Packaging & Technology News

EU Parliament targets microplastics in new bans to combat plastic pollution

11 Jul 2018 --- The European Parliament’s environment committee has voted to strengthen the European Commission’s overall plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy. The new ban targets microplastics – less than five-millimeter fragments of plastic –which have been found to cause huge destruction to marine ecosystems. It also significantly recognizes that the popularization of biodegradable and compostable alternatives to single-use plastics will not deliver a solution to the global issue of plastic pollution.

Starbucks and Seattle City eliminate single-use plastic straws in landmark moves

10 Jul 2018 --- Starbucks will no longer provide single-use plastic straws in its more than 28,000 stores worldwide in a move that is expected to eliminate more than one billion plastic straws annually. The coffee giant will instead offer a strawless lid or paper or plastic compostable straw alternative. Meanwhile, Seattle has become the first major city to ban single-use plastic straws and eating utensils, as of July 1.

Talking heads? Beer label uses facial recognition to “chat” and detect consumer emotion

09 Jul 2018 --- Multi-Color Corporation (MCC) and Talkin’ Things are the first Internet of Things (IoT) packaging platform providers to combine Augmented Reality (AR) and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to create a “unique” customer experience in connected products, according to Talkin’ Things. The label of Black Red Ale beer, which incorporates a large “talking” skull, fully fits into the smart packaging trend by using advanced AR facial recognition and dynamic scenarios dependent on users’ emotions.

Crispy bacon success: Sirane develops new microwaveable packaging solution

06 Jul 2018 --- Food packaging innovators Sirane has launched a new microwavable pack which is capable of crisping bacon precisely to the preference of the individual consumer. The consumer need only adjust the cooking times to adjust the levels of crispiness. An absorbent board within the pack absorbs the hot fat released by the bacon during microwaving, ensuring ideal taste and texture every time.

Nestlé debuts new-look “sharing box” KitKat Senses

05 Jul 2018 --- Nestlé has opted to revamp its packaging for KitKat Senses, following in the trend to offer chocolate in small portion-packed, flow-wraps which tap into the “sharing trend” and offer a “wow effect” when opened, Svetlana Kourianova, European Key Account Manager at AR Packaging tells FoodIngredientsFirst

Chobani Greek yogurt: Ready in a “flip” thanks to specialized IML packaging

04 Jul 2018 --- Chobani has teamed with Australian injection molder PakPot to deliver their fresh Greek yogurt with a dry crunchy mix in an innovative “flipping container.” The container has two compartments which separate the yogurt from the dry crunchy mix until the point of consumption, when the package can be “flipped” to combine the ingredients, maximizing freshness and taste.

The CO2 crisis: Food safety authorities warn of contamination risk

03 Jul 2018 --- Food safety regulators are highlighting potential contamination issues as food business operators try to manage their carbon dioxide supply amid a shortage in the gas. The possible food safety issues can relate to the quality of “food grade” carbon dioxide, as CO2 can be a potential source of contamination in food. Therefore, carbon dioxide used in food or in contact with food must be fit for purpose, says both the Food Standards Agency of the UK and Ireland.

Smart packaging to deliver “disruptive innovation” to online grocery, claims Tetra Pak report

03 Jul 2018 --- As digitalization permeates a range of sectors, “smart packaging” technologies based on unique digital codes will take both online and off-line grocery in exciting new directions during the next few years, according to the Tetra Pak Index 2018. The growth of smart packaging will enable suppliers to utilize digitalization technologies to respond to some of the largest trends shaping online and physical grocery, such as sustainability, personalization and convenience. 

Bosch to sell US$1.5bn packaging machine division

02 Jul 2018 --- German engineering group Bosch has announced that it is exiting packaging. Bosch is now looking for a buyer for its packaging machinery business (PA), more specifically, the pharmaceuticals and food units of the Packaging Technology division. The group plans to refocus its energies on the digitalization market, including the internet of things, for example. The aim is for all of the divisions of roughly 6,100 associates in 15 countries to be retained by the new owner and the units will remain a stable partner for its customers.

Black plastic circular economy is sustainable, proves UK collaboration

29 Jun 2018 --- Innovative UK packaging supplier Faerch Plast has been working collaboratively with Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s and leading UK waste re-processor Viridor to convert recycled black plastic into new food grade packaging. The result is a circular economy solution to a previously challenging material, which will initially see 120 tons of black plastic (eight million items) recycled each month starting in July, the company claims.

UK: Morrisons launches “bring-your-own-packaging” scheme

26 Jun 2018 --- UK supermarket chain, Morrisons, will encourage shoppers to bring their own plastic containers to the meat and fish counter in exchange for 100 loyalty card points, the equivalent of 10 pence. The move comes as part of a series of pledges to reduce plastic pollution, including guarantees that all own-brand plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Tetra Pak solution enables “world’s first” drinking yogurt with large fruit pieces

21 Jun 2018 --- Tetra Top 200ml packaging has enabled Yili, a leading Chinese dairy manufacturer, to launch what is claimed to be the world’s first ambient drinking yogurt with large fruit and cereal pieces. Tetra Top 200ml is a bottle with large re-sealable screw caps, ideal for the growing on-the-go consumer market.

Digital marketing: “Smart” bottles, “connected” coasters to boost tequila brand

21 Jun 2018 --- Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm), a supplier of NFC (near field communication) mobile marketing solutions, is supplying el Jimador tequila with digital marketing formats for its bottles and coasters. The tequila brand hopes that tapping into consumer-focused digital marketing techniques will increase the scope of its soccer marketing campaign.

UPM Raflatac’s smart label solution makes recycling “smarter than ever”

20 Jun 2018 --- UPM Raflatac combines digitalization with circular economy ideals to optimize the waste collection process for its customers. By adding RafMore smart label solution to recycling containers, customers are able to regulate when waste is ready to be collected by scanning the label with a mobile app.

Combidome convenience: SIG partners with Pfanner for on-the-go juice drink

19 Jun 2018 --- Targeted at busy millennials who “prefer to consume healthily on-the-go,” Pfanner’s Supersafte range of lifestyle juices are packaged in SIG’s innovative carton bottle combidome 500ml, which is optimized to be consumed on the move. The companies state that the new range of drinks tap into the millennial market even further through their transparent marketing and sustainable status. 

McDonald’s introduces paper straws in landmark move to eradicate single-use plastics

18 Jun 2018 --- McDonald’s has announced a “phased rollout” of paper straws to replace plastic straws across all of its 1,361 UK and Ireland restaurants from September this year. The transition will be complete by 2019, while the fast-food giants are also trialing alternatives to plastic straws in Belgium and planning tests for select restaurants in the US, France, Sweden, Norway and Australia later this year.

KHS Direct Print leads Brouwerij Martens’ beer campaign to World Cup success

15 Jun 2018 --- In celebration of the soccer World Cup, family-owned Belgium brewers, Brouwerij Martens, is offering its premium beer in 32 country-specific bottle designs on the French market. Various images of the participating nations have been printed straight onto the PET bottles using Direct Print Powered by KHS.

Highland Spring trials 100 percent recycled eco bottle in UK first

14 Jun 2018 --- One of the UK’s leading natural source water brands, Highland Springs, will begin trialing a new eco bottle which is both recyclable and made from 100 percent recycled material. The project aims to “keep plastic in the circular economy and out of the oceans.” In a first for the UK Bottled Water category, the trial starts this month with the launch of a 500ml Highland Spring eco bottle in selected Tesco stores in Scotland.

Smurfit Kappa extends Bag-in-Box packaging solutions for fresh apple juice

13 Jun 2018 --- Paper-based packaging specialists Smurfit Kappa has developed the Thermo Bag as part of its Bag-in-Box range. The bag is designed to facilitate the hot filing technique used in the production of fresh apple juice, which enhances shelf-life and improves cost-efficiency. The market for fresh apple juice is on the rise as consumers seek out healthy additions to their diets.

Quorn eliminates “unrecyclable” black plastic packaging in innovative UK move

12 Jun 2018 --- Meat-free food producer, Quorn, plans to remove 297 tons of non-recyclable black plastic from its supply chain. The move comes as part of the brand’s ambitions to achieve 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by 2025. Quorn claims that their elimination of black plastics is a UK first from a major food brand and one that will help reinforce their identity as a leader in sustainable nutrition.