Food design & research > Packaging

Smart tag keeps tabs on food spoilage

18 March, 2014

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.

Safer BPA alternative created from papermaking waste

17 March, 2014

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.

Bioplastic factories from microbes

14 March, 2014

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'.

Benchmarking trial for sparkling wine closures commences soon

07 March, 2014

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.

Even low-level BPA exposure is too much, expert says: primate foetuses affected

03 March, 2014

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.

Scientists warn of chemical dangers in food packaging, but not without their critics

25 February, 2014 by Jo Adetunji, The Conversation

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 Fragrance-Zip aroma-emitting zipper closure

21 February, 2014

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.

Food safety and UV-cured printing inks

21 February, 2014 by David Helsby, President, RadTech Europe

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.

Krones NitroHotfill bottle wins design award

04 February, 2014

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.

Microcracks make tougher glass

30 January, 2014

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.

ROFIN StarMAP software

24 January, 2014

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.

Low-cost and eco-friendly packaging for confectionery and baked goods

20 January, 2014

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.

Plastic overtakes metal in beverage closures

08 January, 2014

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.

Better packaging and smarter process technology for less spoilage

13 December, 2013

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.

Responsible bioplastic development alliance forms

25 November, 2013

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.

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