Benefits of flexible packaging for fighting food waste

A new infographic from the Flexible Packaging Association highlights how flexible packaging can help keep food fresher and prevent food waste.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approximately 40% of food is not consumed. The annual amount of food waste is 36 million tons, which is worth $162 billion.

The typical American family throws away 40% of fresh meat, fish, and poultry purchased; 51% of dairy and fruit purchased; and 44% of fresh vegetables purchased.

When packaged in flexible packaging, the shelf life of green beans extends from seven days to 19 days. Some other examples of shelf life extension for food, when packaged in flexible packaging, include grapes, from seven days to 70 days; broccoli from six days to 20 days; steak from three days to 20 days; and cheese from 190 days to 280.

Original Source: https://www.packworld.com/article/food/benefits-flexible-packaging-fighting-food-waste

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The Differences Between Pressure Sensitive Labels and Roll Fed Labels

Custom labeling comes in various forms these days, and for any company seeking to find the right label for the branding of its product, quite a lot is taken into consideration. From the cost, type, color, durability, safety measure, etc.  One of the commonly used types of a label are pressure sensitive label and roll-fed labels.

Custom Pressure Sensitive Labels

Pressure sensitive labels are the most asked for labels because they work for an extensive variety of uses and are not difficult to apply.  Presure sensitive labels are often referred to as seld-adhesive or adhesive-backed labels.  They are light weight and can stick on to most surfaces and holders.  They are used on a number of different brands and products since they can be imprinted on paper, foil, movie packs and more.

These cutting edge, smooth, and polished stick-on labels can be manufactured in rolls and require direct pressure to apply. Since they need no warmth, dissolvable or water to hold fast to bundles or wraps, they’re one of the least demanding labels to work with in a nutshell.

There are many elements to check between while picking the right material and adhesive blend for a pressure sensitive label. They include more than 50 sorts of a white plastic label material with each having different substrates and glues.

Roll-Fed Labels

They are usually imprinted on unsupported paper or film, with no pre-connected label before it just a plain surface.  Roll-fed labels can be in roll forms, and they apply to various surfaces to be used using hot-dissolved compounds. They cover the full surface volume of the item, which leaves a significant amount of space for the object data in branding

Markets Utilizing  Pressure Sensitive Labels

Nourishment and Beverage Industries – From juice to sauces, they all have printed pressure sensaitive labels on their products that are sustainable and refreshing for start ups and leaders in the industry

Household Chemicals – Pressure sensitive labels can face extreme conditions like rough handling by kids, and they still won’t peel off. Every good one is quite durable even when in contact with chemicals.

Health Sector – The products assemblage and procedures are stationed to agree to FDA, directions and other quality principles so that the labels are neat and legitimately hold fast to pharmaceutical industries and other industries to avoid children having health issues after tampering with it.

Learn more about Anchor Printing and their vast line of custom product label & packaging options including: Shrink Sleeve Labels, Flexible Packaging, Roll-Fed Labeling, Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack Labels at http://www.anchorprinting.com.  To contact one of our label specialists call toll free at 800.748.0209 or via email at info@anchorprinting.com.

Tips on Hiring a Custom Label & Packaging Company

Your product may be exquisite but if your package and labeling isn’t that appealing or of high quality, then it might affect the sales of your product. People are attracted to an informative label that is presented in an eye catching manner.  We often hear from people that they choose one product over another based solely on aesthetics.  In this article we will provide you a brief overview on custom label and packaging including what it is, who provides them, and the benefits they provide.

Product Labeling

A products label includes is printed and located on the outside of a product package to offer a product description including insight on the features and qualities of the actual product.  A product label comes in a number of forms from shrink sleeves to flexible pouches and everything in between.  A variety of materials are used in creating product labels as well.

Custom product label printing allows organizations of all sizes to get their unique business information placed on the outside of their product in an eye catching, informative manner.   Customizing a product label allows manufacturers to grab the attention of their unique customers.

Product Packaging

The manner in which a product is packaged is an active component in the recipe of success for your product whether newly introduced or a classic favorite.  Custom packaging as well as labeling requires you to work alongside a reliable manufacturer.  They must know and understand your product in order to educate you on the best options for your success.  This is the key element in launching a product.

Hiring a Package and Label Manufacturing Company

Before you choose to work with a label designer and package manufacture compile a design synopsis including key elements that you desire to be included. It should be based on your research and idea of the product.  Provide the company with the details of the color, feel, scope and the aim. Be clear about your objective but remain open to the ideas of your designer. Ask for the portfolios of the designer, look at their experiences and be honest.

Considerations While Selecting the Company

The company that you choose should offer a wide variety of options to choose from in label and packaging.  The manufacturer you choose should prioritize you as a customer and your needs efficiently.  For the best results choose a company that offers solid communication and customer service.

Learn more about Anchor Printing and their vast line of custom product label & packaging options including: Shrink Sleeve Labels, Flexible Packaging, Roll-Fed Labeling, Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack Labels at http://www.anchorprinting.com/shrink-sleeve.php.  To contact one of our label specialists call toll free at 800.748.0209 or via email at info@anchorprinting.com.

Taghleef Industries to Show Range of Specialized Films at Labelexpo Europe 2017

Taghleef will be located in Hall 5, Booth C40, displaying an unparalleled selection of BoPP films.

“We are excited to showcase our high-quality Specialty Label Films at Labelexpo Europe,” says Patrick Desies, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Taghleef Industries. “Many purchasing decisions are made subconsciously at the shelf. Our innovative films offer safe, sustainable options for a variety of high-quality packaging needs. We welcome attendees to visit our stand to experience the unique functionalities of our products.”

Special finishes offer unique functionalitiesAt Labelexpo, Taghleef will be showcasing its Specialty Label Films range, available for PSL facestock applications as well as over-laminations, and even IML (In Mold Label) and WAL (Wrap Around) roll-fed labels. Each film is designed according to labeling application, for either over-lamination or primary print substrate, and are suitable for gravure, flexo, offset, UV and in some cases digital printing. They offer special finishes, which capture consumer attention:

• Extra matte finish SoFT TOUcH™ with tactile properties creates a smooth, soft effect to transmit a luxurious sensation.

• Anti-Scratch films with gloss, matte and silky-matte finishes ensure scuff and abrasion resistance.

• Anti-Bacterial films provide an extra layer of protection for hygiene, personal care and infant nutrition products by killing 99.9% of bacteria that come into contact with the surface.

In addition, Ti’s PSL portfolio is continuously expanding and one of the newest developments in the PSL portfolio is LSG. It is a white voided, very high yield facestock film with outstanding whiteness and gloss appearance. For injection and thermoforming IML films, Ti will feature its high orange peel and ultra-high yield white voided films LIU and LIX, as well as LIM with its unique satin finish. Metallic look Titanium™ LTZ and LHZ complete the range, delivering high impact label designs. Following the direction of lightweight packaging, LXI ultra-high yield wrap around white voided label film is a perfect choice for both converters and bottlers. LUS film for WAL applications dresses up containers with a contemporary matte finish.

Heat Shrink Sleeve Labels provide outstanding shrink curveVisitors to the Ti booth will have the opportunity to see next generation films for heat shrink sleeve labels. Low density polyolefin polymers create a sustainable, floatable solution that minimizes the impact on PET recycle systems and reduces the weight of the label compared to common shrink sleeve substrates. The exceptional shrink curve, in transverse direction (TD), guarantees up to 65% of shrinkage, offering the freedom to fully decorate containers in a wide variety of shapes and sizes with the potential for 360-degrees of eye-catching label graphics.

Original Source: https://packagingeurope.com/taghleef-industries-to-showcase-wide-range-of-specialized-films/

Original Date: Aug 21 2017

 

Recycling and Custom Labeling

In the recycling industry, used materials are processed into new items. This process helps to prevent waste, reduce the consumption of new materials, and also reduce energy use. Materials that can be recyclable include glass, plastic, paper, and metal. These materials can be reused to reduce the environmental impact. Materials that are to be recycled are gathered and afterward conveyed to a recycling center where they are sorted, cleaned, and reprocessed into new materials that will be recycled again.

Custom labels have extraordinary esteem with regards to user convenience particularly in the household or office use. Custom labels are used for labeling saleable products and for individual use too. Custom labels can be used for wedding invitations, gifts, homemade food packets and more.

In any case, with the busy ways of life, custom labels are a popular option for manufacturers as they can also be used as a valuable marketing tool.  No matter what type of product you are labeling it is advisable to use eco-friendly varieties.  Using recycled paper when creating new labels help send an important message of the brands commitment in saving the environment from waste.  In the event that the manufacturer is worried about compromising the quality of the label they should not be concerned.  In fact recycled labels, whether shrinks sleeves, cut and stack labels, and flexible packaging, custom label options are equally effective and long lasting compared to other conventional labeling options.

Label design can set event the smallest brand of product aside from other corporate giants making products all too similar.  Creating a unique custom label design will also help to enhance your brand appeal and recycled labels can help accomplish this feat. Recycled labels can be gotten easily from post-consumer goods materials. Some of these have a rough feel that underline your natural credentials and plays up your items’ homemade nature, while others are sleek and versatile, allowing you to pick any messaging style you choose.

Eco-friendly labels are also useful when your brand stand up for green cause publicly. Using recycled materials follow through with your brands message. Unique packaging gives shopper the certainty they can take a risk with a new product. When they have been convinced to purchase your product once, the quality of the product can then make them a repeat customer.

Learn more about Anchor Printing and their vast line of custom product label & packaging options including: Shrink Sleeve Labels, Flexible Packaging, Roll-Fed Labeling, Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack Labels at http://anchorprinting.com/capabilities.php.  To contact one of our label specialists call toll free at 800.748.0209 or via email at info@anchorprinting.com.

Pressure-sensitive labels continue to thrive

The pressure-sensitive labels market achieved growth of 3.9 percent year-on-year in 2016, greater growth than that of the label market as a whole, and still commands 40 percent market share, according to the latest findings from AWA Alexander Watson Associates.

AWA’s Label Market Study 2017 reported this growth despite challenges to pressure-sensitive from other labeling and packaging options

Further findings in the report see Asia now the leading region for pressure-sensitive label demand, surpassing the developed markets of Europe and North America. The format’s largest end-use market segment, globally, is food labeling, taking 27 percent of 2016 volumes, mostly used for primary product labels.

Corey M Reardon, AWA Alexander Watson Associates president and CEO, added: ‘Variable information print (VIP) labels are a strong growth area for the versatile pressure-sensitive label, in line with the increasing requirements of today’s transportation and logistics activities, in terms not only of track-and-trace, and stock and inventory management, but also for product authentication, such as RFID-enabled labels.

‘What is more, online consumer purchasing activities are continuing to drive VIP label developments and usage. Pressure-sensitive labels are also extremely adaptable in terms of their available application technologies, which can vary from hand-held label printers for individual packs to mass serialization on the label press.’

In relation to the overall product decoration market, Reardon commented that, while glue applied labels continue to enjoy ‘substantial usage globally’, new sleeving technologies are taking a larger share of the market and continue to grow, while, ‘in-mold labeling remains a niche but growing market.

‘Direct-to-container digital print is an area to watch, and flexible packaging has the capability to revolutionize the whole product packaging market.

‘Labelexpo Europe 2017 will be a fascinating opportunity to review the status quo.’

The upcoming AWA Label Release Liner Industry Seminar and AWA Shrink Sleeve European Seminar coincide with Labelexpo Europe 2017. Find out more about these events in the L&L Events diary.

Original Source: http://www.labelsandlabeling.com/news/latest/pressure-sensitive-labels-continue-thrive

Original Date: Aug 11 2017

Original Author: Staff Writer

 

Popular Options in Label and Packaging

At first glance, designing a label for your products package can seem like quiet a daunting task. However, there is no reason to be intimidated. Most labels are based on a unique template. Understanding the role color, font, images, and text content plays in designing effective labels is the best way to produce top quality designs.

Shrink Sleeve Labeling

Without proper advertisement and promotion it is hard to market a product, especially one that is new to the market.  With this in mind it is crucial for adequate marketing to be carried out in a way that the product is exposed to the public and is done so in away to create market awareness.  This allows the public to know exactly what the product is and how it benefits them.

One such type of label that is known to have a big impact on marketing is shrink sleeves.  Shrink sleeve labels are usually printed on plastic or polyester material and offers a three hundred and sixty degrees area to use for advertising.  They are usually designed to take advantage of all of the labels space and use several, bright colors within the design to look appealing to buyers. Shrink sleeve labelling helps to improve branding.  Since they can wrap all the way around a product, shrink sleeves can be used to promote other aspects of the company as well including a company’s philosophy.

Shrink sleeve labels are also flexible, strong, and environmentally friendly. These labels fit into just any shape of packaging and their sustainability ensures they do not damage when they are shipped across long distances to distributors. They are biodegradable, making recycling and repacking easy. Companies and brands can now promote their brand and product at the same time, saving a lot of money in the process.

Flexible Pouches

Flexible pouches are the fastest growing segment of the package and label industry. It combines the best of aluminum foil, plastics, film, and paper to provide strong enough protective effect to keep products safe from physical and environmental hazards. Flexible pouch packaging helps manufacturers experiment with different attractive designs to make their products look appealing to the purchasing public. This form of packaging is not only lightweight, but they are customizable and have the ability to be reused. This helps to improve both the product awareness and the brand. Due to its ease of use and convenience, flexible pouch packaging can easily be transported and stored, and it is environmentally friendly.

This is the perfect packaging that provides manufacturers with the exact type of advertising they need to boost sales. Features such as re-sealable seals, zip locks and spouts can be added to flexible pouch packaging to make it even more convenient to use and in turn, provide added value to the product to increase sales.

Product labelling and packaging has improved a lot in recent times. Modern packaging methods ensure the market space is maximized on your product, providing more avenues for your customers to be impressed. Now your market space is a lot more mobile, you can make the best of this opportunity.

Learn more about Anchor Printing and their vast line of custom product label & packaging options including: Shrink Sleeve Labels, Flexible Packaging, Roll-Fed Labeling, Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack Labels at http://www.anchorprinting.com/shrink-sleeve.php.  To contact one of our label specialists call toll free at 800.748.0209 or via email at info@anchorprinting.com.

Reliably consistent induction sealing pays off

F-MATIC, headquartered in Lehi, UT, is an expert developer and supplier of long-lasting fragrances packaged in easy-to-use dispensers. The company customizes odor control and sanitizing products for retail, janitorial, and hospitality markets. The odor-controlling fragrances are released based on room air flow, and the fragrance mixture contains a molecular odor counteractant.

One of F-MATIC’s newest products is the patented Passive Air System, designed to release high-end fragrances in an environmentally conscious way. Container/dispenser construction details are considered proprietary. But the company did divulge that the wick is more exposed to the air, providing a stronger scent. The technology does not require batteries, fuel cells, or any other artificial power source.

To package the Passive Air System, Shawn Yeats, F-MATIC’s Director of Operations, and his development team had to create a custom packaging line that fills, seals, caps, and applies shrink sleeve labels to the custom-designed 50-mL plastic containers. F-MATIC employs the services of multiple shrink sleeve labeling system suppliers—the principle one being Traco Manufacturing Inc.

Consumers remove the shrink sleeve label and twist and click the cap to activate the product for use. A knife within the cap punctures an induction seal, enabling the fragrances to be released when needed.

Induction sealing considerations
The induction seal is crucial to the effectiveness of the packaging. A hermetic seal prevents the product from leaking during distribution. As Yeats notes, “Eliminating leaks is critical, as it not only ensures product integrity, but also provides confidence throughout our various distribution channels that the fragrances will not spill or be released before their intended use.”

F-MATIC first launched small-batch production of the Passive Air System in 2012. The company used a hand-held induction sealer from China, but the results were inconsistent. Yeats and his staff later turned to Enercon Industries Corp. for advice.

Enercon offered to seal some sample containers in their own laboratories to determine the optimum equipment to meet F-MATIC’s needs. Enercon manufactures two types of induction sealers—hand-held and in-line conveyor-mounted models. The principles of induction sealing are the same for both types. When energized by the power supply, the sealing head produces an electromagnetic current, called an eddy current. Capped containers are exposed to this current, and the foil of the inner seal generates electrical resistance, heating the foil. The hot foil then melts the polymer coating on the inner seal. Heat, coupled with the pressure of the cap, causes the inner seal to bond to the container lip, creating a hermetic seal.

After careful evaluation, F-MATIC opted for Enercon’s Super Seal™ in-line conveyor-mounted system, which includes a narrow sealing tunnel that boosts extra heat-sealing energy into the foil liner. This system also offers greater flexibility to increase line speeds in the future, if needed.

According to Yeats, “The great people at Enercon were very involved in the installation from start to finish. They stayed in regular contact with phone calls, plant visits, and video instructions. And we saved money and time by changing over to the Enercon sealer. Ever since we installed the Super Seal™ cap sealer, we have not had a single sealing issue. It’s allowed us to grow our diverse line of cleaning and odor control products faster, and we’ve completely eliminated any conversations about leaking. We now are offering contract packaging services.

Original Source: https://www.packworld.com/article/machinery/fillingsealing/capping/reliably-consistent-induction-sealing-pays

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Original Date: July 27 2017

Do Custom Labels Increase Product Sales?

If you are looking to increase productivity and profits, something as simple as a customized label can help transform the way you do business. From professional product packaging to design efficiency, these modern prints can prove an exceptional marketing measure. To answer the question, do custom labels increase product sales a closer look at the promotional power it can provide for companies of all sizes and operations is required.

Why do customized labels increase sales?

In a competitive market, businesses need to remain a step ahead of the game. Industry growth and brand expansion rely on innovation and adapting to change to meet consumer interests. If your brand is not properly labelled, it can create a poor consumer impression and fail to appeal to their buying requirements.

A well-designed product label depicts the branding of the product and company accurately. Packaging created with expert measures taken will avoid any business branding confusion and help better sell products and services. Deviating from traditional styles of labelling and creating signature identification with bold logos and catchy phrases will capture the attention of customers and improve sales.

Modern labels work.

The new styles of labels seen on store shelves and online marketing are unique, bright and include quality print and production. Businesses have moved away from regular branding and incorporated more creative strategy to help their products stand out from their competitors. Statistics have shown that consumers are drawn towards a product line with bold labels that best depict the quality of the brand. Customers should be able to quickly and easily identify a brand by looking at the label. Investing in a high standard of clever and creative design can deliver the best outcome.

Labels represent the brand. Ensure that your products include flexible packaging. Discussing package details with a reputable print and design service company ensure the quality depiction of the range.

A modern type of packaging includes shrink sleeves. These versatile labels are exposed to heat to shrink around a container or jar with perfection and seamless results. Such easy fit seals can provide quick identification and include clear PET or a PVC film.

A bold and innovative label can help stand out from competitors and appeal to markets. Customers should feel compelled to choose your range over alternatives. Logos, catch phrases and brief descriptions will further educate customers on what the business is all about.

Why technology matters.

Most people use their mobile devices and go online to make purchases or learn about a brand. Incorporating the technologies such as QR codes into the labels can help customers obtain important information from simple scanning procedure. This creates positive impressions and assures your target market that your business is prepared to invest in convenience and efficiency for its customers.

The many benefits of customized and professional labels

A custom label creates ease of identification. Bold colours, phrases and unique image appeal make it simpler and faster to identify a brand and its offerings. Lasting customer impressions result from packaging and labelling that are unique and innovatively produced. Investing in smart and effective technology in combination with engaging content can help produce an exceptional business result and improve sales.

Learn more about Anchor Printing and their vast line of custom product label & packaging options including: Shrink Sleeve Labels, Flexible Packaging, Roll-Fed Labeling, Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack Labels at www.anchorprinting.com.  To contact one of our label specialists call toll free at 800.748.0209 or via email at info@anchorprinting.com.

 

Urbanization is Key for the Proliferation of Flexible Packaging on Consumer Goods

Flexible packaging is perhaps one of the more important innovations from the packaging industry over the past. Flexible packaging lowers the total weight of a ready product. Additionally, it reduces the size that each packaged item takes during storage and transportation. This allows a greater number of goods to be stored in one location.

The global flexible packaging market is expected to reach US$358.7 bn by the end of 2024. This revenue is being projected at a CAGR of 5.2% within a forecast period from 2015 to 2024.in 2014, the global flexible packaging market was valued at US$238.5 bn. Here are three questions answered by industry experts from Transparency Market Research. The answers to these questions will broaden the knowledge base for many readers.

  1. How Will Accelerated Urbanization in Emerging Economies Benefit the Global Flexible Packaging Market?

The revenue generated in the global flexible packaging market over consumer goods is expected to reach US$278.4 bn by the end of 2024. This is a massive quotation for the global flexible packaging market based on a single sector of application, but the consumer industry has always been the primary application segment for all sorts of packaging. Due to the high demand volume for flexible packaging that already exists in the world, even the currently stagnated demand growth is not going to be large enough to stunt the profitability for flexible packaging manufacturers from consumer goods.

A key reason for the consumer goods dominance over flexible packaging demand is the global urban population. The urban localities hold the overwhelming majority of demand for packaging of items. The current penetration of flexible packaging by its manufacturers is adding to an already impetuous growth rate of urban areas and populations in the world. As economies develop and disposable income percentages increase, flexible packaging will continue to show an increasing appearance rate in the urban markets.

  1. Will Europe Continue to Show a Strong for Flexible Packaging?

Till 2024, Europe is expected to stay the top region for flexible packaging in terms of demand and overall market attractiveness. By the end of 2024, Europe is expected to generate US$117.7 bn in flexible packaging revenue due to added investments, the use of modern and more effective materials and manufacturing techniques, and stronger regulations regarding the volume of plastics used and disposed. At the same time, while the overall growth in demand for flexible packaging in Europe continues towards stagnation, the total volume of demand is already so high that it will ensure regional dominance for the continent in the global flexible packaging market for the coming years.

The growing impact of flexible packaging in emerging economies is also growing at a rapid pace. An example of this would be the setting up of multiple flexible packaging plants in India by Huhtamaki PPL. In developed economies, mergers and takeovers and the incorporation of modern technology take a higher priority, such as the addition of film extrusion films by leading flexible packaging manufacturer Transcontinental, Inc.

  1. Will Flexible Packaging Ever be Considered a Primary Packaging Mode?

Flexible packaging could very well become one of the primary packaging methods in the market. The market has recently been introduced with much advancement in technology that has allowed the producers of flexible packaging. The food and beverage industry is absolutely well-versed on the advantages that flexible packaging will be bringing to the table. It significantly reduces the volume of storage required for foods that are otherwise packed in boxed packaging which can easily reduce number of items in one volume of area.

Original Source: http://www.itbusinessnet.com/article/Urbanization-is-Key-for-the-Proliferation-of-Flexible-Packaging-on-Consumer-Goods-5058681

Original Author: Transparency Market Research

Original Date: July 21 2017