In 2017, Packaging World readers gobbled up stories on some truly innovative package designs, including modular thermoformed containers for kids’ ‘meal kits,’ a valved can for coffee, and a clear retort can for vegetables. They also expressed great interest in innovations related to packaging equipment—in particular machinery designed to handle the growing demand by retailers for customized case sizes. Our number-story of 2017 also caught the attention of a large number of fans of new technology. Read on for our Top 10 countdown:
Eat Pak’d, a new online service that delivers fresh, healthy lunch items for kids, introduces modular, thermoformed packaging that lets parents mix and match the food components.
Radwell International replaces manual case erecting for shipments of small components with an automated system that randomly erects any one of six case sizes on-demand and without changeover.
HelloFresh introduces an insulated box for its meal kits that uses 100% recycled fiber, is 100% recyclable, and is easy for operators to assemble and for customers to disassemble.
A small-footprint system at Ring Container Technologies’ blow-molding plant operates 24/7 case erecting/sealing, tumble packing, palletizing, and stretch wrapping.
PepsiCo introduces a premium water brand that features artwork from emerging artists to leverage the popularity of social media and connect with consumers in an inspirational way.
Pairing a new valved-can technology with packaging machinery inspired by the aerosol industry, coffee company La Colombe pioneers an authentic draft latte for the RTD market.
Relaunch includes new packaging that emphasizes the role water plays in consumers’ lives and the company’s family-centric values.
Redesigning the display-ready case for its packaged chocolate products from a two-piece to a one-piece box helps move Hershey toward its goal of reducing its packaging material by 25 million pounds by 2025.
McCall Farms is first to commercialize this three-piece coextruded plastic can. Product visibility is the key, but it certainly helps that for the most part it’s a drop-in replacement for steel cans.
Close collaboration between Barrie House Coffee & Tea and a dedicated core of packaging machinery OEMs yielded four sophisticated lines each capable of running 300 single-serve coffee capsules/min. Read the story; watch the video.