California Voters in Control of GMO Labeling Initiative

The demand for “transparency” when it comes to the origin and ingredients in food has come to the forefront. The use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) has been set to the California legislature, Californians will vote on the issue November 6th, 2012. If it is passed, it could result in dramatic changes and rigorous requirements for food packaging industry.

Genetically engineered crop mean they have changes introduced into their DNA to give more favorable characteristics, some examples are a resistance to pests. As of 2011, 94% of soy beans and 88% of corn planted in the United States have been genetically modified. One of the proponents to the GMO labeling is cigarette like warning labels because it is believed to have potential health risks; however there is no proof that GMO products are any more generous than non-genetically modified foods. Furthermore, those who wish to avoid GMO can rely on non-GMO labels.

The law in California, known as the “California right to know genetically engineered food act” will be presented on Nov. 6 in the general election, if passed the law would impose labeling requirements on food and beverage products in California (for list of restriction see article) provisions would impose significant burdens on food producers and packaging companies.  For packaging companies, they would be responsible for figuring out where to place the new label on top of already strict guidelines.

GMO labeling in California is no accident, California’s regulations always have an impact nationwide especially for companies who produce nationwide, have to create two different packaging labels and SKUs. Lastly, if California voters approve this legislation it would be challenged in court immediately on various grounds.

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Iris Thomas receives the PPC President’s Award

The Petroleum Packaging Council President’s Award was formed to publicly recognize a person who is deemed the largest contributor to the success of the organization for the year in which they are recognized. PPC developed this recognition award as part of its commitment to encourage, nurture and celebrate exceptional volunteer and professional leadership.

Iris Thomas was awarded the 2012 PPC President’s Award for just some of the reasons listed below.

“Iris is always willing to help out and her follow-up is impeccable. She is very active on committees and provides good and sound ideas.  She has helped in bringing in speakers over the years. She has been a speaker/presenter in the past. Iris is always focused on improving PPC.”

“She provides excellent support of technical committees, guest speakers and development in the new PPC Marketing Plan.”

“Iris is always involved in meetings, committee meeting and any activity that takes place at PPC meetings.”

Emerging Trends in Sustainable Packaging

At the Utilizing Packaging and its evolving trends to Maximize Profits: Innovation and Sustainability in Packaging conference, Dr. Inka Crosswaite presented on emerging trends in sustainable packaging. Crosswaite identified sustainable packaging trends currently at stores around the world: the power of pouches, recovery labeling, downsizing packaging, new materials, cardboard, refillable packages, recyclable packaging, made from recyclable materials and biodegradable packaging.

Power of pouches

Kraft’s YES Pack packaging waste occupies 50% less landfill space. Transportation of film involves 70% fewer CO2 emissions.

Labelling for recovery

Modern Spirits uses labels made from 100% post-consumer waste.

Downsizing product packaging: formats and materials

Marks & Spencer introduced skin pack for meats which apart from using less material keeps the meat fresher for an extra 5 days and uses less material.

Downsizing product packaging: concentration

Compact toilet paper: 12 mega roles equal 48 regular rolls of toilet paper. Charmin claims that if 1 million consumers switched from Regular Charmin to Mega it would save 85 000 gallons of diesel fuel and eliminate 500 000 pounds of trash and packaging.

New packaging materials

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion introduced a plant-based bottle that is made out of sustainable sugarcane-derived plastic. It will consume over 70% less fossil fuels and release over 170% less greenhouse gases per ton.

The return of paper

The cardboard can developed by Keienburg in Germany enables a greener and cheaper packaging process for carbonated drinks.

Reusable and refillable packs

‘Reuse. Renew. Rejoice’ is KFC pay off line for their reusable containers which are both dishwasher safe and microwaveable.

Recyclable packs

GreenBottle is recyclable, compostable and biodegradable – a ‘Planet Friendly’ alternative
to plastic bottles.

Made from recycled materials

EarthBoundFarm’s switch saved 424 224 million BTUs of energy, avoided 16 191 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, saved 68 307gallons of water, kept 1 308 623 pounds of solid waste out of the landfill.

Biodegradable or compostable packs

SunChips uses 100% compostable packaging for its Original flavour SunChips® snacks.

CDF Global Summit brings great minds together……..

Picture Caption: Left to right - Stellan Flensmo of Quadpack Sweeden, Per-Olof Petersson of Quadpack, Sweeden, Laura Beechwood, Managing Director CDF-Europe, Marco Dariol, Operations Director, CDF Europe, Michael Watson, Sales & Marketing Director, CDF Europe, Bengt-H Ellow, of Quadpack Sweeden and Louisa Watson, PR consultant CDF Europe.

CDF Europe and CDF Corporation along with other global partners has gathered together in Plymouth, Massachusetts, for their first global summit, which has been an unprecedented success.


Laura Beechwood, Managing Director of CDF Europe, comments, “We have so many great ideas in the world of liquid packaging from 1 litre up to 1000 litre and it was time we all shared those ideas and innovations.  We are fortunate within our company and our partnerships, to have a huge breadth of experience and such diverse packaging minds, last week brought regeneration and new motivation, it’s exciting!”

CDF Corporation is based in Plymouth, Massachusetts and was built around a basic principle: bring to industrial customers the best in class, liquid packaging, which provides a competitive edge in design, form and function. Over the years, CDF has built upon this, with an unwavering commitment to state of the art manufacturing and customer focus in decision making and investment strategies.

Beechwood continues, “This Global Summit is just an extension of our core beliefs and with our customers facing both economic and environmental challenges across the globe this meeting of minds and sharing of ideas has never been so important.”

CDF is a global leader in semi-rigid and flexible liquid packaging for the chemical, petrochemical, cosmetic, food and beverage and industrial markets. With production facilities in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden and Asia, CDF’s customer base now extends over six continents.

Beechwood concludes “We work collaboratively with our customers to solve systemic packaging problems. What makes CDF Europe unique is our ability to adapt solutions from one industry to meet the needs of another. It is this synergy and sharing that broadens the knowledge base across markets and global territories and so brings real value to our customers.”

CDF Europe is expected to be launching new products into the European market place as a result of this summit.