Strategies and technologies covering the range from further-processing out to the marketplace.


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

A National Provisioner Podcast
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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Sponsored Live Industry

Global Pouch West

Hyatt Regency Orange County
Garden Grove (Anaheim), CA
United States

Global Pouch WestFlexible pouch packaging is the fastest-growing segment of U.S. consumer packaging. For 17 years the industry has been served by Packaging Strategies Global Pouch Forum — the largest conference on flexible packaging. To better meet industry needs, we are launching a second event — Global Pouch Forum West!

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Anuga FoodTec

Anuga FoodTec is the most important driving force of the international food and beverage industry. Read More

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Converters Expo 2015

Lambeau Field
Green Bay, WI
United States

Converters expo 2015 logoConverters Expo is a one-day trade show with approximately 500 packaging industry professionals from CPG companies, retailers, trade groups, converters, consulting and research firms, and packaging materials, machinery, and service providers expected to attend.

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Sponsored Live Industry

Global Pouch Forum 2015

InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL
United States
Global Pouch Forum logoThe Global Pouch Forum is the largest conference focused on pouch formats in packaging and their growth prospects worldwide, attracting an audience of more than 500 attendees in 2013 and 2014.

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Sponsored Live Industry

Best of Food & Beverage Packaging

The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
2815 Jorie Blvd.
Oak Brook, IL
United States
Best of Food and Bev PackagingThe Best of Food and Beverage Packaging is an event like no other in packaging: Combining the most relevant technologies and trends in the food and beverage packaging segments with the vision needed to successfully sell to consumers in this ever-shifting market landscape. Read More


The Essential Guide to ERP Solutions for Meat Processors - White Paper by CDC Software

10 Essential ERP Features For Meat Processors Running the right ERP solution can streamline your processing and packaging operations, expedite recalls, and accurately predict yields and cost products. This practical guide links many of the unique business processes for the meat industry to specific ERP software capabilities. Avoid the pitfalls of running the wrong ERP application for your business.



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Brenneman analyzes Butterball’s new animal care, well-being program

Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball, discusses his company's new Animal Care and Well-Being Program, his company's certification by the American Humane Association and further animal-handling initiatives, all officially announced in September 2013.

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National Provisioner

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October 2014

Check out the October 2014 issue of The National Provisioner, featuring our annual State of the Industry reports!

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Independent Processor

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October 2014

Check out the October 2014 issue of Independent Processor, with features on private labels, and the newest bacon trends!

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The National Provisioner Source Book

The Sourcebook is an exclusive buyer’s guide and reference tool for product and supplier information in the meat, poultry and seafood marketplace.

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A complete reference guide to supplies. Go to NP's Sourcebook now to check out the latest and greatest in the meat and poultry processing business.


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