• Jamestown Plastics Launches Clamtainer: Durable Frustration-Free Packaging for All Industries

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    Clamtainer utilizes Click-It™ Closure technology that provides exceptional security with a one-snap closing system that can be opened with just one hand– yet it stays completely secure in tests such as a penny pitch and wrench toss. It is the only clamshell packaging that doesn’t require scissors, knives, or strength to open, making it both frustration-free and accessible for seniors, people with arthritis, and others with mobility challenges. While Click-It Closure technology is extremely easy for adults to open, it is unique in that it can’t be solved by kids, making it a choice for brands that need Certified Child Resistant Packaging.

    Clamtainer boasts financial and sustainable benefits when compared to traditional clamshell packaging. It has significant pack-out cost advantages to product manufacturers because it takes less time to load and close a Clamtainer.

    “Clamtainer doesn’t require welding, heat sealing, or equipment and tooling to buy and maintain,” says Jay Baker, CEO of Jamestown Plastics. “This is not only attractive to a manufacturer’s bottom line but by reducing the amount of time needed to pack-out products, it is a more efficient method that is especially helpful to companies facing labor shortages and budgetary constraints.”

    Clamtainer uses less material than traditional clamshell packaging which takes up less space in trucks and distribution centers and reduces shipping costs due to reduced dimensional weight.

    Clamtainer can be made from various materials including rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) —a combination of industrial and reclaimed plastic, making it a sustainable packaging option. Because many consumers also reuse the Clamtainer, it doesn’t end up in the recycling loop.

    “We share concerns about excess packing and applaud efforts to make packaging frustration-free,” says Baker. “I welcome the opportunity to talk with you on how Clamtainer can become an important part of your frustration-free packaging. Whether you’re interested in becoming more sustainable or want to find ways to save money and become more efficient, I believe Clamtainer can help.”

  • Entenmann's® Launches Modified Packaging To Keep Favorites On Retailers' Shelves

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    The next time you are shopping for your favorite Entenmann's® full-size products, you may notice the packaging looks a little bit different. The clear cellophane "window" that has showcased its donuts, cookies and cakes for decades will be temporarily replaced by a photo of the sweet baked goods inside. Some Entenmann's Danishes will be in clear clamshell packaging.

    There is no change to any of the products, but why this subtle change to the boxes? It is in response to a material supply disruption caused by Hurricane Ida. On September 1, a dam burst near the Valley Forge, PA, facility that produces Entenmann's packaging, severely flooding the facility. The event destroyed 5,000 tons of packaging inventory and caused critical damage to the machinery that produces the cartons and boxes. The emergency had serious implications throughout the entire Entenmann's supply chain – from the bakeries that produce the sweet baked goods to those who deliver them fresh to retailers every day – and caused a brief disruption in product availability.

    "Our goal is to ensure our consumers can continue to enjoy their favorite Entenmann's products," said Jason Amar, Director of Marketing at Entenmann's, Bimbo Bakeries USA. "Designing and printing the classic Entenmann's boxes with the window is a specialized solution. Modifying the packaging to a windowless option and clam shells offers the fastest way to get products back on the shelf."

    The quick actions by the company also protects the livelihood of hundreds of individuals throughout the sweet baked goods supply chain, from the ingredient suppliers to the retailers, many of whom were also adversely impacted by Hurricane Ida in the Northeast.

    As Americans experience shortages of consumer goods, including grocery, Entenmann's creative response is a welcome change to empty shelves.

    "Rest assured that the products have not changed," said Amar. "Your delicious favorites have the same great taste, and the modified packaging will have no impact on freshness or quality."

    The modified packaging will hit shelves starting this week and last through at least the end of 2021.