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Packaging design inspiration gallery: SUSTAINABILITY

Earth Day is an annual global celebration highlighting the importance of sustainability, recycling, water conservation, and other ways to save the planet. Here are some examples of food packaging that pitches in on the eco effort with compostable materials, natural paper, and other features.

General Mills slams Cornell cereal study: It is ‘absurd’ pseudo-science

General Mills has slammed research suggesting on-pack cereal mascots are positioned to gaze into children’s eyes, calling the findings ‘absurd’ and describing the study as pseudo-science.

Matte is the new black for snacks: ‘There are several drivers’, says expert

Traditional high-gloss packs will soon be a thing of the past as snack makers turn to matte finishes in the battle for shelf appeal, an expert says.

Cereal psychology: Mascot eye contact sparks consumer trust

Mascots on breakfast cereals that gaze directly into a consumer’s line of vision can spark trust; findings that researchers say could be used to fuel growth of better-for-you lines.

Reduce bread packaging by 20% with no shelf life impact: Study

Industrial bread manufacturers should stop over-packing bread because thinner plastic films do not impact shelf life standards, researchers say.

Mona’s Granola: Big cereal brands have overlooked sensual packaging

Big cereal players haven’t worked out the concept of sensual packaging, sticking instead to rigid boxes and thick plastics but Mona’s Granola is one step ahead, says its founder.

MWV snack packs stack up

MeadWestvaco has launched Evertain, a resealable paperboard container to protect snacks, boost sustainability, and drive shelf appeal.

Allergens survey highlights risks in industry practice

Nearly a third of food businesses have no corporate allergen management systems in place, an SGS survey has found.

Kind Snacks sues Clif Bar over alleged copycatting

Kind Snacks has filed a lawsuit against Clif Bar for allegedly infringing its packaging trademarks.

Tyrrells uses poetic license with writer’s image

Tyrrells Crisps has apologized for inadvertently using an image of a Nobel Prize nominated poet to illustrate a "fleeting look of contempt" for its on-pack competition.

Bakers need to think like CPG firms, says Nielsen

Bakers need to start thinking about concepts, packaging and branding ahead of formulation – like consumer packaged goods firms, says Nielsen’s bakery expert.

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InterFlex Group acquires Star Packaging

The InterFlex Group has acquired Star Packaging Corporation, a flexible packaging converter with markets in the North American bakery, chemicals and snack food sector.

New year, new waistline, new market? Kellogg slashes snack bar prices by 29%

Kellogg has cut prices of its single-serve cereal bars in the UK by 29% which could make them competitive amid waistline woes and catapult the brand out of the breakfast aisle, an innovation expert says.

Are natural antimicrobial compounds the future for delaying bread mold?

Natural, active antimicrobial sachets containing concentrated oregano essential oil (OEO) should resonate well with consumers concerned about artificial preservation techniques, suggest researchers.

The future of snacks: Health halos, pouch formats and semi-liquid treats

Snacking as we know it will evolve, driven by an unruly consumer desire to try new and exciting concepts and companies must buck up and innovate to profit, says a healthy foods analyst.

Little consumers have big impact on food packaging

Designing food and beverage packaging and products for kids calls for a balanced approach.

Ishida Europe MD: Snacks will be growth tool for Africa

Ishida Europe plans to expand into Africa next year and snacks will spearhead the move, its managing director says.

Kraft, PepsiCo tackle packaging challenges

An upcoming conference will bring together top food firms and industry suppliers to hammer out sustainability, design and other packaging issues.

EXCLUSIVE FROM ISHIDA EUROPE HQ WITH VIDEO

Making heat with sound: Ishida takes ultrasonic sealing to snack packs

Ishida Europe has developed a new snack pack sealing system that uses ultrasonic technology – enabling manufacturers to make drastic film savings.

Cereal contamination: Improved 'bag-in-box' defense

Amcor Flexibles has optimized its ‘bag-in-box’ technology to offer greater protection against contamination of products like cereals from carton board, inks or the environment, it says.

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