While we wait for the FDA to compile and review the responses to its request for comments on Fixed Quantity Unit of Use Blisters Packaging, Docket No. FDA-2019-N-1845 in response to the SUPPORT Act of 2018, we want to take the safer packaging of opioids conversation a bit further.
The way food is packaged and marketed is constantly changing, thanks in part to consumer trends, the goal of packaging sustainability and the never-ending fight to reduce food waste. This has resulted in a wide variety of enhancements that continue to evolve.
Americans throw out about $161 billion worth of food each year, and consumer uncertainty about the meaning of the dates that appear on the labels of packaged foods is believed to contribute to about 20 percent of food waste in the home. To dispel this confusion and reduce food waste, the FDA is pushing for clearer food labels.
Everyone should know Kit Kat chocolate bars—but did you know the wafer in the center is actually made from broken Kit Kat bars? Kit Kat manufacturers leave no bar uneaten. If quality assurance deems that a certain Kit Kat is not up to standards, it will go in the reject pile, ready to be crushed and used to fill other Kit Kats.
The SAVE FOOD Initiative has now passed the 1,000 member mark. The 1,067 supporters currently registered include groups of companies, corporations and professional associations as well as research institutes and NGOs from the entire food value chain. With Lidl Deutschland as the latest member, retail is now also represented as a link in this supply chain.
Sonoco announces a new research partnership with Clemson University: the Sonoco FRESH (Food Research Excellence for Safety and Health) initiative will develop new technologies and new forms of packaging to optimize the fresh food lifecycle.
Snact, a fruit snacks manufacturer on a mission to reduce food waste in the UK, has unveiled a distinctive new brand identity, with design by B&B studio. The brand rescues as much of the apples and bananas that are thrown away due to being an unusual or ‘ugly’ shape as possible and transforms it into fruit jerky and banana bars.
The July issue of Packaging Strategies highlights active packaging benefits; the private label boom post-COVID, staying competitive with X-ray machinery, a new OpX column, how factory of the future solutions unlock equipment efficiencies, expanding business with new product development and a household care company who believes it’s humor and sustainability that make the brand.