The Significance of SQF Level 2 Certification in Flexible Packaging

Customer and client satisfaction don’t often happen by accident. More often, satisfaction is accomplished through research, training, implementation and ongoing improvement.  SQF Level 2 certification helps every step along the food chain achieve.

SQF Level 2 Food Safety Management System certification is quite a mouthful. But the bottom line is simple: food safety and reliability through voluntary adherence to industry-wide standards. In flexible packaging, it means integrity all the way.

SQF Level 2 Preps Businesses for FSMA Final Rule Compliance

SQF Level 2 certification is the gold standard for the Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rule and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) education and compliance. It prepares the industry for guidelines that are now in force and those on the horizon.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says this about the FSMA:

“The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years. It was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011.”

CGMPs regulate the design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities, says the FDA.

SQF Level 2 Certification supports uniformity in safe food processing, handling, packaging, and distribution guidelines. The program is recognized around the world, says SQF Institute, for “robust food safety control systems” and an ongoing monitoring process that ensures ethical standards dependable, high quality.

Certification Instills Food Safety Confidence

From market to table, people depend on grocery items to nourish, not endanger. The FSMA and CGMPs help protect consumers against inconsistent manufacturing processes and ultimately, unsafe food. SQF Level 2 certification pulls it all together for food processing and packaging industries in an approachable way.

Every link in the food supply chain affects the next, says SQF Institute. Consumers want verifiable evidence of food safety, and so do retailers because safety issues are often difficult to detect just by looking, smelling or even tasting.

Certification is proof that the food was handled with the best level of care that’s both known and available at the time. Retailers can stock safe foods, which lets moms and dads serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with confidence.

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Certification Supports a Great Reputation and Brand Integrity

Regulatory compliance and SQF Level 2 Food Safety Management System certification are brand integrity building blocks. High-quality food and food packaging make clients and customers happy. If it’s available every time, it’s not an accident; it’s the way the company does business.

Certification gives customers certain assurances.

  • Uniform food processing and packaging
  • Consistent record-keeping
  • Continual monitoring for compliance and improvement
  • Allergen management
  • Facility training
  • Process gap analysis

Assurances lead to goodwill, and that makes the company brand as strong as it can be.

Certification is a promise kept. At CDF Corporation, our flexible food packaging is reliable for you and everyone your brand touches. That’s why we recently earned our stripes with SQF Level 2 and what we aim for every day.

Download our food packaging product and pricing brochure to learn more about the flexible packaging options available to you and how our integrity helps support your good name.

Five Key Trends Shaping Food and Beverage Packaging

Lifestyles and eating habits of the population today have drastically changed compared to prior years. Demographic changes, such as fewer married couples, more people living alone, smaller household sizes and multi-generational households are impacting packaging developments. The shift in consumer attitude and lifestyle has effected behaviors regarding food and beverage packaging. One of the five new trends includes targeting millennials who have shown more interest and brand loyalty to fresher and/or organic products that are typically found on the parameter of the grocery store. Second, smaller packages have proven a bigger trend. Smaller households or those living alone have more of a demand for smaller or single-serve packaged meals or multiple packaged snack packs. Third, convenient packaging has been a big selling point in snack foods. Ease of opening, reclosing, and portability have been an influence on the packaging. Fourth, transparent packaging. The ability to see ones food prior to buying has had huge influence on the food industry. The demand for more transparency in the food industry has been of grave importance to the consumer, both figuratively and literally. Lastly, eco-friendly packaging options have huge appeal to consumers as of late.


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‘100% Zero Waste’ Achieved using NatureFlex™ Packaging

Innovia Films has announced that Oregon-based ECOTEAS is usingNatureFlex packaging films in the wrappers of its individual tea bags. The flexible packaging material is derived from wood pulp sourced from managed plantations and is certified to be over 90 percent bio-based and home and industrial compostable. High barriers to oxygen and moisture work to ensure the tea bags contained within are protected and kept fresh. When laminated to paper, the final structure offers the protection and natural appearance that ECOTEAS was looking for.

ECOTEAS received the Sustainable Food Trade Association’s national “Responsible Packaging Award” in 2012 for the use of 100 percent post-consumer recycled paperboard in its cartons. This recognition led to continued development of the “greenest” tea packaging possible. To extend its sustainability efforts to the entire tea bag line, the brand removed the tags, strings and staples, and introduced the new tea bag overwraps. The result was a 100 percent zero-waste package, with all ingredients and packaging components suitable for composting (tea, filter paper and wrapper) or recycling (carton), according to the brand.

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Source: Packaging Europe

New Markets Drive Global Flexible Demand

A new study released by PCI Films Consulting states 15 emerging flexible packaging markets currently account for 20% of global demand, growing twice as fast in the past five years.

PCI’s report, Opportunities in Emerging Flexible Packaging Markets in 2019, is an in-depth analysis of potential markets in Poland, Russia, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Nigeria. Each country profile supplies details on substrate suppliers, converters, investors and purchasers with an in-depth analysis of these important markets.

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Source:Packaging Today

Sustainable Packaging Coalition survey

Three trends shake up packaging sustainability

Sustainable Packaging Coalition conducted their yearly survey on packaging and sustainability. For 2015, the highly regarded research focused on the top three areas where packaging will see the biggest impact.
1. Circular Economy vs. Eco-Efficiency
2. Bio based materials
3. E-Commerce

The struggle with sustainable strategies:

The circular economy was mentioned in an earlier edition of Packaging Digest, defined by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a circular economy focuses on industrial economy that is restorative by intention by eliminating the use of toxic chemicals and relying on renewable energy. This is done through careful designed. The industry has focused on eco-efficiency philosophy that lessens the environmental footprint, but not necessarily in the long term. Those who are members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition were familiar with Circular Economy while those who are not members were less likely. However, there was a large gap of in both groups who were not familiar with the new philosophy. In addition, those surveyed were not familiar with their company’s sustainable practices or which philosophy their company subscribes.

The Run on Bio-Based Packaging Material:

There has been much discussion on bio-based materials but is there current use and is bio-based material projected to grow within the packaging community? There has been activity and interested in the bio-based material market but in a recent survey, less than 31%of respondents are currently using bio-based materials. However, looking down the road 43% said they plan to use them. That would be an expected increase of about 27%. Those surveyed were asked why they use bio-based material. Some stated that the materials help minimize environmental impact. The materials added an active component to their marketing message. Lastly, consumer’s expect them.

Escalating e-commerce sales need better packaging:

Online and mobile sales are on the rise, which begs the questions, should e-commerce have better packaging options. It’s no surprise that products sold through e- m- commerce are over packaged. Packaging Digest conducted a survey about how their products are sold. Currently, 31% are sold via e-commerce but looking towards the future, that number is expected to rise to 44% are going to be sold through this channel. Will that put momentum to move packaging options forward? Should this type of market have packaging designed specifically for them? Out of 600 surveys, 62% said yes, there should be specific packaging designed for e-commerce. While 24% are on the fence, and 14% were a flat out ‘No.’ Are the product sold via e-commerce over packaged? Those working the industry responded that they did not think so while 47% stated that it was wasteful (the other 53% thought it was beneficial in securing the product).

Source: Packaging Digest, November/December 2014.

Top five packaging trends for 2015

The five trends that will impact packaging and associated industries in 2015 are: the growing importance of sustainability; the demand for supply chain transparency; the rise of new barrier/coating packaging technologies; the continued emphasis on lightweight packaging; and the importance of delivering frustration-free packaging.

The growing importance of sustainability

Because sustainable packaging is now prompting consumers purchasing preferences, sustainable packaging has significant environmental and business implications for companies. Businesses should be proactive in implementing procedures that advance a product’s packaging sustainability; if not, they risk the possibility of losing customers to competitor brands that are prioritizing sustainability in their packaging.

The demand for supply chain transparency
Supply chain transparency is an important area companies must focus on to avoid potentially costly environmental and legal infractions that could damage a company’s reputation and overall relationships with consumers. Businesses should address how they are implementing supply chain traceability in terms of sourcing, manufacturing, transport and end of life cycle.

The rise of new barrier/coating technologies
According to a Smithers Pira report, paper and corrugate are going to see tremendous growth in the next several years. The focus will be on developing new barrier technologies that are renewably sourced, readily recyclable and/or biodegradable.

Source: Greener Packaging

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Top five flexible packaging trends

According to Robert Hogan, the ITW Zip-Pak director of global business development, the top five flexible packaging trends are Japanese influence, market speed, convenience, private label power and cutting costs and materials. Japan is still the leader of high quality, innovative packaging.  Their focus on detail surpasses their Western counterparts. Consumers prefer packaging that is easy to use and convenient. Customer friendly features can be added to packaging in a short time frame with little disruption to the manufacturing process. Research shows that consumers are willing to pay more for easy to use, re-sealable packaging.

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Source: Food Production Daily

Flexible packaging market analysis by end-use with 2018 forecasts

The flexible packaging market is estimated to grow from US$73,825.3 mln in 2012 to US$99,621.9 mln by 2018 with a CAGR of 5.1% from 2013 to 2018, per Asia-Pacific led the global market followed by Europe and North America in terms of revenue in the year 2012. The flexible packaging market is a mature sector that has various stake holders, such as raw material suppliers, processors, packaging manufacturers and end-user industries, such as manufacturers of food, beverage, personal care products and pharmaceuticals. As opportunities to grow in these end-use markets are saturating in developed markets, players are struggling to diversify their product portfolio. The end-use products and their packaging are two interdependent markets. Any shift in one will directly influence the other market. Rise in the consumption of packaged products offers a strong customer base for the global flexible packaging market. Packaging is essential to preserve the quality of the product and it also prevents it from chemical reactions endangering the consumer’s health. Hence, an efficient and suitable packaging is imperative for every product.

Asia-Pacific has the highest market share and is estimated to grow with a CAGR of 7.1% during the period under review. Europe is growing with a CAGR of 3.9%, and is driven mainly by the East European markets. ROW is also expected to experience growth in flexible packaging market in the future. The CAGR for ROW is 6.0% from 2013 to 2018. The four most potential nations for the flexible packaging market are India, China, Russia and Brazil, which are poised to exhibit the fastest growing trend. In the flexible packaging market, pharmaceutical packaging is the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period. Due to the increased awareness for public health, increasing product processing units, convenience packaging, and rising consumption of generic drugs, the pharmaceutical packaging industry is exhibiting strong gains. Following it, the food packaging is estimated to be the second fastest growing market in 2013, due to the rise in consumption of packaged food. Growing health concerns and knowledge about the nutrition value is driving the market for packed products to preserve the end-products.

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Eleven trends shaping flexible packaging

Here are some recent and developing trends in flexible packaging:

More easy open/ easy reclose options

Today there are more opening treatments, fitment and closure options available, such as reclosable zippers that do not involve tearing the package to open it and pouches with screw-on caps.

Clear high-barrier films

Clear films and coatings barrier properties are becoming comparable to foil and metalized films and offer the possibility of microwavable packaging.

Penetration into entirely new categories

Pouches are being used for a variety of food products. Retort pouches for tuna fish and pet food have replaced cans, glass jars have also been replaced by retort pouches for baby food.

A quick look ahead

Condiments, beauty products like shampoo and lotion, and soups, stocks and canned fruit are anticipated to be next in line for pouch packaging.

The slow roll of the cereal aisle

Cereal is not a product expected to move into flexible packaging any time soon. Cereal manufacturers have too much invested in existing bag in box equipment to make a change.

More layers in co-extrusion

More converters are moving towards seven and nine layer coextrusion lines, which provide more flexibility for cost, thickness and functionality.

Shaped flexible packaging

FFS (form/fill/seal) packaging can generate a multitude of shapes and styles. Machinery manufacturers are working on equipment to create 3 dimensional pouch packaging.

More retortable pouches

The factors driving the growth of retort pouches are they are easier to open than cans, weigh less, result in less waste, minimize loss from denting or breakage and the package can be microwavable.

Pouches’ wide impact

New product applications are developing, liquid, viscous, powdered, granulated and particulate. The growth markets include food and beverage, cosmetics, healthcare, pet foods, automotive, pharmaceutical and agricultural.

Sustainable packaging is taking on new forms

Flexible packaging offers many green benefits: less plastic and energy used in production; flat packaging results in more efficient transport and storage; and after use less material goes into the waste stream.

Waste to Energy is coming of age

WTE is becoming a real end of life option for flexible packaging since advances in municipal incinerator technology have addressed harmful emissions issues. It’s likely that the United States will support efforts to turn waste into electricity, synthetic gas, fuels and recycled materials.

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Source: Packaging World