2013 Early Holiday Shopping Behaviors May Presage Future Holiday Shopping Patterns Says SGK

SGK (NYSE: SGK), formerly marketed as Schawk, Inc., a leading global brand development, activation and deployment company that drives brand performance, announced today that the results of its early holiday shopping study identify consumer behaviors in mid- to late-2013 that may presage a fundamental shift in future holiday shopping patterns.

The early holiday shopper study surveyed consumers who began their holiday shopping during or prior to September this year. The findings indicate that almost a full-quarter of the adult U.S. population have already begun their holiday shopping and about one-quarter have already taken advantage of layaway.

Jim Lucas, executive vice president, global insights at SGK, notes, “As shoppers turn their attention toward holiday, their shopping strategies have already taken shape. Studying trends of early shopping behaviors can provide a preview of the 2013 holiday shopping season. As gleaned from the study, those planning to spend more money this holiday than in 2012, are looking for ‘value beyond price.’ By starting early, spreading purchases over a wider time frame, using layaway and actively researching, shoppers are more likely to find the right offers for them. For those who plan to spend the same this season, an early start allows them to seek and find ‘more value for the money.’ Early shoppers who intend to spend less have managed their spend by purchasing just what’s needed, avoiding temptation by visiting fewer stores and generally engaging less in holiday shopping.”

The study suggests early shoppers appear to be optimistic heading into the 2013 holidays. Seventy-six percent of early holiday shoppers are expecting to spend the same or more than last year. According to Lucas, “The results suggest that although holiday shopping will be up slightly in 2013, shoppers are extremely savvy and mindful in their purchasing, working hard to find the best deals. And part of their strategy for finding the best deals is starting early—very early to get the right item at a reasonable price.”

Shoppers Embrace Omni-Channel
Early shoppers have embraced omni-channel, a seamless approach to the consumer experience through all available shopping channels. The majority of early shoppers have already made some purchases online, and nearly one-third have made a purchase with their mobile device (phone/tablet). But shoppers are using social/online tools throughout the path to purchase. More than half report regularly/occasionally researching items on their mobile device, regularly/occasionally using their mobile devices when in-store and researching products online (laptop/desktop). Other behaviors they are employing include: post-purchase price comparisons, price comparison between in-store and retailer’s website, price matches and checking-in for discounts.

Lucas noted: “Millennials are the most avid and engaged of holiday shoppers, partially driven by the presence of young children, but also their facility and openness to social and online media. These channels represent a continuous source of information, ideas and inspiration about what to buy and where to shop.”

Most Popular Retailers Among Early Holiday Shoppers
Among early holiday shoppers, Amazon, Walmart and Target were the top three most popular retailers. Interestingly, the most popular retailers for early shopping are much the same retailers at which shoppers plan to complete their shopping. Leading the list of items purchased by these early holiday shoppers were clothing/accessories, entertainment/DVDs/books and toys.

Early Holiday Shoppers Plan to Shop Black Friday Weekend
Despite an early start, more than half of early shoppers overall still plan to shop Black Friday. Better than one-fourth plan to shop Black Friday Weekend as soon as the stores open on Thursday. Another one in five plan to shop Thursday evening, with another one-fourth beginning early Friday morning before 6 a.m. These early holiday shoppers plan to come prepared for their Black Friday trip having consulted a multitude of sources, including: pre-print inserts and circulars, retailer websites, emails and family/friends. 

Early shoppers are exerting more control over their holiday shopping. They are adapting holiday shopping strategies suited to their needs. Their shopping strategies allow them to seek and find the offers that are right for them—value beyond price or value for money. As a result, they are changing the eco-system of holiday shopping.

The behavior exhibited by early holiday shoppers suggests they have readily embraced omni-channel, and their use of multi-channel tools has allowed them to be very discriminating. To fully leverage their omni-channel assets, retailers must provide a seamless experience across omni-channel and accommodate shoppers’ strategies throughout their path to purchase.

Finally, because early holiday shopping affords shoppers with many benefits, it is likely that the timeframe for the holiday shopping season is expanding. Development of programs tailored to early shoppers (e.g., a special early layway program), who represent about one-fourth of holiday shoppers, seems like a large opportunity.

The Early Holiday Shopper Survey was an online survey conducted by Prosper on behalf of SGK from October 2, 2013, to October 3, 2013, among Adults 18 and older who had already begun their holiday shopping at the time the survey was conducted. A total of 2,122 respondents were screened. A total of 508 respondents were surveyed. 289 of those screened had begun their holiday shopping prior to September and another 219 had begun their holiday shopping in September.

SGK is a leading global brand development, activation and deployment company that drives brand performance. By creating brands, helping sell brands, producing brand assets and protecting brand equities, we help our clients achieve higher brand performance. SGK’s global footprint spans more than 20 countries. SGK was formerly marketed as Schawk, Inc.

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Propilco’s New High-Flow Clarified PP Resin Offers Customers Processing, Sustainability and Competitive Advantages

Propilco, a Colombian polypropylene (PP) company with a very strong international presence, today unveiled a new addition to its portfolio of PP resins clarified with Millad NX 8000 technology from Milliken & Company. Propilco’s new 80R90CD (clarified random copolymer) grade offers a Melt Flow Rate (MFR) of 80, the highest of any clarified PP in Latin America, and meets the flow performance of competitive materials around the world. Further, the material delivers stiffness and impact performance comparable to those of lower-MFR resins, as confirmed by early adopters. These advantages, combined with superior clarity and lower processing temperatures, will help customers increase productivity, simplify mold design, extend the life of mold tools, cut energy usage and emissions and create durable, brilliantly clear products offering a bright, fresh appearance.

“When we developed our newest grade, we turned to Millad NX 8000, because it is a perfect complement to our proprietary 80R90CD high-flow resin design, which also enables molding at lower temperatures,” said Juan Pablo Avilan, business vice president, Propilco. “This optimized solution will help customers achieve greater sustainability, reduce energy costs and increase throughput.”

“For more than 20 years, Propilco has been an early adopter of new Milliken solutions. We commend the company for its forward-thinking and innovative approach to develop differentiated PP resins that support the growth of its customers,” said Wim Van de Velde, global Millad product line manager, Milliken & Company. “We are happy to contribute to the high performance of Propilco’s clarified resin grades, including this latest high-flow material, and look forward to continued collaboration aimed at meeting the changing needs of converters, processors and end customers.”

Millad NX 8000 clarifier allows PP to be processed at significantly lower temperatures. These cooler temperatures reduce energy demands and associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and can also shorten cooling times and increase productivity by facilitating mold release.

The high melt flow rate of 80R90CD clarified PP reduces maximum molding pressure, allowing lower-tonnage machines to be used and contributing to longer tool life and reduced maintenance. From a design standpoint, higher flow – together with the excellent stiffness and impact of this new grade – makes it ideal for thin-wall injection molding. In fact, 80R90CD clarified PP surpasses the impact performance of competitive materials having a low MFR of 40, while offering the same amount of stiffness. Higher flow also makes it easier to design parts because there are fewer flow-related challenges to overcome compared to conventional materials.

Target applications for the new grade include food storage containers, food packaging, housewares and household storage items.

About Propilco
Propilco is a 100% Colombian company – part of the Ecopetrol corporate group – working to produce and market polypropylene resin. Our commitment is geared to our customers’ growth and development. To this end, we stand as their allies, providing them with high-level commercial and technical service, optimizing and upgrading our technologies and processes to offer them versatile and top quality products, and expanding our production capacity, flexibility and customer service channels to meet their needs in an all-inclusive way. We offer customers a specialized and comprehensive package designed to deliver the highest quality resin as well as the technical and commercial service necessary for optimizing operating conditions. We also develop new applications and solve customers’ process concerns. Finally, we provide logistics and financial services commensurate with their needs.

About Milliken
Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Working from our laboratories, application and development centers around the world, our scientists and engineers create coatings, specialty chemicals, and advanced additive and colorant technologies that transform the way we experience products from automotive plastics to children’s art supplies. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines that also includes floor covering and performance materials, the people of Milliken work every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable.

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PMMI Adds 30 New Members

PMMI’s Board of Directors added 30 new companies to the PMMI membership at its October 28 meeting, held in conjunction with PMMI’s Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, Oct. 28-30).

“The board approved 30 new memberships at its meeting,” says Rick Fox, Jr., president & CEO, FOX IV Technologies, Inc.; chairman of PMMI’s Board of Directors. “We’ve welcomed 64 new member companies this year between the fall and spring classes.”

General Membership

B&R Moll Inc. (Ivyland, Pa.) manufactures bindery and finishing equipment.

Cavanna Packaging USA, Inc., (Duluth, Ga.) manufactures form fill seal and wrapping systems.

F.R. Drake Company (Waynesboro, Va.) manufactures sorting, handling, placing equipment for cylindrical food products.

Forpak (Burnsville, Minn.) manufactures automation equipment for stacking and conveying as well as vision quality and reject equipment.

Gemel Precision Tool Co. (Ivyland, Pa.) manufactures pharmaceutical tooling and equipment and specialty machines.

groninger USA L.L.C. (Charlotte, N.C.) manufactures filling, processing and packaging machinery for the pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetic industries.

International Paper (Memphis, Tenn.) manufactures tray formers designed specifically for IP’s cartons.

Kaufman Engineered Systems (Waterville, Ohio) manufactures robotic palletization equipment, stretch wrap systems, conveyor systems, and custom engineered solutions.

Valco Melton (Cincinnati, Ohio) manufactures adhesive dispensing and quality inspection systems.

Materials Membership

Clysar, LLC (Clinton, Iowa) manufactures polyolefin shrink films.

Daewon Industrial Co., Ltd., (Incheon, Republic of Korea) manufactures flexible packaging materials.

ELPLAST (Slaskie, Poland) manufactures press to close zippers for flexible packaging.

Glenroy, Inc., (Menomonee Falls, Wisc.) manufactures printed and unprinted flexible packaging roll stock and premade pouches.

Takigawa Corporation (ON, Canada) manufactures flexible pouches and bags for the packaging industry.

Processing Membership

ACG North America – Solid Dosage Machinery & Consumables (South Plainfield, N.J.) manufactures capsules, blister packing films and pharmaceutical related processing equipment.

Deville Technologies Inc. (QC, Canada) manufactures high capacity shredders, graters, dicers to process cheese, meat & other food products.

Glatt Air Techniques Inc. (Ramsey, N.J.) manufactures solids processing equipment including fluid-beds, granulators, tablet coaters, sieves/mills, bin blenders and complete systems integration for material handling and controls.

Harro Hofliger, Inc., (Doylestown, Pa.) manufactures capsule filling, weighing, dosing and polishing machines for the pharmaceutical industry.

KMT Waterjet Systems (Baxter Springs, Kan.) Manufactures high pressure pump systems and extreme precision cutting nozzles.

Tetra Pak Inc. (Vernon Hills, Ill.) manufactures separation equipment, flow components, heat exchangers and homogenizers for the processing industry.

Supplier Membership

ATI Industrial Automation (Apex, N.C.) manufactures end of arm tooling and sensors for the packaging industry.

Atlantic Packaging (Charlotte, N.C.) manufactures stretch wrap monitoring systems.

Crydom (San Diego, Calif.) manufactures solid state relays and contractors used for heating and motion.

Invensys – Wonderware (Houston, Texas) manufactures automation and information technologies, systems, software solutions.

KEBA Corp. (Valparaiso, Ind.) manufactures robotic control systems.

MS Plastic Welders, LLC, (Webberville, Mich.) manufactures ultrasonic sealing and cutting components for the packaging, textile and food processing machinery industries.

Schmalz Inc. (Raleigh, N.C.) manufactures vacuum lifting, gripping, clamping components.

SIKO Products, Inc., (Dexter, Mich.) manufactures linear, angular and rotary measuring systems for packaging machines.

Wittenstein (Bartlett, Ill.) manufactures control components, motors and sensors for packaging equipment.

Zebra Technologies Corporation (Vernon Hills, Ill.) manufactures barcode, receipt, kiosk and RFID printers and supplies.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 600 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as The PACK EXPO family of trade shows, packexpo.com, PMT Magazine, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: EXPO PACK México 2014, June 17-20 (Mexico City, Mexico); PACK EXPO International 2014, Nov. 2-5 (McCormick Place, Chicago); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014; PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 2–4, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 18-20, 2015 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico).

Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at PMMI.org and Packexpo.com.

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ImageMark Unveils Digital Production Demo Center Powered by KODAK Solutions

Kodak and ImageMark Business Services, Inc., have formed a partnership to demonstrate some of the leading-edge digital solutions that are possible with today’s latest technologies. In addition to digital and offset printing, moving forward, ImageMark will use its new digital facility to demonstrate Kodak’s digital technology in a “real-life” daily production environment.

“ImageMark embodies the best qualities of today’s leading, modern commercial printers. The company embraces innovation and understands the central importance of delivering valuable applications to its clients,” said John O’Grady, Kodak’s vice president and regional managing director, U.S. and Canada.

The new demo facility is located at ImageMark’s 130,000 sq. ft. complex in Gastonia, N.C., near Charlotte. The KODAK Customer Demo Facility showcases a wide range of printing technology featuring several KODAK Solutions, including a new KODAK NEXPRESS SX3900 Digital Production Color Press, a KODAK NEXPRESS SE3000 Digital Production Color Press, a KODAK DIGIMASTER EX125 Digital Production System, KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Solutions, KODAK MAGNUS 400 III Platesetter and KODAK THERMAL DIRECT Non Process Plates, which will soon be converted to KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates.

 “We are enthusiastic about partnering with Kodak to serve as the satellite digital production demo center,” said Walter Payne, ImageMark president. “The solutions Kodak’s technology brings to the market support ImageMark’s digital production, allowing us to provide the most valuable services for our clients.”

Kodak will work with customers interested in experiencing KODAK Solutions in a production environment, and then schedule tours and demos at ImageMark’s state-of-the-art facility.

“While we have a traditional equipment demo center in Rochester, a part of our customer-centric strategy is to establish relationships with some of best and brightest customers to demonstrate our products in ‘real-life’ production experiences,” O’Grady continued. “There’s really no one better to talk to our customers about serving their clients with exciting new applications that enhance graphic communications than our customers who do exactly that every day.”

About ImageMark Business Services
The 89-year-old company offers customized content marketing and print-related services to companies committed to improving return on investment in marketing initiatives. ImageMark has built a reputation for being a premier web-based printing partner for meeting demanding marketing needs through technological capabilities. ImageMark serves national and international corporations. For more information, visit www.imagemarkonline.com.

About Kodak
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.

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Vertical shrink wrapping streamlines multipacking





Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 10/30/2013 9:05:37 PM


Sevin multipackThe Sevin line of garden insecticide products has long been popular on the shelves of thousands of nurseries, lawn and garden centers, and big box retailers. The dust product kills more than 65 garden pests, including ants, ticks, Japanese beetles and worms on vegetables, fruits, ornamental shrubs, flowers and lawns.


Central Garden & Pet Company, which manufactures Sevin dust, recently launched a campaign to better position the product for application on edible fruits and vegetables. A key focus of the campaign was to expand the placement of its one-pound dust flagship product, Sevin 5 Ready-to-Use 5% Dust, to secondary displays in the outside edible plants section at nurseries, and lawn and garden centers.


To make the product packaging more weather-resistant for outside presentation, the company redesigned the container to a plastic bottle format, incorporating a plastic lid design that would not accumulate water, and label coding that is fade-resistant. What remained was for its multipack packaging to be redesigned for outside display, which presented challenges.


Sevin dust has been available in-store on shelves as a three-pack option to consumers for some time. Three containers were packed in a corrugated tray and shrink wrapped. This worked fine so long as the product was displayed indoors. But outside at nurseries, and lawn and garden centers, where water from rain and watering are constant environmental factors, the shrink wrapping was unable to stop water from reaching the corrugated tray, causing it to deteriorate, losing not only structural integrity but degrading the appearance of the product packaging.


Further, to comply with Federal regulations on insecticides, the consumer needs to be able to read language about product content, usage and contamination. Because of the obstruction from the corrugated tray on the Sevin product multipacks, the information on the individual containers was difficult to read, requiring printing of the information on the bottom of the tray itself. When the tray became damaged from water, however, this information could become impaired.


“Central Garden & Pet wanted to do away with the tray altogether,” says David Nettles of Associated Packaging, a packaging systems integrator specializing in flexible packaging, which was brought on by Central Garden & Pet in early 2012 to help come up with a solution. “Associated Packaging suggested a shrink wrap material manufactured by Bemis Clysar (now Clysar, LLC) that was not only durable so it could withstand the elements, but it was also printable. They were interested in printing the product information on the film, instead of the tray.”


“The company’s existing horizontal shrink wrapper, however, was unsuccessful in applying product information to the film,” continues Nettles. “Horizontal wrappers bring seal and aesthetic issues to vertical product packaging, therefore we recommended they go to a vertical shrink wrapping system.”


The switch to vertical shrink wrapping

Associated Packaging specified a model 914 Orbital Vertical System (OVS) from Texwrap Packaging Systems, which designs and manufactures fully-automatic shrink wrapping systems. This shrink wrapper does not require a carrier tray to hold products in place while wrapping, and importantly, can use printed film to wrap the multipack.


The wrapper trims the film underneath the package, where it is hidden from view. This offers more packaging opportunities for the Sevin product, and does not compromise product presentation. The wrapper has a mechanism that cuts and trims away the film in one action to create a full bottom trim seal to enclose the product, instead of the traditional lap seal with horizontal shrink wrappers. This makes a very secure and attractive package.


“The seal is not interfering with readability,” says Daphne Huey with Central Garden & Pet. “It is located so that the words and images fit around it. We do not have to worry about the shrink drawing together at a certain point and making the information, graphics or UPC unreadable. We still have the UPC on the original containers, but we have them covered up by graphics on the shrink wrap so that the bar codes on the containers do not read through. This is just a much more consumer-friendly package because we have the entire shrink printed, from front to back. It makes for a very attractive package.”


The sealing is done with a servo orbital-motion head, which eliminates the need for the head to move with the product while the seal is being made. The head moves in an ellipse, without the back and forth motion of typical sealing heads, which reduces vibration, improving registration, and increases the throughput speed of the wrapper.


Infeed simplification

Another critical advantage to switching to a vertical wrapper for multipacking the Sevin product is the ease of handling for infeed into the wrapper. The company’s prior horizontal wrapper required that the containers, after filling, be manually laid down on their sides on a conveyor, and the carrier tray be manually put into position to hold the containers together, horizontally, during infeed. This is typical with all horizontal wrappers when handling vertically-oriented products for shrinking into multipacks. With the vertical wrapper, however, the Sevin product containers go directly from the filler to the shrink infeed standing upright, where they are manually rotated into the proper position for input into the wrapper.


Although the vertical shrink line has a throughput capacity of 120 multipacks per minute, the line speed is set by the speed of filling, which is operating at 25 multipacks per minute. The filling area is kept in a separate room, and 50 feet from the shrink wrapping system because of excessive dust.


From the shrink wrapper, the containers are put through a dual-chamber shrink tunnel to provide a highly-controlled shrink, critical for achieving the precise placement of copy, graphics and UPC on the multipack. The product is then moved on to cartoning and shipping.


Multipack reductions and savings

Completed in January, 2013, the installation of the Texwrap vertical wrapping line has brought into play several other key improvements in metrics for multipacking of the Sevin dust product.


“With the elimination of the corrugated tray, the company has realized a 45 percent reduction in packaging material costs,” explains Nettles. “Because the tray is no longer being used, end-of-line packaging labor hours have also been reduced by 35 percent.” Laborers are no longer needed to fold the corrugated trays, nor is manual placement required of the containers onto the trays before infeed.


Lastly, because the corrugated tray is now gone, so is the space that it occupied, one-half inch on each side. This amounts to 15 percent more Sevin dust multipacks that can be loaded onto a pallet.


“The cut-down on the expense of our multipack shrink wrapping for the Sevin dust line is significant,” says Huey. “It has expanded our merchandising options.”


About Associated Packaging, Inc.
Associated Packaging has been providing total packaging solutions since 1977, delivering the most cost-effective equipment and packaging materials, and the technical support to keep its client’s packaging operations running smoothly. It is the largest independent full-service packaging equipment and materials distributor in the U.S.


About Clysar, LLC
Clysar is one of the largest manufacturers of high-performance polyolefin shrink films for packaging applications. Established in 1963, Clysar manufactures high-performance polyolefin films for a wide variety of packaging applications including meat, poultry, produce, bakery, pizza, office supplies, hardware and consumer products.


About Texwrap Packaging Systems
Texwrap is the leader in the design and manufacture of fully-automatic shrink wrap systems for many industries including food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and printing. Its full line of standard wrappers include L-bar sealers, continuous-motion side-sealers, intermittent-motion side-sealers and lapsealers, as well as tunnels, conveyors and infeeds.

This article was written by Jim McMahon, who writes on packaging automation for Zebra Communications, a PR firm for industrial and technology companies.








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Venezuela’s first ambient yogurt uses barrier PET packaging





Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 10/30/2013 8:16:22 PM


MiGurt PETEmpresas Polar, a leading Venezuelan food and beverage manufacturer, has broken new ground with the commercial launch of the first ambient stored yogurt in Venezuela. The non-refrigerated pourable yogurt, called MiGurt, is packaged in an aseptically filled, 750-gram barrier polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle from Amcor Rigid Plastics.


Empresas Polar made its entry into the Venezuelan yogurt market through its subsidiary Pascual Andina and worked with partner Amcor to create a new packaging solution to compete with leading cold distribution channel products. The multi-serve pourable yogurt product has an extended shelf life of six months and requires no refrigeration prior to opening. The extended shelf life enables Empresas Polar to utilize its extensive nationwide ambient distribution chain to reach consumers including low-income regions not served by refrigerated distribution channels. Since its introduction late last year, MiGurt has enjoyed major success with sales exceeding expectations, according to Manuel Capdevielle, a director of Empresas Polar.


“A long shelf life yogurt product was a key to commercialization because it provided low-cost distribution and a highly affordable consumer brand,” says Capdevielle.


Amcor played a key role through custom design of its first light-blocking, aseptically filled PET container. Amcor used advanced barrier technology to meet aseptic filling requirements (up to 140°F) and provide light-blocking capabilities to prevent spoilage and degradation of the yogurt product and maintain its nutritional value. Moreover, with no refrigeration required and an extended shelf, there were major logistical advantages in terms of inventory control, distribution, and point of sale, says Mercedes Candedo, diversified products manager for Amcor’s Latin American business.


“The new barrier PET container represents a major development in ambient foods, offering a unique packaging solution that opens up new business opportunities in the food and beverage market,” says Candedo. 


Design minimizes resin use


Amcor met Empresas Polar’s barrier requirements in a unique hour-glass design that minimizes resin use by optimizing PET material distribution throughout the container.


“Uniform material distribution is vital for effective light-blocking performance,” explains Chris LaBombarbe, senior technical manager for Amcor Rigid Plastics. Through a unique preform design, Amcor was able to achieve optimum material distribution. “A uniform material distribution permitted us to achieve sustainable material use while at the same time maintaining light-blocking integrity,” he adds.


Amcor also overcame processing challenges due to the bottle’s highly white pigmented, opaque structure by adapting special reheat technology, according to LaBombarbe. Meanwhile, the bottle’s design elements were maintained and optimized while meeting aseptic fill demands. Design considerations were made to maintain a smooth interior profile which facilitated the aseptic sterilization process. 

The barrier PET container features a single-lead 38-mm finish with a foil induction seal and is wrapped with a vibrant shrink sleeve label.


Empresas Polar plans to expand the family of MiGurt yogurt with single-serve 100-gram and 250-gram products, according to Capdevielle. In the meantime, the company is ramping up production of its 750-gram product to meet rapidly growing demand in Venezuela.


Source: Amcor Rigid Plastics








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Mission of Hope helps Haitian farmers to develop sustainable economy





posted by Kari Embree, Senior Digital Content Editor — Packaging Digest, 10/30/2013 12:43:04 PM


Mission of Hope partners with Haitian farmers



Mission of Hope (MOH) in Haiti announced the first large-scale packaging of commodities purchased from Haitian farmers to feed children in local schools and orphanages. More than 8,000 pounds of beans and 22,000 pounds of rice were recently purchased from Haitian farmers and packaged into meals in the MOH warehouse in Titanyen.

Buying from local farmers is an important milestone in MOH’s agronomy program, which began two years ago with education and seed distribution for 2,300 farmers in Turpin, Thomazeu, Bercy, and Z’Orange. MOH plans to purchase 1.5 million meals worth of commodities in Haiti this year.


“For the first time, we are growing food in Haiti, purchasing food in Haiti, packing food in Haiti, and then using it to feed students and orphans in need,” says Brad Johnson, president of Mission of Hope. “We project locally grown crops will replace half the meals we currently ship in from the U.S. for our nutrition program.”


The agriculture and meal packaging initiatives are supported by Convoy of Hope and Feed My Starving Children, two strategic partners of MOH. Convoy of Hope provided expertise and resources in agronomy, leading to a 250 percent increase in yield and an 80 percent increase in income for participating farmers. “It’s exciting to see these ‘first fruits’ from our work with the Haitian farmers,” says Dr. Jason Streubel, agriculture specialist with Convoy of Hope. “We are seeing the land redeemed and tremendous potential efficiently growing commodities in Haiti.”


Feed My Starving Children has donated 228 million MannaPackTM meals to missions in Haiti since 2006, including MOH. The hunger charity provided equipment and operations know-how to launch the recent MOH packaging initiative. “Seeing Haitian farmers develop sustainable food supplies is a complementary next step to the food we’ve been donating,” says Matt Muraski, director of international programs at Feed My Starving Children. “We’re excited to support Mission of Hope in these initiatives.”


For more information visit Mission of Hope’s website at http://mohhaiti.org/MOH-Agriculture-Program.pdf


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