Tekni-Plex has named Chris Qualters as CEO of the company’s Healthcare division.
Qualters joined Tekni-Plex in November as president of Tekni-Plex Medical, responsible for all aspects of the company’s global medical device business. He was tasked with designing and implementing a comprehensive business strategy to bolster Tekni’s position as a key solutions partner to Medical Device organizations.
I hadn’t seen my friends Mark and Sherry for a year due to COVID-19 and my own schedule demands. So, when I found out there was a “good-bye” party for them because they were moving to Florida, my wife and I decided to go. We pulled up in our car, and I saw a guy stepping out of his that looked like Mark — but a much smaller, healthier version. Then Sherry stepped out looking smashing. I said, “Hey guys, is that you? What happened?” It turns out, they went on Jenny Craig and each lost nearly 50 pounds. How did they do it? They simply signed up and subscribed.
My friends are shining examples of a trend sweeping through the consumer landscape. Rather than running back and forth to a grocery store, they let their service do the shopping and preparing for them. It’s more convenient — and healthier. Services like the one they use, Jenny Craig, have been around for years. During the pandemic, meal subscriptions really took off.
According to the Business of Business, “Americans spent $100 million on meal kits in the month ending April 11, doubling sales from 2019, according to Nielsen via WSJ. Earnest Research shows online meal-kits growing 63% over the same period. The industry is cautiously predicted by Grocery Dive to hit 20 billion by 2027 and see 13% annual growth.”
Meal-kit services initially met with industry skepticism by leading sources such as Forbes which called them “DOA” back in 2018. In fact, here’s what they said:
“A recent study conducted on the amount of package waste generated by meal kits is indicative of the growing backlash against the industry. Meal kits are more time consuming than they appear, the subscription model is stone age and restrictive, and the taste of the meals suffer from extreme variance.”
When you think of wildly popular services like Netflix, Hulu, Jenny Craig, Amazon Prime, Chewy, and countless others, the subscription model seems more like the future than the stone age.
What does this mean for packaging? Let’s look at a few examples of how meal kits are trending.
Yumble: Simple sustainability focuses on easy recycling.
We start with Yumble. The inspiration of New Jersey mom Joanna Parker, Yumble offers healthy pre-made meals for kids delivered via a subscription service. The brand makes sustainability a priority. To quote from their website, “Meal trays are made from PP #5 plastic and can be recycled with standard curbside recycling, along with the paper sleeves on each meal. The shipping box is fully recyclable and may be recycled with regular paper.”
Speaking of the shipping box, the design is truly engaging. Fun typography and simple graphics of veggies against a clean white background. Inside are individual meal packs, each with its own unique graphic treatment. Each order contains a variety of meals, along with games and other activities to make eating healthy a kid-friendly event. The packaging speaks to the environmental concern of the parent. Overall a winner. No wonder Bethany Frankel backed this brand on Shark Tank.
Soylent: “Let us take a few things off your plate.”
Soylent is another player in the food-subscription marathon. This brand promotes its nutritional value as a key selling point. Producing the protein in Soylent involves much less CO2 impact than equivalent products. The company promotes an ethical brand message based on Soylent’s outreach to the world’s undernourished populations.
The packaging, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles, which are commonly recycled in the US along with polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and its website recommends that consumers be responsible about recycling. In other words, it cares, and is open about its sustainable positioning. That said, the products are still in a “plastic bottle.”
Speaking of that, the design is sleek and contemporary as befits a whole new way to get nutrition. It looks like the future. (But anyone who remembers the 1973 movie Soylent Green might pause before consuming these products, just sayin’.)
Jenny Craig: The champs do it best.
The Jenny Craig meal plans work, as my friends Mark and Sherry can attest. The brand has been in the subscription meal business for 35 years. Although their plan options are anywhere from $12.99 to $23+ a day, they have a dedicated following.
With the emphasis on sustainability, Jenny Craig recently announced its new eco-friendly packaging. The delivery box features Green Cell Foam insulation that dissolves in water, and the outer delivery box is 30% smaller and completely recyclable. The aesthetic is clean, tasteful, and the logo is given the hero treatment it deserves.
All this sounds great, but the sustainable claims being made are hard to calculate. When you compare the strain packaging and delivery trucks put on the environment — against countless individual consumers going to and from retail stores, buying and wasting food, the calculus gets mind boggling. Also, what about the recent waves of supply chain shortages? When the waves ebb and flow, do subscription services hold up, or are they impacted the way everything else is?
An inclusive, gender-neutral collection of multi-tasking waterless products in packaging that promotes a more circular and sustainable future.
Following the International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC) Plus accreditation of its Berry Astra Plastique facility in Saint-Georges-de-Reneins, France, Berry Healthcare’s market-leading Vistop® PP36 patented tamper evident closure for autoclave sterilisation can now be specified incorporating advanced recycling resin in both circular PP and PE. This meets customer demands for more sustainable packaging while maintaining the closure’s high standards of product protection and user safety.
Wayne, PA, September 9, 2021 – Tekni-Plex has reorganized its business structure into two key market-focused divisions: Tekni-Plex Healthcare and Tekni-Plex Consumer Products.
The reorganization is part of an intensive, eight-month planning effort to evolve Tekni-Plex into an innovative partner leveraging proprietary material-science application knowledge to provide solutions that make the world healthier and more sustainable.
Pack Expo Las Vegas: Marchesini Group presents a monobloc machine for counting and capping plus a processing solution for the American market.
Las Vegas (Nevada) – Marchesini Group will be exhibiting at the Pack Expo Las Vegas trade fair (27-29 September) with the support of its American office, Marchesini Group USA, which was established in 1992 and has since become a well-known contact for the pharmaceutical, biotech and nutraceutical industries in the American, Canadian and Puerto Rican markets.
At INTERPHEX NYC, Stevanato Group to Demo Robotic Inspection Unit, Present Modular Assembly Solutions and Recent After-sales Expansion
Company’s solutions offer streamlined management of complex projects, enabling pharmaceutical companies to rely on a single partner from visual inspection to palletizing. At the show, Stevanato Group also will focus on its recently enhanced after-sales services for the US market.
Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, has won three awards for sustainable packaging at the Austrian Green Packaging Star Awards.
The annual Green Packaging Star Awards recognise environmentally-friendly packaging and recycling solutions, as well as packaging-related improvements in operational processes in production, logistics, and distribution. The award is presented by Kompack magazine and the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology.
The judges of these awards recognised the high standard of the following three Mondi products:
Company’s new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 10 Color Perfector is part of a multi-phase machinery investment in response to rapid business growth due to increased demand for specialized packaging
The Deltalab Group, a leader in laboratory products developed for the sample extraction market, samples that are subsequently analysed and included in virus detection processes, including reagents, instruments and consumables, is a national and international benchmark, with more than 40 years of experience in manufacturing laboratory supplies. Based in Rubí (Barcelona), its premise is to always follow the highest quality standards, with a clear focus on R&D, as well as sustainability and economic efficiency criteria based on a policy of continuous research and investment. With a solid international presence in more than 125 countries and a network of over 900 distributors, the Catalan company employs 250 workers, who work in 4 shifts, 7 days a week.
In the face of the national emergency situation, the Deltalab Group has focused all of its production capacity on product lines for taking samples and detecting Covid19, with the aim of increasing its production and managing a demand that has risen exponentially.
For Covid19 swab packaging, the Deltalab Group has continued to place its trust in ULMA Packaging machines, choosing a new TFS 300 for hermetic packaging. The Group is also planning to incorporate a new production machine with flow Pack packaging in the near future, model FM 300, which will join its current range of machines, allowing it to increase its production rates.
ULMA Packaging has offered the Deltalab Group a comprehensive solution, featuring thermoforming and Flow Pack machines, as well as an after-sales team and a local technical service, thus allowing us to reinforce the already close collaboration with the client and continue assisting them and supporting them in their growth and in the new market challenges they face.