Supply Chain

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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.

    By June 18, 2024
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    Scope 3 emissions data added to corrugated industry LCA

    A new tool in the corrugated industry’s LCA makes calculating Scope 3 carbon emissions easier.

    June 10, 2024
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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.

    By June 7, 2024
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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.

    By June 5, 2024
  • 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.

    By Shefali Kapadia • June 4, 2024
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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.

    By 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.

    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
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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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    Serdar Akar

    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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    Serdar Akar

    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