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PET Packaging Shines at NPE

The National Plastics Exposition mega-show held last week featured innovations across 1 million sq ft, many of which involved PET packaging for food and beverages.

Rick Lingle, Senior Technical Editor

May 14, 2024

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If you’ve ever been to a Pack Expo, just think “plastics” and you’ll get an idea of the breadth and depth of the new products, machinery, services, and packaging at the triennial National Plastics Exposition.

In short, NPE2024 held May 6 to 10 hosted 2,000 exhibitors and 50,000-plus attendees at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

We scoured the show to uncover examples of exemplary food and beverage packaging. In fact, we found so many that we’ve focused this roundup on those involving PET, which is the most widely recycled plastic in the US at around 30%.

Among the finds are a DIY tray-seal integrity check and PET advancements in food and beverages including wine.

About the Author(s)

Rick Lingle

Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday

Rick Lingle is Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree from Clarke College and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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