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Flexible Packaging and Source Reduction

Is flexible packaging as sustainable as it claims to be? Yes flexible packaging is manufactured using less plastic than rigid packaging resulting in less plastic to transport and dispose of, but flexible packaging’s sustainability may not be as straightforward as perceived.

 

Flexible packaging advocates boast its sustainable advantages, which are mainly true, however if these claims are exaggerated they could result in serious backlash. Unfortunately the method for quantifying sustainability is subjective. Flexible packaging’s source reduction can be a competitive advantage. Although the more easily quantifiable benefits, such as storage and transport, might reside more with supply chains than with the consumer.

 

To win the consumer, companies should make true product sustainability claims. Companies should avoid overselling product sustainability claims and expect consumers to think of sustainability as a tie breaker when all other factors are equivalent.

 

Growth for flexible packaging could be attributed to the utilization of technologies to provide competitive advantages. Examples of this are innovations that allow for multilayer structures for better barrier protection, the ability to create an interlocking strip system to store product for long periods of time without exposure, and producing see-through packaging for product visibility.

 

To read the entire article please visit:

http://www.greenerpackage.com/source_reduction/flexible_packaging_and_source_reduction

 

Source: Greener Package

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.

 

For further reading, please visit http://www.packworld.com/package-design/strategy/5-key-trends-shaping-food-and-beverage-packaging

 

Source: Packaging World

GualaPack Group strenghens its presence in China

The GualapackGroup has successfully completed the acquisition of substantially higher stakes in two Chinese flexible packaging companies: Guangzhou Secure Packaging Co., Ltd. in Guangdong and Secure HY Packaging Co., Ltd., in Jiangsu.

With this move the Group strengthens its pouch manufacturing and laminates production capacities as a complete provider on the Chinese, Far East Asian & Pacific markets, in collaboration with its longstanding Japanese partner Hosokawa Yoko Co., Ltd.

The reinforced production network will offer new business development opportunities in the region, as well as a future-oriented product portfolio in attractive segments other than for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical markets to our customers.

The GualapackGroup is the world leader of spouted pouches and filling machinery and a key global player of the flexible packaging industry. To date, it operates with direct manufacturing sites in Europe (4), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, 1), Latin America (1) and through joint ventures in the USA (1) and the Far East (2).

Source: World Press Online

Packaging expectations for 2014

There are six developments expected to take place in 2014.

Flexibles rule– Data suggests that this is the year flexible packaging will become the primary packaging choice for food, personal care and pharmaceutical products. It’s estimated that Americans will be using (32.85 billion) more rigid plastic and flexible packs in 2017 than in 2012. Flexible packaging is the fastest growing segment in the United States packaging industry.

Retail ready packaging advancement– The move out of peg-displayed pillow pouches by cheese shredders will transform supermarket dairy cases into a more European (i.e., “pegless”) model.

Fewer one trick ponies– There will be a development in more interactive packages. Some of the developments include time/temperature indicators, regimen-compliance indicators, near field communications (NFC) and freshness/efficacy monitors.

Biopolymer packaging– Expect economics and performance shortfalls vs. petrochemical polymers to slow the advance of bio-derived polymers for packaging. Don’t expect packaging for bio-derived polymers until around 2020.

Leveraging technology– Five years ago a group of scientists and US regulators met to discuss nanotechnology and the packaging health and safety implications of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) that are minuscule enough to migrate through barrier membranes that couldn’t be penetrated by larger materials. Nanomaterial applications have quietly expanded since then. This year we could see nanomaterials replacing foil in the classic paper/poly/foil structure to improve recycling and sustainability.

Beefing up for e-commerce and m-commerce- The explosive growth of consumer online and mobile transactions is going to trigger a surge of protective packaging to meet the more demanding, higher package-to-product ratio needs of single items traveling by USPS or carrier vs. conventional pallet load transport packaging of goods to brick and mortar retailers.

Source: Packaging World

http://www.packworld.com/trends-and-issues/unit-doseunit-use/packaging-expectations-2014


Packaging company Gualapack plans expansion

Italian flexible packaging company Gualapack is extending its international reach with plans to further grow its newly launched production plant in Latin America.

The company, already manufacturing through plants and partnerships in Europe, China, Japan and the US, expects to expand output at its facility in Costa Rica and increase the workforce fourfold from 30 to 160 by 2017.

It was in September last year that Castellazzo Bormida-based Gualapack formally opened its latest unit of 2,600 square metres in the Costa Rican capital San José. The group’s first plant in the region will turn out Gualapack’s full ‘Cheerpack DP’ spouted stand-up food and beverage pouch range.

Gualapack Costa Rica intends to penetrate Central and South America including Honduras, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

The group, formed from the 2010 merger of two Italian flexpack suppliers Gualapack and Piacenza-based Safta, has three production units in Italy as well as joint ventures Secure Packaging in China, Cheer Pack North America and a partnership in Japan.

Child safe and child friendly ‘Cheerpack DP’ pouches are used for baby food, fruit purée, use its anti-choking ‘BabyCap’, and also have applications for dairy snacks, sauces, condiments and beverages, said Gualapack.

Apart from Italy, the firm operates a plant at Nadab in Romania which it established a little over two years ago.

Source: European Plastics News

Cheer Pack North America exhibiting at PLMA

Cheer Pack North America, an all-in-one solution for brand owners looking at production capabilities for their flexible packaging requirements, will display flexible spouted pouches and have live Gualapack pilot filler demonstrations at PLMA’s 2010 Private Label Tradeshow.

PLMA’s Private Label Tradeshow will be held November 14-16 at the Rosemont Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Supermarkets, super centers, drug chains, mass merchandisers, discounters, convenience stores, importers, exporters, wholesalers and the military exchanges come to the PLMA show to find new products, suppliers and packaging solutions. Product categories range from fresh, frozen and refrigerated foods, beverages, snacks and shelf-stable groceries to household and kitchen, paper and plastics, health and beauty aids and general merchandise.

Representing Cheer Pack North America at PLMA will be Steve Gosling. With over 30 years of management experience, Gosling has covered a wide array of applications throughout the packaging industry. In his current role as President of Cheer Pack North America, Steve is responsible for the launch, development and growth of Cheer Pack in the North America market. The Cheer Pack is currently being sold throughout Asia and Europe in annual quantities of up to 1.5 billion and has recently made its North American debut.

cheer pack pouch styles

The Cheer Pack is a flexible spouted single-serve retail pouch serving the food and beverage and cosmetic industries. The Cheer Pack pouch features an easy-flow straw with a reclosable, tamper-evident, screw-on top. The pouch is made from a multi-layer laminate material, with 3-4 layers in a standard configuration. An outer layer of glossy polyester is used to protect our high quality Rotogravure printing. The next layer is selected based on the barrier properties required. An additional layer of nylon is added to increase the strength properties of larger package formats. The internal or final layer is a polyethylene or polypropylene sealing layer.