Category: Food packaging

July 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Paper-based wine pack is five times lighter than the average glass bottle

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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.

Very Special Offer

For the first time, we are offering PDF-only copies of our Sustainable Packaging Compendium. Get your hands on 500+ innovations across two volumes for just £299 / $362 / €335*

Order now and receive straight away.

* currency rate may vary.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub


This Friday 10th July at 10am BST & 1pm ET (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:

Friday 10th July
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Question of the week

Packaging question of the week

How has your packaging recycling changed during the Covid-19 pandemic?   Vote now. 

Last week, 38% stated that they have ever bought or received a personalised pack (i.e. with their name on). See results & comments.


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#1 Paper-based wine pack is five times lighter than the average glass bottle

A paper wine bottle launch aims to shake up the wine market as a sustainable alternative to glass and plastic. Frugalpac’s Frugal Bottle is made from 94% recycled paperboard and is being touted as the biggest innovation for wine and spirits since the launch of the glass bottle. The bottle weighs just 83g, which is reported to be five times lighter than the average glass wine bottle.  It has a food-grade plastic liner to hold the wine. The bottle’s carbon footprint is six times lower than the glass version and is also a third less than a bottle made from recycled plastic. The Cantina Goccia Italian red wine brand is testing the new bottle available online as well as in selected stores in Scotland.  Fruglpac is also behind the world’s first takeaway coffee cup made from recycled paper. See: How do you solve the recycling problem with paper cups? Maybe like this.  The business has had excellent feedback from consumers who have already trialled the new bottle format. The Frugal Bottle offers a major point of difference for the global wine and spirits sector. Frugalpac plans to supply machines to manufacture the bottles at wine producers and packaging companies on-site, effectively cutting carbon emissions even further. The bottle is straight forward to recycle. Consumers need to separate the plastic food-grade liner from the bottle and put them both in their respective recycling bins/ The Frugal Bottle is comparable in cost to a labelled glass bottle and can also be used to contain spirits as well as wine. See also Antibacterial hand soap launched in biodegradable paper bottles.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Radical new pack format shakes up deodorant market

The deodorant market is one of the most active when it comes to exciting new formats that aim to reduce the packaging’s environmental impact. Take a took at some examples here.  All Solid State is a new Australian-made grooming product range that is very much part of this movement of change. Their wax-based, highly concentrated product range is a departure from conventional pack formats in this sector. The distinctive pack is reported to be 80% smaller than conventional deodorant products reducing its environmental impact as well as making it easy to carry on-the-go. As well as deodorant, the grooming range also includes shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, cleanser and cologne all delivering a very different user experience from convention. The products are applied by hand and don’t rely on water as fillers, which as well as the obvious environmental benefits also result in the product reportedly being longer-lasting than traditional grooming products.

#3 Packaging material stores CO₂ to reduce greenhouse gases

Baden-Württemberg, Germany based start-up Carbonauten has developed a patent-pending material that has a positive effect on reducing carbon footprint. The production of packaging creates CO₂ of course. The Carbonauten OCM (Organic Carbon Material) plans to defy with a plastic that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The new material consists of CO₂-reducing biocarbons and binders and reportedly stores the equivalent of up to 3.6 t CO₂ per ton. The biocarbons come from wood and vegetable biomass residues that would otherwise rot away and produce their own greenhouse gases. The more material that is produced, the more the climate benefits. The material can be used to create biodegradable products such as disposable tableware, coffee cups and straws. Scientists from Aalen University is co-developing the plastics. The plan is to start industrial production in mid-2021.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Resealable snack pack offers on-the-go convenience

A new pack format has been introduced to make snacking on-the-go easier. The convenient new pack arrangement from Kraft Heinz’s Planters nuts brand is now available in a plastic tube with a resealable lid for the US market. It is a pack designed for multitasking consumers to fit their busy on-the-go lifestyles. The Planters Pop & Pour containers include a resealable snap-top lid that helps to lock in freshness and provide one-handed access. The plastic bottles have been designed to fit in backpacks and cars’ cup holders. The Pop & Pour nuts will be available in recyclable single pop jars and multipacks across the US in-store and online. The Pop & Pour format allows snack-eaters to ‘pop open, pour, eat and repeat’ all with one hand. The convenience of eating on-the-go helps to increase product usage occasions. The new Planters pack is available in five variants: Dry Roasted Peanuts, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Dry Roasted Sunflower Seed Kernels, Whole Cashews and Dry Roasted Almonds.

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.


June 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – 100% recycled PET bottled water made with certified ocean-bound plastic

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

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.

Very Special Offer

For the first time, we are offering PDF-only copies of our Sustainable Packaging Compendium. Get your hands on 500+ innovations across two volumes for just £299 / $362 / €335*

Order now and receive straight away.

* currency rate may vary.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub


Friday 10th July at 10am BST & 1pm ET (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
10am BST 
1pm EST (6pm BST)


Question of the week

Packaging question of the week

Have you ever bought or received a personalised pack (i.e. with your name on)?   Vote now. 

Last week, 78% stated that they do not have home composting provision.


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#1 100% recycled PET bottled water made with certified ocean-bound plastic

The recycling of plastic packaging is evolving. Brands are finding new ways to stand out in the market as well as bringing recycled packaging to market. The world’s first premium 100% recycled PET bottled water made with ‘certified ocean-bound’ plastic has been launched. The new recycled bottle will be launched at Whole Foods Market stores across the US and is available in three sizes. Up to five ocean-rescued plastic bottles are used to produce every one-litre bottle of ZenWTR. It is estimated that up to 70 million plastic water bottles will be saved from entering the ocean in 2020.  ZenWTR are also committing 1% of sales revenues to charities and organizations working to clean up oceans.  The entire package including shrink sleeve label and HDPE closure can easily be recycled as a complete unit by placing in recycling bins. The motivation to source plastic bottles for recycling that are ‘Ocean-Bound’ from coastlines and major waterways prevents them from making it to the ocean where the likelihood of recovering is then very slim. See also: Fish packaging uses recycled plastic would have ended up in ocean.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Micro colour-codes offer counterfeit and manipulation protection for primary and secondary packaging

Leeds based CyanX have introduced a counterfeit protection process for packaging. Their Secutag initiative allows for easy integration into the production process and can be applied to all kinds of primary and secondary packaging materials. Secupack enables legally binding and on the spot identification of secured packages as originals. It has applications for the food and pharmaceutical sectors for folded boxes, tubes, tins and blister packaging. The marking is possible at producers or during the packaging process. The application can be done fully automatically and is integrated into the existing manufacturing processes. The micro colour-codes are microscopically small particles in which between four to eleven colour coatings are combined to create a unique code. It is estimated that there are over 4.35 billion different encoding combinations possible. Additionally, particles that possess magnetic characteristics or react to ultraviolet or infrared light can also be manufactured. Secutag is heat resistant as well as resistant to solvents, chemicals and most acids. See also: Carbon-based markers mixed into packaging create product-specific codes.

#3 E-commerce cocktail packs meet growing drink-at-home trend

A new packaging format is capitalizing on the growth of drinking at home as the world battles through an extended Covid-19 lockdown. A range of easy to prepare premade cocktails is experiencing high demand of late. The NIO Cocktails are available to serve 3, 6 or 9 cocktail variants. NIO is short for ‘Need Ice Only’ which helps to bring to life the simplicity of the brand’s offering. Drinkers can choose from a menu of 15 different drinks, featuring cocktail classics as well as signature house variants. The packs have been specially designed to easily fit through letterboxes for efficient distribution. All consumers need to do is shake the packs, pinch-and-tear the corner and pour over ice. The brand reports that it has a no-glass packaging policy stating that the material is energy-intensive to manufacture as well as recycle. It is also much heavier than cardboard leading to increased transport costs as well as carbon emissions. NIO Cocktail’s immediate goal is to remove all petroleum-based products in their packaging. They only use FSC certified paper that’s is 100% recyclable. The inner liquid pouch is currently 45% bio-based with an ambitious goal to be 100% compostable.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 New tomato packaging meets consumers’ sustainability requirements

Germany-based discount supermarket chain Penny operates 3,550 stores globally. The retailer is persevering with a long-term sustainability strategy with packaging playing a pivotal role. The business is working with German fresh vegetable supplier BIOhof Kirchweidach on the launch of a new packaging solution for tomatoes. This is in response to increasing demand from customers for packaging-reduced products. It is not always practical or possible to completely dispense with packaging hence the new packaging solution for Naturgut Bio Rispentomaten that offers several advantages in terms of functionality. The robust new pack offers an excellent view of the product inside, which continues to be important for shoppers when selecting produce. Transportation volumes are reduced due to the pack’s stackability. Made from 100% recyclable cardboard, the produce has a longer shelf life through the pack’s breathability and a reduction in condensation. The new packaging is now available in all 352 Penny stores in Bavaria and the surrounding area.

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.


June 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Recyclable cardboard box stores home delivery dinner kits

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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.

Very Special Offer

For the first time, we are offering PDF-only copies of our Sustainable Packaging Compendium. Get your hands on 500+ innovations across two volumes for just £299 / $362 / €335*

Order now and receive straight away.

* currency rate may vary.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub


Friday 10th July at 10am BST & 1pm ET (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
10am BST 
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Question of the week

Packaging question of the week

Do you have home composting provision?   Vote now. 

Last week, 78% stated that they missed attending packaging exhibitions.


You can join over 5,800 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 

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#1 Recyclable cardboard box stores home delivery dinner kits

New brand proposition Nevera Llena has had a recent growth spurt during the Covid 19 pandemic as consumers’ shopping behaviour inevitably changes. Nevera Llena is Spanish for ‘Full Fridge’ and the business is meeting the needs of busy consumers with home delivery dinner kits that help to save time on weekly food purchases and preparation.  The kit comprises 14 (lunch and dinner for a full week) pre-cooked meals that are delivered to consumers’ homes. The kits are encompassed in a recyclable cardboard box that stores each meal in compact cubbyholes to prevent them from sliding within the pack. Each meal tray is colour-coded. The central cubbyhole has a drawer that opens up to reveal a brochure containing nutritional and product information. All materials are recyclable. Cardboard was chosen to help prevent wetness during transportation in refrigerated trucks. Never Llena is available in the Spanish market and sold online.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Two different types of cheese packed in a convenient, easy to separate format

The Innovation Zone has tracked several pack formats that incorporate two products in one in recent times. This type of dual pack format keeps contrasting flavours separated as well as helping to give consumers an extended choice in one convenient pack. The Dairy Cooperative Mlekpol is one of the largest producers of milk and dairy products in Poland and has introduced two of the country’s most popular types of cheese sliced ​​in a new form of two-pack. Shoppers will find Gouda and Edam cheese variants, each in a separately packed 250g portion. The two different types of cheese are packed in a convenient format that is easy to separate. The design gives shoppers an opportunity to try new flavours with their single pack purchase. A resealable open-close system also ensures that the product stays fresh and keeps the product’s aromas for longer.

#3 Reusable origami bottle reduces empty volume by 90%

The reusable packaging industry has grown significantly over the last two years or so with many new beverage bottle formats coming to market. A reusable beverage bottle has been designed to make handling easier as well as positively impact on the environment. DiFOLD is a new foldable, reusable and recyclable ‘origami’ bottle. It incorporates a collapsible design that is compact when folded and stable and rigid when in use. The technology is claimed to reduce the volume of empty containers by up to 90%. The packs are distributed in their truncated form leading to improved optimization of logistics and consequent savings in fuel and CO2 emissions.  DiFOLD’s patent-pending folding technology ensure that the bottle when folded can fit easily in a pocket or bag. The triangular pattern allows folding in just three steps. It can be recycled multiple times without significant loss of quality. The food-safe and BPA-free bottle has a temperature range from -30°c to +100°c. The bottle has been designed to sustain at least five years of intensive usage. It has been estimated that 30,000 regularly used reusable bottles can save the equivalent use of 82 million PET bottles in five years as well as 1,200 tonnes of plastic. DiFOLD has launched a Kickstarter campaign.  See also Cup expands from flat in two easy steps.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Salad range switches to recyclable paper bags

The salad market relies heavily on the practicality and usefulness of plastic. The convenient and cheap format helps ensures that the product stays in an optimum condition ready for purchase. However, retailers are working hard to reduce or remove the amount of plastic packaging and this is starting to have an impact in this sector. Crudettes is an LSDH (Laiterie de Saint-Denis-del’Hôtel) brand. The LSDH group produces more than 100 million packets of vacuum-packed vegetables each year. Their ready-to-eat salad Crudettes brand is taking on a different look in Carrefour stores and will soon be available in paper rather than plastic bags.  The 100% recyclable paper bags are being developed by Telford UK packaging manufacturer Sirane to deliver new packs that promise the same conservation properties as plastic. The bag is made of cellulose and a natural coating. The collaboration is part of the (Re)Set Packaging programme.

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.


June 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Strawberry punnet undertakes functional overhaul

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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.

Very Special Offer

For the first time, we are offering PDF-only copies of our Sustainable Packaging Compendium. Get your hands on 500+ innovations across two volumes for just £299 / $362 / €335*

Order now and receive straight away.

* currency rate may vary.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub


Friday 10th July at 10am BST & 1pm ET (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

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Question of the week

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Do you miss attending packaging exhibitions?   Vote now. 

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#1 Strawberry punnet undertakes functional overhaul

A collaboration between Dutch fruit grower Gijs van Herk and packaging business Fonkels has seen a switch out of plastic containers conventionally used for cherries and strawberries packaging. The Innovation Zone has tracked a lot of initiatives in this area but this solution offers some additional functional advantages as well as sustainable ones. The patented strawberry punnet has been developed and made entirely from 100% recyclable cardboard. The containers represent a saving of 14g of plastic per pack. The 250g and 500g punnets have specially rounded top edges to prevent strawberry damage during harvesting. The containers also have rounded corners to make them quicker to pack into crates during picking, which also adds to the punnet’s sturdiness. and utilizing material usage. A specially designed flexi-base protects the fruit through a special technique that transforms the cardboard into an absorbent base. This prevents the fruit from damage and the juices from being absorbed. After use, the punnets can be recycled as paper.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2Spine Pouch delivers cost effective alternative to rigid containers

Brampton, Ontario based Peel Plastics has announced the introduction of a new pouch format that promises an economical and viable alternative to rigid containers.  The Spine Pouch initiative is suitable for liquid and powdered products and offers an option without reducing consumer convenience or product integrity. The Spine Pouch solution also reduces the number of packaging materials used.  It delivers cost advantages through transportation reductions of both empty and filled pouches compared to the use of rigid containers. This also translates into a reduction in warehouse space costs required to store any empty packs. The Spine Pouch also avoids tooling costs associated with producing moulds for plastics or glass containers. There are several spout options available that allow the matching of the product with the desired dispensing rate.

#3 Plastic-free pack format takes inspiration from the past

AgriFarm was founded in 2014 and was created as a sustainable model for local agricultural Greek production. The business involves farmers working together to grow crops in small Greek villages.  Everything is cultivated by farmers in the areas of Central Greece, Thessaly and Western Macedonia. The initiative has seen the development of a distinctive new pack that introduces an alternative, more environmental solution that very much draws inspiration from the past. The packaging is similar and look and feel to the ones traditionally used in the Greek market to store pasta and legumes. AgriFarm’s packaging consists of a 100% cotton bag material that is free of plastic. The traditional looking packaging is a departure from a sector that has grown to have a predominance of plastic. The products are available in outlets in the UK, France, the USA and Canada as well as selected supermarket chains and delicatessens in Greece.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Plastic-free waterproof vegetable and fruit trays introduced

Nature’s Pride supplies 230 types of fruit and vegetables from 59 countries across Europe. The supplier has worked with Wormer, Netherlands-based Remmert Dekker Packaging to deliver a plastic-free cardboard strawberry punnet. Moisture resistance that is conventionally achieved via plastic lamination has been delivered via a water-based lacquer. The waterproof paper-based vegetable and fruit trays are seen as a positive step in the move towards more sustainable packaging. Nature’s Pride is the first to use it for the Netherlands market. Previously, two-sided printed cardboard with a plastic laminate was used to achieve a functional moisture barrier and this composite packaging material had to be separated for recycling. The new water-repellent lacquer solution sees an easy to recycle way through conventional kerbside collection. The lacquer has been extensively tested and meets food safety requirements. The new lacquer is suitable for strawberries as well as other soft fruits and vegetables that require moisture-resistant packaging.

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.


June 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Advanced technology delivers recycled cream cheese 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.

Very Special Offer

For the first time, we are offering PDF-only copies of our Sustainable Packaging Compendium. Get your hands on 500+ innovations across two volumes for just £299 / $362 / €335*

Order now and receive straight away.

* currency rate may vary.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub


Friday 12th June at 10am BST & 1pm ET (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
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Packaging question of the week

Has the Covid-19 pandemic reduced the number of new packaging innovations coming to market?   Vote now. 

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#1 Advanced technology delivers recycled cream cheese packs

Mondelēz International has announced the introduction of a recycling innovation for their iconic cream cheese brand Philadelphia sold across Europe. The brand will utilize recycled plastic containers using recycled material from a new advanced recycling technology that sees plastic material recovered following a Berry Global partnership with Saudi multinational chemical manufacturing company SABIC. The change is seen as a significant step in Mondelēz’s goal to use 5% recycled content across all its plastic packaging. Recovering and diverting waste that would have otherwise been sent to landfill or incineration moving towards a circular economy model. This chemical recycling process is able to recycle mixed plastic waste that would have otherwise been destined for landfill or incineration. Unlike mechanical recycling, the process removes all contaminants, including inks and colourants to return the plastic to a quality imperceptible from virgin material that is suitable for direct food contact.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Recyclable paper packaging roll out for confectionery continues

Nestlé sells more than 2,000 brands across 191 countries. The world’s largest food and beverage company is committed to making 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and has declared that its Smarties brand sharing block is being rolled out in a paper wrapper. This is a significant move for the brand owner as it shifts towards reducing its impact on the environment through switching to paper packaging where possible and appropriate. The new coated paper is widely recyclable. This technology has been reported in the Innovation Zone for Nestlé’s YES! bars – Paper snack bar packaging set to shake up confectionery sectorThe paper substrate is capable of use on the same widescale, high-speed production lines previously designated for Nestle’s plastic or laminate packaging. The Smarties paper-wrapped block is available in the UK initially at Asda supermarkets as well as independent stores.

#3 Wood-based PE label film set for launch

Global supplier of label materials UPM Raflatac is one of the signatories of the Ellen MacArthur New Plastic Economy initiative and is a regular to the pages of the Innovation Zone. The leader in the development of sustainable biofuels has co-operated with chemical heavyweights Dow to launch a new bioplastic label film for the packaging and labelling industries. The launch of Forest Film PE is understood to be the first wood-based PE label film of the market. The 100% wood residue-based raw material UPM BioVerno naphtha is used, which is processed by Dow into bio-based plastic granules for label film extrusion. The new bio-based PE film label material helps to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and delivers the same performance as fossil-derived ones.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Direct-to-shape digital decoration service delivers photorealistic graphics

Global provider of metal and plastic packaging across a broad array of industry sectors, Hoffmann Neopac has announced the introduction of new digital decoration service for tubes. The direct-to-shape DigitAll360 solution has been designed to meet brand owners’ needs for high-quality variable printing in flexible batch sizes. DigitAll360 prints photorealistic graphics and text on the entire surface of cylindrical packs. Full 360° decoration is created without slit or any overlap and delivers on-cap, seam and shoulder printing to complete the full coverage. The new digital decoration service can use up to 10 simultaneous colours and lacquers at a 600 DPI resolution and is available for a wide variety of substrates. The digital print process facilities variable image  printing as well as being ideal for promotions and prototyping.

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.


June 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Paper-based pack now fortified with high-barrier protection

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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.

Very Special Offer

For the first time, we are offering PDF-only copies of our Sustainable Packaging Compendium. Get your hands on 500+ innovations across two volumes for just £299 / $362 / €335*

Order now and receive straight away.

* currency rate may vary.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub


Friday 12th June at 10am BST & 1pm ET (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
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Have you ever tried refillable packaging?   Vote now.

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#1 Paper-based pack now fortified with high-barrier protection

Stockholm-based FreeForm Packaging’s paper-based alternative to plastic packaging has been in the market for several years. The formable paper solution incorporates a complete inline form-fill-seal system. See Formable paper alternative to plastic packagingThe business has made a significant step forward with the introduction of a pack with high-barrier properties. A thin layer has been incorporated to protect the packaging’s contents against oxygen transition. Up to now, the FreeForm solution has only had available as a non-barrier solution.  The long-awaited change sees the first high barrier FreeFormPack machine ready installation. A thin layer of EVOH gives the packaging extra protection against outside oxygen transition. This also makes it possible to pack products using modified atmosphere.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Herb and spice pots now made with 30% recycled content

Robinson Packaging is a leading plastic and rigid box packaging design and manufacture business specialising in bespoke packaging for the food, homecare and personal care sectors. The Nottingham-based business has announced the development of new herb and spice packaging made with 30% recycled material. The change is part of a wider industry movement to migrate plastic packaging to include recycled content in preparation of upcoming packaging tax changes. The UK tax is due for implementation in April 2022 and will tax plastic packaging produced in, or imported into the UK that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic.  Robinson Packaging has produced the new 100ml PET jar made with 30% food-grade rPET. The herbs and spices packaging comes with a range of 100% rPET closures, including a twin flip, aluminium cap and a grinder format that are all recyclable.

#3 Poultry packaging makes 80% plastic reduction move

German producer and supplier of poultry meat, Frisch-Geflügel Claus has announced the introduction of new reduced plastic pack. The Westerstede-based business is the first German poultry supplier to introduce the Halopack inert gas packaging solution via Netherlands-based Schumacher Packaging. The producer and supplier for poultry meat has replaced plastic trays. The hygienic gastight MAP solution helps to extend the shelf life of the fresh meat. The hybrid packaging consists of a cardboard tray that is lined with a thin, gas-tight plastic film. The concept reduces plastic content by around 80%. The backing material is fully recyclable. Consumers can easily remove the film for efficient disposal. The cardboard tray is 100% recyclable and simply goes into the waste paper and the film can also be recycled where available. The microwavable pack is also suitable for freezing. The packaging technology to introduce the new packs does not need to be changed. Schumacher Packaging Group anticipates making up to 30 million trays per year using two machines.

 

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#4 Cannabis plant waste helps create biodegradable, bio-based packaging polymers

The cannabis industry has grown significantly in those markets where its recreational and/or medical usage is now permitted. The industry is reported to generate large amounts of plant waste as a necessary part of the harvesting process. London, Ontario-based Moharram Ventures has developed a means of putting the waste to good use. Their Truly Green Plastic solution uses cannabis plant waste to create biodegradable, bio-based polymers with various potential applications in packaging and beyond.  Not only will Truly Green Plastic help to mitigate the harmful environmental impact of both plastic waste and cannabis waste. Sarnia, Ontario-based Lambton College will help MVI to progress the initiative by testing the mechanical properties of the polymer derived from cannabis waste material to assess all potential applications. See also Canadian recycling programme accepts cannabis containers from all producers.

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May 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Plastic-reduced sunscreen tube makes market introduction

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#1 Plastic-reduced sunscreen tube makes market introduction

Cosmetic packaging experts Albéa have produced a new packaging innovation for L’Oréal’s La Roche-Posay sunscreen product. The Innovation Zone first tracked the development of a breakthrough innovation of a tube where the majority of the plastic is replaced by a bio-based paper-cardboard material. See: Paper-based cosmetics tube set to shake up marketThe paper- based tube possesses 45% less plastic compared to conventional tubes.  It is claimed that the launch of the sunscreen tubes incorporating cardboard reduces the environmental footprint of the overall packaging with a life cycle analysis showing that the new Anthelios skincare brand has the lowest carbon footprint in its category. They are able to maintain barrier performance even through the removal of the aluminium. It is planned to make the switch to other La Roche-Posay products. This disruptive packaging is part of a strategy which aims to reduce the use of plastic in La Roche-Posay products. The brand has an objective to incorporate 70% recycled plastic in its packaging by 2025. It is currently at 25%. That change would see the reduction of 10,000 tonnes of virgin resin usage.

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#2 Patented ‘click-in’ design improves user experience for new refill pack

Founded in 1967, ECOS makes more sustainable laundry detergents and cleaners for its domestic US market. The Chicago-based cleaning brand has announced the introduction of a new refill solution that includes a patented ‘click-in’ design to improve user experience. Their novel Mother & Child ECOS Refill Kit system has been designed to be both easy to use and space-saving as well as reducing single-use packaging usage. The new system incorporates a refill bottle design that is easy to pour combined with a smaller bottle that’s comfortable for one-handed usage. Both bottles snap together through a patented technology helping to make it compact and handy to store between uses. This click-in system also reduces plastic use as it requires no shrink-wrap to hold the bottle together. The new refill system provides the equivalent volume of five containers in one kit with a significant reduction in the amount of bottle plastic compared to five individual containers. The Mother & Child ECOS Refill Kits are available at Whole Foods Market across the United States.

#3 Pilot for reusable and refillable in-store coffee dispensers for Swiss stores commences

Nestlé is working on their pledge to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. The largest food company in the world also plans to reduce the use of virgin plastics by one third in the same period. The business is testing reusable and refillable dispensers as part of a wider trend that has seen many initiatives in this area over the last 12 months. The majority of initiatives are small pilots rather than extensive and permanent roll-outs as brands and retailers test consumer take up as well as operational logistics. Nestlé has been piloting reusable and refillable in-store dispensers for their instant coffee as well as pet food in three Nestlé shops located in Switzerland. Consumers can bring their own reusable containers to buy different Purina cat food and Nescafé coffee variants. Digital product information such as ingredients, nutritional values and shelf life that is typically found on the packaging is accessible as well as full traceability of the products. Nestlé is working with Czech company MIWA (MInimal WAste) on the systems. The dispensers have apparently been well received by consumers during a short trial. Nestlé is testing their reuse and refill options across several product categories and is rolling out these dispensers across more locations in due course.

 

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#4 Colour-changing cups launch may not be reusable quite yet

The reusable coffee cup market has experienced significant growth in recent times as consumers around the world look to reduce their on-the-go single-use cup usage often incentivised with coffee shop discounts. The Covid-19 pandemic has left the market in turmoil due to many outlets temporarily banning their use due to hygiene factors.  However, this has not stopped global coffee chain Starbucks with their planned launch of a new version of their colour-changing cups. The Confetti Cold Cup changes colours when a cold drink is poured inside and comes in five different colours. Starbucks will still not refill the reusable cups at this point in time. The new cups will be introduced in the US and European markets.

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May 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Plastic-reduced toothpaste tube delivered through paper use

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#1 Plastic-reduced toothpaste tube delivered through paper use

Japanese global printing business Toppan has developed a new tube container that incorporates paper to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated. The new solution can be used for food, cosmetics and medicine applications. Toppan has developed a paper-made tube container that reduces the amount of plastic by 50% compared to a conventional laminated tube typically used for applications such as toothpaste. The overall thickness of the new tube is a third of a typical laminated version. The significant change from 0.3 mm to 0.1 mm has been achieved through the use of paper that has reduced the amount of plastic used by 50%. Toppan has also reduced the plastic parts in the tube’s head to deliver another significant reduction of plastic of 65%.  By utilizing the stiffness of the paper, a firm pack shape can be maintained when the content decreases. The means of folding the paper-based pack reduces elasticity apparently making the contents easier to squeeze than conventional laminated tubes. It is also easier to squeeze the contents to the end compared to a regular laminated tube. See also Paper-based cosmetics tube set to shake up market.

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#2 Bag-in-Bag initiative makes recycling easier for consumers

Leading European packaging business Coveris is on the innovation trail again already having several entries in the vaults of the Innovation Zone. The €800 million annual turnover business has announced the introduction of an initiative that improves recycling for a new Bag-in-Bag packaging concept.  The patented solution has been created for the food and pet food sectors and makes recycling easier for consumers by combining the attributes of flexible film and paper with a technology that ensures easy separation of the materials. There is no apparent compromise in terms of product safety and visibility. Coveris’ Bag-in-Bag initiative incorporates an inner layer that has strong barrier properties to protect the contents, alongside an outer layer made of paper, reducing the dependence on plastic. After use, the bag’s two components can reportedly be easily separated via tear tape.

#3 Pet food brand transforms into toy for cats post-use

Global cat food brand Whiskas has created some added value to their packaging as well as giving a ‘stay of execution’ to the recycling process with the launch of boxes that can be transformed into a toy for cats. The Mars Petcare owned brand has created a promotional pack in conjunction with Brazilian online store PetLove. The concept was created by Sao Paulo based marketing and advertising agency AlmapBBDO.  Shoppers just need to buy a 40 units multipack of Whiskas sachets to acquire the new packaging design called the Curiosity Box. The new packaging facilitates reuse and contains assembly instructions with the pack able to turn into a rocket for a fun post-use toy for indoor play for the curious pet. The Whiskas team intends to launch other configurations including aircraft and submarine shapes in due course. The idea of transforming a simple delivery box into something else that can then be recycled when it has reached the end of its useful life is part of a small micro-trend with the Innovation Zone tracking several over the last 12 months or so. See also Secondary packaging for television range encourages reuse.

 

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#4 Own-brand dishwasher cleaner made from recycled fishing nets

Denmark’s multinational discount grocery chain Rema 1000 aims to make the packaging of all its own-brand products recyclable by 2023. As part of this sustainability drive, the no-thrills retailer has introduced its dishwasher cleaner in packaging made from recycled fishing nets. The retailer has teamed up with the Danish company Plastix for the technology required for the packaging material. Plastix’s mission is to transform used and abandoned fishing nets, ropes and rigid plastic equipment that would previously have ended up in landfill or eventually the ocean. Plastix mechanically recycles them into high-quality raw plastic material. The collaboration with Plastix now leads to the first packaging of its kind. The recycling technology developed by Plastix transforms this difficult to recycle plastic into a dark green packaging material. The shade of green in the new packaging material derived will vary with different productions. This is turned into an opportunity by creating a point of difference for the brand and a potential talking point for consumers that emphasises how the imperfect plastic was derived.

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May 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Resealable front closure for stand-up pouch creates point of difference

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

Many segments have now incorporated the functional practicality of resealable stand-up pouches across sectors such as nuts, dried fruit, muesli, confectionery and snacks. Resealing makes it easier to consume on the go as well as serving to keep the contents fresh. Midor owned confectioner Swiss Delice has introduced a twist on the format for their Thins brand by incorporating an unusual resealable front closure. The Swiss Delice Thins brand has now solved the problem of stickers used for resealing that can lose their adhesive force with a new type of resealable closure on the front.  When the front flap is opened, the contents are more visible than with a conventional closure strip. Four varieties of the brand are now available in the new pack format in the German market.

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#2 Medications packed together at different temperature now possible

The use of packaging to deliver temperature control has been an area of development for many years with several new initiatives coming to the attention of the Innovation Zone. Leading provider of thermal packaging solutions for the biopharmaceutical and life sciences sector, Packaging Technology Group has launched a solution that takes the capability to another level with a dual temperature capability. The requirement to thermally protect medications and preserve the efficacy of drugs whilst in transit continues to be a priority for biopharmaceutical producers. The new shipper from the Fall River, Massachusetts business is made using sustainable paper-based materials and is an addition to their TRUEtemp Naturals Cellulose range of recyclable and repulpable products. This solution allows medications and therapies with different temperature requirements to travel together in the same container. The option to ship medications with two different temperature profiles together provides a new way to help save on shipping assembly and logistics costs. The dual temp shipper is especially useful for immunotherapies products where a frozen medication can travel alongside another that needs refrigeration.

#3 Prefabricated cardboard sleeve reduces packaging for clothing range

The drive to reduce the amount of plastic used for packaging continues across just all about all product categories. There is a desire that any packaging reductions do not lead to performance compromises to ensure that the products remain protected during transportation. Packaging is also used to help navigate shoppers to find important information and the products have to look presentable both in the store and on the supermarket shelf. German chain of coffee retailer Tchibo is known for its range of non-coffee products that change weekly that often includes clothing. Their in-house packaging team have succeeded in delivering a prefabricated reduced material cardboard sleeve that is folded around the clothing. A cardboard insert in the form of a bow serves to deliver stabilization. The suspension that holds the sleeve together is made from recycled plastic and there are plans for this to be replaced by a waste paper solution in due course. The almost plastic-free packaging is a unique concept that has already been patent registered. The savings in reduction in plastic use are significant with 30 million plastic packs per year.

 

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#4 Dumbbell-shaped bottle has practical use

Distinctive pack shapes are used by innovators to create a point of difference and on occasion can also deliver some functional benefits. The use of disruptive pack shapes can be a key tool to help create stand out and get noticed on shelf. This is further enhanced when the shape helps to magnify the product proposition. A dumbbell-shaped bottle for isotonic sports drinks by the Kosovo-based Bibita Group does just that. The 710 ml Dum Dum brand bottle has a practical use though the dumbbell-shape. The unusual bottle design not only promises to attract consumer attention but also unmistakably points to the core athlete target group. The practical use fits well into the hands of the consumers for potential light dumbbell training. Just don’t drink the contents first! See also Water brand gets noticed with dumbbell-shaped bottle. 

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May 2020

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

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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.

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#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.

 

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#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.

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