US demand for foodservice packaging to reach $7.9 billion in 2014
Despite recession-related cocooning and more Americans preparing meals at home, demand for foodservice packaging is still forecasted to climb 2.5 percent/yr to $7.9 billion in 2014, says a just-released Freedonia Group study. Flexible-packaging demand will outpace rigid, advancing 3.3 percent/yr to reach $3.6 billion four years hence. Pouches are expected to post the fastest gains of all flexible foodservice-packaging types; bags and sacks will remain the leading flexible packaging format in foodservice uses.
Fredman Bag wins fourth PIW Award for Best Flexo—Wide Web
The Milwaukee flexible-packaging printer/converter scored its fourth consecutive win recently in the Printing Industries of Wisconsin Graphic Excellence Awards. Judged on technical printing excellence, Fredman Bag took the award for Best of Category: Flexo—Wide Web for its Great Value 85/15 100% Pure Beef Burgers reclosable zipper bag. Competition-wide, there were more than 800 entries in 84 categories.
A fifth-generation, family-owned business, Fredman Bag employs nearly 100 people in its non-union plant. Operations, which are 24/5 minimally, include printing and converting of flex-pack materials for customers in the retail and institutional food, hardware/housewares, and lawn and garden industries. More info
Ultimate Packaging, Kodak partnership demos digital flexo
As one of the UK’s leading flexographic printers, Ultimate Packaging is achieving significant success using the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System. The converter, which recently won a European Flexographic Technical Assn. gold award for “Best First Time Entrant” for its Young’s Seafood project, demonstrated samples at Kodak’s IPEX 2010 booth last week. The company employs the new Kodak DIGICAP NX Screening, designed specifically with flexible packaging in mind. Says Chris Tonge, sales/marketing mgr. for Ultimate Packaging, “With FLEXCEL NX plates, [we] can…achieve the print quality and consistency of gravure with all the convenience and flexibility of flexography.”
Rotometrics to begin manufacturing in Thailand
The St. Louis-based rotary-die maker will expand its investment in Asia by adding a manufacturing facility to complete its full-service location in Bangkok, Thailand. RotoMetrics SE Asia opened in Thailand in March 2009 with sales and repair support. Production is expected to begin later this year. More info
PPC Folding Carton Boot Camp converts success
Nineteen people from 13 states attended the recent Paperboard Packaging Council workshop. The program, which mirrors the packaging production process, covered coatings, prepress, CAD, layout, graphics, presses, tooling, embossing, stamping, stripping, finishing, gluing, windowing, and automatic packaging equipment. The next Folding Carton Boot Camp: Dec. 7-8. More info