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Industry News Canadian first for label printer


Jet Label & Packaging, Western Canada’s largest producer of labels and printed tape for a broad range of industries, will become the first label manufacturer in Canada to install an HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press. Scheduled to begin operating in mid-October, the addition doubles Jet Label’s digital capacity and allows it to print longer digital runs. Jet Label has been printing at full capacity – 24 hours a day, five days per week


– on its two HP Indigo WS6600 digital presses. The company’s digital job orders have increased, as have their typical run length, leading to the decision to expand and enhance its digital printing capacity. The new HP Indigo 8000 is also part of a broader digital strategy: At its Edmonton facility, Jet Label will be dedicating a special “digital wing” to accommodate its four HP Indigo engines, as well as two inkjet solutions for very short runs. The departmentalisation, which will be complete following light renovation work, will make Jet’s digital capabilities even more effective and efficient. “This was more than an aspirational purchase – the demand is already there, and we’re simply meeting it with supply to spare,“ said Darrell Friesen, president & CEO of Jet Label & Packaging. “The new press, as well as creating a standalone digital department, allows us to better meet today’s needs and handle continued anticipated growth.”


New pack design drives sales for Popcorn Shed


Carton manufacturer, Qualvis, has created a fresh look for gourmet popcorn brand, Popcorn Shed. The vibrant new packaging format has helped drive growth for the start-up, returning a 100 per cent increase in sales compared to the same period last year. London-based Popcorn Shed


say that they are rewriting the rules of the gourmet snacking category in the UK and beyond. Co-founder and director, Sam Feller, said: “Say goodbye to boring, tasteless popcorn! We add real indulgent Belgian chocolate, nuts and fruit to our popcorn, for an extra flavour hit and enhanced mouth-feel. Our gourmet popcorn tastes better than the competition, and our flavours are both unique and eye-catching.” As a young challenger brand, the packaging brief was simple - they needed


a pack format that would stand out from the competition, create fantastic shelf presence and differentiate from competitors. Popcorn Shed’s popcorn is the only popcorn to come in a 'shed' style folding box board carton. The 'shed' design complements their brand style, alluding to the history of their brand (the founders began making popcorn in their garden shed!). The design also makes the brand far more giftable than their competitors.


PARKSIDE INVESTS IN RECLOSABLE PACKS


Parkside, a speciality packaging solutions provider, has made a considerable investment in state-of-the-art laser equipment. This technology will enable laser scoring across two sides of a single film or laminate to create easy open and reclose pack designs. The laser technology can be used across a variety of packaging applications from flexible packaging to easy peel vented lidding for ready meal packs. Nick Smith, managing director at Parkside, said, ‘Convenience is continuing to play an important role in shaping consumption trends, that in turn affect the nature of packaging demanded by brands, retailers and food manufacturers. Anything that makes life easier for the consumer, whether that’s easy-open, portability or portioned food packs means added pack functionality is key to improving the modern on-the- go consumer experience. Our new laser capability will allow us to meet the needs of the modern consumer, as well as deliver stand out innovation for brands and retailers.” The new laser technology, usable on both mono materials and multi-


layer laminates, delivers a controlled score depth at varying web speeds, whilst maintaining the overall integrity of the film or pack. Precise and high quality score lines, and depths of any shape and size, are achieved to create reliable easy-open features that consistently tear along the designated score line.


API invests in US facilities


Brand enhancement specialist API Group has centralised its US based operations following a $9 million expansion and extension of assets at its Kansas facility. The investment has doubled the capacity of the Lawrence- based site, with a 20,000 square foot expansion that was completed in June of this year. It has also enabled the purchase of large-scale machinery assets including a custom-built coater and holographic embossing machine, which will provide customers with cutting-edge decorative foils and films.The new look Lawrence facility now manufactures and distributes foils across the whole API product range, including hot, cold, pigment, and holographic foil.


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