News Ticker – May 18, 2010

Food CPGs are big on flexible packaging, standup pouches: PMMI
A new survey by the Packaging Mchy. Mfrs. Institute shows food consumer packaged-goods companies are hot on flexible packaging. Among the stats: The largest market for flex packs is food (retail and institutional) at 54% of shipments. The standup pouch is the most popular choice by 59% of responding companies predicting increased usage of flexible packaging. Of the 20 food companies participating, half predict increased usage of flexible packaging—a higher rate than the other industries represented in the report. A warning: Forty-five percent indicate they have already reached their level of flex-pack use for the next 12 months. More info

Tetra Pak to convert 14 billion Chinese FSC-labeled cartons in 2011
As part of the effort, it will debut aseptic cartons bearing the label of the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC) in China starting in July 2010. Production is expected to reach 2 billion this year, with a goal of 14 billion FSC-labeled Tetra Pak packages sold in China in 2011. On the raw-material front, Tetra Pak will work closely with paperboard suppliers to ensure that all supply comes from known and acceptable sources.

Charter Films promotes Beuning to vp-sales and marketing
The Superior, WI, maker of blown films for packaging has promoted Brian Beuning to vice president of sales and marketing. “Brian is an important part of the success of Charter,” says Chris Trapp, Charter president/CEO. “Brian came to us five years ago from the resin industry where he was a key supplier to us at Huntsman Polymers. His direction and leadership in sales and marketing has led to this well-deserved promotion.” More info

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