Pet Food Packaging

MOCON establishes permeation testing laboratory network

Network of seven labs worldwide will provide affordable permeation testing services
MOCON Inc. has established a global network of MOCON-certified permeation testing laboratories to provide independent material and package performance verification, regardless of location, for petfood products. Currently, the company has certified seven laboratories in North America, Europe and Asia, at which the company aims to offer affordable permeation testing services.
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Zip-Pak to open new manufacturing facility in Brazil

Full production of company's line of resealable closures will begin in early 2013
  Zip-Pak, a manufacturer of resealable solutions and equipment for petfood packaging, will open a new manufacturing facility in São Paulo, Brazil. Zip-Pak plans to begin full production of its full line of resealable closures in early 2013.  
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Mondi to present new petfood packaging at Global Pouch Forum

Mondi named as exclusive event partner for the June Global Pouch Forum
Mondi Coatings and Consumer Packaging will present its latest petfood packaging products as the exclusive event partner of the Global Pouch Forum in June. At Global Pouch Forum, June 11-13, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, Mondi will present its pre-made stand-up pouches, reclosable plastic bags and paper-based bag solutions.
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Mondi wins DuPont Packaging Award for dog food bag

Mondi awarded for Interquell's Happy Dog petfood packaging design.
Mondi Coatings and Consumer Packaging won a DuPont Packaging Award 2012 for its petfood packaging. The company won the award for its design of Interquell's Happy Dog petfood packaging, which is accentuated with stamped silver 3D lettering, matt OPP film and a high-definition flexo-printed packaging.
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Packaging trends: Functional design on the petfood shelf

For real shelf impact, consumers want better closures, bolder print and easily storable containers
Recently, Weatherchem, a manufacturer and marketer of plastic closures and controlled access packaging, posed these questions to its database of packaging industry decision-makers: What makes a great package? And what are some of the most important criteria package designers use when thinking about their next great design? Design of the packaging closure itself was a top criterion, according to the survey.
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DDW video adresses how 'clean label' relates to consumers

David Schmidt, CEO of International Food Information Council Foundation, featured in DDW "Expert Answers" series
The term "clean label" is increasingly being used by petfood manufacturers and marketers and in new product development. So, David Schmidt, president and CEO, International Food Information Council Foundation, addressed the question of "how does 'clean label' relate to consumers?" during a video interview for DDW’s “Expert Answers” series.
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Bravo! implements raw petfood diet packaging changes

Company will vacuum-seal individual burgers in select raw diet product lines
Bravo!, a manufacturer of frozen-fresh raw diets, is implementing packaging changes for three of its petfood product lines. As part of the change, the company will be vacuum-sealing individual burgers in all of its Bravo! Blends and Bravo! Balance burger formats. 
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Exopack to close Indiana, USA, flexible packaging facility

Plant closure will result in loss of 100 jobs at the Seymour, Indiana, site.
Exopack, a producer of flexible packaging products and engineered coatings, announced that it will close its Seymour, Indiana, USA, manufacturing facility. Closure of the Seymour plant, which manufactures consumer multiwall flexible packaging products, will result in the elimination of more than 100 jobs at the facility.
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Vet offers consumer tips for reading petfood ingredient labels

Ingredient weight percentage requirements explained for different petfoods
In a recent Huffington Post blog, Donna Solomon, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Chicago, Illinois, USA, says she believes the best pet owners are those that are well-informed about pet care and pet nutrition, so she offers some consumer tips for reading petfood labels. Solomon says that, according to regulations, if a product name includes a meat, poultry or fish ingredient with no descriptor words after it, like "nugget" or "dinner," that ingredient must represent 95 percent of the petfood's total product weight, not including water, or, the ingredient must represent 70 percent of the product weight if it includes water. 
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Nordenia reports 9.9 percent sales growth in 2011

Flexible packaging manufacturer's sales rise to €880.8 million (US$1.17 billion) in 2011.
During the 2011 financial year, flexible petfood packaging manufacturer Nordenia International continued its strong growth, reporting that sales rose by 9.9 percent to €880.8 million (US$1.17 billion). Sales volume grew by 1.4 percent to 244,670 tons, compared to 2010, and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization fell 4.4 percent below the previous year to €101.1 million (US$133.8 million).
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