The EZ-Flo™ dispensing system and Cheer Pack® pouches selected to exhibit at ConAgra

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display packaging solutions at the TOPS ConAgra Foods show.

CDF Corporation will be co-exhibiting with Cheer Pack North America at the TOPS Exhibition and Innovation Fair at ConAgra Foods, Inc. held at the Embassy Suite Omaha on March 11, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. CDF Corporation is one of forty-six companies selected to exhibit; the focus of the show is Clean Label.

Representing CDF will be Mark Sinn, EZ-Flo Product Manager. Mark will be promoting the EZ-Flo dispensing system, 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.

Cheer Pack North America will be represented by Stacia Draper. Cheer Pack North America is an international partnership between CDF Corporation, Gualapack and Hosokawa Yoko. Cheer Pack North America will be promoting the Cheer Pack, 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.

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

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 ReportsnReports.com. 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.

Source: The International News Magazine

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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.

Sustainability

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.

Convenience

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

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

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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http://www.processingmagazine.com/articles/125023-flexible-packaging-gains-popularity-among-food-and-beverage-makers

Source: Processing

US pouch demand expected to reach $8.8 billion in 2016

Reportlinker is reporting the demand for pouches in the US is projected to reach $8.8 billion in 2016 based on stand up pouches sustainability, functionality and branding opportunities over other packaging. Consumer acceptance of pouches over rigid containers will buoy demand, as will such advantages as superior aesthetic appeal, portability, light weight, reduced material use and significantly lower shipping costs than rigid containers. Heightened use of reclosing and dispensing fitments will increase the competitiveness of pouches against rigid containers.

Processed foods applications will show growth in the pouch packaging market based on the popularity of baby food and fruit snacks in spouted pouches and conversions from rigid containers. Growth opportunity is also expected in the beverage market as spouted pouches further penetrate alcoholic beverages, premixed cocktails, sports drinks and energy drinks.

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