INNOVATIONS BLOG

Alternative Wine Packaging Formats are on the Rise...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Oct 25, 2016 10:55:15 AM

Global demand for wine packaging including containers, closures, and accessories is expected to rise 2.3% per year reaching $22.8 billion in 2020, according to a recent study from The Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH). Growth will be sustained by continued, albeit moderate, increases in global wine production, despite declining per capita consumption rates in Europe, which accounted for about 60% of consumption and nearly 65% of production in 2015. What comes as no surprise is that glass bottles are still the preferred wine container, as they have excellent barrier properties and can protect wine nearly indefinitely. Also, glass bottles are considered by many to be an essential part of the wine experience. As a result, glass continues to dominate the container segment, accounting for about 85% of the global total in 2015.  However, this market share is declining. Glass bottles are heavy and more expensive to ship than alternative packaging formats. Also, most of the still wine produced around the world is consumed not long after it is made, meaning that while many consumers might prefer bottles, they are not always necessary. Because of thse factors, alternatives, including bag-in-box containers, aseptic cartons, plastic bottles, cans and cups are on the rise.

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

Putting diagnosis and treatment in the hands of patients...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Sep 21, 2016 9:15:32 AM

Connected health. Precision healthcare. Such evolving concepts promise to revolutionize patient care, and Phillips-Medisize Chairman, CEO, and President Matt Jennings believes they could serve medical device manufacturers as they work to introduce products that improve healthcare outcomes while lowering costs. Jennings spoke about such trends at a press conference at Medical Design & Manufacturing East on June 14, where he also explained how a recent acquisition could position the company to help. Connected health essentially involves the use of companion diagnostics with other healthcare products as patients self-diagnose and self-treat, Jennings explained. “The endeavor is to put diagnostics in smaller packaging and in the hands of the patient,” he said. And connected health could drive precision, he explained. When it comes to statins, “we are starting to learn now with monitoring that diet and exercise can impact the effectiveness of the drug,” he said. “If we can test on a routine basis, can we affect cholesterol levels? These are frontiers that lend themselves to diagnosis and treatment.”

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

The dream of drone delivery starts to take flight

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 23, 2016 9:11:36 AM

Drone package delivery is sparking the imagination of retailers, consumers and everybody in between. Here’s what it means to packaging professionals. Amazon, Google, DHL and Walmart are all working on the supply chain of tomorrow, including package handling and delivery. And although the future looks somewhat different to each of them, all four know they want aerial drone technology to be part of it. Driving their interest in drone package delivery is the possibility of super-fast shipping—as in next half-hour rather than next day—which in turn relates to the growth of e-commerce and consumers’ changing expectations for what constitutes timely delivery. Online shoppers clearly are interested in getting their purchases as quickly as possible. In a 2016 survey conducted by Walker Sands Communications, 79% of respondents said they would be “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to request drone delivery of their package if it could be delivered within an hour. Of the 1,433 U.S. consumers surveyed, 26% expected to order their first drone-delivered package “in the next two years,” and another 30% said “in the next five years.” In addition, 73% of Walker Sands’ survey participants said they would pay up to $10 for a drone delivery. Although the economics of drone delivery have not yet been worked out, robust delivery fees could help offset operating costs.

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

Waterless Packaging Solution Extends Shelf Life of Flowers...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 11, 2016 9:06:29 AM

Netherlands-based shelf life extension firm PerfoTec (Woerden), a subsidiary of Uflex (Uttar Pradesh, India), has developed an innovative biodegradable packaging solution for flowers that eliminates the use of water and cooling facilities. The shelf life of flowers can be extended using Active Modified Atmospheric Packaging (AMAP) technology, where it has already a very major presence globally in fresh fruits and vegetables markets. Previously, the humidity inside the packaging of flowers during transport would create diseases such as Botrytis, which was the great challenge. This was when Uflex Ltd., India’s largest global flexible packaging solutions firm, bought PerfoTec Systems while it was facing similar issues with mangoes due to the tropical nature of the produce.

Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex, was happy to accept the challenge and the team at Uflex developed a new biodegradable film Flexfresh, which could keep the product breathing in hydrated oxygen and release excess humidity keeping the flowers dry.

Using PerfoTec’s Fast Respiration Meter, the oxygen demand of flowers is measured. Also a patented laser technology makes a micro perforation on Flexfresh film to allow enough oxygen for the flowers to stay alive and prevent them from excess oxidation. The Flowers are ‘put to sleep’ so to speak and can go without water for five days as the humidity is fed back in to the flower when it continues to breathe. Once the package is received by the customer and opened, the bouquet remains fresh in a vase for at least a guaranteed seven days.

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

High-speed/resolution Desktop Color Label Printer is Economical

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 2, 2016 9:23:09 AM

The new LX500 Color Label Printer, suitable for private labeling, test marketing, pre-press proofing and more, is up to 270% faster and costs $200 less than the model it replaces.
 
Introduced in May, the LX500 Color Label Printer with up to 4800 dpi print resolution isPrimera Technology’s newest and most affordable desktop color label and tag printer.
Key features:
    •    High-yield tri-color ink cartridge keeps cost per label low;
    •    Fast print speeds and an optional built-in guillotine-style cutter allow users to quickly and easily print and cut their short-run labels;
    •    Ready for instant use: Windows 7/8/10 printer drivers are included along with Bartender Ultralite (Windows) Software to format label designs, add barcodes, QR codes, and more; a Mac driver will be available soon.
    •    It is priced $200 lower than the LX400 that it replaces.

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

A Different Side of Reclosable Packaging...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This patented design shows a different side of reclosable packaging: The reclosure is located on the side of a bag rather than the top, a position that the inventor says provides better pour control to go along with product differentiation. Alan D. Olin, president, Olin Design Group, is an inventor who specializes in packaging. He has five patents to his credit including his latest invention, U.S. Patent # 8,992,085 B2, issued on March 31, 2015, for a “self-supporting storage bag with resealable pour spout.” The patent abstract reads as follows: “A reclosable bag or pouch configured to store, and to easily pour, material. The reclosable bag is configured with an integral pour spout having a reclosable fastener to facilitate the pouring of material from the bag, and subsequent resealing. By locating the pour spout along an upper side of the bag, material is focused downward from the bag, and not outward, when poured. Bags configured in this manner thus provide end users with enhanced control over the dispensing rate and direction of their contents. In some embodiments, the bag is also configured as a self-supporting bag capable of resting generally upright upon its bottom end.”

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World's Lightest PET Bottle for Edible Oil...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jun 13, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Sidel, the French-headquartered PET bottle maker has produced what is claimed to be the world’s lightest 900 milliliter PET bottle for edible oil. Working with Brazilian oil producer Algar Agro, Sidel reduced the weight of the bottle by 22 percent to 14 grams. The resulting lightweighting has cut the cost of production, packaging and transportation of the finished article, and lowered the total cost of ownership of the production equipment. Sidel said it was chosen as the preferred supplier because of its experience and expertise, “as well as the actual proposals presented to Algar Agro during the initial discussions to lightweight the bottle.”

Click Here to read more about this new innovative use of materials within plastic injection molding.

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

Clearly Crafted Plastic Pouches Bring Clarity to Baby Foods...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Happy Family’s Clearly Crafted baby food pouches use aluminum oxide for barrier and transparency—and the company prints the specific product recipe on the back. Happy Family’s new Clearly Crafted organic baby foods under the Happy Baby branding are all about transparency—and so is the packaging. In announcing the launch earlier this month, the company positions the 12-product line as the first national brand with fully transparent baby food pouches packed with premium, organic ingredients consumers can see. It is also the first organic brand to list its recipes directly on the pouch, according to the company. "Parents are looking for openness and honesty from the companies they buy products from, especially for their baby," says Shazi Visram, CEO and founder. "We developed Clearly Crafted with this in mind. We want to share every aspect of the product story, from the farms where we grow our ingredients to the recipes that we use. Parents can feel confident feeding their children, by knowing and seeing exactly what's inside the pouch."

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Keurig Switches to Polypropylene But Has Long Recycling Journey Ahead...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 13, 2016 3:00:00 PM

After a decade of listening to complaints about the lack of recyclability of its K-Cups, Keurig, Waterbury, Vt., recently announced changes to its packaging but will they be enough for critics?

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

What.... A Sugarcane-derived Plastic-based Carton?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 24, 2016 9:16:45 AM

Tetra Pak, one of the world's leading food processing and packaging equipment companies, announces the successful production of the first fully renewable Gable Top package in the United States. Tetra Pak® Gable Top Bio-based packages are made solely from renewable materials, defined as natural resources that can be replenished over time. The innovative new cartons are developed from a combination of paperboard and sugar cane derived plastics. First introduced in Europe in January 2015 as Tetra Rex® Bio-based, the new Tetra Pak Gable Top Bio-based package was specially adapted for the U.S. market. "Environmental excellence is one of Tetra Pak's strategic priorities and a driver of our product development activities," said Carmen Becker, president and CEO at Tetra Pak Inc. "We're proud to be the first to offer a fully renewable carton package to the U.S. market and believe that increasing the renewable content of our packages is not only good for the environment, but also offers our customers a competitive advantage." Tetra Pak customers using the standard half-gallon gable top with or without closure can easily transition to the new bio-based version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.

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