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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...

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...

Keurig Coffee Strikes a Deal With Kraft Foods

August 22, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain, the maker of the popular at-home brewing machines that let people make...

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Report: Packaged Produce Means Less Time, Waste

August 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, more than 70 percent of U.S. households consume bagged/packaged salads. The hectic pace of the average American's daily routine has become a key factor as to why the reliance on convenience and ready-to-eat foods has spiked.

New Mexico Chile Gets Certified-Product Safeguards

August 20, 2014 9:46 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico has its own trademark and certification program to protect the reputation and integrity of its signature crop: chile. The governor said consumers shouldn't have to wonder whether they're getting real New Mexico-grown chile.   

Managing Multiple SKUs to Meet Customer Demands

August 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food producers often find themselves saddled with too many different products, or SKUs, all in an effort to appease customers. Too many SKUs can drag down profits with frequent changeovers that drive up production costs and decrease throughput.

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USDA Clips Wings of Misleading Language on Organic Packaging

August 15, 2014 9:50 am | by The Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

The USDA announced that it would rein-in misleading language on organic packaging that has been suspected of confusing consumers. Specifically, the agency addressed companies that market food products with words like "organic" or "organics" in their brand-name.

Non-Traditional Packaging Excels in Beverage, Dairy Industries

August 15, 2014 9:32 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

U.S. producers have been catching on to the benefits of aseptic cartons, which were first developed for shelf-safe dairy products in 1961. But much has changed in the past 15 years, with growing segments of the dairy, beverage and food industries embracing carton technology so enthusiastically that it now dominates certain categories.

Providing Protein in On-the-Go Breakfast Foods

August 14, 2014 10:30 am | by David G. Sabbagh, Senior Group Manager - Applications Innovation, Michelle Braun, Ph.D, Senior Researcher | Articles | Comments

The unhurried breakfast of the past has given way to an average of just 12 minutes a day for consuming breakfast, according to recent research. Now, food manufacturers are looking for innovative ideas to change how Americans kick-off their day.

Bottled Water Companies At Odds Over Poland Spring Label

August 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine Springs bottled water company says it is required by law to identify its water source, which includes Poland Spring. Now, the company is suing Poland Spring, which apparently told Maine Springs that putting the name on labels infringes upon its brand.

Label, Print Verification System

August 14, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

This inspection system employs multiple cameras to inspect labels on round containers — bottles, jars, cans and tubes — without the need to orient them on the production line.

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Consumer Trends: Older Populations Want a Bite of Convenience

August 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

Convenient products are often targeted at the busiest and time-scarce consumers. However, manufacturers employing this strategy alone are missing a large proportion of potential customers. A new report shows that older consumers are looking for easy-to-eat foods.

Old-Fashioned Food Company Courts the Web

August 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The privately-held company turned 80 this year and is pushing to update its image, reach a new generation of customers and make its mark in a more sophisticated and savvy marketplace.                   

VIDEO: Meeting the Demands of Microwaved-Food Consumers

August 8, 2014 1:00 pm | by Graphic Packaging International, Inc. | News | Comments

In today's time-starved, always on-the-go world, eating can occur anytime, anywhere. Eating alone is an increasingly common practice and family dynamics have also shifted. Approximately 75 percent of decisions about what to have for dinner are made that same day.

PepsiCo Pushes Recycling in Nature Conservancy Partnership

August 8, 2014 9:47 am | by PepsiCo | News | Comments

PepsiCo is addressing both curbside and on-the-go recycling as part of its goal to help grow the recycling rate to 50 percent by 2018. As part of a new partnership called “Recycle for Nature,” PepsiCo will expand the availability of recycling bins in the U.S.

Consumer Group Asks Food Facilities to Accurately Label Sugars

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Citizens for Health | News | Comments

One of the country's oldest consumer action groups, the Citizens for Health, has filed a petition with the Food & Drug Administration to compel food manufacturing facilities to spell out the type of sweeteners they add to products.     

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Labeling System

August 8, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

New labeler achieves label orientation on handled containers with offset spouts up to one gallon in size. Ideal for vinegar and other foods, the servo-driven labeler offers high speed wrap-around labeling with high operating efficiencies.

Calif. Collector Who Sold Bogus Wine Gets 10-Year Term

August 7, 2014 2:37 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California collector convicted of making fake vintage wine in his kitchen and selling it for millions of dollars was sentenced for a decade in prison.  The judge said the public needs to know that food and drinks are safe and "not some homemade witch's brew."

Form, Fill, Seal Machine

August 7, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Phaser XP offers a number of machine options including a package support with eject, ultra-low profile frame design, fiber optic print registration, polyethylene film seal jaws, hole punch, tear notch, flavor injection, pre-zippered reclosable and package solutions.

Report: Tea Makers Need to Market to Millennial Moms

August 6, 2014 2:34 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to a recent report, food manufacturers in the tea market need to connect with children and their parents more than any other consumer. More than two-thirds of shoppers agree that their kids' preferences influence which groceries they buy.

Meat Labeling Webinar: How to Comply With COOL Ruling

August 6, 2014 8:04 am | by METTLER TOLEDO | News | Comments

The mandatory country-of-origin labeling ruling for meat and meat products can create confusion on how to properly package products with the label. Mettler Toledo now offers a meat labeling webinar to help ensure retailers are compliant with regulations.

Why CPG Manufacturers Need Digital Product Content Now

August 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Sue Sentell, President and CEO, Gladson | Articles | Comments

Digital product content is the foundation of a compelling shopping experience for consumers. With the right product content strategy, manufacturers can rise to the challenge and keep their customers — both retailers and shoppers — happy. 

'Gluten-Free' Label Regulations Under Way

August 5, 2014 8:39 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new standard introduced this week requires food manufacturers to ensure that anything labeled gluten-free contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten — ensuring that those products are technically free of wheat, rye and barley, which are often hidden ingredients.

Circle Flexibag Si-500

August 5, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Circle Flexibag Si-500 is designed to package thin to viscous liquids, pastes, powders or granulated products. Speeds up to 1400 packages per minute can be achieved depending on package size and packaging material to be used.

The Fight Continues Over Proposed Changes to Food Labels

August 4, 2014 2:56 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An article in Chemical & Engineering News points out that while the Nutrition Facts label has remained largely the same for 20 years, nutrition science has not. Industry groups argue that because added and natural sugars are chemically the same, the distinction is unnecessary.

Colorado Panel Considers Labeling for Pot Edibles

August 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado regulators are looking for ways to make sure no one accidentally eats or drinks marijuana edibles. In a panel that included edible makers and pot critics, many seem to agree that pot cookies and candies should come with identifiable markers or colors.

Packaging for Convenience: On-the-Go's the Way to Go

July 31, 2014 9:06 am | by PMMI | Articles | Comments

Whether they want portion control, quick-step cooking or easy handling, consumers are increasingly seeking out food and beverages that cater to their on-the-go lifestyles. For brand owners, that means investing in the equipment and materials that enable new package formats. 

Infographic: Design Dictates Winners in the Beverage Aisle

July 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Affinnova | News | Comments

As America's thirst for soda wanes, competition over these growth areas is becoming fierce. To understand these competitive dynamics, Affinnova conducted an audit of brands in the beverage aisle, examining the impact of package design on consumer appeal.

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