Will Re-Usables Replace Disposables for Takeout?

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It’s going to be a big year for re-susables. As Lawmakers make it easier for restaurants to handle reusable containers brought by guests, a growing number of companies are racing to create systems where durable, washable cups and containers replace the ubiquitous single-use disposables upon which takeout now relies. These young players compare themselves to the… read more

How Packaging Innovation is Changing the Food Industry

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While at one point in time, food packaging’s sole purpose may have been to contain product to keep it safe and fresh, as well as allow for distribution and merchandising, its role has become so much more. And it continues to evolve. That was the foundation of the Global Midwest Alliance’s May 29 seminar, “Fresher,… read more

Taking the Pulse of SmartLabel

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As consumers increasingly demand more comprehensive information about the food they buy and the products they use in their homes, CPG companies are finding ways to make it readily accessible. SmartLabel, an industry-led initiative with hundreds of brands involved, is helping them do just that by offering a platform for transparency and simple data sharing…. read more

Big Brands Buy into Reusable CPG Packaging

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Foodservice packaging accounts for only a small portion of the trash that ends up in landfills. In fact, paper and plastic waste from foodservice packaging makes up just 1.6% by weight of total municipal solid waste, according to EPA data. In an effort to reduce packaging waste from consumer packaged goods, New Jersey-based TerraCycle developed… read more

Reusable Packaging is Gaining a Foothold in the Fight Against Waste

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In a quest to cut down on packaging waste and the toll it takes on the planet, more foodservice and consumer packaged goods companies are beginning to consider reusable containers. Packaging that can be repeatedly cleaned and reused offers a solution that is in many ways simpler than recycling, which hasn’t proven to be a panacea for… read more

Wendy’s Wants to Improve its Packaging

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The Wendy’s Co. said that it plans to work with many of its rivals to improve the sustainability of foodservice industry packaging. The Dublin, Ohio-based burger chain joined the NextGen Consortium, a multiyear partnership of foodservice leaders including Starbucks, McDonald’s, Yum Brands and Nestle and convened by Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy. Closed… read more

Food Packaging Design Tips, and why it Matters

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We all have days when we want a delicious dinner delivered right to our door. Luckily, many restaurants and meal delivery kit services are ready and waiting to fulfill that dream. But, poor packaging design decisions can ruin the experience. Let’s take a closer look at why food packaging is important and how you can… read more

IP Combines Packaging Business with Graphic Packaging Holding

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International Paper Co. has agreed to combine its North America consumer packaging business with Graphic Packaging Holding Co. in a deal that values the International Paper division at $1.8 billion, the companies said. Graphic Packaging will own 79.5 percent of the partnership and will be sole operator, and International Paper will own the remainder. The… read more

Linpac Teams up with Dunbia to Develop Pack for Award-Winning ‘Quick Roast’

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Leading food packaging manufacturer, LINPAC (Klöckner Pentaplast) has collaborated with meat processor, Dunbia, to introduce a convenient ‘quick roast’ joint pack concept, Prime Cook, to the shelves of major retailer, Co-op. The novel product, which won ‘Best Product New to Market’ at the Supermeat Awards last month (September 2017) has the potential to put the traditional… read more

Cathy D. Ross and Pedro Enrique Mariani New Directors at Ball Corporation

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Ball Corporation’s board of directors has elected Cathy D. Ross, retired executive vice president and chief financial officer from FedEx Express, and Pedro Henrique Mariani, chairman of the board of Banco BBM to serve as directors of the corporation. Ross, 59, worked at FedEx Express, FedEx Corporation’s largest operating unit, in financial roles of increasing… read more