Cory Francer

Cory Francer

Cory Francer is the editor-in-chief of packagePRINTING.

FTA Forum Opens with Celebration of Flexographic Achievements

The annual FTA Forum got underway on Sunday with an awards reception honoring the industry's achievements and inducting the latest member of the FTA Hall of Fame. Attendees also took part in educational sessions on a variety of flexographic printing topics.

'Wonky' Fruit and Vegetables Criticized for Plastic Packaging

In an effort to curb food waste, U.K.-based grocery store Morrisons has launched a line of "Wonky" fruits and vegetables that are a bit misshapen, but otherwise perfectly good to eat. The plastic used to package these items has led to some social media backlash, raising the issue of reducing food waste with non-recyclable packaging.

How Phipps Label is Building For the Future

Since its founding nearly 30 years ago, Phipps Label has always relied on its entrepreneurial spirit. Now, in an evolving industry that relies on efficiency and versatility, a new state-of-the-art press has the company ready for what’s next.

Top 5 Takeaways From packagePRINTING's Business Challenges Study

A new research report from packagePRINTING, details the top challenges that package printers and converters are facing, along with strategies to overcome them. Here are the Top 5 key takeaways from this latest packaging industry analysis.

What Keeps You Up at Night? Find Answers at the Xeikon Cafe North American Edition

Xeikon Café North America is a unique industry event that helps printers and converters to understand, evaluate and experience all aspects of digital print, enabling you to consciously make critical business decisions. How to profitably produce in a digital way is showcased by industry leaders in software, workflow, consumables, media, digital printing and finishing solutions dedicated to digital manufacturing.

A Closer Look at Packaging Industry Business Challenges and Solutions

In order to maximize the opportunities the packaging industry offers, printers of labels, folding cartons, flexible packaging and corrugated need to be aware of the business challenges they face and have a plan to mitigate their impact. packagePRINTING has released a new research report that details the key challenges package printers face and provides insight into how to solve these issues.

PPC Spring Meeting Highlights Strategies and Leadership

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) held its annual Spring Outlook and Strategies Conference last week in Baltimore. The conference spanned a variety of topics including sales strategies, packaging trends, economic forecasts and building corporate culture.

FPA Helps Members Prep for Impact of Aluminum Tariffs

The recently imposed aluminum tariffs by the Trump administration could have a significant impact on U.S.-based flexible packaging converters, many of which rely on a very thin grade of aluminum foil to implement into a variety of packaging applications. Because much of this foil is produced overseas, the Flexible Packaging Association is helping its members work toward a potential exclusion from these tariffs.

From the Editor: Survey Says ...

In this month's Editor's Note, Editor-in-Chief Cory Francer discusses packagePRINTING's first research report, which was sponsored by SGIA.

Beyond Boxes: Volk Packaging to Honor Military with 'Heroes Wall'

Derek Volk, president of Biddeford, Maine-based corrugated packaging manufacturer Volk Packaging, says he wants his company to be known for more than just making boxes. In May, the company will install the Volk Packaging Heroes Wall, which will feature tiles contributed by the public honoring those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

CSI Dives Into Direct Digital Printing with Complete EFI Nozomi Platform

Corrugated Synergies International (CSI) and EFI made news last week with the announcement that CSI is the first company to purchase the EFI Nozomi C18000 digital press for corrugated, along with the full EFI corrugated packaging platform. Jeffery Dumbach of CSI shared additional insight into the company's decision.