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SPONSOR: Linx Printing Technologies January 28, 2013 | Edited by Bob Sperber

The Linx CJ400 award winning small character inkjet printer >>

Linx has been presented with a prestigious industry award for the Linx CJ400 continuous inkjet printer, described “outstanding” by judges. They wrote the Linx CJ400 was selected for “demonstrating thorough investigation of every component can bring outstanding results”. See why Linx won the award.

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Save money and time with the Linx 4900 >>

Are your codes not as legible as you need? Find out how Florida based Pacific Tomato Growers reduced its costs in terms of ink savings, and time with the Linx 4900 continuous inkjet printer. View the case study now.

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At last. A complete wet bottle coding solution to put a smile on your face! >>

The Linx 4900BC is a total ink jet coding and marking solution for the bottling industry. This package ensures that your bottles are coded exactly where you want them, using inks that stay put, and delivered by the most reliable ink jet printer for challenging environments.

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Ever wondered how CIJ printing works? >>

Use the Linx technology guide to help you make the correct choice when choosing your coding and marking solution. Read our technology guide today.

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Reduces running costs with a 45,000 hour tube life – the longest on the market >>

The Linx SL301 is a mid-powered 30W CO2 scribing laser coder that delivers improved productivity, low maintenance and low running costs, with no compromise on code quality. Discover the Linx Laser range today

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CPA Annual Meeting Feb 21-24 touts big CPG names, great games

A "winning edge" theme permeates the overall agenda of the Contract Packaging Association (CPA) 2013 Annual Meeting, February 21-24, 2013, at the Waldorf Astoria, Naples, FL (pictured). The agenda is designed with knowledge-building sessions, networking with top executives, and meeting time with suppliers to the contract packaging industry. Two highlights:

Keynote presentation by Steve Baker, vice president of Great Game of Business, Springfield, MO. The presentation promises to impart insights and tools relating to Open-Book Management" and Great Game of Business methods for efficient, profitable operation and employee involvement.

Town Hall Meeting with ConAgra Foods and Florida's Natural Growers. This interactive event will foster knowledge on CPG companies' co-packing strategies that enhance efficiency and profitability. Moderators are: ConAgra Foods' Jon Heussner, director of operations/business; Florida's Natural Growers' Mike McGee, senior contract packaging manager, and CPA board member and software CEO Jason Tham of Nulogy.

Want more information? Read a more in-depth version of this story, here. View CPA’s full agenda here… visit CPA’s event webpage for full details or contact CPA's Mary Von Qualen via email or phone: (630) 544-5053.


Speaking of ConAgra: Ralcorp acquisition a response to sluggish branded products

“We expect growth in private label food to continue to outpace growth in branded food.”

With this statement in a story carried by U.S. News and World Report, ConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin made it clear that private label food will continue its onslaught on store brands. From the Jolly Green Giant on down to the Keebler Elves, national food labels are feeling the tremors of a seismic shift in the grocery aisles.

In a fast-moving trend that shows no sign of letting up, a mix of economic and demographic factors are driving ever more consumers into the arms of retailer-owned brands. Smartly packaged and sophisticated, these lines are worlds away from their “generic” or copycat predecessors. Grocery receipts tell the tale: store brands raked in a whopping $90 billion in revenue for 2011 alone, and over the past five years grew at six percent versus two percent. That is triple the rate of their nationally branded counterparts, according to a recent report by market forecaster Rabobank.



Saddle Creek Logistics adds a new facility in Birmingham, AL

Saddle Creek Logistics Services, Lakeland, FL, is expanding its nationwide network with a new, now-open facility in Birmingham, AL, the company announced today. The new space is dedicated to helping an existing customer, a wine logistics company, better control its transportation costs. The new facility will allow the customer to move its operations from Atlanta to the new Birmingham, AL. Operations will be housed in a 225,000-square-foot facility with food-grade, climate-controlled space and rail service. The distribution center will be fully operational by Feb. 1. "By relocating their distribution center, we can help them to better control inbound freight costs,” Tom Patterson, Saddle Creek senior vice president of warehouse operations, said.


Nulogy adds supply chain expert to board

Nulogy, the Toronto-based developer of software for contract packaging and supply chain operations, today announced the addition of Art Mesher (pictured), to its board of directors.

Mesher is "one of the foremost leaders in supply chain technology,” Jason Tham, Nulogy’s CEO, said in an announcement, adding that his participation will help enhance corporate governance, global growth and customer service. Mesher is currently chairman and CEO of Descartes Systems (NASDAQ: DSGX), whose pioneering on-demand logistics network serves truck, air, and ocean transportation. He is also chairman of the Core Group a developer of Core Recreational Complex and Elite Athlete Performance Centre in Kitchener, Waterloo, Ontario. His experience spans experience since the 1980s as a developer of technology to automate freight processes for Vocam Systems, which was later sold to Pitney Bowes. Subsequently, he was President of Advanced Logistics Research, where he helped companies develop and deploy emerging technology-based supply chain strategies; and launched the Integrated Logistics Strategies Services practice at technology research and consulting firm Gartner Inc. Additionally, he was selected as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2008 Distinguished Service Award recipient.


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Upcoming events:

WestPack is a comprehensive packaging resource that features technologies, equipment and suppliers for every industry. This year's event is at Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, February 12-14.

Contract Packaging Assn. Annual Meeting
CPA's Annual Meeting brings together the industry's most innovative thinkers. Get to know your peers and customers at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, Naples, FL, February 21-24.

FPA 2013 Annual Meeting
Plan now to attend the Flexible Packaging Association's Annual Meeting at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples FL, February 26-28.


Private label pharmaceutical manufacturer, Perrigo, shares details on automating success

Perrigo has developed a method of automatically transferring packaging materials to their packaging lines, increasing regulatory compliance, material handle efficiency and cost savings. Jump start improvements to your operation, with the insights you learn from Perry Piccard at The Automation Conference, May 14-15 in Chicago.

Register now at early bird rates!

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