Packaging & Technology News

Sealpac’s new FlatSkin “hanging” pack achieves 75 percent plastic reduction

13 Aug 2018 --- Sealpac’s FlatSkin pack combines extended shelf-life and enhanced design appeal with a plastic reduction of up to 75 percent. Danish seafood processor Vega Salmon A/S is one of the early adopters of the FlatSkin packaging system for its hot-smoked salmon products. The products are manufactured on a Sealpac A10 traysealer with 8-impression tooling for cardboard carriers measuring 260 x 130 mm. Each carrier has a double-sided print and hanger hole, which, combined with Sealpac’s unique OnTrayCut system, allow for an attractive vertical presentation at retail.

Plastic waste question goes global: China-EU sign Circular Economy Cooperation

10 Aug 2018 --- China and the EU have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Circular Economy Cooperation at the 20th EU-China Summit taking place in the Chinese capital on July 16-17. The world’s two biggest economies stand to gain from aligning on policies that support the transition to a circular economy, which can unlock new sources of economic growth and innovation while benefiting people and the environment. PackagingInsights explores the significance of the China-EU MoU for the packaging industry.

Analysis: Amcor-Bemis merger signals “offensive” global plastics expansion

08 Aug 2018 --- Earlier this week Amcor and Bemis revealed a US$6.8 billion merger in one of the biggest packaging business stories of the year. Subject to the timing of shareholder meetings and regulatory approval, the transaction will be closed in the first quarter of the calendar year 2019. As a result, Amcor and Bemis shareholders will each own 71 percent and 29 percent of the combined company respectively. Amcor CEO Ron Delia and Bemis CEO Bill Austen described the merger as an “offensive” strategy to combine and expand the global footprint, particularly in the flexible and rigid plastics packaging markets within the Americas.

Amcor and Bemis reveal landmark US$6.8 billion merger

07 Aug 2018 ---  Amcor and Bemis have announced a US$6.8 billion all-stock transaction which will combine two of the world’s leading global packaging suppliers. Uniting these two complementary companies will create what they are calling “the global leader in consumer packaging,” with the footprint, scale and capabilities to drive significant value for shareholders, offer customers and employees the most compelling value proposition and deliver the most sustainable innovations for the environment.

Plastic Free City: London urges big business to minimize single-use plastics dependency

06 Aug 2018 --- The City Corporation of London has launched its Plastic Free City campaign in an attempt to reduce single-use plastics across the Square Mile. The campaign is targeting both big businesses as well as individuals, with the City Corporation itself, including the Barbican Centre and the Bank of England, along with financial services group Nomura and banking and asset management group Investec already signed-up. The pledge is wide-ranging, from stopping the use of plastic straws, cups or cutlery to registering as a water refill site. The move comes after research found four in five Generation Z workers expect employers to proactively tackle single-use plastics.

“Slippery” packaging: Virginia Tech researchers find novel way to minimize food waste

06 Aug 2018 --- Researches at Virginia Tech have created innovative “slippery” plastic packaging designed to minimize the food waste commonly left behind in condiment, dairy and beverage packaging. The study, which was published in Scientific Reports and has yielded a provisional patent, establishes a method for wicking chemically compatible vegetable oils into the surfaces of common extruded plastics. While cutting down on food waste, the “slippery” packaging also helps combat the frustration felt by consumers when they are unable to squeeze the last drop of sauce from small packets.

Are recycling symbols confusing UK consumers?

02 Aug 2018 ---  The wide array of symbols on household and food packaging is leaving British consumers feeling confused about what can and cannot be recycled, a Which? survey has identified. The UK has made strides in cutting back on plastic waste, and in increasing the recycling rates of the public, however, the new Which? survey notes some surprising figures illustrating a landscape of confusion.

Kraft Heinz pledges 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging globally by 2025

01 Aug 2018 --- Kraft Heinz has committed to making 100 percent of its packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025, while setting science-based goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The move comes as the company looks to up its efforts to reduce natural resource dependency and create a more sustainable environmental footprint in line with the circular economy concept. The announcement was made as an addition to the Heinz’s “Growing a Better World” strategy which was released in last year’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.

UK Government: Plastic bag sales down 86 percent across “big seven” supermarkets

30 Jul 2018 --- Plastic bag sales in England’s “big seven” supermarkets have dropped by 86 percent since the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge in 2015 according to the UK Government. New figures compiled by the UK Government reveal customers of the country’s biggest supermarkets bought nearly a quarter fewer plastic bags last year compared to 2016/17 – a decrease of nearly 300 million bags. The charge was introduced to help tackle the impacts of plastic waste pollution in the environment.

The way of the Samurai: Ball collaborates with famous vegan chef for striking can design

30 Jul 2018 --- Ball has collaborated with Attila Hildmann Empire GmbH to produce complexly designed cans for its organic drink, Daisho. The central design element of the 25-centiliter Slim cans depicts a Samurai warrior with a pair of traditional swords called Daisho. To highlight the sophisticated design in the best possible way, the cans feature Ball’s popular HD printing technique. Produced at the Gelsenkirchen, Germany plant, the cans will be available at retail stores in Germany from July in three flavors: Litchi-Lime, Berry-Vanilla and Mango-Pineapple-Coconut.

SIG’s QR connected pack solution boosts Brazilian dairy producer's sales by six percent

27 Jul 2018 --- Brazilian dairy producer Languiru has achieved a six percent spike in milk sales thanks to a promotion pilot which allows consumers to scan QR codes via their smartphones to unlock coupons and prizes. Each milk carton, including chocolate milk (Chocolan), is printed with a unique QR code accessible by a SIG-developed app, enabling Languiru to reward customer loyalty and better understand the behavior of consumers. The SIG technology has proved popular, with more than 12,000 codes generated every hour.

Coca-Cola initiative at UK attractions: One plastic bottle for half price entry

26 Jul 2018 --- Consumers will be getting an extra rush on their next theme park trip – provided they bring along a used plastic bottle. Coca-Cola GB and Merlin, the UK’s largest visitor attraction operator, have partnered to roll out “reverse vending” machines at selected sites which will offer 50 percent off admission with the donation of one plastic bottle

McDonald's joins Starbucks in sustainable cup challenge

24 Jul 2018 ---  Fast-food giant McDonald’s is joining forces with Starbucks’ existing scheme, The NextGen Cup Consortium and Challenge, convened by Closed Loop Partners. McDonald’s now joins Starbucks as a founding member of the group in a bid to develop a global recyclable and/or compostable cup solution. This announcement follows recent commitments by both companies to drive innovation of their packaging and help reduce waste. The brands estimate that 600 billion coffee cups wind up in landfills each year.

UK consumer group highlights plight of unrecyclable plastics in supermarkets

20 Jul 2018 --- An investigation by UK consumer group Which? has found that nearly one-third of plastic packaging used in supermarkets is either non-recyclable or difficult to recycle, prompting the group to call on the Government to make clear and simple recycling labeling compulsory.

“Heat&Go”: SIG launches microwaveable carton for mobile drinking convenience

19 Jul 2018 ---  SIG has developed a new microwaveable aseptic carton designed specifically for on-the-go consumption of liquid dairy, non-carbonated soft drinks and broth with low viscosity products. The new “Heat&Go” pack is aluminum free and can be heated in a microwave, either in a vending machine, store, café, home or office. SIG cite the rising consumer trend for hot drinks that can be consumed on-the-go – particularly in Asia – as the inspiration behind the design.

Ball partners with Brouwerij Homeland for ultra-minimalist craft beer can design

18 Jul 2018 --- Dutch craft beer brand Brouwerij Homeland Amsterdam has collaborated with Ball to create a unique, blank can design for its popular spelt beer. The cans utilize Ball’s 33-centiliter standard format, which is a popular choice amongst many craft brewers. Unlike other brands, Brouwerij Homeland Amsterdam has chosen to leave the 360-degree can canvas blank, creating a strong, stand-out design. The minimalist cans feature no printing or messaging, other than the name, date and alcohol percentage on the bottom of the can.

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.

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