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  • A Chipotle worker scans an RFID tag on a box as part of a growing traceability initiative
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    RFID on packaging gains traction amid food safety and waste concerns

    A tracking system traditionally used for nonperishable items could become more common on certain types of packaging ahead of future traceability requirements from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    By Leslie Nemo • Sept. 12, 2023
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    LanzaTech’s emissions-gobbling microbes help to create plastic packaging

    The growing biotechnology company engineers intermediate components for plastic packaging and aims to reach 300,000 metric tons of production capacity this year.

    By Aug. 31, 2023
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    Could food freshness sensors be the end of ‘best by’ dates?

    Expiration and date labels on packaging can cause confusion and food waste. Companies and researchers around the world are testing inks, pH sensors, hydrogels and other approaches to change that.

    By Danielle Beurteaux • Aug. 21, 2023
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    Amcor, Oreo maker team on ‘advanced recycling’ for plastic packaging

    Amcor’s latest play comes as it seeks to serve customers, like the company behind Cadbury chocolates and other brands, with hard-to-recycle flexible packaging. It builds on a separate agreement with ExxonMobil.

    By Aug. 17, 2023
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    Connected packaging proponents talk growth opportunities for QR codes

    Brands can expand the uses for QR codes as consumer familiarity grows, speakers from Amazon, Colgate Palmolive, GS1 and more discussed at the Connected Packaging Summit.

    By July 17, 2023
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    Packaging innovations: Matrix Pack, Fieldless, Dr. Bronner’s make a switch to fiber

    Charter Next Generation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions and others announced product launches and redesigns to improve sustainability.

    By July 14, 2023
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    Pratt Industries opens $253M box factory in Texas

    The advanced manufacturing facility, the company’s fifth in Texas, will produce 100% recycled corrugated boxes and provide 375 “green-collar manufacturing jobs.”

    By June 29, 2023
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    ChatGPT can help transform packaging design and manufacturing, industry leaders say

    Generative AI and modeling tools are already impacting jobs and processes in the packaging chain, speakers discussed this month at EastPack.

    By June 28, 2023
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    CG Roxane launches second in-house rPET plant to supply bottled water operations

    The company also upped its bottles’ minimum recycled content to 50%, which is expected to save nearly 33,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

    By June 20, 2023
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    Packaging innovations: Heinz’s stately summer, Entenmann’s rebrand tech boosts accessibility

    Restaurantware, ProAmpac and AdvanSix also recently announced new launches or packaging redesigns.

    By June 16, 2023
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    QR code resurgence presents opportunity for food and beverage packaging

    Growing consumer familiarity with the technology, which can host endless information, is a boon to brands as they look to keep up with increasing demands for communicating via packaging.

    By Leslie Nemo • June 8, 2023
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    Chipotle prepares national rollout of RFID for food traceability

    The restaurant chain is expanding its use of the technology to track ingredients from suppliers in real time.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • June 5, 2023
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    Specright CTO says to take advantage of AI for packaging, data is key

    Ayman Shoukry, from data platform Specright, sees great potential in using artificial intelligence to better manage supply chains and reporting. But none of it will work without standardized data.

    By June 1, 2023
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    Penn State no longer accepting compostable packaging, certain plastics in recycling programs

    The “food waste only” composting model is intended to cut down on contamination — but non-food items might be re-added in the future.

    By May 22, 2023
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    Packaging innovations: Budweiser’s music box, Quilted Northern puts paper on paper and more

    Catch up on six new packaging technologies and redesigns involving Pepsi, Georgia-Pacific, Bertolli, Ardagh, Ball, Tetra Pak and others.

    By May 19, 2023
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    LanzaTech, Plastipak partner on ‘world’s first’ PET made from carbon emissions

    The two Midwestern companies say the product can be used in food-safe applications and could help customers reduce their Scope 3 emissions.

    By May 18, 2023
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    Packaging innovations: Ampacet’s glassy plastic, Chipotle goes biodegradable and more

    Catch up on some of the latest packaging solutions and news from Novolex, ProAmpac, Avery Dennison and California Olive Ranch on PFAS alternatives, designing for recyclability and changing materials.

    By April 14, 2023
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    Curbside film recycling can be a reality with the right equipment and policy updates, pilot suggests

    End markets exist and EPR could spur the investments to upgrade MRFs to handle flexible plastics, but “you’ve got to figure out that last step” to capture existing packaging, said the Flexible Packaging Association’s CEO.

    By April 12, 2023
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    Reflecting on a dramatic decade of EPR shifts and what it means for packaging

    Michael Washburn, now a senior policy advisor for The Recycling Partnership, hit a wall in his efforts to promote EPR while working at Nestlé Waters North America. Today, he says “almost everything” has changed.

    By April 11, 2023
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    Amcor seeks more partnerships to innovate in coatings, biobased materials, connected packaging

    A year since Amcor announced an initiative to support seed-stage startups, its latest venture explores nanotechnology coatings to enhance barriers for recyclable and compostable packaging.

    By April 4, 2023
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    Photo illustration: Shaun Lucas/Industry Dive; Getty Images

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    Deep Dive

    5 factors influencing packaging design and operations

    From navigating inflation and changing regulations to assessing the impact of automation and plastics M&A, these are some of the top industry trends to watch.

    By , , March 27, 2023
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    DOE report touts chemical recycling R&D opportunities while noting plastic’s environmental justice issues

    The report, part of a long-term Energy Department effort to boost the viability of plastics recycling and cut energy use, touts opportunities in researching bio-based plastics as well as chemical recycling technologies. 

    By Megan Quinn • Feb. 6, 2023
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    Oregon’s bottle bill system CEO talks tech improvements, refillables and the prospects for a national system

    Oregon aims to attain its highest return rates yet with a range of modern updates. Jules Bailey, new CEO of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, talks through what’s working and what’s next.

    By Megan Quinn • Feb. 1, 2023
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    Stadiums pursue new technologies and tactics to boost waste diversion

    As fans flock back to large venues, many are seeing new or updated waste initiatives. Operators are experimenting with different collection systems, reusable cups, reverse vending machines, on-site sorting and more.

    By Updated Jan. 19, 2023