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Lessons in Sustainable Retail Packaging from Blue Diamond Almonds

by Brittany Nader | August 8, 2015 | 0 Comments | Food Packaging

As health consciousness grows among consumers, a certain salty snack is seeing a boom in popularity Almonds have become the go-to option for many Americans, with consumption of the nut rising to two pounds per person each year.

With bold new flavor varieties like Sriracha and Toasted Coconut revving up the taste of these crunchy snacks, shoppers are scooping these up off the shelves now more than ever. Almonds fit perfectly into diets like Paleo that focus on protein-rich foods that keep consumers fuller for longer.

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Choosing Unique Food Packaging for Unconventional Food 

by Brittany Nader | July 25, 2015 | 0 Comments | Food Packaging

Will edible insects be the hot new way consumers get their protein on the go?

It may sound gross, but chefs and food manufacturers alike are pushing bugs into the mainstream as a legitimate snack and cooking ingredient. According to Chef Michael McGreal, cricket flour can add flavorless nutrients to a variety of dishes, while mealworms can be prepared as an alternative to ground turkey or chicken. Because insect growth rates are high, and they’re easy to process, producers can quickly pump out new food products using this “alternative” source of protein. (Image Source: http://www.buggrub.com/)

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How the Trans Fat Ban Will Affect the Food Packaging Industry

by Brittany Nader | July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments | Food Packaging

The Food and Drug Administration recently determined trans fats are no longer considered “safe” and will be phased out of foods by 2018.

Uncommon in nature, these processed fats are regularly seen in snack foods and prepackaged baked goods. This ban will have a dramatic effect on the food industry, as manufacturers must look for alternatives to give their goods a rich texture and longer shelf life.

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5 Edible Business Lessons from Farming to Food Packaging

by Brittany Nader | June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments | Food Packaging

Whether you’ve started your food company right in your own kitchen, or work closely with outside bakers, chefs, or brewers, you can learn key lessons from others in the edible business. This year, the inaugural Edible Business Conference took place in Southampton, NY, bringing together leading thinkers and experts from all facets of the food industry. Attendees gained insights on the business of food tech and media, farming, drinking, and creating a socially responsible food company, among other hot industry topics. Experts don’t just gather in one place, however, and many important takeaways can be gleaned from the entire food industry.

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Creating an Iconic Brand Through Retail Packaging

by Brittany Nader | June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments | Food Packaging

From McDonald’s golden arches to the Nike swoosh, we’ve been associating iconic imagery with some of the world’s most successful brands for decades. In 1973, Italian designer Massimo Vignelli created one such piece of iconography for Bloomingdales department stores. Shopping bags, sporting modern font with the words “Little Brown Bag,” “Medium Brown Bag” and “Big Brown Bag,” became a part of American culture, identified and associated with upscale shoppers in urban areas like New York City.

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Is Your Product Actually Fresh? 12 Food Packaging Labels Demystified

by Brittany Nader | June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments | Food Packaging

When scanning the supermarket shelves, health-conscious individuals may purposely seek out words like “natural” and “organic” on food packaging. However, the Food and Drug Administration has expressed difficulty defining what truly constitutes a product as natural, since most packaged goods have been processed in one way or another.

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Lessons in Environmentally Friendly Packaging from Coca-Cola

by Brittany Nader | June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments | Food Packaging

In 1927, Coca-Cola advertised its soft drink with the slogan “Pure as Sunlight,” associating the brand with authenticity, freshness, and nature. A large number of companies today aim to convey the natural qualities of their products and commitment to “going green.” For these initiatives to be successful, the message must be completed throughout the entire supply chain. Coca-Cola is a great example of a business that has committed itself to more sustainable practices, which we can see right on the supermarket shelves.

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Paper Food Packaging Soars to New Heights Globally

by Brittany Nader | June 20, 2015 | 1 Comment | Food Packaging

The last decade has shown marked growth for the global paper and paperboard packaging industry. In fact, this particular market is expected to reach $213.4 Billion by 2020, according to new research from MarketsandMarkets. Countries with high populations, including China and India, will see an even higher growth rate in the next five years. So, what’s with the rise in paper, and why should you care?

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Sabra Hummus Recall—Reminder To Use FDA Approved Packaging

by David Marinac | April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments | Food Packaging

Say what you will about our US government and its incompetence at times, I for one will go on record as applauding one agency in particular and that is the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration.  Just this week alone we saw recalls (voluntary or enforced) for reports and confirmation of listeria and salmonella from companies such as Sabra Dipping Company, Blue Bell Creameries, and Texas Star Nut and Food Company.  It seems that every single week there are massive “alerts” that turn into full-fledged recalls.  What can we learn from this most recent hummus recall?  Your packaging matters and shouldn’t be just an afterthought.

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Food Marketing 101—The 3 Keys To Food Packaging

by David Marinac | April 6, 2015 | 2 Comments | Food Packaging

Food marketing has come a long, long way.  In the “old days” we didn’t have the massive grocery chains and club stores that forced food companies to constantly try to one-up their competitors for the coveted 3-5 second attention of a consumer walking down a store aisle.  Now stores are bigger with more shelf space so each one has multiple brands of everything from soup mix to cereal and spices.  Marketing these days is a battle and usually at the center of that battle is food packaging.  It’s been said that packaging is the “voice” of your brand so it better resonate with Mr. or Mrs. Consumer in the split seconds you have their attention.

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