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Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Students design edible tape for mess-free burritos; Corona uses sunlight to create natural billboard of its beer bottle; aluminum can art installation focuses on recycling at Brazilian subway station

Assn. of Plastic Recyclers publishes two updated testing protocols that determine whether PE film packaging is compatible with the current recycling infrastructure, also publishes resource on PE film standard processing lab practices

Carlyle to acquire Shanghai-based cosmetic packaging firm HCP Packaging from funds affiliated with Baring Private Equity Asia; HCP has 10 facilities across China, the US, Mexico and Europe, works with over 250 leading cosmetics, skincare, fragrance brands

Canada-based Husky introduces revolutionary HyPET HPP5e Recycled Melt to Preform system, which merges preform injection molding system with melt decontamination unit enabling closed-loop conversion of washed flake to preform packaging

TekniPlex Consumer Products launches 100% PET Processor Trays that are recyclable, contain up to 50% recycled content; the trays are shatter-resistant, even in cold environments, and utilize Hidden Rim Technology, which prevents overwrap film from tearing

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February 01, 2022

Industry Roundup

Flexible Packaging

Manuela Fürst becomes new CFO of NEVEON, Greiner’s foam division; NEVEON offers PU flexible and composite foams
Greiner Packaging GMBH (01/31)

Sirane adds Earthcling Pallet Wrap to its range of sustainable packaging solutions; the product is both home and industrially compostable and suitable for both manual and machine wrapping processes
Sirane Ltd. (01/31)

Rigid Packaging

Hair care brand CENTRED selects Spectra’s 250ml Palma Oval and disc top closure, 100ml Non-aerosol Tubular and gloss overcap for its products; both packs are injection stretch blow molded in 100% PCR PET
Spectra Packaging Ltd. (01/31)

Corrugated Packaging

Klabin produces new packaging for Vedacit waterproofing additive for concretes, mortars; the new packaging is made from biodegradable corrugated board, reduces amount of plastic material, also reduces 'dead space' by 3:1, is lighter than original package
Brazil Business News (01/31)

Enterprise Folding Box looking to buy 2.1-acre piece of vacant land next to its facility in Buffalo, New York, for US$60,000; company produces folding and corrugated containers as well as takeout food boxes for pizza, chicken wings and bakery items
Buffalo News (01/31)


Krispy Kreme launches Valentine’s Day collection, including four heart-shaped filled doughnuts and custom dozen box with two perforated, pop-out cards; new doughnut varieties include Beary Best Valentine, Bee Mine, Cookie to My Kreme, My Batter Half
The Fast Food Post (01/31)

Finnish retail chain Kesko reportedly replaces plastic packaging for tulips sold under its Pirkka private label with recyclable paperboard boxes by Stora Enso; with the move, Kesko will save 27 tonnes of plastic/year
M-Brain Nordic News (01/31)


By 2025, 19 EU member states will have deposit return schemes for PET bottles; 1.7 million tonnes of recycled plastic flakes were produced in 2020, with 32% of feedstock used for trays and sheets, 29% used in food contact bottles, 24% for fibers: study
Natural Mineral Waters Europe AISBL (NMWE) (01/31)

Mexican Brewing Assn. says large number of craft brewers buy glass bottles from O-I Glass, which has been affected by a shortage of glass, pushing brewers to look to other suppliers, such as FEVISA; with lack of glass, producers have turned to cans
CE Noticias Financieras (01/31)


UK-based Artisan Drinks launches 200ml mixer cans to provide the market with the precise quantity of ready-to-pour mixer; cans feature art-deco inspired artwork, giving a premium look
Packaging News (01/31)

Crown receives Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certification for its Mexican beverage can operations; through the ASI Performance Standard, Crown Mexico is verified for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminum
Crown Holdings Inc. (01/31)

Retail Food Packaging

PepsiCo's packaged oats brand Quaker reveals new brand identity in the Indian market, changing its packaging design and adopting a new global logo; new pack comes with a QR code that gives consumers easy access to recipes on YouTube
Mint (01/31)

Retail Beverage Packaging

Czech brand Pilsner Urquell launching a new returnable bottle by Vetropack Moravia Glass; the bottle can be reused more than 40 times, features embossing, eliminates aluminum foil at the neck while the plastic labels have been replaced by paper ones
InPR (01/31)

Beauty Products Packaging

Beauty brands aim to reduce beauty waste by making shampoo bars, powder shampoo, using dissolvable packaging that can help reduce water use, plastic waste; multi-use makeup removers like reusable sponges, towels are more eco-friendly than single-use wipes
Business Insider (01/31)

Health Care & Medical Packaging

Amcor’s new AmSky monomaterial blister pack uses HDPE to form both sides, making it commonly accepted in curbside and store drop-off recycling programs; AmSky is designed to run on traditional packaging machines, outperforms PVC in high-moisture barrier
Packaging Strategies (01/31)

Cannabis Packaging

Diamond Packaging supplies FSC-certified, recycled-content and recyclable cartons for CBD products range by Colorado-based Charlotte’s Web; several of the cartons feature embossing and hot foil stamping, which provides an upscale appearance
Healthcare Packaging (01/31)

Agricultural Packaging

UK decides to exclude silage wrap from the £200/tonne tax for single-use plastic packaging for agriculture beginning in April; with the voluntary £60/tonne levy, farmers would have been taxed twice and faced increased costs, says Ulster Farmers’ Union
Farming Life (01/31)

Paper Packaging

Andritz starts up PrimeFlow AT headbox at Casalino Carta's paper mill in Rocca Grimalda, Italy, as part of PM1 rebuild for packaging paper; headbox provides improved jet quality, fiber dispersion and orientation control over a wide range of grades, speeds
Andritz (01/31)

Plastic Packaging

Alpla highlights PET recycling company IMER, its JV with Coca-Cola Mexico and Coca-Cola FEMSA; IMER works with some 370 small-scale PET collectors, and the rPET is bought by the beverage industry, film manufacturers and the textile industry
Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG (01/31)

Rwanda rejects appeal by manufacturers of single-use plastic, who had sought an extension of the grace period given to them to phase it out; the two-year grace period ended in September
AllAfrica (01/31)

Packaging Design

Amcor highlights lessons learned from two years of ecommerce packaging tests in its ISTA labs in the US, Belgium; Amcor says to design with tough conditions in mind and that 'the ideal ecommerce pack’ is one that is more sustainable, robust, lightweight
Amcor Plc (01/31)

Graphic Design/Graphic Printing

Cote d'Ivoire becomes first country in Africa to require plain packaging on tobacco products; the ‘life-saving public health measure’ should spur more African nations ‘to be bold in taking on Big Tobacco,’ says Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Targeted News Service (01/31)

Labels, Displays & ID Technologies

Gmund Papier, VPF are developing first self-adhesive label stock made from 100% European hemp fiber, a sustainable paper alternative to conventional papers made of wood; hemp has four to five times the yield of a forest of same size, grows quickly
Label & Narrow Web (01/31)

NFL, Zebra Technologies to discuss real-time player, ball tracking with RFID technology at Super Bowl during press conference on Feb. 9, at Super Bowl LVI Media Center, LA Convention Center
Zebra Technologies Corp. (01/31)

Packaging & Containers

Danish government reportedly proposes EPR plan for packaging waste in an effort to secure more climate-friendly packaging and cut packaging consumption; if the proposal is passed, around 41,000 companies would be affected
M-Brain Nordic News (01/31)

Virginia House panel scraps proposals to impose a packaging fee on manufacturers; forest products businesses had argued that paper companies already have successful buyback programs, and industry representatives also warned of higher prices for consumers
Virginia Mercury (01/31)

Henkel installs a KHS stretch blow molder at its site in Wassertrudingen, Germany; the machine has a capacity of 21,700 bottles/hour, is designed to reduce weight for PET bottles and increase percentage of recyclate used
Packaging News (01/31)

 Food & Beverage

Confectionery & Sweet Snacks

Chick-fil-A brings back Valentine's Day-themed Heart-Shaped Trays for limited time; trays include choice of either 30 Chick-fil-A Nuggets, 12 Chocolate Fudge Brownie halves, six Chocolate Chunk Cookies or 10 Chick-n-Minis, during breakfast hours only
The Fast Food Post (01/31)

YouTube creator MrBeast launches Feastables, his own better-for-you snacking brand rooted in gamified experiences; first launch is MrBeast Bar, a gluten-free chocolate bar made with four ingredients, including organic cocoa, available in three flavors
PR Newswire (01/31)

Cereal Products

Natural breakfast foods brand Purely Elizabeth closes US$50M Series B financing round co-led by SEMCAP Food & Nutrition division, joined by Swander Pace Capital, Fresh Del Monte; funds will drive growth via product innovation, e-commerce, marketing
PR Newswire (01/31)

PepsiCo's Quaker oatmeal brand creates limited-edition six-packs for Super Bowl; six mini canisters each hold packet of Quaker Instant Oats to help football fans 'pregrain' on game day
PR Newswire (01/31)

Meat & Poultry

Grocery store Homeland plans new full-service location in northern Oklahoma City, opening fall 2023; organizers say store will feature fresh meat, produce, deli and fresh meal options, as well as serving as a gathering place for the community
Global Data Point (01/31)

Wells Fargo estimates price of Super Bowl parties could be up to 14% higher versus 2021, especially for anything meat-related, as chicken wings are running up to 26% higher, steaks up 23%, hamburgers up 17%; soda up as much as 12%, but chips up only 1%
FinancialPress (01/31)


Commentary: Soaring coffee prices could become increasingly frequent as temperatures rise due to climate change; by 2050, areas highly suitable for coffee cultivation could be reduced by 54%-60%, size of those moderately suitable could decrease by 31%-41%
CE Noticias Financieras (01/31)

Folgers launches campaign that embraces 172-year-old coffee brand's 'bad reputation,' will be deployed across TV, online video and streaming audio channels, social media; series of four 15-second spots directly address various misconceptions about brand
Ad Age (01/31)

Packaged Foods

Smucker completes divestment of its natural beverage and grains businesses to Nexus Capital in cash transaction valued at US$110M; deal includes RW Knudsen, TruRoots assets, licensing agreement for Santa Cruz Organic beverages, some factories
PR Newswire (01/31)

LIVEKINDLY Collective announces LikeMeat's Like Chick'n Wings now available nationwide at over 3,600 Walmart stores; LIVEKINDLY Collective entered US market last year, has since launched two plant-based food brands--No Meat and LikeMeat
Business Wire (01/31)

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

ZOA Energy launches two new flavors--White Peach, Tropical Punch--of ZOA zero-sugar carbonated energy drinks made with antioxidants, vitamins, caffeine from green tea, green coffee; Molson Coors owns minority stake in ZOA, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson
Entertainment Close - Up (01/31)

Kirin Holdings renews Tropicana W Orange Blend, an orange-based blend of apple, pineapple juice that contains multivitamins B1, B6, C, minerals like potassium; demand for fruit juices that provide nutritional components rising among 30- to 40-year-old men
Contify Retail News (01/31)

Alcoholic Beverages

Busch Light to feature Grammy winning saxophonist Kenny G in Super Bowl ad, marking first time Busch Light will have major presence in game in five years; spot features Kenny G performing modern version of Busch Light’s 1979 vintage jingle
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (01/31)

Diageo CEO says post-pandemic 'growth is coming much faster than we expected,' but company has navigated supply-chain challenges 'quite well'; others are revisiting supply chains, bringing things closer to home, instead of shipping components around world
just-drinks (01/31)

 Personal Care


US Bankruptcy Court approves sale process for BH Cosmetics' intellectual property, inventory, furniture, fixtures, equipment, unexpired contracts, related tangible assets
PR Newswire (01/31)

Soaps, Bath & Shower Products

Lush launches Valentine's Day collection with eight products, including Big Eggplant Bath Bomb, bubble bar called Kim the Carrot, strawberry-scented Heart Shower Jelly; gift sets include Self Love Club, Get That Fruity Feeling, Lots of Love
PopSugar Inc. (01/31)

Personal Care

Black beauty brand Madam C.J. Walker relaunches with new products, brand overhaul that includes new name--Madam by Madam C.J. Walker; acquired by Unilever under Sundial Brands in 2017, brand targeting Gen Z consumers with new ads to support relaunch
Ad Age (01/31)

Sundial Brands debuts MADAM by Madam C.J. Walker, a hair-care brand designed for women of color, launching at 3,000 Walmart stores, on Walmart.com; 11-product range includes scalp balm, serum, shampoo, three conditioners, curl cream, gel, heat spray, more
PR Newswire (01/31)

 Pet Care

Pet Food

Freeze-dried pet food firm Pawfect Pet Food acquires India-based wet pet food brand Fresh for Paws, with goals to expand brand's footprint to EU and UK in the next quarter; Pawfect's portfolio currently available in 15 countries, including US and Vietnam
Businessworld (01/31)

US-based independent retailer Phillips Pet Food & Supplies becomes pet supplement brand Zesty Paws' first national distributor; 20 of brand's products, which include Hemp Elements Orastix, will be available at retailer's 12 distribution centers this month
PR Newswire (01/31)

Pet Care Products

Animal health firm W.F. Young and wholesale distributor Pet Food Experts expand partnership to add brands for nationwide distribution; W.F. Young owns The Missing Link, Pet Kelp supplement lines and Silver Honey line of topical skin, wound care products
Pet Plus Magazine (01/31)

Active dog gear company EzyDog introduces new X-Link harness, which provides security and freedom of movement for dog's front legs; harness available in five sizes in blue, red, black, purple and olive through website or phone order
Pet Plus Magazine (01/31)

Pet Care

Pet CBD brand Treatibles introduces revolving pegboard counter display for retailers to use at POP or in aisle; displays are free with purchase of 36 units and can be filled with intro packs of Treatibles, which help support pet mood, digestion and joints
Pet Plus Magazine (01/31)

Petco to bring pet products to Lowe's by early February with store-in-store pilot in Alamo Ranch, Texas; products such as food, beds and toys will be available at 14 additional Lowe's stores in Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina by end of March
USA Today Online (01/31)

 Health Care

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs

Fitch: French OTC medicine market expected to be worth €6.8B in 2022, up 3% year-over-year, and this figure could hit €7.4B by 2026; growth driven by mixture of increased liberalization of the segment, de-reimbursement of prescription pharmaceuticals
Fitch Solutions Sector Intelligence (01/31)

Prescription Drugs

Kite, a Gilead company, announces FDA approval of updated prescribing information for oral Yescarta to include use of prophylactic corticosteroids across all approved indications
Gilead Sciences Inc. (01/31)


Moderna announces full FDA approval of its SPIKEVAX mRNA COVID-19 vaccine; company highlights 807 million doses shipped globally in 2021
Moderna Inc. (01/31)

Preclinical research is expected within a few months to investigate potential of hemp compounds to block coronavirus from entering human cells, according to Oregon State University scientist who led the initial research
Oregon State University (01/31)

Health Care & Wellness

National Health Investors to fund US$28.5M development loan to construct The Courtyard of Fitchburg, a 108-unit assisted living and memory care community in Fitchburg, Wisconsin; community will be operated by Encore Senior Living
Accesswire (01/31)

COVID at-home rapid tests using nasal swabs have 98% sensitivity, compared to 49% for oral swabs; research based on simultaneous nasal and oral rapid antigen tests using BinaxNOW and RT-PCR tests: University of California San Francisco
San Francisco Chronicle (01/31)

Tobacco, Cannabis & Derivatives

New York state cannabis businesses await final regulations and licenses before anyone can begin selling in the state; no municipality can overrule statewide legalization of marijuana use but can put restrictions on dispensaries and lounges
Times Union (01/31)

Ampong US cannabis industry operators, 42% say they are turning a profit; 72% of operators say lack of legal banking is their biggest concern: survey
PR Newswire (01/31)


Automotive & Driving

JPMorgan: Electric vehicles are no longer the main way to compare carmakers, as self-driving cars will be the main race over coming years; Daimler, Stellantis, Renault, Volkswagen will benefit most from this trend, and are key picks among traditional OEMs
Proactive Investors (01/31)

Commentary: Tesla CEO may see self-driving cars, humanoid robots as most important products in 2022-2023, but even if technology works, Tesla would face rigorous scrutiny from regulators, and using robots is wrong approach for dangerous, repetitive tasks
Reuters (01/31)

Agricultural Products & Raw Foods

Economist: If everyone were vegan, only 25% current farmland would be needed, while a diet that avoids cattle/sheep meat would cut land use 50%; shift from animal to plant production could mean more food per acre, and surplus land may be used for forestry
The Economist: Graphic detail (01/31)

Rising US Midwest farmland values being driven by high prices paid for key commodity crops, plentiful recent harvests, low interest rates, optimism; farmland nationally was up 7% in 2021 but that does not include H2, when prices in many areas took off
Daily Oklahoman (01/31)

Logistics, Shipping & Delivery

Indiana ports expanding: Burns Harbor to add shipping berths, truck marshalling yard, multimodal cargo terminal; Jeffersonville to complete railroad, intermodal projects this spring; Mount Vernon gained new rail switching operator in November
Ports of Indiana (01/31)

DHL to invest US$15M in robotics solutions firm Boston Dynamics to equip select North American facilities over next three years with Stretch, a robot designed to automate unloading process in distribution centers; deployment of units to begin in spring
Deutsche Post AG (DHL) (01/31)


Latest: Jan, 31 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
Amcor Plc (AMCR) 12.01 11.94 0.59% 9.78%
Aptar (ATR) 117.30 115.05 1.96% -11.78%
Ardagh Group SA (ARD) 24.75 24.75 0.00% 45.59%
Ball (BLL) 97.10 93.50 3.85% 10.32%
Berry Plastics (BERY) 67.42 67.03 0.58% 36.56%
Crown Holdings (CCK) 114.40 111.95 2.19% 26.90%
DS Smith PLC (SMDS) :LON 372.60 377.20 -1.22% 1.44%
Gerresheimer AG (GXI) :ETR 77.95 74.90 4.07% -11.07%
Huhtamaki Oyj (HUH1V) :HEL 34.58 34.43 0.44% -15.49%
International Paper (IP) 48.25 47.18 2.27% -4.09%
Owens Illinois (OI) 13.31 13.06 1.91% 5.30%
PCA (PKG) 150.63 145.55 3.49% 12.03%
Pactiv Evergreen Inc. (PTVE) 10.95 10.77 1.67% -22.51%
Sealed Air (SEE) 67.92 67.88 0.06% 60.68%
Silgan (SLGN) 44.78 44.50 0.63% 22.92%
Smurfit Kappa Group Public Ltd Co-O (SKG):LON 3,845.00 3,860.00 -0.39% 9.48%
Sonoco (SON) 56.64 56.73 -0.16% -2.19%
Transcontinental Inc. (TCL.A.CA) 21.10 21.16 -0.28% 2.83%
WestRock Co. (WRK) 46.16 44.42 3.92% 11.42%