May 9, 2017 8:48:33 AM
May 3, 2017 10:35:47 AM
When the hunters killed a beast, they soon learned that they could not eat the entire entrée in one sitting before it began to spoil. They learned to increase the “shelf life” of the meat by preserving it with salt and spices. They also learned to cook the meat, which made it easier to eat, reduced spoilage and made it tastier. The gatherers learned to process grains into bread and beer, fruit into preserves, and they treated vegetables similarly to meat to preserve their abundant harvests. There's no question that food processing has been an important advancement to civilization. It has made our food safer, easier to transport and store, more convenient, and less perishable. It has also reduced the cost.
Apr 17, 2017 7:30:00 AM
Over my career in the food industry, the transition to flexible pouches from cans in retort processing has been one of the most significant developments I have ever seen. I believe the benefits are quite definite, as listed below.
Apr 5, 2017 9:02:14 AM
As discussed throughout a wide variety of packaging publications, and also in a recent Fres-co blog, high-barrier flexible packaging is on the rise for the food service industry, growing at an estimated annual rate of more than 5 percent between 2016 and 2021, according to a study released by Reportsn Reports.com in May 2016. Today we see flexible packaging for every application including soups, sauces, dairy products, nutritional products and beverages. If you, as a producer of liquid foods, beverages, or other similar goods, believe that it’s time to board the flexible packaging train, you want to make that move strategically. Here is a checklist of seven considerations to make in advance of this important changeover.
Mar 27, 2017 8:43:29 AM
Louis Sullivan, a famed Chicago architect, once said that “form ever follows function.” His statement firmly asserted his belief that the way a building looks should be determined by its purpose. Over time, this principle was applied beyond buildings to automobiles and many household objects, from tea kettles to can openers. Sound functional design is a nod to the people who will actually use an item, creating features in response to customers’ stated and interpreted needs. As Steve Jobs famously told Business Week in 1997, “A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.”
Dom Sciamanna, Product Development Manager at Fres-co System USA, Inc., has been responding to consumers’ needs over the course of his career. For example, he worked in consumer products at W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., a manufacturing company that is best known as the developer of waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex® fabrics. He found that the voice of the customer (VOC) subtly affected the ways he approached his profession.
“The VOC can change your sensibilities,” he explains. “Once you understand their unmet needs and priorities, you begin to realize how function and ease of use should influence design. Before fully vetting and understanding that input, you may think only in terms of function.”
Sciamanna cites the concept known as “Quality Function Deployment” (QFD), a principle that was first outlined by quality expert Dr. Yoji Akao. A cofounder of QFD, Akao stated that QFD is instrumental to ensuring that VOC appropriately influences design. Sciamanna also subscribes to this method for satisfying customers by hearing their concerns and engineering their needs into the final product design.
Topics: package design
Mar 9, 2017 10:52:22 AM
Feb 14, 2017 8:38:51 AM
Most Americans associate peppermint only with the striped hard candies that come out during Christmas and other year-end holidays. But the global history of this plant is storied, and its uses are much more varied than commonly known. Flexible packaging can protect this versatile plant, preserving it for its many uses.
Feb 2, 2017 4:19:58 PM
Jan 18, 2017 1:02:56 PM
As consumers look for ways to lead healthier lives, they are also driving up the sales of nutraceuticals, both in the U.S. and around the world. How do producers protect these goods with their steadily rising values?
The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines nutraceuticals — a combination of the words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical” — as fortified foods or dietary supplements that are held to provide health or medical benefits in addition to their basic nutritional value. (A broader definition also includes functional foods and beverages and nutricosmetics, such as antiwrinkle creams. The discussion in this blog is limited to fortified foods and supplements.) In recent years, more people are using diet as a way to improve wellness. As a result, the demand for functional food products, such as special varieties of oats, nuts and berries, has surged considerably. Demand for dietary supplements is also expected to increase over the next few years.
North America dominated the global nutraceuticals market in 2014 with a share of more than 39.6% in terms of value. That share is expected to increase as residents of North America become more health conscious. The global nutraceutical industry is expected to reach approximately 205 billion USD in 2017. Jeff Beer, Technical Director of Research & Development for Fres-co System USA, advises that flexible packaging offers many benefits to the producers of nutraceuticals.
“Flexible packaging is designed to protect these increasingly valuable products against the potential threats posed by dehydration, moisture and oxidation,” says Beer. “In that way, we can help extend the product’s shelf life. Flexible packaging also saves space and weight. Just consider how big and bulky a fiber drum is. Then compare that dimensional space and weight to one of our stand up pouches, once the product has gone through a bag sealing machine. It’s easier and potentially cheaper to ship that way, then once you add a zipper to the pouch, as we can, dispensing becomes that much easier for the consumer.”
Information printed clearly
Another advantage that effective flexible packaging provides the consumers of nutraceuticals is detailed instructions right on the package. Many of these products, while safe when used on their own, can interact with traditional medicines. The results of these interactions may be either to reduce or even intensify the effectiveness of the drug or, worse, combine for a harmful effect. For example, certain ingredients may decrease the effectiveness of anticoagulation medicines used to combat hypertension (high blood pressure). “Of course, the producers of nutraceuticals want to reduce or eliminate interactions with prescription medicines or other possible serious side effects,” says Beer. “If information on proper use, dosage and more is highly readable right on the package, flexible packagers can help to eliminate those problems. That requires high-quality printing, so producers must be sure that their packagers can provide that.”
Fres-co System USA, Inc. provides flexible packaging to a wide variety of industries, including companies that produce supplemental health products. Contact us to start planning your nutraceutical product’s packaging; and learn how we can help you design a packaging that will protect your product, relay important information to your customer, and add shelf appeal.
Dec 8, 2014 9:10:18 AM
Last month’s Pack Expo event in Chicago, Illinois was a huge success for the Fres-co team, as two impressive machines – the G14 and the FSU800 – were both on display for the thousands of attendees who crisscrossed the grounds of the sprawling McCormick Place convention center.
Over the course of the four days in which the event took place, I had the chance to speak with a number of knowledgeable people, many of whom are passionate about the future of the packaging industry.
Topics: flexible packaging