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15 Feb2019

Unearthing the Differences Between Compostable and Recyclable Packaging

In the world of packaging, especially flexible packaging, there is a lot of talk about sustainability, as well as recycling and composting. What are the differences between a recyclable and compostable package, and in what other ways can packagers be sustainable? Before we dive into the differences between compostable and recyclable packaging, let's take a look at some of the benefi...

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15 Feb2019

The Design Features that Make Pouches the Best Option for Nutritional Supplement Packaging

An aging population and growing health concerns, including simply adopting a healthier lifestyle, are pushing the nutritional supplement market toward more growth. Consumers are busier than ever, and looking to easy ways to add better nutrition to their diets in the form of proteins, herbs, fatty acids, vitamins and energy supplements. The rise in lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and obesit...

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30 Jan2019

CASE STUDY: Gezellig Cookies

Dutch Cookies Stay Cozy in Pouches Cassandra Plas started Gezellig Cookies because of her fondness for the Dutch cookies her Oma would make for her while growing up. As an adult, she missed the cookies so must she started making them, giving them away to family and friends, and then in 2015 founded Gezellig Cookies. Located in Central Florida, Gezellig Cookies, which is a Dutch word w...

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29 Jan2019

CASE STUDY: Skratch Labs

After 5 years in business, Skratch Labs renamed its entire line of products and created entirely new packaging to make it easier for the customer to understand the product, as well as establish brand consistency. Although development took 10 months, this new product packaging offers many benefits: Increased moisture...

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07 Jan2019

Wrapping Up Food in New Ways: How Consumer Packaged Goods Look in 2019

Based on industry focus and consumer expectations of the past year, 2019 looks to be a time of change. Packaging is likely to take new forms as companies reevaluate old approaches to cater to an evolving market. Sustainable Processes Customers want assurance that their products are packaged sustainably. This push encompasses the production of recyclable and reusable ...

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07 Jan2019

Industry Insights: Packaging Predictions for 2019

The packaging industry continues to evolve with consumer expectations and 2019 is likely to show change in several sectors. Among the most prominent are sustainability and customization, which appear to be growing in demand. Sustainability The push for completely recyclable packaging is immense and businesses appear to be moving away from single-use plastics. The com...

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26 Nov2018

CASE STUDY: Evolve Brands

Evolve Brands is out to make the world a better place through mindful snacking. The company’s two brands, Gorilly Goods and Supernola, are organic, plant-based, non-gmo, and gluten-free snacks that boast real ingredients. Both brands are packaged in on-the-go, flexible, single-serve bags from ePac flexible packaging, the first supplier in North America built entire...

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07 Nov2018

CASE STUDY: Ancient Ingrained

It started off as a classic “there could be a better way” story. As a health-conscious consumer, Dustin Finkel has always been cognizant of the foods he eats. And while many brands have developed “healthy” chips and snacks, he found that they’re often packed with fillers, bad fats and suspect product messaging on the package....

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31 Oct2018

Top Benefits of Printing On Demand

There are a lot of well-established benefits when it comes to digital printing. Some of the most popular are how the technology better enables short run flexible packaging production by eliminating plate fabrication and other set-up costs. This can help enable SKU proliferation, rapid time to market, custom food packaging, and seasonal promotions. Other

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31 Oct2018

Flexible Packaging’s Role in Fighting Food Waste

Flexible packaging is getting more sustainable thanks to developments in recyclable and compostable films, more efficient equipment, solventless inks and more, but there’s one other major sustainability category that flexible formats can greatly help with that should be getting more attention: food waste. Consider this: Water...

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04 Oct2018

Tariff Trouble or Flexible Local Supply? You Choose

If you have been contemplating importing pouches or rollstock from China; are already trying to navigate the choppy seas of the language barrier, freight hassles, and quality concerns; or you just got hit with price increases on your imported goods—you know that the latest headlines on trade tariffs are just going to further complicate your business.

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18 Sep2018

CASE STUDY: West Shore Foods LLC

Digital Printing Gets New Products to Market Quickly West Shore Foods, LLC is a food technology company that specializes in creating natural, minimal-ingredient, dried snacks. One of the owners is J. Hugh Wiebe, a serial entrepreneur who founded Brookside Chocolates. With a strong focus on innovation, ...

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24 Jul2018

ePac Company Update

When ePac opened its doors in 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin - we were a start-up business seeking to provide brands of all sizes a better, simpler way to buy flexible packaging.  Built around state-of-art digital printing technology from HP, the Indigo 20000, we sought to provide brands rapid turnaround, great graphics quality, and competitively priced short and medium run length orders.  ...

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24 Jul2018

Compostable Film is Making Strides

Sustainable, recycled, and plant-based materials are all words widely used in packaging today. Many consumer-packaged brands are now offering their products in eco-friendly options to address the ever-rising pressure packagers face to adopt sustainable materials and practices into their business models. Consumer concern triggers these companies to look for sustainable solutions to address the w...

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18 Jun2018
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Market Like the Big Boys with Digitally Printed Pouches

Business experts generally agree that small and midsized businesses (SMBs) are one of the driving forces of the American economy. A 2017 report from Deloitte, in fact, calls SMBs “the backbone of the U.S. economy” and “significant drivers of economic growth, job creation and new innovation in the U.S.” ** As recently as the 1980s and 1990s, the U.S. packaging industry revolved around big con...

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04 Jun2018
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On-The-Go Snacking and the Powerful Pouch

Today we all seem to snack more, whether it’s breakfast on the go, snacking between meals, or as meal replacements. While it is common at home, most of our snacking is done on the go; in the car, at our desks, or while walking down the street. And this trend isn’t just affecting adults; kids, toddlers and babies are snacking too. Luckily, consumer goods companies...

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27 Apr2018
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Flexible Barrier Plastic Pouches Protect Shelf Life and Boost Your Brand

What makes your product unique? Is it a new type of crispy snack, a marijuana edible, a dynamite dog treat? Whatever the category, your product has a one-of-a-kind combination of flavors, aromas and textures. And the flexible pouch containing it has to protect those unique attributes, throughout its shelf life, until the consumer experiences it after purchase. Th...

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25 Apr2018
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Adding Value to Flexible Packaging Through High-Impact Graphics

Package design is the first thing consumers notice about your product. Design has the power to draw consumers in, get them to pick the product up and even make a purchase. Several design themes seem to do the trick, from bright and bold, to purposeful and minimal, as well as realistic depictions of the product inside. One thing is clear, high-impact graphics add ...

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03 Apr2018
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You Can Get the Flexible Packaging Graphics You Want—Digitally

If you’re a brand owner looking to harness the advantages of flexible packaging, the promise of efficient short runs and quick delivery are attractive incentives. By now you’ve learned that ePac Flexible Packaging offers short- to medium-run length orders, and 10-day turnaround for your finished pouches or roll stock, using the latest wide-web digital printing te...

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