Meeting the Demands and Preferences of the Future Consumer: Future-Proofing Packaging

Consumer trend forecaster WGSN released a Future Consumer 2024 white paper examining “key consumer sentiments and profiles, and the action points brands need to take to win minds and market share.” The four principal consumer personas for 2024 introduced in the white paper include: Regulators According to the white paper, this persona relies on consistency as a survival mechanism, wants a healthy work-life balance and desires frictionless commerce to maintain control. Connectors “Determined to rewrite the rules of entrepreneurship and fractional living,” Connectors are taking a stance against hustle culture and are quitting their jobs as they redefine the meaning of success. Memory Makers Memory Makers have a focus on decluttering lives and redefining family values. This persona “will transform [...]

November 29th, 2022|Uncategorized|

CCT at PLMA Chicago 2022: Packaging Innovation, Sustainability and Accessibility on Display

The CCT team recently returned from the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) trade show and new product expo held in Chicago November 13-15. The largest store brands event in North America, the trade show features the latest innovations from exhibitors around the world. One of the standout innovations on display at the show, the EEASY Lid captured attention at the event for its innovative, sustainable and accessible design.  Themed “Consumers Are Back in Charge,” a nod to the evolving attitudes and demands of post-pandemic shoppers, the show attracted approximately 5,000 buyers from major supermarkets, supercenters, wholesale clubs, drug chains, mass merchandisers, specialty chains, dollar stores, e-commerce retailers, importers, exporters, distributors and more.  Among the more than 1,400 exhibitors at the [...]

November 22nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Media Buzz: EEASY Lid Debuts on New Pasta Sauce Line from Boyer’s Food Market

From local newspapers to trade publications, to broadcast media to social media, the debut of the EEASY Lid on the new in-house private label pasta sauce line from Pennsylvania-based Boyer’s Food Market was all the buzz last month. The October 12 announcement of the availability of the EEASY Lid lug version on Boyer’s pasta sauce line made headlines such as: Pa. supermarket chain is 1st in the country to launch new EEASY Lid jar Boyer's introduces EEASY lid on its brand of pasta sauces Supermarket chain is the first in the country to launch the new EEASY Lid Jar Boyer's new EEASY Lids: First jar lid innovation in over 75 years Boyer’s Markets first supermarket in the nation to sell [...]

November 10th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Growth of Private Label Brands: Packaging Matters 

The number of private label products in the grocery sector is growing. As inflation continues to rise, cost conscious consumers are increasingly purchasing more economical grocery store private label brands. While cost is one factor driving the growth of private label brands, food retailers and manufacturers are using other strategies to ensure this growth remains strong. To keep private label product market share growing, these enterprises are investing in sustainable, inclusive packaging to align with consumer preferences and provide a better consumer experience.   A Power of Private Brands 2022 report by the Food Industry Association revealed that 40% of consumers have bought more private brands since before the pandemic, and three-quarters of these shoppers plan to continue this trend.   While [...]

November 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

Since 1985, the month of October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual campaign strives to increase breast cancer awareness, show support for the many people affected by the disease, and raise funds for researching its causes, treatment and cure.   Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Globally, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the most common cancer overall. In the United States, it is estimated that one in eight women will be diagnosed with this devastating disease and, on average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes. This year, 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and approximately 43,250 women will die from breast cancer, [...]

October 25th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Lightweight Packing Increases Sustainability and Reduces Transport Costs 

Image via Plastics Today  Less is more. That statement is particularly true when it comes to lightweight packaging. Brands are adopting lighter weight packaging strategies to align with consumer demand for more sustainable products. Companies are replacing packaging material with lighter weight alternatives to create cost efficiencies in the supply chain and decrease the amount of packaging waste. Packaging is a significant contributor to consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies greenhouse gas emissions, making up from 10-30% of their carbon footprint. Heavier and larger packaging that takes up more space and requires more fuel for delivery drives up these emissions. The trend toward lightweight packaging is gaining momentum not only to increase sustainability but to reduce transport costs. According to a [...]

October 18th, 2022|Uncategorized|

CCT’s EEASY Lid Officially Debuts in Boyer’s Food Markets 

It’s an exciting time at CCT! Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 12, the EEASY Lid made its official debut on Boyer’s Food Markets’ new in-house pasta sauce line available in all 19 of its stores across Pennsylvania. Boyer’s customers will be the first in the nation to experience the breakthrough jar lid technology that makes jars up to 50% easier to open. Ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 12, at Boyer’s Food Markets’ Orwigsburg store Boyer’s selected the EEASY Lid to package its signature line of pasta sauces to enhance the consumer product experience by putting an end to the frustration of opening stubborn jar lids. Because the EEASY Lid eliminates the struggle of opening jar lids, [...]

October 14th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Behind the Scenes: A Photo Tour of CCT’s State-of the-Art Technology Center

CCT’s state-of-the-art technology center, located at our headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, is where we manufacture the software designed EEASY Lid. The 16,000 square-foot facility houses custom machinery designed to produce the CT and aluminum lug versions of the EEASY Lid.  Each machine in CCT’s production line performs a specific task that builds a component of the EEASY Lid as it moves down the line. When the process is complete, the finished product is the most innovative, easy-to-open jar lid on the market.  CCT’s production line has the capacity to produce about 800 aluminum lug EEASY Lids per minute – more than 250 million annually.   Before embarking on a photo tour of our technology center, we thought it would be helpful [...]

October 4th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Supply Chain Back to Normal? Not Quite. 

While pandemic-induced supply chain bottlenecks are showing signs of easing, supply chain issues continue to impact a wide spectrum of products from cars to electronics to food. Transportation capacity shortages, labor shortages, raw material shortages and fluctuating consumer demand continue to contribute to supply chain disruption. With the peak holiday buying season right around the corner, limited availability or stockouts of some products are expected to impact holiday shoppers.  Image via Logistics Viewpoints A return to stabilized supply chains is not expected this year or even next according to a survey of supply chain executives conducted by Carl Marks Advisors in partnership with SupplyChainBrain. The research found that more than half of all survey respondents don’t expect a return to a [...]

September 28th, 2022|Uncategorized|

CCT In the News 

Last month, CCT was featured in a major packaging industry publication and a leading retail food industry publication. This media coverage increased visibility for the EEASY Lid among key audiences including food manufacturers, grocers and packaging engineers and executives.    Here’s the latest recap of CCT in the news:   Packaging Insights   CCT’s EEASY Lid was recently featured in Packaging Insights, the go-to platform for all packaging related insights, news, trends and developments. The EEASY Lid was covered in the publication as part of an aluminum news round up. The article pointed out that a light push of a button on the EEASY Lid releases the vacuum seal, making a jar easier to open and noted that “the mechanism makes the solution [...]

September 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|
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