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Sustainable and Innovative Flexible Packaging: September Spotlights

Our series of innovative flexible packaging from FPA’s 2020 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition continues! Check out our September spotlights listed below to learn about the benefits of each package, the manufacturers behind the creation, and brands that are using these packages for their product.

Oreo “Game of Thrones” Cookie Package 

Bend the knee to this package—this package belongs on the throne!  Mondelez launched the limited-edition “Game of Thrones” Oreos to bring something unexpected to the classic cookie as a tribute to the HBO show’s legacy. In addition to the 4 distinct edible insignias on the cookies, Sonoco’s packaging incorporates a registered matte/gloss feature and spells out “Oreo” in the show’s logo font using glossy metallic effects. The package also incorporates Sonoco’s SmartSeal® technology, a patented built-in precision die-cut easy open and reclose feature with tamper evidence. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

FLEXPET™ F-STF ULTRA SOFT SUPER DURABLE BOPET FILM

F-STF is a soft touch/velvet feel matte BOPET film that is specially designed to laminate high-quality graphic media with a velvet feel similar to peach skin. The key features include excellent matte homogeneity/dispersion; excellent soft velvet feel; low gloss on the matte side; excellent contact clarity; good scratch resistance; enhanced graphics; and package differential with a luxury feel and look. Flex Films (USA) Inc. earned a Silver Achievement Award for Shelf Impact with this innovative flexible packaging. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

REDKEN® Flash Lift Bonder Inside 

REDKEN® Flash Lift Bonder Inside is a groundbreaking spouted pouch design for Health & Beauty that replaces a rigid container with an internal bag to promote product safety. ProAmpac and REDKEN® redesigned this pouch to create a unique experience for customers. The creative directional spout design minimizes powder fumes while dispensing cleanly into the dosing lid/cap. It was also created with an internal “cross” design into the spout to assist with easy pour and separating potential powders that make up the product. The shape of the pouch provides an excellent billboard to promote the brand, and the print required copy eliminates the need for an instruction insert. In keeping with sustainable goals, this redesign reduced the number of packaging components and the total weight of the new packaging to ship more product and less packaging. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Nestlé Toll House Artisan Collection Premium Backing Chip-Extra Dark

The design and print of the Nestlé package elevate the overall presentation for this high-end product from the first sight. The smooth pink and purple vignette of the flower design complements the dark black background and metallic gold creating a high contrast and high impact overall presentation. Coupling this printed artwork with consistent high-quality films creates a secure package with a high-end fit, finish, and appearance. American Packaging Corporation received a Silver Achievement Award in Printing for the design. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

The Benefits of Food in Flexible Packaging for Camping

Food items in flexible packaging are perfect for camping. Regardless of how you camp, in a tent or in an RV, durable, portable food supplies you can rely on is key to a successful camping experience. Flexible packaging provides just that! Check out these benefits to see how foods packaged in flexible packaging is perfect for campers. 

Flexible Packaging is Portable and Convenient 

Camping often requires us to pack light and only bring what we need. Flexible packaging is lightweight and can easily be carried, stored, opened, and resealed, so it’s the perfect space saver for campers to take to and from the campsite. It’s also created to be durable and to protect the products stored inside, so you can count on your food to stay fresh and survive the great outdoors! For tips on planning a menu with flexible packaging items for your next trip, check out this article for 10 secrets to creating a great menu for camping. 

Flexible Packaging Extends Shelf Life 

Flexible packaging’s protective features significantly extend the shelf life of an array of food products. For example, grapes sold in flexible packaging have an extended shelf life of 7 days to 70 days! This allows campers to pack food items that would traditionally not survive camping trips. Learn more about how flexible packaging is created to protect food products and how its features extend shelf life by visiting our recent blog post here

Flexible Packaging is Environmentally Friendly 

Best of all, flexible packaging allows campers to give back to the environment while also enjoying it. Because it extends the shelf life of products, flexible packaging contributes directly to the reduction of food waste! Furthermore, compared to traditional forms of packaging, flexible packages use fewer raw materials, less energy, and fewer resources to produce.

Thanks to flexible packaging, campers are able to pack lighter and snack longer! To learn more about the sustainable benefits of flexible packaging, and how it is used in everyday life, visit our blog here

Innovative and Sustainable Flexible Packaging: August Spotlights

Our series of award-winning innovative packaging from FPA’s 2020 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition continues! Check out our August spotlights listed below to learn about the benefits of each package, the manufacturers behind the creation, and brands that are using these packages for their products!

Cracker Barrel Black Ribbon Natural Cheese Slices

The Cracker Barrel Black Ribbon Natural Cheese Slices graphics and new packaging material were carefully designed to breakthrough on the shelf and emphasize that it is a premium line! Consumer testing was done to ensure that the new graphics were easy to find on the shelf and would be clear to consumers what brand and flavor variant they were buying. The combination of matte black, gloss black, opulent metallic gold and metallic color bands, and a packaging window that showcases the high-quality cheese are the key elements that help the package design stand out on the shelf! TC Transcontinental Packaging earned two Silver Achievement Awards for Packaging Excellence and for Technical Innovation. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Premade STANDCAP Inverted Pouches

The premade STANDCAP inverted pouches were manufactured by Glenroy, Inc. and have an array of benefits! The pouches extend product freshness, stand out on the shelf, and provide timesaving and utensil-free convenience for consumers. Best of all, they make an eco-friendly impact by reducing fossil fuel usage, water usage, and greenhouse gas emissions when compared to alternative package formats. Glenroy, Inc. earned two Gold Achievement Awards for Packaging Excellence and for Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging, and a Silver Achievement Award for Sustainability. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Hershey’s Stand-up Pouches 

Printpack manufactured the new Hershey’s packaging and earned a Silver Achievement Award for printing! This stand-up pouch is made on a vertical form fill seal bagger versus a conventional horizontal form fill seal stand-up pouch machine. The sturdy 2-ply and 3-ply laminations enable the pouch to stand-up nicely for a superior impact on the shelf! Best of all, the package is easy to open with precise laser scoring, allowing for a clean directional tear. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Cargill Grab N’ Go Deli Meat Package

The Cargill Grab N’ Go high barrier deli meat package uses a new proprietary, dual-purpose, minimal depth forming, and non-forming film from Amcor with high oxygen barrier and strength properties. The film is very thin and exhibits attributes of a non-barrier thin PE zipper bag commonly found at delis. The final modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) allows longer shelf life for deli meat compared to the traditional low barrier PE film package commonly found at meat department delis. Amcor Flexibles earned two Silver Achievement Awards for Packaging Excellence and for Technical Innovation. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Choosing packaging to protect and preserve your lawn and garden products

The type of packaging you choose for lawn and gardening products will have a significant impact on your planting and yard work experience. Lawn and garden products require safe and durable packaging, and flexible packaging provides just that! Below are 3 key benefits of choosing garden and lawn products stored in flexible packaging. 

  1. Flexible packaging extends shelf life 

Flexible packaging is designed with different barrier and seal features that protect and preserve the products inside of the package. Both features work to prevent potentially harmful elements, such as moisture and insects, from entering the package and damaging the products inside. By choosing soil, mulch or other items in flexible packaging, your lawn and garden products will be protected from any potential damage, and they will last longer.

  1. Resealable flexible packaging is easy to use and creates less mess 

Lawn and gardening is no easy job, but selecting products in flexible, resealable packaging provides a hassle-free experience. By choosing potting soil, fertilizer, and seed in resealable flexible packaging, you won’t have to worry about any spills or leaks, and the products will be much easier to pour in lightweight packaging! 

  1. Flexible packaging is environmentally friendly 

Flexible packaging not only protects the products inside of the packaging, but it also helps protect our environment!  Its low carbon impact, fossil fuel usage, water usage, and amount of material to landfill all contribute to flexible packaging’s environmental attributes. Not to mention, flexible packaging has a high product-to-package ratio, meaning you’ll be using the least amount of packaging necessary for the products you use to care for your lawn and garden!

Flexible packaging offers many benefits for lawn and garden products. Not only does it protect products and extend shelf-life, it also uses less energy to manufacture, reduces shipping costs, and sends fewer materials to landfills. Interested in learning more about flexible packaging and its sustainability benefits? Check out our resources here!

Innovative and Sustainable Flexible Packaging: July Spotlights

Our series of award-winning innovative packaging from FPA’s 2020 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition continues! Check out our July spotlights listed below to learn about the benefits of each package, the manufacturers behind the creation, and brands that are using these packages for their products!

4-D Bags with Handle

Uflex Limited manufactured this brick-shaped, all panel registered bag/pouch with a handle and reclosable option that can either stand-up or lie down. Similar to flexi-cartons, it is an excellent replacement for rigid cartons!  The packaging design creates an excellent shelf appeal that immediately grabs the attention of shoppers. 4-D bags are also a convenient option for consumers! You can carry it from a top handle, and its re-closable options allow the product to be dispensed through the zipper! Uflex Limited earned a Gold Achievement Award for Shelf Impact. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Predilecta Sacciali Jar Shaped Pouch

Amcor manufactured the Sacciali brand jar shaped pouch that combines the best of flexible packaging technology for lightweight and long shelf life! The “mason jar” shape nods to the traditional glass packaging common in the sauce category. However, flexible packaging offers the significant benefits of a 97% weight reduction over glass, leading to a wide range of sustainable benefits! Amcor earned a Gold Achievement Award for Shelf Impact and two Silver Achievement Awards for Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging and Packaging Excellence.  Learn more about the manufacturer by visiting their website here!

JUSTIN’S® Nut Butter Covered Nuts Pouch

JUSTIN’S® Nut Butter Covered Nuts Pouch was manufactured by ProAmpac and earned a Silver Achievement Award for Sustainability. This package is the pioneer in the application of Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) materials for high barrier food packaging! The pouch promotes high moisture and oxygen barrier that uses PCR content to help provide end markets for recyclable materials. Its high opacity white flexographic inks, surface matte coating, and lamination processes work together to mask the appearance of high volumes of PCR, providing a “new material” look and feel. To learn more about the manufacturer, visit their website here!

Decowraps

In closely watching global trends to more sustainable products, and for a specific Whole Foods project, Decowraps created a compostable Non-GMO flower sleeve. The sleeve for Whole Foods has sugar cane as its material base in the EarthFirst® film. Important considerations for the package design included Origin of Life, specifically substituting a bio-based film for the previous fossil fuel-based film, and the film to have Non-GMO status to reflect Whole Foods’ branding guidelines. Decowraps and Plastic Supplies, Inc., earned a Silver Achievement Award for Sustainability. To learn more about the manufacturers, visit the Decowrap website here, and the Plastic Supplies, Inc., website here

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