A constant point of engagement for FMCG designers and manufacturers is to match their packaging design to market standards. To keep up with trends, big brands usually have a full-time team dedicated to improving shelf impact (discussed in the previous blog) and product recognition. Consumer research is conducted to see what changes buyers would like to see and what aspects of the packaging are they currently happy or unhappy with. 

  • Change Isn’t Always Better: Redesign Fails

    A constant point of engagement for FMCG designers and manufacturers is to match their packaging design to market standards. To keep up with trends, big brands usually have a full-time team dedicated to improving shelf impact (discussed in the previous blog) and product recognition. Consumer research is conducted to see what changes buyers would like to see and what aspects of the packaging are they currently happy or unhappy with. 

  • Syntegon develops paper-based food packaging as part of EIT Food project, ‘PACK4SENSE’

    • Syntegon develops new paper-based packaging concept for “PACK4SENSE” project
    • Optimized recyclability thanks to easier separation of all packaging components

    Together with partners from industry and research, namely Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging in Dresden, Colruyt Group, Strauss Group and the University of Reading, Syntegon is implementing the EIT project “PACK4SENSE” (Paper packaging for SENSitive foods) to develop a sustainable packaging concept. EIT Food, the world’s largest and most dynamic innovation community, is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

    The aim of the project is to pack even sensitive products with high barrier properties in more sustainable materials. Syntegon uses a special paper, which is particularly stretchable and tearproof thanks to long cellulose fibers, thus enabling the production of sealed trays and cups with a depth of up to 30 millimeters.

    A recycable barrier layer made of 95 percent mono-materials provides optimal product protection. The paper and the barrier layer, as well as the cover film can be easily separated, ensuring full utilization of its recyclability.

    This sustainability advantage, however, also poses challenges for packaging manufacturers. On the one hand, consumers should be able to separate all components for waste sorting. On the other hand, paper and film must not be detached from each other unintenionally. To prevent this from happening, the TPU paper forming, filling and sealing machine from Syntegon forms paper and barrier layer in a common process by thermoforming and pressing. “With the paper-based trays from the “PACK4SENSE” project, we have further developed our previous paper packaging solutions like the shaped paper pods – structured paper trays for the packaging of cosmetics and confectionery,” explains Matthias Klauser, project manager and sustainability expert at Syntegon.

    The TPU has already been honored with the German Packaging Award in 2020 and is Syntegon’s flagship machine for paper forming. For the PACK4SENSE trays and cups, the paper runs directly from the roll into the feeder – the barrier layer required for sealing is applied and joined to the paper without any further conversion step. Alternatively, manufacturers can use a converter to connect paper and protective layer of mono-material without heating. A forming station presses the materials into shape before the trays are filled and sealed. In addition to using a particularly stretchable paper that can withstand wrinkling during the forming process, it is important to preserve the separability of the materials: a specially adapted geometry of the forming tools reduces the tension on the materials during the manufacturing process.

    Syntegon is continously working on further developing its paper-forming technology. EIT Food enables the company to work closely with important partners and to test products together with consumers and food manufacterers. This cooperation makes it possible to develop prototypes and solutions that meet product requirements and optimize the sustainability of packaging step by step.

  • Plastic pollution: New meat tray 'could save tonnes of waste'


    A new type of recyclable meat packaging tray designed by a Swansea University student could save thousands of tonnes in plastic waste.

    Alaa Alaizoki, who is studying for an engineering doctorate, has created a meat tray without a separate piece of absorbent plastic padding underneath.

    Mr Alaizoki said the technology could be used in other areas, like nappies.

    Meat Promotion Wales said consumers wanted to know that food was made in an "environmentally responsible way".

    About 800,000 tonnes of UK meat packaging plastic waste is produced each year,

    Between 5% and 8% of this waste comes from the absorbent padding.In partnership with packaging manufacturers Klöckner Pentaplast, the design is already being used by leading UK food suppliers and retailers, including Sainsbury's and Asda.

    Mr Alaizoki's meat tray is 100% recyclable and allows consumers to look at meat from all angles through clear plastic.

    'No way of the juices escaping'

    He said: "Traditional padding works similarly to nappies or sanitary towels, by drawing in moisture and converting it into a gel which cannot physically leak back out into the meat."

    He said his design allowed moisture into specially designed wells, but would not let it back out.

    The packaging can then be washed under a tap, meaning the plastic is chemically and biologically safe to be recycled along with other household items.

    He said: "You can turn it upside down, shake it, drop it, but the physics of the fluid mean that until it's flushed out there is no way of the juices escaping."

    The technology has only been patented for use in food packaging, but Mr Alaizoki said it could have many more uses.

    "Physics is physics, it doesn't matter if it's food packaging or any other product," he said.

    "This has the potential to be used in nappies and sanitary products, which also currently go straight into landfill, and take thousands of years to break down with the current gel technology."

    Mr Alaizoki, a Syrian student, said he was pleased to be able to give something back to the country which took him in.

    'Ever higher standards'

    "Swansea has supported my learning, and given me the opportunity for me to fulfil my potential.

    "I have a wife and child here now, and it feels like home, even though the majority of my family are still back in Syria.

    "I'm just so glad to have come up with an invention which is going to improve the lives of everyone in my adopted home."

    Gwyn Howells, chief executive of Hybu Cig Cymru, Meat Promotion Wales said: "Consumers increasingly want to know that the food they buy is produced in as environmentally responsible way as possible.

    "The lamb and beef sector in Wales is renowned for its non-intensive farming systems which are world leading in terms of sustainability; packaging innovations such as this can only help to deliver ever higher standards throughout the supply chain."

  • Mondi bags nine WorldStar Packaging awards

    • The WorldStar awards are the most prestigious global packaging awards, recognising the best of the best in packaging innovations from across the world
    • Mondi won an outstanding nine awards this year, celebrating Mondi’s sustainable packaging innovations and commitment to creating circular driven solutions

     Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, received nine awards in six categories at this year’s WorldStar Packaging awards.

  • AmPrima™ PE Plus offers a breakthrough sustainability innovation for complex packaging formats


    AmPrima™ PE Plus recycle ready solutions provide brand owners with innovative packaging that supports recyclability in categories that have been historically challenging. At the same time, AmPrima PE Plus innovation delivers highly durable hermetic edge and fitment seals that perform well under abusive manufacturing, distribution and usage conditions.

    Amcor, a leader in responsible packaging design and development has engineered a high-barrier flexible film that provides superior heat resistance and is a more-sustainable alternative to standard metallized or foil-based structures.

    “We know that in today’s world of high-performance equipment, rigorous quality testing and consumer-driven environmental consciousness, developing a recycle-ready solution that delivers on all attributes is crucial,” said Amcor Marketing Director Brian Douglas. “Our proprietary, oriented structure has a demonstrated ability to run on commercial converting and filling equipment at the same machine speeds as non-recyclable material, putting it in a different class from other conventionally-oriented, recyclable film options.”

    • Amcor’s AmPrima PE Plus heat resistant recycle ready solutions for pouches delivers significant value in multiple ways. It offers:
    • Pre-qualification of film by How2Recycle® in the U.S for applications that meet the clean and dry requirement
    • Sealing and spout insertion without distortion due to heat-resistant outer web
    • Ability to match current run cycles per minute achieved with a non-recyclable oriented polyester laminate
    • Product quality and flavor preservation with high-barrier properties comparable to AlOx or metallized films
    • Excellent durability for distribution, including puncture and scuff resistance
    • A 22% reduction in carbon footprint for AmPrima PE Plus heat resistant pouches compared to a 3ply foil solution even when the used packaging is landfilled. Once recycled the reduction increases to 49%.*
      *Verified by ASSET™ – Amcor’s proprietary lifecycle assessment tool certified by the Carbon Trust

    Leading the market with the first high-barrier, high-speed, heat-resistant, recycle-ready solution is a strategic opportunity for today’s environmentally-focused brands.

    About Amcor

    Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve supply chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services. The company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly light-weighted, recyclable and reusable, and made using an increasing amount of recycled content. Around 46,000 Amcor people generate $13 billion in annual sales from operations that span about 225 locations in 40-plus countries. NYSE: AMCR; ASX: AMC

  • Ranpak Expands Total Solution for Cold Chain Packaging with Acquisition of Recycold Cool Solutions BV, Makers of Cool Packs


    “We are thrilled to add Recycold and its Recycold Cool Packs products to our portfolio of sustainable Cold Chain packaging solutions at Ranpak. Recycold will immediately bolster our position as a highly effective thermal solution provider in the marketplace,” said Omar Asali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Ranpak. “This acquisition reflects our focus on growth-oriented new products and our shared vision on eco-friendly solutions that express the values with which we operate Ranpak’s business worldwide.” Asali continued, “We have received great feedback from customers about Recycold Cool Packs. Ranpak will be scaling up Recycold’s business. Recycold products are already sold in 14 European countries and we look forward to leading further worldwide expansions in the future. Ranpak will also be integrating Recycold’s innovative manufacturing operations into the new Ranpak Netherlands facility, expected to open by the end of 2022.”

    “Recycold and Ranpak have been collaborating for several years now and I am so pleased that, under Omar’s leadership, Ranpak can take our business to greater levels,” said Ruud Titulaer, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Recycold. “Our companies share common values for a more sustainable world, and the combination of Recycold and Ranpak products will provide an unmatched unboxing experience. We are so pleased to be part of the Ranpak family, with the ability to further integrate our offerings for a more streamlined thermal protection solution for our customers, and to collaborate even more closely on future product developments.”

    An Integrated Cold Chain Solution

    Ranpak has been active in the Cold Chain field for several years with its WrapPak® Protector thermal liner. The paper pads trap air and prevent heat conduction, creating an exceptional insulator for Cold Chain applications. Cooling is needed to keep products cold up to 48 hours, and Ranpak recommends the use of Recycold Cool Packs as the most sustainable option in the market to meet this requirement. Ranpak and Recycold customers will now be able to order the entire solution from a single source and benefit from:

    • Easy integration: Packers position WrapPak paper pads easily in the box before adding the Recycold cool packs, a complete process that is easy to optimize into almost any existing packing operation.”
    • Unmatched unboxing experience: Ranpak Cold Chain thermal liners with Recycold Cool Packs offer a superior unboxing experience, minimizing or eliminating the need for plastic packaging for a more sustainable approach.
    • Cost and sustainability gains: No costly return shipment and handling of conventional cooling systems with the use of these sustainable products.

    About Ranpak
    Founded in 1972, Ranpak's goal was to create the first environmentally responsible system to protect products during shipment. Ranpak’s mission is to deliver sustainable packaging solutions that help improve supply chain performance and costs, reduce environmental impact, and support a variety of growing business needs globally. The development and improvement of materials, systems and total solution concepts have earned Ranpak a reputation as an innovative leader in e-commerce and industrial supply chain solutions. Ranpak is headquartered in Concord Township, Ohio and has approximately 850 employees. Additional information about Ranpak can be found on its website: https://www.ranpak.com.

    About Recycold Cool Solutions BV
    RECYCOLD Cool Solutions develops innovative packaging products that contribute to safe and eco conscious distribution of food, fresh ingredients and pharma. Recycold’s aim is to make sure every manufacturer, supplier or store can reach their customers with fresh and cooled products with a promise to focus on using materials that are eco-friendly, recyclable and suitable for passive cooling in the last mile of distribution.

  • Les Crudettes, Mondi and IMA scoop French awards for new paper packaging

    • Collaboration led to top prizes at prestigious French packaging awards
    • Packaging producer Mondi developed the recyclable functional barrier paper allowing Les Crudettes to save 137 tonnes of plastic per year, the equivalent weight of one blue whale
    • Machine supplier IMA Ilapak developed new solutions on their range of vertical baggers ''Vegatronic'' to handle paper-based materials at high speed
    • French vegetable producer Les Crudettes uses the new paper packaging to replace plastic packaging for its ready to eat salads in France


  • Cremer Offers Multi-Counter Machine Systems for Food & Beverage Assortment Packs

    Utilizing its HQ Series counting & dispensing machines, Cremer’s fully-customizable systems are suitable for apportioning various wrapped food assortments – such as mixed chocolates, candies and coffee pods.



    French family business Triballat Noyal is launching a new brand of drinks called Pâquerette & Compagnie, which uniquely combines the creaminess of cow milk with the delicious flavours of plant-based ingredients, in combiblocMidi 750 ml carton pack from SIG.

    Bringing something refreshingly different to the French market, Triballat Noyal will introduce three new drinks under the Pâquerette brand, with high quality ingredients and the greatest respect for animal welfare and local farmers. The new drinks are made from 50% cow’s milk, collected from Brittany, and 50% plant-based ingredients: oat, almond and hazelnut.

    Triballat has always done things differently and is committed to doing what is best for both people and planet. Opening up this new product category meets changing demands from its consumers for healthy and innovative beverages. Today’s consumer wants new variety, great taste and healthy nutrition and this is why the team at Triballat Noyal came up with the idea of mixing dairy and plant-based ingredients for the first time.

    The convenient, flexible and sustainable packaging and filling technology is also essential for such an innovative product launch. SIG’s filling technology provides high flexibility without compromising on speed, with an output of 12,000 packs per hour. CFA 812 filling machine from SIG provides customers such as Triballat with up to 70 packaging options - an unmatched variety of formats, volume sizes, openings and packaging material options can be filled on one filling machine for square based aseptic cartons.

    Efficiency, flexibility and differentiation are key issues in the food and beverage industry. This not only applies to product development but also, just as importantly, to the type of packaging and filling technology used.

    The partnership between SIG and Triballat Noyal offers true product innovation and differentiation, delivering innovative product and packaging solutions that enable businesses to satisfy ever-changing needs.

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