Food design & research > Packaging

Use your senses to reduce food waste

17 August, 2016

Do consumers understand the differences between 'best before' and 'use by'? And has recent attention on food waste reduction changed consumer behaviour in relation to food shelf life?


Towards low-cost, functional coatings

15 August, 2016

Researchers from Spain are working towards modifying the surface properties of materials to obtain specific properties at a lower cost.


Could BPA exposure in the womb cause obesity?

25 July, 2016

Research from the University of Melbourne has drawn a possible link between Bisphenol A (BPA) and later-life obesity.


More bad news about BPA

14 July, 2016

BPA — found in a wide range of everyday items including soft drink cans, cash register receipts and plastic bottles — has been found to significantly decrease the percentage of embryos developing further in vitro after just four days of exposure.


Simplified nutritional labels trim waistlines while boosting profits

05 February, 2016

When it comes to effective nutritional labels, the simpler they are, the better.


Chemicals in food study "reassuring"

28 January, 2016

A survey on packaging chemicals in food should provide reassurance for consumers, according to Food Standards Australia New Zealand.


Pre-packaged potatoes preferred

12 August, 2015

Only 8% of consumers don't purchase pre-packaged potatoes, according to a consumer research study.


Nanotechnology in packaging doubles shelf life of fresh milk

05 August, 2015

A Brazilian agribusiness company has increased the shelf life of pasteurised milk from seven to 15 days, by incorporating silver-based nanoparticles with bactericidal, antimicrobial and self-sterilising properties into the plastic bottles which package the milk.


How 3D printing could make use-by dates obsolete

22 July, 2015

The latest advance in 3D printing capability could enable consumers to check food freshness via a smartphone.


User experience the focus of packaging innovation awards

18 May, 2015

End-user experience was a key focus of the 2015 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, with 77% of the winners being honoured for design that enhances the user's experience.


Aggressive pricing helps Spanish brands compete with private label

14 May, 2015

The Spanish seem to have hit on a way to slow private-label growth: branded manufacturers are adopting aggressive pricing and promotional strategies to stay in the game.


Metal packaging to reach $115 bn by 2016

28 April, 2015

Sustainable and infinitely recyclable, metal packaging is becoming a new trend. The sector is expected to reach a global market size of $115 billion by 2016.


Stand-up pouches drive global food packaging growth

07 April, 2015

Almost two trillion food packaging units were sold in 2014 - a global increase of 3%. The increasing popularity of stand-up pouches has been significant in this increase, according to Euromonitor International.


The ubiquitous can

31 March, 2015 by Emeritus Professor Harry Lovell OAM, FAIP

One of the most intriguing features in the history of packaging has been the use of metal, the most striking application being that of the food can. At a time when plastic materials have been used in every conceivable format, the can has kept its place as a reliable and trustworthy pack and retained the confidence of consumers.


Egg whites plus plastic equal antibacterial bioplastics

30 March, 2015

Protein sources like albumin and whey could be used to create bioplastics with antibacterial properties, a University of Georgia study has shown. The antibacterial bioplastics could be used for food packaging as well as medical applications such as wound-healing dressings.


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