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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ardagh was awarded Innovation of the Year for its Absolut Originality bottle at the inaugural Luxury Packaging Awards in London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ron Mines, better known as the Boxologist, shares his knowledge about the best board grade to use for outer boxes.
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.
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.
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.
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.