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An update on microwavable packaging — it’s there!

America’s food landscape is one of many twists and turns. Cultural diversity, ethnic tastes and flavors and the ascent of regional cuisines have set the stage for the introductions of boundless varieties and combinations of chilled and refrigerated foods. Click here to read the rest of the...

Resealable packaging reinforces value

Resealable packaging has been a marketplace staple for a good while now, marveling us with the coolness of its technologies and, yes, far too often frustrating us to no end. The fledgling intent was praiseworthy; the spotty performance was not. Click here to read the rest of the...

Comparing pre-made versus thermoformed trays

We came across a very interesting article written by Chip Bolton on the discussion about using pre-made versus thermoformed trays. In today’s marketplace any discussion about trays quickly boils down to pre-made versus thermoformed. It’s as though there is a right and a wrong answer. There isn’t. Solid arguments can be made for both because each has its place. You can read the article on the Provisioner Online website. Click here to read...

Addressing shelf life concerns for meat and poultry

Keeping product on the shelf for as long as possible is one of the most challenging issues facing processors. Product can remain unsold on the shelf for many reasons, including unattractive packaging, discoloration and spoilage. According to a USDA Economic Research Service report, more than 2 billion pounds of meat and poultry are wasted at the retail level. Click here to read...

Looking for growth in mature tray market

Shoppers browsing the fresh meat cases in their local supermarkets have little idea of the influence they exert over the case-ready tray packaging displayed there. U.S. consumers have an uncanny, almost emotional connection to red meat that is red. We like our beef red and we like it in a seemingly bulletproof package. Both are influential quality cues that instill confidence and satisfaction. Purple meat just looks wrong, and a flimsy feeling tray is worrisome. Click here to read...

The 4 trends driving the flexible packaging market

The global market for flexible packaging is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 3.4 percent over the next five years, and is expected to reach $248 billion by 2020. This dynamic packaging sector offers huge potential for technology suppliers, packaging converters and brand owners. Flexible packaging is the most economical method to package, preserve and distribute food, beverages, other consumables, pharmaceuticals and other products that need extended shelf life. It can be designed with barrier properties tailored to fit the products being packaged and their end uses, whereas other barrier packaging formats generally provide a one-size-fits-all approach. Flexible packaging can be made in a wide variety of innovative shapes, sizes and appearances, and can include components such as handles, and opening and reclosing features such as zips and spouts. Click here to read...