Category: Innovation

May 2020

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

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

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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.

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Packaging question of the week

Which of these should be the packaging innovation priority over the next 12 months?

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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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

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.


May 2020

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

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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.

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Friday 29th May 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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How will the biodegradable and compostable packaging market fare over the next 12 months?

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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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

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.


May 2020

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

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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.

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This Friday 15th May at 10am BST & 1pm ET (6pm BST)

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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. We will be chatting with Catherine Conway of Unpackaged about the refill market. 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 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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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. 

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.


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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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. 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 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.

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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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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.

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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.


April 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Easy to hold spouted pouch design evacuate more product

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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.

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#1 Easy to hold spouted pouch design evacuate more product

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin headquartered Glenroy has designed a new spouted pouch that offers useful functional changes. The distinctive-looking, easy to hold pouch ensures that more product can be evacuated. The multilayer EcoVue FlexPac pouch replaces the traditional bottle while requiring less energy to manufacture and transport. York, Pennsylvania-based HR Pharmaceuticals have taken on board the EcoVue patented pack for their ultrasound gel. It is reported that traditional plastic bottles can waste around 14% of the gel being left at the bottom. This solution reportedly evacuates up to 99.5% of the product. This, in turn, reduces the number of units consumed each year. An estimated 1.5 million fewer containers will be required and around 362 tonnes of gel will not be needlessly landfilled. The lighter pack also impacts on carbon footprint reductions. The ergonomic pack fits better in the hand and is easier to squeeze, while leakage is virtually zero due to a leakproof closure.


#2 Tea pack cardboard construction unfolds like a flower

UK tea brand English Tea Shop has unveiled a new pack design for its new range of Whole Leaf Tea available in 18 different blends. The brand has set 2025 as a date for the brand to achieve its intention for all packaging to be 100% biodegradable. The novel design has been created by London design and innovation agency Echo Brand Design who has created a cardboard construction using packaging which unfolds like a flower to reveal the ingredients and contents within. The tea leaves are packaged intact via a cellulose fibre pouch, which maintains product quality better than standard loose tea. A reusable scoop is also included. Resealable tamper tabs turn the packaging into a reusable tea caddy.  It is claimed that the packaging is home compostable.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Mineral water bottles feature clear wood-based label material

Finnish mineral water brand Vellamo is working with global supplier of label materials UPM Raflatac on the introduction of a wood-based clear plastic label material. Vellamo’s bottles will feature what is claimed to be the world’s first and only wood-based PP plastic label material. The Forest Film solution is constructed from UPM BioVerno naphtha, which is a 100% wood-based initiative originating from sustainably managed forests. The solution gives Vellamo a viable alternative to fossil-based virgin materials with renewable ones without compromising on product performance. The label also features a smart label solution called RafMore. This gives consumers the opportunity to scan the label that is unique to every bottle to access live product lifecycle and carbon footprint information.   We have recently reported Biocomposite material utilises waste from pulp production.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Label adhesive technology delivers stronger hold on rough surfaces

Global materials science and manufacturing business Avery Dennison are familiar in the pages of the Innovation Zone with the variety of labelling and functional material developments. See their innovations here. The company has been on the innovation trail once more with the introduction of a new label adhesive technology that delivers an improved stronger grip on rough surfaces compared to most other adhesives on the market. Their new Surfas Technology is a patent-pending adhesive technology that enhances surface contact for better initial tack for packaging with rough finishes like corrugated boxes. Surfas helps to reduce the risks of curled or failed labels to help guarantee the shipping supply chain remains accurate and timely. Surfas Technology is suitable for e-commerce and logistics labelling needs. It is available at the same price as conventional labelling solutions for corrugated board.  The new adhesive coating technology also offers sustainability advantages by using significantly less oil per square metre of material. See also Biodegradable adhesive works as well as traditional plastic-based adhesives.

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.


March 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Antibacterial hand soap launched in biodegradable paper bottles

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

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

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join over 5,000 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 Antibacterial hand soap launched in biodegradable paper bottles

Choose Packaging is an Edinburgh packaging development company that has introduced a new hand soap concept incorporating innovative paper-based packaging.  The company has announced the launch of antibacterial hand soap in their new biodegradable paper bottles. The Innovation Zone has tracked several paper-based initiatives of this nature. See for example World’s first paper beer bottle a step closer to reality.  The bottles are reported to be completely plastic-free as well as biodegradable and are made from recycled newspapers and other ‘naturally sustainable’ materials. It is not clear how the moisture barrier is achieved although claims of being plastic-free would indicate that it will be organic in nature.  Choose are working on other plastic-free alternatives to everyday products to increase their portfolio.


#2 Oval tube delivers distinctive point of difference

Fortune 500 global manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging products, Berry Global has announced the introduction of a new format that is set to create a distinctive point of difference in the crowded tube market. Their new oval tube is extruded, formed and decorated at Berry’s manufacturing plant in Easthampton, Massachusetts.  The Easthampton production facility allows Berry Global to better serve their domestic market customers with enhanced speed to market and more economical transit costs. The majority of tubes are round meaning this unique shape flags to the consumer that this brand or product is new and distinct. The brand-differentiating alternative can also meet growing requirements for recycled plastic content as it is also available with post-consumer resin (PCR). The 5 cm extruded tube is available with the possibilities for premium-enhancing decoration techniques including silkscreen with up to eight colours as well as up to five colours with cold foil. The oval tubes are suitable for a variety of products, including beauty and personal care, healthcare or home care.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 New technology helps protects food against pathogens

New technology developed by US-based AptarGroup subsidiary Aptar Food + Beverage has been created to aid the protection of food against several infectious pathogens. Their InvisiShield technology will protect food such as fruit, vegetables and fish from transmissible pathogens like bacteria, fungi and viruses. The solution prevents pathogen growth without adversely affecting the contents or come into contact with the product itself. It is activated in sealed packs to release a specific amount of an antipathogenic substance that reduces the significant growth of pathogens that may have been introduced along the supply chain. The substance is not detectable by consumers and disappears up to 48 hours after activation. The technology also means that the risk of cross-contamination in the sealed pack is significantly reduced. Third-party research has shown that the technology is up to 99.9% effective against the most common foodborne pathogens that includes E. coli, salmonella, listeria and norovirus. A pilot programme with tomatoes alongside Atlanta, Georgia based Royal Fresh Cuts is underway wit plans to commercialise a roll out on successful completion of the trials. See also PE composite foodwrap has antibacterial properties.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Lenticular animation brings shoebox packaging to life

Adidas’ leading apparel and footwear collection ‘The Pack’ has been reimagined in a new and exciting format. The kit has been repackaged in an engaging pack composition that features an appealing lenticular animation. The footwear and apparel combined package is brought to life through an interactive analogue movement though tried and tested lenticular techniques somewhat underutilised by the packaging industry. The process sees the creation of an outer shell with a nested larger box designed to reveal slivers of graphics. As the box is removed from the casing, other segments of the imagery are revealed to create a vibrating visual effect. A matte black box is enhanced via an iridescent foil, which shifts in colour at numerous angles and lighting. Shoe packaging reinvented with functional alternative to convention.

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.


March 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – No-spill coffee cup concept edges towards market launch

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

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

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join over 5,000 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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#1No-spill coffee cup concept edges towards market launch

An inventive and convenient way to prevent coffee cups from spilling has been created that also taps into the growing reusable packaging trend. The ‘Magic Coffee Cup’ concept has been invented by a UK start-up and has received additional funding to help make a reality. The coffee mug has been designed to make it difficult to knock over and uses a suction pad to keep the cup in place on a variety of different surfaces when not being used. The thermal qualities of the mug will also help keep the contents warm. Limited quantities of prototypes have been developed, which have subsequently sold out and the ‘Magic Suction Mug’ has been trademarked with a view to an eventual market introduction.


#2 Reusable netting replaces single-use plastic stretch wrap

Tauranga, New Zealand-based Gaprie Ltd works with hundreds of warehousing customers across their home market and in Australia. The business has introduced a cost-effective and reusable alternative to traditional pallet containment solutions that also boasts good sustainability advantages. Gaprie’s P.C.Nets have been designed and manufactured as a reusable alternative. The robust and secure netting replaces the need for single-use plastic shrink/stretch wrap to secure product onto pallets. The solution can also save money through the elimination of costs associated with disposing and replacement of used plastic film. The P.C.Nets are made from a knotless pp mesh and are pulled down around the product, then secured to the bottom of the pallet. The nets come in three different pallet sizes and are colour coded for easy recognition of sizes and heights.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Powder-based personal care range reduces packaging use as well as CO2 emissions

Californian officials have recently put measures in place to outlaw the use of plastic bottles for hotel amenities from 2023. This is generating a creative challenge for suppliers. Premier guest care products supplier Hotel Emporium is on the case with a new solution. Eco Pod is a personal care packaging solution range for the hospitality and leisure sector that could have applications outside of California and across the rest of the world. Eco Pod is single-use, compostable and compact and is an ideal replacement to the miniature plastic bottles. It is made from a combination of sugar cane, bamboo and wood fibres. The product range, includes shampoo, conditioner and body wash and contains up to four uses in powder-based formulation. The empty containers will naturally break down into organic matter over time. It is not clear under what conditions biodegradability is optimised.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Fibre-based spoon developed to replace plastic

International packaging business Schur employs around 850 people across facilities in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Australia and the US. The business is set to tap into the plastic-reduction and the EU directive to ban the use of plastic spoons with the introduction of a new fibre-based spoon as a sustainable alternative to similar plastic offerings in the market. The new patent-pending Schur Spoon is made of natural cardboard fibre and is intended to replace plastic spoons used for yoghurt pots.  The Schur Technology arm of the business is currently developing the machine to fold the spoons. Schur Pack is working with stakeholders to further improve the concept. See Biodegradable utensils promise to compost in just 10 days and Foldable spoon with teabag reduces plastic use.

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.


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