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Moving the dial on sustainability in the flexible packaging industry

Despite the challenges of 2022 having driven significant supply chain disruptions and cost inflation around the world, sustainability remains a hot topic for today’s brands and their packaging supply chains. As awareness of climate change has become ever more present in the lives of consumers, demand for action has escalated, placing further pressure on the […]

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Obstacles Surround Sales and Marketing Trends

Obstacles Surround Sales and Marketing Trends

Companies Push Forward as Sustainability Rules Shift

After taking a back seat to supply constraints during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainability has returned to the driver’s seat with sales and marketing efforts

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Marijuana Laws Open Packaging Opportunities

Marijuana Laws Open Packaging Opportunities

Packaging Companies Tap New Market as States Legalize Marijuana

Now that nearly 40 U.S. states have given a green light to cannabis use, whether for medical or recreational purposes, marijuana has taken on various forms—and the packaging often is now designed to gain attention rather than deflect it.

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Standing Out

Standing Out

Contest Judges Mull 2023 Award Entries

Companies that are members of the Flexible Packaging Association submitted products to be evaluated in up to six categories in the 2023 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition: expanding the use of flexible packaging, technical innovation, printing, shelf impact, sustainability, and packaging excellence.

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How to Succeed With Packaging Innovations at Your Company

How to Succeed With Packaging Innovations at Your Company

Mars Wrigley Executive Gives Tips on Working Across Your Company Culture

The process of developing new packaging ideas in a large corporation—the road to innovation—never has been easy. But the journey still can be fun, suggests William A. Singleton III, global packaging director at Mars Wrigley Confectionary.

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FPA Outlines Opposition to Aluminum Foil Tariff Proposal

FPA Outlines Opposition to Aluminum Foil Tariff Proposal

Department of Commerce’s Preliminary Determinations Expected Feb. 28

FPA opposes DOC proposal that would extend tariffs on aluminum foil to South Korea and Thailand, saying the plan would threaten jobs in the U.S., and DOC should not be “picking winners and losers in U.S. manufacturing markets.”

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Report: Stakeholders Must Coordinate Circularity Efforts as Material Needs Shift

Report: Stakeholders Must Coordinate Circularity Efforts as Material Needs Shift

In a report titled “Packaging Compass: Evaluating Trends in U.S. Packaging Design,” AMERIPEN and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute evaluate trends in packaging design and the implications on a circular economy while outlining how coordinated efforts must start now to reach concrete goals over the next 10 years.

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What Now?

What Now?

Advocacy Experts Discuss New Congress

As 2023 begins, federal legislators will be putting the final touches on reorganizing the House and Senate committees and subcommittees of the 118th Congress based on the results of the November election. But even before the election, advocates for the packaging and flexible packaging industries were preparing for what they know will be a busy year on Capitol Hill.

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Our Future Workforce

Our Future Workforce

Schools and Companies Tout Training Programs at PACK EXPO International

Even before the pandemic and its aftermath, finding workers has been a struggle. Unemployment rates continue to hover at or near historic lows, even as economists increasingly predict an economic downturn. Workforce training, recruitment, and retention issues remain top concerns for companies nationwide, including those in the flexible packaging industry.

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Flexpack Crash Course

Flexpack Crash Course

New Workers Network During Daylong Seminar

This course aims to help the flexible packaging industry maintain, grow, and attract new talent through connections and collaboration.

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AMERIPEN Leader Reviews Packing Issues for 2023

AMERIPEN Leader Reviews Packing Issues for 2023

Dan Felton Outlines Key Initiatives on State and Federal Levels

State policymakers will have a busy year in 2023 as they seek to regulate the packaging industry, with measures expected on extended producer responsibility, labeling requirements, and recycled-content mandates.

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Amcor Leader Discusses $10.8M Investment at Michigan State University

Amcor Leader Discusses $10.8M Investment at Michigan State University

His Advice to Other Companies: ‘Jump in’

This past year, Amcor announced it would be investing $10.8 million into the Michigan State University School of Packaging in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Amcor’s commitment includes investment in infrastructure and building renovations, as well as an endowed chair position in the School of Packaging.

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ProAmpac CEO Intends to Double Sales Within Five Years

ProAmpac CEO Intends to Double Sales Within Five Years

Greg Tucker Says Sustainability Goals Accelerate, Too

ProAmpac intends to double its sales from about $2.5 billion to $5 billion within three to five years and offer a sustainable alternative for all of its products by 2025.

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What Most Concerns You for the Future?

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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