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It's an all-too-familiar predicament; wrestling with plastic packaging that seems like a completely impenetrable fortress. Eventually the scissors come out and by the end of the ordeal the package is a mangled mess. New designs from Snapsil, however, allow consumers to easily open some plastic packaging with one hand, eliminating the "wrap rage" that, at its worst, can cause physical injury. This week we’re also taking a look at a Costa Rican cat food brand that developed packaging for cats to interact with, long after the cat food inside has been eaten. And while it may not carry the same glitz and glamor as the Oscars, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation are plenty prestigious in their own right. Read on for a recap of that event and other news from around the industry.

How to Package a BMX Bike
From Ernest Packaging
EF Proformer  

If there were an X Games of packaging, Ernest Packaging Solutions’ engineers would take the gold medal, and probably the silver and bronze for good measure as we tear off into the sunset on our jetpack skateboards blasting 80s hair metal at full volume.

It’s just how we roll.

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P&G Doubles Down on Recycled Resin
From Plastics News

P&G, in its latest report, indicates that the company believes its will achieve its previously stated goal of reducing packaging by 20 percent per unit of production by 2020.

“Our packaging reduction efforts have continued to deliver cost savings from avoided material usage while still ensuring that our packaging protects the product and meets consumers’ needs,” P&G states in its sustainability report.

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Super Gato: Thinking Inside the Box
From JWT Costa Rica

Super Gato is a local cat food brand in Costa Rica. In the last few years, sales had been dropping and were being left behind by big international brands such as Cat Chow and Whiskas. Super Gato desperately needed to be re-launched to reposition the brand.

Instead of mounting a traditional campaign, the agency proposed that to reposition Super Gato, the brand needed to remake its packaging and shift from a common plastic bag to a box. Based on one simple insight: cats love boxes.

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DuPont Packaging Awards: The Survivors, The Forgotten, and The Lawsuits
From Food Dive
DuPont Logo  

The packaging world has its own version of the Oscars. It's called the DuPonts. Short for the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, it's an international and independently judged competition to find the most ground-breaking ideas in packaging.

The DuPonts aren't just a food-packaging award — packaging for a variety of goods are included. But since the awards inception in 1986, food companies have been big winners.

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Battling Wrap Rage: T.H.E.M. Rolls out Snapsil Easy-Open Technology at Pack Expo 2014
By Noel Ward
Snapsil   Everyone has encountered packaging that seems designed to defy opening without use of hand tools—particularly those with cutting blades. Determined and frustrated consumers have even injured themselves in fits of wrap rage while wrestling a product from its plastic enclosure. more »
Tetra Pak Launches 100% Plant-Based Packaging Materials
From Sustainable Brands
Tetra Rex  

The new Tetra Rex carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard.

Developed in partnership with Braskem, one of the world’s leading biopolymers producers, the new Tetra Rex package will be commercially available in early 2015. Tetra Pak customers using the standard 1 liter Tetra Rex with TwistCap OSO 34 can easily transfer to the new version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.

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Ready to Sell or Not—Not!
By Frank Steenburgh
Frank Steenburgh   It’s a great time to sell a printing or a packaging business. But, as favorable as market conditions may be, is it your time? There are a number of other things to consider before you hang out the "for sale" sign. more »
Menasha Packaging $5M expansion will add 70 jobs
From The Post-Crescent

Menasha Packaging Company will spend $5 million to expand production capacity at its Hartford facility, generating 70 new jobs at the company, including at the Hartford facility and support operations in Neenah.

Menasha Packaging, which specializes in high-end graphic packaging and product merchandising solutions, is a Neenah-based subsidiary of Menasha Corp. The company is investing in machinery and equipment, as well as adding a third shift, to increase production due to increased demand from new and existing customers.

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Packaging Dynamics Put on the Auction Block
From The Wall Street Journal

Private-equity firm Kohlberg & Co. is looking to sell Packaging Dynamics Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

A sale could value the maker of flexible packaging at more than $600 million, including debt, said some of the people.

The auction for Packaging Dynamics is entering its second round, some of the people said. Private-equity driven auctions often whittle down potential buyers, eventually selecting a winner after a third and final round.

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Explosion at Plant Leads to Minor Injury
Bemis Explosion  

Lancaster Fire and EMS departments were dispatched at 5:02 p.m. on Oct. 21 for a report of a press explosion and fire at the Bemis Performance Packaging facility at 1309 Bemis Road. The cause of the initial explosion remains under investigation. The initial explosion ignited a sizeable solvent fire in a press.

First on the scene were members of the Lancaster Police Department, who quickly rerouted traffic off of STH 61 around the plant, and made room for emergency responders.

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RotoMetrics Joins FLAG Family of Suppliers 
RotoMetrics, a supplier and manufacturer of rotary converting tooling, has announced its newly established relationship as a preferred supplier with Flexo Label Advantage Group (FLAG). FLAG was founded in January 2010 as a buying group for independent label printers and converters and has provided a streamlined purchasing approach and significant purchasing power to its members. more »
Apex Adds to Global Leadership Team, Targets Growth In U.S. Market
Apex Group of Companies, which specializes in anilox and metering technologies, has added two executives to the company’s growing leadership team to improve the organization's ability to demonstrate value to more customers, particularly in North America. more »
M&A: Hot Segments in Commercial and Package Printing—And the Multiples They Demand
What are the hottest market segments within the commercial printing and package printing/converting industries? In this Webinar, you will learn from industry M&A experts what niches are most popular with buyers today, and the types of premiums they are willing... more »

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