• Packaging-free, self-serve beverage dispensing system trialled by Coca-Cola in Spain

    Packaging-free, self-serve beverage dispensing system trialled by Coca-Cola in Spain


    ITS’ technology will enable restaurants, cafes, offices, stadiums, and other venues to offer brands in CCEP’s portfolio via self-service taps. Through this system, consumers can refill their own drinks and pay for the quantity served themselves, directly through the tap.

    The self-pour, self-pay technology offers consumers a packaging-free delivery method for their drinks, while also aiming to cut down queues, reduce the need for unnecessary contact, and free up serving staff – features that are beneficial as COVID-19 restrictions lift.

    ITS, which is new to Europe, will be piloted with CCEP customers Restalia – a Spanish multinational catering group – and Aspro Parks – a company specialising in theme parks, water parks, zoos, and leisure centres.

    The first ITS devices have been installed in Restalia’s 100 Montaditos restaurant at Centro Comercial TresAguas shopping centre, located in Madrid, and at Aspro Parks’s Palmitos Park and Aqualand Maspalomas, in Gran Canaria.

    This initiative represents a step forward in CCEP’s This is Forward Action on Packaging strategy, which was launched in 2017. CCEP has committed to investing and innovating in refillable and dispensed delivery models with the aim of reducing packaging where it can and eliminating packaging waste, while lowering its carbon footprint as part of its 2040 net-zero ambition.

    Craig Twyford, co-founder of CCEP Ventures, the company’s investment arm, comments: “We’re always looking for new and innovative ways for people to enjoy our drinks, thinking beyond the traditional bottle or can, and ITS is a great example of how we’re using technology to help our customers sell and deliver our products in different ways.

    “One of the key focus areas for CCEP Ventures is exploring new partnerships and investments to accelerate sustainable packaging innovation and how we can deliver more beverages while using less packaging.

    “ITS is an opportunity for us to explore and test new dispensed and packaging-free delivery solutions and, alongside other steps, create a circular economy model that will help us reduce, reuse and recycle our packaging.”

    CCEP Ventures invested in ITS in 2020 and plans to co-develop the self-pour, self-pay solution for soft drinks with the goal of bringing new packaging and packaging-free innovations to market for CCEP customers.

  • Sirap launches recycled PS packaging

    Sirap launches recycled PS packaging


    Ineos Styrolution, which has recently launched several mechanically recycled PS products, claims that the material’s easy-foaming properties allow for the production of XPS foam packaging trays.

    Franck Dumasdelage, general manager France at Sirap Group, commented: “Sirap has been investing into R&D for innovative and sustainable materials for more than 60 years. We have been working with Ineos Styrolution’s virgin material before. Naturally, we were excited to learn that the material is available now also as mechanically recycled Styrolution PS Eco. It looks like the perfect material for our purpose.”

    Sirap Group was founded in Verolanuova, Italy, in 1960 and is wholly owned by Italmobiliare, an Italian holding listed on the Milan stock exchange.

  • Study reveals ‘unexpectedly high’ number of concerning substances in plastic products

    Study reveals ‘unexpectedly high’ number of concerning substances in plastic products


    Every year, more than 350 million tonnes of plastic – much of it used by the food industry – is produced worldwide. According to researchers at the ETH Zürich university in Switzerland, these plastics contain a huge variety of chemicals that may be released during their lifecycles -- including substances that pose a significant risk to people and the environment. However, only a small proportion of the chemicals contained in plastic are publicly known or have been extensively studied.

    A team of ETH researchers claims to have for the first time compiled a comprehensive database of plastic monomers, additives and processing aids for use in the production and processing of plastics on the world market, and systematically categorized them on the basis of usage patterns and hazard potential.

    The team identified around 10,500 chemicals in plastic: 2,109 were used in food-contact applications; in packaging (2,489), textiles (2,429); some are for toys (522) and medical devices, including masks (247).

    Of the 10,500 substances identified, the researchers categorized 2,480 substances (24%) as substances of potential concern. Amoung food-contact applications, 679 are substances of potential concern.

    Of of the 679 substances of potential concern amoung food-contact applications, the study revelealed there are:

    • 528 high-production volume chemicals, 434 not regulated chemicals, and 52 chemicals without any scientific references.
    • 9 are persistent and bioaccumulative, 120 are carcinogenic, 51 are mutagenic, 132 are toxic for reproduction, 300 are toxic for specific target organs, 404 are toxic for aquatic organisms, and 22 are endocrine disrupting
    • 119 substances of unknown or variable composition (UVCBs), 131 contain metals, 507 are (partially) organic, 13 contain silicon, 23 contain phosphor, 77 contain sulfur, and 92 contain halogens (like bromine, chlorine, fluorine, etc.)

    Of the 2,109 chemicals that are used, there are:

    • 513 substances of unknown or variable composition (UVCBs), 402 contain metals, 1682 are (partially) organic, 69 contain silicon, 90 contain phosphor, 226 contain sulfur, and 214 contain halogens (like bromine, chlorine, fluorine, etc.) 

    "This means that almost a quarter of all the chemicals used in plastic are either highly stable, accumulate in organisms or are toxic. These substances are often toxic to aquatic life, cause cancer or damage specific organs,"​ said Helene Wiesinger, doctoral student at the Chair of Ecological Systems Design and lead author of the study. About half are chemicals with high production volumes in the EU or the US, she said.

    "It is particularly striking that many of the questionable substances are barely regulated or are ambiguously described,"​ Wiesinger added.

    Surprisingly, despite having highly problematic hazardous properties, 901 substances of concern also appear on the regulatory positive lists for use in food-contact plastics, the study claimed, with 225 of these approved in the EU.

    In total, 53% of all the substances of potential concern are not regulated in the US, the EU or Japan.

    Also surprisingly, about 350 substances of potential concern appear on both negative (e.g., authorization requested for specific uses and bans in certain applications) and positive (i.e., approval for use in food-contact plastics) regulatory lists. For example, while authorization is required for use of dibutyl phthalate (CASRN 84-74-2) in the EU and Republic of Korea, it is approved for use in food-contact plastics in the EU, US, and Japan. According to the researchers, this regulatory inconsistency “needs to be properly addressed, for example, through closer collaboration among regulatory domains and agencies”.

    Finally, scientific studies are lacking for about 10% of the identified substances of potential concern.

    Until now, research, industry and regulators have mainly concentrated on a limited number of dangerous chemicals known to be present in plastics,"​ said Wiesinger, adding that today, plastic packaging is seen as a main source of organic contamination in food.

    "The unexpectedly high number of substances of potential concern is worrying,"​ added Zhanyun Wang, senior scientist in Hellweg's group. Exposure to such substances can have a negative impact on the health of consumers and workers, he said, adding that problematic chemicals can also affect recycling processes and the safety and quality of recycled plastics.

    The two researchers identified the lack of transparency in chemicals in plastics and dispersed data silos as a main problem. In over two and a half years of detective work, they combed through more than 190 publicly accessible data sources from research, industry and authorities and identified 60 sources with sufficient information about intentionally added substances in plastics. "We found multiple critical knowledge and data gaps, in particular for the substances and their actual uses. This ultimately hinders consumers' choice of safe plastic products,"​ they wrote in the study, adding they are pursuing the goal of a sustainable circular plastic economy. 

  • Finsbury Food Group remasters full Thorntons cake bites and bars range

    Finsbury Food Group remasters full Thorntons cake bites and bars range


    Launching this month, retailers and consumers will see new-look packaging that has been designed to increase product stand-out on shelf with a design that brings to life the luxury and quality of Thorntons chocolate. Finsbury is also bringing in ‘Bitesize Moments Made Special’ as its tagline across the entire range, playing into the treat and snacking occasions that the cake range has been successful in for the last two decades.

    The leading cake manufacturer has introduced NPD to the range before, but this year it will be bringing in seven new options with a focus on seasonality and modern tastes and flavours. The NPD will introduce completely new ingredients, never seen within the range before.

    The additions to the bites range are:

    • Chocolate Orange Caramel Shortcake
    • Toffee Apple Caramel Shortcake
    • Hot Cross Bun Caramel Shortcake
    • Peppermint Crème Brownie
    • Strawberry Dream Brownie

    Finsbury is also making two additions to its individually wrapped cake bars, bringing in Hazelnut Brookie and Salted Caramel Brownie options.

    Finsbury has also revamped some of the existing products within the range, answering the consumer need for quality ingredients and flavours in treats. Its Caramel Shortcake will now feature a crunchier biscuit base and more chocolate alongside the Thorntons toffee in the caramel.

    Jordan McCann, brand manager at Finsbury Food Group, said: “Thorntons cake bites have the highest impulse purchase rate throughout the category, and we know its look and flavour appeal is key to ensuring those impulse purchases remain high. The range has enjoyed great success over the last 20 years, but we are constantly looking for ways to bring in new shoppers. The key to our ongoing success is to never take our eye off the ball when ensuring the range fits changing consumer trends.

    “The Thorntons bites and bars are successful because they are perfect for sharing occasions and adding a bit of luxury to those moments. We know the chances to get together and share a treat have been few and far between but hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, people will have more opportunities to spend time together and we’re making sure we have the perfect treats for those times.”

    Fiona Morgan, head of Foodservice Ferrero UK & Ireland, at Ferrero UK Ltd, added: “Finsbury has consistently found ways to bring the high quality and luxurious taste of Thorntons chocolate to cake products and this revamp is continuing that successful tradition. We’re excited to see the changes appear in the market and watch the range continue to go from strength to strength.”

  • Pulse Environment Day

    Pulse Environment Day


    The DS Group is committed to the mission of Green enabling by Social, Structural and Economic transformation that will drive sustainability in its business. As a committed corporate citizen, the Group aims to create a closed loop system that minimizes the use of resources, creation of waste, pollution and carbon emission. The use of R PET in popular confectionery brand ‘Pulse’, the leader in hard boiled candy segment is a small step towards environment sustainability and circular economy. The PET Jar is made from a combination of virgin and recycled PET granules, which means that the waste from eco system is being reused into packaging and not burdening the planet. The company is also targeting Industrial ecology and blue economy by working towards reducing resource depletion and environmental pollution.

    In last few decades the consumerism has increased at an exceptional pace and so has the quantum of waste that has led to an environment mayhem. The reuse of goods and waste utilization is negligent in the production-consumption cycle. Packaging is an unavoidable part of this development, as it protects, preserves, enhances, disperses information, acts as a marketing tool and allows for safe transportation. The packaging sector is a large user of the plastic and the increasing environmental pressure on the economic system requires a reconsideration of our economic paradigm. It is imperative that it consciously shifts its consumption preferences to recycled and reusable material.  The world is heading towards an “ecological credit crunch” and is under severe ecological debt as we are over-utilising the natural resources without replenishing, and this crisis is far worse than all the financial and health crisis mankind has ever faced. This urges societies, corporates around the world to increase the efficiency of natural resources use and to reduce the overall environmental impact. Reusable, recycled packaging has been suggested as an option to significantly reduce environmental impacts.


  • At Pack Expo, HexcelPack to Demo Protective  Paper-Based Wrapping System for Cost-Effective & Sustainable Product Shipping

    At Pack Expo, HexcelPack to Demo Protective Paper-Based Wrapping System for Cost-Effective & Sustainable Product Shipping

    Among other packing solutions, company to showcase HexcelWrap™ cushioning paper and simple, sustainable Mini Packing Station dispenser.

  • Demystifying the Mold Development Process

    Demystifying the Mold Development Process


    Business objectives drive mold development.
    At TricorBraun, our commercialization team’s first priority is to develop molds that are commercially viable for the duration of your product cycle. In other words, mold development takes into account the lifecycle of your package. In addition, the development timeline and cost can vary depending upon your projected annual volume and market strategy.

    Once we understand your market strategy, we’ll factor in other build requirements as well—including manufacturing process and material requirements. From there, we’ll get to work in-house or identify the outside vendors best equipped to handle your mold development. We have a robust network of partners in North America, Asia, and South America. We aim to identify manufacturing partners with the appropriate qualifications, technical know-how, and equipment to build your mold.

    TricorBraun’s unique value add: in-house mold building.
    A rarity among packaging distributors, we offer in-house mold development and a production tooling shop. Because of this, we can control the timeline and build single or multi-cavity extrusion blow molds faster than most. Our onsite team includes experienced mold designers, tool path programmers, machinists, final assembly, and machine maintenance. Our customers appreciate the flexibility and speed to market that this value-add yields. 

    In fact, floor care industry leader Bona couldn’t say enough about our in-house team. “Our goal was to maintain and enhance the visual appeal of the products while also improve functionality and enhance the overall consumer experience,” said Susan Stern, Bona’s director of product management-retail. To achieve Bona’s business goals, we leveraged our in-house team to create four bottle molds. The Bona team opted to create prototypes first for the largest and smallest bottles, allowing them to make adjustments on the first two so that fewer modifications would be needed on the in-between-sized bottles. All four molds were built in-house at our Mold Development Center, which helped expedite the qualification process and bring the bottles to market. Bona’s Stern called TricorBraun’s engineering capacity “priceless” as the finished product produced bottles with comfortable grips and easy, no mess pours.

    We sweat the details so you don’t have to.
    From our design and engineering expertise to our mold shop, we have the experience and in-house capabilities to take you from concept to commercialization. Add in our extensive supply chain and best-in-class project management, and we’ve got your back every step of the way.

    At TricorBraun, our customers don’t stay up at night because we do. We sweat the details, whether we’re designing your package, building your mold, or qualifying your package and getting it out the door. We support and oversee the entire process so you can have the confidence that you are partnering with a team committed to your success.


  • AIPIA Autumn Events: online Congresses for Supply Chain and Digitization/Sustainability

    AIPIA Autumn Events: online Congresses for Supply Chain and Digitization/Sustainability


    AIPIA returns to the virtual stage for its two remaining Congresses for 2021. Both are carefully focused, covering the highly important and topical issues of Supply Chain Solutions (16th September) and the whole spectrum of Digitization: Connected Packaging & Sustainability (2nd November.) Each will address how these issues are impacting on current Smart Packaging development and use.

    In November there will be an special emphasis on where Smart Packaging is making a positive contribution to more Sustainable solutions and contributing to reducing waste, better food safety and security, as well as improving ways to achieve a truly Circular Economy for plastics.

    Both events already boast a strong line up of leading Smart Packaging product and service providers. These include Aptar CSP, Cambridge Design Partnership, Digimarc, Dimaco, Scantrust, Systech, Talkin’ Things, Tapwow, and Wiliott. Several other leading active and intelligent packaging technology providers are set to join shortly and a provisional agenda for September will be published on line soon. As usual this will be a ‘real time’ agenda and updated as speakers confirm.

    Setting out the rationale for the two Congresses, Eef de Ferrante, managing director of AIPIA explained, “We consulted with our Advisory Board and other leading members who are developing or using the technologies and these topics came out as clear areas of primary interest. The pandemic has highlighted many ‘pain points’ in supply chain management, not least to do with distributing PPE and now vaccines. How to harness the full potential of Connected Packaging using digital solutions and making it work in a Sustainable environment is a challenge which many on both sides of the AIPIA community – developers and users – are keen to address. As usual with AIPIA, we aims to go beyond explaining the tech to understanding its impact and how best to apply it commercially.”    

    Real ‘use cases’ will be featured to illustrate how Smart Packaging is benefiting food, beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical markets already. They are an opportunity to listen to and learn from many of the leading exponents of Smart Packaging solutions, as well as network with them and Brand Owners in Discussion Rooms. AIPIA is using a ‘user friendly’ virtual meeting platforms to deliver value and an effective meeting environment for everyone.

    While the Association looks forward to getting back to Person-to-Person in 2022 the pace of developments in Smart Packaging continues to accelerate continuously. So these two virtual opportunities for 2021 should not be missed!


  • The magic of science! Recycled PET bottles turn into vanilla flavouring

    The magic of science! Recycled PET bottles turn into vanilla flavouring


    Particularly soda and water bottles of all shapes and sizes. Scientists have been looking for ways to cut down on this waste and a study for Green Chemistryshows it may now be possible. Using genetically-modified bacteria, a team at Edinburgh University in Scotland, has been able to convert PET plastic waste into vanilla flavouring. 

    Previous studies have demonstrated that it is possible to break down PET into its basic subunit, known as terephthalic acid (TA). The researchers in Edinburgh discovered that E. coli bacteria can be “deployed” in order to convert TA into vanillin. Vanillin is the main component of extracted vanilla beans, and it’s responsible for vanilla’s signature taste and smell. It has a very similar chemical composition to TA, and so the engineered bacteria only needs to make minor changes to the number of hydrogens and oxygens that are bonded to the same carbon backbone.

    The researchers mingled their E. coli with TA and kept them at room temperature for a day, in roughly the same conditions used for brewing beer. After process optimization, around 79% of the TA was converted to vanillin.The team believes it may be possible to increase this percentage. Also they believe that this vanillin would be fit for human consumption, but further tests are required.

    Joanna Sadler, first author and BBSRC Discovery Fellow from the school of biological sciences, University of Edinburgh, said, “This is the first example of using a biological system to upcycle plastic waste into a valuable industrial chemical. It has very exciting implications for the circular economy.”

    Stephen Wallace, also of the University of Edinburgh, added, “Our work challenges the perception of plastic being a problematic waste and instead demonstrates its use as a new carbon resource from which high value products can be made.”

    One million PET bottles are sold every minute around the world, but just 14% are recycled. Currently the recycled ones have limited ‘second use’  opportunities, although much work is being done by the industry to ameliorate this situation. The plastics lose about 95% of their value after a single use, so the ability to upcycle into more lucrative materials could make this recycling process far more attractive and effective.

    There is a shortage in supply of vanillin, which is found in a wide variety of food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, cleaning, and herbicide products. In 2018, the global demand was about 40,000 tonnes and is expected to grow to 65,000 tonnes by 2025 which “far exceeds” the vanilla bean supply. About 85% of vanillin is currently synthesized from chemicals derived from fossil fuels – and this new experiment offers another way to do that, at a potentially viable level.

  • New cardboard carrier makes WaveGrip a one-stop-shop for beer and beverage multi-pack solutions

    New cardboard carrier makes WaveGrip a one-stop-shop for beer and beverage multi-pack solutions


    Building on consumer demand for sustainable ring carriers, the new WaveGrip cardboard carrier is lightweight, strong and easy to use, providing the same levels of pack retention as plastic. Each carrier weighs under 7g for a standard six-pack and is recyclable in all paper and board waste collection streams.

    The white fully coated top side offers high quality printability in up to 10 colours, allowing brand messages and promotions to be easily included for enhanced shelf impact. In addition, the naturally brown reverse opens-up to offer a multitude of additional design possibilities and enable further direct communication with customers.

    The new carrier style is available for both standard and sleek cans and unlike many competitive products, its patent pending design does not require folding and manipulation during application. This allows continuous running at high speeds, meeting both the performance and production needs of the latest beverage canning lines.

    Applicators are competitively priced and range from simple, manual solutions to more integrated higher speed options. Planned developments also include the addition of an integrated advertising panel option for increased on shelf marketability.

    Darryl Roadnight, Business Director at WaveGrip said: “Our new cardboard carrier meets the growing consumer demand for easy to recycle packaging and its unique design delivers both performance and sustainability that today’s brands are seeking.

    “We are delighted to add this solution to the WaveGrip range and deliver even more choice in the effective, efficient and sustainable packing of beers and beverages around the world.”

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