Flexible packaging gains popularity among food and beverage makers

Globally, food companies are hoping on the flexible packaging bandwagon. Its convenience, high quality and light weight are three of the key reasons why national and private brands are choosing flexible packaging. Flexible packaging is ideal for a wide range of products, from cocktails to fruit chips.

Many companies are using packaging as a key brand differentiator. Bolthouse Farms designed a pouch that separates their carrots and seasoning. When consumers want to use the product, they pinch the pouch and pull to break the inner barrier that separates the two sections, then shake the pouch to season the carrots. By separating the carrots and seasoning both products are kept in optimal condition. Another example would be the British supermarket Tesco serving their heat and serve soups in stand up pouches. Tesco’s pouch is printed in high-definition flexography allowing consumers to see exactly what they are purchasing.

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Source: Processing

Sustainable packaging trends for 2013

The trend for sustainable packaging has continues to grow in the past year. Marcus Hill, founder and managing director of London Bio Packaging says bioplastics will play a significant role in 2013.

In 2012, bioplastics played an important part in the sustainability strategies of many companies and these materials are set to be more common in 2013. The largest growth is predicted to be the bio-based, non-biodegradable bioplastics group PE and PET. Biodegradable plastics, such as PLA and PHA are also anticipated to grow considerably by 2016; these plastics will give companies the best environmental benefits.

Hill believes sustainability is also on the rise because it can drastically impact a business’ bottom line. The model sustainability strategy would take into account the environmental impact of processes across the entire product lifecycle, from raw material to how it’s transported to if it’s recycled or composted. Companies can also measure their own internal environmental impact and set goals to become more sustainable.

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Source: Packaging Gateway

CDF introducing EZ-Flo Dispensing System at National Restaurant Show

CDF Corporation will introduce CDF’s newest product, the EZ-Flo™ dispensing system at the 2013 National Restaurant Show, booth# 9087 North Hall Level 1.

The National Restaurant Show will be held May 18th to the 21st at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. For nearly a century, the NRA Show has brought together the best and brightest in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry for four days of discovery, sourcing, networking and entertainment. The NRA Show draws 58,000+ industry professionals from all 50 states and 100+ countries. As the international foodservice marketplace, the NRA Show provides unparalleled opportunity for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another, igniting the future of businesses, relationships and ideas. http://show.restaurant.org

The EZ-Flo system is an environment-friendly dispensing alternative to traditional squeeze, pump and spray bottles. The EZ-Flo’s innovative dispensing system uses patent pending technology to dispense products of various viscosities without the assistance of gravity. The system is cost effective, reducing waste, time and labor, while improving overall productivity. Markets for the EZ-Flo include: food (condiments, dressings and oils, sauces, dessert and pastry toppings/decorating), chemicals (adhesives, cleaning products, lubricants) and cosmetics (hair care products, hand creams, toothpaste).

CDF’s Smart Pail™, a plastic pail replacement system and the Cheertainer® bag-in-box will also be on display at the NRA Show. 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. Smart Pail markets include: food (fillings, frosting, pastes), chemical (adhesives, greases, inks, lubricants, paints), cosmetic (flakes, lipstick, powders) and construction (powders, drywall mud, concrete additives).

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 manufactured with CDF1 Smart Seal Technology™, ensuring the ultimate reliability of the package. Markets for the Cheertainer include: food and beverage (flavorings, purees, sauces, vinegar, beverage base, coffee, dairy, juice, lemonade, tea, water), chemical (adhesives, agricultural, automotive lubricants, automotive oils, chemicals, coatings, detergents, inks, paints, petroleum) and cosmetic (cleansers, conditioner, cream, liquid makeup, lotion, shampoo, tanning spray).