Articles by Rebecca Eve Schweitzer, Associate Editor
Market Trends: pet food
New packages focus on nutrition, outstanding design and convenience.
May 8, 2013
According to a report from the American Pet Products Association regarding industry statistics and trends, Americans are pampering their pets by purchasing items for them that go well beyond the bare necessities. Pets now receive gourmet and organic food options with special consideration for allergies, dietary restrictions or a special healthy diet.Read More
Technological advancements pave the way for faster speeds, better sanitation, lower costs and more versatility.
May 8, 2013
X-Rays get a power boost: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (www.thermoscientific.com) has upgraded its popular Thermo Scientific Xpert C400 X-ray system for detecting metals and other foreign objects in food. By adding an X-ray source with twice the power of the original model, the system is better suited for thicker, denser products and high speed production. The system targets a broad range of food applications including challenging wet and semi-frozen products, as well as metalized packaging structures that do not lend themselves to metal detection.Read More
Market Trends: Produce
Protective pads keep produce safe while convenient pouches and interactive QR codes engage consumers
April 11, 2013
According to the report Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not, published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, between 30% and 50% of the four billion metric tons of food produced around the world each year goes to waste.
Market Trends: Snack Foods
Convenience reigns supreme at home and on the go.
March 15, 2013
Snacking, in recent years, has become a regular part of consumer lives. The Hartman Group reports that snacking is not longer a “special treat” but the norm as Americans consume 2.3 snacks per day.
Designer Aaron Mickelson develops a sustainable solution to tear up packaging waste
February 13, 2013
Designer, Aaron Mickelson has created disappearing packaging. The Disappearing Package project features several innovative packaging ideas that eliminate or greatly reduce the amount of packaging in various products.Read More
Tea for Tyrants packages tea with music downloads and original art
January 30, 2013
Imagine an evening filled with art and new music alongside a cup of fine, imported, loose-leaf green tea. It sounds like an evening at an art gallery or a posh party, but the musicians behind the new project, Tea for Tyrants, want to package this pleasant combination for you to enjoy any time.Read More