Consumers, Retailers and Manufacturers Strategically Adapt to Supply Chain Challenges

Supply chains that have been disrupted during the pandemic are still struggling to rebound. Raw material and labor shortages as well as transportation and logistics issues are causing shortages of goods from automobiles, to electronics to everyday grocery items. These supply chain challenges are expected to persist into next year and potentially into 2023. Consumers, retailers and manufacturers are all adjusting on the fly with strategies to deal with a host of supply chain shortages and gridlock. Consumers shopping for favorite foods, ingredients and snacks this holiday season are likely to encounter spotty availability of some of these items. Shortages have impacted grocery store stock of products ranging from bottled water and carbonated drinks to chicken to coffee to pies [...]

November 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

A Top Five of the Worst and Most Head Scratching Jar Opening Hacks

Picture this, you have been thinking all day about snacking on your favorite brand of pickle (or insert your jarred snack food of choice) and standing between you and that crunchy goodness is a jar lid that is just too stubborn to open. Whether the jar holds pickles, pasta sauce, jam, salsa or any of the many other jarred food items, we all have likely had the experience of facing off against hard to open jars. Indeed, the experience is almost universal according to the results of our new survey which found that 71% of respondents say they always or sometimes struggle to open jarred food items. To win the battle against stubborn jar lids, consumers have come up with [...]

November 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|

New Survey Examines Wrap Rage: The Trouble with Jar Lids

Results from our new survey illustrate the near universal problem of struggling to open jar lids and some of the workarounds people use to access jarred products. Conducted in November 2021, the survey clearly establishes that stubborn jar lids are a source of frustration for consumers and points to a desire for easy to open jars. The struggle with stubborn jar lids is real Data from this survey illustrates what anecdotally has been clear for the last 75 years – jars can be hard to open. • On average, 70% of respondents always (15%) or sometimes (55%) struggle to open jarred food items. • More than 70% of consumers surveyed have friends and family who struggle to open jars. • [...]

November 16th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Local Innovators: Proudly Celebrating National Ohio Day as a Dayton-Based Company!

National Ohio Day, observed on November 2, celebrates Ohio as the 17th state to join the United States. Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio has a rich history of inventors and innovators over the last 200+ years. Let’s take a look at some of the Ohioan inventors who made their mark on the world. Orville and Wilbur Wright Two brothers who owned a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, Orville and Wilbur Wright developed wing designs for an airplane, and on December 17, 1903, successfully flew their powered aircraft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The first of their flights lasted less than a minute. Thomas Alva Edison Born in Milan, Ohio, in 1847, Thomas Edison is widely recognized as one of [...]

November 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each October since 1985, America observes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to educate people on the importance of screening and early detection of breast cancer, as well as to raise funds in support of breast cancer research. Observance of this month has become international, with countries around the world joining in to increase awareness, advance medical treatment, and reduce death rates. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), female breast cancer has become the most commonly diagnosed cancer type in the world, with 2.3 million cases diagnosed in 2020. Statistically, 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and, on average, every two minutes, a [...]

October 25th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Pressure Builds on Brands to Shift Packaging Away from Plastics to More Recyclable Alternatives

A growing plastic packaging waste stream is taking its toll on the environment. The scope of the problem is mind boggling considering that humans produce almost 300 million tons of plastic waste every year, according to the United Nations Environment Program. Much of this waste is attributed to single-use packaging - the bulk of which reaches the market via consumer goods companies and grocery retailers according to a new report by environmental law charity Client Earth. Rising concerns about plastic packaging littering the environment, clogging the oceans and threatening aquatic life are putting pressure on brands to shift to more sustainable, recyclable packaging. More than 40% of all plastic made is packaging used only once or twice before being thrown away. Of [...]

October 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

What’s New in Inclusive Packaging Design?

Packaging designed for people with a range of abilities should be a top priority for companies to better serve the millions of people across the globe living with a disability. In the U.S. alone, one in four people – 61 million Americans – are living with some sort of disability, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). While a lot of product packaging today is still not designed with inclusivity in mind, companies are increasingly focusing on developing accessible packaging with features that deliver great experiences for consumers of all ages and abilities. Some of the newer barrier-free packaging innovations on the market are providing more inclusive product experiences for people with upper limb disabilities, people with visual impairment [...]

October 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Safety First: University Food Sciences Programs Play a Key Role in Improving Food Safety

Universities around the world offer degree programs in food science that include the study of food safety. These programs are vital to helping improve the safety of food to protect a growing global population. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) “an estimated 600 million – almost 1 in 10 people in the world – fall ill after eating contaminated food and 420,000 die every year.” Helping address this pressing issue are the highly specialized university degree programs in food science which develop scientists who have an understanding of the chemical composition and structure of food and how best to harvest, process, store, and package food. Many of these scientists are helping companies ensure the health and safety of consumers [...]

October 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Once Upon a Time: The History of Jars for Preserving Food

The old saying “necessity is the mother of invention” aptly describes where the somewhat more recent history of preserving food in jars begins. It all started when General Napoléon Bonaparte needed an effective way to provide nutritious and non-perishable food to feed the French army. To help solve this problem, the French government offered a prize of 12,000 francs in 1795 to anyone who could find a way to preserve food. With his eye on the prize, Parisian confectioner and chef, Nicolas François Appert began experimenting with the process of storing food in hermetically sealed jars. In 1806, Appert discovered that food could be used for a longer time if packed in glass containers which were hermetically sealed with cork, [...]

September 30th, 2021|Uncategorized|

In the News: EEASY Lid Global Coverage

At CCT, building our brand and recognition of the EEASY Lid lies far beyond just Dayton, Ohio, or the U.S., for that matter. We are committed to making valuable relationships around the world as we plan to bring our lid overseas. In fact, some of our notable EEASY Lid mentions have been found in credible global publications including The Canmaker, Food Navigator and Newz Hook – ranging from the United Kingdom to France and even India. Check out our recent global coverage of the EEASY Lid below! The Canmaker – United Kingdom Our consumer survey of the aluminum lug EEASY Lid was featured in The Canmaker, a leading packaging publication over in the United Kingdom. The article highlights how the [...]

September 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|
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