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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.

SPECIAL EDITION: GOING GREEN - THE SNACK PACKAGING QUEST

Sexy, cheap and eco-friendly: What retailers snack on

Retailer demands are tough. They want quality, competitive prices and now, more than ever, to work with eco-friendly brands.

Polymer technology should deter bakery tray theft, says developer

Traceable polymer additives and those that create subtle defects in plastic bakery trays should clamp down on the huge and costly issue of theft, their developer says.

‘Al-desko’ breakfast: Consumers want packaging innovation, says Mintel

The ‘al-desko’ breakfast trend has hit Britain and prompted consumer demands for re-sealable, easy to open cereal packs, says a Mintel analyst.

Gluten-free app could drive nutrition innovation, says research fellow

A gluten-free scanning app in Australia could prompt industry to improve nutritional content and label on-pack, says a research fellow from the George Institute for Global Health.

News in brief

United Biscuits goes bite-sized with McVitie’s cakes

The growing demand for bite-sized treats in the UK has sparked United Biscuits the develop miniature varieties of two of its McVitie’s cake brands, it says.

SNACKING ON PACKAGING IDEAS WITH BOSCH

Retail-ready snack packaging: Bigger margins on smaller investments

Consumers and manufacturers want smaller snack packaging but with this trend comes the demand to be smarter and stronger, says Bosch.

SPECIAL EDITION: RIDING THE HEALTH CLAIMS WAVE

The hunt for that ‘added extra’: Pushing beyond a health claim

The health-conscious yet frugal consumer is increasingly difficult to convince, even when presented with a plethora of health and nutrition claims on pack. So, just how can manufacturers prompt that...

Velcro seal pouches ensure ease of use for seniors and kids, says Infinium Printing

Flexible packaging converter Infinium Printing has partnered with Velcro to create easy to use and seal pouches for the US market that can be used for a broad range of...

Allied Bakeries invests in ‘healthy white’ bread

UK firm Allied Bakeries has launched a high fiber white bread loaf and roll line under its Allinson brand to target huge opportunities in the healthier white segment, its brand...

Snacking on Super Bowl ideas with Euromonitor

Super Bowl 2013 snackfest: Chips to dip, bigger packs and flavors to pair with hot wings and beer…

With Super Bowl 2013 just a ball’s throw away, beefed up pack sizes, ridged potato chips for easy dipping and well-paired flavors for hot wings, beer and pizza are set...

Packaging can make the unseasonal seasonal, says analyst

The bakery and snack sector is not generally seasonal and is comprised of staples, but manufacturers can exploit the lucrative Christmas period through packaging design, an analyst says.

T-seal bags have ‘excellent’ versatility for snack branding, says Northeast Packaging

T-seal bags are an excellent, versatile flexible packaging solution for snack manufacturers enabling good space for branding, the CEO of Northeast Packaging says.

Aluminium foil growth driven by flexible packaging demand, says EAFA

The first nine months of this year showed a positive development for the European manufacturers of aluminium foil, according to the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).

Indulgent and personalized packaging is key to food gifting success, says analyst

There are clear opportunities for bakery and snack firms amid a soaring US food gifting trend but investments must focus on indulgence and personalization in these products, an analyst says.

Innovia’s BOPP packaging film trumps biodegradable option for shelf-life of granola, finds study

Innovia Films’ regular biaxially orientated polypropylene (BOPP) film promoted better shelf-life in granola cereal than its renewable and compostable film, a study finds.

Weetabix packaging transformed in pragmatic redesign

Weetabix has replaced the plastic inner wrap around its biscuits with an easier to open paper alternative and redesigned its cereal packs to reflect this.

Bakery and snacks firms: The packaging innovators

Investment in packaging developments is especially apparent among bakery and snacks manufacturers and it is a trend predominantly fuelled by retail demands, according to a new report.

US packaging firm tilts new carafe towards chilled drinks

Graham Packaging hopes to tap US growth in refrigerated juice and drinks with a new carafe-style PET bottle pitched as an alternative to gable-top cartons, traditional plastic bottles and glass.

Fears that ‘plain packaging’ proposal for tobacco may spread to food

Proposals to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products in the UK could open the door to extend the initiative to a raft of food and drink products - a move...

Mineral oil exposure in packaging and food possible cause for concern, says EFSA

Exposure to mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH) via packaging and some foods may pose a human health hazard, said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) - as it called for an overhaul...

Europen unveils new European packaging legislation guide

Industry body Europen has released a new guide to European packaging legislation.

Brand owners and converters adapt to new realities of European flexible packaging market - analyst

The fallout from the growing consolidation in European flexible packaging market – spearheaded by Amcor’s takeover of Alcan's European packaging operations – has transformed the trading landscape for convertors and...

Antimicrobial packaging will reduce food waste - LINPAC

Linpac Packaging has unveiled a range of trays and films that can use additives to make the product inside last longer.

Edible food packaging dissolves in water – developer

A US company has developed a food packaging technology that dissolves when exposed to water and said it is ready for commercial roll-out as soon as individual customers’ needs are satisfied.  ...

Packaging counts but taste trumps health in biscuit study

Consumers are reluctant to sacrifice taste for health but brand and product familiarity does help, a new study suggests.

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