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In this issue of Inside Packaging, we examine whether seaweed could be the answer to sustainability concerns and learn about Tetra Pak’s vision for connected packaging.

We also look at what squid protein could mean for plastic waste, find out how packaging can beat counterfeiters, and explain why drinks companies need to be transparent about their environmental impact.

Finally, we explore how packaging can support growth in the non-alcoholic sector, discover packaging opportunities in the haircare and fragrance sectors, and run down five companies providing some of the best unboxing experiences.

In this issue 

Plunder the sea: could seaweed form the bedrock of packaging sustainability?

As the world increasingly moves away from plastic, seaweed is becoming an unlikely hero for sustainable packaging providers. Companies are capitalising on seaweed’s numerous benefits, including its natural abundancy and biodegradability. Deborah Williams explores the benefits of seaweed packaging and its potential future.

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The smart pack: Tetra Pak unveils its vision for connected packaging

Connected packaging was a key focus for Tetra Pak at the Hannover Messe industrial fair in Germany in April. Berenice Baker finds out how, driven by Industry 4.0 technologies, future product containers could become interactive information channels.

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Is squid protein the answer to the plastic waste problem?

It’s littering our cities and clogging up our oceans, causing environmental issues and ill-health to wildlife: Humanity has a serious plastic waste problem. Luke Christou finds out how squid protein might help to solve it.

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How to use packaging to beat FMCG’s counterfeiters

Identifying the right smart pack to beat counterfeiting threats is now a priority for operators in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. Matthew Rogerson identifies potential weaknesses in the packaging supply chain and how technology is now informing anti-counterfeiting solutions.

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Why drinks companies must respond to consumer demands for transparency

The Coca-Cola Co’s admission that it produces three million tonnes of plastic packaging per year was a landmark moment. This is not only a significant moment in the campaign to address plastic waste, Ben Cooper writes, but points to the shifting ground on what companies must disclose.

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How packaging can add to the non-alcoholic sector boom

The non-alcoholic drinks sector has always been very busy and competitive, with manufacturers trying to meet consumer needs on many levels. Packaging is a key element that can provide differentiation and added-value. Using research from GlobalData, Callum Tyndall takes a look at the influential trends in the sector and the packaging opportunities available.

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Exploring opportunities in the haircare and fragrance sectors

Haircare and fragrance are busy categories, but with a huge and varied selection of products on the retail shelf, it can be difficult for brands to offer something unique to consumers. Packaging can be that differentiator. Using research from GlobalData, Callum Tyndall takes a look at the influential trends in the sector and the packaging opportunities available.

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The art of unboxing: five companies providing the best packaging experience

The popularity of unboxing videos has proved the value of an impressive packaging experience. Deborah Williams examines some of the best on offer and what goes into creating such experiences.

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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Inside Packaging, we find out how simplicity may be the answer to sustainability challenges and look out how the pharmaceutical packaging sector is evolving around anti-counterfeiting.

We also examine how brands are transforming to cater to younger consumers and, as non-Western countries crack down on waste imports, take a look at the politics of plastic.

Plus, we ask what waste-free means for product safety and investigate the myths, realities, and future possibilities of compostable packaging.