Packaging & Technology News

“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.

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 --- 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.

Raised Real: Maximizing nutrition and minimizing waste in infant nutrition

19 Jun 2018 --- Tapping into a space opened up by “millennial parents” who want nutritious food for their infants, with an environmentally-friendly seal of appeal, is Raised Real. The California start-up offers an innovative baby food meal-kit delivery solution, touting nutritionally balanced meals and an innovative freeze-cooling packaging system. Speaking to Santiago Merea, CEO and co-founder, Steven Kontz, co-founder and CFO and Benish Shah, VP of Marketing, NutritionInsight looks into how the company is minimizing food waste while maximizing nutrition and protecting the environment through packaging choices. 

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.