INNOVATIONS BLOG

What's a bottle without it's signature... Snap?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 1, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Changing the packaging of an iconic brand is always rife with challenges and risks. But the results of a recent packaging update for Snapple have yielded considerable benefits for the brand, according to R&D/Leverage USA (Lee’s Summit, MO).

Snapple single-serve premium teas and juice drinks are now available in a PET bottle designed in a collaborative effort between the Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS; Plano, TX) and R&D/Leverage, a packaging solutions provider and mold manufacturer. R&D/Leverage has a long history of working with DPS, so when the DPS product development team began looking for a way to make its Snapple bottle plastic while retaining everything that consumers know and love about the brand, it teamed with R&D/Leverage to develop the perfect solution.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas, Specialty Packaging

Guess Who's eliminating foam cups worldwide by 2020?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Feb 28, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Next up to eliminate expanded polystyrene (EPS) drink cups from its chain of fast-food restaurants is Dunkin’ Donuts. The company will eliminate all EPS foam cups in its global supply chain beginning this spring with a targeted completion date of 2020. In U.S. restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will replace the foam cup with a new, double-walled paper cup. The majority of its restaurants in international markets are currently using paper cups, and the brand will work with its franchisees to eliminate foam cups from remaining international markets by the 2020 goal, said the company’s information.

Behind the effort to eliminate EPS foam cups was—you guessed it—As You Sow, an advocacy group that goes after plastics with a vengeance. It started a campaign several years ago to get Dunkin’ Donuts to replace EPS foam cups with another material, “as part of a larger dialogue on recycling beverage cups at its restaurant locations,” said a release from As You Sow.  As You Sow also noted, however, that it was surprised that Dunkin’ chose paper, as the company previously indicated that it “was leaning toward a polypropylene plastic cup as ‘currently the best available alternative to foam’ and [was] already using polypropylene in areas that had banned foam.”

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

A Flat Wine Bottle...?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Feb 14, 2018 10:23:00 AM

Wine packaging has seen innovations over the years:  Single-serve bottles; corks swapped out for screw caps; and canned wine taking millennials by storm. But though different wine packages have their pros and cons, few of them can say they are as uniquely functional as a bottle developed by London’s Garcon Wines – a company which has unveiled a flat plastic wine bottle specially designed to slip through a mail slot.

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

A Safty Seal on a ToGo Bag...?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Oct 26, 2017 11:53:00 AM

The design elements for the Seal-2-Go line of plastic carry-out bags did not come to Mike Tan in a lightning bolt, but instead were developed over months of thought.

Bags are in Tan's blood as vice president of sales and marketing at Pan Pacific Manufacturing Inc. of Hayward, Calif.

The plastic packaging maker already was producing a variety of bags for the restaurant market, but the growing popularity of food delivery services created a need for an ad

ditional approach in that segment, Tan said.

Operations like UberEats, DoorDash and Grubhub are building 

businesses based on the idea that people want more types of food delivered to them.

"We created this in response to that. There's a lot of Americans that use this service now, especially millennials, and they use it religiously," Tan said.

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

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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Topics: Specialty Packaging