Independent Carton Group Approves Frankston Packaging for Membership

The Independent Carton Group (ICG) today announced that it has added Frankston Packaging to its member roster. This brings the ICG’s membership to 18 independently owned and operated folding carton manufacturers in 11 states who collectively represent over $700 million in annual sales and 1,350 years of packaging history. Frankston Packaging, located in Frankston, Texas, southeast of Dallas, was voted in as a member during the ICG’s recent general membership meeting in Chicago, which was hosted by local member Accord Carton and included an architectural cruise on the Chicago River and dinner at Fulton’s.

“Frankston Packaging makes a great addition to the ICG. Like all of our members, it has a strong commitment to its customers, which fuels a desire to continually improve operations, expand services, educate employees, apply best practices and implement disaster recovery plans, all of which are possible with ICG membership,” said Jay Willie, executive director of the Independent Carton Group. “Our members saw in Frankston Packaging a company that shares their core values and is poised for growth. It was apparent that the owners appreciate the benefits of our programs and aim to be involved in everything the ICG has to offer. We are pleased to welcome Frankston Packaging to the group, and we look forward to fostering its growth.”

Frankston Packaging is a full-service manufacturer of custom and stock paperboard folding cartons, and while its customers span many industries, the company has a high concentration of customers in food and industrial markets. Frankston Packaging has been owned and managed by Kyle Eldred and Norm Bullock since 2000, but its roots date back to 1957. Under the direction of Eldred and Bullock, Frankston Packaging has posted significant year-over-year sales increases and has reinvested millions of dollars into operational and service improvements.

The company’s 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant houses a variety of printing presses and finishing equipment, including a new Heidelberg XL 106 press installed this summer. Frankston Packaging’s capabilities include sheeting, printing, ultraviolet coating, die cutting, windowing, folding, gluing, tray forming, taping, and special effects such as foil stamping and embossing, as well as various prepress and inventory management services. The facility itself emulates GMP and ISO 9000 standards, and it is regularly audited to ensure best practices in the manufacture of food contact packaging.

Frankston Packaging also holds a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification. By tracking certified paperboard and its wood fiber back to the sourcing forest, customers can verify that the paperboard used in their packaging comes from a responsibly managed forest. The company’s commitment to sustainability is also evident in its own recycling program – it recycles nearly all of its paperboard scrap – and the energy-efficient lighting used throughout its facility. Frankston Packaging will host the next ICG general membership meeting in November, and all ICG members will have the opportunity to tour the manufacturing plant.

“There’s a lot to be said about the power of owner-to-owner communication among ICG members, which was a huge draw for us,” said Norm Bullock, vice president of Frankston Packaging, who anticipates having discussions with other members about equipment purchases, succession planning and other vital topics. “The ICG’s close-knit group of like-minded business owners makes discussions like these possible. For example, before we make our next major press purchase, we’ll call members who use the press or presses we’re considering. When you’re looking at investing millions in a press, you want feedback from people you trust,” he said.

Bullock expects the ICG’s programs to not only benefit Frankston Packaging’s executives, but also its production employees, its operations, and ultimately, its customers. “We’ll learn something new from every tour of a member’s plant, and we hope others will have a unique takeaway from our plant tour in November,” he said. Frankston Packaging will also participate in the ICG’s technical conferences, which provide learning and sharing opportunities for members’ production employees. Bullock also said there’s peace of mind in the ICG’s continuity assurance program. “It’s a huge relief to know that members will have our back in the event of a disaster.”

The ICG was founded with five members in 1982, and membership currently stands at 18. “This isn’t an association in which members can be casual observers,” said Willie. “Our members are all active and highly engaged in the group. There’s amazing communication and collaboration among members, and each one hosts a meeting and facility tour every few years. These things are only possible because of members’ willingness to buy into the ICG’s position as a sharing group. Frankston Packaging is a great fit, and we look forward to their hospitality in November.”

About Independent Carton Group
The Independent Carton Group (ICG) is an association of independently owned and operated folding carton companies. The ICG helps its members provide exceptional products, service and pricing to customers through group purchasing, continuity assurance, and various educational and networking programs. ICG members include Accord Carton, Accurate Box, All Packaging, Climax Manufacturing, Colbert Packaging, Curtis Packaging, 3C Packaging, Dee Paper Box, Diamond Packaging, Disc Graphics, El Paso Paper Box, Finn Industries, Frankston Packaging, Metro Packaging and Imaging, Royal Paper Box, Sonderen Packaging, Thoro Packaging and Zumbiel Packaging.

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Bemis TITAN

 

Bemis Performance Packaging, a leading supplier of flexible packaging and labeling solutions, announces the launch of Bemis TITAN brand beverage shrink films and shrink labels. Bemis TITAN shrink films and labels are designed to enhance beverage packaging quality, efficiency and brand appeal using Bemis’s advanced polyethylene shrink technology. The films create vibrant, sustainable shrink multi-packs that replace corrugate, paperboard or plastic rings, while the colorful, form-fitting labels deliver brand advantage for everything from uniform rounds to contoured shapes.

 

Multi-packs made with Bemis TITAN shrink films reduce material weight by 50 percent and decrease packaging costs up to 30 percent compared to paperboard. Packagers can calculate the bottom-line impact of switching to environmentally responsible, printed multi-pack shrink films using the Bemis “green calculator” found at BemisPerformancePackaging.com/Calc. The calculator provides a quick snapshot of CO2 emission reduction; labor hours saved in material handling; and the number of trucks that could be taken off the road by replacing paperboard with lightweight shrink film. Space-saving Bemis TITAN shrink films and labels are more efficient throughout the supply chain, whether reducing deliveries to consumer goods producers, maximizing warehouse space or eliminating costly disposal of paper-based products for retailers.

 

A leader in helping brands transition to lightweight, high-strength, visually compelling shrink packaging, Bemis works closely with customers to develop solutions that optimize Bemis TITAN shrink technology for their individual applications. The result is cost-effective, protective packaging with stunning shelf appeal that connects with consumers. 


Bemis TITAN Shrink Films & Shrink Labels 2-2-2-2

The Bemis TITAN offering includes line extensions that help brands further differentiate and promote their beverage products. Examples include shrink film multi-packs with optional handles in various configurations; tight-fitting, high-shrink roll-fed labels; Bemis WavePack corrugate-free multi-packs, Bemis PerfPack tear-away multi-packs; and many more. Packagers can learn more by visiting the newly launched BemisPerformancePackaging.com. The new website provides user-friendly resources to address packaging challenges and create brand advantages with the latest in packaging innovations.

Representing quality, strength, integrity and value, Bemis TITAN shrink films and labels will be on display at Pack Expo in Las Vegas, NV, September 23-25, 2013, in Booth #C-558.

 

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Luminous Beauties

When a package competes for a shopper’s attention, it usually gets the same treatment or environment as its competitors. “When you look down the aisle at your local retailer—be it high-fashion or mass-market—you see lights that hit all the product packaging on shelf at the same angles,” Evelio Mattos, creative director of Design Packaging, observes.

Package designers and brand owners, he adds, can give their packages an advantage—even in this controlled environment. “Specialty finishes create areas of interest on shelf because they interact with light differently,” he explains.

Coatings, he notes, can reflect, refract, cast shadows, sparkle and even absorb light. “These areas of interest on shelf naturally serve to draw potential consumers’ eyes to those areas — bringing more attention to a product,” he says. “And spot coatings interact with both senses — you can’t have it any other way.”

Which senses are these? Touch and sight. Smooth UV coatings bring variety to the texture and gloss of a matte finished paperboard; aqueous coatings lend a bit of luscious to the feeland look of a simple paperboard carton; and novelty coatings make packages visually extraordinary on shelf and take advantage of the naturally raised areas to encourage more interaction when held in a consumer’s hand.

Designers can maximize these effects by pairing spot coatings with other design technologies. “Finishes can be used in tandem with other processes such as embossing or debossing to add depth,” Mattos says. “Contrasting finishes with substrates can create elegant tone-on-tone designs.”

A good example of this is the Chateau Ste Michelle box created by design packaging. The luxury presentation box is made from black paperboard and overprinted with a spot gloss UV coating. “Without the UV coating, the box will look like a monolith,” Mattos admits. “The gloss artwork creates a layered look that breaks up the large expanses of black.”

The packaging is also a good example of why spot coatings are good for more than just shelf impact. Mattos notes that shelf impact is not the No. 1 goal for many luxury clients. “Shelf impact is less important in this category because consumers don’t typically buy luxury off the shelf,” he explains. “In this market, specialty finishes and inks add to the overall experience of the end user. Designers can use them to reinforce the brand’s position within the luxury of prestige market.”

But sometimes the reason to use a specialty coating comes directly from the designer’s muse. When Mattos was working on the Juicy Couture Men’s box, he was inspired by a first-edition Sherlock Holmes book in his personal collection. “I scanned the leather pattern from the book, brought up the contrast and created a pattern from the high points in the scan,” he recalls. “That became the spot UV artwork, and it’s one of my favorite examples of how spot coatings can make a stunning package.”

For all the benefits of working with specialty coatings, Mattos remarks, it still has two big challenges—cost and color consistency. “Because these finishes typically are done off-line, which means they are not done by the same machine as the printing, there are added labor production costs,” he explains. “Their chemical makeup can present yellow or blue overtones that can also impact the colors underneath.”

Maureen McHale, president of McHale Design Inc., adds, “Spot coatings sometimes aren’t necessarily that effective. If you’ve got too much sophistication in the packaging coming from the spot varnish, shoppers might be put off by the packaging because they think it’s too expensive. So it really has to be used with the right kind of product.”

Hyun Park, art director for McHale Design Inc., notes that there’s often a third challenge to working with specialty coatings—technical, because everything from the stock to the coating affects the final outcome. “You’re paying more money for that spot varnish so you want to make sure it’s really shiny and pops,” she explains. “So I recommend using something different from regular paperboard. The paper should have more of a matte finish because if they use regular paper the effect won’t pop.”

Instead, the firm often chooses to use specialty inks for projects instead. For example, it uses a neon green ink for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. “The essence of being able to identify Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles products in stores starts with that green,” McHale explains.

Park notes that the ink is more expensive compared to the CMYK green but there’s no comparison with the effect. “When you compare the shelf impact with a regular green color—even a PMS screen—the florescent green we use is just so much greater,” Park explains.

McHale and Mattos warn that no matter how great the print effect, specialty inks and coatings should be used thoughtfully. “As fun as they can be, spot coatings and specialty inks still have to serve a purpose and communicate the product and brand message and promise,” Mattos remarks. 

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Dairy industry life-cycle analysis results (video)






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Gail Barnes

 

 

Gail Barnes, partner, Personify, speaks with Lisa McTigue Pierce, executive editor of Packaging Digest, at the 2013 Global Food & Beverage Packaging Summit about some surprising results from a dairy industry life-cycle analysis study, which Barnes covered in her presentation on Day 1 at the conference.

 

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Independent Carton Group Technical Conferences Promote Learning and Sharing

The Independent Carton Group (ICG), an association of 17 independently owned and operated folding carton companies, recently wrapped up its 14th semiannual technical conference, which featured a great lineup of speakers and high attendance, as has been the case with the group’s past conferences. ICG technical conferences have increased in frequency over the past eight years, and each conference delivers timely and relevant educational value that benefits ICG members and, ultimately, their customers.

“We have a wealth of programs that empower our members to support each other and better serve their customers,” said Jay Willie, executive director of the Independent Carton Group. “If a member faces operational disruption, our production continuity program is called into action to ensure order fulfillment. Our group purchasing program saves members money on equipment, paperboard, ink and other supplies, and creates a ripple effect with members passing the savings on to their customers. And these technical conferences provide a forum where members come together to learn from industry experts and from one another, and network with their peers.”

While the ICG holds regular meetings for its board members and general membership meetings for its members’ executives, technical conferences are designed specifically for the members’ production-level employees. Like the general membership meetings, the technical conferences are typically hosted by a member company or an ICG-approved vendor and include a facility tour and various networking opportunities. All technical conferences are educational in nature, and each one focuses on a specific packaging-related topic of interest to ICG members.

Last month’s conference – “The Papermaking Process and Characteristics of Various Board Types” – included presentations on different types of paperboard as well as a valuable primer on troubleshooting the converting challenges related to paperboard variations. It was held at the Lewiston, Idaho-based paper mill of Clearwater Paper and featured speakers from Clearwater Paper, Dura-Fibre, Hazen Paper, MeadWestvaco and Rock-Tenn. It was attended by those in production, purchasing, customer service and similar roles at ICG member companies.

Past technical conferences have focused on everything from industry regulations, to inks and special effects, to die cutting and gluing, to techniques for increasing run speeds and reducing waste. They have been held all over the country, with each conference featuring a new venue and speaker lineup. And while each is tailored to a different group of employees within ICG member companies, most are designed for those employees involved in day-to-day packaging operations.

“These conferences are for the employees ‘in the trenches,’ those operating presses, handling paperboard, mixing inks, setting up jobs for production, ensuring quality, and so on. Attendees benefit from insight they receive during the conference, reference materials they take home and connections they make,” said Patricia Peterson, a 22-year veteran of the packaging industry and a production manager for All Packaging, an ICG member. “I’m always so pleased to see the learning that occurs during these conferences, the knowledge and confidence attendees gain, but I’m just as pleased to see camaraderie and good fellowship, and new friendships being formed.”

Peterson says the conferences are successful because they are planned by the attendees for the attendees. Each technical conference is organized by a committee of people from different ICG member companies. Peterson oversees conference planning and execution, a role she volunteered for eight years ago because she recognized both a void in the industry for technical packaging-related education and the ICG’s unique position to be able to fill this void for its members.

She also stresses the rules surrounding the conferences. Although speakers are often from ICG vendor companies, anything even resembling a sales pitch or a customer or pricing disclosure is strictly forbidden. In addition to speaker presentations, committee members lead roundtable discussions that enable attendees to present and discuss their own real-world scenarios, solicit feedback from experts and peers, and both expand and share their knowledge base.

“These conferences are a nod to the ICG’s founding fathers who, over three decades ago, made it possible for us to come together as a sharing group, one with a desire to improve operations and serve customers better,” said Willie. “Every day, our members – and their customers – see the result of our founders’ leap of faith, and the strength of our sharing group in action.”

About Independent Carton Group
The Independent Carton Group (ICG) is an association of independently owned and operated folding carton companies.  The ICG helps its members provide exceptional products, service and pricing to their customers through group purchasing, supply assurance, educational and networking programs.  ICG members include Accord Carton, Accurate Box, All Packaging, Climax Manufacturing, Colbert Packaging, Curtis Packaging, 3C Packaging, Dee Paper Box, Diamond Packaging, Disc Graphics, El Paso Paper Box, Finn Industries, Metro Packaging and Imaging, Royal Paper Box, Sonderen Packaging, Thoro Packaging and Zumbiel Packaging. 

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Product Focus: Packaging Components

Squeeze-and-Measure Cap
www.berlinpackaging.com
This patented Squeeze-and-Measure Dosing Closure delivers the correct dose of liquids with a squeeze, thanks to a three-part assembly including a dip tube, vacuum-sealed dosing chamber and flip-top cap. It can be sized to fit any squeezable stock bottle and standard neck finish with no custom preforms or fitments.

Opening Cap
www.tetrapak.com
Tetra Evero Aseptic’s (TEA) One Step Opening design provides the dual protection of a tamper evidence ring and a neck membrane on cap, while offering the convenience of one action opening, for ease-of-use. Devised for ambient white milk, the opening and the carton bottle intend to satisfy consumers’ quest for convenience in handling and pouring, while maintaining safety and environmental features.

Liquid Products Cap
www.weatherchem.com
Made of PP resin, the LiquiFlapper cap fits 33-400 mm and 38-400 mm bottles. The cap screws on and is available with either a ribbed or smooth skirt. Designed with a snap-tight leak resistant release, it provides portion-controlled, tear-drop flow for most household liquid products. LiquiFlapper is available in custom colors and embossing, it is also #5 recyclable.

Lid/Single-use Spoon
ecotensil.com
SpoonLidz by EcoTensil is an over-lid for single-serve cups, which converts to a sanitary and sturdy spoon in one easy fold. Convenient for on-the-go eating, the material-efficient SpoonLidz is made from silky-smooth, renewable paperboard. Customizable and brandable, SpoonLidz provides a sustainable value-add to yogurt, fruit and other to-go foods.

Wine Closure
www.nomacorc.com
Nomacorc, producer of alternative wine closures, has introduced a zero carbon footprint wine closure—Select Bio. The closure is made with plant-based polymers derived from sugar cane. Three distinct products, each with different oxygen ingress levels are available, with the same look and feel as the traditional Select Series. The Select Bio Series includes three distinct products, each with different oxygen ingress levels and have the same look and feel as the traditional Select Series.

Closure Solution
www.velcro.com
Velcro Brand Press-Lok closure, a product for the flexible packaging market, features a unique design that addresses any chance of package misalignment experienced by consumers.  A series of interlocking micro features connect at multiple levels, combined with tactile feel, make this new reclose fastener secure.

Lidding Foil
www.constantia-flexibles.com
Constantia Flexibles developed a paper-free, child-resistant blister lidding foil with upgraded peel/push functionalities. Offering a smooth, robust peel, Easy-Piesy, is an aluminum/PET/aluminum lamination that—due to its absence of paper—requires less heat during sealing compared with traditional paper-back foil structures. The paper-free design makes Easy-Piesy well-suited to cleanroom environments.

Flip-top Cap
www.stulltech.com
Easy-to-open, the Ultra Light Flip Top cap improves consumer convenience and brand loyalty with a modern opening mechanism and a cleaner, more sanitary orifice area. It’s specifically designed for products that require a squeezable motion and dispensing control. The liquid trap feature prevents separated liquid from dripping out, and the closure uses up to 20% less material than similar caps for greater sustainability.

Zipper for Carriers
www.hi-cone.com
Hi-Cone’s Zipper for multipack carriers is designed to provide value-added consumer convenience. The perforated tab is engineered to release the container with just one pull. The zipper makes it easy to remove one container at a time or all of the bottles.

Caps for Tubes
www.flex-products.com
The Flip Top Plug is a secure closure that features a quick flip of the finger to access the contents. Used on rectangular tubes, this package stores items safely and can be a package all its own. Diameter sizes begin at 0.43 x 1 in. and go up to 1 in. x 0.08-0.68. 

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Bio-Board project promotes packaging recyclability






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A EuroA - Bio-Board - rrr.jpgpean project called the Bio-Board project has been

instituted to develop sustainable protein-based paper and paperboard coating systems to increase the recyclability of food and beverage packaging materials. The BIO-BOARD project will build on past research that has revealed that whey protein coating can provide bio-degradable plastic layers that can replace existing plastic coatings in multilayer packaging and enhance their recyclability by separating the individual fractions of the multilayer packaging.

 

To this end, a tailored coating system based on the renewable raw material derived from agro waste and its technological application will be developed for extrusion coating paper, paperboard and cardboard to produce packaging materials. The base material for the coating will be innovative formulations based on proteins such as whey and residues from potato. Currently, half of the 50 million tons of whey produced annually in Europe from cheese production is discarded, while about 65,000 tons of dried fruit juice protein and 140,000 tons of dried potato pulp are produced during starch production annually within the EU that could be available for utilization.

The Bio-Board project coordinator Dr. Elodie Bugnicourt, from Barcelona-based IRIS (http://www.iris.cat), highlights that, “Bio-Board stands in response to the current demand from producers of coated paper, paperboard and cardboard manufacturers for a bioplastic that will enable them to substitute much of the currently used synthetic coating without compromising the barrier properties of the resulting packaging laminates and overcoming the current challenge to the recycling of such packaging. Bio-Board is based a holistic integrated environmental approach to increase the sustainability of materials and processes throughout their life cycle”.

The three-year project, which is composed by 14 partners from 10 European countries, has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) managed by REA Research Executive Agency under grant agreement n°315313.







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Colbert Wins Best of Show Award from Flexographic Technical Association

Colbert Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, today announced that it has received prestigious honors in the Flexographic Technical Association’s Excellence in Flexography Awards competition. During a gala banquet held last night (April 28th) as part of the FTA Annual Forum in San Diego, the FTA unveiled the winners and presented Best of Show and Gold Awards to Colbert for the VetGuard Plus version of its patented EnviroGuard solution.

The FTA’s Excellence in Flexography Awards, which have been held annually since 1960, rate the execution and degree of difficulty of entry submissions from every flexographic segment. Colbert’s EnviroGuard package for VetGuard Plus was chosen as the Excellence in Flexography Best of Show winner in the paperboard class. This year, Colbert was one of seven Best of Show winners selected from among 35 Gold winners and 517 total entries across all entry classes.

“It is an honor to have been chosen for this highly coveted award from a pool of many qualified entrants,” said Brad Davis, general manager of Colbert Flexographic Packaging, who was present at the banquet. “VetGuard Plus was the first commercial application for EnviroGuard, and this Best of Show Award lends credence to EnviroGuard’s viability in the market. It’s also a testament to our advanced flexographic capabilities and to our ability to provide consumer goods manufacturers with secure, sustainable and designer-friendly alternatives to plastic clamshells.”

VetGuard Plus – packaged in eight fully customized, paperboard-only versions of EnviroGuard – made its U.S. market debut in 2012 in big box retail and club stores. VetGuard Plus packages are produced on a custom-built CPS CP 585 in Colbert’s flexographic manufacturing facility in Lake Forest, Ill. Colbert’s CP 585 features nine print stations for printing four-color processes and coating both sides of web-fed paperboard (up to 23 in. wide) in a single pass. The press prints water-based and ultraviolet inks, and it can also produce metallic and holographic effects.

EnviroGuard is easily adaptable to consumer goods manufacturers’ specific product and retailing requirements, which made it ideal for VetGuard Plus’ custom retail and club pack varieties. All VetGuard Plus packages consist of treatment applicators, calendar reminder labels, and a printed and micro-folded insert that contains important product information and meets FDA and EPA regulations for veterinary medications. The paper insert was printed and micro-folded by C and H Printing Solutions, a joint venture between Colbert Packaging and Haapanen Brothers.

The VetGuard Plus version of EnviroGuard has also received General Gold, Eco Excellence and Innovation Excellence Awards from the Paperboard Packaging Council, and EnviroGuard is a former winner of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Sustainable Technology Award.

About Colbert Packaging Corporation
Since its founding in 1959, Colbert Packaging has built a solid reputation as a manufacturer of the highest quality folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products. Folding carton, flexographic packaging and pressure-sensitive roll label operations are based in Lake Forest, Ill.; cartons and boxes are also manufactured in Elkhart, Ind., which is also home to Colbert’s stock box program; VMI programs and contract packaging services are located in South Bend, Ind.

EnviroGuard is a trademark of Colbert Packaging Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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MWV Healthcare Receives Walmart Responsibility Award for Total Health and Wellness

MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, received Walmart’s “Responsibility Award for Total Health and Wellness,” which recognizes MWV’s development of the Shellpak Renew medication adherence solution.

“The evolution of Shellpak Renew exemplifies our research-based approach to innovation, working closely with customers and patients to directly address their needs”

Shellpak Renew was launched in June 2012 to provide an improved and more sustainable medication adherence package for prescription medicines. This type of packaging is proven to help improve patient medication adherence. Better adherence can lead to better patient health.

Shellpak Renew was developed based on feedback from pharmacists and patients. The outer carton is made of MWV’s Natralock, an environmentally-friendly, paperboard-based solution that maximizes the use of recyclable materials and is tear-resistant for a high level of child resistance. The new sustainable and easy-to-use Shellpak Renew is 40% smaller and 30% lighter than the original Shellpak, and eliminates the use of plastic. This enhances the sustainability profile, minimizes pharmacy shelf space and improves convenience for patients. To improve adherence, Shellpak Renew includes an integrated calendar for patients to track their doses of medication.

Shellpak Renew is an evolution of MWV’s Shellpak adherence solution, which originally launched in 2008. In a first-of-its-kind study published in Clinical Therapeutics, “A Pharmacoepidemiologic Analysis of the Impact of Calendar Packaging on Adherence to Self-Administered Medications for Long-Term Use,” conducted by Venebio and funded by MWV, when used alone Shellpak was found to demonstrate a statistically significant impact over vials, improving adherence and persistence for long-term daily medications.

“The evolution of Shellpak Renew exemplifies our research-based approach to innovation, working closely with customers and patients to directly address their needs,” said Bruce Thomas, president of MWV Healthcare. “With Shellpak Renew, we combine three key benefits: an adherence-enhancing medication package that is child resistant and also senior friendly, and that maximizes the use of recyclable material. We are honored to be the recipient of the Responsibility award and excited about our work with Walmart to continue making adherence-enhancing packaging available to patients.”

About MWV
MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) is a global packaging company providing innovative solutions to the world’s most admired brands in the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, tobacco, and agricultural industries. The company also produces specialty chemicals for the automotive, energy, and infrastructure industries and maximizes the value of its land holdings through forestry operations, property development and land sales. MWV’s network of 125 facilities and 16,000 employees spans North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company has been recognized for financial performance and environmental stewardship with a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index every year since 2005.

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