What Most Concerns You for the Future?

Thought Leader Survey Highlights Legislation, Other Issues

This year, the respondents to the “Packaging Thought Leader Survey 2032” included 165 experts, including leadership from the Flexible Packaging Association. The questions include deep looks into key tech­nologies and trends that will impact packaging by 2032.

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Beyond the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Beyond the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Some Companies Create Alternative Routes to Circularity Goals

As they take steps toward creating a circu­lar economy for their products, flexible packaging companies continue to face calls for reducing or eliminating the use of plastic entirely.

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FPA Recognizes Members Celebrating Milestones

FPA Recognizes Members Celebrating Milestones

Companies Offer Insights into Challenges, Opportunities

In 2022, as companies in the flexible packaging realm reach mile­stone years in their FPA memberships, some shared how they continue to innovate, embrace sustainability, and maximize FPA resources to stay strong and meet the challenges ahead.

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Training the Sustainability Trainers

Training the Sustainability Trainers

Arizona State University Offers Programs for Midcareer Sustainability Officers and Others to Help Companies Advance Circularity Efforts

As companies add sustainability personnel to meet customer, brand owner, and regulatory expectations, they might not know exactly how to integrate new policies into their organizations. That situation could be a reason to reach out to Arizona State University’s Ryan M. Johnson.

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CNG Works With Trex in Annual Student Recycling Contest

CNG Works With Trex in Annual Student Recycling Contest

FPA Member Provides Schools With Cash Awards

Starting in November, schools nationwide can compete for prizes and cash awards by entering an annual recycling contest run by Trex Company, Inc. that has been sponsored by Charter Next Generation, a Wisconsin-based flexible packaging company that is an FPA member.

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ELC Expands Mission

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Among New Initiatives

College interns tuned in to a recent virtual meeting for an overview of the flexible packaging industry, marking the official start of the Flexible Packaging Association’s second annual summer virtual internship series.

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Automation Takes Hold

Automation Takes Hold

Using Technology to Hire, Train, and Schedule Workers

More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted traditional methods of training workers, flexible packaging companies continue fine-tuning their approaches that rely on technology to limit face-to-face contact.

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Inside the Student Design Challenge

Inside the Student Design Challenge

Judges and Students Reflect on 2022 Contest

Four members of FPA’s Emerging Leadership Council, volunteered one afternoon in May to judge the association’s annual Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge.

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Expanding Recycling in Upper Midwest

Expanding Recycling in Upper Midwest

CNG, General Mills, and Others Invest in Mechanical Recycling Plant

A coalition of Minnesota-based CEOs in the agriculture and consumer packaged goods industries wanted to do more to ensure a circular economy, especially when it came to flexible packaging. Business leaders set out to create a regional ecosystem serving the Upper Midwest.

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Cybersecurity Expert Reflects on Her Career

Cybersecurity Expert Reflects on Her Career

Dawn Cappelli Advises Young Women to ‘Go for It’

FlexPack VOICE® had the opportunity to interview Dawn Cappelli, Dragos director of Operational Technology—Cyber Emergency Readiness Team, and a member of the Manufacturing Cybersecurity Advisory Council for the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Investors Enter Recycling Arena

Investors Enter Recycling Arena

Private-Equity Firms See Potential for Circular Economy

Private investors want to turn one of the largest curbside recy­clers in the U.S. into a test bed for building up infrastructure that will be vital to the success of the circular economy.

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Aluminum Foil Shortage Intensifies

Aluminum Foil Shortage Intensifies

War in Ukraine, Tariffs, Trade Policies Frustrate Supplies

Flexible packaging companies may have been hoping this year would bring relief to a stubborn shortage of aluminum foil. However, relief does not appear likely anytime soon.

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Cyberthieves Target Manufacturers

Cyberthieves Target Manufacturers

Experts Discuss Trends, Offer Tips

Cybersecurity trends have led FPA to offer its mem­bers a cyber risk mitigation and insurance package program, developed by NAM, to help prevent cyberattacks.

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Governments Play Large Role in New Recycling Investments

States Take the Lead, While Federal Efforts Stall

Government policies often dictate what and how much recyclable material is collected, ensuring supply. Policies can also help to stimulate demand by setting requirements for incorporating recycled material.

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E-Commerce Evolves

E-Commerce Evolves

As Pandemic Wanes, Deeper Trends Emerge

The explosion of e-commerce over the last two years fueled a burst of creativity that will leave a lasting mark on flexible packaging, even if online sales retreat from their pandemic-era highs.

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Connecting Sustainability With Consumers

Connecting Sustainability With Consumers

Challenges with Messages Can Hinder Goals

Sustainability is more than a buzzword for flex­ible packaging companies. It is spurring a rush to create products that are reusable, recyclable, made entirely from recycled materials, or all of the above. But for many consumers, sustainability is an abstract concept that fails to resonate.

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At the Judges’ Table

At the Judges’ Table

Experts Acknowledge Fresh Looks and Designs

Innovators showcased their top packages at the 66th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition.

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Contest Judges Offer Insights on Issues

Contest Judges Offer Insights on Issues

Jim Peters, Brian Ludwick, and Martin Golden brought their varied careers in academia, publishing, and consulting to the contest that they judged the 66th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition in November 2021.

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