State of the Industry: Packaging

Hunting for the ‘real’ value of packaging

Is the playing field as flat as it has ever been for packaging suppliers? There
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Next-generation automation for the meat and poultry industries

Andy Hanacek and Tom Egan, vice president, Industry Services for PMMI, dig deeper into the next-generation robotics
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Guest Packaging Column

Next-generation robotics for meat manufacturers

According to a recent study from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the number of manufacturing locations using robots has more than tripled since 2008
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Packaging Technology

The microwave’s influence on packaging trends

As plastics have become more and more common in packaging, concerns have arisen about their ability to compromise the quality and safety of products.
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Packaging Technology

Cost, performance remain challenges in developing truly sustainable packaging

Examining the status of sustainable packaging can be tricky
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Packaging Technology

The savvy form/fill/seal shopper

Buying the right form/fill/seal system depends on attention to detail.
With film-based packaging (bags, peelable pouches, vacuum packs, zipper packs, etc.) having become so popular for meat, poultry and seafood products, upgrading or adding a packaging line often involves a form/fill/seal (FFS) machine.
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Measuring and communicating sustainability initiatives

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Bill Gill, assistant vice president, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, discusses how manufacturers can use metrics to communicate their sustainability story to their customers, consumers and stakeholders.
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Packaging Technology

Casings offer a compelling packaging ‘case’

If you made a list of packaging types where you are most likely to see the most interesting ideas, I would wager casings would be nowhere near the top.
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Protein Problem Solver: Demand spurs need for new chub-packaging line

Founded in 1979, Blue Ridge Beef manufactures raw pet food from its two facilities in North Carolina and Georgia.
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Packaging Technology

Reclosable packaging options expand

Reclosability ranks as a popular value-added feature for meat, poultry and seafood packaging.
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