Packaging & Technology News

Packaging for sports nutrition: “Decoding” complex products for the mainstream market 

18 Jul 2018 --- Packaging not only protects and preserves the inner contents but also plays a communicative role by supplying the consumer with essential information. Sports nutrition has made the leap from niche market to mainstream, giving suppliers new impetus to do all they can to stand out. NutritionInsight investigates some of the trends in the sports nutrition packaging market, and key concerns that come with a market that is ever evolving.

Weekly Digest: Valensa’s spirulina “first ever” to earn USP verification, study highlights how “exercise is medicine” for the gut

13 Jul 2018 --- In nutrition news this week, Valensa International’s Parry Organic Spirulina became the first to be awarded the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) verified mark. In research news, Sabinsa’s pterostilbene proved beneficial for diabetic animals, Nektium’s patent-pending botanical extract Zynamite gained clinical support and exercise was found to deliver gut-health benefits. B&D Nutritional Ingredients appointed a new US Northeast Sales Manager and Newtrition, BASF’s human nutrition brand is hosting a worldwide innovation challenge.

First-time finding: Risk of BPA on intestinal health found amid rising bowel disease cases

11 Jul 2018 --- Dietary exposure to BPA – found in polycarbonate plastics often used in making containers to store food and beverages – can worsen the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), a study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine has found. IBD can be further exacerbated by the hormone estrogen, and BPA is a known synthetic estrogen.

On-the-go packaging solutions pick up speed to accommodate modern consumerism

05 Jul 2018 --- 05 Jul 2018 Much of the modern consumer market lives life on-the-go, consuming higher volumes of drinks and snacks outside of the home than ever before. The convenience and functionality of on-the-go packaging can be the difference between one product and another at point-of-sale. Packaging suppliers are responding to the on-the-go challenge with an increasing range and diversity of innovative mobile packaging solutions and technologies.

Labels of the future: Sustainable and technological drivers in packaging

25 Jun 2018 --- Innovation within labels is expanding and diversifying to meet the challenges of modern consumerism. Food and beverage companies are producing more environmentally-conscious products and labels are the medium through which this message can be conveyed to the increasingly mindful consumer. Label suppliers are conscious too that their solutions are compatible with sustainable packaging types so as to avoid creating issues related to waste disposal. Innovation in labels is also centered on customer engagement and brand appeal, as technological advancements enable labels to connect consumers with products in new and exciting ways.

Danone's baby food brands undergo image and ingredient revamp

22 Jun 2018 --- Danone Early Life Nutrition has revamped both of its baby food brands, Cow & Gate and Aptamil. Cow & Gate is launching fifteen new food recipes across the pouch, cereal, jar and tray product ranges, as well as a complete packaging re-brand across its entire formula milk and food portfolio. Starting from mid-June, the changes will be the “biggest the brand has ever undergone.” Aptamil is also launching a new patented next-generation powder formulation and a complete packaging refresh across its entire range.

Confusing cereals? UK consumer group calls for clearer labeling post Brexit

20 Jun 2018 --- A Which? investigation into the sugar content of “adult” breakfast cereals has unveiled high sugar levels and ignited calls for the UK Government to make traffic light labeling mandatory after Brexit, when EU laws are transferred to British law.

Packaging for nutraceuticals: Targeting safety and stability of active ingredients

01 Jun 2018 --- Bormioli Pharma is responding to the expanding nutraceutical market with an innovative packaging delivery system, AccuRec, that aims to minimize human error, ensure correct dosage levels, keep active ingredients stable and allow consumers to reconstitute oral supplements in a few steps. Nutraceutical ingredients typically require delivery systems that keep their active ingredients unchanged and safe and therefore bring a host of unique R&D challenges for packaging formulators.

Biodegradable/ compostable packaging innovations sprout amid sustainability challenge

29 May 2018 --- Rising demand for more environmentally-responsible consumer products is driving innovation in biodegradable and compostable packaging solutions. Public concern for the environmental impact of everyday packaging materials – particularly plastics – has intensified, creating market opportunities for creative, forward-thinking and sometimes entirely unusual biodegradable/compostable packaging.

Hoffmann Neopac unveils innovative supplement packaging solutions at Vitafoods 2018

15 May 2018 --- Pharmaceutical packaging specialists, Hoffmann Neopac, will unveil their newest tins and tube solutions at this year’s Vitafoods show, in Geneva. The new packaging is certified to be childproof and aims to meet the demand for more cost-effective and sustainable innovations across the pharmaceutical, dietary and food industries.

Zinc in canned goods can restrict nutrient absorption, study finds

10 Apr 2018 --- Zinc nanoparticles that are present in tinned foods may negatively affect how the digestive tract operates, as they are absorbed into the bloodstream, a study has found. Researchers at Binghamton University, State University at New York, found that the nanoparticles may decrease nutrient absorption in digestion, as well as bump up the levels of zinc in the food itself to 100 times the daily allowance. The long-term effect on human health is unknown and is something that warrants future research, the researchers state.

Processing breakthroughs 2018: HPP, PEF and REV technologies

09 Apr 2018 --- Three of the most promising processing technologies for the nutrition space gaining momentum in 2018 are High Pressure Processing (HPP), Pulsed Electric Fields technology (PEF) and Radiant Energy Vacuum technology (REV). These technologies meet the increasing demand for more cost-effective and sustainable food processing while maintaining the natural qualities of foodstuff. NutritionInsight spoke to experts in these forward-thinking areas at Anuga FoodTec 2018, Cologne.

Demand for health and sustainability driving food packaging and processing innovation: DLG

04 Apr 2018 --- Consumer demands for health and sustainability are fundamental drivers for change in the food sector as these have a direct influence on production processes and subsequent packaging, according to Carola K. Herbst from the DLG’s (German Agricultural Society) Food Competence Center. Speaking to NutritionInsight and during seminars at Anuga FoodTec 2018, which took place in Cologne in March, Herbst said the lifestyle of consumers dictated what and how people want to eat.

Microplastics: Health threat or much ado about (virtually) nothing?

28 Mar 2018 --- The future of plastic packaging has become more than an industry debate – it is an international political issue, a focused area of academic research and a household conversation. In a world increasingly concerned by environmental sustainability, the visibility of plastic pollution in our streets and oceans has meant that plastics have come to symbolize humanity’s struggle to take better care of the planet.

Study: Eye-catching labels may unnecessarily harm many healthy foods

24 Oct 2017 --- Labels such as “organic,” “fair trade” and “cage-free” may be eye-catching but are often free of any scientific basis and stigmatize many healthy foods, a University of Delaware-led study has found.

Lack of Attention and Motivation Main Cause of Consumer Label Ignorance says EU Study

31 Jan 2012 --- lack of motivation and attention are significant barriers when it comes to the effect of nutrition labelling on consumer choice. Professor Grunert explains that “consumers need to be motivated to engage with nutrition information – for instance, by having a health goal – in order to pay attention to nutrition labels”.

Multivac Releases New Twin Lane Traysealer

10 Feb 2011 --- Its main areas of operation lie in the food sector, primarily in meat, sausage and convenience products; it is also suitable however for the packing of seafood/fish and cheese, as well as fruit and vegetables or salad products.

Glanbia Opens New Collaboration Center

07 Aug 2009 --- “The expansion of our Twin Falls R&D operation with the new Collaboration Center will speed the delivery of product prototypes to our customers, effectively reducing development time by almost 40 percent,” said Eric Bastian, Vice President of R&D.

New Separating Technology for Pomegranate Launched

19 Sep 2008 --- Hefestus’ proprietary technology takes a complete pomegranate and, with water and sound-wave technology, separates the peel from the arils as well as separating them from the paper-thin white membrane surrounding seed clusters.

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