• Revamped packaging with QR tells ‘farm-to-bar’ story of chocolate brand


    The packaging is designed to highlight unique properties of single-origin cocoa. Working with global packaging and brand experience company SGK, the company is shifting its descriptors from heirloom to single-origin to increase awareness of the unique flavors in each country’s cocoa, created by genetic varieties and local environmental conditions.

    As part of the brand’s commitment to transparency and traceability, the new packaging will include a QR code on the inside of the wrapper, allowing consumers to scan and see into Beyond Good’s supply chain. Through the new packaging, set to roll out in November, consumers will discover the distinctive complexities of single-origin chocolate. In addition, using digital technology will enable the company to tell a more detailed story about the product’s journey from ‘farm-to-bar’. For the Madagascar varieties, consumers can meet all 93 farmers Beyond Good works with directly, see where the cocoa beans in their chocolate are grown and where their chocolate is made. For the Uganda flavors, consumers can learn more about the unique flavors of Uganda cocoa and the company’s supply chain goals in that country.

    Tim McCollum, CEO of Beyond Good, said, “ We are in the final stages of building an interactive, public facing website that connects consumers directly with the farmers in our supply chain – down to the parcel of land and the number of trees on that parcel.” He went on to explain that social and environmental responsibility – and the traceability that requires – has been built into the company’s business model. “We have a factory in Africa and zero middle men between us and the farmer. Whereas traceability is impossible for most chocolate companies, it is unavoidable for us,” he added.

    To elevate the experience even further, each package will also incorporate curated tasting notes to help guide the consumer through distinguishing single-origin flavors and qualities.

  • Plastic using Mango leaf extract offers food preservation and UV filtering


    This packaging is intended to maintain the properties of food for a longer period without the need to add chemical additives. This is due to the biodegradable film containing antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds from mango leaf extract that have been tested in vitro, while at the same time offering a more powerful ultraviolet light filter, that also delays food spoilage. These tests looked at antimicrobial performance against two food pathogens: Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. The researchers compared two different techniques for obtaining the packaging. The conventional one consists of dissolving the components in a solvent, which is later removed. The alternative procedure uses supercritical CO2 to functionalize the polymer, which provides the bioplastic with more effective physico-chemical and bioactive properties, they say. The innovative aspect of this study is that it validates the latter method of obtaining the film.

    In addition this bioactive packaging increases the protective barrier against ultraviolet light especially on foods containing oxidable compounds such as lipids. “Food wrapped in this film could be preserved longer without the addition of preservatives. The film itself replaces the chemical additive, since the active substance exerts its effect via the packaging without the need to add anything to the food,” said Cristina Cejudo, researcher at the University of Cadiz. To develop this bioplastic, the experts used mango leaf extracts from pruning remains from the cultivation of the fruit at an experimental farm at the Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture in Malaga. The nano-fibrillated cellulose that forms the polymer comes from the chemical and enzymatic treatment of a paper industry waste product.

    An advantage of the supercritical technique, the research discovered, is that the pathogen inhibition is higher due to the selection of the most bioactive compounds in mango extract for supercritical impregnation. This gives the plastic a higher concentration of these compounds than the conventional technique. “As a result, the active properties of the mango remain intact after impregnation, which increases the film’s ability to protect food,” says Cejudo.

    The next step for this research team will be to study how this bioactive packaging responds to preserving specific foods and to analyze its performance at pilot scale. The full study was published in the journal Food Hydrocolloids.

  • Xeikon expands its organization in Greater China Mr. Sean Wu is appointed General Manager

    Xeikon has appointed Sean Wu General Manager for Greater China, signalling the company’s increasing presence in the region. In his new role, Wu is tasked with managing the significant growth in interest for Xeikon's digital solutions in China, particularly from label and packaging printers and converters working with the high demands from brand owners and designers, creating unusual, unique and high-end products to meet ever-evolving consumer demand.

  • At INTERPHEX NYC, TurboFil to Showcase Module for Simplified, Automated Syringe Filling & Assembly

    Equipment specialist also will exhibit new benchtop syringe filler

    ideal for compounding pharmacies

  • Mondi makes shopping more sustainable for SPAR and Food Lover’s Market in South Africa

    • Mondi and Taurus Packaging have collaborated to create a wet strength paper shopping bag for the South African retail market
    • This packaging solution can prevent up to 2 million plastic bags from entering the waste stream in South Africa every month
    • The paper bags support SPAR and Food Lover’s Market’s sustainability commitments to reduce plastic waste

    Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, and Taurus Packaging have developed a fit-for-purpose reusable shopping bag that can carry groceries and meet the needs of the demanding Southern African retail ma

  • Chanel Introduces Biobased Fragrance Cap Developed in Partnership with Sulapac


    Chanel has unveiled a new biobased cap for all of the 125 ml bottles in its Les Eaux De Chanel collection, developed in partnership with Sulapac.
    Chanel first invested in Sulapac—a startup company that makes sustainable packaging based on a biodegradable, microplastic-free trademarked material made from FSC-certified wood chips and natural binders—in 2018. It was Sulapac’s first investment from the cosmetics industry.
    For two years, Chanel teams worked hand-in-hand with the Finnish startup to create a cap composed of three layers, made out of 91% biobased materials obtained from renewable resources and FSC certified wood chips (by-products of industrial side-streams).
    In keeping with the rigorous standards of the House of Chanel, every detail was carefully thought out, says the company, including the sensory nature of the material, its resistance to fluctuations in temperature, the unique sound the bottle makes when the cap is put on, the grip, and the depth of the satiny matte finish on the iconic double C engraving.
    According to Sulapac, it took no fewer than 48 tries to reach the final product.
    “This first product launch of our collaboration with Chanel, the biobased Les Eaux De Chanel cap made with Sulapac material, is a remarkable milestone for us. It proves that Sulapac meets the highest quality standards,” said Suvi Haimi, CEO and co-founder of Sulapac.
    This project is part of a long-term, collaborative approach that puts sustainability at the center of Chanel research and development.

  • BIOLO, the Market Leader in Biodegradable Packaging and Products, Partners with LITA by Ciara to Support Vision of Sustainable Fashion Line by Eliminating Plastic Waste


    BIOLO offers an alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics through its use of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), a renewable plastic alternative that is certified by TÜV (formerly Vinçotte) for biodegradation in soil and marine environments as well as home and industrial composts. "PHA is made from plants, turns into feedstock for microorganisms, and leaves nothing behind. Simple as that," says Will Preston, CEO of BIOLO.

    The House of LR&C (standing for Love, Respect & Care) was created in 2020 not only to create fashion brands with sustainability in their DNA, but to redefine the way the fashion industry works, to make it inclusive, community-led, and, above all, to create large-scale positive change. "It is exciting to see companies coming together to support creating positive impact," said Therese Hayes, Chief Sustainability Officer of The House LR&C. "This strategic partnership with BIOLO reduces plastic waste and supports our goal to consider sustainability throughout our product's life-cycle."

    To fight single-use plastic waste, many companies have turned to compostable alternatives. Polylactic acid (PLA) has been one of the pioneering substrates and was a progressive step, but it only biodegrades in an industrial composting facility. In search of universally biodegradable plastic, researchers at Danimer Scientific looked to nature for inspiration. Danimer Scientific found that much like humans store extra calories as fat, bacteria store some of their energy as a natural plastic, known as Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). Since PHA is a natural source of fuel for bacteria, it breaks down quickly in any bioactive environment. "While PHA is a product of evolution and has been naturally occurring for millions of years, it is only recently that we have perfected our process for producing the biopolymer at a commercial scale. We call the PHA produced through our proprietary process Nodax® PHA." said Don Phillips, VP of Business Development at Danimer Scientific.

    BIOLO has been working in partnership with Danimer Scientific for several years to perfect the manufacturing techniques necessary to bring PHA to the public through the form of flexible packaging, ocean safe straws, and more. Although PHA has been used by bacteria for millions of years, LITA's partnership with BIOLO marks the first time a North American company is exclusively using PHA packaging.

  • Plasgad is proud to launch the PG1090 pallet – a logistic pallet with a range of customization options to suit any racking system


    Fully customizable
    The pallet’s size is 1200X1000mm/48X40in, and it is available in a wide range of configurations to suit every customer’s specific logistic needs. The PG1090 is available in 3- or 5-skid configurations, with an open or closed deck.
    It has a racking capacity of up to 750kg/1653lb without metal reinforcements. If required, the pallet’s racking capacity can be upgraded by adding metal bars. The metal bars can be added in two configurations: the “H” configuration for static loads, which provides a racking capacity of up to 1200kg/2646lb and ensures greater stability during the collection process; or reinforcement with 3 vertical metal bars which make the pallet suitable for dynamic loads of up to 2 tons/4410lb.

    Much more than a packaging and shipping solution
    In order to streamline the supply chain processes and save money, time and manpower, pallets can be equipped with technological add-ons to provide all the essential important information about the goods throughout the process. The pallets can be tracked in different ways: Adding a barcode label, embedding a QR code, or embedding an RFID sticker in a designated area on the pallet. Moreover, you have the option of adding a GPS/IoT tracking device, to ensure effective tracking on demand. All these features contribute to a better managed and more secure inventory, as part of efficient distribution processes.

    Features and advantages
    The pallets come with optional safety rims of three different heights, one of which is tailored to fit plastic crates perfectly. In addition, we developed an efficient solution for a well-known “weakest link” for many of our customers: the problem of slipping goods. We provide two solutions that prevent slipping: Anti-slip strips placed along with the pallet, and the option of adding anti-slip rubbers to support goods and prevent them from slipping off the forklift.
    The pallet can be cleaned easily and quickly and is hygienically safe without any risk of pest infiltration. Furthermore, the pallet is reusable and can withstand hundreds of work cycles. These strong and durable pallets have demonstrated a high cost/benefit ratio compared to alternative solutions currently available in the market.

    Iftah Poran, VP R&D at Plasgad says: “The PG1090 is an innovative pallet which offers an optimal solution for logistics systems. It’s a strong and durable pallet, which will give our customers peace of mind and eliminate the need to deal with unnecessary work processes. Its huge advantage is the ability to make precise adjustments based on every customer’s specific needs, so we can say that we’ve developed a single solution that can meet a wide range of needs. In addition, 1090 is an excellent example of Plasgad’s values. We develop, manufacture, and sell reusable plastic packaging and shipping solutions since 1982. We are part of the circular economy, and seek to improve our environmental impact while helping our customers to reduce their own footprint.”

  • RFID inlay Tracks single-dose drugs to patients’ bedside


    The new product, known as the GB32U9, is SML's smallest inlay to date, according to the report in RFID Journal and is engineered to transmit data effectively when applied to vials filled with liquid and made from plastic or glass packaging. 

    The Group is currently in the process of delivering the new inlays to at least one pharmaceutical company, but the RFID technology provider is also in discussions with other US-based businesses. The company began building RFID tag products for the pharmaceutical industry three years ago, according toDean Frew, SML Group's chief technology officer and senior VP of RFID solutions. However, he adds, widespread interest in the technology's use for drugs and other controlled substances at hospitals didn't see dramatic growth until 2019 and 2020.

    "Just like with every other vertical," states Frew, "companies [in the pharmaceutical industry] are seeing what can be done with item-level RFID, and that leads to growing demand," both for the tags and for solutions that utilize the tag-read data to improve operations.Another accelerator to that growth is the advent of a new standard for pharmaceutical RFID tags, created by the DoseID consortium(newsletter 14/10/2020.) The GB32U9is among the first inlays to gain Spec S certification from the program.

    The GB32U9, inlay isspecifically designed for unit-of-use medications in pharmaceutical applications, leverages  NXP's latest chip, the UCODE 9. According to Frew, the inlay provides high quality and rapid inventory countingin dense RFID tag populations.The challenge, he says, was to design a tag that would not detune when attached to a liquid-filled product. The company created an antenna that responds reliably in the presence of liquids, as well as a variety of other materials, including plastics or glass. The antenna must also work despite its very small size.The inlay's small design means it fits on a wide range of pharmaceutical products.

    The GB32U9 was designed with auto-adjust technology, unique brand identifiers and a pre-serialized 96-bit Electronic Product Code (EPC). Its antenna measures 20mm by 10mm with a wet paper face size of 26mm by 12mm.Typically, the tags will be applied at the fill line by a pharmaceutical company, after which they can be read throughout the supply chain. 

    The small size and material challenges mean the read range is shorter than standard UHF RFID tags, with a range of about 1m, but that varies depending on the environment and the type of reader being used. However for most drug products this is not a major issue, says Frew.The inlay is available now, following approximately 18 months of engineering and testing.

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