Articles by Gail Barnes

Processors look for sustainable packages for dairy foods, beverages

February 17, 2014

Dairy processors look to light-weighting and recyclable materials for packaging milk, yogurt, ice cream and cheese.


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Slimming down

How to create a more sustainable gallon jug for milk

3 ways to a slimmer jug are: light-weighting through container design; adding calcium carbonate as a filler to replace virgin HDPE; and light-weighting plus optimizing for calcium carbonate filler.
December 10, 2013

An integrated design approach appears to be the next frontier for the fluid milk market, where the minimum input is used to get the maximum use of materials at the end. This can only come about by the value chain working together, namely raw materials suppliers, equipment manufacturers, e.g. of blow molding equipment, distribution equipment manufacturers, e.g. of crate packing equipment, processors/brand owners and retailers.


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Processors see the big picture in packaging

If product is spoiled or damaged, then it doesn’t matter how “green” or sustainable the packaging is. Dairy processors are moving beyond waste and recyclability and taking a holistic view of product packages.
February 18, 2013

While cost is the top factor driving the packaging industry today, sustainability concerns will dominate packaging industry work in 10 years in both Europe and North America, according to a recent study conducted by Packaging World magazine and DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. Consumers also care increasingly about the environment, and they expect the products they buy to be produced in an environmentally responsible way. Milk is no exception.


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Learn how to be an energy star by cutting costs

Free online resources from the EPA and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy simplify process of reducing energy, cutting costs.
October 16, 2012
Consumers want the foods they eat to be nutritious, affordable and good-tasting. Increasingly, consumers care about the environmental impact of their food, and want to know that the products they buy were produced in an environmentally responsible way.
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Sustainability

Dairy companies find new ways to cut energy use, costs

June 14, 2012

In the 150th anniversary year of the first pasteurization test completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard, it was both a thrill and an honor to hear the GHG (greenhouse gas) calculators developed by the Innovation Center for US Dairy described as the “must-have” equipment for dairy plants.


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A new tool to help choose eco-friendly packaging

June 6, 2012
Consumers today care increasingly about the environment, and they expect the products they buy to be produced in an environmentally responsible way. Milk is no exception. In fact, a study conducted for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy showed that frequent milk users are more engaged in environmental issues than less frequent milk consumers.
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