Correct packaging, according to specification, is a given in the food sector. It’s about ensuring safety and compliance, and upholding brand reputation. The fundamental requirement is that food is free from unwanted contaminants and high quality; the outer packaging must be accurate and the label correctly positioned, and the product needs to be within the correct weight tolerances. Read how advanced detection technologies can meet retailer and consumer demand for packaging conformity.
Everyone should know Kit Kat chocolate bars—but did you know the wafer in the center is actually made from broken Kit Kat bars? Kit Kat manufacturers leave no bar uneaten. If quality assurance deems that a certain Kit Kat is not up to standards, it will go in the reject pile, ready to be crushed and used to fill other Kit Kats.
Over four months since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, many are still fighting to survive amid the devastation of the storm. For those struggling to find potable water, relief is coming in the form of an innovative pouch developed by Sawyer Products and Flair Flexible Packaging. The new water transport and filtration pouch provides a simple means of collecting, carrying and eliminating pathogenic bacteria from even the most heavily contaminated water.
Foods and beverages, personal care products and household cleaners packaged in clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles face a threat to their formulations and ingredients from ultraviolet (UV) light. In particular, UV light can cause color fading and shifting, create off-flavors and aromas, and reduce vitamin potency. Ultimately, lower product quality and shorter shelf life resulting from UV damage can impact profitability and brand reputation.
Videojet recently surveyed engineers and plant managers in North America about both their understanding of remote capabilities and the benefits of using them. The results point to the need to clarify what remote capabilities are and how they can help keep lines and plants running more smoothly and predictably by today’s standards and the growing trend toward the IoT.
Plastics, paper and other packaging materials bring many benefits to the food supply chain, including sterility and prolonged shelf life. However, there is the potential for transfer of chemicals from the packaging to the food, which is why FDA regulations surrounding food contact materials exist. Understanding this legislation is key to creating effective, safe and legally compliant packaging.
Our digital world makes it easier than ever for marketers to adjust and optimize campaigns in nearly real-time. Brands today can test, optimize and personalize marketing like never-before on an ongoing-basis. But what about the “marketing material” the product comes in (i.e. its packaging)? There’s a permanence associated with packaging once the product goes to market.
As companies approach year end, many department heads start to question how they will set up for success in the upcoming year. Many companies start thinking about how to proactively plan for potential challenges ranging from insufficient resources during periods of heavy work volume or what additional resources could be leveraged to meet tight deadlines. By starting to consider how to best avoid these obstacles, organizations avoid missing launch dates, errors due to rushing and are able to complete projects without disruption.
Every day, consumers around the world are faced with the choice of picking out a product among hundreds along the shelf. Maybe they go for the same familiar brand they always choose, but maybe they decide to try something new. Unappealing packaging and labeling design may deter a consumer from choosing a product. If this happens often enough, it could cause a significant decrease in sales for any company.
At 92 million strong, the millennial generation is the largest in U.S. history. Currently holding over $600 billion in annual purchasing power, millennials’ buying power is predicted to reach $1.4 trillion annually by 2020 and $11.3 trillion by 2030. Like it or not, millennials are taking over the joint.
The September issue of Packaging Strategies is the PACK EXPO Show issue, and offers articles on IIoT, pneumatic systems on a stretch wrapper, sanitary machine design, gender neutral branding, dairy food trends and more!