Contract Packaging Association News: Archives




05/11/2018

CPA Member News


Bonded Logistics, a privately owned third-party logistics (3PL) provider headquartered in Charlotte, celebrated its Finalist nomination at the Charlotte Business Journal 2018 Family Business Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2018.  The 46-year old company, founded and owned by the Carr family, was honored along with 10 other organizations for their contributions to the strength of the region. “It’s an honor to be selected by the Charlotte Business Journal,” stated Scott Carr, President and CEO of Bonded Logistics.  “My father and mother started this company back in 1972, and it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come as a family business.  I think it’s because we all work so well together, recognize our differences, and stay in our silos to get the work done.” Read more


05/02/2018

CPA Member News


ProAmpac, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing flexible packaging companies, today announced the acquisition of Gateway Packaging Company (Gateway), a flexible packaging and technical products company headquartered in White House, Tennessee. Gateway is one of the largest pet food packaging manufacturers in North America offering a wide array of products including multi-wall bags, stand-up pouches, small- and large-format quad-seal bags, box pouches, roll stock, treat bags, and hybrid bags. Gateway’s products are also sold to the human care and institutional markets.  Read more


04/26/2018

CPA Member News


Rigid packaging leader TricorBraun recently partnered with Bona®, the world leader in hardwood floor care and maintenance, on a packaging re-design project to align aesthetics and improve functionality of the Bona family of hard floor surface cleaning products. Improvements maintained Bona’s existing retail footprint while including an “anti-glug” feature and an ergonomic handle. According to Susan Stern, director of product management-retail at Bona, “Our goal was to maintain and enhance the visual appeal of the products while also improve functionality and enhance the overall consumer experience. Our long-standing partnership with the team at TricorBraun provided us the ideal opportunity to accomplish our goal.” Read more


04/24/2018

New article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his May column here.


04/19/2018

CPA Member News


Yang Li, global business coordinator at TricorBraun, a global packaging leader, has been awarded the Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) designation from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP). Recognized as a commitment to excellence in the packaging profession, the CPP designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate significant industry expertise and experience, measured through a flexible testing process. To achieve his certification, Yang passed a lengthy exam on the fundamentals of packaging machinery, materials and technology, and authored an essay providing an in-depth examination of saké packaging trends in Japan. Read more


04/18/2018

CPA Member News


Previewing the latest in a growing portfolio of advanced dairy packaging options, ProAmpac made its formal debut today at the International Cheese Technology Expo (ICTE) at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Visitors to ProAmpac’s booth (525) will be able to view the company’s trademark PRO-FLEX performance cheese films and its newest vertically integrated dairy lidding capabilities, including a non-aluminum alternative for die-cut lids. ProAmpac will also display its new peel-and-reseal lidding film, an innovation that enables consumers to have easy open-and-reclose access to cheese products in rigid containers. Read more


04/18/2018

CPA Member News


ProAmpac, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing flexible packaging manufacturers, today announced the acquisition of Pactech Packaging (Pactech), a Rochester, New York-based manufacturer specializing in pouch converting. Pactech’s products complement ProAmpac’s existing flexible packaging offerings, which primarily serve the medical, industrial and consumer packaged goods markets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The acquisition of Pactech expands ProAmpac’s flexible packaging pouch manufacturing capabilities in dispensing and clean-environment production. In addition, the deal expands our short-run capabilities, allowing us to better serve our customers,” said ProAmpac CEO Greg Tucker. Read more


04/16/2018

CPA's May webinar registration now open


CPA's May webinar, E-commerce Elevates Holistic Packaging Design, is hosted by The Packaging School on May 23 at 11 a.m. CST. The e-commerce revolution happened yesterday. How have you adapted, or better yet, innovated to remain relevant? Find out more during this informative webinar! Register now
 


04/16/2018

CPA Member News


TricorBraun, a global packaging solutions leader and a portfolio company of AEA Investors, today announced that it has expanded its board of directors with the appointment of Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa. Perez de la Mesa joins David W. Bullock and Robert E. Hill, Jr. as independent directors on the 10-member board. “With their broad strategic backgrounds and distinguished track records, Manny, Dave and Robert undoubtedly strengthen our board’s breadth of expertise,” said Keith Strope, executive chairman of TricorBraun. “We welcome their talents, insights and counsel to our board.” Read more


04/12/2018

CPA Member News


Rigid Packaging Leader Redesigns Flavored Tequila Bottle to Optimize Shelf Placement, Increasing Sales and Improving Brand Recognition. Before Austin-based Dulce Vida Spirits launched its fruit-infused flavored tequilas, the company needed a packaging partner to manage the enormous undertaking of changing the height of its glass bottle. Prime retail shelf location provided for approximately 13.5 inches; Dulce Vida’s stock bottle, with the cork, stood at nearly 14 inches tall. “Due to the height, our Blanco tequila bottles were relegated to the top or bottom shelf, which is not ideal,” said Richard Sorenson, co-founder, Dulce Vida Spirits and chief operating officer, Milestone Brands, which owns Dulce Vida Spirits. “Our real fruit, real juice-infused flavored tequila was a new approach for the tequila market so this was a significant product refresh. We were going after a broader consumer market and it was critical to change the bottle height to fit on any and all shelves.” Read more


03/28/2018

New Article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his April column here.


03/27/2018

CPA Member News


MJS Packaging is expanding its footprint in the Southeast region through the opening of a new warehouse and sales office in Charlotte, NC.  This new facility is opening to satisfy the packaging needs of existing customers in the area, as well as to attract more local business.  “We recognized a need in the region for a new warehouse when our Simpsonville, SC warehouse was constantly at capacity,” said Harry Sheehan, Sales Manager of the Carolinas.  “We look forward to stocking popular packaging components to offer quick solutions to current and prospective customers in the Charlotte area.” In addition to the location in Charlotte, MJS Packaging operates several other facilities in the Southeast region.  These include sales offices in both Atlanta, GA and Tampa, FL, as well as a warehouse and sales office in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Learn more


03/23/2018

CPA Member News


Yesterday HP Indigo announced Kala’s fifth addition to the HP Indigo fleet of digital presses, located at headquarters in Orem, Utah. The new HP Indigo 6900 will afford Kala customers a myriad of state-of-the-art printing capabilities including the use of silver ink. The 6900 supports a number of additional embellishments forthcoming as well. The press also provides more options within the durable label market. At Kala there’s always a better way. The beta and subsequent purchase of the HP Indigo 6900 allows Kala to stay ahead of growing capacity needs and offers customers the latest and greatest, saving them time and money with improved workflow efficiencies. Read more


03/20/2018

CPA Member News


Packaging Options Direct (POD), a division of global packaging solutions leader TricorBraun, has experienced a significant rise in website traffic and increased sales since the addition of 360-degree spin product images to its website. “Some of our more popular categories such as glass liquor bottles and dispensing closures have benefited the most from the enhanced content and are seeing significant sales growth,” said Nicholas Jager, ecommerce manager, POD. “It’s all about enhancing the customer experience. We are leveraging best in class technology by working closely with Snap36 to provide a more engaging and convenient experience.” POD has achieved a significant milestone in a short time by implementing 360-degree images for the majority of the products on the site and plan to complete the update by the end of the second quarter. Additionally, they plan on using this technology for new items that are constantly being added to the site. Read more


03/20/2018

Join us on April 5 for the State of the Industry Report webinar


In 2017, CPA conducted an independent report from The Melville Group (TMG), detailing the state of the contract packaging industry. The results are in and during the State of the Industry Report webinar on Tuesday, April 5 from 11 a.m. - noon CST, TMG Founder & COO Carl Melville will discuss business trends driving innovation - including sustainability and the impact of globalization - along with an industry snapshot and key metrics.

Whether you are a business owner, executive, or thought leader in the contract packaging and contract manufacturing industry, this information will be of extreme value to anyone serving, working, investing, or competing in our high-growth industry. Register today!


03/15/2018

CPA Member News


Contract packager, Consolidated Mills, partners with TricorBraun on plastic alternative to standard glass jar for their own brand of salsa. Houston-based contract food packager Consolidated Mills wanted a better way to bring their Alamo Red branded products to consumers. After being frustrated with the normal retail model which relies on distributors to manage the distribution channel to the retailer and ultimately to the consumer, owners and brothers Keith and Scott Vrana, decided that they needed to have more control over this process. Read more


03/09/2018

CPA Member News


Samantha Juna, TricorBraun industrial design manager, will serve as a juror in the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Student Merit Awards competition at the University of Illinois today, March 9. Juna, a University of Illinois alumna and former IDSA Student Merits Awards participant, will evaluate senior presentations from the University of Illinois Industrial Design program and recommend an award recipient. The student selected by the judging panel will compete against Student Merit Award winners from other accredited design schools at the regional and possibly, national levels. Read more


03/05/2018

CPA Member News


TricorBraun today announced that Becky Giessel and Amy Bonder have joined the company as the newest members of the company’s executive leadership team. Becky joins as senior vice president, HR and chief people officer and Amy as executive vice president, strategic markets. According to TricorBraun President and CEO, Court Carruthers, “We are focused on continuing to deliver innovation, quality, and value for our customers and supplier partners. I am thrilled to welcome two exceptional leaders in Becky and Amy as we continue to build the global leader in packaging distribution.” Read more


03/01/2018

A New Article from Counsel to the CPA


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his March column here.


02/22/2018

CPA Member News


3Gtms, Inc., a global provider of Tier 1 transportation management software, announced that Bonded Logistics has chosen its 3G-TM transportation management system (TMS). Bonded Logistics is a global 3PL provider based in Charlotte, North Carolina with 2.4 million square feet of facility space across 12 locations. Privately owned, it integrates warehousing, contract packaging, and transportation services to offer single-source supply chain solutions. Bonded sought a TMS to support the growth and expansion of its transportation division, as well as provide optimization for managing loads across its client network. Read more


02/18/2018

CPA Member News


Flexible Technologies, a leader in labels and packaging, announces rebrand to Kala Packaging. The comprehensive rebrand focuses on the experience of creating packaging that moves the needle for brands. The new branding conveys a fresh sense of collaboration within supply chain intended to invoke actionable change in the way labels and packaging are created and purchased. The company enlisted the talents of Utah-based branding team, Goal, to produce all design and messaging elements of the Kala™ brand including the website, www.withkala.com. “Kala is all about the experience we provide our customers,” says Nikki Johnson, Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Our approach is to spark imagination within brand marketing teams to help them understand all that digital printing has to offer the label and packaging space. The rebrand is an effort to communicate our Why - There’s always a better way. The team really delivered, and we anticipate rapid growth for Kala and our customers.” Read more.


02/14/2018

A New Article from Counsel to the CPA


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his February column here.


02/13/2018

CPA Member News


Athletes and other health conscious consumers using protein powders prefer scoops that are accessible, intuitive and appropriately sized for dosing, according to new research from rigid packaging leader TricorBraun. Protein powder consumers also prefer scoops that incorporate dosage indicators, have a grippable handle and can be used in conjunction with a dispensing closure. TricorBraun conducted qualitative research to understand consumer behavior, preferences, needs and experiences with different scoop designs. Insights gathered directly from consumers about what they prefer and how they interact and use scoops enables TricorBraun’s packaging consultants to understand which scoop solution is preferred for protein powders, and identify future design opportunities. Read more


02/09/2018

CPA Member News





01/29/2018

CPA Member News


Rigid packaging leader TricorBraun today released a new report detailing the top consumer and retail trends consumer packaged goods (CPG) brand owners need to know when developing an ecommerce packaging strategy. In the white paper, “10 Key Trends Impacting Your Ecommerce Packaging Strategy Now,” TricorBraun offers insights on important consumer and retail trends influencing ecommerce packaging strategies:

  1. Consumers live in an omnichannel world with micro-moments transforming the way we shop.
  2. Consumers lead nomadic lives.
  3. Consumers are increasingly turning to subscription services for CPG purchases.
  4. With smart home assistants, the future of retail has arrived.
  5. Consumers’ desire for availability and speed pave the way for self-service innovations.
  6. Unboxing: Product delivery turned social occasion.
  7. Consumers search for peace.
  8. Made for me.
  9. Concept stores elevate the retail experience.
  10. Packaging with visual appeal is valuable.

Read more. 


01/25/2018

A Special Message from Jeff Hayzlett



01/23/2018

CPA Member News


Moms using infant formula powders prefer scoops that are accessible, round, intuitive and easy to store, according to new research from rigid packaging leader TricorBraun. Infant formula powder consumers also prefer scoops that are appropriately sized for dosing, incorporate dosage indicators and have a grippable handle. TricorBraun conducted qualitative research to understand consumer behavior, preferences, needs and experiences with different scoop designs. Insights gathered directly from consumers about what they prefer and how they interact and use scoops enables TricorBraun’s packaging consultants to understand which scoop solution is preferred for infant formula powders, and identify future design opportunities. Read more


01/18/2018

CPA Member News


In 2017, PacMoore hosted over 30 different current and potential customers at the PacMoore Innovation Lab in Gridley, IL. We have had the opportunity to work on extrusion projects ranging from early stage ideation to final formulation refinements. From small startups to multinational food conglomerates we have partnered with them all and were blessed by each interaction and opportunity to serve. When Innova Market Insights released their Top Food Trends for 2017 late in 2016, PacMoore took notice. As 2017 progressed, we were definitely able to verify the accuracy of two of these trends (Clean Supreme and Seeds of Change) because they acted as primary drivers of many of the projects we worked on this year. Read more


01/18/2018

CPA Member News


For a second consecutive term, TricorBraun's Vice President Brand Marketing Suzanne Fenton is elected to the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Board of Directors. The IoPP is the most prestigious national trade organization representing the packaging industry. In 2013, Fenton was inducted in the organization's College of Fellows, an honor conferred in recognition of "special and outstanding contributions and service to the field of packaging" and during this year, she received the IoPP lifetime designation as a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP). She initially earned the trade organization's CPP designation in 2002. Read more


01/09/2018

CPA Member News


Leading sports nutrition company, Roar Ambition, partners with TricorBraun on stand out packaging for new sports pre-workout supplement product launch. Roar Ambition, a UK based ecommerce company, knew that visual disruption would be a critical factor in the success of their new product for what is considered a tremendously popular segment of sports nutrition. They are targeting a younger generation of fitness enthusiasts, men and women age 18 to 35, with a pre-workout supplement. While powder supplements are often sold in flexible pouches, the theme for this new launch would include a rigid bottle. Read more.


01/09/2018

CPA Member News


ProAmpac, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing flexible packaging manufacturers, today announced the acquisition of Oregon-based Bonita Pioneer Packaging Products (Bonita). Specializing in paper packaging products including custom and stock shopping bags, merchandise bags, foodservice packaging, and folding cartons, Bonita product complements ProAmpac’s existing flexible packaging offerings. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read more


01/04/2018

CPA Member News


TricorBraun Inc., a leading packaging solutions company, has acquired Package All Corp. (packageall.com), a 33-year-old healthcare-focused packaging distributor headquartered in Bayport, New York. As a result of this transaction, Package All has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of TricorBraun but will continue to be led by its current executive team. “Package All has significant expertise in rigid packaging for the healthcare industry,” said Keith Strope, Executive Chairman of TricorBraun. “We are excited about the opportunities this acquisition creates to provide customers of both companies with expanded services.” Read more


01/04/2018

CPA Member News


Bonded Pac, the contract packaging division of third-party logistics (3PL) provider Bonded Logistics, announces today the hiring of packaging industry veteran Angela Alston-Jenkins as Senior Production Manager. “We’re very excited to have Angela join our team,” states Jon Hayward, Vice President of Bonded Pac. “She brings a wealth of packaging and production knowledge to our division. Her diverse experience using contract packaging services from a customer as well as a supplier perspective, along with her commitment to quality and continuous improvement, make here a valuable asset to our group.” Jenkins comes to Bonded Pac with close to 25 years of production and operations experience in packaging.  She assumes the role of Senior Production Manager and will be responsible for all aspects of production (production control, quality, process engineering) and developing new capabilities.  Jenkins will report to Jon Hayward, Vice President of Bonded Pac. Read more


01/03/2018

CPA & IoPP team up for Jan. webinar


CPA & the Institute of Packaging Professionals will co-host a live webinar, A Contract Packaging Playbook to Winning E-Commerce, on Thursday, January 18 at 10 a.m. CT. With all the buzz about e-commerce, how can a contract packager get into the game? How can a consumer products manufacturer optimize contract packaging services for the best results in e-commerce? Matt Dingee, president of OnPoint 2020 Packaging Insights and Consulting Services, will explain how success depends on an effective advisory relationship between co-packer and customer, developed around a sound packaging strategy. This webinar is free for CPA and IoPP members. Register now.


01/02/2018

New Article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his January column here.


12/15/2017

Register for Annual Meeting today & save $200!


We've brought together experts from the contract packaging and manufacturing community to provide deep insight into how relationships, regulatory compliance, technology marketing and education can all come together to positively impact your bottom line. Join us in February for this informative event that continues to help shape CPA and our industry. Register by Jan. 23 to save $200 in registration fees!


12/15/2017

Just in Time for the Holidays...


Our store is now open! Show how proud you are to be a part of CPA with your own branded apparel, purchasable through our partnership with Lands' End Business. After logging in using your CPA username and password, you'll have the chance to explore our Lands End Business webpage - it's your one-stop shop for high-quality apparel, built to last and designed to keep you comfortable and looking your best all day long. Shop the store.


12/14/2017

CPA Member News


3 Trends driving e-commerce and what they mean for CPG Packaging: Online sales of consumer packaged goods (CPG) are exploding at a rate of more than 50% year over year. That’s incredible – and scary if you don’t have an ecommerce packaging strategy. Packaging for ecommerce is not just about protecting and preserving the product – that’s critical, yes – but it’s much more. Developing an ecommerce packaging strategy starts with understanding the consumer lifestyle trends and behaviors that are pushing the evolution of retail forward. Read more


12/14/2017

CPA Member News


ricorBraun, a leading packaging solutions company, has won two 2018 WorldStar Awards and been awarded one Certificate of Merit, according to the World Packaging Organisation, a non-profit, non-governmental, international federation of packaging institutes, associations, federations and other interested parties including corporations and trade associations that sponsors the WorldStar Awards. Read more


11/29/2017

CPA Member News


MJS Packaging News: Closures are an important part of a lot of packages, serving both a functional and aesthetic purpose. It is not uncommon to have one- or two-color offset or pad printing on a closure, but these processes limit design capabilities. Digitally printed closures, utilizing full-color, CMYK technology is getting more popular because it is affordable, doesn't take long to do, and allows for some unique customization for your products to help draw attention to them on the shelf. Read more


11/29/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun WinePak, North America's leading wine bottle distributor, has hired Steve Grande as a Packaging Consultant, according to Andrew Bottene, Senior Vice President at TricorBraun WinePak. “Steve has a wide and varied base of experience in the wine business,” said Bottene. “We are proud that he has joined TricorBraun WinePak.” Grande has worked in all aspects of the wine business, with experience in direct sales, sales management, marketing and public relations. Starting at Ferrari-Carano, where he ran a bottling line, Grande was also an Assistant Winemaker at Peterson Winery in the Dry Creek Valley and then moved on to barrel sales for a French cooperage. During the last ten years, Grande has been an Account Manager for Ramondin Capsules, a Spanish manufacturer of tin capsules and screwcaps. Read more


11/28/2017

CPA Member News


For the second consecutive year, TricorBraun Design & Engineering Group’s Marketing Communications Manager, Charmaine Laine, has won three awards from MarCom Awards. An international competition honoring creative excellence in marketing communications, MarCom Awards is one of the industry’s largest competitions with more than 6,000 entries submitted. Read more


11/27/2017

New Article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his December column here.


11/17/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun, a leading packaging solutions company, has acquired Canadian-based Taipak (www.taipak.ca), a flexible packaging solutions provider headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia. “The acquisition of Taipak represents a true milestone for TricorBraun: It’s the very first time in our more than 100-year history that we have entered the flexible packaging industry,” said Keith Strope, Executive Chairman of TricorBraun. “It’s a move that significantly increases our product offering and capabilities.” Read more


11/16/2017

CPA Member News


Consumers’ desire for what they want and when they want it, their ever-increasing connected behavior and multi-tasking nature are just a few of the factors contributing to the evolution of retail from brick and mortar to e-commerce. In fact, online CPG sales are exploding at a rate of more than 50% year over year. Read more


11/14/2017

CPA Member News


MJS Packaging is pleased to announce the acquisition of Riekes Container, headquartered in Omaha, NE.  This strategic move will strengthen MJS Packaging’s product offering and footprint through the addition of four locations in the central and western regions of the U.S. “As we welcome Riekes Container into the MJS Packaging family, we are confident their industry knowledge and experience will complement our existing business, and further enhance our ability to provide our customers with the best packaging solutions,” said David Lubin, President of MJS Packaging.  “We look forward to the continued leadership from Brett Atlas with this group, and to the many contributions from the entire Riekes Container team.” Read more


10/31/2017

New article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his October 2017 & November 2017 columns here.


10/30/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun WinePak, North America's leading wine bottle distributor, has hired Steve Grande as a Packaging Consultant, according to Andrew Bottene, Senior Vice President at TricorBraun WinePak. “Steve has a wide and varied base of experience in the wine business,” said Bottene. “We are proud that he has joined TricorBraun WinePak.” Grande has worked in all aspects of the wine business, with experience in direct sales, sales management, marketing and public relations. Starting at Ferrari-Carano, where he ran a bottling line, Grande was also an Assistant Winemaker at Peterson Winery in the Dry Creek Valley and then moved on to barrel sales for a French cooperage. During the last ten years, Grande has been an Account Manager for Ramondin Capsules, a Spanish manufacturer of tin capsules and screwcaps. Read more


10/30/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun has formed a 50-50 joint venture in South America with Amfora Packaging (http://www.amforapackaging.com/), which will be named TricorBraun South America SAS, according to Keith Strope, President and CEO, of TricorBraun. “This is an exciting business combination that will allow us to gain an even deeper and more rapid foothold in a number of South American markets,” said Strope. Carlos Acedo, General Manager of Latin America for TricorBraun, said the new joint venture will cover five countries in South America: Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Venezuela. Read more


10/24/2017

CPA Member News


Liquid Processing at Pacmoore: What?? Is that a typo? A mistake? Isn’t PacMoore a dry ingredient contract manufacturer? Dry blending, extrusion, spray drying, consumer packaging? No typo, no mistake. PacMoore has added liquid processing capability at our Mooresville, IN facility – with the ability to blend or re-pack your liquids from one packaging format to another. And it’s available now! It all began as we recognized 3 things: We already had most of the liquid processing equipment necessary due to our spray drying system. We have developed an expertise in handling liquids as we have used our spray drying system to process them into functional dry powders. And as we spoke to our customers we realized that there is a market need for additional food contract manufacturers who can process liquids. Read more


10/23/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun, a global packaging solutions leader, is pleased to announce that Court Carruthers will become the company's President and CEO effective October 30, 2017. He succeeds the company's long-serving President and CEO, Keith Strope, who will become Executive Chairman. Strope noted the move is part of a long-term succession plan. "To accommodate our aggressive growth strategy, we need to continue building strong leadership into the future. I have enjoyed working with Court as a member of our board and am excited about working closely with him as CEO. I look forward to focusing my time on our longer-term growth efforts as Executive Chairman." Read more.


10/19/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun Design & Engineering Group today announced that Eileen Krumm has joined the company as an Industrial Designer. She reports to Industrial Design Manager Samantha Juna and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois. In this role, Krumm designs and develops custom rigid packaging solutions for CPG (consumer packaged goods) brand owners located across the globe. With market insights and consumer trends in mind, Krumm works directly with clients to understand their needs and design imaginative concepts specific to required materials and manufacturing processes. Read more


09/28/2017

CPA Member News


New research commissioned by rigid packaging leader TricorBraun shows that in addition to eliminating the need for consumers to dig their hands into powder to retrieve the scoop and compromise hygiene, the EZ Scoop improves ergonomic exposure for assembly line workers without affecting operational efficiency. TricorBraun released a new report outlining these findings and a guide offering best practices for EZ Scoop placement. Download complimentary copies at EZ Scoop: An Ergonomic Review and EZ Scoop Placement Guide.


09/20/2017

CPA Member News


Heidi Cook, a 25-Year veteran of the wine packaging industry, and most recently a packaging consultant for TricorBraun WinePak, has retired to pursue interests outside of the wine industry, according to Andrew Bottene, Senior Vice President at TricorBraun WinePak. “Heidi has been a strong asset to TricorBraun WinePak,” said Bottene. “We are grateful that she shared her talents with us or so long, and wish her well in her future ventures.” Prior to TricorBraun WinePak, Cook worked for Richards Packaging as a Sales Manager. She joined TricorBraun WinePak in 2008 as a Sales Manager. “Over half of my life has been spent servicing an amazingly dynamic industry,” said Cook. “I watched it grow from 50 wineries to over 400 in a short time.” Read more


09/19/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun has acquired Continental Packaging Associates (www.cpapackaging.com), a third-generation, family-owned packaging supplier, according to Keith Strope, President and CEO, of TricorBraun. “CPA is a great strategic fit with a good legacy and reputation,” said Strope. “It’s family-owned, much like TricorBraun started out.”

For more than 60 years, Continental Packaging Associates has focused on packaging solutions for the food, industrial, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. The company is owned by cousins Howard, Alan and Todd Feldman, who will all remain in management roles with TricorBraun. Continental Packaging Associates will begin immediately doing business as TricorBraun and will have expanded access to all TricorBraun customer resources, including the company’s package design, engineering and global sourcing capabilities. Read more.


09/18/2017

CPA appoints new managing director


Ron Puvak has been appointed managing director of the CPA, the national, nonprofit trade organization for those who manufacture, package, warehouse and ship products for a variety of consumer packaged goods companies. Effective immediately, Puvak will be responsible for overseeing the association’s current activities and creating a plan for long-term growth. Puvak has a 40-plus year track record in management, development of packaging technology and promotion of new innovation and business development. He will report to the CPA’s board of directors, chaired by Tim Koers, chief operating officer, The Visual Pak Companies. Read more.


09/18/2017

CPA Member News


Rigid packaging leader TricorBraun today released a new report addressing common questions about airless packaging to help brand owners determine if a technology that is the future of beauty and personal care packaging is suitable for their products. In the white paper, “Is Airless Right for Your Brand and Products?” TricorBraun outlines common questions about airless packaging technology: What is driving airless packaging growth?What types of airless packaging technology are most popular?, Why do companies choose airless? and What considerations does airless present?


09/11/2017

CPA and Hurricane Events


The Contract Packaging Association expresses its deepest concern and most heartfelt sympathies for the millions of people in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey as well as those impacted by Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts are with all those who are confronted by this disaster.


09/11/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun WinePak, North America's leading wine bottle distributor, has hired Derek Payne as a Packaging Consultant, according to Andrew Bottene, Senior Vice President at TricorBraun WinePak. “Derek has tremendous experience in packaging sales,” said Bottene. “He is a strong addition and will be focused on the British Columbia interior wine industry.” Prior to joining TricorBraun WinePak, Payne spent nearly 14 years at Universal Packaging: seven of those as Canadian Sales Manager. He has 25 years of experience in the packaging industry, with 11 of those in food and beverage, and chemical plastics. Payne also has 14 years of experience in the specialized field of container screen printing. Read more


09/11/2017

CPA Member News


ProAmpac, one of the nation’s largest flexible packaging manufacturers, today announced that is has acquired Wisconsin-based PolyFirst Packaging. Specializing in printed/customized roll stock and various types of plastic pouches and bags, PolyFirst provides new capabilities in cold seal and e-commerce products to complement ProAmpac’s existing flexible packaging product offerings. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The acquisition of PolyFirst provides us with cold seal capabilities and several new bag and pouch formats. Combined with our manufacturing expertise and award-winning printing assets, our customers will benefit from a more comprehensive service and product offering,” said ProAmpac CEO Greg Tucker. Read more.


09/11/2017

CPA Member News


ProAmpac, one of the nation’s largest flexible packaging manufacturers, announced today that Tom Loewald joined the senior leadership team as President of the Extrusion and Laminations Division. Tom most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Thermo Fisher Scientific, after leading businesses ranging from $100 MM to $3.5 B over a 15 year career with the company. In his CCO role, Tom designed and led the company’s commercial strategy and enterprise-spanning commercial resources, which included a corporate accounts team with $4.4 B in sales, an e-commerce organization with $4 B in sales, and two stand-alone service divisions with combined sales of $1.6 B. In his new position, Loewald will lead ProAmpac’s largest division. Read more


09/11/2017

CPA Member News


ProAmpac, one of the nation’s largest flexible packaging manufacturers, today announced that is has acquired the North American shopping bag product line of AB Packaging Group. This transaction will enable the parties to better serve their customers in their respective markets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “These assets will add additional capacity to ProAmpac’s paper handle bag production enabling us to better serve our growing food service, catering and retail customer base,” said ProAmpac CEO Greg Tucker. Read more.


09/11/2017

CPA Member News


 ProAmpac, one of the nation’s largest flexible packaging manufacturers, today announced that is has acquired Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Orlando from Holland’s Clondalkin Group. Specializing in converting, printing, die-cutting and slitting packaging materials, Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Orlando is an established market leader in lidding foils and films. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “For more than 20 years ProAmpac has partnered with Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Orlando to jointly supply lidding and films to the marketplace,” said ProAmpac CEO Greg Tucker. Read more


09/11/2017

CPA Member News


Heather Pence has been named National Sales Manager, New Accounts for BCI Packaging, a St. Peters-based contract packaging firm that provides employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. Pence comes to BCI Packaging with 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, fulfillment, and account management. In her past roles, she worked for a wide range of clients including Fortune 500s, health care, state and local government, and retail. Pence holds a bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University. Read more


09/11/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun WinePak, North America's leading wine bottle distributor, has promoted Michelle Thornburn to Packaging Consultant, according to Andrew Bottene, Senior Vice President at TricorBraun WinePak. “Michelle has been a valued part of the WinePak team for some time,” said Bottene. “We’re excited to promote her to the next level of growth for our organization.” Prior to TricorBraun WinePak, Thornburn worked for Columbia Packaging in purchasing where she earned a purchasing certificate. In 2008, the company was acquired by TricorBraun and Thornburn moved to TricorBraun WinePak as an Account Coordinator. Read more


08/30/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun WinePak, North America's leading wine bottle distributor, has issued the following statement in conjunction with the evolution of the wine packaging industry, according to Andrew Bottene, Senior Vice President: For the past 35 years, TricorBraun WinePak has been a driving force in the wine packaging industry. Today, as our industry shifts and global competition impacts product quality, pricing and availability—we recognize that many of our customers face confusing questions. “Who should I buy from?” and “Should I simply opt for the lowest price?” become real decisions. For TricorBraun WinePak, these shifts provide an opportunity to reaffirm our unique and long-standing position in the wine packaging industry. Today, we commit our company and our future to a new, WinePak Promise


08/23/2017

New article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his September 2017 column here.


08/21/2017

CPA Member News


Keller Logistics Group, an asset based Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) serving the Food & Beverage along with other key industry verticals announced today that, for the second year, they have been selected as one of Food Logistics Top 3PL & Cold Storage ProvidersFood Logistics Magazine publishes this exclusive provider listing yearly and is used consistently as a planning tool for supply chain professionals. Read more


08/17/2017

CPA Member News


Bonded Logistics, a leading global provider of third-party logistics (3PL), announces the opening of its 371K sq. ft. warehousing facility at Metrolina Park in north Charlotte.  Additionally, to accommodate the needs of current customers and new business, it has agreed to lease the remaining 124K sq. ft. of available space in Building 2 of Beacon Partners’ new industrial park.

“It’s always an exciting time when a new facility gets up and running,” states Scott Carr, President and CEO of Bonded Logistics.  “There’s so much work that goes into a project like this, especially one of this magnitude, that it feels really good when everything comes together.  Special thanks to Beacon Partners and Edifice for their great work on the construction of the building.  And a big thank you to our operations team for all their hard work to make sure everything was ready for our customers.” Read more


08/15/2017

A Message from the CPA President


This week marks the completion of my first month as your new CPA president. I’m using the occasion to write my fellow CPA members with an urgent first request. Fulfilling it should be good for your business, could help your career, and certainly will benefit our industry. It is my hope that you can take few minutes and accommodate the request today or in the very near future.

This is an exciting year for our industry. It’s also the 25th anniversary of the CPA. Today the contract packaging industry enjoys more respect, attention and growth than at any point in our history. This is the result of hard work by hundreds of leaders, and also a quarter century of work the CPA has done on our behalf.

Another exciting development this year is our expanded 2017 Tri-Annual State of the Industry Report. Larger and more comprehensive, it promises to be the best report yet. When complete, it will be read by customers, investors, support organizations, and thought leaders. This report is an important gauge of our industry’s vitality and growth, as well as the trends shaping our emerging industry. The report also influences millions of dollars in business and capital spending.

However, we cannot finish it until we hear from you. Read more


08/08/2017

CPA Member News


Performance Packaging of Nevada, an innovative supplier of flexible and folding carton packaging the world over, has introduced its AIRSHIELD capability, which has the goal of extending the shelf life of packaged foods. The process is designed to chemically remove oxygen from rigid and flexible packages such as pouches and packages containing fitments or solid closures. The AIRSHIELD process has been in development for two years and only uses compounds considered GRAS (“generally recognized as safe”) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is anticipated that AIRSHIELD, which has a patent pending, will be available to food processors and packagers by early 2017. Read more


07/31/2017

New article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his August 2017 column here.


07/25/2017

CPA Member News


Packaging Options Direct, a division of TricorBraun, has launched a new, online credit application tool, according to Nicholas Jager, Operations Manager at Packaging Options Direct. "Our new credit tool has been developed to make the line-of-credit process easier and more convenient for customers," said Jager. He said new customers that have registered can now apply for credit online when their cart subtotal is over $1000 at: https://packagingoptionsdirect.com/. According to Jager, new or returning customers checking out with a subtotal of at least $1,000 will be offered $2,500 worth of credit. Customers who have applied for credit and been approved, can then use their line of credit for any size order. Read more


07/24/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun Design & Engineering Group today announced that Collin Akemann has joined the company as Industrial Designer. He reports to Industrial Design Manager Samantha Juna and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois. In this role, Akemann designs and develops custom rigid packaging solutions for TricorBraun’s consumer packaged goods (CPG) brand owners located across the globe. With market insights and consumer trends in mind, Akemann works directly with clients to understand their needs and design imaginative concepts specific to required materials and manufacturing processes. Read more


07/21/2017

CPA Member News


A two compartment package—with the bottom container snapping into the base of the larger top bottle—is being used to launch a disruptive new portable, shelf-stable cocktail line. Called the Clasper™ bottle, the innovative package development was driven by brand owner Yumix’s desire to give adult consumers a great tasting cocktail, which they could mix themselves anywhere, anytime.

The Clasper™ bottle—engineered by Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI)—is a combination of two polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers and a shrink label.  The bottom holds 50 ml of premium alcohol and features a heat-applied aluminum-foil seal.  The main bottle holds 6.5 ounces of hot-filled, shelf-stable juice and is topped by a 38 mm polypropylene closure. Added visual appeal is provided by shrink-label graphics which also include usage instructions. Read more


07/18/2017

CPA Member News


Rigid packaging leader TricorBraun today released a new report addressing challenges faced by brand owners when it comes to selecting the right packaging materials. The white paper outlines how brand owners can identify the right packaging materials to balance brand requirements and consumer preferences with packaging content to mitigate risk, extend shelf life and avoid higher costs. Read the white paper, Material Selection Matters, here.


07/11/2017

Memjet presents July webinar


On Tuesday, July 18, Memjet will host the live webinar, Digital Packaging Webinar - Just-In-Time Customized Corrugated Packaging. A product's packaging is the first physical contact a customer has with a brand or company. Corrugated shipping containers should communicate a customized and professional brand experience to foster a close relationship with customers. Register now for an educational webinar to discover how companies have transformed their businesses by implementing new printing technologies that provides flexible, cost-effective and impactful corrugated packaging. Read more.  


06/29/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun, a leading packaging solutions company, announced it received a record number of medals at the NACD (National Association of Container Distributors) 2017 Packaging Awards. Of the company's 10 medals received at the NACD competition this year, four were gold, four were silver and two were bronze. TricorBraun has won awards in every year of the more than 30 years it has competed in award shows. Review the winning entries here.


06/28/2017

CPA Member News


Dixie Elixirs partners with TricorBraun under an aggressive six-month timeline to meet the latest cannabis regulations with a custom packaging design solution. With legalization for medical and recreational use occurring just five years ago in Colorado, cannabis sales exceeded $1 billion in 2016 alone which is a 30% increase. According to the Arcview Group, this industry is estimated to reach nearly $22 billion in total annual sales in the US by 2020. An industry in its infancy with an accelerated growth rate and a whole lot of regulation is one that Dixie Elixirs has been able to continue to successfully evolve with since day one. Colorado became the first state in the nation to open recreational dispensaries and the first place in the world where marijuana is regulated from seed to sale. Read more


06/27/2017

New article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his July 2017 column here.


06/26/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canadian-based Salbro Bottle (www.salbrobottle.com), a 27-year-old packaging solutions company, according to Keith Strope, President and CEO, of TricorBraun. “Salbro fits our strategic vision extremely well,” said Strope. “We were interested in expanding our reach and presence in Canada and this acquisition helps us do both.” As part of the deal, TricorBraun will acquire enhanced rapid prototyping and even quicker response times,” said Strope.  According to Gary Saltz, President of Salbro, the acquisition will allow his company to continue to focus on serving customers. Paul Saltz, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and David Saltz, Vice President of Operations, agree. “Our relationship with TricorBraun gives us additional strength to grow,” they said. Read more


06/21/2017

New officers welcomed to CPA


We are pleased to announce the officers of the Board of Directors for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Tim Koers, COO of The Visual Pak Companies, will enter his first year as CPA president.

"I'm excited to begin this fantastic opportunity within such a dynamic organization. Thanks to the dedication of my predecessors, CPA has established a strong footing in engaging our membership and I look forward to continue building on that foundation over the next year," Koers said.

The following individuals will participate on the Board of Directors:

  • President: Tim Koers, The Visual Pak Companies
  • Vice President: Mark O'Malley, Paket Corporation
  • Treasurer: Jeff Freiburger, RRP Packaging
  • Immediate Past President: Vicky Smitley, Hearthside Food Solutions

John Mazelin will continue in his role as CPA's Executive Director. 

Other Directors on the board include:

  • Patty Dodson, Exact Packaging
  • Jon Hayward, Bonded Pac
  • Nikki Johnson, Flexible Technologies
  • Tom Landry, Allegiance Staffing
  • Rob Reinders, Performance Packaging of Nevada
  • Eric Wilhelm, Coregistics
  • Eric Greenberg, P.C. serves as legal counsel for the Contract Packaging Association.

06/20/2017

CPA Member News


 For the third consecutive year, Hormel Foods presented its Spirit of Excellence Award to ProAmpac, one of the nation’s largest flexible packaging converters. During an awards celebration on June 8, ProAmpac celebrated this achievement at its Terrebonne, QC, Canada facility. ProAmpac is among 89 suppliers honored for contributing to Hormel’s continuous improvement process by maintaining an index rating score of 92 or better throughout 2016. Read more.


06/09/2017

CPA Member News


Serac is proud to announce the launch of its new company logo. The company feels the logo is a reflection of its continued growth and evolution. As a liquid filling equipment manufacturer, Serac was created with 3 simple goals in mind: Reliability, Durability and Accuracy. As the company moves forward, it will continue to honor these initial goals as well as striving to increase our performance levels throughout the business. Serac will continue the legacy as an industry leader through innovation, and finally, it will strengthen our relationships with our customers. See the new logo on the Serac website.


06/07/2017

New article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read his June 2017 column here.


06/07/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun Commits To Major Recruiting Effort; Packaging Solutions Leader Seeks To Evolve Sales Perceptions
TricorBraun has undertaken an aggressive new program to hire employees — especially people who might be interested in sales, according to Keith Strope, President and CEO, of TricorBraun. "We see tremendous growth opportunity in the packaging industry," said Strope. "For our organization, organic growth is an important goal and we are making the important investments that will allow us to achieve that growth." Read more.


06/07/2017

CPA Member News


Scholle IPN Produces its 25 millionth Automotive Oil Bag-in-box-Package
Scholle IPN, a global leader in flexible packaging solutions, has revealed today that they are passing a major production milestone for their flexible bag-in-box package for automotive oil. Since the product’s inception in 2008, Scholle IPN has delivered 25,000,000 of the award-winning packages to market; primarily bound for quick lube outlets and other institutional businesses where oil changes are a service offering. Read more.


06/07/2017

Nulogy presents June CPA webinar


On Tuesday, June 27, Nulogy will host the live webinar, "All Star" Contract Packaging Leaders Share Their Growth Stories. The growth and opportunity in contract packaging is driving intense competition in the co-pack space. As brands look to work with fewer number of strategic suppliers, co-packers are racing to improve their service levels to become the supplier of choice. How are the best of the best improving their operational efficiency, quality, and agility to grow their business? Learn from the growth stories of this panel of "all star" contract packaging providers!  Read more.  


06/05/2017

CPA Returns to PACK EXPO Las Vegas


CPA's popular Sourcing Center is back at PACK EXPO Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, September 25-27, in booth #C-1257. Our Sourcing Center is the spot for those interested in contract packaging and manufacturing services to learn about CPA members  and how to source these service providers. Read more.


06/01/2017

CPA Member News


MJS Packaging is pleased to announce that Airlite Plastics, specifically its Measurex Division, was recently presented with the company’s Partner in Growth Award.  This annual award is designed to recognize a single manufacturing partner that goes above and beyond to support the supply chain. “We view Measurex and Airlite Plastics as a trusted partner that truly appreciates the value of a relationship,” said Jerry Davis, Vice President of Purchasing for MJS Packaging.  “We rely on Airlite for their consistent, high-quality products, wide range of components and superior customer service.” Read more. 


05/31/2017

CPA Member News


How companies can capitalize on the nutraceutical boom and break through the noise with packaging strategies
Rigid packaging leader TricorBraun today released a new eBook addressing the accelerated evolution of the nutraceutical category, the challenges faced by nutraceutical brand owners and how they can leverage a variety of packaging strategies and win. Consumers’ concerns about rising health care costs, a focus on preventative care and a greater desire for balance and wellness are just a few of the factors contributing to global nutraceutical sales, expected to reach $278.96 billion by 2021. Read more.


05/17/2017

CPA Member News


New Blender Up And Running at PacMoore Hammond Facility - At PacMoore, we’re always eager for more ways to execute our strategy with excellence. We aim to be the most reliable link in your supply chain, ensuring that every production run meets your specifications and schedule. When our customers come to us their fundamental need is for production capacity and that is what we supply. Read more


05/17/2017

CPA Member News


Using Smart Packaging Strategy to Break Through the Nutraceutical Noise - TricorBraun released a new white paper today addressing challenges faced by nutraceutical brand owners and how they can drive consumer loyalty through packaging functionality. Consumers’ concerns about rising health care costs, a focus on proactive preventative care, and a greater desire for balance and wellness are just a few of the factors contributing to the billions spent on vitamins, dietary supplements and sports nutrition products each year. Read more


05/11/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun WinePak, the largest wine-bottle distributor in North America, has been named “Best Bottle Supplier of 2017” by respondents to Vineyard & Winery Management's fifth-annual Best Wine Industry Suppliers survey. According to a published report by Vineyard & Winery Management, the survey received more than 700 responses from across the nation and covered 25 categories. In the survey, respondents cited TricorBraun WinePak’s "competitive prices," "range of choices," "delivery" and "high quality products." Read more


05/11/2017

CPA Member News


Cincinnati-based packaging manufacturer ProAmpac  will be recognized with two 2017 WorldStar food-category awards from the World Packaging Organization (WPO) during an awards ceremony being held in conjunction with Interpack  May 4-10 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The awards will be distributed May 4 during the WorldStar ceremony being held in Dusseldorf. Visitors can see these innovations at the ProAmpac exhibit: Hall 9, E.28 / F.27. Read more


05/05/2017

From the Desk of the Contract Packaging Magazine Editor


Greetings!

I’m pleased to let you know that the Summer edition of Contract Packaging magazine will feature a new products section and we are currently soliciting your news.

If you are an Associate Member of the Contract Packaging Association, or a supplier of machinery or materials to contract packagers, we welcome your press releases about new equipment or materials, released in the past 12 months.

Please send your information and high-resolution images directly to me at mohan@packworld.com by Monday, May 22 to be considered for inclusion in the July/August issue of Contract Packaging.

Thanks for your news contributions and we're looking forward to an excellent issue!

Sincerely,
Anne Marie Mohan
Editor
Contract Packaging


05/04/2017

CPA Member News


Bonded Logistics, a premier third party logistics (3PL) provider, announces plans for creating a 762K sq. ft. logistics campus in Charlotte, NC.  Utilizing a mix of new and current facilities, it will offer a broad range of options for companies looking for supply chain management solutions in one of the fastest growing regions in the Southeast.

“This campus really opens up so many opportunities,” states Scott Carr, President of Bonded Logistics.  “Not only does it help us benefit from synergies with labor, equipment, and communication, it also adds another flagship, Class A building to our portfolio that we can market to current and prospective clients.  I’m very excited about the growth potential that this campus will bring.” Read more


05/03/2017

New Article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read the May 2017 column here.


04/27/2017

CPA Member News


MJS Packaging is pleased to announce that Elaine Jacob has been selected for induction into the National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) Hall of Fame. This annual award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the packaging industry. Elaine will be honored in memoriam on April 27 at the 2017 NACD convention in Napa, CA. 

Elaine began her career in the 1950’s at her grandfather’s company, M. Jacob & Sons (now MJS Packaging), and led efforts into the emerging plastics packaging market. A pioneer in the packaging industry, Elaine became the first female NACD president in 1977, and quickly brought more structure to the organization. Read more


04/24/2017

CPA Member News


ProAmpac today announced that is has acquired Trinity Packaging Corporation (Trinity), a leading flexible packaging company specializing in large format packaging for the lawn and garden, food and specialty industrial markets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Trinity is headquartered in Armonk, New York with operations in Rocky Mount, Virginia and Buffalo, New York. ProAmpac is a leading global flexible packaging company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio operating primarily under the Prolamina, Ampac and Tulsack brands. Read more. 


04/03/2017

CPA Member News


Vitamin and dietary supplement consumers’ package selection decisions are driven by the ease and security of the dispensing close, dosing flexibility and intuitiveness, according to new research from TricorBraun, a leader in rigid packaging. TricorBraun’s research also reveals that consumers look for dispensing closures with smaller orifices for controlled dosing, wide orifices for larger pills and gummies, audible clicks to indicate a secure closing, and large thumb recesses for easy, one-handed open and close. Read more. 


03/29/2017

CPA Announces New Board of Directors


CPA is pleased to announce the newly elected Directors of the Board starting on July 1, 2017. The following individuals will participate as directors on the Board of Directors:

  • Nikki Johnson, Flexible Technologies (Associate Member, newly elected)
  • Patty Dodson, Exact Packaging (Regular Member, newly elected)
  • Jon Hayward, Bonded Pac (Regular Member, re-elected)
  • Tom Landry, Allegiance Staffing (Associate Member, re-elected)
  • Eric Wilhelm, Coregistics (Regular Member, re-elected)

Join us in welcoming our new Board of Directors. We're excited to further enhance member value, grow our association and to continue making an impact on this industry! 


03/29/2017

New Article from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read the April 2017 column here.


03/23/2017

Join us for the PMMI OpX Panel Discussion Webinar


One of the most talked about events from our Annual Conference, the PMMI OpX Panel Discussion, was so popular that we are turning it into a webinar! During this panel, moderated by PMMI Vice President, Industry Services Tom Egan, PMMI member company suppliers will discuss their approaches for successful projects with contract packers including what to look for, what to ask and when, critical milestones and post install best practices. TCO, FAT, OEE, and equipment design will be discussed. Join the group on Thursday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CST for this informative session. Register now. 


03/22/2017

CPA Member News


Bonded Pac, the contract packaging division of Bonded Logistics, posted a recent article to their blog that outlines three reasons why companies rely on co-packers to outsource rework services like repackaging, repairs, relabeling, inspection, recalls, and returns. Read more. 


03/16/2017

CPA Member News


TricorBraun, one of the world’s largest supplier of rigid packaging, has been awarded a 2017 American Package Design Award, according to Keith Strope, President and CEO of TricorBraun. The award was presented to TricorBraun by Graphic Design USA, for the development of packaging for Envirocon Technologies, makers of Lemi Shine Dish Soap.

New research showed that customers wanted the functionality of ‘under the counter’ dish soap, in a new, counter-worthy design, according to Jonathan Bolda, TricorBraun Design Engineer. “Developing a new package for Lemi Shine was a welcome engineering challenge because it involved more creativity than most projects and customer feedback was quick, so the process was smooth,” said Bolda. Read more. 


03/16/2017

CPA Member News


Multi-Pack Solutions™ has promoted David Sanchez-Turner to Operations Manager for their Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based wet wipes business, where he will lead the company’s Production, Procurement, and Logistics teams. David will be responsible for leading lean and quality-based production initiatives in support of the company’s core commitments to delivering innovation and speed-to-market, with an initial emphasis on improving key metrics such as on-time delivery and quality. Read more.


03/01/2017

CPA Member News


Read My Lips: Lip Balm Consumers Prefer Convenient Packages That Make Using Lip Balm Fun | TricorBraun’s consumer research also reveals the appeal for the innovative pop jar packaging format purchase drivers for consumer lip balm package selection include Intuitiveness, Visual Appeal and Trendiness. Female consumers prefer the size, fun and trendiness of lip balm stick packaging and the trendy, hygienic and visually appealing design of modern jar packaging, according to new research from rigid packaging leader TricorBraun. Consumers also favor the intuitiveness, size, portability and open/close ease of a new pop jar format compared to the traditional jar. Read more.


02/24/2017

New Article Available from Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg


The Counsel to the CPA Eric Greenberg, shares with us his long-time affiliation as a Contributing Editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he writes monthly columns analyzing current legal developments affecting the packaging industries. We are pleased to provide reprints of those columns as an educational resource for our members through our Educational Partner Portal. Read the March 2017 column here. 


02/15/2017

CPA Member News


Our member company Frain Industries has new articles available on their blog for you to read. Check them out here


02/09/2017

CPA Member News


Bonded Logistics, a privately-owned third-party logistics (3PL) provider, celebrated its 45th Anniversary of outsourced supply chain logistics’ services on the 1st of February. What started out as a five-man operation in one warehouse in downtown Charlotte has turned into a 280-employee business with 13 facilities spread across North Carolina. Read more. 


02/03/2017

CPA Announces Contract Packaging Sourcing Center at PACK EXPO East


CPA hosts the Contract Packaging Sourcing Center at PACK EXPO East in the Association Partner Pavilion, in Philadelphia, Feb. 27 to March 1, booth #1190. The Sourcing Center is a place where brand owners interested in contract packaging and manufacturing services can learn about CPA members and how to source these service providers. Visitors will experience real examples of contract packaged and manufactured goods from CPA members and have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with industry experts. The Sourcing Center is also a place for contract packagers and manufacturers to learn about CPA and the benefits of membership. Read more.


01/31/2017

CPA Member News


Sterling Contract Packaging Inc. has purchased a ProSys RT60 tube filling and sealing machine for their new facility in Moore, South Carolina. With installation set for February of 2017, the ProSys RT60 will allow Sterling CPI to fill and seal tubes at a rate of up to 70 per minute. The RT60 is a versatile machine that can accurately handle water thin liquids to highly viscous pastes. Read more.


01/26/2017

CPA Member News


Sterling CPI, a full-service contract packaging company, announced that they have purchased 29 acres of land in the Tyger River Industrial Park, located in Moore, SC.  With this land, Sterling CPI will construct a state of the art 140,000 square foot manufacturing and warehousing facility.  The land will also allow the company to expand the building by more than 100,000 square feet, in the future. Read more. 


01/23/2017

CPA Member News


Our member company Frain Industries has new articles available on their blog for you to read. Check them out here


01/18/2017

CPA & IoPP Webinar Now Available


Did you miss our Jan. 17 webinar with IoPP, "How Contract Packagers Can Help You Adapt to Trends Driving Supply Chain Changes" ? Visit our Webinars On-Demand section under Educational Resources to view it! 


01/18/2017

CPA Member News


Flexible Technologies names Nicole (Nikki) Johnson Vice President of Sales & Marketing, a new role within the growing organization. Johnson will lead the sales teams, customer service and marketing for the privately held company. With over 20 years of industry experience in packaging and printing, Johnson joins Flexible Technologies with a solid resume of business development expertise, holding a number of roles with Illinois Tool Works (ITW) over her career. Most recently, Johnson has worked as a consultant to the packaging and printing industry, serving the Contract Packaging Association as Managing Director. Read more. 


01/05/2017

CPA Member News


The Ampac Pull TabTM beverage pouch will now be marketed and produced in the United States for alcoholic beverages.  Ampac’s Pull Tab award winning beverage pouch first launched in Switzerland for a local juice brand in 2014. The Ampac Pull TabTM pouch is an alternative format to the traditional straw-punch beverage pouch. Read more.


01/05/2017

CPA & IoPP Team for January Webinar


CPA & the Institute of Packaging Professionals co-host a live webinar, How Contract Packagers Can Help You Adapt to Trends Driving Supply Chain Changes, on Tuesday, January 17 at 2 p.m. CST. This webinar, moderated by CPA President Vicky Smitley, will discuss how consumer buying habits are demanding immediate availability and delivery - both of which contribute to shorter product life cycles, a proliferation of sku's in compressed timelines. Panelists include Robert Reinders, President of Performance Packaging, Jason Tham, CEO of Nulogy Corp., and Mike Repp, Vice President & General Manager of Bell-Carter Packaging. This webinar is free for CPA and IoPP members. Register now.


12/20/2016

Uber Revolution Pack Summit Videos Available


Did you miss the opportunity to attend Frain's Uber Revolution Pack Summit in September? The Uber Revolution Pack Summit offered a unique and compelling opportunity to analyze industry trends, provide a view of the future of the industry and offer solutions from foremost industry experts. Be sure to check out these videos from the event!


12/13/2016

CPA Member News


Bonded Logistics, a privately-owned global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, has unveiled a new, redesigned company website at www.bondedlogistics.com.  Upgrades include an intuitive design and user-friendly navigation, fresh content and graphics, as well as several new features designed to showcase the company as a leading supplier of supply chain management solutions. Read more.


12/06/2016

CPA Annual Meeting 2017 Registration Now Open


At the Contract Packaging Association's 2017 Annual Meeting, you will find multiple ways and opportunities to hone your business intuition and skill. Register now to participate in sessions about U.S. and regional economic trends and issues impacting businesses of all sizes; e-commerce ecosystem and craft packaging strategies that grow your business; and a PMMI OpX Panel Discussion on how to navigate the capital packaging and processing equipment buying cycle. Read more. 


11/29/2016

CPA Member News


An announcement from Contract Packaging Magazine: CP Magazine is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2017, Anne Marie Mohan will be the new Editor of Contract Packaging magazine. Many of you already know Anne Marie, who is currently the Senior Editor at Packaging World. During her years in the trade press, she has covered countless packaging application and design features. You'll also find Anne Marie's contributions in Healthcare PackagingShelf Impact! and GreenerPackage.com. Read more.


11/21/2016

CPA Member News


From Frain Industries: I suspect that most of you are happy with Amazon’s speedy deliveries but always want them to be just a little bit faster. I know I am and do. We also love the idea that they will provide drone delivery, lockboxes at the corner store and other innovations to provide us with almost instant delivery. Faster is better, right? I’d not thought much about this from the manufacturer’s standpoint until a couple months ago. For most of my clients, Walmart is their most significant customer, accounting for half or more of sales. They are usually their most challenging customer as well. Read more. 


11/14/2016

CPA Member News


From Frain Industries: Whether or not you served in the United States Military, you may have heard of the acronym M.R.E. It stands for a Meal, Ready to Eat. Service members in field training or combat do not have time or luxury for much more than a snack that takes 2 minutes from start to finish… exactly what an MRE delivers. Read more. 


11/08/2016

CPA Partners with The Packaging School


CPA announces a new partnership with The Packaging School, an exclusive licensee of a professional packaging curriculum developed at Clemson University. This partnership comes on the heels of CPA’s announcement of a new and enhanced membership structure, giving CPA members greater business development tools that leverage CPA’s industry presence and partnerships, as well as more networking and educational offerings than ever before. Read more.


11/07/2016

CPA Member News


ProAmpac, a leading global flexible packaging company, will display the latest in flexible packaging innovations at this year’s PACKEXPO International in Chicago, November 6-9, 2016. Along with showcasing their line of innovative flexible packaging solutions, ProAmpac will have special demonstrations of E-Z Snackpak; PRO-TEAR; PRO-DURA and PRO-POUCH products. Read more.


11/03/2016

CPA Member News


 Ampac, a division of ProAmpac, and the world’s leader in creative flexible packaging solutions, has engineered an improved anti-fog technology for film used in fresh produce packaging. Ampac has been a long time supplier of surface printed anti-fog OPP film with controlled perforation for vegetables. From a market need, and through the efforts of a strong technical team, Ampac developed coated films with superior anti-fog properties that help prevent condensation for heat sealable films. Read more.


10/31/2016

CPA 2.5 Membership Webinar Now Available


Did you miss the "CPA 2.5 Membership Webinar"  on Thursday, October 27? Visit our Webinars On-Demand section under Educational Resources to learn more about our membership structure changes and how it impacts you and your membership!


10/31/2016

CPA Member News


Frain Industries, the nation’s largest provider of integrated packaging and processing equipment solutions, releases results from its “Commitment to Sustainability” initiative. For the full year 2015, the company: saved 433 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, recycled 2.5 tons of project test materials, re-used 6,196 parts from the company’s inventory, re-purposed 1,238 machines and saved 686,000 pounds of new machinery. Read more. 


10/25/2016

CPA Member News


Nulogy, the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions for the contract packaging industry, announced the exclusive preview of Nulogy GO to the world’s leading brands, suppliers, and industry media at a special reception at PACK EXPO International. Nulogy’s breakthrough cloud platform enables brands and suppliers to work together in launching new products and promotions more effectively than ever before. Read more. 


10/20/2016

CPA Hosts Membership Webinar


On the heels of its big announcement about the change in membership structure, CPA will host an informative webinar for its members on Thursday, October 27 at 1 p.m. Central Time. The CPA 2.5 Membership Webinar will be presented by CPA Managing Director Nikki Johnson, who will outline the changes, enhancements and what it means for you as a member.  Click here to register. 


10/19/2016

CPA Announces New Enhanced Membership Model


The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) launches a new membership model that includes many fresh and enriched programs to serve its members and the industry. CPA 2.5 goes into effect in 2017, in celebration of the association’s 25th anniversary. The new model is rooted in the following statement: 

We believe in building a better supply chain. Through education, networking and industry exposure, we help members innovate and grow their businesses. We are CPA - the association for contract packagers and manufacturers.

Read more. 


10/13/2016

CPA Member News


Bonded Logistics, a privately-owned global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, packed a company-record 6,000 shoeboxes during its annual Operation Christmas Child outreach event held last Saturday.  This was due in large part to the over 100 employees and family members that volunteered for the Samaritan’s Purse project, which delivers the shoeboxes to needy children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease. Read more. 


10/07/2016

CPA Member News


Ampac, a division of ProAmpac, the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, announces an improved MRE pouch innovation for the International Space Station. Ampac has been a producer of MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) retort pouches for the US military for many years. Because of the quality and functionality of these pouches, Ampac is now supplying them to NASA for use on the International Space Station. Read more. 


10/05/2016

CPA Webinar Available On-Demand


Did you miss our informative webinar, "An Introduction to Aseptic Processing and Packaging"  from Tuesday, October 4? Visit our Webinars On-Demand section under Educational Resources to boost your knowledge of Aseptic Processing and Packaging. Looking to learn even more about this topic? Click here for information about the Thirty-Fourth Annual Aseptic Processing and Packaging Workshop.


09/26/2016

Educational Opportunity Available


ISBT Beverage Institute™ is offering a Fall One Day Session, entitled the Fundamentals of Beverage Technology, on Tuesday, October 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course offers attendees the  opportunity to learn  best practices and the latest technologies from subject matter experts in the beverage industry, gain tools to improve your career and enhance your professional development and develop a broad understanding of the interrelated industry functions and their impacts on the supply chain. Click here for more information. 


09/26/2016

CPA Member News


Accu-tec, Inc., a Louisville-based contract packaging company, has expanded the capacity of its production facility at 1439 Dixie Highway in Louisville. The company, a member of The B4B Alliance, recently leased an additional 75,000 sq. ft. at its production and warehouse building, increasing its capacity at that location to 325,000 sq. ft. Read more. 


09/09/2016

CPA Returns to PACK EXPO International


CPA returns to PACK EXPO International in Chicago on Nov. 6-9 at McCormick Place, in booth N-5801 for our Sourcing Center! The Sourcing Center is a place where brand owners interested in contract packaging and manufacturing services can learn about CPA members and how to source these service providers. We would love to see you there!

Register today for PackExpo International using this complimentary code: 31B49
*Please note: The Pharma EXPO Conference Program requires separate session fees. Complimentary registration unavailable to non-exhibiting suppliers.
Register here: http://bit.ly/2c3Igku


08/26/2016

CPA Hosts Aseptic Webinar


CPA will host a live webinar at 1 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Oct. 4.  Join this webinar, "An Introduction to Aseptic Processing and Packaging," presented by Steve Smith from Purdue University, to learn more about what Aseptic Processing and Packaging is, its history and why it is important to consider its  advantages and disadvantages. Read more.  


08/23/2016

CPA Director to Participate in Frain Summit


CPA Director Tom Landry will participate in Frain's Uber Revolution Pack Summit on September 21. Landry will discuss the benefits of CPA and the impact it can make on packaging businesses. He will also talk about where CPA is heading in the future. The Uber Revolution Pack Summit will offer a unique and compelling opportunity to analyze these trends, provide a view of the future of the industry and offer solutions from foremost industry experts. Read more. 


08/17/2016

CPA Member News


Ampac, a division of ProAmpac, has won an AmeriStar award for the Duke’s Mayonnaise 8 oz. Pouch, a shaped, reclosable stand up pouch new to the mayonnaise and condiment aisle utilizing clear, barrier lamination for product protection. Ampac was also recognized for its E-Z SnackPakTM win in the WorldStar Awards Competition. Read more. 


08/10/2016

CPA Member News


Plex Systems, the leader in cloud ERP for manufacturing, today announced it has acquired DemandCaster, a leader in cloud-based supply chain planning solutions. The acquisition means the Plex Manufacturing Cloud now delivers the industry’s first comprehensive suite of cloud applications for running manufacturing enterprises, from enterprise resource (ERP) and supply chain planning (SCP) to manufacturing execution (MES). Read more.


08/10/2016

CPA Member News


Plex Systems, the leader in cloud ERP for manufacturing, has been designated a Breakout Vendor for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Business Applications in the May 2016 Forrester Research report, Breakout Vendors: SaaS Business Applications. The report recognizes Plex among six SaaS business application vendors that stand out for their track records of customer success and market approaches to their respective segments. Read more. 


08/04/2016

Latest webinar available on-demand


Did you miss the Nulogy webinar, "How Brands & Co-Pack Suppliers Collaborate to Enable the 'Mass to My' Market," from July? Visit our Webinars On-Demand section under Educational Resources to catch up and boost your contract packaging knowledge.


08/02/2016

CPA Announces New Board of Directors Officers


The Contract Packaging Association is pleased to announce the officers of the Board of Directors for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Vicky Smitley, Vice President of Sales at Hearthside Food Solutions, will enter her second year as CPA President. Read more.


07/25/2016

CPA sponsors Nulogy webinar


CPA sponsors a live Webinar by Nulogy at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 27.  Join this webinar,  "How Brands & Co-Pack Suppliers Collaborate to Enable the 'Mass to My' Market" to learn from three experts on how to build a collaborative relationship through sharing information and developing join business strategies. Click here to register today!


07/14/2016

CPA Member News


GH Manufacturing Inc. announced today the addition of a state-of-the-art EASYSNAP line to their contract packaging facility. The line was installed in an ISO 7 grade clean room and will give the company additional capacity in news markets. Read more. 


07/11/2016

CPA Member News


RS Industrial, Inc., a leading distributor and manufacturer of industrial adhesives, has announced the launch of Build-A-Bond™, an interactive online tool that allows visitors to customize an Adhesive Squares™ product to match the specifications of their application. Read more.


06/24/2016

CPA Announces Contract Packaging Sourcing Center at PACK EXPO International


The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) hosts the Contract Packaging Sourcing Center at PACK EXPO International in Chicago on Nov. 6-9 at McCormick Place, in booth N-5801. The Sourcing Center is a place where brand owners interested in contract packaging and manufacturing services can learn about CPA members and how to source these service providers. Read more.


06/09/2016

CPA Member News


Ampac, a division of ProAmpac, announces a new low extractable barrier lamination, PRO FlexiPURE™, which enhances the existing family of successful barrier drug and medical device overwrap laminations for the pharmaceutical and medical device markets. Read more. 


06/08/2016

CPA Member News


Hood Container Corporation announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the corrugated packaging and contract packaging and fulfillment business of Louisville, KY-based Packaging Unlimited. Read more.


06/08/2016

CPA Member News


A new advance in Serac Agami technology allows bottle production from pre-printed plastic sheet reels. Serac’s groundbreaking Agami technology, which received the World Dairy Innovation Award 2015 in the Manufacturing / Process Innovation category, continues to extend bottle thermoforming possibilities by enabling manufacturers to produce their bottles out of pre-printed plastic sheet reels. Read more.


05/31/2016

CPA News


If you missed the CPA/Sonoco Collaborate to Connect Event, here is a great visual of some of the key takeaways. Hope to see you next year!


05/20/2016

CPA Announces New Directors


The Contract Packaging Association is pleased to announce three new director additions to the CPA Board. Robert Reinders was elected director by the CPA membership for the term of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018. The CPA Board of Directors also chose Jon Hayward and Tom Landry to fill two vacant director positions. Both Hayward and Landry will fill terms through June 30, 2017. Read more


05/19/2016

CPA Member News


Minimus Products, founded  in 2006, is a food and non-food contract packager started by the co-founders of Minimus.biz (online retailer and offline wholesaler), and in the last year has expanded to over 20 pieces of packaging equipment to service small and medium sized brands and production runs. In March, Minimus Products doubled its warehouse space, and is currently underway with construction on additional food production rooms inside of its production warehouse – scheduled to be completed by June 1. Read more.


04/26/2016

CPA Member News


Ampac, a division of ProAmpac and the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, has won an Alufoil trophy for a new product innovation. The EZY Pro 10, a protein drink concentrate in a shaped stand-up pouch, won in the Consumer Convenience category. Read more.


04/08/2016

CPA Member News


Sonoco, in partnership with the CPA, is hosting the first ever Insights to Opportunities Forum  for the contact packaging industry. The event will be held at Sonoco's new Innovation Center in Hartsville, South Carolina, on May 12 with a kick-off reception the evening before. Click here to register


03/24/2016

CPA Member News


FTA Honors ProAmpac with Seven Flexography Awards:
ProAmpac, a leading global flexible packaging company, announced recognition from the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) for seven honors in the 2016 Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition. Read more.


03/15/2016

CPA Member News


ProAmpac Wins Two Flexible Packaging Association Awards:
ProAmpac, a leading global flexible packaging company, announces recognition from the Flexible Packaging Association for two Silver awards in Packaging Excellence for Duke’s Mayonnaise 8oz. Pouch and White Lily Flour Box Pouch. Read more. 


03/08/2016

Annual Meeting Overview


CPA hosted another successful Annual Meeting at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas in late February, drawing a crowd of nearly 100 people. The gathering was full of past attendees and several newbies. Read more

02/18/2016

Webinars on-demand available


Miss a CPA-hosted or supported webinar? Go to Webinars On-Demand to catch up and boost your contract packaging knowledge. Available at your convenience 24/7! Click here for access.

02/17/2016

CPA stalwart Tom Bacon passes away


It is with heavy hearts we deliver another message of loss of a dear friend and pioneer in the contract packaging industry. Tom Bacon, President of Aaron Thomas Company, passed away on February 16. Tom had been ill for some time and had been undergoing cancer treatment for many, many months. However, his medical condition never hampered his spirit. He worked tirelessly at his business, continued to contribute to CPA and made great memories with his family that he was always proud to share.

Tom founded Aaron Thomas company in 1973 and was a founding member of the Contract Packaging Association. Often referred to as the “Godfather of Contract Packaging,” Tom was admired by many in this industry. Tom’s influence as a businessman and a friend has left a forever mark on an entire industry. It is through the people he touched and his family, that his legacy will live on.. In 2006, Tom became the Contract Packaging Association’s first inductee to the CPA Hall of Fame. Tom is survived by his wife, Linda; two sons, Aaron and Aerick; and multiple grandchildren. We will miss our friend and colleague, and we all will continue to benefit from Tom’s contributions to CPA. For more information, click here.


02/05/2016

CPA board member Chuck Miller passes away


It is with great sadness that we share with you heartbreaking news of the loss of our dear friend, CPA Board Director and Annual Meeting Committee Chairman, Chuck Miller, Do-It Corporation. Chuck passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 4. Chuck was Do-It's longest standing employee and his ability to accumulate knowledge about packaging was only surpassed by his accumulation of friends.

If you knew Chuck, you knew he worked tirelessly at the things he loved, which were always rooted in helping make people successful and happy. His volunteerism within CPA was no different. Chuck led the Annual Meeting Committee to several successful annual events by motivating the team with his friendly leadership style. His genuine support, understanding and knowledge of this industry led to Chuck’s nomination and election to the CPA Board of Directors just this past year. And without a doubt, he made a friend to everyone he touched and he will profoundly missed by all.

Chuck Miller and Do-It Corporation joined CPA in January 2011. The Contract Packaging Association is honored to have shared his time and talents and we will forever remember him as a friend. We ask you join us in keeping Chuck’s family and friends in your thoughts at this sad time. For more information, click here.


01/14/2016

2016 CPA Annual Meeting Agenda focused on honing business skills


CPA's Annual Meeting is taking place February 25-28, 2016 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Agenda is focused on honing your business intuition and skills. The agenda (subject to change), includes sessions on staffing performance, "big data," legal developments, and CPA's highly anticipated panel discussion, which will zero in on the dynamic contract packaging industry. Take a look at the agenda by clicking here.


12/15/2015

Upcoming CPA webinar focused on special pack innovation


In an upcoming CPA webinar, in conjunction with the Institute of Packaging Professionals, special pack innovations in blister packs (trifolds, two-piece cards, face-seal, etc.), shrink wrap and shrink-sleeve ideas in twin packs, will be addressed with discussions on various material types. Click here for details and registration.

12/10/2015

Associate member ProAmpac completes acquisition of Coating Excellence International


Wellspring Capital Management LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, announced that its portfolio company ProAmpac has completed its previously announced acquisition of Coating Excellence International (CEI). A flexible packaging and technical products company based in Wrightstown, Wisconsin, CEI specializes in wide web extrusion coating and laminating of film, foil, paper, board and nonwovens. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read more.

12/02/2015

CPA Member WestRock to present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Steve Voorhees, Chief Executive Officer, WestRock, will address the investment community at approximately 11:40 a.m. ET on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Paper, Packaging and Builders Conference in Boston. The audio presentation will be webcast and can be accessed at www.westrock.com under the investors section. Slides from the presentation will also be available under the investors section at www.westrock.com.

11/30/2015

CPA Associate Member ProAmpac to acquire Coating Excellence International


ProAmpac has entered into an agreement to acquire Coating Excellence International (CEI), a flexible packaging and technical products company based in Wrightstown, Wisconsin. CEI specializes in wide web extrusion coating and laminating of film, foil, paper, board and nonwovens and will enhance ProAmpac’s already robust extrusion lamination capabilities. Read more.

11/09/2015

Nulogy and ARI Packaging to present upcoming webinar


Learn about operational best practices in a not-to-be-missed webinar, "Growing Your Co-Pack Business with Operational Best Practices," presented by CPA members Nulogy and ARI Packaging on November 24 at 1:00 p.m. EST. As you continue to grow and serve more customers and requirements, are your operational processes keeping up? Nulogy partners up with ARI to bring you a webinar on operational best practices. Beth Wagner, Business Process Improvement Manager at ARI discusses the big "wins" in quality control, order execution, and customer integrations that have improved their operations to become a best-in-class contract packager. Details and registration here.

11/03/2015

CPA Member Visual Pak changes name of thermoform division


Clayton Bolke, Chief Executive Officer of The Visual Pak Companies, announced plans today to begin conducting business as VP Plastics and Engineering for its thermoforming division. As their thermoforming operation continues to grow and expand into new markets and with new capabilities, the new name, VP Plastics and Engineering, will more accurately reflect their extensive thermoform and engineering offerings while maintaining their current image of providing the highest quality packaging and services. “We are best known for our engineering andthermoform plastic packaging so it is important to adapt our name to align with our product offerings,” said Bolke. Read more.

11/02/2015

CPA Associate Member ProAmpac new name for merged Prolamina and Ampac Companies


Prolamina and Ampac, two recently merged global flexible packaging firms, announces its new corporate name, ProAmpac. The new name reflects the merger of two leading, progressive and innovative flexible packaging companies with enhanced product offerings unparalleled in the industry. ProAmpac includes four brand divisions including Prolamina, Ampac, Tulsack and Business Deposits Plus. Together, the brands offer multiple innovative solutions in flexible packaging for the food, pet food and medical markets, secure packaging for cash management, loss prevention and transportation of valuables and documents, and retail paper and plastic shopping bags. Read more.

10/09/2015

Sterling Contract Packaging Announces Major Expansion in Moore, South Carolina


CPA Member Sterling CPI, a full-service contract packaging company, announced that they have purchased 29 acres of land in the Tyger River Industrial Park, located in Moore, SC. With this land, Sterling CPI will construct a state of the art 140,000 square foot manufacturing and warehousing facility. The land will also allow the company to expand the building by more than 100,000 square feet, in the future. Due to rapid growth over the last several years, Sterling CPI was prompted to find a space capable of handling all of their needs. Read more.

10/09/2015

Sonoco donates $50,000 to South Carolina Flood Relief


CPA Associate Member Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in flood relief efforts in the Pee Dee and across the Palmetto State. This brings Sonoco’s total to $95,000 in Red Cross donations in 2015. Read more.


09/21/2015

CPA to host panel discussion at PACK EXPO Las Vegas


CPA is hosting a panel discussion on the Innovation Stage at Pack Expo Las Vegas, which will focus on the multiple and differing capabilities of contract packagers and contract manufacturers and the related benefits for brand owners - large and small, new and established; retailers and consumers. The panel is convening on September 29. Read more.


08/06/2015

CPA's new president helps members navigate life in the contract packaging fast lane


Packaging World recently published an open letter from Vicky Smitley of Hearthside Food Solutions, a longtime CPA director and the association's new president. Read more.

07/21/2015

CPA announces new officers to the Board of Directors


Through a general membership vote that took place in early 2015, the Contract Packaging Association (CPA) is pleased to announce its new officers who will participate on the CPA Board of Directors with terms starting July 1, 2015. Vicky Smitley, Vice President of Sales at Hearthside Food Solutions, will begin her tenure as CPA President and will be the first woman in CPA’s history to hold this title. Read more.

05/21/2015

CPA Sourcing Center booked for Pack Expo Vegas!


The CPA Sourcing Center will return to Pack Expo 2015 in Las Vegas! Taking place September 28-30, 2015, sponsors will showcase their products and/or services in high-profile displays highlighting examples of contract packaging company capabilities! Click here for more information.


05/20/2015

CPA announces first scholarship recipient


On Thursday, June 4th, Chris Nutley, Past-President, CPA, and John Mazelin, Executive Director, CPA, presented the first annual CPA Technical Packaging Scholarship to Kate Cox of Indiana State University. A Junior in ISU's Packaging Engineering program, Kate is a strong student (3.77 GPA) and is already on her way to a great career in the Packaging Industry. Read more.

05/19/2015

CPA Associate Member ZIP-PAK named 2014 Supplier of the Year by Tyson Goods


Zip-Pak®, the global leader in zipper technology, was named Supplier of the Year for 2014 by Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) at a luncheon held Friday, April 3, at the Tyson Foods World Headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas. This marks the tenth year for the Tyson Foods annual recognition program. Zip-Pak was one of eight suppliers to be acknowledged at the event. Read more.


04/13/2015

Universal, all-servo wrap-around case/tray packer


CPA Associate member PMI Cartoning presents the HCP wrap-around case packer that handles cases with inner or outer fifth flaps as well as trays of product. The all-servo design features Allen-Bradley multi-axis Kinetix servos, allowing for maximum uptime, quick changeovers and easy operation. Operator-friendly controls from Rockwell Automation include ControlLogix and AB PanelView. The HCP is Category 3 Safety compliant and optional stainless steel wash down construction is available. Click here to read more.

03/24/2015

Contract packagers plan trade trip to Italy


The Contract Packaging Association will help bring North American members to IPACK-IMA 2015, in Milano, Italy in May. "The goal of the trade mission for the Contract Packaging Association is to engage in dialogue with the European manufacturing and packaging community to uncover potential opportunities and synergies,” according to Chris Nutley, CPA board president. Read more.

03/23/2015

CPA Annual Meeting uncovers secrets to a job well done


CPA President Chris Nutley gives an overview of the 2015 Annual Meeting in an article published online at Packaging World. Says Nutley, "The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Contract Packaging Association was arguably the most successful meeting in the 23-year history of the organization." Read more.

03/10/2015

2015 Annual Meeting was electrifying!


The CPA 2015 Annual Meeting was a huge success! Photo highlights can be found here.

03/05/2015

John Mazelin inducted into CPA's Hall of Fame


The Contract Packaging Association is pleased to announce that John Mazelin, Executive Director, CPA, has been inducted into the Contract Packaging Association Hall of Fame. The Contract Packaging Association Hall of Fame honors professionals who have made a significant contribution to the Contract Packaging Association and the contract packaging industry. Read more.

03/03/2015

Associate member PMI Cartoning, Inc. introduces all-servo vertical cartoner


PMI Cartoning's VL family of vertical top-load cartoners offer the ultimate in cartoning flexibility. The versatile VL can run at speeds exceeding 1,000 cartons per minute and can handle multiple applications such as confectionery, food & beverage, pet foods, nutritional, pharmaceutical as well as health & beauty products. Read more.

02/05/2015

CPA 2015 Annual Meeting - Catch Lightning in a Bottle!


CPA secures Keynote Speaker Ted Janusz, Trainer, Shepard Productions, for the 2015 Annual Meeting. If you missed Ted’s interactive presentation and networking session at the CPA Annual Meeting in 2014, here’s your chance to participate in an actionable session focused on how peer-to-peer collaboration can effectively boost your business. Also - not to be missed - HOT panel session will explore the necessary "breakthrough" solutions that will allow brand-owner customers to meet retail and consumer demands. AND - great networking activities that will help you connect with your contract packaging peers! The 2015 Annual Meeting is taking place February 19-22 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, FL. Click here for information.

02/04/2015

Join CPA AT PACK EXPO East


The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) will be participating in the brand new PACK EXPO East, February 16-18, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Come see us at Booth #898! Will we see you in Philadelphia? Complimentary registration available! Read more.


02/03/2015

CPA Webinar - Best Practices for Using Contract Packagers - now available on-demand


A recent webinar (Jan. 20, 2015) hosted by CPA and the Institute of Packaging Professionals focused on best practices for using contract packagers and was presented by Chris Nutley, President, CPA and John Mazelin, Executive Director, CPA, is now available for on-demand viewing. If you missed the live presentation, you can view it anytime by clicking here.

02/02/2015

IoPP-CPA survey uncovers important trends


Providers and buyers of contract packaging services agree that over the next three years, multipacking, kitting and assembly services; pre-packaging services such as product blending and filling; and primary packaging involving direct product contact will be in high demand for contract packaging, according to an Institute of Packaging Professionals-Contract Packaging Association member survey during January. The survey was developed by Contract Packaging magazine. Read more.

02/01/2015

CPA announces packaging scholarship fund


CPA is pleased to announce the development of a scholarship program focused on packaging machinery. With the support of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), CPA will award a $2,500 scholarship to a student specializing in packaging machinery or systems. Says Chris Nutley, President, CPA, “Participation and investment into packaging education is one of four Strategic Initiatives of the Contract Packaging Association." Read more.

01/08/2015

Upcoming Webinar focused on best practices for using a contract packager


Taking place January 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. CST, and in conjunction with the Institute of Packaging Professionals, CPA's next webinar is "Best Practices for Using Contract Packagers." Free to CPA members, this webinar will be presented by John Mazelin, CPA Executive Director and Chris Nutley, CPA President. Click here for details and to register.

01/07/2015

Exact Packaging and Industrial Support Services announce merger


CPA member Exact Packaging and Industrial Support Services announce their merger effective January 1, 2015. Exact Packaging now has two locations to better service the needs of current and future customers. Read more.

01/06/2015

KDC has acquired Chemaid Laboratories


CPA member, The Knowlton Development Corporation (KDC), headquartered in Knowlton, Québec, Canada, has acquired Chemaid Laboratories, located in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, an innovative formulator and manufacturer of high performance skincare and haircare products. Read more.

12/02/2014

Home mushroom farming, fish-gardening and other supply chain collaboration challenges


Offbeat brand Back to the Roots uses co-packers to gain national retail prominence; co-packers and other suppliers add insights at supply chain collaboration panel at Pack Expo. Read more.

10/04/2014

CPA announces first phase of improved RFQ process


CPA's RFQ inquiry option is currently undergoing redevelopment and the association has reached the first phase of improvement. Some key differences in the new RFQ are its simplicity, improved focus questions and broader scope without being cumbersome. In subsequent stages, CPA will be programming the RFQ system so that members can customize exactly the information they want to receive when they are sent an RFQ. Enhancements will be announced as they become available. The new RFQ submission form can be accessed by clicking here.

10/01/2014

CPA Sourcing Center returns to Pack Expo


The CPA Sourcing Center will return to Pack Expo 2014 in Chicago! Taking place November 2-5, sponsors will showcase their products and/or services in high-profile displays (Booth #5801) highlighting examples of contract packaging company capabilities! Read more.

09/30/2014

3rd Edition of The State of the Contract Packaging Industry report now available


Building upon the industry acumen provided in previous versions of the Contract Packaging Association's The State of the Contract Packaging Industry report (2008, 2011), the newly published 3rd Edition provides deeper industry insight, increased market intelligence and more conclusive future trend analysis. The 3rd Edition of The State of the Contract Packaging Industry report is a necessity for anyone involved directly in the contract packaging business or for those looking to gain awareness into the industry for investment and acquisition objectives. Order yours today!

09/28/2014

CPA Associate Member KLW Plastics Inc. receives ISO 9001:2008 certification


KLW Plastics Inc., a manufacturer of sustainable packaging solutions, has received ISO 9001:2008 certification. This certification confirms that KLW Plastics has met the requirements of the ISO standard for its Quality Management System across all of its manufacturing facilities. Read more.

09/18/2014

Associate Member KLW Plastics Selects RockTenn’s Meta Cases


CPA Associate Member KLW Plastics announced today that they have selected CPA Contract Packager Member RockTenn’s precision mandrel formed Meta® corrugated case to combine with their E-Tainer™ lightweight and semi-rigid containers. Bringing together these two unique technologies creates an innovative packaging solution for the industrial and agri-chem industries. Read more.


08/26/2014

The B4B Alliance announces Ohio Logistics as newest member


The B4B Alliance® is pleased to announce the addition of its newest member, Ohio Logistics, a warehousing and logistics company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. In addition to transportation and warehousing, Ohio Logistics provides value-added services such as fulfillment. The B4B Alliance will integrate Ohio Logistics’ Louisville operation into one of their existing facilities and focus expanding the service portfolio available to Ohio Logistics’ clients. Read more.

07/28/2014

CPA Announces Board of Directors


Through a general membership vote that took place in early 2014, the Contract Packaging Association is pleased to announce the CPA Board of Directors with terms starting July 1, 2014. Read more.

07/15/2014

PMI Features Its High Speed, All-Servo Horizontal Cartoner at PACK EXPO


CPA Associate Member PMI Cartoning will showcase its high speed, all-servo, horizontal end-load cartoner at PACK EXPO International, November 2-5, 2014. The HS family of horizontal cartoners can reach speeds up to 350 cartons/min, depending on the application, and is available in continuous or intermittent motion. Its versatility allows the HS to handle a variety of products including food, beverage, confectionery, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and household cleaners. Visit Booth #S-3656 at PACK EXPO to see the HS in action. Click here for more information.

07/07/2014

Have you checked out the latest issue of Connection?


June's CPA Connection Newsletter was filled to the brim with great info! Topics addressed ranged from the synergies between education and learning to how contract packaging impacts the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. Read it here.

06/25/2014

CPA Associate member Ampac "leads" lunch and learn event


Ampac, hosted what they have coined as a "Lunch and LEΛD" event in Southern California on May 22 for some of their prospects and customers, including fellow CPA members in the region. Read more.

06/25/2014

CPA Members find healthy business in OTC drugs & nutraceuticals


Even without providing full, turnkey pharma-outsourcing services and dealing with the rigors of prescription drugs, co-packers are finding healthy market opportunities in the OTC and nutraceutical worlds. Read more.

06/25/2014

Learning Seminars = Relationship Development


Contract Packaging Association  Executive Director John Mazelin addresses the synergies between educational events and developing relationships with your peers in the June edition of CPA's Connection newsletter. Read more.

04/30/2014

Tips for Temps: How to Handle Seasonal Spikes and Production Peaks


Summer's almost here. Are you hearing a ringing in your ears? Maybe its fireworks, or it could be sleigh bells, depending upon how far across the calendar your business forecast stretches. Because for packagers, the weather and peak seasonal production requires planning months in advance. Whether you survive with margins intact may depend on how well you manage your workforce. Read full article from the recent issue of the CPA Connection Newsletter.

04/28/2014

Where’s this relationship going?


This has never happened before,” coach to business pros and motivational cog-turner Ted Janusz recently told a ballroom packed with co-packers at the CPA Annual Meeting. Evidently, co-packers are a breed apart from all the business and industry leaders he’s met. Read Contract Packaging magazine's editor Bob Sperber's take on "social" and co-packers.

04/28/2014

Nulogy Selected as Supply Chain "Cool Vendor" by Analyst Firm Gartner


CPA Associate Member Nulogy, the leading provider of contract packaging management software for brands and their manufacturing and packaging suppliers, announces today that it has been selected by Gartner as one of only five companies named in their “Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Services, 2014” report. READ MORE.

03/25/2014

State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report


CPA continues to work on the newest edition of the State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report. Because your knowledge will play a critical role in the upcoming 3rd edition of the report, we need your help. By participating in a preliminary survey, your expertise will provide the basis of the final report. Click here to read more and participate.

03/14/2014

Ampac Products win awards for packaging excellence, Design, and Innovation


CPA Associate member Ampac is proud to announce they have recently won several awards from the Flexible Packaging Association, Graphic Design USA and the World Packaging Organization. Read more.

03/04/2014

CPA 2014 Annual Meeting a huge success!


Photo highlights, dates for 2015 Annual Meeting announced! Click here for more info.

02/25/2014

CPA Associate Member Nulogy chosen to compete in "Shark Tank" event In UK


Nulogy has been selected to showcase its pioneering contract packaging management solution, PackManager®, at the “Lion’s Lair” product showcase at Packaging Innovations. Packaging Innovations is attended by over 350 packaging suppliers, and the Lion’s Lair will be unveiled on Thursday, February 27 at the International Brand Summit Theatre in NEC Birmingham in the U.K. Read more.

02/16/2014

CPA reboots Connection newsletter


The Contract Packaging Association's monthly newsletter was introduced in 2011 as a communications vehicle addressing the industry as well as association news. After a brief hiatus, Connection is back with better focus and information that you can use in your business. In the coming months, Connection will evolve to include engaging industry surveys, deeper member profiles and news, original features focused on trends, innovations, and white papers. Read the newest issue.

02/14/2014

Contract Packaging magazine extends exclusive CPA member offer for 2014


Contract Packaging magazine, the offcial publication for the Contract Packaging Association, has been the voice of the Association since 2005. Our industry continues to thrive and opportunities abound. Whether a regular member or associate member of CPA, we know you are busy running your companies and that advertising often gets pushed to the back burner. We want to make it easier to promote your business with Contract Packaging, so two high exposure ad packages for 2014 are now available. As a CPA member, you’ll enjoy tremendous savings! Click here for details.

02/03/2014

Nikki Johnson announced as CPA Member Communications Director


The CPA Board of Directors has selected Nikki Johnson as Member Communications Director of the association, effective immediately. As Member Communications Director, Ms. Johnson will oversee member research and communications to ensure that CPA delivers the desired educational elements, industry information, and relationship-building programs to the CPA membership. Read more.

01/15/2014

John Mazelin named Executive Director of the Contract Packaging Association


The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) Board of Directors has selected John Mazelin as Executive Director of the Association, effective January 1, 2014. As Executive Director, Mr. Mazelin will oversee the day-to-day operations of the association. Read more.

12/17/2013

2014 CPA State of the Contract Packaging Industry seeks your input


We are pleased to announce that CPA is now officially working on the 2014 State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report and we need your help! Our ability to serve as the source of "market knowledge" for the Contract Packaging industry is one of the three main pillars of the CPA's mission. As a contract packaging industry leader, you have intimate knowledge of industry trends, market pressures, financial considerations and labor, all important factors to consider when making solid business decisions in the Contract Packaging industry. To ensure the report is as thorough and complete as possible, we are asking the contract packaging industry to complete the report survey before January 10th, 2014. Please click here to participate in the survey now.

10/23/2013

2014 Annual Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities


There are multiple sponsorship packages available to help you expand your reach with attendees at the 2014 Annual Meeting, taking place Feb. 27-March 2 in Tucson, AZ. Don't miss this great opportunity to be noticed by industry leaders! Click here for details.

10/16/2013

Ampac Provides LEAD Training for Customer Education


CPA Associate member Ampac has recently completed their LEAD training, providing their customers insight into laminations and pouches, as well as Ampac’s processes and methods. Read more.

09/18/2013

Nulogy to support DHL supply chains packaging services


CPA Associate Member Nulogy and DHL Supply Chain have recently completed a global agreement for Nulogy to provide their PackManager and related Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to DHL sites to manage and control value-adding packaging services. Read more.

09/04/2013

CPA Webinar: How to Handle an OSHA Inspection


Don't miss CPA's upcoming webinar, "How to Handle an OSHA Inspection," presented by Tom Grey, President, Grey & Associates. This webinar, taking place online on September 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST, will focus on OSHA and its inspection techniques and how you can best prepare yourself. Click here for details.

09/03/2013

IBM engineer to offer insights for reducing package damage in CPA-IoPP webinar


Join CPA and the Institute of Packaging Professionals for an Oct. 1 webinar that will explore where and how this package damage occurs, and how to avoid it. In "Judging a Package by Its Cover, Combating Superficial Package Damage," Bill Green, Worldwide Packaging Engineering Team Lead at IBM, share insights on how IBM has reduced package damage by millions of dollars while also educating its customers about the nature of slightly damaged packaging. Click here for details.

08/19/2013

CPA Announces Packaging Resource Center at Pack Expo


Contract packager member companies - extend your reach to the over 26,000 packaging professional attending this year's Pack Expo in Las Vegas from September 23-25! By becoming a sponsor of the CPA Packaging Resource Center at Pack Expo Booth #356, you can showcase your products and/or services in a high-profile display.

08/06/2013

CPA 2014 Annual Meeting dates, location announced


The 2014 Annual Meeting--Building a Bridge to Profitability--is taking place February 27 - March 2 at the Omni Tucson National Resort. Gain insight into how relationships, regulatory compliance, technology, marketing, education, and economy can all come together to positively affect your bottom line.

07/30/2013

CPA featured in latest issue of Packaging World magazine


The August 2013 issue of Packaging World magazine features a section focused on the Contract Packaging Association. This invaluable 4-page piece includes information about CPA and its offerings.

07/14/2013

Coregistics Acquires Cano Packaging


To enhance its primary packaging capabilities, Coregistics, a packaging-centric supply chain services company and CPA member, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Cano Packaging, Corporation (Cano), a Chicago-area company that specializes in primary contract packaging services for food and confectionary manufacturers.

06/10/2013

Summit Media Group looks forward with new leadership


Summit Media Group, Inc. has announced the advancement of Joseph Angel from Vice President to President and CEO. Angel succeeds Summit co-founder Lloyd Ferguson, who has transitioned to a new role as Consultant for the privately owned Chicago-based business media company. Summit Media Group publishes Contract Packaging and Packaging World magazines. "Joe's involvement with CPA has been a valuable asset to the association," said Pat Farrey, CPA Executive Director. "His guidance and industry expertise have provided CPA members with a vast array of packaging knowledge. We are pleased to provide ongoing support to Joe and Summit Media's industry publications."

06/02/2013

CPA president to present at the 2013 Food and Beverage Packaging Summit in July


Chris Nutley, CPA President, will present a case study, Brands Leveraging the Flexibility of Co-Packers to Improve Overall Package Performance, at the Global Food and Beverage Packaging Summit in Chicago, IL on July 18, 2013. Nutley will focus on redesigning packaging to reduce waste; how to use multiple contract packagers to streamline the workflow of specialty packaging; and how to ensure the collaboration of contract packagers is a win-win scenario for all supply chain partners.

05/03/2013

HBA Expo presentation focus: Integrating contract packaging with supply chains


If you serve the personal care, cosmetics and fragrances industries, are you looking for fresh ways to gain an edge on the competition? Longtime contract packaging services provider Eric Wilhelm will give his perspective on what works today in a presentation at HBA Global Expo June 19 in New York City.


04/10/2013

CPA's Annual Meeting brought together the industry's most innovative thinkers


With the theme "Creating a Winning Edge", the Contract Packaging Association structured its annual meeting in Naples, Florida to help members take charge of growing their business in 2013.


04/06/2013

Cloud is just the beginning


Nulogy Chief Executive Officer, Jason Tham, will be delivering a presentation entitled “The Next Wave of Technologies for The Manufacturing Supply Chain” to an audience of international consumer brands and suppliers at the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance 2013 National Education and Training Conference in Delray Beach, Florida.

04/01/2013

2013 elected CPA Board of Directors announced


The new CPA board will be effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

03/31/2013

Packaging Advantage Sticks to its Last


The old saw tells us: “Shoemaker, stick to your last.” The purpose was to teach us that we should do what we do best, whatever that is. New CPA member Packaging Advantage does just that. To its customers, the company states clearly on its web site: “We overwrap -- that's what we do... our expertise provides you with the best price and highest quality available.”

03/05/2013

CPA Annual Meeting Theme: “Creating a Winning Edge”


With the theme “Creating a Winning Edge” the Contract Packaging Association structured its annual meeting in Naples, Florida to help its members take charge of growing their business in 2013. From the start, the presentations at the meeting focused on specific, practical advice from industry experts, beginning with the keynote address by Stave Baker, speaking about The Great Game of Business, a unique strategy based on the simple, powerful belief: “The best, most efficient, most profitable way to operate a business is to educate everyone on the business, give them a voice in saying how the company is run and provide them a stake in the financial outcome, good or bad.”

02/07/2013

Algus Packaging: Choosing Growth


Art Gustafson founded Algus Packaging, Inc. in 1995. Gustafson, who was inducted into the PMMI Packaging Hall of Fame in 2011, had for years been owner of Alloyd Company, where he had developed and manufactured his pioneering rotary heat seal machines for sealing blister packs. He sold Alloyd in 1989, but re-entered the industry in 1995 because he saw a need for new blister packaging concepts and services.

02/05/2013

GreenSeed Contract Packaging Sells Non-Food Operations


GreenSeed Contract Packaging has announced the February 8, 2013, sale of its non-food contract packaging business to Multi-Pack LLC, a Cameron Holdings portfolio company. GreenSeed, a rising leader in the contract packaging industry, has been providing contract packaging solutions in both food and the non-food markets.


12/03/2012

CPA 2013 Annual Meeting - Sharpen Your Winning Edge


Don't gamble with your future - increase your odds by gaining valuable insights to the packaging industry. CPA's Annual Meeting - taking place February 21-24 at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, Naples, FL - brings together the industry's most innovative thinkers. Paricipate in knowledge-building sessions while networking with top executives, share ideas with contract packaging company business owners and discover winning edge solutions. Click here for details and registration.

11/17/2012

Praxis Packaging Solutions Expands Headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI


Longtime CPA member company aquires additional 45,000 square feet to accommodate growth. "Over the past few years, we have seen considerable opportunity for growth," said Scott Hanmer, Vice President of Sales. "As a result, the Praxis management team has been working diligently to improve upon our existing portfolio of capabilities and service offerings.” Click here to read more.

10/08/2012

Take advantage of this year's Contract Packaging magazine Resource Guide


Contract Packaging magazine is preparing the November/December issue which includes the annual "Resource Guide for Contract Packaging." This edition includes profiles of contract packagers and offers year-round exposure to tens of thousands of professionals who use contract packaging and related services. This issue is ideal for you to extend your reach to 20,000 professionals in the business! Advertising discounts for CPA members are available through October 19. Click here for details.

10/04/2012

CPA sessions on kitting, supply chain at IoPP conference at PACK EXPO


Contract packaging challenges and solutions are hot topics at PACK EXPO, and at this year's Conference at PACK EXPO, at McCormick Place in Chicago, CPA will make two presentations: "Contract Packaging and Kitting as a Lean Packaging Strategy," presented Oct. 29 by Kevin Hall, Chief Operating Officer at Coregistics; and "The Evolution of Contract Packaging within the Customer Supply Chain," presented Oct. 31 by Eric Wilhelm, CEO at Coregistics. For details on these Pack Expo session and more, click here.

10/03/2012

CPA member Pacmoore Products featured on 21st Century


Pacmoore Products, Inc., a member of CPA since 2007, is featured on 21st Century Business to discuss contract manufacturing for food processing. Click here to view video.

09/13/2012

CPA at PACK EXPO


CPA will be at Booth C-39 at PACK EXPO in Chicago, October 28-31, 2012. Stop by and say hello and learn more about the organization!

08/21/2012

Joe Jaruszewski resigns as president of Contract Packaging Association


Effective August 10, 2012, Joe Jaruszewski has tendered and the Contract Packaging Association Board of Directors has reluctantly accepted his resignation as president of CPA. To fill this vacancy, the CPA board has appointed Chris Nutley, President, MSW Packaging, as CPA President until June 30, 2013, when the unexpired portion of the President’s term ends. Click here for details.

07/12/2012

Chad Kerlin of General Mills to keynote CPA 2012 Fall WorkShop


Chad Kerlin, Vice President, External Supply Chain, General Mills, will keynote the CPA 2012 Fall WorkShop - taking place in Chicago, September 24-25, 2012. WorkShop agenda is focused on technology, food safety initiatives and more. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about what drives great contract packaging. Click here for details.

07/09/2012

Mary Ahern named CPA Executive Director


The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) Board of Directors has selected Mary Ahern to become the new Executive Director of the Association, succeeding Edwin Landon, effective July 1. As Executive Director, Ahern will oversee the day-to-day operations of the association. Click here for details.

06/25/2012

Upcoming webinar focused on thermoformed containers and recylability


CPA's next webinar, Making Thermoformed Containers Recycling Compliant (taking place July 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST), is an engaging, co-branded webinar that will help you integrate and specify materials to meet the requirements, with insights on testing protocols and determining acceptable results. Click here for details.

06/07/2012

Catch up on the latest CPA webinars


Besides presenting up-to-the-minute and pertinent packaging subject matter that can be applied directly to your operations, CPA Webinars are conveniently presented over the Internet so you don't have to leave your office to "attend." Seminar presenters are experts in their given field, providing information by example. Click here for details.

05/28/2012

Webinar focused on supply chain optimization


Supply chain enhancement has become an essential strategy for success. The Institute of Packaging Professionals and the Contract Packaging Association are collaborating to present two knowledgeable speakers and perspectives in two separate spring webinars on this important topic. Click here for details and registration.

05/26/2012

Delkor introduces robotic loader to product line


Delkor’s new robotic loader allows maximum production efficiency when loading products such as nutritional bars into tri-seal cartons. Click here for details.

05/18/2012

Innovative Labeling Solutions Honored with Business Success Award


Innovative Labeling Solutions, a digital package print specialist, received a Tristate Success Award in honor of their growth and business success in 2011. The award was presented at a luncheon on April 24th in Cincinnati. Click here for details.

05/18/2012

Delkor honored for success in international business


Delkor Systems, Inc. was among 10 Minnesota companies honored Thursday for their success in exporting and international business. Gov. Mark Dayton recognized them as winners of the 27th annual Governor’s International Trade Awards. Click here for details.

04/09/2012

Gerry Donley inducted into CPA's Hall of Fame


The Contract Packaging Association is pleased to announce Gerry Donley, President of Toll Packaging Services, Division of Cloud Packaging Solutions LLC., as recipient of the association's esteemed Hall of Fame Award for 2012. The CPA Hall of Fame honors professionals who have made a significant contribution to the Contract Packaging Association and the contract packaging industry. Click here for details.

04/03/2012

CPA 2012-2013 Board of Directors


In accordance with the Bylaws of the Contract Packaging Association, Immediate Past President, John Mazelin, presents the 2012-2013 Board of Directors. Click here for details.

03/05/2012

CPA Webinar focused on fast changeover


CPA is presenting a webinar - Fast and Furious Almost Never Wins the Changeover Race, presented by John Henry, Changeover.com - online March 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST. This presentation will show you how to maximize the efficiency of changeovers and minimize the time, labor and cost of these critical operations. Click here for details and registration.

02/27/2012

CPA 2012 Annual Meeting - Photo Highlights!


The CPA 2012 Annual Meeting, which took place February 23-26 at the Gran Melia in Puerto Rico, addressed issues within the association as well as innovations in the contract packaging industry. Attendees were shown how to reinvent and reposition their company and their people to help serve and compete at a higher level. Click here for photo highlights.

02/20/2012

Sterling Contract Packaging Inc. Announces 4th Expansion in 15 Years!


Sterling Contract Packaging Inc has planned their 4th expansion for February of 2012. This expansion will bring the total company space to 107,200 square feet in two locations. Click here for details.

02/16/2012

Veteran APAC Co-Packer Adopts PackManager


Nulogy Corporation along with Creative Pack, a leading Australian promotional packaging specialist, today announced their adoption of PackManager as the system of record for their Sydney facility.


02/01/2012

CPA Hall of Fame honors industry professionals


The Contract Packaging Association Hall of Fame honors professionals who have made a significant contribution to the Contract Packaging Association and the contract packaging industry. Click here for latest inductees.

11/06/2011

State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report now available


Updated, November 2011! As more CPG companies are utilizing contract packaging services, the State of Contract Packaging Industry Report provides invaluable information that can help you strengthen your influence within this growing industry. This essential report - brought to you exclusively by the Contract Packaging Association - contains never before released information relating to the business/service of contract packaging and how it will continue to grow in the future. For details and order information, click here.

10/19/2011

Henry Camp to present at CPA Fall Workshop Keynote Dinner


Henry Camp, CEO, IDEA, llc will focus on how you can use contraints management to resolve contract packaging problems at the CPA Fall WorkShop Keynote Dinner on Monday November 7. The Fall WorkShop, taking place in Chicago, November 7-8, will help you increase your contract packaging efficiencies. Register now!

08/23/2011

PepsiCo's Robert Maller to Keynote CPA Fall WorkShop


Find out what PepsiCo looks for in a contract packaging relationship. PepsiCo presentation is one of many educational tracks taking place at CPA's Fall WorkShop, taking place November 7-8 in Chicago. Register now and boost your operations' efficiencies. Click here for details and agenda.

08/22/2011

Exhibitor opportunities available at the CPA 2011 Fall WorkShop


As suppliers to the packaging industry, CPA Associate Members can exhibit their latest technologies and innovations directly to the high-level decision-makers who will be attending the Fall WorkShop on November 7-8 in Chicago, IL. Click here for exhibitor opportunities.

08/15/2011

CPA to discuss State of the Industry at Pack Expo Las Vegas


Whether you’re a contract packager or a product manufacturer using contract packaging services, if you’re going to Pack Expo Las Vegas Sept. 26-28, the Contract Packaging Association’s session at the IoPP Learning Center Conference will give you critical updates for doing business more efficiently in 2011 and beyond. CPA board member Chris Nutley will lead this presentation. Click here for details.

08/12/2011

CPA Fall WorkShop scheduled for November


Taking place in Chicago, IL., November 7-8, 2011. Click here for details.

08/08/2011

CPA announces updated logo usage guidelines


CPA encourages members to utilize the Contract Packaging Association name and logo on their web sites, letters, fliers, advertisements, newsletters, and other promotional materials. The CPA logo is designed for maximum flexibility on a variety of materials. Click here for logo usage guidelines and logo downloads.

07/01/2011

CPA State of the Industry Survey Request


The Contract Packaging Association and SAI Industrial LLC (SAI) have come together to expand the ground breaking industry intelligence program first initiated in 2007 and further updated in 2008. Your participation in this important report is requested. Click here for details.

06/09/2011

Get more exposure! List your plant location now!


Contract Packaging Association website “Plant Location” listings provide great new marketing opportunities. Click here for details.

04/15/2011

CPA Connection Newsletter focused on the industry


Find out the latest news about the contract packaging industry and CPA in the new Contract Packaging Newsletter, "Connection." Click here for latest edition.

04/14/2011

Dates, location announced for CPA 2012 Annual Meeting


Taking place February 23-26, 2012 at the Gran Melia Hotel & Resort in Puerto Rico. Mark your calendars!

01/27/2011

CAPS Makes Food Logistics’ List of Top 100 Technology Suppliers for Third Consecutive Year


Container and Pooling Solutions (CAPS) (www.usecaps.com), was recently named to Food Logistics Magazine’s Top 100 Technology Suppliers list for the third consecutive year.

12/17/2010

Saddle Creek Corp. Acquires ProLog Logistics


Lakeland, Fla., Dec. 16, 2010 – Saddle Creek Corp., a nationwide third-party provider of integrated logistics, warehousing, transportation, and contract packaging services, announced today that it has acquired ProLog Logistics Inc.

12/03/2010

Ryt-way Industries Acquires Robert’s Packaging, Inc.


Lakeville, Minnesota, December 2, 2010 — Ryt-way Industries LLC (“Ryt-way”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Robert’s Packaging, Inc. (“Robert’s”) of Battle Creek, Michigan.

10/14/2010

Saddle Creek Adds Director of Business Development in Southern California


Lakeland, Fla., Oct. 12, 2010 - Saddle Creek Corporation, a nationwide third-party logistics provider, has added a new director of business development to support the company’s growth in Southern California.


08/24/2010

07/13/2010

CPA 2011 Annual Meeting dates, location announced


"Power Up!" in 2011. Click here for details.

07/07/2010

Ryt-way Industries Acquires Cloud Holdings and Toll Packaging Services


Lakeville, Minn., June 29, 2010 — Ryt-way Industries LLC (“Ryt-way”) has acquired from Cloud Holdings LLC the food and beverage contract packaging and equipment manufacturing businesses of Cloud Packaging Solutions consisting of the three companies of Cloud Packaging Services (“Cloud PS”), Cloud Equipment Company and Toll Packaging Services (“Toll”).

06/17/2010

Aaron Thomas Co. triples CP operations near Chicago


Aaron Thomas Co. Inc. has opened a 420,000-sq-ft contract packaging, warehousing, and distribution center in Lockport, IL., southwest of Chicago.

05/05/2010

Contract Packaging Works Well for Even the Most Vulnerable Product Groups


Daphne Allen, Editor, PMP News’s eBulletin, discusses contract packaging and how it can positively impact pharmaceutical and medical device packaging. Click here for article.

03/22/2010

TKD Holdings Launches New Website


New York, New York (March 22, 2010) TKD Holdings, Inc. (TKD), a leading contract packaging company, has launched a new website to reflect its depth of services, refined design aesthetic and experience as a preferred contract packer for clients such as Estee Lauder, Sanofi-Aventis and Unilever.

03/17/2010

Visual Pak Expands Blend and Fill Capability and Capacity


Company responds boldly to needs of CPG customers


02/19/2010

Lisa Shambro emphasizes improving communications


Jim George, Editor-in-Chief, Contract Packaging magazine, reports from the CPA Annual Meeting in Naples, FL. Article focuses on keynoter Lisa Shambro, director, Foundation for Strategic Sourcing.

01/10/2010

CPA 2011 Annual Meeting details now available


Packed business agenda, networking and social/recreational events will make this Annual Meeting CPA’s best! Click here for details.

12/22/2009

Next CPA Web Seminar focused on Corrugated Packaging Performance


Presented by Wally Petrac, Marketing Manager, Smurfit-MBI, Canada, CPA's next web seminar - "Packaging Performance: Advanced and Sophisticated Constructions, Applications and Consequences" - is taking place January 27 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST. Click here for details.

12/11/2009

GH Manufacturing Improves Productivity for Global CPG


PackManager Enables Client Visibility
TORONTO – December 1, 2009: Nulogy Corporation, a leading provider of supply-chain management solutions, announced today with GH Günther Huettlin Manufacturing Inc., the full utilization of Nulogy’s PackManager solution at the contract packaging provider’s award-winning facility.


10/29/2009

CPA web seminar focuses on food plant audits. Register now!


Taking place November 12, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CST, "Preparing for a Food Safety Inspection and the GFSI Audits" web seminar, presented by Judi Lazaro, Director of Customer Relations for AIB International, will take you on a virtual audit of a food plant - any food plant - and coach you on what a food safety inspector looks at and why.

10/26/2009

Lisa Bodell named keynote speaker for 2010 CPA Annual Meeting


Lisa Bodell, CEO, futurethink, will address how innovation in packaging (and contract packaging) leads to future success. An authority on innovation, Bodell has appeared on FOX News, and in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Harvard Business Review, and The Futurist. Click here for CPA Annual Meeting speaker updates.

10/26/2009

Tabletop exhibits available at 2010 CPA Annual Meeting


CPA Associate Members and non-member suppliers to contract packagers now have the opportunity to exhibit their services/products at the 2010 CPA Annual Meeting (taking place February 18-21, 2010 in Naples, FL). Click here for more information about tabletop exhibit opportunities.

10/22/2009

CPA 2010 Annual Meeting dates and location announced


The 2010 Annual Meeting - "Riding Out the Storm: Lessons From Survival Masters" - is taking place February 18-21, 2010 in Naples, FL. Click here for more information.

10/16/2009

Special Offer for Contract Packaging Association members


List your company in Contract Packaging magazine's 2010 Resource Guide and get year-round exposure to buyers of contract packaging and related services. Discounted pricing available exclusively for members. Reservations due October 23. More information here.

09/25/2009

10 Ways to Reduce Supply Chain Costs


CPA has partnered with YRC to bring you shipping benefits that leverage the full scale of the association, passing savings along to you.



08/21/2009

Visit CPA at Pack Expo Las Vegas


Stop by Booth #C-952 between October 5-7 for CPA updates or to just say hello!

08/17/2009

State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report available


As more CPG companies are utilizing contract packaging services, the State of Contract Packaging Industry Report provides invaluable information that can help you strengthen your influence within this growing industry.











09/11/2008

Register now for CP 08 and succeed with contract packaging


CP 08 focuses on contract packaging innovation, sustainability and growth. Find solutions, exchange ideas, network with peers.


























09/01/2006

09/01/2006

Visit CPA at HBA