Slow growth expected in 2011

According to PMMI’s Fourth Quarter 2010 Economic Outlook, the current economic recovery   is sustainable. Although the report foresees the rate of recovery to slow noticeably in the coming year, expectations are that growth in continue.

The report continues stating, that leading macroeconomic indicators all suggest continuous recovery through the remainder of 2010 and 2011. Although three are signs of slower growth next year, most notably from the United States Leading Indicator and the Purchasing Managers Index, however the report states there is no clear evidence to support a double-dip recession.

The U.S. Leading Indicator has fallen steeply since it peaked in March. The drop resulted from recent     stock market “roller coaster rides,” declines in building permits and faster supplier deliveries.

The Purchasing Managers Index is also in steep decline off a December 2009 high. The monthly index has fallen each month since April, but has maintained the growth range. New orders, production, and in particular manufacturers prices have seen the most prominent decline.

From November 2009 to July 2010, the Money Supply was flat for nine months with zero change, that sluggish growth has not yet acted as a brake on Industrial Production, but is one reason for the expectations of slower growth in 2011.

The Industrial Production Index moved in growth mode in July, and is continuing the ascending trend. This index is up by 0.8 percent over this time last year (2009), and leading indicators and internal dynamics point towards continued growth through the end of the year (2010), up until a slowdown in 2011.


Sustainable packaging is growing

In a recent report, Pike Research claims that the demand within the global market for sustainable packaging is growing at an increasing rate, much faster than the packaging industry as a whole. The report specifies the market may double from $88 million in 2009 to $170 billion by 2014.

Mentioned as a reason for such rapid growth are the increased concerns and awareness about the damaging affects done to the environment when disposing and recycling of packaging waste. Furthermore, stricter regulations and government initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the largest and fastest growing sectors in green packaging is recycled material, which, in the United States, is almost ninety percent of the total demand. Not far behind are biodegradables, of which bioplastics are increasingly in demand.

Europe and the United States account for more than seventy percent of the global sustainable packaging market; the GIA report expects Asia-Pacific to grow the fastest. One of the most prominent reasoning’s is the region’s increased awareness about environmental concerns, government initiatives, growing economies, and population size.

The GIA also reports that the pressure on manufacturers to produce with green materials is increasing as sustainable packaging is emerging as a powerful global trend and, for this reason many companies are using green packaging as a marketing tool.


Cheer Pack North America exhibiting at PLMA

Cheer Pack North America, an all-in-one solution for brand owners looking at production capabilities for their flexible packaging requirements, will display flexible spouted pouches and have live Gualapack pilot filler demonstrations at PLMA’s 2010 Private Label Tradeshow.

PLMA’s Private Label Tradeshow will be held November 14-16 at the Rosemont Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Supermarkets, super centers, drug chains, mass merchandisers, discounters, convenience stores, importers, exporters, wholesalers and the military exchanges come to the PLMA show to find new products, suppliers and packaging solutions. Product categories range from fresh, frozen and refrigerated foods, beverages, snacks and shelf-stable groceries to household and kitchen, paper and plastics, health and beauty aids and general merchandise.

Representing Cheer Pack North America at PLMA will be Steve Gosling. With over 30 years of management experience, Gosling has covered a wide array of applications throughout the packaging industry. In his current role as President of Cheer Pack North America, Steve is responsible for the launch, development and growth of Cheer Pack in the North America market. The Cheer Pack is currently being sold throughout Asia and Europe in annual quantities of up to 1.5 billion and has recently made its North American debut.

cheer pack pouch styles

The Cheer Pack is a flexible spouted single-serve retail pouch serving the food and beverage and cosmetic industries. The Cheer Pack pouch features an easy-flow straw with a reclosable, tamper-evident, screw-on top. The pouch is made from a multi-layer laminate material, with 3-4 layers in a standard configuration. An outer layer of glossy polyester is used to protect our high quality Rotogravure printing. The next layer is selected based on the barrier properties required. An additional layer of nylon is added to increase the strength properties of larger package formats. The internal or final layer is a polyethylene or polypropylene sealing layer.

CDF exhibited flexible packaging at Pack Expo

CDF, manufacturer of liquid packaging products and solutions that meet customers’ environmental goals, exhibited at Pack Expo Oct 31-Nov 3, 2010, Booth# 4169, North Hall. CDF demonstrated Cheertainer bag in box and Cheer Pack consumer pouch filling at the booth. CDF’s showcased products included liners and accessories for pails, drums, intermediate bulk containers, bag in box and pouches.

CDF selected to exhibit for Nestle

CDF Corporation displayed flexible packaging solutions at TOPS Exhibition & Innovation Fair at Nestle PTC. CDF was one of ten packaging suppliers selected by Nestle to exhibit. The packaging focus of the show was sustainability (greener design, reduced energy consumption, waste management), new trends and cost-cutting solutions.

Representing CDF was Steve Gosling, Technical Director of New Product Development and Iris Kennedy, Cheertainer Product Manager.

With over 30 years of management experience, Gosling has covered a wide array of applications throughout the packaging industry. In his current role as President of Cheer Pack North America, Steve is responsible for the successful integration of Cheer Pack into the North America market. Cheer Pack North America is an international partnership between CDF Corporation, Gualapack and Hosokawa Yoko. Steve is playing a critical role in the launch, development and growth of Cheer Pack North America.

In her current role as Product Manager of the Cheertainer bag-in-box product line, Iris is responsible for the development and growth of the Cheertainer brand in North America and the subsequent coordination with CDF’s European business affiliate. Her current business goals are to increase awareness of the benefits of flexible packaging and to increase Cheertainer market share in North America. Iris is working closely with the beverage, chemical and petroleum markets.

CDF offers a wide range of flexible products that satisfy customer’s environmental needs.

The Cheertainer, CDF’s form-fit bag in box, is an ideal solution for small and large volume needs. Ranging in size from 5 to 20 liters, the Cheertainer is UN certified and manufactured with CDF1 Smart Seal Technology™, ensuring the ultimate reliability of the package.

The Cheer Pack is a flexible spouted single-serve retail pouch serving the food and beverage and cosmetic industries. The Cheer Pack is currently being sold throughout Asia and Europe in annual quantities of up to 1.5 billion and has recently made its North American debut.

CDF Corporation expands

CDF Corporation expanded its manufacturing presence in the New England region with the purchase of a 109,000-square foot facility in Plymouth, MA. As part of its expansion, the company also announced that it has entered into a partnership with the Guala Group and Hosokawa Yoko Co., LTD to create Cheer Pack® North America LLC (Cheer Pack NA) to develop and support spouted packaging technology in North America.

“The purchase of this additional building will allow CDF to invest in the future of our existing product lines – Drum & Pail and IBC (Intermediate Bulk Containers) bags and liners and to expand into new product areas such as Cheertainer bag in box products and Cheer Pack spouted pouch products”, stated Joe Sullivan, Jr., President, CDF Corporation.

Located on Armstrong Road in the Plymouth Industrial Park, the facility features office and manufacturing space and will house CDF’s research and development, as well as administrative and engineering teams.

“CDF’s expansion coincides with the formal launch of Cheer Pack North America LLC,” noted Steve Gosling, President, Cheer Pack. “As a partnership, we are on track to ship more than one billion pre-made spouted pouches per year worldwide.”

CDF develops and manufactures high quality liquid packaging products that provide a competitive edge in design, form and function. This most recent market expansion reinforces the company’s commitment to state of the art manufacturing and customer focus in the company’s decision-making and investment strategies

“Our whole reason for being is to create a company to bring best-in-class packaging to industrial customers and to give them a competitive edge,” says Laura Beechwood, Chief Operating Office of CDF. “Because of that, we have to look at solutions that can translate into a win for both our customers and our company.”

CDF introduces new fitment for plastic totes

 The unique 3” discharge assembly was designed for fast dispense from plastic knock down intermediate bulk containers. The 3 inch discharge assembly consists of a 3 inch gland with membrane, a plug, a membrane cutter and a fitment adaptor. The clips on the discharge assembly allow the fitment to be attached directly onto the bin resulting in a secure and sturdy dispense. Standard 3 inch fitments have no way of attaching onto a bin, resulting in poor dispense fitment location which causes difficulty during product dispense.

“This 3 inch discharge assembly offers a superior solution for dispensing viscous liquids in collapsible totes,” stated CDF IBC Accounts National Sales Manager Phil Lanier.

CDF presented at the Petroleum Packaging Council

Laura Beechwood, Chief Operating Office and Iris Kennedy, Cheertainer Bag in Box Product Manager represented CDF in their speech “Liners & Flexible Packaging for the Petroleum Industry”. The lecture covered the benefits of using liners in the petroleum industry, technical considerations and types of drum, pail and intermediate bulk container liners and innovations in the flexible packaging industry. The presentation can be viewed at

CDF eco-smart packaging solutions

Since 1971, CDF has been an industry leader in sustainable packaging. Decades ago, we launched the 55 gallon drum liner. For the first time, this 55 gallon steel drum liner allowed drums to be reused, eliminating cleaning costs and landfill waste.

In the 1980’s CDF introduced round bottom technology to manufacture economical, lighter weight liners and barrier films for oxygen, moisture and hot filling applications. These innovations permitted the outer rigid container to be easily reused or recycled.

CDF’s intermediate bulk container liners were introduced in the 1990’s to reduce the need for expensive rigid packaging. With the use of our IBC liners, CDF’s customers are able to reduce transportation costs of rigid containers. The patented design maximized product efficiency, allowing the customer to get the most product possible out of the container.

CDF continues to be a pioneer in introducing product breakthroughs that result in environmental benefits and reduce customer cost.

The Cheertainer bag in box is an environmentally-friendly, alternative to traditional packaging. Its form-fit, square design provides an eco-smart bag in box option; its reduced plastic consumption minimizes packaging requirements, while maximizing transportation and storage efficiency.

The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with a hermetically sealed plastic lid and/or snap-on plastic cover, corrugated box and corrugated lid. Due to its design, the Smart Pail reduces plastic consumption by 76% and is able to achieve one extra skidded layer during transport than standard rigid pails, equating to 33% more transportation and warehousing efficiency.