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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

Six packaging trends for 2016

A new report called “Global Packaging Trends – A Fast-Forward Look at How the Next Generation of Packaging is Engaging Consumers in 2016” identifies six key trends set to transform the global packaging industry this year.

 

These trends include:

  • Digital revolution: The unique capabilities of digital printing have captured the attention of retailers, brand owners and packaging converters globally by creating opportunities to engage consumers on a local, personal and emotional level.
  • Phenomenal flexibles: While brands will still be looking to pouches to capture consumers’ attention, truly innovative brands will be looking to the next generation of rigid/flexible hybrids.
  • Show me the goods: Clear and concise information about ingredients, functional product attributes, or even convenience and safety must be communicated with total transparency.
  • More than “just” green packaging: Two key initiatives are beginning to resonate: a focus on alternative package material sources, and catering to the 63% of U.S. consumers who’ve stated that reusable and repurposable packaging is a key purchasing driver. Going forward, brands cannot afford to ignore this “ecologically friendly” purchasing driver as they develop their brand positioning and marketing strategies.
  • Size matters: If brand owners are to overcome the growing lack of consumer brand loyalty, they must create and deliver packaging that consumers see as right-sized for themselves, their families, and shifting use occasions.
  • Packaging mobile-ution: Moving forward, as brands clamor for innovative ways to engage and connect with shoppers, the mobile environment will become the new front line in the battle to win consumers’ hearts, minds, and wallets.

 

 

To read the full article, please visit

http://www.packworld.com/trends-and-issues/global/six-packaging-trends-2016

 

Source: Packaging World

 

CDF Corporation exhibiting IBC and Bag-in-Box at the IDFA Ice Cream Technology Conference

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 an IBC tote liner and bag-in-box at booth# 5 at the International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference.

 

The International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference will be held April 12th through the 13th at the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. This event is for ice cream and frozen dessert professionals. The Ice Cream Technology Conference focuses specifically on frozen dessert research, technology, new market trends, food safety, labeling and opportunities.

 

CDF offers a wide range of flexible products that satisfy ice cream manufacturers’ needs. Form-fit IBC (cube-shaped) liners provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

 

Air-Assist® liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.

 

Bag-in-box will also be on display. Bag-in-box is the ideal packaging solution for food 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.

 

Representing CDF will be Leigh Vaughn, Regional Manager. Leigh has 25 years of sales management experience in the flexible packaging industry. Combining a deep understanding of packaging, industrial applications and direct customer relationships allows Leigh to offer a consultative approach in these areas.

 

CDF’s Flexible Packaging Division Passes Food Safety Audit

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, has passed a food safety audit for one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies.

An auditor from Quality Assured Solutions was contracted to perform a food safety audit on CDF’s Flexible Packaging division. The food safety audit evaluates many aspects of compliance with respect to food safety, sanitary working conditions, employee training and the proper handling of food products and packaging. CDF’s Flexible Packaging division passed the food safety audit with a score of 88.1 out of 100. With this score, CDF has been approved to supply IBC liners to this highly regarded global food processor.

During the 16 hour audit the Flexible Packaging division showed that many food safety items were already in place, there is an active GMP program in place and there is a working copy of a HACCP plan. The audit was based on the customer’s supplier expectation manual. The manual is the standard and the supplier is assessed against the standard.

“We have been working on many of the GSFI requirements as we get closer to our ultimate goal of SQF Level 2 Certification in 2016. It was reassuring to have a well-respected third party auditor verify we are on the right track,” said Tom McCarthy, Flexible Packaging General Manager.

The auditing company, Quality Assured Solutions, offers world class consulting to the food, beverage and confectionary industries on a domestic and international scope.food

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 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

CDF Corporation exhibiting flexible packaging for pails, drums and IBCs and the Smart Pail™ plastic pail replacement system at the International Dairy Show

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display CDF’s newest product, the Smart Pail, pail and drum liners and the Air-Assist IBC liner at the International Dairy Show and Process Expo 2013 at booth# 752.

The International Dairy Show and Process Expo will take place November 3-6, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Over 800 exhibitors and 15,000 industry professionals are anticipated to attend. The International Dairy Show will bring together those interested in packaging, processing, ingredients, marketing, sales, plant operations, product development, safety, sustainability, and technology for an exchange of ideas and to discover innovative solutions for the current market trends. http://www.dairyshow.com/

Representing CDF will be Tom McCarthy, Flexible Packaging Group General Manager; Joe Wanner, Smart Pail Product Manager; and Leigh Vaughn and Jake Sullivan, Sales Representatives.

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of dairy manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical food applications. The Air-Assist liner for IBC totes is ideal for ice cream variegates and syrups. Air-Assist liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.

The Form-Fit IBC liner is used often for liquid egg, milk, malts, syrups, concentrated fruit, flavorings, fructose, sweeteners and pastes. Form-fit IBC liners provide high performance for top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

CDF’s most recent product addition, the Smart Pail is a plastic pail replacement system. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with the option of a hermetically sealed lid and/or snap-on plastic cover, corrugated box and corrugated lid. The Smart Pail was developed for viscous and dry products, including fillings, frosting and pastes.

CDF exhibiting Smart Pail™ plastic pail replacement system, Cheertainer® bag-in-box and flexible packaging for pails, drums and IBCs at Pack Expo International 2013

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of liners for drums, pails, intermediate bulk containers and flexible packaging, will display CDF’s newest product, the Smart Pail and have live interactive bag in box filling equipment demonstrations at Pack Expo International 2013 at booth# 7838 Upper South.

Pack Expo International 2013 will be held September 23rd to the 25th at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Pack Expo International will focus on the latest developments in packaging technology and will showcase exhibitors’ state-of-the-art advances in packaging machinery, converting machinery, materials, packages and containers and components. www.packexpo.com

Representing CDF will be Joe Sullivan, President; Tom McCarthy, General Manager IBC Division; Joe Wanner, Product Manager Drum and Pail Division; Jimmy Pigg, Cheertainer Applications Engineer; Iris Thomas, Cheertainer Product Manager; and Dave Christian and Jake Sullivan , Sales Representatives.

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of product manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical food, cosmetic and chemical applications. 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 manufactured with CDF1 Smart Seal Technology™, ensuring the ultimate reliability of the package.

CDF’s most recent product addition is the Smart Pail, a plastic pail replacement system. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with the option of a hermetically sealed lid and/or snap-on plastic cover, corrugated box and corrugated lid. The Smart Pail was developed for viscous and dry products.

CDF introducing EZ-Flo Dispensing System at National Restaurant Show

CDF Corporation will introduce CDF’s newest product, the EZ-Flo™ dispensing system at the 2013 National Restaurant Show, booth# 9087 North Hall Level 1.

The National Restaurant Show will be held May 18th to the 21st at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. For nearly a century, the NRA Show has brought together the best and brightest in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry for four days of discovery, sourcing, networking and entertainment. The NRA Show draws 58,000+ industry professionals from all 50 states and 100+ countries. As the international foodservice marketplace, the NRA Show provides unparalleled opportunity for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another, igniting the future of businesses, relationships and ideas. http://show.restaurant.org

The EZ-Flo 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. Markets for the EZ-Flo include: food (condiments, dressings and oils, sauces, dessert and pastry toppings/decorating), chemicals (adhesives, cleaning products, lubricants) and cosmetics (hair care products, hand creams, toothpaste).

CDF’s Smart Pail™, a plastic pail replacement system and the Cheertainer® bag-in-box will also be on display at the NRA Show. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with the option of a hermetically sealed lid and/or snap-on plastic cover, corrugated box and corrugated lid. The Smart Pail was developed for viscous and dry products. Smart Pail markets include: food (fillings, frosting, pastes), chemical (adhesives, greases, inks, lubricants, paints), cosmetic (flakes, lipstick, powders) and construction (powders, drywall mud, concrete additives).

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 manufactured with CDF1 Smart Seal Technology™, ensuring the ultimate reliability of the package. Markets for the Cheertainer include: food and beverage (flavorings, purees, sauces, vinegar, beverage base, coffee, dairy, juice, lemonade, tea, water), chemical (adhesives, agricultural, automotive lubricants, automotive oils, chemicals, coatings, detergents, inks, paints, petroleum) and cosmetic (cleansers, conditioner, cream, liquid makeup, lotion, shampoo, tanning spray).

CDF improves the IBC Form-Fit Liner

The CDF engineering team has created a customer benefit by modifying the IBC form-fit liner to include holes in the perforated flaps. These holes were strategically added to help hold the liner in place during filling; by keeping the liner squared, these flaps make fills easier. Once the IBC form-fit liner is filled, the flaps can be detached and used with a winder for dispensing. CDF was the first flexible packaging manufacturer to add holes to the perforated flaps to a number of customized applications. This feature is now part of all of CDF’s stock IBC form-fit liners.

Form-fit IBC liners provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

Typical form-fit liner markets include chemicals (adhesives, automotive lubricants, automotive oils, chemicals, coatings, concrete drilling additives, detergents, inks, paints, polymer emulsions); cosmetics (conditioner, cream, lipstick, liquid makeup, lotion, mascara, shampoo); food and beverage (concentrated fruit, edible oils, fish oil, fructose, jams, liquid egg, malts, molasses, pastes, sweeteners, syrups, vinegar, juice, wine); and pharmaceutical.

To learn more about CDF’s IBC Form-Fit Liner contact us at 800.443.1920