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A Conversation with Andrew Wheeler

President, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation

Editor’s Note: This is an expanded version of an interview that appears in the May/June 2022 issue of FlexPack VOICE®. The printed article can be found online, too, in the digital format of the full magazine. Each issue, as well as occasionally in a digital exclusive, FlexPack VOICE® hosts a question-and-answer segment that discusses issues […]

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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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Meet the FPA Staff

Meet the FPA Staff

A Conversation with Debbie Curry, FPA Director of Accounting and Administrative Operations

Debbie Curry, FPA director of accounting and administrative operations, brings a family-first mentality to the association and her community.

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Food Waste Solutions Sought

Food Waste Solutions Sought

Glenroy Offers Advances in Packaging Protection for Some Foods

While most people abhor when food is wasted, that doesn’t stop food waste from being one of the biggest contributors to environmental concerns.  The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 31% of food is lost at the retail and consumer levels. And food waste is one of the largest contributors to the materials that […]

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Polyethylene Plant Brings Jobs, Careers

Polyethylene Plant Brings Jobs, Careers

Pennsylvania Factory Planned Long Ago

When drillers began tapping into the Marcellus Shale in 2008, they sparked an economic boom that continues to echo in rural Pennsylvania. One of the biggest follow-on developments is the Shell petrochemicals plant slated to open next year in Beaver County.

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Mergers Accelerate

Mergers Accelerate

Deals Remain Robust for Flexible Packaging Industry

Like so much else in the economy, corporate deal-making roared back to life in 2021 as COVID-19 vaccines blunted the worst effects of the pandemic and companies adapted to the risks that remained.

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Plastics on Tap

Plastics on Tap

Shell Plant in Pennsylvania Going on Line

This year, flexible packaging companies will have a new source of polyethylene: A major petrochemical plant erected by Shell along the banks of the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pennsylvania—about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The plant is expected to produce 1.6 million tons of polyethylene per year.

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Packaging Challenges Plague Women’s Bakery

Packaging Challenges Plague Women’s Bakery

African Company Seeks Help with Solutions

The Women’s Bakery in Rwanda, Africa, represents a microcosm of the packaging industry’s drive for continuous innovation in sustainability and the universal challenge of keeping pace with recycling mandates.

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3D Testing Could Save Time, Money

3D Testing Could Save Time, Money

The search for packaging alternatives can include cumbersome methods of designing and testing materials under various distribution scenarios. However, a new virtual testing method is looking to change that while saving time and money.

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Meet the FPA Staff

Meet the FPA Staff

A Conversation with Dani Diehlmann, Vice President, Communications, FPA

A DC native and equestrian, Dani Diehlmann never expected to find herself in the world of packaging, it has become a career she now cherishes.

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Filling the Gaps

Filling the Gaps

Employers Use Creative Measures to Fill Jobs

To fill job gaps, manufacturers are seeking employees from nontraditional or largely untapped fields. Veterans, women, re-entrants, and refugees constitute a rich supply of motivated, reliable workers.

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