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Plastic Ingenuity to Attend IDDBA 2017

Posted by rhelmke on Food Packaging | Friday, June 2nd, 2017 | 0 comments

Our team will be attending this year’s International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) show from June 4-6 in Anaheim, California. Featuring the newest, most innovative products and services in dairy, deli, and bakery, IDDBA provides valuable networking opportunities while allowing attendees to hear from industry experts on a range of topics. Tradeshow Offerings and Events This exciting tradeshow brings together industry leaders from around the world, allowing buyers, merchandisers, and executives alike the chance to network and view various new technologies, products, and innovations. Over 9,000 attendees and exhibitors will be present at this year’s event, with over 1,900 different booths, where companies and organizations will be showcasing their products and fielding questions. Various speakers, including Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Giada De Laurentiis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jim Belushi will be discussing business and consumer trends. IDDBA chairman Jewel Hunt, author Molly Fletcher, IDDBA President and CEO Mike Eardley, former President of Trader Joe’s Doug Rauch, author Eddie Yoon, and former CEO of Starbucks Jim Donald will also be presenting. A “Show and Sell” workshop will allow attendees to view live demonstrations...

Barrier Films for Food Packaging Solutions

Posted by rhelmke on Food Packaging | Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 | 0 comments

Barrier films are an integral part of food packaging solutions, especially in thin plastic-based products. Because the overall success of food packaging depends on the efficacy of barrier films, it’s critical to select the right type of film for your specific application. In order to do so, several variables should be kept in mind. Firstly, it’s important to consider the oxygen transfer rate (OTR), a measurement of the amount of oxygen that a film allows to pass through it. In most food packaging applications, the less oxygen the better, so high barrier films are a popular choice; they have an oxygen permeability of 10cc or less. Other important factors include film gauge, clarity, and barrier level, as well as the type of food product being packaged and whether other features — such as UV protection or odor prevention — may be required. You’ll also want to consider the necessary converting process to determine how easy it will be to cut the film and bond edges. High Barrier Films for Food Packaging There is a wide range of high barrier films available,...

Why Food Companies are Turning to HPP Packaging

Posted by rhelmke on Food Packaging | Monday, April 10th, 2017 | 0 comments

High pressure processing (HPP) — also known as high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) or ultra-high pressure (UHP) processing — is quickly rising in popularity within the food packaging industry. How Does HPP Packaging Work? HPP subjects a food — liquid or solid — to pressure levels between 100 and 800 megapascal (MPa) and a temperature between 5°C (41°F) or below and 15°C (59°F) or above. Unlike homogenization, HPP achieves decompression by expanding the compressed food against a constraining liquid, thereby reducing the food’s temperature and bringing it toward its original value. Market Trends and Stats Food retailers and brand owners alike are increasingly turning to HPP packaging rather than retorting and aseptic packaging — a trend that is expected to continue. One report, “Global High-Pressure Processing Market: Trends Analysis & Forecasts to 2021,” published by Infinium, predicts that HPP packaging will make up $1.1 billion of the food packaging market within the next five years. Another study, “High-Pressure Processing Equipment Market – Global Trend and Forecast to 2022,” predicts an annual 11.26% growth rate. This study identified several key drivers of...

Extending Shelf Life with HPP Packaging

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 | 0 comments

What Exactly is HPP? HPP is a specialized cold pasteurization technique wherein sealed food products are exposed to an immensely high hydrostatic pressure (pressure transmitted through water) that kills all traces of bacteria, mold, yeast, or any other common food contaminants. The process can take just a few seconds or last a few minutes, depending on the type of food product. HPP is environmentally friendly and safe. And unlike thermal and chemical treatment options, all nutritional values and flavors are preserved throughout the process. It is no surprise then that food processors and retailers have been using HPP packaging for over 20 years. The Benefits of HPP Packaging HPP packaging is a desirable for a number of reasons, including: Versatility Compatibility with both solid and liquid food products It extends product shelf life — by up to four times as long as non-HPP packaged products, which means that food can be shipped over greater distances without spoiling. Safety — no preservatives or high heat environments are required, so food remains healthy and fresh HPP Packaging Design Best Practices Over the...

Plastic Ingenuity Brings Home Two 2015 AmeriStar Package Awards

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Friday, August 7th, 2015 | 0 comments

Sargento, GSK Partnerships Highlighted From food to pharmaceuticals packaging, 2015 made for a year of groundbreaking work at Plastic Ingenuity. A leader in quality, customer service, design, and manufacturing, PI’s standards of excellence have been recognized with superior results worthy of not one, but two, AmeriStar Packaging Awards, recognizing outstanding innovations in the packaging industry. GlaxoSmithKline and MD&M East The 2015 MD&M East Conference, held from June 9 – 11, showcased two exceptional breakthroughs from PI. We displayed products made with Eastalite™, a new copolyester material from Eastman. Additionally, we proudly showcased our first AmeriStar-awarded design for 2015. The recognized medical device packaging resulted from a partnership with GlaxoSmithKline, and was highlighted as an outstanding contribution to industry innovation. Sargento Balanced Breaks™ Health-inspired ingenuity isn’t just for the medical industry. Sargento Balanced Breaks™, a unique cheese snack pairing different varieties of cheese with fruits and nuts, required a packaging solution to encourage quality snacking in a consumer arena dominated by empty calories. This collaboration also garnered a 2015 AmeriStar Award. The specialized thermoformed package and paperboard sleeve resulted from combined...

Calling Food Package Designers: We’re Presenting TE Packaging at IDDBA

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 | 1 comments

  At Plastic Ingenuity, we enjoy taking our products on the road and exhibiting to people across the country. Participating in trade shows gives us the opportunity to meet the people that invest in and rely on our products; we also enjoy making new connections—both professional and personal. One of the biggest trade shows of the year is just around the corner, and we’re already getting excited! The Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo is an annual event that gathers thousands of customers, suppliers, and purchasing managers from different U.S. regions. At the expo, these parties meet to discuss the latest products and innovations in food packaging. This event is hosted by the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), a group dedicated to supporting companies working with dairy, deli, bakery, and cheese products. Dairy-Deli-Bake focuses on providing a variety of educational programs and networking opportunities, as well as keynote speeches that offer insight into the food industry—economic situations, consumer interaction, and much more. Come Visit the PI Booth! This year’s IDDBA trade show takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA...

Why Customers Love Clamshell Packaging for Food

Posted by Rob on Food Packaging | Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 | 0 comments

  When shoppers stroll through grocery stores, the amount of packaging on the shelves is stunning. Customers have an endless array of choices to make when doing their food shopping, so it stands to reason that, in the case of similar products, they may often choose the product with the best packaging. In many cases, they look to products packaged in clamshell plastics, as opposed to things like nonresealable bags or boxes. If you’re considering different forms of packaging for your product, read on to find out why clamshell packaging can be more beneficial to your business than other types of packaging. Keeping Products Fresher In the case of things like produce and bakery goods, clamshell packaging helps keep products fresher. When considering fruits and vegetables, if they are allowed to mingle in the same air as the rest of the produce in that section of the store, they may spoil faster due to the gasses emitted by the other fruits and vegetables. Likewise, if a product like muffins are packaged in a bag, not only can they get smashed...

The Future of Automated Food Packaging

Posted by admin on Food Packaging | Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 | 2 comments

  Automation is driving progress in virtually every product industry, and food packaging is no different. From more efficient manufacturing lines to more durable packaging materials, food automation is a promising frontier to lead us into the world of tomorrow. Automated Food Packaging: Currently The United States sees tens of thousands of new food products introduced yearly. With as many packaging differences as there are brands, there has to be constant innovation in the industry to keep up with the demand. Among other benefits, the increasing number of brands and packages has provided the food and drink packaging industry with the opportunity to be creative and unique at every turn. By using automated processes, the money and effort expended by packaging companies can then be used to design efficient packaging that is durable, sustainable and highly marketable. Have you noticed that food packaging has changed drastically, even in the last five years? It has. Traditional containers have been traded out for more ergonomic plastics that allow consumers to use all of the product. Thick, heavy plastics have been traded in...

PET Packaging for Beverages

Posted by admin on Food Packaging | Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 | 0 comments

    PET containers are used in a variety of applications, but most notably to store liquids and food. PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate, which has a number of benefits for consumers who regularly purchase food and drinks in plastic containers. Many of the packages are thermoformed, while drinking bottle and other narrow-necked containers are generally blow molded. If you come across a bottle with a number 1 on the bottom or side, you’ll know it’s made from PET. Reasons to Choose PET Packaging It’s safe. PET does not contain BPA, which is a plastic by-product that consumers have been told repeatedly to stay away from. PET containers are also shatterproof, so dropped bottles don’t create a mess. Another benefit is the cost saved from damage to stock in transit. With the durable nature of the plastic, accidents on route to stores are less likely to occur. The lightweight material is convenient. You won’t find an item that is more portable and disposable. Enjoy a meal out at the lake or take a PET-based water bottle on your next run....

Plastic Food Packaging for Freshness and Savings

Posted by Rob on Food Packaging | Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 | 0 comments

  When selling food products, packaging is an important part of the transaction. Packaging is advertising; it’s how customers recognize your product on the shelf. Poor, irregular, or boring packaging can deter customers from picking your product, or can prevent them from recognizing it. Improperly packaging food can mean extreme financial losses even before the time for customer choice arrives. Food can spill or spoil in transit. Many companies transport these products over great distances, which creates opportunities for accidents, and could lead to a loss of profit and wasted transportation costs. What’s more, there are many safety regulations dictating the proper packaging of food. Failing to follow these regulations could bring legal consequences. Even with these considerations taken into account, there are a variety of options for packaging food. Different companies pursue different packaging styles and materials, seeking the best possible ways to preserve and advertise their food products. The number one choice for food packaging material is plastic. Durability During Transport Plastic is an extremely durable material. When kept in the proper conditions, a plastic container’s shelf life...