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What drives today's beverage packaging trends?
Packaging Digest
More than half (57 percent) of early participants to a Packaging Digest poll on beverage packaging say expanding the product's usage occasion is driving their efforts to develop new packaging formats or sizes as a way of increasing their company's beverage business. The survey, done in cooperation with the Institute of Packaging Professionals as part of its March 2015 spotlight on Beverage Packaging, asks a couple questions about beverage growth trends and how packaging might help.
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You can eat KFC's new coffee cup
Fast Company
Most coffee cups are made from paper or plastic. But KFC Britain has a strange, potentially better idea: Serving coffee in sweet, edible cups. Dubbed the "Scoff-ee Cup," KFC worked with food designers at The Robin Collective to construct a cup shaped from a thin lattice of KFC Original Recipe fried chicken wafer, coated in sugar paper and lined with a slow-melting white chocolate. The chocolate gradually infuses the coffee with a creamy sweetness, while the wafer eventually softens like a dunked biscotti or, as I imagine, the creamy tip of an ice cream cone.
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The latest in packaging trends
Food Magazine
Light weighting, minimizing use of resources, and digital direct-to-pack printing are some of the innovations delivering benefits to the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Leading packaging manufacturer and innovator, Pact Group, has a dedicated innovation division comprised of a cross-functional team of industrial designers and engineers, inventors, marketers, and specialists focusing on sustainability and environmental aspects.
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Behold, the NFC-enabled smart whisky bottle
Gigaom
The drinks giant Diageo and the Norwegian printed electronics firm Thinfilm announced a prototype connected bottle for Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky that will have a range of features enabled by Thinfilm's new OpenSense NFC tags. The features are largely stock control and anti-counterfeiting measures – the tags will make it possible to track the bottles and see with a tap of a smartphone whether the bottle's seal has been broken, and one of Thinfilm's big selling points is that its smart labels are pretty much impossible to copy or modify.
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Plastic beer kegs for lighter ales
Engineering Capacity
Quadrant CMS, an integrated manufacturer of injection molded components and sub-assemblies, has helped Dispack Projects develop a new generation of recyclable plastic beer keg. The new one-way PET kegs have an innovative recyclable valve system and are a cost-effective and easy-to-transport alternative to traditional multi-trip stainless steel kegs.
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Quality doctor blades and end-seals


In addition to being a manufacturer of quality metal, composite, and plastic doctor blades, Allison Systems now offers OEM and custom design chamber end seals. MORE
 


Earth Renewable Technologies introduces plant-based EarthBottle
Plastics Today
Earth Renewable Technologies (ERT), a pioneer in renewable packaging solutions based in Brevard, NC, has announced the launch of EarthBottle, plant- and mineral-based packaging made from the company's proprietary EarthMatter formulation that is described as a responsible alternative to petroleum-based plastics. "More than ever before, consumers are seeking products that reflect a comprehensive consciousness to the environment, which includes the vessel it's packaged in," explained Owen Schultz, Vice President of New Business Development.
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Pilot tests plastic waste to energy potential
Packaging World
Every day, Americans generate more than 4 pound of waste per person, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Despite the proliferation of recycling programs during the past three decades, more than half of all U.S. trash (135 million tons) still ends up in landfills. Recently, several industry professionals collaborated to explore an alternative use for plastic waste. The initiative, called the Energy Bag Pilot Program, demonstrated that certain plastics like juice pouches, candy wrappers, and plastic dinnerware that are not easily recyclable under traditional models, can be converted into synthetic crude oil for fuel.
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Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our TAPPI Buyer's Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. Visit the TAPPI Buyer's Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.


Packaging that doesn't have much information on the back of it is 'more Apple than Microsoft'
Food Processing & Packaging
Innovations that prevent food wastage, such as Heinz ketchup moving from glass to plastic then an upside down squeezy bottle, cook-in-a bag packaging and coffee refill pouches, were praised at Packaging Innovations 2015 at Birmingham NEC. Jason Wiley, senior packaging development manager, formerly IGLO Group, encouraged packaging manufacturers to look beyond their own market segment to adopt new technologies "to add a functionality you never had before."
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P&G adding label to help guide consumers in recycling
Plastics News
Procter & Gamble Co. will help prompt consumers to recycle rigid packaging by joining the Sustainable Packaging Coalition's How2Recycle Label program. P&G's Dawn dishwashing soap will carry the Widely Recycled Label that reminds consumers that most U.S. residents can recycle PET bottles. The label includes a special message, "Empty and Replace Cap" to encourage consumers to include bottle caps in the recycling stream.
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Hymid differentiates between overmolding and two-shot molding
Plastics and Rubber Weekly
When component designers are working on a new product they will always be looking to design in added benefits in order that their products will stand out from the crowd. As many readers will know, two-shot molding and overmolding are methods of producing single components made up of two different plastics. At its simplest, these methods are used for cosmetic reasons when components are required to comprise two colors, for example in the incorporation of a logo.
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Adorable toothpaste packaging magically morphs in water
Fast Company
Getting kids to brush their teeth is an exercise in clever persuasion, aided by candy-flavored toothpaste and cartoon-covered brushes. Germany-based design student Miriam Konig turns brushing your teeth into a graphic adventure. She created a set of conceptual toothpaste tubes that are decorated with soluble ink, so when immersed in water, the images on them change.
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Tissue box designs encourage self-expression
Packaging World
Kleenex brand facial tissue has introduced a new line of package designs created in partnership with fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Says Kleenex, the Ready to Care Collection, which includes a mix of bold, eye-catching designs, transforms a multifunctional product into a must-have statement piece that excites consumers’ creative side, inspiring new uses for the product and packaging. Kleenex says it worked closely with Johnson to marry her vibrant designs with the soft and practical tissue to deliver a unique product meant to inspire personal expression—from consumers customizing boxes with their chic touch, to giving them new ways to share Kleenex brand products in their lives, whether at home or on the go.
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Chobani debuts yogurt in pouches and tubes
Packaging Digest
The new packaging formats are part of a salvo of new products from the brand owner that leverage the popularity of Greek yogurt in convenient, consumer-friendly flexible formats that also add iconic characters. The yogurt and yogurt drink market in the U.S. and worldwide is dynamic and innovative. It's driven in part by the popularity of Greek yogurt, which is credited with 50 percent of the sales in the category, according to a market report released in January.
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