Food design & research > Packaging

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.

Shrinking Chinese households drive demand for convenient packaging

11 April, 2014

Packaging for Chinese consumers needs to meet the needs of busier, smaller households, Canadean says. The one child policy has seen the average Chinese household shrink to 2.8 people, while the family structure has changed to a new '4-2-1 composition': four grandparents, two parents and one child.

Recyclable plastic cartons to save 1 million eggs

01 April, 2014

UK supermarket giant Tesco has successfully trialled recyclable plastic packaging that will prevent more than one million eggs going to waste each year.

Reduce the risk of recalls due to packaging and labelling faults

31 March, 2014

Between 2003 and 2012, Food Standards Australia (FSANZ) coordinated 658 food recalls. 34% resulted from incorrect labelling, including undeclared allergens. Understand the type and cost of recalls in Australia and how they can be avoided.

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