It’s an odd-numbered year, which means it’s an ICE USA year. The biennial trade show returns to Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center from April 25-27. The following week, about 2,000 miles west, FTA InfoFlex will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center May 1-2.
“If there’s something that we see as a market opportunity or a customer need, we look to develop that capability in house, so we have the control of quality, delivery and cost,” says Joe Imburgia, general manager of operations at Packaging Personified.
The FDA has set July 2018 as the deadline for food manufacturers and brands to be in compliance with new nutrition labeling requirements. For companies with large product portfolios, the requirements can affect thousands of different labels.
The global economic impact of counterfeit goods has reached an estimate of $1.7 trillion, according to the International Chamber of Commerce, so if you have a brand or product on the market, you’re going to want to protect it.
The FPA State of the Industry presentation and report is based on data collected from FPA member surveys, an industry-wide converter survey (non-member), the U.S. Census Bureau, and third party research.
New FPA President and CEO, Alison Keane, Esq. took the stage at the recent FPA Annual Meeting to discuss FPA’s Advocacy Program. There are potential threats facing the flexible packaging industry, she said.
Is there a need for end-of-life strategy for flexible packaging? Absolutely! “We must increase the recovery and value capture for flexible packaging,” according to Jeff Wooster, Global Sustainability Director, The Dow Chemical Company.
The total global flexible packaging market is estimated to be $86 billion, an increase of 2.5% from 2015, according to Jan Homan, Chairman, Flexible Packaging Europe & Member, Supervisory Board, Constantia Flexibles.
As the science around flexible packaging ink and material has changed, so have the expectations of consumers. Their growing demands for environmentally responsible packaging, coupled with tightening government regulation, has flexible food packaging manufacturers hungering for sustainable solutions.