Brazilian condiments manufacturer Fugini has announced the relaunch of the nozzles for its stand-up pouches. The company says that the new nozzle will help consumers to empty the pouch easier, meaning less waste. The move coincides with the installation of a new production line. This means that film for the pouches are delivered flat transported on reels, which allows more items to be loaded and, as a consequence, reduces CO2 in the environment. Product from the new line also increases freight utilisation of finished product, as more pouches are packed per case. Fugini says that among the benefits that the new line brings compared to bottles include less volume of waste produced, 32% more product loaded and 22% more boxes per pallet. The new nozzle features on ketchup, spicy ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and barbecue sauce packaging and is available in Brazilian stores now.
It looks like this consumer-centric and easy-to-use concept will be well-received by users as well as meeting sustainability objectives.
An innovation like this has opportunities in the Food sector.
Pizzarette is an innovative cooking device that prepares pizza directly at the table, which is distributed across the Benelux countries, Germany and Switzerland by Emerio BV. To make the oven more sustainable, the distributor has been studying alternative packaging materials. The solution that has been chosen is that of moulded pulp. The dome of the oven is made of terracotta or ceramic and is, therefore, somewhat vulnerable. Tests have shown that it is best to pack the domes with moulded pulp. The material has minimal environmental impact and is said to provide excellent cushioning properties to keep the domes safe during transport. Also, packaging made from moulded pulp is made from recycled material and is therefore 100% recyclable. This meets modern packaging standards and reduces environmental impact as factories emit less nitrogen oxides NO and NO2 and CO2. The result is that 10,000 m3 of EPS and 1.2 million plastic bags per year are replaced.
This choice not only offers effective protection for the product during transport but also aligns with modern environmental standards by using recycled materials and reducing emissions, effectively replacing significant amounts of EPS and plastic bags annually.
This innovation has applications for the Food sector.
German retail chain Müller is selling its own brand personal care products in reusable packaging supplied by SEA ME GmbH. Müller will offer six products from different product groups from their successful brand AVEO in reusable glass bottles as part of SEA ME’s zerooo reusable system. Müller has spent almost a year and a half of marketing and returning empties from the SEA ME brand, and are now taking the next step and is the first to sell products from one of its own brands in the zerooo reusable system. SEA ME GmbH has developed its refillable offering together with sustainability-focused brands and trading partners throughout Germany and Austria. Müller will offer two scents in each of the three product categories of hand soap, body lotion and bath gel. The AVEO products in reusable packaging are currently available in German and Austrian Müller branches.
Reusable packaging is just as viable for own brand products as for branded goods.
This innovation has applications for the Health & Beauty industry.
French skincare brand Caudalie has selected the Tense Tube, by Paris-based cosmetic packaging provider Cosmogen for its Vinoperfect Brightening Eye Cream. Cosmogen’s patented Tense Tube is crafted from post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene (PE) and features a ceramic tip. The ceramic tip is said to not only provide a refreshing sensation but also enhances the treatment’s effectiveness on dark circles, unveiling a brighter eye contour for a rejuvenated appearance. To facilitate easy sorting and recycling at the end of the tube’s life, the tip can be effortlessly removed. The Cosmogen Tense Tube is a highly customisable standard packaging option, while also being available in recycled plastic. It offers the option of a removable ceramic or metal applicator, the latter of which can be textured and personalized to create a distinctive sensory experience. Notably, the metal applicator is designed for reuse on a refill, contributing to a sustainable approach.
The cosmetics industry is working hard to implement more sustainable packaging with recycled plastic being part of the plan.
This has applications for Health & Beauty sector products.
Colgate-Palmolive US has announced a partnership with New Jersey recycling leaders TerraCycle, which will enable its customers to recycle all brands of dish refill flexible packaging and caps. The Palmolive Refill Free Recycling Program is open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization in the US. Colgate-Palmolive says that participation is easy: sign up on TerraCycle’s Palmolive Refill Free Recycling Program page and mail in any brand of flexible dish soap refill packaging and caps using the prepaid shipping label from anywhere in the United States. Once collected, the dish refill packaging and caps are cleaned and separated by material type. The materials are recycled into raw formats that manufacturers will use to make new products. Colgate-Palmolive aims to eliminate the use of one-third of virgin plastics and make all of its plastic packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025.
This is a tried and tested way to create a system for difficult-to-recycle materials. It will appeal to those consumers motivated to reduce their waste without kerbside recycling being available.
This has applications across unrecyclable consumer products.
A client approached leicestershire-based Antalis to provide packaging for individual eggs. The customer was using a die-cut box which took over 30 seconds to assemble and pack, and with sometimes over 8,000 eggs per week being packed, it was both laborious and costly. The solution Antalis came up with was a moulded, self-locking, pulp-based box that could be assembled and packed in under 10 seconds. Antalis says the new format cuts assembly and packing time by 75% and uses 20% less material. Also, as a pallet of the moulded pulp box contains 25% more units than the original packaging, the company was able to reduce costs and carbon footprint associated with transporting the packaging materials. The new packaging was designed in Antalis’ Smart Packaging Centre and manufactured in collaboration with Market Harborough-based moulded packaging specialists Ezee Group International.
This solution ticks a few sustainability boxes through the reduction in assembly and packing time by 75% and material usage by 20%. The design also enables a 25% increase in units per pallet, contributing to reduced transportation costs and carbon footprint.
This has opportunities for Food, Beverage, Household, Pet Care and Health & Beauty products.
Australian drinks brand Mother of Pearl Vodka of the Sea, has launched its grape-based vodka in Frugalpac’s paper Frugal Bottle. The paper-based Frugal Bottle, which is made from 94% recycled cardboard, claims to be five times lighter — with a carbon footprint six times lower — than glass bottles. The Mother of Pearl Vodka Frugal Bottle was displayed at the Pasir Panjang Power Station in the Emerging Brands Pavilion at the trade show. The Frugal Bottle weighs 83 g before filling and offers 360-degrees branding for enhanced shelf presence. The Frugal Bottle uses up to 77% less plastic than comparative plastic bottles, with only 15g compared to a 64g bottle made from 100% recycled plastic. The company says the food-grade pouch is a PE metalised polyester laminate, the same material used in bag-in-box wines, and is recyclable. See also: Florida-based distillery launches vodka in recycled paperboard bottle.
Frugalpac has been taking great strides with its paper bottle solution for wine and, more recently, spirits.
This idea can be applied to a range of wine and spirits products in the Beverage sector.
Sevan Hummus Factory AB is the leading industrial producer in Scandinavia of fresh and healthy dips and sauces from the Middle East. They are now partnering with Stockholm-based Bower, who run a deposit scheme for recycling packaging. Sevan has plastic, paper, glass and metal packaging in its product range, and now all of them can be returned via Bower. For each recycled Sevan product, the customer gets five points, which are then turned into money in the customer’s account. The customer scans and sorts their packages at home. They can recycle plastic containers, milk cartons, metal cans – basically, anything with a barcode can be recycled with Bower. The customer then uses their existing recycling location and is rewarded with points. Since Bower was launched in 2019, over 73 million packages have been pledged via the app. See also: Norwegian ice cream manufacturer introduces a deposit scheme for packaging.
By providing a tangible financial reward, this program can incentivize consumers to participate in recycling efforts. This may lead to increased recycling rates and an overall reduction in waste.
This has applications for a variety of Food sector products.
Family-owned Jägermeister has unveiled a new limited-edition prestige Jägermeister herbal liqueur called 9556 Nights of Exploration, at a launch event at the company’s headquarters in Germany. The special edition liqueur is limited to 2,500 hand-numbered bottles and has a recommended retail price of €560 (£487) for a 70cl bottle. Specially designed packaging was developed for 9556 Nights of Exploration by the Deco Glas company from Montabaur. The product comes in a clear rather than standard Jägermeister’s familiar green glass bottle, and the back label is printed in Jägermeister’s signature orange. As the product is drunk, the liqueur’s unusual creation is seen printed on the inside of the label. The product is packaged in a shock-resistant wooden gift box. Inside the cap of each bottle of 9556 Nights of Exploration is a QR code that gives purchasers access to a unique digital version of an Jägermeister painting as a non-fungible token (NFT).
A strickly limited edition range will ensure this new design will be in high demand.
This type of innovation is well suited to the Beverage sector as well as Health & Beauty.
Bavarian food producer Buah specialises in selling freeze-dried fruits. With the help of German sustainable packaging company Thimm, a sustainable product box was developed for the distribution of fruits in gift sets. These contain freeze-dried kiwis and sour cherries in reusable jars. A pair of wooden tongs is also included for removing the fruit. The two-part corrugated cardboard packaging consists of a hinged lid box as an outer box and an inlay. The inlay serves both as transport protection and for product presentation, which also means there is no need for additional packaging material. The brown outside of the boxes was printed in one colour using an efficient direct printing process. The fully colourful inside is the highlight of the packaging and was produced using digital printing. This internal printing not only improves the perception of the products but also showcases the Buah brand.
A fully colourful interior enhances both product perception and brand visibility and aligns with a shift to impactful inner branding fuelled by the growth in the e-commerce markets.
This has opportunities for gifting products across sectors as well as for for E-Commerce products.