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Packaging Digest, Fall 2015

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16 packaging concepts 16 TRENDS // FALL 2015 www.PackagingDigest.com Are your customers complaining about: - POP-OPENS? - MISSED GLUE APPLICATION? - OUT-OF-LINE, MISSING, OR TORN FLAPS? PackChek Ensure proper hot melt application with real time inspection from the award-winning PackChek™ System. SOLVES ALL THREE Learn more here: http://delivr.com/2ehsq Adhesive Dispensing & Quality Inspection Systems | World Headquarters: +1.513.874.6550 | ask@valcomelton.com ©2015 Valco Cincinnati, Inc. ConAgra Foods Inc., owner of Hunt's, Chef Boyardee, Libby's, Van Camp's and other iconic canned-food brands, has completed the transition to cans that do not have bisphenol-A (BPA) liners. The company completed this change to its food packaging, which affects its U.S. and Canadian canning facilities, on July 30. Ardagh Group (www. ardaghgroup.com) supplies the new cans, which are made with a BPA-free coating. Although ConAgra currently imports into North America what it describes as "a small quantity of canned products" with BPA liners, the company expects these products to also be BPA-free by early next year. The company started canning some foods in cans with non-BPA liners in 2010 and has worked closely with Ardagh to develop a non-BPA liner that was compatible with the full range of ConAgra's canned products, including those with high acidity. Wes Wasson, senior director, packaging technology and cost optimization, ConAgra Foods, says "BPA is safe. The FDA and many other credible government agencies across the globe agree. We removed BPA from cans based on consumer preference. In response to our consumers' desire for alternate coatings for packaging for the food they eat, we have been working for several years to identify, test, qualify and commercialize non-BPA coatings that they can trust Many of our cans have been out of BPA for a while, but we waited to make a formal announcement until we could talk about our entire portfolio of food made in the United States and Canada being in non-BPA cans." In the past, other options for replacing BPA in can liners have been cost-prohibitive. "We worked with our suppliers to find ways to mitigate higher costs," says Wasson. "To change the liners, we looked for alternatives that would work with the food we package. The cans are made in new, state-of-the-art production facilities using advanced technologies that allow for use of different coating systems using polyester or acrylic materials that do not contain BPA. Also, no added costs will be passed along to consumers." Notably, the new cans match or exceed the performance of epoxy-lined cans. "We typically target a two-year shelf life for canned foods," says Wasson, who notes that the response has been positive. "We ConAgra goes BPA-free for U.S. and Canadian food cans recognize consumer interest in removing BPA from our cans and are pleased to be able to respond to that desire and offer food that our consumers can feel confident in."

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