided to IPN USA with three sides sealed.
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3PL's growth strategy: the complete package

Jacobson’s contract-packaging operation feeds off its logistics, warehousing, and staffing divisions.
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A dissenting viewpoint

Any packaging method has its skeptics, and that holds true for Last Moment of Differentiation.
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Delay printing, see savings

A variable method of printing and labeling just before shipping is emerging. Known as Last Moment of Differentiation, it could curb costs and segment brand owners’ offerings.
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Save the date! CPF 09 to be Sept. 1 in suburban Chicago

Contract Packaging and Packaging World magazines announce that their annual contract-packaging conference and networking event will be Sept. 1, 2009, in suburban Chicago.
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Greener package set

Throughout the packaging value chain, from materials suppliers to the retailers who sell products to consumers, companies are increasingly focused on making packaging more sustainable.
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Pharma packaging demand to rise: report

Demand for pharmaceutical packaging—a strong area of growth and opportunity for contract packaging—will increase in the U.S. and Puerto Rico by 5.5% annually to $16 billion in 2012.
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Think about end-of-line savings

Increasingly, smart buyers of contract-packaging services are looking for ways to maximize every production efficiency possible while also squeezing every last unnecessary dollar from operations.
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Sterling Anthony On Pack Expo Intl. 2008

For a variety of reasons, it was a good year.
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Cost pressures cloud healthcare packaging's future

Mounting financial pressures top a list of issues driving the pharmaceutical, biologic, and medical device sectors. In an exclusive interview, Freedonia senior healthcare consultant Bill Martineau discusses where packaging fits into these issues.
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Contract packaging inventory control going mobile

FROM PACK EXPO 2008: Nulogy extends supply chain management software to wireless-phone application.
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Packaging aids Ireland's economy

The pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device sectors remain vital to Ireland’s business future, despite the country’s recent economic slowdown.
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Pack Expo---a spotlight on green

Change, Innovation, and Sustainability are the key themes of this year’s Conference at Pack Expo. But conference speakers will shine the brightest spotlight on sustainability.
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Private-label, contracted services showcased at HBA Expo

For buyers and sellers of cosmetics and health and beauty products, HBA Global Expo provides a convenient way to exchange ideas face-to-face with providers of contract packaging and manufacturing services that specialize in these product categories.
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Glimpses of Kodak's 'new world' unfold at annual meeting

Attendees examine industry trends, challenges in Miami, FL.
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CPA member cast their nets to catch new ideas at annual meeting

There’s an ocean of opportunity in the contract packaging industry.
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Improvements grow annual meeting's attendance

The Contract Packaging Association went to an a la carte offering for spouses and guests at this year’s Annual Meeting in Miami, FL, and the results were very positive.
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Sustainability--the ultimate tiebreaker

Recently, I spoke to the Contract Packaging Association at its annual conference in Miami, FL.
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Targeted pavilion, conferences await CP professionals at Pack Expo

If you’re shopping for contract-packaging services or you want to make your packaging more environmentally friendly, Pack Expo International may well provide the answers you need.
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Managing quick - turnaround

Market Resource Packaging keeps hundreds of secondary and display packaging jobs per month—often for big brands—on track with a keen attention to detail and documentation.
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Five ways contract packaging is changing

It’s more than rising fuel and energy costs. Change reflects the consumer’s mind-set and in-store trends. Respond by balancing production complexity with simplicity.
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Ready to innovate? Strategies that work on tap for CP 08

Are you looking for contract packagers to help you find new and better ways to get packages with impact into stores?
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Strategic or tactical

As timelines tighten and product merchandising becomes more sophisticated, there is a growing need for the continuous control and sustainable solutions that strategic uses of CP can provide.
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Cutting co-packing costs

Slashing the price of packaging goes well beyond simply signing a contract packaging contract. These tactics can lead to significant savings.
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Looking at China market? Do homework

China is no longer merely a bastion of manufacturing.
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Catalent expert addresses turnkey serialization

Catalent Pharma Solution’s Akan Oton provides a contract manufacturer/packager’s perspective on serialization, authentication, and track-and-trace technologies in pharmaceutical distribution.
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EastPack returns to New York

EastPack, the East Coast’s largest packaging event, is ready to run with five other shows at New York City’s Javits Convention Center.
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INDUSTRY WATCH

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Know Your Needs

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Much more on innovative strategies at CP08

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Paths to innovation

What works for Limited Brands, P&G, and Coca-Cola? There are similarities and differences. Peek inside these companies’ co-packing models for valuable insights.
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Helping customers develop 'solutions' to two of today's real challenges

We sell solutions! The phrase has become so overused that nearly everyone states it and nearly everyone ignores it, except when they are the ones saying it.
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Member-to-member sales of packaging products near

It has been determined that Contract Packaging Association members in either membership category will be able to offer excess, or no-longer-needed, packaging products to other members at a reasonable price.
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CP initiatives among focus areas of conference at Packaging Summit

Effective strategies for contract packaging will be one focus of this year’s fourth annual Packaging Summit Expo and Conference, sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (www.iopp.org).
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Four steps to get you in the innovation game

The pace of technology is quickening. But while keeping up, also remember to look in unlikely places in and beyond your contract to control costs and leverage capabilities.
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At Coca-Cola, innovation equals 'lean'

The operative word among product manufacturers today is "lean."
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Ready to innovate? CP 08 is the place to be

If you’re looking to introduce or expand on an innovative mind-set at your company, consider attending Contract Packaging magazine’s CP 08: Succeeding With Contract Packaging conference.
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Set sail for the CPA annual meeting in Miami

The Contract Packaging Association will hold its annual meeting April 25-28, 2008 at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel & Marina in Miami, FL.
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Source innovative packagers to stay ahead of maturing private label

How can national brands leverage contract packaging to add value to their consumer products?
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Sculpting the cornerstones of innovation

I recently heard Robin Utay discuss teamwork and creating and producing great packages.
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Membership Directory

For in-depth searches on individual members’ capabilities, visit www.contractpackaging.org.
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Ready to harness the energy of change?

I recently had a conversation with an old packaging pro who is a “thinker.” One advantage of being in the packaging business 35 or more years is having lived through the industry’s evolution. Another is being more willing than earlier in my career to listen and to try to drill down and understand what others are saying.
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CPA selects slate of officers and directors

With the Contract Packaging Association’s new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2007, the following individuals have been nominated and elected or appointed to their current positions.
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A view from the UK: Why co-packing is surging in pharma

Drug makers are focused on product development and regulatory issues. Cost savings are possible when the packaging is done externally—particularly for smaller launches.
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Private label's domino effect on co-packing

It’s going beyond packaging products. Retailers are requiring packagers to extend into trends analysis, forecasting, and inventory in trying to compete with national brands.
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Executing 'design to manufacture'

Honeywell turns to a ‘virtual factory’ in creating products that organize mom’s car. A contract packager takes the point in assuring that a design concept works in production.
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cp 07 conference - drills down on industry's hot trends

Sold-out event focuses on convergence in packaging and logistics, operational excellence, and insights from Procter & Gamble, Alcoa, Coca-Cola, and Alberto-Culver.
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California co-packer adding capacity

Winterborne Inc., a company that provides contract packaging, warehousing, and fulfillment services, is expanding its manufacturing capacity to produce more of its EnviroShell packaging.
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Answering the imperative for authenticity

The buzzword is innovation. In conference after conference, those who manage contract-packaging services for some of the nation’s foremost consumer goods companies have been saying they are looking to their external partners to be innovative.
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Moving up the packaging partnering pyramid

Trends in packaging create special challenges that consumer packaged goods companies can’t ignore.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas 2007

The Design for Profit pavilion makes its debut at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas, which expects to welcome more than 25,000 visitors to the booths of 1,200 exhibitors.
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Survey spotlights buyer issues as use of contracted services grows

A significant shift toward use of contract fillers and packagers will increase through 2010. But organizational and systems concerns could make the growth a bumpy road.
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Catching up with your work force

The advantages of offering an emergent workplace can help co-packers attract and retain top-quality contingent workers.
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As calendar turns to a new fiscal year, the association plans ahead

Happy New Year! That’s not as good as Christmas in July, but July 1 began the Contract Packaging Association’s new fiscal year.  It is a good time to reflect on where we’ve come from for a few moments and take the time to share what’s new and exciting.
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CP Pavilion beckons attendees to PELV

Contract packaging and innovation will be two important areas of focus at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2007 (PELV). The trade show will run from Oct. 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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HBA Expo celebrates 'crystal' anniversary

HBA Global Expo, in its 15th year, has grown into an increasingly valuable resource for the contract packaging industry, whether the objective is to buy or sell co-packing services in the health and beauty market or to find creative inspiration that could be adapted for products outside of cosmetics, toiletries, and fragrances.
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Applause for the association's hard-working volunteers

As new projects develop, it becomes critical for volunteers to step up to help carry the association’s business forward. The Contract Packaging Association has been most fortunate with members willing to roll up their sleeves.
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CP 07: A conference for education and networking

With two days of content-rich sessions, a new, industry-specific conference promises to load up buyers and sellers with ideas for achieving “Success with Contract Packaging.”
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Algus expansion quadruples co-packing workload

An extensive expansion project has been completed in the contract packaging division at Algus Packaging Inc. The DeKalb, IL-based packager has expanded its co-packing operation to 85,000 sq ft by adding five new lines. The expansion enables the company the capability to quadruple its contract-packaging workload, says James Patrick, marketing manager.
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DIY Group to expand operations

DIY Group Inc. (www.diygroup.com), a contract packager in Muncie, IN, is nearing completion on a 126,000-sq-ft expansion project. The $2.25 million expansion will put an addition onto the company’s existing 432,000-sq-ft facility, making DIY’s facility one of the largest contract packaging operations in the Midwest.
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New Contract Packaging Association survey available

The Contract Packaging Association’s “Analysis of Member Activity in Contract Packaging” survey is now available for purchase by both member companies that did not participate in the survey and nonmembers.
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Packaging's contribution to social equity

Sustainable packaging is widely perceived as a three-legged stool. Packaging professionals focus a lot of attention on two of those legs, the “environmental” and the “economic.” What about the third leg, “social equity?” That’s the one that has us measure a business’s success not only in terms of profit made but also in terms of the positive impact the business has on society in general.
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Sam's Club Packaging Principles

In the December 2006 issue, Contract Packaging discussed strategies for enhancing the value of packaging for club stores (www.packworld.com/view-22428). Amy Zettlemoyer, director of packaging for Sam’s Club, expands on that article by identifying five packaging principles that consumer packaged goods companies and their vendors, including contract packagers, should keep in mind:
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CP 07 focuses on maximizing relationships

Event is Sept. 10-12. High-level speakers to examine contract packaging trends from both the buyer and seller perspectives.
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The wrap-up: All in a day's work

Reader inquiries are an interesting part of a packaging editor's workweek.
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East Pack serves up packaging technology

Co-located June 12-14 with three other shows at New York’s Javits Convention Center, East Pack features the latest in packaging technology.
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Co-packing industry assesses opportunities and challenges

The contract packaging industry has no shortage of opportunities and challenges, and some of them were discussed formally and informally at the Contract Packaging Association’s annual meeting, which concluded April 2 in Tucson, AZ. First, the opportunities. One of the hottest segments of contract packaging today is pharmaceutical products, and it’s promising even more growth for co-packers with the right facilities, capabilities, and certification approvals. Speaking to association members, Bill Sharpless said the $400 billion pharma industry is growing at 3% annually. Sharpless is marketing director of pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and medical packaging at Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
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Modified Packaging Summit spotlights contract packaging

Changes will integrate former Packaging Services Expo and Containers & Materials Expo. Outsourcing will be one focal point of this year’s conference sessions.
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J Lieb Foods expands services with purchase of Welch's Plant

Ready-to-operate facility in Kennewick, WA, triples the company’s capacity and adds flexibility in co-packaging services to Pacific Northwest.
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Amenities put the TLC in hospitality

It’s a $400 million industry for motels through five-star resorts. The flexibility needed to package in-room ‘freebies’ provides insights into contract packagers’ work.
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Fighter pilots don't look back, and neither does the association

Your Contract Packaging Association Board of Directors and management team are not looking back on what was a very successful 2006. Instead, we are moving forward with enthusiasm, dedication, and vigor for 2007.
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The threat of overseas competition

An article in this issue paints an optimistic picture of the growth prospects for contract packaging for products involving rapidly advancing technologies. In many cases, it makes sense for marketers of these products to focus on core development functions and leave the rest—including package development—to external vendors.
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Annual meeting emphasizes strategy

The Contract Packaging Association’s just-concluded annual meeting in Tucson, AZ, explored the many challenges facing companies as opportunities for contract packaging and services grow and expand. The meeting provided time to share ideas with peers while exploring strategies for solutions.
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Praxis appoints two managers

aAnne Armstrong has joined Macatawa Holdings LLC–Praxis (www.praxispackaging.com), Grand Rapids, MI, as director of quality assurance. Armstrong has 27 years of experience in quality assurance and regulatory compliance in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and packaging industries.
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Winona Foods expands for the second time in three years

With the recent completion of a $3 million expansion of its facility in Green Bay, WI, Winona Foods Inc. (www.winonafoods.com), says it is able to better serve its food service, industrial, and retail customers. Winona Foods offers contract packaging and private-label packaging services for natural cheeses as well as dips, spreads—including those marketed under the Painted Cow brand—and sauces.
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Packaging Summit Expo and Conference focuses on critical packaging actions

The Packaging Summit Expo and Conference – taking place May 15-17, 2007 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois and sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) – includes a conference program focused on packaging innovation, sustainability, global impact and outsourcing.
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'Green machine' saves green

Retrofitted side sealer boosts hf/f/s shrink line throughput 50% and reduces film waste at Berkeley Contract Packaging. Those savings are passed along to customers.
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Conference To Focus On Innovation And Sustainability

The Packaging Summit Expo and Conference, sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), will take place May 15-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The event will focus on sustainability solutions for day-to-day implementation on materials and packages, and how to develop and implement innovative projects. Current developments in materials and containers, as well as contract packaging services, will also be discussed. To register, visit www.pkgsummit.com, or contact Don Browne at 262/782-1900, or e-mail him at don@pkgsummit.com.
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Packaging Summit Expo and Conference focuses on critical packaging actions

The Packaging Summit Expo and Conference – taking place May 15-17, 2007 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, and sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) – includes a conference program focused on packaging innovation, sustainability, global impact and outsourcing.
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Packaging Summit Expo and Conference focuses on contract packaging solutions, sustainability

The Packaging Summit Expo and Conference – taking place May 15-17, 2007 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois and sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) – specializes in contract packaging solutions as well as containers and materials innovations – 92% of the packaging business that influences you.
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Speakers sought for new industry conference

Contract Packaging magazine announces the launch of the conference “CP 07: Succeeding With Contract Packaging.” The conference will be Sept. 10-12, 2007, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare hotel, and it has the endorsement and support of the Contract Packaging Association.
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Packaging Summit Expo and Conference focuses on packaging materials innovation and sustainability

The Packaging Summit Expo and Conference – taking place May 15-17, 2007 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois and sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) – specializes in containers and materials innovations, as well as contract packaging and packaging services – 92% of the packaging business that influences you.
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A marriage of value-added convenience Sugar Foods Contract Packaging and Café

El Marino feed off each other's strengths to enhance speed to market and provide ‘hidden value' in exporting dry-blended products.
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The Need For Speed

A new study offers advice for leveraging co-packers in ‘quick-changeover' tactics that answer retailer and consumer demands for variation in packaging sizes and formats.
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Club-courting errors

As a packaging consultant to CPG companies, Adalis Packaging Solutions Group (APSG) sees four common pitfalls in efforts to get packaging into club stores.
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Co-manufacturer help sambazon forge ahead in low-acid aseptics

California acai marketer taps Aseptic Solutions, which is poised to become a rare U.S. company capable of aseptically filling, low-acid products on a high-speed rotary filler.
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Biomedical Products Marketer Saves Big With High-Tech Aerogel Cartons

Can thermal-insulated containers increase co-packing's value? American Aerogel's containers cut Advanced BioHealing's shipping costs 40%.
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3 Principles For Creating A Successful Relationship.

Base decisions on total cost, share responsibility, and implement performance measures to optimize the results in working with a Contract Packager.
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3 Principles For Creating A Successful Relationship.

Base decisions on total cost, share responsibility, and implement performance measures to optimize the results in working with a Contract Packager.
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'Winning ways'--that's the ticket

As I write this letter while clicking back and forth between college football, NFL games, and the baseball playoffs, I can't help but think about the word “winners.” It's a dynamic word with lots of positive meaning.
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Catching up with fickle consumers

It is a time of change for the contract packaging industry.
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All signs are pointing to a fruitful 2007

CPA and neutral research firm move forward with ‘State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report' By Christopher Barry, communications manager, Contract Packaging Association
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Packaging Summit Expo and Conference coming to the U.S.

For the first time in more than a decade, the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) will hold its World Packaging Conference in the United States.
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Club Stores: Show us the value

Display pallets and promotional packaging—two specialties of co-packers—are gaining steam as merchandising tactics. A third tactic, sustainability, is just getting legs.
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Is aerogel ready for a bigger role packaging?

The time may be right for aerogel , also known as "frozen smoke" and around since the 1930s, to play a greater role in shipping containers.
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Web Plus

New or Enhanced websites
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Industry Watch

Companies:Pro Mach, Inc. has acquired Allpax Products, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of sterilization, material handling and automated controls systems for food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.  The acquisition will add retort and sterilization capabilities to Pro Mach's diverse portfolio of packaging equipment solutions.
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Registration for the Packaging Summit Expo and Conference is now available

Find the leading providers of contract packaging and services at the Packaging Summit Expo and Conference - an event focused on packaging innovation from packaging's leaders – taking place May 15-17, 2007 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
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Registration for the Packaging Summit Expo and Conference is now available

Find the latest innovations in packaging materials and containers at the Packaging Summit Expo and Conference - an event focused on packaging innovation from packaging's leaders – taking place May 15-17, 2007 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
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Measuring innovation capability

Key measures used by The Estee Lauder Companies to qualify contract packagers' design capabilities are applicable for many packagers and marketers. 
two-station filling. Containers are held in pucks as they are conveyed single-file through the packaging line. Volumetric fillin
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ABOUT LAKE CONSUMER PRODUCTS / WISCONSIN PHARMACAL

Lake Consumer Products, a subsidiary of Wisconsin Pharmacal, knows a thing or two about contract packaging as well as filling its own products at its 74ꯠ sq’ facility in Jackson, WI.
By standardizing corrugate displays, Unilever reduces corrugate costs through bulk ordering of components. With fewer components
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How Repackers Help Unilever In Mature Markets

Consumer products giant drives sales with specialty packs and displays. Success requires that repackers have the right location, can manage costs, and can support marketing initiatives.
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Pack Expo To Add Contract-Packaging Pavilion, Brand Protection Center

Many of the more than 50ꯠ attendees expected to attend this year’s Pack Expo International in Chicago will receive added value by visiting the contract packaging pavilion, which will be open throughout the show’s run from Oct.
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<i>Packaging Summit Expo and Conference 2007</i> intensifies Contract Packaging objectives

Next year’s Packaging Summit Expo and Conference, scheduled for May 15-17, 2007 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, will include even more Contract Packaging exhibitors and conference sessions pertinent to real-world applications – information and concepts tailored specifically for a multitude of packaging needs.
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Laser coder. A laser coder marks a carton containing a solid-dose pharmaceutical product.
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Laser coders efficiently hit their targets

A trio of laser coders give contract packager Reed-Lane Inc. the flexibility it needs to print on multiple substrates for its pharmaceutical customers.
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Contract Packaging Association membership--doing business 'smart'

Membership is a great way to gain exposure in the industry while opening the door to an array of valuable customers.
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Declare war on waste

Consumers today want products just the way they want them, when they want them. Marketers, who are in the business of persuading consumers to select their product, are depending on the package more than ever to help close the sale as the reach of traditional advertising methods erodes.
James Ellis
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Quantifying the 'WOW'

Greetings to all members and associates, fresh from attending the Contract Packaging Association Annual Meeting and the Packaging Summit. I continue to be encouraged by several industry leaders, as well as customers, on the anticipated growth of the contract packaging industry.
Contract manufacturer Althea Technologies depends on the reliability and flexibility of its machinery to meet demanding precisio
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Success stories from around the contract packaging industry...

Althea eliminates waste in filling operations Althea Technologies is a San Diego-based pharmaceutical contract manufacturer and filler specializing in manufacturing, filling, and finishing of pharmaceutical products for clinical trials and initial start-up manufacturing.
Many of Assemblies Unlimited's packaging projects require hand assembly because of custom packaging requirements that are cost-p
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Dimensions Of Turnkey Service: The'General Contractor'

Assemblies Unlimited positions itself as the ‘point’ for entrepreneurial marketers, using a national network of suppliers to deliver services from design to logistics.
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Supply Chain Convergence

Contract packaging is merging with contract logistics—a benefit to product manufacturers as they tighten their supply chains. But co-packers who fail to adapt will fall behind.
Sonoco
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Around The Industry

Sonoco opens innovation center near P&G in Cincinnati Major consumer products manufacturers say they would be served more efficiently if their outsourcing partners located either adjacent to the product manufacturer’s facilities or in transportation hubs.
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Effective Cost Management Is A Shared Buyer-Supplier Responsibility

Two-fifths of survey respondents say recent raw materials prices have risen at least 5%. More frequent collaborative procurement might improve those results, two consultants say.
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<i>Packaging Summit Expo</i> and <i>Conference 2007</i> intensifies Contract Packaging objectives

Last May’s Packaging Summit 2006 (held May 16-18, 2006 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois) was a great success, bringing packaging’s leaders together in one venue specializing in contract packaging solutions, containers and materials innovations as well as an outstanding educational conference program.
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EastPack is the total resource

Bring your packaging projects to EastPack for help in finding the solutions you need. The show opens June 6 in New York’s Jacob J. Javits Convention Center.
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Greenberg joins <i>Packaging World</i>

March 17 marked not only St. Patrick's day but also the first visit to Packaging World's offices by our new legal columnist Eric Greenberg.
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Packaging Services Expo

COMPANY BOOTHAccess Business Group 517 Adalis Corporation 925 AdProps Packaging, Inc 525 Aldelano Packaging Corporation 612 Algus Packaging Inc. 818 All About Packaging 1040 Alliance Packaging Group Inc. 930 Altair Engineering, Inc. 619 Assemblies Unlimited, Inc. 718 Avenues to Independence 712 Barak Business Services 829 Caraustar 1026 CL & D Digital 717 Compact Industries 613Container-Quinn Testing Laboratories, Inc. 726Contract Packaging Association 520Contract Packaging Magazine 320Cosmos Contract Packaging 522Elite Staffing 526Eltrex Industries 511Export Corporation 514First Choice Packaging 626Fluoro-Seal 405Frain Industries 505Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. 413Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin 730Hewlett-Packard 917Hope Network Industries 518Illinois Instruments 817Innovative Systems Group 832Inprax Performance Resources 728Institute de Profesionales Mexico 1706International Safe Transit Associaton (ISTA) 501Integrated Project Management Co Inc (IPM) 407J&J Packaging 506The Jel Sert Company 833Jerrell Packaging 811Kings Express 421Lansmont Testing Services 617Lauraville Specialty Products 625Lawrence Paper Co. 926Loeb Equipment & Appraisal Company 520Misco Products Corp 711Mocon, Inc 827MSW Packaging 725Nice-Pak Products 221Opportunities Inc 835Outlook Group Corp 530Packaging Advantage 421Packaging* Science Center 825Packaging Summit 229Packaging Unlimited 918Paket Corporation 929PIRA International 1034Platinum Packaging 621Portion Pac 318Praxis Packaging Solutions 722Premier Packaging Inc 821Proofing Technologies 935Quality Packaging, Inc 529Quick Pak 512Raflatac Inc 1030Retail Package Design 813Robert’s Packaging 729SGS U.S.
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Winning Ideas

Whether it’s primary or secondary packaging, labeling, fulfillment, or promotional packaging, there are undoubtedly aspects unique to your approach and operation that define your contract packaging operation.
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The Packaging Summit Conference 2006

Where packaging’s leaders come together™
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Exhibitor Listing

Company BoothAccess Business Group 517 Adalis Corporation 925 AdProps Packaging, Inc 525 Aldelano Packaging Corporation 612 Algus Packaging Inc.
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Packaging Summit: three events under one roof

The contract packaging-focused Packaging Services Expo is joined by Packaging Containers & Materials Expo and the Packaging Summit Conference May 16-18 in Rosemont, IL.
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Agenda at-a-glance

TUESDAY, MAY 16RECASTING THE ROLE OF PACKAGING INNOVATION8:45 a.m. Packaging’s New Role Raises its Standing in the Value ChainJim Peters, Director of Education, IoPP9:25 a.m.
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Achievements

Contract Packaging Assn.
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Cloud expanding services in wipes, towlettes with Multi-Pack purchase

Cloud Packaging Solutions’ recent purchase of Multi-Pack is broadening its contract packaging capabilities within the household cleaning-products industry.
Venture capitalists and financing companies have begun inquiring about the nature and the growth of the industry. Several of the
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Where and how will the smart money play?

Increasing competition and rising materials costs and energy prices are creating challenges for anyone who packs consumer goods. One of the challenges is coming from product manufacturers, who are pressuring the companies they hire to package their products.
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Wilpak adds 95,000 sq ft for co-manufacturing

Wilpak Inc.
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Caraustar exits CP, CRB businesses

Caraustar Industries Inc.
James Ellis
President
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Evidence of growth is all around us

Greetings to all and very best wishes for a successful 2006.
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Making an effective connection

Finding a contract packager is easy. Contract Packaging Association’s online RFQ facilitates the connection between packagers and packaging services providers.
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Factoring: Jet fuel for attracting packagers

This financing tactic may be new to co-packers, but it works in other industries. It speeds up cash flow—and growth—key selling points with purchasing managers.Key termsFactoring: Factoring: A form of short-term financing that provides funding to companies relative to the quality and quantity of their sales, or accounts receivable. The funding comes in the form of either a purchase or a loan against the company’s eligible receivables.Factor: A company that provides factoring services.
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Prescription for 400% Growth: Stay Ahead of the Curve

Anderson Packaging specializes as a pharma product-launch specialist. It monitors market trends, securing the right partnerships and purchasing the right equipment.
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Anderson Packaging at-a-glance

· Founded: 1967· Headquarters: Rockford, IL· Operations: Contract manufacturing and contract packaging, emphasizing form/fill/seal technology.
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Packaging services expo a focal point of multifaceted show

This year, the contract packaging-focused expo will run concurrently with Packaging Containers & Materials Expo and the Packaging Summit Conference.
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Bulldog-Mentality changeover tactics Part II

Eliminate, externalize, and simplify. Break down changeovers into smaller, more manageable tasks, with attention to detail. The results can save both time and money.Key termsElimination: Find and cut out unnecessary tasks.Externalization: Re-examine tasks to be performed either while the line is running or stopped, to reduce downtime.Simplification: Make all processes as easy and foolproof as possible.
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Achievements

Contract Packaging Assn.
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Anderson Packaging becomes 100th CPA member

The Contract Packaging Assn. (CPA) announced Rockford, IL-based Anderson Packaging, Inc. (AP) as its 100th corporate member. AP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amerisource Bergen Corp.
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Now hear this: Packaging World launches podcast

You can now hear the latest packaging developments directly from our editors on PackCast, our new podcast.
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Contract Packaging Association gets 100th member

The Contract Packaging Association has reached its 100th member milestone. Because of this most recent edition of Anderson Packaging, Inc., the CPA has more than doubled its membership since the beginning of 2005.
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Healthcare packaging pros discuss critical issues

Healthcare packaging experts discuss counterfeiting, packaging and personalized medicine, oil/resin pricing concerns, and material and machinery advances.
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Contract soap packer enhances capacity, efficiency

Stahl Soap installs new U.S.-sourced horizontal flow-wrapper and servo-feed conveyor to meet special customer equirements.
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Club stores consider sustainable packaging

Environmentally friendly developments gain momentum at Sam's Club and other club stores.
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Emphasizing value, from design through to package disposal

Winning strategies will focus on the needs of retailers and the consumer as both shopper and product user. Co-packers will play a bigger role in the value equation.
This two-piece  Shellpak™ functions as a secondary pack for blister-packed pharmaceutical pills and tablets. Its maker, Mea
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Pondering the puzzle

Facing a Pandora’s box of global issues, and technological developments such as advanced machine controls and RFID, packagers of healthcare products forecast the future.
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Aseptic and ESL packaging keeps evolving (sidebar)

‘Soup-er’ stocks served aseptically
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Cloud Packaging acquires MultiPack

PACK EXPO : Cloud Packaging Solutions announced its acquisition of Multi-Pack.
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Checkweigher

PACK EXPO : Loma Systems introduced its LCW Series checkweigher, the first in the launch of a new line of checkweighers designed for simplicity and low cost.
For nearly two hours, the panelists answered questions from about 100 contract packagers in a lively roundtable discussion at Pa
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Product manufacturers speak out: Here's what we want

Have a purpose when placing the initial call. Meet our quality standards. Create innovative ideas that go beyond basic co-packing services and are mindful of the budget. Be flexible—especially on the tail end of operations and into distribution.
Wilpak scores in the highest categories for facilities inspections. The company  attributes this success to its quality and cont
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Complexity simplified

Wilpak sustains double-digit growth by operating ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ of traditional contract packaging roles to integrate the supply chain.
Packaging Services Expo 2005 provided buyers and sellers of contract packaging services a focused marketplace in which to intera
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Three Events, One-Stop 'Shopping'

On the heels of a successful Packaging Services Expo 2005, next year’s version will run side-by-side with two new events—Packaging Containers & Materials Expo and the Packaging Summit Conference.
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How you can help

All of us at Summit Publishing Company, publishers of Packaging World, Contract Packaging, Automation World, and Packworld.com, offer our thoughts and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath.
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Five winning ideas for developing and growing your niche

Whether it’s primary or secondary packaging, labeling, fulfillment, or promotional packaging, there are undoubtedly aspects unique to any approach and operation that define your contract packaging operation.
Dale's Kitchen aseptic stocks in 2-gal BIB packs are set to debut in October. The one-way dispensing tap preserves the quality o
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BIB tap maintains sterility in use

A patented dispenser tap that keeps low-acid bag-in-box products aseptic after opening draws end-user interest, including Dale’s Kitchen for soup stocks.
Packaging Services Expo debuted with 105 exhibitors and 1,500 attendees in May 2005 in Rosemont, IL. Attendees included represen
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Three events, one-stop 'shopping'

On the heels of a successful Packaging Services Expo 2005, next year’s version will run side-by-side with two new events—Packaging Containers & Materials Expo and the Packaging Summit Conference.
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Creating Win-Win Scenarios

One question contract packagers have been asking me is, “How can I find out what consumer product goods manufacturers (CPGs) really want from my company, and then deliver it to them in the way that they want?”
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Around the Industry

Aaron Thomas Company Inc. has opened an 87ꯠ-sq-ft manufacturing, packaging, and warehousing facility in Bolingbrook, IL, southwest of Chicago.
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Mining opporunities at a global consumer company

Packaging needs at Hewlett-Packard, as at other consumer goods companies, offer contract packagers opportunities, if they know where to look and how to approach these potential customers.Contract Packaging magazine asked John Hayward, manager of packaging engineering at HP, to discuss where and why the opportunities for contract packaging exist inside HP and at other large-scale consumer goods companies, and how contract packagers can shape winning strategies to gain their business.
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SIDEBAR: Winning CP business at one global products company

How does the scope of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) needs from contract packaging (CP) compare with the general trend for consumer goods companies?
John Mazelin, past president
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Looking for a contract packager?

"Our mission is to help member companies establish productive links with buyers and to provide members with educational opportunities to improve the efficiency and productivity of their operations."
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Opportunity abounds; are you positioned for growth?

“Many Fortune 500 companies want to reduce costs by outsourcing as much as possible to qualified co-packers. This reassures me that we are in the right business at the right time.”
This monobloc filler/capper, dedicated to 4-L steel cans, has enabled ARC-Diversified to meet a spike in demand for its edible o
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ARC upgrades in oil and powder

This supplier to a number of U.S. government feeding programs keeps current where packaging machinery and controls technology are concerned.See video
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Excitement builds for Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005

New pavilions have been added, and exhibition space is up 9%. Plus, making its debut is a brand new web-enabled service to enhance the attendee experience.
Servo labeler from P.E. uses ELAU servos for bottle plate rotation.
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Drinktec preview: what's new in labelers?

A number of new servo labelers take center stage at the big drinktec beverage manufacturing show, September 12-17, Munich, Germany.
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Packaging Services Expo's successful start

The inaugural Packaging Services Expo (PSE) held in Chicago in May was attended by more than 1군 visitors. PSE addressed issues that packagers and retailers experience looking for packaging services partners.
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Putting your packaging to the test locally

Get schooled in package testing facilities: The odds are that you’ll find a certified package testing lab close by.
Thermal inkjet print heads deliver 
different information on opposite sides of trays packed by Faribault Foods. The company need
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Versatile, high-definition inkjet coder from ATInfo wins for Faribault Foods

AUTOPRINT® system adds flexibility needed in growing contract packaging operation, eliminates clean-up ritual
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Tarsus announces two new packaging events

Tarsus Group plc, in cooperation with Landon, Farrey & Associates, has launched two new packaging events: The Packaging Summit Conference, and Packaging Containers & Materials Expo.
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Hershey's view from interpack

A highlight of interpack 2005 in Dusseldorf, Germany, was a presentation by Susan Sinclair, VP of operations engineering at The Hershey Company.
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10 questions to ask when purchasing used machinery

Here’s how you can protect your company from getting ‘taken’ by learning about the dealer’s history and key relationships.
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People

Bimal Kalvani was named president of Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
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Packaging Services Expo's successful start

The inaugural Packaging Services Expo (PSE) that took place in Chicago in May was attended by more than 1군 visitors.
"We will engage the service providers and buyers, and those who sell and lease equipment into the business. Until now, there has
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Making Sense of a Loosely Organized but Growing Industry

A global consumer products company wants to test 100ꯠ units of a new product in regional distribution before deciding whether to roll out the product nationally and invest in the tooling and equipment to take packaging production in-house.
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6 Tactics That Make Contract Packaging Work (sidebar)

Report details contract packaging’s future
New packaging methods drive the need for contract packaging. Candy in blister packs represents a new format for candy packagers
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6 Tactics That Make Contract Packaging Work

The right answers to key questions reduce the risk of surprises when contract packaging appears to be the right option
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PACKAGING SERVICES EXPO makes its debut

Contract packaging and services is what it's all about come May 10-12 when the inaugural version of Packaging Services Expo 2005 comes to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
Both horizontal and vertical acquisitions are changing market relationships in contract packaging. Horizontally, some contract p
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The Dawn of Dynamic Contract Packaging Relationships

Horizontal and vertical consolidations within the industry and consolidations among consumer goods companies are creating new opportunities.
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What is this thing called Resource Distraction Value? (sidebar)

CP certification metrics in development
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What is this thing called Resource Distraction Value?

It’s the real-dollar value–sometimes as large as the direct costs themselves–that a company saves when leveraging a contract packager. The benefits, although seldom tracked, fall directly to the bottom line.
\"We want to help contract packagers prepare for the future rather than react to changes.\"
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The future is now; we're here to help you

Welcome to the premier issue of Contract Packaging magazine. Not long ago, contract packaging was a cottage industry dominated by “mom-and-pop” facilities that served one or two customers.
John F. Mazelin, President, is vice president, marketing and business development of Accu-tec, Inc., a contract packaging compan
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The Benefits of Membership

Looking to expand your contract packaging services?
The author, Howard Newman, is vice president at Loeb Equipment & Appraisal Co., Chicago. He oversees all day-to-day operations w
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10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing Machinery

You can protect your company from getting ‘taken’ by learning about the dealer’s history and key relationships.
Test packages work their way through the production line at the pilot plant within Sonoco's Package Development Center in Hartsv
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Packaging 'Payback'

Sonoco creates economies of scale that accelerate speed-to-market and reduce obsolescence in helping manufacturers meet the emphasis on outsourced packaging that works at retail.
New machines, such as this secondary packaging system, offer a tool-less changeover by using digital counters for preset positio
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Bulldog-Mentality Changeover Tactics

Look beyond the more obvious mechanical-side opportunities. Efficiencies lurk in operational procedures, especially when the relationship with a customer is strong.
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Exhibitor Listing (sidebar)

EXHIBITOR BOOTH #3M Global Packaging Services 319Accel, Inc. 512Access Business Group 519Accurate Products 334Adalis Packaging Solutions Group 522AdProps 223Aldelano Packaging Corporation 713Algus Packaging 127Alliance Packaging 231American Blending & Filling 419Apex Intl. 623Assemblies Unlimited 114Cano Packaging 130Capital Adhesives 609CARC Industries 234Chicago Glue Machine & Supply Company, Inc. 207CL&D Digital 128Cloud Packaging Solutions 129CMC Americas 507Colbert Packaging 707Compact Industries 530Container-Quinn Testing Laboratories, Inc. 528Contract Packaging Association 806Contract Packaging Magazine 709Corporate Support, Inc. 429CPC (Cosmetic/Personal Care Packaging) Magazine 228DDL, Inc. 415EMPAC Group 435Export Corporation 615Frain Industries 213Friendship Industries Inc. 136Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. 730Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin 613Healthcare Packaging 709Hope Network Industries 414Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) 427International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) 635Jerrell Packaging, LLC 235Lansmont Corporation 226Lauraville Specialty Products 619Loveshaw 534Market Resource Packaging LLC 326Misco Products Corporation 113MSW Packaging 407Olmarc Packaging 318Onyx Capital Ventures 720Opportunity Medical 208Package Design Magazine 229Packaging Unlimited 727Packaging World 709Packaging* Science Center 526Paket Corporation 322Panef Corporation 413PDI (Packaging Division Industries) 718Peacock Engineering 313Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News 228Piknik Products Company 720Platinum Packaging Incorporated 607Portion Pac 631Praxis Packaging Solutions 327Premier Packaging, Inc. 513QTS Packaging Solutions 132Quality Packaging Specialists, Inc. 726Quality Packaging, Inc. 514Quick Pak 412Robert’s Packaging 227Rock-Tenn Company 616SC Plastics 219SCA Packaging, Consumer Products Division 808Schmid & Son Packaging 132SGS U.S.
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Packaging Services Expo makes its debut

Contract packaging and services is what it's all about come May 10-12 when the inaugural version of Packaging Services Expo 2005 comes to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
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Healthy outlook for plastic packaging

In 2004, the North American market for plastic packaging in healthcare applications was estimated at 2.5 billion lb. By 2009, the figure is projected to top 3.2 billion lb, according to a report from Business Communications Co. Inc.
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Contract Packaging magazine debuts

The publishers of Packaging World are pleased to introduce Contract Packaging magazine, the official publication of the Contract Packaging Assn. It debuts in April with Packaging World’s marketing and design editor Jim George at the helm as editor-in-chief.
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Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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Relying too much on contract packagers?

As high-volume retailers continue to demand customized packs—multipacks in particular—from consumer packaged goods companies, CPG companies are relying on contract packagers like never before. But one representative of a major CPG company—he chooses not to be identified—thinks this kind of reliance on outsourcing needs to be revisited.
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FDA rings bell for antidepressant class

For the first time, FDA urges manufacturers to put an entire class of medications into unit-of-use packaging.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas expands

With more than 900 exhibitors already registered for Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005 sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, organizers have added even more technology pavilions.
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New name, logo, publication for Contract Packaging Assn.

The Contract Manufacturing & Packaging Association has changed its name to the Contract Packaging Association. The organization has also adopted a new logo.
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Association gets new name, fresh start

The Contract Packaging Association is looking to increase its visibility and effectiveness. One initiative will be a targeted magazine, Contract Packaging, from the publishers of Packaging World.
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Companies

Rovema Packaging Machines appointed Resolutions Technologies Corp. as its Western Canada agent.
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CMPA SELECTS NEW MANAGEMENT COMPANY

The Contract Manufacturing & Packaging Assn. (CMPA) selected Landon, Farrey & Associates (LF&A) as its new management company. LF&A will work with CMPA to: 1.
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Packaging Services Expo gains CMPA approval

UPDATE: The Packaging Services Expo recently accepted support by The Contract Manufacturing Packaging Association, a national, not-for-profit trade association for companies that offer contract manufacturing, packaging, and related business services.
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CMPA selects new management company

The Contract Manufacturing & Packaging Assn. (CMPA) selected Landon, Farrey & Associates (LF&A) as its new management company.
American Pharmaceutical Partners packages its hospital-injectable drugs in vials as small as 2 mL, so it had to substantially re
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Bar-code barriers

Pharmaceutical companies will wrestle with packaging design and production challenges over the next two years.
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Packaging Services Expo 2005 announced

WEB EXCUSIVE: Tarsus Group plc has announced the launch of Packaging Services Expo (PSE) - an event for contract and packaging solutions.
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Outsourcing, the 'dirty' word of '04?

Just imagine how explosive the political debate over outsourcing would be if U.S. manufacturers didn’t enjoy easy access to such a well-developed and technically proficient network of domestic contract packaging companies?
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Bar-code barriers

Pharmaceutical companies will wrestle with packaging design and production challenges over the next two years.
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Cameron Holdings acquires Span Contract Packaging

Cameron Holdings Corp. purchased Span Contract Packaging, a contract packager for the pharmaceutical, consumer products, healthcare, cosmetic, and nutraceutical industries.
Black Box Wine's  3-L \"tower\" shape is unique among bag-in-box wines. More varietals have been added to the Chardonnay, which
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Boxed wine aims high

Walnut Creek, CA-based marketer Black Box Wines introduced last year a 2001 Napa Valley Chardonnay in 3-L bag-in-box packaging that it calls America's first super-premium boxed wine.
Arnie Orloski, Jr., Packaging Hall of Fame, Class of 2003
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PEF elects 'Class of 2003' Packaging Hall of Famers

Members of the Packaging Education Forum (PEF) elected Arnie Orloski Jr. (shown), William E. Archibald, William R. Armstrong, and Richard G. Lee into the Packaging Hall of Fame, Class of 2003.
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Robert's Packaging Open House

Last week, Robert’s Packaging held an open house for suppliers, customers, and the press at their facilities in Battle Creek, MI.
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Packaging technology on display, Part Two

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
Attracting talent: the view from Allmersbach
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A culture of packaging innovation

Harro Höfliger integrates production and packaging in modular Gen3 machinery.
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Package graphics: cutting time and costs (sidebar)

Survey participants
Unprinted PVC film unwinds upward to a film former just above a conveyor that moves two cartons at a time into the film in this
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Secondary packaging is primary for ARI

Side-seal horizontal wrappers and PVC film help contract packager ARI thrive by meeting the secondary packaging needs of its customers, which include many of the nation’s largest consumer products companies.See in-plant video
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ARC issues pharma report

Just in time for the Interphex show, ARC Advisory Group has released a new Insight report analyzing the business drivers for Gen3 packaging automation in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
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FPA awards show flexible versatility

From fruit to juice to dog food to premixed grout, the winners in the Packaging Excellence category in FPA’s annual competition are a mixed bag.
A new breed of capacitive sensor on this pressure-sensitive labeling head lets Pro-Motion Industries run a wide variety of label
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Quick-change equipment shines

From contract packaging to pharmaceuticals to frozen veggies, packaging operations depend heavily on the ease with which they can be changed over.
A vending machine operator stocks dog candy and breath mints in a machine at a Maine highway rest stop.
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Canine candy for all markets

Chomp is a ‘virtual’ company that now sells candy for dogs just about anywhere candy for people is available.
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Salaries satisfy (sidebar)

Who participated in survey
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Clever layout enhances bottling efficiency

At the San Manuel Bottled Water Group’s new plant, one automated line requires just five operators for 350 bpm output. See in-plant video
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Consumers power packaging (sidebar)

Who participated in survey
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Consumers power packaging

An exclusive Packworld.com survey shows most packagers test packaging with consumers, though the majority of packagers do so with modest investments.
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Are packaging jobs secure? (sidebar)

Equipment purchase plans remain steady
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Suppliers focus more on contract packagers

Many packaging suppliers have realized a shift in sales toward contract packagers. Some say CP business has helped ‘sustain’ their companies.
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PipeLine: Size does matter

With apologies to Dr. Ruth, I think you’ll agree that, in many areas, size can be an important advantage.
Joseph L. Angel, VP/Publisher
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The Business of Packaging

Packaging World welcomes the New Year with a reformatted size and a contemporary new look. We’ve adapted to better serve the informational needs of our readers and today’s more portable business lifestyles.
Don Richardson, Flexpak
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Contract packaging trends

What do contract packagers see happening in their industry? Packaging World found out in an exclusive series of one-on-one interviews.
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Outsourced packaging: Let the experts do it!

Exclusive survey reveals that manufacturers increasingly turned to contract packagers in 2001, and the growth continues this year.
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The state of contract packaging

As manufacturers seek to improve market response time, contract packaging becomes an important production strategy. End users forestall investments in equipment and labor while they test new packages.
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The CP moves my cheese

A couple of months ago, I prepared a packaging trends report for the conference program that accompanied the Converting Machinery/Materials Intl. show.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Interfilm Holdings, Inc. (Piedmont, SC) has signed a distribution agreement with the Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) to be a distributor of Opticite polystyrene label films.
Craig Reichel admires freshly sliced apples that have just been loaded into trays thermoformed on used, rebuilt equipment.
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Rebuilt gear means speed to market

Beginning with two metal detector/checkweighers and moving quickly to htf/f/s machinery, Reichel Foods has had a positive experience with rebuilt packaging equipment.
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Lava stuck on WD-40 cans

The WD-40 Company, San Diego, CA, has combined two of its brands in a major promotion. A total of two million flexible sample packs of its Lava cleaner were attached to 8- and 11-oz cans of WD-40 shipped from mid-October through mid-December of last year.
Optima (Schw?bisch Hall, Germany) has opened a new building and associated central administration offices in Vinhedo, Brazil.
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Relocations, expansions

The Kennedy Group (Willoughby, OH) has moved into a new 80ꯠ sq’ facility, located on a 26-acre campus at 38601 Kennedy Parkway, Willoughby, OH 44094; phone: 440/951-7660, fax: 440/951-3253.
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Sonoco adds POP contract packaging

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: The Packaging Services (SPS) division of Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) now offers contract packaging services of the point-of-purchase displays that it manufactures.
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Purchasing moves 'slow speed ahead'

Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage markets will drive packaging machinery spending this year, says a PMMI study. U.S. domestic equipment sales are expected to rise 2% to 3% in 2000 to $4.9 billion.
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Supplier partnerships encouraged in purchasing

Most companies that participated in Packaging World’s vendor consolidation survey encouraged partnership arrangements with suppliers. All respondents expect better price and service, but others seek on-site technical help, supply guarantees and materials price hedging opportunities.
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More conferences for EastPack

Several groups are planning conference sessions during EastPack in Philadelphia. Some are planned for Monday, the day before the show opens on Tuesday, May 23.
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Contract packaging bets on Las Vegas

As part of the third annual Private Label Expo, show sponsor Bentley Intl. has added a Contract Packaging Expo, April 5 to 6, in Las Vegas. Conference sessions on outsourcing will also be featured.
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Additions to private label expo

New this year at Private Label Expo, April 4-6 in Las Vegas, is Contract Packaging Expo. It’s said to be America’s first pure trade show of packaging service providers for hard and soft consumer goods.
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Outsourcing pavilion new at Pack Expo Las Vegas 99

To address the nearly 56% of companies using one or more contract packagers, PMMI's third western show, held Oct. 18 to 20, will feature an Outsourcing Resource Pavilion.
A door on an automated splicing machine is opened (above) to show where a film roll is marked for a roll splice. The splicing co
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Cloud connects to auto splicing

Chicagoland contract packager ups efficiency by adding an automated splicer onto a rollstock-driven, high-speed hf/f/s pouch machine.
Ben Miyares, V.P. Industry Relations, PMMI
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Solutions 99 conference focuses on emerging technologies

Solutions 99 is the educational conference that will be part of Pack Expo Las Vegas, Oct. 18 to 20. Three mornings of seminars feature the latest topics in packaging. Pre-registration deadlines for the conference and for the show are Sept. 27.
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Buying plans strong for '99

Purchasing plans for packaging machinery will outpace inflation in '99, says a survey conducted for PMMI. Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage businesses see biggest gains, while three industries expect declines.
Bottle finish diagrams and plastic resin characteristies are two examples of hands-on packaging knowledge offered at Berlin Pack
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Capsule reviews

Here are a few brief reviews of packaging-related Web sites. Lasertechnics (Albuquerque, NM), located at www.lasertechnics.com, has a site that makes a basic, though well-written, pitch for laser coding.
Food, bronze
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More than just a pretty package (sidebar)

Additional winners include:
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Contract Packaging Assn. (Herndon, VA): Industrial Packaging Supply's Richard J. Cayer, president.
A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.
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Home meal replacements stay hot (sidebar)

Home-delivered HMRs
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Contract Packagers Assn. changes name

The Contract Packagers Assn. announces that it will now be known as The Contract Packaging Assn. The new name denotes that the association represents not only contract packagers, but those organizations connected with contract packaging in general.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Outsourcing Services Group (Port Jervis, NY) announced it has formed a strategic alliance with A-D Pack Norden (Lancaster, CA) in which OSG acquires A-D Pack's contract packaging assets.
Trebla?s 2-L stand-up pouches are filled through their pour spouts at rates of 16/min, which is the total output of four filling
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Trebla 'develops' pouch for U.S., foreign markets

U.S. maker of photoprocessing liquids moves to a stand-up, handled pouch pre-made in Switzerland. With its thicker LLDPE/adhesive/nylon structure, the film allows the pour-spouted pouch to better withstand shipping rigors than a previous version.
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Future shock

Leading packagers chart a course into the 21st century of packaging technology.
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Packaging power prominent at HBA Global Expo '98

The power of packaging in marketing cosmetics and personal care products will be a major theme at this year's HBA Global Expo '98, June 8 to 10 at New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center.
An improved bag for Manzate Fungicide (top) increases  productivity by 25%. GardenTech Singles (above) were developed with custo
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Agricultural winners at FPA

Two innovative flexible packages merit an 'A' for Agricultural.
Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons spares no expense in creating eye-grabbing, color-saturated, richly detailed labels that allow its
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For Arizona, packaging is the medium and message

The secret behind a series of drop-dead gorgeous packages? Packaging decisions are made at the highest levels of a company that's willing to spend big.
A custom-built seal tester squeezes bottles through a succession of vertical rollers to expose leakers or poor seals
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules

Several unorthodoxies on the filling line make it possible for this soft, squeezable, straight-walled polypropylene container to resist paneling after hot-filling. Also new is a first-of-its-kind on-line shrink label application in a bottling plant.
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'Alternative' packs milk sales

In an effort to recapture market share lost to rival beverages, milk processors are turning to more contemporary containers-with strong sales results.
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Canned marketing

Last month it was Pepsi/Frito-Lay snacks in a can for vending machines (see PW, Sept. '97, p. 4). What else does the future hold for automated vending?
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

A new contract packaging company called Quality Packaging Systems, Inc. (Colonial Heights, VA) has been formed and is located at 1701 Touchstone Rd., Colonial Heights, VA 23834; phone: 804/520-0600, fax: 804/520-0215.
Three different feeders?a brush box for sticky gel capsules and two  channel feeders for compressed round and oval tablets?are u
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Blister packer feeds three different tablets for Amway

Amway's Nutrilite Div. blister-packs three dissimilar, tough-to-feed vitamin tablets on one blister card. New equipment provides substantial savings over contract packaging.
Two reciprocating fill funnels deliver walnuts to open bags, two at a time (above). Downstream, bags are picked up by robotic he
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Zippered packs sparkle for Diamond Walnut

Stockton, CA, growing cooperative adds zippers to walnut bags. New hf/f/s machine and modular case erector/packer/closer efficiently pack four bag sizes.
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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Brewing new markets

Last summer, Americans slurped down enough Blended Frappuccino(TM) iced coffee at Starbucks Coffee outlets to double the company's cold coffee sales.
On the bloc system, bottles move from the rinser (A), to the filler (B), then the capper (C). Infeed, discharge and transfer w
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PET water bottles flow through filling

AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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How big is the food packaging business?

Food packaging is, at least, a $60 billion business in the United States. It makes up the largest chunk of our $102.3 billion packaging market. That's a pretty big number- larger than most other estimates we've seen of the U.S.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

rommeLag USA (Fords, NJ) has formed a new company, Holopack Intl., to meet specialized contract packaging needs in the pharmaceutical liquid filling markets.
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Pressurized gel dispenser stands out

When Darien, CT-based Zotos Corp. launched its Senscience Styling Froth Conditioning Gel last year, the packaging specified by the company was the Advanced Barrier System (ABS) from Advanced Monobloc (Hermitage, PA) inside a 7.7-oz aluminum aerosol can.
A customized vf/f/s system (top) produces pouches holding liquids as thin as water to sauces laden with particulates as shown ab
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Pouches, vf/f/s system add sizzle to sauce sales

Vf/f/s system helps Fontina Foods increase sales threefold and expand its product line for foodservice/institutional customers. Eight-month equipment payback is projected due to selling product in flexible pouches rather than HDPE pails.
In the packer, four jugs are being pushed onto the case blank before it?s folded and glued
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Arcadia takes major step in production

Juice and drink bottler upgrades case packing for high output, even outstripping what its palletizer can handle. A new palletizer is on the list; so is improved bottle feeding.
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Arcadia takes major step in production (sidebar)

Lapping it up
Flat blanks fed from a magazine are pressed around a forming mandrel to produce the desired oval shape
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Obie's oval

This cookie mix marketer needed a paperboard container with a small footprint yet all the shelf impact of a round canister. An unusual oval was the answer.