Top Food Packaging Innovations from 2017
Technology advances at a breakneck pace, whether we see it happening or not. In fact, some of the most exciting breakthroughs happen behind the scenes. Many industries are slow adopters, after all, so it can take a while for some of the coolest or most useful new ideas to make their way to market.
To drive this point home, we took a look at some of the biggest new technologies and trends to hit the market last year. You may have heard of some of these food packaging innovations, but chances are great that more than a few slipped past your radar.
Cocktail Shaker in a Disposable Package
Many products suffer from a shelf stability strategy that tends to make them taste far from fresh. Thanks to a new product design called the Clasper bottle, that no longer has to be the case!
Clasper bottles integrate a single-serve bottle with a screw-off bottom designed to hold a separate liquid. A shrink wrap label holds the two components together solidly during transit.
The first adopter of the bottles, Yumix cocktails, uses the freshest juice possible and invites drinkers to mix the 50 milliliters of alcohol provided for a taste that’s as far from processed as possible. Purchasers can also opt to pour as much or as little of the provided portion as they want. They can even consume the components separately!
While the cocktail-shaker-in-a-bottle was the first use of the Clasper technology, expect other innovative products to emerge that take advantage of the ingenious design.
Flexible Food Packaging Innovations
Flexible packaging has been the subject of some of the most heavily funded R&D, and with good reason. As opposed to rigid packaging, flexible packaging takes up far less space in transit and on display. Products tend to be lighter and avoid signs of damage compared to cardboard packaging solutions.
Even better, product manufacturers can directly fill the containers at the facility. That way, they don’t have to take up floor space or accommodate larger pre-assembled packaging designs on their packaging line.
VersaPouch provides an example of how far flexible packaging has come. The inverted stand-up design is perfect for liquid foods and condiments that would normally require a utensil to dispense. Instead, the gravity-fed design ensures that delicious sauces or dressings are just a squeeze away.
Reducing Plastics That End Up in the Ocean
Sustainability has been a consistent drum beat for decades, and food packaging technology has been answering the call.
The Sherwood Group’s Puracoat plastic alternative barriers provide a great example of how far sustainable food packaging has come. Instead of a plastic or PE barrier control, the Puracoat material is water based and 100 percent biodegradable.
Not to be outdone, UK brand Snact partnered with TIPA and Parkside Flexibles to produce packaging for their fruit jerky foods that is 100 percent compostable. This design not only reduces landfill waste, but actually provides a means for consumers to be self-sustaining and return their food packaging to the dirt where it should ideally go.
Take Advantage of Food Packaging Innovations While Using Best-of-Breed Packaging, Coding, and Marking Solutions
You can bring all of these clever food packaging technologies to your own packaging operation, but make sure you also include solutions that provide traceability, accountability, and regulatory compliance.
Raab Sales makes it easy, thanks to our comprehensive line of industrial drying and packaging products. Wow your customers while taking care of your bottom line when you contact a Raab industrial packaging expert to determine your perfect set of solutions today.
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