Supply Chain


  • Three brightly colored quart-sized cartons with messaging describing Bath and Body Works' soap refill products.
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    Retrieved from Bath and Body Works on May 28, 2024
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    From soap refills to shopping bags, Bath & Body Works freshens up its packaging

    The retailer aims to make at least half of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by next year. It also commissioned a third-party recyclability assessment to guide packaging and plastics commitments.

    By May 29, 2024
  • A line of 21 people across dirt, each wearing hard hats and carrying shovels, ceremonially break ground at the site of Novelis' aluminum rolling and recycling plant in Bay Minette, Alabama.
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    Ball, Ardagh, Coca-Cola aluminum supplier Novelis pursues IPO

    The Atlanta-based aluminum company’s recent filings shed light on the state of the U.S. market for food and beverage cans. It’s looking to boost its recycled content use from 63% to 75% in the coming years.

    By May 16, 2024
  • An end display in Target's grocery section features boxes of Pop-Tarts with a sign saying "Sale! Kellogg's Pop-Tarts frosted pastries 12-ct; When you buy 2; 2/$6"
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    CPG promotional activity unevenly impacts packaging suppliers

    Boxboard producers stand to benefit the most as consumer packaged goods companies shift away from their recent “value over volume” strategy, according to a Truist Securities analyst.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Biden raises China tariffs, but can manufacturers still seek greater increases

    The Can Manufacturers Institute remains concerned about imported canned foods and metal can components. The Aluminum Association called the administration’s announcement “a win for the U.S. aluminum industry.”

    By May 15, 2024
  • Dozens of paper beverage cups with natural-colored heat sleeves, and one cup with a green sleeve featuring a recycling symbol.
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    As 40+ mills accept paper cups, advocates turn to boosting residential recycling acceptance

    Only 11% of U.S. communities accept paper cups in residential recycling programs. Mills play a “pivotal role” in advancing acceptance, according to the NextGen Consortium and Foodservice Packaging Institute.

    By May 8, 2024
  • A variety of colored plastic tubes for health and beauty products, some with recyclability messaging.
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    Plastic tube recyclability has ramped up rapidly, but not without some tumult

    Research suggests more than 75% of HDPE squeeze tubes in the U.S. are compatible with valuable recycling streams. “I don’t want to underemphasize how big of a change in packaging format this is,” said APR’s technical director.

    By May 7, 2024
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    Fiber markets move toward recovery from pandemic-era imbalances

    Paper packaging and board demand is pulling up from a 3% dip last year, according to analysts from Fastmarkets RISI, Bank of America Global Research and Truist Securities. But pricing controversy remains.

    By April 24, 2024
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    O-I to supply returnable wine bottles

    O-I Packaging Solutions is partnering with Oregon-based startup Revino to circulate refillable glass bottles designed for up to 50 uses.

    By April 23, 2024
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    CMI weighs in on Biden’s call for tariff increases

    Trade with China is a key issue ahead of the 2024 presidential election. The Can Manufacturers Institute says the Biden administration should take greater action to mitigate impacts from steel and aluminum imported goods.

    By April 19, 2024
  • Boxes of General Mills cereal are displayed on a grocery store shelf.
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    General Mills’ packaging recyclability inches up, food-grade PCR use poses a challenge

    The company reported incremental progress on making all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2030. It also said that packaging constitutes 8% of its value chain’s GHG emissions.

    By April 18, 2024
  • Seven bottles of different scents of Dial body wash lined up next to one another on a countertop.
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    Henkel to engage packaging suppliers in bid to lower scope 3 emissions

    The German consumer goods company behind brands like Dial soaps and Soft Scrub cleaners says about a quarter of its value chain emissions are caused by packaging and raw materials. It’s targeting decreases by 2030.

    By April 12, 2024
  • Two paper cups with Delta Air Lines' branded messaging.
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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.

    By April 10, 2024
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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.

    By Megan Quinn • April 5, 2024
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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.

    By March 28, 2024
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    PCR procurement platform Circular eyes expansion with $10.5M in funding

    Circular plans to expand internationally, add employees and introduce materials besides plastics to the platform.

    By March 26, 2024
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    Flexible Film Recycling Alliance launches with focus on drop-off programs

    The initiative, backed by the Plastics Industry Association, intends to improve film recycling from consumer, commercial and industrial perspectives.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Questions remain after FDA says market phase-out complete for PFAS in paper food packaging material

    The agency said certain grease-proofing substances used on wrappers and containers are no longer being sold by manufacturers for food contact in the U.S. Others credited state leadership on the issue for driving change.

    By March 15, 2024
  • A variety of shrink bands to seal jars and bottles that have compostable messaging printed on them.
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    Deep Dive

    Compostable packaging take-back programs aim to ease consumer burden, boost recovery

    As compostable packaging rollouts outpace access to collection, more companies are looking to make collection less confusing via mail-in or pick-up programs.

    By March 13, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Does this packaging contain recycled plastic? Inside the mass balance debate

    An accounting system long used in other industries is gaining prominence in the packaging sector, due in part to the rise of chemical recycling. Companies, trade groups and regulators are weighing the complexities and controversies.

    By Leslie Nemo • March 5, 2024
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    Greif navigates ongoing slow demand, delayed recognition of price increases

    The company touted multiple acquisitions and a partnership to improve jerrycan recyclability. Those were bright spots in an otherwise challenging environment.

    By March 4, 2024
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    Digimarc shifts packaging watermarking strategy to reach producer responsibility organizations

    The company sees EPR laws in U.S. states as a possible catalyst for expansion of its recycling technology. It's now seeking contracts with various types of central buyers that could manage a program at scale.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
  • Four different branded boxes for shipping via e-commerce without additional Amazon packaging.
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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.

    By Feb. 14, 2024
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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.

    By Megan Quinn • Feb. 12, 2024
  • Four different colored tubes of Colgate toothpaste with the message "Recycle Me!" printed on the tubes.
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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.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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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.

    By Feb. 7, 2024