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Sending a fragile object by post is always a bit of a gamble. Apart from polystyrene chips, bubble wrap and shredded paper, there is no sure way to protect our treasures. Or is there? 

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 New research in the US seems to add further evidence to support the recent study in Canada (see blog), which called into question the level of cleanliness of reusable plastic containers.

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 How can producers and retailers ensure that the food they transport and sell is safe and adequately protected from contamination? First stop is the packaging! According to a recent Canadian study, fruit and vegetables could be at risk from E. coli due to the poor sanitation of reusable plastic containers.

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The new “Candy Pizza” by the Look-O-Look brand, 24 cm in diameter, looks very much like a traditional pizza. Covered with colourful fruit gums, it is presented in a typical corrugated pizza box.

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‘The Boxtrolls’, the latest animated 3D movie from LAIKA, the creators of ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman,’ features a bunch of underground creatures who make clothes, gadgets and other gizmos out of cardboard. They’re just like children, give them a cardboard box and magic happens! As we’ve shown on many occasions.

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Autumn sunshine? Another fantastic corrugated beer box. This one is perfect to hand out as a gift. It contains 6 bottles of beer, the communication is great thanks to the large printable area on the inside of the packaging. The integrated handle makes it easy to carry from the point of sale and the products are well protected.

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With a great example of innovative solution that meets customer needs, a corrugated packaging for loudspeakers won the ‘Storage and Transport’ category at Germany’s “Goldene Welle” awards. The packaging is innovative, easy-to-use, and offers great protection;

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 A French television challenge recently showed a car crossing a bridge made ​​of corrugated cardboard! Filmed at the corrugated plant in Oyonnax (France) where the elements of the bridge were manufactured from ​100% recycled paper from the manufacturer’s own mills, the 1-ton car crossed over several times while the bridge stood the test easily.

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High Volume digital printing on corrugated is now a reality. That was the conclusion of a well-attended workshop held by FEFCO. New technologies are opening up  new possibilities for maximising the use of packaging as a platform for communicating directly to consumers.

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With the FIFA football world cup in full swing, millions of supporters have been following their teams in Brazil mostly on TV, but for the lucky few live at the games themselves. There will certainly be no spare seats in the games to come! 

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