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Plastic Packaging Better for Environment than Alternatives Made with Other Materials

A recent life cycle assessment analyzed the energy and climate benefits of alternative plastic materials in contrast to plastic material. The categories included caps and closures, beverage containers, other rigid containers carrier bags, stretch/shrink wrap, and other flexible packaging materials. Carol Hochu, President and CEO of the Canadian Plastic Industry Association noted, “Plastic packaging enables the safe and efficient delivery of various products which form part of our daily lives, everything from food to essential health and safety aids. However, many are unaware that plastics carry out these functions while at the same time conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

In Canada, the LCA found that replacing all plastic packaging the non-plastic packaging would:

 

  1. Require nearly 4.4 times as much packaging material by weight. Increasing by nearly 5.5 million tons.
  2. This would also increase energy use by 2.0 times. This was calculated as being equivalent to the amount of oil transported by 18 supertankers
  3. This would result in 2.3 times more global warming potential. This was equated to adding 3.3 million more cars to the road.

 

Engineering in plastic packaging enables innovation and performance – the ability to extend the shelf life of foods and medicines. Plastic packaging viewed from the entire life cycle have more benefits than the snapshot that has been taken in years.

 

The afterlife of plastic is further contributing to sustainability in many ways. The ability to recycle, reuse and repurpose for energy value and converted to liquid oil, electricity and into other fuels.

 

There have been great strides made in the reusability and repurposing of plastic containers. These valuable resources are used to make fleece jackets, new plastic bottles, pipes, pallets, creates and buckets, decking and other lawn and garden products. The majority of product stemming from recycled plastic bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics such as deli and dairy containers, bakery, vegetable, fruit containers, and plastic film, bags and outer wrap.

 

Plastic enhances our lifestyles, our economy, and the environment.

 

Source: Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Smart Pail & EZ-Flo on display at the Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail liners, drum liners, intermediate bulk container liners, bag in box and flexible packaging, will display packaging solutions at the Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting in May.

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The Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting will be held May 1st to the 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. The technical meeting includes varied technical sessions that provide know-how and solutions for dressings, sauces and other condiment product manufacturers and suppliers.

 

Representing CDF will be Product Manager Joe Wanner. CDF’s newest products, the Smart Pail™ and the EZ-Flo™, will be on exhibit at the ADS Information Open House on Monday, May 2nd. The Smart Pail, a plastic pail replacement system, was developed to offer a more sustainable and cost effective system for transporting semi-viscous, solids and some liquids traditionally shipped in plastic pails. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with a unique wide-mouth laminated peel-reseal lidding film structure offering tamper evidence, easy open-close, excellent oxygen barrier and efficient disposal. The Smart Pail is inserted into a specifically designed corrugated box and stacked 48 units per 40” x 48” pallet for transportation.

 

The EZ-Flo Dispensing 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.

 

The Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS) represents manufacturers of salad dressing, mayonnaise and condiment sauces and suppliers of raw materials, packaging and equipment to this segment of the food industry. Its purpose is to serve the best interests of industry members, its customers, and consumers of its products. http://www.dressings-sauces.org/

Four Key Trends Driving Flexible Packaging

 

The global market for flexible packaging is forecast to grow at an average rate of 3.4 percent annually over the next five years and reach $248 billion by 2020, according to a new report from Smithers PiraThe Future of Global Flexible Packaging to 2020.

 

Four key trends are driving the flexible packaging market:

 

Downgauging
The combination of environmental pressures and high polymer prices are increasing demand for thinner films. Flexible packaging uses less resources and energy than other forms of packaging. It provides significant reductions in packaging costs, materials use and transport costs and has certain performance advantages over rigid packaging.

 

High-Performance Films
Food packaging films are trending toward high-performance film structures that are less permeable to increase shelf life and enhance flavors. The ongoing success of flexible packaging as a replacement for glass and metal packages can be attributed directly to the substantial improvements in barrier properties of plastic films and particularly clear plastic films.

 

Consumer Convenience
Ready meals that are available in new flexible packaging formats are in a prime position to take advantage of the current social trend toward convenient mealtime solutions.

 

Packaged fresh meat, fish and poultry consumption will grow at a faster rate than unpackaged produce to 2020. Growth in the pre-sliced sector and in premium lines has promoted growing demand for modified atmosphere (MAP) packaging. Demand for chilled food is also being driven by a greater variety of ready meals, fresh pasta, seafood and exotic meats.

 

Bio-Derived and Bio-Degradable Technologies
The proliferation of bio-based plastic films continues with polylactic acid (PLA), polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) and poly-trimethylene terephthalate (PTMT) showing the most promise on the materials side of the equation, and thermoplastic starch (TPS) films on the petroleum replacement side.

 

Read more: http://whattheythink.com/articles/75676-four-key-trends-driving-flexible-packaging/

 

 

Source: What They Think

 

The Future of Food Packaging

A new report from Mintel has identified six trends that will transform the global packaging industry in 2016.

 

The rise of digital printing – Companies will use the customization and quick turnaround capabilities of digital printing to leverage their brands with consumers.

 

Package transparency – Consumers prefer clear, easy to read details regarding ingredients and other product information.

 

Flexible is in – Stand up pouches may be peaking in favor of packaging featuring rigid and flexible components. Brands are looking for packaging with functional and sustainable benefits and a strong shelf presence.

 

Beyond sustainable – 63% of consumers prefer packaging that is reusable or recyclable. If the price and quality of a product are equivalent, sustainability may be the determining factor.

 

Size it up – Consumers want a wider range in pack sizes. Companies offering product in a trial size are more likely to gain new customers.

 

Going mobile – Brands are using new technology, such as nearfield communication and Bluetooth low energy to connect with consumers.

 

To read the entire article, click here

http://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/news_home/Consumer_Trends/2015/12/The_future_of_food_packaging.aspx?ID=%7BEDBF2A06-7EEF-44E3-B07C-3FF51C09E048%7D&cck=1

 

 

Source: Food Business News

Bag-in-Box on display at the ILMA Management Forum

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 exhibit Cheertainer® and pillow bag in box liners at the Independent Lubricants Manufacturers Association’s Management Forum.

The Independent Lubricants Manufacturers Association’s Management Forum will be held April 23rd to April 25th at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tuscon, AZ. The management forum is three days of networking, informative sessions, committee meetings and the opportunity for customers and suppliers to meet; over 300 attendees are anticipated.

Bag-in-box flexible packaging offers many benefits, such as excellent quality due to superior seam strength and there is no foaming or splashing because the package fills without air. Bag-in-box sustainable benefits also include reduced plastic consumption compared to rigid cube-shaped containers and reduced transportation and storage. These liners are suitable for use with manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic fill lines. CDF’s bag-in-box liners are manufactured in a clean room environment, using cutting-edge CDF1 Smart Seal Technology that monitors and ensures consistent, high-quality seals. CDF’s bag in box liners are available in the industry standard size of 6 gallons, other sizes are also available upon request.

CDF Corporation announces hire of Vice President of Sales

CDF Corporation has hired Jay Waltz to join the CDF team as Vice President of Sales. In his new role at CDF Corporation, Waltz will be responsible for creating and implementing overall sales operations strategies designed to help achieve the company’s business objectives.

One of Waltz’s primary initiatives will be to identify and deliver revenue opportunities for the company’s new products. Additionally, he will be responsible for sales methodology and process, sales forecasting and optimizing the customer and partner sales experience. “CDF is an innovative company with great products and talented people,” said Waltz. “We are poised for growth and I am honored to be part of this exciting team.”

Waltz comes to CDF with more than thirty years of experience in sales and leadership. Before joining CDF Corporation, he served as Vice President of Sales at Fulflex, Inc., a manufacturer of thin gauge specialty elastics, where he helped global account teams achieve significant growth in revenue and market share. Waltz also co-developed and implemented the custom mixing division at Fulflex. Prior to Fulflex, Waltz was the VAR Channel Sales Director at Global Knowledge, where he was responsible for developing the market for the OnDemand Software product line. While at Global Knowledge, Waltz pioneered the government channel and earned the Top Sales Achievement Award for the highest sales revenue in the company.

CDF Bag-in-Box

Bag-in-box is the ideal packaging solution for chemical, food, beverage and cosmetic applications ranging
in size from 1 liter to 25 liters. CDF offers both form-fit and pillow styles to meet all your bag in box needs.

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The Future is Flexible

Waste reduction, resource efficiency, sustainability and convenience: all reasons behind the growth in flexible packaging. Flexible packaging has entered a new era, one where more resources are saved, and food waste is reduced. Less efficient materials are being replaced, for example, the transportation of beverages in glass bottles versus pouch style. This meant that 47% of beverage was being transported while 52% was packaging. While pouches the ratio was 93% beverage and 6% pouch. The product still performs, sometimes more efficiently, and has a lower environmental impact. FPE is looking to reinforce the message that there is a more environmental sustainable alternative, and it is looking to make the whole supply chain more sustainable.

To read more, please visit:

http://www.packagingtoday.co.uk/features/featurethe-future-is-flexible-4302648/

Source: Packaging Today

CDF to showcase Smart Pail®, EZ-Flo™, Bag in Box and IBC liners at Pack Expo 2014

Plymouth, MA, August 15, 2014 – CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will exhibit CDF’s newest products, the EZ-Flo Packaging/Dispensing System and IBC liners for stainless steel totes. There will also be live interactive Smart Pail and bag in box equipment demos in booth# 7664 Lakeside Upper.

Pack Expo International will be held November 2nd to November 5th at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The tradeshow allows representatives of companies from around the world to experience and discover the newest innovations in the processing and packaging markets. http://www.packexpointernational.com

Representing CDF will be Joe Sullivan, President; Tom McCarthy, General Manager; Joe Wanner, Smart Pail Product Manager; Jimmy Pigg, Flexible Packaging Engineer; Iris Thomas, Flexible Packaging Product Manager; Mark Sinn, EZ-Flo Product Manager; and Dave Christian, Jim Gillis, Jayne Handscom and Jake Sullivan, Sales Representatives.

The Smart Pail, a plastic pail replacement system, was developed to offer a more sustainable and cost effective system for transporting semi-viscous, solids and some liquids traditionally shipped in plastic pails. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with a unique wide-mouth laminated peel-reseal lidding film structure offering tamper evidence, easy open-close, excellent oxygen barrier and efficient disposal.

The bag in box liner is the ideal packaging solution for chemical, food, beverage and cosmetic applications ranging in size from 1 liter to 25 liters. CDF offers both form-fit and pillow styles to meet your entire bag in box needs. BIB flexible packaging offers many benefits, such as excellent quality due to superior seam strength and there is no foaming or splashing because the package fills without air.

The EZ-Flo Packaging/Dispensing 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.

The Air-Assist® liner allows the user to realize a more complete evacuation of their product. Less residual product is left inside the liner, resulting in savings to the user. Air-Assist liners are specifically designed for high viscosity products.

Pack Expo tradeshows aim to advance the processing and packaging industry around the world. You can expect to find thousands of engaged attendees, interactive education, and the latest technology and innovations in processing, packaging, and pharmaceutical lifecycle solutions.

CDF exhibits at the Adhesive and Sealant Council Spring Convention & Expo

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 be exhibiting at the April ASC Convention, booth# 402.

Representing CDF will be Bag-in-Box Product Manager Iris Thomas and Regional Sales Manager Leigh Vaughn. CDF will display a wide range of flexible packaging solutions at the ASC Expo on April 29. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical chemical applications. CDF’s bag-in-box liners are an ideal solution for small and large volume needs.

CDF’s newest products, the Smart Pail™, a plastic pail replacement system, and the EZ-Flo™ dispensing system will also be on exhibit at the ASC Expo. The Smart Pail was developed to offer a more sustainable and cost effective system for transporting semi-viscous, solids and some liquids traditionally shipped in plastic pails. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with a unique wide-mouth laminated peel-reseal lidding film structure offering tamper evidence, easy open-close, excellent oxygen barrier and efficient disposal. The end-user simply peels open the peel reseal label, cuts the tamper evident film and pumps, scoops or pours the contents. The peel-reseal lidding can be open and closed multiple times.

The EZ-Flo Dispensing 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.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council Convention and Expo will be held April 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida. The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 124 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. http://www.ascouncil.org