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    Tracking packaging mergers and acquisitions in 2024

    Dow announced plans to acquire plastic film recycler Circulus, Sonoco announced the pending acquisition of metal can company Eviosys and Alpla Group recently completed an acquisition in Germany.

    Updated June 24, 2024
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    Amazon aims to remove all plastic air pillows from deliveries by year-end holidays

    The initiative in North America coincides with the e-commerce giant’s push to transition fulfillment centers to solely handle fiber packaging.

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    DS Smith acquisition ‘remains fully on track’ for Q4 closing, CEO says

    The prospectus for International Paper’s acquisition should be released in late summer, said DS Smith CEO Miles Roberts on Thursday’s earnings call. Meanwhile, substrate switches from plastic to fiber are driving up demand.

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    Digitally printed, rightsized boxes could change the shape of e-commerce

    EFI and Packsize collaborated on a system they say checks the right boxes to boost packaging customization, which can help brands connect with consumers and improve sustainability. 

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    Plastic Promises Scorecard casts more doubt on 2025 company targets

    As You Sow awarded no ‘A’ scores, as it echoed US Plastics Pact concerns about companies not progressing quickly enough to meet 2025 targets. Still, it lauded goals and efforts at Keurig Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola and SC Johnson.

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    5 packaging priorities in the federal food waste strategy

    The EPA, FDA and USDA highlighted efforts on compostable packaging, biobased materials, food date labeling, PFAS reduction and more in the National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics.

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    Wayfair boosts packaging recyclability, introduces zero waste goal

    The expanded use of paper-based mailers in the U.S. contributed to a bump in packaging recyclability.

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    SEE appoints WestRock executive as CEO

    Patrick Kivits, who has been with WestRock for five years, was slated to keep his position upon that company’s combination with Smurfit Kappa in July. Instead, he’ll start the month leading SEE.

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    WestRock, Smurfit Kappa shareholders vote to approve combination

    Recently released documents reveal when executives expect the deal to close and just how long the transaction has been in the works.

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    Google details fiber swaps in consumer electronics packaging

    Its anticipated plastic-free packaging design guide details implementation of molded fiber trays and hang tabs, paper tapes and other alternatives. Apple and Amazon have also pursued plastic reduction in device packaging.

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    North America’s 2 largest URB producers to raise prices

    Greif and Sonoco’s recent announcements about increases for uncoated recycled board are the latest in a string of fiber price hikes this year. They may not be the last.

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    Aerosol can recycling has confounded consumers. There’s a push to fix that by 2030.

    Next steps include stronger labeling and advocating for aerosols on statewide recyclability lists in EPR programs, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute and the Household and Commercial Products Association.

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    US Plastics Pact releases new road map with 2030 plastics targets

    The new goals look very similar to those in the original road map, with a couple additions and a deadline extended from 2025 to 2030. Participants made progress on the 2025 goals but were unlikely to all meet the original targets.

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    After late push, New York packaging EPR bill runs out of time

    The proposed legislation would have also set plastic reduction thresholds and banned certain toxic substances. The long-contested bill was opposed by some of the same groups that supported a packaging EPR law in Minnesota.

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    Smurfit WestRock: The transaction creating a global packaging giant

    The pending combination of Smurfit Kappa and WestRock is expected to make the world’s largest publicly traded packaging company. 

    Updated June 13, 2024
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    Alison Keane to leave Flexible Packaging Association this summer

    After more than seven years of pushing for industry improvements such as better plastic film recycling infrastructure, the president and CEO will join a recycling organization.

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    Ardagh, USW notch win in ongoing glass wine bottle import review

    The U.S. Glass Producers Coalition petitioned on the issue last December. More determinations from the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission are expected in the coming months on China, Mexico and Chile.

  • A bottle of plant-based Hellmann's mayo in a squeeze bottle next to an open-faced sandwich with vegetables on bread.
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    Packaging innovations: Hellmann’s debuts ingestible interior, Tesco tattoos produce

    Plus, Coast Cannabis turns to the ocean for chocolate bar packaging, and ProAmpac cools down grocery deliveries with recyclable bags.

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    Billerud’s decision to scrap $1B cartonboard plant could signal further sector pullbacks

    While Billerud’s reversal could be positive for competitors like Graphic Packaging, Greif and Westrock, an overall soft boxboard market could result in more delays and cancelations for the sector, industry observers say.

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    Colorado’s PRO names executive director to manage state’s EPR rollout

    Meanwhile, Circular Action Alliance says it's still looking to hire for similar roles in Oregon and California.

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    Greif opens Dallas bulk corrugated facility, hikes URB prices again

    The Ohio-based manufacturer said during a call Thursday detailing paper business trends that demand for its recycled paper products is on the rise. But it reported delayed price recognition as a persistent challenge.

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    Tetra Pak reports plant-based plastics demand growing in North America

    The company is now targeting 2030 for having 10% recycled polymers across beverage cartons sold in Europe. It also shared updates on tethered caps, sugarcane-derived plastic uptake and more in its new sustainability report.

  • Four bottles of Hain Celestial products stand on a wooden countertop: Jason lavender body wash; Avalon Organics Scalp Treatment Tea Tree Shampoo; Alba Botanica coconut sunscreen spray; and Live Clean fresh water hydrating liquid hand soap
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    SKU rationalization is in. What does that mean for packaging partners?

    Unilever, Hain Celestial and other brands are thinking through their offerings to boost profits. Such efforts can also simplify operations for packaging manufacturers, allowing them to produce quickly at scale.

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    Packaging manufacturers set big sustainability goals. How are they doing?

    Check out the latest sustainability data shared this year by Tetra Pak, International Paper, WestRock, Sonoco, Berry, Ball and Smurfit Kappa.

    Updated June 6, 2024
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    Packaging conferences still to come in 2024

    Flexible packaging, compostable packaging, digital printing and other labeling technologies, mechanical and chemical recycling, e-commerce and other topics are on tap at U.S. conferences and trade shows this summer and fall.

    Updated June 12, 2024