Pack Expo International 2012: Processing to Packaging
November 8, 2012 1 Comment
I attended the International Packaging Expo last week in Chicago, Illinois to gain further knowledge of the packaging process while identifying products and vendors to specify for upcoming projects. Declared as the world’s largest packaging show, more than 46,000 people attended with over 1,800 vendor booths to visit.
With a sea of booths stretching 1.1 million square feet, I focused my time in the Brand Zone in search of innovative packaging. Ecologic, Greiner Packaging and Fabri Kal were the top three vendors that captured my attention:
Ecologic (see images above) creates a sustainable packaging product that consists of an outer shell and an inner pouch. The outer shell is made from recycled cardboard and newspapers and the inner shell, which holds the liquid product, is made from plastic. When the consumer is finished with the product, the outer shell can be recycled and the small, inner pouch is disposed of. What an innovative way to minimize waste!
Greiner Packaging, an innovative company from Austria, was all about convenient, on-the-go solutions. Adding a spoon to the lid of the yogurt or parfait packages provides an easy and memorable experience for the consumer.
Fabri Kal is well known for their innovation in cups. Their booth contained sustainable solutions for multi-ingredient products, such as chips and salsa or yogurt and granola. The plastic inserts hold the additive ingredients and a single lid encloses both the insert and the cup.
Pack Expo was a great experience and I highly recommend the show if you are looking to source vendors, purchase equipment, find inspiration, or if you just want to learn more about packaging. The 2013 Expo is scheduled for next fall in Las Vegas, Nevada.