BizTrends 2018


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Total recall
Total recall

Food safety remains a priority for consumers and food chain manufacturers. Coding and marking is essential for providing information on products, labels and packaging...

Issued by Pyrotec 3 days ago

Sustainability trends shaping retail in 2018
Sustainability trends shaping retail in 2018

Sustainability issues are increasingly shaping trends in the retail sector. In this year's World Economic Forum Global Risks Report, three of the top global risks in terms of likelihood and impact are environmental...

By Feroz Koor 3 days ago

Plastic packaging is often pollution for profit
Plastic packaging is often pollution for profit

As a polymer scientist, it feels like my life's work is dismissed as immoral by even my hero Sir David Attenborough, simply because I deal with plastics...

By Anthony J Ryan 3 days ago

How packaging promotes consumer health
How packaging promotes consumer health

Local pharmaceutical manufacturers know all too well how important it is to also ensure product labelling makes usage and dosage guidelines as clear and unambiguous as possible for all consumers...

Issued by Pyrotec 19 Apr 2018

RTD sports drinks gaining market share
RTD sports drinks gaining market share

Ready to drink (RTD) sports drinks were one of the few segments of the non-alcoholic beverage categories that recorded positive growth for the year 2017...

17 Apr 2018

Three reasons product placement and cross-merchandising are important
Three reasons product placement and cross-merchandising are important

Cross-merchandising will help you get the most out of customer traffic in your store. Consumers also benefit from the suggestion of additional, complementary items...

Issued by Pyrotec 9 Apr 2018

2018 Wine and Beer Label Design Awards winners
2018 Wine and Beer Label Design Awards winners

The results of the fourth annual Wine Label Design Awards and the inaugural Beer Label Design Awards were announced last month at the Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm...

3 Apr 2018

What hang tab is right for your retail display?
What hang tab is right for your retail display?

The less material you use to hang your packages, the less money you're going to have to spend on hanging supplies like hang tabs and display strips...

Issued by Pyrotec 27 Mar 2018

Image credit: Smurfit Kappa
Irish packaging firm snubs sweetened US bid

Ireland's Smurfit Kappa, which makes cardboard and paper packaging, said on Monday that it has rejected an improved 8.9-billion-euro ($11-billion) bid from US peer International Paper.

27 Mar 2018

Five signs a label is counterfeit
Five signs a label is counterfeit

The problem of counterfeit drugs is a global one. US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, for example, says it has found fake medicines in at least 75 countries around the world...

Issued by Pyrotec 26 Mar 2018

Why on-pack promotions work
Why on-pack promotions work

An on-pack promotion is a fast, flexible and dynamic solution for driving purchases at retail, and Pyrotec PackMedia's Fix-a-Form booklet labels provide all the space needed to launch a new product or campaign...

Issued by Pyrotec 23 Mar 2018

Packaging: Multiple purposes, one platform
Packaging: Multiple purposes, one platform

Modern-day packaging plays many roles, from containing and preserving products to informing customers about contents, ingredients, dosage instructions and so forth...

Issued by Pyrotec 7 Mar 2018

Continuous performance: continuous inkjet coders
Continuous performance: continuous inkjet coders

Does your business rely on technologies that offer reliability, speed and flexibility? When it comes to your printing, coding and marking requirements, continuous inkjet (CIJ) technology is an ideal choice...

Issued by Pyrotec 27 Feb 2018

Consumer behaviour is shifting - Shouldn't your brand be too?
Consumer behaviour is shifting - Shouldn't your brand be too?

The 9th Packaging Conference on consumer insights and packaging trends, hosted by Stratcom Branding, is coming to Johannesburg on 2 March...

By Gidgette Osborne, Issued by GO Content Lab 27 Feb 2018

How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem
How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem

Plastics are incredibly useful materials with extremely diverse properties, allowing a multitude of different applications that benefit our lives...

By James William Comerford 26 Feb 2018

Special occasions: Ideas for your on-pack promotion
Special occasions: Ideas for your on-pack promotion

Because marketing around special occasions can be a competitive and noisy landscape, it's important to choose a strategic platform for your marketing message...

Issued by Pyrotec 21 Feb 2018

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Lab grown meat to cause labeling issues

Companies in various countries are investing heavily in creating alternative products that may resemble and taste like beef products. USCA has petitioned the USDA FSIS to exclude products not derived from animals from the definition of 'beef' and 'meat'...

19 Feb 2018

High-precision coding for flexible packaging
High-precision coding for flexible packaging

Manufacturers have a constant battle to meet the high demands required for coding and marking packaging while maintaining operational costs...

Issued by Pyrotec 19 Feb 2018

Oserian Technical Director, Hamish Ker, explains how the company utilises geothermal power in its greenhouses
Green business is good business: A sustainable approach to growing flowers in Kenya

Oserian Development Corporation has come up with a raft of measures aimed at maintaining production over a long period of time without compromising on natural systems or its responsibility to workers, suppliers and the local communities...

14 Feb 2018

Convenient coding: The hand-held printer
Convenient coding: The hand-held printer

Pyrotec PackMark has added the Anser U2 Hand-Held Printer to its stable - bringing the world's most lightweight and compact mobile printer to southern Africa...

Issued by Pyrotec 14 Feb 2018

Booklet labels market set for rapid growth
Booklet labels market set for rapid growth

According to Future Market Insights, the global booklet labels market is set for rapid growth. North America is leading the race, followed by the Asia Pacific region, but in the Middle East and Africa growth remains sluggish...

Issued by Pyrotec 13 Feb 2018

Capetonians not too clued up about food and nutrition labels
Capetonians not too clued up about food and nutrition labels

Consumers in Cape Town have poor knowledge about food and nutrition labels, and nutrition information on food labels does not have a major influence on what they buy...

8 Feb 2018

Short lead time? Get your promotion to market quickly
Short lead time? Get your promotion to market quickly

At the beginning of the year, many customers are looking for great value in store - making this the perfect time to run your special offer, promotion or competition...

Issued by Pyrotec 8 Feb 2018

Entries now open for 2018 Wine Label Design Awards and Beer Label Design Awards
Entries now open for 2018 Wine Label Design Awards and Beer Label Design Awards

South African wine and beer producers as well as design studios are invited to enter the fourth annual Wine Label Design Awards and the inaugural Beer Label Design Awards...

5 Feb 2018

Pyrotec restructures to focus on market strengths
Pyrotec restructures to focus on market strengths

Tower is separating from the Pyrotec brands, which include PackMark and PackMedia, to enable each company to focus on its strengths and continue to grow within its markets...

Issued by Pyrotec 29 Jan 2018

Listeria is jumping the system
Listeria is jumping the system

The outbreak of listeria highlights the responsibility of the red meat industry to provide proper and improved hygiene during the production, processing, packing and preparation of red meat and red meat products...

By Elmarie Helberg 29 Jan 2018

Do-It Hang Tab testing
Do-It Hang Tab testing

In the testing centre, different hang tab materials and packaging solutions are tested to determine what combination is best to carry various products...

Issued by Pyrotec 23 Jan 2018

Coca-Cola Company pledges to cut plastic packaging waste
Coca-Cola Company pledges to cut plastic packaging waste

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a commitment to become more environmentally friendly by reshaping its approach to packaging...

22 Jan 2018

On-pack trends: Augmented reality-enabled packaging
On-pack trends: Augmented reality-enabled packaging

In theory, augmented reality (AR) could allow product owners and marketers to add a virtual layer of communication and promotional messaging to their brand packaging...

Issued by Pyrotec 18 Jan 2018

Waterkloof Winemaker Nadia Barnard with estate owner Paul Boutinot (Image Supplied)
False Bay Vineyards wine range gets facelift

"If we do in fact use grapes from old coastal vineyards, ferment them spontaneously with wild yeast and then age the wine in large wooden casks, why weren't we tying our flag to the mast and communicating those facts on the labels?"

16 Jan 2018

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