This Month in Packaging... [November 2022]

Packaging News November 2022

Welcome to the November edition of Rocket Industrial’s ‘This Month in Packaging’ blog series, a monthly wrap-up of packaging related content that catches our eye.

From home compostable coffee capsules to pizza boxes telling a story, here are five things that caught our attention this month.

Paper-Based Compostable Coffee Capsules

Nespresso Coffee Capsules

WHO: Nespresso

WHAT: The proprietary high-precision technology from Huhtamaki has created smooth molded fiber coffee capsules for Nespresso made from wood fibers, responsibly sourced from European forests. This design protects the coffee's freshness to deliver the high-quality coffee that Nespresso is known for.

WHY IT MATTERS: Launched in Paris, France on November 21st, 2022, this breakthrough innovation creates a sustainable alternative for Nespresso with no compromise on the taste.

Personalizing Pizza Boxes

Newman's Own Pizza Boxes

WHO: Newman’s Own

WHAT: Debuted in September, the packaging of four Newman’s Own thin and crispy pizzas showcases the stories of six children who have attended Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network camps, adaptive summer camps for children with serious illnesses.

WHY IT MATTERS: To communicate the brand’s focus on helping children, these pizza boxes help consumers better connect with the impact they have when purchasing Newman’s Own products. 100% of the company’s after-tax profits are donated to the Newman’s Own Foundation, a private non-profit created to nourish and transform the lives of children facing adversity.

Curbside Plastic Film Recycling


WHO: Dow & WM

WHAT: Staring with a pilot program in Hickory Hills, IL, Dow and WM are launching an innovative household curbside recycling program for plastic film. Currently, most consumers who recycle plastic film need to bring the material to a drop-off location at grocery stores or other retailers, lessening the amount of plastic film being recycled.

WHY IT MATTERS: When this program begins operating at full capacity, WM expects to divert more than 120,000 metric tons from landfills each year.

Workforce Shortages Drive Automation



WHAT: In a pre-show survey on current workforce hurdles from attendees of October’s PackExpo International, PMMI found that skill shortage, scarcity of workers, and high turnover of staff are pushing manufacturing companies to turn to technology and automation.

WHY IT MATTERS: Research from The Manufacturing Institute revealed that 93% of respondents were struggling to find skilled applicants for vacancies within their companies. By implementing packaging technologies that are simple, easy to use, and reliable, dependency on labor and costs decrease.

Rocket Joins the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

WHO: Rocket Industrial

WHAT: Rocket Industrial has joined the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, which supports sustainable businesses through programming, education, and resources, driving Wisconsin's sustainability efforts forward.

WHY IT MATTERS: To help our customers package more efficiently with less waste, we continue to develop relationships and join organizations that promote sustainability efforts.

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