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    Tracking packaging mergers and acquisitions in 2024

    Sibelco recently acquired Strategic Materials, one of North America’s largest glass recyclers, while CCL Industries announced this week that it completed its buyout of its Middle East joint venture, bolstering its labels business.

    Updated June 13, 2024
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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 pending combination of Smurfit Kappa and WestRock is expected to make the world’s largest publicly traded packaging company.

    Updated June 13, 2024
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    Alison Keane to leave Flexible Packaging Association this summer

    After more than seven years of pushing for industry improvements such as better plastic film recycling infrastructure, the president and CEO will join a recycling organization.

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    Ardagh, USW notch win in ongoing glass wine bottle import review

    The U.S. Glass Producers Coalition petitioned on the issue last December. More determinations from the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission are expected in the coming months on China, Mexico and Chile.

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    Packaging innovations: Hellmann’s debuts ingestible interior, Tesco tattoos produce

    Plus, Coast Cannabis turns to the ocean for chocolate bar packaging, and ProAmpac cools down grocery deliveries with recyclable bags.

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    Billerud’s decision to scrap $1B cartonboard plant could signal further sector pullbacks

    While Billerud’s reversal could be positive for competitors like Graphic Packaging, Greif and Westrock, an overall soft boxboard market could result in more delays and cancelations for the sector, industry observers say.

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    Colorado’s PRO names executive director to manage state’s EPR rollout

    Meanwhile, Circular Action Alliance says it's still looking to hire for similar roles in Oregon and California.

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    Greif opens Dallas bulk corrugated facility, hikes URB prices again

    The Ohio-based manufacturer said during a call Thursday detailing paper business trends that demand for its recycled paper products is on the rise. But it reported delayed price recognition as a persistent challenge.

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    Tetra Pak reports plant-based plastics demand growing in North America

    The company is now targeting 2030 for having 10% recycled polymers across beverage cartons sold in Europe. It also shared updates on tethered caps, sugarcane-derived plastic uptake and more in its new sustainability report.

  • Four bottles of Hain Celestial products stand on a wooden countertop: Jason lavender body wash; Avalon Organics Scalp Treatment Tea Tree Shampoo; Alba Botanica coconut sunscreen spray; and Live Clean fresh water hydrating liquid hand soap
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    SKU rationalization is in. What does that mean for packaging partners?

    Unilever, Hain Celestial and other brands are thinking through their offerings to boost profits. Such efforts can also simplify operations for packaging manufacturers, allowing them to produce quickly at scale.

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

    Check out the latest sustainability data shared this year by Tetra Pak, International Paper, WestRock, Sonoco, Berry, Ball and Smurfit Kappa.

    Updated June 6, 2024
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    Packaging conferences still to come in 2024

    Flexible packaging, compostable packaging, digital printing and other labeling technologies, mechanical and chemical recycling, e-commerce and other topics are on tap at U.S. conferences and trade shows this summer and fall.

    Updated June 12, 2024
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    Novelis backtracks on IPO launch

    The supplier to customers like Ball, Ardagh and Coca-Cola said it’s holding off on previously announced plans “due to market conditions” a week after pricing an offering that could have generated as much as $945 million.

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    US packaging manufacturers announced more than 600 layoffs in May

    Genpak, Georgia-Pacific and Graphic Packaging were among the companies that filed WARN notices. Closures are happening in states including Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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    Have an idea to reduce retail packaging? Walmart wants to hear it.

    The retail giant listed seven specific areas for innovators to prioritize, including snack bags and frozen food trays, that have proven tricky for design and sustainability improvements.

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    Packaging innovations: Diageo tests paper Baileys bottles, Nestlé wants consumers to eat forks

    Plus, L’Occitane en Provence partners with Carbios for PET bottles made by using enzymatic recycling, and Green Life Farms reduces the plastic in its lettuce packaging.

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    4 talking points at Circularity on the path forward for packaging

    To scale change, experts brought up the need for more precompetitive collaboration and the desire to move beyond pilots, among other themes.

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    Ferrero cites packaging recyclability progress, acknowledges challenges with meeting targets

    The Nutella and Tic Tac parent company detailed efforts to switch substrates and lightweight boxes for its confections while citing a scaled-back target for designing packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable.

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    Packaging EPR compromises met with apprehension and hope

    Leaders from Circular Action Alliance, The Recycling Partnership, American Beverage and Upstream talked Minnesota’s new EPR law and upcoming challenges and opportunities amid a patchwork of regulations.

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    What brands and retailers are saying about sustainable packaging in 2024

    Ferrero, Bath & Body Works, GE Appliances, Colgate-Palmolive and General Mills are some of the companies that have shared updates on packaging changes, new targets and annual progress in sustainability reports during 2024.

    Updated May 30, 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.

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    How pet food bags are evolving to simplify design and future recyclability

    The vast majority of pet food packaging isn’t currently recycled. Major manufacturers and groups such as the Pet Sustainability Coalition hope to change that.

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    California legislators advance bills to limit plastic bags and PFAS, update EPR

    Multiple bills with packaging implications survived a key legislative deadline last week and have momentum as lawmakers work to wrap up their session over the summer.

    Updated May 29, 2024
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    Experimentation with label-less containers advances, but not without visual challenges

    Embossing, laser engraving and direct-to-packaging printing are some of the methods to ease the recycling process, as are using organic inks and labels that easily separate during the sink/float process.