Single-serve Deli Snackers put grab-and-go protein in the hands of mobile Millennials

Could fresh meat snacks capture a piece of the lucrative dried meat snacks (aka jerky) market? Land O’Frost is betting on it. In July, it introduced a new product line called Deli Snackers—baked meat snacks made from high-quality, oven-roasted meats—in single-serve packaging designed for grab-and-go snacking.

Even a sliver of the jerky pie could represent sizable sales. In 2015, Americans bought $2.8 billion worth of beef jerky, according to Chicago-based market research firm IRI. And the market is still growing, thanks to health and wellness attitudes. More than three-quarters (78%) of consumers say they feel that protein contributes to a healthy diet and more than half say they want more of it in their diets, according to Protein Perceptions and Needs, a December 2013 survey by The NPD Group, among a nationally representative sample of 2,122 U.S. primary grocery shoppers.

“At Land O’Frost, we’re always keeping a pulse on consumer trends and looking for ways to introduce new offerings to meet the desires and needs of our customers,” said Keith Hill, director of brand management for Land O’Frost, in a press release announcing the product launch. “We know consumers are looking to snack more throughout the day while also finding ways to get more protein in their diets. Our new line of Deli Snackers provides a healthy, tasty and versatile meat snack option that we know will excite shoppers.”

Deli Snackers are currently available in six varieties—Black Forest Ham, Hot & Smokey Ham, Vermont Maple Ham, Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast, Sweet & Spicy Chicken Breast and Buffalo Chicken Breast—in color-coded packaging to make it easy for consumers to find their favorites the next time they buy.

Each package holds about 12 to 14 pieces per package, which was determined as an “ideal” snack portion. At about 80 calories, each single-serve pack provides 10 grams of protein with no more than 3 grams of fat and less than 400mg of sodium, helping consumers meet their healthy eating and snacking goals.

According to Land O’Frost, the fresh meats can safely survive for several hours outside a refrigerator, however, maintaining their status as a portable snack.

Land O’Frost’s innovation/R&D team answered our specific questions about the packaging (in alpha order by last name): Carl Abbott, vp, procurement; Rich Carlson, director of innovation; Keith Hill, director of brand management; Craig Irsch, senior manufacturing engineer; and Boyd Lee, senior product developer.

 

From the image, it looks like the package is a bottom formed web of film, sealed with a top lid. Is this correct? Or is it a pouch?

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Deli Snackers are packed in a bottom film that is flexible forming and a top film that is non-flexible forming.

 

Is the product image on the front printed on or is that a window so consumers can see the actual product inside? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: The Deli Snackers front panel has a window where the product is visible. Based on consumer research, consumers expressed interest to see the product through packaging, especially on something new and different such as this launch.

 

How are the packages filled on the production line? Using whose equipment? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: West Liberty Foods, a co-manufacturer, produces the product to strict specifications on a high-speed automated packaging line.

 

It looks like the pieces of meat are about the size that would fit on a cracker. Is that correct? Are these cut that way or formed? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Yes, that is correct. The meat snacks fit perfectly on a cracker or are used as a salad topper—although consumers did tell us that, more often than not, they use Deli Snackers for an on-the-go high protein snack.

 

Who did the packaging graphics? Did the company work with an outside package design firm? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: All of Land O’Frost’s packaging is designed by our internal graphics team.

 

What is the point of the circles in the graphics? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Deli Snackers are meant to be an on-the-go protein snack, so the design is meant to be fun and conveying a sense of movement.

 

Is the back of the package clear or printed? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: The back of the package is a printed clear film.

 

I see the “easy peel” arrow in the upper right corner. Whose packaging technology are you using to ensure the package is easy open? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Land O’Frost uses Bemis, a global manufacturer of flexible packaging products and pressure-sensitive materials.

 

No need for a reseal feature, though, because this is a single-serve package, right? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Yes, the Deli Snackers are a single serving, because we did not want to give consumers the extra cost that would come with making it resealable.

 

Is the 2-oz size considered one serving? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Yes, 2 ounces is one serving. We tested it and found that the bell curve fit around the 2-ounce size. It wasn’t too much and it wasn’t too little. It was just the right size.

 

Where are these packages positioned in the store? I don’t see any peg holes. 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Our customers received several merchandising options. The packages can be stacked on shelf and it has a punch out hole (not visible in the image) for pegs, but the most common display method is in the seven-count display tray that it comes packed in.

 

Who is the target customer and why them? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: This product has a pretty broad appeal, but specifically, males and Millennials are the target consumers. This audience is always on-the-go and looking for healthier alternatives to include in their snacks.

 

Are these also sold at convenience stores? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: For Deli Snackers, our two biggest customers are Walmart and Meijer, and any mass merchandise stores alike.

 

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Double-duty labeler also multipacks

It’s a shrink-sleeve labeler for single containers but it’s also a multipacker. The updated R-300 system quickly and easily changes between the two operations, depending on product need at the time. This gives packaging engineers the flexibility to add multipacking capabilities to their packaging line at a minimum cost—and serve club-store customers in-house or develop and fulfill promotional campaigns for regular or online retailers.

From PDC Intl, the versatile system handles rigid packages—bottles, cans, cartons—in various shapes and in sizes from 2 ounces up to 1 gallon. No-tool changeover and splice-on-the-fly capability maximize uptime. The mandrel-style shrink-sleeve labeler can also open and form sleeves into different shapes, such as oval, square and rectangular. Packagers of foods, beverages, personal care products, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, household products and more can create unique packs for the best shelf impact.

Output consistently reaches 400 containers per minute, even with films as thin as 1.25 to 2 mil (30 to 50 microns). The machine can handle a range of materials, from standard films like polyethylene terephthalate gly (PETG), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and oriented polystyrene (OPS) to newer sustainable materials like polylactic acid (PLA).

Modules can add horizontal or vertical perforations, making it easy for consumers to remove the multipack wrap or the section of the label providing tamper evidence on single containers.

See the R-300 labeler/multipacker at Pack Expo 2016 (Nov. 6-9; Chicago) in the PDC Intl Booth N-5136.

 

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How will packaging evolve to meet Gen Z’s idea of retail?

Millennials and their packaging preferences deserve attention because they command a sizable share of today’s market, especially for consumer packaged goods, and will dominate for some time to come. But what shifts in packaging design and production might we see once the next generation—Generation Z—grows up and wields more economic capital?

Stephan Ango, co-founder and head of product for Lumi—a packaging service based in Los Angeles that supplies many of the emerging direct-to-consumer brands that are disrupting retail like MeUndies and Primary—shares some ideas in his blog “Vertical commerce and how the next generation of retail will be built.”

Stephan Ango

 

Ango talks about vertical commerce brands (VCBs)—companies that originate online—and how they meet the expectations of Gen Z consumers, who were born between 1995 and 2015. He asks and then examines, “What will Gen Z’s idea of retail look like?”

Good question, so let’s start there…

 

What will Gen Z’s idea of retail look like and how will packaging need to evolve to meet those needs?

Ango: Gen Z will be looking to have an even more personal relationship with the products they buy than any other generation that has come before. They are a mobile-first generation that interacts directly with the creators and brands they follow. They want to personally relate to the people who made, designed or curated what they buy.

The democratization of media through new platforms such as YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram (and whatever comes next), has led to a flourishing of niche brands that have smaller but much more dedicated audiences. We already see the beginnings of this with brands such as Ipsy, which emerged from the YouTube star Michelle Phan.

Packaging will need to accommodate the needs of these brands looking for custom, personal touches at small quantities. At the same time, I believe Gen Z will enter the workforce with a much more informed perspective of the global environmental crisis we face. They will not only expect the products they buy to be personal, but to also respect the planet. Packaging has to follow suit.

 

In your blog, you say, “VCBs sell physical things, atoms. But when it comes to making and moving them, VCBs want these physical things to behave more digitally, like bits.” Can packaging help in this regard? If so, how?

Ango: VCBs see the products they sell in the same way they see data on their servers. They want the flexibility to quickly move their inventory, ramp it up, ramp it down—all without having to physically interact with it themselves. This means they need manufacturing, warehousing and fulfillment that responds quickly to their needs. They are thinking less about cases of product going to retailers, and more about individual units that will ship to consumers.

As we shift from physical retail to online retail, the role of packaging is changing. In a world where people make their buying decision online, the packaging does not need to sell the customer. In the past, packaging was about selling the product to the customer in the store. Today, packaging is about shipping the product to the customer at home.

Because the customer doesn’t benefit from a physical retail experience, packaging can become more experiential. Its job is to not only to deliver the product in good condition, but to also become the first physical touchpoint a consumer has with a brand.

We know from Amazon’s efforts with “frustration-free packaging” that consumers are looking for simpler, less wasteful packaging. Branding must therefore move outwards to the shipping box. Packaging needs to be a shippable “unit of experience” for the customer. For example, what would a bottle of laundry detergent look like if it were designed to be shipped, rather than sit on a shelf?

Source Article from http://www.packagingdigest.com/packaging-design/how-will-packaging-evolve-to-meet-gen-zs-idea-of-retail-2016-08-24

Medical package testing discussion to take Center Stage at MD&M Minneapolis

Package testing standards are continually evolving, so it’s critical for engineers to stay up to date on any new responsibilities. For instance, a few key changes are emerging or being proposed for widely used ASTM standards, and there’s a new USP chapter that may have some implications for medical device companies.

At MD&M Minneapolis, attendees are invited to attend a free panel discussion on medical device package testing standards and requirements. Held September 22 at Center Stage, the discussion titled “Medical Packaging Testing Strategies to Meet New Standards” will include the following panelists:

The discussion will be moderated by Daphne Allen, Editor, Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News. If you have questions you’d like the panel to consider, please send an e-mail to daphne.allen@ubm.com

Here are a few of the topics the panel is preparing to discuss, with time permitting:

  • How is the medical device industry adjusting to the new truck vibration profile under ASTM D4169 Schedule E?
  • USP Chapter <1207> became official on August. How can this chapter help medical device packaging professionals?
  • How could these proposed new ASTM standards impact medical device packaging professionals: WK37359 New Test Method for Oxygen Analysis of Packages using Headspace Sampling; WK40866 New Test Method for Leak Detection in Pharmaceutical Packaging by Vacuum Deflection Method; WK48126 New Test Method for Nondestructive Detection of Leaks in Packages by Mass Extraction Method
  • ASTM F02 (WK51041) aims to create a Standard Guide for Packaging Test Method Validation. How could this help?
  • What changes are in store for ASTM F2096 – 11 Standard Test Method for Detecting Gross Leaks in Packaging by Internal Pressurization (Bubble Test)?
  • Could seal-strength testing methods include a different approach for evaluate tray seals?  
  • How could the upcoming revision of ISO 11607 impact medical device package testing?
  • What new testing activities are emerging for medical device companies when it comes to Unique Device Identification?
  • Should a standard emerge on how to grade or develop acceptance criteria for aseptic opening features?
  • Are there any challenges medical device packaging professionals are facing when validating test methods?
  • Are there any challenges medical device packaging professionals are facing when ensuring consistency in testing approaches and acceptance criteria across suppliers of preformed packages and contract packagers? 
  • What other changes or challenges are emerging in testing medical device package testing?

Please join us at MD&M Minneapolis’s Center Stage, Booth 1555, on Thursday, September 22, from 11:15 am – 12:00 pm. Please use code PDigest16 when registering. While the Center Stage panel discussion is free for show attendees, the code does provide a 20% conference discount.

Source Article from http://www.packagingdigest.com/testing/pmp-medical-package-testing-discussion-to-take-center-stage-mdm-minneapolis-160823

Medical package testing discussion to take Center Stage at MD&M Minneapolis

Package testing standards are continually evolving, so it’s critical for engineers to stay up to date on any new responsibilities. For instance, a few key changes are emerging or being proposed for widely used ASTM standards, and there’s a new USP chapter that may have some implications for medical device companies.

At MD&M Minneapolis, attendees are invited to attend a free panel discussion on medical device package testing standards and requirements. Held September 22 at Center Stage, the discussion titled “Medical Packaging Testing Strategies to Meet New Standards” will include the following panelists:

The discussion will be moderated by Daphne Allen, Editor, Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News. If you have questions you’d like the panel to consider, please send an e-mail to daphne.allen@ubm.com

Here are a few of the topics the panel is preparing to discuss, with time permitting:

  • How is the medical device industry adjusting to the new truck vibration profile under ASTM D4169 Schedule E?
  • USP Chapter <1207> became official on August. How can this chapter help medical device packaging professionals?
  • How could these proposed new ASTM standards impact medical device packaging professionals: WK37359 New Test Method for Oxygen Analysis of Packages using Headspace Sampling; WK40866 New Test Method for Leak Detection in Pharmaceutical Packaging by Vacuum Deflection Method; WK48126 New Test Method for Nondestructive Detection of Leaks in Packages by Mass Extraction Method
  • ASTM F02 (WK51041) aims to create a Standard Guide for Packaging Test Method Validation. How could this help?
  • What changes are in store for ASTM F2096 – 11 Standard Test Method for Detecting Gross Leaks in Packaging by Internal Pressurization (Bubble Test)?
  • Could seal-strength testing methods include a different approach for evaluate tray seals?  
  • How could the upcoming revision of ISO 11607 impact medical device package testing?
  • What new testing activities are emerging for medical device companies when it comes to Unique Device Identification?
  • Should a standard emerge on how to grade or develop acceptance criteria for aseptic opening features?
  • Are there any challenges medical device packaging professionals are facing when validating test methods?
  • Are there any challenges medical device packaging professionals are facing when ensuring consistency in testing approaches and acceptance criteria across suppliers of preformed packages and contract packagers? 
  • What other changes or challenges are emerging in testing medical device package testing?

Please join us at MD&M Minneapolis’s Center Stage, Booth 1555, on Thursday, September 22, from 11:15 am – 12:00 pm.

Source Article from http://www.packagingdigest.com/testing/pmp-medical-package-testing-discussion-to-take-center-stage-mdm-minneapolis-160823

Medical package testing discussion to take Center Stage at MD&M Minneapolis

Package testing standards are continually evolving, so it’s critical for engineers to stay up to date on any new responsibilities. For instance, a few key changes are emerging or being proposed for widely used ASTM standards, and there’s a new USP chapter that may have some implications for medical device companies.

At MD&M Minneapolis, attendees are invited to attend a free panel discussion on medical device package testing standards and requirements. Held September 22 at Center Stage, the discussion titled “Medical Packaging Testing Strategies to Meet New Standards” will include the following panelists:

The discussion will be moderated by Daphne Allen, Editor, Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News. If you have questions you’d like the panel to consider, please send an e-mail to daphne.allen@ubm.com

Here are a few of the topics the panel is preparing to discuss, with time permitting:

  • How is the medical device industry adjusting to the new truck vibration profile under ASTM D4169 Schedule E?
  • USP Chapter <1207> became official on August. How can this chapter help medical device packaging professionals?
  • How could these proposed new ASTM standards impact medical device packaging professionals: WK37359 New Test Method for Oxygen Analysis of Packages using Headspace Sampling; WK40866 New Test Method for Leak Detection in Pharmaceutical Packaging by Vacuum Deflection Method; WK48126 New Test Method for Nondestructive Detection of Leaks in Packages by Mass Extraction Method
  • ASTM F02 (WK51041) aims to create a Standard Guide for Packaging Test Method Validation. How could this help?
  • What changes are in store for ASTM F2096 – 11 Standard Test Method for Detecting Gross Leaks in Packaging by Internal Pressurization (Bubble Test)?
  • Could seal-strength testing methods include a different approach for evaluate tray seals?  
  • How could the upcoming revision of ISO 11607 impact medical device package testing?
  • What new testing activities are emerging for medical device companies when it comes to Unique Device Identification?
  • Should a standard emerge on how to grade or develop acceptance criteria for aseptic opening features?
  • Are there any challenges medical device packaging professionals are facing when validating test methods?
  • Are there any challenges medical device packaging professionals are facing when ensuring consistency in testing approaches and acceptance criteria across suppliers of preformed packages and contract packagers? 
  • What other changes or challenges are emerging in testing medical device package testing?

Please join us at MD&M Minneapolis’s Center Stage, Booth 1555, on Thursday, September 22, from 11:15 am – 12:00 pm.

Source Article from http://www.packagingdigest.com/testing/pmp-medical-package-testing-discussion-to-take-center-stage-mdm-minneapolis-160823

Digital printing creates colorful custom closures

Photo-quality CMYK digital printing of plastic caps opens up more colorful choices for brand owners wanting packaging that makes a stronger impression with consumers.

 

Digital printing is revolutionizing packaging by offering custom, even personalized variations that give products on-shelf distinction. Labels, cartons, corrugated and other packaging substrates have provided the eye-catching billboard for this kind of impactful draw for consumers. Now Omega Packaging has pioneered what owner Jack Oh believes is a breakthrough new kind of decorating option for packaging: Custom digital printing of plastic caps and closures. Some highlights:
* CMYK digital process, printing directly onto polypropylene caps;

* No screens or plates required, so changing artwork or colors is simple;

* Low-migration UV-cured ink is suitable for food packaging;

* Can print very small text, barcodes, and photographic images;

* Variable data is possible;

* 1-color print or 1,000 color print costs the same;

* Low minimums on orders.

How rare is this capability? “There are many closure manufacturers who offer one- or two-color offset or pad printing onto caps,” says Oh, “but I don’t know of any other closure manufacturer who offers this new technology. Not only does it offer full color, but it makes shorter runs and quicker turnarounds possible.”

Oh answers the rest of Packaging Digest’s questions in this Q&A.

 

Packaging Digest’s custom-printed samples printed from submitted JPG graphics files were turned around in a surprisingly short timeframe.

 

What sparked the idea?

Oh: Our customers have been requesting that we offer decorating services for some time. We were initially looking at screen and pad printing, but came across digital inkjet printing at a trade show in Europe. It was clear that this was the future of printing. After some research, it turned out that building our own equipment was the best solution for us.

 

What market trend does this tap?

Oh: Customers increasingly want shorter lead-times, smaller batches, higher quality, and more customization. Digital printing taps into all of these trends and is why, as Packaging Digest has reported, the label-making industry itself is shifting towards digital print.

 

What’s the benefits vs. applying a printed label to a closure?

Oh: This is basically the same technology, but the ink is applied directly to the part, rather than the label. Compared to using a printed label, this process eliminates the label material and adhesive, as well as the need to apply the label. The elimination of the label substrate is also considered by some to be a more sustainable approach to packaging.

 

Please describe the setup and printing speeds.

Oh: We built our own inkjet printing machine, using industry components (print heads). It unexpectedly ended up this way because I couldn’t find a machine to buy that was suitable for us. The field is so new, that there aren’t many standard machines available to buy.

I hesitate to share the details of the setup, due to our proprietary equipment. But there are no screens, plates or other tooling required. Also, the process is as fast or faster than screen, pad or offset printing.

 

What are the specifications of the results?

Oh: We currently use 4 ink colors (CMYK) and print at 360 dpi. In the future we’ll add a white ink head, to allow us to print on dark color parts. We use a UV-curable ink designed for food and pharma packaging.

 

What artwork files can you accept?

Oh: PDF or TIF files at high resolution are preferred. But we can work with other formats like AI or JPG if necessary.

 

What range of caps can you print?

Oh: We’re currently only printing on our own closures, which are polypropylene (PP) and range in size from 48mm up to 120mm. But we’ve done test prints on parts as small as 14mm diameter.

 

What are minimum/maximum order sizes?

Oh: Minimum order size is 1,000 pieces. No maximum order size! The printing service adds approximately 5 to 10 cents to the cost of each cap, depending on size of the cap and the quantity.

And with our digital CMYK process, the cost of printing 1 color or 1,000 colors is the same. Our typical lead-time is 1-2 weeks, assuming the unprinted caps are in stock.

 

What’s the status?

Oh: We’re in the process of sampling and testing for a few customers, but there are not currently any products being sold on shelves yet. It’s only been a few weeks since we finished the testing on our custom printing machine to ready it for production.

 

Anything else to mention?

Oh: Digital printing allows us to move away from the traditional practice of quoting a closure print job as one or two colors. With the ability to print simple logos and tiny text all the way up to photographic images, bar-codes, and variable data, this technology opens up possibilities never considered before.

 

For more information, visit www.omegapkg.com or the company’s digital printing website page or email sales@omegapkg.com.

This editor was “capped” in a personalized example that demonstrates the inherent flexibility of digital printing now extended to closures.

Source Article from http://www.packagingdigest.com/digital-printing/digital-printing-creates-colorful-custom-closures1608

All-in-one resource for select material handling equipment

FlexMation distributes products for a few hand-picked vendors and products for container and material flow/handling for packaging, assembly, production, shipping and warehouse operations.

Customers don’t have to make big changes at once. Moving toward better material flow doesn’t have to be complex, and even small changes to an existing system can have a big impact. The company provides a range of easily-implementable products that can be mixed, matched, and combined seamlessly into a system that can grow over time.

Products include:

•             Lean dollies & pallet adapters;

•             Gravity conveyors;

•             Flow racks, pallet storage and picking solutions;

•             Andon light kits with inventory level sensors;

•             FIFO lanes;

•             Powered push-pull assists;

•             Case lifters.

 

Specifically, FlexMation has pre-vetted quality selections that include the following brands and products: Bosch Rexroth Varioflow powered conveyors, XLean manual/gravity conveyors and custom-designed manual conveyors  in a variety of roller types available; UNEX gravity-flow racks and warehouse storage (standard or custom); K.Hartwall lean dollies; Bosch Rexroth and Syskomp case lifters, Orgatex FIFO lanes and visual tools and Movexx Tuggers.

FlexMation also provides consultation to help customers optimize their operations.

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