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Smart packaging offers so far unprecedented potential. Photo: LSD GmbH & Co. KG

Smart Packaging: Augmented Reality Packaging


Innovative technologies replace traditional purchasing process – including the implementation of augmented reality (AR) applications in product packaging. The advantages are obvious: Customers receive comprehensive information about the goods on their smartphone without any loss of time. Customer loyalty is increased and the product is marketed in a targeted manner.
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Brexit means changes to marking duties for food packaging in the UK and the EU. Photo: John Cameron on Unsplash

Brexit: How will it affect food packaging in the EU?


It is still not clear how future trade relationships might be between Great Britain and the EU after Brexit. The current postponement to 31 October 2019 hasn't helped alleviate uncertainties, whether for the public or for businesses. Brexit without a deal is still a possibility. But what consequences would this have on the food industry and the associated packaging and process industry?
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Food that cannot be sold by wholesalers is available at reduced prices in the Too Good To Go shop in Copenhagen. Photo: Too Good To Go

Food losses: More than two billion tons per year in 2030


According to estimates by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), around a third of all food spoils world-wide – this amounts to 1.3 billion tons annually. By 2030, they expect losses to increase to more than two billion tons per year. Innovative industrial and societal solutions can help counter this negative trend.
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As a rule, we can say: As little packaging as possible, but as much as necessary in order to sufficiently protect goods,” German Association for Plastics Packaging and Films. Image: REWE

Germany counts on voluntary agreements in the run up to the EU plastics ban


In January 2018, the European Commission passed the first Europe-wide plastics strategy. Step by step, the member states are now following with national regulations. In Germany, politics supports the dialogue between trade and industry as well as environmental groups and consumer protection bodies.
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REWE packages organic pears in trays made of grass. Photo: REWE

Green light for packaging made of grass


Since its market introduction in 2017, interest in grass paper as a packaging material has been increasing. Currently mainly used for fruit and vegetable trays, the application fields are steadily expanding. One brand new field: self-adhesive labels.
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Increasingly popular: World-wide turnover in the online food retail industry is expected to increase sevenfold to 365 billion US dollars by 2030. Photo: #207353932 | Copyright holder: Piman Khrutmuang

Online food services: China is a pioneer


Ordering food and beverages online is growing in significance around the world. As a result, food and beverage producers and packaging manufacturers are developing cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solutions to meet consumers’ increasing demand.
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Flexible packaging is considered a resource-efficient solution due to its low weight. Photo: Iglo

Flexible Packaging could Save 26 Million Tons of Packaging Material


Considering the lifecycle of food, flexible packaging accounts for less than 10% of the CO2 footprint on average.
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Plastic packaging


Packaging is increasingly being assessed according to its sustainability, and this assessment covers environmental, economic and social aspects. Different packaging materials have different benefits. Plastic packaging has suffered a lot of criticism recently, yet one of its benefits is that it saves more resources than it uses.
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Meat-eating pitcher plants served as a blueprint for this invention. Due to their extremely smooth surface inside prey cannot escape.

No more waste: special coating makes for packaging that can be emptied 100%


Mustard tubes, ketchup sachets but also toothpaste and the like: the last few product residues are often impossible to get and end up in the bin with the packaging. Now a commercially rewarding solution for complete emptying seems to have been found thanks to a new technical development.
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Products bearing this symbol come in packaging that is fit for heating in a micro-wave oven. Photo: #206300110, Lubo / fotolia.com

Packaging symbols, Part 8: Usage Instructions


The parcel arrives – and then what? Apart from anything else, packaging also serves the important task of informing recipients about the properties and recommended handling of the products it contains. Correct labelling is the only way to avoid misuse and damage to products or harm to their users and prevent exclusion of liabilities.
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