Smart Packaging

Flat Wine Bottle by Delivering Happiness. Photo: Dow.

Dow opens entries for its 2019 Packaging Innovation Awards

By Jenny Eagle

From a Flat Wine Bottle, to Mix On Command (MOC) Shaker Bag, PaperBoat Thandai Retortable Profile Pouch and KitKat Celebreak box; Dow is on the hunt for this year’s breakthrough designs for its Packaging Innovation Awards 2019.

PepsiCo's Snackbots are being piloted at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, to deliver healthier-for-you snacks to students. Pic: PepsiCo

PepsiCo’s Snackbot delivers snacks to students

By Gill Hyslop

The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, is serving as a test site for PepsiCo’s Snackbots delivering better-for-you snack and beverage brands from Hello Goodness via an app.

Colors will be tasty, the style will be unexpectedly smart, and the intention will be warm and personal. Photo: Pantone.

What packaging design colors will make the cut in 2019?

By Jenny Eagle

From Butterum and Cappuccino to spicy red, sweet flamingo orange and rich purples, BakeryandSnacks speaks to Frontier Label, which supplies digital prints of stickers and labels to find out what design trends we can expect to see in 2019.

Wulftec end-of-line packaging machines. Photo; Wulftec YouTube.

Duravant expands end-of-line packaging portfolio

By Jenny Eagle

Duravant equipment and automation provider to the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors, has acquired Wulftec International to expand its integration and automation portfolio.

The Kezzler team. Photo: Kezzler.

AIPIA World Congress preview

Kezzler takes IoP technology to China

By Jenny Eagle

Kezzler joined the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and Innovation Norway on a State Visit to China last month, as it welcomed incoming CEO Christine Akselsen.

AIPIA to partner with drupa 2020. Photo: drupa.

AIPIA announces drupa 2020 partnership

How packaging can help brands in a mobile commerce world

By Jenny Eagle

AIPIA (Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association) has partnered with drupa 2020, printing technology show, to host a Members’ Village as well as demonstrations and presentations about Active & Intelligent Packaging technologies and how...

Spinato's broccoli crust pizzas.

News in brief

Spinato’s launches Broccoli Crust Pizza

By Jenny Eagle

Spinato’s frozen pizza has launched a broccoli crust and redesigned its packaging to reflect its Mediterranean artistry and ingredients.

Hans van Schaik, MD, ECMA speaking at the ECMA Congress last week.

ECMA Congress 2018

ECMA revises its business strategy to tackle growing challenges

By Jenny Eagle

ECMA (The European Carton Makers Association) has revised its business strategy to tackle growing challenges within the industry such as Brexit, food safety, recruiting a younger workforce, currency fluctuations and sustainability.

With virtual bakery tours, iba visitors will have the opportunity to visit bakeries all around the world using VR glasses. Pic : Tartine Bakery, San Franciso

iba 2018: industry insight, trends and NPD

By Gill Hyslop

At this year’s event – being held in Munich, Germany, on September 15-20 – a swathe of exhibitors will be showcasing their innovations and solutions for bakers and confectioners – from raw materials and baking ingredients to equipment and packaging solutions,...

PreScouter has identified 11 companies which offer smart packaging technologies. Photo: PreScouter.

PreScouter research report

‘Which smart packaging technologies are readily available in 2018’

By Jenny Eagle

Amcor’s MaXQ digital system, EVRYTHNG and ScanTrust Internet of Things (IoT), Smartglyph and MagicAdd are just some of the technologies identified by PreScouter research, which has led to readily available smart packaging in 2018.