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Packaging World       Editor, Bob Sperber
SPONSOR: Iconotech September 7, 2011 | Edited by Bob Sperber

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Survey shows strong robotics use in packaging

The August edition of Packaging World magazine, featured a special report based on the first-ever survey of robotics usage among its readers, revealing a recent surge in purchasing that promises to continue in the near future.

Anne Marie Mohan, Senior Editor, writes: "Since early 2010, the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) has gleefully reported a strong growth in robotics sales, after weathering a 25% slump in 2009." Then in April of this year, the RIA reported that first-quarter 2011 sales were the best since 2007.

According to more than 900 respondents to the magazine's Robotics in Packaging survey, the CPG market is almost evenly split between users (49.5%) and non-users (50.5%) of robotics in packaging operations, but Mohan writes that this number "could change radically within the next five years, with 46.7% of those companies currently without robotics saying that they plan on making a purchase within the next five years."

Of those companies planning on making an initial purchase of robotics for their packaging operations by 2016, 30.1% say they plan to make the investment within the next year. The largest segment of respondents were from the food industry followed by healthcare, consumer products, beverage, industrial products, personal care products and contract packaging.

Read the full story and view charts here.


Hall of Fame Beverages taps Tampa Bay CoPack to supply tea to the largest U.S. independent wholesale grocer

Las Vegas-based Hall of Fame Beverages announced that it landed C&S Wholesale Grocers, with Grand Ma Ma’s Sweet Southern Tea. Initial production runs at Tampa Bay CoPack of Dade City, Fla., were still ramping-up in August for product in bottles and bag-in-box packages.

Tampa Bay CoPack specializes in beverage co-packing, warehousing, fulfillment, distribution and relational service with excellence and exceptional quality.

C&S Wholesale Grocers was named the 10th largest privately held company by Forbes Magazine in 2010 with almost $20 billion in revenues. The company out of Keene, N.H., serves about 3,900 stores from 50 distribution centers in 11 states.

Former NBA star Larry Johnson, who played with the New York Knicks, is co-owner of Hall of Fame Beverages and the face behind Grand Ma Ma’s Sweet Southern Tea.

Hall of Fame earlier this year negotiated the rights with Haddon House Food Products to distribute Grand Ma Ma's Sweet Southern Tea.


Social media and packaging education

New learning vehicles could help younger packaging pros get up to speed, according to a story by Jim Butschli, Editor of Healthcare Packaging. He writes:

"With job cutbacks and growing numbers of aging packaging workers nearing or reaching retirement age, there’s a buzz about the possible erosion of both basic and advanced skills, particularly among younger pros.

"For years," he continues, "the packaging community has addressed this issue primarily in the form of financial scholarships, internships, equipment and material donations, education and training seminars. Perhaps just in time, social media looks like it could play a beneficial role in helping younger packaging pros learn the business function…"
Read the whole story here.

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Upcoming events:

Shelf Impact!'s Package Design Workshop
Courtyard Marriott, Schaumburg, IL. Shelf Impact!'s Package Design Workshop is an interactive workshop covering package design strategies, trends, best practices and consumer insights for package designers, package development pros, marketing and brand managers, September 13.

International Dairy Show
The International Dairy Show features the latest trends and innovations in the dairy industry, and will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center, September 19-21.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. North America's largest packaging and processing event includes a Pharmaceutical Pavilion, Processing Zone, Brand Zone, Confectionery Pavilion and more, September 26-28.

Package Design Workshops


Contract Packagers: if you're part of a package design team, our Workshops are for you!

Shelf Impact!'s Package Design Workshop offers essential training for contract packagers who are involved in package design decisions. Attend our workshop in Suburban Chicago on Sept. 13 and learn what motivates today's consumer. Uncover design tactics and trends to produce packaging that sells! Learn more and register>>

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