• Tea pack cardboard construction unfolds like a flower

    The novel design has been created by London design and innovation agency Echo Brand Design who has created a cardboard construction using packaging which unfolds like a flower to reveal the ingredients and contents within. The tea leaves are packaged intact via a cellulose fibre pouch, which maintains product quality better than standard loose tea. A reusable scoop is also included. Resealable tamper tabs turn the packaging into a reusable tea caddy. It is claimed that the packaging is home compostable.

  • How to Make Trading Card Packaging?

    Getting the right trading card packaging is not very hard if you find the right company, as they know the process. If you think you will not get many options, then you may surprise to know that options are unlimited. You can design the packaging on your own or take some professionals help, after explaining to them about the brand. You can get an option when it comes to picking a material, size, style, shape, and even colour. There are many companies that offer this service; you just have to pick the right one. A company that not only do quality work but also demands reasonable money, according to your budget. It is not impossible to find a company, but it is a bit challenging. Now come back to the trading card packaging, if you want the right packaging, there are few things you have to consider. The points will eventually allow you to make the right packaging. Size of the trading cards You can get the right packaging for the trading card until you know the size of the cards. It is better if you measure and not give a rough estimation to the company. Otherwise, you may give the wrong order to the company and later realize all the money you invest is a total waste. The right size also matters as it keeps the cards well protected and take less space at the time you have to deliver. The packaging will take more space; then, you will have to pay extra while shipping that is not good. The theme of the trading cards To grab the attention of the customer, you can go wrong with the theme. It is something that makes people decision, whether they want it or not. Imagine you print something else on the card just because it looks good, but people are looking for a trading card that is not visible. For sure, they will not pay attention and move on. It is important you stick by the theme, print some kind of picture on the packaging that tells what is inside. It is obvious that if you are packing a Pokémon card, one character if for sure known by everyone. You can print that to the attention and print other things too. Information like how many cards are inside and so on. Where are you about to deliver trading cards? Now, if you don't have any plan to ship the cards somewhere far and your own vans can transport, then a simple cardboard box is enough for the packaging. But if you are delivering them somewhere and you don't know how they are going to handle them, then you have to pay extra attention to the packaging. Use silver metallic wrapper or plastic wrapper to pack individual cards or few in one. Then pack them in a box. In this way, if they place the box at a place that is wet, the cards will not receive any damage. Keep in mind the age group you are targeting. It is another point that you have to keep in mind while making the packaging for a trading card. You will not like to get a box on which children show no interest. Keep in mind that impressing children is not easy, as they don't go with the information on the box or quality of the box. They like the box that will attract them the most. To get the attention of them, choose bright colours and cartoon characters that are famous. Set your budget It may not look important to, but it is. You will not like to get the boxes that are so expensive, and you not able to cover the price in card price. Now you may think that every company is offering service at a reasonable price, but in reality, the difference is quite real. Some companies try to take advantage of the customer, as they know they don't have an idea or they don't have any other choice. It is important if you take someone helps, who has experience or search a bit online. In this way, it will help you to stay safe from scammers, and you will not invest your time and money in the wrong place.

  • EU Project YPACK Develops Innovative Biodegradable Food Packaging Extending Food Shelf Life

    Dr. José María Lagarón, from The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), YPACK project coordinator, said: “The ideal packaging involves lower carbon and water footprints, is biodegradable and/or compostable, makes use of wastes or by-products, is properly eco-designed, safe and has the right preservation properties to minimize food waste. YPACK is delivering on this vision.” Active packaging breakthrough The biopolymer PHBV was used to create very thin “bio-paper” from food industry by-products. Zinc oxide and oregano essential oil, two active ingredients, were incorporated into the bio-papers. These compounds have good antimicrobial activity against two bacteria that can cause food poisoning: Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli (E.coli). Researchers discovered an optimal ratio of the active ingredients that showed successful short-term (15 days) and medium-term (up to 48 days) anti-bacterial effects in ‘open’ and ‘closed’ systems. This means the formula could be used for food products where the packaging is opened and closed several times, for example to package ham slices or bread. The active components could be used in both trays and flow films as an active layer. These promising laboratory results show the potential of bio-based active packaging to increase the shelf life of fresh products like meat, fruits & vegetables and fresh pasta. However, due to regulatory restrictions within the EU, the final YPACK packaging will not, in the first instance, contain an active layer but will be made purely from biodegradable PHBV.
  • Dabur and Marico engaged in legal battle over honey packaging

    Marico entered the segment with the launch of its product last month. In an order passed last week, the Delhi high court said that the two-products prima facie show a similarity, which can cause confusion in the minds of the buyer even though the brand name saffola is mentioned on the bottle. The court granted an ad-interim injunction in favour of Dabur, saying in the absence of an injunction, the plaintiff would suffer irreparable loss. It also clarified that this interim injunction would not apply to the products already sold by Marico and it will maintain the accounts thereof, which will be submitted to the court. However, In a subsequent appeal by Marico, both parties agreed that the “order be kept in abeyance since the interim application preferred by the plaintiff/respondent herein is still pending consideration and has not been disposed of” according to a court order of July 17. Dabur declined to comment. Marico declined to comment on the order as it is sub judice, but said it continues to manufacture and sell its product. Dabur which has been selling packaged honey since 1965, said in the filling that “trade dress/label/packaging/ get up” is being imitated by Marico, especially the cap of the bottle, colour and label. The honey business reported sales of Rs 482 crore in the last fiscal.

  • Liquibox Awarded for Bag-in-Box Water Cooler Refill Alternative to Rigid Bottles

    Liquibox has introduced Waterspout to Home and Office Delivery (HOD) brands as a more sustainable alternative to rigid bottles. Greg Gard, VP of R&D at Liquibox, expects Waterspout to disrupt the water delivery market. “Now sustainability is part of the HOD value proposition,” he said. “Consumers making a healthy lifestyle choice to drink water can feel good about how it’s packaged.” Gard’s team designed Waterspout to overcome the shortfalls of rigid bottles. Easy-grip handles offer better ergonomics. Instead of empty bottle pileups, the Waterspout system features outer cardboard that can be branded for marketing during the life of the package and recycled after use. Patent-pending Liquibox bags protect the integrity and taste profile of the water. Connection to the cooler is more sterile. “Waterspout makes life easier, safer and more pleasant for water drinkers. HOD brands can give customers the satisfaction that comes from a better user experience, along with gold-standard taste and quality.” — Greg Gard, Senior Vice President of R&D, Liquibox The concept stemmed from the Liquibox R&D team’s awareness of the struggle of distributed water systems around the world to keep up with demands of growth and aging. They believe the Waterspout flexible packaging innovation offers a groundbreaking solution for consumers interested in safe water packaged in bulk – and for HOD brands wanting to sell bulk water through e-commerce and retail channels. Gard points out the business benefits to HOD brands of a more compact and earth-friendly footprint. “Waterspout reduces warehouse space and number of trucks on the road. As a one-way package, there’s no longer the need to transport, clean and store empties. More customer loyalty, greater sustainability and bottom-line savings are a winning combination.” Waterspout won in the category of expanding the use of flexible packaging and will be among the 30 winning entries across categories on display this week during the 2020 FPA Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, Florida.
  • Paper Bag Packaging for Small and Large Businesses

    Paper bags are commonly seen in every shop. Now it is a common need of every shopkeeper because every customer demands these bags to carry the things they buy from shops. Paper Bag Packaging has become a common trend to impress the customer. It involves many other benefits that make them special. The following are some useful advantages of these bags.

    Re usability of bags

    Paper bags are beneficial for not just us but the environment too. These bags can be cycled and reused again and again for different purposes. These qualities make them special to utilize and they do not take part to increase the pollution in the environment. The safe environment is much important for our health and even for the life of other living organisms in our environment. Paper bags are preferred on plastic bags because plastic bags contain harmful chemical like BPA. Such chemicals create pollution in the environment. So paper bags are the best options which are free from harmful substances. Plastic bags also cannot hold hot foods and release chemicals due to heat. While paper bags have no harmful effect while packing any kind of product or food.

    Branding with printed bags

    Paper bags are preferred by many companies because these can be printed with brand identities like the brand's logo and name. These identities make the brand popular and increase sales. When the customer gets impressed by the brand’s product, he again demands the product by identifying it from brand identities. Branding also increases the customer's trust in the brand and make the product popular among customers. If the customer starts to believe in the brand, he also wants to try the other product of the same brand.

    Stylish bags for marketing

    Marketing is the most beneficial feature of plastic bags. Every company invest too much in traditional marketing ways. They pay workers to reach the door to door for marketing. Companies print banners, posters and pamphlets and distribute to people. All these efforts require for just marketing of product but the paper bags are a cheap and helpful source for that without all these efforts. You can print your product picture or product specification on it. Which will more at different places form industry to shops, shops to homes and from homes to homes. You printed information will send your message everywhere the bag goes.

    Attain customer attention from bags

    Getting the customer's attraction is the major demand of every business. Any business is flop without its customer. But getting the customer is not as easy as riding a bike. It requires proper expertise and customer care skills. Plastic bags are the best option to get the customer's attention. These bag placed in the shops attract the customer and catch the customer eye at first glance. The bags look charming and it convinces the customer to buy something and get those bags. These bags look like a sign of status. So customer always demands to pack the product inside them. Some people also shy to carry cheap products or small things. Paper bags are also the best option for such people. These bags cover up the product completely and the product cannot be seen on the way home. Paper bags can be printed with beautiful design and colors which make them more impressive. The beautiful design always attracts the customer. The charming colors instantly catch the customer's eyes. The experts always advise that bring colors should be used as compare to dark for packaging. This is because bright colors please the eyes and can be differentiated from the far distance. So using bright colors these bags look beautiful even from far distances.

    Promote new brand with paper bags

    Marketing and promotion are often mixed with each other. No doubt both are the way of delivering the message to the customer but promotions get your more customers and increase the sales. Maybe you have seen many brands providing multiple offers with a low price range or any customer benefits. People always try to get benefit from offers. Paper bags are great for promotions. You can print promotions messages on these bags and by packaging any product in these bags, your message can be delivered easily not just to the buyer but everyone who will see the bag on the way. You can promote upcoming events with these bags. Special offers can be provided on festivals and event which can be represented on these bags. The design of bags can also be changed according to the promotion. The most trending features of packaging can be added in these bags.

    Protection of items

    Paper bags are durable and strong than plastic bags. These bags can protect products from environmental factors and external pressure. Paper bags also hold heavy products than plastic bags. They provide a strong grip to carry the products or for hanging. These bags provide protection just like strong Cardboard Packaging boxes.

  • Mondi partners with meat producer Hütthaler to create new fully recyclable plastic packaging

    Leading global packaging and paper group Mondi, has partnered with Austrian meat producer Hütthaler to produce a fully recyclable thermoforming film made from a mono-material for their meat and sausage products. The film is made of a mono-material solution that can be fully recycled and provides a barrier to protect the food and extend its shelf life. The independent cyclos-HTP Institute for Recyclability and Product Responsibility has awarded this film the highest classification "AAA" for recyclability. Hütthaler's requirement was to replace the previously used film with a recyclable solution. The company was looking for a more sustainable approach that would not compromise on quality or the attractive presentation of the food. Hütthaler approached Mondi to provide an alternative. Using its customer-centric EcoSolutions approach, Mondi was able to re-invent the packaging for Hütthaler by maintaining optimum functionality while replacing less sustainable packaging, reducing raw material usage, and designing packaging that was ready for recycling. Mondi completely manufactures the new packaging. In particular, the bottom film is supplied by Mondi's Styria plant in Austria, which has also been awarded AA+ for food safety by the British Retail Consortium (BRCGS). We worked with Hütthaler to find a more sustainable approach that still meets the high food standards, preserves shelf life and guarantees runnability on the machines. The new film meets all these requirements and also helps to save disposal fees due to its recyclability. At Mondi we have an amibition to be sustainable by design and meet our customers sustainability requirements by providing innovative solutions. Thomas Kahl, project manager for EcoSolutions at Mondi Consumer Flexibles

  • Bostock unveils new packaging solution

    Bostock New Zealand has spent over 12 months developing what it believes to be the world’s first certified home compostable zip-lock pouch bag for apples. The bag is made from rice, potato and corn derivatives blended together. John Bostock, owner of Bostock New Zealand, said it took 12 months to develop a bag that was strong enough to hold 1kg of apples. “One of the major challenges was the zip-lock on the bag,” John Bostock explained. “We worked with a New Zealand company to find a converting facility in Germany that could accommodate the zip-lock, macro-perforations and gusset with a monolayer home compostable film.” The packaging is certified to Australasian, European and American composting standards. However, there is no official home compostable standard in New Zealand. In order to achieve international home composting accreditation, the bag must disintegrate in 90 days, and biodegrade within 180 days in a home compost environment. “Finding sustainable packaging solutions is a real focus for our company as we move to reduce plastic where we can,” John Bostock said. The new pouch bag has been trialled in Countdown stores across New Zealand’s North Island, along with selected supermarkets from the Foodstuffs retail group. Bostock New Zealand has also launched a trial in Russia, where the company has been exporting organic apples for four years. “Home compostable packaging is very new for fresh produce in Russia but Russian consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious and aware of sustainable packaging,” said Vladimir Beliakov, Bostock New Zealand’s Far East international market manager. “We are already fielding inquiry from customers who want to stock the compostable apple bag, which is positive progress and shows that there is growing awareness amongst Russian consumers.” Lat year, Bostock New Zealand became the first apple exporter in the Southern Hemisphere to start using compostable fruit stickers on some of its apples. It has also been trialling other sustainable and compostable packaging options across its products, including home compostable wood fibre netting for its organic onions. As part of Bostock New Zealand’s drive to reduce plastic across its business, it has set up a dedicated internal team called Project Green. The team’s initial goal has been to reduce waste sent to landfill by 50 per cent within three years. However, this pledge comes at a price. The new home compostable apple pouch bag is at least three times more expensive than a plastic apple pouch bag. “We need to make compostable packaging solutions more affordable, so they are financially sustainable for our business and others following the same path,” said John Bostock. “This will also enable us to roll out more environmentally focused packaging.”

  • Kickstart: No foam for your coffee at Dunkin'

    "While a limited number of Dunkin' restaurants may still have foam cups in their inventory, the company's distribution centers are no longer offering foam cups, making only the new, double-walled paper cups available to Dunkin' U.S. franchisees for use in their restaurants," the company announced. The replacement has continued steadily even as the brand "continues to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis." The move to paper cups eliminated an estimated 1 billion foam cups from its operations, accounting for what it says is 19 million pounds of PS from the waste stream. Dunkin' expects to transition all of its hot coffee cup lids in the U.S. to recyclable polypropylene by the end of the summer. Snacking in a masked world Something I've been wondering about: Will the new need for face masks mean a reprieve for plastic straws? I haven't seen any studies on this, no data to support my conclusions, but it seems to me that whenever people return to offices and shops, they'll be wearing masks. And it's hard to eat or drink anything without removing the mask, which should help us battle mindless snacking. But how will you drink water when you're back at your work desk? A water bottle will be hard to drink out of. A straw, however, can go under a mask. (New Orleans fashion designer Ellen Macomber actually has a range of cloth masks with an opening specifically for straws.) So, less sipping, more sucking? We may find out soon. Of course, those straws may be reusable ones or compostable ones, but I expect we'll be seeing more in the near future. Virginia National Guard The complicated questions in Washington The global plastics industry has sure stepped forward to fill missing gaps in supply chains, with materials suppliers, mold makers, machinery firms, molders and shipping companies all acting quickly when needed. The long-term logistics remain complicated, however. Steve Toloken writes about lobbying going on in Washington both in favor of and against tariffs on Chinese-made items. For some companies, the response to the coronavirus has shown the need to support a homegrown industry that can move quickly. Others see the need to further lower barriers and allow more material and products to move across the globe. It's a complicated issue, and one that we'll continue tracking as manufacturing restarts.
  • Aptar Food + Beverage Announces Market Launch of SeaWell™, an Active Packaging System Designed to Maintain Seafood Quality and Freshness

    The active packaging solution is now being utilized for a variety of seafood products at the largest retailer in the U.S.
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