Ashley Roberts

Ashley Roberts

Ashley Roberts is the Senior Production Editor of the Printing & Packaging Group.

Is Printing on Food a Sustainable Packaging Solution?

To help reduce excess packaging, Valencia, Spain-based Laserfood has developed a food identification technology that utilizes laser marking directly on a food product. In some cases however, what some consumers may see as wasteful, can be a sustainable packaging effort for food waste reduction.

Can Alcohol Packaging Design Regulation Stifle Creativity?

A Welsh brewery was asked to change the design of its packaging because the U.K. alcohol self-regulating body, the Portman Group, determined it could appeal to children and teens under the age of 18. Ensuring that alcohol doesn't end up in the hands of children is imperative, but can regulating design begin to stifle creativity?

Experts Highlight the Keys to Flexo Success

Understanding the tools needed to optimize the flexographic printing process, along with how to determine the return on investment of a capital expenditure, were highlighted in a recent packagePRINTING webinar, "The Keys to Flexo Success: How to Optimize Your Company’s Printing," sponsored by BOBST. 

Folding Carton Converters Showcase the Latest Heidelberg Technology

As part of Heidelberg's recent Packaging Day's event, Netherlands-based Acket drukkerij kartonnage and Belgium-based Smart Packaging Solutions demonstrated how they are utilizing the latest in Heidelberg's offset printing portfolio to create a variety of packaging.

'Predicting the Future' with Software

Although many brand owners still want to hold physical prototypes in their hands, 3D prototyping is growing in popularity because of its versatility and speed to market.

Heidelberg Details Key Trends for Packaging's Future

During last week's Heidelberg Packaging Days event, Stephan Plenz of Heidelberg led a session looking at the future of packaging and the steps that Heidelberg is taking to address needs in the evolving packaging industry.

Heidelberg's Packaging Day Highlights Game-Changing Primefire 106 Technology

The Heidelberg Primefire 106 hybrid press for the folding carton market was the star of the show during the Packaging Day event held from Nov. 8-9 in Wiesloch-Walldorf, Germany. Customers and journalists learned about the technology from both Heidelberg executives and users of the press.

Attracting a New Generation of Employees

A recent packagePRINTING webinar, "How to Find, Train and Retain High Value Employees," offered advice for how to use creative means to attract a new generation of printing industry employees, as well as how to train them and make sure they connect with the company, increasing the chance they will stay long-term.

Harnessing the Brand Message with Packaging

For some brands, the packaging is just as important as the product. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild shares why it places such a strong emphasis on packaging.

The Pink Doughnut Box Phenomenon

The pink doughnut box has become a staple of Southern California, although some doughnut shops have started rebranding.

The Offset Opportunity

New technology in offset printing offers opportunities to cut costs and makeready times and to increase quality control, ultimately winning over new customers and satisfying existing customers. But first you need to know what options are available.