First up, from the attendance at a recent webinar we held, it looks like commercial printers are taking an interest in packaging opportunities. Next, we've had an eye on the nearly year-long packaging saga involving the Hungry Jack brand of syrup. Seemingly out of nowhere, the brand discontinued its beloved microwaveable bottle, which initiated an onslaught of negative feedback toward Hungry Jack via social media. But just last week, through an announcement on its Facebook page, Hungry Jack said the bottle would be back this summer and acknowledged the decision was based its customers' preference for the old style. Speaking of packaging faux pas, we also have a link this week to the "Top 3 Food Packaging Pitfalls," a good reminder of what not to do when packaging food. And from around the industry, we have some insight into why Graph Expo is shifting to the Sunshine State.

Hundreds Take Part in Packaging Webinar for Commercial Printers
By Cory Francer
Adding packaging services is becoming a growing trend for commercial printers, which could have affects for both the commercial and packaging sides of the printing industry. packagePRINTING and Printing Impressions have developed a new webinar series to explore the topic.  more »
FTA Forum Addresses Print Challenges Across Multiple Markets to Meet Customer Expectations
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Flexographic Technical Association’s 2015 Annual Forum will address a variety of print situations head-on in the “Multi-Market Commonalities—Alike But Different” session. Taking place Wednesday, May 6 from 10:30 p.m. to 12:00 p.m., the session will serve as the finale to 2015’s program.

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It’s Back! Hungry Jack’s Microwavable Bottle Returns
By Noel Ward
Hungry Jack Comeback   Hungry Jack fans rejoice! It has been nearly a year since the beloved microwaveable Hungry Jack syrup bottle disappeared from the shelves, but it appears the sustained backlash from fans has paid off. more »
Heading South: Graph Expo Shifts to Orlando
By Noel Ward
For decades, the collective print industry has been able to pencil in a trip to Graph Expo each fall. But the 2016 version of the show will be different, shifting from the Windy City to Orlando, Florida. more »
Top Three Pitfalls In Food Packaging Design
From Food Safety Magazine
Mistakes in the food packaging design process can have serious ramifications including customer dissatisfaction, food safety issues and product recalls. So how can your business avoid making packaging design mistakes? By avoiding the top three packaging design pitfalls, you’ll able to sidestep some of the most common packaging issues facing food manufacturers. more »
Toray Introduces Torayfan PWX5 Film for Extended Shelf Life
Torayfan PWX5   Toray Plastics (America) is now offering CPG's and converters Torayfan PWX5, a metallized BOPP film that is designed for use as a high-performance inner moisture- and oxygen-barrier web in gas-flushed applications. more »
Phoseon Doubles Power Output of 365nm Air Cooled LED Sources
Phoseon Technology now offers an expansion of its FireJetT FJ200 air-cooled product family with 8W/cm2 peak irradiance at 365nm wavelength. UV LED light sources at 365nm are suitable for adhesive and coating applications where high peak 365nm irradiance and fast curing of heat-sensitive substrates are vitally important. more »
Videojet Launches High Adhesion Inks for Returnable Bottles
From cold fill at high speeds to movement throughout the distribution chain, recycled bottling applications require hard-working ink formulations for bottle coding. To meet demands for adhesion, durability and washing, Videojet is launching its latest ink innovation for its 1000 Line of Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) printers (V420 and V528).  more »
TLMI Announces Eugene Singer Award Winners
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At the association’s recent Converter Meeting in Sea Island, GA, TLMI announced the winners of the Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence. One of the industry’s most prestigious honors, the award recognizes excellence in business management measured and defined by an established set of growth and profitability ratios through participation in the TLMI Management Ratio Study.

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Online with FTA and IDEAlliance: G7 and Flexography in Production
The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and IDEAlliance are launching a new, interactive online course, “G7, Flexography and the Production Environment.” Designed for both production and non-production personnel within the flexographic printing industry, the course delivers a comprehensive overview of G7 methodology and outlines its proper implementation to enhance any flexographic workflow. more »
First “Gallus Digital Label Forum”
The Gallus Innovation Days in September 2014 marked the global unveiling of the Gallus DCS 340, a digital printing press developed in collaboration with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and Fujifilm, its partner for inkjet technology. more »
Transilwrap Expands Extrusion Capabilities
Transilwrap Co., a leading manufacturer, converter and distributor of plastic films, has expanded its extrusion line, increasing production capacity of graphics-grade styrene and synthetic paper products by 35 percent and allowing Transilwrap to produce both rolls and sheets up to 70” wide. more »
Consolidated Label Rolls Out Textured Finishes for Shrink Sleeves
Consolidated Texture Shrink Sleeve   Consolidated Label Co. has added special effects capabilities for custom shrink sleeve labels, allowing customers to incorporate texture into their packaging design. more »
Esko Adds Digital Asset Management Provider MediaBeacon
Esko, the leading global player in packaging production and supply chain solutions, has announced the acquisition of MediaBeacon Inc., a leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) software solutions. more »
Customer-Centered Marketing
Author: Gregory S. D'Amico
Customer-Centered Marketing   Learn how to create added value, develop strategic alliances and transform customer relationships into profit-generating partnerships with Customer-Centered Marketing.... more »
Diversifying with Packaging Services: Unlocking Hidden Profit Potential
Author: C. Ted Namur
Diversifying with Packaging Services: Unlocking Hidden Profit Potential   Understand the market drivers and industry culture of packaging and how to successfully add packaging as a profitable complement to your existing print business. Written by industry insider Ted Namur, former executive at Kraft Foods, this is a "must read"... more »

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