Packaging & Technology News

Allergen labeling: Coop rolls out NiceLabel solution across bakeries, strengthening traceability and food safety

12 Dec 2018 --- Swiss retailer Coop is collaborating with developer of label design software NiceLabel to enhance the company’s labeling processes at its factories and in-store bakeries. The system helps food & beverage manufacturers to meet regulatory and regional label requirements and improves food safety. It comes as industry reviews labeling allergens in the wake of two allergy-related deaths of Pret a Manger customers and while an increasing amount of global consumers are reportedly suffering from food allergies.

Kellogg UK to follow PepsiCo Europe in expanding use of traffic light labeling

29 Nov 2018 --- Kellogg UK is to adopt color-coded labeling in the UK on cereal packs made exclusively for sale in Britain. The new labeling is to start from January 2019 on brands including Coco Pops, Crunchy Nut, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Frosties and Special K. The news comes a day after PepsiCo announced it will trial interpretative color-coded labeling for both beverages and foods in many EU markets, using the 100g/ml-based approach already voluntarily implemented in the UK and Ireland.

Cannabis is a packaging industry “without precedent,” says AssurPack Founder

27 Nov 2018 --- Following 30 years in the pharmaceutical packaging business, Founder of AssurPack, Nancy Gruskin Warner, entered the emerging, yet somewhat booming, cannabis industry. Consumers are demanding when it comes to packaging and there is no exception when it comes to the cannabis market. However, as Warner tells PackagingInsights, “this is an industry without precedent,” with suppliers facing challenges related to swiftly changing regulations. However, the growing market and consumer enthusiasm do present ample opportunity for packaging NPD.

Instant-mix cap: Karma-Aptar collaboration targets personalized, fortified nutrition trend

12 Nov 2018 --- Creators of the Karma Push Cap Technology, Karma, have formed a collaboration with Aptar Food + Beverage, a global specialist in dispensing, sealing and active packaging solutions, to deliver instant-mix technology to a range of market segments focused on the rising trend of personalized, fortified nutrition. The collaboration believes that the cap has the potential to extend beyond beverage into other industries, including medical and pharmaceutical.

Squeaky clean: Colgate and TerraCycle partner to offer oral care product recycling

01 Nov 2018 --- Colgate has partnered with UK recycling company TerraCycle to enable consumers to recycle their oral care products and packaging. The program allows consumers to recycle any brand of toothbrush, toothpaste tubes and caps, outer packaging, electric and battery toothbrush heads and toothpaste cartons for free, while raising funds for the school, charity or non-profit of the senders choice. Speaking to PackagingInsights, a TerraCycle spokesperson noted that prior to the scheme launching, oral care products and packaging was one of the most frequently requested categories for recycling at TerraCycle.

“First of its kind” study uncovers microplastics in human stools

23 Oct 2018 --- New research from Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria has found particles made of polypropylene (PP), polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) and others in human stools. Presented at the 26th UEG Week in Vienna, the results show that every single stool sample tested positive for the presence of microplastic and up to nine different plastic types were identified. Although the study was small in scale – comprising eight participants from a number of different countries in Asia and Europe – it points to the presence of microplastics in the human food chain.

Tetra Pak: Plant-based, water, liquid nutrition and cheese categories set for growth

18 Oct 2018 --- Population growth, enhanced connectivity and demand for sustainability are all key market dynamics motivating Tetra Pak’s trend predictions. At the company’s recent event, Inside Tetra Pak, held in Lund, Sweden, the company offered insights into how such dynamics are shaping interest in plant-based beverages, water, cheese and food supplement nutrition. These trends will continue to grow, the company noted, and Tetra Pak can offer ideal packaging and processing solutions to support NPD.

Vitamin brand vitafusion “first in the US” to offer recyclable shrink packaging 

01 Oct 2018 --- Gummy vitamin brand vitafusion, manufactured by Church & Dwight, has become the “first in the vitamins category” to use recycle friendly shrink-film labeled packaging in the US. Launched this year, packaging for vitafusion’s MultiVites 150-count gummies now incorporates shrink labels made with high-performing Eastman Embrace LV resin and Sun Chemical’s SunLam Deseaming Adhesive, converting a previously non-recyclable package to a recycle-friendly one. The full vitafusion gummies line will convert to recycle-friendly shrink labeled packaging in 2019.

“BPA-free” plastic can still cause harm to mice – and maybe humans, researchers warn 

20 Sep 2018 --- Bisphenol A (BPA) alternatives used in “BPA-free” bottles, cups, cages and other items have been found to cause reproductive problems in mice by researchers at Washington State University. “BPA-free” or not, plastic products that show signs of damage or aging cannot be considered safe, the researchers warn. Patricia Hunt, a researcher in the lab, further tells PackagingInsights that it is not possible for consumers to determine if a product contains bisphenols, but states that “new recycling codes or other mandatory labeling that would allow consumers to make educated decisions would be ideal.”

Nutritional and environmental impacts: Premier Protein launches RTD shakes in Earth First packaging

19 Sep 2018 --- Premier Protein shakes will now feature FSC-certified – meaning the materials used have been responsibly sourced – Tetra Pak cartons and a re-sealable plant-based cap derived from sugarcane. Consumers are ever more mindful when it comes to making purchasing decisions, both in terms of personal nutrition and environmental footprint. Premier Protein – a line of shakes, powders, bars and clear drinks – has launched its new Earth First packaging for its ready-to-drink shakes, hoping to attract sustainability-seeking consumers.

Seaweed packaging: Lucozade trials plastic free sports hydration with edible pouches

31 Aug 2018 --- Lucozade Sport has announced plans to trial plastic-free sports drinks and gels encased in an edible seaweed outer layer. Brand owner Lucozade Ribena Suntory has teamed up with materials engineering startup Skipping Rocks Lab to trial their revolutionary Ooho product at selected running events beginning in September 2018. The trial will expand to wider UK based events in the new year, a Lucozade Ribena Suntory spokesperson tells PackagingInsights.

Blister solution for opioid prescriptions launched by Keystone Folding

29 Aug 2018 --- Designer and cGMP manufacturer of paperboard packaging solutions Keystone Folding has introduced a customizable Ecoslide-RX packaging design which is seen as a tool to combat the ongoing opioid crisis in the US. This updated Ecoslide-RX package is designed to limit dosages in an effort to curb overdoses while providing added benefits for safe dispensing.

All-in-one dog supplement launched with “active” package branding

20 Aug 2018 --- Animal nutritionists Happy Go Healthy has released a new all-in-one solution to support joint, bone, skin and gut health for dogs of all breeds and sizes. The producer claims that the new product “helps pets live better, more active lives.” Brand innovation agency Spicefire provided the branding inspiration for the launch, with the flexible pouches showing a dog leaping through the “o” of “Go” to illustrate the active nutritional benefits of the supplement.

Packaging for pets: A walk in the park?

13 Aug 2018 --- Packaging for pets is big business – it is estimated to account for around five percent of the total European demand for flexible plastic-based packaging. It explains why many leading suppliers have designated pet packaging teams. The challenges are varied – from pet-specific considerations such as the need for industry-high hygiene, clean dispensing and shelf-life standards, to more general packaging focuses including brand appeal and sustainability demands. Three pet packaging specialists – Mondi, Constantia Flexibles and Amcor – speak to PackagingInsights about the challenges and latest solutions in pet packaging.

PepsiCo collaboration launches US$25m industry challenge to boost US residential recycling

02 Aug 2018 --- The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, and US nonprofit The Recycling Partnership has announced the launch of “All In On Recycling,” the “largest ever” industry-wide residential recycling challenge which aims to increase the feasibility of recycling for 25 million families across the country. The project aims to provide the families with the resources they need to recycle in higher quantity and with greater ease.

Sweet solution: Kolibri launches customizable bottle for tailored sugar intake

23 Jul 2018 --- Kolibri Drinks has collaborated with glass packaging specialists Beatson Clark to design and launch a customizable bottle which enables consumers to control the amount of sugar in their drink. Consumers squeeze in as much or as little of the nectar as they desire from the bottle cap, while the viscosity of the nectar has been designed to blend easily with the drink without any shaking. Kolibri has cited public awareness around sugar intake and consumer demand – particularly among millennials – for personalized products which are adaptable to individual lifestyle choices.

Connective technologies lead packaging into the digital future

23 Jul 2018 --- Connected Packaging and the Internet of Things (IoT) has opened up a world of possibilities for brands to communicate with their customers in more engaging and proactive ways. Brand owners are beginning to realize the massive potential of pioneering technologies such as Near-Field communication (NFC), QR codes, barcode scan and Augmented Reality (AR) in increasing brand loyalty and awareness and better understanding consumer behavior.

Tetra Prisma Aseptic 250 Edge revitalizes Mengniu organic dairy drink for on-the-go

20 Jul 2018 --- Chinese dairy manufacturer Mengniu has launched the first organic milk product to be packaged in the Tetra Prisma Aseptic 250 Edge with DreamCap. The new product line has a higher protein content, improved taste and stands out on the shelf due to a refreshed look. With on-the-go milk drinks gaining increasing popularity in the Asian market in particular, Mengniu says it expects sales of this product to generate US$14.5 million in August alone.

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.

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