Vietnamese supermarkets go back to leaves, leaving plastic bags

Several Vietnamese supermarkets have started using banana leaves to wrap vegetables in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Shoppers at Lotte Mart in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 were recently surprised to see scallions, okra and other vegetables produce wrapped in banana leaves. A representative of the supermarket chain said that the company is experimenting with using leaves to wrap veggies in one outlet, and plans to expand this later to the entire chain in the country. This is part of a plan to increase the use of environment-friendly products, not just for vegetables but also for fresh meat,…

Douglas Thomas talks about Futura Font on TED

In the TED Conference, Designer Douglas Thomas shares the brief history of one of the most famous font Futura. When humanity first landed on the moon in 1969, the typeface Futura was right there with them. In this fascinating history of typography, designer Douglas Thomas shares Futura’s role in launching the Apollo 11 spacecraft — and how it became one of the most used fonts in the world.

Bud Light: A first US beer to add on-pack info

Bud Light has become the first beer in the United States to add a comprehensive on-pack serving facts and ingredient label. Its new secondary packaging design will hit stores in February. In addition to listing the ingredients, the packaging will also include: serving size, calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrates, sugars and protein. In every aspect of their lives, people are demanding more and more transparency, and Bud Light said it wants beer drinkers to have more information when it comes to choosing their brew, right at their fingertips on the packaging. Source: Bud Light

Animated Infographic: Food and beverage packaging trends 2019

A global leader in fiber-based packaging solutions, Evergreen Packaging, released a white paper forecasting key trends that will shape the U.S. food and beverage industries in the year ahead. The insights are based on data from the annual EcoFocus Trend Study, now in its ninth year, examining how consumer attitudes, actions, preferences, and values are reshaping grocery purchasing decisions. Source: Evergreen Packaging Read: The Whitepaper,  The Full Press Release

HAVI: Brings natural-based inks to packaging

HAVI announced today a new development in sustainable packaging: natural-based inks, which are better for the environment with a 25 to 30 percent lower CO2 footprint than standard aqueous inks*. They also reduce regulatory risk for brand owners and printers while increasing efficiency for printers and converters. These natural-based inks represent another aspect of clean packaging – an extension of the clean food movement – the principle of simplifying materials and chemistries for safer, more sustainable packaging. As a pioneer of clean packaging, HAVI is committed to not only improving the sustainability of packaging, but helping foodservice providers anticipate and…

Mountain Dew: Crown creates glow-in-the-dark cans

Designed to attract consumer attention and boost sales in the hot summer season, the cans feature fluorescent inks. Mountain Dew has launched a special edition 33cl package featuring fluorescent inks in the Middle East. accentuates the bold Mountain Dew logo and reinforces the brand’s image.    – Crown The inks were applied to beverage cans manufactured at Crown’s facilities in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Crown also worked closely with PepsiCo and ink supplier INX to secure the necessary regulatory approvals for the cans. The neon cans were released in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Lebanon, Qatar and Jordan. Source:…

Nestlé creates research institute for packaging to accelerate sustainability agenda

Nestlé announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. This is a step further to achieve the Company’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. We want to be a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging solutions for our food and beverage products. To achieve this, we are enhancing our research capabilities to develop new packaging materials and solutions. Through this, we hope to address the growing packaging waste problem, in particular plastics. We aim to minimize our…

Cadbury: Failed to Alter its Purple Colour as Trade Mark

Cadbury’s 2004 trade mark application for purple hue Pantone 2685C was rejected by the UK Court of Appleal, following objections by Nestlé. Cadbury was trying to drop letters and alter its purple colour as trade mark; so that rival brands were not allowed to use same purple. If allowed to be the predominant colour rather than restricted to the whole surface, the registration could cover uses of purple in extravagantly different ways. The mark could appear as stripes, spots, a large central blob, or in any other form. (Lord Justice Floyd, who presided over the Cadbury case) We are disappointed…

Kellogg’s: Pack-Design based on ‘Traffic Light’ on Consumer Demand

Kellogg’s is to adopt “traffic light” labelling for most of its cereal packaging from early next year after consumers said the colour-coded scheme helped them make healthier food choices. Colour coding grades health-impact ingredients such as sugar, with red suggesting a high content level and green a low one. Oli Morton, managing director for Kellogg’s UK operations, said: “Following our announcement late last year to overhaul our cereal in the UK we are now following that up with a new and modern Kellogg pack redesign in 2019. The food giant said the voluntary labels would begin appearing on breakfast cereal…

NiceLabel: World’s First Cloud-Based Label Management System Announced

Leading global developer of label design software, NiceLabel has announced the launch of the world’s first cloud-based label management system, developed to allow businesses to rapidly digitally transform their factory and warehouse labeling process. No costly upfront investments in IT infrastructure Flexible, scalable, subscription model ROI in less than 6 months SOURCE: NiceLabel