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

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

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

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

There are three scenarios to manage material purchasing functions in a contract-packaging partnership. Experts in the field discuss best practices and tips to protect the brand as well as manage innovation and profitability.
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Logistics firm improves supply chain connections with videoconferencing

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

In late June, an event dubbed “CPA & CO-PACKER Demo Day” brought together leaders from more than a dozen firms, all contract packagers and all members of the Contract Packaging Association.
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Contract packager adds warehouse space, bottling line

Reed-Lane expands warehouse capacity by 30% and adds new 48-slat bottling machine.
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Contract Packagers increase presence to brands at PACK EXPO 2014

The Contract Packaging Association Sourcing Center will debut at the big expo this fall in Chicago
Inventory counting is a benefit gained by Sharp Packaging.
Machine Case Study
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Sharp Packaging to gain 10-month ROI on tablet counter

A successful validation study leads to a pharmaceutical contract packager’s use of tablet counters on all its bottling lines and small-quantity bottle filling.
Trapped blister uses RPET for the thermoformed blister component.
Package Case Study
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Spout attachment trapped in a blister

A trapped blister is the packaging format selected by Park City, UT-based Choomee Inc. for its Sip’n Soft Top product.
STRIKING APPEARANCE. For flawless shrinkability on the globe-shaped bottles, that’s a function of the PETG film specified for the job.
Package Case Study
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Shrink-sleeve label is a hit with kids

New line of zero-calorie beverages aimed at kids takes full advantage of Disney-licensed graphics, which spring to life thanks to special PETG label material and VSOP offset printing.
Column/Opinion
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Your line is watching you

You’re co-packing drink mix stick-packs in sixteen different flavors.
Staff can double during peak periods; temps can help. — KD Services
Supplier News
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Hearing summer sleigh bells? CPA offers seasonal staffing tips

Expert advise and tips from Contract Packaging Association members can ease seasonal staffing, scheduling and partnering challenges.
Supplier News
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Coregistics adds liquid sachet filling to co-pack capabilities

Horizontal form/fill/seal and volumetric delivery systems are key; sachet sizes from less than 2 inches to more than 13 inches, and widths to 5.5 inches.
Feature Article
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Packaging bolsters entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs might be better at conceptualizing the product, but they will need to develop the necessary knowledge about packaging if their undertakings are to be successful.
Company President and CEO Paul Verst (left), along with Vice President of Packaging Will Schretzman welcome visitors to Verst Group Logistics’ Hebron, KY, plant.
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Sleeve-label conference attendees visit world's largest decorator

At the recent AWA Sleeve Label Conference, attendees visit the world’s largest contract decorating company in the world to view its technologies firsthand.
Supplier News
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Performance Packaging hires new sales & marketing vice president

Blair M. Vance chosen for consumer goods and packaging, in particular aseptic and shelf-stable food packaging.
Package Case Study
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Aseptic plant enables new business opportunity

Fruit-based drink-mix components company Beverage Innovations enters new markets with shelf-stable aseptic product supplied by new processing/packaging company Wright Foods.

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