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    Tracking packaging mergers and acquisitions in 2024

    Recent transactions include Resource Label Group’s acquisition of Beyer Graphics, Gerresheimer’s pending purchase of Bormiolo Pharma Group and Specialized Packaging Group's deal with Clark Foam.

    Updated May 24, 2024
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    Litter audit data could drive more litigation and policy, experts say

    A recent analysis identified Coca-Cola as the source of 11% of all branded plastic found in litter surveyed globally. This type of data is part of growing transparency around packaging outcomes.

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    Tetra Pak training center expansion offers ‘golden opportunity’ for employee engagement

    Fabio Raffone, a company vice president, describes how virtual and hands-on training sessions help to build the workforce of the future while reducing turnover.

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    Packaging EPR legislation with ‘shared responsibility’ model sent to Minnesota governor

    Minnesota could soon become the fifth state to enact such a law. A PRO would be appointed by next year. Ameripen described the legislation as “a fair compromise.”

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    Augmented reality entices brands with endless off-package marketing space

    Brands such as Almond Breeze and Jones Soda have found that visuals accessed via phone cameras can engage and educate shoppers. As the technology advances, packaging will offer increasing opportunities to test this.

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    Packaging innovations: SEE sells self-sealing solution, Capri Sun grows up

    Plus, fiber screw-on caps from Blue Ocean Closures, cold-chain solutions from Candor Expedite and compostable cutlery from Better Earth.

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    Cascades names Hugues Simon as new CEO

    The Resolute Forest Products executive will replace retiring CEO Mario Plourde no later than July 1. This is the latest in a string of packaging company CEO transitions over the past year.

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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.

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    New York state recycling needs assessment published amid push to pass EPR

    The first phase of the needs assessment, conducted by RRS for the Center for Sustainable Materials Management, shows more material in the state can be recovered, possibly through an EPR program, but more data is needed.

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    GE Appliances embarks on 5 new packaging sustainability goals

    The company aims to eliminate expanded polystyrene and make all packaging recyclable. In 2023, it processed 1 million pounds of plastic scrap to use in manufacturing new products.

  • 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.

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

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

    Updated May 17, 2024
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    Mauser Packaging to exit US aerosol can manufacturing

    While the Illinois-based company is considering a potential sale or merger for the business, workers at multiple plants are expected to lose their jobs.

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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.”

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    Ino worms its way into compostable packaging with silk cocoon product

    Silkworm cocoons serve as a protective layer in the home-compostable packaging. Ino is working to scale up production and gain more customers.

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    Upcoming round of linerboard price increases marks fiber companies’ second attempt in 2024

    Companies including Cascades, Georgia-Pacific, Pratt Industries and WestRock plan to join International Paper in raising linerboard prices in June, following a lack of recognition for earlier increases, analysts say.

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    Tetra Pak makes US push to shift more canned foods to cartons

    With a new trial facility in Georgia, the company is looking to spur a transition from cans to cartons for products like beans and pet food and support more testing for prepared foods.

    Updated May 13, 2024
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    Berry completes multiple divestitures with ‘line of sight to much more’

    Divestitures within the next year could net at least $2 billion in cash proceeds, said Berry Global CEO Kevin Kwilinski, who is upping the company’s focus on consumer packaging.

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    BlueTriton launches premium water bottles as aluminum packaging’s role grows in market

    Aluminum bottle offerings could tap a wider range of consumer values, researchers and consultants say. The addition expands the portfolio for Pure Life, Deer Park, Poland Spring, Arrowhead and Ice Mountain waters.

  • PCA to appeal $91.8M payout verdict for Louisiana plant explosion

    Packaging Corporation of America believes its insurance will cover the cost of damages in the latest lawsuit over a deadly 2017 explosion at a pulp mill in DeRidder, Louisiana.

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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.

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    EPR laws’ labeling implications create more questions for CPGs

    Leaders from the Consumer Brands Association and The Recycling Partnership recently discussed how packaging EPR laws are further complicating how brands can mark packaging, including for recycling.