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June 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Pistachio box structure designed to look like the product

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Book your place now.

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


Early Bird Launch Offer
Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is an essential report collecting innovations from the last 18 months picked from the most active companies in ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone database.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Early bird launch offer

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


ThePackHub Seminars

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Early Bird – save £160.

 


#1 Pistachio box structure designed to look like the product

Packaging manufacturer Mondi’s creative team have worked together to deliver a new distinctive structural design that is designed to look like the product it protects. Pistachio Dream is inspired by the pistachio nut with the structure, colour (pistachio brown and green) and the opening mechanism designed to resemble the product itself. By pulling the two sides of the box apart, the end user mimics the peeling of the pistachio nut from the peel. The trays that appear on the outside when the pack has been opened work as receptacles for empty pistachio shells. The corrugated cardboard exterior of the primary packaging also makes it easy to stack the nut produce on the shelf.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Consumer good giant launches recyclable black pigment

It is estimated that the UK sends more than one million tonnes of black plastics to landfill every year. Its carbon content prevents it from being detected by the infra-red sorting systems used in reprocessing facilities. However, this is changing with measures in place to replace black plastics with materials that the Material Recycling Facilities (MRF) are able to recycle. Global consumer goods giant Unilever has revealed a ‘detectable and recyclable’ black plastic pack development. The new pigment makes black plastics detectable by the recycling equipment. The material will be used across Unilever’s TRESemme and Lynx brands for the UK market. Unilever collaborated with several UK recycling experts including RECOUP, WRAP and waste management giants Veolia, SUEZ and Viridor to develop the solution. The move will divert up to 2,500 tonnes of black plastic from landfill and incineration every year. Unilever have also pledged to ensure that its Lynx and TRESemme packaging is made using 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics in due course. Read more about the company’s sustainable packaging commitment. See also Black plastic recycling challenge met by laundry and home care brand.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Food cling film gets a design reinvention

Food Wrap is a patent-pending reinvention of everyday plastic cling wrap. Food Wrap has been created to wrap food without using single-use plastics. The solution also promises to be easy to clean and subsequently reuse. Food Wrap promises to easily wrap food items like cling film and can be dishwasher cleaned or hand washed to make it reusable on many occasions. As well as cling film, Food Wrap can also replace baking paper and tin foil. Food Wrap is heat resistant to 235°C so can be used in the oven or microwave. It is a silicone material. Freezer friendly and stain resistant, the wraps are 40cm x 30cm x 1mm in size and can even be stretched to around three times its original size. See also Reusable fabric designed to replace plastic for food preservation.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Resealable fruit bag incorporates easy open front aperture

An easy open and resealable system designed by Barcelona headquartered Giró for their Ultrabag net pack makes it simple for consumers to open and close a bag easily and comfortably. The fresh produce packaging supplier commissioned research to find out about the most important features of net bag packaging. The results via Nielsen revealed that consumers prefer using net bags for fruit over plastic bags, paper bags and punnets. The results also showed that net packaging improves product visibility and perceived superior breathability. Consumers also fed back the need for a simple open and close feature that is mainly missing from this type of pack format. Giró’s Easy Open System is created using the GirBagger UB Machine. Once opened, consumers can take out the amount of fruit required then using an adhesive tag. It is easy to reseal the bag.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

Join our new sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish and be part of the conversation.  Join here.


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.


May 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Beverage can openings transformed with collectable pins

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Book your place now.

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


Early Bird Launch Offer
Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is an essential report collecting innovations from the last 18 months picked from the most active companies in ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone database.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Early bird launch offer

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


ThePackHub Seminars

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Early Bird – save £160.

 


#1 Beverage can openings transformed with collectable pins

Coca-Cola is the most active brand owner on the pages of the Innovation Zone with over 40 examples listed. This time they have turned their attention to their eponymous beverage cans. The ring pulls for a limited edition Coca Cola range for the Brazilian market have been transformed with collectable pins from the Avengers Endgame movie. The solution was the brainchild of Brazil based agency W McCann. The can’s rings have attached badges/pins that can furnish clothes, bags, purses and other objects. Drinkers just need to open the can to access the pin. The limited edition has 12 characters from the film and was distributed throughout the Brazilian Cinemark network as well as online. See also Matt effect beverage cans with coded tabs engage drinkers.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Dedicated recycling service helps UK process compostable packaging

First Mile was launched in 2004 with a goal to revolutionise waste and recycling for businesses and ultimately provide a recycling service to over 25,000 UK businesses.. It continues that journey with the introduction of a dedicated compostable packaging recycling service – a first for the UK. The new service will see packaging ultimately composted into fertiliser and helps solve the problem of ensuring that compostable packaging is dealt with properly and doesn’t negatively impact on the recycling stream. They can contaminate other materials if added to mixed recycling. Compostable packaging materials require specific environments to successfully decompose.  A dedicated kerbside collection service will allow businesses to place their compostable packaging in First Mile bags for collection and sorting.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Easy-carry pint glass designed to be an on-trade gamechanger

Molson Coors owned Carling is helping to solve a long-term consumer challenge with the introduction of a new glassware design. The British may have a reputation for not minding to queue but this new easy carry solution should help speed up transactions at the bar. The new Carling pint glass has been specifically designed to resolve the frustration of carrying multiple drinks at the same time. London-based brand experts BrandOpus has worked with Carling on the launch of new easy-carry pint glass. The glasses are designed to help pub goers carry up to four pints in their hands from the bar. Launching across the UK public house network, the new glass has been ergonomically designed. It interlocks with other Carling glasses via the incorporation of special vertical grooves. Embossed lettering helps to reinforce branding as well as create a tactile grip. The glasses are wider at the top and thinner towards the middle creating an area that allows hands to easily wrap around.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Intelligent detergent packs deliver in-store refillable system

The challenges of reducing packaging’s burden on the environment has never been more acute with many examples reaching the pages of the Innovation Zone. In this case we can introduce a packaging system using smart technology to make the reusable packaging process quick and straight-forward. Algramo has introduced a new model that encourages returnability already present in more than 2,000 stores in Santiago, Chile. We tracked this company previously last year. See Reusable packaging system targets low-income markets. Shoppers register at Algramo.com. Special detergent bottles have a chip integrated in them. Dispensers have been installed that will recognise the user and discount the value of the product purchased. For each purchase made in these new dispensers, the user will be informed how much plastic was avoided and its environmental impact and will receive money back to be used to buy new products.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

Join our new sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish and be part of the conversation.  Join here.


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.


May 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Smart water bottle powered by the sun

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Book your place now.

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


Early Bird Launch Offer
Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is an essential report collecting innovations from the last 18 months picked from the most active companies in ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone database.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Early bird launch offer

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


ThePackHub Seminars

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Early Bird – save £160.

 


#1 Smart water bottle powered by the sun

There have been many smart water bottle hydration systems launched in recent times. Take a look at these from the Innovation Zone. Seattle-based Bazaarian has taken technology to another level with the development of their Hydrade smart bottle. The 700-ml stainless steel double-walled bottle will keep drinks ice-cold for almost a full day and hot for around half that time. The Hydrade bottle comes into its own due with some additional innovative features. Firstly, it is completely solar powered with no charging port on the bottle. To fully charge the battery, the bottle will need to stay in the sun for around 20 hours in total, but a full charge will last for 20 days of use. It also knows when the user is really drinking the water (rather than pouring it away). Finally, every drop drunk generates a donation for the equivalent amount of clean, safe drinking water to people in 27 developing countries via Charity: water.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Foldable spoon with teabag reduces plastic use

Denmark-based Sprout built a reputation for the launch of the first sustainable pencil that could be planted. It has seeds embedded and grow herbs, vegetables and flowers. The business has turned its attention to another biodegradable solution with a plastic-free spoon.  Sprout Spoon is 100% biodegradable and includes an integrated teabag. A foldable spoon with a teabag is incorporated in the design. The package does not contain any plastic or metal and is bleach and pesticide-free. It won’t create new plants but will decompose in the ground. The spoon comes with three different tea variants. Cocoa, soup or coffee could also be used. The material is 100%  virgin fibre. In Europe, the problem of single-use packaging has such importance that the European Union has decided to ban plastic utensils by 2020. EXTRA READING:  European Parliament votes for single-use plastics ban.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Matt effect beverage cans with coded tabs engage drinkers

Las Vegas headquartered energy drink brand Rockstar Energy is using new lidding technologies for their beverage cans in a bid to increase shelf stand out as well as consumer engagement. The cans come via from global leader in glass and metal packaging Ardagh Group as part of a new ‘Rock Rocks’ can campaign. The packs benefit from a matt effect finish to ensure that the cans stand out of the point of sale to invite shoppers to pick them up amongst the standard glossy cans in situ. Ardagh’s new lidding technology also includes a coloured lid and tab. The tab is coded and available in three eye-catching designs.On the underside of each tab of the 500 ml aluminium cans is a unique alphanumeric code, which only becomes visible when the can is opened, ensuring that the product has to be purchased in order to have a chance of winning a prize that include festival tickets and Rockstar merchandise. See also Top of can branding will get beverages noticed.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Compostable bamboo fibre mixed pack created for massage oil launch

Hong Kong based provider of luxury packaging solutions Nationalpak has introduced a new pack for massage oil in a compostable format with a look and shape inspired by spa hot stones. The pack contain three bottles of massage oil and is made from compostable bamboo fibre mixed with biodegradable resins. Bamboo has been used in this case as it is in other packaging innovations due to its strong environmental credentials. It is in plentiful supply and grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers. It grows rapidly and can be harvested in no more than five years. It is claimed that bamboo generates approximately 35% more oxygen than trees and is an excellent soil erosion inhibitor. The massage oil packaging has been tested and certified by EN13432 compostability standards. According to Natpack, it will take approximately three to six months for the pack to degrade depending on conditions. See also Bamboo-based bottle has a multitude of uses.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

Join our new sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish and be part of the conversation.  Join here.


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.


May 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Cleaning service launched to trial food delivery container reuse

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our Innovation Zone Live packaging seminar is this Thursday 16th May. Book your place now.

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


Early Bird Discounts for ThePackHub Seminars

Innovation Zone Live 2019 is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Full price – £359 + VAT.

The agenda includes insight and innovation inspiration from Valpak, Datalase, Braskem, TerraCycle, Webpac, ThePackHub, Mondelez, Mayr-Melnhof Karton, RPC pri, Innovation Ink, Unilever and more.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Innovation Zone Live 2019
Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Save £160.

 


Early Bird Launch Offer
Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is an essential report collecting innovations from the last 18 months picked from the most active companies in ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone database.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Early bird launch offer

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


#1 Cleaning service launched to trial food delivery container reuse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading online food delivery company Deliveroo is taking on the challenge of the amount of packaging waste the fast-growing online delivery industry generates with a trial of a food container reuse service.  An innovative new model in the battle against single use plastic waste.business has linked up with Oxford, UK based eco-friendly laundry and dry-cleaning platform Oxwash to launch a cleaning service for their takeaway packaging. Trials taking place in the city of Cambridge as well as Oxford will see Deliveroo picking up customer containers to be washed and reused. The businesses will be using the trial period to identify the most efficient process as well as being mindful of the overall consumer experience. If successful, the service would be rolled out to more UK cities in due course. Deliveroo customers will either be able to scan a QR code found on their Deliveroo box to arrange used containers pickup or drop off the containers at easy-to-locate facilities in high-density residential areas. The trial comes following Deliveroo’s opt-in button for plastic cutlery, which resulted in a 90% drop in use globally.  EXTRA READING: See more about Deliveroo’s Sustainability Strategy. See also Reusable container reduces meal kit packaging burden.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Boxed poultry packaging stands out on shelf

A new range of packaging for chicken is set to break the semiotic rules of the category. The new container for the roasted chicken brand Chef Ideas has been created by La Rioja, Spain based The B: Water agency. The aperture at the front of the pack helps to display the contents and the egg-shape has been designed to symbolise where the chicken has come from. Spanish poultry meat supplier Calatayud has been designed to ensure that the packaging stands out on shelf. The box also has a useful carry handle. Chef ideas can be found in both traditional commerce stores and large supermarkets throughout Spain.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Clear PET bottles designed to mimic glass dairy packaging

Global packaging giants Amcor are no strangers to the pages of the Innovation Zone with around 30 initiatives listed. Their latest packaging innovation was inspired by focus group consumer research. The results gave strong guidance to the type of packaging required for the Brazilian dairy market. The consumers showed a strong attraction to the design cues of glass dairy packaging despite the market moving predominately to HDPE format as is in the case in many other markets. The transparent format was felt to infer freshness as well as a more premium quality. Consequently, Amcor worked with Brazilian dairy brand Letti to make the conversion from HDPE to clear PET. The new bottles resemble glass in appearance and use a screw cap rather than the traditional foil seal barrier found on HDPE bottles.  The clear PET bottles allow consumers to see the dairy products before they purchase them and link the bottle transparency to freshness and a better tasting product. Leading dairy brand Letti is the first in the Brazil market to adopt transparent one-litre PET bottles for its Lettico A2 fermented milk products. Thicker wall sections help to avoid bottle deformation as well as negating the requirement for horizontal ribs in the bottle design.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Partnership creates smart closure capability combats counterfeiting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading caps and closures manufacturer Bericap makes more than 84 billion plastics closures and dispensers each year. The business has recently announced the formation of a joint partnership with Oslo headquartered printed electronics company Thinfilm to develop and improve digital authentication capability for their caps and closures. Pharmaceutical and industrial applications are set to benefit from the tie up that will see the alliance embed chips into closures to improve brand protection and authentication.  Thinfilm’s technology and software platform combined with  Bericap’s extensive range of closures will to help thwart the rising problem of counterfeiting, refill fraud, tampering and diversion. The solutions will add a significant point of value-added differentiation to Bericap’s suite of products becoming increasingly relevant as interactive smart and anti-counterfeiting packaging solutions continue to grow. The two companies have started with the integration of NFC into injection-moulded plastics closures, enabling consumers to interact with products and ensure authenticity. EXTRA READING: See more about the range of Thinfilm NFC products.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

Join our new sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish and be part of the conversation.  Join here.


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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