Category: Fast Food Packaging

May 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Single-serve frozen dessert packs respond to heightened food safety consumers

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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.

We had fun delivering our packaging trends webinar last Friday. We will be emailing a link to view it in full in the next 24 hours. Thank you to all who joined us despite it being a public holiday in several countries. Oops! There is information below on our next one on sustainable packaging innovation trends.

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#1 Single-serve frozen dessert packs respond to heightened food safety consumers

The Covid-19 global pandemic is inevitably having an impact on packaging innovation development. Time will tell whether shopper and consumer behaviour has permanently changed but there is certainly evidence that heightened concerns for health and food safety and presently a concern for many. This has led to new launches that have been fast-tracked to meet this new consumer sentiment. See Tamper-proof pizza box reassures pizza home delivery customersAnother new example is My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream which has launched single-serve packs in the US market. The frozen dessert brand’s packaging format features a single mochi ice cream ball in a fully-enclosed pack. The brand claims that the single-use format will help reduce food waste and spoilage by preserving quality and increasing product shelf life compared with unpackaged mochi ice cream. The pack will improve hygienic standards by eliminating open exposure.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Paper-based alternative for pharmaceutical blister packs gets financial injection

An Australian start-up has developed a paper-based alternative to replace plastic for items like single-use coffee pods and pharmaceutical blister packs. The paper is derived made from plant waste. Varden have introduced the new solution called Paperseal and have received funding from Horizon Ventures to accelerate expansion. A bespoke machine has been designed that gets around the challenges of forming 3D shapes using paper. The process forms paper fibres into shapes without creating holes that let product flavour out and air in. The machine is able to mould the fibres to create an effective water and oxygen barrier. The Paperseal solution promises to ultimately lower production costs and decrease the carbon footprint at no sacrifice to product performance. Varden is in talks with two coffee brands along with several large multinational pharmaceutical companies. A production facility is planned for Europe within 18 months and the U.S. within two years.

#3 Single-dose cheese sachets launched in compostable packaging

Italian cheese brand Dalter has announced the introduction of compostable sachets in a compostable and biodegradable material. The solution is suitable for preserving the properties of the product and to deliver an adequate shelf-life. It is claimed that Dalter’s introduction of the new single-dose bio-based material sachets is the first for mature hard cheeses. The material has been designed to keep the freshness and aroma of the cheese intact. The pack is made from the processing residues of agricultural products. The product can be industrially composted where available. See also New low-gauge biodegradable films developed.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Refillable household product range confirm new UK distribution points

As part of a wider trend, UK retailer Co-op (Heart of England) is fitting refillable packaging units in 35 of their stores via a new distribution agreement with social enterprise LocoSoco, which delivers a wide range of refillable household products. LocoSoco as a business was launched to help local communities to realise their economic and sustainable potential. The LocoSoco eco-refill stations have been in situ for a short period so far and have already created strong interest translating into impressive sales. One 120ml refill bottle costs £2.50 and is filled by the individual shopper. Subsequent refills are under half that price with an RRP of £1.20 including VAT. Refillable stations are a significant growth area with many retailers trialling their own new systems or in collaboration with brands. See also Detergent refill station trial leads to expansion.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


April 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Paper deodorant tubes replace plastic push-up plastic packs

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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.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub

We are bringing ThePackHub’s Packaging Innovation Briefing Report alive with a FREE one hour webinar on Friday 1st May at 3pm BST

Join us as we explore the standout initiatives from our comprehensive and unique review of the month’s 60 global packaging innovations tracked and reported on our Innovation Zone database. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

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#1 Paper deodorant tubes replace plastic push-up plastic packs

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has introduced a new paper tube format for their Secret and Old Spice deodorants brands for the US market.  The multinational brand owner has an objective to ensure that their beauty and grooming brands use only 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2030 and reduce use of virgin plastic by half. The deodorant market is seeing significant change at the moment with several structural design changes, material switches and reusable formats entering the market all with the primary objectives of being more sustainable. See these examples from the Innovation Zone. P&G will introduce the new innovative paper dispensing tubes, which will have a push-up function. The process was co-designed with consumers interested in reducing plastic in packaging. The paper tube package is made of 90% recycled paper. New paper fibre is used to make the post-consumer recycled paperboard stronger at the base.  The packs will initially be available in 500 Walmart stores in the US and will retail for about $10. If consumers respond positively to the packaging, P&G will expand the product offering nationwide and expand to other products in their range. See Paper-based deodorant packs offer alternative to plastic.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Health and wellness start up launches letterbox friendly pack

Heights is a start-up brand that sells health and wellness supplement products for the brain. It has introduced an innovative new pack format that makes their e-commerce sales more efficient and cost-effective. A new bottle has been created that contains the brand’s capsules in an asymmetric and very distinctive ‘thought bubble’ design. The transparent bottle shows off the contents and is made from PLA. It delivers an unusual and unique design that will present a remarkable unboxing experience. The shipping box has been designed in combination with the container, which could not be made from conventional cardboard and necessitated the creation of a sugar cane pulp hinged tray with a moulded inner to help keep the bottle securely in place. Heights has produced packaging that’s slim and easy to deliver to the home through the letterbox. The boxed product is less than 25 millimetres so will easily fit through letterboxes. See also Wine-by-post bottles fit through letterboxes.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Shower product sold in coffee cups aims to get noticed

Vienna, Austria-based start-up Waltz 7 is on a mission to shake up the health and beauty market with disruptive, category-changing new initiatives. The brand has made a name for itself previously with shower gel packaging called ‘Shower Smoothies’ in a food and drink squeeze bag that is more at place in the drinks aisle. This time the brand has introduced shower gels in coffee cups. You heard that right. The coffee-to-go cup is a real eye-catcher in the health and beauty aisles of the supermarket and perhaps looks more at home in a coffee shop.  The brand is using the format as a marketing tool and shoppers are certain to look twice at the coffee cup between the more conventional bottles and tubes on the shower-care shelves. The coffee cup contains a mousse peeling with Arabica beans and an espresso-chocolate scent.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Wine in tube format is a UK retail first

UK retailer Waitrose has become the first supermarket in the country to introduce wine in a tube format. The upmarket retailer is established in selling wine in non-glass bottle formats with 17 different bag-in-box wines, as well as several canned wines available. The new pack is made in collaboration with Italian producer, Orion Wine. The “bag in tube” contains the equivalent of three glass bottles and is completely recyclable. The new pack format offers freshness advantages. Once opened, the wine will remain fresh for about ten days longer than a 75cl glass bottle equivalent. This is an attractive alternative to the bag in box format. In other wine packaging news, the retailer plans to remove black plastic taps from its existing bag-in-box wines, with the taps being replaced with more easy to recycle white plastic.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


April 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Pioneering shampoo format packed with sustainable benefits

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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.

Thank you to all the attendees of our Sustainable Packaging Review webinar last week. The feedback has been positive and we were delighted with the very active chat room and Q&A session. We will be sharing the webinar recording to registrants as well as a post-webinar special offer later today.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub

We are bringing ThePackHub’s Packaging Innovation Briefing Report alive with a FREE one hour webinar on Friday 1st May at 3pm BST

Join us as we explore the standout initiatives from our comprehensive and unique review of the month’s 60 global packaging innovations tracked and reported on our Innovation Zone database. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

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#1 Reusable deodorant applicator has been designed to last

Dutch health and beauty challenger brand nuud has developed a new pack format that delivers good sustainable benefits. The business has introduced a reusable deodorant applicator made using biobased plastic. The deodorant is certified vegan and packed in 20ml bioplastic tubes. nuud is a highly concentrated cream rather than the conventional aerosol, roll-on or stick deodorant formats. Available online, the business is primed to launch a sustainable screw-on cap for its tubes after raising funds via Kickstarter. The development and launch of a screw-on applicator came after extensive customer surveys that revealed that consumers are less open to applying cream with their hands. The applicators will be manufactured using biobased plastic as are the tubes that are made from sugarcane. The screw-on applicators will be sold separately to the nuud deodorant tubes. They have been designed to last and be re-used again and again. See also Plastic-free deodorant refill is a world-first.


#2 Tortilla chip brand makes switch to characteristically shaped canister

International food, snack and beverage heavyweights PepsiCo is launching a major snack product in a new format to take on the pioneers of the canister format in Kellogg’s Pringles.  The business has previously rolled out their leading Doritos tortilla chip range in the UK in the canister format but this execution is different. The Doritos Stax packaging is triangular in shape to help reinforce the differentiated product shape as well as create distinction on supermarket shelves. Four Doritos Stax flavours will go on sale in the UK market. According to PepsiCo, canister snacks is a segment that is preferred by consumers over 45 years of age and this initiative is an attempt to extend its reach to a younger audience. The distinctive triangular product shape is good to see being used and may also be easier and more comfortable to hold for some consumers.  The 170g packs have a recommended retail price of £2.50.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Austrian milk producer replaces single-use packs with reusable glass bottles

Austria’s largest domestic milk producer Berglandmilch is in the process of replacing some of their single-use packaging with reusable glass bottles. The business has started offering their milk in  one-litre returnable bottles as part of a wider trend that is seeing many food and beverage businesses trialling reusable packaging models. Berglandmilch is using a bespoke solution from Bilzen, Belgium based injection moulded reusable packaging experts DW Reusables’ beverage crate for the transportation of the new reusable bottles. The beverage crates are durable and come with a 10-year guarantee. When they reach their useful end-of-life after a decade or so they can be reground and turned into new crates, again and again, reducing tons of one-way packaging waste. It is estimated that a single returnable bottle replaces the equivalent of eleven disposable glass bottles, significantly reducing the amount of overall packaging required. See also Refillable milk scheme proves popular with shoppers.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Vacuum sealed poultry pack adds three days to shelf-life

The Spar retail chain in South Africa has introduced a new way of packaging its chicken to ensure that the product stays fresh for longer as well as using less plastic. The innovative vacuum packaging method has been used for other meats and fish in the past but this is one of the first poultry applications tracked in the Innovation Zone. The new pack also reduces the amount of plastic used. The use of the new packaging format is reported to add three days to the product’s shelf life as well as uses 25% less plastic compared to packaging conventions. Spar estimates that it will save up to 50% in food waste thanks to the longer shelf life.  The pack is made from a top web made from recyclable PET and the base bottom web made from APET. This compares to  industry-standard applications that often use styrene foam trays combined with PVC overwrap which is hard to recycle in South Africa. The packaging contains a minimum of 30% recycled material. The vacuum-sealed pack also allows for easier freezing and prevents product leakage.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


April 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Pioneering shampoo format packed with sustainable benefits

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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.

Free Webinars from ThePackHub

Free webinar this Friday. 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. 420 registrations so far. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

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We are bringing ThePackHub’s latest Packaging Innovation Briefing Report alive with a FREE one hour webinar.

Join us as we explore the standout initiatives from our comprehensive and unique review of the month’s 60 global packaging innovations tracked and reported on our Innovation Zone database. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

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#1 Pioneering shampoo format packed with sustainable benefits

Kao Corporation USA has launched a pioneering new pack format that uses up to 50% less plastic than traditional shampoo and soap bottles. The reduced weight bottles achieve rigidity through an air fill around the perimeter of the pack that enables them to stand upright. A watertight pack ensures that almost every last drop of content can be used. Kao claims that traditional packs leave up to three times more product inside than their new MyKirei solution. The first phase of MyKirei products includes a shampoo, conditioner and hand wash. The pack cannot yet be recycled in conventional kerbside recycling systems so Kao has partnered with recycling experts TerraCycle to launch a programme that allows consumers to recycle the pouch and pumps post-use to be recycled into such items as park benches, bike racks and recycling bins. Kao has plans to expand its MyKirei line in due course.


#2 New take away box can be stacked for easy handling

Arlöv, Sweden-based packaging company FrontPac has developed a new corrugated pack for the takeaway food delivery market, which has extra added-value functionality. The new box has been designed so that several can be stacked on top of each other and can then be conveniently carried using a single handle. The packs allow for the opportunity for many more boxes to be carried in one go improving delivery efficiency and reducing the potential to drop the produce. One of the first companies to test the box is Stockholm-based restaurant chain Eatery. The successful pilot test has led to the preparation of a broader launch across other restaurant chains as well as for use in hospitals. The boxes are reported to be easy and quick to assemble and as straight-forward as folding a pizza box together. It is possible to adapt the box to the needs of specific customers by changing the size and material thickness based on how heavy the dishes are. The box is sustainably produced and fully recyclable.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Label-free recycled water bottle cuts down on packaging waste

The Coca-Cola Company continues to work on stretching goals to reduce its environmental impact through the phased introduction of a host of new sustainable packaging initiatives. Subscriber content: See 20 examples from the Innovation Zone here. The Coca Cola Japan team continues in this vein with the announcement of an initiative that will reduce the need for labels for their I Lohas water brand. The introduction of label-free 100% recycled bottles is an effort to reduce both waste and pollution. The brand has removed labels on their multipack bottles only. Single bottles that are sold individually will still have labelling information to help notify shoppers of vital branding, product information, barcoding and other details.  The new bottle designs will be sold in cases of 24 for 2,880 yen (US$26) at retail outlets. The 555ml I Lohas bottles are also been designed to crush easily for efficient recycling.  See also Label-free beer branding ‘tattooed’ onto bottles.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Tamper-proof pizza box reassures pizza home delivery customers

Toronto headquartered Pizza Pizza has more than 750 locations across Canada. The pioneering and progressive business featured in the Innovation Zone for their Pizza box transforms into miniature tabletop game post-use. The pizza restaurant chain has this time created an added functionality pack that acknowledges current increased concerns for hygiene and contamination. Pizza Pizza’s new tamper-proof pizza box comes at a time when food safety is seen as more important than ever and features a safety locking mechanism, which needs to be broken by the end customer in order to access the pizza inside. The proprietary solution provides customers with an extra level of assurance that their pizza has remained untouched, from the time it leaves the pizza oven, to the time it arrives at their front door for delivery. Pizza Pizza’s proprietary tamper-proof Safety Lock mechanism will be used for pizza boxes in all sizes across the group’s retail estate.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


October 2017

Innovation Zone Snapshot – cut to size ecommerce packs, sugar cane based coffee packs 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.

We have 2,000 packaging innovations uploaded to our Innovation Zone database with new members joining all the time.  Find out about how to subscribe here: www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/.


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#1100 different label designs gives Spanish startup competitive edge

Spanish cold press juice brand Romantics is delivering a customised packaging solution to improve consumer brand engagement in more than 3,000 Spanish points of sale. The brand is using HP Indigo digital print technology to deliver a series of unique Romantics bottle labels. There are 100 different label executions in the range.  Digital print allows the Spanish business to easily create multiple executions as well as produce short runs with a quick turnaround. This strategy helps Romantics deliver a differentiated and more personalised experience to the end-user. Romantics used an HP Indigo WS6800 digital press to deliver the project.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Cut to size corrugated solution reduces packaging overuse

 

A new piece of kit has been launched that helps reduce the amount of air and packaging material that is used when sending out products in the fast growing e-commerce industry. Slimbox is a bespoke box creative capability that allows users to choose from a large number of boxes sizes from a Slimbox app or they can create a box by entering the dimensions. The machine is controlled entirely with the Slimbox app. The machine and the app get automatic updates with new boxes, creations and features.  Slimbox cuts the corrugated cardboard into the shape of the user’s choice and automatically decides the exact cutting speed and preferred quality to guarantee a perfect result. Slimbox claims to reduce user carbon emissions by at least 40%.

More info in The Innovation Zone


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#3 Heat-retaining disposable flask enables delivery of hot tea within 30 minutes

Chai Point is India’s largest Chai tea retailer who have recently launched a new packaging format to help get hot product delivered to people’s homes. The innovation is a heat-retaining disposable flask.The business has expanded their services to deliver the hot tea as well as snacks to customers’ homes and offices within 30 minutes of placing an order.  All five layers of the pouch are approved for food industry usage with the innermost being certified BPA free.  Chai Point brings a perfectly brewed cup of Chai and is revolutionising the way Chai is consumed in India. The initiative started with from a Bangalore pilot store with expansion to other destinations expected to roll out soon in the Bangalore region and then beyond.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Sugar cane based coffee pack starts roll out

Family-owned Swedish coffee brand Löfbergs is testing the use of bioplastics for their coffee packs. Oil-based plastic packaging is being replaced with packs made primarily from sugar cane. Löfbergs have an aspiration to replace the use of all fossil plastics in their packaging by 2020. The recyclable plant-based packs reportedly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 10% and importantly have the same light and oxygen barrier properties as the oil-based plastic they are replacing. The solution is slightly more expensive than conventional methods but this cost is anticipated to come down over time.. Löfberg also have a Climate Compensation Programme through a solar energy project in coffee-growing Tanzania with an aim to reduce their climate impact by 40% to become Europe’s most sustainable coffee company.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

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.


October 2017

Innovation Zone Snapshot – personalised pack and product, inline digital print and more

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

ThePackHub has been collating some great packaging innovation initiatives and we have picked four recent examples for you to peruse below.

We have 2,000 packaging innovations uploaded to our Innovation Zone database with new members joining all the time.  Find out about how to subscribe here: www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/.


Our latest monthly innovation report for September featuring the latest packaging innovations is just £129 + VAT and out now.

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#1 Limited edition yogurt initiate combines personalised product and pack

Yogurt brand Onken is embracing the increased demand for consumer personalisation with the introduction of a limited edition service, which allows consumers to create their own yogurt flavour combined with their name printed on the pack. Shoppers need to visit a special website – a virtual Onken YouGurt ‘factory’ – to choose their three flavours from a total choice of 12 giving the end user thousands of potential flavour combinations.  The bespoke offering is completed by having their name digitally printed of the yogurt pot. Onken YouGurt will run for a month and may pave the way for a more permanent execution.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Inline digital print delivers variable graphics and text at point of filling

Leading packaging and filling equipment manufacturer, Sidel is collborating with laser coding experts DataLase on the roll-out of a ground-breaking inline and real time digital printing technology. The ability to digitally print variable on-pack graphics at the point of filling is now a viable reality. High speed, quality printing is achieved through a unique inline digital printing (IDP) solution using DataLase’s colour-change pigment technology. The solution enables inkless fast turnaround digital printing. Beverage brand owners can now adopt mass customisation and personalisation designs.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 Can shapes and sizes for every Australian’s requirements

Kraft Heinz has acknowledged the differing packaging requirements of Australian consumers with the introduction of a range of cans designed for four different types of eater. The standard ubiquitous can size has been replaced by four distinctive and non-standard shapes all designed to meet a specific meal occasion / user requirement. ‘The Lil’ One’ is a 130g meal for a younger child; ‘The One For One’ is a 220g designed for a teenager; ‘The One for Two’ is a option for couples and a family meal is met with the ‘The One For All’ 555g can. The serving sizes are part of a new campaign called ‘a can size for every Aussie’. The initiative follows a research study by Kraft Heinz that found that Australian shoppers were looking for ideal can sizes to meet different occasions and circumstances.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Single piece of rolled paper creates light

Japanese design studio Nendo has developed a clever innovation with potential future packaging applications. They have created a single piece of paper that is able to produce light when it is rolled. The amount of light produced is adjustable and white or orange light is projected depending on which way the paper is rolled. As the user tightens the roll of the paper, the light gets stronger.  The paper has printed electronic circuit boards using silver particle ink. The paper light has several immediate potential uses as a lamp or flashlight and with imagination perhaps future use in the packaging industry. Sounds like the start of a great ideation workshop!

More info in The Innovation Zone.

 


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.


August 2017

Innovation Zone Snapshot – colour changing, protective coatings, compostable packs and more

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

ThePackHub has been collating some great packaging innovation initiatives and we have picked four recent examples for you to peruse below.

We have 1,900 packaging innovations uploaded to our Innovation Zone database with new members joining all the time.  Find out about how to subscribe here: www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/.


Our latest monthly innovation report for August featuring 70 packaging innovations is just £129 + VAT and out now.

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#1 Fast food drink tray doubles as a smartphone speaker

Fast food giants McDonald’s have developed a new drink tray that doubles as a smartphone speaker and stand. The invention that you never knew you needed is a useful way to listen to music whilst eating. The innovation more than doubles the amplification of the sound much to the annoyance presumably of anyone sitting within 10 metres. The ‘McBoombox’ was created to acknowledge the anniversary of the McFlurry. All consumers need to do it  flip over their specially designed drink tray, unfold the speakers, place the smartphone into the McBoombox and enjoy. The activity is a collaboration between McDonald’s Canada who worked alongside the University of Waterloo’s Audio Research Group and design studio Stacklab. The drink tray uses 10-sided speaker openings with reflective surfaces that channel the sound more effectively than cardboard alone.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Can comes to life once chilled

An established thermochromic ink technology is being used for Unilever’s leading Lipton Iced Tea cans as part of a special promotion for Belgium music festival Tomorrowland.  Crown Bevcan has helped Lipton deliver this engaging new pack that sees the can ‘brought to life’ by consumers when chilled. The end result is a beverage can that essentially has two surface designs – before and after cooling. The pack has a strapline encouraging consumers to ‘chill the can and see the love’ which is literal in the sense that the word ‘love’ appears when the can has reached optimal consumption temperature.

More info in The Innovation Zone

 

 


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#3 Protective coating has packaging waterproofing potential

 

Scientists from Canberra, Australia based Nanotechnology Research Laboratory have collaborated with the Australian National University (ANU) to develop a new spray-on material that repels water. The protective superhydrophobic coating has a lot of commercial potential to waterproof consumer products like mobile phones or prevent ice from forming on transport but also has several packaging applications. The surface has a layer of nanoparticles, the coating combining two plastics. The water-repellent coating is transparent and resistant to ultraviolet radiation.  The same principles could also be applied to make coatings that could be anti-corrosive, oil-repellent or even self-cleaning.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Substrate made from eucalyptus tree creates sustainable biscuit pack

Spanish winemaker Barbadillo has launched a consumer campaign for their best selling Castillo de San Diego wine with an interactive smart bottle initiative. Barbadillo is adding NFC (Near Field Communication) tags to 126,000 bottles, which is claimed to be the largest use of NFC tags for consumer engagement in the wine and spirts industry so far attempted in the world. A neck collar on each bottle is NFC-enabled and consumers simply need to tap with their smartphone. They  have the opportunity to win one of 12 prizes. There is also a code on the cork, which consumers can submit via their mobile for the chance of another instant prize. NFC experts Thin Film Electronics are behind the technology. Take up is improved by the fact that a mobile app is not required to participate, just a NFC enabled phone. The bottles are being sold in 15 Spanish supermarket chains.

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June 2016

Video review of beverage packaging innovations

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Welcome to this week’s video packaging review from ThePackHub. This week we’ve uploaded a short summary of some stand out packaging innovations from the world of beverage packaging.

These innovations have been selected from our Innovation Zone database and are a small selection of the 100s of beverage innovations we have uploaded.

Beverage Packaging Innovations ReportThePackHub has put together a comprehensive report summarising the stand-out beverage packaging initiatives.

We have collated more than 230 of the latest, most interesting examples of innovative beverage packaging with insight, analysis and comment. Find out more.

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June 2016

Video review of stand out fast food packaging innovations

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Welcome to this week’s video packaging review from ThePackHub. This week we’ve uploaded a short summary of some stand out packaging innovations from the world of fast food and takeaway packaging.

These innovations have been selected from our Innovation Zone database and include innovations from McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut and more.

 

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