EU project to develop new food packaging barriers European Plastics News Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, Spain, has highlighted its involvement in Banus, a research project which has the primary objective of ensuring the safety of functional barriers in food packaging, regardless of the quality of the recycled material. The Banus project, which is funded under the EU's 7th Framework Programme, began last July with a planned duration of 24 months and a budget of 1.1 million euros. The project is composed of nine organizations, including Aimplas, from six different countries.
Invention increases the shelf appeal of bagged packaging Packaging Digest Untidy shelf displays are a turn off for consumers. A new take on Retail-Ready Packaging is the Package Pillar, a yet-to-be-commercial concept that promises to straighten out the messiness that often accompanies bagged retail packages to keep shelf displays tidy for consumers, brand owners and retailers. Messy displays of bagged products, such as candy and cereal, can be a thing of the past with a new product revealed in a recent patent application.
Macfarlane launches 'letterboxable' packaging Packaging News The move is a direct response to consumer feedback that highlights the biggest single frustration for online shoppers is products sent in packaging that is unnecessarily large and therefore unable to get through their letterbox. A recent survey commissioned by the packaging firm found that 21 percent of respondents were irritated by having to pick up parcels or rearrange delivery because they had used inappropriately sized packaging and were too large for the letterbox.
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New sensory zipper confirms reseal Packaging Digest Among two new zipper reseal innovations to be introduced by Presto Products at Pack Expo is a new sensory zipper designed to deliver pronounced audible and tactile cues when consumers close the packaging. It is applicable for a range of applications including food, pharmaceutical, chemical and household products.
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Green group 'As You Sow' pressures P&G shareholders to phase out unrecyclable packaging Plastics Today As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies, has received a "qualified commitment" from Procter & Gamble that 90 percent of its packaging will be recyclable by 2020. The commitment came the day before an Oct. 14 vote on a shareholder proposal filed by As You Sow, which asked the company to phase out of unrecyclable packaging. The shareholders represent $35 billion in P&G stock, according to As You Sow.
Pet food packaging recognized for innovation Packaging Digest The Honest Kitchen, an all-natural dog and cat food brand, received an Innovation Award from Petfood 2.0 for its new and improved sustainable packaging which is recyclable and made from post-consumer material. "We wanted to re-design our packaging to make it more intuitive for customers. We wanted to make the protein in the recipe the main headline, so we minimized the product names and brought the protein in the recipe, front and center," said Lucy Postins, founder & CEO of The Honest Kitchen, on the motivation behind the packaging revamp.
Does food residue impact the recycling of foodservice packaging? Packaging World The Foodservice Packaging Institute has completed the second of two studies examining the levels of food residue on foodservice packaging in the residential recycling stream. The new study found that, in general, the levels of food residue are comparable to those found on commonly recycled food packaging. Overall, the study found a strong majority of both foodservice and food contact items displayed low to medium levels of food residue.
BASF targets coffee and automotive connoisseurs with new resin grades Plastics News ASF SE is using polybutylene terephthalate, which is normally used to manufacture high-end electronics, in a food consumer packaging product. It unveiled the grade, which was optimized for the production of airtight coffee capsules that retain aroma, at the Fakuma show, with first prototypes of the product.
Fully automated WVTR testing Following on MOCON’s fully automated oxygen permeation system, the PERMATRAN-W Model 3/34, the world first fully automated WVTR system will be shown for the first time at PackExpo in Chicago, November 2nd to 5th, Booth 7753.
Giving candy and gum sweet new looks Brand Packaging From classics like Bazooka to tasty new alternatives like YummySnack brands, Goodwin has helped brand and design packaging for countless sweets to ensure that they look as good as they taste. The trick is to ensure that the brands speak to their audiences in a way that is relevant and in a manner they can relate to. Goodwin believes that the best way to find this balance is to go right to the source — kids and their parents.
Simple lightweighting in packaging, caps not so simple anymore Plastics News The days of finding simple ways to remove additional weight — and costs — from plastic bottles are over, according to one expert. As director of technical marketing and business development for Bericap GmbH & Co., Lothar Brauer believes the industry has gotten to the point where simply stripping weight out of the components is no longer feasible to achieve lightweighting goals.
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Some consumers are angry the new Hungry Jack syrup bottle can't be microwaved The Washington Post Hungry Jack brand syrup recently changed the shape of its bottle, infuriating consumers all across this great flapjack-loving land of ours. On April 28, an ominous note appeared on the Hungry Jack Facebook page: "As some of our most loyal fans, we want you to know that later this month we are changing the look and size of our syrup bottle! Our new bottle will be taller and thinner and will hold 24 oz. instead of 27.6 oz." Although there was no mention of microwavability, a photo made things clear. The new bottle bears the legend "DO NOT MICROWAVE IN BOTTLE."
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US warns bag makers over biodegradeability claims Plastics and Rubber Weekly Makers of oxodegradable or oxo-biodegradable plastic bags in the US have been warned claims made for their products may confuse consumers, according to the country’s Federal Trade Commission. The agency sent letters to 15 plastic waste bag companies, warning that their oxodegradable, oxo-biodegradable, or biodegradable claims may be deceptive, since consumers understand those terms to mean the same thing as "biodegradable."
Tech packaging spotlight Brand Packaging What exactly does make for "good" packaging and what are the driving factors that make something effective in this market? Some of these examples have been around for awhile, but the fact that they are still relevant and very effective only reinforces the reason why they are making this list. Turns out even in retail packaging, there are oldies but goodies.
Business reviews now available on the TAPPI Buyer's Guide MultiView 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.
Bird-friendly coffee brand earns street cred with compostable pouch Packaging World Dorset, U.K.-based organic coffee company Bird & Wild has expanded its product distribution through the use of renewable, compostable packaging films. The pack is a triplex laminate of reverse-printed clear NatureFlex/high-barrier metallized NatureFlex, from Innovia Films, and a starch-based biopolymer. This structure ensures that the delicate flavor and freshness of Bird & Wild’s unique coffees are locked in.
Polymer hybrid thin-film composites for food packaging and membrane filters Phys.org Juha Nikkola, Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, developed new hybrid materials in his doctoral research project for use in the manufacture and modification of thin-film composites. The project resulted in new materials suitable, for instance, for food packaging with enhanced diffusion barrier and for membrane filters with improved anti-fouling properties used in water purification.
Supermarket sweep: Packaging trends from the shop floor Packaging News Packaging Innovations Show and saw just what the big brands and retailers are doing to grab an increasingly sophisticated consumer base. There are a number of trends driving the changes in packaging – and they provide a useful and rather intriguing glimpse into the future.
Where package meets person: 3 ways to improve the relationship Packaging Digest Demographic, lifestyle and healthcare trends are driving demand for
better human-package interaction. When consumers encounter a package in
what Procter & Gamble calls the second moment of truth, the point of
use, a special relationship emerges.
When it comes to food packaging, what we don't know could hurt us Ensia It's almost impossible to imagine life without flexible, transparent and water-resistant food packaging, without plastic sandwich bags, cling film or shelves filled with plastic jars, tubs and tubes, and durable bags and boxes. While storing food in containers dates back thousands of years, and food has been sold in bottles since the 1700s and cans since the 1800s, what might be considered the modern age of food packaging began in the 1890s when crackers were first sold in sealed waxed paper bags inside a paperboard box.
An expanded look at shrink sleeves Packaging World Although brand-owners are diverse as to industries and applications, they are uniformly smitten by the sleeves' 360º graphics design capabilities, recognizing the potential for a competitive advantage in a crowded retail environment, in which a package has scant seconds in which to arrest the consumer's attention.
The impact of a graphic design greatly depends on the printing process, the candidates being rotogravure, flexography, and digital; and, as generalities go, the main criteria for choosing one rest on image quality, length of run, and number of colors.
Chocolate tasting set gets book-styled packaging Packaging Digest Just in time for the holiday season, Brix Chocolate has launched a tasting party gift set that includes four varieties of chocolate in 3-oz boxes. "The number one objective of the new package was to display the elements. This is why we choose to use a window to show the 4 Brix varieties, cutting board and knife," said Bruce Barber, managing director of Brix.
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