CDF exhibiting flexible packaging at Pack Expo 2012

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of liners for drums, pails, intermediate bulk containers and flexible packaging, will display flexible packaging solutions, have live interactive bag in box filling equipment demonstrations and debut CDF’s newest product, the Smart Pail at Pack Expo International 2012.

Pack Expo International 2012 will be held October 28th to the 31st at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Pack Expo International will focus on the latest developments in packaging technology and will showcase exhibitors’ state-of-the-art advances in packaging machinery, converting machinery, materials, packages and containers and components.

Representing CDF will be Joe Sullivan, President; Tom McCarthy, General Manager IBC Division; Joe Wanner, Product Manager Drum and Pail Division; Jimmy Pigg, Cheertainer Applications Engineer; Iris Thomas, Cheertainer Product Manager; Amanda Verash-Morris, Marketing Communication Manager and Dave Christian, Jake Sullivan, Leigh Vaughn and Jayne Handscom, Sales Representatives.

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of product manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical food, cosmetic and chemical applications. The Cheertainer, CDF’s innovative 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.

CDF’s most recent product addition is the Smart Pail, a plastic pail replacement system. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with the option of a hermetically sealed lid and/or snap-on plastic cover, corrugated box and corrugated lid. The Smart Pail was developed for viscous and dry products.

CDF’s Smart Pail & Cheer Pack pouches selected for Heinz Technology Show

CDF Corporation will be co-exhibiting with Cheer Pack North America Corporation at the Heinz Technology Show/TOPS Exhibitions held at H.J. Heinz on September 12, 2012, in Warrendale, PA. CDF Corporation is one of twenty-two packaging suppliers selected by Heinz to exhibit. The packaging focus of the show is sustainability, new trends and cost-cutting solutions. Heinz is looking to develop next generation products referred to as “disruptive innovation”; products that can be placed in parameters of grocery stores, or alternative channels that can provide convenience, on-the-go, easy to eat food.

Representing CDF will be Joe Wanner, Product Manager of the Drum and Pail Division. Joe is responsible for the development and growth of several product lines including the Smart Pail brand on a global basis. Joe’s current focus is to bring the Smart Pail product line out of product development to the commercial stage and penetrate key market segments in the food, chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Joe has over 20 years of sales management and brand development experience in bulk liquid packaging, global logistics and flexible films. Combining a deep understanding of packaging, transportation, direct customer relationships and global logistics allows Joe to offer a consultative approach in all facets of the supply chain during the critical change and implementation phase of a new packaging and transportation program.

Cheer Pack North America will be represented by Blair Vance, Director of Sales and Marketing. Blair has over 20 years of local and international experience in the food and beverage industries, as well as a wealth of knowledge and expertise in package, product and category development and process and strategic management. Blair’s responsibility is to lead the sales and marketing teams. Cheer Pack North America is an international partnership between CDF Corporation, Gualapack and Hosokawa Yoko.

CDF offers a wide range of flexible products that satisfy customer’s environmental needs. The Smart Pail is a plastic pail replacement system. Its modern design consists of a cube-shaped, semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with the option of a hermetically sealed lid and/or snap-on plastic cover, corrugated box and corrugated lid. The end user removes corrugated lid, peels back sealed plastic lid, then pumps or scoops the product The Smart Pail is available in 5 gallon sizes and is ideal for the chemical, construction, cosmetic, and food markets.

The Cheer Pack is a flexible spouted single-serve retail pouch featuring a convenient, easy-flow straw and a reclosable, large tamper-evident, screw-on cap. This unique pouch format is ideal for packaging squeezable liquids, gels, pastes and purees. Cheer Pack is available in a variety of sizes, styles and film choices. Cheer Pack North America supplies a complete packaging solution, including package design and conversion, filling equipment options and technical support.

Tipa launches biodegradable film for food packaging

Tipa is an Israeli company started in 2010 with the goal of creating biodegradable and recyclable packaging. The company’s patent pending polymer based films can be shaped into pouches that are 100% biodegradable within 180 days of composting. Its biodegradable compounds can be manufactured using form fill seal machines; this includes casting, injection molding, thermoforming, heat sealing, coating, printing and aseptic/cold filling. Tipa’s films have been approved for food packaging, have high durability and flexibility and high resistance to oxygen, water vapor permeation and transparency.

The emergence of new pouches continues

After many years of discussion and projection, the rise of the pouch has taken over the grocery shelves and has replaced rigid lining for consumer products. In the past decade, we have seen the rise of pouches in consumer brands. The light weight, convenience, portability and shelf appeal has captured the appeal of the consumer, more so than any other packaging.

The pouch has had many new converters, including PepsiCo, H.J.Heinz, and Dial Corp, consumer brands are not the only converters, in recent years we have seen many startup and emerging companies taking over grocery shelves. New and emerging comrades include baby food, caffeine sticks, beverages, cosmetics, ketchup, seafood, wine, soap, water and many more. Some estimate that the annual growth in this market will reach double digits; this is far larger than any other packaging format.

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Big Brands teaming up on bio-based PET

Many major brands have teamed up to create the plant PET technology collaborative- these companies include brands like Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co., H.J. Heinz co., Nike Inc., and Proctor & Gamble Co. The collaborative is aimed at accelerating the development and use of plant based PET materials and fibers.

Katherine Schermerhorn, a spokesperson for Coke, states that PTC members are pooling resources, knowledge and experience in an effort to find a sustainable alternative to the use of fossil fuel. The goal is to develop a commercially feasible form of purified terephalic acid made of plant-based sources. PTA makes up 70% of PET formulation by weight. Major companies, including Coke, already use PET made with bio-based monoethylene glycol, the other 30%.

PTC, academic and industry experts are joining forces to develop common, industry wide terminology, practices and standards for using plant-based resin.  Schermerhorn told Plastic News, “We’re coming together to make sure that standards are in place, so when Coke talks about using plant-based packaging it’s the same as when Ford or Heinz or Nike talks about it.”

It needs to be ensured that PET is truly sustainable alternative, and that this will develop supply chains to ensure “feed stock isn’t competing with food supply,” she concludes. Schermerhorn states that because something is plant based it does not mean it is greater in terms of footprint and supply chains. She stresses the importance that they need to develop the trust with customers and consumers.

The development of the PTC have been discussed for a while, it was important for Coke to work with brands that had the same views to environmentally responsible practices, and shared the same vision to drive innovation.

The response to plant based resin has been a positive one, the price predictability on plant based resin is greater than that of resin made of fossil fuels and the environmental advantages have also played a factor in the positive response from customers.

Schermerhorn states that the case for business has to be made for it really isn’t a sustainability movement; Coke has been working for several years on the plant based PET and has been using this technology in its Plant Bottles since 2009.

In December, Coke announced it had planned to make a multi-millions dollar investment in three research companies for the development of a plant based PET bottle by 2020. This investment is a entirely separate form their involvement in PTC, states Schermerhorn.

Source: Plastics News

Bag-in-Box Smart Inventions

“An innovative, flexible packaging that flattens the competition” is the best way to describe CDF Corporation’s bag in box design. The Cheertainer bag in box is a gusseted, form-fit multi-ply bag that is marketed towards chemicals, cosmetics, food & beverage and medical markets. Although relatively new to manufacturing in the Plymouth area, the product goes back to 1995 in Asia, relates Product Manager Iris Thomas. The product is patented and owned by Japan’s Hosokawa Yoko Co.

The Cheertainer bag-in-box holds a wide range of markets, ranging from food & beverages to paints, inks and petroleum. So what is the big draw to Cheertainer? Iris Thomas feels the Cheertainer is a “real hit” because of the sustainability movement, she continues, “it’s a flexible bag, and a replacement to rigid packaging.” She continues, “The bags use less plastic, which translates into saving in warehouse space and transportation, which saves fuel and money,” she says, “they generally have lower cost performance because they’re better in fill and dispensing. It dispenses almost 100 percent of product,” she explains, “There’s not a lot of product trapped in the fold. It’s also safer than rigid packaging.”  In Plymouth, CDF is capable of manufacturing five million bags a year; however the plant is a long way from reaching capacity.

Further advantages to the Cheertainer include, replacing rigid packaging like cube-shaped inserts, cans and plastic pails, the Cheertainer is suitable for semi-automatic and fully automatic lines. The design of the Cheertainer is essentially a flat bag, this design minimizes shipping and warehouse space requirements, the flexibility, and shape minimizes dead space, this allows for more products per pallet. Using the consumer has benefits for using the Cheertainer, the bag fills without using air which eliminates splashing and foaming, the bag has superior seam strength and the fitment is always in the correct position, furthermore the lack of internal folds improves the filling and dispensing of the product- the dispensing if so accurate ranging around 99.9% dispensing of nearly any product.

There’s more to Cheer about!

In the CDF family is Cheer Pack, also deriving from Hosokawa in Asia, a stand up pouch with a cap, good for dispensing yogurts, ice creams and jellies. Cheer Packs President Steve Gosling, has supplied its Cheer Pack to Dole Foods Canada which distributes its five flavors of applesauce in the pouch.

Gosling states, “We produce 1.2 billion pouches a year with this fitting and ninety percent is for children’s products.” The pouches can now be found at seven national food stores, including Whole Foods and Babies R Us. Steve Gosling described the pouches as convenient because of their reclosable application, the no spill advantage and the shelf life of the product is stable for 24 months.

Made with multi-layer laminate material, with an outer layer of polyester which is capable of high-resolution graphic printing, a layer of aluminum foil for excellent barrier properties, another layer of polyester for shock and pressure resistance and lastly, internal layer of polyethylene for direct food contact.

The typical markets for Cheer Pack include energy drinks, beverages, yogurt, and sorbet. Other markets include cosmetics, gels, inks, shampoos, lotions and creams. One of the advantages of the pouches is the tamper-evident, screw on top to ensure safe usage.

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CDF intermediate bulk container liners ideal for food grade applications

CDF Corporation offers a full assortment of pillow and form-fit IBC liners for the dairy industry.

Pillow-shaped liners are excellent general use liners for intermediate bulk containers. Used in containers from 100 to 330 gallons, pillow liners offer versatility and value. Pillow liners are typically constructed with two or three plies of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and a barrier film when used for aseptic and oxygen-barrier applications. When filled, these tote liners form the shape of a pillow. Pillow liners are designed for both viscous and non-viscous food applications.

Form-fit liners offer IBC fillers and end-users an alternative to pillow liners. Form-fit liners are manufactured to form fit the internal shape of your intermediate bulk container. Form-fit IBC (cube-shaped) liners allow easier filling in square or rectangular intermediate bulk containers and provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners. Form-fit liners are designed for liquids and solids.

Intermediate bulk container liners offer many benefits over drums and rigid bottle & cage IBC totes. Freight costs for filled IBC liners in totes are 25% less than drums because the cube shape allows more volume per pallet. Users can also lower freight costs by pairing liners with knock down bins that collapse and are stackable; drums and rigid totes are not collapsible and stackable. Drums and rigid IBCs must be rinsed to be reused, whereas liners keep intermediate bulk containers clean, eliminating container cleaning costs, resulting in immediate reuse of the container. Product purity is essential to maintaining food quality; food grade liners preserve and protect food products. Wide options of filling and dispensing components are also available for liners, which can be customized to meet each end user’s needs.

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CDF Cheertainer gets the UN Nod of approval for Europe

Bag in box packaging has been around for over 50 years, in those fifty years BIB has become well established in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. However, within the last two years BIB has introduced itself in the lubricant industry; the reception was limited and was not seen as a serious contender for packaging aggressive product like those of the lubricant industry.

Most recently, CDF Europe and European corrugated partners have developed a bag-in-box package specifically for the lubricant and chemical industry. This is also the first BIB package that is certified for UN transport.

Marco Dariol, the CDF Europe Technical Director states that his R&D team worked closely with the box manufacturers to meet exact needs that are required by both the UN test and the markets. The result was a final box design coated with polyethylene terephthalate on the outside. The final product was a product with the strength and durability of a rigid package but the sustainability benefits of BIB.

The box has now been tested in accordance with the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. The test ensures that the product is able to be transports under the most extreme conditions and withstand the conditions. The package has now been approved for ten to twenty liters sizes for the Hazardous Goods Classifications Groups 2 and 3.

One of the challenges faced in plastics packaging, explains Dariol, is when the temperature is reduced to -18 degrees Celsius. He explains, “The bag is filled with liquid containing antifreeze and subjected to freezing temperatures for over 24 hours.” At this point the bag is frozen while the liquid inside is fluid, the bag is then dropped from 1.2 meters. Dariol continues, “This is a tough test for plastic because it becomes brittle, but every bag passed.”

There are many reasons to switch to BIB, one being the improved environmental protection, sustainability, ergonomics and cost savings. The CDF Europe Cheertainer is targeting industrial and consumer sectors such as cleaning chemicals, detergents, lubricants, general chemicals, paints and coatings. The bag is capable of dispensing many fluids, and is and improvement on former designs, the bag fits securely into the box which leads to the distribution of hazardous material more evenly.

The Cheertainer bag reduces plastic consumption and in return lessens the amount of plastic in landfills. This is a reduction of nearly 90 percent, compared to 20 liter rigid packaging. Furthermore, its flat design while shipping reduces transportation and handling costs nearly 20 times over jerry cans. As a result, it can reduce the number of trucks on the road, and in time fuel consumed and greenhouse gases emitted.

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Wild Flavors uses CDF’s tote liners

According Wild Flavors Inc., the three facets to marketplace success if color, taste and flavors. Wild flavors are considered a leader in delivering innovative flavors, colors and ingredients as well as processing technology to the food and beverage industry. Located in Erlanger, KY and operating in 190,000-sq-ft facility near a recently opened, 250,000-sw-ft North American distribution center, the company manufactures flavors for a slew of beverages, syrups and dairy products. Some products include yogurts, alcoholic drinks, sodas and more.

The company is also a creator of flavor systems, liquid and dry colors, a Colors from Nature Line, a Health Ingredient Technology & Solutions line, spray dry technology and encapsulation technology. One can imagine that keeping track of so many lines could become rather challenging. The company sought after way in which they would be able to keep count on all products that were in delivery, as well as product accountability within the warehouse.

Wild Flavors sought after intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) to transport their beverage flavors in bulk inbound and outbound. Wild Flavors now uses 300-gal, plastic intermediate bulk containers from Container and Pallet Services, or CAPS, this introduction  replaces the 55-gal drums, the collapsible IBCs offer Wild Flavors’ customers a convenient container that reduces handling time, labor and cost within its facility. The convenience of IBCs allow Wild Flavors to reduce cost associated with labor and packaging without having to invest in containers, manage the reverse logistics or bear any ongoing cleaning/maintenance costs. Furthermore, Wild Flavors no longer has to prepare, delabel or store any bulk packaging.

The movement of each container is accounted for within the CAPs comprehensive tracking service. Each container is registered and tracked by any internet access point, also anywhere at any time.

As business grew Wild Flavors’ operation team was looking for opportunities to improve their efficiency. While business boomed there became more of a demand for easy-to-use containers that still offered the same benefits of a one-way tote, IBC offered that win-win solution and thus Wild Flavors’ grew out of the smaller drum and into the IBC.

In fact, Wild Flavors employs the totes on a pay-per-us basis, this means it pays for the on-way shipping of the IBC and CAPS then redistributes the container through a collection of 14 customer service centers across North America. These depots provide and reposition the IBCs from end users to manufacturing facilities. Once delivered to the manufacturing facility, reporting and tracking is immediately available.

Also available at the depot is repair of the container, cleaning, storage and repairs, which relieves Wild Flavors from this duty. The only responsibility left to Wild Flavors is to place a container order, “We place the order for containers and set up and fill them,” states David Haase, VP of operations. He continues by adding, “The new IBCs also conform to certain food and beverage customers’ no-wood policies that restrict wooden pallets in production areas.”

PD learns that Drew Merrill, VP of Business Development and Strategic Planning at CAPS that the customer service centers and logistics group in Livonia, MI handle the responsibilities of repositioning the IBCs back to an applicable service center stating, “We leverage such methods of transportation, including boxcar, stack train and more, and have a network of transportation providers.” He adds, “We have standardized on 300- and 315-gallon IBC types so that we can pool our assets among multiple customers.”

Wild Flavors as eliminated the used of the wooden pallet, the IBC has the capabilities to be stacked five high although Wild Flavors opt to stack them two high. Approximately five of the 55-gallon drums can fit in one of the new IBCs, depending on the weight of the product. CAPS obtains its knocked down Acra ComboLife IBCs through Schoeller Acra Systems. These come form fitted, 3.2 mil, and three ply bag liners from CDF Corp. (, accessories and top-and/or bottom discharge outlets, along with setup training, technical service and location support. The outer housing is constructed from polyethylene and is rugged enough to prevent damage from over-stacking and from weather and climate. The IBCs come with an integral pallet for four-way entry.

The container are durable enough to fend off damage from forklifts and to the products inside, this translates into a better relationship with Wild Flavors customers, Merrill comments on the durability stating, “We have yet to exceed the number of trips for any given containers.”

Each week, numerous containers are transported to the Wild Flavors plant in Erlanger from CAPS’ Cincinnati service depot for filling on single-lane Mettler Toledo Hi-Speed equipment. For setup, operators install the sidewalls and lock them into place with their corner posts; next the team inserts the film liner and lastly activating the filling systems. The containers are then equipped with a label for identification purposes, 3 of 9 linear bar coding and a passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag embedded into the base that can be scanned by wireless, hand held scanners.

The scanned data is then uploaded onto the CAPS internet based CAPS-TRAC tracking/inventory management systems database. This makes tracking, shipment history, damages, loss and other factors as it follows the IBCs throughout the supply chain.

After the IBCs are filled, they are then scanned and shipped to customers. Once the customer has emptied the IBC the liner is discarded and the container is collapsed, each IBC is up by CAPS for repositioning to a nearby service center. Upon arrival at the CAPS service center, the IBC is scanned, cleaned and inspected and finally stored until needed again. CAPS says it works with the customers to ensure a timely return of the container.

Wild Flavors incorporated the 300-gal sized container into their manufacturing process in January 2006. Each container measures 48x44x44.4 in. OD. Haase stated that labor and maintenance costs are being evaluated; even so the IBC has lessened filling times. Haase states, “We’ve had no damage or loss of product and have improved efficiencies. They do have a favorable impact on our customers’ disposal costs. We’re very pleased with the containers.”

CDF exhibiting IBC liners and Cheertainer bag in box at Expo Pack Mexico 2012

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of liners for drums, pails, intermediate bulk containers and flexible packaging, will display flexible packaging solutions at Expo Pack Mexico, Booth# 7000.

 Expo Pack Mexico 2012 will be held June 26th to the 29th at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City, Mexico. Expo Pack Mexico 2012 will showcase the latest solutions in packaging and processing machinery, materials, containers and other related goods and services. Expo Pack Mexico offers direct access to the packaging and processing industries in Latin America attracting buyers from throughout the region. 22,000 customers/buyers from over 20 countries will attend Expo Pack Mexico 2012.
Packaging professionals from all major Mexican States attend the event, such as Mexico City, Estado de Mexico, Puebla, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Morelos, Veracruz and Nuevo Leon. Delegations from Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras also attend. Attendees include packaging and processing professionals from a wide range of industries, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, graphic arts, medical, chemical and automotive.

 CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of product manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, bag in box, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical food applications.

 The Cheertainer, CDF’s innovative 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.

 Formfit liners are manufactured to form fit the internal shape of your intermediate bulk container. Form-fit IBC (cube-shaped) liners provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

 The Air-Assist liner allows the user to realize a more complete evacuation of their product. Less residual product is left inside the liner, resulting in savings to the user. Air-Assist liners are specifically designed for high viscosity products.

 The most effective moisture and oxygen barrier for packaging environmentally sensitive products is a High- Barrier Foil liner constructed from an aluminum foil lamination. Moisture barrier liners incorporate an impermeable layer of aluminum foil to ensure the long-term integrity of a wide variety of environmentally sensitive products, including nylon, Surlyn®, EVOH, certain pharmaceuticals and various high value foods.

 Pillow-shaped liners are typically constructed with two or three plies of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and a barrier film when used for aseptic and oxygen-barrier applications. When filled, these industrial tote liners form the shape of a pillow.