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    Tracking packaging mergers and acquisitions in 2024

    Veritiv acquired a luxury packaging company; Welch Packaging purchased a corrugated provider; Clearwater Paper is buying a Georgia mill; and LyondellBasell acquired mechanical recycling assets from PreZero.

    Updated Feb. 22, 2024
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    Biodiversity emerges as an ESG priority in packaging, but measurement could be a challenge

    As international standards evolve, fiber-based packaging companies are in the spotlight. Smurfit Kappa, WestRock, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Canopy Planet weigh in on what the increased focus means for the industry.

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    Don’t forget about packaging in national food waste reduction strategy, trade groups say

    Ameripen and the Flexible Packaging Association sent comments to the EPA, FDA and USDA on evaluating packaging materials, the potential growth of biobased and compostable packaging and more.

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    Ball closes $5.6B sale of aerospace business and now is focused exclusively on packaging

    Most of the $4.5 billion in proceeds will be split between debt reduction and returns to shareholders, with the remainder boosting Ball’s balance sheet.

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    Packaging innovations: Angel Soft gets baby fever, Juicy Juice pumps up its playfulness

    Plus, packaging refreshes and new launches from Crystal Light, Chanel, O-I Glass, ProAmpac, Berries Paradise, Sway and IPG.

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    Sonoco says paper Pringles can sales are one signal of volume recovery

    Consumer products customers are returning to normal pricing following destocking, said executives on Sonoco’s Q4 and full-year 2023 earnings call. But consumer spending shifts continue amid inflation pressure.

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    Arglass envisions ‘maximum flexibility’ Georgia production site

    The U.S. packaging manufacturer says a forthcoming furnace could make 350 million glass containers per year. The ability for smaller production runs could make it resilient to market trends and more approachable for customers.

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    Amazon proposes less packaging, more savings for its sellers

    Testing for Ships in Product Packaging compatibility often involves “a series of drops and vibrations,” a packaging innovation team leader said. Sellers can expect fee discounts for program participation.

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    Limited-edition Valentine’s Day packaging still captures hearts — and significant sales

    From intricate handmade designs to large-scale productions with characters such as Snoopy, packaging for chocolates and confections on Feb. 14 has come a long a way.

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    Berry invests in stretch film circularity at new innovation and training center

    “State-of-the-art” technology at the center will measure stretch film properties and behaviors, including tensile strength and force-to-load ratio.

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    Packaging manufacturers’ sales results in 2023

    See how major packaging companies including Amcor, Ball, Cascades, International Paper and Sonoco closed out the year, with more to come.

    Updated Feb. 23, 2024
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    Can makers back Mardi Gras push to capture used beverage cans

    Recycle Dat in New Orleans is the first of many events the newly launched U.S. chapter of Every Can Counts hopes to support to increase the capture of aluminum cans from beverages consumed away from home.

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    Cascades to close 3 containerboard facilities, affecting 310 workers

    The company plans to shift production from sites in the U.S. and Canada to newer facilities, following other closures in Oregon and South Carolina last year. It will assist laid-off employees with finding new jobs.

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    Postal Service’s new 2030 sustainability targets cover recycled content, packaging recyclability

    Along with reducing scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. Postal Service aims to increase waste diversion.

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    Eastman to turn colored, opaque PET into ‘virgin quality polyesters’ for packaging

    Midwest waste and recycling collector Rumpke has an agreement to provide Eastman’s upcoming chemical recycling plant with “hard-to-recycle” PET meant to be turned into new plastics for packaging applications.

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    NYC bill could restrict laundry and dishwasher pods

    Bill supporters say polyvinyl alcohol, used in pods and sheets, passes through wastewater treatment and pollutes the environment. The American Cleaning Institute says the products have sustainability benefits.

    Updated Feb. 9, 2024
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    Colgate-Palmolive faces lawsuit over ‘misleading’ recyclable toothpaste tube claims

    A judge denied the CPG company’s request to throw out a lawsuit that consumers filed a year and a half after Colgate introduced a monomaterial HDPE tube. The product’s recyclability has been hotly debated.

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    O-I Glass says demand in beer and food is recovering, destocking lingers for wine and spirits

    The year ended with shipments down 16% in Q4. Sales were hurt by customer destocking, which CEO Andres Lopez said began later than in other categories, giving O-I hope to mirror recovery trends in other parts of the industry.

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    Mondi explores creating European fiber packaging giant with DS Smith

    The possibility of a mega-merger comes five months after a similar deal between sector competitors Smurfit Kappa and WestRock.

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    Destocking accelerated in recent quarter, Amcor says

    Amcor executives reported the destocking trend worsened despite other companies declaring it over. Executives also detailed 2,000 employee reductions in 2023.

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    Berry to spin off health segment, creating new public company with Glatfelter

    Berry Global had been considering strategic alternatives for the Health, Hygiene & Specialties segment for months. The new company is valued at $3.6 billion.

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    Smurfit Kappa predicts Summer Olympics will provide financial boost

    2024 demand and volumes have shown improvement following challenges to both in 2023, executives said on Wednesday’s earnings call. The WestRock acquisition also is progressing smoothly, they said.

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    Can makers, brands won’t face higher prices on tin mill imports

    The U.S. will not impose duties on tin mill products from several countries. The International Trade Commission determination Tuesday came in response to petitions last year seeking antidumping and countervailing duties.

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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 Feb. 8, 2024
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    SPC overhauls sustainable packaging development guide

    Sustainable packaging involves more than just recyclability, according to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s new definition of the term. It also should consider elements like end markets and ease of opening.