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Locked4Kids wins prestigious Ameristar Award 2017 in the category “Best of Show”.

The AmeriStar Awards honor packaging professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the packaging community, recognizing their foresight and innovative spirit. It is a prize awarded by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (ioPP).

In 2017, Locked4Kids managed to win one of Ameristar’s top three prizes: the “Best in Show” award.
Judges considered more than 80 packages for 12 category awards, four student awards and AmeriStar’s top three awards. A roster of nearly 20 judges from various segments of the packaging industry evaluated this year’s entries in person, examining package innovation, product protection, economics, performance, marketing and environmental impact.

An excerpt of the jury verdict: “The Best of Show Award honors a package that surpasses all judging criteria and that judges unanimously rated “outstanding” in every category.
This versatile packaging is difficult for young children to open, but easy for adults. Its interlocking components require the user to squeeze both side tabs simultaneously with one hand, and pull the tray out with the other hand. If the tuck flap is left open, the package contents are still not accessible with the tray locked in place. The AmeriStar judges were very impressed with this innovative way to make medicine packaging both child-resistant and senior-friendly.”

Locked4Kids introduces new Certified Child Resistant and Senior Friendly Package for Laundry Detergent Pods and Dishwasher Tablets

Delivering an easy dispensing package for adults, while preventing access by young children..

Wilmington, DE – October 26, 2016 – Locked4Kids Inc. proudly introduces its certified CR package, created to protect young children from accessing and ingesting detergent pods and tablets, while providing adults easy dispensing of the product. The highly popular unit-dose detergent packs are hazardous when ingested. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that since 2013, over 10,000 calls to poison control centers are made annually in the United States alone. Most cases were by children aged three years and younger, and could have been prevented if the children could not access the pods.

True to its mission, Locked4Kids has incorporated simplicity in the design, allowing ease of opening and dispensing for adults, while preventing young children from accessing the contents. The package is simple to produce, using recyclable materials and standard packaging machinery.

…quote “With the increased popularity of unit dose packs in laundry and detergent, the convenience should not have to come at the expense of child safety,” said Ron Linssen, Managing Director of Locked4Kids, “Locked4Kids delivers a very simple user experience for the adults who should be handling the pods, and protects young children who should not have access to them.”

The Locked4Kids package has been certified child resistant, per the US 16 CFR 1700.20 Child Resistant and Senior use effectiveness packaging requirements and testing procedures, to meet F=1, the highest level of CR protection. Additionally, it has been certified for EU to the ISO 8317 standard. The certification testing results of 100% in both Child Resistant and Senior Friendly effectiveness indicate a safe and simple experience for consumers.

The patented Locked4Kids design consists of a folding carton and a plastic tray, which locks to the carton. The tamper-evident package incorporates a reclosable dispensing feature to release the individual pod or tablet, that maintains its child-safe closure after each use. The tray-in-carton design, along with its easy peel lid film, offers superior product protection in comparison to stand up pouch. On the store shelf, as well as in a home cabinet, the package delivers great visibility and billboard space. The package is suitable for a variety of pack counts, delivering the brand owner versatility for selling through multiple retail channels. The carton format is ideal for the rapidly growing ecommerce channel, offering shipping economies by being flat, lightweight and cube efficient.

A video demonstration is available at this link.

About Locked4Kids

Locked4Kids offers simple packaging solutions that are easy to use and produce, are versatile for various applications within a particular industry, and most importantly, protect young children from accessing the contents. Locked4Kid is based in The Netherlands as well as in the USA. For additional information and for contact details, visit www.locked4kids.com.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2016 Blister News, Business News No Comments

Locked4Kids demonstration at Pharmapack Europe

On 10th & 11th February 2016, a leading international event that brings together key players in drug packaging and drug delivery systems will be held in Paris Expo. Ecobliss will be presenting their Locked4Kids child-resistant and senior friendly carton box.

Looking forward to see you in Paris Expo, Porte De Versailles! You will find Ecobliss / Locked4Kids in hall 5, stand 971.

Ecobliss with Locked4Kids present at Pharmapack Europe

Ecobliss will be presenting their Locked4Kids child-resistant and senior friendly carton box and other solutions in Pharmaceutical packaging at Pharmapack. Join us on 10th & 11th February 2016 in Paris Expo, Porte De Versailles (Hall 5), stand 971!

Pharmapack Europe is a leading international event that brings together key players in drug packaging and drug delivery systems. Over 330 leading worldwide suppliers of packaging and drug delivery solutions to the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and healthcare industry will exhibit their innovations. High-level content will be provided, including 40 semi-scientific conferences, serialisation track & trace symposium, workshops and learning labs.

 

Foodservice packaging: sustainable, green or environmentally-friendly

The 2015 Trends Report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) highlighted industry opinions that focused predominately on environmentally friendly packaging and customization techniques to differentiate products. The annual trend report looks for common themes found throughout the entire foodservice packaging value chain: from raw material suppliers, packaging manufacturers, distributors and operators.

Lynn Dyer, FPI president: “When it comes to foodservice packaging and the materials used to manufacture them, interest in ‘sustainable’, ‘green’ or ‘environmentally-friendly’ options continue to be popular. What’s notable this year is the overwhelming number of mentions related to compostable packaging.”

Major material trends include:

Packaging: Environmentally friendly or sustainable packaging remains a long-term overall trend. Specifically, compostable packaging was mentioned. Other trends include the shift to a more natural look through the use of ‘Kraft’ paper over bleached paper to promote the belief that ‘brown is the new green.’ On the other hand, another trend of note includes an increase in graphics and color as operators recognize the opportunity to promote their brand on packaging.

Raw materials: ‘Green’ packaging is apparent in raw materials, as different resins and papers are trending based on both the real and perceived environmental advantages of those materials.

Marketing green products through package design

Color, icons, graphics and materials are just a few of the design elements that need to be considered when creating packaging for ‘green’ products in an omni-channel environment, according to Beth VanVliet in www.packworld.com/

The emerging shopping behaviors of millennial consumers—including product evaluation, selection, and channel preference—are having a significant impact on package design. Their interest in items that are natural, organic, and/or tied to a cause are not only driving package appearance, but also the messages conveyed. Therefore, there are a number of things you should consider when creating packages for the “green” products in demand by today’s shoppers. Following are some of these considerations:

- The Principal Display Panel
- Color
- Graphic elements
- Icons
- Typography
- Packaging materials

Read the full article on www.packworld.com/

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 Blister News, Business News No Comments

Retort Packaging Market worth 41.14 Billion USD by 2020

US$41.14 billion is the projected value of the retort packaging market by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 6.7% from 2015 to 2020, according to an new repport from MarketsandMarkets.

Retort packaging is becoming popular in the frozen food and beverage market due to advantages such as the growing demand for compact and light weight packaging.

Friday, November 6th, 2015 Blister News, Business News No Comments

5 Key trends shaping food and beverage packaging

Dramatic changes in consumer demographics, lifestyles, and eating patterns are creating new opportunities for food and beverage packaging. Among the demographic mega-trends feeding into package development are changing population distribution, fewer married couples and more people living alone, smaller household size, and multi-generational households, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts in its new report, Food and Beverage Packaging Innovation in the U.S.: Consumer Perspectives. These demographic changes are leading to changes in household dynamics and eating behaviors, such as multi-shopper households, more meals being eaten alone, and frequent snacking on more occasions.

The report analyzes shifting and emerging trends in food and beverage packaging, focusing especially on the new packaging formats being used by food and beverage marketers, and on consumer attitudes and behaviors regarding food and beverage packaging.

Five key trends shaping food and beverage packaging

Targeting Millennials:
While Millennials may seem like a broad and amorphous target, numerous studies show there are some commonalities. Millennials like fresh, less processed foods, as demonstrated by their preference for “fast casual restaurants that offer freshly prepared foods, and shopping the perimeter of grocery stores where fresh and non-packaged foods can be found.”

Smaller packages are a big trend in packaging:
With one- or two-person households representing 61% of all U.S. households, packages sized to serve one or two people have become a big trend in packaging. Such formats include single-serve packaging, meals for two, multipacks of individual portions, and resealable packaging. The rise in smaller-footprint stores is also influencing this trend.

Packaging for convenience:
Convenience is a major selling point for food and beverage packaging. Features such as ease of opening, resealability, portability, lighter weight, and no-mess dispensing are packaging benefits that influence consumers’ purchasing decisions positively.

See-through packaging can boost sales:
More and more marketers are putting their products in packages that are see-through or have see-through windows. Transparency in packaging taps into consumer desire for transparency about how food and beverages are produced, both figuratively and literally. Companies that are transparent about their ingredients, sourcing, and business practices are reaping the benefits in consumer goodwill and trust.

Eco-friendly packaging growing:
In the past few years, single-serve bottled water has come under attack by environmentalists as epitomizing the wasteful nature of modern society. As a result, some marketers of bottled water have stepped up their introductions of more sustainable packaging. Likewise,Packaged Facts says it believes that improved recyclability and sustainability will become ever more important to the success of the single-cup brew market—if not a cost of entry—as this business matures. In the past two years, several American and Canadian marketers have introduced more environmentally friendly designs for use in K-Cup brewers.

Friday, October 30th, 2015 Business News No Comments

Packaging is now a part of product innovation

AVPS Chakravarthi of Ecobliss explains in PrintWeek India the importance of packaging a product, and why innovation in packaging design will drive the market in the future.

Looking at the trends in packaging in the last five years, I feel packaging has grown much beyond containing and promoting a product. Rather, it ensures safety, authenticity, accessibility and much more.

Unlike earlier, where a package was designed to cater to the basic functionality, packaging now adds a lot of functions which a product does not intrinsically possess. Though the requirements in food, pharmaceuticals and FMCG sectors look similar, the Indian industry and consumers have unique localised demands. And the packaging industry has lived up to expectations. Though packaging helps every segment to grow their businesses at large, we can attribute its significant contributions to two aspects.

Read the full article on http://www.printweek.in/.

Monday, October 12th, 2015 Blister News, Business News 1 Comment

Global Blister Packaging Market – Market Trends and Forecasts (2015 – 2020)

Accoriding to a report of ReportBuyer Blister Packaging is witnessing high growth across the world due to the high safety offered by these solutions. Strict regulations, demands from manufacturers and consumers alike has created robust demand for blister packages. Growth in over the counter drugs has also provided impetus to market. Global Blister Packaging Market is estimated to reach $9.75 billion by 2020 from $7.19 billion in 2014 at a CAGR of 5.21%.

Under the blister packaging process, individual tablets or capsules are sealed within their own cavity, usually made of thermo-formed plastic or cold-form aluminum, protecting the drug from contaminants such as moisture and oxygen by a barrier of foil, film or paperboard. Blister packaging solutions are also being used by retail industry apart from widespread usage in pharmaceuticals. Europe is the major market for these solutions on account of government regulations, followed by North America and Asia Pacific.

The Global Blister Packaging market is segmented on the basis of Type (Forming Film-(Thermoform, Coldform) and Lidding Materials), Industry (Pharmaceutical, Retail, Food) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa).

This report describes a detailed study of the Porter’s five forces analysis of the market. All the five major factors in these markets have been quantified using the internal key parameters governing each of them. It also covers the market landscape of these players which includes the key growth strategies, geographical footprint, and competition analysis.

The report also considers key trends that will impact the industry and profiles of leading suppliers of Blister Packaging Market. Some of the top companies mentioned in the report are Amcor, Bemis, West Pack, Sonoco, Honeywell International, MTS Medication Technologies, Reynolds Packaging, DOW Chemical, Uhlmann Group, Rohrer, Pharma Packaging Solutions and Tekni-Plex.

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Download the full report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/3281869/

Source: ReportBuyer

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 Blister News, Business News No Comments

Ecobliss India at IndiaPack 2015. October 8-11

“The Smart Source” for all your Blister and High Visibilty Packaging exhibits at the IndiaPack 2015 in Mumbai, India.

IndiaPack has grown as a brand to be reckoned with Indian Packaging Industry and world over after the successes of all previous editions. Recognizing that the new trends and developments are essential for the industry’s better future, the Indian Institute of Packaging, through IndiaPack seeks to provide a perfect platform to bring the packaging industry under one roof.

IndiaPack 2015 will provide an ideal platform for technology transfers, innovations, business meets and joint ventures for identifying potential investors to boost industrial production, collaboration and international trade of this sector.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 Blister News, Business News, Trade shows No Comments

16 Unbelievable Packaging Facts from Easyfairs

Easyfairs asked its Packaging Innovations & Luxury Packaging London 2015 visitors and exhibitors what their most extraordinary packaging facts were.

1. Instantly Recognisable
94% of the world’s population recognises Coca Cola’s packaging

2. Thinning Hair
The thinnest part of a drinks can is thinner than a human hair – measuring just 0.07mm

3. Saturdays’ Off
All crisp packets have a Saturday sell-by date

4. Wine’s the Limit
Wine bottles are 750ml in size, because it’s the average capacity of a glass-blower’s lungs

5. Green with no Envy
The human eye can distinguish more shades of green than any other colour

6. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
Coffee aroma is sprayed onto the lids of instant coffee jars so it smells of freshly ground coffee when opened

7. Wrapping at Christmas
Each Christmas 83 km2 of wrapping paper ends up our bins, which is enough to cover Guernsey

8. Apple is Hiding Something
Apple pays as much attention to its packaging as it does to its products, so it has a secret room dedicated to packaging at its headquarters in California

9. Being Misled
Misleading Labelling – A lot of the wasabi we consume is actually horseradish coloured green

10. Best Before the Bottle
The expiration date on a bottle of water is for the bottle not the water

11. Burst the Bubble
Bubble wrap was originally invented to be used as textured wallpaper

12. Cartons in Orbit
When laid end to end, the 1.25 billion beverage cartons used in the UK each year would wrap around the world six times

13. Staying Fresh
Pez, the infamous sweet dispenser, was originally targeted at smokers

14. The Rest is History
Jack Daniels was originally sold in rounded bottles until an Illinois salesman offered Mr. Jack the infamous square bottle, which is still used more than a century later

15. Power of Recycling
One recycled glass bottle is enough to power a computer for 25 minutes

16. Eggstremely Cross
The egg carton was designed to settle a dispute between a farmer and a hotel owner

More info: www.easyfairs.com

Locked4Kids at FachPack 2015 and expopharm 2015

At FachPack 2015 in Nürnberg October from 29 September to 1 October 2015, Ecobliss will present the innovative Locked4Kids child-resistant carton box. You finds us at the bayern design GmbH stand (Hall 5 / stand 111).

Locked4Kids demos its child-resistant carton also at expopharm 2015 in Düsseldorf. From 30 September to 3 October 2015 You can also come and visit us at Hall 4, stand F-24.

Robots On the Rise in Packaging Industry

Packaging end users increasingly look to robotics and automation to provide a number of flexibility, efficiency, quality, cost, and safety benefits.

According to a report from PMMI (see http://www.pmmi.org/research) the use of robots for packaging applications is on the rise and has grown from about 20% to 75% since 2008. his includes applications in food and beverage, pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer packaged goods (defined by PMMI as non-food and beverage) (Source: 2014 Trends in Robotics Market Assessment, www.pmmi.org/research).

For more information on robots in packaging, see Anne Marie Mohan’s article Robots Rise to Packaging Challenges in Packaging World.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 Blister News, Business News No Comments

Blister pack industry on the rise

The blister pack is one of the most used pharmaceutical packaging solutions globally, because of its many business and consumer advantages including: product integrity, product protection, tamper evidence, and patient compliance.

Thanks to of the versatility of blister packs, within the global pharmaceutical packaging industry studies report them representing around 17% of the market, that is more than 8 billion USD in revenue. The worldwide pharmaceutical packaging is expected to account for more than 73 billion USD by 2018.

Historically, blister packs have been much more widespread in Europe compared to the United States. Things are changing and blister packs are on the rise in the United States market. Another region to keep in mind is Asia. The pharmaceutical market in Asia is predicted to grow at a faster rate than any other, accounting for 28% of the total global market by 2018.

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 Blister News, Business News No Comments

Locked4Kids at bayern design GmbH stand FachPack 2015

Ecobliss has been asked by bayern design GmbH to present their award-winning Locked4Kids child-resistant carton box at their stand (Hall 5 / stand 111) at the FachPack 2015. FachPack will take place in the Messezentrum in Nürnberg from 29 September to 1 October 2015.

FachPack is the home for 1,500 exhibitors offering every aspect of packaging for industry and consumer goods, meeting 37,000 visitors from every sector. Whether it’s packaging materials, packaging machines, package printing / PrintPack and processing, logistics systems, services for the packaging industry – FachPack covers every subject with just the right emphasis.

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 Business News, Pharmaceutical, Trade shows No Comments

Grow global market for Blister and High Visibility Packaging

Global market for Blister and High Visibility Packaging is expected to reach more than US$40 billion by 2020. This growth is largely driven by the increasing role of packaging as a marketing tool and a rising need for product differentiation in commoditized markets. There is also a growing consumer preference for convenient and easy to open packages, and last but not least an increased demand for unit dose packaging in the pharmaceutical industry.

Asia-Pacific is the largest and fastest growing regional market. The growth is led by increase in disposable income and Westernization of food habits and lifestyle. Other factors driving growth in Asia-Pacific include improved marketing and retailing practices, economic development, increasing population, expanding middle-class, and rapid growth of the food processing and consumer durables sectors.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 Blister News, Business News No Comments

Ecobliss invests in new Roland Wide Format flatbed printer

Ecobliss – producer of blister and high visibility packaging solutions – has invested in a new Roland Wide Format flatbed printer. With this investment the Dutch company wants to meet increasing demand for packaging prototypes in different materials such as hard, flexible sheets and by corporate customers.

“At Ecobliss dominates a passionate culture of innovation and efficiency”, said Ron Linssen, managing director of Ecobliss. “And the expansion with the flatbed printer really suits in. The flatbed printer offers us the real flexibility needed to produce creative packaging prototypes. It can print up to 15cm thick on a wide range of materials: rigid, flexible and sheets.”

Ron Linssen: “We continue to invest and expand our expertise with new technologies, products and services to strengthen our position as an innovative company in the specialist field of blister and high visibility packaging.”

Monday, July 20th, 2015 Blister News, Business News No Comments

Ecobliss present at expopharm 2015 with Locked4Kids

Ecobliss will be presenting their Locked4Kids child-resistant carton box and other solutions in Pharmaceutical packaging at the expopharm 2015. Expopharm is the largest pharmaceutical trade fair in Europe and will take place in Düsseldorf from 30 September to 3 October 2015.

The pharmacy market is at home at expopharm, the most significant pharmaceutical fair in Europe, and thus the most important indicator for the dispensary and pharmaceutical markets, both inside and outside of Germany.

Is Europe still a major player in the Global Flexible Packaging Market?

According to PCI Films Consulting’s latest review of the European flexible packaging market, stabilising demand in France, Italy and Spain following previous declines, a sharply slowing Russian market and decline in Ukraine, together with continuing lack of inflationary pressures, are the principal factors behind growth in Europe’s flexible packaging market being broadly maintained at 1.4% in 2014.

The market continues to be dominated by Germany, France and the UK, which together account for nearly 50% of demand in the region. However, markets in Eastern Europe are steadily increasing their share of the total.

Read more on pcifilms.com