Novolex Receives Additional SQF Food Safety Certifications

Novolex™ received Safe Quality Food (SQF) third party certifications for production of food packaging materials manufactured at facilities in Alsip, Ill., Orangeville, Ont. (Canada) and Chicago. SQF certifications were obtained for the first time at the Alsip facility, which manufactures packaging under the Duro® Bag brand; and at the Orangevillefacility, which manufactures a number of products including those sold under the Shields® brand. Two Chicago facilities that manufacture Bagcraft® products and the company’s line of General PackagingTM products received their annual SQF Food Safety Level (formerly Level 2) recertifications. SQF is a widely recognized standard used to qualify manufacturers of materials used in the production and packaging of food and is part of a broader framework of food industry standards under the Global Food Safety Initiative. “We’re excited to add the Alsip and Orangeville plants to our list of SQF certified facilities,” said Ben Mascarello, Chief Operating Officer at Novolex. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Change Is on the Horizon

On Aug. 1, Amazon will launch an expanded version of its Frustration Free PackagingTM program, which calls for all items larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by eight inches or weighing 20 pounds or more to be certified as ready to ship. The new stricter requirements are spurring significant changes to retailers' packaging. “From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August.” This famous quote advising against an August launch date for new products or initiatives is just another example of Amazon rewriting the rules for retail on its own clock. That means products can be shipped in their original packaging and don’t require a shipping box or additional packaging materials, which is also referred to as ‘ship in own container’ or SIOC. Vendors that fail to comply with these requirements will be charged $1.99 per unit by Amazon. Click Read More below for additional information.
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WestRock Honored for Outstanding Merchandising Achievement at GlobalShop 2019

The OMA Awards are included within the 2019 Shop! Awards Celebration , which recognizes the industry’s best new designs in retail environments and experiences. The competition is presented by Shop!, a global trade association dedicated to enhancing retail environments and experiences. “In this highly dynamic environment, the bar is higher for brands and retailers to deliver differentiated merchandising experiences that attract and engage shoppers and convert them to purchase,” said Pete Durette , chief strategy officer and executive vice president for container at WestRock. “Congratulations to our highly talented Merchandising Displays team for bringing these innovative solutions to market for our customers!” WestRock earned four gold awards, six silver awards, nine bronze awards and a distinguished Budget Award for maximizing resources in a creative and impactful way. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Inteplast Expands Stretch Film Capacity with Indiana Acquisition

Inteplast Group’s AmTopp division will increase its stretch film manufacturing capacity by adding two cast film extrusion lines in its newly acquired facility in Remington, Indiana. This expansion will add 60 million pounds to Inteplast’s current 385 million pound capacity throughout its other locations in Lolita and Houston, TX; Charlotte, NC; and Phoenix, AZ, bringing its total name plate capacity to 445 million pounds. The official date for the acquisition is June 27, 2019. Homer Hsieh, AmTopp Division President, noted, “We have always been grateful for our customers' continued support and the market's acceptance of our stretch film products. As we work constantly to refine our products and services, these investments demonstrate our commitment to our customers and the stretch film market. We will always endeavor to provide the best value.” Click Read More below for additional information.
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Pregis’ Sharp poly bags receive approval for How2Recycle program labeling

The latest addition to the How2Recycle program are poly bags marketed under the Sharp Packaging by Pregis brand. These versatile polyethylene-based film bags come in a variety of options including mailer bags that are frequently used in e-commerce applications to package clothing. Sharp poly bags will be printed with How2Recycle’s “Plastic Bag Store Drop-Off” label. This means consumers can place their used packaging in collection bins located at stores that participate in the program, regardless of where the materials originated. A few of the well-known participating retailers include Target, Walmart, Kohl’s and Whole Foods Market. The label also includes How2Recycle’s website where consumers can type in their zip code to find nearby stores that will accept the material. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Private Equity Firm Finalizes Multi-Color Corp. Acquisition, Combines With WS Packaging (piworld.com)

Many printers may not be familiar with Platinum Equity, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based private equity investment firm founded in 1995 that now has approximately $13 billion of assets and a wide-ranging global portfolio of approximately 40 operating companies, including several with ties to the printing industry. It just completed its latest acquisition on July 1, 2019, by finalizing the purchase of Cincinnati-based Multi-Color Corp. and merging it with a subsidiary of WS Packaging, another label and packaging solutions provider it purchased in February 2018. The combined company, which will be known as Multi-Color Corp. and headquartered in Cincinnati, is a $2.2 billion enterprise with 86 plants in 26 countries and more than 10,000 global employees. WS Packaging is now a business unit of Multi-Color, but will continue to maintain its own management team, sales force, production plants, and headquarters in Green Bay, Wis. Multi-Color Corp. is a label solutions provider of pressure-sensitive, in-mold, shrink sleeve, wraps, cut and stack, heat transfer, durables and aluminum foils for home and personal care, wine and spirits, food and beverage, health care, and specialty consumer products. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Aurelius sells Solidus Solutions for €330 million

Aurelius Equity Opportunities has agreed to sell its subsidiary Solidus Solutions to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners L.P. for an enterprise value of approximately €330 million. Solidus is a leading European producer of sustainable fibre based packaging solutions for food, beverage and horticulture, consumer goods and industrial applications. Aurelius acquired Solidus in 2015 as a carve out from Smurfit Kappa Group, which was looking to divest its solid board and graphical board production mills, converters and sales offices across the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. Whilst modestly profitable, the company was no longer core to Smurfit Kappa Group’s strategy. Solidus required immediate focus and investment to put the business onto a standalone basis and improve its performance. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs intensify innovation collaboration

The demand for sustainable packaging among consumers and brand owners all over the world is growing at an exponential rate, which in many cases drives a strong need to replace plastic packaging. Strong partnerships are required to bring about the development and innovation needed to meet this demand. A good reason for Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs to intensify their successful collaboration. “Developing sustainable packaging solutions is an urgent and challenging topic. New solutions must be sustainable and at the same time ensure efficient processing. By combining the expertise of BillerudKorsnäs in the field of paper-based packaging material with our technological know-how, we will be able to answer both challenges,” says Dr Stefan König, president of Bosch Packaging Technology. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Ahlstrom-Munksjö receives OK compost certification for its Coralpack grease resistant wrapping papers

OK compost HOME and OK compost INDUSTRIAL certifications confirm that Coralpack™ grease resistant papers can be composted at home and in an industrial facility. Compostable food wrapping materials are an example of how sustainable solutions can contribute in reducing the environmental impact of packaging waste. This certification will facilitate the possibility for Ahlstrom-Munksjö customers, whether converters or brand owners, to obtain the OK compost Label for their final products. The OK compost Label is internationally recognized according to the EU standard EN13432. All tests have been carried out with a strict independent laboratory certified and accredited to ISO 17025. “We are extremely proud of this OK compost certification. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is one of the first companies to obtain this certification for its customers using grease resistant wrapping papers. This initiative is perfectly aligned with Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s ambition to develop solutions for a more sustainable everyday life.” comments Raphaël Bardet, Head of Business Line, Food, Specialties Business Area. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Metsä Board to establish faster availability for white kraftliners

Metsä Board has announced the start of a new WKL Common Stock Service to help streamline and enhance the order-delivery processes of white kraftliners in continental Europe. As part of the commitment to develop customer focused services, Metsä Board has created this new service to improve the availability of white kraftliners and help corrugated converters be more responsive and competitive. The new Common Stock service, which was started in March, provides the converters with easy access and reliable availability to ready-made standard white kraftliner reels from Metsä Board’s warehouse in Lübeck. This service enables a genuine just-in-time delivery service based upon improved availability of local stock. It includes a comprehensive fixed offering consisting of industry standard specifications and stock items, optimised to market requirements. Click Read More below for additional information.
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