The end of the year is approaching which led me to review the contents of my blog. It has been a successful year with a steady grow to some 15,000 unique visitors per month and still growing. Recapping on which articles generated the most interest amongst the readers, I compiled an overview of the ten most visited articles. Interestingly, an article giving an overview of design in vodka bottles with little or none technical details was the most read story, while I thought that there were more than sufficient packaging design blogs on the web. Fortunately for me, the vodka bottle article has been closely followed by articles with more technical content and innovation, as that’s exactly what I intended with my blog. Solely writing about design or simply showing some pictures is not what “Best In Packaging” is about. Packaging innovation with an accent on sustainability and recyclability is what this blog makes attractive. My steadily growing number of readers boosts my belief that I’m on the right track.
Wednesday, 19 Aug. 2009
Shaping Glass for Vodka – As colour in an exhaustive rainbow is screaming from the shelves, shape might be in the better position to attract the consumer. Vodka traditionally is packaged in glass bottles. Glass is one of those materials with almost unlimited possibilities in shaping and a wide range of decoration techniques. As a consequence spirits brands are masters at crafting shapely bottles. A world full of shapes and colours. … read the full article
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Innovative Dispensing Bottle Caps for Sensitive Vitamins – It is generally known, that most vitamins and other nutrients are very sensitive and loose their power the moment they get mixed with a liquid, particularly water. And even worse the longer they stay mixed, the less efficiently vitamins and nutrients work.
Recently two developments came to fruit solving this problem. First the VIZcap and second the vitamin dispenser for Cedevita Gol, both offer the ability to create more fresher and potent beverages. …. continue reading
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Milk in a Pouch – Innovative and Sustainable – The milk container market is exemplary of sustainable developments and design options within one of the most important and traditional of all the food and beverage packaging segments. From the glass milk bottle to the existing plastic or cardboard containers over more than 60 years little changed in that market. Up till recently.
Last year UK’s Food and Farming Minister, Lord Rooker, called for the dairy industry to become more sustainable, targeting 50% reduction of plastics used in milk packaging as a key goal for 2020.
Although for the majority of industries sustainability is solely a moral issue at best, pressure of the environment conscious consumer … continue reading
Friday, 18 Sept. 2009
Horrendous Graphics Softened by High-Technology Printing – The overall decrease in smokers poses a challenge to packaging manufacturers which supply tobacco companies, as opportunities for growth dwindle and competition for remaining customers grows fierce. Some bright spots for the tobacco packaging industry are left. However, as anti-smoking regulations continue to spread across the world, such opportunities for the tobacco industry are expected to vaporize, and packaging manufacturers will be forced to diversify applications into which they supply, in order to secure future growth. .. read the full article
Tuesday, 06 Oct. 2009
The Evolution of the Stand-Up Pouch – The flexible packaging market includes all kinds of pouches, but the popular stand-up pouch was and still is the most impressive driver in the flexible packaging market, particularly with the breakthrough of the various material compositions, the re-closable zipper and other fitments that enhance consumer convenience, and have led stand-up pouches move dramatically into new applications.
The stand-up pouch found it’s origin in 1968, when Louis Doyen, CEO of the French packaging machin …… read the full article
Friday, 24 July 2009
EcoPak and Ecocentric – What’s in a Name? – The packaging is plantable! Out of the box and into the garden, The moulded fibre box is the first of its kind. A 100% compostable, biodegradable and plantable product packaging. It is manufactured with zero waste and created from 100% post-consumer paper board, without glues and dies. Soak the box for one minute and plant it about 1” deep in soil. Before you know it, medicinal herbs will spring up right before your eyes! …. read the full article
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
The Revival of the Tin Can – The Collectible as Marketing Tool – A steel can or tin can, or just tin, is a single-walled container moulded mostly by impact extrusion of tinplate or black plate (including tin-free steel) and designed for packaging products, Tin plate has been replaced by tin-free steel which is given a tin coating, usually as thin as a human hair, to prevent rusting. Protective (plastic) coatings applied to the inside of the cans ensure the integrity of the contents, allowing tins to hold a wide variety of products. Except for the day-to-day food cans, the tin is nowadays a marketing tool, giving the product a luxury image. Read more about The Sculptured Metal Technology and modern collectibles as SheerBliss Ice-cream, Silver Joe’s Coffee, Nestlé Easter Eggs, Williamson’s Elephants, The Financial Crises and the Banker’s Dozen and The ‘Light-Green’ Colour of Tins (about the ‘greenness’ of tins) ……. read the full article
Saturday, 06 June 2009
More Bottle Caps for Sensitive Vitamins – Baby Boomers, their Gen Y kids and all following generations are convinced that a daily dose of a functional beverage, energy or vitamin drink can keep them youthful. However the potency and effectiveness of functional beverages rely on the way in which ingredients are delivered. Deterioration of vitamins, herbs and other healthful ingredients starts from the moment they hit water, in other words from the moment a packaging for a ready-to-drink energy drink is filled in the factory. Vitamin C, for example, loses 80% of its potency after only 30 days.
Various companies have development solutions for this problem. …. continue reading
Sunday, 06 September 2009
Sugar Cane, Bamboo and Ceramics – Sugar Cane, bamboo and ceramics belong to the oldest packaging materials used by mankind. Although fully natural and sustainable materials neither sugar cane, nor bamboo are used any longer as packaging material and even packaging made in ceramics have a special aureole and are rarely used in mass production. If a ceramic image for the mass-produced packaging is required designers … continue reading
Saturday, 01 Aug. 2007
Virtual Design Takes off at Procter & Gamble – About 10 percent of the packaging in stores serves no useful purpose. It doesn’t protect the product. It doesn’t improve the customer experience. It doesn’t do anything. It’s only in there because no one engineered it out.
The traditional paradigm of focusing solely on physical prototypes no longer makes sense. It’s a very expensive and time-consuming process and isn’t the best way to determine if a product is fit for use. Virtual design is the answer.
One of the big virtual packaging success stories at P&G was the development of the first plastic coffee canister…… read the full story.