• Self-Healing Nanofiber Time-Temperature Indicator for Securing Cold Chains


    Their research was published in the prestigious journal Advanced Materials IF:25.809 earlier this year: "A Self-Healing Nanofiber-Based Self-Responsive Time-Temperature Indicator for Securing a Cold-Supply Chain." This cold-chain safety sticker creates an image on it when exposed to room temperature (10 0C or higher). Room temperature exposure history and time throughout the cold chain delivery process are indicated but cannot be manually edited. When refrigerated or frozen foods are exposed to room temperature, usually bacteria begin to grow and reproduce. However, it is difficult to see visually as certain bacteria do not affect the taste and smell of foods and frozen foods have almost the same appearance even after melting and refreezing. The core technology of the cold-chain safety sticker is nanofibre film. The researchers attempted to attach a typical film on the back of this newly developed film. At low temperatures, the nanofibre film has a stable structure where thin threads intersect each other, making it opaque because the light is scattered. When exposed to room temperature for a period of time, this structure collapses. Specifically, the thin threads start to melt and become entangled with each other. This allows light to transmit through the film, making it appear transparent. Then the image produced on the typical film on the back becomes visible from the front, showing that the food may have spoiled. The researchers found a way to control the time that is required for the film to become transparent when exposed to room temperature, accounting for variations in spoilage times of different foods. So each sticker was designed to become transparent after a minimum of 30m and a maximum of 24 hours of exposure. This was achieved by controlling the composition and thickness of the nanofibres. Dr Dongyeop Oh from the KRICT said, "This sticker, once exposed to room temperature, cannot be restored to its original state, even if one attempts to refrigerate or freeze it again. Also, room-temperature exposure time cannot be manually adjusted. This means that there is virtually no room for any manipulation." “It does not require modularization, accurately measures localized or gradient heat and functions even after crushing, cutting, and when weight?loaded in a manner that existing TTIs cannot. It also contains no drainable chemicals and is attachable to various shapes because it operates through an intrinsic physical response,” he added. The cold-chain safety sticker can be widely used not only for food product applications but also for the cold-chain distribution of expensive medicine and medical supplies, they say. This is because the sticker is thin and flexible. It is estimated manufacturing cost is low at one cent per unit.

  • Sean Bice Joins IMA DAIRY & FOOD as Area Sales Manager, Central US & Canada

    Experienced packaging machinery sales specialist to oversee market extension efforts in key Midwest & Canadian markets.

    IMA DAIRY & FOOD USA – whose equipment solutions comprise the long-established brands Gasti, Hamba, Hassia, Fillshape, Corazza, Erca and Intecma – has hired packaging machinery specialist Sean Bice as its Area Sales Manager, Central US & Canada. In this role, Mr. Bice will oversee regional sales efforts and work to further extend the company’s footprint throughout these key markets. 

  • Packaging design trends that attract consumers in 2022, brought to you by Catalyst Collaborative Innovation

    Consumers have more choices than ever as the retail landscape continues to rapidly evolve and fragment. The growing need to stand out in a sea of products, both on crowded shelves and digital screens, has created new pressure to optimize the use of package design. How can brands use packaging to stay relevant in the eyes and hands of the consumer? Join our Catalyst™ creative experts as they share thought-provoking design ideas and how to maximize their impact with sensory technologies that AmPlify



    SIG’s unique combistyle carton pack impresses with a unique and fresh look and a distinctively shaped corner panel to ensure on-shelf differentiation, instant consumer appeal and added functionality. Frimesa will benefit from the best shape flexibility for different product types and the ability to adapt to changing market demands, as the combistyle package is filled on SIG’s CFA 812 filling machine – the same filling line Frimesa already uses to fill SIG’s combiblocMidi 1,000 ml carton packs.

    According to Renata Kasahara, Head of Marketing at SIG South America, combistyle will bring even more flexibility to Frimesa: "Among combistyle's differentials is a better pouring experience – the closure is centred and the stylish and eye-catching corner panel provides on-shelf differentiation. The design is completely different from any other packaging on the market and features a convincing metallic effect, made possible by exclusive technology from SIG."

    Frimesa, who was SIG’s first customer in Brazil back in 2006, will also now be the first company to relaunch its regular milk range in combistyle format.

    For Valter Vanzella, president of Frimesa, "the versatility that SIG offers will enable Frimesa to have greater productivity and diversity in its production. The new packaging will bring flexibility of shapes and sizes to our product portfolio, expanding our operations and market possibilities".

    Unique flexibility

    SIG’s customers like Frimesa benefit from the low investment needed to upgrade to combistyle on SIG’s existing CFA 810 and CFA 812 filling machines, which also can fill combiblocMidi and combifitMidi with volumes ranging from 500 to 1,000 ml. This makes a total of up to 8 different packs. Flexibility is one of SIG's key differentiators, with filling lines prepared for filling various formats and sizes, as well as different viscosities and products on a single machine.

    Frimesa’s entire product line of regular milks (whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed) and zero lactose will migrate to the combistyle format and will be available in the markets by June 2022.

    About SIG

    SIG is a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic carton packaging. We work in partnership with our customers to bring food and beverage products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable, and affordable way. Our unique technology and outstanding innovation capacity enable us to provide our customers with end-to-end solutions for differentiated products, smarter factories and connected packs, all to address the ever-changing needs of consumers. Sustainability is integral to our business, and we are going Way Beyond Good to create a net positive food packaging system.

    Founded in 1853, SIG is headquartered in Neuhausen, Switzerland. The skills and experience of our approximately 6,150 employees worldwide enable us to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of our customers in around 70 countries. In 2021, SIG produced 42 billion carton packs and generated over €2.0 billion in revenue. SIG has an AA ESG rating by MSCI, a 13.4 ESG Risk Rating (low risk) score from Sustainalytics and a Platinum CSR rating by EcoVadis.

  • TVI wins the “Fleischer-Handwerk Award 2022” And the winner is… TVI!

    Bruckmühl (Germany), May 15, 2022 – Quality, innovative strength, and above all, a passion for meat – this is what TVI is all about, portioning at its best. The latest product development from the Bruckmühl-based specialists has just been honored with a coveted award. This year, the Fleischer-Handwerk Award 2022 (Butcher’s Trade Award 2022) in the category of processing machines is going to TVI. The winner: the universal GMS 400 portioning machine. The worldwide unique, attractively priced entry-level model represents a milestone in terms of cost-effectiveness and resource efficiency.

  • Successfully shaping the future – with sustaina-bility and digitalization

    MULTIVAC looks back on a successful 2021 and is already in a position to announce an even better 2022, in spite of all the current uncertainties. As a provider of integrated end-to-end systems, the company will be introducing innovative solutions and setting new standards in terms of sustainability and digitalization. At the press conference at the IFFA 2022 in Frankfurt, MULTIVAC’s Group Presidents, Christian Traumann and Guido Spix, will outline the innovations that MULTIVAC is presenting at the IFFA and how the company intends to shape the future in dialogue with its customers.

  • Clever Cookie Packaging Folds Out Into a Serving Tray


    Bakery products, especially cookies are the most versatile and widely consumed products because of their delicious taste and unique appearance, which also makes them a perfect present. Not only for personal use, but some of the bakery items also make the best party favors such as cookies, they are used as holiday presents, Halloween treats, birthday and bridal shower favors, and many more.

    When a customer enters a shop they skim through the products and decide to go for the one that seems the most reasonable to their eyes. For instance, from different products, the one that is designed attractively and has something unique like informative packaging, alluring colors, laminations, foiling or other custom techniques that make one product distinguished from the other.

    Cookie packaging has taken a new turn in terms of packing and serving. Customization offers companies with the most innovative and advanced customization techniques that allow them to go for unique shapes, adjustable sizes, and personalized designs that are more effective in grabbing the attention of the customers.

    Well, the discussion is all about the packaging that folds out into a serving tray. This the perfect moment, when you do not have to rush around looking for the owl or the plate to serve cookies, especially when you are having the best time of your life sitting with friends, family or your loved one.

    Packing-Come-Serving Tray:

    There is a group of students from a Swedish University, who designed custom cookie packing that starts from a hexagonal shaped box that unfolds to make a very attractive and functional tray for better serving.

    This box is divided into three sections that hold three different flavors of cookies in a single box. Every section of the division has custom slots that hold each cookie in place. Unfolding this box gives a flat shape that lay on a flat surface perfectly.


    These boxes make an ideal serving tray for parties and other occasions that demand better presentation with functionality.

    Besides this, you can get your custom packaging in every shape that you can think of. So, it is all about being creative and imaginative with your packaging as customization is free of all the restrictions and limitations that could hinder your imagination.

    For instance, you can use a die-cutting technique to create shapes that can be folded or unfolded in the desired way.

    Tray and Sleeve Compartment Boxes:

    The sleeve is a packaging covering on the box that gives a very durable and captivating outlook to the box. These boxes have a tray like base that contains box inserts that make separate space for every cookie giving it a more organized and protective covering. This box goes into the sleeves when removed gives an attractive serving tray kind of look. 

    Bag Box:

    This is the most innovative and unique cookie box, a bag? A box? No, a bag! A bag box it is. This shape holds a box in the center of the base that protrudes up the box and gives a bag-like shape with handles. It can be carried with the handle, which gives a very unique and functional packaging.

    Once the box is unfolded it lay flat on the surface exposing the box that holds the cookies.

    Custom cookie boxes USA are tailored for every customer according to their needs and requirements in the most sustainable material. You can get custom printed cookie boxes for your business in the designs that represent the brand more effectively. Custom logos, patterns, colors, imagery, and product information helps in creating a more professional image of the product and the brand in the most effective manner. Branded boxes help in the marketing and advertising of the brand and also communicate with the customers to create long term and beneficial relationship with the customers.

    The good news is that you can get premium packaging at the most affordable rates for your business.  Cookie Boxes are the cheapest packaging boxes than other packaging material that is available in the market. It is not because they are any less in quality, durability, functionality, or aesthetic appeal than other expensive options that are available at higher prices.

  • Packaging in the Metaverse

    You probably thinking, what does Packaging have to do with Metaverse, that's a fair question.

    Well, Companies & big brands are jumping into this game of Metaverse early to make their marketing game strong, By using your packaging materials as a portal into virtual and augmented realities, you can gain new business from within the metaverse that you would not have otherwise!

  • Mondi switches all glassine-based release liners to certified base paper

    • Mondi moves to certified base paper for its full portfolio of glassine-based release liners.
    • The switch to certified base paper helps ensure that the wood is harvested from responsibly managed forests.
    • Mondi collaborates with certification schemes like PEFC to enable traceability and compliance.

    Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, has switched its entire portfolio of glassine-based release liners to certified base paper.

  • HSIL Limited is now AGI Greenpac Limited

    HSIL Limited (NSE: HSIL; BSE: 500187), a leading Packaging Company, announced today that it is changing its name to AGI Greenpac Limited. In addition, the company has also changed the name of its PET business from Garden Polymers to AGI Plastek.

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