Front Row


  • Nutrition Label Changes Delayed

    Industries point to cost and time; consumer advocates disagree.
    Jack Kenny 10.06.17

  • Waste: Not just packaging

    Converters are not alone in dealing with a growing crisis.
    Jack Kenny 09.11.17

  • Ancient label history

    Peering into the distant past of wine, beer and drug labels.
    Jack Kenny 07.14.17

  • The shadow world of counterfeiting

    The bottom line is that we don’t know where or how big it is.
    Jack Kenny 05.30.17

  • Short-term packaging evolution

    Trend awareness is of value to package and label manufacturers.
    Jack Kenny 04.07.17

  • Avoid Death: Wacky warning labels

    Avoid Death: Wacky warning labels

    Product warning labels still entertain; liability awards still rise.
    Jack Kenny 03.13.17

  • The Label Designer

    How to engage a graphics professional to expand your services.
    Jack Kenny 01.20.17

  • Who’s your marketing expert?

    Who’s your marketing expert?

    The most recent Front Row column addressed the usefulness and basic how-to of branding, of developing a corporate personality and a brand strategy for your business. In this issue, we’ll delve into the job description of a person whose main obj…
    Jack Kenny 11.14.16

  • What’s your brand?

    What’s your brand?

    Every day, all day, press operators look at the labels go by, rewind people look at the labels go by. Supervisors examine the labels during the runs, and sales people and executives spread them out on tables to view the fine work that will go out to…
    Jack Kenny 10.14.16

  • Design and redesign

    Design and redesign

    The label converter can be a good resource for packaging improvement.
    Jack Kenny 09.07.16

  • The Pursuit of Security Packaging

    The Pursuit of Security Packaging

    In 2015, the security printing firm Sekuworks quietly closed its doors. For a decade or so, the company had focused on providing anti-counterfeiting methods, tamper indicating labels and other brand protection devices, though its most prized offering…
    Jack Kenny 07.15.16

  • Words and Labels

    Words and Labels

    Proofreading, court challenges and … LSD?
    Jack Kenny 05.20.16

  • FDA to scrutinize ‘natural’ labels

    Those of us in the USA who pay attention to labels and what appears on them are fairly well aware that the word “natural” really doesn’t mean much. The federal government, in the form of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has n…
    Jack Kenny 04.08.16

  • Freshness detection: Ripe for inventors

    Freshness detection: Ripe for inventors

    This morning I went shopping for groceries. The sell-by date on the milk is five days from now. Both the package of cookies and the container of  V8 juice are stamped October 2016, letting me know that each has enough chemistry to keep them &ldq…
    Jack Kenny 03.21.16

  • Forecasts for 2016

    Think back to the year 2000. Now ask yourself if you ever in the slightest foresaw the communications leaps that occurred in our society between then and now. Sixteen years, and look where we are now. The changes in telecom and digital technology are…
    Jack Kenny 01.25.16

  • Edible films and other delights

    Film materials now can be made from shrimp and crab shells.
    Jack Kenny 11.20.15

  • Adhesives without petrochemicals

    Scientists look for answers in nature, and they’re finding a lot of glue.
    Jack Kenny 10.13.15

  • Qualities of successful sellers and buyers

    Bringing together two well-matched companies for a successful merger or acquisition is the ultimate satisfaction for a business broker. Over the years, I have found that successful buying and selling companies have subtle attributes that improve the…
    Rock LaManna 10.13.15

  • More beer: Limitless label opportunities

    The dizzying growth of the beer industry can be a bonanza for converters.
    Jack Kenny 09.07.15

  • A performance in many acts

    Digital print: self-resurrecting and magical
    Jack Kenny 07.21.15