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Times have changed since soda was the soft drink of choice among young people. So with sales down, PepsiCo has launched a new brand of cola that uses vintage style packaging to target millennials—who often have an affinity for some older styles. Yet, while packaging appearance can help make a product stand out on the shelf, consumers are also continuing to value sustainable packaging. Computer company Dell has taken that concept to another level, packaging its products with natural materials that you'll have to see to believe. In other industry news, there's movement at the top at Nilpeter and Gallus. And to keep the manufacturing workforce strong and active, The Dow Chemical Company has launched a very exciting apprenticeship program in locations across the country.

Proper Meat Packaging Prevents Waste
From Food Production Daily
 
Yasmin Siddiqi  

Packaging for meat and Parakh Agro Industries UHT processed milk in aseptic flexible film pouches were some of the topics discussed by DuPont at the PAC Packaging Consortium’s “A Day in the Life” symposium in Toronto, Canada, recently.

The three-day event saw consumer packaged goods (CPG) leaders discuss the evolving retail and branding market taking place within the industry and saw guests including Sealed Air, Amcor, Unilever, and TerraCycle.

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3C! Packaging Continues its Expansion to Indiana
 
3C! Packaging expansion   3C! Packaging has expanded its operations to Evansville, Indiana to better serve Midwestern clients. The company specializes in pharmaceutical packaging solutions, including the design and manufacture of custom folding cartons, printed literature, inserts/outserts, labels/foils and unit dose applications. more »
 
 
Luring Hipsters with Craft Soda
From TakePart
 
Caleb's Kola   Named after Caleb Bradham, the North Carolina pharmacist credited as Pepsi’s inventor, the soda is made with fair trade cane sugar, kola nut extract (“a unique, slightly bitter flavor” from the African rainforest), a secret blend of brown spices, and a hint of citrus. A 10-ounce glass bottle has 110 calories and 29 grams of sugar. So far, several Costco locations in New York, Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., carry the drink. According to trade publication Beverage Digest, the company plans to roll out Caleb’s Kola with other retailers. more »
 
 
Firming Up: U.S. Rigid Bulk Packaging Market to Reach $7.3B in 2018
From Business Standard
 
Growth will represent an improvement from the performance of the 2008-2013 period as manufacturing output and construction activity recover further from post-recession troughs. The resurgence of these segments will fuel rebounds in the production of chemicals and plastic materials, which will support heightened demand for related rigid bulk packaging.
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Dell’s Packaging: Mushrooms, Wheatgrass, and Cow Farts
From Geek
 
Dell1   Anyone who’s ever had a new PC or laptop delivered knows it comes with a heck of a lot of packaging. You’ve typically got the outer cardboard box, then the polystyrene protecting the device and holding it in place, and then the device is further protected inside a plastic bag. The outer cardboard may be easily recycled, but the polystyrene and plastic usually aren’t. However, that’s not the case for Dell products. more »
 
 
How Your Packaging Improves Customer Experience
From Forbes
 
Tyrwhitt boxes   One area of packaging that often gets scant attention is how the product is shipped to the consumer. Often, of course, that’s outside of the control of the product maker or brand. They may do a brilliant job of packaging their product, but when the product is sold outside of a retail environment the seller decides how to protect the item on the way to the consumer. more »
 
 
Fabrico Offers OSHA HCS Labeling Requirements for Products Containing Hazardous Chemicals
 
Fabrico, a company providing manufacturing services for flexible materials and advanced assembly, offers packaging and label printing of OSHA’s Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS), which requires manufacturers of products that contain potentially harmful chemicals to apply hazard information and pictograms on their packaging and labels. more »
 
 
Mark Andy Print Products Offers New tesa SOFTPRINT Secure Tape Line
 
Mark Andy Print Products, the supplies and consumables division of Mark Andy Inc., has announced the addition of the tesa Softprint Secure plate mounting tapes to its pressroom product offerings. more »
 
 
Nilpeter Names Brian Vincent to Vice President of Operations Position
 
Brian Vincent Nilpeter   Nilpeter USA has named Brian Vincent as its new vice president of operations. Vincent will oversee all manufacturing functions, the Technical Development and Engineering Group, Purchasing, and IT in the company's Cincinnati location. more »
 
 
Brian Bishop to Resign as President of Gallus, Inc.
 
Brian Bishop Gallus  
Brian Bishop, the president of Gallus, Inc., will resign as of Oct. 31, 2014. He will become the part-owner of a plastics manufacturing firm in the Cleveland area. With the new position, Bishop will be able to commit more of his time to his family.

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Dow Develops Apprenticeship Program in the U.S.
 
The Dow Chemical Company has announced a U.S. Apprenticeship pilot program at Dow sites nationwide, beginning in 2015. This pilot program supports a major initiative of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort to secure U.S. leadership in emerging technologies, create high-quality manufacturing jobs, and enhance America's global competitiveness. more »
 
 
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