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UK considers giving businesses powers to take civil action against rivals' copycat packaging

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has launched a call for evidence in a bid to understand what issues, if any, there are with existing enforcement arrangements, how...

Threshold for packaging waste set to rise

As part of work to amend the UK's existing PRN regime for packaging waste, one in nine currently obligated firms are likely to be moved out of the system. Defra packaging specialist Sarah...

Why innovation should be at the forefront of packaging

Sharpak Aylesham conducted a survey at the recent event Fruit Focus 2013 to find out what the big issues are for the fruit industry. Interestingly, the main response was not the weather, or a...

Scottish firm trialling smart labelling

Insignia Technologies seems to have developed a smart label that tells you how long a pack has been opened rather than the more usual label that tells you the history of the temperature that a...

Smart Sensor Labels

It seems that we might be getting closer to smart labelling of food where the label can tell you if the food has got too hot or too cold during the time it has been packaged. Thinfilm Eelctonics...

Smart Packaging comes to market?

I've seen a report that suggests that the key enabling technology in smart packaging, plastic electonics, can make new packaging and product features available.  Apparently leading brand...

Smart lids for hot takeaway drinks

I saw this video that expounds the virtue of colour changing lids for takeaway hot drinks. The benefit for the consumer is you can be sure that before you touch the liquid with you delicate lips...

Plant extracts to extend meat and fish shelf life

I see that inhibiting the development of what are termed biogenic amines, which are given off by decaying meat and fish, is the new way to extend shelf life. By taking the essential oils (or...

Active packaging from shrimp shell

It seems that the piles of waste chitin from shrimp shells is not being reduced enough by its use as chitosan as an antibacterial in cosmetic lotions. Those properties are also of interest to...

Smart Packaging in Beer Bottles

So I see that we continue to develop smart packaging that relates to brand image rather than telling us when a product is past its "sell by" date. It seem that Heineken have LED's...

Smart packaging is arriving - imminently!

I've just been reading that electronic smart packaging is about to explode onto the market generating some 35 billion units of consumer based goods carrying it in 2023. Apparently the driver...

Plastic Packging in 2013

To follow the recent article on the recyclability of plant-derived plastics I have read that they are expected to grow in the next year according to comments from the USA where cost drives the...

Are starch-based plastics as green as we think?

With all the current research into the replacement of plastics derived from oil with those from plants we might have just lost sight of an issue that the Germans seem to have spotted and that is...

Beyond Smart Packaging

In December I read an article with the same title as this article and my first thought was "why?", when I can't help thinking that we haven't got the smart packaging yet, let...

Photonic gel as food sensor

Scientists at Rice University and MIT in the US have developed a multi-layer polymer metamaterial that is sensitive to ions and changes colour as a result. The nanoscale layers of polystyrene...

Hybrid system for food labelling given green light

Consumers will be able to make healthier choices about the food they eat with the introduction of a new, consistent system of front of pack labelling, Health Minister Anna Soubry announced...

Impact of novel technologies on the shelf-life of food

13th September 2012, IOM3, London Event Website Event Flyer This workshop, co-organised by NanoKTN, Biosciences KTN and Leatherhead Food Research, will bring experts in...

Printed Electronics for Smart Packaging

I have read recently that Thin Film Electronics, a Swedish company with expertise in printed memory, and Bemis, a US company with expertise in pressure sensitive materials and flexible...

Electronic nose to detect food ripeness

Apparently researchers at MIT have developed an electronic sensor that can detect food ripeness and is fitted to fruit boxes. It is based on carbon nanotubes and could be read through an...

FDA guide on nanoparticles will impact on packaging

The FDA has announced that companies will be required to prove the safety of nanaparticles used in food packaging and not be allowed to use them under the umbrella of established ingredients...
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