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Personal best: DePaul Packaging CEO does well by doing good

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming Spring issue of Contract Packaging: Our upcoming Personal Best installment features Dave Shaffer, president and CEO of DePaul Industries of Portland, OR, who explains how to grow a vibrant CPG contract packaging business while also hiring and training people with developmental disabilities.

On hiring and nurturing these employees, Shaffer told Contributing Editor Mary Ann Falkman: “With the right processes in place and solid upfront training, we can compete in the marketplace. We may be less profitable but that does not prevent us from being competitive. We want steady customers, not just one-off jobs. We are flexible in meeting customer demands. We have less turnover in employment and don’t have to rely upon temporary workers to meet seasonal or unexpected demands. Our experience has shown that these employees turn out to be very good workers.”

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Learn about workplace safety at 2013 CPA Annual Meeting

Top Certified Hazard Control Manager Tom Grey will explain why workplace safety solutions are less costly than problems for contract packagers and their partners. Grey, of Grey & Associates , Champaign, IL (pictured), will impart lessons on how to "Embrace Safety As a Key Financial Investment." It’s part of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Contract Packaging Association (CPA), February 21-24, 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, Naples, FL.

READ MORE …and visit the CPA's main event page for event and contact details.



AndersonBrecon weighs in on pharma compliance packs

Pharma contract packagers must be aware of both compliance packaging and sustainability to met customer demand. But Anne Marie Mohan, Editor, Greener Package, considers how the new crop of sustainable compliance packages can be considered sustainable in light of being more material-intensive to produce than a traditional amber vial. One possibility is to consider sustainability in a broader sense, considering a package’s impact on human health, among other factors. A case in point: One study connects patient non-adherence or poor adherence to an annual 125,000 U.S. deaths as well as an estimated 33% to 69% of medication-related hospital admissions.

Pharmaceutical contract packager Justin Schroeder, senior director of marketing and development services for AndersonBrecon adds another statistic: 28% of U.S. emergency room visits are due to the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. “That’s 35 million people a year,” he says, adding that 24% of those ER visits result in hospitalization.

Pictured: The Shellpak Renew, which uses a tear-resistant paperboard-based material to maximizes recyclable materials and minimize waste.



Contac's package facelift makes product easier to shop

A more intuitive color scheme and attention to the “communication hierarchy” helps Contac maintain consumer trust amid a clutter of competitive products in the cold and flu aisle. So says Jim Butschli, Features Editor, in this story detailing the project by brand owner Marietta, GA-based Meda Consumer Healthcare Inc., the U.S. over-the-counter division of Stockholm-based Meda AB. Meda again tapped Little Big Brands for the design following the firm’s recent, successful redesign of Meda’s Feosol iron supplement line.

The company uses external (and undisclosed) contract manufacturing organizations to produce and package Contac. The new packaging is now on the shelves at major drugstore and supermarkets in the U.S. and Canada.




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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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