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The Vantage Multi-Bag Baler, is commercialized in the Americas! The Vantage provides a "new" much-sought-after presentation for snack food packaging and merchandising: multi-bag bales for snack foods and low density products providing a high pack density or firm bale.


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March 2012

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Lead Off

 People talk a lot about packaging education—how there’s room for improvement, how it’s vitally important for the future, how the “brain drain” is looming as baby boomers reach retirement age and take all their manufacturing skills with them.

First Person

 Richard Adams, head of Pack Graphic Design at GlaxoSmithKline in Raleigh-Durham, NC, discusses the need for supplier innovation, packaging’s role in product development, and compliance-prompting packaging in this excerpt from Healthcare Packaging’s “Voices of Leadership.”

Legal Side

 Packaging professionals are often misunderstood.

Greener Package

 Local and state governments’ lack of funds and brand owners’ desire to see their packaging materials recycled are driving a movement toward EPR in the U.S.

 New U.S. package design creates global consistency for Miller Genuine Draft across 60 countries and on all packaging.

 Banding equipment slashes energy and packaging material costs, while also reducing both floor-space and environmental footprints.

 On-the-go snack and lunch-box packaging options for cherry tomatoes are as kid-friendly as the contents are nutritious.

 A dedicated workforce, along with weigh scale, vf/f/s, case packaging, and cartoning equipment help produce over a 1 million breakfast sandwiches a day.

Cover Story

 The Flexible Packaging Association announced the winning entries of the 2012 FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement awards.

Packaging Controls & Automation

 Brenton engineers did everything they could to make a faster and simpler case packer. Creativity—and new technology—were the keys.

  Attention to molding detail and rich colors are among the features that make this tin for premium cigars a special kind of package.

 Already the largest supplier of CPP and BOPP in South America, OPP Film has set its sights on the North American market. A new plant outside of Lima will fuel growth.

 Midwest Food Bank adds vacuum conveying, auger filling, and form/fill/seal bagging equipment to its arsenal to help fight hunger.

Professional Perspective

  In a joint effort, Intl. Breast Milk Project, Prolacta and Quick Intl. Courier deliver bottled breast milk to orphaned infants in Cape Town and Durban, South Africa..

Professional Perspective

  The term "doing more with less" has several meanings in today’s packaging society.

Featured Video
Package design for wholesome, healthy foods
Eric Zeitoun of Dragon Rouge USA provides examples of packaging for products that represent some of the new food and beverage categories developed to address consumers’ concerns with physical and mental health.
Upcoming events:

PLMA's Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference
Change happens! Learn how to make it work for you and your company at PLMA's Annual Conference being held at Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Florida on March 22-25, 2012.

NPE 2012
Plan to attend the International Plastics Showcase, NPE 2012 at Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL on April 1-5.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2012
Join us for sustainability's premiere event, produced by Greener Package and the Institute for Sustainability (AIChE) April 3-5 at the Hilton Americas in Houston, TX.

International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhibition 2012
Hosted by AWA Conferences & Events, the two-day forum explores market and technology developments, trends, and issues in the sleeve label industry. The program includes a special pre-conference facility tour of contract packager Verst Group Logistics. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cincinatti, OH on April 18-19.



Hear Publix, Coca-Cola, General Mills, J & J, Burt's Bees, Ahold, AMERIPEN, Save Food, Ice River Springs and other leading organizations

This year's Sustainable Packaging Symposium celebrates the optimized package and addresses a critical goal of CPG manufacturers worldwide in helping to reduce product waste. Join us April 3-5 at the Hilton Americas in Houston as we bring together some of the biggest marketplace influencers in sustainability today.

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