PackEx 2019 is an anchoring section of the five-in-one semiannual Advanced Design and Manufacturing tradeshow held in Toronto June 4-6 that’s part of our parent company Informa’s event portfolio that involves packaging and plastics; EastPack is being held this week in New York City.
I attended PackEx for the fourth time and this year my first booth visit a few minutes into day one of show proved to be a highly auspicious beginning. I’d stacked the odds in my favor by choosing a conveniently located vendor that proved a fruitful resource in the past; I was not disappointed with what I found there this year.
This first of four examples of plastic packaging innovation can be called a true container thoroughbred.
IPL (Saint Damien, QC, Canada), a supplier of injection-molded rigid containers that specializes in in-mold labeling (IML), displayed a nifty, full-featured custom premium rectangular bucket with rounded edges done for Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (Arden Hills, MN). The premium packaging matched to a premium food supplement for horses offers the following value-added features:
- The all-polypropylene 30lb/6.5-gal container and plastic carrying strap-handle are molded in a color-matched Purina red and the lid is black;
- The lid is hinged for easy access and stays open for scooping;
- The Purina name and the brand's checkerboard is embossed on the front of the container and stamped as a larger checkerboard on the top of the lid.
It’s a workhorse container that replaces a bag-in-box format that came up short in use.
“The new plastic container replaces BIB packaging where the corrugated portion could not withstand the weather and rigors of the barn environment,” according to Daniel James-Vigeant, the company’s marketing coordinator.
Rather than the individual panel labels shown in the photos of the in-booth prototype, the to-market version will offer a single, photo-quality printed IML wrapped label.
The project has an international aspect, with the molds developed in Canada used to mold the containers in the United States.
The newest and largest member of the IPL InPack container family is available for other customers with either a plastic or metal handle along with other options.
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