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SPONSOR: glue dots international August 11, 2011 | Edited by Bob Sperber

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Barbasol shaves time-to-market temporary co-pack

Our media mothership, Packaging World posted a story from its August print edition, "Temporary contract packaging lends near-instant fulfillment," from star contributor Mary Ann Falkman, on how Tripack, a manufacturer of shrink sleeve applicators and heat tunnels, has set-up a shrink-bundling line to become a co-packer. Falkman explains: "The service helps the consumer product goods companies to quickly launch new products or packaging formats at retail, often while a new packaging line is being built, configured, and installed at their own plants."

Shaving cream brand Barbasol used the service for a 12-week run that helped the Perio-owned brand introduce bundled twin-packs of men's Barbasol and ladies' Pure Silk Raspberry Mist varieties into club stores.

Atef Halaka, president of Barbasol, says Tripack's contract packaging service "helped us in bringing the product to the market sooner while waiting for our newly purchased equipment to be built, delivered to our plant, set up and run. It was a good solution for us with a good company, so we would do it again given the same arrangement and circumstances."

Over the past year, Tripack has completed five such projects for five different customers.

Read the full story here.


JHP Pharmaceuticals racks-up drug deals

Parsippany, N.J.-based JHP Pharmaceuticals, provider of contract manufacturing services, entered into an agreement with an undisclosed biotech company to produce clinical trial batches of an innovative drug used in the treatment of heart failure. Other 2011 JHP multi-year contract signings include the manufacture and supply of a sterile liquid product used in processing biologics (March); an approved therapy used in cancer patients (February) and a contract with Putney, a pet-medicine marketer, to manufacture and supply a lyophilized veterinary product taking advantage of a 240 square-foot freeze-drying lyophilizer at its Rochester, Mich., facility (January).


Aussies to get home delivery of cereal pouches

Here's something you don't see every day: According to a July 1 story by news outlet The West Australian, this is the first offering from home-delivery service Aussie Farmers Direct. The products (shown) contain only 100 percent Australian-owned, grown and produced fruit, nuts, and oats. They were developed in close consultation with outside firms Skene Foods and Vatmi, an Australian Disability Enterprise specializing in contract packaging. For full details, read the West Australian's original account here.


Versatile Packagers adds call center

Tampa, Fla.-based contract packaging company, Versatile Packagers, has added call center support to its existing packaging, warehousing, fulfillment and distribution services.

The 24-hour, seven-day call center offers order processing,
first-call resolution and overall customer services for full retail support. Bob Vande Weghe, president, says this helps the company operate more effectively as a "one stop shop," to
which CEO Rick Shave adds: "In addition to reducing costs, outsourcing lessens the need for an internal supply of specialists and training, and eliminates peak staffing problems."

Call center services are located separately from Versatile's 150,000 square-foot facility (pictured), but that may change as the company moves ahead on plans to open a second, 85,000 square-foot facility.


A word from the editor…
Before you move on to your next email, please allow me to beg one more click from you to read "The Promise of Contract Packaging," my short in the new print edition of Contract Packaging magazine, and online here.

Why? Because it's important that you know that the magazine, read by roughly 20,000, isn't just for companies that do contract packaging; it's for companies on either side of the customer-provider relationship. Also, I want to include you in the growth of a must-read print and online franchise by covering topics you want to read about… and I'm hoping the little rah-rah column gives you some inspiration to share – on the records or off – your news, issues and ideas you'd like us to cover. Until I can personally thank you for "sharing," I'll end with: Thanks for reading.

–Bob (

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