Welcome to the October edition of Rocket Industrial’s ‘This Month in Packaging’ blog series, a monthly wrap-up of packaging related content that catches our eye.
From a reusable container redefining refill systems to innovative packaging for enteral patients, here are five things that caught our attention this month.
WHO: Berry Global
WHAT: A 14-liter reusable container designed and manufactured by Berry Global is playing a significant role in refill packaging. The vessel fits into the specially designed refill station and features an angled shoulder and separate carry handle to ensure all the product is dispensed during refilling by customers.
WHY IT MATTERS: The project aims to standardize the full supply chain solution to deliver refills at scale for key food staples.
WHO: EnteraLoc Flow
WHAT: Announced as the first closed-loop feeding system for enteral patients, the FDA approved EnteraLoc Flow as an over-the-counter enteral feeding system. The medical packaging solution consists of a flexible pouch, a leak-proof seal, a custom-designed spout, and a direct-connect ENFit device.
WHY IT MATTERS: With more than one million patients in the United States being placed on feeding tubes each year, the patients and caregivers will now have greater flexibility to purchase nutrients without waiting for a prescription. EnteraLoc Flow delivers nutrition directly into the patient’s feeding tube, providing convenient nutrients without mess.
WHAT: Sayso, the “first-ever craft cocktail tea bag” brand, moves to a flexible stand-up zippered pouch to eliminate the individual packaging of each tea bag.
WHY IT MATTERS: This switch significantly reduces Sayso’s carbon footprint and decreases the cost of the product from $3 per serving for the carton to $2 per serving for the pouch.
WHAT: To negate the frightening amount of plastic waste each year from Halloween candy, TerraCycle created the Zero Waste Box program to provide solutions for waste that cannot be recycled through standard municipal recycling.
WHY IT MATTERS: Americans purchase more than $3.1 billion worth of Halloween candy each year, most of which comes in packaging that cannot be recycled. This solution from TerraCycle has recycled approximately 15 million candy wrappers and snack packaging through its Zero Waste Box Program to date.
WHO: Rocket Industrial
WHAT: We are excited to be recognized as Great Place to Work Certified for the eighth year in a row! Based entirely on employees' feedback, we would like to thank all our employees who make up our team for their hard work and dedication.
WHY IT MATTERS: 84% of our employees’ said Rocket is a great place to work, 27% higher than the average U.S. company. By offering unique benefits and employment opportunities, such as flexible schedules, paid volunteer time off, professional development, and generous paid time off, we set ourselves apart from other companies.
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