Paper, Packaging & Printing

Planters Honors Mr. Peanut's 'Death' With Commemorative Pin and Product Packaging
January 24, 2020 at 11:51 am

We had already found ourselves pretty pumped about Super Bowl LIV thanks to wondering if the Kansas City Chiefs will end their 50-year title drought or if the San Francisco 49ers will become the third franchise to win the Lombardi Trophy six times. Planters, though, will be shelling out big bucks next Sunday to advertise…

Donald Glover and His Creative Team Designed Merch for an Andrew Yang Pop-Up Store, Apparently
January 8, 2020 at 1:08 pm

While he is still finding it difficult to steal attention from other seekers of the Democratic presidential nomination, Andrew Yang has amassed a loyal group of followers, including Donald Glover. The actor/comedian/writer/musician made his allegiance to Yang quite apparent last month, loaning out his creative team to help design merch at a Yang Campaign pop-up store...

These T-shirts Are Printed With Scented Ink to Smell Like Bacon, Motor Oil and More
December 18, 2019 at 1:22 pm

There’s no denying how good bacon smells. And now, this online retailer is selling T-shirts scented like bacon (and a whole bunch of other stuff), so you can go around all day smelling like your favorite breakfast food. Call us crazy, but this is a sweet, or maybe savory, idea. The shirts are printed with a "scent-infused gel application" to...

AB InBev Is Using Direct Object Printing to Imprint Label Designs Directly on Beer Bottles
December 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm

AB InBev is testing direct object printing to imprint labels directly on glass bottles. The new "tattooed" labels are for Beck’s Artist Series, a collaboration between AB InBev’s Global Innovation and Technology Center and six up-and-coming artists. The limited run features nine total designs and 200,000 bottles for U.K. release, showcasing the printing tech...

FLEXcon's Jodi Sawyer on Micro-Brands, a Big Print and Promo Sales Opportunity
November 20, 2019 at 11:47 am

Micro-brands present a potentially huge sales opportunity for distributors, and FLEXcon's Jodi Sawyer joined the show to explain what they are, where to find them and how to get your foot in the door. Plus, Sean and Brendan recap PRINTING United and discuss PETA's eye-catching holiday sweater, Dunkin's hit holiday merch and more...

Gemini Industries Acquires TKCups-Sorg's
November 8, 2019 at 9:57 am

Gemini Industries, Roxana, Ill., announced that it has acquired TKCups-Sorg's, a supplier of custom printed napkins, plates, coffee sleeves, coasters, cups and more. Founded in 1996, TKCups-Sorg's has specialized in both paper and plastic food service products, and has introduced environmentally-friendly product lines. Through the acquisition, Gemini will expand its promotional product offering with a…

After Merger, Office Supplies Wholesaler Essendant to Offer Promo Items Via Staples Promotional Products
October 16, 2019 at 2:13 pm

In January of this year, Staples Inc. finalized its merger with Essendant via Sycamore Partners, its private equity owners. Essendant is a wholesale distributor of workplace and office products. Its customers are resellers such as office supply superstores, mail order companies, drug and grocery store chains and e-commerce businesses. We didn't report on the merger…

FDA Considers Placing Graphic Images on Cigarette Packaging
August 16, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Since visual learners make up approximately 65 percent of our population, compelling images often play great roles in leading consumers to make purchases. If the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has its way, striking visuals will become the antithesis of must-have buys, as the agency is hoping to add dissuasive depictions to cigarette packaging and advertising. https://twitter.com/US_FDA/status/1162018596568088577?s=20…

Typo Tarnishes Irish Postal Service's Moon Landing Stamps
July 24, 2019 at 12:11 pm

Thanks to heteronyms, homographs, homonyms and homophones, English can prove a head-scratching language that leads to numerous typos. Who among us, for example, has typed “form” when meaning “from”? Well, it appears that Irish can be equally troublesome, especially when it comes to proofreading, as two stamps that commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon…