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February 2012

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First Person

 Mark Yunker, principal packaging engineer, Research, Quality and Innovation, for ConAgra Foods, offers insights from more than 30 years in the business and provides packaging suppliers with some valuable suggestions.

The Legal Side

 The area of law referred to as "intellectual property," encompassing patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade dress and trade secrets, can be a source of confusion for many people.

Greener Package

 The Coca-Cola Company invests in three biotechnology companies to help speed the development of a commercial-scale technology to create a 100% plant-based PlantBottle.


 Packaging helps convey this pharmaceutical firm's call to use fewer meds and simplify over-the-counter drug products.

 Machinery investment allows insert/outsert manufacturer to produce up to 210 panels, helping pharmaceutical customers comply with FDA rule changes.

 Design of new thermoformed 'grow trays' enables optimized manufacturing of coolers made from Ecovative's mushroom-root and crop-waste packaging material.

 Sustainable packaging is emerging as a tool to mitigate food waste in the U.S. In this Q&A, GMA's Meghan Stasz discusses the issues behind this product-package relationship.

 With the fundamentals of sustainable packaging in mind, following are some areas to consider when implementing changes to your packaging for improved environmental impact.

 As customer requirements surpassed the capabilities of this aging behemoth, flexible packaging producer Amgraph breathed new life into it with new drives and controls.

 Manufacturer of wood -care products opts for versatile, easy-changeover, easy-maintenance, precise-positioning labeler to accommodate diverse product/package line.

Shelf Impact

 Package color is one of the first things that attract consumers at the store shelf; consider breaking the color mold in a product category for differentiation.

The Insiders

 In leading companies, packaging will no longer be thought of as only a cost and support center. Leaders are starting to recognize the value packaging provides.

Featured Video
Bold branding through shape and structure
Stuart Leslie, president of 4sight, Inc., looks at how package shape and structure–from a simple, cylindrical form to a bold, molded pack–can be used effectively to support a product's brand message.
Upcoming events:

Experience the newest packaging technologies and equipment, meet suppliers, and compare solutions at WestPack at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA on February 14-16.

Contract Packaging Assoc. Annual Meeting
Join Contract Packaging Asssociation members at their annual gathering, held this year at Gran Melia Hotel & Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto, Rico on February 23-26.

Ipack-Ima provides technology solutions for processing, packaging, internal handling, logistics, warehousing and POS; the 2012 exhibition will be held at Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy on February 28-March 1.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium


Bill Flanagan of GE Global Research to Keynote this year's Symposium

Dr. Flanagan is the Ecoassessment Leader at GE's Ecoassessment Center of Excellence. His team focuses on life cycle assessment, carbon footprinting and ecodesign. Meet and learn from Dr. Flanagan and other experts who are shaping the sustainable supply chains and packaging of tomorrow. Plan now to join us April 3-5 in Houston for Sustainable Packaging Symposium. Register now and save $100. Learn more >>

DuPont Awards 2012


24th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation

The call for entries for the 2012 DuPont Packaging Awards is now underway. The DuPont Packaging Awards is the industry's longest running, independently judged global packaging awards program honoring packaging innovation, sustainability, and waste/cost reduction. The Awards are open to brand owners, packaging designers, converters and manufacturers around the world.

Registration deadline is February 24, 2012 - no fee to enter. Winners will be announced in Spring 2012.

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