National Restaurant Association Show 2018 - Trends in the Food Service Industry

Attending the annual National Restaurant Association Show is always an enlightening, educating and enjoyable experience - plenty of free samples! Over 66,000 attendees participated in the four-day event at the McCormick Place convention center in[…]

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FTA Infoflex 2018 - Working Collaboratively from Package Design Concept to Shelf

At this year’s Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) annual INFOFLEX conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, attendees listened to industry experts share how they work to manage end user brand team’s color expectations when it comes to print[…]

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Food Safety Summit 2018 - What I learned: Food Safety Throughout the Supply Chain

Last week I attended the 2018 Food Safety Summit, a solution-based conference and expo with the latest information and top influencers that are driving the entire food safety industry. I learned more about the importance of food safety throughout[…]

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A Lesson in Color Matching Across SKUs in Paperboard Packaging

Being a packaging professional I probably spend more time, and pay closer attention than any one person should, as I’m perusing the aisles at my local grocery store. As a result, I’m able to spot inconsistencies in packaging rather easily. Visiting[…]

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HealthPack 2018 - What We Learned: Trends in Medical Device Packaging

I recently attended and exhibited at HealthPack 2018, the premier industry conference analyzing trends in medical device packaging, with my fellow Outlook Group colleague, Tim Traub. HealthPack provides an excellent forum for medical device[…]

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PSDA CEO Summit - What I Learned

Last week I attended the PSDA CEO Summit in Scottsdale, AZ. Along with the beautiful weather I got to spend time with some truly exceptional leaders spanning the gamut from print distributors to suppliers. The theme of the event was “Think Beyond[…]

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The Importance of Solution-Based Collaboration in Contract Packaging

The manufacturing world we live in today has automation doing pretty much anything that is repetitive. At the very least, that is the goal of the manufacturer. However, manufacturing as it relates to contract packaging is only a piece of the supply[…]

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An Addition to the Outlook Group Family

Still delivering time through packaging solutions Outlook Group and M&Q Packaging, under M&Q Holdings, have purchased Flavorseal of Avon, Ohio. Outlook Group will continue to operate unchanged from our current organization as a wholly owned[…]

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Winter Fancy Food Show 2018 - What We Learned

Having attended the Specialty Food Association's Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco last week, it was obvious that the trend toward healthy/organic food options in all categories remains strong. "Vegan," "Non-GMO," "Grass-Fed," and "Free-Range"[…]

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Top 8 Packaging Trends to Watch in 2018

Last year at this time I offered my view of key packaging trends that would impact our and our customers’ businesses in 2017. And by now I’m sure you’ve seen multiple articles predicting the top trends for 2018. That being said, I’d like to share[…]

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