• Neil says..

    Neil says..

    Neil Farmer discusses the beauty and personal care market packaging innovations now being driven by sustainability The beauty and personal care market, worth more than $23 billion, is exhibiting important developments in sustainable packaging and eco-friendly solutions. It is forecast that the global market will be worth $28 billion by 2018/19, driven by growth in

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  • Designer’s Den

    Designer’s Den

    Jo Saker discusses why it may be time to recapture the real meaning of ‘Artisan’ Our supermarket shelves and fast food outlets are full of brands and products claiming artisan credentials but has the use of the term become so pervasive that it no longer seems meaningful? At one end we have skilled craftsmen, making

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  • Neil says..

    Neil says..

    Neil farmer discusses why mergers and acquisitions are good news for the internation FMCG packaging industry …   Over the past year I have observed with interest the spate of merger and acquisition activity in the consumer goods packaging sector. The deal that caught the eye was the purchase by RPC Group of the international closures

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  • Taking the cold out of frozen

    Taking the cold out of frozen

    Jo Saker poses the question: Is frozen food even better than chilled? For many of us, frozen food conjures up images of the 1970, when boil-in-the-bag fish, party vol-au-vents and black forest gateau were all the rage. Since then, there’s a certain amount of anti-frozen snobbery that’s stuck around. Sure, it’s convenient and cheaper, but frozen

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  • The security of knowledge

    The security of knowledge

    Ivan Gosling explains why Security labels need not be the bane of your life  In an ideal world, retailers and brand owners would like to display all of their products openly in-store. It’s proven to improve customer engagement and ultimately increases sales. But with items like razor blades, fresh meat, cheese and cosmetics all easy

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  • Neil says..

    Neil says..

    Neil Farmer discusses the emerging markets slowdown and why it isn’t all bad news for the industry … Over the past six years I have visited many emerging world economies and seen first-hand the developments in their packaging industries. In China, for example, I witnessed huge investment in infrastructure, new operations and new technology expansion, and

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  • The Last Word

    The Last Word

    ‘A Hybrid of Inconvenience’ by Martin Leeming, CEO of TrakRap   Evidence shows that reliance on the traditional weekly ‘big shop’ is diminishing and shoppers are instead making regular, often daily, visits to smaller convenience stores to meet the demands of increasingly busy lifestyles. Convenience stores are set to increase by 22% to £20.2bn by 2020, ‘meal

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  • Packaging Notions

    Packaging Notions

    Keith Barnes, Chairman The Packaging Society, looks back at recent packaging shows and exhibitions and what we can learn from them Now the exhibition season is more than half way through, it’s a good time to take stock. Packaging activity is still moving forward at a terrific pace, with many new seminars and conferences on offer

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  • Designer’s Den

    Designer’s Den

    Kate Fischer, our new columnist, looks at The ins and outs of beauty packaging and what it can teach us Beauty is a fascinating category. It’s highly personal, dealing with what we’re most particular about – our hair, face and body. So consumers take extra care when choosing products and are willing to pay a

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