Smart Packaging Gaining Market Momentum

In recent years, packaging has evolved in response to advances in technology and changing consumer expectations and preferences. Smart packaging solutions are now providing meaningful ways to engage with consumers, ensuring product integrity, quality and safety and enhancing transparency. Kellogg's introduces new smart packaging to assist blind and visually impaired shoppers. The smart packaging market is expected to reach $43.6 Billion by 2027, according to a report by Meticulous Research®. The report noted that some of the factors driving this market growth include a growing elderly population, changes in consumer lifestyles, demand for smart and functional packaging, and increasing demand for advanced packaging solutions in the food processing and pharmaceutical sectors. Several types of smart packaging solutions that [...]

July 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Upcycling: What is it?

Everyone has heard of recycling and its great impact on helping to protect the environment. Its growth in popularity has helped slow the meteoric rise of waste produced, but recycling has limits. According to the EPA, the total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018 was 292.4 million tons, or 4.9 pounds per person per day. Of the MSW generated, approximately 69 million tons were recycled, and 25 million tons were composted. Together, almost 94 million tons of MSW were recycled and composted, equivalent to a 32.1 percent recycling and composting rate. An additional 17.7 million tons of food were managed by other methods. In addition, nearly 35 million tons of MSW (11.8 percent) were combusted with energy recovery [...]

July 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Importance of Health and Safety in Food Packaging

Prior to the pandemic, the food and beverage industry already had strict standards in place to ensure the quality of products was safe for people to consume. Now, as we start to enter a post-pandemic world, those regulations have come to the forefront of peoples’ minds, and packaging plays a critical role in ensuring food safety. Packaging goes through the entire lifecycle of a product, including shipping, material handling and storage of the packaged food. If food packaging integrity is not well maintained and tested, food safety can compromise the health of a consumer. Packaging protects the food from external elements, contamination, heat, physical damage, and much more. Thus, proper packaging keeps your food products as safe as possible. Preserves [...]

June 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Why Brands Are Switching to Smaller Product Sizes

The food and beverage industry faced immense challenges over the last year. Prior to the pandemic, the supply chain was balanced between grocery stores and restaurants. But when restaurants were essentially closed overnight, brands had to shift resources to focus on their grocer businesses. To effectively refocus, brands had to further target the end consumer and their wants and needs. This meant finding a balance between single-person households that might be cooking meals for one and the multi-person family households that need larger quantities to feed everyone. Additionally, there was the need to target people who, before March 2020, never cooked at home. As a result, many brands prioritized re-thinking product sizes to cater to single-person households and new cooks. [...]

June 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Lightweight Packaging Making Mass- and Home-Delivery Easier

Packaging is an essential step in the lifecycle of a product. Whether it’s for products within the cosmetic, pharmaceutical or food and beverage industries, there are certain levels of packaging and requirements in place that help bring the product safely to the consumer. And while more brands are making moves to become more sustainable, packaging can play an important role in those efforts, as heavier versus lighter materials can impact shipping costs. Layers of Packaging The average person is unfamiliar with the levels of packaging it takes to get a product from the plant to a store’s shelf. There are typically three layers of packaging that encase a product through its lifecycle – the primary packaging that holds the product [...]

June 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Why Inclusive Packaging Matters

Imagine yourself grocery shopping. You’re able to walk from aisle to aisle, view each product, pick out the best one and know that you can open the package when you get home. No problem, right? Now imagine you are blind, deaf or have a physical ailment such as arthritis. Getting from aisle to aisle becomes a lot harder, selecting ripe fruits and vegetables can be a challenge, determining which product is the right one is a struggle and maybe when you get home, you discover you can’t even open a jar of food because the lid is screwed on too tight. This is the everyday struggle that millions of Americans face. In fact, according to the CDC, one in four [...]

May 25th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Automated Machinery is Helping Tackle the Labor Shortage

One year into COVID-19 and supply chains worldwide are still under pressure. Manufacturers remain mired in increased orders, customer inquiries, shipping delays and remote workforce dynamics – not to mention challenges filling open positions. The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte recently surveyed more than 800 U.S. manufacturers and asked them about hiring. The study found that manufacturers are having trouble filling 46% of open positions due to a mismatch in skills — a 12 percentage-point increase from 2018. Additionally, U.S. manufacturing is expected to have 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030. Those are staggering statistics. To combat the challenges of hiring qualified talent and the obstacles COVID has brought on, business leaders are continuing to overhaul their operations. For many manufacturers [...]

May 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Sustainability Across the Supply Chain

Many people only think of sustainability in the food and beverage industry as reducing the use of plastics and finding alternative packaging materials. However, the reality is it stretches through the entire supply chain. And brands are starting to look at their processes holistically to see where they can improve operations and cut down on food waste. Consumer Sustainability Unilever wants to halve waste from its direct operations by 2025 and is working with suppliers and customers to reduce waste across the food chain – even hoping to tackle one of the trickiest issues, food that is wasted in the home. This could spark other brands to review their entire supply chains and commit to ambitious goals as well. While [...]

April 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Continuous Thread vs. Lug Lid: What’s the Difference?

In the food packaging world, there are two primary types of metal lid closures used on jars and containers: a lug lid and a continuous thread lid. For those that are not familiar with the ins and out of jar packaging, knowing the difference between the two lids – and choosing which one is best for your product – can be a game changer for optimizing your packaging solutions. The Differentiators The biggest difference between the two closures is the type of mechanism used to seal a jar. A continuous thread (CT) lid, better known as the “screw-on” lid, is a Mason Jar style closure where both the jar and lid cap are threaded in one continuous bead around the [...]

April 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|

In the News

Following the successful launch of our Aluminum Lug EEASY Lid – the world’s first aluminum lug lid, we received an outpouring of support. After years of R&D, we’re thrilled to be able to share this innovative jar lid with the world, and that truly became a reality with the press coverage that resulted from the launch. We just wanted to take a minute to first thank the publications for covering CCT and the launch of the Aluminum Lug EEASY Lid and also highlight where it has been featured so far. Take a look at some of the coverage! Packaging Digest: “First Aluminum Lug Cap is Easier to Open” This article highlighted our growth from producing continuous thread (CT) EEASY Lids [...]

April 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|
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