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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.

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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. 

RPA Issues Best Practices to Strengthen Safety of Reusable Plastics in Food Supply Chains

March 10, 2015 8:35 am | by Reusable Packaging Association | News | Comments

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has issued comprehensive and science-based protocols to help ensure the continued safe use of reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for fresh and perishable products in the supply chain. The guidelines encompass the washing, handling, storing, packing, displaying, and collecting of RPCs in the supply chain.

Shaped Pouch

March 10, 2015 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Shaped Pouch is an innovative flexible packaging solution custom-designed for the needs of the diverse consumer goods manufacturers.

Pinch-Bottom Bag For Powdered, Granulated Products

March 9, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Pinch-Pro large-format industrial bag supports many powdered and granulated product applications, including pet food, sugar, bakery ingredients and specialty chemicals.

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Flexi-Rope System

March 9, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Ideal for fresh produce, frozen foods and hot products, the flexi-rope option allows users to automatically apply spaces between stretch film rotations — creating ventilation throughout the pallet.

Co-Founder of K-Cups Doesn't Own a Keurig Machine

March 5, 2015 9:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain made $4.7 billion in revenue last year and much of that money was thanks to its K-Cups — the small pods used for easy coffee brewing. But in a recent interview, co-founder John Sylvan admitted to not even owning a Keurig.

Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe." The ads urge readers to "listen to science" on BPA, a synthetic compound found in many plastics.

Coca-Cola Plans Big Celebration of Centennial of its Iconic Bottle

February 26, 2015 12:40 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The curvy Coca-Cola bottle is celebrating its 100th birthday, and an art museum is exploring the origins and influence of a bottle design that's so recognizable, you'd know the brand if you held it in the dark.

Coffee Lover? Cookie Fanatic? Now You Can Have Both in One!

February 26, 2015 9:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

KFC restaurants in Britain are soon rolling out the Scoff-ee Cup, an edible coffee cup made from a cookie. The chain will debut the wafer-coated, sugar-papered white chocolate cups around the same time the it plans to introduce Seattle's Best Coffee.

Sizing Up Success: Consumers Crave Packaging Size Variety

February 26, 2015 8:50 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Suley Muratoglu, vice president, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc., explains the forces shaping packaging size variety, including why and how brands and retailers should take this into account when conceptualizing products.

Agriculture Secretary: Smartphones Could End Debate Over GMO Labeling

February 26, 2015 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone.

Pic-N-Place Tandem Case Packer

February 26, 2015 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 949 Pic-N-Place packer is a high-speed “soft-case” solution for precise, gentle handling of product with a proprietary technology that eliminates breakage.

Calif. Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

Vertical Form-Fill-Seal Bagging Machine

February 24, 2015 7:45 am | by Rovema North America | Product Releases | Comments

The dual-axis servo packaging machine can produce up to 260 bags per minute, and is equipped with real-time control technology that is fully programmable and highly user-friendly. 

Helping Stock Food Banks With Milk

February 23, 2015 9:57 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Milk is one of the food bank items most in demand by Americans living in food-insecure households. Suley Muratoglu, vice president of Tetra Pak, examines how shelf-safe milk can help fill in the gaps for food banks, while providing supply chain and environmental benefits for manufacturers.

World's Most 'Famous' Frank Unveils New Product, New Look in 2015

February 18, 2015 7:00 am | by Nathan's Famous | News | Comments

Nathan's Famous is now making it easier for health-conscious consumers to enjoy the great taste of its original frankfurters by introducing a new 50-percent reduced-fat variety. The company unveiled the new product this week along with a first look at updated packaging featuring bold, high-impact graphics and easy-to-read product labeling.

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