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September 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Personalised tin delivers innovation to Christmas chocolate category

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

ThePackHub collates 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you to peruse below.

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#1 Personalised tin delivers innovation to Christmas chocolate category

The annual UK chocolate tins battle on supermarket shelves has often lacked any significant innovation resorting to lighter and cheaper pack formats and reductions in pack content to get a competitive price point. The pile it high strategy inevitably ensures volume is achieved but sadly packaging often plays a secondary role. This Christmas sees a new introduction from Nestle for their iconic almost 80 year old Quality Street brand that aims to change things. John Lewis will launch a ‘Build Your Own’ Personalised Quality Street Tin combining customised contents with the bespoke choice of a variation of a choice of 12 sweets. Shoppers can then personalise the lid to include their own street name or other creative choice. The 1.2kg bespoke tins cost £12 with shoppers paying a 71% premium compared to a regular tin of comparable size.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Side-by-side pack keeps on-the-go snacking varied

It’s fair to say that peanut butter and jelly (or jam to us Brits) is one of the USA’s iconic national delicacies. It may not be for everyone but this calorific sandwich filling has been given an on-the-go lift with the development from a new brand called Split. Their Side-By-Side PB&J Snack Pack claims to offer the complete on-the-go food solution by having both ingredients in separate compartments. The ready-to-eat, easy-to-use proprietary pack is available in 10 pack boxes costing around $25 and can be ordered online at www.splitnutrition.com.

 


#3 Biodegradable packaging changes colour according to food pH

Spanish researchers at University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in partnership with the University of the Basque Country have created a biodegradable pack that changes colour according to freshness of the product. The new pack comprises starch and blueberry and has been designed to replace the use of plastic bags to pack food. Blueberry has properties that change colour according to the pH of the food that comes in contact with the packaging. The colour change could help to indicate when the food is unfit for consumption. Food changes pH as it deteriorates, especially meat products. The film starts to change to a blue, yellow or brown colour. The packaging still has the necessary functionality to maintain the quality of the produce. The laboratory team’s work is ongoing. They are seeking partnerships with industry sectors to acquire more funding.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Fluorescent signal emitted if food bacteria detected

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contaminated produce continues to be significant problem that can lead to illness and even death. It is reported that there are still an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses in the United States every year, resulting in approximately 3,000 fatalities.  A new type of smart food packaging is in development that may help to prevent food-borne illnesses such as E.coli and potentially other dangerous pathogens. Researchers from Hamilton, Ontario McMaster University have developed packaging that is able to monitor bacteria in food and then emit a fluorescent signal to effectively light up the packaging if anything is detected. The findings in American Chemical Society’s peer-reviewed, scientific journal ACS Nano has shown that this new technology uses molecules containing DNA that specifically target E.coli, as well as DNA that makes the molecules shine with a fluorescent light. Currently, the product is only able to detect E.Coli but the researchers are working to create other molecules that would be able to detect different types of pathogens like salmonella.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


September 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Danish water brand differentiates with over 3 million unique bottles

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

ThePackHub collates 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you to peruse below.

Find out about how to subscribe here.

Book a 15 minute online demo here.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium is out now. Find out more and order here. If you would like to download a free sample report, please let us know.


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ThePackHub’s next packaging innovation event will be on Thursday 4th October 2018 at Compton Verney, Warwickshire.

Early Bird discount ends this Friday 21st.

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The last batch of Early Bird discounted places at £299 + VAT now available saving £60, ends on Friday 21st September.

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#1 Danish water brand differentiates with over 3 million unique bottles

Digital print for packaging offers a great opportunity for brands to deliver differentiated products with the possibility of individual and uniquely different pack designs  Danone’s Danish mineral water brand Aqua d’Or has joined this growing party with the introduction of 3.2 million water bottles in one-of-a-kind packaging. Northern German based All4Labels Group company Folienprintan produced the label using an HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press combined with SmartStream Mosaic software from HP. The ‘Flow Your Way’ campaign features unique designs by Danish artist Emil Kozak for the Swedish and Danish markets.  Eleven seed designs were converted automatically into unique creations by HP Mosaic print software using an algorithm that automatically generates a high number of unique graphic patterns.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Self-heating coffee cans start roll-out

The idea of a beverage pack that can heat the contents whilst a consumer is out-and-about has been featured before in the Innovation Zone. See Improved single-serve can self-heats contents in 2 minutes.The technology has so far been quite expensive to implement and perhaps the end result does not deliver the results to convince consumers to switch in big numbers to this new way of consuming hot drinks on-the-go. Consequently, the technology so far has not had a widespread impact and remains a niche offering at the moment. That is hoped to change with a new self-heating can for beverages and soups from The 42 Degrees Company. The Valladolid, Spain business has recently acquired the patent for self-heating coffee cans from Heat Genie and has redeveloped the ingredients and packaging of the product to launch to suppliers and the retail sector soon. The self-heating cans include a range of drinks options including coffee, chocolate as well as soup and other liquid foods. The cans will have a recommended retail price of around €3. The cans takes three minutes to heat up with a temperature of 42°C, hence the company name. The 42 Degrees Company worked with plastic packaging manufacturer Monomer Tech to produce an inner activation device to heat the liquid in the cans. There is a thermo-sealed capsule full of water, which comes into contact with a reagent to heat up the contents when the capsule is activated.

 


#3 Plastic banished from retailer’s bananas

2018 got off to a dramatic start with UK retailer Iceland make a pledge to ban plastic from their stores by 2023. The business has made several changes as part of the implementation since then. This time sees the supermarket chain ditch plastic packaging for its pre-packaged bananas. The supermarket estimates the switch to recyclable paper bands will save 10 million non-recyclable plastic bags a year. The retailer is trialling the use of the bands initially in 120 stores with a national roll-out due to be completed by the end of the year. Iceland’s bananas will be the first from any major UK supermarket to feature the Plastic Free Trust Mark created by the campaign group A Plastic Planet. UK premium retailer Waitrose also recently replaced their plastic bags with a sticky band on its Duchy Organic bananas as part of a temporary step before the introduction of compostable bags to follow quickly.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Makeup range clicks together to create a portable stack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We like to report on innovations that tackle more than one packaging trend simultaneously. UK make-up brand Trinny London has introduced a new pack via Quadpack that not only makes on-the-go usage easier but also recognises the growing consumer demand for customisable and personalised packaging offerings. Trinny London has launched a new line of make-up products that come in transparent 5-ml jars. These click together to create a portable stack that combine for a versatile and customisable combination of face, eye, cheek and lip products to meet the unique requirements of the consumer. The stackable jars help to facilitate mix-and-match makeup blends. The pots conveniently snap togetherand form part of a growing range of 55 different variants. The PETG pot includes a base and lid. The base has click-fit functionality that allows it to latch onto the cap of another jar when stacked. The top edge has a smaller diameter with a rim that grips onto the base of another jar to ensure easy stacking.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


September 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Plastic rings to be replaced by glue system for global beer brand

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

ThePackHub collates 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you to peruse below.

Find out about how to subscribe here.

Book a 15 minute online demo here.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium is out now. Find out more and order here. If you would like to download a free sample report, please let us know.


Hold the date

 


ThePackHub’s next packaging innovation event will be on Thursday 4th October 2018 at Compton Verney, Warwickshire.

Early Bird places at £299 + VAT

Save £50 + VAT

The next batch of Early Bird discounted places at £299 + VAT now available saving £50, while stocks last.

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#1 Plastic rings to be replaced by glue system for global beer brand

Plastic packaging as a threat to our environment continues to get a lot of attention. The six pack rings for beverages in most common use today evolved from an original design by ITW Hi-Cone introduced in St. Louis, Missouri in 1960. The format has been used extensively since then to collate beer cans. Being made from PE, the rings do not breakdown and decompose and the shape can be dangerous to animals and sea life who can get caught in the rings. Copenhagen, Denmark headquartered Carlsberg is to get rid of plastic rings on their famous beer cans and replace them with glue system. It can hold cans together in a multipack form with small pieces of a specially developed glue, which are snapped apart when needed. The Snap Pack is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1,200 tonnes a year by reducing the amount of plastic used in their traditional multi-packs by up to 76%. The move took three years of research and development to get right. See also Edible six-pack rings help to save sea life.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Yoghurt brand lets gravity do the hard work

Sometimes an innovation comes along and you think – why hasn’t that been done before? The food industry has seen a host of products move to squeezy bottle formats with the dispenser at the bottom to let gravity do the hard work. Heinz Tomato Ketchup arguably helped to popularise this. So why not yoghurt? Perhaps most people consume the contents in the packaging rather than dispense but you have to hand it to Australia’s Brownes Dairy’s new yoghurt now available in a 675ml squeezy bottle. Brownes Dairy has literally turned yoghurt on its head. Top Down Yoghurt is easy and quick to use and has been designed and manufactured by Richmond, Victoria based provider of specialty packaging solutions Pact Group. Brownes Dairy’s Top Down Yoghurt launches at supermarkets and convenience stores in three flavours.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 A new way to dispense toothpaste reduces plastic use

 

There are many ways to reduce the amount of packaging used. A Los Angeles, California based toothpaste brand has turned things very much on their head by inventing a new pack format for the category with a solution that significantly reduces the amount of packaging used. A completely new plastic free way of providing toothpaste has been created by Bite Toothpaste Bits, which is positioned as an easier and mess-free alternative to traditional oral care pastes.The hand-pressed toothpaste portions are made using organic plant-based ingredients that are apparently up to the job of cleaning and protecting teeth. The solution claims to be 100% biodegradable. Consumers simple need to pop a single ‘Bite Bit’ in their mouth and bite. They need to wet their toothbrush and start brushing as normal. The bit will foam up just like conventional toothpaste formats. The packaging-free Bite Bits come in a medicinal-like glass jar.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Heavier PET bottle launched to better mimic glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PET has seen significant growth as a packaging material over recent times. According to Euromonitor International, PET bottle production was globally around 430,000 million units in 2016 and is expected to rise by nearly 100,000 million units by 2021. Leading US manufacturer of plastic containers and closures, Chesterfield, Missouri based Pretium Packaging is launching a new 12oz PET bottle designed to mimic the look and feel of glass. The new sauce bottle provides an alternative for brands previously unwilling to convert to PET. The bottle can also be made with up to 50% recycled PET.  This is an interesting reversal of packaging trends in recent times with one of the major factor that sees PET replacing glass due to its lighter construction. This may put off brand owners that marketing premium products that effectively use pack weight as a proxy for quality. Pretium’s 40-gram preform is around 50% heavier than those typically used for 12-ounce PET sauce bottles.

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Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


September 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – Advertising Standards Authority upholds claim against advertising plastic bags as ‘biodegradable’

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Welcome to the More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be More Plastic Than Fish in the sea by 2050, unless things change.

ThePackHub will be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations London on 12th & 13th September – stand J74. Just head to the Main Stage / Innovation Showcase area and you can’t miss us. We’d love to see you if you’re attending.

Keep up to date on the latest sustainable packaging news here. We hope you enjoy.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium is out now. Find out more and order here. If you would like to download a free sample report, please let us know.


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#1 UK Advertising Standards Authority uphold a claim against a company advertising plastic bags as ‘biodegradable’

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In a landmark ruling for the UK, the ASA has determined that the use of term ‘biodegradable’ used by Ancol Pet Products for their Refill Poop Bag Rolls ”is misleading and had not been substantiated”.

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#2 Bites: Solid Toothpaste Bits That Don’t Require Being Squeezed Out of a Tube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new way to package toothpaste. Less mess, easier to travel with, and no worries about the recycling.

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#3 So What Do All Of Those Recycling Symbols Mean Anyway?

 

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#4 There Is Something Even Worse Than Plastic Straws When It Comes To Ocean Waste

 

The world has enjoyed picking up on plastic straws recently when it comes to ocean waste, despite them accounting for just 0.02 percent of ocean waste. But there are bigger fish to fry….

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#5 VTT developing PlastBug mobile container unit to remove plastic waste from ocean areas

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is helping to solve the global plastic waste problem. VTT develops in a project called PlastBug a mobile container unit to remove plastic waste from ocean areas, in order to create a safe living environment.

Read more here.


Museum of Brands Packaging Innovation Series: Sustainable Packaging

ThePackHub has worked with Museum of Brands in London exploring the latest on innovation in Sustainable Packaging. The display presents a selection of recent initiatives designed by brands to help reduce packaging’s burden on the environment. Open now for a limited period. Find out more here. 


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Moulded fibre alternative to plastic available in plethora of colours

Brand: Carlsberg
Country:
Europe
Innovation Type:
Alternative Materials


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Pink 100% recycled wine bottle launched to avoid greying effects of process

Brand: Garcon Wines
Supplier: RPC
Country: UK
Innovation Type: Recycled Materials

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Test to recycle black plastic in mixed colour stream makes progress

Supplier: Faerch Plastic
Country: UK
Innovation Type: Recyclable
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Clear food-grade plastic dissolves in hot water

Supplier: Aquapak
Country: UK
Innovation Type: Biodegradable
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More info on these and nearly 2,700 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

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ThePackHub is collaborating with PIQET, a global business tool to assess packaging’s environmental impact. PIQET is a streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool designed to assess the environmental impacts and resource consumption profiles of different packaging options. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, using PIQET, a complete assessment can be undertaken in less than 30 minutes.

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Until next time. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


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