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SPONSOR: Glue Dots International May 15, 2013 | Edited by Bob Sperber

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The 2013 Salary Survey reveals skinny pay hikes + job security

Packaging pros saw a 3.49% average pay increase in 2012 compared to 2011, with job security and job prospects strong, according to respondents to the 2013 Institute of Packaging Professionals/Packaging World Salary Survey. The survey, developed in cooperation with Gros Executive Recruiters, a packaging sector executive recruiting firm, indicated that salaries have continued to rise, and now average $110,213 across 1,589 U.S. respondents—of which, 14% said they were contract packagers.

While compensation has increased, pay raises are marginal. The good news is that “Job security is way up, with 65 percent indicating their jobs are safe,” according to Dennis Gros, president, Gros Executive Recruiters, who added that 43% of respondents indicated they are ‘definitely not’ or ‘not likely’ to shop for a new job during 2013.

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TalkingRain Beverage Co. expands nationally with Saddle Creek 3PL

Saddle Creek Logistics Services, a third-party logistics provider (3PL) based in Lakeland, FL, won a nationwide supply chain management contract for Seattle-based TalkingRain Beverage Co., a producer of spring waters, sparkling essence waters and flavored sparkling spring waters.

TalkingRain, founded in 1987, markets drinks including mountain spring water and flavored sparkling spring water under the names Sparkling ICE, Sparkling Essence Water and Mountain Spring Water. Saddle Creek will provide value-added services such as product reconfiguration, product customization and rainbow-pallet building. In addition, Saddle Creek will manage more than one million square feet of food-grade warehouse space at eight campuses across the country.

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ARI Packaging earns 'Excellent' food safety certification under SQF

ARI Packaging, primary and secondary contract packager to large food and CPG brands, has renewed its Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification, earning an "Excellent" rating for 2013. The company reports being one of four companies in its category to earn this distinction under a Level 3 audit. The certification covers operations at company's Alsip, IL headquarters as well as operations in Ontario, CA and Winchester VA. ARI's certification is based on an audit to SQF Code Edition 7, Level 3 protocol in the Food Wholesaling and Distribution category. The certification is, in turn, recognized under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

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Nulogy upgrades iPad-optimized apps for contract packagers

Nulogy, Toronto, Ontario-based developer of Contract Packaging Management Systems, has updated its iPad-optimized Mobile WMS and QCloud software products. The Mobile WMS upgrades include a more streamlined user interface and “dramatically” improved bluetooth scanner compatibility; QCloud gets improved back-end data availability, reliability and secure storage, and will soon be reskinned with a user interface to match its Mobile WMS and PackManager software siblings.

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Supplement co-packer gets needed flexibility with new metal detector

Sun-Pac Manufacturing, a Tampa, FL-based co-manufacturer and packager of vitamins and dietary supplements, recently got a new job that created an urgent need for a new metal detector. Gary Henderson, president and CEO of Sun-Pac, explains how a new conveyorized, mobile metal detector is used to inspect tablets and capsules ranging from 120 cc to 4 lb in size across the 11 manufacturing lines and eight semi-automatic packaging lines at its 48,000 sq-ft production facility. Henderson uses the machine, a PowerPhasePRO metal detector from Mettler-Toledo Safeline, in his co-pack operation, which relies heavily on smaller 5,000- and 10,000-count bottle runs for smaller companies as well as new-product launches for larger ones.

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