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September 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Grey recycled plastic positioned as a positive

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

ThePackHub will be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations, Olympia this week – 11th & 12th September. If you are attending make sure you come and see us at stand G48. We will have some great event-only offers on our products and services.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now available ends on Friday 13thSave £60. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

You can also stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 Grey recycled plastic positioned as a positive

Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has made continued efforts towards fulfilling its pledge to make 100% of its packaging recyclable and for it to contain at least 25% recycled content by 2025. The global brand owner has seized the opportunity to exploit the potential for recycled polypropylene (rPP) content. The material has not been that popular to date as it tends to be available in an unconventional grey colour. This is a consequence of mixing up and recycling different colours of plastics. It is claimed that RB is the first big brand to use it undyed at scale for their leading Finish Quantum Ultimate product. The new Finish tubs have a 30% rPP content and are visibly grey. No attempts have been made to use masking pigments or masterbatch additives to make it look more black. On the contrary, RB is promoting the colour as a positive. RB are taking what can often become waste and upcycling it to help create a circular economy.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Impactful tape allows consumers to reseal multi-portion pack to keep product fresh

With the majority of packaging innovation focus rightly on sustainability at the moment it can be easy to forget that improving pack functionality can also be an important reason to implement change. UK snack brand Kettle Foods have recently launched the RE:CLOSE tape from manufacturer and distributor of tapes Essentra. The solution allows consumers to reseal the multi-portion pack and keep the product fresh. The eight-colour printed RE:CLOSE tape also delivers lots of shelf impact too to interrupt the shopper journey in-store.  RE:CLOSE is applied to the existing vertical form fill and seal packaging lines alongside Essentra’s applicators. The tape incorporates a finger lift area that runs along both sides to make it straight forward to lift away from the pack. It can be resealed and reclosed up to 10 times to satisfy the consumption habits of snackers. The RE:CLOSE tape gives snack brand owners the opportunity to also cost-effectively add on-pack promotions without the need to change the existing packaging artwork.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Refillable pods reduce single-use cleaning products use

UK retailer Morrisons has announced the introduction of cleaning products available in refill pods as a measure to reduce single-use plastics use. In what is a first for a UK supermarket, the plan is for an initial small test of seven stores to sell a range of cleaning products in refill pods. The OceanSaver pods will allow customers to reuse their existing spray bottles just by adding the pods and mixing them with water. The cost of individual pods is £1.50. A starter pack that also includes a ‘Bottle for Life’ with a pod inside is £2.50. The reusable Bottle for Life is recyclable. The dilution process at home ensures that Morrisons will transport 99% less water significantly reducing supply chain costs and carbon emissions. Extra reading. See Morrison’s Corporate Responsibility Report. See also At-home refill system shakes up cleaning spray market.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Block butter packaging makes comeback in reclosable box

Arla Foods are responding to consumer frustrations for  the conventional butter pack formats with new block butter packaging for Lurpak brand. The introduction into the UK market sees a response based on compelling consumer research results that revealed that 45% of consumers agree that block butter packaging is messy to use and over half (57%) would be more likely to purchase said packaging if it was easier to open and reseal.  The new Lurpak Butterbox adds value to the block butter category via a useful reclosable box to help overcome the challenges of perceived messiness and inconvenience. The Lurpak Butterbox is available in Asda stores in the UK in a 12 x 225g format. See also Aluminium-free butter wrap offers sustainable alternative.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

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 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Cardboard sleeves replace plastic shrink film for tinned tuna

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

ThePackHub will be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations, Olympia next week 11th & 12th September. If you are attending make sure you come and see us at stand G48.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for August is out now. Find out more and order here.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now availableSave £60. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

You can also stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 Cardboard sleeves replace plastic shrink film for tinned tuna

Aldi will become the first supermarket in the UK to replace plastic packaging on multipacks of tinned tuna. If the short trial is successful, it will be rolled out nationally saving more than 11 tonnes of plastic every year. The German supermarket chain is to start selling four-packs of their own-label canned tuna chunks in cardboard sleeves instead of plastic. The initiative is a first for the sector in the UK. This is part of an ongoing sustainable packaging programme that sees Aldi on track to reduce plastic packaging by 25% by the end of 2023 as well as make all their own label packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022. If the trial is successful, it will be rolled out across the company’s 830 UK store estate. See also Cardboard steak pack trial aims to cut plastic waste.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Recyclable plastic film for vegan pizza brand

The UK’s first vegan frozen pizza company, One Planet Pizza has announced the launch of a plastic-free pack to make their product 100% recyclable. The pizza brand has announced the inclusion of a recyclable plastic film to cover their pizzas. This replaces the conventional, non-recyclable plastic cling film that is industry standard for pre-made pizzas. The One Planet Pizza boxes are also fully compostable and the cardboard sleeve surrounding the pack is completely recyclable.  The PE cling film can be widely recycled and placed in kerbside recycling bins. To avoid potential contamination, the consumer needs to remove loose pieces of food from the wrap before recycling. See also Craft beer packs switch to PE printed film from cardboard.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Aluminium cups launched as recyclable alternative to plastic

Global leader in metal packaging for beverage, food and aerosol products Ball Corporation have announced the launch of a metal alternative to single-use paper cups. The last 12 months of so has seen an increase in activity from the beverage industry to progressed ways to improve the recyclability of paper-based cups as well as instigate reusable options. Ball is leaning on its expertise in aluminium packaging products with the pilot launch of infinitely recyclable aluminium cups in the U.S. Ball developed the aluminium cup as an alternative to plastic cups. Just like the ubiquitous aluminium can, aluminium cups can be easily recycled. The pilot will produce a limited supply of aluminium cups at major U.S. venues to replace their plastic cups with aluminium ones. Ball’s internal research has revealed that two thirds of consumers surveyed say they would visit a venue more often if aluminium cups are used instead of plastic. The cool to the touch cups are available in a 20-ounce size (568ml) and can be customized with surface graphics. Ball hopes to expand the offering to restaurants, bars, convenience stores and other retail locations in due course.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Bottle cap promises to keep beer fresher for longer

It is not always easy to create a point of differentiation through packaging in the beverage industry and the task in hand is increasingly sustainability based. Carlsberg have undertaken several environmentally-focused initiatives over the last few months including Plastic rings to be replaced by glue system for global beer brand.  They have a different focus for their latest innovation which aims to improve the longevity of their products with a new initiative via their bottle cap. Carlsberg’s view is that ‘fresher beer equals better beer’. Their Fresh Cap innovation has been designed to reduce oxidation via an oxygen scavenger inside the liner of the cap. This results in less oxygen in the bottle actively absorbs oxygen, removing it from the head space in the bottle. The reduction of flavour oxidation ensures that the beer that tastes fresher for longer. The solution promises up to a 15% longer freshness period compared to other conventional caps on the market.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

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.


August 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Box-in-box system improves unpacking experience

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for August is out now. You can order here.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now available. Save £100. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

Stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Why not join our sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish to keep up to date with all the environmental packaging news and have your say.  https://lnkd.in/gKxJ_vz

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 Box-in-box system improves unpacking experience

The e-commerce market continues to go from strength to strength with many new packaging developments being introduced to improve functionality, increase sustainability as well as to ensure that the unboxing experience supports brand values. DS Smith continues to dominate in this area and have introduced a new packaging format with the introduction of their all-in-one E@Box solution. It combines product and shipping packaging via a box-in-box system that creates a two stage unpacking experience for consumers. When the two halves are lifted apart, they gradually reveal the inner section. This solution for Foodnewsgermany includes an brightly designed inner box. The box-in-box system helps improve the packing process as the inner and outer pack are connected so can be erected, filled and sealed quickly and easily. It has been designed to ensure that the inner packaging and product inside is protected. An easy open tearing thread helps improve pack accessibility. See also One-piece corrugated box can be turned inside-out for returns or gifting.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Wine shipping system aims to expand beyond Italy

Chieti, Italy headquartered Nakpack has created a packaging solution for the safe transportation of fragile glass wine bottles. The single packaging format can be used with various bottle types, shapes and formats. The system has a distinctive look and took around 10 months to design, develop and test. Nakpack has been tested with the leading national and international couriers. The 100% recyclable solution also has an advantage of not taking up much space when not in use. The next solution is in the prototype stage for future implementation that promises to significantly reduce logistics costs and increase production capacity.  See also Flat wine bottles reduce supply chain carbon emissions

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Nanofibres created from sawdust and tomato waste improves cellulose-based barrier

A new sustainable non-biobased food packaging alternative is in development by researchers from Spain-based ITENE (The Technological Institute of Packaging, Transport and Logistics). The solution is being developed within the framework of the SINSOST project. Packaging materials have been developed using cellulose nanofibres obtained from sawdust residues and the remains of tomato plants.  The researchers have created microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) agroindustrial waste.  Cellulose containers are usually for secondary packaging applications and do not have the functional barrier performance to preserve food that oil-based polymers do. This results in the need to combine cellulose with non-biobased materials, which then makes the packaging harder to recycle. The MFC developed from nanocomposites, delivers an alternative thanks to a combination of good strength, rigidity, low weight and biodegradability. The project has been financed by the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)..

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Bio composite drinks lids reduces carbon footprint by 60%

Two leading Finnish businesses have collaborated on a trial of reusable bio composite lids for the Finland market. Manufacturer of pulp, paper and other forest products Stora Enso and manufacturer of dairy products Valio are testing how the new material works in combination with food packaging as a way to encourage consumers to reduce their food waste. Stora Enso’s Durasense bio composite is made of wood fibre and can be used to replace fossil-based plastics. The solution promises to reduce a product’s carbon footprint by up to 60% compared to conventional plastic.  The reusable lids are dishwasher proof. The durable and hygienic lid is part of a collectible campaign distributed to 10,000 Finnish households. The aim is to encourage consumers to store leftovers in a cooler with this lid instead of throwing it away. The new lid can be reused after washing. See also Wood-fibre based alternative to plastic can also be recycled

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

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.


August 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Plastic-reduced confectionery pack uses origami to support message

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now. You can order here.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now available. Save £100. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

Stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Why not join our sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish to keep up to date with all the environmental packaging news and have your say.  https://lnkd.in/gKxJ_vz

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 Plastic-reduced confectionery pack uses origami to support message

Nestle’s KitKat brand in Japan is undergoing a packaging change that sees the amount of plastic used reduced via the use of paper as part of the pack. Five different KitKat chocolate flavours are getting the pack change treatment initially.  The switch to a paper material will see the reported reduction of 380 tons of plastic a year. In order to keep the products at optimum freshness for as long as possible, the bars will continue to be packed in plastic material but the company envisions switching to a material that facilitates recycling. Nestlé Japan have started this process ahead of other markets in anticipation of targeting the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. See also Paper snack bar packaging set to shake up confectionery sector.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Near-infrared technology could help consumers identify waste packaging materials at home

Cohda is a product design, development and research studio based in the North East of England. The business has been working on a development to help consumers better identify waste packaging materials. There remains a lot of confusion about what can and cannot be recycled with similar looking packs often having different recycling rules and on-pack guidance is not always completely clear. The business has developed near-infrared spectroscopy technology that incorporates a unique ‘digital fingerprint’. Cohda have developed a R.I.D (Recycling Identifying Device) concept. The handheld device uses NIR to identify recyclable and non-recyclable materials. Materials absorb varying wavelengths when encountering NIR radiation. Different bonds within the material absorb varying wavelengths giving the material a unique absorption pattern. There is a stored database of these digital fingerprints that can be updated as and when new product lines enter the market. See also Replacement for hard-to-recycle black CPET on the horizon.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Coloured tabs and shells increase visual impact for cans

Ardagh Group has announced the expansion of a range of tabs and shells for cans that can help brand owners create a distinctive point of difference on supermarket shelves. The new tabs are available in a range of distinctive colours that are a departure from the ubiquitous silver tabs familiar in the beverage sector. The coloured tabs can be combined with a new copper colour shell. The colour has been approved for both Ardagh’s coloured tabs and shells lines. The copper colour could work well for brands linking their product to copper still. It is suitable for diameter 202 can ends and diameter 200 ends. See also Matt effect beverage cans with coded tabs engage drinkers and Top of can branding will get beverages noticed.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 E-commerce packaging requires no tape or filler

It has been reported that the U.S. Postal Service handles more than 6 billion packages a year and demand for e-commerce packaging continues to increase around the world. Consequently, innovations to make the growing industry easier and more sustainable continue to come to market. Material innovators 3M has recently announced the introduction of a new material for the e-commerce sector that has several functional benefits. The solution promises to save handling and preparation time as well as the amount of materials required to ensure that products are packed securely. In addition, the space required to prepare the shipment of products is reportedly halved. 3M’s new packaging requires no tape or filler. It has been designed for use for any object under 1.4kg in weight, which, according to 3M, represents the majority (60%) of all items shipped online. The Flex & Seal Shipping Roll is made out of three layers of plastic. This includes an internal adhesive layer that sticks to itself. A middle layer cushions the contents and mimics bubble wrap. A tougher outside layer is both tear- and water-resistant. It comes in rolls of assorted sizes. The Flex & Seal solution is recyclable and is made of the same material as disposable plastic bags that can be taken to participating retail stores and recyclers.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

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.


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