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January 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Temperature-sensitive label uses touch to determine juice expiration

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join more than 7,900 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

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We will also be joined by Charpak who will be discussing their latest innovations.

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#1 Temperature-sensitive label uses touch to determine juice expiration

 

A new temperature-sensitive label has made further developments in the pursuit of reducing food waste. The Mimica Touch solution is an indicator that aims to provide more accurate expiration guidance. The business estimates that the addition of just two days of shelf life could result in 50% less retail and 63% less home waste. Existing expiry dates are calculated based on a “worst-case scenario”.  Mimica Touch comprises a bumpy plastic base with a film layer that encases the gel in the middle. The gel reacts at the same rate that food spoils and starts to liquefy to create bumps. A bumpy label means that the food is spoiled. The development team added a flat comparison area so that consumer could tell what the bumps should feel like. The first product that Mimica will be trialling will be used on juice bottles. The focus will be on the waste from bottles included in meal deals and bigger packs that a family might use over a few days. The label will be integrated with a consumer-activated cap in order to ascertain when the bottles have been opened.  The vision is to be the global mark for freshness on all type of perishable products.


#2 Patented bag makes changing gear oil easier and less wasteful

Leading supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, Valvoline has revealed new user-friendly packaging design for its gear-oil product. The patented FlexFill bag promises to make changing synthetic gear oil easier for consumers as well as contributing to a less wasteful automotive DIY experience. The FlexFill bag has been designed for use in tight spaces and to reduce product waste, allowing users the ability to utilize every drop of gear oil whilst doing so with much less difficulty. Gear-oil packaging is conventionally made of a hard plastic bottle that can be difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces inevitably resulting in unused product. FlexFill’s innovative packaging contributes to less waste, whilst providing an easier user experience, even in compact spaces. FlexFill packaging is available in two synthetic gear oil grades and is available at various US retail outlets including Amazon, Walmart and AutoZone. See also Bag in box concept is smart alternative to rigid plastic bottles.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Recyclable, paper-based wrapper introduced for ice-cream brand

 

Unilever has a global packaging commitment to halve the company’s use of virgin plastic, as well as to ensure all its packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. As part of this vision, its eponymous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream brand is set to undergo a sustainable packaging overhaul. A new on-stick version of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough flavour is being introduced to facilitate eating on the go. The ice cream variant is being sold in a new recyclable, paper-based wrapper format as a replacement for a plastic-based format. Unilever describes the pack as a “first of its kind tie-dye wrapper”. The wrapper is made with 88% paper and is widely recyclable. In another environmentally-driven move, Ben & Jerry’s tubs now contain 40% less plastic than was previously used, and the plastic that is used is now apparently made from a renewable plant source. See also Fully recyclable ice cream packaging makes UK launch.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Closed-loop, zero-waste delivery service has next day empties collection

Good Club is a UK online retail business that specialises in the sourcing of sustainable food products. The retailer claims to have the world’s biggest range of sustainable zero-waste staples. Thee members-only online business is moving towards a more circular economy model. It is to introduce a new “zero-waste” delivery service that sees packaging empties collected the next day. More than 70 products (expandable to 150) will be made available in the new range delivered in reusable and returnable packaging. The process sees the customer decant their products into their own containers. They leave the empties out for collection the following day. Items such as nuts, oats, seeds, grains, pasta and rice will be available for this new method. Good Club washes and refills the empties for the whole cycle to start again. It is claimed that Good Club will be the first retailer to offer a next-day collection of empties.  The items are packed in BPA-free plastic jars that arrive in a plastic tote. Empties are left in the tote on the customer’s doorstep or can be dropped off at Hermes ParcelShops.The delivery crates can also be reused indefinitely. The process differs from the Loop reusable packaging scheme with consumers decanting the containers rather than using them to store the products. This means that the reusable packaging spends less time in consumer’s homes increasing the number of times the containers will be used.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

 

Peggy Cross discusses EcoTensil’s range of utensils that are the ideal alternative to disposable plastic cutlery. You can watch here. 


Packaging question of the week

Will the majority of companies meet their Plastic Pact goal of 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025?  Vote and comment now. 

Last time: 95% thought that brands, retailers and suppliers should share more information about Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) when announcing new packaging innovations.


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.


January 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Refillable deodorant goes mainstream with US launch

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join more than 7,500 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

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ThePackHub’s Global Packaging Trends Compendium 2021 will be packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a world perspective.

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing packaging innovations to market.

Find out more and save £200 on a pre-order

Watch ThePackHub’s latest webinar


Book on our next webinar

Thursday 4th February 2021 at 3 pm GMT

FREE one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives.

We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by Charpak who will be discussing their latest innovations.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub.

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 4th February 2021 at 3 pm GMT

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Book on our other webinars here.


 

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#1 Refillable deodorant goes mainstream with US launch

 

Unilever owner personal care brand Dove is leading by example with the US introduction of its first-ever refillable deodorant. Dove has partnered with lobbyists A Plastic Planet and Dutch design consultancy VanBerlo to design a white refillable stainless steel case. It is protected by white secondary packaging made of 100% FSC-grade paper. The design and manufacturing process has been managed to avoid excess material use and to create a product that consumers would buy just once and use for life. The durable stainless steel case is made with 54% less plastic than its Dove deodorant predecessors and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The deodorant inside the case is the same glycerin-based Dove formula. The Dove Refillable Deodorant Starter Kit includes a case and deodorant and costs $15 available online via Target and Walmart. The health and beauty market has been working hard to reduce instances of single-use packaging and the deodorant sector has been particularly active as reported in the Innovation Zone.


#2 Hand soap refill in drinks can format

KanKan is a soap brand that is embracing a different pack format as a way to stand out as well as to make a sustainable packaging measure. Unusually, KanKan hand soap is available in a beverage can format that is used to refill the conventional hand pump bottle.  The brand is also committed to planting a tree with every can sold and have partnered with onetreeplanted.org for the initiative. The brand is keen to point out that the can is the only pack that more than covers its recycling costs to help finance the collection and recycling of other materials such as plastic and glass. The super light weight of about 13g is also beneficial for the reduction in transportation emissions. KanKan has a starter set that costs £24 and includes a can and refill bottle. This is not the first unusual product the Innovation Zone has tracked in a format conventionally used for beverages – see Chicken stock breaks category rules in recyclable can format.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Beer brand puts pictures of consumers’ pets on their cans

 

The Budweiser beer brand has celebrated the Christmas period in the United States in an unusual and distinctive way. The leading beer brand has promised to put pictures of consumers’ pet dogs on their cans of beer. The activity is part of a contest held in partnership with the Instagram social channel We Rate Dogs and is intended to “honour the quarantined companions”. To participate, beer drinkers just need to post on their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter social media feeds with an appealing photo of their pets with the tag #Pupweiser. Budweiser will randomly select the winners to receive a can of beer personalized with a photo of their own dog. Winners are notified via Budweiser social media for the world to see the results in all its glory. See also Each seasonal beer bottle has millions of different and unique festive patterns.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Shampoo refill created in squeezable tube format

The reusable and refillable packaging market has seen good growth over the last 18 months and has been seemingly largely unaffected by global Covid pandemic disruption. The health and beauty sector has been particularly active tapping into motivated sustainable consumers in this sector as well as also benefiting from products that are less problematic to switch to reusable or refillable formats. Take a look at these examples. UK haircare brand Larry King has a policy to do everything it can to reduce the use of plastic in its business. The brand states that it actively looks for packaging alternatives to plastic across glass, aluminium and card wherever possible. The business has created a packaging solution for their shampoo that is dispensed in squeezable tube format. This is an unusual pack format for the bathroom. It can be used to dispense the product in its own right or the contents can be decanted into a shampoo bottle for use at another time.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

 

Peggy Cross discusses EcoTensil’s range of utensils that are the ideal alternative to disposable plastic cutlery. You can watch here. 


Packaging question of the week

Brands, retailers and suppliers should share more information about Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) when announcing new packaging innovations?  Vote and comment now. 

Last time: Post COVID, 42% thought the second half of 2021 would be when the packaging industry will start to go back to ‘normal.


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.


January 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Closed-loop process allows round pizza boxes to be washed and reused

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join more than 7,300 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Offer extended

Save £250 with very early bird

Everything you need to know the global packaging trends and more!

ThePackHub’s Global Packaging Trends Compendium 2021 will be packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a world perspective.

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing packaging innovations to market.

Offer extended. Find out more and save £250 on a pre-order

Watch ThePackHub’s latest webinar


Book on our next webinar

Thursday 4th February 2021 at 3 pm GMT

FREE one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives.

We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by Charpak who will be discussing their latest innovations.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub.

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 4th February 2021 at 3 pm GMT

Book your free place now.


 

Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

 


#1 Closed-loop process allows round pizza boxes to be washed and reused

 

Pizza boxes have been designed to be inherently single-use. The box gets greasy and often can’t be recycled and its condition means that safe reuse is out of the question. Another challenge is the amount of material that is effectively wasted in the production of what is a square box for a round pizza. A new offering from PIZZycle (a blend of pizza + cycle) hopes to change things. It is a closed-loop alternative that allows round pizza boxes to be used, washed and reused. The boxes are made from a bioplastic, making it straightforward to create a circular pizza shape. To help keep the pizza is an optimum condition, the rim of the box is fitted with vents to allow steam to evacuate. A slide-to-lock design allows the packaging to stay closed during transportation. It is very much designed to be reused. The plate-shape makes it convenient to eat directly out of it and then put it in the dishwasher for cleaning. The cleaned boxes are then transported back to the pizzeria via the delivery infrastructure to be reused. The bioplastic generates less waste than the single-use paper box and can be composted if it were to get damaged or reach the end of its reuse life. See also Reusable pizza packaging continues German trial.


#2 Corrugated box with integrated zipper gets rid of adhesive tape

The growth of the Chinese e-commerce market continues to outpace bricks and mortar sales. It is the largest online marketplace in the world with an estimated volume of $1.94 trillion in 2019, which is more than three times the size of the US marketThe growth has meant that sustainability has become an increasing challenge. Many companies are now introducing packaging solutions that tackle environmental issues as well as the ever-growing costs associated with the packaging. Beijing Yiside Logistics Technology has released its corrugated paper Zipper Carton Box. As opposed to conventional carton boxes, this easy to use solution does not use adhesive tape, making it easier to pack as well as open. It is also cheaper to recycle. The business has thought outside the box with a redefined box that has a zipper attached to the carton. This also improves the consumer unpacking experience and gets rid of costly and less environmentally friendly adhesive tape. Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao has offered the packaging to more than 500 sellers on business-to-consumer online retail site Tmall. The zipper boxes are reported to cost twice as much as conventional packaging, but sellers that opt to use them get extra promotion on the Tmall website.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Scratch off labels keep wine drinkers engaged

 

The tenth anniversary of Vi Novell wine brand is being marked with an interactive initiative aimed at engaging consumers. A new label has been created that has been covered with a removable ink. The wine label has been hidden from view and consumers do not know which variant they have received until they scratch off the top layer. The brand has reprinted the nine labels that have been created up to now that represent a new label for each year the brand has been in existence. To add an extra twist, the tenth label is gold and features the opportunity to win a prize.  In order to get the consumers engaged, they have to scratch off the top layer to find out which of the 10 labels they have. The campaign also aims to encourage wine drinkers to purchase more than one bottle so that they can find a specific label or to increase their chances of winning a prize.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Packaging insert technology helps to stop potatoes sprouting

Did you know that potatoes are the third most consumed crop in the world, after rice and wheat? Over 1 billion people worldwide regularly consume them with the potential risk of food waste having a significant environmental impact. USDA-funded startup Hazel Technologies has traditionally focused on helping to preserve fresh fruit items but is now delivering a new solution to extend the shelf-life of the humble spud. The company has developed the Hazel Root, which is a packaging insert placed in the potato packaging during storage following harvest, which slows down the sprouting process. Potatoes sprout due to the starch content beginning to convert to sugar prematurely. Consumers confuse sprouting with decay and often throw away this produce. The technology will work by slowly releasing an active ingredient which slows the growth of sprouts using natural biological processes. The technology may also have applications for items such as onions. As part of its full portfolio, Hazel is on track to be used with over 3.2 billion pounds of fresh produce in 2020. See also Sachet reduces ethylene sensitivity of fresh produce to extend shelf life.


NEW – Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

 

Peggy Cross discusses EcoTensil’s range of utensils that are the ideal alternative to disposable plastic cutlery. You can watch here. 


Packaging question of the week

Post COVID, when will the packaging industry start going back to ‘normal’?  Vote and comment now. 

Last time: 97% believe that 2021 be a better year for the packaging industry.


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.


December 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Mono-material microwavable rice pouch is a market first

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join more than 7,300 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Offer extended

Save £250 with very early bird

Everything you need to know the global packaging trends and more!

ThePackHub’s Global Packaging Trends Compendium 2021 will be packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a world perspective.

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing packaging innovations to market.

Offer extended. Find out more and save £250 on a pre-order

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#1 Mono-material microwavable rice pouch is a market first

 

Mars Food is working towards its Sustainable Packaging Plan 2025 that sees a commitment of 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging in market. As part of this extensive programme of activity, it has announced a partnership of three year standing with global packaging company Amcor to bring the first food-safe, mono-material microwavable rice pouch to market. A breakthrough packaging technology will see pouches of Ben’s Original and Seeds of Change brands recyclable where infrastructure exists. The pouch is in the final stages of development and will launch in some European markets in the next six months. The recyclable mono-material PP solution will be the industry’s first food-safe, mono-material microwavable rice pouch. Mars Food has ambitions to scale the technology across its portfolio. The mono-PP material retains the shape, shelf life, functionality and safety standards needed, while ensuring pouches can be mechanically and chemically recycled where infrastructure exists. See also Flexible retort pouch confirmed as recyclable by cyclos-HTP.


#2 Solid paper created from fallen leaves from trees and plants may have packaging applications

An alternative to wood-based paper production is in development. A student from the Zhytomyr area of The Ukraine has developed a new paper material created from fallen leaves from trees and plants. It is fair to say that at certain times of the year, tree leaves are abundant and often need to be cleared. The carbon impact of rotting leaves is also something that is not fully considered. The project aims to reduce the environmental impact of paper production. The teenager is heading an initiative called Re-leaf Paper and has been creating bags and packaging from the fibre extracted from dead leaves.  Re-leaf Paper has partnered with a cardboard producer to further develop the solution. Re-leaf Paper has recently produced its first solid paper batch made from leaves collected from major Ukrainian cities. There are plans afoot to go into commercial production. Small fibres are extracted from fallen leaves by a process developed and patented by the Re-leaf team.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 E-commerce platform launch brings pack personalization to market

 

Italian multinational food company and the world’s largest pasta producer, Barilla Group has introduced an Italian e-commerce platform offering personalization of their popular Mulino Bianco and Pan di Stelle cookie brands. The Dedicato a Te (‘Dedicated to You’) initiative taps into the increased consumer appetite for personalised products and allows shoppers to choose from a range of packaging designs based on various occasions such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day and birthdays. Dedicato a Te offers a wide range of packaging materials, shapes, products and graphic design combinations. Consumers can personalize their chosen packaging with names, messages and images.  The packaging design phase of Dedicato a Te also focused on the selection of materials that would encourage consumers to give a second life to their personalized packaging. The Dedicato a Te range is recyclable. More information on the program can be seen here.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Multi-barrier casing for meat products created using post-consumer recycled plastic

A new collaboration is developing a packaging material from mixed post-consumer plastics for meat products. A team across the entire value chain consisting of global science-based company DSM, SABIC, energy company Cepsa and chemicals business Fibrant have all helped world leader in casings for meat products Viscofan to create a multi-barrier casing for meat products. This has been achieved via advanced technology for thr recycling of post-consumer plastics. The development addresses the increasing consumer demand for more sustainable multi-layer barrier casing solutions. The casing consists of various layers of different polymers. The different operators all played their part in delivering the new solution. DSM Engineering Materials supplied the high-performance certified circular Akulon CRC-MB polyamide. Chemical manufacturing experts SABIC provided their certified circular PE from its TRUCIRCLE portfolio. The used plastic is converted into new feedstock using advanced recycling practices to then enter the production chain to deliver new virgin-quality materials.


NEW – Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

 

Peggy Cross discusses EcoTensil’s range of utensils that are the ideal alternative to disposable plastic cutlery. You can watch here. 


Packaging question of the week

Will 2021 be a better year for the packaging industry? Vote and comment now. 

Last time: 79% believe that the rollout of sustainable packaging been affected by the coronavirus.


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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