Innovation in Health and Beauty Packaging

Innovation in Health and Beauty Packaging, 2013 is a detailed analysis of and insight into recent packaging innovations in the global health and beauty market related to key trends, drivers, and issues.

The report is a result of extensive research to provide a comprehensive understanding of the global health and beauty market and packaging consumption; this clearly establishes market trends, packaging dynamics, and areas of future growth.

Packaging suppliers need to react to the changing demands of customers, consumers and regulation in order to plan for the future. But it’s not all cost reduction and light weighting. Packaging needs to adapt to a more complex picture of how consumption needs vary by product category and it’s positioning. More specific product positioning by finished goods manufacturers and retailers in many cases means more specifically tailored packaging – creating opportunities for the industry.

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the health and beauty packaging landscape, including a mix of health and beauty market data related to recent and future packaging innovations, which are identified across rigid plastics, flexible packaging, paper and board, rigid metal, glass, and closures, labels and adhesives, along with results of a survey of leading players in the packaging industry.

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The Future of Sustainable Packaging

The main discussion at the 246th National meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society is the struggle to create green food packaging. “We face a huge challenge in developing new packaging materials that protect food all through the supply chain while being recyclable, compostable, produced with renewable energy or even edible,” said Sara Rich, PH.D who spoke at the meeting. She also said new packaging must meet sustainability standards without sacrificing security, freshness and visibility of the food.

According to industry data, the use of sustainable packaging redirected about 1.5 billion pounds of paper, plastic and other packaging material from entering landfills from 2005 to 2010 in the United States. A large part of this is due to growing consumer awareness of the environment. Plastic wrap, cardboard boxes and other food packaging attribute to one-third of the 250 million pounds of waste generated in the United States annually.

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Source: Food Product Design

CDF Corporation is cutting its energy costs with a solar power system from Independence Solar

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, is cutting its energy costs with a solar power system from Independence Solar.

Since 1971, CDF Corporation has been an industry leader in sustainable packaging and environmental awareness. We continue to lead this initiative in an effort to make all facets of our organization environmentally friendly, sustainable and energy efficient. Investing in solar electricity is another step CDF is taking to become 100% sustainable.

Initially CDF Corporation invested in 8,200 solar panels for the Cheer Pack manufacturing facility in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. With that success, Independence Solar installed 2,500 solar panels at CDF’s headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The solar panels at CDF generate approximately 20% of the electricity used for manufacturing. On weekends and holidays, when CDF is not manufacturing product, the power goes out to the grid to be used by other companies in the Plymouth area. CDF’s effort to expand its solar power usage in Massachusetts demonstrates our commitment to sustainability.

Mark Kasberg, Chief Financial Officer at CDF Corporation, commented, “Solar electricity is not only good for the environment, but it is also good for the company. It is keeping our costs down. “

IFS World Conference roundup

IFS touch app

Wang was followed by IFS chief technology officer Dan Matthews, who offered an update on the IFS touch app, designed to enhance user experience and interaction.

Aside from being designed to be both easy and agile, Matthews said 25% of IFS implementers have used IFS Apps. One of these is American company CDF, manufacturer of pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and other value added products used in industrial storage and shipping containers and consumer packaging.

Since using the app, CDF has seen the following benefits:

  • Enterprise visibility
  • Integration with time clocks on the shop floor for enhanced labour accountability
  • Multi-mode manufacturing functionality
  • Reduction in manual data entry and re-work
  • Enhanced usability

Matthews concluded with announcing the company’s work with Samsung on the touch appa, which saw a second wave of products this year. Clearly, there is a convergence between casual and professional users, and this is only set to grow further.

As delegates filed out after the keynote speeches had concluded, I made my way around the vast conference centre to speak with a range of international companies big and small about how IFS software has impact their company.

One of these was Alex Ivkovic, IT manager of the aforementioned CDF corporation. He said adopting IFS software has been helpful in tracking orders across the supply chain.

Customisation will also be eliminated, something Ivkovic believes is a good thing for his company and wider industry.

It has also offered a chance for his company to innovate through software by employing Apple iPods as tools of engagement. Having previously used Radley Guns at a cost of around $1100, the company adopted iPods for a fraction of the price at $130. Should one break, the cost of replacement is minimal.

For a 24 hours, 365 day operation, the results have proved effective. 5-10 minute processes have now been cut to 30 seconds, with the average employee of adopter Chairpak has saved an hour a 30, amounting to around 30 a week.

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Source: The Manufacturer

The future of IFS on mobile

This is one of a series of live blog posts directly from the site of the 2013 IFS World Conference in Barcelona. Business journalist Adam Tinworth is a veteran of Reed Business Information and a lecturer on digital journalism at City University in London. His first-hand impressions are accompanied by illustrations of Matthew Buck, cartoonist for Drawnalism.

Dan Matthews, CTO, IFS

Three promises from IFS on mobile:

  1. We’re doing mobile for everyone. The field team, the casual user and the office user.
  2. We’ll make it easy – for the user and for the IT department. The IFS cloud detaches mobile from the need to continually run upgrades.
  3. We’ll be agile. It’s a changing world. Blackberry is being marginalised. Screens are changing fast. We’ll listen, watch and respond.

Last year was a year of launch and opportunity. We launched, giving you an opportunity. This year is the year of rollouts and results. By 2015, 50% of business applications will be accessed through mobile, says Gartner.

25% of IFS 8 users have implemented at least one mobile solution. CDF has implemented mobile on the shop floor. They saved supervisors an hour per shift by putting information ion iPods in their pockets. That’s 30 hours per week saved per warehouse.

EB have to address grounding faults within 28 days. Before they implemented mobile they were at 66 days on average, but after implementing mobile work orders, they’re at 27.

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Source: IFS blog

Consumer packaging trends that are impacting the industry

The five most important consumer packaging trends for today’s market are sustainability, healthy living, convenience, authenticity and cost-effective shopping.


Consumers are more aware of international environmental issues and are changing their purchasing habits. Consumers are seeking packaging with the recyclable logo on it.

Healthy living

Consumers are interested in health and wellness and are looking for the packaging to list the product’s health credentials. Packaging should focus on natural ingredients and formulations.


Consumers are busy and are looking for on the go, easy to use packaging. Packaging that is smaller, lighter and easily disposed of are ideal for on the go consumption.

Authenticity and Trust

Due to global food scandals, consumers are demanding clarity from manufacturers on product traceability.

Cost-effective shopping

Consumers are now purchasing product as they run, opposed to purchasing product in advance and storing for future use, which has been the norm.

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Source: Packaging Digest

CDF Corporation exhibiting flexible packaging for pails, drums and IBCs and the Smart Pail™ plastic pail replacement system at the International Dairy Show

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display CDF’s newest product, the Smart Pail, pail and drum liners and the Air-Assist IBC liner at the International Dairy Show and Process Expo 2013 at booth# 752.

The International Dairy Show and Process Expo will take place November 3-6, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Over 800 exhibitors and 15,000 industry professionals are anticipated to attend. The International Dairy Show will bring together those interested in packaging, processing, ingredients, marketing, sales, plant operations, product development, safety, sustainability, and technology for an exchange of ideas and to discover innovative solutions for the current market trends.

Representing CDF will be Tom McCarthy, Flexible Packaging Group General Manager; Joe Wanner, Smart Pail Product Manager; and Leigh Vaughn and Jake Sullivan, Sales Representatives.

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of dairy manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical food applications. The Air-Assist liner for IBC totes is ideal for ice cream variegates and syrups. Air-Assist liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.

The Form-Fit IBC liner is used often for liquid egg, milk, malts, syrups, concentrated fruit, flavorings, fructose, sweeteners and pastes. Form-fit IBC liners provide high performance for 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.

CDF’s most recent product addition, the Smart Pail is 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, including fillings, frosting and pastes.

Cosmetic packaging: Need for green overhaul?

Cosmetic companies are making slow progress in reducing their packaging footprints. Although the cosmetics industry has become preoccupied with green initiatives, few steps have been made to tackle the environmental impact of packaging.

According to Organic Monitor most developments are occurring in ecodesign, with many companies reducing packaging materials by changing design structures. Most changes in packaging design are only leading to an incremental decrease in packaging materials. In some cases, any ecological benefits from less packaging material are offset by higher unit sales. More radical solutions involving materials are necessary to make significant changes to the packaging impact of cosmetic products.

Few developments are occurring in packaging materials. Even though some cosmetic companies are experimenting with sustainable materials like bamboo and wood, plastic packaging still prevails. High raw material costs and inadequate waste disposal methods give plastic packaging a very high environmental footprint. Plant-based plastics have yet to make headway in cosmetic applications.

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Source: Word Press Online

Study points to packaging as a solution to food waste in supply chain

Australia study conducted by RMIT University’s Centre for Design uncovers where and why food waste occurs within the supply chain and suggests packaging technologies that may help reduce this waste. “Packaging actually plays a critical role in protecting fresh produce and processed food in transit, in storage, at point of sale, and prior to consumption. In doing so, it helps deliver a wide range of functions while reducing food waste,” says RMIT Senior Research Fellow Dr. Karli Verghese leader of the research study.

While households are the largest generator of food waste to landfill (2.7 million tons each year), the report shows that in the commercial and industrial sector, the largest generators are food services (661,000 tones), followed by food manufacturing (312,000 tones), retailing (179,000 tones), and wholesale distribution (83,000 tones). However, food waste recovery rates are extremely high in the manufacturing sector, with 90% of waste repurposed.

“There are certainly opportunities to minimize food waste through packaging innovation and design, such as improved ventilation and temperature control for fresh produce, and better understanding the dynamics between different levels of packaging, to ensure they are designed fit-for-purpose.”

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Source: Packaging World

How Logistics is Transforming Sustainability

Sustainable packaging has become a major concern because of excessive packaging. Excessive packaging affects the environment because it uses extra container board and polystyrene, which results in more carbon emissions needed to manufacture the materials. A larger-than-needed package also results in fewer packages that can be transported, thus burning more fuel. In contrast, using too little packaging is also not a solution because a damaged product would prompt the business to send a replacement item to the customer and nullify any environmental benefit of the package. The solution is to find the optimum pack design. Your logistics provider may have a package lab that can assist you in designing packaging optimally.

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Source: Packaging Europe