Food design & research > Packaging

Economical, eco-friendly polystyrene alternative in development

05 December, 2014

The VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland is working to develop an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative for polystyrene from PLA (polylactide) bioplastic, which is derived from organic sources.

New active packaging makes shelf life longer and more accurate

04 December, 2014

Researchers have developed an active packaging that protects perishables with a layered plastic that not only keeps out oxygen and moisture but also extends the shelf life of foods by absorbing oxygen that may be present in packaging.

A sustainable, recyclable alternative to waxed cardboard

10 November, 2014

Waxed cardboard is not the most sustainable of materials: the coating is petrochemical based and it renders the cardboard unrecyclable. However, a new waterproof coating that is both recyclable and renewable could soon be on the market.

Demand for antibacterial packaging grows

07 November, 2014

What do UK consumers want most in their cans? Antibacterial packaging. More than half of all British consumers are more concerned about bacteria on the outside of a can than the presence of dirt and dust.

Cherries that keep their cool travel better

24 October, 2014

How do you keep cherries fresh when exporting? The secret's in the cooling, according to Canadian agrifood research. Just a few degrees can have a big impact on cherries that are transported via ocean container.

Innovation of the Year award for Absolut Originality bottle

09 October, 2014

Ardagh was awarded Innovation of the Year for its Absolut Originality bottle at the inaugural Luxury Packaging Awards in London.

'Westernisation' of Chinese retail market presents packaging challenges

11 September, 2014

A Canadean report predicts that consumer packaged-goods providers will capitalise on the trend of ‘Westernisation’ in China and integrate more Western groceries onto their shelves.

Seaweed to be used to produce bioplastics

01 September, 2014

Researchers have developed a way to introduce sustainably cultivated seaweeds as feedstock for biodegradable bioplastics. SEABIOPLAS is an FP7-funded project that aims to develop a greener alternative to bioplastics.

Plastics from food waste

22 August, 2014

Here's a novel approach to dealing with food waste: turn it into biodegradable plastics. A report on the process of converting cocoa, rice and vegetable waste into biodegradable plastics has been published in the journal Macromolecules.

Your glass of wine could give you more than a hangover

11 August, 2014

For some of us, the thought of a glass of wine on Friday night is what keeps us going when the Wednesday afternoon slump hits. However, a new study into the contamination of French wines could have consumers rethinking their end-of-week tipple.

Board grades for shelf-friendly packaging

06 August, 2014 by Ron Mines FAIP*

Ron Mines, better known as the Boxologist, shares his knowledge about the best board grade to use for outer boxes.

Essential oils could help increase shelf life

22 July, 2014

A new study published in the Journal of Food Science explains that essential oils may be suitable for use as food preservatives in packaging to help extend the shelf life of food products.

Use-by date confusion causes food waste

30 June, 2014

Consumer confusion about just what date labelling means is contributing significantly to food waste, according to a scientific review paper in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety.

After three-year saga, health star rating labels finally ready to go

30 June, 2014 by Kyle Turner, University of Oxford and Steven Allender, Deakin University

Assistant health minister Fiona Nash has announced that Australian and New Zealand ministers responsible for food policy and regulation have signed off on the health star rating system for front-of-pack labelling.

Edrington stays in the black with O-I

10 June, 2014

Television shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men have reinvigorated Scotch whisky's popularity. In a nod to the past, Edrington has released its Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition in a black glass bottle produced by O-I. The premium edition blended Scotch is the first of its kind released in the US market by the brand.

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