University of South Carolina scientists are working to give the term ‘evergreen’ a new meaning, developing new plastics that are based on polymers from pine trees, firs and other conifers.
HeatGenie has expanded its joint development agreement with packaging products supplier Crown Holdings for beverage and shippable soup packaging as part of its plans to expand its HeatGenie self-heating technology to the market.
Taiwanese researchers have found that people eating hot soup from melamine bowls excreted higher levels of melamine in their urine than those eating from ceramic bowls.
Labelling food as ‘organic’ may not always lead to a positive impression and outcome.
The VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland has developed a technique that enables the production of the PGA monomer glycolic acid from bio-based materials more efficiently than before.
‘Package rage’ - the anger consumers feel when negotiating a difficult-to-open package - could soon be a thing of the past, as manufacturers start to realise that consumer satisfaction goes far beyond product.
Recent research has shown that consumers have a strong preference for clear plastic clamshell packaging over printed cardboard boxes, with 402% more purchases recorded for clamshells.
University of Wolverhampton researchers have found a way to use waste oil from deep-fried food to create environmentally friendly plastic cheaply.
Engineered from Vivos films, Vivos Edible Delivery Systems break down and release their contents when exposed to hot or cold liquids. The dissolved food can be consumed along with the food.
LINPAC Packaging has collaborated with Addmaster to create a range of trays and films with built-in antimicrobial technology to reduce bacteria growth on the outer packaging of fresh meat.
A new film for packaging fresh produce has performed well in trials with brassicas, which tend to deteriorate after just one day on the shelf.
Thin Film Electronics and Bemis have announced an agreement to develop a new category of packaging that can collect and wirelessly communicate sensor information.
NatureFlex, Innovia Films’ compostable, cellulose-based packaging product, now has its own website: www.NatureFlex.com.
Metal packaging supplier Crown Holdings announced its intention to build a new beverage can plant in Sihanoukville in Cambodia. The new plant will accommodate multiple can lines and will initially produce 725 million two-piece 330mL cans annually. Crown anticipates the plant will be operational in Q3 2013.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand’s (FSANZ) decision to extend country-of-origin labelling to unpackaged beef, lamb and chicken has been welcomed by the Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) campaign. The campaign has been pushing for tougher food labelling laws in Australia.