The packaging of food and beverages poses many challenges to the industry, but also offers huge opportunities for innovation. We explore the latest techniques and materials that are being developed to protect food and drinks, increase their shelf-life and make them more attractive to consumers.

We take a look into the R&D labs to find out if futuristic ideas such as 4D materials, talking papers, power-charging and self-cooling boxes could represent the next generation of packaging, and explore promising new packaging concepts that will keep food fresher and safer on the shelves. We also look at innovative drinks packaging, from sustainable soft pouches to Tetra Pak’s world-first antiseptic milk carton bottle and exciting new components such as nano-bricks promising to boost the barrier properties of plastic bottles.

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Pack to the Future
Are 4D materials, talking papers, power-charging and self-cooling boxes the next generation of packaging? Elisabeth Fischer takes a look into the R&D labs of leading companies and scientists to find out how we could wrap up the products of tomorrow.
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Fresher Pressure
As researchers work tirelessly on innovative ways to make food last longer and look better on shelves, Elisabeth Fischer and Chris Lo check out some of the industry’s most impressive life-extending packaging concepts.
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From Outer Space
As scientists work to preserve foods for longer space expeditions, Sarah Blackman asks NASA’s Michele Perchonok about the materials and technologies used to seal and protect an astronaut’s meal.
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Thirsty for Innovation
Smart designs are improving shelf life and sustainability of drinks. Elisabeth Fischer and Chris Lo explore some of the most promising new technologies emerging in the drinks packaging industry.
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Stocking the White Stuff
Milk bottles have come a long way from the glass variety provided by the milkman. We profile the new Tetra Evero Aseptic bottle, a heat treated carton that keeps milk on the shelf at room temperature.
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Lighter Water
We explore Nestlé Waters’ new UK bottling plant for the manufacture of an innovative water bottle which consumes 25% less PET plastic and will be the lightest-weight water bottle available in the country
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Next issue: June 2012

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