In a time when sustainability is top-of-mind for companies and consumers alike, there are a number of ways brands can have a positive impact throughout the supply chain, including: ingredient sourcing, production, distribution and packaging

One of Foodboro's newest Partner Members, 
ePac Flexible Packaging, gives small to medium-sized CPG companies (in the food & beverage space and beyond) the ability to compete with larger brands by offering great packaging that contributes to the creation of a more sustainable, circular economy. 

As an eco-friendly company, ePac is committed to creating a more sustainable world through the development of earth-friendly packaging solutions, energy-efficient production process, and involvement in local communities.

So, how else is ePac navigating the future of packaging for food & beverage, and how can they help YOUR brand...?

Stand out on shelves with professional packaging

Great packaging speaks volumes for your brand. It's the first thing a retailer and customer will notice about your brand. What does it say about who you are as a company? What does it say about the product? 

Your package communicates brand quality, and can also extend product shelf life and boost consumer engagement. 

And with digital printing, you can compete with big brands, regardless of the size of your business. The technology allows you to create incredible graphics with photo-like quality. Ordering custom pouches with digitally printed flexible packaging gives you the opportunity to differentiate your brand’s image and customize through short runs. 

ePac's technology gives you the freedom of personalization for customized packaging and messaging for your brand to reach various markets. Plus, shorter runs mean more opportunity to create various flavors and designs. 

Ask an Expert: Jeff Jacobs of ePac Flexibles

Jeff Jacobs of ePac Flexible Packaging Solutions joined us to talk about the ins and outs of packaging for food & beverage, and how ePac is helping brands stand out on shelves to compete with Big Food through offering professional, polished packaging. In this interview with discuss the origins of ePac, examples of the brands they work with, how they are different from other packaging services, plus the costs of working with them (hint: low minimums = super affordable!!).


Use QR code packaging to boost consumer engagement

ePac's custom product packaging program ePacConnect allows brand owners to gain a deeper understanding of their customers so they can create a more tailored marketing strategy. In partnership with leading Connected Packaging software suppliers, ePacConnect offers serialized QR codes that allow consumers and brands alike to verify authenticity, trace packaging, enable security alerts, and obtain reports on market and supply chain activities. ePacConnect can help to solidify your brand’s integrity and legitimize your product offering by seamlessly reassuring your consumers that their safety is always top of mind.


How ePac is supporting the environment through sustainable packaging practices


Elimination of plate + set-up fees

Digital printing provides a handful of economical benefits to brands. ePac’s use of HP Indigo 20000 digital printers eliminate the need to produce and process plates and cylinders during the printing process, reducing the amount of energy expended during setup and production. This also allows for minimal print set-up compared to conventional printing (flex and rotogravure), which use higher volumes of ink and substrates.

Reduction in excess inventory 

With the ability to print to demand, run multiple SKUs and place low minimum orders, we are able to drastically reduce obsolescence and costs for our customers. Customers are able to take advantage of our short turnaround times and low minimum orders to run more promotions, create limited edition packaging, and test new products in the market.

Ability to run multiple SKUs at once

ePac’s digital printing capabilities allow brands to run multiple SKUs in one run. Within each run, we optimize the 30″ printing web to maximize impressions, therefore reducing waste. Without the use of plates, the costs associated with the need for multiple plates are eliminated, as well as the high-minimum order quantities required with traditional printing.

Foodboro Maker Member Sandbox Snack Co. worked with ePac to develop their packaging... and HOW GOOD DOES IT LOOK?!


💰 FOODBORO PITCH DAY: Wednesday, September 22 

In the spirit of Expo East, we will be hosting our inaugural Foodboro Pitch Day for Foodboro members who are seeking investment to pitch their brands to investors within the Foodboro network. All spots for brands pitching are filled*, but if you are interested in observing, we would love to have you join us! Check out the details below.


We are thrilled to have the following Foodboro members pitch their brands:

🔦 Startup Spotlight

SAUCY LIPS FOODS: What started as a local farmers’ market business, now with our women-led team, has been expanded to stores across the country, including Whole Foods. All products are handcrafted with fresh, clean ingredients and deliver on bold flavor without the added sugar and unnecessary additives. Their NEW sauce pouches are out of this world! Learn more about the company and read their Meet a Maker interview HERE.

🔥 P.S. Enter our giveaway with Saucy Lips over on Instragram! 🔥
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🧠 Reading Roundup: September 15, 2021

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