Food and Beverage Packaging Blog

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Food and Beverage Packaging editors and invited bloggers discuss industry trends, innovative new packages and offer a closer look at packaging issues.

OEE and changeover

My June column discussed Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and its importance. This month I want to address one of major causes of low OEE.
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For new products, packaging is the main message

For retail buyers and category managers, the packaging of a new product is one of many factors that have to be considered, but one that has special meaning: It’s the attribute that projects the product’s message. And if it doesn’t do that effectively, the product probably won’t fly.
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Selfish, ignore-the-pack ideas brew packaged success

Six years ago, we launched our "Canned Beer Apocalypse" with a table-top machine (and a very optimistic title) that sealed one can of beer at a time.
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One more ball

Like the proverbial squeaky wheel, the sagging economy is starting to demand our attention-and action. And the packaging community is responding.
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Consumers compliment and criticize current closures

We asked shoppers to share their feelings about closures on food and beverage packages. Based on their answers, we’ve grouped them into four types: Appreciators, Ping-Pongs, Avoiders and Questioners.
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IGA: Labeling to compete in a tough retail climate

IGA USA (Independent Grocers Alliance)-the world’s largest voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $21 billion per year-provides its retailers with an extensive and sophisticated private-label program. And the labels are a major component of its branding process. What’s interesting is that the organization’s label designers, under the direction of Dave Bennett, IGA senior vice president of procurement and private brands, are rigorously applying three straightforward criteria to make this label program pack the punch it needs.
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Why and how to track OEE

If you work in manufacturing, you’ve heard the term “Overall Equipment Effectiveness” or its acronym “OEE.” Although widely used, I have found that many people don’t know what it is. Fewer understand it.
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BAD economy? Spend money on machinery!

As the economy sputters and consumers dig in, instead of hoarding your capital equipment dollars, now might be the best time to buy packaging machinery. Here’s why:The Economic Stimulus Act
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I'll take omnipotence for $200, Alex

One great ice-breaker among food and beverage industry execs is to talk about the calls they’ve received from people who want to break into the business. I’m sure you and/or your colleagues have fielded them; magazines get them, too. I’m talking about the guy whose mother-in-law makes this great beef stew, and it would sell like wildfire if they could just get it into the supermarkets.
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Lisa and Meat Packages: A Qualitative Study

The meat industry is facing widespread challenges. People are being advised to eat less of it for health reasons. Plus safety questions about antibiotics, hormones, e-coli and now cloning have consumers a bit on edge.
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