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EZ-Flo voted Top Product at Association for Dressings and Sauces Technical Meeting

CDF Corporation’s newest product the “EZ-Flo™ Packaging and Dispensing System” was voted the top product presentation at the Association for Dressings and Sauces Spring meeting.

At the New Products and Services Presentations, CDF Corporation presented their newest product, 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.

During the ADS 2015 Technical Meeting attendees of the New Products and Services Presentations selected the top products deemed to be the most relevant to the dressings and sauces industry. The products were evaluated based on the following criteria: the product is new to the dressings and sauces industry, the product is innovative and the product is of benefit to the dressings and sauces industry. The information on the top four products has been compiled and is now located on the ADS website http://www.dressings-sauces.org/achievements-new-products-and-services.

The Association for Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting was held May 3rd – 5th at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. The technical meeting included varied technical sessions that provided know-how and solutions for dressings, sauces and other condiment product manufacturers and suppliers.

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 through a governing body of a 16-member Board of Directors and eight working committees. http://www.dressings-sauces.org/

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.

Link to read more: http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Packaging/Flexible-packaging-emphasizes-convenience

Source: Food Production Daily

Growth and fragmentation in flexibles gives brands food for thought

Flexible packaging is finding new applications for consumers, currently pouches and other flexibles are involved in snacking from adults to toddlers. They are finding a wide range of products to target every consumer. Flexible packaging is offering unique shapes, functions, and convenience. Quite literally, this form of packaging is presenting its self as flexible for the needs of many industries. The flexible packaging industry is not pigeon holing either, the genius of the product is that it is flexible for those looking to convert, and those who are looking to be innovative and differentiate their product.

Between 2012 and 2013, the use of pouches for snacks grew 7%, the use of pouches for sauces and seasonings saw growth of 20%. Over the past decade, pouches have become quite the competition for traditional rigid packaging and has been embraced by U.S. consumers for the ease of use and accessibility. Going forward, we can count of seeing innovative designs, convenient uses, and easy storing.

To read the full article please visit: http://www.packagingdigest.com/flexible-packaging/growth-and-fragmentation-in-flexibles-gives-brands-food-for-thought140731

Source: Packaging Digest

Plastic is the sustainable packaging choice according to new study

According to a new study titled Impact of Plastics Packaging on Life Cycle Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States and Canada by Franklin Associates for the American Chemistry Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, six major categories of plastic packaging significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging made with alternative materials. Using 2010 as a baseline year, the data shows replacing plastic packaging with alternative materials would result in 4.5 times more packaging weight, an 80% increase in energy use and 130% more global warming potential.

The study examines the six major packaging resins (low density polyethylene, high density PE, polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene, expanded PS, PET) against paper, glass, steel, aluminum, textiles, rubber and cork. The study considers the implications of the materials used in caps and closures, beverage containers, other rigid containers, shopping bags, shrink wrap, and other flexible packaging in a detailed life cycle assessment.

“The benefits hold up across a range of different kinds of applications and materials,” said Keith Christman, managing director of plastics markets for ACC. “Because plastics use so much less material in the first place it results in dramatic greenhouse gas reduction, and that’s just the start. It really adds up across the different types of packaging, to the equivalent of taking more than15 million cars off the road.”

Source: Plastics News

Bag-in-Box Smart Inventions

“An innovative, flexible packaging that flattens the competition” is the best way to describe CDF Corporation’s bag in box design. The Cheertainer bag in box is a gusseted, form-fit multi-ply bag that is marketed towards chemicals, cosmetics, food & beverage and medical markets. Although relatively new to manufacturing in the Plymouth area, the product goes back to 1995 in Asia, relates Product Manager Iris Thomas. The product is patented and owned by Japan’s Hosokawa Yoko Co.

The Cheertainer bag-in-box holds a wide range of markets, ranging from food & beverages to paints, inks and petroleum. So what is the big draw to Cheertainer? Iris Thomas feels the Cheertainer is a “real hit” because of the sustainability movement, she continues, “it’s a flexible bag, and a replacement to rigid packaging.” She continues, “The bags use less plastic, which translates into saving in warehouse space and transportation, which saves fuel and money,” she says, “they generally have lower cost performance because they’re better in fill and dispensing. It dispenses almost 100 percent of product,” she explains, “There’s not a lot of product trapped in the fold. It’s also safer than rigid packaging.”  In Plymouth, CDF is capable of manufacturing five million bags a year; however the plant is a long way from reaching capacity.

Further advantages to the Cheertainer include, replacing rigid packaging like cube-shaped inserts, cans and plastic pails, the Cheertainer is suitable for semi-automatic and fully automatic lines. The design of the Cheertainer is essentially a flat bag, this design minimizes shipping and warehouse space requirements, the flexibility, and shape minimizes dead space, this allows for more products per pallet. Using the consumer has benefits for using the Cheertainer, the bag fills without using air which eliminates splashing and foaming, the bag has superior seam strength and the fitment is always in the correct position, furthermore the lack of internal folds improves the filling and dispensing of the product- the dispensing if so accurate ranging around 99.9% dispensing of nearly any product.

There’s more to Cheer about!

In the CDF family is Cheer Pack, also deriving from Hosokawa in Asia, a stand up pouch with a cap, good for dispensing yogurts, ice creams and jellies. Cheer Packs President Steve Gosling, has supplied its Cheer Pack to Dole Foods Canada which distributes its five flavors of applesauce in the pouch.

Gosling states, “We produce 1.2 billion pouches a year with this fitting and ninety percent is for children’s products.” The pouches can now be found at seven national food stores, including Whole Foods and Babies R Us. Steve Gosling described the pouches as convenient because of their reclosable application, the no spill advantage and the shelf life of the product is stable for 24 months.

Made with multi-layer laminate material, with an outer layer of polyester which is capable of high-resolution graphic printing, a layer of aluminum foil for excellent barrier properties, another layer of polyester for shock and pressure resistance and lastly, internal layer of polyethylene for direct food contact.

The typical markets for Cheer Pack include energy drinks, beverages, yogurt, and sorbet. Other markets include cosmetics, gels, inks, shampoos, lotions and creams. One of the advantages of the pouches is the tamper-evident, screw on top to ensure safe usage.

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http://www.industrytoday.com/article_view.asp?ArticleID=2504

Cheer Pack North America expanding

Cheer Pack North America, a focused solution provider for brand owners looking at production capabilities for their spouted flexible packaging requirements, has expanded its manufacturing presence in the New England region by moving into a 30,000 square foot facility in Plymouth, MA.

The facility in the Plymouth Industrial Park features office and manufacturing space. CPNA has expansion plans to convert films and manufacture pouches, as well as injection molding in the very near future. Cheer Pack North America’s business and staff are growing rapidly and further expansion in New England and the West Coast are already underway.

“Cheer Pack North America’s workforce has grown very rapidly in the last year and we are still on track to expand,” stated Steve Gosling, Cheer Pack North America President. “The challenge in expanding business is finding qualified staff. We are always looking for skilled employees to grow with the company.”

The Cheer Pack® is a flexible spouted 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 baby food and children’s snacks. 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.