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Current issue: July 2014

Column/Opinion
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Specialization vs. diversification

Contract packaging companies may serve a vital role, but the packaging function is still just a blip in a much larger chain of value creation.
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Supplier News
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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.
Supplier News
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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.
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.
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.
Column/Opinion
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Of Master Recyclers and radiolarians

Okay, show of hands: How many of you packaging professionals out there know that in some states there is such a thing as a Master Recycling Program?
(en)10's new device detects the presence of alcohol on the breath uses packaging that includes a multipage label wrapped around a tube. Tubes are then packed in multiples in a blister pack.
News
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New packaging for disposable breathalyzer

Device that detects the presence of alcohol on the breath uses packaging that includes a multipage label wrapped around a tube. Tubes are then packed in multiples in a blister pack.
Alan Scharfstein
Supplier News
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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.
HDPE bottles double as language learning tools.
Package Case Study
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Bottles double as learning tools

In launching a healthful beverage choice for families with children, Drink Blocks LLC of Ladera Ranch, CA, opted for containers that become both a collectible toy and a bilingual learning tool.
Lid designs provide differentiation for Yeo Valley’s dairy products
Package Case Study
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Lid designs provide differentiation for Yeo Valley’s dairy products

Consumers peel back a polyester lid to reveal a unique code that they enter online via the dairy’s website for a chance to win a VW campervan.
Package Case Study
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New shape for popular lubricant

A 6-in telescoping spout and an extrusion blown PET bottle with full-body shrink sleeve label are new for San Diego-based WD-40 Co.’s 3-In-One lubricating oil.
Package Case Study
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New supplement bottle stimulates TV sales

Extraordinary visual impact was among the top goals of the package design for a new nutrition supplement product sold primarily by way of television infomercials.
Clear PET carton is great for a combo pack.
Package Case Study
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Clarity, quality, and better logistics

A clear PET carton with tuck-in top and tuck-in bottom is just right for displaying a combo pack.
Package Case Study
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MAP comes to dairy

Described as “the first application of modified-atmosphere packaging technology in a dairy product,” a 6.5-oz whipped cheese product from New Holland, PA-based BC-USA was the subject of a feature story in our February issue of 1995, year two of Packaging World’s existence.
HopeGel is a nutrient and calorie-dense protein gel designed to aid children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
Package Case Study
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HopeGel delivers nourishment to starving children in Haiti

Shelf-stable stand-up pouch offers portability and convenience; donations accepted to help save children’s lives.
Stand-up pouches to help U.S. pouch demand grow
News
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Stand-up pouches to help U.S. pouch demand grow

Freedonia study projects demand for pouches in the U.S. to increase 4.6% annually to $9.4 billion in 2018.
Christopher L. Nutley, CPA President
Supplier News
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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.
Supplier News
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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…

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