Transitioning to Flexibles

New Guide Outlines Best Practices

Brands, particularly in the realm of consumer products, are eyeing a range of new materials to meet ambitious goals for creating more sustainable packaging.

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Students Capture Awards for 2023

Annual Contest Recognizes Work at Packaging Programs

The entries for the Flexible Packaging Association’s Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge included short videos, where students explain the prototypes they developed. Several videos stood out because the students created strong marketing campaigns.

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Striving for Safety

SPMC® Continues Oversight of Packaging Excellence

Sterile packaging rarely penetrates the public’s consciousness, creating an awareness gap that the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council has been striving to close since 1994 and continues with ongoing guidance on issues affecting the industry.

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Providing Opportunity for Women

Flexible Packaging Leaders Discuss Their Careers and Opportunities for Women and Others

Women running flexible packaging companies evangelize for the industry and its opportunities for people with talent and drive. And they agree that networking, the guidance of mentors, and the power of flexible packaging provide an open field for advancement and career fulfillment.

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Making the Business Case for DEI

Companies Say DEI Programs Promote Growth and Enhance Values

Employers say they recognize a moral imperative for ensuring their workplaces are inclusive and welcoming. But they also have been swayed by research into the business benefits of diversity.

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Encouraging Diversity

An Interview With Kuma Roberts, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Arrowhead Consulting

Creating opportunities instead of assuming they will happen is at the heart of Kuma Roberts’ work.

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Compass Report Provides Direction

AMERIPEN and PMMI Outline Growth Opportunities

A growing number of states are crafting extended producer responsibility laws that shift more of the cost for local recycling onto consumer brands. This report aims to help companies make the most of recycling opportunities.

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Packages Grab Award Spotlight

A Closer Look at More Gold Award Winners

The top winners of the Flexible Packaging Association’s 67th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition ranked in the categories of packaging excellence, technical innovation, expanding the use of flexible packaging, shelf impact, and printing.

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High Achievers

Innovation and Sustainability Efforts Garner Gold in Annual Contest

In all, 87 package entries were submitted in the 67th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition for a total of 230 entries—some packages were entered into multiple categories.

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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

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

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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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

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

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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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

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

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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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

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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