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|

Packaging Trends from Around the World

Packaging is one of the most globalized industries in the world, as people ship goods from every corner of the planet. However, as universal as it may seem, each country has distinctions, such as demographics, social climates, economies and culture, that impact the packaging industries in their region. To understand some of these differences and how they will influence the global packaging market, our team at CCT dived into different packaging markets around the world to understand the emerging trends currently taking place. Europe Across the pond, our friends in Europe have seen an increased focus on sustainability in packaging over the past five years and have made great strides in reducing packaging waste. In 2019, the European Union adopted [...]

April 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Thank You to Our Dynamic CCT Team!

As today celebrates Employee Appreciation Day, we wanted to take a moment and recognize our talented team members who operate behind the scenes to bring the EEASY Lid and our products to market. We couldn’t be more grateful for the work our team has been diligently focusing on these past few years to get us to where we are today. Our employees have spent more than seven years of research and development on our new aluminum lug lid we just announced, and another six months working with manufacturers to design and build the custom machinery for production in our brand new state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot technology center. The teamwork, drive and dedication our employees have showcased has enabled us to reach [...]

March 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|

The World’s First Aluminum Lug Lid is Here – and on our EEASY Lid

The CCT team is thrilled to announce the debut of our world’s first aluminum lug lid as it is debuted on our EEASY Lid. Most lug lids in today’s market are made of steel. Our decision behind creating a lug lid made entirely of aluminum was based off our desire in finding a material that is both more sustainable and durable. Why It Matters A study conducted by North Cliff Consultants found that nearly 50% of consumers struggle to open traditional jars, and many can’t open jars at all Research also found the EEASY Lid reduces the amount of torque needed to twist off a jar lid by more than 40% compared to standard CT lids and 58% for traditional [...]

March 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Heavyweight vs. Featherweight: Steel vs. Aluminum

As e-commerce and pre-packaged goods continue to grow in popularity, manufacturers are starting to re-imagine disposable boxes and shy away from single-use cardboard and plastics to decrease their environmental impact. It’s no secret that consumers are consistently looking for products that are more sustainable, and because of this, packaging companies have opted to use materials such as aluminum and steel instead. As consumers continue to focus on the environmental impacts of shipping goods, we thought it would be beneficial to compare the two metals to see which one is actually best for both the environment and the economy. Recyclability When choosing a material that is the most environmentally friendly, manufacturers will first and foremost opt for material that can be [...]

February 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Industry Trends: Tamper-Evident Packaging

Since the pandemic began last March, the health and safety of goods became more of a priority for many consumers, retailers and manufacturers to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This increase in awareness around goods remaining safe while being transported, coupled with the increase in delivery and e-commerce throughout the country, has led many manufacturers to redevelop their packaged products to include tamper-evident packaging. What is tamper-evident packaging? According to Industrial Packaging, tamper-evident packaging is when a packaged product alerts a consumer that an item has been tampered with in some manner by leaving behind specific evidence. A couple of common examples are when the lid of a glass jar doesn’t make that audible, recognizable ‘pop’ sound when opened or [...]

February 16th, 2021|Uncategorized|
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