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Veteran-Owned Distillery Uses New Bottle For Military-Inspired Spirits

April 23, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the distillery was founded in 2013 by Marine Corps veteran Travis Barnes, his wife, Hilary, and a small group of friends. They use high-quality local ingredients and have the distinction of being the first disabled veteran-owned distiller in the U.S.

Earth Day: A Two-Step Strategy Makes a Sustainable Difference

April 22, 2015 3:30 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

It may sound like a boring topic, but without packaging, more food would be wasted. Granted,...

Vermont Adopts GMO Labeling Rules

April 21, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to require companies to clearly label...

Automatic Rotary Ring Stretch Wrapper

April 21, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Octopus "1717C" automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper is compact in size and is versatile...

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 Will Feature Its Largest-Ever Show Floor

April 16, 2015 12:15 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

The Sept. 28-30 event held at the Las Vegas Convention Center will bring together more than 2,000 exhibitors showing their processing and packaging innovations to 30,000 attendees in over 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Registration for the event is now open.

Eco-Friendly Packaging in the Food and Beverage Industry: Types & Benefits

April 16, 2015 10:00 am | by Kyle Lawrence, Process Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

The global green packaging market is expected to grow at about 8 percent over the next five years, with the food and beverage market positioned as the largest consumer of green packaging materials. Understanding the types and benefits of eco-friendly packaging is key as it continues its transformation into a best practice. 

Beech-Nut Recalls Baby Food After Glass Found in Jar

April 15, 2015 2:35 pm | by Beech-Nut | News | Comments

Beech-Nut today has issued a voluntary recall of its Beech-Nut Classics Stage 2 Sweet Potato & Chicken in 4oz glass jars. The recall follows a single report of a small glass piece found in a jar of the product.

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Heinz Recalls Baby Food

April 15, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A batch of Heinz brand baby food is being recalled across the country due a potential loss of the container seal, which could cause the product to spoil.

Coke to Return First Names to Bottles

April 14, 2015 12:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Coca-Cola Company announced Tuesday that first names will return to its soda bottles as part of an expanded packaging campaign beginning May 1.

How Did Single-Serve Coffee Become the 'In' Thing?

April 14, 2015 10:20 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Kevin Sullivan, chief technology officer at Keurig Green Mountain, maker of single-serve coffee machines, got his start in aerospace and defense. He talks to Susan Spencer about the high-tech challenge, and how coffee pods are now used in a third of all U.S. homes.

NY Lawmakers Mull Warning Labels on Sugary Beverages

April 14, 2015 8:00 am | by DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Public health advocates urged New York state lawmakers Monday to require labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

All-Servo Wrap-Around Case/Tray Packer

April 14, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The HCP wrap-around case packer handles cases with inner or outer fifth flaps as well as trays of product. Applications include confectionery, food & beverage and pet foods.

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Consumer Group Asks FDA, FTC to Investigate Soda Giants For False Advertising

April 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

How can diet sodas be advertised as "diet" products when artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain? That's what one consumer advocacy group is eager to know.

Consumers Want 'Natural' Foods, But What Does That Even Mean?

April 7, 2015 8:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Consumers are increasingly turning to healthier food choices by avoiding food dyes and additives and instead choosing "natural" foods. But after years of debate, there is still no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product.

Study: Pet Foods Contain Animal Contents Not Explicitly Identified on Labels

April 1, 2015 10:45 am | by BIOMED CENTRAL | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Nottingham determined the relative presence of DNA from cow, chicken, pig and horse in 17 leading dog and cat wet foods, readily available in UK supermarkets. They then compared their results with the animal species details that were disclosed on the pet food labels.

Picturing Peanut Contamination With Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging

March 31, 2015 12:30 pm | by IM PUBLICATIONS LLP | News | Comments

Study the label of almost any food product and you're likely to see the rather vague warning "May contain peanuts" somewhere on there, unless of course it's a product that definitely does contain peanuts. These warnings of peanut contamination could soon lose much of their uncertainty, thanks to a novel form of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

'Kids Eat Right' Logo Dropped From Kraft Singles After Uproar

March 31, 2015 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A program to put a dietitian group's "Kids Eat Right" logo on Kraft Singles has reached an early expiration date. Kraft Foods and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics decided to end the partnership because "misperceptions are overshadowing the campaign," Kraft said in a statement.

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Michigan Entrepreneuer Claiming Idea For Heinz Dip & Squeeze

March 31, 2015 8:40 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Michigan food entrepreneur claims the "Little Dipper" condiment package he patented in 1997 led H.J. Heinz Co. to develop its Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets, which it rolled out in February 2010, lawyers in opening statements told a federal court jury in Pittsburgh on Monday.

Forget Zipcar: Contract Manufacturing Pioneered Sharing Economy

March 30, 2015 8:10 am | by Nelson Alor, Manager, Contract Manufacturing, Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

Contract packaging has proven to be a boon for the food and beverage industry and for innovation in processing and packaging. The lowered entry barriers such companies offer pave the way for first adopters to select state-of-the-art processing and innovative packages without taking the plunge and investing in a new line.

Brainstorm: Which Innovations in Food Packaging Should You Pay Attention To? Pt. 4

March 27, 2015 9:15 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc., U.S. & Canada | Articles | Comments

In the final installment of this four-part series, we ask: which innovations in food packaging should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer, and how are they best implemented?

Brainstorm: Which Innovations in Food Packaging Should You Pay Attention To? Pt. 3

March 26, 2015 2:25 pm | by Sean Brady, Marketing Director, Ready Meals / Case Ready, Sealed Air’s Food Care Division | Articles | Comments

In the third part of this four-part series, we ask: which innovations in food packaging should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer, and how are they best implemented?

Large-Packaged Goods & Robinson-Patman: Manufacturers Beware

March 26, 2015 10:20 am | by Ryan Marth and Steve Safranski, Attorneys at Robin Kaplan | Articles | Comments

There is evidence that large-packaged goods, such as mayo, came into existence to help warehouse stores get around the Robinson-Patman Act’s price equality provision, which requires manufactures to provide products of like grade and quality to competing buyers at equal prices, subject to some exceptions.

Brainstorm: Which Innovations in Food Packaging Should You Pay Attention To? Pt. 2

March 24, 2015 12:35 pm | by Ryan Till, Product Manager — Packaging Materials, Flavorseal | Articles | Comments

In the second part of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in food packaging should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer, and how are they best implemented?

Brainstorm: Which Innovations in Food Packaging Should You Pay Attention To?

March 23, 2015 1:10 pm | by Hugh Lenz, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials | Articles | Comments

In the first part of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in food packaging should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer, and how are they best implemented?

Prime Time For Private Label Brands

March 17, 2015 11:25 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Are we about to head into the Golden Age of private label? Phil Lempert of The Lempert Report says the days of store brand labels being seen as "cheap alternatives" are gone.

Battle of the Coffee Pods: Keurig vs. Recyclables

March 17, 2015 11:00 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig, the single-serve coffee industry's leader, produced enough plastic coffee pods last year to circle the earth more than 10 times, according to one analyst's estimate, often cited by Keurig's critics.

Mountain Dew Creates New Craft Soda

March 13, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Mountain Dew is joining the craft craze with its new DEWshine, expected to hit the store shelves on March 23. But even though the product has yet to hit store shelves, the beverage giant is taking some grief for going craft.

San Francisco Could Require Health Warnings on Soda Ads

March 12, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

San Francisco lawmakers hope to add warning labels to advertisements for soft drinks in the city, a move that they believe would "make our communities healthier and better informed."

Stretch Hood Film

March 12, 2015 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Xeros stretch hood film is ideal for protecting loads from the outdoor elements while preventing condensation from forming inside the bag. 

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