As we approach the end of the year I look at back with gratitude to my clients, contacts and connections. The future of packaging is bright and I look forward to supporting your projects in 2017 and beyond. With that in mind, I want to share some updates I think will be of interest to you as we enter the New Year. - Claire
- Pack Expo and AIPIA Key Takeaways- Although we saw innovations in robotic handling, inline non-destructive testing, reseal features, and bio-polymers, integrated one-stop intelligent packaging showed the most promise in expanding shelf life, decreasing food waste, allowing for lower supply chain costs, and building consumer trust. Pack Expo and AIPIA highlights were:
Low cost labels to monitor the cold chain
Nanocapsules that indicate temperature changes
Intelligent packaging enabling traceability, consumer authenticity, and disposal information and ease of separation at recycling facilities
Oxygen sensing labels to detect counterfeiting, exposure to oxygen and end-of-shelf life
Imaging technology that integrates overt anti-counterfeiting directly onto product packaging
Also in the news, China finalized food-contact packaging additives and migration regulations that will go into effect in October 2017.
If you would like to discuss the ideas and perspectives presented above, please let me know.
- IUFoST Recognized Packaging's Role in Ensuring Food Safety - As the Chair of the GFSCI-IUFoST food packaging curricula development, migration, product deterioration and packaging manufacturing are concerns. And, now a curricula draft is under review by the 9 member international team. More coming soon!
Agile processing results in shorter lead times. Photo courtesy of Lacerta