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Smart Packaging

Smart Packaging

Demands on packaging are mounting. Shelf-life, sustainability, usability, consumer appeal are a handful of many demands on manufacturers. Technologies and new materials are constantly coming to the fore as R&D efforts step up to make 'smart' packaging.

NPD watch: Green tea cereal, meat bars and bread for women

Antioxidant-rich cereals, protein-packed snack bars and bread tailored to women’s nutritional needs were just some of the product innovations identified by Datamonitor Consumer during 2014.

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The smaller, the smarter: Small-sized packs hit on convenience and price

Light-weight, smaller bakery and snack packages are more affordable and convenient for consumers, says Euromonitor International.

Budelpack expands in chocolate, confectionary and snack markets with Bosch vffs

Budelpack Poortvliet is installing a Bosch vertical form-fill-seal machine (vffs) to package loose items such as chocolates, confectionery, nuts and snacks, to start operations in January 2015.

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Pouches and beyond: Snacks and cereals have made ‘smart’ progress

Snack and cereal makers have stepped into smart packaging territory with stand-out, portable pouch formats but they can still stretch further, says a packaging expert.

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Bread packaging is far from ‘smart’ but could be, says expert

Bread needs a shake up because packaging is fixated on protection and cost, meaning opportunities to spark increased consumer engagement are lost, says a packaging expert.

Pack Expo 2014

Co-manufacturing boom sparks design challenge

The explosive shift towards co-manufacturing in bakery and snacks presents challenges for equipment suppliers because of a greater need for interchangeable lines, says Kliklok-Woodman (KW).

Ravenwood linerless labels expands into fresh produce and bakery sector

Ravenwood Packaging has expanded into the fresh produce and bakery sector, replacing traditional labels that carry backing paper with linerless ones. 

Mobile eye-tracking insights hold promise for cereal pack design

Mobile eye-tracking technology has heaps of potential for breakfast cereal makers looking to better communicate product attributes, claim researchers.

Pack Expo 2014 post-show round up

Start-up boom sparks budget packaging demand

The flurry of start-up companies in baking and bars has sparked business demand for entry-level packaging machines, says the marketing head of PAC Machinery Group.

Patent Watch

General Mills files patent for cost-efficient flexible dough pack

General Mills has developed a flexible package for chemically-leavened refrigerated dough that it claims is considerably cheaper than market options and ensures better baking quality.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

How will Nutrition Facts panel changes hit snacks?

Snack makers and suppliers will be under pressure to make fast changes across all packs once the FDA finalizes its ruling on the nutrition facts panel, but can suppliers keep...

Ilapak to build a production plant in the US following IMA 81% ownership

Ilapak has announced plans to build an 80,000sq ft production facility in North West Arkansas, starting operations in January 2016.

Sonoco focuses on European expansion after $360m WPG acquisition

Sonoco has completed its $360m acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG), a European provider of composite cans, drums and rigid plastic containers.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Corrugated packaging not going away in snacks

Snack makers need to protect fragile product and meet increasing e-commerce and promotional demands – good reasons to increase the use of corrugate in secondary packaging, says a business strategy expert.

Lance Snacks bets big on radio

Snyder’s-Lance is using radio rather than TV for its latest Lance Snacks marketing campaign to target consumers effectively – while on the go, the senior brand director says.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

General Mills: Think globally; act local to tackle consumer problems

Bakery companies must have global strategies but act locally to solve consumer problems such as carb concerns and free from needs, says the innovation head of General Mills’ global bakery...

Kix interactive cereal a double-win: Engages kids and appeals to parents

General Mills has launched special edition Kix cereal packs with cut-out characters to accompany a series of online stories for kids – a strategy that importantly holds parent appeal, says...

Graze targets mums with ‘big box’ subscription snacks

Graze realizes subscription snacking opportunities stretch far beyond its desk-friendly concept and is taking a leap into sharing with big box varieties, its CEO says.

KP Snacks to leverage growth under Intersnack ‘powerhouse’

KP Snacks has big growth plans under the Intersnack umbrella with Christmas NPD investment and a push in healthy snacking, says its branded sales head.

UK breakfast boom? Hot cereals up 17.9% in 2013

The demand for hot cereals like porridge has continued to experience a dramatic resurgence and will continue an upward trajectory for the next four years, according to a Key Note...

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Cereal makers must think outside the pot: Think spoons and fruit sachets

Cereal pots appeal to consumers seeking faster, easier ways of eating breakfast, but manufacturers must go beyond simple, on-the-go pot packaging, says Datamonitor Consumer.

Frito-Lay president: 'We’re laser-focused on productivity’

Improved supply chain productivity using automation and better go-to-market delivery systems has driven core operating profit up 6% CAGR, says the president of Frito-Lay North America.

Special K US annual sales slump 9.7%

US total sales for Special K dropped $56m for the year; a slump that could be rescued with lifestyle-focused NPD, says the head of innovation at Mintel.

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

Dispatches from IFT 2014: 8-minute insight from Mintel innovation directors

Crunch time: Is breakfast cereal doomed to sink?

The global breakfast cereal market faces increasing competition as consumers turn to convenient alternatives, so how can manufacturers step up to compete and stimulate often dwindling sales?

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