Forget use-by dates - what if the packaging could tell you if a product was safe to eat? Researchers have developed a smart tag that can tell whether the product inside has spoiled without the need to open the container.
A safer alternative to Bisphenol A (BPA) has been developed from a waste product from making paper: lignin. Researchers say the BPA alternative could be market-ready in five years.
What if bacteria and algae could produce our plastics for us with no need for petroleum? European scientists believe this could be possible and are experimenting with bacteria and algae to turn them into 'bioplastic factories'.
The world's first large-scale benchmarking trial for sparkling wine closures is due to commence in 2014. To be conducted by the AWRI, the trial will evaluate the impact of a range of different closure technologies on bottle-fermented Chardonnay Pinot Noir.
Daily exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), even at very low concentrations, has been shown to cause foetal abnormalities in primates, raising questions about its effects on human foetuses.
Environmental scientists have warned the long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food could be damaging our health.
Zip-Pak has developed the Fragrance-Zip, a zipper closure solution designed to emit a customised aroma upon initial and subsequent openings of a flexible package. The scent is embedded in the reclosure during the manufacturing process. The fragrance can be incorporated into any style of resealable Zip-Pak closure. The company claims it can duplicate most aromas, enabling a package to replicate a desired scent whenever opened.
There is much to be said in favour of radiation-curing inks, as world-leading manufacturers of packaging print equipment already know. Because UV inks cure faster, work throughput is much more positive than with traditional print drying tunnels.
A Krones-designed NitroHotfill bottle has won Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) the 2013 Australian Packaging Design Award. The 600 mL Powerade Sports bottle was voted Best of Show' at the awards.
Engraving networks of 3D microcracks in borosilicate glass increased the toughness of the glass by 200 times compared to non-engraved slides, researchers at McGill University in Canada discovered.
Using StarMAP software from ROFIN, micro-perforations are individually customised for the produce and the packaging geometry. Package volume, packaging film type and storage temperature are considered as well.
As energy and raw materials become more expensive and consumers become more environmentally conscious, confectionery and snack manufacturers have to adjust. Their products now have to stand out from the crowd without extravagant packaging that drives up costs. Luckily, packaging producers and machine manufacturers can help with material-saving packaging solutions and more efficient production lines.
In 2007, metal closures held 51% of the market; in 2013, metal closures held 48% of the market, with plastic closures holding 49%, a new report from Canadean shows.
Innovative packages are key in the fight against food loss and wastage. More effective barrier layers, germicidal films and freshness indicators help products keep for longer and halt consumers' throwaway mentality. However, despite these improvements, companies must keep a constant eye on process efficiency and costs.
Eight companies have formed a partnership with WWF to encourage the responsible development of bioplastics. The Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance comprises: Nestlé, The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Ford, HJ Heinz Company, Nike, P&G and Unilever.