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Can do

PACKAGING

WITHOUT?

Alternatives to traditional canned packaging
are expanding in pet food and treat marketplace.
By Lynn Petrak | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com

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Pet food processors don't have a tin ear when it comes to
shifting consumer preferences and operational realities;
many companies are diversifying beyond traditional tin
and aluminum cans to utilize other packaging types.
Reasons vary for the rise of alternatives to cans. The
groundswell of support for reduced packaging among
sustainability-minded consumers and manufacturers
is one factor in the segueing of can to pouch, cup, chub
or another format. "There has been some moving away
from cans, and I think it has to do with everything we're
hearing about how customers are interested in sustainability - they're asking, 'How else can we package
things?'" reports Christine Duncan, marketing manager for the ProMach Flexibles business line of Matrix
Packaging Machinery, Inc., Saukville, Wisconsin.

Possibly greener?
Although pet food cans may be recycled, the format can
pose some challenges to recyclability given the differences in local recycling programs. "When people find
out that cans might end up being put in the dumpster if
they haven't been washed, they are upset. It's important

to them to have something that takes up less waste in
landfills," Duncan says.
Rudolf Schaich, market development manager for
Atlanta-based Printpack, agrees. "Sustainability is always
on top of consumers' minds, but the conventional approach
toward recyclability may not be the best in wet food applications because of the required barriers, regulations and
limitations of the current recyclable stream," he explains.
Sustainability encompasses other factors beyond
the waste stream. "It's also the transport and inventory
aspects, with the weight of the can. You have to ship
cans in a lot more truckloads. Having fewer trucks on
the road with the use of plastic cups is a lower cost and
lower impact on the environment," says Julian Stauffer,
chief operating officer, PTI Packaging Systems/Waldner
North America, Tuckahoe, New York.
The market includes an array of can alternatives to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers. Duncan
cites the use of pre-made pouches and rollstock for formats
such as flat-bottomed bags that merchandise well at retail.
Printpack's eco-friendlier options include retortable
thermoformed containers and pouches. "We have also

Brands are drawn
to the space-saving
shape and graphic
design options that
Tetra Pak cartons offer.
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PET Food Processing - December 2019
CONTENTS
OFF THE LEASH - Telling stories
TRENDS - Cold is HOT
PLANT PROFILE - AGGRESSIVELY GROWING
FOOD SAFETY - TEST and verify
INGREDIENTS - FOCUSED ON THE FACTS
FORMULATION - Balanced for BIOEFFICACY
EQUIPMENT - HANDLE with care
Harnessing HEAT
OPERATIONS - Starting Fresh
PACKAGING - Can do WITHOUT?
BEST IN SHOW
PATENTS TO PONDER
FEATURE EVENT - LUCKY 13th
EVENTS
AD INDEX
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - CONTENTS
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - OFF THE LEASH - Telling stories
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 8
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - TRENDS - Cold is HOT
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - PLANT PROFILE - AGGRESSIVELY GROWING
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - FOOD SAFETY - TEST and verify
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - INGREDIENTS - FOCUSED ON THE FACTS
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - FORMULATION - Balanced for BIOEFFICACY
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - EQUIPMENT - HANDLE with care
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - Harnessing HEAT
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - OPERATIONS - Starting Fresh
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - PACKAGING - Can do WITHOUT?
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - BEST IN SHOW
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - PATENTS TO PONDER
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 70
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - FEATURE EVENT - LUCKY 13th
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - EVENTS
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - AD INDEX
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