Uncorking a wine bottle constructed with cardboard may at first sound like a fun packaging concept that would appeal to sustainably-minded consumers. But, the Paper Boy brand of wine has presented some issues for brand owner Truett-Hurst. When it was found that some wines had partially oxidized, it cost the company a pretty penny. This week we're also taking a look at a new way to take iced coffee on the go with Kraft's individually packaged coffee concentrate bottles. Now getting that refreshing iced coffee boost is as easy as squirting the syrup from a bottle. Today's inBOX also previews the exciting upcoming Xeikon Café event, new ways to connect with the Flint Group, and a new facility for INX International.

Showcasing the Packaging Innovations: Xeikon Café
By Noel Ward
Xeikon Cafe 2015   Xeikon, together with its Aura partners, is hosting the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations at Xeikon headquarters in Lier, Belgium from March 10 to 12. During the three-day event, visitors will get first-hand updates on the latest trends and innovations in digital label production and have the opportunity to share insights, success stories and technological developments with industry peers. more »
Flint Group Launches New E-News and Social Media Webpage
Flint Group has launched an E-News and Social Media website page designed as a central hub where customers can subscribe to one, or all, of Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web’s three newsletters, or link with Flint Group’s social media sites. more »
Problems with Paper Wine Bottles Blamed for Loss
From The Press Democrat
Paper Wine Bottles  

Truett-Hurst Inc. reported a second-quarter loss of $474,000 on Wednesday as a result of costs attributed to its troubled Paper Boy brand, where manufacturing problems have plagued the unique bottle composed of cardboard with an internal plastic liner.

The Healdsburg company posted $800,000 in charges for loss contingencies and expired inventory stemming from its Paper Boy brand. In January, Truett-Hurst Inc. said it was notified that certain Paper Boy wines were past their shelf life and had partially oxidized, though the wines did not pose a health hazard to consumers.

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INX Begins Operations in Lebanon, Ohio
INX Lebanon  

Fifteen months after breaking ground, INX International Ink Co. has begun moving into its new 63,000 square-foot facility in Lebanon, Ohio. The manufacturing operation is home to nine employees who have moved from a smaller, outdated building about 21 miles southwest in Blue Ash, a suburb of Cincinnati. Currently in the process of hiring new employees and relocating existing employees, INX will employ approximately 38 people in Lebanon.

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Kraft Puts the Squeeze on Maxwell House
From Crain's Chicago Business
Maxwell House  

It's called Maxwell House Iced Coffee Concentrates, a sweetened coffee syrup that is squeezed into water or milk and poured over ice to create an iced coffee. Think of it as Mio with caffeine. The new product, which comes in a 1.6-ounce, 10-serving squeeze bottle priced at $3.99, is part of Kraft's campaign to lure price-sensitive and on-the-go millennials to its 122-year-old Maxwell House brand and, it hopes, keep them as lifelong customers.

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Pet Food Expansion in Topeka
From The Topeka Capital-Journal

Big Heart Pet Brands will build a 70,000-square-foot packaging plant as part of its agreement for tax incentives.

The Joint Economic Development Organization, which administers Shawnee County’s half-cent sales tax, voted unanimously to approve up to $166,760 in incentives to Big Heart to expand its plant at 2200 N.W. Brickyard.

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Crown Paper Group on Acquisition Trail
Crown Paper Group has acquired Port Townsend Holdings Company, which includes the Port Townsend Paper mill in Port Townsend, WA; the Crown Packaging plant in Vancouver BC; the Boxmaster packaging plant, also in Vancouver; and Distribution Centers in Kelowna, BC, and Calgary, AB. more »
Virgin Fiber a Necessity in Chocolate Packaging
From Powder & Bulk Solids
Chocolate Packaging  

“When we choose the paperboard for chocolate packaging, the decisive factor is taste and odor neutrality,” said Tom Du Caju, Du Caju Printing & Packaging, Belgium. “Of course the paperboard must be suitable for the construction we have chosen but if we do not minimize the risk of the chocolate acquiring an off-taste from the packaging material then the rest does not matter.”

This is how Tom Du Caju and his colleagues at Du Caju Printing & Packaging describe their experiences in food packaging. Du Caju is located in Erpe-Mere, just west of Brussels.

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Superior Bond and Super-Clean Opening From H.B. Fuller
HB Fuller   Sesame dry-end technology from H.B. Fuller Co. provides the same benefits of traditional H.B. Fuller tape products, but adds the benefit of running on the dry end of a corrugator. more »
Packaging – It’s Not Just What’s On The Inside That Counts
From Business 2 Community

Innovative product packaging is one of the best ways to encourage the purchase of your product. The style, color, and the way it dispenses the product contained within all need to appeal to your customers. If they don’t, you could find yourselves rapidly losing market share.

Take a look at these innovative packaging ideas to see if you could incorporate any into your brand.

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A New Blue Look For Sanilox
Blue Sanilox   The new Sanilox anilox roll cleaning systems from Eaglewood Technologies are designed with a sleek blue look. more »
Avery Dennison Names Anne L. Bramman Senior Vice President and CFO
Anne Bramman   Avery Dennison Corporation has named Anne L. Bramman as senior vice president and CFO. As CFO, Bramman will lead the company’s finance function, including audit, financial reporting, investor relations, planning and analysis, tax and treasury. She will also oversee information technology. Bramman succeeds Mitchell R. Butier, who was recently named Avery Dennison president and COO. more »
System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business
Author: Philip Paul Beyer
System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business   Philip Beyer has raised the bar in quality and excellence, having spent ten years researching, considering, dissecting, tweaking, writing and implementing business process management systems that brought total order to his business. With his brand new book, System Busters, learn... more »
Frontline Supervision Primer
Author: Don Merit
Frontline Supervision Primer   Graphic arts supervisors face a vast array of managerial issues every day. Beyond its look at the traits, roles, and dilemmas faced by supervisors, this primer offers ways for production supervisors to become better at their jobs and help upper... more »

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