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    WestRock breaks ground on highly automated Wisconsin ‘superplant’ for corrugated boxes

    The facility, one of WestRock’s largest investments this year, is strategically placed to serve the Midwest. CEO David Sewell told Packaging Dive that this superplant concept helps increase regional efficiencies.

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    Suzano ends negotiation for acquisition of International Paper

    Suzano’s previous interest added another layer of complexity to a planned deal between International Paper and DS Smith, which followed Mondi’s attempt to purchase DS Smith.

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    9 countries’ paper bag imports harmed US producers, tariffs to come: USITC

    The U.S. Department of Commerce will issue duty orders. Novolex submitted petitions initiating the investigation that resulted in tariffs, but other packaging companies opposed it.

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    Zara owner pledges to stop using endangered and ancient forests in paper packaging

    The fashion industry is a major consumer of paper packaging for e-commerce envelopes and boxes, paper bags and hang tags. With the addition of Inditex, Canopy’s Pack4Good initiative now includes nearly 450 brands.

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    Packaging innovations: Sustainable seafood boxes, EPR-driven water-soluble cement bags

    Disruptive Packaging and Mondi collaborated with North Coast Seafoods and Cemex, respectively. Plus, Aldi U.K. announced its latest plastic-to-paper substitution.

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    Second round of fiber product price increases appears to be taking hold

    As packaging producers continue to announce summer price increases for multiple fiber grades, some analysts hint that the “cardboard box recession” might be coming to an end.

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    Ardagh Glass closing Houston facility with 220 workers, citing ‘beer market conditions’

    Also in July the company will be indefinitely curtailing production at a Seattle site servicing wine customers, impacting another 244 employees. Ardagh detailed ongoing challenges in both the beer and wine markets.

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    Sonoco acquiring Eviosys for $3.9B in move to prioritize metal packaging

    Acquiring the European company from investment firm KPS aligns with Sonoco’s strategy to make metal packaging a core business unit. The acquisition will be accompanied by “significant divestitures.”

    Updated June 24, 2024
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    Massachusetts advances plastic bag ban, lawmakers consider packaging EPR

    The Plastics Reduction Act recently passed the state Senate and is pending action in the House. It also seeks to add a fee on paper bags, change state procurement rules for plastic bottles and limit plastic utensils.

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    PepsiCo anticipates missing certain 2025 packaging sustainability goals

    The same day the CPG released its ESG report acknowledging it’s unlikely to hit a 2025 packaging circular design target, the city of Baltimore sued PepsiCo and others for their “significant roles in creating a plastic pollution crisis.” 

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    Keurig Dr Pepper reaffirms commitment to 2025 sustainable packaging goals

    The commitment — which applies to goals on recycled content, virgin plastic reduction and more — comes as some other organizations have changed their sustainable packaging targets.

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

    Updated July 5, 2024