January 12, 2022 Comments(0)

2022 Cosmetic Packaging Trends for the Beauty Industry: What You Need to Know

External Sources: https://commonthreadco.com/blogs/coachs-corner/beauty-industry-cosmetics-marketing-ecommerce https://www.upfluence.com/industry-reports/beauty Although cosmetics packaging comes in all shapes and sizes

November 22, 2021 Comments(0)

Automotive Labels: A Durable Label For Every Part

Are you an OEM interested in custom printed automoive labels? Let PSG help! Did you know that the average car part is replaced every 18 months? That means there are millions of parts being replaced on a yearly basis. If y

November 3, 2021 Comments(0)

EV Battery Labels: Custom Printed And Compliant

Are you an OEM interested in custom printed EV battery labels? Let PSG help! PSG’s Custom Printed EV Battery Labels Printed labels are an essential part of any product, but especially so for batteries due to their c

October 21, 2021 Comments(0)

Snack And Candy Industry Trends: Keep Your Brand Relevant

Do you own a snack or candy business? Then you’re in for a sweet surprise. The candy industry has grown 3.1% per year from 2016 to 2021. Forecasts for 2022 and beyond for the snack industry appear favorable, too. F

September 8, 2021 Comments(0)

Material Shortages In The Packaging Industry: Is There an End in Sight?

The virus was the big story last year. But in 2021, material shortages, labor shortages, and price increases are taking over the headlines. Here at PSG, we’re also experience packaging material shortages thanks to t

July 21, 2021 Comments(0)

Ghost Kitchens: What are They and How Can You Use Them?

With the rise in popularity of services like DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats delivery services, enterprising food, and snack businesses are looking to cash in on the trend. Convenient delivery apps are one thing. But how

July 12, 2021 Comments(0)

Food Safe Packaging Before Sustainability: 5 Things Your Brand Needs To Know

Introduction Many companies have made environmental commitments to change their packaging into more sustainable options within the next few years. But that doesn’t mean that food safety has to take a hit.  Food saf

June 23, 2021 Comments(0)

Sani Stix and PSG: Hand Sanitizer Packaging In Stick Pack

INTRODUCTION Hand sanitizer has become a staple of handbags, glove compartments, and backpacks everywhere. But who wants to lug around a bulky bottle of the stuff? Most hand sanitizer comes in a plastic bottle that can e

May 10, 2021 Comments(0)

Printed Mylar Bags and Survival Foods: 3 Things To Know

Introduction Store survival food right, and it can last 25 years or longer.  The Mylar bag is the ideal packaging solution for long-term food storage. For business owners who sell survival foods or similar, printed mylar

April 20, 2021 Comments(0)

“What’s SUP?” : Flexible Packaging Terminology And Acronyms

Introduction Do you ever feel lost when seeing a quote from your printer? Some of the flexible packaging terminology and jargon can be overwhelming…even for those who have experience in ordering. It&#

December 14, 2020 Comments(0)

Have a Healthy Snack Anywhere: Innovative Snack Packaging from Split Nutrition

Great things come in twos, like peanut butter and jelly or a great vendor and client relationship. Prairie State Group (PSG) has provided one-on-one guidance for Split Nutrition on its proprietary and innovative snack pac

December 3, 2020 Comments(0)

Get Your Snack On with These Top 5 Functional Food Trends

Eight in ten surveyed consumers believe a healthy lifestyle includes regular exercise, relaxation, good nutrition, and attention to mental and emotional health. What better way to increase happiness and healthy eating hab

October 19, 2020 Comments(0)

Petralyte: A Unique Pet Product In A Stick Pack

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands aren’t letting Covid-19 stand in their way of success. Petcare company Petralyte is no exception. Instead of being fearful, the company has been creative and tenacious with getting their

October 16, 2020 Comments(0)

Simulate The “Kraft Packaging” Look On Your Wrapper Or Pouch

As a leader in custom printed bar wrappers and stand up pouches, PSG gets a lot of requests for specific branding requirements. One of which being kraft packaging.  At the time of writing this (10/20) PSG doesn’t o

October 1, 2020 Comments(0)

Recyclable Stand Up Pouches

61% of consumers want to support brands that do their part to protect the environment. Unfortunately, millions of tons of packaging materials fill the oceans every year. There’s a better way to do busi

September 15, 2020 Comments(0)

5 Ways CERM Is a Customer Win!

An ERP integration like no other. At PSG, we believe that listening closely to what our customers need is the best way to strengthen business partnerships and make our company more competitive. Embracing new technology is

July 7, 2020 Comments(0)

Top 5 Tips for Pivoting to eCommerce

Want more insightful content like this?  Be sure to visit PSG’s Packaging Resources page. From mom-and-pop shops to legacy brands, businesses everywhere have had their operations upended because of the Covid-19 pan

May 5, 2020 Comments(0)

A Balancing Act: PSG’s Response To The Pandemic

Want more insightful content like this?  Be sure to visit PSG’s Packaging Resources page. What We’re Doing in Response to the Pandemic The Covid-19 pandemic has upended life as we know it. Families, institutions,

April 23, 2020 Comments(0)

Surviving Coronavirus: How a Small Snack Business is Staying Productive

Want more insightful content like this?  Be sure to visit PSG’s Packaging Resources page. What’s considered normal today is anything but. Today’s new normal is strange, weird, and never seen before. As a small

March 13, 2020 Comments(0)

4 CPG Trends That Will Redefine Packaging in 2020

Want more insightful content like this?  Be sure to visit PSG’s Packaging Resources page.   A new decade is upon us, and we are both excited and intrigued to see where the consumer packaged goods industry is h

January 3, 2020 Comments(0)

Benefits of Sustainable Packaging 

Want more insightful content like this?  Be sure to visit PSG’s Packaging Resources page.   Millennials and Generation Z make up the majority of people in America, and they are arguably the most eco-conscious demograph

December 9, 2019 Comments(0)

Top 3 Packaging Factors Influencing A Consumers Purchasing Decision

Want more insightful content like this?  Be sure to visit PSG’s Packaging Resources page. The famous movie line, “If you build it, [they] will come,” is just that — an overly quoted phrase in a fictional film, not a n

June 12, 2019 Comments(0)

Marijuana Packaging in Illinois: How legalization will affect brand owners

Published by John B. Reinhardt: Illinois is going to be the first state to use legislation as a means to legalize recreational marijuana. (as opposed to popular vote) Upon Governor JB Pritzker’s signature, marijuana will be

January 16, 2019 Comments(0)

Child Resistant Packaging: Pouches with Poison Control

Published by John B. Reinhardt: (updated 10/2020) Child resistant packaging is becoming more and more of a necessity for certain brand owners. Mostly driven by the rapid growth of medicinal /recreational cannabis (i.e. sn

September 25, 2018 Comments(0)

An awesome resealable packaging sample: How PSG made it in 3 weeks!

Published by John B. Reinhardt: Resealable packaging in motion! Pulling off the production of this resealable packaging sample required a major team effort. Our partner, Mactac, was looking for a  showstopper of a piece to dem

July 16, 2018 Comments(0)

PB&J without the bread: An on the go snack packaging innovation.

Published by John B. Reinhardt: Ever wonder how you could eat a PB&J without bread…while riding a bicycle? With Split Nutritions proprietary “fold, knead, rip, and enjoy” packaging design, you can do just tha

May 14, 2018 Comments(0)

HD Flexible Packaging Printing: A Side By Side Comparison

Posted by: John B. Reinhardt Flexo Printing with Gravure Quality. HD flexo plate technology really works! Take a look at these side-by-side comparisons of standard flexo plates vs. HD flexo plates. The results of HD flexo printi

March 27, 2018 Comments(0)

Spot Coatings on Cold Seal Wrappers

Posted by: John B. Reinhardt Spot Coatings on Cold Seal Wrappers An eye-catching package design has a heavy influence on a consumers buying decision. The more you can differentiate your product from your competitors, the better ch

January 4, 2018 Comments(0)

Digital / Flexo Hybrid Labels. The best of both worlds.

Posted by: John B. Reinhardt (Note: This is the first part in a two part series on digital / flexo hybrid label printing) Digital printing technology in the label industry is growing everyday. With the ability to print short, resp

November 29, 2017 Comments(0)

What is stick pack packaging? How to package your single serve product.

Posted by: John B. Reinhardt So what is stick pack packaging? If you have a single-serve product and need some flexible packaging options, where do you turn? How are you going to start looking for printers to manufacture your pack

November 9, 2017 Comments(0)

How Do HD Printing Plates Work?

Posted by: John B. Reinhardt (NOTE: In this post, we’ll do a quick rundown on the very basics of the technology. Subsequent posts will dive a little further into specific details. Stay tuned for more details!) Flexo Printing

June 7, 2017 Comments(0)

Latest FDA Changes to Nutritional Facts

Posted by: John B. Reinhardt For better or worse, the latest FDA changes to the nutritional facts panel is official. Health advocates have praised better visibility of what Americans are consuming, while food manufacturers/lobbyis