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    Tracking packaging mergers and acquisitions in 2024

    Veritiv acquired contract packaging and fulfillment services company AmeriPac. This follows Veritiv’s acquisition of Vivabox Solutions in February.

    Updated 20 hours ago
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    What brands and retailers are saying about sustainable packaging in 2024

    Ikea, Walgreens, Starbucks, Hain Celestial and Del Monte are some of the retailers and brands that have shared updates on packaging changes, new targets and annual progress in sustainability reports during 2024.

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    Del Monte details progress on lightweighting, PCR in 2023 ESG report

    The CPG company began adding postconsumer recycled material to some containers, but it did not report its progress toward some other key packaging sustainability targets.

    Updated April 11, 2024
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    EPA event spotlights reusable food ware and Perpetual’s city projects

    A Wednesday event noted millions more available in pollution prevention grants, some of which could support reuse. Perpetual detailed progress toward establishing food ware reuse systems in four U.S. cities.

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    Aviation industry group recommends how plastic reduction can take off

    Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are among the carriers testing ways to reduce single-use plastic with strategies including substrate switches and reusable cups.

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

    Berry Global shared its 2023 sustainability report on Tuesday, saying it hit its scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reduction goal two years ahead of its target and increased its share of recyclable fast-moving consumer goods packaging.

    Updated April 10, 2024
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    5 packaging innovation trends to watch in 2024: SPC

    AI, digital labeling and “paperization” top the movements highlighted in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s inaugural Packaging Innovation Trends Report.

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    Energy drinks buzz with new designs and sustainable packaging

    Beverage makers such as Rockstar and Celsius are innovating to keep their current consumers and reach new ones — and packaging manufacturers are along for the ride. 

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    Is hemp the next revolution for sustainable packaging? Startup element6 Dynamics thinks so.

    CEO Kimberly Kovacs details the company’s push to use industrial hemp for making paper and packaging, which she says is a more sustainable option than tree pulp.

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    Domestic PCR-virgin resin battle faces global headwinds but finds local remedies

    PCR markets are still facing competition with virgin resin and oversupply headwinds, but future recycled content policy effects and changes to contracts could help, said speakers at the Plastics Recycling Conference.

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    Free the tea: Celestial Seasonings is latest brand to slash plastic overwrap

    Plastic overwrap was a legacy process for Celestial Seasonings, which recently redesigned its boxes. The U.S. Plastics Pact’s executive director said more brands should ask whether outer plastic wrap is needed.

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    O-I Glass names new CEO as longtime leader prepares to retire

    Gordon Hardie, a board member, will take over in mid-May as Andres Lopez plans to retire after nearly 40 years with the company.

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    Bidding war for DS Smith

    DS Smith extends Mondi’s offer deadline, IP details its counterproposal

    The bidding war for DS Smith heats up as Mondi’s offer deadline is now set for the same day as International Paper’s. IP provided additional specifics about its proposal, including plans to create a second headquarters.

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    Circular Action Alliance is lone PRO to submit program plan for Oregon EPR

    The brands-led group, which is already active in Colorado, California and Maryland, is eyeing end-of-year approval for its plan as 2025 recycling changes loom.

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    Costco tests a switch from rigid to flexible packaging for its rotisserie chickens

    Costco anticipates the substrate switch will reduce the plastic it uses for the chicken products by 75%, aligning with packaging guidelines it adopted last year. Its five-year action plan for plastics reduction is coming soon.

    Updated April 3, 2024
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    Tracking US state packaging policies

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that allows the sale and purchase of wine in glass containers up to 15 liters – or almost four gallons – in the state.

    Updated April 1, 2024
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    Robots’ value proposition evolves in packaging and manufacturing

    Speakers from Delkor, Fanuc, PMMI and others shared insights at Pack Expo East into the current state of workforce gaps and adoption of automation and other solutions.

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    ND Paper, Opus, Jindal among March plant shutdown announcements

    More than 300 employees are expected to be affected by temporary or permanent shutdowns in Georgia, Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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    Sephora, Ulta recycling partner Pact reports lower diversion volumes, higher engagement in 2023

    Pact Collective attributed much of the volume decline to a year-over-year drop in the amount of obsolete inventory and unsellable goods collected. The nonprofit said this bulk material has huge potential for upcycling in 2024.

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    Manufacturing is ‘highly likely in our next growth cycle’: March PMI

    The industry was buoyed by a rise in demand and production rates last month, encouraging manufacturers to invest more in capacity.

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    P&G, Dow pursue dissolution technology for recycling rigid, flexible, multilayer plastic packaging

    The in-development technology represents neither mechanical nor advanced recycling, according to Dow. The intent is for the resulting material to be of “near-virgin quality” with a lower greenhouse gas emissions footprint.

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    Retrieved from Zespri International on March 29, 2024
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    Packaging innovations: Zespri’s kiwi pillbox, Capri-Sun’s recyclable pouch

    Plus, 3M’s modified mailer material offers plastic-free protection, and Greif partners with CDF Corp. on an intermediate bulk container redesign.

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    Gravis looks to lead B2B bulk transportation packaging market in North America

    The private equity-backed company recently launched as a combined platform with six acquired companies, including Bagwell and Bulk Lift International. New CEO Vishal Rao outlines plans to grow in the FIBC market.

  • Andy Lomasky, senior director of IT for PMMI, stands at a PMMI podium on the Industry Speaks stage at Pack Expo East on March 20, 2024.
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    How IT and OT can team up on cybersecurity in manufacturing: PMMI

    The association and partners also highlighted post-pandemic investment in remote services at Pack Expo East.

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    Bidding war speculation brews as International Paper proposes DS Smith acquisition

    IP’s more than $7 billion proposal comes as next week’s deadline approaches for Mondi to make a formal offer for DS Smith.