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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

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.

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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Cheer Pack North America moving operations to W. Bridgewater

Cheer Pack North America LLC, a focused solution provider for brand owners looking at production capabilities for their spouted flexible packaging requirements, is planning to relocate its manufacturing facility from Plymouth, Massachusetts to One United Drive in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts as part of a major capital expansion. The relocation and expansion project will result in the retention of Cheer Pack’s current 35 employees and the addition of 75 new manufacturing jobs resulting in 110 new jobs in the town of West Bridgewater. The company plans to lease 187,500 s.f. in the industrial building, which has a total floor space 315,000 s.f. and has been largely unoccupied for the last couple of years. Cheer Pack develops and manufactures proprietary spouted pouch packaging for the food and beverage industries. According to Steve Gosling, President of Cheer Pack, “The demand for our unique food packaging products has grown tremendously resulting in the need to substantially increase our capacity. It is an exciting opportunity for the company, the town of West Bridgewater, and the entire southeastern Massachusetts region.”

The company plans to make an investment of approximately $23 million over the next five years in building renovations and the purchase and installation of machinery and equipment. According to Mark Kasberg, Treasurer of Cheer Pack, “The building renovations and a significant portion of the machinery and equipment installation will be completed in the first year of the project. We hope to move into the building and commence operations in the second quarter of 2012.” It is expected that all of the 35 employees working in Cheer Pack’s Plymouth facility will continue to work at the new West Bridgewater location, which is 26 miles away.

“There is still a significant amount of work to be done over the next several weeks before the long-term lease is signed and the plan becomes final,” said Rod Jané of New England Expansion Strategies, project consultant for Cheer Pack North America. The company is working with town officials and boards to obtain permits for the project. Additionally, the company and the town are exploring the possibility of Tax Increment Financing, as well as investment tax credits from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Economic Development Incentives Program. West Bridgewater joined the Brockton area Economic Target Area in 2004 for the purpose of being able to offer state and local benefits for job creating projects like the Cheer Pack project. “In order to earn these benefits, the company will have to commit to job creation and investment goals and deliver on those goals,” said Jané. He added that “the West Bridgewater town officials and boards have been absolutely great to work with. They have been responsive and very helpful. This is clearly a business friendly town.”

‘Melting pot’ innovations merit high scores

The 2011 fourth-quarter Shelf Impact!/Dragon Rouge survey of innovative packaging awarded products that holistically combined creative concept, design, and execution: a wellness water that uses an active cap to deliver vitamins, a twist on concentrated cleaner packaging, and an appetizing pack design for organic baby food.

With a composite score ranging from 3.5 to 3.7 on a five-point scale, the three packaging innovations that lead our report are Karma Wellness Water, Ella’s Kitchen’s new organic baby food packaging, and SC Johnson’s new Smart Twist all-in-one cleaning system. While all three scored high across the board, they were exceptionally strong with relation to concept idea, structure, and graphics.

Taking the top spot this quarter is a new line of natural, nutrient-enhanced water. Unlike other nutrient-enhanced waters, where the vitamins are premixed with the water, Karma has developed KarmaCap, a proprietary technology that allows the vitamins to be contained in an airtight cap. When you’re ready to open the bottle and release the vitamins, simply peel off the top sticker, push the cap down, and shake! Since vitamins deteriorate in water, premixed drinks lose their strength over time. Karma allows you to enjoy all the vitamins’ benefits at their maximum potency.

With five different varieties, each focusing on a different health benefit, the line differentiates itself on-shelf through its square bottle shape, unique cap, and strong flavor cues. The uniqueness of the active cap technology caters to the idea of fresh convenience, clearly communicating the benefits and value of achieving the maximum vitamin potency when you need it most.

Fresh, on-the-go convenience is also exhibited in the new packaging for Ella’s Kitchen, an organic children and baby food brand in the U.K. The goal of the project was to harmonize and evolve the packaging to bring greater visibility and recognition of the brand mark across the line, provide a clear and simple communications hierarchy, and ensure that designs are appealing and differentiating. The new “at a glance” age-and-stage communication system cuts through the clutter, allowing moms to conveniently identify which product they need without having to invest time deconstructing the information on-pack. The vibrant colors and messaging such as “I’m Organic” further emphasize the freshness of the product.

Following the convenience theme, SC Johnson has introduced a new take on concentrated cleaning solutions with an all-in-one cleaning system. The system, called “Smart Twist,” was created to help consumers clean more efficiently and effectively by enabling them to choose three of their five favorite cleaners to dock at one time in a simple, lightweight sprayer that adds the water. Consumers simply fill the tank of the handheld sprayer with water and snap each of the concentrate containers into place. When they are ready to use the system, they simply twist the carousel to the desired cleaner. The new system is convenient for consumers and also takes up substantially less space than having to store each product individually.

 

‘True innovation’ requires a well-rounded approach
Regardless of average or above-average scores in one category over another, the three products that scored the lowest only further prove that true innovation requires a well-rounded approach—everything matters!

As part of its “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” initiative, nut processor John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Elgin, IL, decided to transition the current packaging for its Fisher Nuts brand from a composite can to a lightweight, clear PET package. The new see-through PET container provides more sustainability as well as a greater perception of freshness and in turn inspired a complete brand makeover. While the materials and production of the new packaging ranked high, the design concept and graphics fell short, as the new logotype and graphics don’t match the new overall contemporary look and feel of the structure and the campaign, “Freshness You Can See.”

Something Natural is a new brand of all-natural flavored sparkling water that blends the healthful and refreshing qualities of sparkling water with delicious fruit flavors. While the Something Natural brand was created to prove that less is more, the liquid and the name may deliver on this promise, but the design does not. Quite simply, the flock of birds design on the front of the bottle clutters up the pack, detracting from the simplicity and elegance of the overall design.

Similarly lacking in concept and graphics, Mountain Dew also falls short with its new bottle. The intent of the new structure and design was to reenergize the brand with a distinctive, new PET bottle design that more fittingly meets its promise of robust, spirited fun, exuberance, and refreshment. The new bottle features a distinctive silhouette that provides the package with a solid shelf presence. A label less than half the size of the brand’s previous label allows the bottle’s shape to be the point of differentiation for the brand. But respondents gave the new design unfavorable reviews, thus overshadowing the bold textural elements meant to add excitement.

 

Tips for 2012 design
As you wrap up 2011 and begin to think about how to create packaging innovation in 2012, try to keep these fundamental guidelines in mind:
• Begin with a solid foundation. If you don’t have an amazing concept, you won’t have anywhere to place a stake in the ground.
• Don’t overthink it! Simplicity and convenience are key… everything else will follow.
• Remember that the whole is greater than the sum of all parts—you can have really great design, a stand-out structure, sustainable materials, etc., but none of that matters if they don’t mesh well as a whole.

The author, Eric Zeitoun, is president of Dragon Rouge USA, an international brand and design consultancy. Contact him at eric@dragonrouge-usa.com or at 212/367-8800.

Source: Packaging World

Cheer Pack pouches at PLMA

cheer pack flexible pouches

PLMA’s Private Label Tradeshow will be held November 13-15 at the Rosemont Convention Center in Chicago, IL.  Steve Gosling will be representing Cheer Pack North America at PLMA. With more than 30 years of management experience, Gosling’s expertise has covered a wide array of applications throughout the packaging industry. His contributions have been largely focused in the areas of product management, engineering and new product development. In his current role as President of Cheer Pack North America, Steve is responsible for the successful integration of Cheer Pack into the North American market, including the support of co-packing facilities and filling equipment.

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.

Cheertainer bag in box used for beverages

The idea of bringing great tasting beverages to consumers in an ecologically friendly way is the entire idea behind Big Easy Blends. In 2007 Antonio LaMartina and Craig Cordes in an entrepreneurial venture had manufactured all natural margarita beverages; their next venture is to find a durable and ecological packaging.

The product formally launched earlier this year, the product was marketed under the Cordina Mar-GO-rita brand and now has expanded from Louisiana to Florida, Texas and California with further expansion on the horizon to South Korea, Vietnam, Brazil and Israel.

The creation of the Cordina Mar-GO-rita came after there was a dispute on a public beach where the use of glass containers was prohibited. The company, according to Craig Cordes, “wanted a better way to carry premixed beverages” that was permitted in public areas.

The launch of the Big Easy Blends on-the-go pouch has come with great success, not only with packing but with the product itself. The company has sold the single-serve retail product, but in addition to that they have ventured out into the restaurants industry which requires larger capacity packaging. “Restaurants liked the drink mix, but wanted a version to better control inventory and to deliver a more consistent product to the consumer,” explained Cordes.

In April 2009, while attending the Nation Restaurant Association trade show in Chicago, IL, Big Easy Blends was introduced to the CDF Corporation. The CDF Corporation, the manufacturer of the Cheertainer, a flexible form-fit bag-in-box, provided the ideal solution to Cordes’ need.

Now instead of selling their pouches directly to bars and restaurants Big Easy Blends fills their products in CDF’s five gallon bag-in-box. The company then distributes the completed package to restaurants across the southern United States as a more cost effective to market their product in bulk.

Cheertainer’s strength, durability and ease-of-use is one of the things that has impressed Cordes, further noting “the structural quality if amazing” and has had no complaints with leaking or flex cracking; two significant detractors for competitive products.

As oppose to traditional packaging, the Cheertainer is an environmentally conscious, innovative, alternative. Manufactured in standard sizes of 5, 10 and 20 liters (1,2,5 gallons), the form-fit, square design allows for seamless filling and full dispensing of the product.

Due to its unique design and material strength, the Cheetainer improves efficiencies in the restaurant industry because it can be stored in many capacities; whether it is frozen or needed to be kept dry. The Cheertainer solves many of the common problems associated with competitive products, like fitment positioning, dispense operation and flex cracking. The Cheertainer provides and eco-smart choice for the customer, without sacrificing the quality and reliability demanded throughout the marketplace. Its reduced plastic consumption minimizes packaging requirements and maximizes transportation and storage efficiencies.

For Big Easy Blends, the Cheertainer has aided in the company’s expansion into new markets. In addition to the restaurant industry, Big Easy Blends product has expanded into retail outlets, liquor stores and convenience stores. Furthermore, the company is looking to grow to include daiquiris and mojitos. The Cheetainer has aided this growth, providing consumers with a user-friendly product that improves efficiencies and turnover.

By moving forward with cost-effective and an environmentally responsible direction, Big Easy Blends will realize continued growth, expanded opportunity and a sustainable future.

CDF exhibited flexible packaging at Pack Expo

CDF, manufacturer of liquid packaging products and solutions that meet customers’ environmental goals, exhibited at Pack Expo Oct 31-Nov 3, 2010, Booth# 4169, North Hall. CDF demonstrated Cheertainer bag in box and Cheer Pack consumer pouch filling at the booth. CDF’s showcased products included liners and accessories for pails, drums, intermediate bulk containers, bag in box and pouches.

CDF selected to exhibit for Nestle

CDF Corporation displayed flexible packaging solutions at TOPS Exhibition & Innovation Fair at Nestle PTC. CDF was one of ten packaging suppliers selected by Nestle to exhibit. The packaging focus of the show was sustainability (greener design, reduced energy consumption, waste management), new trends and cost-cutting solutions.

Representing CDF was Steve Gosling, Technical Director of New Product Development and Iris Kennedy, Cheertainer Product Manager.

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 successful integration of Cheer Pack into the North America market. Cheer Pack North America is an international partnership between CDF Corporation, Gualapack and Hosokawa Yoko. Steve is playing a critical role in the launch, development and growth of Cheer Pack North America.

In her current role as Product Manager of the Cheertainer bag-in-box product line, Iris is responsible for the development and growth of the Cheertainer brand in North America and the subsequent coordination with CDF’s European business affiliate. Her current business goals are to increase awareness of the benefits of flexible packaging and to increase Cheertainer market share in North America. Iris is working closely with the beverage, chemical and petroleum markets.

CDF offers a wide range of flexible products that satisfy customer’s environmental needs.

The Cheertainer, CDF’s form-fit bag in box, is an ideal solution for small and large volume needs. Ranging in size from 5 to 20 liters, the Cheertainer is UN certified and manufactured with CDF1 Smart Seal Technology™, ensuring the ultimate reliability of the package.

The Cheer Pack is a flexible spouted single-serve retail pouch serving the food and beverage and cosmetic industries. 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.