News that Australia will go ahead with a ban on colour cigarette packaging has rocked segments of the industry. With Canada and the UK now considering similar bans, Elisabeth Fischer asks what the packaging industry can do to prevent the market from being stubbed out completely.
The outlook for sales within the packaging industry is optimistic, with growth expected in almost every area. In this second segment of our Packaging Market Snapshot for 2011, Packaging Gateway draws on detailed GlobalData research to map prospects for packaging sales and sellers in 2011.
2D barcode technology allows customers to access extra product information with a single scan using their smartphones. Chris Lo explores the packaging possibilities of this technology and finds out why it hasn’t yet met its full potential outside its birthplace, Japan.
The outlook from buyers within the packaging industry is optimistic, with growth expected in almost every area. In this first segment of our Packaging Market Snapshot for 2011, Packaging Gateway draws on detailed market data to map the prospects for packaging buyers in 2011.
While East Africa is fighting its worst food crisis in 60 years, the amount of food thrown away worldwide is rising. Elisabeth Fischer finds out how the food packaging industry, policy-makers and consumers can help tackle the growing food mountain.
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The iF Packaging Design Awards honour innovation, aesthetics and sustainability in the packaging industry. Chris Lo takes a look at some of the industry’s best and brightest that were recognised at this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf.
Over the past few decades sales of soft drinks in pouches have gone from strength to strength. Frances Cook reports on how a growing need for companies to reduce their carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly is making flexible packaging increasingly appealing to both manufacturers and consumers.
Materials produced by the chemical industry pose a number of challenges when it comes to packaging. Muriel Axford reports on how the toxic, dusty, sticky and sensitive nature of chemicals, from bulk and pharmaceutical right through to those used in our homes, has led to the development of specialist packaging materials and equipment.
In print and apply, linerless labels continue to gather momentum, while in decorative labelling, accuracy is paramount. Lynda Searby reports on how the economic downturn has led to a demand for elegant and accurate packaging that is easy on the environment.
In March, a Swiss report on the transfer of potentially harmful mineral oils from recycled packaging caused a furore. Chris Lo looks at industry and media reaction to the report and asks if the response matches the risk.