Category: Shelf life

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.

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)

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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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Question of the week

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.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub


This Friday 15th 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. 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.


October 2016

Consumer Insight Blog: VSP needs EZO!

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Photo of Sue Burden ThePackHub Insight Director - thepackhub.comEach week, ThePackHub Insight Director, Sue Burden, includes her interpretation of a new piece of packaging, looking at it from consumer’s point of view and drawing conclusions about the insights behind the innovation.

Find out more about the insight expertise offered by ThePackHub here.

salmon-in-vsp

 

There are many benefits to both consumers and manufacturers from using Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP) . For manufacturers it extends shelf-life and reduces waste. For consumers it presents meat or fish steaks very attractively – with the transparent film vacuum-packed directly on the product, it is easy to appraise it on shelf and the meat or fish appears shiny – fortunately consumers semiotically associate shininess with freshness in meat and fish.

So far, so good, with a win-win scenario for manufacturer and consumer. However, packaging for consumers is of course more than just appearance. There is, for example, the important question of ease of opening (the EZO aspect, as it’s called in the USA). This was brought home to me last weekend, as I wrestled to release a couple of salmon steaks from their attractive VSP.

Trained by years of pulling on a tab of film at the corner of chilled food trays, I struggled to separate the upper film from the tray, conscious that it would be preferable to do this without flipping the contents out onto the kitchen floor. Using scissors to cut open the tray would unfortunately create sharp edges and would also make rinsing the film and tray for recycling more of a challenge (…any tiny food scraps left on plastic encourages the foxes). After a significant effort, a small margin of the upper film did separate from the tray. However, to try to remove the upper film any further required that conclusive proof of packaging being non-EZO – use of a pair of pliers!

Whilst it is a good idea for meat or fish not to leak juices from their packaging, I am not convinced that it is necessary to have an adhesive seal that is arguably strong enough to protect low-grade nuclear waste. Indeed, other vacuum skin packs I’ve used have been 100% leak-proof and also possible to open without resorting to the DIY tools. If you’re responsible for products sold in VSP, please check the EZO qualities!

Using Consumer Insight to be aware of what the consumer needs all the way through to in-home usage is what creates truly successful packaging – the kind that differentiates and builds brand satisfaction – a great opportunity for all concerned.

Find out more about the insight expertise offered by ThePackHub here. You can also email Sue with any packaging insight enquiries here.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


June 2016

How packaging plays a big role in improving product shelf life

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A warm welcome to ThePackHub’s latest weekly thoughts on all things packaging innovation.

 

Each week we publish 25 new packaging innovations in our Innovation Zone database. We’ve picked out a few recently uploaded entries that we think you might like to know more about.

This week we’re focusing on four innovations that use packaging to help improve product shelf life. As you know, packaging plays a really important role to help keep products fit for consumption. Some of these examples might still be a few years off but it’s great to see some developments to further improve packaging’s efficacy in this area.

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Research focuses on improving vegetables shelf life

 

Diced onionsMichigan State University School of Packaging is working on improving vegetable shelf life. The research has focused on prolonging the life of the humble and ubiquitous onion.  The research team developed a pack and sodium hypochlorite sanitizer combination that led to preprepared onions being fit for consumption for up to two weeks. This compares to a much shorter shelf life for diced onions ordinarily. Controlling the package’s atmosphere and also sanitizing the contents is nothing new but finding the optimum combination has never previously been published.


Sensors in packaging inform of food shelf life status

 

SintefHeadquartered in Trondheim, Norway, Sintef is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. The company is developing a plant-based biodegradable packaging material that will use sensors that change colour to determine when the food inside sours to notify consumers that the food inside has expired. The addition of nanoparticles provide better oxygen barrier than plastic so will also help to preserve the contents for longer.  Four prototypes are being developed. The first is a bottle developed in conjunction with Logoplaste. The second is a pot in partnership with Argo. The third and fourth are an alternative to a plastic food bowl and a cling film alternative. The sensor works when the food goes off as its pH changes, causing the nanocapsules in the packaging to break down and change colour.


New generation high barrier substrate keeps food fresher for longer

 

NatureWorks is the manufacturer of the plant-based biopolymer called Ingeo. The company has collaborated with Italian metallized film producer Metalvuoto to develop a high barrier substrate with the intention of improving the shelf-life of processed foods. The innovation is called Ingeo Propylester. The Metalvuoto film consist of only two layers and it is claimed that it delivers a performance equivalent to that of three-layer pouches. Metalvuoto’s films boast high gas, aroma and water vapour barriers to help preserve packaged foods. The new film is created by coating Ingeo with Metalvuoto’s Oxaqua biocoating technology. This is combined with paper to provide a fully biobased pack comparable cost and performance wise with three-layer equivalents.


Moisture-permeable membrane improves cheese shelf-life

 

DSM manufacture vitamins, cultures and micronutrient premixes. The business has introduced a patent protected DSM Pack Agemoisture-permeable cheese membrane that can be used to pack and preserve natural crust cheeses. The initiative is called Pack-Age and is being touted as a natural solution that is comparable to traditional paper bags and barrier film packaging. The cheese crust quality is apparently maintained for longer, resulting in less food waste combined with a longer shelf life.   The moisture-permeable properties ensures that cheese weight loss is limited during the maturation process.


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Packaging events for the diary

 

OrganisersNameEventDateLocation
ThePackHub & EFIAPrinting for Brand PackagingSeminarThursday 8th September3M Innovation Centre, Bracknell
EasyfairsPackaging Innovations LondonExhibition and Networking Huddles14th & 15th SeptemberOlympia, London
Crain CommunicationsPlastic Caps and ClosuresSeminar9th & 10th NovemberHotel Barcelo Sants, Barcelona
FM BrooksInprint 2016Exhibition15th to 17th November Mico, Milan
ThePackHubInnovation Zone Live - FoodSeminarTuesday 22nd NovemberNational Space Centre, Leicester
ThePackHubInnovation Zone Live - BeveragesSeminarWednesday 23rd NovemberNational Space Centre, Leicester
ThePackHubInnovation Zone Live - Personal Care & CosmeticsSeminarThursday 24th NovemberNational Space Centre, Leicester
ACITrends in Colour Cosmetics EuropeSeminarWed 30th November & 1st DecemberLondon

Don’t forget that if you see any interesting, unusual or different packaging innovations, please make sure you let us know and we can feature it in a future article. If there is an area you’d like us to tackle, just shout. Remember you can click here to ensure you stay up to date with future updates

Until next week. Happy innovating.

 


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