Packaging & Technology News

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.

“Natural” laser labels: Eco-friendly packaging option for fruit and vegetables hits Dutch shelves

08 Jun 2018 --- Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has launched a so-called “natural label” on a selection of its organic vegetables range, marking a move into the mainstream for the technology. The “natural label” is achieved through the use of laser technology that makes it possible to display the indication of “organic” directly onto the produce, without the need for additional packaging material. The method holds potential for further retailers who are looking to reduce plastic packaging and reduce their environmental footprint.

Nano-plastics that accumulate in marine life may end up on dinner plates, study suggests

06 Jun 2018 ---  Plastic nanoparticles – which are tiny pieces of plastic less than 1 micrometer in size – could potentially contaminate food chains, ultimately affecting human health, a study conducted at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found. The study found that such nanoplastics are easily ingested by marine life and accumulate over time. This creates a risk of transference to the human food chain. They suggest this could threaten food safety and pose health risks.

UN Environment report finds “a surging momentum in global efforts to address plastic pollution”

05 Jun 2018 --- A new report by the EU Environment into the state of global plastic pollution in 2018 has been released on World Environment Day. The report offers the first comprehensive international assessment of government action against plastic pollution. The analysis illustrates best practices and lessons learned from case studies on single-use bans, levies and other forms of government intervention. UN experts advise policymakers with a ten-step roadmap for combatting plastic pollution.

SIG highlights digital innovation in food and beverage packaging with new partnership

04 Jun 2018 --- SIG and GE Digital have announced a strategic partnership to power digital innovation in food and beverage packaging. Digital technologies are permeating markets and the packaging sector is no exception. It is hoped the move will drive new levels of efficiency, create intelligent solutions and enable new possibilities for its customers. SIG will deploy GE Digital’s Predix Asset Performance Management (APM) and Predix ServiceMax industrial applications across more than 400 customer factories worldwide, the digital innovations will also feature in ways that directly meet the consumer.

EU pledges retaliation after Trump’s metal tariffs come into effect

01 Jun 2018 ---  US President Donald Trump’s10 percent and 25 percent tariffs on aluminum and steel imports respectively have come into effect today. Just minutes after the imposition was confirmed, the EU pledged to implement retaliatory tariffs and seek a settlement dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Chilled coffee break: Self-chilling can technology hits US shelves

31 May 2018 --- A new product that is claimed to be the worlds “first ever” self-chilling can, patented and licensed by the Joseph Company International Inc., has hit the US market this month. US retail store 7-Eleven will test the can, coined the Chill-Can, by rolling out Fizzics Sparkling Cold Brew Coffee in the self-chilling technology. 

EU Directive on single-use plastics “vague on sustainable alternatives,” claims European Bioplastics

30 May 2018 --- The European Commission’s new measures to combat growing levels of plastic pollution in the ocean are described as “vague regarding sustainable alternatives” by François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP). EUBP claims that bioplastics can offer sustainable alternatives for the products being targeted in the new legislation, including cotton buds, straws and drink stirrers.

Single-use plastics: EU announces new rules for ocean clean-up

29 May 2018 --- The European Commission has announced new rules to combat increasing levels of plastic pollution in the oceans. The EU-wide rules aim to target the 10 highest polluting single-use products, which together constitute 70 percent of all marine litter items.

Smurfit Kappa’s new MB12 carton finds sustainable solution to mineral oil migration

24 May 2018 --- Paper-based packaging giants, Smurfit Kappa, has launched a pioneering new carton designed to prevent the migration of mineral oil into packaged food. Now available to customers for primary packaging, the MB12 technology used to produce the carton guarantees the highest levels of food safety.

Iceland becomes first supermarket to embrace UK Government’s Deposit Return Scheme

23 May 2018 --- Iceland has become the first UK supermarket to install a reverse vending machine in store in support of the government’s recently announced intention to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme in England. The move comes as part of Iceland’s wider strategy to reduce the impact of plastic packaging on the environment.

Plastic pollution crisis requires “holistic” approach, advises expert group

22 May 2018 --- The food and beverage industry can minimize the high levels of plastic pollution generated through single-use packaging by adopting a cohesive approach that openly acknowledges the complexity of the issue, according to Sagentia, a Science Group company. The company has released a white paper, “Breaking up with plastic”, outlining a three-phase technical framework to facilitate the reduction of plastic packaging.

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