The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Washington, D.C., launched the SmartLabel initiative, a push for labels with barcodes that scan to manufacturer’s websites and provide ingredient and sustainability information.
Demand for active and intelligent packaging in the United States is forecast to expand 7.3% annually to $4 billion in 2019, well above the packaging industry average, according to “Active & Intelligent Packaging,” a study produced by The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland, Ohio-based industry market research firm.
As flexible packaging becomes thinner and thinner to improve sustainability scores, the challenge becomes greater and more difficult to consistently apply legible “date codes.” Thankfully, new technologies in materials and machinery have advanced the use of reduced substrates in most flexible packaging applications.
A study released by the Center for Food Safety at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Food Science documents that multiple hurdles continue to exist in ensuring reusable plastic containers (RPCs) are clean and lack microbial contamination above safe levels.
Walmart US, Bentonville, Ark., partnered with IFCO Systems US, Tampa, Fla., to provide Walmart’s U.S. stores with a new generation of wood grain reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for wet and dry produce.