We continue our world tour for recently developed packaging innovations.
From the UK – Child Resistant Spray Closure
Cope Allman Jaycare developed a Child Resistant Dispensing Packaging for a new anaesthetic spray that is to be launched by a major US pharmaceutical firm.
In short CR means, that the bottle cap is difficult for young children (usually below the age of eight) to open because it requires an elder child’s ability to combine hand pressure and wrist motion. The company has a history of designing Child Resistant Closure Systems and was approached specifically for the project, as no such product was commercially available.
The customer’s brief was to design a ‘unique’ Child Resistant Dispensing System in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s requirement for special packaging (Procedure 16 CFR Part 1700). The new Child Resistant Spray Closure is an excellent technical solution to the problem of matching child resistance with openability.
From Austria – Easy opening solution for the elderly
Convenience for the growing share of senior citizens requires innovative concepts for packaging. Austrian Mondi’s new easy opening solution SwiftUp requires low force and no additional tools to open, presenting an optimal solution for elderly people or people with special needs.
The concept revalues the packaging by providing not only an extremely convenient opening but also by incorporating a secure, reclosable flap. It can be used on any kind of packaging, ranging from Form-Fill-and-Seal (FFS) to flow wrap or pre-made pouches. The fin opens the packaging, for instance a FFS-pouch, in a straight line across the entire length of the pouch, making the pouring out or sharing of content extremely effective. The optional reclosing stripe enables the end-consumer to safely reclose the packaging again which prolongs the durability of content by taking advantage of the high barrier properties of the original packaging. The fin can be placed virtually anywhere on the packaging.
The SwiftUp concept requires no new machinery, but can easily be implemented on a wide range of existing packaging lines with a few, reasonable modifications.
From Canada – Apples go on-line
This isn’t really a shocking new packaging innovation, but the idea to create a mail-service for fresh picked apples nicely packed, is for large part of the world a novelty. That’s why I included Martin’s effort in this list.
Martin’s Family Fruit Farm Ltd, one of Canada’s largest apple growers recently designed a new packaging for their apple gift boxes. Martin’s is also setting up an on-line service enabling the customer to order apples via the website which are then delivered across Canada, with a delivery within 2 days, while the shipment can be tracked on- line by the customer.
The apples are protected in a food grade foam to ensure that the apples arrive in optimum condition which the company guarantees. The pack also includes information on the variety of apples and a recipe booklet. The gift box is packed in an outer box for shipping so the attractive high graphic gift box makes an unique nutritional gift.
From the USA – The plantable, biodegradable, compostable pot
According to 2007 data from Pennsylvania State University, every year, 350 million lb (158 million kg) of horticultural plastic is used in the USA, while only 4% is recycled.
Ball Horticultural Co’s new SoilWrap bottomless, bio-based, plantable, compostable pot, made from Mirel polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) sugar-based resins from Telles, was developed to address the massive landfill waste associated with horticultural plastic.
The pot that can be planted in the ground, and due to the Mirel PHA it is soil-biodegradable, thus actually seen by microbes as a food source. The wraparound plastic “sleeve” eliminates the use of a bottom panel on the pot, which allows plant roots to make immediate contact with the soil upon planting, encouraging faster growth, according to the company.
While SoilWrap degrades as soon as soil is placed in the pot, the process accelerates only after the pot is planted, allowing plenty of time for use in the supply chain. Once in the ground, the pot is said to completely biodegrade within 12 months.
Goex extruded the Meril resin into an 11-ga sheet, which was converted by General Converting, Inc.
From Germany – Two-Part container for Pasta Pronto
Developed by German food manufacturer Buss Fertiggerichte GmbH, Pasta Pronto offers consumers a format that is convenient in terms of preparation, while delivering a fresh taste compared to ready meals where the pasta and sauce are already mixed together. The advantage of separating sauce and pasta into two containers is the possibility to individually cook ingredients to the optimum point in the factory. The pasta is ‘al dente,’ while the sauces are prepared to bring out their flavours.
The solution is a large container which holds 300g of pasta, with a smaller round sauce pot that nests upside-down on top of the larger cup. Both packs, manufactured by RPC Bebo Plastik, are thermoformed in high transparent PP, permitting a shelf life of around three weeks.
Before heating, the sauce is poured from the smaller container on top of the pasta into the larger cup. The consumer then places this in the microwave for two minutes. The design features ribbed insulation that protects the consumer’s fingers from getting burnt after heating, so that the meal can be eaten directly from the cup.
A cardboard outer sleeve holds the two containers together on shelf as well as providing room for graphics.
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