7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Durst innovation continues with placement of Tau LFS 330 at TLF Graphics in Rochester

Durst, the leading manufacturer of industrial digital printing platforms, announces the first placement of its Tau LFS 330 UV inkjet digital label press in North America at Rochester-based TLF Graphics.

An established upstate New York firm, TLF Graphics’ new Tau LFS 330 is its first piece of Durst equipment and the first LFS 330 end-to-end solution in North America. Durst’s inkjet system for digital labels and specialty packaging employs state-of-the-art in-line Spartanics Laser Finishing Systems that allow maximum flexibility in finishing and facilitate lean label manufacturing, going from digital file to finished product in a single production step.

Bob McJury, Vice President of Sales for TLF Graphics, said when company executives stopped by the Durst booth at last month’s Labelexpo Americas, they were curious about the Tau LFS 330’s laser finishing. But they had all but decided to move ahead with a planned upgrade to their toner-based press, as well as add another similar machine.

“When we were exposed to the Tau at Labelexpo, we were blown away. It’s the device for the markets we serve,” McJury said. “We were deeply impressed by the image quality and the durability of the image. We’ve tested others, but the Tau’s durability was far beyond anything we had tested. This press will allow us to outpace our competition with its quality, speed and in-line laser finishing system.”

TLF Graphics projects significant cost reductions with the Tau LFS 330’s digital workflow. The company estimates that over and above its prime label production, 40 percent of screen print jobs will travel to the Tau, providing an enormous labor savings and increasing its competitive edge.

“Durst didn’t need to sell our company on increased SKUs, personalization, more frequent orders, etc. – we are already committed to the benefits of digital devices,” McJury said. “But we believe the HD print mode and Spartanics laser finishing are real game changers from a technology and cost-reduction standpoint. The 1,000-watt Spartanics laser system, we feel, is the best on the market today.

“We were also attracted by the fact that we don’t have to use coated materials, there are no frame size limitations, and this press has the ability to print up to 190 inches long,” he said. “The press’s speed and ability to react – and do so competitively – is remarkable.

“And we can’t say enough about the people at Durst and the companies they partner with,” McJury added. “Durst has exceeded our expectations in the sales process, the quality of the people we’ve dealt with, the actual construction of the equipment – there is nothing that isn’t exceptional about Durst.”

"Durst is excited to partner with an industry-leading company that is as well respected as TLF Graphics,” said Richard Thomas, Durst U.S.’s Business Development Manager for Label & Specialty Packaging Systems. “TLF Graphics has a long successful history of creating and managing brilliant print products. Their acquisition of the Tau LFS 330 exemplifies TLF Graphics' commitment to making incredible print products and offering advanced printing solutions to their customers.”

TLF Graphics Partner Dan Wagner said the company is enthusiastic about its Durst UV inkjet purchase, and expects to place another order in the near future. “I can imagine a future when we have multiple Tau LFS 330 presses - and that’s our whole business. They are truly transformational,” Wagner said.

Packaging Machinery shipments up 6%, Secondary Packaging takes on dual role

U.S. packaging machinery shipments increased by 6 percent, to $7.9 billion, in 2013; and a rise in retail-ready packaging (RRP) is changing the role of secondary packaging, according to Pack Expo owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

PMMI released the findings of its 2014 State of the Industry: Packaging Machinery Shipments Study (SOTI) and 2014 Secondary Packaging Market Research Study this morning at a press briefing conducted on site at Pack Expo International and Pharma Expo 2014.

PMMI member packaging machinery manufacturers provided data for their 2012 and 2013 shipments for this study; total U.S. packaging machinery shipment estimates also incorporated projected non-member shipments.

“Total U.S. consumption - an overall figure that includes imports, exports and domestic shipments - reached $9 billion in 2013,” says Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, Market Development, PMMI. “Foods and beverages together continue to account for more than half of the shipments. This is consistent with what we’ve seen over the past 10 years.”

While SOTI illustrated a consistent overall market, PMMI’s 2014 Secondary Packaging Market Research Study revealed a dynamic industry segment feeling the strength of consumer trends.

“In 2008, when we last conducted this survey, every company we spoke to said they were trying to reduce their costs and improve their sustainability ratings in secondary packaging, and retailers demanded those changes because of consumer preferences. In contrast, roughly half of the 2014 study participants say they’ve implemented those changes and are satisfied with the results,” Izquierdo says.

One of the most visible trends for secondary packaging, however, is its role as a retail-ready packaging medium.

Izquierdo adds, “Retailers are asking for more shelf display containers and as a result, we’re seeing secondary packaging going directly from pallet to store shelf.”

Changes in primary packaging are also driving shifts in secondary packaging, the report notes. Food (45%) and beverage (50%) producers noted changes such as switching flexible packaging and light weighting primary packaging are resulting in the need for stronger support from secondary packaging.

The 2014 study also shows a decrease in RSC usage and corrugated fiberboard materials, and an increase in the use of recycled material content, overwrapped trays and shrink-wrapped pads.

Executive summaries of both reports are available at the PMMI booth (N–4550) on the Grand Concourse and online at PMMI.org.

Toyo Ink Group Showcases Eco-Friendly Products at All in Print China 2014

Shanghai Toyo Ink Mfg. Co., Ltd. (President Hiroyasu Takashio) announced today that it, together with its sister companies in China - Tianjin Toyo Ink Co., Ltd., Shanghai Toyo Ink Co., Ltd., Jiangmen Toyo Ink Co., Ltd. and Toyo Ink Asia Co., Ltd. (Hong Kong) - will be exhibiting a comprehensive lineup of packaging and print products at the 5th All in Print China 2014. Moreover, Toyo Ink Group companies, Japan-based Toyo Ink Co., Ltd. and Toyo-Morton Ltd. and Belgium-based Arets Graphics NV, will jointly exhibit their latest product innovations. The Toyo Ink Group of companies will offer eco-friendly, high-performance and high-value-added products that meet the needs of the China market as well as propose integrated solutions with the aim of creating new business.

The All in Print China international printing and technology trade exhibition will run from November 14 to 17, at the Shanghai International Expo Center in Shanghai, China.

Located in booth W2-A229, the Toyo Ink Group will showcase products and solutions under the following three product categories: Packaging, Graphic Arts and Arets products and technology.

Packaging: The two representative eco-friendly gravure ink series of the Toyo Ink Group, MULITISTAR and LIOALPHA, are Swiss Ordinance-compliant and formulated to meet strict industry or legislative guidelines.

Water-based gravure inks AQUAECOL, water-based flexo inks AQUA LIONA and AQUADURAN, as well as laminating adhesives for flexible packaging will also be featured at the booth.

For paper food packaging, FLASH DRY, series of UV inks and UV varnishes are Toyo Ink’s UV solutions for the growing Chinese UV printing market. The Toyo Ink Group will also introduce a lineup of high quality water-based flexo inks for a variety of applications: AQUABRIGHT, AQUA PAPIA and AQUACUP. Also on display will be metal decorative inks and can coatings for the expanding Chinese can market and screen inks for luxurious decorative packaging.

Graphic Arts: Toyo Ink Group’s eco-friendly sheetfed, web offset and publication inks for high speed applications will be highlighted under this category.

Arets Graphics: The Toyo Ink Group acquired UV ink specialist, the Arets Group, in 2013. Arets Graphics, now a Toyo Ink Group company, will present its latest UV ink offering at the show.

For more information about All in Print China 2014 see http://allinprint.com/en/index.php

Eagle Systems increases Cold Foil efficiencies and effectiveness for Rhode Island’s Packaging Graphics

Eagle Systems, Inc., a U.S. based developer and manufacturer of foil enhancement equipment, today announced the completed installation of its Eco-Eagle Cold Foil system at the manufacturing operations of Packaging Graphics, LLC in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Packaging Graphics is a leading manufacturer of blister cards, folding cartons, thermoformed blisters, trays and clamshells. They produce high-end consumer packaging value-added offerings through in-line capabilities and eye catching inks, coatings and designs. The Eagle was installed early last week, and now operates in unison with the company’s Man Roland press. For more product information, go to www.thefoilexperts.com.

“Our clients choose Packaging Graphics for many reasons, but the one-stop packaging solution seems to be high on the list,” notes Greg Iannuccillo, Vice President of Sales. “We have a 300,000 square foot self-contained facility which houses engineering, prepress, the manufacturing of print, die cutting, windowing, gluing, and EAS tag application, as well as all thermoforming operations. The facility also stores our make-and-hold finished goods and raw material inventory. The Eagle System allows even our sophisticated operation to run lower quantities without sacrificing efficiencies. With the ever changing world of speed-to-market, the Eagle System enables us to be more productive and make-ready conscious while controlling costs.

“Previously, we had a different cold foil unit installed on the press [Man Roland Prindor], but with the Eagle System, we expect to expand our services, as well as be more responsive to the immediate needs of our growing client base. One key advantage the system offers us is the use of narrow webs of foil, which in turn delivers significant material savings. And, its ease-of-use greatly reduces our learning curve, while integrating seamlessly with our workflow.

“Our research and direct interviews with other Eagle users really convinced us. Even after committing to the system, we were comforted to see videos of our new system as it was being manufactured. With the installation completed in just days, we’re eager to introduce our clients to how much more we can now offer them.”

The Eco-Eagle Cold Foil System
The Eco-Eagle Cold Foil system is a value-added finishing technique for cold foil applications. The add-on system can retrofit to new or existing 28-inch up to 80-inch sheet-fed offset presses from most major press manufacturers. It offers users the flexibility to apply a single 40-inch width of foil or multiple widths of foil, in any combination, as narrow as 2- inches. This ability greatly reduces foil cost and consumption. In addition, the cold foil system operates on about the same amount of electricity as a 1,500 watt hair dryer, reducing energy demands in production environments. This year, Eagle Systems has added the ability to use a 16,000k foil roll which allows for less change over during a job run.

The Eco-Eagle system provides the benefits of high-quality performance and reliability, as well as efficient machine-ability and cost effectiveness. Spot or overall foil coverage is printed inline and then overprinted at standard press speeds. The process uses standard printing plates and features setup times of less than 10 minutes. Eco-Eagle is completely automated thereby eliminating the human interface and operator/machine intervention.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Gidue MX installed at Kolkata at Spec Labels

After the successful installation of several Gidue printing machines in India, Gidue announced that another flexo press has been sold and installed to the Indian converter Speclabels. Since its foundation, Speclabels has been specializing gradually in: Prime Labels, mainly for Food & Beverage, Personal Care and Pharmaceutical; Drum Labels, performance labels, security labels and also promotional labels.

Lead by Amit Kataruka, Speclables has been founded in 2006 in Kolkata and, in less than 10 years of activity, is already satisfying the demand of the Label Industry with a flexo printing machine of 2 colors and a letter press of 6 colors. Thanks to the successful results achieved during the years, it has bolstered its capacity in the Label industry by purchasing the first Gidue narrow web flexo press. The Gidue printing machine installed in Kolkata is an MX , 370mm width, 8 colors, , Delam Relam and turn bar attachment along with a cold foiling system.

“I’ve decided to invest in Gidue technology, since I’ve seen a lot of Gidue flexo presses running and I have been always impressed and satisfied with the easiness of the operations and the good service back-up.” commented Mr. Amit Kataruka, Owner and Director of Speclables.

Since its launch, the Gidue MX line has demonstrated to provide highest quality results and no need of great investment in terms of price. It is a press dedicated to the production of labels and, thanks to its short web-path, it minimizes the set-up waste and gives perfect printing register over time. It doesn’t required any maintenance or operator intervention.

“We are very proud to see that our technology has another confirmation of its great impact on customers worldwide. MX printing machine is really the top entry level press, ideal for every converter that looks for the best quality results with the lowest costs and waste” concluded Mr. Maurizio Trecate, Gidue Vice President Sales.

Few copies left of the "Indian Label Directory"...

After the stupendous success of the earlier three editions, Eon Infomedia - the publishers of Labels India - released a Limited Edition of the Indian Label Directory at Labelexpo India. This Limited Edition is for circulation just during the expo and has been going off the stands quickly and only few copies of the same are left out.

A bible for the Indian Label industry, the Indian Label Directory is a one-stop reference manual for the Indian label industry, giving one instant access to information on equipment manufacturers, materials and services suppliers and printers operating globally with a special emphasis on India and Asia Pacific.

Priced at Rs. 1300/-, this easy-to-use, quick reference guide publishes all the information you need to access Indian label printing and converting industry and featuring manufacturers, dealers, and most importantly, major suppliers of consumables, equipment and services that one can use to make their purchasing decisions in an easy to use “handy” format. It lists and evaluates all relevant data for the label industry, clearly arranged according to product areas, thus enabling rapid access to competent information offers. This is an unprecedented opportunity for industry entrants to get all suppliers info in a directory targeted exclusively to their requirements as the directory will offer an in-depth look at prominent suppliers to the narrow web industry.

To buy your copy, meet the Labels India team at Hall 12 / Stand No. F/21 

Target Labels and Packaging hits the bull’s-eye for clients with HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press purchase

Salt Lake City-based Target Labels and Packaging, a fully integrated label and flexible packaging converter, is expanding its digital printing offering with an HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press. The press will help the company deliver faster turnaround times, versioning with variable data and cost-effective short runs for seasonal labels and packaging. 

Founded in 2006, Target Labels and Packaging installed its first HP Indigo digital press in 2007, recognizing that digital print would be a key differentiator. With the new 30-inch format HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, Target Labels & Packaging will be able to produce pressure-sensitive labels, shrink sleeves and the vast majority of flexible packaging applications, including those not previously addressable with digital printing technology because of size limitations.

“Our company offers brands a unique and innovative approach to packaging using a combination of digital and flexographic services,” said Joshua Jenks, president, Target Labels and Packaging. “The larger-format HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press gives us an edge because its print quality matches our flexographic technology, it enables us to offer customers more complex application options in shorter run lengths and it is compatible with our existing conventional finishing equipment.” 

The HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, which recently won Printing Industries of America’s 2014 InterTech Technology Award, will work seamlessly with Target Labels and Packaging’s existing 60-inch laminator and converting equipment, enhancing the company’s ability to serve its clients.

Labelexpo India attracts nearly 8,000 to New Delhi

7,927 visitors attended the seventh edition of Labelexpo India which took place 29 October - 1 November at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. With just under 200 exhibitors taking part, the show floor was busy with product launches and news of many installations being agreed as numerous deals were signed on-site.

Aimed at label and package printers, brand owners and label designers, 2014’s show saw the leading Indian and international manufacturers showcasing their cutting edge technology. Product launch highlights included new flexographic plate and equipment from DuPont Packaging Graphics, HP Indigo’s WS 6800 digital press, Multitec’s two new narrow-web label printing presses - Ecoflex VSi Servo and Ecosmart, Nilpeter’s Indian-made FB3300S press with gravure unit, Omet’s XFlex X4 8-color all-servo press and Rotatek’s Smartflex UV flexo press.

2014’s edition also saw the successful debut of the Brand Innovation Summit. Held in partnership with HP Indigo, the half day conference program was attended by several top brands including ACG Pharma, Cipla, Coca Cola, Dabur, GSK, ITC, Morepen, Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser and Siemens amongst others. The insightful session focused specifically on the role and importance of label and package printing in a brand’s design and ultimate sales performance in the Indian marketplace.

Jade Grace, event director said: “There was a good buzz about this year’s Labelexpo India and our exhibitors reported excellent visitor engagement with revisit numbers up 42%. This is not purely a numbers game however and attracting the right sort of visitor is crucial, so we are delighted to report an increase in senior decision makers attending the show. We’ve been really satisfied with the anecdotal feedback from our exhibitors with many of them securing large orders and generating strong leads. We look forward to returning in 2016.” 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Asian Flexible Packaging Conference is the place to be..

The Asian Flexible Packaging Conference, Exhibition and Awards (AFTA) 2014 announced its relocation to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 10-11 November. Originally planned for Bangkok, Thailand, AFTA’s management has decided to move the event to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in light of current political instabilities. Also that Malaysia’s print industry is amongst the top five largest in the manufacturing sector in the country gives enough reasons to conduct the same there once again. There are 3,162 print companies registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs, many of which are based in Kuala Lumpur - the base of this year’s AFTA event. Till now, the conference locations have included Asian hotspots like Penang, Phuket, Jakarta, Singapore, Manila and Pattaya.

The market potential for packaging in the Malaysian population is over 30 million. The National Statistics Office reports a simple literacy rate of 93.4% (one of the highest in the world) International Monetary Fund and the World Bank listed the Malaysia as number 43 in the world, and represents a good growth market for packaging in the future.

In 2014, the World Bank Report ranked Malaysia as the sixth most business-friendly country in the world. This marks the first time the Southeast Asian country has managed to break into the top ten ranking. The print industry is a significant contributor to its economy, with an output value of over USD 3 billion. According to the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), the highest investments recorded for 2012 were for the printing and publishing industry, at RM490.3 million. The print packaging market in particular has been accelerating in recent years.

Technology and your company - Are you ready for the future today?
If you want to see where our markets in Flexo, Gravure and Labels will take you in the future, then this is the event to be. Hear world class speakers as well as Brand owners across the globe talking to users and suppliers about the issues that affect our business every day. From packaging design to production to management, all the issues have been well covered in one event. The 2 Days Conference in an exciting new format will be covering:
Flexo printing  ||  Gravure printing  ||  Digital printing  ||  Offset printing  ||  Pre press and design  ||  Consumables, inks and substrates  ||  Labels and adhesives  ||  Slitting and rewindering, cleaning solutions  ||  In fact everything to help your business grow.

You not only attend a conference full of topics and excitement, but will also be able to network at the table-top display area, and talk face-to-face with industry leaders about all the issues you need answers for.
Asian Packaging Design Awards
To celebrate the region’s most innovative packaging across the industry, AFTA is proud to announce the inaugural inclusion of the first-ever “Asian Packaging Design Awards” for this year’s edition of the exhibition held in conjunction with the Asian Packaging Conference, Exhibition and Awards 2014. AFTA has introduced the Asian Packaging Design Awards to illustrate the importance of innovative packaging designs.

Good packaging design wins customers – and awards!
Aimed at designers and brand owners, the Awards presentations will be the most comprehensive that the region has seen.  There will be three categories for the awards; Beverages, Food and Beauty/Health. Entries will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts and awarded based on visual impact, functionality, innovation and quality of the finished product. The awards will be presented to the winners during the gala dinner along with the prizes on stage. This is also one good enough reason to join Asia’s only regional packaging conference.

It is time to register for Asia’s pre-eminent Flexographic industry conference that brings in together Asia’s leading companies with the aim of information sharing and product development. For more details, log on to www.afta.com.sg

In-Mold Labeling and In-Mold Decorating Conference: The ‘must-attend’ industry event

The market for in-mold labeling and in-mold decoration is growing, with interesting future prospects.   Innovation, new materials, application development and market potential provide the context for AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ annual conference and exhibition.    AWA IMLCON & IMDCON delivers - for everyone in the value chain – a review of technology, markets, and trends.  

‘A “one-of-a-kind” event’
AWA IMLCON & IMDCON 2015 takes place on February 18-19 2015 at the Sofitel Miami, Florida, USA.   Says Corey Reardon, President and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates:  ‘It is a one-of-a-kind event focused on the in-mold labeling and in-mold decorating market. It attracts delegates and brand owners from around the world and is a must-attend industry conference.’  

Concurrent sessions on IML/IMD
The 2015 event will feature two concurrent sessions dedicated specifically to IML and IMD.   This will enable a more focused, in-depth discussion of the respective technologies and applications.  Thetwo concurrent sessions complement the general conference and tabletop exhibition.

Speakers will represent the entire value chain, from technology sectors such as die-cutting, MuCell technology, thermoforming and TRIM.  The program also includes M&A and consolidation activity within the global packaging and label industry, and in-depth market data from AWA’s ongoing research.

AWA IMLCON & IMDCON 2015 is sponsored by industry-leading companies including Berhalter AG, Illig Maschinenbau, Precision Press, Inc, Taghleef Industries, and Yupo Corporation, and promises excellent networking opportunities. Earlybird discounts on the registration fee are offered till January 1, 2015.   Full program details, as well as online registration, are available via the AWA Alexander Watson Associates website, www.awa-bv.com.

Registration open for “World Paper Congress” on “Globalising the Indian Paper Industry” at Chennai

Paper+ 2014, India paper show to be held during Nov 7-9, 2014 at Trade Centre, Chennai and World Paper Congress has become the biggest meeting point of 2014 of the Paper industry in India.  With pre-registration of 176 Paper Mills and 121 leading exhibitor form 12 countries, various concurrent activities have been planned including:

Technical conference on “Recycling- the future of Indian paper Industry”  by IARPMA on Nov 7, 2014
“World Paper Congress” on “Globalising the Indian Paper Industry” by “World Paper Forum” Nov. 8-9, 2014
Special Session by Federation of Paper Traders Association on “Paper is green-Environment & Eco-friendly paper” on Nov 9, 2014
Invited delegations from various allied industries including Printers, Publishers, Converter, etc.

This whole event will cover the entire gamut of paper and allied industries for Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Find New Machinery and Equipment and Explore New business Alliances across boundaries. The event offers Unlimited Opportunities to the participants.

AS DELEGATE
To get first-hand information about latest technological advancements and opportunities in industry
Opportunity to connect with industry leaders
Explore new opportunities for Knowledge transfer
Know the success story of achievers

AS SPONSOR
The event will provide an excellent opportunity to stand out from the crowd, Reinforce, Enhance and Establish corporate visibility amongst the targeted audience. This will also be an opportunity to get noticed and project a long lasting brand image in the paper industry.

AS VISITOR
You will be the most important part of the event. As a trade visitor, you will witness the latest technology and innovation in the industry to support your business objectives.

DuPont Packaging Announces Advisory Panel and Calls for Entries

DuPont Packaging announced the formation of an Advisory Panel to help ensure the industry’s longest running, independently judged competition continues to foster and celebrate packaging innovation around the globe.  DuPont also announced today the call for entries for the 27th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation program.  The deadline for entries is Feb. 2, 2015, and entry forms are available at packagingawards.dupont.com.

“The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation enjoys growing success due to the quality of the entries and the astute knowledge of the judges, who are packaging industry leaders from around the world,” said Yasmin Siddiqi, DuPont Packaging Awards leader at a session called “Honoring Packaging Innovation” held during Pack Expo International 2014 in Chicago, IL.  “Creating an Advisory Panel comprised of leaders from industry, academia and media will help ensure the program remains relevant, fosters a better connection to the packaging industry and builds on the program’s ability to serve as a catalyst to inspire discussion on packaging innovation.

“Adding the Advisory Panel is part of our strategy to grow the program’s equity,” Siddiqi said, adding that last year the awards criteria were refreshed to reflect current trends in the packaging industry.  “We want to continue to focus on the value that packaging delivers while honoring the collaborative and the collective efforts it takes to make that happen.”

Members of the Advisory Panel will virtually meet a few times a year to discuss the various program elements.  Members of the new Advisory Panel include:
  • Aparecido Borghi, packaging manager & PMP, Multi Varejo, Brazil
  • Peter Clarke, Founder & CEO, Product Ventures, USA
  • Joseph Hotchkiss, director of the School of Packaging, Michigan State University, USA
  • David Luttenberger, global packaging director, Mintel Group, Ltd., USA
  • Lisa McTigue Pierce, executive editor, Packaging Digest, USA
  • Philippe Roulet, head of Global Packaging, Nestle, Switzerland
  • Anthony Wong, vice president and general manager, China, Amcor Flexible, Asia Pacific 

“The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation celebrates packaging innovation often driven through collaboration throughout the value chain,” said Siddiqi. “We are proud of the way the DuPont Awards has grown from its modest beginnings nearly three decades ago and look forward to seeing where the refreshed criteria and an Advisory Panel can take the program.”

Brand owners, retailers, packaging designers, converters and technology providers from around the world are encouraged to enter new packaging that has been commercialized since Jan. 1, 2013.  There is no fee for entry and DuPont materials do not need to be in the packaging structure.  In evaluating entries, judges will consider excellence in these areas: technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience.  Winners will be honored at a ceremony on May 14, 2015.  Information on the program and past winners is posted on the DuPont Packaging website.

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers manufactures an extensive portfolio of adhesive, peelable lidding and sealant resins. DuPont provides a globally networked development team to work with customers on packaging programs that improve performance, shelf appeal and convenience, while optimizing costs for the food, cosmetics, industrial and health and personal care industries.

DuPont has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.

A prize winning product with a prize winning label

Rhyton Cretan Thyme Honey is a winner on two different fronts: as a first-quality speciality gastronomic product, and as an outstanding example of how to label and pack such a product. Brought to market by Rhyton - a Greek co-operative supporting gastronomic products from a network of local producers – the honey is a perfect marriage of flavour and good looks.

Awarded a Golden Star in the Great Taste Awards for 2014 - for the second year running -- Rhyton Cretan Thyme Honey joins an exclusive club, because the UK Guild of Fine Food’s annual international taste index of speciality foods and beverages is widely recognised as the ‘foodie Oscars’. But that is not all. In the annual international FINAT Label Competition, promoted by Europe’s label industry association, Rhyton Cretan Thyme Honey’s self-adhesive label, printed by the Greek self-adhesive label specialists N. Cabas S.A., took first prize in the food products category.

Sometimes less is more
This particular award was indeed proof that sometimes less is more, because the label employed just two colours on a silver substrate to deliver the premium, luxury result.

Tony White, chairman of the judging panel for the FINAT Label Competition, explains the jury’s thinking: ‘This is a really nicely printed label. The chosen typeface and the two Pantone® ink colours really complement the design without subsuming it, and the choice of a PP film substrate is a practical choice for moisture-resistance and wipe-ability. In recent years we have seen a lot of Cabas’ work in the Label Competition – winning many category and group awards – so their success in this year’s prizewinners’ lineup is no surprise.’

Printed by rotary letterpress on UPM Raflatac’s PP Silver Gloss TC50 self-adhesive labelstock, and protected by a matt UV varnish, the label also contributes a valuable security feature: a tamper-evident seal over the jar lid. Comments Panos Cabas, General Manager of Athens-based Cabas S.A.: ‘Rhyton Cretan Thyme Honey’s label design represents the collection of pollen and nectar from the flower by a bee. The visualization of this process becomes the identity of this exquisite honey, and accompanies it to every destination.

‘Our challenge was to help the product stand out with a label that would enable the illustration to be the protagonist. So we printed on a gloss polypropylene labelstock that provided a neutral, pearly (yet sophisticated) background, and used just two colours – one simulating the color of honey for the small, yet significant, details, and the other black, for the rest of the “story” – in order to achieve the desired final outcome. The label was then finished with a matt varnish to ensure an equable visual outcome from every angle.’

Shared standards of excellence
Rhyton’s representatives, Michalis Arkopoulos and Nikos Mexis add: ‘We share the same standards and passion for excellence and quality with our co-operators Cabas, and we are proud to see our common values awarded.’

Tony White concludes: ‘It is always a pleasure to see the functional qualities of a self-adhesive label – high-quality print, clean, accurate diecutting, and perfect on-pack positioning and application – partnered by first-class, thoughtful decorative qualities.’ Rhyton Cretan Thyme Honey is available in specialty food shops across Europe.