John Kalkowski is Editor in Chief of Flexible Packaging. Kalkowski has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. He has served in executive marketing positions for packaging suppliers and as editor of leading packaging publications.
This year’s Global Pouch West heads to Tempe, Arizona, with a dynamic program targeted to flexible packaging professionals doing business in the western U.S. The event will take place Nov. 13-15 at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes. Come to where brand owners, retailers and suppliers doing business in the West meet to network and discover the latest trends, markets and challenges in flexible packaging.
Maison Mumm is launching Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar this month: a ground-breaking feat of technology that makes it possible for astronauts and other space travelers to enjoy champagne in the challenging surroundings of zero gravity.
As the Packaging Strategies ranking of the largest beverage packaging companies demonstrates, the big just keep getting bigger. Since its merger with SAB Miller in late 2016, Anheuser-Busch InBev has become the undisputed king of the beverage world, leading the list for the second year in a row.
Good design is not good enough anymore, says Mark Dziersk, a recognized expert in industrial design and brand management. “Packaging really has to inspire people. A brand’s package is its product, and a brand is defined by the experience that people have with its packaging.”
For several years, the Packaging Strategies list of the Top 50 Food Packaging Companies has changed very little. Sure, there has been some juggling of the ranks, but once again, Nestlé, JBS, Tyson, Pepsico and Mars round out the top five food packaging companies in the 2018 rankings.
Personal care represents a wide gamut of the consumer packaged goods market, with products ranging from diapers and soaps to high-end beauty products. Consequently, it’s difficult to generalize about the packaging that must fulfill demands for such a wide range of products.
For companies involved in pharmaceutical packaging, 2018 looks like it will be a year of scrambling to meet new regulations on serialization, safety and security, while at the same time responding to market demands for personalized care and generational requirements.