Pet Food Packaging

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What pet owners really think about sustainability

According to research conducted by Mintel, both packaging and product concerns are the drivers motivating consumers to buy "green" petfood products
"From the 8 billion pounds of kitty litter heading to landfills each year to the effects of a pet’s carnivorous diet, pet parents should be aware of the substantial carbon footprint left by pets," proclaims the online article, "10 Simple Steps to Reduce Your Pets Carbon Pawprint". Books like Pets and the Planet: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Pet Care, Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet and Green Dog, Good Dog are widely available to the eco-concious consumer, promising to guide them to the "greenest" petfoods and treats. Petco recently announced it's partnership with Greenwala.com, the self-proclaimed online resource empowering consumers to go "green".  
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IML packaging may be successful for petfood manufacturers

Printing company says IML packaging appeals to consumers through better visuals
Belgian printing company Verstraete says that the humanization of pets has led to success in IML packaging for petfood manufacturers. IML, or "in mold labeling," is a technique in which a preprinted polypropylene label is placed in a mold that is shaped like the end product.
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Dog food maker replaces plastic containers with paper for Earth Day

Dynamite's new petfood packaging will be recyclable, reusable
Dynamite Specialty Products is replacing the plastic containers used for packaging its dog food with paper-craft bags in celebration of the upcoming Earth Day, on Friday, April 22. Beginning in late Spring, bags for smaller products will be made of recyclable paper, sewn at the top and have a moisture-grease barrier that is sprayed on as a liner.
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Cei to demonstrate petfood packaging solutions at April's Petfood Forum

Company will exhibit its flexible packaging in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA, on April 11-13
Coating Excellence International will exhibit its packaging solutions to the petfood industry at booth 535 during Petfood Forum, taking place April 11-13. At the show, cei will showcase its portfolio of flexible packaging solutions for the petfood market, with representatives available to provide additional information and answer questions.  
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Honest Kitchen re-launching trial-size packaging

New mini boxes will be available in March
The Honest Kitchen has re-designed the packaging for its trial size boxes of food to replicate the full-size, eco-friendly boxes for which the company is known. “The size and dimensions of our new trial sizes have been designed with the canned-food customer in mind,” said company founder Lucy Postins.
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Mocon Inc. announces 2011 free webinar schedule

Monthly series includes speakers on topics like food safety, product shelf-life and packaging
Mocon Inc. announced the 2011 schedule for its free webinar series, which will cover topics such as petfood safety, product shelf-life and packaging. Each webinar will be taught by an expert with significant experience in the specific webinar subject.
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Petfood Forum 2011 preview

This leading industry event offers more expert content and networking than ever—plus, learn about new safety requirements during Petfood Workshop
To stay ahead of the competition and grow your business, you need to arm yourself with knowledge and key contacts. There’s no better way to increase both than by attending Petfood Forum 2011 and Petfood Workshop: Safety First.
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Kaytee Products chooses recyclable packaging for natural petfood line

Paperboard packaging, natural colors, cartoon graphics reflect the petfood line, Kaytee says
When Kaytee Products Inc. launched Nature’s Benefits, a natural petfood line for birds and small animals, the company used vibrant graphics and sustainable packaging to make the products stand out. Kaytee’s design agency, Directions Inc., came up with the concept of using the emotional bond consumers and their pets have to market the petfood line on store shelves, through cartoon artwork with natural colors and muted tones.
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PackTV provides webTV outlet for packaging industry

Internet TV channel offers new product ideas, interviews with industry professionals
PackTV is a recently-launched webTV channel targeting manufacturers and retailers, including those in the petfood industry, looking for new product packaging ideas. PackTV broadcasts new packaging options and its "10 of the Best" weekly, as well as interviews with industry leaders.
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