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    Tracking packaging mergers and acquisitions in 2024

    PSB Industries is acquiring cosmetics packaging manufacturer Quadpack; Suzano is purchasing two Pactiv Evergreen mills; AWT Labels acquired a RFID company; and more.

    Updated July 17, 2024
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    Pactiv Evergreen to divest facilities in North Carolina, Arkansas in $110M cash deal

    The pending sale to Suzano is the culmination of a lengthy strategic review by Pactiv Evergreen as the company also restructures its beverage and food merchandising businesses and explores footprint optimization.

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    Novolex upped its PCR use, product recyclability in 2023

    The plastic, fiber and bio-based packaging company also touted its increased investments in compostable and reusable solutions in its newly released 2023 sustainability report. 

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    EPA grants petition to review PFAS in fluorinated plastic containers

    The agency intends to request information on the prevalence of these containers in the U.S., potential alternatives to the fluorination process and risk mitigation measures. This follows a court battle with manufacturer Inhance Technologies.

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    5 packaging stats from Amazon’s sustainability report

    Amazon fell short on its 2023 device packaging recyclability goal, but it grew the share of products that can ship without added packaging and improved lightweighting.

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    Packaging innovations: Clearly Canadian’s metal multipack makeover, Oman Air’s plastic purge

    Plus, Amcor Capsules and Moët & Chandon get foiled, Georgia-Pacific wraps its toilet paper in paper and Contempo Specialty Packaging introduces compostable and reusable cannabis packaging.

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    US Plastics Pact hires new CEO with flexible packaging expertise

    On the heels of the organization pushing goals from 2025 to 2030, CEO Jonathan Quinn discusses opportunities to tackle challenges with creating a “plastics circular economy.”

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    2024 packaging M&A trends: Megadeals are in, destocking hangover is out

    Despite several high-profile megadeals between large packaging companies in recent months, small companies make up more volume than meets the eye, according to analysts. And international transactions are gaining prominence. 

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    Starbucks, KFC, Peet’s Coffee collaborate on citywide reusable cups project

    Closed Loop Partners describes the Petaluma, California, project as a first-of-its-kind initiative for a U.S. city in which reusable to-go cups are the default option across multiple restaurants.

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    Social media-driven redesigns: Lessons from a packaging pickle

    Platforms such as Instagram and TikTok have created space for packaging to go viral for not-so-good reasons. But they also give brands such as Grillo’s Pickles a potentially powerful new tool for garnering consumer feedback.

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    Lenovo banks on bamboo to bump plastic packaging

    In addition to expanding its use of bamboo fiber material in 2023, electronics company Lenovo also increased its use of ocean-bound plastics in product packaging.

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    Smurfit Kappa completes acquisition of WestRock

    “Smurfit WestRock is going to conquer the world of sustainable, paper-based packaging,” said CEO Tony Smurfit before ringing the NYSE’s opening bell.

    Updated July 8, 2024
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    What brands and retailers are saying about sustainable packaging in 2024

    Consumer tech companies Lenovo and Google and beverage giants PepsiCo and Keurig Dr Pepper are some of the businesses that have shared updates on packaging changes and sustainability progress in 2024 reports.

    Updated July 10, 2024
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    Companies begin to signal changes to 2025 plastic targets

    Halfway through 2024, some organizations have said they’re off track or are switching gears to focus on new goals or more distant target years.

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    2024’s biggest packaging acquisition news

    The year has seen a flurry of news and rumors about major transactions involving International Paper, DS Smith, Berry Global, Sonoco, WestRock, Smurfit Kappa and more.

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    New Jersey Senate passes bill to rightsize shipping boxes

    Have you ever received a tiny item in a huge box? Some legislators want to require retailers to keep that ratio in check. It’s one of multiple packaging bills in play in the state, among others related to PFAS, EPR and plastic utensils.

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    Departing WestRock CEO Sewell reflects on his tenure and company’s future

    In an interview, David Sewell discussed fiber pricing trends, infrastructure investment strategies, the importance of innovation and highlights from his time at the helm of WestRock, which comes to an end July 5.

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    Google inches toward 2025 plastic-free packaging goal

    The tech giant eliminated plastic in the packaging for its newest Pixel phones.

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    Packaging companies and CPGs prepare for EU’s tethered bottle cap regulation

    Berry Global, Sidel and others worked with companies to redesign beverage containers ahead of a new mandate taking effect in July.

    Updated July 3, 2024
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    Grove explains decision to drop plastic-free by 2025 goal

    The home essentials marketplace operator said eliminating plastic would require legislation and “massive transformation in the CPG ecosystem.” Spray pumps and laundry pods are some of the items where plastic still plays a role.

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    Ardagh, McKinley, Tupperware among large layoff announcers in June

    Packaging companies disclosed more than 1,000 layoffs that will take place across the U.S. this summer and fall, according to state filings.

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    US Supreme Court overturns Chevron doctrine, limiting federal agency reach

    Federal courts will no longer have to defer to agency regulations for interpretation of ambiguous statutes.

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    Packaging manufacturers set big sustainability goals. How are they doing?

    For 2023, O-I Glass reported a small uptick in the rate of recycled content used in external cullet, as well as slightly lower scope 1 and 2 emissions.

    Updated June 28, 2024
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    SPC launches group focused on inclusion, representation in packaging

    The Sustainable Packaging Coalition expects its work in this area could result in scholarships to events, reallocating consumer education dollars and creating a mentorship network.

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    Packaging laws taking effect in 2024

    Multiple state regulations come into force in July, including stricter certification and labeling standards for compostables in Colorado.