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Though Graph Expo may be in full swing, when it comes to packaging and printing, the news never sleeps. This week's inBOX takes a look at the state of beverage packaging and how it can play a role in the "post-soda" retail environment. We also look at some of the wildly creative innovations in drink packaging (be sure to check out the really cool Warhol-inspired vodka label!) The sensory impact of packaging is another interesting topic of conversation. Can adding elements of touch in packaging increase a consumer's desire to buy a product? We hope you're enjoying Graph Expo and absorbing everything the industry has to offer. Safe travels and we'll see you next week!

HP and KBA Collaborate to Develop High-Volume Inkjet Solutions
 
At GRAPH EXPO 14, HP and Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) announced a collaboration to develop new roll-to-roll inkjet solutions for the high-volume corrugated packaging market. The co-developed solutions will be marketed under the HP brand and will help packaging converters increase productivity, scalability and versatility.
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Opportunities in Fizzy Drinks
From ThomasNet News
 
Pepsi bottle  
The carbonated soft drinks (CSD) segment is a mature category in the beverage market. In recent years it has gone through multiple changes, and this state of flux is expected to continue in the near future, affecting the way packaging is designed and delivered.

Carbonated soft drinks was the largest end-use segment for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) packaging until 2013, when the bottled water category surpassed it. Lower packaging growth is attributed to market saturation and high penetration rates in major markets, along with growing consumer preferences for healthier drink options, such as juices, bottled water, and functional drinks.
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Paper and Packaging Prices on the Rise
From Industrial Distribution
 
Despite business increasingly moving online, businesses and consumers alike still depend on paper, especially in various packaging and shipping markets. The bad news for businesses, however, is that the prices of paper and packaging products are on an upward trend as input costs rise for upstream suppliers and consumer shopping trends drive demand for shipping materials and services. more »
 
 
Getting a Feel for Multi-Sensory Packaging
From Packaging Digest
 
Multi-sensory packaging   Tactility in packaging today takes on many forms and performs wonderfully in myriad leading and supporting roles. It can take the form of a rubber-like grippable surface that makes hard-to-open lids a breeze or heavy containers easy on the hands during transport. It can manifest as an interrupted surface pattern on an aluminum can that refracts light and draws a shopper’s attention, while at the same time allows can makers to thin the sidewalls without sacrificing top load strength. more »
 
 
Packaging Design Drives Beverage Sales
From Progressive Grocer
 
Beverage packaging   Marketing technology company Affinnova recently studied the competitive dynamics of this emerging “post-soda” beverage aisle. Using its design audit technology, Affinnova measured consumer perception of brands in five of the hottest growth areas: liquid water enhancers, energy drinks, flavored sparkling water, flavored enhanced water and sparkling fruit juice. more »
 
 
Beverage Packaging Gets Crazy Creative
From Food Dive
 
Vodka packaging   Drink companies of all sorts — soda makers, juice companies, distillers, and brewers — are pouring resources and talent into making cans and bottles in a way that's as unprecedented as it is fascinating.

We're not sure what is driving the surge in creativity, but it's clear that the craze has three distinct components.
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DuPont Helps Bemis Go Thermal and Eliminate Solvents
 
DuPont Packaging Graphics (DuPont) recently installed a second DuPont Cyrel FAST 3000TD processor at Bemis Graphics, part of Bemis company, Inc., the largest flexible packaging company in the Americas. The Cyrel 3000TD installations allowed Bemis Graphics to completely eliminate solvents and transition to a large-format, high-volume thermal Cyrel FAST workflow that provides high-quality flexographic plates to 17 Bemis printing locations. The complete story of the conversion and collaboration will be presented on October 21 during the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) 2014 fall conference in Minneapolis. more »
 
 
New, Bold and Blue: Rotometrics at LabelExpo Americas
 
RotoMetrics utilized LabelExpo Americas to debut several new products. The new through-hardened, machine-finished RD300 solid die is a superior solution for cutting disposable medical substrates, dust-sensitive labels and tags, in-mold labels, synthetic gasket materials, Velcro, Tyvek and electronic components. The RD300’s strength and durability comes from its superior high chromium D2 steel grade body along with a specialized heat-treating process that provides a full-depth hardness of 58-60 Rockwell. more »
 
 
Anderson & Vreeland Releases a New Infographic: Past, Present and Future of Flexography
 
Anderson & Vreeland has introduced an infographic that summarizes the history of flexography, the present state of flexo, and identifies what the future holds for flexographic printing. more »
 
 
A Trade Show for M&As? In a Way, Yes
By Thomas J. Williams
 
Tom Williams   Companies that achieve new capabilities by educating and re-equipping themselves at trade shows shouldn’t keep their progress a secret. Whether your aim is to be attractive as a seller or credible as a buyer, you’ll want your company to be known as one that’s able to deliver whatever its customers want to buy, especially when those products fall outside the definition of traditional print manufacturing. more »
 
 
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