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    Digitally printed, rightsized boxes could change the shape of e-commerce

    EFI and Packsize collaborated on a system they say checks the right boxes to boost packaging customization, which can help brands connect with consumers and improve sustainability. 

    By June 18, 2024
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    Tetra Pak training center expansion offers ‘golden opportunity’ for employee engagement

    Fabio Raffone, a company vice president, describes how virtual and hands-on training sessions help to build the workforce of the future while reducing turnover.

    By May 21, 2024
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    Augmented reality entices brands with endless off-package marketing space

    Brands such as Almond Breeze and Jones Soda have found that visuals accessed via phone cameras can engage and educate shoppers. As the technology advances, packaging will offer increasing opportunities to test this.

    By Leslie Nemo • May 20, 2024
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    Packaging innovations: Bandit Wines cartons offer augmented reality, Huggies ups PCR in diaper bags

    Plus, Dionis Goat Milk Skincare lotion now comes in refill pouches and American Packaging Corp. tackles pet food pouch recyclability.

    By May 6, 2024
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    Design and sustainability opportunities draw in next generation of packaging students

    Greg Batt, who serves as director of the packaging science program at Clemson University, also highlighted the growing role of data.

    By April 15, 2024
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    Eviction threat looms as film recycler Myplas accrues $1.3M in unpaid bills

    Unexpected financial challenges occurred shortly after the company launched its highly anticipated Minnesota polyethylene film recycling operation in December, according to Peter Shippen, Myplas board chair.

    By Updated April 15, 2024
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    5 packaging innovation trends to watch in 2024: SPC

    AI, digital labeling and “paperization” top the movements highlighted in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s inaugural Packaging Innovation Trends Report.

    By April 9, 2024
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    P&G, Dow pursue dissolution technology for recycling rigid, flexible, multilayer plastic packaging

    The in-development technology represents neither mechanical nor advanced recycling, according to Dow. The intent is for the resulting material to be of “near-virgin quality” with a lower greenhouse gas emissions footprint.

    By March 29, 2024
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    How IT and OT can team up on cybersecurity in manufacturing: PMMI

    The association and partners also highlighted post-pandemic investment in remote services at Pack Expo East.

    By March 28, 2024
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    International Paper, O-I Glass win DOE funds for industrial decarbonization

    Targeting “difficult-to-decarbonize sectors,” the Biden administration calls its 33 project awards “the largest investment in industrial decarbonization in American history.” Diageo, Eastman, Gallo Glass and ExxonMobil are also recipients.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Digimarc shifts packaging watermarking strategy to reach producer responsibility organizations

    The company sees EPR laws in U.S. states as a possible catalyst for expansion of its recycling technology. It's now seeking contracts with various types of central buyers that could manage a program at scale.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    Arglass envisions ‘maximum flexibility’ Georgia production site

    The U.S. packaging manufacturer says a forthcoming furnace could make 350 million glass containers per year. The ability for smaller production runs could make it resilient to market trends and more approachable for customers.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Berry invests in stretch film circularity at new innovation and training center

    “State-of-the-art” technology at the center will measure stretch film properties and behaviors, including tensile strength and force-to-load ratio.

    By Feb. 14, 2024
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    From Apple to plastic-free living: Blue Lake Packaging founder describes business pivot

    CEO Ying Liu describes how Blue Lake Packaging aims to expand market reach and product offerings in 2024, noting that “packaging itself can be a product” instead of simply protecting products.

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    Paperboard Packaging Council’s new leader talks importance of listening, representation

    PPC promoted Emily Leonczyk to executive director and vice president. She plans for “feet-on-the-ground” engagement during a series of facility visits to better understand members’ changing needs.

    By Jan. 29, 2024
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    The packaging industry outlook for 2024

    Packaging Dive takes a closer look at what’s in store for policymaking, producer responsibility, plastics and more.

    By Packaging Dive Staff • Jan. 23, 2024
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    Digital inkjet printing’s transformation of the packaging industry

    The technology’s uptake is expected to accelerate. Current use cases include customization to connect with consumers, and future advancements focus on AI and scannable codes. Learn more in our three-part series.

    By Dec. 20, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Customization, AI and scannable codes seen as future opportunities for digital printing

    As the technology’s capabilities broaden, converters are “thinking in completely different ways” about packaging production and predicting it will capture some of analog printing's market share.

    By Dec. 20, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Brands level up packaging with digital printing’s customization, consumer connection options

    From Taylor Swift-printed Amazon boxes to different versions of the same product, digital inkjet printing enables converters such as Fortis Solutions Group, Printpack and Tetra Pak to meet brands' evolving needs.

    By , Dec. 13, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    ‘Revolutionary’ digital printing technology uptake expected to accelerate for packaging

    DS Smith, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, WestRock, O-I Glass and others are among the companies innovating with this technology, which can increase precision and reduce waste. 

    By , Nov. 29, 2023
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    HDPE packaging to get digital watermarking in HolyGrail 2.0 rollout in France

    P&G, which is participating in the initiative to improve plastic recycling rates, hopes to gain insight into “any gaps in the actual chain of custody from manufacture to recycling so that we can ensure optimal circularity.”

    By Oct. 23, 2023
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    Stories from Pack Expo 2023

    Catch up on all of Packaging Dive’s coverage from Las Vegas, including shifting trends and industry leaders’ insights on what’s next.

    By Sept. 26, 2023
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    AI will revolutionize packaging, but strong controls are needed: Pack Expo speakers

    “Packaging is the hardest piece to corral” due to the complexity of the sector’s data, said Specright founder and CEO Matthew Wright.

    By Sept. 25, 2023
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    RFID on packaging gains traction amid food safety and waste concerns

    A tracking system traditionally used for nonperishable items could become more common on certain types of packaging ahead of future traceability requirements from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    By Leslie Nemo • Sept. 12, 2023
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    LanzaTech’s emissions-gobbling microbes help to create plastic packaging

    The growing biotechnology company engineers intermediate components for plastic packaging and aims to reach 300,000 metric tons of production capacity this year.

    By Aug. 31, 2023