Three Most Important Food Packaging Trends

Three Most Important Food Packaging Trends to Pay Attention to in 2018

Food packaging technology can shift so fast that manufacturers stuck in the past may have a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment where they suddenly realize how out of date their practices are. By not keeping up with the times — and modern consumer demands — these packagers risk losing market share to competitors who are willing to innovate with new food packaging technology.

To help your company stay abreast of current expectations, consider the following food packaging trends that will influence the industry in big ways throughout 2018.

Production Line Equipment Must-haves

Production Line Equipment Must-Haves for 2018

If you are planning on starting a new production line or upgrading your existing one, now is the time to do it. Advances in technology have made production line equipment more efficient and feature-packed than ever. Packaging machine manufacturers can offer cost-effective solutions capable of molding to the needs of nearly any operation.

To help you improve your process and profitability in 2018, look to the following packaging machine features.

Raab 2018 – trends and outlook in packaging

Packaging Trends Outlook for 2018

2017 saw some major shifts in the packaging industry, from the return of basic black matte packaging to the consumer desire for an “artisan” feel and more information up front. 2018 stands to see even further evolution in the industry, which is expected to continue into the future.

From the regions in which packaging sales are concentrated to the types of packaging used, there are a range of important trends to watch for in the coming year, which will have a major impact on the bottom line of every business. Discover the trends that are set to shape the packaging industry in 2018 and beyond, and how having the best packaging line equipment will serve you well.

Raab 2017 – the year in review

A Year in Review: How Packaging Changed in 2017

2017 was an interesting year for the packing industry. The packing sector completely exploded last year, from premium products to mass-produced goods, from liquor to milk, from toys to industrial products. The game changed significantly. The ways that it changed can also provide us with an intriguing insight into what the future holds.

So what did we see, and what does it mean for the future of packaging? Let’s examine a number of ways that the packing industry changed in 2017, how it speaks for the future, and the role industrial packaging equipment will play.

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Identify, Mark, and Package with Raab Sales

If you are looking to revolutionize your production or packaging line in the New Year, RaabSales is here to help you make that happen. We offer the top brand lines for industrial coding and marking equipment, including vision systems, stencil machines, handheld inkjet printers, tape machines, and the most cutting-edge laser bar code scanning systems.

All of this equipment helps you achieve a higher level of output while increasing production line automation and reducing your labor costs. Advanced control systems and precision technology also offer you a higher quality end result compared to legacy equipment.

To help you fully upgrade your production line in time to make big strides in the year ahead, here are our top recommendations for coding, scanning, marking, and packaging.

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Raab Assists Wounded Warriors Family Support High Five Tour

Our company president Mark Raab was able to help out families of U.S. military veterans through a unique experience this past summer. As a member of the Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City, Mark had the pleasure of accompanying the flagship car for the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization’s High Five Tour. WWFS’s annual High Five Tour picks a special vehicle to adorn in themed livery and tour throughout the country. The tour raises awareness and funds for families of military veterans who were wounded or killed in the line of duty.

Last year’s vehicle was a special 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 edition wrapped in Stars & Stripes graphics and sporting a purple heart medal on its hood as a badge of pride. The vehicle symbolizes Power, Freedom, and Independence — all qualities our veterans help provide to the United States, and qualities the WWFS hopes to give back to veterans and their families through their donations.

Learn more about Mark’s special experience, and how WWFS makes a real difference in the lives of veterans and their families by reading on.

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Why Modern Production Equipment Solutions Demand Personalized Service

Modern production has evolved to the point where each manufacturing facility is a highly specialized environment. Maximum output is the aim, and American manufacturers are doing more with less than ever before. Adjusted for inflation, the GDP per capita in the U.S. rose 300% from 1960 to 2017. Durable goods manufacturers have also raised output per worker by 166% since 1987.

These changes have as much to do with tenacity as they do technology. Manufacturers demand more of their facilities, and any downtimes or inefficiencies amplify wasted costs. Production equipment must therefore always be 100% tailor-fit to its environment. The number of workers, the process line environment, and even the exterior environment of the facility must all be taken into account.

The growing need for unique production equipment solutions that fit their unique environment has prompted Raab Sales to become problem-solving experts. Our consultations take into account complex factors that a less service-oriented equipment distributor would overlook. By strategizing with our clients and determining optimal solutions to fit their needs, we ensure that their specialized production is more reliable and efficient than ever.

Read on for an example of how one technician’s innovation was able to assist a particular customer with their unique challenge, helping them get more out of their equipment and avoid downtimes.

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Three Ways Raab Customer Service Helps You Do More, Faster

Speed is everything in manufacturing. Even a slight slowdown can cause a ripple effect that affects everyone in the company. Maximum output during the production schedule is considered the norm, not a nice-to-have.

In this must-keep-up world of production, manufacturers cannot afford to have equipment that slows them down with maintenance issues, unreliability, inflexibility, slow output, and unwieldy or too-frequent consumable replacement. They need a production equipment distribution company that can not only supply equipment that fixes all of these pain points, but does so at the speed of modern business.

Case sealer efficiency

Case Study: Pet Food Company Adopts a Better Case Sealer

When a pet food company’s current packaging line equipment could no longer handle their needs, they turned to Raab Sales for our stellar production equipment distribution services.

As so often happens, a change requested by the higher-ups created a challenge for the company’s production facility. The case sealer the facility used at the time was incompatible with the requested change, so they had to procure new equipment. With a demand for high output — and strong expectations for quality in their product — all throughout the supply chain, the production facility had to find packaging equipment that could meet their current output rate while accommodating the new packaging request in order to facilitate the brand refresh.

Learn more about how Raab Sales helped the pet food company find the perfect breed of packaging equipment suited to their pedigree by reading on.

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Case Study: Raab to the Rescue

During the course of regular business, we do not typically encounter situations where the outcome could cost a client tens of thousands of dollars in just a few hours. These situations also usually do not happen the day after our nation’s birthday, when many people are out on long vacations that can make coordinating with accounts much more difficult.

Yet, when these situations arise, having them handled calmly and efficiently can feel like nothing short of a miracle. This was the case when one of our clients phoned in on July 5th with a serious crisis. The situation had the potential to seriously affect their production and earnings as the result of a production facility shutdown.