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07 Apr2020

What Is The SQF Program and Why Is It So Important? 

As a brand owner, you know how important safety and quality are for all your processes. If you’ve been in the CPG (consumer packaged goods) industry long enough, chances are you’ve heard the letters SQF when talking about food or manufacturing plant safety. Maybe you’ve heard that SQF is important, but not what makes this certification globally respected and reco...

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26 Mar2020

How Food Brands Can Weather the COVID-19 Storm

Uncertainty and the unknown have become the world’s reality, as we collectively face COVID-19. Each day brings new information and changes, seemingly shifting the daily course of action for companies as well as people. While so many businesses have been impacted by the virus, the food industry, especially, has seen significant changes and concerns arise. Consumer...

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17 Mar2020

Rigid Packaging vs. Flexible Packaging: Is One Really Better?

Within the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) space, many brands today resonate with “team rigid” while others are all about “team flexible.” But the truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all solution – both package structures have benefits depending on the type of product being packaged, or how it will be used. So, what is rigid and flexible packaging? K...

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24 Feb2020

Perfect Pasta Enjoys Easy and Flexible Package Development for Its Entire Product Line-Up

Perfect Pasta is known by customers around the country for their impressive variety of handmade pasta options, from appetizers to entrées, and even brings theirdelicious fare to the gluten-free market. Perfect Pasta is a family-owned gourmet pasta company that’s been in business for over 30 years, selling both retail and foodservice products. Based in the Chicago area, for decades the compan...

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05 Feb2020

Packaging Design Essentials: What You Need to Stand Out

It’s no secret that a high-quality package with a great design can drive more sales for your brand. Packaging communicates with customers in only a matter of seconds (3 seconds to be exact), and in that time, they decide whether or not to purchase your product. With so little time to connect with potential customers, it can be confusing to know which design elements or package features are e...

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08 Jan2020

Without Printing Plates, One Guilt-Free Brownie Company Finds the Space It Needs to Grow

Eat Me Guilt Free is a woman-owned specialty baked goods company that currently produces “guilt-free” brownies and cookies. The sweets are all low-calorie, low carb, and high in protein. Founder and owner, Cristie Besu, is a registered nurse and certified sports nutritionist that created the line of protein-rich snacks in response to her clients asking for a sweet treat that wouldn’t ...

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23 Dec2019

How Seasonal Packaging is Enriching Sock Fancy’s Customer Experience

There’s something about seasonal and limited-edition packaging that makes each of us light up with excitement. Whether it’s Starbucks’ red cups during the holidays, Superbowl packaging, or your favorite product wrapped in a seasonal package, packaging is an incredibly powerful tool that can pique interest and evoke joy. “Packaging is another piece of canvas for your branding… when used corre...

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19 Dec2019

ePac UK Silverstone Celebrates Their Grand Opening

The ePac UK Silverstone plant celebrated its grand opening with an open house to show off its new state of the art 24,200-square-foot facility at Arrow Park in Brackley, England. The ePac team had the opportunity to meet with members of the community, local businesses, and the media to showcase the new location and let the community know about the benefits of dig...

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11 Dec2019

Seed-Based Bar Company Finds A Better Way of Ordering Packaging Through Digital Printing

Blake Sorensen grew up learning the importance of a healthy diet, but had to contend with the difficulty of finding foods that wouldn’t trigger his severe nut allergy. Unfortunately, he was often frustrated by the healthy bars, trail mixes and other snacks on the market, as most are made with nuts or produced in a facility that processes nuts. It was this frustration that later led him to tr...

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04 Dec2019

How to Extend Your Shelf Life With Flexible Packaging

As a brand owner, you know all about the many consumer benefits that have catapulted flexible packaging onto shelves in almost every market space. Its lightweight and easy to open design makes flexible packaging universally appealing, while its high-barrier properties and optional re-close features help to extend product freshness.

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26 Nov2019

CASE STUDY: Kakosi Foods

Small Cacao Pouches Deliver Big Results Andrew Dunbar has made healthy snacking a way of life with an unconventional sweet: cacao nibs. In 2014, Dunbar was working in the healthcare industry and was looking for a change. So he decided to follow a lifelong dream of starting his own business and launched a cacao nib startup. At that time, cacao nibs were not a well-k...

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20 Nov2019

ePac Atlanta Celebrates Their Grand Opening

The ePac Atlanta plant celebrated its grand opening by hosting an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new plant location in the heart of Norcross, GA. The ePac team has the opportunity to meet with members of the community and local businesses to showcase the new location and let the community know about the benefits of digital p...

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22 Oct2019


Whiskey-Soaked Granola Proves It’s Tasty To “Go Against the Grain” There’s granola and then there’s Granarly, the snacking granola brand that, as the company’s slogan suggests, “Goes against the grain.” It all began in 2015 where Morgan Potts, at just 23, started her granola company, Granarly, in Shrevepo...

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17 Oct2019

Variable Data Printing: 6 Ways It Can Enhance Your Brand

Your packaging is one of your brands’ most powerful tools. Packaging builds brand awareness, communicates your brand’s message, attracts new customers, and more. But how can your packaging build your brand? As we get closer to the fall and winter holidays, how can it make your holiday products stand out? What can you do to make all of your special edition products fly off the shelves? And ho...

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02 Oct2019

CASE STUDY: mmmpanadas

From Food Truck to Freezer Aisle: mmmpanadas Finds Packaging Innovation in Digital Printing What do you get when you combine two foodies, an entrepreneurial spirit, and some really good empanadas? You get mmmpanadas, an Austin, Texas-based empanada brand that sells its goods from a food truck around town, and now also in the frozen food aisle. 

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20 Sep2019

Meet Ian, ePac’s First Summer Intern

This summer was momentous for ePac - we had our first ever summer intern! Ian Gelerman spent the summer interning our Boston, Massachusetts plant, learning the ropes from general manager Tim Novak and the sales team while helping put on a big event: the ePac Boston grand opening party. We took some time to chat with Ian about his experience interning with ePac...

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11 Sep2019

CASE STUDY: Smackin’ Snacks

Home-Run Snack Line Launches In Just Weeks Cole Schaefer wasborn an entrepreneur. He was also born with a serious love for baseball, playing the game since the age of three. Growing up in the sport, he quickly became an avid lover of, you guessed it, sunflower seeds. As a middle school baseball player, he grew bored with the sunflower seeds on the market, noticing a m...

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06 Sep2019

Flexible Packaging is the Future: Here Are 5 Reasons Why

Make your way down just about any aisle at your local grocery store or Whole Foods, and you’ll find it bursting with a variety of package structures. Boxes of cereal, bags of chips, pouches of granola, cartons of milk, jars of peanut butter. These more traditional packaging structures are what we have come to know and expect with certain products. But things on the aisle are shifting....

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25 Jul2019

Skratch Labs and ePac Deliver A Truly Unique Package Experience

As an official partner to EF Education First Pro Cycling, Skratch Labs wanted to create limited-edition packaging to celebrate the team’s competition in the Tour. To show team pride, they crafted stand-up pouches for their lemon & lime sports hydration drink mix that featured the metallic pink and blue look of the EF team’s jerseys.  Since 2012, Skr...

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15 Jul2019

Recyclable Pouches: Here’s What You Need to Know Before Going Green

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re a part of a CPG brand that’s curious about adding a recyclable pouch or rollstock to your product offering. The rise in popularity of eco-friendly products and consumer concerns over packaging waste has led many brands, like yours, to consider shifting to more sustainable efforts.

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03 Jul2019

CASE STUDY: Primal Noms

Custom Packaging Positions Primal Noms Keto Mug Cakes As The Market Leader Primal Noms owners, Matt and Alli Owen, are on a quest to be the healthiest versions of themselves, and part of that quest is following the ketogenic, or keto diet. Because sweet cravings can be hard to ignore regardless of the type of diet you follow, they created Primal ...

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25 Jun2019

Child-Resistant Packaging: What You Need to Know 

Creating the perfect packaging for your brand is a rewarding process. You work hard to ensure that the packaging will effectively keep the product fresh, protect it during transit, and deliver key information to consumers, all while being durable and engaging.  We know that all of these factors are important as you str...

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17 Jun2019

Is Contract Packaging or Manufacturing Right for You? Part One

As your brand grows, there are many decisions to consider as you work to optimize sourcing, production, packaging, and distribution in order to keep the momentum going. Perhaps a product launch in a new market is up for discussion. Maybe you’re interested in moving a core product from bag-in-box packaging to a Stand...

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10 Jun2019

Closure Options for Your Flexible Packaging: What You Need to Know

Picture this: you’re running into your local grocery store to stock up for your annual summertime road trip to the beach with your family. Your number one goal is to find snacks for the 8-hour road trip ahead of you with your 3 children. As you stand in front of the rows of packaged snack options, flashbacks of last year’s trip flood your mind. Chips, everywhere.You’re convinced that ...

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30 May2019

CASE STUDY: Sock Fancy

Sock Fancy Delivers An “Open Pouch” Experience In today’s subscription box culture, one subscription brand did something unlike anyone else: they chose a pouch instead of a box for its mailed goods to deliver a truly unique experience. And

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23 May2019

Adding This One Thing to Your Health + Beauty Product Packaging Can Boost Sales

Walk down the beauty aisles in your local Target or drug store, and you’ll find a plethora of glass bottles, vials, plastic tubes, bottles, and jars. For years, these package formats have been home to beauty products of all kinds -- everything from makeup to soaps to lotions to specialty oils and powders. As more beauty products are added to the shelves and even more find their way to consum...

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09 May2019

That’s A Wrap! Wrapping Up Baked Goods for Optimum Freshness

Who doesn’t love warm, fresh-baked bread? Or, a perfectly moist cake? Bakery items are the ultimate comfort food, whether it be sweet cakes, pies, savory bagels or fresh-baked bread, we all can agree that baked goods make us feel a little bit better after a long day. To give us all that comfort we crave, bakery brands are baking...

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07 May2019

Digital Printing: NOT Just for Short Runs

Have you heard the myth that digital printing is only for small businesses that only have a need to produce short runs? Well, we’re here to tell you that this just isn’t true. Digital printing is capable of producing large orders with quality, sharp and consistent graphics for a su...

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01 May2019

Packaging Lawn & Garden Products for The New Generation of Gardeners

Gardening is no longer reserved for plant enthusiasts and avid backyard gardeners.  It seems more and more people are taking up gardening in their spare time. Whether it’s a beautiful potted flower plant or lush vegetable garden, or just making sure your house has great curb appeal, it seems like everyone is planting something. And chances are if they’re not doin...

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25 Apr2019


For Iya Foods, It’s ALL About Connecting with Consumers Through Packaging Toyin Kolawole loves food. She also has a natural talent for business, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an eye for great packaging. Kolawole was born in Nigeria to an entrepreneurial...

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23 Apr2019

Premium Pet Food Packaging: Capturing The Attention of Today’s Pet Owner

The pet food market is highly competitive, with small, local, and big-name brands all sharing the same shelf. Since your packaging is the first thing people see, it should not only be functional, but innovative, too. Because of this, all brands are looking for ways to make their product, and line-up unique, to stand out in the growing segment.

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18 Apr2019

The Simple Way to Go Green Through Digital Printing

As a consumer-packaged-goods company, we know that you’re under pressure to step up your sustainability game. News headlines abound with issues concerning packaging and waste, green manufacturing, and energy conservation. Not only that, but consumers are demanding more sustainable options. That’s why we want to let you in on a little secret; there is a simple way to create more sustai...

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16 Apr2019

The Dairy Difference: Flexible Packaging for Dairy Products

Lining the shelves of the grocery aisles for years, and long before consumers were inundated with a plethora of packaged food options, dairy products were available and a consumer favorite. Today, the market is filled with more than mere bricks of cheese, cups of yogurt and jugs of milk. Grass-fed milk and cheeses, full-fat organic yogurts, goat and sheep milk, sippable yogurts for ad...

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12 Apr2019

Excess Inventory is Costing You Money, Here’s What You Can Do About It

Picture this: your brand partners with a packaging company for your full line of new paleo granola products. You’re so excited to get your granola on the shelves and in front of customers! The minimum order for the packaging is high, but with the hundred other things on your plate and the sheer excitement of finally getting packaging, you agree and place the order. Six to twelve weeks later,...

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11 Apr2019

Confectionery Packaging: How to Increase Consumer Engagement & Extend Shelf Life

Standing out from the competition in any industry is a must when launching or relaunching your product. Whether you’re a small or start-up business, or a seasoned packager, you know how important it is to stand out from the crowd with packaging that communicates your brand’s value. Keeping up with current trends can help you determine what consumers want in the busy candy market. Because sna...

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05 Apr2019

Is Digital Printing Really Better Than Conventional Printing? A Look at The Biggest Benefits of Digital Printing

The right package design, supplier, and production process are all so fundamental to your brand’s success. Whether you’re a new business just starting out, or a seasoned veteran, you know the importance of delivering a winning product in superior packaging. And you know how important it is to work with a supplier that can deliver fast, accurate and affordable work! The key is to find the rig...

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05 Apr2019

When It Comes to Jerky Packaging, It’s All About Freshness

Move over potato chips, there’s a new savory snack on the scene that is filling grocery carts as more consumers opt for healthier, higher protein snacks. What is it? It’s meat snacks, and more specifically- meat sticks and jerky. Meat snacks have come a long way since the Slim Jim, and there seems to be an end...

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29 Mar2019

The 3 Must-Haves of Successful Frozen Food Packaging

The frozen foods segment delivers easy and healthy options to consumers looking for a quick meal prep and added convenience to their busy day. When developing packaging for this segment, consider what’s important to the consumer, and how the package will fit into their daily lives. Flexible packaging offers consumers a variety of user-friendly features, and consumers love them. According ...

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25 Mar2019

Ten Questions to Ask When Hiring A Flexible Packaging Company

Are you struggling to find the right flexible packaging supplier for your company’s needs? Have you found a handful of potential packaging partners, but aren’t sure which is the best fit for your business? Whether you’re a new brand seeking out a flexible packaging supplier, or a seasoned business interested in taking adv...

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15 Feb2019

Unearthing the Differences Between Compostable and Recyclable Packaging

In the world of packaging, especially flexible packaging, there is a lot of talk about sustainability, as well as recycling and composting. What are the differences between a recyclable and compostable package, and in what other ways can packagers be sustainable? Before we dive into the differences between compostable and recyclable packaging, let's take a look at some of the benefi...

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15 Feb2019

The Design Features that Make Pouches the Best Option for Nutritional Supplement Packaging

An aging population and growing health concerns, including simply adopting a healthier lifestyle, are pushing the nutritional supplement market toward more growth. Consumers are busier than ever, and looking to easy ways to add better nutrition to their diets in the form of proteins, herbs, fatty acids, vitamins and energy supplements. The rise in lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and obesit...

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30 Jan2019

CASE STUDY: Gezellig Cookies

Dutch Cookies Stay Cozy in Pouches Cassandra Plas started Gezellig Cookies because of her fondness for the Dutch cookies her Oma would make for her while growing up. As an adult, she missed the cookies so must she started making them, giving them away to family and friends, and then in 2015 founded Gezellig Cookies. Located in Central Florida, Gezellig Cookies, which is a Dutch word w...

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29 Jan2019

CASE STUDY: Skratch Labs

After 5 years in business, Skratch Labs renamed its entire line of products and created entirely new packaging to make it easier for the customer to understand the product, as well as establish brand consistency. Although development took 10 months, this new product packaging offers many benefits: Increased moisture...

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07 Jan2019

Wrapping Up Food in New Ways: How Consumer Packaged Goods Look in 2019

Based on industry focus and consumer expectations of the past year, 2019 looks to be a time of change. Packaging is likely to take new forms as companies reevaluate old approaches to cater to an evolving market. Sustainable Processes Customers want assurance that their products are packaged sustainably. This push encompasses the production of recyclable and reusable ...

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07 Jan2019

Industry Insights: Packaging Predictions for 2019

The packaging industry continues to evolve with consumer expectations and 2019 is likely to show change in several sectors. Among the most prominent are sustainability and customization, which appear to be growing in demand. Sustainability The push for completely recyclable packaging is immense and businesses appear to be moving away from single-use plastics. The com...

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26 Nov2018

CASE STUDY: Evolve Brands

Evolve Brands is out to make the world a better place through mindful snacking. The company’s two brands, Gorilly Goods and Supernola, are organic, plant-based, non-gmo, and gluten-free snacks that boast real ingredients. Both brands are packaged in on-the-go, flexible, single-serve bags from ePac flexible packaging, the first supplier in North America built entire...

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07 Nov2018

CASE STUDY: Ancient Ingrained

It started off as a classic “there could be a better way” story. As a health-conscious consumer, Dustin Finkel has always been cognizant of the foods he eats. And while many brands have developed “healthy” chips and snacks, he found that they’re often packed with fillers, bad fats and suspect product messaging on the package....

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31 Oct2018

Top Benefits of Printing On Demand

There are a lot of well-established benefits when it comes to digital printing. Some of the most popular are how the technology better enables short run flexible packaging production by eliminating plate fabrication and other set-up costs. This can help enable SKU proliferation, rapid time to market, custom food packaging, and seasonal promotions. Other

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31 Oct2018

Flexible Packaging’s Role in Fighting Food Waste

Flexible packaging is getting more sustainable thanks to developments in recyclable and compostable films, more efficient equipment, solventless inks and more, but there’s one other major sustainability category that flexible formats can greatly help with that should be getting more attention: food waste. Consider this: Water...

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04 Oct2018

Tariff Trouble or Flexible Local Supply? You Choose

If you have been contemplating importing pouches or rollstock from China; are already trying to navigate the choppy seas of the language barrier, freight hassles, and quality concerns; or you just got hit with price increases on your imported goods—you know that the latest headlines on trade tariffs are just going to further complicate your business.

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18 Sep2018

CASE STUDY: West Shore Foods LLC

Digital Printing Gets New Products to Market Quickly West Shore Foods, LLC is a food technology company that specializes in creating natural, minimal-ingredient, dried snacks. One of the owners is J. Hugh Wiebe, a serial entrepreneur who founded Brookside Chocolates. With a strong focus on innovation, ...

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24 Jul2018

ePac Company Update

When ePac opened its doors in 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin - we were a start-up business seeking to provide brands of all sizes a better, simpler way to buy flexible packaging.  Built around state-of-art digital printing technology from HP, the Indigo 20000, we sought to provide brands rapid turnaround, great graphics quality, and competitively priced short and medium run length orders.  ...

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24 Jul2018

Compostable Film is Making Strides

Sustainable, recycled, and plant-based materials are all words widely used in packaging today. Many consumer-packaged brands are now offering their products in eco-friendly options to address the ever-rising pressure packagers face to adopt sustainable materials and practices into their business models. Consumer concern triggers these companies to look for sustainable solutions to address the w...

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18 Jun2018
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Market Like the Big Boys with Digitally Printed Pouches

Business experts generally agree that small and midsized businesses (SMBs) are one of the driving forces of the American economy. A 2017 report from Deloitte, in fact, calls SMBs “the backbone of the U.S. economy” and “significant drivers of economic growth, job creation and new innovation in the U.S.” ** As recently as the 1980s and 1990s, the U.S. packaging industry revolved around big con...

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04 Jun2018

On-The-Go Snacking and the Powerful Pouch

Today we all seem to snack more, whether it’s breakfast on the go, snacking between meals, or as meal replacements. While it is common at home, most of our snacking is done on the go; in the car, at our desks, or while walking down the street. And this trend isn’t just affecting adults; kids, toddlers and babies are snacking too. Luckily, consumer goods companies...

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25 Apr2018

Adding Value to Flexible Packaging Through High-Impact Graphics

Package design is the first thing consumers notice about your product. Design has the power to draw consumers in, get them to pick the product up and even make a purchase. Several design themes seem to do the trick, from bright and bold, to purposeful and minimal, as well as realistic depictions of the product inside. One thing is clear, high-impact graphics add ...

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03 Apr2018

You Can Get the Flexible Packaging Graphics You Want—Digitally

If you’re a brand owner looking to harness the advantages of flexible packaging, the promise of efficient short runs and quick delivery are attractive incentives. By now you’ve learned that ePac Flexible Packaging offers short- to medium-run length orders, and 10-day turnaround for your finished pouches or roll stock, using the latest wide-web digital printing te...

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