Category: Disruptive

December 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Reusable cup made from recycled cups has contactless payment capability

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#1 Wearable device allows visually-impaired to read packaging text

Technology and sustainability combine to great effect to deliver a reusable cup for the ubiquitous Costa coffee chain. The Clever Cup solution has come to market thanks to cup material recycling from Burneside, Cumbria paper business James Cropper. The reusable coffee cup is the first to offer contactless payment, which will speed up transaction times as well as further encourage the use of reusable cups. James Cropper’s CupCycling facility is the world’s first ever facility dedicated to transforming cups into luxury papers and sustainable packaging. Each cup is protected in cardboard that contains waste fibre from one takeaway coffee cup. See also Coffee cup upcycling is a world first as well as Reusable coffee cup is powered by NFC capability.

 

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Plastic-free six-pack rings start beer brand test

Beer brand Corona will become the first global player to trial six-pack rings that are 100% plastic-free. Standard plastic six-pack rings are made from a photodegradable form of PE that, if not recycled can enter our oceans and result in smaller pieces of microplastics causing damage to marine life. The new six-pack rings will be first tested in the Mexico market, with another pilot taking place in the UK. Corona’s dominant pack format is glass bottles but the inclusion of the plastic-free six-pack rings will be a welcome addition where used. The plastic-free rings are made from plant-based fibres with a mix of by-product waste. If left in the environment, they will break down into organic matter. It is not clear if this is the same initiative as Edible six-pack rings help to save sea life.See also Plastic rings to be replaced by glue system for global beer brand.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

 


#3 Honeycomb structure creates plastic-free protection of beverage bottles

A new paper-based packaging solution to prevent glass bottle transit damage is set to challenge convention in the UK drinks industry. The growing e-commerce sector has seen the popularity of beverage bottles being sent by post. The patent pending Flexi-Hex packaging system is a 100% paper-based structure constructed with water based glues. The biodegradable Flexi-Hex system has a distinctive cardboard honeycomb format to deliver inherent pack strength and flexibility. The Honeycomb mesh provides impact resistance with the open cell layers helping to provide a cushioning to the contents that moulds around objects to dissipate impact force. Glass bottles are particularly prone to damage in transit. Cornish artisan gin company Tinkture are one of the first brands to use the packaging. Their premium Rose Gin bottle now arrive undamaged as well as wrapped in an original and distinctive packaging format.

 

 

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#4 All materials from beverage cartons to be fully recycled into something new with partnership

Tetra Pak is embarking on a potentially game-changing recycling initiative that will result in the recycling value of their used cartons expected to double. This is turn will make the value chain for collection and recycling much more viable. The multinational food packaging company is partnering with recycling specialists Veolia to ensure that all materials from beverage cartons can be fully recycled into something new and useful and have end-use recycling value. The paperboard component of conventional Tetra Paks can be recycled. However, Veolia’s systems will also enable the plastic and aluminium mix of the packaging to be converted for industrial applications. The average Tetra Pak carton is around 75% paper-based, 20% plastic and 5% aluminium. The supplier will now be able to ensure that all materials are convertible to industrial applications such as crates and plastic pallets. The objective is to enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the EU to be recycled by 2025.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


August 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Bath time gift set gets the personalised pack treatment

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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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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 Bath time gift set gets the personalised pack treatment

Personalisation has been one of the main beneficiaries of the digital print for packaging revolution with several executions that exploit the technology to deliver unique and meaningful pack executions. Coca Cola got the ball rolling with their multinational Share A Coke campaign that showed what could be done with a well managed campaign. Unilever have also been part of the party with personalised campaigns for Marmite as well as Vaseline – Personalised skin care brand perfect for gifting. The multinational consumer goods company has again worked with UK leading personalised gifting and fulfilment company Intervino with an introduction of a bath time gift set personalised with a baby’s name for their Baby Dove brand. Shoppers can go online and choose a name to go on 400ml bottles of lotion that also includes a gift box and gift card.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Biodegradable bottle made from recycled paper as alternative water packaging material

Single-use plastic packaging has taken a media of hammering of late but consumers’ demand for packaging water on-the-go shows no signs of declining. UK consumption of water drinks rose 7% in 2017 to nearly 4,000 million litres. There has been other packaging material alternatives to PET plastic bottles coming to market. You may have seen Will Smith help launch paper based Just Water in the UK as a high profile example recently. Another potential solution has emerged from non-profit Choose Water, which has created a biodegradable bottle made from recycled paper.  The bottle consists of a vacuum-formed paper shell. Water barrier is achieved via a plastic-free waterproof lining. It will degrade in less than six months.The bottle’s lid is made from steel, a material with better recycling rates than plastic that will also biodegrade into iron oxide.

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#3 Coffee waste could be next bio-material to make beverage cups

 

Bio-material development continues to progress with a wide variety of materials being used as an alternative to oil-based plastics being reported in the Innovation Zone. Materials that are a waste by-product from another process have additional appeal. A researcher from Sydney, Australia Macquarie University has found a use for discarded coffee waste by turning them into lactic acid, which can then be used to produce biodegradable plastics with an obvious application as a beverage cup. The UK gets through 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year and the coffee grounds used to make the drinks are clearly only used once with 500,000 tonnes sent to landfill in the UK each year. The coffee ground is about 50% made up of sugars, which can then be converted into bio-based chemicals. A synthetic pathway to convert mannose sugar into lactic acid. The next stages of the research will be to refine the conversion pathway to improve the yield of lactic acid.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Plant-based packs being tested for Indian snack brands

The UK Plastics Pact has recently come into being as a collaborative initiative to create a circular economy for plastics. 42 major brands, retailers and suppliers have made a pledge to have 100% of their plastic packaging as reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Also making waves is a petition signed by more than 150,000 people calling for PepsiCo’s Walkers and other crisp manufacturers to make their packets more “environmentally-friendly”. In others words, consumers are no longer prepared to wait until 2025 for a solution. PepsiCo India is hoping to take the lead in this area with a plan to test a plant-based pack for a couple of their snack brands. The company will pilot 100% compostable, plant-based packaging for the Lays and Kurkure brands in the Indian market. The company is also working to reduce the impact of its packaging on the environment by resizing the packaging, which will help reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


August 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Reusable bottle system encourages homemade products

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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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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.

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#1 Reusable bottle system encourages homemade cleaning and personal care products

Reusable packaging is one of the packaging trends of the year with several new executions coming to market as a solution to increased negative reaction to single-use plastic packaging. This work in progress due for launch soon offers a new take on matters. Cleanyst is a new patented system that encourages consumers to mix supplied concentrate with tap water to make their own cleaning and personal care products. The solution promises to reduce the amount of plastic used and carbon emissions as well as saving money for the consumer. Cleanyst recognise that the main ingredient in many cleaning and personal care products is water so by only paying for the plant-based active ingredients. The use of reusable bottles as well as reduced packaging requirements for a dilution system sees a significant packaging reduction in the longer term. The system consists of a small appliance, concentrate-filled pouches and reusable bottles. Like other ‘make your own’ system of this type, it also has the opportunity to personalise the type of scent and the strength.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Braille notes make snack brands more accessible

Brands have made good progress in recent years in terms of making their packs more accessible. This is often based on better pack functionality to make the products easier to open, reseal or dispense. The global ageing population has helped influence this trend. Accessibility is beyond just improved functionality as is seen with this new pack from Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats snacks. Since 2017, Rice Krispies has made it possible for parents to include a message in their children’s lunch boxes via a blank, heart-shaped space on the packaging. The brand has taken this an important stage further by offering braille stickers to go on the pack. The braille stickers have comments such as such as “You’ve got this”, “Go for it,” and “Love you lots” in braille. For those children that don’t read braille, Kellogg’s is making available a box with a recording device and speaker, which allows for a 10-second recorded message, which can be changed up to 1,000 times. This is the first example of a pack for the blind featured in the Innovation Zone.

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#3 Electronically activated bottle only opens when user’s lips touc

 

Smart and Intelligent packaging solutions continue to come to our attention. The beverage market is a rich area of activity with solutions that help users consume the right amount of content (often water) or make it easier to drink on-the-go. On this occasion, an electronic no-spill bottle has been developed that is activated by the user’s lips. Lyd is currently part of a Kickstarter campaign. It works by only allowing the contents to flow when the user’s lips touch the lid. The Lyd’s lid has an integrated touch sensor that detects that the lid has been touched to initiate an internal stopper to allow the liquid to flow out from around the edges of the lid. The lid is powered by a rechargeable battery. The stopper goes back in place once the user moves their lips away. The bottle itself is available is 17-ounce (503ml) and 13-ounce (384ml) sizes. Their planned retail prices are $69 and $79, respectively.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Left handed cookie pack delights 10% of consumers

It’s fair to say that the vast majority of packaging does not take into account whether the user is right or left handed. If anything, a right handed disposition is the norm with pack openings positioned for easy right handed application. Mondelez’s Oreo brand aims to change that and also get some PR mileage in the process with an initiative that embraces #LeftHandersDay. Their Handed Cookie Pack aims to delight the 10% of the population that struggle through life in a right handed world. Creative marketing agency 360i helped to bring to market the specially-designed pack that opens from right to left, rather than left to right the convention of regular packs. Beyond #LeftHandersDay, consumers can visit lefthandedoreo.com to get the limited-edition packs.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


August 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Refill box could shake up personal care market

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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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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.

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#1 Seaweed-based sauce sachets decompose within six weeks

It is estimated that 11 billion single-use plastic condiment sachets are used globally and their lack of recyclability is a real issue. Internet food online business Just Eat www.just-eat.co.uk is trialling single-use seaweed-based food sachets as an alternative to plastics. The six week trial of compostable seaweed sachets were created in partnership with Skipping Rocks Lab. The latter first came to the Innovation Zone’s attention with a Edible packaging ‘blob’ concept eliminates plastic bottle The sachets can be disposed through home composting facilities and will decompose in around six weeks. With more than  The sachets will be used by The Fat Pizza chain for their ketchup as well as their garlic and herb dips.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Refill box could shake up personal care market

British skin care male grooming brand Bulldog has announced the introduction of a new packaging format that significantly reduces the amount of plastic used. The Bulldog Original Shower Gel Refill Box contains the equivalent of 25 bottles of product. The refill box is made from FSC certified recycled cardboard and will allow consumers to use and reuse the refillable bottle within the pack. It is claimed that the new pack format reduces plastic packaging waste by 85% by weight when compared to using the 200ml conventional plastic version. Bulldog is a leader in delivering sustainable packaging formats. It has also previously developed plastic derived from Brazilian sugarcane for its plastic tubes. See Sugarcane based skincare pack is a world first. The new box will be sold at Whole Foods as well as via the Bulldog Skincare For Men website.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 Pizza packs with built-in puzzle keep football fans engaged

 

The FIFA World Cup in Russia inspired some interesting new packaging innovations. See ThePackHub’s recent blog on the matter.  DS Smith’s efforts initially slipped under our radar but we’re happy to report on this football inspired initiative from the global paper packaging experts. DS Smith has worked with Pizza Hut in Portugal to give added functionality to their pizza boxes. The 100% recyclable special edition boxes have a built-in puzzle/ball on detachable covers. Consumers need to buy two pizzas to then construct their own paper ball, a possible moment of relaxation when suffering the stresses of football!

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Plastic bags dissolve in water

A plastic bag that dissolves in water is on the brink of a roll-out. Solubag is a Chile based enterprise whose bags reportedly work as well functionally as traditional plastic bags. The bags are not made using petrol-based products and are formulated from polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and the new material is based on limestone. Rather than being recycled or causing damage to the environment through litter, the bags can be submerged in water and reportedly fully dissolve within five minutes. In promotions videos of the innovation, the inventors were prepared to drink the reportedly harmless dissolved solution. No contaminants are reportedly released. Conversations are ongoing with a large plastic manufacturer in China.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – marble-dust, image recognition recycling packaging innovations and more

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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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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.

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#1 Crab shell combined with cellulose creates new packaging material

Researchers at Atlanta based Georgia Institute of Technology have created a new substrate derived from nature’s two most common natural biopolymers with the potential to replace flexible plastic packaging used to keep food fresh. The new packaging material is derived from a combination of crab shells and cellulose from tree fibres. The new material is made by spraying layers of chitin from the crab shells and cellulose to form a flexible film with similar properties to plastic film packaging.  The finished material is flexible, strong and transparent. The new material delivered around a 67% reduction in oxygen permeability compared to PET, offering the potential to keep produce fresher for longer. The film was created by suspending cellulose and chitin nanofibres in water and spraying them onto a surface in alternating layers.  Ongoing research is being undertaken to improve the material’s ability to block water vapour.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Marble-dust residues help make tear-resistant label

Label experts Avery Dennison based in Oegstgeest, Netherlands has  introduced a new tear-resistant label that puts waste to good use. Their MarbleBase label consists of 80% marble-dust combined with HDPE from recycled plastic bottles. The marble dust is taken from the residue left-overs of the marble mining industry. The label is created without needing to add water or bleach during production.  The matt label has approval for non-acidic foodstuffs as well as fatty foodstuffs.The label is 100% ‘tree-free’ as well as being completely made of recycled and waste materials. The label has broad range of uses with a paper feel. The MarbleBase label also has applications for luxury goods comes with a cradle-to-cradle silver certificate.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 Cork-based reusable pack aims to get ice-cream fans to come back for more

 

Reusable packaging continues to make steady progress as single-use packs becomes under increased scrutiny. This Santini ice-cream brand from Portugal is aiming to provide a more sustainable and environmentally responsible alternative reusable pack. Their cork-based reusable pack can be used time after time at a Santini store. Consumers are encouraged to reuse the pack through a €1 discount. The one litre pack costs €25 and includes box, spoon, bag and tube of cones. Santini also has plans to remove the straws used in their milkshakes and juices as well as replace their current spoons and napkins for alternatives produced from biodegradable materials.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Image recognition technology could improves recycling rates

Leading disruptive innovation experts Cambridge Consultants have developed a new concept that could help to improve recycling rates.  Their smarter recycling scheme uses new technology that is designed to identify the type of packaging waste using image recognition. This could solve an ongoing issue with on-the-go recycling where consumers are not sure what can be recycled. The concept’s machine vision capability combined with a neural network can recognise various packaging formats as well as be trained to identify new items. Many consumers are not able to easily distinguish between recyclable and compostable cups but the new technology is able to do this accurately. An app based reward system can help incentivise and motivate consumers to participate. The system can also provide consumer insights around when and where products are consumed. In testing conducted by Cambridge Consultants, consumers were 35% more likely to dispose of waste items correctly using the smart recycling system.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – multi compartment pouch, heated on-the-go aseptic packaging innovation and more

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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.

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#1 Gusset pouch accommodates multiple compartments

An interesting development is in the offing from Ontario, Canada based sports nutrition packaging specialists Arranti.  Their new Chamber Pouch sees standup gusset pouches made with up to three separate chambers. This helps brands that want to sell combinations of two or three products in the same pack. The contents would typically be used together or mixed by the consumer.  The multi-compartment pouches are deemed suitable for cosmetics, beverages, pharmaceuticals, pet food and baby food applications. The patent pending solution.The pouches can also be fitted with sevearl value-added extras including reclosable zippers, spouts, sliders, hook-and-loop closures and spray triggers..

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Distinctive blister pack stands out from the crowd

Makarizo Hair Vitamin Capsules has been launched in a distinctive shape to ensure excellent shelf stand out.  The new pack format has been created that not only is different to anything else on the supermarket shelf but is also ensures that it is easy to open. It was created to compete with similar products which are already available in the market. The pack shape makes it easy to open/tear off the capsule in a single twist. The pack is also a clever representation of the actual shape of the capsule. The pack comes with three different colour codes to represent the product variants.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 Aseptic carton initiative can be heated for on-the-go hot drink consumption

 

SIG Comblibloc has been on the innovation once trail again with an initiative that meets the needs of consumers looking for hot drinks whilst on-the-go.  Research conducted by the Swiss aseptic carton supplier indicated that consumers in the Chinese market often enjoy the ‘warmth from within’ of hot beverages and 72% of consumers were dissatisfied with current heating methods for on-the-go products. SIG have developed a microwaveable solution for aseptic carton packs that would allow consumers to warm their drink. The new high-barrier ‘Heat&Go’ pack is aluminium free and can be heated in a microwave, either in a vending machine or store whilst on the go or at home before going out. ‘Heat&Go’ contents can be heated up to 60oC and can be produced on existing SIG filling machines with a one-time upgrade. The high-barrier film and light blocking pigment protects the product from oxygen ingress, flavour migration and light and water.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Little pocket keeps Puerto Rican McDonald’s fans happy

TMcDonald’s in Puerto Rico has changed its french fries packaging so that fast food fans can get a ‘lucky’ potato wedge with their food. McDonald’s has redesigned its fries packaging to celebrate National French Fry Day (it’s a Puerto Rican thing!). The pack has a special pocket to accommodate the additional treat comprising a ñapa or potato wedge.  The pack change came about via agency TBWA. The concept gained traction following a social media post from McDonald’s shared on April Fools’ Day. The joke garnered many positive reaction, which encouraged the fast food chain to make the pack a reality for one day only. See also Popcorn packaging stores hidden burger and fries.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – straw ban, NFC reusable cup packaging innovation and more

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone World Cup Special snapshot.

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

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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.

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#1 Cashew leaf packaging biodegrades within 30 days

Flitwick, Bedfordshire based Colpac has introduced a new pack format to capitalise on money conscious, time poor consumers’ desire for eating in groups at home. The ‘Big Night In’ packaging format sees the formation of four snacks served in the same pack. Colpac suggest the pack is ideal for a variety of sweet and savoury snacks. SharePac comes in two configurations. The first being an outer square featuring a drawer on each of the four sides. Alternatively a rectangular shape with two drawers on each of the two sides can be produced. The design also comes with an optional aperture at the top of the pack for dips or sauces. SharePac can be made from recyclable or compostable paperboard and can be customized with printing in up to six colours.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Reusable coffee cup is powered by NFC capability

Digital agency ICON Connective has announced the introduction of a connected reusable coffee cup. The move to reusing packaging has gained momentum in recent months as brands and retailers look to reduce the burden of single-use packaging. ICON Connective have combined this growing trend with another for smart connected packaging with the introduction of a reusable coffee cup that is powered by NFC. The integrated NFC chip enables the possibility of contactless payments, interactive marketing and participation in loyalty schemes. The cup could help simplifies the payment process using contactless payments as well as encouraging brand loyalty.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 Strawless lid will eliminate one billion Starbucks straws a year

 

1 in 100 coffee cups used worldwide has Starbucks branding and sustainability continues to press as a major issue. The global coffee giant has announced that they are replacing the much used green straw with a plastic lid by 2020. It is rolling out a PP lid with a raised lip as a straw alternative for the majority of its cold drinks. It’s a move that’s expected to eliminate 1 billion straws each year. The lid has a teardrop shaped opening with a raised lip. Replacing a plastic straw with a plastic lid has environmental benefits as the new lid is much more easily processed for recycling. The lid is already available in more than 8,000 United States and Canada stores.  News of the move comes as Seattle, where Sturbucks’ headquarters are based, recently implemented a ban on the use of straws in the city. Starbucks is also testing paper straws in several UK locations.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Controlled release technology improves food preparation

The seemingly random process of preparing microwaveable food by puncturing the film with a kitchen utensil ultimately does not deliver consistent or controlled steam release. Bromsgrove based TLM Laser have combined with LasX Industries with a solution that set out to improve the situation. The PrimeVent technology provides multiple controlled release applications for flexible packaging. There are two new products now available. PrimeVent Steamable is for microwave packaging. Consumers just need to peel back a cover on the film to expose the vent. Their patent pending PrimeVent Degassing concept is designed to vent the carbon dioxide gases produced by roasted coffee. It features a combination of laser processing and a small pressure-sensitive valve to automatically release the gases. Tests have shown that the valve outperforms moulded valves currently on the market.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – no-mess applicator, personalised champagne packaging innovations and more

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone World Cup Special snapshot.

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

Find out about how to subscribe here: www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/.

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.

We have Early Bird delegate places available.

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#1 Cashew leaf packaging biodegrades within 30 days

Researchers from Mossoro in the western Potiguar, Brazil have developed a biodegradable pack made from cashew leaves, which takes about 30 days to break down. The Innovation Zone has reported around 25 different organic bio-materials including sugar cane, coffee, tomato leaves, whey, shrimp, bamboo, pasta waste and artichoke but this is our first report of cashew leaves being used. The development started in 2016, when the researchers noticed that a lot of cashew leaves were falling in their area and were not being put to good use. The Embacaju project has already won several awards including the Environmental Sciences category of the 32nd International Science and Technology Show.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Do-it-yourself personalisation makes for thoughtful gift

The ubiquitous greeting card’s days may be numbered if this latest innovation from Veuve Clicquot catches on. This is another creative execution from the world’s second largest champagne brand. The Innovation Zone has recently reported on another initiative from the brand – Record your own message to say it with champagneA bottle of Rosé champagne is seen as a thoughtful gift but this pack ups the game with an extra element that allows for do-it-yourself personalisation. The champagne gift box allows the giver to leave their own message by selecting sticker letters to affix to the box.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 No-mess applicator ensures patients avoid touching gel

 

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has relaunched a new version of its pain relief brand Voltarol with a useful no-mess applicator. The new solution ensures that patients avoid touching the gel with their hands. GSK hope the change will result in increased sales as recent research from the company has indicated that 27% of patients found touching the gel with their hands was ‘one of the greatest barriers to purchase’. A contoured applicator allows users to evenly rub the back and muscle pain relief gel onto the affected area in a three step ‘unlock, pop, apply’ process.  It is claimed that there is currently no other brand on the market providing a ‘no mess on the hands’ applicator. One 100g pack retails at £14.99.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Thermochromic inks used as decorative tool for summer season

Coca-Cola in Turkey has introduced a new promotional range  using thermochromic inks as a decorative tool to add colour and fun to the design. Previously, the ink technology has been used to communicate temperature changes to indicate when the drink was good to consume. In this instance, the 70 million units produced in 10 different designs will be produced as purely a design feature, which is a first for the brand. Four inks have been used to create the designs that are invisible at ambient temperature but the cans  but come to life when they are chilled and the drinks are ready for consumption. Crown Bevcan were behind the initiative that encourages shoppers and consumers to interact with the brand at the point of sale as well as during consumption.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Please visit ThePackHub website 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.


July 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – packaging innovations World Cup Special

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone World Cup Special snapshot.

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

Find out about how to subscribe here: www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/.

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.

We have just a few delegate places available at the Very Early Bird rate of £199 + VAT. When they are gone they are gone. Full price £359 + VAT

Find out more and enjoy your Very Early Bird discount by booking here.



#1 Brazilian spirit brand transforms into a vuvuzela to up football fans’ noise

Brazilian spirit brand Catuaba Selvagem has introduced special bottles for the FIFA World Cup. In a move that is a nod to a musical instrument synonymous with the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, the bottles turn into vuvuzelas. When the contents have been drunk, they simply fit a doser, unscrew the bottom and use to make as much noise as they can. The 200,000 limited edition is being distributed in 105 different points of sale across Brazil. The brand also made changes to its traditional label by adding cheerleaders and a football. Created by Belo Horizonte based Pro Brasil creative agency.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Noise-activated cups respond to cheering football fans

Anheuser Busch’s Budweiser brand has announced the launch of a cup that will help thirsty football fans enjoy this year’s FIFA World Cup. The first ever noise-activated cups light up as the environment around it gets louder during a game. So whether that is cheering or jeering the Red Light Cups will respond by lighting up. The cups are similar to another initiative from the US beer brand as reported in the Innovation Zone – Interactive beer cups light up when football teams scores where Bud Light cups lit up automatically (not voice activated) when a team scored at this year’s USA Superbowl. The Red Light Cup will be available with Budweiser packs at UK Asda outlets as well as via an on-pack competition.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 Special edition can range allows Coca Cola football fans to make some noise

 

Coca-Cola has launched a limited edition range of ‘fan packs’ in time for the FIFA World Cup complete with three distinctive special edition Coke cans. The kit is available exclusively at the beverage brand’s Brazilian virtual store www.loja.cocacola.com.br and contains three 350 millilitre cans. The first is a ‘goal can’, which has a removable horn to help celebrate those crucial game changers. There is a also an ‘upside down can’, which has an inverted label and finally the ‘penalty can’ (zero sugar version), which has a special, more solid structure that does not crush like conventional beverage cans and is also reusable. Only 100 of the range is initially available.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Snack pack for tomatoes shapes up for the football

Schur Star Systems have introduced a new pack shape that ties in with the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. The distinctive t-shirt design is being used by two Swiss vegetable marketers for the launch of their snack tomatoes.The Schur Star bag has been introduced to create a distinctive look to promote healthy snacking with fresh vegetables in a pack that links back to the biggest sporting event of the year. The Schur Star Shape is available in a multitude of different shapes. In this case, the vegetable marketers can quickly change bag design after the World Cup to other shapes such as star or a heart-shape should they wish.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Please visit ThePackHub website 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.


June 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – pizza in bed, OLED packaging and more

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

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

Find out about how to subscribe here: www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/.

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.

We have just 10 delegate places available at the Very Early Bird rate of £199 + VAT. When they are gone they are gone. Full price £359 + VAT

Find out more and enjoy your Very Early Bird discount by booking here.



#1 Pack and product pet food gets the personalisation treatment

Telluride, California based pet nutrition company Side by Side is a new business offering pet owners the opportunity to customize their pet’s food through an online assessment tool. The solution also gives the chance to personalise their packaging for a truly customisable experience. Digital print has come to the fore in recent times to offer brands the opportunity to deliver personalised packaging designs. A few brands have taken the opportunity a step further, as is the case here, by combining pack and product personalisation. The online assessment guides pet owners through a questionnaire to determine key information about each cat or dog, including age, breed, weight, health and temperament. Food is packed in 10 lidded cups, packed in a pouch. The bags are resealable and fit easily into a freezer shelf and compress down as the product is used to save storage space. The bags are converted by De Pere, Wisconsin based Belmark using HP Indigo digital print technology.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 OLED technology brings beverage bottle to life

Leading German packaging and advertising business Karl Knauer has won a German Innovation Award for an impactful bottle label with integrated organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) technology. The capability is brought to market in partnership with Berlin based OLED experts Inuru. The bright light effect for Cola Cola bottles has been achieved through printed, flexible OLEDs. The light effect is visible even in bright daylight. The shopper approaches the shelf and the pack lights up to attract and engage. OLEDs are just a few nanometres-thick and in comparison to electroluminescence technology are up to 500 times brighter and only require a fraction of the energy.  Due to the lower power consumption, the lighting elements can be efficiently operated with batteries for months. Future technical advancements could see packaging be equipped with animated pictures, logos and texts.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 You don’t need to get out of bed to eat your next pizza

 

Canadian-based restaurant chain Boston Pizza has nearly 400 North American outlets. The business has taken advantage of commercial and PR opportunities for Father’s Day with the development of a new pizza box unlike any other. This particular pack has been designed so that you can eat your Italian takeaway in bed! Boston Pizza’s solution is similar to a regular pizza box but has integrated legs that can be unfolded to create an opened pizza box  –  like a bed breakfast tray top allow grateful fathers to eat their meal without getting up!

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Doughnut brand defies recent trends with switch to plastic

Kansas City based Hostess Brands is bringing freshness to the packaged doughtnut category with the launch of a new range of large doughnuts in a new plastic format. The solution makes snacking easier, keeps the product fresher for longer and improves portability. In a move that goes against recent anti-plastic sentiment, the execution sees six individually wrapped doughnuts packed in a resealable tub to give an extra layer of freshness as well as easy storage. Each one of the Jumbo Donettes are individually freshly sealed and wrapped.

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 website 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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