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Breaking News in Flexible Packaging May 2023

If you’re interested in an informative and fast read on the subject of flexible packaging, this is for you — an all-in-one location for a steady stream of curated news and developments in this dynamic market for the current month.

You’ll find regularly updated news and developments in the ever-widening world of applications for pouches, bags, films, and other types of flexible packaging sourced from supplier breakthroughs, brand launches, and other advances of interest. The content is selected from Tweets by stakeholders in the flexible packaging supply chain supplemented by content drawn from the Twitter feeds of sister publications Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday. Return to this page to quickly scroll through to see what you’ve missed. April’s Breaking News in Flexible Packaging can be found here. 

Seventh soccer field surface made using recycled PepsiCo/Frito-Lay’s snacks bags opens near Cairo.

Performance Biofilaments to begin commercial production in Canada of world’s largest nanofibrillated cellulose for products including bioplastics and thin films.

AIMPLAS researching PHA-based barrier coatings for bioplastics.

Circularity leaders launch PRFLEX, a collaboration to optimize the recycling system for flexible plastic packaging in Canada.

Study: fastest growing market for protective packaging will be in flexible packaging including protective mailers, air pillows, and other ecommerce order fulfillment formats.

SABIC, Estiko Packaging Solutions, and Coldwater Prawns of Norway team up to introduce flexible packaging made with 60% ocean-bound plastic.

Stretch film manufacturer Paragon Films breaks ground to expand its facility in North Carolina.

Research: packaging foods using polysaccharide-based edible films.

Coca-Cola invested in new recycling tech converting hard-to-process plastics including films into food-grade plastic for bottles.

Trade publication says “digital flexible packaging stole the show at Interpack”.

Color-changing biodegradable wrap alerts consumers to food spoilage.

Borealis Group highlights monomaterial pouch made of 95+% polypropylene.

Winpak and Aisa partner to introduce the SqueezPOD, an innovative food packaging that’s light as a pouch and functional as a bottle.

Nova Chemicals and Pregis partnered to develop flexible food packaging made of recycled polyethylene.

UPM Specialty Papers co-creates a sustainable, fiber-based sack suitable for pet food applications of up to 20kg/44.1 pound with industrial sack manufacturer Fiorini Packaging.

In Japan, tamarind seed gum is being developed into a biodegradable plastic for applications including flexible food packaging.

ExxonMobil, Cyclyx, Sealed Air, and Ahold Delhaize USA demo advanced recycling that turns plastic waste into food-grade films with plans for scaling.

“Revolutionary” digital printing press for flexible food packaging.

Ineos claims a world’s first for flexible packaging made from more than 50% recycled plastic.

Folex introduces glare-free film that enhances screen readability with high transparency.

Transparent Vapor Deposition Films for Medical Packaging Market forecast to reach $6.1 billion by 2028 at a CAGR of 3.6%.

Together with Schneider Electric, Koehler Paper is introducing sustainable flexible packaging made of paper for the first time.

Nova Chemicals’ fully recyclable BOPE-HD film is available globally as a sustainable alternative to mixed material films for flexible packaging.

Kroger has recycled more than one million pieces of flexible packaging.

Jolly Rancher Gummies pouches limited-edition street art packaging feature local artists designs for three US cities.

Twist-wrap packaging for sweets and other markets is growing at a 5.5% CAGR.

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