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Morton Salt Girl Voted into Advertising Walk of Fame

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by Morton Salt | News | Comments

Brand icons are nominated for the Advertising Week Walk of Fame each year, and are decided by the general public. Advertising Week administered a poll on its Facebook page so fans could vote for their favorite icons.         

Shrink Labeler

October 1, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Product applies full sleeve shrink labels and...

Groups Launch Oregon Campaigns on GMO Labeling

September 29, 2014 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Pres | News | Comments

If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to...

Rapid-Rail

September 26, 2014 7:36 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Rapid-Rail is engineered to simplify changeovers on the packaging line, offering a single point...

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Brands Cater to Healthier Kids' Snacking Trends

September 25, 2014 1:45 pm | by Janet Forgrieve, Freelance Writer, SmartBlogs | Blogs | Comments

Companies including Bolthouse Farms, Stonyfield Farms and Chobani are feeding kids’ snacking trends with products designed to appeal to childrens' tastes and also appease parents’ worries about nutrition and weight. 

Wisconsin Rep. Takes Stand for Consumers, Food Safety

September 24, 2014 9:54 am | by Coalition for Safe Affordable Food | News | Comments

Representative Tom Petri is taking an important stand on behalf of consumers, food safety and science. Petri is cosponsoring the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which will establish national standards for food and beverage products.

Calif. Adopts Olive-Oil Labeling Standards to Prove Authenticity

September 22, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has approved labeling standards for California-produced olive oil that will require makers to prove their product really is extra-virgin olive oil.              

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EZ Picker

September 19, 2014 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed with craft brewers, small wineries and distilleries in mind, the EZ Picker is engineered for quick and easy handling of glass bottles.

US Consumers Embrace Carbonated Water

September 16, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

The U.S. is predicted to have one of the highest growth rates of 12 percent in carbonated packaged water consumption in 2014, compared to an average global growth of 1 percent.                  

Supermarkets Launch Anti-Bottle Deposit Campaign

September 16, 2014 9:16 am | by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supermarket chains are launching an ad campaign in hopes of persuading voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts' bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages.         

How Millennials Are Making Their Mark on Food Packaging

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Janet Forgrieve, Freelance Writer, SmartBlogs | Blogs | Comments

This generation cares more about the benefits of the products, so the goodness should be spelled out on the packaging. Millennials are also on the lookout for sustainable packaging, and studies show the group flocks toward shelf-stable cartons instead of cans.

What's in a Company Logo?

September 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A customer is much more likely to remember your business if you have an eye-catching symbol that goes along with it. This is probably the number one reason why it is important that companies incorporate a logo into their brand image.     

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Manufacturers Should Prepare for EU Food Labeling Directive Compliance

September 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Videojet Technologies | News | Comments

Manufacturers producing food items for sale in the EU will be required to clearly indicate and highlight certain information within ingredients lists starting December 13, 2014.  This includes manufacturers located within and outside of the EU. 

Morton Salt Girl Could Make Advertising Industry History

September 10, 2014 2:00 pm | by Morton Salt, Inc. | News | Comments

The Morton Salt girl could make advertising industry history as the first girl icon voted into the Madison Avenue Walk of Fame at advertising week. Supporters are encouraged to vote for her in the poll.               

Westernization in Chinese Market Will Lead to Changes in US Packaging Needs

September 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

Canadean predicts that consumer packaged goods providers will capitalize on the trend of Westernization for new experiences and integrate more Western groceries onto their shelves.                      

Most Consumers Don't Know Their Daily Calorie 'Budget'

September 10, 2014 9:45 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

A 2,000-calorie benchmark is what the FDA considers a reasonable daily calorie intake for adults. Nutrition labels on food sold in the U.S. are based on it. The key to translating labels and using them to make healthy food choices may be understanding this fact.

5 Tips For Equipment Financing in 2014

September 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Kurt Kolesha, Sales Manager, EverBank Commercial Fiance's Packaging & Plastics Group | Articles | Comments

Today, banks are healthy and offering lower rates, which means manufacturers in the packaging space can pursue growth by employing strategic financing models. As a result, many would suggest that it is a perfect time to access capital.   

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Infographic: America's Most Wanted Food Labels

September 9, 2014 8:20 am | by Consumer Reports | News | Comments

How's a consumer to know all the standards and regulations (or loopholes, for that matter) behind the seal itself? Consumer Reports gives us this simple, exhaustive infographic that breaks down the pluses and minuses of the most common animal welfare labels.

Photo: Campbell Soup Kicks Off Football Season in a Different Way

September 8, 2014 9:13 am | by Campbell's Chunky Soup | News | Comments

To kick off the NFL season, Campbell’s Chunky soup is celebrating its newest Mama’s Boy — NFL cornerback Richard Sherman — by creating a statue lined with Campbell’s Chunky soup cans and labels. 

VIDEO: Targeting the Millennials' Food Choices

September 5, 2014 2:51 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Tech companies often provide meals to foster teamwork. Lunches, dinners and night-time snacks may not cost employees money, but this free food serves as both performance fuel and social lubricant for these companies. So why not target these businesses with our food brands?

Perforators

September 4, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Perforators are designed to enhance the shape and taste of finished products.           

Hershey Takes Wraps Off New Corporate Logo

September 2, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hershey Company announced the new design of its corporate logo, which adds a new version of the Kisses chocolate at the end of the company's name.                                

Automate These 3 Processes to Increase Throughput

August 29, 2014 9:15 am | by Michael Smith, Director of Project Development, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

The increase in varying products, flavors and packaging is making it less profitable to utilize manual processes. Although it may be cost-prohibitive to automate the entire facility, there are a few key areas that can greatly reduce changeover. 

Potential Added Sugar, Portion Rules May Drive Packaging Changes

August 28, 2014 9:16 am | by Marcelo Ferrer, Director, Contract Manufacturing, Tetra Pak Inc | Articles | Comments

The FDA is intent on improving its labeling standards to encourage healthier eating. The effort, if it happens as proposed, will shine an uncomfortable light on added sugars, calorie counts and portion sizes, and will likely drive changes in formulations and sizing. 

Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 27, 2014 2:02 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA in February sent a letter to Rockland-based Linda Bean's citing the firm for "significant violations" in the way it processed seafood. As one of Maine's largest lobster processors, the company is now under investigation by the federal agency.

Active Barrier Films

August 27, 2014 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Freshness Plus is an active barrier film that protects packaged baked goods from oxygen exposure while preserving flavor, aroma and appearance.

Vertical Wrapping System

August 26, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Now products in bottles, cans and jars are able to be wrapped directly from a filler while standing upright. The system is designed for applications requiring a capacity of up to 70 packs per minute.

VIDEO: Microbrewery Chooses High-Content Recycled Cans

August 25, 2014 10:25 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

An aluminum giant and a tiny microbrewery have tapped into a growing trend of craft brewers turning to cans. But these cans are different. Red Hare Brewing Company partnered with Novelis, which uses 90 percent recycled content.       

Jif Introduces On-the-Go Snack Dippers

August 22, 2014 11:45 am | by The J.M. Smucker Company | News | Comments

Jif To Go Dippers are the latest addition to the brand's Jif To Go line of convenient snack solutions which currently includes four varieties of peanut butter packaged in portable 1.5 oz cups. The snack is available in creamy peanut butter or chocolate silk peanut butter.

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