E-Commerce Packaging Trends: What It All Means for You

There is no doubt that the world of e-commerce has thrown our lives into a practical and accessible whirlwind. From moguls like Amazon and Overstock to boutique-based concepts like Etsy, the e-commerce options out there are becoming ever-so limitless.

The question arises: What aesthetic packaging trends are these brands using to attract and maintain customers? What e-commerce patterns are helping these corporations create a sense of unique branding and messaging?

For our company, TGW International, we know the exact intricacies and complexities that go into the packaging process. Our products help companies and businesses all over the world master their packaging strategies.

As experts in the field, we want to educate you on all the e-commerce trends you should be aware of and what it may mean for you as a business!

  1. Solid, All-Over color

Simple is in. Busy is out. Companies are leaning towards clean-cut, simple, and solid color packaging that is appealing to the eye yet streamlined. Pairing unique color choices with different textures and filters will do the trick!

  1. Hyper-Simplistic Geometry

Who knew circles and squares would ever come in handy in real life? The E-commerce world is loving the abstract, geometric pattern with the intermingling of different shapes and angles.

They may look plain at first, but they’re as eye-catching as can be. After all, that’s what gets people to notice a brand!

  1. Bold Product Names

Who wants to drink a protein shake without explicitly recognizing the brand? Bold is the new normal. Having the product names front and center is allowing brands to feature the effectiveness of their items rather than only their aesthetic appearances.

  1. Symmetry

People like symmetry. People love a product that features equal parts, equal shapes, equal sections. It’s satisfying, right? Brands are mixing some of the aforementioned trends with symmetrical designs to really lure people in.

TGW International: Our Contribution to E-Commerce Packaging?

Let’s be honest. Brands and corporations of any and every size want a straight-forward, clean, and efficient way to create unique packaging.

At TGW International, that’s what we are all about. We specialize in flow wrapping knives, anvils, and components. Our knives commonly contain straight, zig zag, and diagonal profiles with matching anvils that provide you with a variety of packaging options. We make industrial-grade tools that you can’t just pick up on the shelves of Ace Hardware or Home Depot.

TGW International is passionate about creating the resources you need to produce easy, efficient, and clean-cut packaging that will attract customers from all over the world.

So, what are you waiting for? Hope on board the TGW train and take your packaging strategy all the way to the top!

To learn more, contact our sales team today! For inquiries in North America, contact: sales@tgwint.com or 1-800-407-0173. For our Global Sales Department (outside of North America), contact:  sales@tgwglobal.com or +44 114 244 5600.

TGW Sheffield is Moving

We have exciting news to share! TGW Sheffield is moving to a new facility that will better allow us to serve you and your needs.

TGW Sheffield will now be located at:
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Our new location is less than a mile (< 1.6km) down the road from our old location in a more central, easy-to-access spot. This building is equipped with modern amenities and capabilities. The upgraded floorplan will allow us to improve our internal communications and company dynamics. Additionally, the open floorplan in the factory space will allow us to streamline our processes and improve our efficiency.

We are very excited to share this news with you!

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact us on +44 (0)1142 445600. You will be receiving further communications from us to ensure our transition to the new building is a smooth one.

Thanks for your continued support!

Choosing The Right Knives For Snack Food Packaging

Anyone in the packaging industry will tell you that their packaging is only as good as the knives that are used to cut it. High-quality, reliable knives help keep snack packaging intact, ensure snacks are easy to open, and help delight and thrill customers. In this blog from TGW International, we’ll take a look at the global snack food market, discuss what types of machine knives are commonly used for snack food packaging, and more.

The Global Snack Market Is Struggling Due To COVID-19 And Other Factors

According to CSP, sales of snacks like nuts and seeds, crackers, cookies, and granola/snack bars fell precipitously in late 2020. This may be in part due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which has lots of people stuck at home, and less likely to pick up on-the-go snacks.

One outlier, though, is the meat snack and jerky segment, which grew 5.3% over 2020, and is forecasted to continue to grow. Despite these recent tough times for the snack industry, though, the outlook is bright for the global snack market. Bakery items, for example, grew by 1.4%.

Common Machine Knives Used For Snack Food Packaging

If you package any kinds of snacks, you may use the following types of knives:

  • Flow wrapper knives – Flow wrapper knives are used to wrap baked goods, confections, nutrition bars and much more.
  • Vertical bagger knives – Vertical bagger knives are used for bagged snacks like chips, pretzels, cereal, and candy, to name just a few.
  • Package sealer knives – Package sealer knives and crimpers are used to seal packaging in both horizontal and vertical form, seal, and fill equipment.

At TGW International, we have a wide variety of the above knives, with pre-made knives available as well as custom blade manufacturing services. No matter what kind of knives you need for your snack food packaging company, our team is here to help.

Contact TGW International Today – Explore The Benefits Of Our High-Quality Knives

When you choose TGW International, you get durable blades that require minimal maintenance, cut packages smoothly and consistently, and help enhance the appeal and ease-of-use of your snack packaging. If you think you could benefit from our high-quality machine knives, don’t wait. For inquiries in North America, contact: sales@tgwint.com or 1-800-407-0173. For our Global Sales Department (outside of North America), contact:  sales@tgwglobal.com or +44 114 244 5600.


Evolving Your Packaging For Increasing Demand In The Cannabis & Tobacco Industries

When it comes to the packaging industry, it pays to look toward the future – and prepare for tomorrows’ trends today. In this blog from TGW International, we’ll look at forecasted future demand for packaging in the cannabis and tobacco industries.

Demand For Cannabis & Tobacco Packaging Is On The Rise

Thanks to continued statewide legalization of recreational marijuana, the cannabis packaging industry is on the rise, and is forecasted to grow from $278 million in 2019 to $1.1 billion in 2024, a growth rate of more than 31% year-over-year.

The tobacco packaging industry is growing at a CAGR of just 3.2%, but has a higher overall market value of $16.19 billion in 2019, which will reach $19.59 billion by 2026.

Partially, this rise is thought to be due to the rise in vaping and e-cigarettes. About 15% of adults have tried an e-cigarette or vape, and about 3% of adults use these products regularly. In comparison, about 14% of US adults smoke cigarettes.

Innovations In The Cannabis Packaging Market

Tobacco packaging is mostly standardized, since manufacturers are required to follow a large number of legal restrictions on how they can advertise, market, and label their products.

But cannabis packaging is less restrictive, which has led to a lot of innovations and trends in the industry. Standing pouches, for example, are very popular for cannabis “flower.” These flexible plastic packages provide lots of visual appeal and allow for unique graphics and custom images, which helps brands differentiate themselves from the competition.

In addition, standing pouches help prevent tampering with products, ensure minimal contact with oxygen and light, and help protect the aroma and freshness of cannabis products, which is very important for cannabis consumers. They’re also resealable, increasing convenience.

As cannabis continues to be legalized throughout the United States, this market sector will only continue to grow – and if it’s ever legalized on a federal level, there will be major opportunities for packaging manufacturers to take advantage of the explosive growth of cannabis sales and consumption.

Need Machine Knives For Tobacco & Cannabis Packaging? Contact TGW Today!

High quality machine knives are essential for creating the highest quality tobacco products, as well as tobacco and cannabis packaging. At TGW International, we offer carbide slitter blades, cutoff knives, packaging knives, and so much more.

With a wide variety of standard knives, as well as custom knives available, we can provide you with the tools you need to take advantage of growth in the tobacco and cannabis industries. Contact our sales team today! For inquiries in North America, contact: sales@tgwint.com or 1-800-407-0173. For our Global Sales Department (outside of North America), contact:  sales@tgwglobal.com or +44 114 244 5600.

Important Things To Know About Meat & Seafood Packaging In 2021 & Beyond      

At TGW International, we’re a top supplier of machine knives for the meat and seafood packaging and processing industries, so we’re always staying up-to-date on the latest trends. Let’s discuss a few things you should know about the industry in 2021 and how they may impact the world of meat and seafood packaging in the future.

Fish & Seafood Production Is Forecasted To Grow By 18% Over The Next Decade

The seafood packaging market is poised to grow significantly over the next 10 years, with reports estimating an overall growth of 18% for the seafood market.

Driving today’s trend in seafood packaging is demand for more effective seafood packaging that will protect the integrity of the product over long distances, and ensure the quality of the meat is preserved. For example, Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) and vacuum packaging are becoming more popular and in-demand by consumers who are interested in frozen fish and seafood products.

This is particularly important as the Asia Pacific region continues to grow as a major producer of fish. Seafood packing and processing companies need to anticipate this demand and develop innovative solutions to preserve the quality of the food as it travels to other markets like the US and Europe. Overall, the seafood packaging market is expected to grow to at least US $6.5 billion by the end of 2027.

The Overall Meat & Frozen Food Market Is Growing, Too

Demand for high-quality meat and frozen foods is not limited only to fish and seafood. The overall global meat, poultry, and seafood market is expected to grow at a rate of 3.8% annually, and the market for frozen meat and seafood is expected to grow at an even higher rate of 5.3%.

More customers than ever are demanding high-quality packaging, flash-frozen meats, and products that have a long shelf life while maintaining product integrity. And if you operate a fish or meat processing and packaging facility, you must keep this in mind while investing in the future of your business.

Need Meat & Seafood Packaging Knives? Contact TGW International Today!

At TGW International, we provide knives used throughout a wide range of meat and seafood processing and packaging operations. Our USDA-approved stainless-steel and unique designs for leg cutters, cutoff knives, processing slicers, and ultrasonic cutters ensure stellar results when processing any kind of meat or seafood.

So don’t wait. If you need reliable, custom-built knives with unbeatable corrosion resistance, longevity, and quality, TGW is here for you. We offer both off-the-shelf and custom knife designs for meat and seafood processing. To learn more, contact our sales team today! For inquiries in North America, contact: sales@tgwint.com or 1-800-407-0173. For our Global Sales Department (outside of North America), contact:  sales@tgwglobal.com or +44 114 244 5600.

How The Right Blades Contribute To Better Poultry Processing Operations

Poultry processing is a highly competitive environment, and streamlining processing operations to maximize poultry throughput is very important for ensuring profitability and continued success. At TGW International, we can help you get the high-quality poultry processing blades you need to ensure uninterrupted operations at your facility. Learn more below.

Our Comprehensive Poultry Blade Solutions – End-To-End Service From TGW

If you’re working with multiple blade and knife providers for your poultry processing plant, TGW International is here to change that. By partnering exclusively with us for your blades, you can enjoy consistent deliveries, excellent quality, and set, predictable costs that make it easier to manage your day-to-day operations.

We offer a full range of poultry blade solutions. Our lineup of knives and blades can be used through every step of mechanical poultry processing, including:

  • Slaughtering
  • Evisceration to remove internal organs
  • Cut up & deboning to prepare the meat for end-user consumption
  • Further processing, such as cutting larger breasts into filets or tenders
  • End-of-line packaging in plastic, foam, and other materials.

From initial slaughter to packaging of completed products, TGW provides high-quality, long-lasting knives to ensure quality and consistency throughout every step of the poultry packing process.

How High-Quality Blades From TGW International Help Improve Your Facility

There are a lot of ways that TGW International can help poultry processing facilities improve. Here are just a few of the benefits of choosing us as your preferred machine knife provider.

  • Wide variety of styles and blades available – We offer a huge range of USDA-approved stainless steel knives including poultry processing slicers, cutoff knives, and slitters, to name just a few. With our large selection and plentiful stock, you’ll always be able to keep the knives you need on-hand.
  • Enhanced durability and longevity – We use the highest-quality steel and manufacturing best practices to create blades that stay sharper longer, provide a longer overall lifespan, and are more durable and hold up to wear & tear effectively.
  • Fewer line interruptions – The durability of our knives means that poultry processing plants can operate with fewer overall line interruptions for servicing and replacing dull or worn-out blades.
  • Custom knives available – Our team of engineers can build custom poultry processing blades from existing schematics, build new blades to meet your specifications, or even put a print together from basic verbal instructions.

Contact TGW International Now To Get The Poultry Processing Knives You Need

TGW International is the #1 choice for any poultry processor who wants to save money on machine knives, get high-quality blades from a single source, and enjoy more efficient, streamlined daily operations. To learn more, contact our sales team today! For inquiries in North America, contact: sales@tgwint.com or 1-800-407-0173. For our Global Sales Department (outside of North America), contact:  sales@tgwglobal.com or +44 114 244 5600.

European Packaging Trends In 2021 And Beyond – What To Expect

The global packaging market continues to grow, and despite the impact of COVID-19 coronavirus, strong economic growth is continuing to increase demand worldwide. In this blog, we’ll look at a few trends that are likely to affect the European market, in particular, and what this may mean for companies in the packaging industry.

The Flexible Packaging Market Will Continue To Grow At A Rapid Pace In Europe

Worldwide, the CAGR (Combined Annual Growth Rate) for the packaging industry is predicted to be 2.8% from 2019 to 2024, resulting in a growth from $917 billion to $1.05 trillion USD.

During this same period, though, flexible packaging in Europe is predicted to grow at a much higher rate of over 4%, thanks to a demand for lightweight products, eCommerce growth, an emphasis on sustainability, and higher adoption rates for flexible packaging among major consumer product manufacturers in Europe.

Sustainability Must Be A Focus

The European Union released its SUP Directive (Single-Use Plastics Directive) in 2019, which aims to reduce the production and consumption of single-use plastic products. This may be the first step in a more significant regulatory overhaul, and packaging manufacturers in Europe should keep a close eye on further legislation affecting single-use plastics.

Europe Continues To Be A Market Leader In Bioplastics

Europe ranks the highest in research and development of bioplastics derived from corn and other plants, and also has the largest market for bioplastics with the highest demand. In addition to this, about 26% of all global bioplastics production is located in Europe. America has only 17% of the market share, with Asia leading at 46%.

eCommerce Will Change How Products Are Packaged

In some ways, eCommerce has reduced the need for products with “shelf appeal.” A rise in eco-friendly, minimal packaging such as Amazon’s “Frustration Free” packaging reflects this change – customers opt for reduced, easy-open packaging because the product is distinguished by photos and online descriptions rather than a box.

At the same time, eCommerce is also increasing demand for things like custom-printed boxes and other packaging materials. Thanks to COVID-19, demand for eCommerce has only increased in 2020 – and will continue to do so in 2021. Packaging companies should be aware of this trend – and think of ways to adapt.

Know What To Expect In Europe With These Packaging Trends

While we can’t predict the unexpected, these four trends seem very likely to drive innovation and growth in Europe in the near future. For more information about how TGW International can help you create better packaging with custom machine knives, contact us now.  For inquiries in North America, contact: sales@tgwint.com or 1-800-407-0173. For our Global Sales Department (outside of North America), contact:  sales@tgwglobal.com or +44 114 244 5600.

The Benefits Of Flexible Packaging In The Digital Era

eCommerce spending is on the rise in America, partially due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are choosing to shop from home and order their products online – and this includes things like groceries.

Packaging companies and eCommerce entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of this shift may want to consider novel packaging options such as flexible packaging. that can offer better protection, lower costs, and a reduced environmental impact. Let’s take a deeper look at these benefits now, and discuss why flexible packaging is ideal for the digital era.

1 – Enhanced Product Protection Against Damage From Handling

Compared to traditional retail environments, eCommerce products are handled up to 3x as often, as they must be picked, packed, and sent individually to customers. That means that proper product protection is essential – and flexible packaging is resistant to tears, cracking, and breakage. This helps prevent spills and product damage, and ensures products reach customers intact.

2- Reduced Environmental Impact For Most Products

Often products in flexible packaging can be shipped without a separate “overbox” for protection. Overboxes require manufacturers and brand owners to spend more on boxes and packaging – and these boxes often are simply thrown away instead of being recycled, causing a larger environmental impact.

Overall, this means that flexible packaging is a great way to “go green” and sell products that are more environmentally-friendly.

3 – Save Money On Shipping Products Packaged In Flexible Formats

Another benefit of flexible packaging is that you have more options for shipping. While a box or overbox must usually be shipped in (yet another) cardboard box, flexible packaging is more versatile, so it can be sent in a flexible mailer like a bubble mailer.

This reduces overall shipping costs, making it easier for eCommerce entrepreneurs to offer lower shipping rates – or even to implement free shipping policies to entice users to make more purchases.

Invest In Flexible Product Packaging To Prepare For The Future Of eCommerce

The eCommerce industry is booming, and it’s unlikely that growth in this sector will slow down any time soon.

So, whether you run an eCommerce brand or you specialize in manufacturing packaging for eCommerce sellers, flexible product packaging is a great investment – it offers superior protection, a reduced environmental impact, and fantastic cost savings.

And at TGW International, we offer machine knives that offer superior performance when manufacturing flexible packaging of all types – take a look at our products here, or get in touch if you have any questions. For inquiries in North America, contact: sales@tgwint.com or 1-800-407-0173. For our Global Sales Department (outside of North America), contact:  sales@tgwglobal.com or +44 114 244 5600.

TGW Overstock Close Out Special – Huge Savings!

Shop Our Close Out Sale on Overstock Parts

Now is your chance to get some of the best deals on our surplus packaging, processing, printing, and converting items. These products must goCall your sales representative today to learn about our special pricing on:

  • Dished slitters
  • Bottoms knives
  • Pelletizers
  • Poultry slicers
  • And more!

You won’t find better prices on these select packaging, processing, printing, and converting blades!

Take advantage of our competitive lead times and pricing today. Contact our Sales Team today:  sales@tgwint.com!

The Leader in Packaging Knives

It’s important to consider a few crucial factors when choosing a packaging knife partner:

  • The quality and materials of the knife
  • The turnaround time and in-stock selection
  • Ongoing support and service

We have more stock than ever and offer competitive pricing. We have over 250 different packaging blades and components ready to ship:

  • VFFS bagger knives
  • HFFS knives and anvils
  • Vacuum packaging cross cut knives, punches, and slitters
  • Overwrap punch knives
  • Tray sealing knives
  • Pouch knives
  • Zigzag knives
  • Single edge bottom knives
  • Diagonal smooth cut knives
  • Tape knives
  • Scalloped knives
  • EZ open knives
  • And so much more!

When it comes to industrial packaging knife solutions, look no further.  To learn more, contact our sales team today! For inquiries in North America, contact: sales@tgwint.com or 1-800-407-0173. For our Global Sales Department (outside of North America), contact:  sales@tgwglobal.com or +44 114 244 5600.