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Over time, packaging evolves. Easy-open cans and bottles, resealable snack bags, and child-proof lids are just some examples of innovations that have become commonplace in the packaging sphere. So why has bread packaging stayed so static? This week, we're taking a look at opportunities that exist for packaging manufacturers to look beyond the basic bread bag and try something new. While modernizations like these can increase product sales, simply improving packaging aesthetics can also provide revenue. This was the case for a Vermont-based cleaning product company that realized many consumers consider hand soaps to be display items for their homes. We also have updates this week from around the industry, checking in with companies including Harper, Gallus, and Bemis Co.

Gallus Invests in the Future with a Stronger Digital Team
 
Gallus has a positive view of the future. The Gallus DCS 340 digital label printing machine introduced at the Gallus Innovation Days is set to become a sales hit. Company management has decided to reinforce the team responsible for this digital converting system, recruiting specialist and management staff with expertise in digital printing. more »
 
 
The Key to Sustainable Packaging
From Nation's Restaurant News
 
Sustainable packaging   Sustainable packaging – particularly compostable – solutions have always presented a challenging paradox for restaurant operators and distributors. Balancing the overarching environmental benefit with quality, performance, cost and convenience is no easy task. more »
 
 
Will There be a Run on Bio-Based Packaging Materials Soon?
From Packaging Digest
 
Less than a third (31%) of respondents to Packaging Digest’s 2014 Sustainable Packaging Study are currently using bio-based packaging materials. But looking three to five years down the road, 43% say they plan to use them. That’s an expected increase of 27%—respectable, but not as high as I would have thought, based on the flurry of developments we’ve been seeing. more »
 
 
Can Bread Packaging be Smarter?
From Bakery and Snacks
 
Bread Packaging  
Bread needs a shake up because packaging is fixated on protection and cost, meaning opportunities to spark increased consumer engagement are lost, says a packaging expert.

Andrew Streeter, director of packaging management firm CPS International, said brand owners in the bread category, alongside packaging and equipment suppliers, had to be more creative.
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Digital Packaging Summit: Advancing the Market through Sponsor-Attendee Collaboration
 
The Digital Packaging Summit 2015 will take place November 9-11, 2015 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The Digital Packaging Summit is an invitation-only, hosted summit designed for senior managers and business executives who want to understand how current and future digital production printing technology, software and solutions will impact their business and investment decisions. more »
 
 
Display-Worthy Packaging Doubles Sales
 
Seventh Generation, the eco-friendly brand known for its commitment to a toxin-free environment, recently introduced new packaging for its line of hand wash products and has seen its sales double. more »
 
 
Clear Lam Adds Co-Packaging Capabilities
From Plastics News
 
The new 25,000-square-foot facility will support products using the company’s PrimaPak system and employ 23 workers, the company said.

The site will focus on packaging for test markets, regional rollouts, seasonal items and ongoing national distribution, Clear Lam said.

The co-packing facility will include two production lines for dry, free-flowing products with a combined annual capacity of 20 million units. Additional lines could be added later.
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Pick What You Want—and Go for It
By Thomas J. Williams
 
Tom Williams   Knowing from the get-go exactly what you want to accomplish by purchasing another firm puts you in a winning frame of mind and increases the acquisition's likelihood of success. At New Direction Partners, we know that when a prospective buyer comes to us with a clear picture of the kind of company he or she wants to buy, we can zero in that much more quickly on candidates that will be complementary or accretive to the buyer's present business. more »
 
 
Chemistry Professor Develops Color-Changing Foil Packaging
From Food Production Daily
 
Dr. Heinze, of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) told FoodProductionDaily the idea for the design came after a number of food scandals within the industry which led to an increase in monitoring food freshness and food safety.

“We started the project over three years ago, which is not unusual for a collaboration of this kind,” she said.

The teams designed, synthesized, and employed novel dyes that are used to give the foils their color. These colors change on interaction with amines that are released when the packaged foodstuffs undergo bacterial decomposition.

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Bemis Co. Names Michael Clauer as Vice President and CFO
 
Bemis Co. has announced that its board of directors has elected Michael Clauer to the position of vice president and CFO.
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Lightweight Milk Jugs Use Less Plastic
From Food & Beverage Packaging
 
Lightweight Milk  
The average industry bottle weight ranges from 60-62 grams, but the new Mid-America patented design weighs only 52 grams. "Having a customer as committed to making the new bottle succeed as United Dairy has been is the key to this industry breakthrough," states Peter Lobbestael, vice president of Sales for Mid-America Machining. Lobbestael went on to say, "We believe that we have achieved all of our stated objectives with the development effort, and the feedback we received from United Dairy was instrumental to our success."
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Does In-Aisle Position Affect Color Perception of Packages?
From Science Publications
 
The retail environment is characterized by numerous competing stimuli vying for the consumer¬ís attention. Products packages feature both verbal and nonverbal elements. Nonverbal stimuli, like package colors, seem to be particularly relevant for perception. Knowing whether there is preferential positioning of colored items on the shelves is fundamental for retailers. In addition, some colors may be better perceived than others. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the color perception of packages in a supermarket is affected by their in-aisle position and by their color type. more »
 
 
Midland Paper Strikes the Right Holiday Chord with Digital Edge Board Offering for HP Indigo Presses
 
Midland Paper reports that its Digital Edge Coated 1 Side (C1S) and Coated 2 Side (C2S) Board program for HP Indigo Technology has been a resounding success in 2014. "The most satisfying feedback we have received from our customers thus far is the superior ink adhesion of this product," said Mike Ratcliff of Midland Paper. more »
 
 
Harper Corp. of America Introduces Anilox Surface Cleaner
 
To ensure anilox equipment is producing optimal results, Harper Corp. has introduced Anilox Surface Cleaner, a specially formulated, ready-to-use cleaner designed to remove surface stains and residue blemishes from the surface of ceramic anilox rolls. more »
 
 
Monadnock Enters Licensing Agreement with Smart Planet Technologies
 
Monadnock Paper Mills has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Smart Planet Technologies for use of its extruded EarthCoating technology for adhesive beverage labels in North America. more »
 
 
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