Berry Helps Wells Create Widely Recyclable Blue Bunny Twist Pints

Global packaging leader, Berry Global Group, Inc.., worked with U.S.-based ice cream manufacturer, Wells Enterprises, Inc., to expand its Twist Cones frozen treat line into single-serve, freezer-grade Twist pints for Blue Bunny. The new pints, which offer a new twist on soft serve, are currently available at retailers across the U.S., including Walmart, Kroger, Food Lion, Albertson’s, Safeway, and Publix. Made with widely recyclable polypropylene (PP) and a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) lid, the new Twist pints improve the recyclability of traditional ice-cream packaging, which is generally made of plastic-lined, paper board. The pints are also designed for nestability during transportation and storage, minimizing wasted space during transportation. This helps optimize supply chain efficiency and lessen the need for truckload shipments. “Berry is an excellent partner for Wells. They understand our need for innovative, sustainable packaging and have worked closely with us to develop it,” explained Julee Zugel, Director of Strategic Sourcing. “We appreciate how engaged they are with our team to understand new opportunities in the packaging arena. They are innovative, forward thinking and an example of how a partnership should work.”
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June 2024: Summer Boost: Rising Consumer Engagement

The apparel sector shows strong demand compared to other industries experiencing subdued or stable demand. Despite this, all sectors saw increased consumer engagement in June. The rise in website sessions, alongside flat demand, indicates heightened consumer interest. However, fewer orders may reflect economic uncertainties despite a 3.38% increase in average order values from the previous year, suggesting cautious consumer spending. Businesses should adopt strategies to capitalize on consumer engagement while navigating economic challenges for sustained growth. Economists anticipate a slowdown and speculate on potential Federal Reserve interest rate cuts by September. The upcoming 2024 presidential election introduces financial and investment uncertainties, with J.P. Morgan Wealth Management discussing these implications and emphasizing sector-specific impacts like finance and healthcare. Despite short-term market volatility, the long-term effects of elections on markets and the economy remain unpredictable, urging investors to maintain a stable, long-term financial strategy.
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‘UltraRunning’ Magazine Acquired By Steep Life Media (mediapost.com)

Steep Life Media, LLC, a family-owned publishing company based in Phoenix, Arizona, has acquired UltraRunning Magazine, effective immediately. UltraRunning publishes eight issues per year. Steep Life’s first will be the September 2024 edition. Founded in 1981, Ultrarunning was owned by UltraRunning Media Group, LLC, which is headed by Karl Hoagland and based in Bend, Oregon.
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Religion Print Sales Up 12% in First Half of 2024 (publishersweekly.com)

More evidence has come in that points to 2024 being a very good year for sales of religion books. For the first half of 2024, unit sales of print religious book rose 12.1% over the comparable period in 2023 at outlets that report to Circana BookScan. The gain came entirely from nonfiction titles, which rose 12.8% offsetting a 5% decline in the much smaller fiction category. Religion was the best performing category among all adult nonfiction subject areas in the first half of the year, and sales easily outperformed total print sales in the first six months of 2024, which were down 0.4% from a year ago.
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Sun Chemical Implements a Pigment Related Price Increase on Inks in EMEA Packaging and Graphics

Sun Chemical will increase prices across a broad portfolio of its inks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective immediately. The supply chains of colour and white pigments have severely been impacted by diverse challenges in recent months, including cases of disruption, shortage, insolvency, anti-dumping import tax, as well as further increasing sea freight rates from Asia. These factors have been driving up the cost of Sun Chemical’s ink products, encompassing both colour and white inks. “The pressure across the supply chain is causing significant rise in inks raw material costs and unfortunately requires us to increase prices,” said Mehran Yazdani, President, Global Packaging and Advanced Materials, Sun Chemical. “We will continue to work with our sourcing partners to manage and minimise the impact on our customers.”
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GreenFirst Announces Appointment of New CFO

GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. announces the hiring of Mr. Peter Ferrante as its new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Ferrante will be assuming the role on August 14, 2024, following GreenFirst’s second quarter earnings call. With over 25 years of finance and business experience, Peter has held a variety of senior roles across both publicly listed and private companies, across diverse industries including manufacturing, leasing and retail, overseeing all facets of accounting, financial management, corporate governance and M&A. Peter is currently the Chief Financial Officer of a Canadian national chain of retail stores. “We are delighted to have a Chief Financial Officer of Peter’s calibre joining GreenFirst. Peter’s success and experience, in particular his financial expertise and his outstanding leadership qualities, are a great addition to our executive team and will be a key driver of the Company’s future.”, said Joël Fournier, CEO, GreenFirst.
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Sappi Europe achieves major milestone in its sustainability journey by reducing the carbon footprint of its Galerie range by 55%

In 2023, Sappi Europe’s Kirkniemi Mill in Lohja, Finland successfully transitioned to renewable biomass energy, reducing its Scope 1 emissions, direct emissions from Sappi’s own operations, by 90%. Building on the significant investment made to Kirkniemi’s energy systems, clean electricity is now also being supplied to the mill, eliminating scope 2, indirect emissions. These efforts have led to a 55% overall reduction in the carbon footprint of Sappi’s Galerie paper range, which is estimated to reach a remarkable 70% by the end of the year. This transformation is among nearly 80 projects outlined in Sappi Europe’s decarbonisation roadmap, a blueprint that will see the company’s energy-related sustainability targets through to 2025. This also closely aligns with Sappi’s science-based targets for 2030.
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Solenis Acquires Predictive Food Safety Solutions, Expanding Food and Beverage Offering

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has acquired all of the membership units of Predictive Food Safety Solutions, LLC., effective July 15, 2024. Headquartered in Lawrenceville, Ga, Predictive Food Safety Solutions (PFS) is a manufacturer and distributor of high-grade antimicrobial, wastewater, sanitation, industrial lubricant and feed additive chemicals for the poultry industry. Offering comprehensive solutions across all stages of poultry processing, PFS technology delivers improved antimicrobial efficiency while reducing the total cost of operation. The company’s proprietary technology, unique algorithms, chemical quality and focus on consistency help to prevent and control the spread of bacteria and disease in poultry processing, which can otherwise lead to significant economic losses and potential threat to human health.
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June online retail sales growth spikes as total sales remain stagnant (digitalcommerce360.com)

Online retail sales grew more than five times faster in June than total sales, according to data from the National Retail Federation’s Retail Monitor and CNBC. And while online and total retail sales both grew in June — year over year as well as month over month — consumers are still prioritizing non-discretionary purchases in the face of high interest rates and lingering inflation, said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “Inflation has dropped to nearly zero for goods, but remains persistent with services, and solid economic fundamentals are helping consumers make ends meet,” Shay said.
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Sustainable Adhesives: Sugra Project Researches Environmentally Friendly Solutions For The Packaging Industry

“Adhesives are indispensable in packaging production: they reduce material requirements and enable lighter packaging, which is in line with the objectives of the new Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). Although adhesives only make up a small proportion of total packaging, they have a significant impact on recycling processes, paper production and the CO2 footprint. The Sugra (“Sustainable Gluing with Renewable Adhesives”) project is dedicated to this topic: it is developing adhesives based on renewable raw materials that protect the recycling process and reduce the CO2 footprint. These adhesives meet the requirements of modern production techniques and promote sustainable production without compromising performance. The basis of adhesives is starch: this natural raw material is already used intensively in natural and modified form. Starch plays a particularly important role in paper production and processing, as it increases the strength of paper and refines its surfaces. In corrugated cardboard production, starch is used to bond the layers together.
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$99 million Belmark facility to bring over 150 jobs to Allen County

Based in Wisconsin, Belmark is a global industrial leader in packaging and labeling. The new flexible packaging plant in Allen County will mark their second expansion out of their home state and will add over 150 new jobs to the Allen Springs Industrial Park. “This is gonna catch those people that, as I said, are leaving Allen County to go to work in Bowling Green and Franklin and down in Tennessee. This is going to catch some of those people and allow them to stay right here in Allen County and work and provide for their families,” said Allen County judge-executive Dennis Harper. Throughout the ceremony, representatives of Belmark shared their insight into why Allen County was chosen for the expansion. Citing the small town’s charm and potential for economic growth, CEO Karl Schmidt and plant manager Jeff LeCaptain say that Allen County and Scottsville are welcoming community partners for the manufacturing center.
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Allied Media Triples Output with New Speedmaster CX 104 from HEIDELBERG

Allied Media, a small, family-owned company located in Fenton, Michigan, recently installed a new Speedmaster CX 104 from HEIDELBERG. The CX 104 is the first new press for Allied, who has historically invested in used presses. In just a few months, the press has significantly improved the company’s production metrics and increased throughput three-fold. Allied, known for its fast, dependable addressing and mailing department, services a nationwide customer base – ranging from political and union organizations to large automakers and small local businesses. “Our excellence in the printing industry has been hard earned and well maintained for almost thirty years,” said Randy Rockman, President of Allied. “Our turnaround time and delivery to USPS is unmatched as is our dedication to our customers.”
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Your Questions Answered on the PPWR: Plastic Packaging Recyclability and Labeling Impacts

Our recent webinar, "Navigating the PPWR Transformation: Plastic Packaging Recyclability and Labeling Impacts", shed light on the evolving landscape of packaging recyclability regulations and their implications. As businesses prepare for the upcoming changes under the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), understanding the legislation and timelines is essential for staying ahead. While specific details are still being finalized, the overarching direction is clear, enabling companies to plan and adapt their strategies. We received active participation and various questions during the webinar, which we are addressing in this article in a question-and-answer format.
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Publishers Have Been Hit By Postal Rate Hikes Of 47.8% Since 2021: News/Media Alliance (mediapost.com)

The U.S. Postal Service is harming both publishers and itself with its current ratemaking process, the News/Media Alliance (NMA) charges in a letter to the Postal Rate Commission. “While the Postal Service incurs record losses, Periodicals mailers have been forced to make difficult business decisions ranging from cutting staff to shuttering titles and closing their doors, all of which ultimately harms our society,” the letter states. Since 2021, the USPS has raised periodical rates “generally twice a year by a cumulative total of 47.8 percent,” the NMA writes. “During that time, the portion of those increases due to the additional rate authorities have exceeded the rate of inflation by more than 150 percent.”
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New FSC Forest Stewardship Standard for Peru

FSC is pleased to announce the official publication of the new FSC Forest Stewardship Standard for Peru, which covers all categories of Management Units in natural forests and plantations, including small and low intensity managed forests, as well as Non-Timber Forest Products. This standard, effective October 15, 2024, not only focuses on productive management, but also encompasses conservation management and forest restoration. Peru, being a country rich in natural forests, has a territory where almost 60% is covered by forests (Ministry of Environment (MINAM), 2024), covering a total area of 82,543,385 hectares as of 2019. These forests include Amazonian forests (94.2%), dry forests (4.7%) and Andean forests (1.1%), with a diversity of 42 types of forests on the coast, highlands and jungle, each with its own unique richness. These ecosystems are fundamental to Peru and the world, providing invaluable benefits such as natural resources, water and food, as well as playing a crucial role in stabilizing the climate and environment. They are also the home and livelihood of indigenous communities, representing a great potential for the development of sustainable productive initiatives that generate well-being for the people who live in them.
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Pactiv Evergreen Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to Sell Pine Bluff Paper Mill and Waynesville Extrusion Facility to Suzano SA

Pactiv Evergreen Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Pine Bluff, Arkansas, paper mill and Waynesville, North Carolina, extrusion facility, to global paper and pulp producer Suzano S.A.for $110 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments for closing amounts such as working capital. Suzano has agreed to offer employment to current employees at Pine Bluff and Waynesville. Pine Bluff produces liquid packaging board and cupstock used to make fresh beverage cartons, paper cups and other fiber-based food and beverage packaging. Waynesville provides incremental extrusion capacity for the board produced at Pine Bluff. Pactiv Evergreen and Suzano have also agreed to enter into a long-term supply arrangement at the closing of the Transaction pursuant to which Suzano would use Pine Bluff and Waynesville to supply liquid packaging board to Pactiv Evergreen’s converting business. “The sale of Pine Bluff and Waynesville concludes the strategic alternatives review process,” said Michael King, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pactiv Evergreen. “This Transaction is consistent with our disciplined focus on value creation, and we expect it to reduce the capital intensity of our business, improve our cash flow profile and further strengthen our balance sheet.”
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HEINZEL GROUP announces closure of Raubling Papier GmbH

HEINZEL GROUP has made the difficult decision to close its subsidiary, Raubling Papier GmbH, in Germany, due to persistently difficult market conditions and challenging economic circumstances. This decision follows comprehensive discussions with the local works council, resulting in a successfully concluded social plan. More than half of the affected employees have already secured new employment, reflecting the effectiveness of the company’s transition support efforts. With the closure process now focused on the sale of assets, HEINZEL GROUP is moving forward with the disposition of machinery and equipment. Andreas Sailer, CEO of Raubling Papier, stated: "We are encouraged by the rapid transition of many of our employees to new positions and are now concentrating on the sale of Raubling Papier's assets. This includes a range of high-quality machinery and equipment. Interested parties are invited to engage with us promptly as we navigate this phase."
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Survey shows perception of cost as the main barrier to overcome in sustainable packaging

One of the leading renewable biomaterials suppliers, UPM, has unveiled the latest findings from a highly targeted survey of some of the world’s leading packaging designers. The survey, conducted in collaboration with the Pentawards, has revealed unique insights into sustainable packaging design, including some of the key challenges faced by designers, with UPM highlighting how these can be overcome. The survey results show that while the majority (47%) of the designer respondents feel extremely comfortable handling briefs that include sustainability requirements, 43% of packaging designers would prefer more direction or information to feel fully comfortable when dealing with these briefs. This highlights a need for further education on how to incorporate sustainability into packaging design, with most respondents (35%) suggesting material guides would be the most beneficial. Further findings reveal that 57% of the designer respondents believe they always or often have the opportunity to impact the material choice of a product. However, 20% say they seldom do, and 17% almost never, which suggests some clients may not have yet realised the value of exploring alternative and more sustainable packaging solutions.
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‘The New York Times’ Tries AI’s Headline-Writing Capability: Report (mediapost.com)

The New York Times -- which is fighting OpenAI and Microsoft in court, attempting to block use of its content for training models -- is not beyond testing AI to write headlines and enforce its style guide, according to The Intercept. The Times has developed a tool that would use OpenAI to perform those tasks, The Intercept continues. A Times spokesperson acknowledged the effort, but said it was temporary.
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Canada Publishers Demand Reversal Of ‘Junk Mail’ Provision

U.S. publishers are not alone in experiencing problems with their postal system. Their neighbors to the north are also unhappy with theirs — for different reasons. A coalition of Canadian news publishers is demanding that Canada Post reverse a decision that would allow consumers to opt out of receiving community newspapers with commercial inserts. These are now seen as junk mail, thanks to the ending of an exemption from Canada Post’s Consumers’ Choice program. As of January 8, 2024, community newspapers with commercial inserts were no longer exempt from Canada Post’s Consumers’ Choice program, which allows Canadians to opt out of receiving ‘junk mail.’
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Postmedia Reports Third Quarter Results

“With over 85% of all digital advertising being allocated to foreign platforms, the entire Canadian media sector remains significantly distressed. Yet Canadians’ appetite for trusted journalism has never been higher,” said Andrew MacLeod, President and CEO. “Initiatives like the Journalism Tax Credit and bill C18 implemented by the Federal government are providing critical support. Ultimately our industry’s future will be determined by Canadian media companies’ ability to capture a greater share of the market and so we applaud the Ontario government for their commitment to spending 25% of their advertising dollars on Ontarian media platforms.” Revenue for the quarter was $100.8 million as compared to $111.2 million in the same period in the prior year, representing a decrease of $10.4 million (9.3%). The revenue decrease was primarily due to decreases in advertising revenue of $6.5 million (12.0%) circulation revenue of $3.4 million (9.4%) and other revenue of $1.6 million (16.6%), partially offset by increases in parcel revenue of $1.2 million (10.8%). Net loss in the quarter ended May 31, 2024 was $15.9 million, as compared to a net loss of $24.8 million in the same period in the prior year.
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Novolex Releases Sixth Annual Sustainability Report

The report, published in accordance with the global reporting initiative, details several notable advancements, including: Expanding the Circularity of Products: In 2023, applicable Novolex revenues from products that were recyclable, compostable, or reusable grew to an 84% share compared to 78% in 2022. The increase reflects ongoing efforts across the Novolex portfolio to develop products that can be diverted from landfill after use. Progress towards its 30% Reduction by 2030 Greenhouse Gas Target: In 2023, Novolex reduced GHG emissions by 23%, continuing to make progress towards its goal of a 30% reduction in emissions per ton of production by 2030. Novolex GHG data are assured by a third party in accordance with the terms of the company’s sustainability-linked financing. Growing Recycled Content: Across Novolex businesses and products that use paper, Novolex increased its utilization of post-consumer recycled paper to 52% in 2023 compared to 49% in 2022.
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Green Bay Packaging to invest in downstream box facility

Green Bay Packaging of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has announced it is expanding manufacturing space at its Great Lakes Packaging Division facility in Germantown, Wisconsin, with the addition of a new building. The company held a groundbreaking ceremony at the location in early July. On its website, GBP describes its Germantown Great Lakes Division as a provider of corrugated containers, point of purchase displays, wood/foam specialty packaging and contract packaging and fulfillment services. While the facility does not convert recovered paper into new paperboard, it engages in downstream functions for GBP corrugated materials, including those made at its recycled-content mill in Green Bay, in which it invested $500 million earlier this decade. The mill consumes old corrugated containers (OCC), mixed paper and other recovered paper grades. The new downstream facility will consist of 270,000 square feet of manufacturing space “for increased capabilities and streamlined operations,” says GBP. Equipment within the facility will include a rotary die cutting (RDC) machine, a laminator and a specialty folder-gluer.
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Norske Skog: Positive market development

Norske Skog’s EBITDA in the second quarter of 2024 was NOK 471 million, an increase from NOK 76 million in the first quarter of 2024. The second quarter EBITDA was positively impacted by insurance at Norske Skog Saugbrugs of NOK 338 million. Despite signs of positive developments in the publication and containerboard markets, closures are still required. The process to deliver a main study on the BCTMP-production project (bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp) at Saugbrugs has started. Cash flow from operations was NOK 299 million in the quarter compared to NOK -69 million in the previous quarter. The second quarter cash flow was positively influenced by somewhat higher sales prices and -volumes, and a decrease in working capital due CO2 related proceeds. Operating earnings in the second quarter of 2024 were NOK 364 million compared to operating earnings in the first quarter of 2024 of NOK -177 million. The operating earnings in the quarter were affected by insurance at Norske Skog Saugbrugs of NOK 338 million, non-cash changes in fair value of energy contracts in Norway amounting to NOK 44 million and depreciation of NOK 128 million. Profit before tax in the quarter was NOK 311 million compared to loss before tax of NOK -382 million in the previous quarter.
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Solenis Marks 10-Year Anniversary, Updates Brand Identity

Solenis, a leading producer of specialty chemicals, marked its 10th anniversary by launching a new brand identity. Updated brand elements reflect the company’s continued growth and vision while establishing a cohesive look for its growing global portfolio, which includes Diversey, a leading brand for hygiene, infection prevention and cleaning products and technology. “This bold new look heralds the next era in our progression,” said John Panichella, CEO. “Just ten years ago, we launched Solenis from our legacy brand, Ashland Water Technologies. Now, we stand strong as a diversified, worldwide brand forging a path that leads customers to achieve their operational and sustainability goals.” The company’s evolution is firmly rooted in more than 100 years of solving complex operational and sustainability challenges. Solenis legacy brands include Ashland, Drew and Hercules among others.
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Lane Press Installs Second New Osako Tener Saddle Stitch System to Complete Upgrade

Lane Press announced that it has installed a second new Osako saddle stitch binding system within three months. This completes the company’s upgrade to its saddle stitch capabilities. Installation of this Osako Tener Alpha Saddle Stitcher has been completed, and the unit is fully operational. Like the first Osako Tener Alpha, this state-of-the-art binder is rated to produce 12,500 books per hour and includes automation capabilities that reduce setup and make-ready times. This Osako will replace an existing saddle stitcher, such that Lane’s bindery will boast four high-speed saddle stitch binders and two perfect binding lines. Lane’s configuration of this binder will include one cover feeder, six pocket feeders, 4th & 5th knife trimmers, high-speed addressing, and full automation feeding capabilities. The stitcher is capable of handling a wide range of piece sizes and thicknesses, including tabloid and digest format, oversized blow-ins, envelopes, cards, and light basis weight stocks.
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Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports June Sales Results

Costco Wholesale Corporation reported net sales of $24.48 billion for the retail month of June, the five weeks ended July 7, 2024, an increase of 7.4 percent from $22.78 billion last year. Net sales for the first 44 weeks were $210.55 billion, an increase of 6.9 percent from $196.93 billion last year. The Company also announced that, effective September 1, 2024, it will increase annual membership fees by $5 for U.S. and Canada Gold Star (individual), Business, and Business add-on members. With this increase, all U.S. and Canada Gold Star, Business and Business add-on members will pay an annual fee of $65. Also effective September 1, annual fees for Executive Memberships in the U.S. and Canada will increase from $120 to $130 (Primary membership of $65, plus the Executive upgrade of $65), and the maximum annual 2% Reward associated with the Executive Membership will increase from $1,000 to $1,250. The fee increases will impact around 52 million memberships, a little over half of which are Executive.
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Wiley Appoints Matthew Kissner as President and CEO

Wiley announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Matthew Kissner as president and CEO, following a successful interim period. “Over the past nine months, Matt has made great progress improving our organization, accelerating our value creation plans, driving strong momentum in our core, and rallying around new AI opportunities,” said Jesse Wiley, chair of the board. “As an experienced C-suite operator and Wiley veteran, he brings a deep understanding of our markets, customers, operations, financials, and people – all of which has been evident in our material progress.” Wiley continued: “After a formal process that included a global search, the Board has concluded that Matt is the right person to lead Wiley through the next phase of our journey as a knowledge solutions company. We look forward to working alongside him to continue our momentum and deliver significant value for our stakeholders, including shareholders, customers, and colleagues.”
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Christian Jünger Named CEO Of Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe

Christian Jünger is to become the new Chairman of the Management Board/CEO of the German Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe. As Nihar Malaviya, CEO of Penguin Random House, announced yesterday, Jünger will take up his new position on October 1. Jünger succeeds Thomas Rathnow, who stepped down from the role in April after resigning for personal reasons. Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe has since been managed on an interim basis by Britta Egetemeier and Thomas Pichler. In his new role, Jünger will lead Verlagsgruppe’s strategy to drive its future growth and consolidate its position as leading German-language publisher. As CEO of Verlagsgruppe, he will report to Nihar Malaviya and will sit on Penguin Random House’s Global Executive Committee. Christian Jünger will join Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe from Rowohlt Verlag, where he has supervised Sales, Purchasing/Manufacturing, Controlling, Rights and Licenses, IT, and HR as Managing Director since 2021. Previously, he gained significant experience in the retail book sector at Amazon Germany, where he most recently served as Head of Vendor Management Books, managing the business with specialist and foreign-language books, calendars, and wholesalers.
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DS Smith installs state-of-the-art Nozomi 14000 AQ single-pass water-based printer

The new printing technology has been installed at our Torrelavit packaging facility in Spain and pioneered by Electronics for Imaging (EFI). The single-pass Nozomi 14000 AQ is designed to create high-resolution printing with water-based ink. The new printer is set up to print directly onto corrugated cardboard using specific ink quantities for each production. It is one of the most advanced high-speed printing solutions in the marketplace and at 1.4 metres wide is providing DS Smith customers in the Iberian region with reduced lead times and less waste, in contrast to analogue production techniques. In addition, the newly installed printer will allow DS Smith customers to create multiple design versions and variations in a single production run without compromising on the quality of their final sustainable packaging products and solutions.
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Stora Enso signs EUR 435 million funding agreement with European Investment Bank

Stora Enso has signed a new EUR 435 million bilateral loan with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the its growth in renewable, fiber-based consumer packaging board. Stora Enso’s EUR 1 billion investment in its Oulu mill in Finland is being financed, in part, by a new long-term bilateral loan. The loan features an amortising structure, with the final repayment anticipated in 2036, effectively lengthening the Group’s debt maturity profile. The mill, which is expected to begin operations with a novel, converted consumer board production line in the first half of 2025, will be one of the most modern and cost-efficient production sites for packaging materials in Europe. “The investment in Oulu supports our growth strategy in renewable, circular packaging by providing new volume for the growing packaging segment. The wood fiber is sourced from sustainably managed forests in the Nordics, and the boards are designed to replace plastics in food and personal care packaging,” says Hannu Kasurinen, Executive Vice President, Packaging Materials Division.
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Ensuring Excellence Through Rigorous Quality Control Processes

At Royle Printing, we take pride in our attention to detail and our commitment to delivering high-quality print products. Our comprehensive quality control processes are designed to ensure that every piece that leaves our facility meets the highest standards of excellence. Here's an inside look at how we maintain our reputation for superior print quality. Press Quality Control Processes - Our press start-ups begin with clearly defined targets for density, mid-tone dot gain, and print contrast/color. Bindery Quality Control Processes - In the bindery, we maintain stringent quality control measures managed by experienced operators and managers. At Royle Printing, our quality control processes are not just about maintaining standards—they are about setting them. From press to bindery, every step is meticulously monitored and controlled to ensure that the final product exceeds our clients' expectations.
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Paper Excellence Canada Voted One Of Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens

Paper Excellence Canada has once again been voted one of Canada’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Knights.* Paper Excellence Canada operates mills in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and is a diversified manufacturer of pulp and paper – including printing and writing, packaging and specialty papers. The Best 50 award is judged using key performance indicators that relate to the organization’s raw resource use, emissions profile, social performance, safety performance and percentage of revenue from clean sources. “It was an honour to accept the Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens this year,” said David Marshall, Director, Sustainability – Governance, Strategy & Risk Management. “Paper Excellence Canada’s recently published sustainability report, New Horizons: 2023 Sustainability Report, demonstrates our commitment to transparent reporting, and the milestones we continue to achieve to make the Best 50 list.”
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Carbon Balanced Print Program Grows to 78 Member Companies

Sustainability is no longer just an option in today’s world – it's a necessity. As a result, a growing number of companies in the printing industry are taking significant strides to reduce their carbon footprint. One initiative leading this change is the Carbon Balanced Paper and Print program designed to offset carbon emissions of printing operations through the conservation efforts of World Land Trust (WLT). Globally, 78 printing companies have now carbon balanced their annual greenhouse gas emissions via the Carbon Balanced program. The program has been particularly successful in the UK and Ireland where 77 printers have signed up. The North American program, launched in late 2023, is gaining traction with the addition of its first printer, Hudson Printing from Salt Lake City. “Taking responsibility for our carbon impact was the natural next step, and we are thrilled to be part of the new Carbon Balanced Printer program in North America. Sustainability is important to the people at Hudson and important to our customers. While we work to reduce our carbon impact, we are delighted that our offset commitment supports the conservation efforts of World Land Trust,” says CEO and owner Paul Hudson.
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Google Researchers Warn AI Could Prompt ‘Distrust’ Of Information In Ads, Content (mediapost.com)

Google researchers warn in a report that "mass production of low quality, spam-like and nefarious synthetic content" created by AI may promote distrust of all digital information. The paper presents tactics in generative AI (GAI) misuse. The researchers observed and analyzed approximately 200 incidents of misuse reported between January 2023 and March 2024. The group identifies patterns such as potential motivations, strategies, and how attackers leverage and abuse system capabilities across images, text, audio, and video.
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Pregis Achieves Significant Milestones in 2023 Sustainability Report

Pregis® published its 2023 Sustainability Report highlighting its commitment to minimizing environmental impacts. The report details actions and results achieved in 2023, significantly advancing the company’s progress toward its 2K30 objectives. These goals are an extension of the Pregis Purpose to Protect, Preserve and Inspyre, which serve as the cornerstones of the company’s value system. Here are a few highlights from the 2023 Report: *Achieved 51% of revenues from products that are paper-based, bio-based, or made from a minimum of 30% recycled content *Achieved an 86% reduction in operational emissions intensity (scopes 1 and 2), surpassing the 25% reduction goal seven years ahead of schedule *Diverted 91% of its waste from landfill and incineration *Saved 748,806 trees from harvest through the Pregis EasyPack® 100% recycled paper portfolio *Attained International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certification for four facilities *Delivered over 450 hours of sustainability training to employees and 560 hours to customers
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Sappi awarded highest sustainability level by EcoVadis for six consecutive years

Sappi has again achieved the highest platinum level in EcoVadis’ sustainability rating across all three of its manufacturing regions – Europe, North America, and South Africa. In line with Sappi’s business strategy, the organisation has consistently focused on its priority SDGs and collaborated with all its stakeholders to deliver measurable and tangible progress. Sappi, a leading global provider of everyday materials made from woodfibre-based renewable resources, has again achieved Platinum, the highest rating in EcoVadis’ sustainability assessment across all three of its manufacturing regions – Europe, North America, and South Africa. Sappi continues to be among the top 1% of the companies worldwide rated by EcoVadis in the manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard category. In 2018-2019, Sappi received EcoVadis gold medal, which was the highest level until the Platinum category was introduced in 2020. Sappi’s global business strategy focuses on growing its business, enhancing trust, and driving collaboration and innovation as a sustainable, diversified global woodfibre group.
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With Fantasy on Fire, Print Book Sales Are Catching Up to 2023 (publishersweekly.com)

Books by Sarah J. Maas and Rebecca Yarros, among the bestselling books of 2024 so far, sparked a huge increase in the adult fantasy category and helped keep print sales roughly flat with the first half of 2023. Spurred by huge gains in the adult fantasy genre, unit sales of print books rose 1.1% in the second quarter of 2024 over the comparable period in 2023 at outlets that report to Circana BookScan. The second quarter increase was nearly enough to offset the 1.7% decline in the first quarter, putting unit sales down only 0.4% in the first half of the year.
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FSC and Esri strengthen partnership for innovation

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is pleased to announce its renewed partnership with world geospatial company, Esri. This is the third year of a large-scale collaboration aimed at integrating cutting-edge technology to advance global sustainable forest management. FSC has tapped into Esri’s in-kind support to bolster efforts to build out a comprehensive map of certified forests worldwide. In addition to increasing technological access for forest managers, it has enhanced monitoring of deforestation. “If you can’t map the forest, you can’t measure or track it,” says Scot McQueen, FSC’s Senior Technology Officer, who spearheaded the FSC-Esri partnership and recruited Esri to FSC’s Technology Consortium. Building on past successes, this ongoing collaboration will support FSC’s solutions for forest managers as they prepare to comply with the European Union Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR), set to take effect later this year. EUDR mandates comprehensive reporting requirements for forest-based products entering the market from late December 2024, including the need for geospatial data, traceability, and risk assessments.
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Public consultation: Austrian forest certification system

Stakeholders from around the world are invited to give feedback on the Austrian Forest Certification System. Deadline for comments is 6 September. Give your feedback. PEFC Austria revised the country’s national forest certification system to ensure its forest management standard is up-to-date and continues to meet stakeholder demands and expectations. The Austrian system was submitted to PEFC after being revised in line with PEFC requirements. The system is now undergoing the PEFC assessment process, carried out by an independent PEFC Registered Assessor. It must pass this assessment to maintain its PEFC endorsement. An important aspect of the assessment process is the public consultation. Over the sixty-day consultation, stakeholders from around the world can give their comments and provide feedback on any aspect of the system. The Registered Assessor will use the information received from this consultation in their assessment of the system.
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Deep Dive: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Explained (Atlantic Packaging)

If you have an interest in packaging policy or sustainable packaging, you have likely heard the term “EPR” or “extended producer responsibility.” But what exactly is EPR, and how will it ultimately affect the types of packaging we use? In this Deep Dive, we will explore the current EPR landscape in the U.S. and what is likely to come over the next several years. A note of caution: this article is intended as a general overview of packaging EPR with some basic advice for companies trying to navigate the new legislative landscape. It should not be taken as legal advice, and we highly recommend that companies who think they are regulated “producers” seek legal counsel to better understand their responsibilities. Introduction to EPR - Extended Producer Responsibility, or EPR, refers to a policy approach that shifts the responsibility for waste management of a given product from consumers/taxpayers and municipalities onto the producers of that product. Typically, the main goal of EPR is to minimize the environmental externalities of a product’s end of life – that is, minimize the unintended consequence of what happens to a product when we’re done with it. EPR prompts a society to start thinking on a large scale about where products end up when we’re done with them and how we can better manage them. EPR regulations are not new to the U.S. and have been around for over a decade to manage products like e-waste, mattresses, paint, tires, batteries, etc. Let’s take the example of paint. “Producers,” meaning paint manufacturers, are typically responsible for the paint up until the point where you, the consumer, purchase it. But there are some unintended consequences that come when you’re done with that paint can that likely has extra paint in it. While most paint is actually recyclable, many people throw it away or pour it down the drain, which can contaminate the environment with hazardous chemicals. Ultimately, consumers/taxpayers and the environment pay the costs to deal with this result, and paint companies don’t have an incentive to fix it.
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Light-weight materials, efficient production – How technological innovation shapes the future of food packaging

New technologies are enabling lighter packaging materials and greater resource efficiency, cutting down emissions and increasing competitiveness for consumer packaging based on renewable materials. Here’s a look at the advanced technology being utilised at Stora Enso’s new Packaging Materials production line at the Oulu Mill, in northern Finland. How can high-quality consumer packaging materials from renewable fibers be made as efficiently and sustainably as possible? This is an area Stora Enso has worked on for decades. With the launch of its new consumer board production line at the Oulu Mill in 2025, the company is taking yet another leap in finding the most advanced technological solutions to ensure the perfect combination of quality and efficiency for its packaging materials customers. This time, the results will especially benefit customers in the food packaging industry, as the production line will be specialised for high-quality food and beverage packaging materials.
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Color Ink Celebrates 40 Years with Retro ‘Reunion’ (piworld.com)

Forty years in business is something to be celebrated. For Sussex, Wisconsin-based Color Ink, which is a third-generation family business, its 40th anniversary marked an opportunity for the company to celebrate its history and the people who helped the company grow, including past and present employees, clients, and vendors. We reached out to company president Todd Meissner to find out more about its 40-year celebration — called "The Reunion" — and why it's important to acknowledge and celebrate important milestones in a company's history. Printing Impressions (PI): Can you give a brief history of Color Ink? Meissner: Founded in 1984 by visionary Jim Meissner, Color Ink Printing Company has left an indelible mark on the Wisconsin printing landscape. What began as a modest venture has blossomed into a distinguished company known for its commitment to innovation, precision, and creative expression.
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Volpak and Lecta Test Eco-Friendly Paper-Based Packaging Materials

Volpak, a Coesia company, specialized in horizontal form-fill-seal solutions for the packaging industry, and Lecta, a premier European manufacturer and distributor of specialty papers, have embarked on a collaborative project aimed at testing and validating sustainable materials for packaging applications. The partnership between Volpak and Lecta originated from a shared commitment to innovation and sustainability. With the packaging industry moving towards more environmentally friendly solutions, it is essential for manufacturers to adapt and innovate. Lecta, with its expertise in specialty papers, recognized the importance of collaborating with Volpak to ensure that these new materials can be effectively utilized on existing packaging machinery. This collaboration aims to bridge the gap between material innovation and practical application, ensuring that eco-friendly papers meet the operational requirements of modern packaging lines.
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Smurfit Westrock Makes Its Debut in New York and London

Smurfit Westrock plc, a global leader in sustainable packaging, is pleased to announce its primary listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), under the ticker ‘SW,’ following the completion of the previously announced combination of Smurfit Kappa and WestRock on July 5, 2024. The company also has a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) under the ticker ‘SWR’. Smurfit Westrock, operating in 40 countries and tapping into the expertise of over 100,000 people, has a unique and unrivaled ability to provide its customers with the most diverse, innovative and sustainable range of renewable and recyclable packaging solutions.
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Hood Container Corporation Announces Agreement to Purchase Louisville, KY based Independent II, LLC

Hood Container Corporation announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy the packaging assets of Independent II in Louisville, KY. Independent II’s assets will complement Hood Container’s footprint and create greater converting capacity for Hood Container in the increasingly important Kentucky and Ohio region. The transaction is expected to close in the near future. Charlie Hodges, President and COO of Hood Container Corporation, commented, “Independent II adds impressive assets and capabilities to Hood Container’s current portfolio. Additionally, its location allows increased presence and growth in markets we currently serve. We are excited to add these capabilities to Hood’s offerings to better serve and care for Hood’s and I2’s existing and new customers.” Neil MacDonald, CEO of Independent II commended “I2’s team is excited to join the Hood Container family and looks forward to continuing the mission that I2 started 18 years ago to be the premier supplier of corrugated packaging in the greater Louisville area. We look forward to assisting Hood Container in reaching the full potential of I2’s state-of-the-art assets and in continuing to provide quality products and services to our customers.”
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Lecta commits to renewable gas and moves forward with its decarbonization plan

Lecta is pleased to announce an agreement with Naturgy, a multinational energy group, for the supply of renewable gas that will contribute to the decarbonization of its manufacturing activity. Biomethane gas, a renewable gas obtained from the treatment of different types of waste with properties similar to those of natural gas, will now be used as an energy source in Lecta's Spanish mills in Leitza (Navarra) and Zaragoza. The renewable gas supplied by Naturgy has certified guarantees of origin and sustainability tests that assure Lecta of the reduction of emissions derived from our industrial activity and the fulfillment of the sustainability commi​tments set in our 2030 Agenda. Lecta is firmly committed to sustainability, energy efficiency and decarbonization. This collaborative effort and commitment to the use of renewable energy is one more step the company has taken towards protecting the environment, combating climate change and promoting the circular economy.
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Meet Curby®: The Innovative Packaging That’s Both Recyclable and Reliable

In today's eco-conscious world, the pursuit of sustainable solutions permeates every aspect of our lives, including packaging. Enter Curby® – a revolutionary packaging solution that marries the principles of recyclability and reliability like never before. In this blog, we'll delve into what Curby is, why it's making waves in the packaging industry, and how it's reshaping the future of sustainable packaging. Curby represents a paradigm shift in packaging design. Unlike traditional packaging materials that often end up in landfills or pollute the environment, Curby is designed with curbside recyclability at its core. Made from innovative materials sourced from renewable resources, Curby is not only eco-friendly but also highly durable and reliable. The Features that Set Curby Apart: 1 - Recyclability: At the heart of Curby's design is its commitment to recyclability. IPG’s Curby packaging products are engineered with a focus on curbside recyclability, ensuring that they can be efficiently processed in existing recycling streams. 2 - Durability: IPG's Curby packaging solutions offer exceptional durability, providing reliable protection for a wide range of products. 3 - Versatility: IPG offers a diverse range of Curby packaging products tailored to meet the unique needs of different industries.
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Political Ad Spending Estimated To Climb To $10.7B: Analyst

A new 2023-2024 estimate projects political advertising revenues will rise to $10.7 billion -- up from an earlier estimate of $10.2 billion, according to AdImpact. This total would show 19% growth versus the 2019-2020 Presidential political advertising period, when political ad revenue totaled $9.02 billion. The advertising research company says this breaks down to broadcast platforms (local and national) estimated at $5.35 billion, with local cable TV systems at $1.93 billion, connected TV at $1.51 billion and digital media at $1.12 billion.
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Times Media Group Purchases California Titles From Century Group Media

Times Media Group has acquired the Record Gazette and Sun Lakes Life, from Century Group Media, effective June 30. The terms were not disclosed. Also included in the deal were Redlands Community News, Fontana Herald News and Yucaipa and Calimesa News Mirror, Record Gazette reports. The weekly publications serve the San Bernardino/Riverside area of California’s Inland Empire. Times Media Group is based in Tempe, Arizona.
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On the path to EUDR alignment: watch the webinar recording

The webinar focused on the advances we have made in aligning our sustainable forest management and chain of custody standards with EUDR requirements and looked at the vital data and integrity elements. Our PEFC experts Marta Martínez Pardo (Chain of Custody), Rob Shaw (Data and Integrity), Hubert Inhaizer (Sustainable Forest Management), and Maja Drca (EU Affairs) discussed PEFC's agile approach to aligning with EUDR guidelines by the end of the year. Marta introduced the PEFC EUDR Due Diligence System which is currently undergoing approval by the PEFC General Assembly and is expected to be finalised by late July. Rob discussed PEFC's strategy on data management. Hubert addressed the modification proposals to PEFC's Sustainable Forest Management standard, developed for harmonisation with EU frameworks like the EUDR.
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Colbert Packaging Invests in Longest RMGT Press Built in North America

Colbert Packaging Corporation­­ announces new printing capabilities for pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer packaged goods manufacturers seeking a U.S. owned and operated supplier for paperboard packaging. Working with RM Machinery, Colbert announces the purchase of an RMGT 1060TP-LX 10-CC-LD+UV. The unique configuration of the press allows for multiple colors, coatings and cold foil enhancement inline. Jobs requiring multiple colors, coatings and cold foils are now able to be produced on this press. Various types of specialty coatings and enhancements can take two or three passes on a traditional printing press. This press accomplishes complex and unique graphics, resulting in elegant packaging solutions customers look for today—in one pass. The award-winning design of RMGT’s tandem perfector also provides the ability to print up to two colors on the inside of the carton, still in one pass through the press. This brings efficiency, convenience and potential cost savings to the project.
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ePac Flexible Packaging Sets Strategy for Continued Double-Digit Growth

ePac Flexible Packaging, founded in 2016 as the world’s first all-digital flexible packaging company, just turned 8 years old in May of this year. So it’s fair to ask: How is ePac doing with its disruptive business model? From 2016 through 2022 ePac consistently grew 50 -100% per year. In 2023 ePac’s growth slowed, but units produced still increased 30% over 2022 as new customer acquisition remained strong. Today, ePac is an international company with ~$200M in sales. In 2023, and still in 2024, the flexible packaging industry came under significant financial pressure caused by a myriad of factors including inflation, higher interest rates, supply chain issues, emergence from COVID 19, and the availability of capital. The industry, in general, saw top line sales decline and underlying costs increase. ePac responded with a reassessment of its strategy, and took several key steps to mitigate what was/is happening industry-wide.
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Unveiling FlexiBag Reinforced – Mondi’s cost-effective next generation of recyclable packaging

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, is launching the latest addition to its popular portfolio of sustainable pre-made plastic bags - FlexiBag Reinforced: a range of innovative mono-PE-based, recyclable packaging solutions with improved mechanical properties. Contributing to a circular economy, the FlexiBag Reinforced range is recyclable where collection facilities and recycling systems for PE films are in place. The bags have been created in-house by Mondi, leveraging its integrated value chain. This means the solutions can be tailored to different customers’ specific needs more cost-effectively. Improved mechanical properties make the bag superior to previous versions – better puncture resistance, stiffness and sealability are guaranteed. The level of barrier protection can be adjusted, providing medium to high barriers against fat, oxygen and moisture while keeping the content fresh - making it ideal for the pet food industry. With FlexiBag Reinforced, Mondi proactively meets future regulative requirements: a customised percentage of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content can be added (based on mass-balance), significantly reducing the use of virgin plastics and promoting material efficiency by keeping materials in circulation.
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RafCycle: a circular solution for recycling label liner waste

Labels are an essential part of a packaging from food and beverage to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, but labeling also generates waste. The label release liner, the thin layer of paper or plastic that protects the adhesive side of the label, is often discarded after use. That is why we have developed a circular solution called RafCycle™ by UPM Raflatac, a recycling service that allows our customers to turn their label liner waste into new raw materials. The service was first introduced in 2010 and has since grown to include over 440 partners worldwide. RafCycle holds a new certificate of validity from leading international assurance service provider, DEKRA. This certification validates the reliability of the CO2 impact assessments provided by RafCycle in Europe and the US. We collect the label liner waste from our customers and brand owners, arranging a pickup for the waste and handling its transformation into new products. The service helps our customers avoid incineration or landfill disposal methods, save costs and improve their brand image.
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ThriftBooks launches BuyBack program (chainstoreage.com)

One of the largest online book retailers is launching a new program for customers to sell their books and help promote sustainability. ThriftBooks Global’s new BuyBack program offers customers a convenient way to sell their books directly to ThriftBooks and earn extra money or store credit from the books collecting dust on their bookshelves. The ThriftBooks’ BuyBack program encourages sustainability, giving old books a second life. The e-tailer says it accepts high-demand books based on its inventory needs, provided the books are in good condition. Books must be clean, free from water damage and missing pages, with the spine intact, though showing some wear is acceptable.
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PRC Questions the Reliability of USPS Service Performance Measurement System

The Postal Regulatory Commission has opened an inquiry into the Postal Service’s internal Service Performance Measurement (SPM) system for Market Dominant mail products. The Commission’s goal in this proceeding is to address concerns that the SPM may not accurately represent customer experience in the current environment. The Commission intends to carefully examine how measurements reported by the SPM are derived and whether the SPM is currently producing accurate, reliable, and representative results as the law requires. If the Commission’s review reveals that the SPM is not producing accurate, reliable, and representative results, the Commission would identify changes to the SPM to align it with legal requirements.
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Postal Regulator Releases Report Evaluating USPS FY 2023 Performance Report and FY 2024 Performance Plan

The Commission’s in-depth analysis reviewed the Postal Service’s four performance goals: 1) High-Quality Service, 2) Excellent Customer Experience, 3) Safe Workplace and Engaged Workforce, and 4) Financial Health. Overall, in FY 2023, the Postal Service did not meet any of its performance goals. Specifically, *The Postal Service did not meet six of eight public performance indicators for the High-Quality Service performance goal, which measures on-time delivery of mail and packages. *The Postal Service did not meet three of the eight performance indicators for the Excellent Customer Experience performance goal, which measures customer satisfaction. *The Postal Service did not meet any of the performance indicators for the Safe Workplace and Engaged Workforce and Financial Health performance goals.
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Small Press Community Slowly Builds Back after SPD Failure (publishersweekly.com)

A little more than three months after Small Press Distribution abruptly closed, leaving some 400 independent presses without a trade distributor, publishers and distributors alike are moving forward even as damage assessment continues. Approximately 25% of the stranded publishers have found new distributors: Asterism Books has signed about 80 presses, Itasca Books has onboarded 21, and Independent Publishers Group has taken on 11. An informal deadline of June 30 had previously been set for publishers to remove their inventory from Ingram Content Group and Publisher Storage and Shipping warehouses, to which SPD had sent their books as part of a failed plan to reinvent the distributor. Pam Nuffer, director of sales and marketing for PSSC, said that about 75% of the publishers who have inventory with them have provided PSSC with instructions on where their inventory should be shipped, and that PSSC has already shipped out about half of the books.
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New FSC Interim Forest Stewardship Standard for Poland offers better protection for ecosystems and old-growth forests

A new standard for Poland updates guidance for forest management. It focuses on the protection of rare ecosystems and old-growth forests. Labour rights for forest workers will help to ensure social benefits for forest communities. Overall, the new standard seeks to keep Poland’s forests and all the resources they provide sustainable into the future. The standard becomes effective on 1 October 2024. About one third of Poland is forested, and just over 80 per cent of that is in public ownership. These forests are rich in biodiversity as well as being home to iconic species such as European bison, brown bear, lynx, and wolves. FSC certification has guided forest management in Poland for more than 25 years, but the FSC National Forest Management Standard needed to be brought up to date to reflect the FSC International Principles and Criteria.
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Public consultation: Thai forest certification system

Stakeholders from around the world are invited to give feedback on the Thai Forest Certification System. Deadline for comments is 31 August. Give your feedback. The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) revised the country’s national forest certification system to ensure its forest management standard is up-to-date and continues to meet stakeholder demands and expectations. The revised system also includes a new standard for Trees outside Forests (TOF) certification. The Thai system was submitted to PEFC after being revised in line with PEFC requirements. The system is now undergoing the PEFC assessment process, carried out by an independent PEFC Registered Assessor. It must pass this assessment to maintain its PEFC endorsement.
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Sourcing, Producing & Recycling Paper Across the U.S.

For more than 30 years, Pratt has been sourcing, producing and recycling paper in the U.S. We are proud to have built six 100% recycled paper mills in America, taking recovered fiber from old corrugated containers and mixed paper materials and turning it into new rolls of paper. The feedstock for our 100% recycled paper mills largely comes from businesses and homes across the country. “We receive material from major metro areas east of Denver, Colorado,” says Shawn State, President of Pratt Recycling, Inc. This includes New York City, where our Staten Island Recycling facility receives post-consumer waste paper from all 5 boroughs. The recovered waste paper is picked up by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and delivered to Pratt daily by both barges and trucks. Other metro areas that we source fiber include: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Nashville and Orlando among many others.
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M13 Graphics to Install Landa S10P Nanographic Digital Press

M13 Graphics, a leading online printer, has chosen a Landa Digital Printing Nanographic Printing Press to take on production of the company’s large portfolio of print products, M13 and Landa announced. M13 serves as an online printer for tens of thousands of customers nationwide and has printed several billion impressions since its opening in 2002. Moving jobs to the Landa will allow M13 to offer higher commercial-level quality, options including unlimited paper choices and inline coating, and expanded applications such as EPID and variable. The new capabilities will strengthen M13’s existing, competitive advantages in quality, cost and turnaround times.
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GreenFirst Announces Plan to Spin-Out Kap Corporation

GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. announces that it intends to complete a spin-out transaction of Kap Corporation, whereby the shares of Kap will be held directly by the shareholders of the Company. The Spin-out is expected to be completed in Q4 2024. GreenFirst will hold a shareholder meeting on September 12, 2024, where shareholders will be able to vote on the Spin-out. The record date for shareholders entitled to vote at the Meeting will be August 8, 2024. The Spin-out of Kap is part of the natural progression of the decentralization and deconsolidation of the newsprint mill that was originally disclosed by GreenFirst in the Fall of 2023. The Spin-out will enable GreenFirst to focus on its core business of being a pure-play lumber producer, offering shareholders a stake in any future upside from the development of Kap. Under the new structure, Kap will be able to explore numerous possibilities that were not feasible under the original GreenFirst ownership structure. As a separate company, Kap will consider independent financing alternatives and partnerships in the future. Kap Paper Inc. is the only chip consuming facility in Northeastern Ontario and the Spin-out provides Kap Paper with the potential to pursue new opportunities to support the green economy as part of a broader Northern Ontario forest strategy.
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ANDRITZ to supply world’s largest lignin production system to Södra pulp mill in Sweden

Swedish forest industry group Södra has selected international technology group ANDRITZ to supply a complete solution for kraft lignin production to its Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden. This major investment marks Södra’s entry into the lignin market as part of its strategy to make the most of the wood used in pulp production. This will be the first commercial kraft lignin plant in Sweden and the largest in the world. Kraft lignin is a by-product of pulp production for paper. Today it is used in pulp mills to generate energy. However, it can also be used as a renewable resource to replace fossil-based materials in the chemical industry or form the basis for new biofuels.
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FSC Aligned Certification for EUDR and system-wide changes now live

The FSC Regulatory Module and FSC Risk Assessment Framework comprise FSC Aligned Certification for EUDR, along with system-wide updates to operationalize these changes and align with the intention of the Policy to Address Conversion. The launch of these requirements ensures that our certification system remains robust and relevant in the evolving regulatory landscape. The Risk Assessment Framework and other system-wide changes are also applicable for Certificate Holders not affected by EUDR. This new voluntary add-on module FSC-STD-01-004 FSC Regulatory Module supports EUDR compliance by providing additional requirements for Forest Management, Chain of Custody, and Controlled Wood Certification as well as accreditation requirements. It is designed to help companies use their FSC certification to meet EUDR’s stringent requirements by taking the guesswork out of what is required on top of FSC certification. The module outlines robust due diligence systems, conducting thorough risk assessments with FSC’s Risk Assessment Framework, and maintaining transparent supply chain documentation.
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Monadnock Paper Mills Redefines Sustainable Giving with 100% Post – Consumer Waste Gift Card Solution

In today’s retail landscape, gift cards are a popular staple of modern shopping experiences for busy consumers. However, this convenience comes at a considerable environmental cost. According to the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), nearly 30 billion plastic cards are produced globally each year. More than 70% of gift cards are used and discarded within just six months – quickly becoming part of the estimated 53 million tons of plastic waste that either accumulates in landfills, undergoes incineration, or requires energy-intensive recycling processes. Given that the total capacity of the U.S.’s ten chemical-recycling plants is only 456,000 tons per year, it’s evident there is a drastic shortfall in handling this waste sustainably. These facts point to the need for a more sustainable gift card solution – Monadnock Paper Mills has the answer. Leveraging this deep expertise, Monadnock presents its innovative response to the environmental challenges posed by traditional plastic gift cards: Envi PC 100 Card.
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Dermody Properties Breaks Ground on LogistiCenter℠ at Pleasant Prairie

Dermody Properties—a diversified private equity investment management company focused exclusively on the national logistics real estate sector—is pleased to announce that WestRock, a global leader in sustainable packaging, has signed a build-to-suit lease at LogistiCenter℠ at Pleasant Prairie. WestRock is establishing a Great Lakes regional corrugated operations hub and will require more than 580,000 square feet within Wisconsin’s newest rail-served logistics park. “We are pleased that WestRock is entrusting Dermody Properties to build its advanced manufacturing facility in southeast Wisconsin,” said Neal Driscoll, Midwest Region Partner at Dermody Properties. “We could not have scripted a better partner to kick off the park, and we look forward to working closely with WestRock and the Village of Pleasant Prairie to complete what we believe will be a best-in-class project.” The Village of Pleasant Prairie sits at the southern doorstep of Wisconsin and has witnessed considerable expansion in the past decade as local companies have grown. Businesses have been attracted to the state’s friendly business climate, availability of labor and high quality of living. LogistiCenter℠ at Pleasant Prairie—Wisconsin’s only rail-served, build-to-suit logistics park—is part of Dermody Properties’ growing portfolio in the thriving Midwest market.
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