First, it's the highest-count package in this category. Second, it's the first baby wipes package to have a zipper reclosure. The manufacturing of the package begins with Curwood (Oshkosh,WI), which produces a three-layer lamination of eight-color, gravure-printed polypropylene on the outside, polyester in the middle, and LDPE on the inside. (Material thickness was not provided.) Minigrip Zip-Pak (Manteno, IL) extrudes a low-density polyethylene zipper profile onto the rollstock and then forms bags, which are supplied to K-C on wickets. This package represents K-C's first venture into a refill pack for baby wipes. According to Mark Cross, marketing director in the wet wipes sector at K-C, production of 80-count rigid plastic tubs will continue. "We expect the retail price of the refill pack to be in the five to six dollar range," says Cross. "It should offer a savings to the consumer of about fifteen percent compared to our eighty-count tubs."
Baby wipes get a zippered pack
Just reaching store shelves as PW goes to press is a new package format for 160-count Huggies® Baby Wipes from Kimberly-Clark, Neenah, WI. Two features make it stand out in its category, where refill packs made of flexible film have complemented rigid plastic tubs for the past two or three years.